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Episode 52 – The Walking Dead – Falling Skies – Jericho

It’s been a long hiatus but we’re back. This time we’re talking about the apocalypse. It’s something that we always end up talking about when there’s nothing else to talk about. A lot of stuff gets purchased for, and a lot of stuff gets built to handle the apocalypse. When the big San Diego blackout hit all the emergency supplies I was holding were all there for the inevitable apocalypse. Each of these shows deal with the apocalypse or recovering from it. It’s a cool manifestation of somebody’s idea of the apocalypse. The fun part is always to compare and contrast what each show is doing, and of course what my imagined reality would be. As always we’re pretty hard up for feedback to see…

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Sketchbooks.

Recently I drove downtown to check out the local Dick Blick art store. I’ve always liked going to art supply stores. The mix of potential and inspiration swirling around with the rewards of consumerism. It’s a good mix. I picked up a new sketchbook because they were half priced but this new one pushes me out of my comfort zone. I’ve stuck to a 4″ x 6″ hardbound sketchbook since my freshman year of college but the price of this full size 8.5″ x 11″ hardbound was too good to pass up. The only problem is I’ve never liked drawing bigger sketches so I’ve let it sit for a while. To try to kickstart some inspiration I’ve been going through and organizing all the different…

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Episode 50 – Sometime In The Future

The next episode of CouchIsland will be our post-apocalyptic episode. We’ll be comparing and contrasting Falling Skies, Jericho, and the return of The Walking Dead. The whole point will be to see how different disasters are framed, and how each cast of characters deals with survival. The show itself has been put on hiatus while I go through a lot of backend nonsense the internet likes to throw at us. I’ve moved servers and all the accompanying services so that was enough to throw off business as usual and realized I wanted the show to be more thorough that what I was putting out there. My favorite conversations about TV are more about dissecting shows and figuring out why they work, what they say about…

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Drive

Recently I took the girlfriend out to see a movie. If you’ve ever heard me talk about movie theaters you’re well aware I can’t stand them. We chose a relatively small theater well away from any major college and tucked in a strip mall. The idea was to try to find something outside of the radius of bored people and closer to moms who would complain about messy seats or bad projectors. It paid off and the overall experience was tolerable. We decided to check out Drive. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring a pretty cool cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks. I was pretty excited to see another Refn film. Being a fan…

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Episode 46 – Desert Car Kings – American Restoration – American Hot Rod

Thanks for checking out the blog this week. This is a special episode as it’s the first planned and written by Anthony. All I did was a bit of editing, everything else was on that guy. We talk about some cars, because that’s one of his things. We also talk about random bullshit, because that’s more my thing. Hope you like it and please give us those sweet sweet Facebook Likes. Episode 46