December 2008

Monthly Archive

Episode 50: The War on New Year’s Day

billsimmon 29 Dec 2008 | : episodes

Celebrate PSFR’s 50th episode with champagne and noise makers! Topics covered this week include Watchmen legal shenanigans, Isaac Tousie’s un-pardon, our favorite genre films of 2008, Obama’s weird uber-popularity, the Chuck mid-season finale, The “war on Christmas” boloney, Rick Warren at the inauguration and Ewoks on Ice. Enjoy…

Quick housekeeping note: Emily and Bill will be out of town next week so there will be no new PSFR on 1/4, but we’ll be back with a fresh show for 2009 on 1/11. Happy New Year!

Original air date: 12/28/08
Total run time: 1:57:15
File size: 53.7 MB

Snow day! No PSFR today!

billsimmon 21 Dec 2008 | : housekeeping

Vermont is getting hit with a pretty big one today and so I’m officially canceling PSFR. I was going to wait until Steve made the inevitable call that he wasn’t going to drive downtown this afternoon, but I don’t think I need to wait. We could see anywhere from 6 to 15 inches today and it’s going to be cold and windy to boot. Besides, we would have been without Emily anyway because she had other commitments today, and the show just wouldn’t have been the same.

Tune in next week! It will be our 50th episode and the last one of 2008.

FYI, we’ll be off again on Sunday 1/4 because Emily and I will be out of town. We’ll return to our weekly schedule the following Sunday. Everyone have a good holiday. Merry war-on-Christmas!

Episode 49: Nerd Self-Reflection

billsimmon 15 Dec 2008 | : episodes

This week the PSFR crew was joined by friend-of-the-show Gerry Canavan, who was in Vermont visiting his mother (you’re a good son, Gerry). Topics included the Rod Blagojevich debacle, the failed auto-industry bailout, the gossip about the difficult NASA transition process and something about still-President Bush being the “sole” survivor of a press conference in Iraq.

On the SF side of things, the crew talked Sarah Connor, new BSG webisodes, and Whedon/Dollhouse, along with the fact that the new Star Trek folks are ALREADY retconning the movie to fit with Next Gen continuity (sigh). We also discussed the apparent dichotomy in the fact that FOX has shows existing or in development from JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon AND Ron Moore (arguably the three most influential SF creators currently working in TV) and they still can’t figure out what to do with them to make them successful. Answer: change the definition of “successful” so it’s more in line with HBO’s and the SciFi Channel’s definitions.

Original air date: 12/14/08
Total run time: 2:01:17
File size: 55.5 MB

Episode 48: We’ll do it live!

billsimmon 08 Dec 2008 | : episodes

Tonight’s episode of PSFR was a technical disaster for several reasons. First, our new chat software was confounding us, then the live stream wasn’t working. We figured those two problems out in the first 1/2 hour of the show, but because of all of the confusion at the beginning, I failed to notice that the recording didn’t actually start when I hit the record button (I hit it while it was in “pause” mode and I needed to hit “stop” first and then “record”). The result was a fairly frantic live show (with a very active chat), but no podcast episode because there is no recording.

Alex Chaffee, a regular listener and chat participant, was on hand in the studio and lent us some technical support when various things failed. He also took a bunch of photos at the show, which you can see here. It was also a winter wonderland in Burlington tonight, and throughout the show, we could here car tires spinning on the icy street below the studio.

One positive note: the chat software that we used tonight (Cover it Live) allows for saved versions of the live chat. So if you want to at least read what the live chatters had to say during the show, check out our live stream page.

Also, by way of documenting this lost episode, here are my show notes that I worked from during the broadcast. These are not in the order the topics were discussed, but it gives you a sense of what we talked about. I know, not a proper substitute…


  • Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Netflix watch-instantly feature a dud
  • Confessions of a Superhero
  • The IT crowd
  • Chuck
  • Caprica picked up
  • Sanctuary on a submarine


  • collapse of the economy
  • O’s public works plan
  • cabinet announcements – Gen. Shinseki
  • Jeb Bush senate in Fla
  • Caroline Kennedy in NY – dynasties
  • Chambliss won election – RNC flogging it
  • MN recount – canvassing board – close elections idea
  • Chris Matthews senate run in PA?
  • David Vitter running for re-election – hypocrisy discussion?
  • William Jefferson lost in NOLA
  • comments
  • Lessig advice – mp4 – digital divide
  • Olympia, WA atheist sign

Finally, it’s possible we’ll have a special guest on next week, so tune in for that. I’ll try and make sure the show actually records!

Episode 47: The Paper Anniversary

billsimmon 01 Dec 2008 | : episodes

Poli-Sci-Fi Radio is one this week. The crew celebrated by inviting PSFR friend Alex Woolfson on the show for some serious nerdgassing. The Terminator SCC timeline discussion in particular (2nd half-hour of the show) is deep in the geek.

Obama’s growing administration is drawing some fire from the left.  The PSFR crew weighs in on that topic at length.

Who’s game for a second year?

Original air date: 11/30/08
Total run time: 2:00:34
File size: 52.2 MB