This week I bring you something completely different — instead of the usual interview with a local podcaster or blogger, or the audio from one of our podcasting meetups, this episode features the pilot for a new podcast called That’s A Thing?!, “a sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20.”
This idea came out of a series of conversations with my daughter, Elizabeth, about phenomena that were completely common and normal to her, and utterly foreign to me. Because we both listen to a lot of podcasts, and because I had access to recording equipment, we decided it would be fun to explore such topics out loud.
She took the research lead, picked the music, commissioned a logo from her friend Melisa, and bugged me until we finally found the time to get in front of the microphones. So here we are with a pilot, and plans for a monthly show and a feed of its own. In the meantime, however, we’ll put it out on the Seen and Heard feed and see what people think. (So if you have thoughts, let us know.)
That’s A Thing?! Episode 1: Creepypasta
In which Elizabeth explains the deliciously disturbing literary phenomenon known as creepypasta.
Where to find creepypasta stories, memes and such:
- Creepypasta Wiki
- Trollpasta Wiki
- Creepypasta on Quotev and Wattpad
- Creepypasta memes
- Creepypasta narrators MrCreepyPasta and CreepsMcPasta
- The Creepypasta Collection
Some of the characters we discuss:
- Jeff the Killer (and the picture we describe)
- Smile Dog (and the picture)
- The Rake (and the picture)
- Sonic.exe (and the picture)
Old-school stuff from the mom:
- Flowers in the Attic
- Freddy Krueger
- Jason from Friday the 13th
- Michael Myers from Halloween
- Quora: Why do so many girls like horror movies?
Have you encountered something that kids seem to know all about but is a mystery to you? Are you a teen tired of explaining something to your elders? Drop us a line at email@example.com or tweet me at @karenunland and we’ll see what we can do.
The music for That’s A Thing?! is Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Dance from the Free Music Archive.
Many thanks to Castria for editing all of this together.
The October episode features a Q&A with actor and activist George Takei, who is coming to Edmonton on Nov. 29 as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series.
This episode is also brought to you by ATB, founding sponsor of the Alberta Podcast Network, of which Seen and Heard in Edmonton is a proud member.
You’ll hear Elizabeth and I talk about futuristic stuff like self-driving cars and bots, prompted by some talks I heard at the Singularity University Canada Summit.
Besides sponsoring such summits, ATB is up to some futuristic stuff of its own. Learn more at atbalphabeta.com.
Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.