John | Podcasting
John | Podcasting

Episode 131 · 4 weeks ago

“Podcaster Posers” plus 10 Offbeat Documentaries to Watch Right Now

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

John podcasting about “podcaster posers” on Twitter, then sharing his favorite offbeat documentaries including ...

  • Pigeon Kings (2019)
  • TFW NO GF (2020)
  • The New Deal for Artists (1976)
  • Planet of The Humans (2020)
  • Jimi & Sly: The Skin I'm In (2000)
  • Hanzi (2016)
  • Will Work For Views: Lo-Fi Life of Weird Paul (2017)
  • California Typewriter (2016)
  • Harmontown (2014)
  • Carts of Darkness (2015)

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So I'm looking through my notes and it looks like this episode is about ten minutes of me bitch and about podcast or twitter and about twenty minutes of reviews on my favorite documentaries from the past like two years, things that have helped me through the pandemic really the whole variety of documentaries, ones that you probably haven't seen. They're not docuseries typically. These are mostly, uh, document just straight documentary movies. So we'll get to that. I am John Podcasting, so I gotta see. I just noticed when I put my headset on man, my left ear is thrashed. I must have blown it out last night at this uh, we went and saw a cover band for Motley crue called crue Leggins, I think, through out of Texas mostly. Anyway, they were up here in Oklahoma City doing a free show outside down in the downtown area called the bricktown and it was fun. Good job, man, cruel agains, if you ever get a chance to go see a band that I don't know some of the songs that actually sounded better than Motley crue. The singer definitely sound better, for sure. Um Good time stuff, but I didn't realize I blasted out my ear getting so close to those speakers. That's wild. I hope that heals. I got plugged my ear. I literally had to take out of my left ear headpiece because when I talk into the mic I just hear this like rattling, whistling wiry sound in there, like damn. Anyway, yeah, so much for getting old and going to rock and roll shows and standing near the speakers. Yeah, man, I know, I know, I changed the name on the artwork again and I will explain. Well, for one I probably don't have to explain because you already know I have a d h d and things like that. Anyway, the signal drops idea is going to take just too long for me to keep using that name in the interim. Right. So, Signal Orobs, the idea of building a round table panel show is just going to take much longer than I had originally thought, which I should have thought, because things always are take three times longer cost three times as much. But you know, I thought I had thought that part out. No, I guess not. Maybe I'm in the three times part right now anyway. So the hard part with that is just finding the right people to do the show with effectively. I'm trying to build a band. The band is of podcasters, Um, but it's like a band. I'm trying to find two, three, four other people to jam with and then create cool entertainment with right. That's hard, and well, okay, it's it's not entirely hard, but I have a set of criteria that I don't I haven't really talked about in an episode. That makes it more difficult and I'll explain why right now. The thing is, in this particular band, uh, I only need one of each instrument. Like in a regular band, I'll be the drummer, you beat the guitarist, you'd be the Bass, you'd be the singer and so forth. Well, in podcast I am the I'm the average fucking white guy, right, so I don't need any more white guys. There are plenty of white guys that will do the show, but I don't like. No, we've already got that role covered. So for the panel show that I'm trying to build in the idea of signal drops, the other roles would be anything that's not assist gender, middle aged white guy, meaning a woman, a transgender person, uh, person that's not white, a gay person, anything like that is what I'm looking for now. The trick is the most common way to find other podcasters is on twitter, but the people I just mentioned probably aren't that receptive. Two average white guy dropping in on their D M saying hey, do you want to be in my uh, vague podcast,...

...and a panel show is vague when you say it's current events that changes, and whose choice of current events is it going to be? Well, I can't even get the conversation to that point. Yeah, and yeah, of course I've reached out to them. If because I kind of sounded like a I don't reach out to them, but I have, and you know, it's kind of like running the marathon in this sense, if you ever run track, when you hand off the baton, sometimes I feel like a hand to baton to someone and they just kind of stand there and I like no, man, go do the next part, not asking them do anything except follow through or follow up. But Um, you know often they don't and that you know. So it just slows things down. It kind of hurts my feelings in a moment, but I get over it pretty quick because, you know, everyone trying to do their own thing anyway. That's not it's not their fault, door my fault. It's just the way things are. Everyone's trying to do their own thing and it's hard to convince others to get interested in your thing. So I have high hopes for the people I've reached out to. One of them is a woman. She's coming on in a week or two. Maybe it's August, I don't know. I use a calient Lee link. You guys familiar with Callid Lee. It's a calendar program and you just get a link and it's automated. So I put that link up and whoever wants to be on the show can pick whatever day they want to be. I've had people pick whatever day they want to be and still flake. So that's an issue. That's part of twitter. Podcaster, podcast or twitter, I should say. Uh, this problem is a lot of people who are not a lot, maybe the average. Like I've talked about rule. I think there's about of quote unquote, podcast or twitter. They're just fucking flaky and they aren't. They aren't that. Then it brought up the idea of labels. Okay, here's my thought on labels, especially the label podcaster. I don't really see a podcast thing as a label. You would wear in that sense, because really you are a salesperson or a story tailor or an activist or an entertainment you know, pushing a product like a record or a book or something. So the idea that people just stop on the term podcaster and say that that's what they are. I'm a podcaster. Well, that's like stopping on I type on the keyboard. I'm a typer and that's and that's the label I carry around with that. You put it all over my fucking twitter and facebook guests. Typer or UM. You know, let's I get really vulgar about it. You probably take a ship more often than you actually produce a podcast, but you don't say Shitter, like well, that's not a thing. Everyone ships. Everyone knows how to podcast. Podcast isn't the special. PODCAST is a common skill. Everyone has ino. So it's kind you can't push a couple of buttons and turn on a fucking Webcam, turn on a mic, push record button, upload a file. Everybody knows how to do that. It's not special. All of those are tiny little tasks. Like uploader. You're an UPLOADER, you're a keyboard typer, shitter, whatever you want call it. Just like why did you stop on Podcaster, and I think that's part of the problem of of twitter. Podcaster, podcast or twitter. I don't know why I keep saying it backwards, but I think that is the issues. They don't have an actual purpose and they're stuck claiming to be a podcaster but they don't have a purpose for a podcast. Like what is your purpose for the podcast? Are You an activist? Are you a journalist? Are you a hobbyist? What is it like if your hobbyist? Cool, admit your hobbyists and say yeah, I'm a obbyist, and it's funk around. I like obvious. I think more podcast. I listened to our hobbyists and they make way better quality podcast than a lot of people trying to make money with it. So the idea that hobbyist is an inferior product is unfounded. That's a myth. Most obvious podcaster are a higher quality product simply because they're not trying to make money, they're trying to make a better product. So if that's the thing, you're a hobby is trying to make a pot or whatever, you are back to the point. You're not actually a pot caster. There's not really such thing...

...as a podcaster maybe a few people work for podcasting companies that podcast for podcasters about podcasting. That's very few, though, and it makes sense for them to stop at the label podcaster because it's all encompassing and it's their life. But for the rest of the people that seem to trying to make podcasting or make the label podcaster, you know, uh fit them. I'm looking. I'm like, well, what are you podcasting about? What is your what is your thing? Are you a storyteller? Tell the fucking story. Are you a, you know, salesman? Then sell the thing. Um. A lot of people don't have a problem with that. They've acknowledged that their salespeople or teachers, instructors or whatever, doing their thing. But it's that last few, like that that of podcast or twitter, that I'm like, what the funk are you really doing except pretending you're a podcaster? Kind of like in the music business, just posers. It's like you're not actually making songs, you didn't make an album, don't tour your opposer, you just like wearing the clothes and wearing the right band t shirt and rocking out and hanging out with all the actual musicians. Cool, we got it, but there's a name for that. It's already out there. There's a name called poser. That's a poser Um. But why poser? I think a lot of podcasters that claim the title podcaster without having a show that defines what they're trying to do are basically attention seekers, which I guess is fine, but I don't know, man, just say you're an attention seeker. That way we'll understand and I won't assume you're a podcaster, because when I reach out to some of these people that I would like to have on the show, because there's such attention seekers on twitter, their flakes, they don't respond to uh, you know, they'll they'll drop the ball. Basically, they'll drop the baton and uh, just leave me on red like okay, I thought I was doing them a favor to help them promote their show on this show, which fine. If they don't need that, cool, but Um, got get this weird narcissistic vibe, like they think they're helping me and I'm like, you haven't listened to my show man. I could give a funk if I have a guest on this show, but I do like helping people that seem like they need help and the underdogs and that sort of thing. But you know, funk all that. I'm done with all that ship because, uh yeah, just why waste the time? But I am going to invest the time and trying to build a team of a panel show. So the signal jams, I mean signal drops, they're messing it up already, should evolve eventually, but I need to start interviewing people live on this show in the context of them becoming panelists on an upcoming panel show. Follow means. So the GAL coming up is from Chicago. I won't say her name yet, inkause she doesn't show up, I don't want to, you know, throw her in the flake pile. But UH, she works on a popular crazy show. I can say her name because there's probably not her name, but she worked on the Jerry Springer show in the back, like on the production side. So she would make a great co host. Slashed panlist as well. And then a friend of mine somewhere in the spectrum of a guy I know, friend of mine. We used to hang out a bit and did a lot of work together, like a few years ago, and hadn't talked in a minute and then I found out he is on the up Shaws, that TV show on Netflix, like a comedian comedy show. He's a comedian. He's on a comedy show on Netflix called the UP SHAWS and I think he would also make a great uh man, fucking recurring guests, panelists, celebrity reporter from Hollywood, whatever, whatever he wants to do on the PODCAST, I'd love to have him on. And I don't want to put him on blast either right now because who knows, you know, maybe doesn't want to. But he expressed interest in doing that as well, so that's cool. So I'm making headway in building signal drops, but for the next few months. And frankly, what if we build the team and then...

...nobody likes the name signal drops? So I've it's probably better just to wait until I build the team and if and when I get the team built, let the team come up with the name together. So, anyway, enough ranting about twitter. It's really the only place podcasters can hang out and I hate communicating professionally on twitter, so I just don't do it. And a lot of times in podcast or twitter there are a lot of new podcasters come on. So most of podcasts or twitter is simply are restating things that experience podcasters already know and that gets tiresome. So it's kind of like, I don't know, people advertising and pushing products for podcasters as such, you know, for people that go through the active podcasting, when you already know how to do the active podcasting. For example, I know how to wipe my butt with toilet paper. Okay, so therefore I don't need to see toilet paper instructions every day. I do not, or have never used the Tampon, so I don't need to see a tampex commercial. It's like that. When you know how to podcast and push the button and upload a file and mark the MIC. Uh Yeah, you don't need to be told how to do that over and over again. So there's not really it's not my thing, but when I do reach out to even some of the professionals, I reach out through their email. So I always prefer email over direct messages because then at least don't know serious. I know they're serious and I see where their domain is, I see if they have a professional email address, the whole thing. Yeah, I do judge people on that a little bit at first, because a lot of times that's the only thing you have two people have to judge people on. Is Is that not? They're fucking weird reddit handle or something. But even then there's plenty of quote unquote professionals that don't reply to emails either. So a lot of times in in podcasting or whatever you do as an entertainer, sometimes you have to kind of build your team on your own, without mentors or without people that are willing to respond or help. And you know, and then when you're trying to collect other creatives to build a team, that parts like corralling cats, because every other creator is out there trying to create their own thing. Like, for example, if someone asked me, hey, you want to be on my podcast thing I'm forming, I would definitely consider it, but I'm not sure. Uh, you know, I would say yes, although it's something I want to do, is being on a show with multiple co hosts. I definitely wouldn't blow them off, because what that doesn't do any good um anyway. So that's the end of rant. Four. fucking podcast or twitter, if you're, you know, taking a ship more than your podcasting, just say that you're a Shitter, please then just save us all the time and effort. We won't waste it on you anymore. Now. The next part is my fun part. I watch a whole bunch of documentaries, like lots of documentaries. Most of the documentaries I'll try to watch, especially if they're varied. I'll try to jump from genre to category to different things. I try to avoid overtly propagandic kind of documentary is if clear they have a message, they're beating you over the head with too strong without adding any other information. I was watching last week they started something on Hbo Max called the Anarchists, and I believe in the principles of anarchy, not no like no rulers and no gods. Basically, that's how I define anarchy anyway. I don't think we need rulers or gods. I'm not anti government, I'M NOT ANTI TAXES, I'm not pro chaos and terror and vandalism, none of that. I'm just, at the core, lower case anarchists that believes I don't. We don't need presidents and we don't need priests, we don't need gods. We just we can run ourselves just fine without people like dictating what we need to do. I Guess Anti Authoritarian. That's a good way to put me. But also that's a form of anarchy. Whatever the anarchists are doing in this documentary and watching on HBO. That's not anarchy. They're charging ticket prices for events and aid speakers. I'm like, well, I don't know what the funk...

...that is. Oh, they called themselves anarcho capitalists, which are too completely opposite. Things like jumbo shrimp kind of bullshit. I'm like whatever. So at the end of episode one last week there's a cliffhanger. I think someone's gonna get killed. So I'm gonna Watch that later tonight anyway. In the meantime I was rearranging my furniture in the studio slash living room out here at Imo do jo and I took the TV away because I like it. I like when people come over we just focus on talking, not a TV, and then I set the furniture at more in a conversational shape and strategy there, but because I wanted to watch that program again tonight. Episode two of the anarchists like I need a place to put the TV I need to watch. So I have a like a voice booth and a walking closet back near the bedroom and I'm like, Oh yeah, that's fucking perfect. So there's like a keyboard in there, like a you know, synthesize are in uh, the good Mike, the good Mike and some other stuff. But basically it's empty, soundproof and UH, sound sound treated on the inside. It sounds nice and warm. Moughly I put that fucking TV in there. So it's really interesting. It's almost like I have a little TV booth. You ever remember going to like the audio video lab or the computer lab in school and you got your own little cubby just to look at your screen? Well, imagine that, but dark. It like as dark as I wanted to down to complete pitch black, and then soundproof and not much more than arms with the cross. So it's pretty dope. And for a person with a D H D, I found it was way easier to watch TV when I didn't have my laptop. No other lights, no distractions, nothing. I just focused on that one program for like forty five minutes. So I tried it with the thing on Netflix about DB Cooper this morning, the guy who jumped out of airplane with some money and basically escaped got away with it. Pretty interesting. But my point being I got more into intentional viewing and that got me to think about a lot of the cool documentaries I've seen through the pandemic that most people might not have seen, but I think you would love them. So I made a list and of course I'll put them down in the notes below and then I'll share the h like the cover artwork, on twitter or something so you get a vibe for it. A lot of these now are onto different services to like. They might be free on youtube or you maybe could rent them on Amazon or free on other services. I see most of my documentaries like these on a service called canopy, which is spelled with a K, and that is a service that basically kind of rents videos out, lens videos out, I guess you would say, under the terms of the copyrights, through your library card. So I have library cards and like Los Angeles and San Francisco, stree report wherever, and I have a bunch of different accounts with these in there. And so for each library offers various amounts of free rentals and they just expire after you watch them, so you don't have to return anything. It's just interesting stuff that you can't find on Netflix or any of the main you know, kind of network or corporate platforms of services. However, they're all well made documentaries and most of them like to get out to the public eyeballs. So once they get off of canopy, they are usually put over to Amazon. I know they've got a pretty pretty good pipeline to get independent documentaries over there, if the documentarian knows how to do the paperwork and get this stuff up on the screen. Uh, not that troubling. Anyway. I guess what I'm saying is many of these you can find just by searching on the Internet and I will give you a little synopsis and then also trying to tell you why each one moved me, you know, well, like what about it? And we'll start these are I just wrote them down randomly as I was scrolling through my past watched list about movies that I'm pretty sure I had not talked about Um, but that I had seen recently. So there is no order. Uh, the order starts with the movie and most recent. We saw it last week,...

...and that is a twenty nineteen documentary called Pigeon Kings. Now, this stuck out with me the most because this is some parts of culture that in America that I didn't know existed. And I had lived in many cities where this would have existed. I just didn't know about it, and that is something I would guess. You'd call it pigeon raising. I don't think they specifically use the term raising. The mighty use it a couple of times, but it's called pigeon racing. And so what pigeon racing and tails is you raise your own pigeons in some coops and I guess pigeons will come back to eat. They never explained how pigeons actually work. It wasn't totally the gist of the documentary, but it is fascinating. I guess we're supposed to know that how they work. So pigeons, if you keep them in a coop, will keep coming back to you, unless they get scared off by a bird of prey, like a hawk or something, and then who knows, they might leave and go into somebody else's cooper, fly away all together, go to a different town or whatever. So pigeon kings follows some o g dudes, like some black guys about my age, like generation x age, that are in south central Los Angeles, and each of these guys in their own backyards of their homes got little pigeon coops and they race them. So these pigeons basically and then they have a competition. They'll come around your neighborhood and all the guys will come around, and a lot of guys to several cars blocking up the streets. You know, lady going to church saying, yeah, I'll need to get out of street trying to go to church, and so they just come and watch the guy's birds. So a guy will let his birds out of the cage and it looks to be maybe twenty to thirty birds out at once. And most of these guys know their birds really well and they know how to keep some out keep some in. So they're given points based on how tight their pack stays together. So you don't want any birds straying too far. If they're obviously out of the pack, that's bad. If the pack is generally too loose, not too many points there. And then these fucking birds start rotating, like doing somersaults in the air. Apparently specific kind of breed a bird caught a roller and these and some of them even named their clubs rollers and uh, they have some kind of epileptic fit in midair that causes them to roll. They are bread this way so that they have the fits and rolling. You get extra points if you're birds roll. So if you can imagine a flock of pigeons all forming, you know, kind of flying in general same area, and then almost in unison, they start rolling, like one role another role. So apparently they're the synopses are kind of the same. I guess it only takes so much before they start rolling. Um, so they get points for that. So that was a fascinating part of the story. And then there's the other part of the birds of prey coming in to kill the flocks or scare them away, and one of the gentlemen took to getting an air rifle, like a pellet gun, and he actually killed one of the hawks. Well, also you had some little snitch guys from the wildlife and rescue or whatever that were scoping out this joint. Apparently they were just spying on the pigeon racer and got him on video shooting the Hawk with the Pellet Gun. So he got busted and it became a whole thing, like a fucking front the front story on the local news that night and it was something else. But we get to follow along the whole thing of this documentary called Pigeon Kings, so I think you should dig that. It's from twenty nineteen. I watched it on canopy and you can probably find it somewhere else. The next one is pretty controversial. Probably it should not be, but if you are a man or a boy or love man or boys, you should probably watch it. It's from it's called T FW, no g. Now you probably don't know much about...

...this culture of what the initials meant, but I'll tell you. So tfw is that feeling when no, and then GF is girlfriend. So if you had spell the whole title of the Movie Out, it's called that feeling when no girlfriend. This is a really interesting movie about rejection and what happens to people, or young man and boys who are continually rejected of love, and it's pretty poignant because, Um, a lot of these people end up being the most violent types of criminals in history, like school shooters, mall shooters, parade shooters, people like that. A lot of these people have been bullied and rejected. And that's not to say everyone who's been bullied and rejected goes on and goes on murderous crimes. Freeze but it does give you an insight as to the roots of all the anger and sadness that caused that out of death. So, while it's controversial, and I'm not waving to flag either way, although I am, I am a man, just gendered Hetero Male, and I have three sons, so it meant something to me and any guy watches this movie could definitely feel some empathy with the characters. They're not characters, it's a documentary. I mean they are characters, but the people they interview, the guys they interview, Um, you really get a sense of like, Oh yeah, I've felt that before, Um, and it just makes you wonder, I hope. I think that was the whole point of the documentary. It makes the viewer wonder, how can we do better by these people? Obviously nobody's entitled to love, definitely not entitled the Sex. Of course, not overpowering women or killing people by any means, but I'm saying what happens to people they just never get love? Look what does become of the brokenhearted? And that's I mean. It's a great song and it's also just a really excellent question that should be answered, because look what happens when we don't answer it. So this next one, it's cool. It was actually from nineteen six and it's called the new deal for artists. It was narrated by Orson Welles, so really smooth, Nice, great narration, and it talks all about how FDR's new deal actually affected true artists. So I didn't really thought about it, but now, when you see the documentary, it became really clear. But all of the old post offices, the public artworks, the murals on the wall, the pillars, the architecture, all that had to be paid for by somebody. So FDR apparently was really big on paying the artists, finding real artists in every town, forming guilds, having the guilds going and build and construct and decorate public buildings, parks and, uh, you know, all kinds of avenues and things like that. So really interesting covers lots of great artists from back in those days, like Diego Rivera. That was a really interesting side story, how he so wanted the love of the Communists, but they're like not, he hates you because you work with those other fuckers. Really interesting though, how all the artists came to be and how the government funded it. I think that's most interesting now because we're in kind of the same situation. You know, there's so much dilapidation around America. If the government simply funded artists to beautify the place, I think that would go a long way in making people feel better and have a little more hope and reinvest in themselves and, you know, get out from the idea that fascists of trying to take over. The next one is called planet of the humans and it's from super disturbing. Uh, I really won't get into it. It's just an environmental movie. If you ever wondered how screwed we are, watch planet of the humans from it's executive producer, the guy who funded it, probably is Michael Moore. So if you're a right winger, rolling your eyes right now, but if you're lefty you're probably rolling your eyes right now. Nobody likes Michael Moore.

Anyway, he doesn't talk or appear in planet of the humans, but it's excellent and it will blow your mind at how shitty things are and how hopeless. It almost is like wow, what, okay, let's Party and have fun while we fucking die. Um, it's bleak, but it's just well done. I mean I I don't know how else to rip to to say watch it, but you know, it's so well done yet it's so bleak. That's planet of the humans. Now the next one not nearly as bleak. It's actually wasn't produced anytime recently. It was from two thousand. It's called Jimmy and sly the skin I'm in. So this one I liked a lot because it shows Jimmy Hendrix in a whole different light than you, well, I don't know, than I had thought about Jimmy Hendricks. I thought he was crazy party guy and he just super into drugs, just like wild man. And now not at all. Jimmy Hendricks was a calm, peaceful, chill, loveing dude, kind like kind just oozes out of his pores. When you see this kind of movie, I'm like, oh, he's a kind guy and he died accidentally happy drugs. He was having a happy time party. It wasn't like an angry thing and just he died accidentally like, you know, I don't even know how to say. There's good accidental overdoses and bad accidental overdoses, but Jimmy's was nowhere near the accidental. Where he was you know, in a fucking alleyway, behind a dumpster alone. No, they're actually at a party and just ship went haywire. So and it happened to be Jimmy so um. But this was all before that. So we get to see a lot about that. And sly. So, Jimmy and and sly, we're friends. Sly came to my attention because my mom had gone to high school with him in the city of Vallejo, California, and I was always him to slide his music growing up as a kid. You might remember sly from summer of soul, last year, was a great documentary from quest love that highly featured slide the family stone. anyways, Jimmy and sly features both of them as friends and it's just a really cool documentary featuring two slim, Tall Brown guys with great afros uh talking this ship about music and life and all things good. So that's Jimmy and sly. The skin I'm in from two thousands. The next thing I think should watch if you can tolerate it. It's called Hansi. It's H A and Z I, and it's all about Chinese typography. It's actually from but I would describe it as the Chinese version of the documentary HELVETICA. If you haven't seen the documentary hell Vetica, you should put that in this part of the list as well. Uh, if you're a type Geek at all or just a curious person and wonder how the words that we type out of our computers became formed, watch HELVETICA. Great, it's such an awesome documentary. And then the next level one would be this Chinese one called Hansi, which of course subtitled from which goes all through the history of Chinese typography, which is infinitely more fascinating, since we didn't know nothing about it. We just know European and American typography. So that's Hans from. Now the next one is kind of bleak but also highly entertaining. If you have not seen will work for views, low Fi life of weird Paul from you should go look at that. Weird Paul is a cat about my age, like again a generation. Next Guy has like a d D Ramon Haircut, I think. I think it's d d he kind of looks like Peter Tork from the monkeys. Anyway, this guy used to record himself with vhs back in the day, like people do with Youtube now, when I'm talking back in the day, like when vhs was first fresh, when people are this giant VHS Cam cord of things that you know, you just had to huff around on your shoulder like a boom box, that's how big the camera was. So Weird. Paul was making videos like APP way back in the early eighties and saving them and...

...then he started to digitize them and put him on Youtube and he's achieved some acclaim on Youtube because of that. Well enough attention. So that's some Hollywood types up and comers, like documentary makers. I guess I found him. I want to make a movie about him, and the story is basically they hire him to come do a Gig in Hollywood, down there loaded and you just you watch the whole process. It's really it's kind of sad, but it's also heartwarming and I don't know how to put it. I'm not judging the guy, just really it's it's really wild. I it's a great that's a great documentary about your persona, how you feel about yourself and persisting. That's what I like, because we all see people that seem dork. You're geeking. You just can't wonder how they make it, but they so believe in themselves, like self included. You know, sometimes like who the fund does this person think is? And it just doesn't match with their skills or of their presentation or whatever. Yet they keep going, almost like they're unaware of their blind spots or something. Or maybe they just don't have any other options. But yeah, Weird Paul is a trip and his girlfriend is like honey bunny from pulp fiction. So these two are a crazy little pair. And Uh, it's just really neat that he's got to take a leave from his job at hot topic to go do his little novelty like weird hole style songs in Hollywood in front of a uh, you know, loaded crowd down there on Hollywood boulevard and gets to hang out with the band in the studio and play with real rock band musicians and stuff. Is A trip. So yeah, check that out. That is will work for views low fide life of Weird Paul from okay, so just three more left. Almost done here. Next one is California typewriter. This is from and it's narrated by Tom Hanks who, it turns out, is a huge typewriter buff. Big Afish Anato collector can name all the different models and and brands and things. He knows his ship really well. Well, California typewriter is about a little mom and pop typewriter repair shop in Berkeley California, and I only if that sounds interesting to you. Cool. It's captivating. It's not very long. I think it maybe forty five minutes long. It's not super long as documentaries go, which is nice, but it feels very thorough. It's got interviews with lots of people who are also into typewriters. Will see lots of Cameos for people should be surprised with but knowing that Tom Hanks produced it, you'll understand how we got those cameos. And it's super well shot. Lots of great uh like I call it typewriter porn, just great camera shots and well that shots of some of the best antique collectible typewriters. So much so it got me thinking, because I was watching this whole movie when I was in San Francisco and uh, I'm like when I finally understood it was in Berkeley, because I got a street sign in one of the in the scenes and I'm like, Oh, that's in Berkeley. I looked it up on the Internet. I called the shop. Yeah, I talked to the dude. You're able to call the guy in the movie California typewriter at the Shop in Berkeley and say hey, what's up, how are you doing? You've got some typewriters anyway. Very cool. UH, California Typewriter Sen narrated by Tom Hanks. You gotta check that out. Second to last one here is probably one of my most watched documentaries. I think I've seen it like three or four times now, and it's called harmontown and I don't know if the name Dan harmon sounds familiar to you. He was the creator of the show community on NBC and he is also the creator of Rick and Morty, which is, you know, cartoon on wherever you find cartoons. So after he created community, Dan h NBC apparently hired Chevy Chase, and Chevy Chase apparently as an asshole and got Dan fired from his own show. Well, a lot of people say Dan got himself fired because he's also drinks quite a bit. Anyway. Can you imagine an asshole running into a guy who drinks quite a bit?...

So you can imagine, long and short, of it. Dan Has No more show during this documentary and decides to take his podcast on a tour across America in a bus with a cast of characters, like he's got an announcer guy, he's got his wife and then he's got a dungeon master, a dungeons and dragons dungeon master, and Dan is very into the hero's journey storytelling all the methos and things like that, which is really interesting because this documentary becomes very Meta and that the Dungeon Master Kid, I can't recall his name, but he fucking turns out to be the hero in this whole journey, because the fans, while they like Dan, at each stop along the way, talking about the podcast or talking as a podcast, they love the part of the podcast where Dungeon master comes out and does his D and d thing. So I think that's amazing and I like the bit that it's kind of Meta. I like the behind the scenes Hollywood bit where you see how Dan just struggling to write things. You know he's like behind deadline, he didn't have anything written and he's hopping out a bus to go do a podcast. Just very chaotic, but I like that a lot about it and Dan, even though I don't know how his drinking is then or now. Uh, he seems like a charming guy and I hope things are well with him now. But anyway, was quite a while ago and Rick and Morty is super successful. So check out harmontown about Dan Harmon and the last one is really inspirational. It's available on Youtube now and it's called carts of darkness. Carts like shopping carts of darkness. This thing is shot up in Vancouver and the premise, when you hear the premise, it'll just be like, oh yeah, I should watch that sounds cool. So the premises there is a snowboarder who was involved, like an extreme snowboarder and videographer who was involved in an accident and lost the use of his legs. Well, then he's looking for a new thing to do a documentary on and he happens upon homeless people who steal carts out of the shopping centers and walk them or get them. However, they can up the top of the local hills in Vancouver, Canada. So apparently there's some really decent hills. You can walk up them and there curvy and fun to write the carts back down. So our protagonists here the snowboarder guy. He's kind of fearless anyway. Just because he lost his legs doesn't mean he has fear. He's still into extreme things. Long and short of it, we followed these folks around. We learned how to pick the best kind of shopping cart. We learned how you really go through shoes too, apparently, is you're barreling down these long, steep roads in a shopping cart, you're standing on the back and you're dragging one foot as a break. Well, they burned through shoes that south fast they're going. They burned through the rub rother shoes. So, uh, it's to watch, like what kind of shoes to use and how to get all set up for that. And then at the last scene it isn't. I don't know if I should tell you now. You probably not gonna Watch it, so I'll tell you anyway. The last scene is great. The snowboarder with no legs trusts the homeless guy he's been hanging around to push him down the hill. So we've got snowboarder guy with no legs in the shopping cart barreling down a hill about forty miles an hour with a homeless guy on the back dragging his foot. That is a great documentary right there. That is called carts of darkness. Check that out on Youtube. It's about an hour long. So there you have it. There's ten documentaries that you will probably like, that you could probably watch right now, that are not on corporate media, not just things you've seen a hundred times before and not random, insightful, hyper believe like the anarchists I'm about to watch again. So anyway, cool. I will talk to you soon. Hanging there. I appreciate sticking around like...

...while. I changed the name of the show and everything, but folks like Chris B thank you for sharing and tweeting around that stuff. Ames, I always appreciate you Kaya same. You guys are awesome. Thanks for helping out and anything I can do for you. If you ever want me to help promote something you're working on, let me know. Everyone else, I'll talk to you in a little bit. Just let it ride in a new episode will pop right up in a second. Joe.

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