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GGL012 - Geeky Holidays! This is a short episode, light on news, just to say Happy Holidays and to thank you all for the support we've gotten this year.  You guys rock!

  1. Brief mention of the upcoming Heroes marathons
  2. Battlestar Galactica will be moving to Sunday nights on SciFi (and will soon be joined by The Dresden Files)
  3. Christmas is Interesting by Jonathan Coulton
  4. Holiday thank-yous from SappyWolf... I mean Grailwolf.
Holly Hippo-days, everyone!
Hurdy gur,
-Marc
Direct download: ggl012.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

GGL011 - GGL Unplugged #2

This was a rough episode due to time constraints and a total lack of notes...  Sorry. :)

  1.  Heather and I talk about the 2006 Video Game Awards on Spike TV (12/13/06 at 10PM)
  2.  Guest reviewer TJAman gives a preview of the new SciFi Channel mini-series The Lost Room
  3. Promo for Undead America - a new Buffyverse podcast
  4. Some thoughts about the upcoming film Eragon
  5. A tag-team review of the film Tristan & Isolde
  6. Promo for the new Tee Morris podcast (coming soon)
  7. Heather discusses Save Our Science (main site, petition)
  8. Jonathan Coulton's song Chiron Beta Prime
As always, I hope you enjoyed the show.  We'll be back next week with a little more prep time and polish, so until then...

Hurdy gur,
Marc (and Heather)
Direct download: ggl011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

We cover a lot of ground in this one, and I still don't feel like I've made up for lost time...

  1. I talk about why it's been so long since the last episode
  2. Marvel Comics announces new Moon Knight TV show.
  3. More news on The Dresden Files.  Check out the official site.
  4. Tales From The 'Verse promo
  5. Request for help with the podcast
  6. Thanks and welcome to all the new listeners
  7. Harry Potter news: Here's the link to the movie poster, and here's the official site for the new film
  8. Possible farewell to Emma Watson?
  9. Ghost Rider news
  10. JC Hutchins' 7th Son Podcast novel promo.  Check out JC Hutchins.net and Podiobooks.com
  11. More discussion about 7th Son and Nathan Fillion
  12. News about Universal vs 11thHour
  13. Some words about the future
  14. Howard Jones performs "Building Our Own Future"  Check out his home site and find the track on Podshow.com
  15. Info about the UK Hitmakers Tour featuring Howard Jones, ABC, and Toyah

As always, I'd love to hear any feedback.  Catch me at grailwolf@gmail.com, leave comments at grailwolf.com, or call in a voicemail at 206-222-HOWL.

Hope you enjoyed the show!

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Direct download: ggl010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Better late than never!  At last we have the Halloween edition (insert spooky laughter here).

  1. Preview of the Ghost Hunters live Halloween event
  2. Review of Xombie (http://www.xombified.com)
  3. Promo: The Ninth (http://heroescast.libsyn.com/)
  4. Movie review: Monster Squad
  5. Promo: 7th Son Book Two: Deceit (http://www.jchutchins.net/7Son/Home/Home.html)
  6. Comic review: Impaler (http://www.imagecomics.com/news.php?content=impaler060817)
  7. Essay: "Boo!"

Thanks for listening, be sure to drop a line and let me know what you think.  Have a happy Halloween and a blessed Samhain.

Hurdy gur!

-Marc

Direct download: ggl009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

This episode we reboot the GGL with a brand-spankin' new theme song!

  1. Review of The Illusionist
  2. Preview of White Noise 2: The Light
  3. The Bionic Woman is coming back to TV
  4. TJ reviews Dr Who, second season
  5. TJ reviews 1 vs. 100
  6. Mini-rant, "**** Censorship"
Direct download: ggl008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

  1. First I suffer through a review of Alone in the Dark.
  2. Updated review of Heroes
  3. Review of Jericho
  4. Preview of Sci-Fi Fridays
  5. Brief preview of The Prestige
  6. Guest review of Veronica Mars by TJAman
  7. A little essay I call "Why?"

This is a little different than previous podcasts, and I hope you like it.  Forgive me some hems and haws while I try to sort out the audio quality and live on three hours of sleep a night simultaneously. :)

As always, let me know what you think, good bad and indifferent.  I always love to hear from you.

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

 

Direct download: ggl007.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

Grailwolf's Geek Life for this week will be coming a bit late. Unfortunately, preparations for a friend's wedding have rather gotten in the way of media reviews, and SinginGypsyGrrl and I are leaving tonight for Virginia Beach, and the wedding itself (I tried to get out of it, but since I'm performing the ceremony I think they really want me there).

The good news is that this gives me an opportunity to try something new. A car cast! For those who don't know, a car cast is when you take a portable recorder along in a car and record on the fly. I have a fairly cheap mp3 player with voice recording capabilities, so we'll dust that off and see what it can do.

If the file is halfway decent, then I'll put it up on the feed as soon as I can. Possibly even from the beach if I can find a good Internet connection.

No promises though. If the recording needs work, I'll have to wait until I can get it home and clean it up (so Sunday at the earliest). And if it's really bad, then we'll scrap it and just get episode #7 out next week.

And, as always, thanks for listening. You guys are the greatest!

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Category:News -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

This is a long episode!  If you don't have an mp3 player, you may want to listen to this one in chunks.  But don't put it off!  Important stuff in here for all geeks, especially fans of Joss Whedon and Serenity!

As promised, here are a few links from the show:

  1. Mur Lafferty's article in The Escapist
  2. The official "The Covenant" site
  3. Official "Heroes" site
  4. "Heroes" guide on TV.com

Finally, I can't link directly to the IMDB discussion about Serenity, because one must be logged in to the site in order to use the message board.  So here is the link to the main IMDB Serenity page.  Just go to the bottom of the page and you'll see the links to the message boards.

Check back tomorrow, I'll post a blog with links to some of the better "Serenity" and "Firefly" merchandise.

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Direct download: ggl006.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

Greetings all,

This really is nothing to see, as I'm just posting this so that odeo.com knows that I own this podcast.  Hope all is well, and you'll be hearing from me in just a couple days, so hang tight, wolfpack!

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

 

My Odeo Channel (odeo/a053606fb571b3d2)
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

This is the first Grailwolf's Geek Life listener appreciation special.  Yup, this one is all about you.

Since this was mostly your content, there are very few links this week.  However, I have to report that I was wrong, and that The Shillas MySpace page doesn't seem to come up when you search for their name.  Crazy, huh?  Just go straight to http://www.myspace.com/theshillas or go to my MySpace and look at my top eight.

And, as always, check out www.jonathancoulton.com for the rest of the music by our favorite geeky song-spinner.

Enjoy, and hurdy gur!

-Marc

Direct download: ggl005.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

Still recovering from some technical difficulties, but we're up & howling.  Here's what I promised I'd link to:

  1. Screenshots of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  2. Whedonesque article that mentions Wonder Woman
  3. Watch the first three minutes of The Covenant

The following links are the dvds that I mentioned in the podcast as coming out this week and next.  I'm an Amazon Associate now, so if you're interested in any of the following titles, buying them from one of these links helps me out (a tiny, tiny bit, but every little bit helps!). Also, if you're not interested in any of these, using the search bar on the left of the page to find stuff you do want helps me out too. 

Either way, enjoy!

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

 

Direct download: ggl004.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

GGL Unplugged #1: Snakes on a Plane

This is an unrehearsed, unplugged review of the movie Snakes on a Plane.  For this outing, I brought along my lovely co-host Heather and we had a lot of fun. I hope you'll have as much fun listening.  Let me know what you think!

Links:

Snakes on a Plane music video on YouTube

Episode of the podcast "Slice of Scifi" with interview of SoaP snake wrangler, Jules Sylvester

If you have any feedback, leave a comment here or call the brand-spankin-new voicemail line at 206-222-HOWL (206-222-4695).  Hope you enjoy this little experiment!

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Direct download: gglspecial1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

We're up and running with a new voicemail line!  What does this mean for you? 

  1. I'll now be able to use voicemail comments directly in the podcast.  So all you folks who want to hear your voices on the show, just drop me a line!
  2. A new, easier to remember phone number!

The new line is +1-206-222-4695, that's 206-222-HOWL.  So give me a howl-out, and I'll try my best to get you in the next show.

Hurdy gur!

-Marc

Category:News -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

This is a special All Superhero edition of Grailwolf's Geek Life.

But first, we discuss a little Snakes on a Plane...

Way too much to list, but here's what I promised would be here:

  1. Sound clip of interview with Dominic Purcell about the new Hulk movie.  Click here
  2. Plot spoilers for Hellboy 2 at Ain't it Cool News.  Click here
  3. Official Ghost Rider movie site.  Click here

As always, the email is grailwolf@gmail.com, you can leave feedback here at grailwolf.com or at TV.com (it'd be nice to find some here; hint, hint... ;) ) and you can call the voicemail line at 501-642-4863.  See ya next week!

Hurdy gur!

 

Direct download: Grailwolfs_Geek_Life__Show_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Back in episode zero I said that I'd put up a link to the Iron Man movie poster when it became available.  Well, SuperHeroHype.com has come through with the top-secret, first prototype image from the new film.  This will probably not be the final look for the armor, but it gives an interesting glimpse of what's to come!

Clickety clickety

Category:News -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

TV: New season starts now

Announcements about:

  1. Three Moons Over Milford
  2. Prison Break
  3. Bones
  4. Heroes
  5. Aquaman
  6. Doctor Who
  7. Battlestar Galactica
  8. Ghost Hunters

Movies:

  1. The Descent
  2. Zoom
  3. Pulse
  4. Snakes On A Plane

Music:

Jonathan Coulton (check out his site here)

Song: The Future Soon

Thanks for listening!  Leave feedback here or send email to grailwolf@gmail.com

Hurdy gur!

Direct download: Grailwolfs_Geek_Life__Show_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

I'd planned to have a new episode out this weekend at the latest (see last blog entry) but due to some truly bizarre and fairly life-changing events this weekend I wound up with Sunday night being my only free time.  And Jonathan Coulton was playing tonight at Jammin' Java, right up the street from my house.

So it came down to a choice between making a half-assed version of Grailwolf's Geek Life or seeing a live performance by the man who wrote Code Monkey.

No contest.

Frankly, if I'd put out an episode this weekend it would just have been an audio version of my apologizing for not getting a real episode up, so I think it's better to just charge ahead and get episode two up this week.  Besides, now I'll be able to review Jonathan's show and I got permission to play a song.  Sweetness! :D

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Category:News -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

As I mentioned in the last episode, I had planned to have a new show up on Tuesday.  Alas, the gods of technology are fickle, and they seem to really like screwing with anything that's free.  Yes, my Audacity crapped out on me.  I was able to afford a more robust product, but there's a learning curve involved so I'm expecting to get the next show out either tonight or Saturday. 

Thanks for sticking with me.  A wise man once told me that it takes about five shows to work out all the kinks, so we're almost half-way there. :)

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Category:News -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

It's the first real episode!

First I talk about how to subscribe with a podcatcher.  Couldn't find a good link, but to subscribe with iTunes, just click "Advanced" then "Subscribe to Podcast" and enter the RSS url into the window that appears.  Alas, I do not have Mac directions.  Sorry. :(

Movie Reviews

  1. Lady in the Water
  2. Clerks 2
  3. and Peaceful Warrior

Movie preview: "The Descent"

TV review: the pilot for Eureka

TV preview: Who Wants to be a Superhero?

As always, let me know what you think.  Leave a comment here, send me email, or comment at my blog on TV.com

Hurdy gur!

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Direct download: Grailwolfs_Geek_Life__Show_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

The premiere episode is finally here!

In this episode I test out my equipment to see what breaks.  I also talk about who I am, why I'm doing this, and what this podcast will be about.

NOTE: The technical issue has been fixed, and a new file uploaded.  If you have the bad, nasty, evil file then go ahead and download again.  This time should be mostly okay...  I hope. :)

News:

I discuss (briefly) the BBC America series Life on Mars, Iron Man movie news, and the upcoming film My Super Ex Girlfriend.

Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!

email: grailwolf@gmail.com

voicemail: 501-642-4863

PS: Yeah, I know... I talk waaay too fast.

Direct download: Grailwolfs_Geek_Life__Show__0_fix.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT

Just wanted everyone to know (yeah, both of you) that I'm still here and still working on the podcast.  I've hit several roadblocks, some technical, others of a more time-management nature, but I've got most of them worked out, so I'm hoping to have an actual podcast ready to go out the door very soon.

I had no idea what a pain it was to throw in some intro music.

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Category:News -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Turns out that I had to help the family with some computer issues, so episode zero didn't quite get off the ground yesterday.

But, hey, this gives us some time to get to know each other.

My name is Marc, and... well... I'm a geek.

It took me some time to realize that fact because I'd spent so many years thinking of it as a negative term that I just couldn't bring myself to embrace it.  But then I took a look around and realized that I fit the profile.  I love all things fantasy and sci-fi. I'm a total technophile (gotta have the latest gadgets... at least, as soon as I can afford them).  I've been using the Internet since before the Web.

And then I started hearing more and more geeks coming out of the closet.  Hollywood and the TV networks started producing geek-friendly content (and realizing that they could make money from it).  In short, we began entering a Geek Renaissance.

So now I find myself being quickly buried under an avalanche of cool, geeky media; books, movies, TV series, websites, you name it!  Problem is that with a 9-5 job, a fiancé, and a lot of other demands on my time, I'm quickly losing ground.  I've already missed a lot of great sci-fi over the years, and it's starting to look like I'll never catch up.

Now, I invite you to come along with me as I start the long voyage to embrace my geekdom.  Along the way I'll tell you about cool geek media and toys that I discover (some new, some embarrassingly old) and let you know which ones I think might be worth your time.  You can also expect some occasional essays, maybe even some by guest contributors if I can ask sweetly enough.  And if I really hone my begging skills, we might even have an interview here and there.

I think this will be a lot of fun, and I hope you can come along for the ride.  Drop me a line at grailwolf@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 501-642-4863 if you have any ideas, complaints, compliments, or just feel like shooting the breeze.

See you on episode zero!

Hurdy gur,

-Marc

Category:News -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

This is the bare bones beginning of my new podcast.  I'm still learning my way around, but I'll try to keep from mucking up too badly. For now I'm just using the basic template, so any suggestions or help on sprucing things up around the place will be gratefully accepted.  Meanwhile, episode zero should be ready before too long, and you'll hear all about it (and be able to download it) right here.

Stay tuned!

Category:News -- posted at: 2:01am EDT