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Well, crud!

I had a three-way conversation scheduled today with James Howard Kunstler, Neil Kramer and myself, but the Skype djinn was not cooperating. There was a lot of "Hello? Can you hear me?" and not much else. The topic of conversation was to be zombies and zombie films. I didn't get anything recorded that I can use for the podcast.

I've arranged to talk to Jim and Neil separately, though neither conversation has an exact date and time attached to it yet. I was hoping to do another interview that brings two of the seemingly disparate thematic wings of the C-Realm Podcast (and the associated subsets of the audience) together in one segment along the lines of the conversation I recorded with Daniel Pinchbeck and Dmitry Orlov.

Skype has been acting up on me this week. I cut short a conversation with Jeff Vail yesterday because the call kept dropping, but we did get about 20 minutes of usable audio out of that interaction.

I'd like to be able to just record regular phone calls when I'm talking to folks in the US and only use Skype for international calls. I'm thinking about signing up with this service:


Anyone know anything about it? Anyone have an alternate suggestion?

On the topic of zombies, I sent the following to Neil in the wake of our scuttled interview:
Here's a snippet from Jim Kunstler's latest blog post that I thought relevant to the zombie topic:

The crucial element in the transformation underway will be emotion.
The American experience for a few generations has produced an adult
population with very childish instincts, increasingly worse each
decade. For instance, the desperate power fantasies among the younger tattooed lumpenproles -- those with next-to-zero real economic power
-- suggest a certain unappetizing playing-out of resource competition
when the supply of Cheez Doodles and Pepsi starts to dwindle. But even the heretofore gainfully employed middle classes are pretty lost in
fantasies at least of comfort and convenience. For years now, I have
wondered how their sense of grievance and resentment will be expressed when the supermarket shelves run bare and the cardboard signs get
taped over the local gas pump and the cable TV gets cut off for
non-payment. You wonder, to put it bluntly, how far gone we really

I've expressed this notion before, but my current gloss on the zombie
genre is that it plays on our intuition that all of these people
around us whom we don't know and who are utterly dependent for their
sustenance on an increasingly at-risk system of industrial
food-creation will turn on us and try to consume us when the corporate
food machine breaks down.

Any thoughts? Given that the C-Realm Podcast Holiday Season Zombie conversation has yet to coalesce, you have the opportunity to inject your ideas into the mix.



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Dec. 16th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Audio Recording
Hey KMO,

RE your recording woes...
A device similar to this: http://www.twacomm.com/catalog/model_PTR-1.htm
Can be used with any digital recording device. The digital recording device I own is an Olympus. I got it about 5 years ago for about $150.

You would also be able to record directly to your laptop through the microphone in jack using the device from the link above.

Hope this helps.

Dec. 16th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Somewhat off topic, but do you know if anyone has taken the Kunstler RSS feed and put it into LJ?

Being lazy, I'm trying to turn my Friends list into a news feeder. Clusterfuck Nation would be a good addition.
Dec. 16th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Kunstler RSS
Not to my knowledge.
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Dec. 16th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Ken Knabb
I really should keep a master list of suggested guests. Alas, no such list exists. If it did, Ken's name would be on it.

Thank you for pointing me in Ken's direction.
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I would love to discuss zombies.
Beginning with Dawn of the Dead, the zombie genre was satirizing the whole consumer culture. These zombies were seen as sluggish, slow, and quite stupid.

Recent zombie depictions are not like this at all. With movies like 28 Days later, and video games, zombies are much faster. And more brutal. The "Rage Virus" or some other contagion makes normal people into fast-moving killers that will not stop.

If zombie movies are about our unconscious fears about those around us, as you seem to suggest, perhaps we have moved from the fear of being mindless consumers, to darker things, such as the collective madness of crowds.
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: I would love to discuss zombies.
I read your comment out while I was recording an interview with Neil Kramer today. That segment will air a week from today.
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