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Russell explores critical and creative responses to pop culture with the aim of helping listeners transition from passive to a more active and conscious approach to consumption.

Latest Episodes

Transitionseeker Ep13

In this episode we finally get around to a profile of news values, those criteria that journalists rely on to select news items. Because news is not something that just happens, it’s a social construct. We also get bookish and look at ten questions to ask at your next bookclub meeting. Of course, you don’t need to wait for the meeting, you can ask them of yourself whenever you read a book. Here Russell also shares a disappointing encounter with one of Kingsley Amis’s books. Brr, never again (except maybe Lucky Jim)! There’s also a plug for new computer game Tonight We Riot, a ‘revolutionary crowd retro brawler scroller about worker liberation’, info on a new Rolling Stones song and an introduction to social media posting parties. What’s that all about? Russell also shares his guilty pleasure at purchasing a lavish new version of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series. He can only justify it on its future scarcity value (there’s also the beautiful Charles Vess illustrations and th...

35 MINMAY 10
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Transitionseeker Ep13

Transitionseeker Ep12

For this episode Russell goes back to the nineteen-seventies with a discussion of his list of ‘Key Albums of the Seventies’, and a look at the fascinating (and sobering) leaded-unleaded petrol wars of that decade, featuring some groovy Amoco ad soundtracks. Moving closer to the present, there’s also a review of Pearl Jam’s new album Gigatron, copious Abba love, some nerdy librarian talk about ‘shelfies’ and a necessary retraction (and plug) about the Bandcamp app. Oh no!

32 MINMAY 2
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Transitionseeker Ep12

Transitionseeker Ep 11

The MSM has been giving Russell the shits, so the New Adventures sees him offloading on News Corpse, Trump and front page editorials, and lamenting the MSM’s need to appear ‘objective’. With almost everyone home and playing computer games, Russell rejects his ‘sensible gene’ and decides to join in with an old RPG, Bards Tale (the reboot), and offers his take on gaming addiction and some advice about playing creatively. There’s also a segment about the importance of planning - whether it’s planning one’s consumption of books, bringing up children, or running a country. The best planning involves gentle guidance, democracy and knowing when to let go. In other words – good leadership. As Lao Tzu says, the best leaders are those whose presence is hardly felt, because the people are able to govern themselves.

30 MINAPR 24
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Transitionseeker Ep 11

Transitionseeker Ep 10

This week the program goes a bit surreal, with Russell offering up some unconscious consumption in the shape of a dream he had, and songwriter Jimmy Webb offering a tutorial on how to write good lyrics with his “surreal canvas”, Macarthur Park. There’s also some Hogwarts talk, a review of Stealers Wheel (remember them?), a visit to the PEI of Anne of Green Gables and other fictional locales, a look at some of Animelab’s latest anime offerings and a segment on otherwise good pop songs that contain rather crap lyrics. Good taste, it seems, is something that’s difficult to get across to people. Them bloody oars!

34 MINAPR 18
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Transitionseeker Ep 10

Transitionseeker Ep9

With the help of the recent stimulus payment Russell has bought some printer ink and a new laminator. That can only mean one thing: it’s print project time. Russell details some of his efforts, including the dvd movie covers project, and offers tips on how to get the most of out of those extortion-priced inkjet printer cartridges. There’s also a review of a Paul McCartney and Wings album where Russell has the temerity to suggest how Macca could improve on one of his songs. Another genre is profiled, this time the film genres of horror and crime. Plus there’s a look at the different types of plots that can be found within film. All good advice for the inner film critic. Amongst all this Russell ponders his consumption price trigger, and whether it is better to seek or to find.

32 MINAPR 11
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Transitionseeker Ep9

Transitionseeker ep8

This episode sees our host, Russell, tackling the whole boomer remover/Covid 19 issue, because it’s becoming too important to ignore. Looking through a librarian’s lens, he wonders if collection development criteria and its range of acronyms might be usefully applied to present economic and social policy and, thanks to a handy Twitter thread, investigates some of the models that the ‘anti-capitalist socialists’ are advocating for the post-corona world. Includes talk about a recent Q & A episode. There’s also a new occasional segment on genres, with the first one featured being that most conservative of all musical genres: country music. Expect some classic showbiz anecdotes (but watch out for that C-word!) and bad southern accents, and talk about Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee, which had a sequel written by someone you’d never guess. Russell also reviews the Sidney Lumet film, Serpico (or, rather, wallows in the milieu) and discusses the dietary benefits of ebooks (ie: do...

35 MINAPR 4
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Transitionseeker ep8

Transitionseeker ep7

This week Russell ponders our changing consumption patterns in this new coronavirus world. How do we cope in a world without footy or other sports? What of that weird wasteland of television where so many programs have lost their live audiences? And if we run out of toilet paper do we flush with tissues or paper towelling, thus risking the ire of our landlords? Or do we wipe our bums with the stuff and throw that in the bin? In the main segment Russell goes a bit Twilight Zone with a dissection of pop culture and the psychological term of the unconscious, wherein he shares some of his own neuroses (books, books, and more books!), considers artistic creation as a quantum phenomenon and invents a new scifi genre. With the enforced self isolation he also finds plenty of time to enjoy listening to his Back From the Grave garage rock album, watch and review the Japanese film Rashomon, be psyched out by the pink elephants in Disney film Dumbo and discuss arcane points on Twitter about one...

30 MINMAR 26
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Transitionseeker ep7

Transitionseeker podcast ep6

This podcast finds Russell in the thick of the whole Coronavirus scare, but he manages to avoid giving a rant featuring his own politicised perspective, including a definition of Universal Basic Income. Instead, you get one of his many theories about Bob Dylan, a review of the James Bond film, Live and Let Die, and a segment that might be called ‘Six music streaming sites and a moral quandary’. What’s the quandary? Listen to find out, but it’s something about making playlists and contained within the question – when to stream, when to buy, and when to illegally download? Anyway, the six streaming sites being looked at are Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and Spotify. Along the way there’s much love for Gordon Lightfoot and Korean band BTS and their superlative tune, Boy With Luv, which Russell recently bought and downloaded from itunes (yes, it’s still going!) and more. Playlists are important. Supermarkets are the coalface of consumption. Human beings s...

30 MINMAR 19
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Transitionseeker podcast ep6

Transitionseeker Podcast #5

This episode might be called the Censorship podcast, because Russell talks about Woody Allen’s publishers pulling the plug on his upcoming memoir, and does a whole segment on senator Stirling Griff’s call to have certain types of anime banned or at least reclassified. It’s a complete culture clash, featuring a children’s book about David Bowie, film Jo Jo Rabbit (it’s all about them shoes), Sailor Moon, Studio Ghibli and love for community radio station 3RRR and the Sword and Laser podcast. There’s also advice about re-reading books, featuring books by Ursula Le Guin, Leo Tolstoy and…Robert Heinlein (how’d he get in there?!). Because sometimes it’s about re-writing them. Oh, and censorship is bad, mmmkay? This episode includes readings from: Jo Glanville: “Woody Allen’s Memoirs: this is the behaviour of censors, not publishers”, The Guardian, March, 2020 Sanchez Vegara, M.A., Albero, A., 2019, Little People, Big Dreams: David Bowie, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, London

31 MINMAR 13
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Transitionseeker Podcast #5

Transitionseeker Podcast #4

Russell welcomes all cultural omnivores with this ep, which features new segment ‘New Adventures In Pop Culture’ – a roundup of Russell’s conscious cultural consumption for the week. In short, he’s been listening to some new Pearl Jam, Black Keys, Sleater-Kinney and Scandal, and some old Gordon Lightfoot; he also checked out the recent Oscars winner, Parasite, for film, and he has just finished the superb third season of TV’s The Expanse. There is also a segment on ‘comparative analysis’, which Russell reckons is a great tool to combat our ‘cultural amnesia’, and which includes Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Gordon Lightfoot and James Bond as examples. Russell also teases out the creative possibilities for mindful colouring – colouring in books for adults – which includes, in his case, scanning manga images into his computer and digitally colouring them in. He loves it when he hits that Flood Fill button, and a swath of colour is created on the screen. So much easier and quicke...

33 MINMAR 13
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Transitionseeker Podcast #4

Latest Episodes

Transitionseeker Ep13

In this episode we finally get around to a profile of news values, those criteria that journalists rely on to select news items. Because news is not something that just happens, it’s a social construct. We also get bookish and look at ten questions to ask at your next bookclub meeting. Of course, you don’t need to wait for the meeting, you can ask them of yourself whenever you read a book. Here Russell also shares a disappointing encounter with one of Kingsley Amis’s books. Brr, never again (except maybe Lucky Jim)! There’s also a plug for new computer game Tonight We Riot, a ‘revolutionary crowd retro brawler scroller about worker liberation’, info on a new Rolling Stones song and an introduction to social media posting parties. What’s that all about? Russell also shares his guilty pleasure at purchasing a lavish new version of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series. He can only justify it on its future scarcity value (there’s also the beautiful Charles Vess illustrations and th...

35 MINMAY 10
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Transitionseeker Ep13

Transitionseeker Ep12

For this episode Russell goes back to the nineteen-seventies with a discussion of his list of ‘Key Albums of the Seventies’, and a look at the fascinating (and sobering) leaded-unleaded petrol wars of that decade, featuring some groovy Amoco ad soundtracks. Moving closer to the present, there’s also a review of Pearl Jam’s new album Gigatron, copious Abba love, some nerdy librarian talk about ‘shelfies’ and a necessary retraction (and plug) about the Bandcamp app. Oh no!

32 MINMAY 2
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Transitionseeker Ep12

Transitionseeker Ep 11

The MSM has been giving Russell the shits, so the New Adventures sees him offloading on News Corpse, Trump and front page editorials, and lamenting the MSM’s need to appear ‘objective’. With almost everyone home and playing computer games, Russell rejects his ‘sensible gene’ and decides to join in with an old RPG, Bards Tale (the reboot), and offers his take on gaming addiction and some advice about playing creatively. There’s also a segment about the importance of planning - whether it’s planning one’s consumption of books, bringing up children, or running a country. The best planning involves gentle guidance, democracy and knowing when to let go. In other words – good leadership. As Lao Tzu says, the best leaders are those whose presence is hardly felt, because the people are able to govern themselves.

30 MINAPR 24
Comments
Transitionseeker Ep 11

Transitionseeker Ep 10

This week the program goes a bit surreal, with Russell offering up some unconscious consumption in the shape of a dream he had, and songwriter Jimmy Webb offering a tutorial on how to write good lyrics with his “surreal canvas”, Macarthur Park. There’s also some Hogwarts talk, a review of Stealers Wheel (remember them?), a visit to the PEI of Anne of Green Gables and other fictional locales, a look at some of Animelab’s latest anime offerings and a segment on otherwise good pop songs that contain rather crap lyrics. Good taste, it seems, is something that’s difficult to get across to people. Them bloody oars!

34 MINAPR 18
Comments
Transitionseeker Ep 10

Transitionseeker Ep9

With the help of the recent stimulus payment Russell has bought some printer ink and a new laminator. That can only mean one thing: it’s print project time. Russell details some of his efforts, including the dvd movie covers project, and offers tips on how to get the most of out of those extortion-priced inkjet printer cartridges. There’s also a review of a Paul McCartney and Wings album where Russell has the temerity to suggest how Macca could improve on one of his songs. Another genre is profiled, this time the film genres of horror and crime. Plus there’s a look at the different types of plots that can be found within film. All good advice for the inner film critic. Amongst all this Russell ponders his consumption price trigger, and whether it is better to seek or to find.

32 MINAPR 11
Comments
Transitionseeker Ep9

Transitionseeker ep8

This episode sees our host, Russell, tackling the whole boomer remover/Covid 19 issue, because it’s becoming too important to ignore. Looking through a librarian’s lens, he wonders if collection development criteria and its range of acronyms might be usefully applied to present economic and social policy and, thanks to a handy Twitter thread, investigates some of the models that the ‘anti-capitalist socialists’ are advocating for the post-corona world. Includes talk about a recent Q & A episode. There’s also a new occasional segment on genres, with the first one featured being that most conservative of all musical genres: country music. Expect some classic showbiz anecdotes (but watch out for that C-word!) and bad southern accents, and talk about Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee, which had a sequel written by someone you’d never guess. Russell also reviews the Sidney Lumet film, Serpico (or, rather, wallows in the milieu) and discusses the dietary benefits of ebooks (ie: do...

35 MINAPR 4
Comments
Transitionseeker ep8

Transitionseeker ep7

This week Russell ponders our changing consumption patterns in this new coronavirus world. How do we cope in a world without footy or other sports? What of that weird wasteland of television where so many programs have lost their live audiences? And if we run out of toilet paper do we flush with tissues or paper towelling, thus risking the ire of our landlords? Or do we wipe our bums with the stuff and throw that in the bin? In the main segment Russell goes a bit Twilight Zone with a dissection of pop culture and the psychological term of the unconscious, wherein he shares some of his own neuroses (books, books, and more books!), considers artistic creation as a quantum phenomenon and invents a new scifi genre. With the enforced self isolation he also finds plenty of time to enjoy listening to his Back From the Grave garage rock album, watch and review the Japanese film Rashomon, be psyched out by the pink elephants in Disney film Dumbo and discuss arcane points on Twitter about one...

30 MINMAR 26
Comments
Transitionseeker ep7

Transitionseeker podcast ep6

This podcast finds Russell in the thick of the whole Coronavirus scare, but he manages to avoid giving a rant featuring his own politicised perspective, including a definition of Universal Basic Income. Instead, you get one of his many theories about Bob Dylan, a review of the James Bond film, Live and Let Die, and a segment that might be called ‘Six music streaming sites and a moral quandary’. What’s the quandary? Listen to find out, but it’s something about making playlists and contained within the question – when to stream, when to buy, and when to illegally download? Anyway, the six streaming sites being looked at are Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and Spotify. Along the way there’s much love for Gordon Lightfoot and Korean band BTS and their superlative tune, Boy With Luv, which Russell recently bought and downloaded from itunes (yes, it’s still going!) and more. Playlists are important. Supermarkets are the coalface of consumption. Human beings s...

30 MINMAR 19
Comments
Transitionseeker podcast ep6

Transitionseeker Podcast #5

This episode might be called the Censorship podcast, because Russell talks about Woody Allen’s publishers pulling the plug on his upcoming memoir, and does a whole segment on senator Stirling Griff’s call to have certain types of anime banned or at least reclassified. It’s a complete culture clash, featuring a children’s book about David Bowie, film Jo Jo Rabbit (it’s all about them shoes), Sailor Moon, Studio Ghibli and love for community radio station 3RRR and the Sword and Laser podcast. There’s also advice about re-reading books, featuring books by Ursula Le Guin, Leo Tolstoy and…Robert Heinlein (how’d he get in there?!). Because sometimes it’s about re-writing them. Oh, and censorship is bad, mmmkay? This episode includes readings from: Jo Glanville: “Woody Allen’s Memoirs: this is the behaviour of censors, not publishers”, The Guardian, March, 2020 Sanchez Vegara, M.A., Albero, A., 2019, Little People, Big Dreams: David Bowie, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, London

31 MINMAR 13
Comments
Transitionseeker Podcast #5

Transitionseeker Podcast #4

Russell welcomes all cultural omnivores with this ep, which features new segment ‘New Adventures In Pop Culture’ – a roundup of Russell’s conscious cultural consumption for the week. In short, he’s been listening to some new Pearl Jam, Black Keys, Sleater-Kinney and Scandal, and some old Gordon Lightfoot; he also checked out the recent Oscars winner, Parasite, for film, and he has just finished the superb third season of TV’s The Expanse. There is also a segment on ‘comparative analysis’, which Russell reckons is a great tool to combat our ‘cultural amnesia’, and which includes Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Gordon Lightfoot and James Bond as examples. Russell also teases out the creative possibilities for mindful colouring – colouring in books for adults – which includes, in his case, scanning manga images into his computer and digitally colouring them in. He loves it when he hits that Flood Fill button, and a swath of colour is created on the screen. So much easier and quicke...

33 MINMAR 13
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Transitionseeker Podcast #4
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