Defenders of the Mirth

Episode 21 – Ben’s Back and Forth

by on Mar.19, 2013, under Show

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After the St. Patrick’s holiday celebrations have passed, what better way is there to recover than with an episode of DOTM?


Opening quote taken from an ungiven speech by Philip K Dick titled ‘How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later

Thunder and lightning sound FX from TV and Movie sources Recorded by Grant Evans .
Released under Creative Commons License: Attribution 3.0.

Show notes:

Funny in Shadows (Bob’s old project) –

First and only appearance of Erica 404 –

Oxymoron definition –

Friend of the Mirth Bob Reinhard’s Low on Life Cast –

I can has cheezburger –

World of Warcraft –

Mists of Pandaria –

Kung Fu Panda –

Commander HQ –

Google Glass –

Google+ –

Demonstration of Google Glass during Google I/O 2012 –

Google Now –

Kerbal Space Program –

Orbiter Space Flight Simulator –

Stockholm Syndrome –

Comparative photos:

Jim Bowen –
Pope Francis I –

Photo of Mir. Isn’t she beautiful? Ben’s rattletrap construction in KSP
Low-texture rendering in Orbiter Higher-texture rendering in Orbiter

Stoic –

Dark Star:

imdb –
John Carpenter –
Dan O’Bannon –’Bannon

NEW Sim City –


EA apologises over ‘dumb’ SimCity launch –

Walking on the Moon, The Police –

Google Hangout –

Cynicism –

Lough Neigh –

Sinéad O’Connor:

wiki –éad_O’Connor
Blog –

Vogons –
Dougas Adams –

The Beatles:

wiki –
Ticket to ‘Ride’ –

The Big Lebowski:

imdb –
The Dude Abides –

Sinéad O’Connor Quits Twitter: ‘I Was Getting Too Much Abuse’ –

Postive Re-enforcement –

Bigger photos, content based feeds: What’s new with Facebook’s timeline –

As Steve Jobs once said (The quoting of Picasso) –

Apple Macintosh LC 475 –


Cassette Tape –

Floppy Disk –

The Stanley Parable (full playthrough & all endings) –

Half Life 2 –

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9 Comments for this entry

  • cosmicstresshead

    Evening, Mirthlings!

    I was going to correct Johnny’s use of the word ‘erroneous’ from last week but it would have been ergonomic.

    Looking back through my commentary beneath earlier episodes, I realise I used to be far more involved in the comment threads. See my comment under “A Talk of Noughty Tech” for an extreme example.

    Back then, of course, I had a vexing occupation and resultant drive for creative output. As it stands, I’m quite happy with my return to life as a student and have hitherto had little excess energy to exert creatively.

    Or so I thought. I think I’m back! Much like whatever force keeps the station aloft, I have an inexplicable drive to talk to you, presumably real people.

    So if you’re listening, read the comments. And if you’re reading the comments, join in! The water’s lovely and I’ve lost by trunks.

    I wonder who else is here? Is Mr. N. Cognito even still alive?

    See ya in the threads?

    Yes? Yes.



    Ben “Creative Writing” Smylie

    p.s. It seems pedanticism is, in actual factual fact, a word, and it means what it sounds like it means.

    p.p.s. I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but Johnny will slip up sooner or later… and when he does, I’ll be there to be a pedantic prick about it.

  • Some Angry Canadian Guy

    \o/ I promote better than anyone!

    For a second I thought you guys were just gonna play an entire episode of LoL as your podcast. I was ok with that. Our terrible sound quality just seems that much worse when compared to your functional sound.

    And yeah, we jacked the theme from a Youtube remix of a Legend of Zelda theme. SHHHHH!

    Anywho, peeps. ^_^ Good times as always gentlemen.

  • intertree

    Our functional sound this week was clawed back from a bad record with completely messed up track sync and awful levels, that led to around 12 hours of editing work to produce a 51 minute show.

    It almost isn’t worth it… Almost.

    Thanks for the compliment Bob, but what news of Half Life 3?

  • Some Angry Canadian Guy

    Half Life 3 IS on our minds. It will be made. We assure you it’s something we have considered and approached. We do not want to rush it. We have nothing but the utmost respect for it and it’s fan base. It will happen!

    Now just replace “Half Life 3” with half a dozen other games, and we’ll be all done with PR work for the year.

  • intertree

    Actually, that bit of boiler plate PR work would have been perfect for all of the time DOTM was off air.

    I’ll keep it saved for possible future use.

  • intertree

    Not that we’re going anywhere….

  • CosmicStresshead

    In the intervening years much has changed in the world, the most important of which, I’m sure you’ll all agree, is the fact that at some point I started typing my username in title case.

    Hello, all.

    *cue all the impatient listeners jumping at the chance to talk to Ben after a long hypersleep / disappearance / abduction / other (delete as appropriate)*

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