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Cecily has been promoted from co-host to fiancée. Jim will continue on in his role of heterosexual life partner.and 64 others.Seriously, though, I never ever thought I'd get married again, but Cecily has proven to be an exceptional woman in the ups and downs we've shared in these past four years. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world on many, many fronts on a daily basis, and she's a big reason why. This is as close to a sure thing as I've ever experienced in my life.No date is set; with the house and studio stuff looming large in the fall there isn't time to do all that needs doing, but I'm guessing early to mid spring. Thanks to everyone for sharing in our happiness!
This happens every year. The content will start coming, but we need time to plan and do business stuff and it makes sense to do this in January when things are slow and taxes are due. Having said that, there will be 3 pods plus Lunch this week. Patience, for the Jedi it is time to eat as well, etc.and 23 others.
I'm locking and stickying this thread until this phase is over, because there isn't really meaningful discussion to be had and I totally understand people getting antsy but there's not much for it.
Peeps, I could not be prouder of our community. Not only was that fun as hell, but we raised what frankly was an unfathomable amount of money. I set $10k as the goal because I was afraid if I set it something achievable and we hit it mid way, that resetting it would screw up our donation trackers. I never expected to make half that. But you maniacs EXCEEDED it. This was just awesome to be a part of, every time I think there's a Bald Move moment that will never be topped, it does.and 20 others.
Thanks to everybody who stopped by and offered encouragement and broke the monotony, and especially everyone who gave, including the children of Bald Movers who were moved to donate their allowance, tooth fairy money, and Christmas money by the example of their parents. Just absolutely incredible.
Now, excuse me, I must go pass out.
So today is the officially official launch of the Kickstarter to publish a book I have co-authored, that will probably be called Gods of Thrones. My co-author is Anthony Le Donne, a religious scholar who has published several tomes on Jewish and Christian origins. Anthony approached me back in January about an idea he had to examine the religions of Song/Game as if they were real, and use connections to their real life historical counterpoints Martin used for inspiration to glean new insights into the plot and characters we all love. I thought his ideas were extremely interesting, and over several lunch / breakfast / skype sessions we hammered out the basic outline of the book and decided on a tone the work should have, which I would describe as irreverent scholarship.and 18 others.
We shopped the idea around to several publishers, and we had a few offers. The problem was that a lot of the academic press Anthony traditionally has dealt with wasn't too crazy about the irreverence, and the popular press wasn't too crazy on the deep dives into obscure ancient faiths. I think it was me who suggested the "fuck it, what if we Kickstart this thing and publish it ourselves?" And now we're here:
I don't want to belabor the point, because there is a whole page and video explaining what we're trying to do and how you can help and what you can expect to get out of the project as a backer. But I honestly think this is a cool project, I've learned a ton, Anthony has some great ideas, I've laughed aloud at several points in the manuscript we have so far, and I think the average Game of Thrones fan will find this book insightful and entertaining.
In the weeks to come, (the campaign lasts until August 8th, 2018) we'll be previewing art, samples text from the book, do a Q&A session, and hopefully entice enough people to help out and we'll get to do this thing. I'll also start up a FAQ for those FAQs that people tend to have. Maybe you have some. Maybe we can even discuss them in the space below?
Yeah guys and gals, at this point, Jim and I really don't care what mental gymnastics people are doing to avoid labeling Trump a racist, or avoid thinking they are supporting a racist who implements racist policy. Or if they're holding their nose because they like other things that perhaps aren't racist and they want to overlook the racist shit he does. I can't understand it myself. It's unlikely any amazing insights are going to be generated by such a "debate".and 17 others.
As mentioned, Jim and I are working on a joint statement to clarify this issue. It will include plenty of N U A N C E and E M P A T H Y. It will reflect our shared history of previously thinking things we now consider backwards and ugly. But it's getting time everyone in this country and indeed the world has to pick a side about certain things that are going on in plain sight in this government, and if you listen to our BlacKkKlansman podcast, it's not hard to see which side we're taking.
Plenty of public and prominent conservatives have repudiated Trump. That Trump is a racist is not a fringe opinion, it is both mainstream and widely accepted. I don't really care what's in the man's heart. I don't think it's interesting to question if he's "really" a racist, just like I'm sure gay people didn't care 20 years ago when I was making an asshole of myself online arguing against gay marriage that I didn't personally hate them. Cause I truly never did. I was just advocating that they shouldn't be allowed to have a legally recognized relationship because I genuinely felt it was bad for society. Was I really homophobic? Did the difference matter?
Conservative people who are still supporting Trump are welcome here in the same way that I as a liberal gun owner am welcome at my local shooting range. I am welcome to shoot, talk about gun safety and performance and ask questions about models and ammo and what not. I'm not welcome to argue against the 2nd amendment or hand wring about school shooting or even wear a "I'm with her" shirt. If I did I'd expect to be on thin ice and if I was making their community angry be asked to leave.
We've worked hard to build a community that people of color, and queer people and women feel welcome and respected. It's been a long road for Jim and I get get to this place, and we feel these values and ethos are vital for moving forward as a society and indeed a species. Whether intentional or not, whether people's hearts are in the right places or not, I can clearly see that I'm welcoming these people into a space where a very small number of folks are allowed to make them feel unsafe and disrespected, to the point where they feel they can't engage with these folks without violating forum rules.
At the end of the day, we're private business owners who are exercising our rights to free association and expression, and if we have to decide to come down on one side or another as citizens to create a community that reflects our ethos then so be it. We feel that this will have the end result of making our community stronger. We are not turning this into a left wing organization. If we manage to attract a few soviet-style authoritarian leftist apologists and Nation of Yahweh types with our rhetoric please trust when I say that Jim and I will kindly tell them to shut the fuck up or get out, too. If democrats and other leftist forces manage to regain a few levers of power in this country, we will continue to point out their hypocrisy and failings like we did during the Obama administration. We're not blind that if you dig deep enough and look hard enough there are crazy leftists out there. I've run into my share. It's just that they're certainly not a dominant force in society, nor causing problems on these forums. That's why "both sides" arguments are at some level, willfully ignorant, displaying a profound lack of empathy, or made in bad faith.
If you think this is extreme or total bullshit, I don't know what to tell you. Enjoy the shooting range, but leave your MAGA hats in your glovebox, or our polite and professional mods will show you to the door.
Okay, so Jim and I don't give a shit about The Walking Dead anymore. That's the part that's broke and ain't going to be fixed. Toast can't never be bread again. We're also bored of shitting on The Walking Dead the same way we've been doing for years, minus the hopeful part that Gimple would get his act together. I realize that there are a lot of people bored with that kind of podcast, too. We hear you.and 16 others.
This January, we played with a lot of concepts involving the Joe and Al gag from Riverdale, doing a crazy post show with impressions and that deal where we superimpose our mouths over cast photos and just go the crazy comedy route, and everything in between. Unfortunately, the more creative ideas that we could execute with some semblance of passion are impractical with our current staff and setup. If we had a studio engineer to help us with transitions and setup or perhaps better gear or certainly with both that's something we'd love to do and think it would be funny and cool. But we don't.
So, dump TWD or re-run the same old? After much discussion and debate, we've decided to just run back the same old, same old, but more streamlined. A large majority of our current audience that loves what we do on TWD. Also, it seems that there is literally nothing else we could do for the next 60 days or so that would be as sure of a thing as just doing TWD. So, we are going to be doing LiveWatches, with a podcast on Tuesday, with limited feedback. We're thinking of doing an "email of the week" or something like that, to limit the huge amount of time we spend processing and editing that. There will be a bit of freshness, in that Jim will be in Rome for the first two weeks of TWD coverage, so I've got feelers out for guest hosts which would be fun until he gets back.
We'll be using the free time to do more things with video, more things with Twitch, and to get caught up on our commission queue before Westworld returns. We have a few of the ideas to improve our Instant Take podcast for WW and make it more of a complete after show with feedback and maybe even live feedback that we considered in brainstorming for TWD but decided it would be dumb to invest that much energy on a fundamentally bad show. Once Westworld hits, it's going to be a pretty full year until the end, with plans for Expanse, American Gods, Game of Thrones season 3, Better Call Saul, Bald Movies, etc, and a bunch of other fun side projects we have planned but don't want to spoil.
Finally, let it be known that Watching Dead is on it's very last legs. This isn't up for debate. We likely would not have come back for season 8B or whatever this is had it not been for TV pushing everything else back several months. I would not count on a season nine. If we have another person in here helping us out, which is a possibility, and we can pull off something fun and inventive to continue enjoying ourselves at TWD's expense, we would do so, but as it is, both the show and our podcast are running out of steam and no longer growing.
@Anubus21, I have appreciated your support over the years. However, I would like to point out the hypocrisy in simultaneously decrying the oppression of your supposed loss of free speech while encouraging members who share your views to boycott Bald Move. Also, this flouncing business is expressly forbidden under Rule #10. But anyway, if we lose a few bucks taking stands for sides we believe in, that's a deal we'll always make. I mean, you do realize you're talking to two men who threw away their entire friends and family circles because we became convinced that one side was right and the other was wrong and we're not going to play it safe and put our heads in the sand, right?and 13 others.
I find it sad that you can sift through my public speech on the subject and decide that I think all Trump voters are racist, and has trouble with my "dangerous, blanket statements" on that subject, but with all of Trump's public speech and policy we get this "Oh sure, the President can be racially tone deaf at times but calling him an out and out racist... I don't know, that's a bridge too far, fellas," bullshit. It's not a good look, man, and I have to feel like deep down you know this.
And you're not even being banned for contorting yourself into logical pretzels to overlook the sheer odiousness of Trump. You're banned because you can't shut up about it. Minorities in this country swallow tons of shit on a daily basis but the line you draw is a podcast host demanding people acknowledge that Trump is a racist? That's got you to the barricades?
I'm an atheist. When I'm sitting at a Christian table and they say grace, I bow my head. I do not loudly proclaim that "I'm an atheist and you all are deluded with your invisible sky god". I could state that as politely as I'd like, and with an absolute conviction that I'm correct, and I'd still be at the very least, a massive asshole. Every discussion with you and the few who are like you around here can never advance beyond first principles. It can never advance beyond the kind of network cable screaming heads crap that no one cares about. It's always going to be like this, forever. You're /r/thewalkingdead in complete denial about how shitty the show has become, and the rest of us want to move on to more interesting topics. I'm so sick of the carefully constructed arguments framing fundamentally offensive ideas trying to tip toe around our rules. I'm so sick of bad faith topics being introduced like "Will this one woman who sexually harassed a dude be the end of #metoo?", which I note with gratification that the Bald Move community always, always handles beautifully. Which you must find frustrating, because you want to prove that we're the real racists, or we're the real sexists, or that we can't possibly have a consistent world view because yours is such a roiling contradiction of what you see as heroic and good but continually proves to be corrupt and bankrupt. It's just so boring and tired. And you just show how far behind you are on the real conversations around these topics.
I suspect many of the people that are leaving Bald Move because of this stance are going to be feeling really stupid a few years from now. If so, please feel free to come back and tell us of your journey. Jim and I have shaped and curated a community that we feel proud of. We'll continue to do so. But we've also been deeply wrong and ignorant on so many things that we'll always be glad to welcome someone back when you see the light on the road to Damascus.