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« on: May 20, 2010, 10:02:26 AM »

EP241: Thargus and Brian

By Stephen Gaskell.
Read by Chris Miller of Unquiet Desperation.

Thargus thought the time right. He set the lights to full strength and flailed and gnashed and roared as he’d been practising. He felt rather silly, but the performance seemed to be working. The human, one hand steadying its spin, looked on intensely. It moved the white stick up to its mouth, breathed in, and then stabbed the stick out against the sac wall.

“Don’t be afraid,”  Thargus said, meaning the opposite. He’d seen the trick on old films stored in the moss-brain when humans always said one thing and meant another like “We’re safer if we split up.”

The human exhaled a long stream of smoke. “I’m not,” it said.

That didn’t sound right. Thargus considered his response while staring at the human. It sure was ugly. A patchwork of dirty synthetics over the majority of its body, and on top of its pudgy, pink head, strand upon strand of greasy hair. Ugh!  Thargus felt sick.

“Be afraid, then,” he said.

“Why, are you going to eat me?”

Thargus didn’t feel comfortable telling an outright lie, but that didn’t mean he needed to be too honest. “I might.”


Rated F. for two f-bombs and some serious munchies.


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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 10:45:51 AM »

Great story, great outro, great to hear Mur again, great to hear Bill in the outro, and a great way to start off my morning. All around good times. Thanks Grin

(Did anyone else imagine a younger Jeff Bridges as Brian?)
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010, 02:53:36 PM »

I agree..great story...light and uplifting. Past stories seemed to be getting a bit 'maudlin'.

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Great story, great outro, great to hear Mur again, great to hear Bill in the outro, and a great way to start off my morning. All around good times. Thanks Grin

(Did anyone else imagine a younger Jeff Bridges as Brian?)
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2010, 07:42:40 PM »

Meh.
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2010, 07:43:37 AM »

Meh.

Lol. Welcome to EP Mur, here's your first helping of Meh. :p


Lighthearted, fun story, with cute touches like 'Mind Tentacle' (hehe) and various alien expressions.

Also - Maharraby = VULCANS! :p
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2010, 08:22:47 AM »

This was a fun story!  And a great way to kick off the Mur Era.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2010, 11:32:34 AM »

I really enjoyed this one. It felt like a callback to the early days of EP, before it became dominated by more serious themes. Certainly not a story that will leave a deep impact on me, but a fun listen.
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Cool story, bro!


« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2010, 11:53:23 AM »

I'm confused.  Brian was rolling a "doobie" but dropping "tobacco"?
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2010, 12:28:47 PM »

Oh, and I quite enjoyed the story.

(Did anyone else imagine a younger Jeff Bridges as Brian?)

I think I'm disliking The Big Lebowsky more and more, every time somebody quotes from or alludes to it.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2010, 12:33:58 PM »

Aw, man. Well, I guess nobody's perfect, dude.   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2010, 01:08:22 PM »

Lebowsky

That's because you watched the wrong one; 'The Big Lebowsky' was the cheap Russian knockoff... :p
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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2010, 05:44:00 PM »

@Talia
Like saying "meh" is a bad thing?  What can I say? I just didn't feel it. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2010, 06:13:12 PM »

@Talia
Like saying "meh" is a bad thing?  What can I say? I just didn't feel it. Roll Eyes

I'm just teasing. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2010, 11:52:01 PM »

@Talia
Like saying "meh" is a bad thing?  What can I say? I just didn't feel it. Roll Eyes

"meh" without some actual statement of reasons for said "meh" is generally frowned upon around here by us moderators, yes.
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2010, 04:16:34 PM »

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The dialectical critical realism found in this podcast may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal---of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psychosomatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence, and its close ally, the epistemic fallacy  within context of sci-fi; in addition the story had no fart jokes, ray gun battles, or talking missiles.

Much better?  Cheesy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cool story, bro!


« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2010, 09:46:13 PM »

@bDoomed
The dialectical critical realism found in this podcast may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal---of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psychosomatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence, and its close ally, the epistemic fallacy  within context of sci-fi; in addition the story had no fart jokes, ray gun battles, or talking missiles.

Much better?  Cheesy

You could have just said "Perivale to Islington".   Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2010, 10:46:42 PM »

Oh, and I quite enjoyed the story.

(Did anyone else imagine a younger Jeff Bridges as Brian?)

I think I'm disliking The Big Lebowsky more and more, every time somebody quotes from or alludes to it.

Me too!  By the time I saw it, I'd heard it overquoted for years and it was just so overhyped that seeing the real thing was just really disappointing.
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Cool story, bro!


« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2010, 11:11:53 PM »

I think I'm disliking The Big Lebowsky more and more, every time somebody quotes from or alludes to it.

Me too!  By the time I saw it, I'd heard it overquoted for years and it was just so overhyped that seeing the real thing was just really disappointing.

I saw it before I'd even paid much attention to the commercials on TV, and I still think it's one of the Coens' lesser works.
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2010, 08:29:45 AM »

@bDoomed
The dialectical critical realism found in this podcast may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal---of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psychosomatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence, and its close ally, the epistemic fallacy  within context of sci-fi; in addition the story had no fart jokes, ray gun battles, or talking missiles.

Much better?  Cheesy

You could have just said "Perivale to Islington".   Tongue
No way! That would be the same as saying "meh" without a detailed critique included.
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2010, 01:19:52 AM »

I have always found Roy Bhaskar to be completely incomprehensible.
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