what we’re into wednesdays: podcasts

i’ts a little late on a wednesday, and it’s a little late in the year since our last blog post.

oh well, onward.

k and i prefer to listen to something while we work.  our home is very rarely silent, and if it is, it’s most likely because we both have headphones on.  but sometimes, listening to music is not going to cut it.  whether it’s because we just don’t feel like figuring out what we’re in the mood for, or the shuffle option on our various devices are playing all the wrong things, we turn to something else: podcasts!

more specifically, comedy podcasts.  several years ago, k and i discovered that there was a plethora of entertaining, easily accessible, and FREE content out there.  who knew?  well apparently, now we knew.

k's self portrait of what he looks like while he's working.  the headphones are for music and PODCASTS!

k’s self portrait of what he looks like while he’s working. the headphones are for music and PODCASTS!

we’ve delved into the more “serious” fare of podcasts like this american life, and yes i have even downloaded a few about knitting. (what?  i’m a MODERN 28 year old grandma.)  but comedy podcasts can get us out of a horrible work related funk, and make a long boring drive both awesome and extremely dangerous because i am laughing so hard i start crying on the freeway.

here’s a list of a few of our favorites:

comedy bang! bang! (formerly comedy death ray)
u talkin’ u2 to me?
cashing in with tj miller
the pod f tompkast
call chelsea peretti
who charted?
how did this get made?
mike and tom eat snacks
professor blastoff!
doug loves movies
and basically everything else on the earwolf podcast network

there are more we listen to or have listened to, but i think you get the idea.  we like the absurd and the hilarious, as you can read from our previous post about us liking cartoons.  if you have never listened to a comedy podcast, the list above is a good start of what to listen to, and we highly recommend you get started right away.  and if you do listen to comedy podcasts like comedy bang! bang!, then we already know that you like to “womp it up”, and that “plugs” is your favorite part of the show.

please let us know if there is any other podcast (comedy or not) that you think we should know about!

-b

what we’re into wednesdays – cartoons!

sorry to give you nightmares, but this is "candy wife" from the marvelous misadventures of flapjack.

sorry to give you nightmares, but this is “candy wife” from the marvelous misadventures of flapjack.

looking at a lot of the bobbi marbles’ character designs, it should come as no surprise the k and i like cartoons.  there are countless saturday morning cartoons we watched when we were growing up, but this post is about the current cartoons we like now.  we are both in our late twenties, so i should probably be more than a little embarrassed to admit how many cartoons k and i tend to watch.  alas, i am not embarrassed.  i am proud of our vast cartoon dork-dom.

just to give a peek into the types of cartoons we watch, i can tell you that we dvr all new episodes of adventure time, bob’s burgers, the simpsons, and futurama, and we own the marvelous misadventures adventures of flapjack on dvd.  we speak and joke in quotes from our favorite cartoons all the time, and in fact a few years ago, i dressed up as leela from futurama for halloween.

yet, these are just a few of the cartoons we watch regularly; i wanted to share the ones i feel give an overall tone to what kind of humor and animation k and i gravitate towards.  in my opinion, all of the previously named cartoons tend to be a little twisted, a little dark, and always weirdly funny.  if at one point or another while watching a cartoon i don’t say, “what the hell?!” and laugh out loud, then it’s probably not something i watch on a regular basis.

one reason i wanted to write about how k and i are into cartoons is because k is often told that the characters he draws, paints and prints remind people of one of the aforementioned cartoons.  “do you watch invader zim?” and “have you seen that show adventure time?” are almost always asked when we do craft fairs.  the truth is, k’s cartoon characters have evolved over time, but they’ve always retained a warped air about them.  in the past i have affectionately referred to his art as “ugly art”, only because it is unusual and not exactly what one would call “pretty”.  his characters (and consequently the bobbi marbles designs) are not exactly cute and cuddly, but that’s what i love about them.

the belcher’s from bob’s burgers and the simpsons are far from perfect american families; fry from futurama is dimwitted and his best friend is a drinking, cursing robot; adventure time is set in a dystopian future; peppermint larry in flapjack has a candy wife that is borderline terrifying. i think it’s safe to say that k and i are drawn to the strange when it comes to cartoons.  and without getting too deep or cheesy, we’re into these cartoons because while they’re a little bit odd, they also have a pretty good sense of humor.  just like k’s art, just like bobbi marbles, and just like us.

-b

 

what we’re into wednesdays.

as noted in this entry, i wanted to start sharing some posts that highlight the various artists, musicians, movies, etc. that k and i enjoy. i just think it would be a good way to share some of the things that inspire us, while at the same time showcasing amazing people that really deserve the attention. for now, i’m going to call these posts “what we’re into wednesdays” as i plan to post them on wednesdays (get it?), but i reserve the right to call them something different if i can think of something cooler.

today what we’re into is travis bruce black and his art. it’s fitting that i talk about him today because this saturday, may 25th, he has an art show opening at the bright rain gallery in old town albuquerque. travis is a buddy of ours, and an incredibly talented artist.

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“chirp 96 desert bird of paradise”
travis bruce black is well known for his beautuful “chirp” series.

k met travis while taking a lithography class at unm years ago. k and i are lucky enough to own several of travis’ pieces, including paintings and prints. as a christmas gift a few years ago, k commissioned travis to paint two large portraits of me and my late mom, and they remain some of my most treasured possessions. in fact, k loves his style of painting and drawing so much, he has asked travis to design a tattoo for him! (we’ll be sure to share pictures once it’s finished.)

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“sleepy knight” – a new work by travis bruce black.
please excuse my terrible photography skills, they do not do this painting justice.

"anticipate" - a new work by travis bruce black.

“anticipate” – a new work by travis bruce black.

travis’ art is vibrant, whimsical, and beautiful. he also happens to to be one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

please do yourself a favor and go learn more about travis bruce black by checking out his website.

-b