EphemRadio Podcast #63 Weekday Edition 11-21-2017

I start off this episode with some news regarding the potential to play more indie music on the podcast beyond ccmixter and freemusicarchive; ramble about the holidays and having off from work; winter and remote car starters; incentives for the every day worker & taxpayer much like pro sports players; movies from the 80’s starting with Big; discussing episodes 4 & 5 of The Walking Dead Season 8.06

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This week’s music in order of appearance:

Folksy song by Phoenician Sailor

“Beauty Over Industry” by Unwoman at freemusicarchive.org

“Deportee” by Michael Chapman and The Woopiles at freemusicarhive.org

“Nadeya” by reiswork at ccmixter.org

“Work These Hands” by Cletus Got Shot at freemusicarhive.org

EphemRadio Podcast 62 Weekend Edition for 11-18-2017

In this episode I ramble about treating yourself well in regards to what you think of yourself and what you feed your mind and body; how you should always be yourself; being aggravated by annoying drivers; and some news and weather from the U.S. cities of Allentown, Salt Lake City, and Oklahoma.

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Music credits in order of appearance:

“Relatively Human” by Jacob Haller at freemusicarhive.org

“The Weather Hip Hop Blues Remix” by Xalpheric

“You Can Do It” by Evie Sands

Making Monkeys by Bluemillenium

Official Ephemeral Rift Merchandise Now Available via Spreadshirt.com

I have finally launched a shop via Spreadshirt.com starting with the “I hope you are doing well” phrase. In the coming months, and (Cthulhu willing) years, I’ll be offering and creating many more designs based on content from my YouTube channel and beyond (i.e. completely new designs and ideas unrelated to the channel.)

As of the date of this post, I am currently working on a design for “Arkham Sanitarium” and hope to have that available by the end of November (2017). There are plans for designs of specific characters as well, such as Corvus, Margaret, Dave, and who knows who or what else.

Keep in mind that you can alter the color of the design by clicking on “Adjust design or choose different product” when hovering over the product image.

While the shop also appears here on my website, it is merely a superficial placeholder. All transaction data takes place over at spreadshirt.com.

EphemRadio Podcast 61 Weekday Edition for 11-14-2017

In this episode I ramble about the sleepy effect of dentist offices and hospital waiting rooms; share my experiences of having cavities, wearing braces and a retainer; mention the stand up comedy of Bill Cosby, Brian Reagan and black comedy TV shows from the 70’s and 80’s; and finish with weather & news from the U.S. for Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Trenton.

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This episode’s music:

“We’ll get ourselves in tv-news” by Break the Bans at freemusicarchive.org

“I don’t know what i want” by Dememphis at freemusicarchive.org

“Chances” by Stefan Kartenberg at ccmixter.org

“Optimismo Irracional” by VicthorA3 at bandcamp.com

EphemRadio Podcast 60 Weekend Edition for 11-11-2017

Starting with this episode going forward I will now be interjecting select music works from both ccmixter.org and freemusicarchive.org (links below) in order to liven up the episodes a little bit so you are not just hearing the sound of my voice. Plus, in the spirit of free expression and creativity, showcase and promote some creative folks out there.

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Episode Description: I ramble about how we’re living in The Upside Down in regards to the underprivileged & poor compared to those who have it easy; how you should try not to worry much about anything; how I believe we can truly end poverty if we all worked together; takeaways from a previous podcast regarding poaching and the significance of the number 3; new movie releases opening this weekend; and global weather and news from 3 international locations of Pago Pago & Kwajalein in the South Pacific, and Traralgon Australia.

Music credits in order of appearance:

“What the hell” by Texasradiofish

“Hello good hello evil – live” by Scomber

“How can things get better” by panu

“Fire darer” by saqsquarenoise

“Hymen” by Oedipussy

“Democrazy” by Kara Square

EphemRadio Podcast Episode 59 Weekday Edition 11-7-2017

EphemRadio Podcast Episode 59

In this episode of the EphemRadio podcast I start off talking about the joys of suffering while dealing with any kind of illness, especially when it comes to having a child and the bugs they bring home from daycare. Then I move into discussing video games and games in general, namely Dark Souls 3, Bloodbourne, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and the latest Last of Us 2 trailer. After that, I ramble about the TV shows The Walking Dead season 8 episode 2 and Stranger Things season 2 finale. Lastly, I go over the weather and about 3 news articles each from Amsterdam, Norway and Finland.

EphemRadio Podcast Episode 58 Weekend Edition 11-4-2017

EphemRadio Podcast Episode 59

I start the podcast off about a thought I had when I drove past a multi-story apartment building. It raised questions about community and how a lot of humans are strangers to one another. And how many seem to interact with people more online than in real life or even in their own apartment building.

I discuss AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show season 8 episode 2, going over what occurred and discussing some of the characters. I talk about the Netflix series Stranger Things in general, especially Season 2 episodes 1 through 7. I also touch upon this Netflix model of releasing all of the episodes so people can binge watch them.

I talk about the PBS Nature show episode on Otters, go over new movies released this weekend, and then finish up with the international news and weather from three locations in South America.


EphemRadio Podcast Episode 57 Weekday Edition 10-31-2017

EphemRadio Podcast Episode 57

EphemRadio podcast episode #57: I talk about halloween and go on various tangents such as consumerism and trying to stay true to who you are and manifesting your personal philosophy into the real world even when circumstances make it difficult. Then I go over some international news & weather of three cities in Africa, then finish up talking about white people and three specific aggravating experiences with them and more tangents such as the ratios of good vs bad people among various races and cultures.


EphemRadio Podcast Episode 56 Weekend Edition 10-28-2017

EphemRadio Podcast Episode 56

In this weekend edition of the EphemRadio podcast #56 I talk about how we cannot rid ourselves of fear, anxiety and anger but can learn how to manage them by turning their energy into something constructive. Something I’ve talked about in the past, but every so often I like to revisit these subjects as I gain new understanding and perspective. Then I go into the international news with a few things from Santander Spain, Cranbrook Canada and Warsaw Poland, with the latter being more like a visitor’s guide. I also talk about some upcoming independent films, my visit to the anarchist book store Wooden Shoe Books in Philadelphia, looking forward to the upcoming second season of Stranger Things on Netflix, burial customs and where our poop goes.



October 2017 Trip to Wooden Shoe Books in Philadelphia

Ever been to an anarchist book store? No? Well, read on!

I’ve added some photos to my Flickr gallery taken on a trip to the Wooden Shoe Books, the “all volunteer anarchist collective” book store located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at their new location directly on South Street.

You can view the photos here:

Wooden Shoe Books website:

Wooden Shoe Books Philadelphia

In regards to this blog entry about the book store itself and why I visited there, well that’s a story that goes back a little more than a decade to around the early 2000’s when I was in my early 30’s. Having just met my wife (girlfriend at the time), I was sick and tired of working for “The Man” and equally if not more dissatisfied and frustrated with what I wanted to do with my life, creatively speaking. I was just beginning my quest for more knowledge and awareness when I started delving into various schools of thought such as Nihilism and Anarchism. I don’t remember how it all happened, but one thing led to another and I ended up finding out about Wooden Shoe Books at that time, as well as another anarchist spot called A Space, also located in Philadelphia.

I’ll never forget the first time I stepped foot into “The Shoe”, as the staff calls it when they politely welcome you upon your arrival to their establishment. It was a mix of awe inspiring and culture shock. Having been raised Roman Catholic and living in the suburbs for most of my life (until I moved into the city of Philadelphia during the early 90’s), I lived a pretty sheltered life as far as any kind of alternative information and knowledge were concerned. For the first 30 years of my life, prior to the advent of the internet, all I knew was what was in the paper, on TV, in song lyrics, and whatever my parents and catholic school teachers shoved down my throat labeled as “The Truth”. It was pretty much the same for everyone that grew up in the suburbs during the 70’s and 80’s, and probably any period in history where people were not exposed to anything beyond the status quo.

Wooden Shoe Books Philadelphia

I don’t remember every detail about my first trip to The Shoe in the early 2000’s, but I remember falling in love with the Zines and the plethora of alternative and often radical books that you just wouldn’t find in a book store or library in the ‘burbs (Walden Books, anyone?). I made 2 purchases that day: one being a Zine, though I cannot remember the title, and the other being a book about the Native American people’s involvement with the U.S. government and FBI. I don’t recall that title either, and I never did finish that book because I know all too well how THAT story ends.

I don’t recall my 2nd trip very much. I believe it was a few years prior to this recent trip and it was with my wife. I believe we were visiting the city for one particular reason or another and happened to stop into The Shoe after so many years just for nostalgic purposes. It might have even been related to my acoustic neuroma follow up appointments. But whatever the case may be, I didn’t purchase anything, and the visit was less than memorable on behalf of my part, since it was more about reminiscing than it was acquiring anything new to read.

Fast forward to this latest visit in October 2017, and I had a renewed purpose and perspective, with the former being to purchase a variety of Zines and unique books to showcase and discuss in a YouTube video, and the latter being the fact that I have gained a lot more knowledge and understanding about anarchism, not to mention my also renewed enthusiasm for all things philosophy. They say that everything old is new again, and there is definitely something to be said about that. I personally feel it’s a combination of nostalgia in wanting to revisit the things that we fell in love with at first sight or bring us fond memories and feelings, as well as having grown in experience and gaining new perspective so that when revisiting something from our past, there is a fresh new set of eyes and understanding about it.

Wooden Shoe Books Philadelphia

And so it is that I took the trip to The Shoe. They’ve moved from an old location which was located off of South Street near 9th or 12th street, to their new location directly on South Street around 7th or 8th streets. The store seems a little bigger in terms of length, and perhaps a bit wider as well. There is a ton of literature, from flyers and periodicals to books and novels. That’s what they are known for: zines and alternative books and periodicals that 99% of the time you most likely will not find in Barnes & Nobles. They have a section near the front door where you can find out about local events occurring in the area such as musical performances by local bands. They also carry other items such as buttons, stickers, posters and t-shirts.

But the shop is primarily all about the zines and alternative and often radical literature. They do however hold in-shop events such as readings and lectures by guest authors and other notable individuals.

Don’t know what a Zine is?

Wooden Shoe Books Philadelphia

A zine is a self-published magazine created by an individual or individuals that is not mass produced and often not delivered through a distributor. It’s pretty much DIY. You’ll find anything from political Zines on various topics such as feminism, queer and anarchism, to the more artistic types such as poetry and graphic novels. As I mentioned above, I went to The Shoe specifically to grab a variety of Zines so that not only could I read them, but more importantly showcase them in an upcoming video on my channel in order to give viewers an idea of what The Shoe and an anarchist book shop is all about. It’s great to know that people are still making zines and that the art form is not dead. I also love seeing independent artists able to do what they love and get their art out there.

As for the books themselves, they are just as varied as the zines. You’ll find almost any kind of alternative and radical piece of literature on subjects such as anarchism, atheism, Native Americans, feminism and even childrens’ books about sex and poop.

So if you are looking to find out what anarchism and alternative press is all about, want to expand your intellectual horizons, or just want to step outside your comfort zone and into a place you never even knew existed, try to visit Wooden Shoe Books if you can or find an anarchist book shop near you. The experience alone is well worth it.