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Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 109 #150603


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week the Sci-Fried Eggs get geared up for Geek Out in Asheville, NC, by bringing you a rebroadcast of last year’s Geek Out broadcast!  The Eggs talk with actor Eddie Rus from the upcoming series Readers.  Vampirella artist Louis Small, Jr. stops by to chat with the gang.  And author and the all-around awesome and inspiring I. R. Harris chats and laughs with the Eggs and answers The Half Dozen!

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Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 109, Segment 1
Geek Out 2014 Rebroadcast: Eddie Rus from Readers

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 109, Segment 2
Geek Out 2014 Rebroadcast: Louis Small, Jr. Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 109, Segment 3
Geek Out 2014 Rebroadcast: Louis Small, Jr. Part 2

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 109, Segment 4
Geek Out 2014 Rebroadcast: I.R. Harris Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 109, Segment 5
Geek Out 2014 Rebroadcast: I.R. Harris Part 2

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Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 108 #150527


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week the Sci-Fried Eggs bring you a second edition broadcast live from X-Con in Myrtle Beach, SC!  The Eggs start by catching up with author and friend of the show Jim Bernheimer.  Then the Eggs sit down and chat with actor, voiceover artist, and friend of the show Jeffrey Breslauer.  And finally, the Eggs are part of an amazing heartfelt interview with Nicholas Brendon about his time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and his struggles with addiction and his path to recovery!

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Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 108, Segment 1
Live from X-Con in Myrtle Beach Part 2/Jim Bernheimer

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 108, Segment 2
Jeffrey Breslauer Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 108, Segment 3
Jeffrey Breslauer Part 2

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 108, Segment 4
Nicholas Brendon Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 108, Segment 5
Nicholas Brendon Part 2

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Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 107 #150520


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week the Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast live from X-Con in Myrtle Beach, SC!  The Eggs start by sitting down with Continuum‘s and The 100‘s Richard Harmon.  And then the Eggs are part of a Clerks reunion as they chat with Dante and Veronica, Brian O’Halloran and Marilyn Ghigliotti!

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Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 107, Segment 1
Live from X-Con in Myrtle Beach/Richard Harmon Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 107, Segment 2
Richard Harmon Part 2

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 107, Segment 3
Brian O’Halloran

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 107, Segment 4
Marilyn Ghigliotti Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 107, Segment 5
Marilyn Ghigliotti Part 2

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Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 102 #150415


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week 5 Minute Delay Radio brings you a rebroadcast of the Sci-Fried Eggs while their fate is decided.  In this rebroadcast The Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast live from XCon World VI in Myrtle Beach, SC!  Doc and Chuck discuss Star Trek Into Darkness and get into a heated discussion over the new Klingons.  Special guest Camden Toy of Buffy and Angel fame visits.  Doc and Chuck are entranced by the beautiful Tiger Roxx and Jenn Martin of Purrrlesque Burlesque.  Then IronE Singleton, T-Dog of The Walking Dead, stops by the broadcast.  And the man who has been to every XCon, Ren and Stimpy creator Bob Camp sits down with the Sci-Fried Eggs.  And somewhere in the show, Michael Rooker, Merle from The Walking Dead, shows up and tells us whether people still try to give him chocolate covered pretzels!

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Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 102, Segment 1
Rebroadcast: Star Trek Into Darkness Review

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 102, Segment 2
Rebroadcast: Camden Toy

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 102, Segment 3
Rebroadcast: Purrrlesque: Tiger Roxx and Jenn Martin

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 102, Segment 4
Rebroadcast: IronE Singleton

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 102, Segment 5
Rebroadcast: Bob Camp with Special Guest Michael Rooker

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Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 77 #141022


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week the Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast from Crystal Coast Con at Mac Daddy’s Entertainment Center in Cape Carteret, North Carolina!  The Eggs start with some news about the Boeing x-37B Space Plane landing, a theory about Stan Lee in the Marvel Multiverse, and some movie pragmatism.  Then the Eggs interview Twilight‘s Rick Mora!  The Walking Dead actor Santiago Cirilo sits down at the first three-peat guest on the show.  And then the Eggs have the honor of talking with Starship Troopers Johnny Rico himself, Casper Van Dien.  And Ernie Hudson stops by to check in with the Eggs and give his thoughts on Ghostbusters 3!

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Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 77, Segment 1
Live from Crystal Coast Con/Boeing X-37B Space Plane Lands/Stan Lee is The Watcher/Movie Pragmatism

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 77, Segment 2
Rick Mora

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 77, Segment 3
Santiago Cirilo

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 77, Segment 4
Casper Van Dien Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 77, Segment 5
Casper Van Dien Part 2 and Ernie Hudson

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Times You Don’t Want to be the Center of Attention


People love attention.  And people love being the center of attention.  I know first hand.  I used to have a slightly better than moderately rated overnight radio show.  And being the center of attention can be a wonderful thing.  That’s why shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent and America’s Funniest Videos do so well.  It’s literally the reason Tom Bergeron still has a job.  But for all you attention hogs out there (you know who you are), there are times when being the center of attention is not the thing you want at all.  In fact, it is those times that being the center of attention is the worst thing that could possibly happen to you.  Let me give you some examples.

• Court – That’s right.  Unless you are getting paid to be there, court is not a place where you want to be the center of attention.  The judge, the bailiff, the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney, members of the jury, head juror, courtroom artist, stenographer, even the person who wins the case, you know what all those people have in common?  That’s right!  They’re all getting paid to be there.  And if you’re the center of attention in a courtroom and you’re not drawing some kind of paycheck, then I can guarantee that’s bad news for you.

• Anything involving the cops – Let’s say you’re selling “merchandise” out of the back of your van in a “shady” neighborhood.  And let’s say you’re “meeting your sales goals for the month.”  You’re the center of attention with your particular brand of “clientele.”  And you’re stackin’ smackers like a brick layer, so that’s the right kind of attention.   But then the Five-0 rolls up on you and “da man” gets all up in your grill and starts damaging your cool.  Your “clientele” all “run away like they done stole somethin’,” so you’re not making any money anymore.  So now the “law-enforcement authorities” are on the scene and you’re the center of attention because of some misunderstanding about “fencing” goods.  So this quickly turns into another situation where if you’re not on the clock, then you do not want to be the center of attention.

• Explosions – There’s no questions about it, explosions are awesome.  Michael Bay and any eight-year-old kid can tell you that.  Whether you are blowing up Barbie dolls or G.I. Joes (if you’re an eight-year-old kid) or cars, trucks, trains, ships, buildings, aliens, robots, alien robots, pyramids, tanks, battleships, small villages, large cities, space stations, and everything else that will and won’t blow up (if you’re Michael Bay), the point here is when that fiery concussion wave of rich, black smoke and smoldering debris erupts in that split-second of destructive heavenly bliss, if you’re not getting paid to make that explosion happen, you do not want to be the center of attention.  So aside from building demolition crews, fireworks display coordinators, pyrotechnicians, military bombardiers, and certain chemists, being the center of attention after any kind of explosion is not going to fair well in your favor.

• Weddings – Unless you’re the bride, being the center of attention at a wedding is going to end up as a fist fight in a church parking lot or getting shived by the bride in a crowded reception hall.  Trust me, I know about both of these.  So unless you are getting paid to be at that wedding, say as the minister or the DJ, or the bride (let’s face it, having someone pay for your ridiculously expensive wedding is just like printing money), then you do not want to be the center of attention.  And often, the bride shiving you is only the tip of that iceberg of trouble.  Wait until her brother who was in the Marines finds out and demonstrates how he can break your car windshield with his bare fist and proves he can shove you into a trash can.  And then her father who is an active member of the NRA shows you his impressive bullet collection by displaying them in the side of your powder blue Kia Sorento with the already busted windshield.  When they say a wedding is a bride’s day, let her have that day and, for your own well being (and the well-being of your powder blue Kia Sorento), let her be the center of attention.

I could really go on and on with scenarios, instances, and times where you don’t want to be the center of attention, but what this really boils down to is, unless you are getting paid or compensated in some way, being the center of attention is bad news.  So when you find yourself in a situation where you want to be the center of attention, just ask what you are getting out of it first, and if that answer is fame or fortune (or at the very least hourly minimum wage), then, by all means, be the center of attention like a boss.

 

♠ The title for this essay is courtesy of Brandon Echols.  If you have an essay title you’d like to suggest, email it to BatDocBlog@gmail.com.  You might see your essay title in one of my books, and I’ll be sure to thank you in the book for it!

 

Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 67 #140813


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week the Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast from the Bathurst Manor Science Center!  The Eggs start by discussing the Ebola outbreak.  Then the Eggs give you some Dragon*Con tips and tricks.  The Eggs talk about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  Then the Eggs bring you a Teenage Mutant blast from the past with an interview with some of the original TMNT voices, Robbie Rist and Hal Rayle.  Then the Eggs discuss what kind of supers powers they would like to have and which ones they wouldn’t.

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Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 67, Segment 1
Ebola Outbreak

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 67, Segment 2
Dragon*Con Tips and Tricks

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 67, Segment 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 67, Segment 4
TMNT Blast from the Past: Robbie Rist and Hal Rayle Interview

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 67, Segment 5
Super Powers We’d Like to Have and Not Have

 

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The Wonders of Danville, Virginia


If you’ve never been to Danville, Virginia, start making your vacation plans now.  Danville is probably one of the most amazing places you can visit in America.  I know what you’re thinking, “But, Doc, I’ve never heard of Danville, Virginia.”  Of course you haven’t.  Some would say that’s due to Danville’s non-existent tourism department and severe lack of tourism advertising along the Highway 29 corridor.  However, I think it’s all part of Danville’s master plan to ensure their town isn’t completely overrun by visitors like a Stein Mart during a Black Friday sale.

So what makes Danville more awesome that Disney World or Six Flags or the Mitchell Corn Palace?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  First, just right out of the gate and in your face, Danville has a tank museum.  I’m going to wait a minute and let the end of that last sentence sink in for you.  That’s right, a freakin’ tank museum.  I can’t even begin to convey to you how awesome that is.  If a cannon had sex with a bulldozer at a tractor pull and then the offspring of that had sex with a monster truck in a fireworks factory and then that offspring has sex with a fighter jet in the poorly-lit back room of a gun store/pawn shop, the offspring of that last relationship wouldn’t even come close to being as cool as one of the halls of this tank museum.  And, yes, you read that right.  One of the halls, which implies there’s more than one!  There’s actually like 4 different halls that have tanks in them!  These are freakin’ aircraft hangers full of tanks!  They have a full-size V2 rocket.  They have the largest indoor radio-controlled tank battlefield in the world.  There’s a freaking full-sized Apache helicopter.  There’s a sweet Bicycles of World War II exhibit.  They have Hitler’s wife’s dress.  And, and I shit you not on this last one, they have a velociraptor.  Not to mention they have a sweet gift shop with lots of stuff that was way out of my price range (not a good indicator as I only had enough cash on me to get into the museum).

Sure, I know what you’re saying, “Big deal, so they have a tank museum.”  Just kidding, no one would ever say that because a tank museum is the most awesomest thing any town could ever have.  What you’re really saying is, “I’m sold on going to Danville.  But just out of curiosity, what else does the amazing town of Danville have to offer?”  Again, I’m glad you asked.

Danville is the hometown of Dan Medos Jenkins.  A lot of you are probably asking who Dan Medos Jenkins is.  And that’s a fair question.  Dan Medos Jenkins is the most famous quarterback from Danville.  Now a lot of people think the town is named after Dan, but it’s actually the other way around.  Dan’s parents named him Dan after the town of Danville where he was born.  However, Medos Pizza over on the Franklin Turnpike is named after Dan.  Dan Medos Jenkins’ claim to fame is his football career with the George Washington High School Eagles where he was responsible for leading the team to both their wins.  Dan was the star (term used loosely) quarterback (term also used loosely) for the ’03-’04 school year and passed for an amazing 64 yards in one game!  He was also responsible for an astounding 38 running yards in the same game.  Unfortunately, the Tunstall Trojans beat the GW Eagles 78 to 3 in that record-breaking game.  At the time, that put the Eagles overall record at 2-1-497.  To this day, the George Washington High School Eagles are proud of the only two wins they have.  Dan helped the team squeak out a victory over the Stoney Mill Elementary Mustangs and they had a pretty solid win of 3-0 against the Danville Red Hat Society Ladies at the Dan River Dolls and Lively Ladies Lunch Brunch.  The tie actually came before Dan’s time in 2001 when the Eagles played the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

As I’m sure everyone reading this is already on Priceline.com booking their tickets for their vacation to Danville, I don’t really need to go on, but I would be remiss if I didn’t quickly mention a few more of places of interest in Danville.

  Danville’s Riverwalk Trail – Some people will describe Danville’s Riverwalk Trail as scenic.  Those are people who are gluttons for punishment, psychotic trail killers, or brought bikes.  It’s basically 8.5 paved miles of bugs and a river.  If you like long, miserable death marches where you see lots of places that look like factory installed computer desktop backgrounds, then Danville’s Riverwalk Trail is for you.

  Danville Historical Society’s Guided Walking Tour – Do yourself a favor and call ahead to make sure Rick is working.  He’s worth the time and money and will give you the real low-down on the history of Danville.  Peggy just ends up talking a lot about her cats and her mom’s endometriosis during her tours.

  Danville Science Center – If you’re looking to spend twenty bucks for nine thrilling (their word) minutes of science, this is the place for you.

  Goodyear Golf Club – Let’s face it, anyone reading this isn’t high-society enough to get into this golf course.

  Karen’s Hallmark Shop – I’ve heard this place is a real rager from 5:30PM to 6 o’clock.

 Also while you’re in Danville, you should be sure to eat at Mama Possums restaurant, also conveniently located on the Franklin Turnpike.  Mama Possums sports a very hearty menu with a variety of dishes that may or may not contain possum.  It’s definitely worth your time if you’re not in the mood for pizza at Medos.

The Duster and Tex Show Episode 127 #140708


Duster and Tex LogoThis week on the show, next door neighbors Troy and Melanie Hawthorne head out of town and decide to let Duster and Tex baby babysit their kids, Aldridge and Hayden. The boys share the story of taking the kids to school, playing video games, breaking stuff, and a trip to the hardware store to fix what they broke.

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The Duster and Tex Show: Episode 127, Segment 1
School Trip Part 1

The Duster and Tex Show: Episode 127, Segment 2
School Trip Part 2

The Duster and Tex Show: Episode 127, Segment 3
School Trip Part 3

The Duster and Tex Show: Episode 127, Segment 4
Weekend with the Hawthorne Kids

My Pet Owl


My pet owl is going to be awesome.  He’s going to be the best pet owl ever.  His name is going to be Owlan Whoodyk, but his nickname will be Wash like in Firefly.  We are going to be inseparable like Perseus and Bubo, Dr. Claw and MAD Cat, Lion-O and Snarf, Philo Beddoe and Clyde (seriously, if you haven’t seen Every Which Way But Loose, do yourself a favor), you know, all the great human/animal duos throughout history.

Owlan and I are going to do all kinds of cool stuff together.  I’m going to finally build that tree fort I’ve been wanting to build since I was 8.  I’ll have a cool hammock bed in my awesome tree fort and Owlan will have a nice branch to sleep on right above my hammock.  We will get up early in the morning and eat lots of bacon and avocados (I’m not really sure what owls eat, but if they are anything like dogs, then pretty much whatever humans eat except for onions and raisins and chocolate).  After breakfast, I’ll send Owlan to go get the newspaper that I’ve finally subscribed to.  Owlan and I will read the Want Ads and the Entertainment section and the movie listings and the comics each day.  We will laugh at Dennis the Menace and ponder over Rex Morgan, M.D. and scoff at Ziggy.  We will read and have a spirited discussion about the help section by that lady who replaced Ann Landers.  Then we will take the business section and light it on fire and roast brunchmallows (those are marshmallows served at brunch and I’m totally claiming that name and marketing it as soon as my lawyer gets the paperwork in order, so don’t get any ideas) to make brunch smores (except Owlan’s won’t have any chocolate because chocolate is poisonous to owls).

Then Owlan and I will ride around in my sky blue Cadillac convertible.  We might go to the city park and Owlan can fly around and get some exercise while looking for purse snatchers (I am not allowed at don’t go to the local park because of a court order creative differences, but, from what I’ve seen in movies, city parks are full of wiry men with an unhealthy affinity for women’s handbags).  Owlan will spot a purse snatcher and swoop down and retrieve the young lady’s stolen property while I console the emotionally wrought young lady.  Then I shall hold my arm out and say, “By Zeus, let this fair maiden’s satchel return!”  That’s Owlan’s cue to soar down from the sky and alight upon my outstretched arm with said maiden’s purse in talon.  I shall look the astonished young girl in the eyes and say, “Is this your purse, m’lady?”  As she stares in utter amazement, I shall take the purse from Owlan and then offer it back to her.  At this point, she will say something like, “Thank you so much!  Is there anything I can do to repay you?  Anything?”  And that will be the time I slyly smile at her and we head back to her car.

After the nice young lady whose stolen purse Owlan and I retrieved has taken us to a nice lunch and to get ice cream afterward, then she will drop us back off at the park to get my car so Owlan and I can continue our day.  And she will probably give me her number or something too, but I’ll just throw it away unless she has offered to take Owlan and I to dinner in which case I’ll wink at her and say, “See ya later, kid.”  Then Owlan and I will head over to the raptor center so Owlan can help mentor owls that are less fortunate than him and I can fulfill my court-ordered community service help.

If the lady who bought us lunch is cheap and ungrateful and flakes out on dinner, then Owlan and I will go get burgers and shakes at Sonic (but no onions on Owlan’s burger because onions are poisonous to owls).  Then after Owlan has buzzed a couple of the skating waiters and waitresses and we’ve all had a good-hearted laugh, Owlan and I will head back to the tree fort.  We will watch episodes of The Nanny on Netflix as I assume the shrill voice of Fran Drescher will be comforting to Owlan and remind him of his owl family.  I’ll wear headphones and listen to Fleetwood Mac albums while I watch the show because, let’s face it, Fran Drescher’s looks with Stevie Nicks’ voice is a perfect 10.  And when I’ve finished listening to Tango in the Night (by far the best Fleetwood Mac album, regardless of what the stupid critics say),  Owlan and I will have a glass of warm milk and some peanut butter cookies (owls love peanut butter) and head to bed to dream of all the awesome stuff we are going to do tomorrow.

I don’t have a pet owl yet, but I’m going to. I just have to catch him first.  And I need to build a tree fort.

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