Sunday, August 30, 2009

Current Standings After 3 Weeks of Voting:

Well, folks, here we are on the 21st day of the voting, and the numbers are still coming in. As expected, they have slowed down significantly over the past week or so, but there are still a few votes cast each day. We've had some big movers in the past couple of weeks. WEDWay Radio has moved up 6 positions. Not to be outdone, Magic City Mayhem has jumped 11 spots. The biggest mover, however? One of the newest podcasts out there (the 5th episode of the show was just released in the past few days)… Shawn and Katie over at the WaltCast have jumped 15 positions!!!



Below are the current rankings as of Sunday, August 30, 2009. WDW Today remains atop the board for the time being, with Running to Disney holding fast at second (both the Disney fans and the Running fans remain mobilized in the voting), and Lou's WDW Radio Show at #3. Be Our Guest remains in 4th, as do Inside the Magic in 5th and Van's Netcot Podcast in 6th. Mouseguest has broken the tie they previously had with All About the Mouse and has moved into sole possession of 7th position and AATM at 8th. The podcast of the DISboards is still in the same position at 9th, and WDW News Today rounds out the Top Ten, though WDWNT is inching closer to taking that spot from DIS Unplugged.



As you can see below, the 10th position currently holding 32 votes. This leads to an interesting finding here: with the majority of the remaining podcasts bunched together and narrowly separated by a small margin of listeners who have voted, it won't take much for most podcasts to make some really large moves up the list. For example, it takes only 20 more people voting to move someone currently residing in the 25th position up and into the Top Ten!



Remember, I'm not asking you to vote for your favorite podcast…I'm asking for what ones you listen to on a regular basis. This means that you can vote for more than one podcast. Luckily, this poll is set up so that you can go back and change your vote if you'd like to. Also, if you would like to vote for a podcast that's not included in the selection, just send me an e-mail with your additional votes. I'll send you a confirmation that I've added them.




Don't forget to read the updates that I do on here every week or two to see if any episodes sound interesting to you. Please feel free to try out some of the newer ones that you may not know about. You never know…you might end up adding a vote for them too on here!


…and I can't end this without the reminder to Keep the votes coming in!!!



Total Voters: 318

Total Votes Cast: 1,057




WDW Today

130

Running to Disney

95

WDW Radio Show

94

Be Our Guest

59

Inside the Magic

53

Netcot

48

Mouse Guest

44

All About the Mouse

40

Dis Unplugged

33

WDWNT

32

Disney Dudes

26

Those Darn Cats

25

Character Breakfast

23

Disneyland News Today

19

Mouse Lounge

18

Disney Pincast

17

Micecast

17

Trapped on Vacation

17

Magical Definition

16

Meandering Mouse

16

MouseStation

16

WEDWay Radio

16

Communicore Online

15

BMS/IYEEE

13

Big D in HD

12

Magic City Mayhem

12

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod

12

Adv. Of Teen Dsny Geek

11

Magic Never Ends

11

Imagineering My Way

10

MuppetCast

10

Disney Brit

9

Disney, Indiana

9

Mouse Droppings

9

Waltcast

9

Disney Tidbits

8

Laughing Place

8

Travelears

8

Let's Talk About Disney

6

Above the Firehouse

5

Mortis Matinee

4

Mouse Comedy

4

A Window To The Magic

4

Remember the Magic

3

Park Hopping Party

2

Extinct Attractions

2

Northern Mouse

2

At the Main St. Cinema

1

Original D

1

DISCast

1

Mouse Magic HD

1

Park Hopping Podcast

1



Saturday, August 29, 2009

I'm a Glutton for Punishment

This may be the shortest blog post I've done on here (much to the joy of most of the readers)


To prove just how flippin' insane I am, I added a couple more podcasts to the ever-growing lists of ones I'll be providing updates for. Starting with their next shows, I'll be including the Beyond Main Street and the Disney Brit Podcasts to the mix.



Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So, What's it Like Teaching a Hated Subject ?

When people ask what I do for a living, I tell them that I teach at Illinois State University. I always dread the follow-up question that I know is coming: "What do you teach?" As I sigh, I silently hope that the person I'm talking to doesn't run away screaming or, worse, fall down into the fetal position when I tell them the answer: I teach Economics. Often the conversation ends there (they're running away screaming, remember?), but for those in the fetal position, or, on the rare occasion where they actually remain standing in place and relatively sane, they'll often ask which courses I teach. Being a non-tenured lecturer/instructor, I get exposure to all sorts of classes. I start listing them:

Econ 103 - a gen ed micro course
Econ 105 - 4 hour Principles course...this is what I usually teach
Econ 138 - Econ Stats
Econ 215 - Money and Banking
Econ 220 - Law and Economics
Econ 239 - Managerial Economics

I haven't yet, but I could also likely teach Econ 238 (econometrics) and Econ 240 (intermediate Micro) without too much difficulty. At the local community college, I teach Principles in split classes (101...Micro and 102...Macro).

I then typically endure their war stories about how much they either loved or (usually) hated Principles, where they talk about being stuck in a lecture hall of tons of students and a boring teacher who has his back to the class for the majority of the class as he draws graphs incessantly on the chalkboard. I then inform them that I'm one of those instructors in the lecture halls.


Thumpthumpthumpthumpthump <--- the sound of them running away.


Okay, most of them realize that they're now trapped in a most uncomfortable situation and start sweating nervously (like they're expecting me to get mad, cry, or start drawing graphs for them). I often tell them that I know Economics isn't exactly the sexiest discipline out there (we're math geeks that look at the world in a completely weird way and are wrong 85% of the time yet still receive a paycheck...how's that for job security?!). I let them know that I'm still a student (in the 29th grade) and know what it's like to be stuck in a class with a boring teacher, so I try to keep it interesting, especially in the lecture halls. When they ask how many students I teach at a time, I'll get an audible gasp 50% of the time when I tell them that the Principles class has around 250 students, though I've taught 300 before. They always ask what it's like doing that (followed by something along the lines of, "I'd be absolutely terrified in front of that many people!").


It's not an easy thing to describe, this teaching a lot of people at one time. I try to compare it to what it's like teaching a 35 seat class (many of them still cringe even at the thought of 35 students...a LOT of people are not big on public speaking), but it's still hard to explain the experience. To give you an idea of what I see, I took a camera into class on the second day of class, set it on the "panorama" setting, and snapped a few pics in the hopes that I'd be able to stitch them together. I told them to not move and to NOT make any hand gestures. I didn't see any one-fingered salutes, and my first attempt at a panoramic shot actually didn't turn out too terribly bad:







Yeah, it IS a lot of people, but you get used to it. Unfortunately, it's a sea of faces at times, and, as much as I want to provide 1:1 interaction, the simple fact is that it's almost impossible. I'll usually remember a name, but I often can't connect a face with a name when I see someone walking across the quad saying "hi" to me.

Luckily, there's no chalkboard in here. If you look at the podium, you'll see 2 overhead projectors, a computer console (both PC and Mac is on there), a phone (never used unless someone dials a wrong number), the microphone, and a document viewer/Elmo. The technology is keeping up fairly well...it's not top-of-the-line, but it definitely does what I need it to do...


...except the microphone. I don't know if the microphone works or not. Since the lecture halls have an increased chance of people falling asleep, I think I become more of a performer in the room, which means I'm moving around the front of the room all the time, which means I can't use the mic. This isn't too big of a problem; having attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, where we went through essentially 9 months of basic training that first year we were there, I learned how to "sound off" and make the voice bellow out (I loved sneaking behind the upperclassmen and watching them jump a couple of feet by "greeting" them in a loud and thunderous voice). This movement and volume typically helps keep the class somewhat engaged in what I'm doing.


I also tend to use a lot of humor (or attempted humor, at times) in the room, and, as they are (hopefully) laughing, I slip in the theory or the application. When a joke or a story works in a class of that size, it's one of the neatest feelings. When a joke bombs, however, and all you hear are crickets chirping in the back, yeah, it's one of the loneliest feelings you can experience...all those eyes focusing on you, wondering what the Hell you were thinking trying that approach.


I try to set the stage early...on the first day of class, I get there and start fumbling around nervously, constantly checking the time and making sure I have everything in the exact proper place (usually purposely dropping things in the process). At the time the first class is supposed to start, I flip on the mic (the only time I use it) and very quietly say that I'm going to start a few minutes late so those still trying to find the room can get here.


Then I usually start with the bottled water that I bring. I nervously start drinking it, though I get my hand shaking so badly that some of it starts splashing out. Those in the front rows usually notice it and quietly start commenting on it to each other.


About 5 minutes past the actual start time, I lean into the mic and start talking really quietly, making my voice crack. I tell them that the person that was supposed to teach this course pause to look down at the name and struggle with the name Mushrush left for another position, and that I was asked at the last minute to fill in (I'm a grad student in ed admin...they picked me because I have a Master's in econ, though I don't have any teaching experience). As I do this, I'm acting like I'm nearing the fainting/hyperventilating stage and start letting on that I'm completely uncomfortable in front of everyone. Most of them start laughing until I ask them to stop and then ask them if any of them don't like public speaking. More water, with hands REALLY shaking now. I am looking down 75% of the time I'm talking, and the class starts wondering just how painful the semester is going to be. Some of them start shouting out words of encouragement or understanding as I stop and try to get the nerve to continue on. I can hear some students grumbling, expecting Mushrush for the teacher and getting "me" instead. A few hop online with their phones to see if any other Econ 105 sections have open seats.


Finally, I tell them that, expecting that it would be difficult for me the first 2-3 weeks, I was going to show them a short video on how I hoped to teach the course. I step back and try to get the system to show the video...and after 2-3 minutes of messing up the lights, getting everything EXCEPT the PC up on the projector, etc., I finally get the video up: a clip of Ben Stein teaching economics from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As the video ends, I turn off the mic and let them know that I perhaps I won't plan on teaching like that and that perhaps I have taught this before. The class is (hopefully) dying from laughter at this time when they realize that it was all an act. I actually got a round of applause this semester when I did it last week for the first class.




The stage is now set. A lot of people come to class just to see what I'm going to do next. It's weird when I hear that former students sat in for a class or two right before they graduated because they liked the presentation method. Though it's weird to hear this, it lets me know that something seems to be working and that they actually want to be there. Now that I've got them coming to class, I keep them coming to class and get them to hopefully want to learn. Yes, sometimes I can tell that they expect to be entertained, and, despite my best efforts, when the material in a particular lesson just doesn't lend to humorous examples/anecdotes, I can see the class deflate a little. Still, I try to keep it energized as much as possible to keep the students interested in what's being taught. The biggest complaint that I hear about econ is that it's the most boring thing that they've ever experienced as well as being one of the hardest things to understand. While I understand that it can be boring and difficult, it doesn't have to be, and I do what I can to make it as interesting as possible. As things become more interesting, they tend to actually want to understand it, and the learning commences.


Still being somewhat younger than the average professor helps, too. I try to keep up with the current events and change my examples often. This semester, I used the health care reform debate as an example in the first lecture on tradeoffs, and I actually got a hilarious sarcastic response from someone in the sea of faces when I asked what the criticism of the reform was (response: "A death panel is trying to kill my Grandma!"). Being on MySpace, Facebook, AOL IM, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. hopefully lets the students know that I'm not too set in my ways and understand a lot of what they're going through. While I won't send out friend requests on any of these social networks (I think it would be a little creepy to have my teacher friend me up), I'll often accept student-initiated friend requests. While most wait until after the semester, I often have a few from the current semester link up. Doing all of this hopefully eliminates the "Ivory Tower" feel that sometimes can be felt from a teacher. It lets them know that, well what do you know...he's a normal person (more or less). Getting rid of that stigma hopefully allows the student to relax more in the class and participate. The result? Hopefully a more conducive learning environment.


So, what's it like teaching a hated subject? I'd say it's not too different from doing a one-man play or a stand-up routine, only in my case the audience can stop you and ask what the heck you meant when you said something. Once you have the confidence that you know the material fairly well (but aren't arrogant to the point of refusing to admit that you don't know something), you can focus on the presentation. Being fairly extroverted, I luckily have a comfort zone with larger classes. I can usually tell when I teach a decent course and when I'm terrible...I think it's based mostly on how comfortable I am with the material. My best courses? 103, 105 and 138 (though my students aren't too fond of 138...they expect the humor from 105, but there isn't much to work with because, well, it's STATS!). I consider myself okay with 239 (I make them work and don't hand out information if they don't make the effort), and I feel like I'm improving with 215 as I teach it more. I've only done 220 once, and I'll readily admit that I completely sucked teaching that one.




Now, take out your pencils and show me what happens to the equilibrium price and quantity of gasoline when the price of oil increases.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Disney Podcast Updates, August 7-21


HELLLLPPPPPPPP!!!!!!



I'm drowning over here…too much stuff to do, as I mentioned in my previous post to the blog here. I'm guessing that I have a few more followers thanks to the poll, and this isn't exactly the best first impression; however, I have to take a few short-cuts in order to get caught up. Most of the time, I like to do my own little spin in these when I write these up (and there are a few in here); however, in a few instances in this update, I am taking the description from the shows and pasting them in here.


The schedule is getting back down to an actual routine, and I hope to get back to the same "quality" (though some may consider 'garbage' to be a better word) really soon. I actually have listened to most of the shows, including a couple of new ones which I will be adding soon. In this update, there are 61 shows included, which I think is a record...a record I hope never gets broken!


Look for BMSLou's Beyond Main Street/In Your Ears Experience and the Disney Brit Podcast to join the ranks in the coming weeks.


If you are interested in listening to any of these episodes, I have links to subscribe for most of these shows in my post HERE.


As always, please note that this again is not a comprehensive list of the Disney Podcasts that are out there. Mike Hamilton has created Disneypodcastdirectory.net, which he periodically updates with new podcasts and removes dead casts. He also has the automated RSS (historical) feeds of the podcasts. This is more of a cross-section of what is currently being talked about…perhaps something may sound interesting, and you'll subscribe to listen to that topic.


Any and all comments are welcomed! Also, if you know of another podcast that fits here, let me know.



    • 8/21/09 – Episode 12, Video taken from the FOTM meet…good to see some of the faces that go with the voices of some podcasts (first time seeing Scott and Tracey, Jana from LTAD, Patrick and Paul (everyone knows Patrick and Paul), Tairy (everyone knows Tairy because everyone knows Paul), Liana, and many more! Time: 10:39
    • 8/17/09 – Episode 60, This is one of those times where I simply ran out of time to do much more than skim over. I'm really getting to like this show, so I want to make sure it gets its due. Here's Keegan's description of the show: "Hey everyone!On this show, we'll be going coast-to-coast to the two attractions running on EMVs (Enhanced Motion Vehicles). Doesn't that sound exciting? You have no idea. We'll start out at Westfest at the Imagineering My Way Midnight Cruise Down the Rivers of Adventure meet at the Jungle Cruise. After riding the Jungle Cruise, we head to Indiana Jones: Temple of the Forbidden Eye, and I get stuck driving. After that, we fly across to Animal Kingdom to ride Dinosaur with the Dysfunctional SuperFamily, the Magic Never Ends crew, the ConnieJennKyra family, and the Dysfunctional SuperCousins. Once again, we fill an entire car!!It's a great time and I hope that you haaaaveee fuuuun." Time: 1:16:23
    • 8/14/09 – Episode 122, After news and the new additions to the AllAboutTheMouse Wrestlers Roll Call, Tim Stenzle gives a review of G-Force, which is still raking in some money at the box office. Following that, guest Tim Samson, owner of the RNR at WDW Blog, shares a gem at WDW that most people tend to overlook and walk right on by: the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, USA. They wrap up the show in the usual way before Bryan takes a sledgehammer to his computer (no, there's no audio of that, unfortunately). Time: 1:16:57
    • 8/21/09 – Episode 123, Lots of audio from the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet that recently wrapped up. Before that, however, Jonathon and Bryan start off with news, including the stories of the passing of a cast member at the Indy Show and at the MK. This is one of the less-fun parts of doing these updates as the story is retold several times as it makes its way through the podcast world, and I hear it again and again. No, it doesn't get much easier hearing it the 5th time…it's still sobering every time. They bring up the mood with the news that testing has begun for the icicle lights on Cinderella Castle for the Christmas season. Also, the Golf Channel's Big Break series will showcase Disney World's Magnolia and Palm golf courses for the upcoming season. Jonathon also goes over some meet-up opportunities at Disneyland during the marathon. Bryan then announces a fundraiser for Give Kids the World where he agrees to do something he vowed never to do from the last show – getting the full deal at the Harmony Barber Shop. Roll call is also in here, with several new additions. Time: 2:02:56
    • 8/09/09 – Episode 149, After a short discussion on the recent Magic Meets events (good job BOG fans on raising money!), Mike and Rikki provide an interesting discussion on the best and worst queues at each WDW park. This is one of those potential "shout-at-your-MP3-player" episodes, though I did find myself agreeing with the majority of their selections. Time: 45:48
    • 8/13/09 – Episode 150 <----- WOOHOO!!! They made it! To celebrate this show, they do a listener-provided segment called "tough choices", where the BOG fans submit "this or that." It starts out as a consensus-fest, but they soon get into some good disagreements. Probably the best choice was "Tink costume in winter or Beast costume in summer". Be sure to join the character meal at the new Fantasyland restaurant…bobbleheads of the BOG characters will be available at the register. Ask your server for more details. Time: 51:34
    • 8/16/09 – Episode 151, in this crossover show, Chris (aka Fantasmic) from the Character Breakfast and the Tiki Room Morning Show (which I occasionally listen to weekday mornings at 7 central) joins Mike for an interview about how he got hooked on the Disney bandwagon as well as how he got started with Sorcerer Radio and the CB podcast. Time: 30:19
    • 8/20/09 – Episode 152, Mike, Rikki, Debbie, and Pam talk about the insanity that precludes leaving for a Disney World vacation. Some good info on going to the parks with a newbie is also in here (hint: let them figure most of the stuff out!!!) They also get a great voice mail from a BOG listener who ended up with a DVC membership as a 25th Anniversary present. Mike also announces that they are going to try their first live show to be aired on Reedy Creek Radio over on Live 365 (Sept 20th at 8 pm Eastern). Time: 42:04
    • 8/09/09 – Episode 75, The ENTIRE crew is here for this show! They start off in the usual fashion with a little bit of news and then get into a detailed discussion about the rumored Fantasyland re-do at MK. I must have been in a bad mood when I was listening to this because again I was inclined to shouting at the iPod during this segment as they provided their feedback (not a bad thing…it keeps it interesting!). The CB army heeded Sorcerer's commands for more e-mails, and several e-mails are read in the next segment. No monorail station today from Imagine and Pluto, but Chris has a good interview with original mouseketeer Lonnie Burr in the Animated Courtyard segment. Time: 1:35:44
    • 8/07/09 – Show 23, After a weeklong celebration of winning the Disney Feud from AllAboutTheMouse, Wayne and Trace welcome ScrappingtheMagic's April Baker and the MainStGazette's Ryan Wilson to talk about handling defeat at the hands of the Dudes. They also talk a lot about their great sites and their love of Disney. Voice mails end the show. Time: 1:19:01
    • 8/14/09 – Show 24, llllLLLLLLLLEETTTT'S GET READDYYYYYYYYYYYY TOOOOOOOO RUUUUUUUUUUUBBMMMMMMLLLLLLLLLLEEEeeeeee!!! The dudes introduce a couple of new segments in this episode. First is the Disney Mash-up, where they take two rides and smash them together to see what hypothetical attraction would be created. Then comes the main segment: the Cage Match! They pit two attractions against each other and talk about them to see if they can come up with an outright winner between the two. The attractions in the premier of this: BTMRR vs BTMRR (WTF?). They compare Big Thunder at WDW to Big Thunder in Anaheim. The show ends with Wayne surfing the web (okay, it's during the ending with voice mail and NFFC updates). The lingering questions at the end: is it SAMbycat or SOHMbycat? (my vote's for SAM) AND Just how bad of a death is required to haunt a Disney attraction? Time: 59:50
    • 8/21/09 – Show 25, Ran out of time…from the Show Description: Aye rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves! It's The Disney Dudes show #25! This week we find out what kind of trouble Trace will find on The Disney Cruise. We finish the show with Rene Auberjonois, The Little Mermaid's Chef Louis. As always fun with voice mail and emails! Time: 1:30:44
    • 8/07/09 – Episode 72, In addition to the news about meets, releases, John Rick's Ten Pin List, and the Time Machine (among other segments),William Bruno, Jr. is IPLS #53 in the spotlight. Time: 1:49:27
    • 8/14/09 – Episode 73, I hate saying this, but I didn't get to this one. Sorry, Tom…gonna have to go with the Description on it. From the Description:" Welcome to another edition of The Disney Pincast. Join hosts Tom Corless and John Rick for Disney pin news, upcoming pin trading opportunities across the United States, a profile of I.P.L.S. member number #54, all of this week's pin releases from the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, and the World of Disney store in New York, John Rick's Disney Pin Investigation, a Disneyland Resort Pin Report, and much more!!!" Mush's Note: IPLS #54 is Jason Gallagher from Syracuse, NY. Time: 1:43:16
    • 8/21/09 – Episode 74, In this show, IPLS #5 is profiled, and the lucky person is Medina, OH native Noelle Walter. John and Tom are back with the Time Machine, Ten Pin, Soda Fountain and Studio Store segments, along with more updates on upcoming pin meets and releases. Time: 2:01:28
    • 8/10/09 – Episode 55, Tairy lets her son decide what the attraction is that will be tidbitted (is that a word?) in this episode. His answer: the Indy ride at Disneyland! Time: 13:00
    • 8/14/09 – Episode 56, continuing with the programming trend, Tairy's niece takes control of the podcast waves and asks Tairy to look at the story of Cinderella. Time: 13:22
    • 8/09/09, Episode 28, In their premier episode of their second year of podcasting, Scott and Tracey give a trip report on FOTM and invite Liana (Extinct Attractions), Matthew Cox (Disney Brit), and Mortis(Scott's nemesis) on to discuss the events. Audio from the parks is included. Time: 1:37:26
    • 8/09/09 – Video Extra, This is a neat teaser video from David that goes behind the scenes at Disneyland. The video provides about 5 minutes of what goes on backstage, including some amazing numbers on costuming alone! Time: 5:17
    • 8/11/09 – Video Extra, Another teaser video, this one for the AnaheimVacationland DVD, voiced over by Brian Somer. Time: 2:19
    • 8/11/09 – It's the Tuesday live show! In this show, they make the theme based around the Haunted Mansion. Liana, Dave, et al talk quite a bit about the Sutton family, who got to stay in Disneyland's HM. They also talk about SHAG's (aka Josh Angle, a renown painter, illustrator, and designer) work pertaining to the HM's 40th anniversary. Discussion of some of the teasers listed above is also included. Time: 1:18:03
    • 8/18/09 – I really need to get caught up here…it's another Tuesday live chat show! In this show, well…I'm going to let the show description say it all: "What happens when David wakes up at 5am, and does a video shoot, and then does the podcast later? Well it's a cross between a tribute to a great legend, and a party on Harbor Blvd? Don't believe me, take a listen now....." I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I'm guessing some of the background music is going to be interesting! Time: 1:02:54
    • 8/10/09 – Episode 227, I think this may very well be Ricky's favorite show of all the ITM's that he has done. Most followers of him know that he's a HUGE Haunted Mansion fan. The Sutton family (Tim, Cindy, Jessica, and Stephanie) won a contest run by KLOS FM (Los Angeles) to spend a night in a stretch room at Disneyland's HM. After dispensing with the news rather quickly (can you blame him?), he interviews the family and then provides audio from the experience, which was broadcast over the web. Time: 1:02:49
    • 8/10/09 – Special Video Supplement to Show 227, Highlights from the webcast of the Sutton's staying in HM. Included is a really good rendition of Grim Grinning Ghosts by the Hitchhiking ghosts (and butler). Time: 8:34
    • 8/17/09 – Episode 228, Ricky devotes about 1/3 of the show to getting caught up on listener feedback. Before doing so, however, he gives the news around the world and gives his impressions of the latest D23 magazine, which is themed around the Haunted Mansion (it's in my car…still reading the Matterhorn article). Skipper Ben gives an update on the soon-to-occur trip to WDW and gives more listener-provided "goosebump" moments that go with the planning and countdown of a trip to WDW. Time: 1:02:04
    • 8/10/09 – Episode 66, It's right before Will, Shannon's and Princess Peanut's trip to WDW, and they provide a detailed pre-trip report (complete with all the excitement that they bring to the podcast (DISNEY WORRRLLDDD!!!!...you'll find yourself shouting that too throughout the show). Time: 1:36:42
    • 8/13/09 – Episode 67, They're at Disney World, rubbing in to our faces and sprinkling salt into our wounds that they are there and we are not. They hold back after Wishes about mid-way through the trip to discuss what has gone on so far, what it's like touring with an infant, and providing reviews of some of the restaurants and attractions that they have experienced thus far on their trip. Time: 43:50
    • 8/21/09 – Episode 68, This is the next installment of Will and Shannon's recent trip to WDW. In this show, they start off in DHS with their last ride of the vacation. Luckily they're still shouting and screaming in a good way as they ride RNR with lots of friends (and, yes, they include the audio of the ride-through, though, after hearing this, I'm not sure Will would do very well at either Don't Forget the Lyrics or any form of karaoke). After that audio they discuss the trip on their flight home and reflect on the great times they had. Happy 9th Anniversary to the two of you!!! Time: 53:32
    • 8/9/09 – Nathan and Jim tackle all sorts of things in this show, ranging from the eagerly anticipated D23 Expo to DCL…from Bruckheimer to Marshall to Cameron to all sorts of rumors for who's directing the next Pirates, from the now-famous Fantasyland rehab rumor to new technologies. Time: 41:44
    • 8/16/09 – Jim and Nathan are back for your weekly dose of, well, Jim and Nathan! They use this episode to discuss Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo. Time: 31:20
    • 8/14/09 – In this show, they work on more e-mail, which ultimately gets into what I consider to be one of the best assets of this show…a lot of these guys are engineer/architect types who really go in-depth on how things are built or why they did things certain ways. A good discussion on Space Mountain on both sides ensues in response to a comment about an e-mail. The show abruptly ends unfortunately after a tech snafu. Time: 1:48:38
    • 8/16/09 – Episode 13, In the Mortis Mortis Mortis Mortis Matinee…in the Mortis Mortis Mortis Mortis Matinee...where the parents say words and the children play…in the Mortis Mortis Mortis Mortis Matinee. (AAAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!) They go with one of the more obscure movies that I have never heard of. It's Moon Pilot. After a stroke of luck finding the movie on AMC, they watch and review it. The last half of the show gives a tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion, where Mortis gives some great 4-point surround sound audio of the attraction at WDW. Wear headphones…especially for the stretch room portion. Feedback wraps the show. Time: 44:53
    • 8/16/09 – Show 59, Mr. Walker is joined by Ms. Rich for another episode of fun-filled insanity. Tairy laments a couple of poor viewings, one forced and one voluntary (or is that volunTairy?). They then get on a tangent before they even get to the news about Chihuahuas and Guinea pigs (guess the movies!!!) before completely going on a full-blown movie segment. Colson (Colton?) writes in and rips in on Tairy, Peter Pan love, and Tinkerbell's therapist (if that doesn't get you intrigued, nothing will). A talk of the upcoming D23 Expo follows, along with a look at the news, including the story of a guy being convicted of getting to second base with Minnie Mouse at WDW (talk about being hard-up…and, boy was Mickey pissed! LMAO…I was thinking this as I heard the story, and they actually talked about this!!!). Speaking of being pissed (and possibly at the advice of Tink's therapist from the last show), Jonathon and Tairy (mostly Jonathon) vent out some deeply-hidden frustrations as they discuss their pet peeves in the parks (the ECV NASCAR leaves a good mental image). The show ends with the Queuing Family from Hell. Time: 59:44
    • 8/07/09 – Episode 12, From Westfest!!!! Keegan is all backwards as he rides with Matt and the rest of the Westfest crew on GOAT!!! GOAT!!! GOAT!!! (for you non-DPN'ers, that's Big Thunder Mountain). While they are in the queue as well as while riding it, they ponder the age-old questions of A) How come the Spanish translation of the safety spiel is done in a boring voice; and 2) What exactly would a Mexican/Spanish cowboy sound like? NEVER FEAR! Keegan to the rescue, as he calls in to Matt's voice mail and gives the spiel in perfect Spanish cowboy (though I swear when I translated it I saw something like "slippery nipple" in there, though my spelling could have been wrong). Time: 15:30
    • 8/08/09 – Episode 211, LOOOOVVVVVVEE….Exciting and new….Eric and Cathy will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary soon, and Eric cranks up "WMGW" and presents many songs relating to love (about 80% of the music is Disney-related). Put this one on the computer or play it through some speakers, and have a little dance with the one you love. I'm saving this one so my wife can listen to it. Time: 1:02:12
    • 8/15/09 – Episode 212, Everyone's neat and pretty again for the show…this one's a potpourri of topics. Eric and Cathy put out a request for pointers on taking infants to the parks and tips on itineraries. After that is the "Celebrations" segment, and then comes the feedback from the mail bag (thanks for the intro audio…I am sooo ready to get back on Space Mountain). Lots of listeners have comments on the recent Fastpass discussion (this was another one that I was screaming at while I was driving…my kids thought I had lost it). Dan and his mother review Ponyo, and Yew Nork City's favorite entertainer wraps the show with a show of his own. Time: 1:31:46
    • 8/09/09 – Episode 9 of Season 3, Everyone sing along…Hola Mis Amigos…(good luck getting that one out of your head…at least it got the Mortis Tiki Room song from above out of there). After the traditional opening news segments, Gary gives an absolutely amazing story with tons of audio on Walt's needed break from all the turmoil he was experiencing in California and follows the path that Walt took down to Latin America, which ultimately became the lesser-known "Saludos Amigos." Included: interviews with Disney, some of the history of the U.S. State Department's involvement with the project, the introduction of the new characters (Jose and Panchito), a really interesting look at the Three Caballeros, some Ray Gilbert (Bai), one of the shorts from Saludos: Aquarela do Brasil, a montage of Tico Tico, an audio capture of the Mexico Pavilion's Mariachi Cobre (I could listen to them for hours), and, yes, a ride-through of El Rio del Tiempo (Hola mis amigos…). Time: 1:37:24
    • 8/10/09 – Episode 335, iiiittt'sss short subject day! After the tip of the week (using the birthday gift in the parks), Mike and Mark's featured attraction is something/someone that I have wanted to see for years but haven't been able to yet: Japan's Miyuki (the candy lady). After that, the Columbia Harbor House at MK is reviewed (another one that I'm trying to get to). How dare they go up to the top floor to eat up there! The Kid is asked another question, with this one being "If you could be a dancer at Disney, where would you want to perform, and why?" Andrew Rich gives the week last week next week this week segment (I still can't say that). Listener feedback follows, including a couple of concerns of the monorail accident interview a couple of weeks ago with David Koenig, who offers a well thought-out response to the concerns. Several other e-mails are read and answered, too. Time: 36:44
    • 8/12/09 – Episode 336, This is a must-listen show for all first-time WDW (or any theme park, for that matter) visitors. It also might be a good show for many of those regulars as this show focuses on common etiquette in the parks that often are forgotten or simply ignored by many. Good job, guys! Time: 37:26
    • 8/17/09 – Episode 337, Being that this is a two-week span of shows, you can probably deduce on your own that this is another short subject show. They follow the same format that we've all become comfortable with: the Featured Attraction (the Dragon Legend Acrobats of China); the Review System Spotlight (All-Star Movies); the This/Last/Next week Segment with Andrew Rich; Ask the Kid (If a female classmate of yours were to go to WDW, what attractions/shows/etc. would you recommend her to do ? Answer: "I don't know because I'M NOT A GIRL!" (classic)); Magical Moment (great CM effort to rectify a grand gathering snafu that ultimately got several rooms at Saratoga Springs for an awesome price); and listener feedback. Time: 33:30
    • 8/19/09 – Episode 338, Being that this is a two-week span of shows, you can prob….oh wait…I've already done that. The featured topic in this show has a couple of Steven Ng interviews: NFFC's VP of media relations and communications, Chuck Oberleitner; and Anita Schaengold, Chair of NFFC's Special Events. Chuck discusses the 25th anniversary of the NFFC/Disneyana national conference, and Anita talks about the upcoming Disney World Holiday Extravaganza. Time: 39:38
    • 8/14/09 – Episode 147, Van leads off with the news, including a prayer that the new AP 15-for-12 promotion continues until at least May, before challenging the listeners to come up with some attraction in the Disney world (not just Walt Disney World…the Disney "World"…YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!) that include the numbers 1-10 in the title. His top 7 this show focus on the best places to find souvenirs at WDW. A Compare-Van-Contrast is included in this show, where, thanks to a listener suggestion, he examines Disney hotels. Time: 29:43
    • 8/17/09 – Episode 29, Gordon does an epic FAIL! in trying to make homemade hummus for the first time (and nearly sacrifices a food processor in the process as he made sawdust instead of hummus) before going on a run and commenting as he does so (again, I'm truly amazed he can talk while doing this). The final 15 minutes or so are dedicated to the blog/podcast of the week (WEDWay Radio, which is featured on here with their updates…the most recent show is in the last update post) announcements and listener feedback. Time: 1:04:24
    • 8/11/09 – Episode 65, The cats and the Whatchamacalit tackle the proposed concept diagrams for the new Fantasyland (and its seeming slant towards princesses rather than princes) in WDW before giving me what I like to call "Micecast whiplash", where they go on a tangent that makes your head spin (The cats are good at that…I LOVE IT!) After what seemed to be an honest comment about a fanboy, they talk about the movie of that bears that same name. I would also like to mention that I agree with the Whatchamacalit that the idea of a Tinkerbell-decapitating-roller-coaster-from-Hell totally rocks! Time: 36:01
    • 8/18/09 – Episode 66, it's on my iPod…I just haven't gotten to it yet (my apologies, Jennifer and Lisa). From the Show Description: "The Watchamacallit and Mr. Broke Hoedown rejoin the Cats this week for a discussion of Country and Western music, Tim Curry's contribution to the Disney musical cannon and more about Devon Dawson!" Time: 31:14
    • 8/10/09 – interim report (not #48), They're BACK FOR A SHOW! While it's difficult to get everyone's schedules in sync (that real-life thing keeps getting in the way), many of the Travelears (Greg and Ryan, joined by guest Lauren) get together to talk about all the changes going on at Disneyland. They pulled an "Earl" however by not hitting a button a second time to actually record, so this is their second go at it. Time: 33:38
    • 8/15/09 – Video Supplement from FOTM. The crew emerges from Splash Mountain mostly dry, with the exception of a couple: Keegan, who's moisture-reversed (he's all wet except for under the armpits while everyone else is the opposite), and Doug, who is still drying off as you read this. This is the story of his pain (and Somer's shoes). Time: 3:17
    • 8/07/09 – Episode 104, From the show Description: "To kick off this week's show, we have your Walt Disney World Resort Weekend Update. In this week's update, we will be discussing the official addition of a tequila bar to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, the new vice presidents of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park and the Downtown Disney district, and the long awaited addition of a new feature to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort #38; Spa. Following the Weekend Update, we have the debut of a new segment called "The Golden Age". In this inaugural segment featuring Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, we will begin our quest land by land, area by area, and space by space throughout the world to find "The Golden Age" of the entire Walt Disney World Resort. Town Square Talk is back this week, highlighting the hottest topics around our WDWNT Network of websites and podcasts. On this trip down Main Street WDWNT, we'll have all the details on some segments you can vote for in WDWNT Interactive, some brand new features of our WDWNTunes website, and talk a little bit more about our upcoming 2010 fan event, WDWNT: The Weekend." Time: 1:00:19
    • 8/13/09 – Episode 105, Tom is joined by Justin, Jose, Anthony, and Scott (sorry, no Luke) for this show. Before going over e-mails, "The World's Finest" makes another appearance, with this segment focusing on the best dining in Epcot. Time: 51:24
    • 8/17/09 – Episode 106, these guys snuck this one in only 4 days after the release of show #105, and I haven't had time to get this one listened to, though I really like the opinionated roundtables on here as some great discussion usually ensues. From the description: "To kick off this week's show, we have your Walt Disney World Resort Weekend Update. In this week's update, we will be discussing some "Princess and the Frog" inspired additions coming to and already in the theme parks, the progress on Space Mountain and the current state of Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, and the "return" of some classic extinct attractions in 2010. Following that, we have a great Walt Disney World based discussion that listener suggested. In this very opinionated round-table, we will be discussing what are possibly the best and worst attraction exits in all of the Walt Disney World theme parks. We're calling this segment "A Grand Exit". " Time: 1:12:13
    • 8/09/09 – Episode 131, Once again (sounds like a broken record), I don't know how he gets these guests! From the description: "While the introduction of new attractions, shows or promotions gets many people excited about Walt Disney World, hearing about a new dining experience for many is equally as thrilling. And when a new restaurant is being introduced that comes from the first and only female Iron Chef, the excitement grows into anticipation. This week, I am pleased to be joined by Chef Cat Cora, whose Kouzzina restaurant is set to open soon on Disney's Boardwalk. We'll talk about her background and career, as well as what this new dining experience will bring to Walt Disney World Guests. With the recent introduction of new Disney Vacation Club properties at Kidani Village, The Treehouses at Saratoga Springs and the spectacular new Bay Lake Towers, I wanted to talk about not just the DVC in general, but about each of these new resorts. With three new, very unique experiences to offer Guests and DVC Members, I also wanted to look at some frequently asked questions about the DVC and how these new properties may or may not affect buying and selling DVC points. Shontell Crawford form DVCbyResale.com joins me to discuss these topics and more. I'll play more of your voicemails at the end of the show, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's episode of the WDW Radio Show." Whew, even the descriptions of the shows are long…it's another great, packed show by Mongello! Time: 1:23:00
    • 8/16/09 – Episode 132, Lou's in traveling mode this week as he's appearing at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, so there's no news in this show. Tiny Tim Foster (no food…he goes all Dickens this time) joins Lou for a discussion of the top "ten" queues to be found at WDW before listener feedback. Time: 1:14:57
    • 8/10/09 – Episode 602, The whole crew is here to hear Len's latest WDW trip, where he gave up on the WDW Transportation system a couple of days into it. He had such terrible luck with the busses that I'm willing to hire myself out to him to help him with DTS (I've had great luck…just pay for my tickets and lodging, and I'll throw in my airfare). Time: 20:10
    • 8/12/09 – Episode 603, Matt, Mike, Mike, Len, and Annette run questions before finishing up with what I consider to be one of the most thought-provoking e-mails ever read on this podcast. It was so amazing that you can tell that the author of the last e-mail is a really smart, athletic, and handsome fellow. It starts about 27:55 in…I know because I've played it at least 74 times (okay okay okay, this is the actual reason I haven't been able to get to updating these podcasts as I've been listening to the profoundness of this question). By the way, the "Doo doo dee doo doo" was supposed to be a follow-on to saying "Menomonie" (like the Muppets)…not an actual city, though I nearly had tears from laughing when Matt said it like a city. Time: 32:38
    • 8/14/09 – Episode 604, Downdoobeedoodowndown (no, that's not the name of a city either), Don't take youuurr lloooooooooooveee awaaay from meeeeeeee…don't you leave my heart in miseeerrryyyyyy…if you go, then III'llll be bluuuee, 'cause breakin' up is harrd to ddoooooo. Matt, Newell, and Scopa (SEVEN??!) talk about how to work with families and/or groups touring Disney World that split up for a while (highly recommended that you do that). Time: 21:56
    • 8/17/09 – Episode 605, Matt is joined by Mike times 2, and Annette put Downtown Disney in their sights to discuss the top 3 and bottom 3 experiences that you can find there. Time: 21:48
    • 8/19/09 – Episode 606, More listener questions answered by Matt, Mike, "Ironman" Mike, and Annette! Time: 35:32
    • 8/21/09 – Episode 607, Did Christie Brinkley just drive by? Len "Clark W. Griswold" Testa discusses his recent trip to Disneyland Paris. Son √©pouse le tue presque pour ne pas lui dire au sujet d'une attente de huit heures √† Toronto. Time: 28:36
    • 8/10/09 – Episode 201, From the description: "Show 201 finds Tairy and Paul playing in Disneyland, and then we have a roundtable discussion reflecting the first official Friends of the Magic Gathering. Enjoy!" Mush's note: the roundtable includes Paul, Tairy, Tony, Calvin, and Sabrina. Time: 1:36:35
    • 8/16/09 – Episode 202, From the Description: "Another LIVE Audio Adventure from Disneyland on WTTM #202, featuring Paul and his friends Jeff Dewey and Ryan Dour. Enjoy! Time: 1:12:24
    • 8/8/09 – Episode 42, Aaron the RHC (that's what we call the coordinators of the residence halls) takes us with him on a recent trip down to WDW where he gets his first exposure to the live of the DVCer. He and Courtney stayed in a studio at OKW after renting points, and he provides his own in-depth review of his room. He also talks about Stacy on Quaaludes in her new "Must Sees" that everyone can't help but watch. Also included is a review of Olivia's at OKW. Listen in as he takes you through the parks! Time: 1:33:41


Friday, August 21, 2009

Ummm...Mush...Where For Art Thou?

I've been a little tardy in getting blog posts up, both Disney-wise and family-wise. I'm not abandoning this thing - it's more a matter of my job than anything else right now. The two weeks before the semester starts along with the first week of the semester (this week) are usually a little crazy (give me a little slack...I'm teaching 7 courses!!!). With the first week nearly over, I've pretty much got the routine back in place and the mountain of e-mails nearly taken care of.


Hopefully I'll get the last couple weeks' worth of podcast updates up this weekend and then get back to a more normal weekly update schedule on those. Also, I have several posts that my relatives might find interesting in the queue, and I'll start posting the next installment of our family's vacation at WDW (2007...we're catching up to the present, which means I really need to convince my wife to go back down there soon).

Monday, August 17, 2009

After One Week of Voting...

...we are already nearing 1,000 votes! 259 people have submitted 921 votes for the Disney podcasts that they listen to. I've been lurking on a few of the forums and blogs that support these shows, and it's really fun to watch the loyalties and rivalries start to form. It's really interesting to see the votes as they come in, too, because I can usually tell which podcast has a fan post something somewhere as a decent bump in the numbers usually follows soon after.


Probably the thing I've heard the most is something along the lines of, "I had no idea there were so many podcasts out there relating to Disney!!!" The second-most often heard item is, "I'm surprised at who's Leading/in the Top 5!!"


Speaking of the Top...here is the current ranking of the shows after one week:



WDW Today 110
WDW Radio Show 78
Running to Disney 76
Be Our Guest 57
Inside the Magic 47
Netcot 41
All About the Mouse 35
Mouse Guest 35
Dis Unplugged 33
WDWNT 30
Disney Dudes 24
Those Darn Cats 22
Character Breakfast 21
Disneyland News Today 19
Disney Pincast 17
Mouse Lounge 17
Micecast 16
Trapped on Vacation 16
Meandering Mouse 15
Communicore Online 13
BMS/IYEEE 12
Big D in HD 12
Magical Definition 12
MouseStation 12
WEDWay Radio 11
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod 11
Adv. Of Teen Dsny Geek 10
Imagineering My Way 9
Magic Never Ends 9
Mouse Droppings 9
MuppetCast 9
Disney Brit 8
Disney, Indiana 8
Let's Talk About Disney 8
Travelears 8
Disney Tidbits 7
Magic City Mayhem 7
Above the Firehouse 5
Laughing Place 5
Mortis Matinee 4
Mouse Comedy 4
A Window To The Magic 4
Remember the Magic 3
Park Hopping Party 2
Extinct Attractions 2
Northern Mouse 2
At the Main St. Cinema 1
Original D 1
Waltcast 1
DISCast 1
Mouse Magic HD 1
Park Hopping Podcast 1




There are a couple of items that I think need to be pointed out: First, EVERY podcast has at least one vote (and, no, I didn't give everyone a vote to start out...those are legitimate). Second...I think most people are expecting the mega-popular shows (WDW Radio, WDW Today, Inside the Magic, etc) to be up at the top, but, if you notice, sitting in at #3 is a relatively new show that a lot of folks don't know about...Running to Disney, and right below it is Be Our Guest, who by its own accord considers itself a "smaller" show (Source: hosts, episode 149, about 5:10 in...not my words...theirs :) ). I know that those two have done a little campaigning in the first week, and it appears to have paid off so far. As other podcasts campaign for votes, I'm fairly confident the Top Ten will change, and I think it will change rather quickly.


I've got 4 inclusions that weren't in the list...one I caught soon after the votes started coming in, and 3 listener-submitted. These are:


DISCast
Mouse Magic HD
ParkHopping Podcast (different from Park Hopping Party)
A Window to the Magic




If you've already voted but also want to vote for one of those listed above, just fire off an e-mail to me at cemushr@hotmail.com.



Keep the votes coming in!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Victory Garden??!!! We Surrender!

Okay, first off, for those new followers who are expecting Disney stuff (I'm still absolutely floored at the numbers from those voting in the poll...over 440 visits and 865 page views from Monday-Wednesday), never fear! You're still at the right place. This blog is about 75% Disney-related, but I do post family/home updates on occasion. If you're looking for the poll on Disney Podcasts or information on them, look to the right-hand side of the page (the actual blog), and you'll see both a link for the initial post as well as the actual list of podcasts.








Okay, with that disclaimer out of the way, I've given up. The garden wins. Hands down.





First off, as you can see above, the garden is now in cahoots with the lawn. We've gotten tons of rain to go along with a fairly cool summer to get this stuff growing like there's no tomorrow. This garden alone should have reduced the greenhouse effect around the globe by somewhere around 46%.


The primary offensive weapon of choice for this beast is the squash. We probably have 8-10 spaghetti squash...all around 5-6 lbs, and the same number of acorn squash that are a good 2-3 lbs.:




We successfully intercepted and destroyed one of the spaghetti squash this week (tasted awesome, and this is coming from a non-squash eater). While we duck and cover as the garden lobs spaghetti and acorn squash at us, it's the zucchini that we are most worried about. As you will see below, from only 3 plants, we're getting tons of baseball bat-sized squash (okay, not that big, but I think that I could get one about that size if I don't harvest it).



The squash, however, isn't the only assault that we have been fighting off. In the picture below, you will see just some of what we've harvested over the span of 4 days:






Now, this is AFTER we've given over a gallon of green beans to neighbors/friends/family. We've also been giving away onions and a LOT of zucchini. Sheri's been coming up with ideas to try to use all the zucchini...she's made bread, a cake, fried squash, baked with tomatoes and cheese, etc...I think she might be toying with the idea of creating zucchini cereal, sandwiches, and milkshakes.


As for the tomatoes...all those cherry tomatoes are coming from one single Super-sweet 100 plant. Every day, I can easily pull off ten more ripe ones (and I usually eat 5 of them in the garden, which may explain why it's at war with us). This definitely means that we've gotten far more than 100 tomatoes from this plant (I think I have a good case for false advertising). Most of the tomatoes are indeterminate. For those not attuned to gardening vernacular, indeterminate tomato plants produce plants over a wide span of time, having only a couple ripe at any one time. This also means that they just keep on growing. If you look back at the first picture, you'll see that the tomato plants have essentially devoured the cages that were put around them for support. Note: I've been moderately pruning these plants every few days to keep them from growing too much...it didn't matter as the winds have pushed over the cages. Determinate tomatoes, on the other hand, have much smaller plants and set all their fruit at the same time. This is good for those who are into canning. Now, quiz time. We have tons of tomatoes, as shown above. The plants are indeterminate. What's going on here?

The indeterminates are producing an amazing amount of tomatoes!!!! Is it enough to can, though? Nope (I think I hear the garden laughing at us).


We've also probably picked over 3 gallons of green beans...big deal you might say, but this is all coming from 2 seven-foot rows. While I think we've finally beaten down the green beans, I think that, in doing so, we've stirred up the ire of their cousins...the lima beans:






If you look closely, you'll see that there's going to be a lot of shelling of bean pods in our near future. I think this will be a good year to show the boys how to do it! Hey, they loved snapping the ends off of the green beans (at least they did for the first 5 minutes). Residents of Downs, please check your church bulletin for the date and time of the shelling party (zucchini milkshakes will be served for refreshments).


I think the beans (and squash) have also signed a defensive pact with the bees. For those who know me, I used to be a sprinter, but I can't run long-distances for anything (I consider anything over 400 yards to be appropriate for the use of a bike or car). When it comes to bees, however, I can run a 4-minute mile if I see one chasing me. Ask my father - he will attest to this. With all the vegetable vegetation, the bees are loving me. If you look at the center of the pic below, you may be able to see a bumble bee, upside-down, pollinating a cluster of lima blossoms.



Photo taken at 500 yards with maximum zoom



Okay, I'm getting better with bees. That actually was taken at just a couple of feet. Zoomed in for a better look:







It's those @%$^@#%@#$% wasps and hornets that I still do the 4-minute miles with. Luckily there aren't too many of those around here. Bumble bees and honey bees...well, that's a different story as there are usually at least 5 of them in the limas at any given moment. Considering there again are only 2 seven-foot rows, they're going to be close wherever I'm trying to pick. The boys liked picking the green beans (at least they did for the first 5 minutes), but they were freaking out at the occasional Japanese beetle that flew by. With bees, I don't think they'll be in the garden much more until the blossoms are all gone and the pods are set.



I doubt we'll ever have this much success again, so we're enjoying it. Come on over...you'll have to promise to take a zucchini and tomato before you leave!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Okay, Folks...We're Going to Have a Friendly Little Podcast Contest Here...

Over the past several months, I've been doing the updates for the Disney-related podcasts on here. While I haven't been as successful as I was hoping to be in trying to do a weekly update, I've been plugging away and trying not to miss any episodes, all the while adding new podcasts to the list. I've been watching the Feedjit feed and have seen the occasional new reader click on all the links, so the updates are pretty much doing what I had hoped for them to do...provide the updates for episodes with a little bit of detail (and perhaps occasional humor), have the web searches find them, and get people to check out and hopefully become regular listeners to new shows that they might otherwise not try.



To those shows that promoted this blog when I first sent out an e-mail inquiry for your podcast to be included...I wanted to say a heartfelt "Thanks!" While I wasn't intending the e-mails to be read on air, it was actually a little funny to hear the same basic letter read on different podcasts about 20 times (making it sound like I'm even more conceited than I already am). Those that follow multiple podcasts probably got sick of that letter!



As I listen to the shows every week (and yes, I do listen to the majority of them...on the rare occasion I skim or just look at the show notes), I get curious as to what the most popular Disney podcast out there is. I decided that I've got a decent list...I've got Twitter...I've got Facebook...WHAT THE HECK...LET'S TRY IT! I don't know if this has been done before, but this again can help the podcasts potentially get some new listeners...especially some of the newer ones that get a few votes.



For those getting this via e-mail, RSS feed, aggregator, reader, etc, you'll have to head over to the actual URL to vote. That's at http://blogdumush.blogspot.com. The poll is on the right-hand side of the page, part-way down. For those wondering, yes, I have included some of the podcasts that I don't follow on the blog. I know the list still isn't completely inclusive, but, to make sure any that I've missed aren't left out, I've included a selection for "Other" with the request to e-mail me the name of any show that I don't have listed so they can be counted. I'll occasionally provide a blog post with a current tally that includes podcasts that I've missed.


To accommodate for those podcasts that are more intermittent in their releases or follow a monthly/bi-monthly release, I'm going to have this poll up until November 3rd (when a normal election day in the U.S. would be). That's nearly 3 months to drum up votes.


Now...as for what is meant by "regularly" listening to...this isn't a publishable methodology! If you've listened to more than one episode of a podcast and like it, count it! It's not like I'm hiring a bunch of surveyors to canvass the country with a solid instrument of data collection...it's for fun! Oh, and the prize for being the "most popular"???? The winner receives the knowledge that more people get to hear your screw-ups than anyone else's!!!



Again, have fun with it...that's the main point. One of the things that I've noticed as I've listened to the various shows out there is that the Disney podcasting community seems to get along really well together, with people filling in on other casts, sitting in as guests, making fun of each other in a friendly, almost sibling-like way, promoting each others' shows on their own podcasts, and more! The cooperation among these podcasts makes them all better, and I applaud the comraderie that we hear with each download.



This idea may go absolutely nowhere, or it may take off like crazy...I don't know. If it fails miserably, no problem...it was just an idea I came up with (no, I don't have any ad revenue on the blog, so I'm not trying to increase readership). If it gets really popular, then GREAT!!! I hope the podcasters and the listeners have fun with this (sound familiar?). If you want to e-mail me with a speech on why people should vote for a particular podcast, go for it. (It will help me actually get more material posted on this thing as I am woefully behind in updating the blog.) If you want to create bumper stickers and buttons with "VOTE FOR ______(insert podcast)!" on it, go for it! If you want to promote this on your podcast, go for it!!! (just please paraphrase this instead of reading the whole thing...I don't want to lose the 30 readers I have). If you want to challenge another podcast to a debate in a town hall meeting format, well, you're on your own.




With that...Let the contest BEGIN!!!!!


Addendum...
I can't @#$%)@#$%#$ believe I left out WTTM!!!!!! Sorry about that Paul. When I was adding more podcasts to the selection, I must have overwritten it. Nobody's mentioned that one yet (I see 2 'others' but no e-mails). Luckily, you can change your vote on this one. If you want to add A Window to the Magic to your selection, just add 'other' and let me know at cemushr@hotmail.com.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Disney Podcast Updates, Seems Like Half the Summer (July 25-August 7th)

Well, folks, I'm late again…I can't believe I'm going to say that I think I'll have more time to listen to stuff once the semester starts. I'll be in the car more…while I can listen on the computer, I usually have other things going on and end up not being able to listening.


The theme in many of these shows is definitely HUMOR! Keegan hits a home run in episode 58 of the Teenage Disney Geek. Scopa is throwing puns all over the place in Episode 599 of WDW Today. Mouse Comedy is especially comedic in this update. Mouse Droppings has a kid that drives you crazy, but it's still funny. There are also some great milestone shows. WDW Today hits episode 600, and WTTM hits show 200…congrats to both of them. The 50 shows in this update are ALL good listens!


If you are interested in listening to any of these episodes, I have links to subscribe for most of these shows in my post HERE.


As always, please note that this again is not a comprehensive list of the Disney Podcasts that are out there. Mike Hamilton has created Disneypodcastdirectory.net, which he periodically updates with new podcasts and removes dead casts. He also has the automated RSS (historical) feeds of the podcasts. This is more of a cross-section of what is currently being talked about…perhaps something may sound interesting, and you'll subscribe to listen to that topic.


Any and all comments are welcomed! Also, if you know of another podcast that fits here, let me know.




    • 7/27/09 – Episode 58, Super Barrel Barrel Roll!!! UUUNNGHHH! NA NA NA NAAAH!!! Oh…my…gawd…I almost had tears in my eyes from the first 15 minutes of this show. Keegan meets up with Esquire Matt, and a chameleon (no, it's a skink, you idiot!) at Williamsburg's Busch Gardens for a ride on a leisurely 4-diamond terror ride ski lift roller coaster (the Alpengeist) with an interesting group of kids next to them. Back to Westfest and Disneyland for some more audio, including a ride through of Alice, followed by another near-tears-from-laughing-so-hard section where the Westfest crew challenge Keegan to give an account of the Sleeping Beauty Castle diorama, but using whatever voice the group could come up with (I actually think I heard Christopher Walken in there when he was reading in the voice of a New York Cab Driver). After that, we're back with Baby Minnie on it's a small world and talk about how Mickey can get more…MONEY!!!! Some audio from Keegan's recent trip to a jazz ensemble wraps up the show. This one's not going to be deleted from iTunes…absolutely hilarious show!!! Time: 1:40:43
    • 08/06/09 – Episode 59, 3 Audio pieces are in this show. The first has Mrs. Buckethead and others (kids and friends of the family) providing commentary on the Seas with Nemo and Friends. Next up is a trip back to Westfest and the Stompy Jones Band…some good jazz and blues audio at the Carnation Plaza…sounded like a great night! Finally, the third piece has the Westfest crew watching Remember…Dreams Come True fireworks from the Hub. Time: 1:35:22
    • 7/31/09 – Episode 120, it's the show you've all been waiting for…the finale of thhheeeee DIISSSNNNEEEYYYY FFEEEEEUUUUUUuuuuuuddddddddddd! The Duuuuddeesss take on the Main Street Scrappers in the winner-take-all fight. Deb Wills and Deb Koma join Jonathon and Bryan for a talk about the new Treehouse Villas. Also included is news, the All About the Mouseketeer Roll Call, and the outtakes segments. Time: 1:37:34
    • 8/07/09 – Episode 121…what are they going to do without the Feud???????? Well, they get to the mountain of e-mails, voice mails, Facebook posts, Tweets, smoke signals, and all other forms of communication a live chat. This is a more spontaneous show for them...similar in format to Extinct Attractions. Time: 1:21:05
    • 7/26/09 – Episode 145, Mike gives us some audio from his recent trip to WDW, starting with the trip down there and going through the first half of the trip. Time: 49:39.
    • 7/30/09 – Episode 146, Mike, Rikki (glad to hear you're safe after the accident!), and Debbie (Pam's on a cruise), get together to talk about things that Disney World could possibly improve upon. Time: 50:53
    • 8/02/09 – Episode 147, This show is the continuation of Mike's audio of his trip from show 145. Included is a ride through of the Jungle Cruise. Rikki's here for the show too. Time: 51:29.
    • 8/06/09 – Episode 148, The BOG crew starts with a little "Go With the Flow" (love that song) and get right into a lot of discussion on all sorts of WDW-related news, ranging from price increases to Bay Lake Tower and more! Time: 38:19
    • 7/26/09, Episode 36, Lester has the news in his normal insane form, including the winner of the Potter/Pigs fight (G-Force vs. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). Tomorrowland is the subject of both the Hidden Mickey (?) and the Ears To The Ground segments. Rehabs is next, followed by listener e-mails. Ending the show is a monologue on how Disney is weathering the economy. Note: don't take light sabers on the plane with you. Time: 14:51.
    • 7/31/09 – Show 22, The show starts with a teaser on whether Wayne and Trace won the Disney Feud or not and the announcement of the dudes joining the DPN before cranking the music up for the show. In this show, Wayne talks about his recent trip to WDW with his son, Gavin. Topics range from Brazilians to Brazilian soccer moms…from rude people pissing you off to not-so-hidden items in the family pisser…and more! Time: 1:23:38
    • 8/02/09 – Episode 71, IPLS #52 is featured today, and that is (drumroll….) Brian LaFrazia! Tom and John do it a little differently (technical issues, thanks to weather, made it unable for them for record together). Despite the inability to interact together, they still give the rundown on pin news, trading meets all over the world, and more. Time: 1:27:14
    • 7/30/09 – Episode 54, This marks a historical episode for Tairy…the first episode over 15 minutes! Tairy brings audio from her FOTM meet with Margaret Kerry and Terri Harden, both amazing story tellers. It starts off very humorous, but, as Margaret starts reading a passage from Barrie, the huge group is silent, taking in every word and transforming back into children momentarily and returning to Neverland. The audio from the entire meet and greet can be heard at the LRWH podcast Time: 19:58
    • 7/26/09, Episode 27, With FOTM going on, Scott's laptop (named "Jessica"…I was hoping for Kathleen Turner's voice!) is responsible for the show today. Jessica starts off the show with some audio of Tracey, who stopped at the Belle's Books store, reading from Walt Disney's America series of books/stories. This particular story has Donald with his nephews visiting Disneyland (Yes, I can do Donald, but it's only so-so, and I'd probably short out the microphone from all the spit flying around). Buzy is next in Jessica's memory, where WWED give some really good live audio of Off Kilter doing some Barenaked Ladies (Mush's note…I liked their cover of the music just as well as the original, and this is coming from a BNL fan! I need to stop and watch these guys perform someday). Also in the WWED queue is some Splash music, Pete's Dragon music, audio from the Indy attraction queue, and more. Pere Noel is in the spotlight this time in the continuing chronicle of the Holiday Storytellers. If I had a million dollars… (WWED has taken the earworm award away from Those Darn Cats this week, with the Off Kilter music). Their one-year anniversary show is coming up…give them a call and wish them well (info is at the end of the show as well as in the show notes). Oh, and Mortis chimes in (Scott was spared this time). Time: 48:10
    • 7/28/09 – Special Video Episode, Snippets from an interview that David did from the house of Disney Legend Alice Davis. Also included is some film of her house, with all the Disneyana paraphernalia that she and her husband, Legend Marc Davis, collected. Time: 9:50
    • 7/28/09 – Tuesday live show. Topics include: "flittering", FOTM, a discussion of wieners for supper, a cool new way of viewing the Haunted Mansion Stretch Room, staying cool when it's hot, arm-raising on coasters, Older NKOTB, and all sorts of other crazy topics. The end of the show has a special free Download of the Week. (see the next entry) Time: 1:22:27
    • 7/29/09 – Download of the Week, an audio track from the Great Movie Ride (see previous). Time: 2:54
    • 8/04/09 – Another Tuesday live show (the only live Vegan Disney Podcast on Tuesday nights!)…man, I really got behind on this update! David talks about his recent trip to Yosemite National Park with Disney Legend Bob Gurr, imagineer Garner Holt, Tink herself, Margaret Kerry, and many others. Lots more is discussed in the show. Time: 1:06:41
    • 7/26/09 – Episode 45, Dr. Tiki welcomes the show (do yourself a favor and download Tiki Bar TV at least once). Greg steps away from his normal format to give a recap of the FOTM meet that recently wrapped up, including MuppetVision 3D, Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Haunted Mansion audio where the stretch room is taken over entirely by FOTM folks who get to lay down and view the stretch room from a different perspective. I've never heard a group so in sync (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…of course, there's always my way). A little techno hoedown ends the show (Mush: does anyone know the title of that Broke Hoedown track and what CD it's on? I'd like to buy that one for the iPod but had no luck searching for it on iTunes…I've never heard that one before and it's really unique!) Time: 58:36
    • 7/26/09 – Episode 225, Lots of Comic Con reports in this show. A couple of listeners phone and write in about some the Disney-related breakouts. Skipper Ben is actually "Skipper Ben" in his segment, where he provides audio from the Jungle Cruise, where he is the actual skipper. Time: 1:20:29
    • 8/02/09 – Episode 226, After the news and tip of the week, Ricky devotes the bulk of the show to tackle listener feedback. Skipper Ben joins in a little over 45:00 and provides audio from one of his new Disneyland LP…a 1964 rendition of Walt Disney's It's a Small World. The more I hear this one, the more I think my grandfather had this one. Time: 1:16:28
    • 8/2/09 – Episode 65, It's the beginning of YEAR 3 of the podcast! They reflect a little on what's happened over the past year, including how the podcast has changed with the addition of the Princess Peanut. Will and Shannon take on several topics in this show, including Disney Channel tween stuff (including actors' successes/failures crossing over into movies), Tron 2.0 and Alice in Wonderland. Shannon steals the mic and starts singing "One and the Same". They also review the Steakhouse 55 restaurant at the Disneyland Resort near the end. Time: 1:31:34
    • 8/2/09 – Nathan and Jim took a week off for Comic Con. Nathan had to cancel out, but Jim joined the 125,000+ fans and brings a recap from the sessions that revolved around Disney. Time: 40:53
    • 8/07/09 – Greg, Mike, and Shaft are all here from a show taped in late June. There are so many different topics that it's pretty much impossible to give a rundown, though they do an in-depth look at some of the new items in the Disney parks (which ultimately finds its way into a political debate as they discuss the Hall of Presidents). Time: 2:19:27
    • 7/28/09 – Episode 12, He has…the head of a camel…the neck of a crocodile…Yes, folks, the Mortis crew watch and review the classic Pete's Dragon. I think the best way to give their take is to go with the "the younger you are, the more you liked it" approach. Scott from Disney Indiana calls in and tries to get some points back in his everlasting feud with Mortis (and fails miserably). The last 2:30 is an absolute riot with some audio from the Brunch With the Brits podcast where the host is talking a bit about the Mortis Matinee. One minor Freudian slip with a little innuendo thrown in, and you'll have tears streaming down your face from laughing too! The more he tries to stop laughing, the funnier it gets. Time: 29:01
    • 8/2/09 – Show 58, It's FOTM time! They start off with one of the most off-the-wall trivia questions I've ever heard. Captain Irrelevant is the answer I think. A listener writes in and professes his hatred for Stitch's Great Escape (I'm still cringing at that e-mail). After a recap of FOTM, Tairy forces Jonathon onto Peter Pan's Flight with the audio ride-thru for the show. Then they give a humorous look at the attraction (it's a comedy podcast, after all). Now that FOTM is over, Jonathon brings the bug zapper back out for some more electroshock therapy to deal with Tink's anger (man, she's got some MAJOR issues). This time, however, the session is crashed by an over-stressed duck. The show ends with some Tairy love audio for Jonathon the Pondscum from a dinner at DCA Time: 1:21:30
    • 7/31/09 – Episode 11, Constance joins Matt on it's a small world, where they meet up with a kid that's so charming that you just want to hold him……………….under the boat in the water. Time: 18:49
    • 7/25/09, Episode 209, Everybody neat and pretty? NO! The technology blew up in their faces, and they lost nearly all the audio recorded, so the show becomes almost a soliloquy by Eric (and a few crickets). They still have some of the same segments, including news and celebrations. Also, listener Kathy Jo joins the crew to talk about a D23-only event that she attended (a screening of a 1956 "People and Places" film that Disney produced). Time: 58:54
    • 8/01/09, Episode 210, Everyone's been saved from tech limbo and is back for the show. Lots of news this week and the previous week as they were unable to discuss it last week (and, yes, I know who Max Headroom is). They nearly had another disaster as Eric and Cathy have water issues in the house. Some of the discussion in this show includes the often-rumored "pay for FastPass" idea, the possible Fantasyland redo (which I'm liking even more the longer I look at it and think about it). Time: 1:24:06
    • 7/27/09 – Episode 331, it's the weekly short subjects show. The tip of the week (the last one in their hopper…SEND THEM MORE TIPS!) talks about people-watching (not stalking…just watching). The featured attraction that is (painfully) discussed is Dream Along With Mickey. Sufficed to say, they're not huge fans of the show. Ask the Kid is next, with the question revolving around what parade he'd be a part of. It evolves into a discussion of the Block Party Bash and how they are able to do the parade in such hot weather. Lauren provides the Magical Moment, from a recent cruise on the Disney Magic. The previous week recap was up next, and the show ends with listener feedback. Time: 39:24
    • 7/29/09 – Episode 332, The featured topic goes back to the Monorail accident with guests David Koenig and Steven Ng, who meet up at NFFC. Time: 46:04
    • 8/03/09 – Episode 333, back to short subjects. The tip of the week (they got some more…keep sending them in!) focuses on the effects of EMH at WDW parks the next day. The featured attraction looks at Reflections of China, while Pizzafari is the reviewed place today. The Kid is asked, "If you could design a new attraction themed for the Wonders of Life building, what would it be?" As always, they conclude with listener feedback. Time: 33:12
    • 8/05/09 – Episode 334, D23's leader, Steven Clark, joins Mike and Mark for a discussion on the eagerly-awaited upcoming D23 Expo. Time: 28:48
    • 8/5/09 – Episode 48, Robb, Kevin and Carlos are joined by Alexandra, Kim, Chantal, and Tyler for another fireside chat. They draw a topic (submitted by listeners) from the hat on the night before they leave for Magic Meets, and, after the news and the marathon minute where they discuss running log books, the topic selected is "secrets of a theme park of their choice." They do a slight modification and decide to do one secret in each park. Time: 41:08
    • 7/25/09 – Episode 27, this episode marks step three of the "Getting out of the funk" (the first step is recognizing the funk and the second step is talking about it, and the third step is breaking through). Before the "breaking through", a discussion of an online chat from July 14th by the Disney Endurance Team makes up the bulk of the news. As for breaking through, Gordon goes on a rant that is really thought-provoking…it pertains to the difference between what the media depicts as the average runner and what the actual average runner actually is. After the final step, Gordon goes through listener e-mail, including one from Stanley, from my neck of the woods, in Bloomington, IL (I'll give a shout-out to his blog at bloomingtonrunner.blogspot.com ). The blog of the week is Susan's Irunformylife.blogspot.com. Voice mail concludes the show. Time: 44:07
    • 8/05/09 – Episode 28, Gordon talks (as he runs…how does one run and talk at the same time??? I'm doing everything I can to get as much air in me as possible when I run more than 200 yards) about his love/hate relationship with the 5K distance, as he recently completed a race (and, no, a 5K is not a sprint in my vernacular...sorry, couldn't resist). As he runs, he also talks about how the weight loss program is working and gets into a monologue about not becoming complacent with running. The blog of the week is in triplicate, as Gordon bestows honors on a group of blogs that are part of "Team Voice": raeplace.blogspot.com, voiceofmousetunes.blogspot.com (Jonathan Dichter's blog, which I follow), and virtualvoiceevents.blogspot.com. FYI, Team Voice is a group of people who are trying to get into better shape and to raise money for Lou Mongello's Dream Team Project (which gives proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation). Listener feedback wraps it up! Time: 1:01:53
    • 7/28/09 – Episode 63, The cats take a feminist look at some of the attractions at WDW, with a particular look at the Carousel of Progress and the roles of the women in there. Time: 30:47
    • 8/04/09 – Episode 64, Devon Dawson is interviewed in this show. Who's Devon Dawson, you may ask? Miss Devon is the "singin, yodelin' voice of Jessie" in the Disney-produced Grammy award-winning Woody's Roundup featuring 'Riders in the Sky' . Time 43:00.
    • 8/02/09 – Episode 123 (4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12…Sesame Street, anyone?) Earl is freaking out with the upcoming birth of their first child, but he perseveres for another show. In this show, he looks at 2 of the "classic" attractions…the Carousel of Progress and the Hall of Presidents. He shows a little of his "Madness" with some Earlioke after the ride-through of CoP. For the HoP, he Earliokes a little "Peaches" (nice tie-in), and ends the show with a little Skipper Dan (go ahead and sing along…it's so damn catchy that everyone should know the song by now!). Time: 57:58
    • 7/27/09 – Episode 103, The Disney Brit (Adam Goodger) takes the helm as the prize for winning the most recent "Where in the World is Tom Corless" game. His first segment almost gets Adam in a fight with Luke (heck, all of them end up wanting to hit each other by the end of the segment) on attractions that really need to go in the Walt Disney Resort and in Disneyland Paris. There's some intense debate here, as some are really passionate about attractions (both ways…love and hate). Before the lynch mobs are formed, Adam switches gears for his second segment, which is co-aired on the Disney Brit podcast and gives a trivia contest. Time: 1:57:48
    • 7/26/09 – Daily Disney Diary Video, Lou does absolutely nothing in World Showcase. His words…honest! Lou takes you on a tour of the pavilions in WS and highlights a lot of things that the average person might likely pass by without giving a second glance. It's these hidden treasures that put the Disney theme parks at a level that is unattainable by any other park. He includes a little video of Kringla in Norway, which has, hands down, the most beautiful female cast members working there. Gorgeous CMs aside, this video makes me want to book a trip for this weekend more than ever. Time: 8:52
    • 7/26/09 – Episode 129, Magic Meets is right around the corner, and that means that Lou's Dream Team Auction is just about ready! Lou takes some time to talk about what the auction is for, who helps put it on, etc. Beci is back to help with the towering list of e-mails. Afterward, Lou introduces "Name that Disney World Tune" as the new contest, where he gives audio to 5 locations in WDW, and you have to guess where they are from. Time: 1:22:31
    • 8/02/09 – Episode 130, News and Rumors start off the show, followed by a trip in the Wayback Machine with guest Ryan Wilson from the Main Street Gazette for a look back at the World of Motion (which I never got to see…I LOVE this and the DSI segments!) The winner of last week's trivia contest is announced, and voice mail ends the show. Time: 1:23:21
    • 7/27/09 – Episode 596, I was screaming the answer to Scopa's "Name That Attraction" when Hochberg, Newell, Owens (not senior), and Testa take a look at the stage shows throughout the parks. Time: 29:32.
    • 7/29/09 – Episode 597, It's Wednesday, which means it's Listener Question Day. Somehow, tons of British listeners decided to write in at the same time as most questions come in from across the pond. Matt, Mike, and Mike are running the show Time: 28:50
    • 7/31/09 – Episode 598, Matt and the Mikes are joined by Fred Block, organizer of Magic Meets, and Chris Eliopoulos, first-time attendee of Magic Meets, to talk about the upcoming Magic Meets 2009. Don't forget that Mouseworldradio will be broadcasting live this Saturday (August 8th) for most of the day. Tune in on Live365! The show is recorded in Lou Gherig "Luckiest Man" mode with lots of echo. Time: 26:26
    • 8/03/09 – Episode 599, These guys are in a violent mood today…they're finding ways to kill an hour in every park (what have the hours done to them?). Matt, Mike, and Mike are together again, while Len and Annette are on vacation. They look at what you can do to waste an hour in the parks while waiting for a show or a meal. Scopa gets on a roll in Epcot which had me groaning over and over again. Happy Olives! Time: 17:17
    • 8/05/09 – Episode 600 (woohoo!), Magnificent Matt, Amazing Mike, and Miraculous Mike are there, without Terrific Testa and just plain ole Annette (everyone loves Annette, and the rest of the hosts are concerned about her growing ego) work on more listener questions. FFFFRRRUNNKIIISSS!!!! Time: 34:43.
    • 8/07/09 – Episode 601, Rick Greg (aka Mr. Voice) reports back on a recent trip with the Voice family and the Voice-in-laws. Rick gives the good, bad, and ugly of the trip, including dining reviews, and a Clark Griswold account of getting locked IN their resort at OKW. Time: 28:11
    • 8/04/09 – Episode 22, Fastpass is the password! In this episode, Nate and Matt take a look at strategies in using Fastpasses at the theme parks, noting which ones you'll probably need and when you'll likely need them. Time: 40:30
    • 8/02/09 – Episode 200.000, We're FINALLY at Episode 200. Paul records live from the FOTM event. There's a large group of Magic Friends (and some listeners) that reflect on the best of WTTM. Congrats on the milestone, Paul and Patrick! You've got a great show and a great following. Time: 1:34:24