Black Death and the Sausage Party

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Kenton says Orphan Black is “Degrassi with clones.” Dan just likes sausages.

Dan and Kenton travel to Barley Brothers to sample some awesome stouts, have a sausage party, and pregame for the One Direction concert (just kidding!) They also discuss Emmy noms, OITNB, Ernest Cline’s new novel and why Philadelphians don’t know what Star Wars is.

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The actual Black Death (beer) and The Sausage Party (food) at Barley Brothers on Pembina.

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Podcasting in public is fun!

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Return of the Chocolate Milk and #LoveWins!

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Dan’s son Jack returns to the podcast to slurp more chocolate milk and celebrate the end of the school year. Meanwhile Kenton & Dan discuss CBC Radio’s failure at selling ads, Marc Maron’s follow up episode to the Presidential interview, the #SCOTUS landmark decision on gay marriage, and is the new season of True Detective really that bad? Kenton says no.

Why is Sandler Still Successful?

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Does anyone else see the Ghostbusters rip-off here?

This week  saw the trailer for Adam Sandler’s new video-game-invasion flick Pixels released across the Internet. While Dan & Kenton love the idea of 1980s video game characters coming to life, the minute Sandler and co-star Kevin James hit the screen, the Nerds are filled with feelings of despair and nausea. How do these guys still get to lead summer blockbusters after a string of just awful, AWFUL movies? The Nerds also talk about the new Age of Ultron trailer and the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront trailer. In the recommendations: YouTube and HBO. Cable TV truly is dead.

John Oliver Stole Our Bit!

Well, not really.

If Kenton & Dan had actually gotten around to discussing net neutrality last week, as promised, then they would have beaten Mr. Last Week Tonight to the punch. But they didn’t, and that LWT segment from that show went viral, resulting in a crash of the FCC’s website. Yay, Internet trolls!

Also in this episode, the Media Nerds respond to their first piece of listener mail. Yay, listeners!

Spoiler Alert! (Game of Thrones Edition)

So. Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones blew up the Internet.

There were several reasons for this. Without getting into spoilers (Google “Purple Wedding” if you want to know what happened) the episode contained a MAJOR event that made a lot of viewers really happy. Those people took to social media to rejoice publicly, and were met by a wave of hatred coming from the fans of the show that had yet not seen the episode, but were stupidly wandering the Twitterverse, ignorant of the threat of spoilers that lay in wait.

Bottom line: people hate having their favourite TV show spoiled on social media.

The problem with this attitude is that Twitter has become the best social media platform to complement watching live television. It is a second screen experience that allows you to connect with other fans of the show, to converse with them about what’s happened, and to make witty 140 character-long jokes about incest and beheadings (again: Google). Twitter generally enhances the TV viewing experience, and I’ve had a blast live-tweeting shows like Mad Men or Breaking Bad when I’m able to watch them live. It gives me something to do during the commercial breaks.

The operative phrase there is when I’m able to watch them live, which isn’t very often. I have kids, who like to stall at bedtime (Just one more story, Daddy!) and sometimes it’s a challenge to get to the TV right when the show is starting (Go to sleep, The Walking Dead is on!) More often or not, I’ll PVR the episode and start watching after the kids are in bed and the house has quieted down somewhat.

But you can be sure that if I delay watching the show, then I avoid all social media and outside conversation. Kinda like that time Ted was trying to avoid finding out who won the Super Bowl in HIMYM:


So many people on Twitter were angry about the GoT spoilers last night. It got a little heated at times:

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Okay, THAT conversation between two of my favourite YouTubers many not have been as nasty as others, but you could tell that @megturney was pissed initially.

And I don’t really think she had a right to be. If a show that you love is on TV and you are not able to watch it live, then it’s on you to avoid the Internet and all the spoiler risks inherent within. Twitter is there for people to express themselves publicly, and if that expression takes the form of YELLING IN JUBILATION THAT THEY FINALLY DID THAT THING THAT YOU’VE BEEN WANTING THEM TO DO SINCE PRETTY MUCH THE FIRST EPISODE (ahem) well, then so be it.

That’s not to say that you have to avoid Twitter altogether until your’re able to see the show. I understand that we’re not all able to schedule our lives around HBO’s Premium Cable Sunday Night Lineup. The whole point in owning a PVR is that you can watch what you want when you want. I would say generally that there’s about a 6-hour period after the airing of the show in which spoilers can abound. After that, if you’re Tweeting publicly about it (and not taking the conversation to DMs or @ replys) then you’re pretty much a dick. So don’t do it.

Moral of the story: avoid Twitter on Sunday nights if you don’t want Game of Thrones spoiled for you.

And all the action was indeed happening on Twitter last night. I popped over to Facebook briefly, but all I saw was everyone’s Instagram selfies from Saturday night at the bar (thanks, Facebook’s screwed up newsfeed algorithm!) there was NOTHING Game of Thrones-related there. So, if you absolutely can’t turn off the social media addiction for one night, it’s a good bet that Facebook will not reveal the intricate scheming of the Lannisters and Baratheons and spoil the whole damn episode.

But the real lesson to take away from this is: watch GoT as soon as damn possible. If not live, than that same night. Same goes for Mad Men. I can’t imagine coming in to work on Monday having not seen those shows. The Sensory Deprivator 5000 would be on in full force!

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Can’t wait till next Sunday!

– Dan