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Three highly branching and divergent young men reminisce about growing up in the crumbling American empire. With digressions to technology, rap music, popular culture, and literature. Hosted by Colin Barrett, Patrick Thomson, and Phillip Bowden.

Latest Episodes

#16: I Made a Poop Joke in Church

Hello, listeners. Around Thanksgiving we sat down and recorded a really fantastic episode for you all. Unfortunately, shit, as they say, happened. Sorry about that. Everything is fine now though, and we're pleased to release this humdinger for your listening pleasure. That's it for the preamble, on to the show notes! We begin by discussing Phillip's adventure to Hooters in Midtown, Manhattan (never go there) and speculate about a possible support group for victims of one-sided music industry beefs. We all complain about the weather and how it cramps our style. Stupid weather. A hair redistribution action is planned. We have an existential crisis about kind of not caring about new consoles — real ones anyway. We follow on by breaking down the sailing mechanics in Assassin's Creed and Wind Waker. We also wail and moan about the horrible, horrible sexism that pervades gaming. A bodying occurs, and the victims are the people who get off on positive feedback about their conference but s...

63 MIN2014 MAR 2
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#16: I Made a Poop Joke in Church

#15: It Has to Be a Hot Ringtone

EWe kick off another episode with what is rapidly becoming a Postmodem trope—that's right, more Williamsburg Bar Stories from Phillip. We criticize people who are poor about respecting the boundaries of others. Patrick discusses the time he got his ass whooped in jiu-jitsu by a bouncer from one of Cleveland's largest strip clubs. We engage in an truly exhaustive review of Doris, Earl Sweatshirt's debut album. We discuss the nature of publicity and popularity in the Internet age. Patrick defends his choice to avoid watching Breaking Bad (viz. that shit is stressful). Colin describes his experience at the Rock the Bells festival. Patrick demands a Postmodem jingle/ringtone. We reflect on the threat that Mortal Kombat and rap lyrics posed to America in the 1990s, grow angry about the devolution of American media and the deification of Ronald Reagan, and engage in some good-natured trash-talking regarding Letterpress. We decry both gamers and "men's rights" activists, then close the epi...

67 MIN2013 OCT 1
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#15: It Has to Be a Hot Ringtone

#14: Man, I Don't Know Shit About Thunderstorms

EWe're back. Again. We have somewhat of an unprepared start to the episode, but quickly get down to three of Phillip's fantastic Williamsburg Bar Stories - including one about the previously-discussed scourge that is small-head privilege. We segue nicely into a discussion of the proper procedure for thunderstorms (consensus: pour whiskey, put on Boards of Canada, get mad snuggly on the couch). It is revealed that Patrick behaved very uncharacteristically and participated in physical sporting activity. We engage in a very long, nuanced discussion about both the merits and the awful misogyny of 'Yeezus', Kanye West's most recent album. Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt are mentioned. Patrick and Colin enthusiastically trumpet the virtues of Pacific Rim (though are unable to remember the name of the lead actor, eventually settling on "Blandy McProtagonist"). Some critical opinions of author Bret Easton Ellis are voiced, namely "FUCK BRET EASTON ELLIS", "FUCK THAT GUY", "WHAT A DICKHEAD", a...

71 MIN2013 AUG 12
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#14: Man, I Don't Know Shit About Thunderstorms

#13: Millennial Gear Rising: Lazy, Entitled Action

EWe're back with a nice frivolous episode after the unprecedented seriousness of the previous one. Patrick talks about a soujourn to Amsterdam during which he watched a king being crowned and a drunk person falling into a canal (not simultaneously). We discuss the virtues of the new Daft Punk songs and we discuss, in somewhat reverent tones, just how handsome Pharrell Williams is. We rhapsodize about our recent conversion to Aeropress coffee, then segue into a breathlessly excited discussion of the music scheduled for release this summer. We give a pretty exhaustive review of Tyler, the Creator's new record Wolf, call Robert Plant a nerd, and further humiliate Patrick re: his dislike of critically-acclaimed, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame–inductees Credence Clearwater Revival. We beg Uniqlo to sponsor our show and Colin does the knowledge on post-war Japanese literature. We launch into a furious, aggrieved cipher on the anti-Millennial horse hockey that has been peddled as of late by th...

69 MIN2013 MAY 18
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#13: Millennial Gear Rising: Lazy, Entitled Action

#12: Childhood Is Ultimately a Black Disappointment (feat. Ed "Funkatron" Finkler)

EThe Postmodem triumvirate is thrilled to feature our first guest appearance - Ed Finkler (@funkatron), host of Development Hell and the creator of the legendary Ham Button. After some brief discussion about the Ham Button economics, we embark on a long and nuanced (Really! Except for the part where we terrify Colin with well-placed Twin Peaks images) discussion of Ed's Open-Sourcing Mental Illness campaign to raise awareness of mental illness in the software development community. We recount our personal struggles with mental illness, how it's affected our careers (both negatively and positively), the coping strategies we've developed to adjust to day-to-day professional and personal life, and the hell-on-earth that is junior high. We then cap the episode off with the requisite discussion of rap, covering the brilliance of Ice-T's music (and his Twitter feed).

79 MIN2013 APR 18
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#12: Childhood Is Ultimately a Black Disappointment (feat. Ed "Funkatron" Finkler)

#11: Cumberbatch and Kojima Get the Vapors

ELast week we rapped about Odd Future wunderkinds Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator, Jay Electronica, and outdated audio technology. We reminisced about '90s MTV and a discussion of sub sandwiches somehow leads in to outdated Victorian innuendo. None of us can pronounce "code folding". We all complain about corporate engineering blogs, Facebook's in particular. Patrick gives us the run down on Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengance: Frenetic Lightning Action, Phillip educates us on (500) Days of Summer, and Colin gives a brief update on Double Date Dot Com. We laud Tim Curry and Beverly Cleary and then close out the show with a story involving Nine Inch Nails, mirror repair and a harpsichord. Seacrest out.

64 MIN2013 MAR 12
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#11: Cumberbatch and Kojima Get the Vapors

#10: Could I Get That Martini Syphilitic, Please?

EIn this episode, Patrick and Phillip reminisce about their first battles with Internet Haters, Patrick rants about functional programming, and there is a disagreement on the matter of the Martini. Arson is threatened and disavowed in a discussion about Frank Ocean's prospects at The Grammys. Tycoons, dinosaurs and reference books somehow occupy the same conversational space. Colin opens up about his abandonment issues regarding JJ Abrams. Your hosts discuss the films of Quentin Tarantino, Takeshi Kitano, and George Lucas. The Rap Quota is once again filled by an examination of Jay-Z's lyrical prowess and his business acumen. Google Hangouts is adopted in favor of Skype, the Clown Shoes of communication software.

71 MIN2013 FEB 22
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#10: Could I Get That Martini Syphilitic, Please?

#9: Christopher Nolan's High Tide

EOur first live episode, "sponsored" by hambutton.com, recorded in Phillip's apartment in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA, Earth. We recount Colin and Phillip's adventures in New York City and Patrick's adventures at the Pittsburgh airport. We discuss various nocturnal emissions and the care and feeing of older models of televisions. We shout out to one of our listeners and Colin teaches you how to steal a car. We discuss ridiculous airplane and TV edits of movies and Mark Hamill's storied voice acting career. We come down solidly on the question of Biggie vs Tupac. We compare the structure of superhero movies to the Star Wars trilogy. We cast a very critical eye on the Lord of the Rings movies and the new film adaptation of The Hobbit. We also discuss horror movies including Dawn of the Dead (2004), 28 Days Later (2002), Saw (2004), Veritgo (1958), Psycho (1960), and Candyman (1992). We finish off with brief discussions of minimalist classical music from the 20th century,...

65 MIN2013 JAN 29
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#9: Christopher Nolan's High Tide

#8: A Sartorial Cut Down

EWe’re back! We regale you with tales of our holidays: Phillip tells of strangers attempting to fight him by insulting his sartorial choices, Colin describes Hawaiian radio stations that play nothing but Hawaiian Christmas music, and Patrick gives a breathless summary of the world’s greatest tea shop. Patrick tries desperately to get sponsored by Uniqlo. We discuss the merits of liking things unironically, dive into a spoilerrific discussion of Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World, discuss Ryan North’s upcoming choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet, and promote Pete Townshend’s autobiography and Ice-T’s latest documentary.

66 MIN2013 JAN 18
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#8: A Sartorial Cut Down

#7: Amateur Physics

EWe're back on our grind on our new schedule. We discuss Patrick and Phillip's eventful Thanksgiving in lovely Virginia, complete with bourbon and animal attacks. A sleep-deprived Patrick squares off against some unnerving Japanese vending machines. New Star Wars films are on the horizon, so we talk about Star Wars past, present and future, delving into such topics as the quality of the prequel trilogy, the problems with Return of the Jedi, what we'd like to see in a new Star Wars film and the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Jake Lloyd. We stumble upon the corpus of a young Colin's work in the humble medium of Amazon reviews. And, finally, to meet our quota of talking about rap in every episode, speculate on the identity of the recently-unmasked rapper, Captain Murphy.

67 MIN2012 DEC 18
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#7: Amateur Physics

Latest Episodes

#16: I Made a Poop Joke in Church

Hello, listeners. Around Thanksgiving we sat down and recorded a really fantastic episode for you all. Unfortunately, shit, as they say, happened. Sorry about that. Everything is fine now though, and we're pleased to release this humdinger for your listening pleasure. That's it for the preamble, on to the show notes! We begin by discussing Phillip's adventure to Hooters in Midtown, Manhattan (never go there) and speculate about a possible support group for victims of one-sided music industry beefs. We all complain about the weather and how it cramps our style. Stupid weather. A hair redistribution action is planned. We have an existential crisis about kind of not caring about new consoles — real ones anyway. We follow on by breaking down the sailing mechanics in Assassin's Creed and Wind Waker. We also wail and moan about the horrible, horrible sexism that pervades gaming. A bodying occurs, and the victims are the people who get off on positive feedback about their conference but s...

63 MIN2014 MAR 2
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#16: I Made a Poop Joke in Church

#15: It Has to Be a Hot Ringtone

EWe kick off another episode with what is rapidly becoming a Postmodem trope—that's right, more Williamsburg Bar Stories from Phillip. We criticize people who are poor about respecting the boundaries of others. Patrick discusses the time he got his ass whooped in jiu-jitsu by a bouncer from one of Cleveland's largest strip clubs. We engage in an truly exhaustive review of Doris, Earl Sweatshirt's debut album. We discuss the nature of publicity and popularity in the Internet age. Patrick defends his choice to avoid watching Breaking Bad (viz. that shit is stressful). Colin describes his experience at the Rock the Bells festival. Patrick demands a Postmodem jingle/ringtone. We reflect on the threat that Mortal Kombat and rap lyrics posed to America in the 1990s, grow angry about the devolution of American media and the deification of Ronald Reagan, and engage in some good-natured trash-talking regarding Letterpress. We decry both gamers and "men's rights" activists, then close the epi...

67 MIN2013 OCT 1
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#15: It Has to Be a Hot Ringtone

#14: Man, I Don't Know Shit About Thunderstorms

EWe're back. Again. We have somewhat of an unprepared start to the episode, but quickly get down to three of Phillip's fantastic Williamsburg Bar Stories - including one about the previously-discussed scourge that is small-head privilege. We segue nicely into a discussion of the proper procedure for thunderstorms (consensus: pour whiskey, put on Boards of Canada, get mad snuggly on the couch). It is revealed that Patrick behaved very uncharacteristically and participated in physical sporting activity. We engage in a very long, nuanced discussion about both the merits and the awful misogyny of 'Yeezus', Kanye West's most recent album. Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt are mentioned. Patrick and Colin enthusiastically trumpet the virtues of Pacific Rim (though are unable to remember the name of the lead actor, eventually settling on "Blandy McProtagonist"). Some critical opinions of author Bret Easton Ellis are voiced, namely "FUCK BRET EASTON ELLIS", "FUCK THAT GUY", "WHAT A DICKHEAD", a...

71 MIN2013 AUG 12
Comments
#14: Man, I Don't Know Shit About Thunderstorms

#13: Millennial Gear Rising: Lazy, Entitled Action

EWe're back with a nice frivolous episode after the unprecedented seriousness of the previous one. Patrick talks about a soujourn to Amsterdam during which he watched a king being crowned and a drunk person falling into a canal (not simultaneously). We discuss the virtues of the new Daft Punk songs and we discuss, in somewhat reverent tones, just how handsome Pharrell Williams is. We rhapsodize about our recent conversion to Aeropress coffee, then segue into a breathlessly excited discussion of the music scheduled for release this summer. We give a pretty exhaustive review of Tyler, the Creator's new record Wolf, call Robert Plant a nerd, and further humiliate Patrick re: his dislike of critically-acclaimed, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame–inductees Credence Clearwater Revival. We beg Uniqlo to sponsor our show and Colin does the knowledge on post-war Japanese literature. We launch into a furious, aggrieved cipher on the anti-Millennial horse hockey that has been peddled as of late by th...

69 MIN2013 MAY 18
Comments
#13: Millennial Gear Rising: Lazy, Entitled Action

#12: Childhood Is Ultimately a Black Disappointment (feat. Ed "Funkatron" Finkler)

EThe Postmodem triumvirate is thrilled to feature our first guest appearance - Ed Finkler (@funkatron), host of Development Hell and the creator of the legendary Ham Button. After some brief discussion about the Ham Button economics, we embark on a long and nuanced (Really! Except for the part where we terrify Colin with well-placed Twin Peaks images) discussion of Ed's Open-Sourcing Mental Illness campaign to raise awareness of mental illness in the software development community. We recount our personal struggles with mental illness, how it's affected our careers (both negatively and positively), the coping strategies we've developed to adjust to day-to-day professional and personal life, and the hell-on-earth that is junior high. We then cap the episode off with the requisite discussion of rap, covering the brilliance of Ice-T's music (and his Twitter feed).

79 MIN2013 APR 18
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#12: Childhood Is Ultimately a Black Disappointment (feat. Ed "Funkatron" Finkler)

#11: Cumberbatch and Kojima Get the Vapors

ELast week we rapped about Odd Future wunderkinds Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator, Jay Electronica, and outdated audio technology. We reminisced about '90s MTV and a discussion of sub sandwiches somehow leads in to outdated Victorian innuendo. None of us can pronounce "code folding". We all complain about corporate engineering blogs, Facebook's in particular. Patrick gives us the run down on Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengance: Frenetic Lightning Action, Phillip educates us on (500) Days of Summer, and Colin gives a brief update on Double Date Dot Com. We laud Tim Curry and Beverly Cleary and then close out the show with a story involving Nine Inch Nails, mirror repair and a harpsichord. Seacrest out.

64 MIN2013 MAR 12
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#11: Cumberbatch and Kojima Get the Vapors

#10: Could I Get That Martini Syphilitic, Please?

EIn this episode, Patrick and Phillip reminisce about their first battles with Internet Haters, Patrick rants about functional programming, and there is a disagreement on the matter of the Martini. Arson is threatened and disavowed in a discussion about Frank Ocean's prospects at The Grammys. Tycoons, dinosaurs and reference books somehow occupy the same conversational space. Colin opens up about his abandonment issues regarding JJ Abrams. Your hosts discuss the films of Quentin Tarantino, Takeshi Kitano, and George Lucas. The Rap Quota is once again filled by an examination of Jay-Z's lyrical prowess and his business acumen. Google Hangouts is adopted in favor of Skype, the Clown Shoes of communication software.

71 MIN2013 FEB 22
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#10: Could I Get That Martini Syphilitic, Please?

#9: Christopher Nolan's High Tide

EOur first live episode, "sponsored" by hambutton.com, recorded in Phillip's apartment in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA, Earth. We recount Colin and Phillip's adventures in New York City and Patrick's adventures at the Pittsburgh airport. We discuss various nocturnal emissions and the care and feeing of older models of televisions. We shout out to one of our listeners and Colin teaches you how to steal a car. We discuss ridiculous airplane and TV edits of movies and Mark Hamill's storied voice acting career. We come down solidly on the question of Biggie vs Tupac. We compare the structure of superhero movies to the Star Wars trilogy. We cast a very critical eye on the Lord of the Rings movies and the new film adaptation of The Hobbit. We also discuss horror movies including Dawn of the Dead (2004), 28 Days Later (2002), Saw (2004), Veritgo (1958), Psycho (1960), and Candyman (1992). We finish off with brief discussions of minimalist classical music from the 20th century,...

65 MIN2013 JAN 29
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#9: Christopher Nolan's High Tide

#8: A Sartorial Cut Down

EWe’re back! We regale you with tales of our holidays: Phillip tells of strangers attempting to fight him by insulting his sartorial choices, Colin describes Hawaiian radio stations that play nothing but Hawaiian Christmas music, and Patrick gives a breathless summary of the world’s greatest tea shop. Patrick tries desperately to get sponsored by Uniqlo. We discuss the merits of liking things unironically, dive into a spoilerrific discussion of Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World, discuss Ryan North’s upcoming choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet, and promote Pete Townshend’s autobiography and Ice-T’s latest documentary.

66 MIN2013 JAN 18
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#8: A Sartorial Cut Down

#7: Amateur Physics

EWe're back on our grind on our new schedule. We discuss Patrick and Phillip's eventful Thanksgiving in lovely Virginia, complete with bourbon and animal attacks. A sleep-deprived Patrick squares off against some unnerving Japanese vending machines. New Star Wars films are on the horizon, so we talk about Star Wars past, present and future, delving into such topics as the quality of the prequel trilogy, the problems with Return of the Jedi, what we'd like to see in a new Star Wars film and the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Jake Lloyd. We stumble upon the corpus of a young Colin's work in the humble medium of Amazon reviews. And, finally, to meet our quota of talking about rap in every episode, speculate on the identity of the recently-unmasked rapper, Captain Murphy.

67 MIN2012 DEC 18
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#7: Amateur Physics