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    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Follow Crosstawk on Twitter

    So apparently if you're a website/podcast you need to be on Twitter.

    So we're on Twitter.

    Follow us and make us feel like we matter, won't you?

    You can either check us out/follow us via the widget over there on the right, or you can hit us up directly.

    I should also note that, in addition to regular plugs for things that you already know about, the Crosstawk feed will also be host to sweet, sweet drunktalk. I've been told this is the thing to do.

    Friday
    Sep172010

    That Little Box Over There

    Hey folks,

    So if you've been visiting for a while, you'll probably notice something new over to the right. Under the search button and About Me and the RSS feed and such, there's a PayPal Donation button. There's no reason to be coy about it, so why bother? The button is there to collect money from you for the purpose of growing my own bank account. There's no charity at work here. This is just plain ol' me, asking you for cash.

    Let me start out by saying that I don't really like having the button there.

    For one, I've always been of the opinion that new site features should be features, and not just window-dressing. Crosstawk.com is pretty sparse, and to be honest, I like it that way. We don't even have Google Ads. So having a button over there that serves you no purpose other than to take your money just feels kind of wrong.

    So why is it there at all? Well, Crosstawk.com is actually kind of expensive. There's the monthly plan I pay for at Squarespace.com, not to mention our hosting plan at Libsyn.com. They're not bank-breakers, but over the months, they do add up. This isn't even taking into account new episodes of Rough Draught, which entail bussing up from Miami to Tallahasee and buying new and interesting beers. That kind of endeavor costs nearly $200 per trip.

    And the thing is, I wouldn't change a thing about it. It's rewarding enough, personally, that I don't mind spending the cash to make it happen. Whether people decide to donate money or not, I'll continue to do these things, and I'd never even think to start charging for content. Everything on Crosstawk.com will always be free, and I have no illusions that people would stop listening altogether if it wasn't.

    So, to bring this awkward post to a close, I'll just say this: if you'd like to donate some money (of any amount you see as fitting), I'd appreciate it more than you could ever know. If you'd rather not, I'm still right there with you. You guys don't owe me anything, and I don't expect anything of you aside from your ear each week.

    Please believe me when I say that I'm truly grateful for you taking the time to read this,

    Karl Castaneda

    Friday
    Sep172010

    Box Office Poison: Episode 3

    Box Office Poison returns! Evan couldn't make it this month, unfortunately, but Mike's back to round out the quartet along with Jonny, Stan and Karl. This episode, we discuss The Expendables, Machete, Tommy, Black Dynamite and a whole lot more.

    For our Movie of the Month feature, it was Stan's pick, so we all sat down and watched Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Norman Jewison. Did this movie save us from the Hell that Caligula brought on, or is it another false messiah? You'll have to listen to find out.

    Next month we'll be watching: I'm Not There (2007).

    Don't forget to check out all of our other great Crosstawk shows, including the brand-new Thoroughly Manly Musicals and Karl Teaches Kontinuity. Also be sure to send all of your emails over to crosstawk@gmail.com and rate/review us on iTunes.

    That being said, we'll see you next week, folks!

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    Wednesday
    Sep152010

    Thoroughly Manly Musicals: Tommy

    Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball. From SoHo down to Brighton, I must have played them all. But I ain't seen nothing like this in any amusement hall. That throughly manly music dude... sure edits a mean video?

    That's right. This week, Stan's tackling the the 1975 rock opera, Tommy, based on The Who's 1969 album. I could try and sum up what the movie's about, but honestly, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Just watch. You'll see what I mean.

    Friday
    Sep102010

    Introducing: Karl Teaches Kontinuity

    This week you're in for a brand new show from Crosstawk: Karl Teaches Kontinuity.

    In it, I, Karl Castaneda, will go in-depth and explain all of the convoluted weirdness that is comic book continuity. For this first episode, we'll be getting into the various Ages of the comic book industry, starting with the Golden Age, and explaining the begining of the Silver Age. This is the first of a two-parter, so be sure to come back next time to hear the rest of the story.

    Also, don't forget to write in about any of Crosstawk's shows at crosstawk@gmail.com and head on over to iTunes to rate and review us. We've had a few reviews show up recently, and the only way to get the word out is to write more.

    Next week Box Office Poison returns, so see you then!

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: Listening back, I noticed that I mistakenly referred to Earth-2 as being the Earth where the Silver Age heroes live. This is not correct, so when I later refer that Earth as where the Golden Age heroes reside, pretend I was saying that the whole time!

    Saturday
    Sep042010

    Thoroughly Manly Musicals: Across the Universe

    Proving that he runs on Duracell batteries and badass flannel robes, Stan Ferguson's back with a brand new edition of Thoroughly Manly Musicals. This week, Stan's talking about Across the Universe, the Beatles-inspired 2007 love story directed by Julie Taymor. Like the song goes, Stan's getting better all the time.

    Enjoy:

    Thursday
    Sep022010

    TAWK Rewind: TAWK-112 Episode 13

    Hey there, folks!

    Crosstawk's taking the week off, so we'll be treating you to another re-release of the show that started it all, TAWK-112. On this episode, Karl, Jon, Casper and Tyler discuss Batman 3, James Bond, Bruno and bring it home with a discussion on what movies ought to be released under the Criterion Collection.

    And when you're done listening, be sure to check out Thoroughly Manly Musicals, a site-exclusive video show from Stan Ferguson. With each iteration, Stan's going to be breaking down the good and the bad of a specific film, starting with Episode 1 on RENT. It's a fantastic show, so you don't want to miss it.

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    See you next week!

    

    Saturday
    Aug282010

    Introducing: Thoroughly Manly Musicals

    So I'm extremely psyched to show off the latest addition to the Crosstawk family: Stan Ferguson's Thoroughly Manly Musicals. With each iteration, Stan's going to be tackling a different outing in musical theater, be it good or bad. With the introductory episode, the topic of discussion's going to be RENT, directed by Chris Columbus, adapted from the stage play by Jonathan Larson.

    Enough of me squaking, though - let's get to the show:


    Thursday
    Aug262010

    Box Office Poison: Episode 2

    Box Office Poison returns!

    Mike Sklens couldn't make recording this month, but Karl, Jonny, Evan and Stan are back with tons of movies to discuss, from recent releases like Scott Pilgrim and The Kids Are All Right to classics like F For Fake and Twenty-Four Eyes to not-so-great outings like Across the Universe and Rent.

    In our second segment, our Movie of the Month for August is the infamous Caligula. Will the gang like the movie as much as Jonny does? You'll have to listen in to find out!

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    Friday
    Aug202010

    Rough Draught: Episode 3

    Ahoy-hoy, folks.

    For this month's edition of Rough Draught, Mike Sklens unfortunately couldn't make it, but Jon and I are both back to rock your skulls with some brand new beers. Here's what you're in for:

    1. Sam Adams Black Lager

    2. Terrapin Gamma Ray

    3. Victory Golden Monkey

    4. Kasteel Donker

    5. Coney Island Human Blockhead Tough as Nails Lager

    So now that you know the beers, check out the show to hear the tastings!

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