Thursday, March 19, 2015

I Love Minutia

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the minutia of stuff that I'm into. I think this comes from having "Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise" and "The Starfleet Technical Manual" as a kid. Digging into how things work and why something is the way it is has always been a passion of mine, much to my dad's dismay considering just how many remote controls I took apart. This isn't just limited to technology, though, which is why the book "Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina" just leap off of the shelves and into my hand when I saw it in the campus bookstore 20 years ago. (Aside: Damn, I'm getting old.)

This book helped me find out who everyone was in that infamous scene in Star Wars and why they were there at that particular time. As with anything, some stories are better than others, but even the ones that weren't up to snuff filled in the blanks. I got to know these characters and, much like listening to John Williams' score on it's own, it added to the overall experience in watching the movie.

I told you that story to tell you this one. I have recently, thanks to my Anime Freaks co-host, Dr. Bill Robinson, discovered the NeoZAZ podcast network and their "In Character" line of shows. There's "Star Wars In Character", "Indiana Jones In Character", and "Muppets In Character", among many other kinds of shows. These are the podcast equivalent of the "Tales from ..." books, as they delve deep into a character/location/alien/etc and give you everything you ever wanted to know about it, and sometimes more that you ever needed to know.

If you are anything like me, and if you're reading this there's a fair chance you are, I'd give any (or all) of their shows a listen. You'll thank me.

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