1202 – Retrospective of Episodes 700-799
Lulling look back into the past substance of this sleepy show.
The Dark Tower
Dalek Design History
DOWN TO BUSINESS
I don’t know a lot of people that have a favorite number
Favorite Number Performance Pressure
Some Serious Tangents
Deep Dark Night United
Lauren, Rebecca (Referral Program)
Meditative Story podcast; Calm History podcast; The Midnight Mission; Trevor Project; Patreon; SleepPhones; Emily Tat; NAPAWF; Anti-Racism Resources; Ukraine Relief; Crisis Textline
Hello Fresh; Odoo; Helix Sleep; Air Doctor Pro; Zocdoc; Progressive
I get forgetful
I changed the order by accident that time
Those wonderful shifts we love to shout out
The C Shift
It can be pretty lonely
Maybe SWM won’t provide the thing you need, and that’s okay
I’ll admit it – I don’t make a lot of sense
People’s Favorite Numbers?!
I always overthink my favorite number
Just say 7 or 11
Please let this folded paper number thing say that you have a crush on me
I’d introduced #1 to BB-8
I’d also introduced BB-8 to BB-88
BB-88 is nicer to say
#1, do I speak in the Usted tense to you?
Performative Favorite Numbers
Not a lot of people have described me as pleasant noise
Mostly Harmless Noise
Math-Related Field (MRF)
I have nothing against math
I love all 10 numbers equally
Pandering to Numbers
I know BB-5 and BB-55 are out there, too
BB-2 in a tutu
This is gonna be a look back episode
We haven’t done a full on title review in a while
I wanna show solidarity with the WGA/SAG-AFTRA Strike
Starting with 700
You could listen to any of these episodes for free
Oh, Stan Chronicles!
Who’s the sidekick and who’s the hero?
How come when we talk about AI, we don’t talk about sentient freestyle soda machines?
Machine learning with a freestyle soda machine
Stan follows the Artist’s Way
TNG – Brothers. Good ol’ Data
The First Duty (teehee)
This reminds me of Starcraft
I’m waiting for another game, and therefore haven’t gotten into Baldur’s Gate 3
Crossover with Sleep Whispers (Sleep With Whispers)
Pretending I was Yoda
Changing over to The Good Place Season 3
2 TV shows at the same time. I must’ve gotten a lot of emails about this
712 was a seminal episode – almost exactly 5 years ago
Goodbye to the Climb-In Closet
97% percent, SWM is recorded in a closet
It was a weirdly shaped closet – the result of subdividing a house into apartments
I’d climb around the clothes in my daughter’s closet
The clothes helped dampen the sound
Stan Chronicles 11
Dustbusters Tale of the Tape
Premise Vs Theme
Stan Chronicles finale
Greatest Greeter was this recently??
A real-life gentleman in a yellow slicker, waving and smiling in the rain with genuine joy
A genuine love of greeting
Reviewing Stan’s Artist’s Journey
Was this the finale of The Good Place? Oh boy
The Happiest Holiday Shop – I’ll have to re-release these this year
Macy’s 2018 Parade Recap
Doctor Who S2 E1 Holiday Special
Manchichi’s Fans’s Eve
All Intro episodes for the holidays
Was Rose in more than one season of Doctor Who
Memories of Sha Na Na
Real Time Curry
Put rice cauliflower in your curry
Build a Bird Home – this was very popular
Las Vegas with Ray
Big Farm in the Sky PI, Season 2
I love this series
The Baker’s Dozen was in 2017? What?
It Makes a Sound crossover
Unboxing of Tokaido, which I still haven’t played
Case of the plagiarized cupcake
More Big Farm in the Sky PI
The Dark Tower is reminiscent of this
I do have a Trapper Keeper now
Man, this description is wild
Real Time Broth
Magic Masquerade Mystery
Coronation Lantern, Doctor Who
Oh, man, Game of Drones was still happening at this, what
S8 of Winterfell
Crossover with Viserium
A Newsies reference
Unboxing D&D – this was so useful
Happily Enrobed Robeshop
Last of the Starks
The end of Game of Drones
Magical Mallwalking Tours
I don’t have many malls left to walk
Lemonade Stand Spring
A Boy and His Wagon
Big Farm in the Sky PI Finale
Doctor Who S2 Finale
Universal Orlando Resort Tour with Ray
Man, that ELO episode of Doctor Who is such a classic
Legend of Billy Jean Tale of the Tape
Man, that cast is stacked
Bore to Win in Podcasting
Big Farm in the Sky PI Lookback
Daleks and Cyberpersons
Daleks were too overwhelming for me as a child
If you’re ever driving to Bend, OR, you’ll come across 2 Dalek structures
A Sleepy SWM Version of the Dalek’s Goals was a great challenge
They’re against comic books (still proud of that)
20 Steps to Skin Care
The Adventures of Doctor Triangle and Isosceles
A world without math …
Did they perform math-based skits?
Does gravity rely on math?
Is math more than just a concept?
Honestly, I just don’t have this type of intellect
Oh, I guess Rose was in more than one season of Doctor Who
Back to TNG
The Highway to the Neutral Zone
What if Weird Al did a parody of Kenny Loggins, performing as Big Al from the Country Bears?
Pop and Mop Sock Takeover was 798??
I loved those characters
Can you return to your high school home?
Sleep with AMA
Nothing below an hour in this bunch
Blythe, Mary, Derrick, 49, Holly, Ashley, Bryan, Laura, Anne, Barbara, Osee, Katie, Collect, Laura, Juliet, Joan, Julie, Patricia, Wilhelm, Seth, BT, Mary, Nicky, Kari, Sophie, Emma, Rock, Jimberly, Kimberly, Danielle
Title: Retrospective 700 – 799
Deep Dark Night United: Lauren, Rebecca (Referral Program)
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- For the Love of Numbers
- My Own Private Favorite Number
- Mostly Harmless Noise
- Math-Related Field (MRF)
- BB-2 in a tutu
- Deus Ex Aria
- Math-Based Skits (MBSs)
- Paper Fortune Teller
- BB-8 / Star Wars
- “One is the Loneliest Number” song
- Carl Jung
- Douglas Adams
- Buster Keaton
- Great British Bake Off
- Stan Chronicles / Nuns in Space
- Allen Iverson
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Sleep Whispers Podcast
- The Good Place
- Ray Parker, Jr.
- Gorton’s Fisherman
- Sha Na Na
- Doctor Who
- Big Farm in the Sky PI
- It Makes a Sound podcast
- Stephen King – The Dark Tower
- Trapper Keeper
- Game of Thrones
- Viserium podcast
- Top Gun
- Legend of Billy Jean
- The Adventures of Doctor Triangle and Isosceles
- Weird Al
- Big Al / The Country Bears
- Kenny Loggins
- Whitman Sampler
Notable Talking Points:
- I get forgetful
- I changed the order by accident that time
- Those wonderful shifts we love to shout out
- The C Shift
- It can be pretty lonely
- Maybe SWM won’t provide the thing you need, and that’s okay
- I’ll admit it – I don’t make a lot of sense
- People’s Favorite Numbers?!
- I always overthink my favorite number
- Just say 7 or 11
- Please let this folded paper number thing say that you have a crush on me
- I’d introduced #1 to BB-8
- I’d also introduced BB-8 to BB-88
- BB-88 is nicer to say
- #1, do I speak in the Usted tense to you?
- Performative Favorite Numbers
- Not a lot of people have described me as pleasant noise
- Mostly Harmless Noise
- Math-Related Field (MRF)
- I have nothing against math
- I love all 10 numbers equally
- Pandering to Numbers
- I know BB-5 and BB-55 are out there, too
- BB-2 in a tutu
- Retrospective ep
- This is gonna be a look back episode
- We haven’t done a full on title review in a while
- I wanna show solidarity with the WGA/SAG-AFTRA Strike
- Starting with 700
- You could listen to any of these episodes for free
- Oh, Stan Chronicles!
- Processing Boredom
- Who’s the sidekick and who’s the hero?
- How come when we talk about AI, we don’t talk about sentient freestyle soda machines?
- Machine learning with a freestyle soda machine
- Stan follows the Artist’s Way
- TNG – Brothers. Good ol’ Data
- Little Bits
- The First Duty (teehee)
- This reminds me of Starcraft
- I’m waiting for another game, and therefore haven’t gotten into Baldur’s Gate 3
- Crossover with Sleep Whispers (Sleep With Whispers)
- Pretending I was Yoda
- Changing over to The Good Place Season 3
- More TNG
- 2 TV shows at the same time. I must’ve gotten a lot of emails about this
- 712 was a seminal episode – almost exactly 5 years ago
- Goodbye to the Climb-In Closet
- 97% percent, SWM is recorded in a closet
- It was a weirdly shaped closet – the result of subdividing a house into apartments
- I’d climb around the clothes in my daughter’s closet
- The clothes helped dampen the sound
- Jeremy Bearimy
- Stan Chronicles 11
- Dustbusters Tale of the Tape
- Premise Vs Theme
- Stan Chronicles finale
- Greatest Greeter was this recently??
- A real-life gentleman in a yellow slicker, waving and smiling in the rain with genuine joy
- A genuine love of greeting
- Reviewing Stan’s Artist’s Journey
- Was this the finale of The Good Place? Oh boy
- The Happiest Holiday Shop – I’ll have to re-release these this year
- Macy’s 2018 Parade Recap
- Doctor Who S2 E1 Holiday Special
- Manchichi’s Fans’s Eve
- All Intro episodes for the holidays
- Was Rose in more than one season of Doctor Who
- Memories of Sha Na Na
- Real Time Curry
- Put rice cauliflower in your curry
- Build a Bird Home – this was very popular
- Las Vegas with Ray
- Big Farm in the Sky PI, Season 2
- I love this series
- The Baker’s Dozen was in 2017? What?
- It Makes a Sound crossover
- Unboxing of Tokaido, which I still haven’t played
- Case of the plagiarized cupcake
- More Big Farm in the Sky PI
- The Dark Tower is reminiscent of this
- I do have a Trapper Keeper now
- Man, this description is wild
- Real Time Broth
- Magic Masquerade Mystery
- Coronation Lantern, Doctor Who
- Oh, man, Game of Drones was still happening at this, what
- S8 of Winterfell
- Crossover with Viserium
- A Newsies reference
- Unboxing D&D – this was so useful
- Happily Enrobed Robeshop
- Last of the Starks
- Top Gum
- The end of Game of Drones
- Magical Mallwalking Tours
- I don’t have many malls left to walk
- Lemonade Stand Spring
- A Boy and His Wagon
- Big Farm in the Sky PI Finale
- Doctor Who S2 Finale
- Universal Orlando Resort Tour with Ray
- Man, that ELO episode of Doctor Who is such a classic
- Legend of Billy Jean Tale of the Tape
- Man, that cast is stacked
- Bore to Win in Podcasting
- Big Farm in the Sky PI Lookback
- Daleks and Cyberpersons
- Daleks were too overwhelming for me as a child
- If you’re ever driving to Bend, OR, you’ll come across 2 Dalek structures
- A Sleepy SWM Version of the Dalek’s Goals was a great challenge
- They’re against comic books (still proud of that)
- 20 Steps to Skin Care
- The Adventures of Doctor Triangle and Isosceles
- A world without math …
- Did they perform math-based skits?
- Does gravity rely on math?
- Is math more than just a concept?
- Honestly, I just don’t have this type of intellect
- Oh, I guess Rose was in more than one season of Doctor Who
- Back to TNG
- The Highway to the Neutral Zone
- What if Weird Al did a parody of Kenny Loggins, performing as Big Al from the Country Bears?
- Pop and Mop Sock Takeover was 798??
- I loved those characters
- Can you return to your high school home?
- Sleep with AMA
- Nothing below an hour in this bunch
Episode 1202 – Retrospective of Episodes 700 – 799
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, if you have a favorite number and it just happens to be between 700 and 800 and I’m remembering which episode this intro goes with correctly, you may hear your favorite number. I don't know a lot of people that have…well, I actually don’t know a lot of people that have favorite numbers unless it’s under…again, another perform…please don’t ask me my favorite number. I don't need the performance pressure because I’m gonna overthink it. Say, well, what do you think…? What would make you think the best of me? Which number? Is it 7? Is it 11? Is it something else? Triple you-know-what? The old number that was in that movie on that…I don't know. Is it a number that would make you giggle? But, oh, you say, what?
For the love of numbers, this just doesn’t add up. What is this person talking about? Sorry, that was just…sometimes being silly just comes…it doesn’t even come natural to me. It’s just there already. I just have to find it. Not to subtract from anything. I’m here to add to your sleep. Well, actually not; I’m here to take your mind off of stuff and keep you company. Welcome to Sleep With Me, the podcast that’s known to put you to sleep, but really it’s here to cut through that loneliness, cut through the deep, dark night, to be a friendly voice so you could fall asleep, because you deserve a good night’s sleep. So, I’m glad you’re here. This show is very different so give it a few tries if this is your first go, and just see how it goes. Structurally what we got coming up is support; that means paying for the podcast is totally optional.
So many people benefit from that, so it brings me such joy to keep you and so many other people company tonight, but especially you, of course. I’m really doing it for you, right? Come on, let’s be honest. We both know that. But there’s other people along for the ride. It’s like we’re…yeah, it’s…but so, what was the point that…is…oh, so, structurally, yeah. There will be support, then there’s a long, meandering intro separate from the support that eases you into bedtime, flips the pillow, preps the bed, or…as you get ready for bed. Then there will be a bedtime story. Tonight it’ll be me looking at Episodes 700 through 800 of this podcast and going on some serious tangents about it. I mean, not serious tangents, but a lot of tangents. Probably some ones that I consider serious. I say, well, why did I do it that way? Or, I can’t…a few…I get stumped a few times. But I’m glad you’re here. Thanks again for coming by. Oh yeah, then there’s…yeah, and then there’s thank-yous at the end. So, that’s the structure of the show. I’m glad you’re here, and thanks for making it possible, my patron peeps.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing? Trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press Play. I’m gonna do the rest. Alls you need…oh, yeah; what I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place…I get forgetful. Regular listeners know I even made a…I changed the order by accident there. I don't even remember…tossing, turning, mind racing, or trouble get…trouble staying asleep, trouble getting asleep. Yeah. What can I say? Been doing this a while now. I love it. I love being here to keep you company, put you to sleep.
What I attempt to do every time, though, is take your mind off of whatever’s keeping you awake. Could be thoughts, things on your mind that you’re thinking about about the past, the present, the future, it could be feelings, anything coming up for you emotionally related to those thoughts or feelings that are just there or left over from the day or about something coming up, could be physical sensations, could be changes in time, temperature, routine, you could be going through something, you could have something coming up, you could have a change in your work schedule, change in the time. You could work one of those shifts, any of those wonderful shifts we love to shout out on the podcast; second shift, third shift, 84th shift, B shift, D shift, C shift, of course. I’m not gonna forget you.
These are a few of my favorite shifts. Night shift, mid-shift, a lot of shifts. Here’s a shift, there’s a shift. Everywhere there’s a shifty…there is. There’s me using words repeatedly. But the only reason I bring that up of what could be keeping you awake is to let you know you’re not alone. This isn’t the case for every listener, every new listener or every regular listener, but it is the case for a lot of people listening, that the…whether you’re alone physically or you’re in a house full of people or with one or two people or with a pet, it can feel lonely in the deep, dark night, at least for me. Speaking for myself, it’s felt pretty lonely all the way back to when I was just a kid sharing the room with my brother. Yeah, even when I have someone in the room, all the way back to when I was a kid, it felt lonely.
That’s what this podcast is really here for. It’s to keep you company and to take your mind off of stuff, and whatever’s keeping you awake, the other reason I mention it is 'cause if I can’t relate to how it feels, whether it doesn’t feel lonely or not or whether it feels like something else or it feels like a bunch of things, which is the case for me a lot of times…even if I’ve never been through what you’re going through, I can probably relate to how you feel. Even if I can’t, there is someone else listening right now who can. There’s enough people listening, and maybe they haven’t been through the exact same thing, but they can relate to how it feels and I’m sure that they’re leaning in right now and saying, yeah, I’ve been through something like that and I do know how it feels, and I really hope…if they’re a regular listener, they’re…I really wish Sleep With Me can help you like it helps me.
Now, it doesn’t work for everybody, which I’ll talk about in a second, but the other thing is you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve a bedtime you don’t have to dread, a bedtime you could look forward to or feel neutral about, and the rest you need so that your life is more manageable. That’s the most important part about the show; it’s here to keep you company because it could be tough. The fact that it’s tough…it’s tough about something you really do need, and if you get the sleep you need and the rest you need, your life’s gonna be better and your world’s gonna be better. Maybe Sleep With Me can’t even be the one that…it can’t be the thing that provides you with that, so you can always check out sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou, 'cause there’s tons of other sleep podcasts on there and sleepy stuff you could check out.
So, there’s that. What else do you need to know? Oh, it’s a podcast that takes a lot of getting used to. When people first get here, they’re skeptical or doubtful or they’re just really tired and they tried a bunch of different stuff, and then they get to this show and it takes some getting used to. One, because it’s a podcast you don’t really listen to. You just kinda barely listen. I don't make a lot of sense. I’ve got creaky, dulcet tones and pointless meanders. I send my voice across the deep, dark night, and that can be strange, 'cause you say, what is this guy rambling on and on about? Was he talking about people’s favorite numbers? What do you mean you don’t have…? I’ve never heard of that. You’ve never had a favorite number before?
I say, well, you know, I guess…I’ve never had my own private, favorite number, to be honest. I don't know if there’s ever been a time in my life where I’ve been asked my favorite number and I haven’t overthought it, even if I…and if I said it fast, it was like, instant…it was down on the old brain stem, which knew; just say 7 or 11 or just say some…just say anything. First of all, who’s walking around…? I mean, I guess there’s a lot of different quizzes where…what’s your favorite number? I didn’t have…yeah, there was that thing with the folded papers you could do and then you would count. That never went well for me, either, so that’s probably another reason I don't have a favorite number. ‘Cause I would say, please let the folded numbers say that you have a crush on me, because I have a crush on you.
Never…having a active imagination, it…sometimes when it comes to things like having your favorite number or crushes, it usually…it can create some hurdles, some opportunities for growth. So, yeah, I’m…you say, what kind of person makes a sleep podcast that you don’t…you just barely listen to? What qualifies you to be barely heard? Well, I mean, one thing is I’ve never had…I’ve never honestly had a favorite number. I wouldn’t even know what to…I guess if you were gonna quote song lyrics, we would go with the number one. Because then I’d say, don't worry, Number One; I’m gonna keep you company in the deep, dark night. But actually what I think I would do is introduce Number One to BB-8 and also my imaginary version of BB-8, BB-88, because I just like saying BB-88 better.
It’s not a knock on BB-8, but I would say, Number One, why don’t you hang out with BB-8 and BB-88? They’re droids, by the way. They’re not just numbers, but that’s not…we’re not comparing things, other than comparing which sounds better when it comes out of my mouth; BB-8 or BB-88. But I think they would be good companions for you, so then you’d no longer be, according to the song, a…the loneliest number. You’d be…I can tell you, Number One, or One…can I just call you One? Would I use ‘usted’ if I’m addressing you or only if I’m calling you Number One? One, do you know what…can you explain to me what an infinitive is? ‘Cause I don't…oh, this is probably not the best time. Oh, not even the best time for this tangent, 'cause I’m so…but I think…here; Number One, meet BB-8. BB-8, meet Number One.
Number One, meet BB-88. BB-88, you’ve…you’re a droid. You figure it out. I’ll get back to the sleep podcast. So, this is a show just kinda like background noise. There’s really no wrong way to listen, but a lot of people just barely listen. They say, what was he talking about last night? Was he talking about music and music from the movie Star Wars? No, I don't think…maybe…I don't know. Using Star Wars to teach numbers? No, I don't think so. There’s no way he could have been talking about the fact that he’s never truly had a favorite number of his own, 'cause that’s relatable. I’ve only had performative…all my favorite numbers have been performative. Somebody call the Young Institute or something and tell them…they say, have you done research on this at all?
First of all, then they’d have to ask you, what’s your favorite number? How do you feel about that? What made you say that number? You say, okay, I gotta go. I can’t…this is what it looks like inside…also, I’m in the middle of opening a sleep podcast. So, I can’t stick around here. So, okay, so…so, it’s a podcast you just don’t…you just barely listen to. So, that takes some adjustment 'cause most podcasts…even sleep podcasts, at least…when I…they’re kinda meant to be listened to, right, and then carry you off into sleep or kind of bring you into sleep. Sleep With Me is more like a pleasant noise in the…well, I guess not a lot of people would describe me as pleasant noise. But it mostly…to quote Douglas Adams, mostly harmless noise. So, that’s one. This is also a podcast that doesn’t put you to sleep.
I’ve been making this podcast for ten years, and it’s a sleep podcast, and…but it doesn’t really put you to sleep. I’m here to keep you company while you fall asleep. So, there’s no pressure to sleep at all. That’s why the episodes are over an hour and I go on and on and on and I’m here to the very end, 'cause one, there’s people who are listening who can’t sleep at all. Two, there’s people who are listening who need a break during the day, and three, there’s people who kinda listen or they wake up or they…and they listen and they go back to sleep again. I just believe that the fact that I’m here to the very end to keep you company whether you’re awake or asleep…it’s important to me. It’s important for me to let you know that I’ll be here whether you need me or not, like I’m on-call.
I’m on-call to be your bore-friend, your bore-bae, your bore-sib, your bore-bestie, your bore-bor, your neighbor…your neigh-bore, your Borbie, your bores, your bore-bae. Did I say that already? Your bore-friend. I’m here to be your friend in the deep, dark night, keep you company, and take your mind off of stuff so you can drift off, and to say relatable things. I think there’s been a lot of things said in the world. A lot of people much more good-spoken or whatever it’s called than me and there’s been brighter minds, but I don't think that there’s a lot of people who talk about…maybe I…do I need to have a favorite number? Really. I mean, I could see a favorite…not…if I’m in a math-related field or I’m good at math…this isn’t against numbers. I’m just saying…here’s the thing; okay, I’m gonna turn it around.
There’s only whatever there is…what is there, ten numbers, initially? Ten numbers to build stuff with, at least the way I was taught? They’re just all so lovely. I just could never pick…I could just never pick a favorite one, honestly. I love you all so much. You got…some of you have curves, some of you have edges, some of you…it’s just…I can’t get enough of all of you, so how could I choose a favorite? Of course I’m gonna be performative in my favorite-choosing, like so many other things. I didn’t mean to say how could something not…I meant to say, how could someone choose? Yes, I’m pandering to numbers, by the way.
So, that’s why I’ve given all of you a lifetime imaginary…not just number 1, but 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, along with all your derivatives, and number one, a lifetime subscription to an imaginary hangout with your own personal BB-8 and BB-88. Or if you have some sort of thing with the number 8…you say, well, that’s a lot of 8s. I don't know if I could handle that. I know, 5; I get it. BB-5 and BB-55 are out there just waiting for you to hang with them. Or you say, well, I’m the only 5. I say, okay, I got you. You could use your imagination or your mind. I could get you BB-2, BB-22. BB-22, even. BB-2 in a tutu; how about that one? How about just a tutu? Okay. So…oh, this is a show you don’t really listen to and it doesn’t put you to sleep. It just keeps you company while you drift off.
Also, most people…I think I said it; most people…can you imagine people don’t like this show when they first listen? There’s people who are regular listeners who don’t like the show, and…or just don’t like me, and that’s fine. It’s very different and there’s…I don't know. I just…I can only be the best version of myself I can to put you to sleep, and we could have a little bit of fun on the way there. If we have to pander to numbers, we gotta pander to numbers. Who couldn’t…who can’t use the world of balance where I pander to numbers for ten minutes and then I also acknowledge…? The only reason I keep going back to it is I never really realized that I didn’t have a favorite number that wasn’t made-up.
Don’t ask me for…now I’m like…keep thinking, like, at some point I’m gonna be asked, honestly, what would your favorite number be? I say, all of them. No, you have to pick one. I’d say, okay, well, I gotta…that’s a good thing…I’d just say, well, moving on. So, okay…so, let’s see, what else do you need to know? Oh, structure of the show. I’m gonna have to give it to you quick 'cause I’ve gone on so many tangents, but I’ll give it to you quick in a slow way. Show starts off with greeting; friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, numbers, numbers, numbers, or whatever I said. That’s so you feel seen and welcomed in. You say, I could check the show out.
Then there’s business so paying for the podcast is optional. There’s 600 ad-supported shows you could listen to, so you don’t gotta worry if you need the podcast. Then there’s a long, meandering intro that eases you into bedtime. It’s not meant to put you to sleep; it’s meant to set up a bedtime and slowly bring you in while you’re getting ready for bed or you’re in bed getting comfortable or you’re doing a chill activity or whatever it is. There are people that fall asleep during the intro and there’s people that skip it, but for most people, whether you listen to Sleep With Me or not, we need a bedtime, a wind down.
So, that’s what the intro’s there for. Then there’s support again between the intro and the story, and then there will be a story. Tonight it’ll be a little look-back, a little listing, a little talking, a little bit of numbers. Then there’s thank-yous at the end. That’s the structure of the show. That’s why I make the show. I’m so glad you’re here. I work really hard. I yearn and I strive, and I really hope I can help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by, and here’s a couple of ways we’re able to do this for you for free twice a week.
Alright everybody, Scoots here, and this is gonna be a look-back episode. I realize…I know we’ve done different…usually we do some sort of episode whenever we cross the double 0s or the double aughts. But to be honest, I don't know that we’ve done a full-on review of titles of episodes in a while, or if we did, I didn’t take good notes. But I’m doing these episodes…normally this episode would be a TV recap episode, but as I’m recording these, we’re in the middle of a writers’ strike and a actors’ strike and I want to show solidarity with those performers. ‘Cause if Sleep With Me was funded by a outside company, especially a big corporation, I would want some…I would want to be compensated. I would want to know my insurance and my retirement and all that for the value they’re getting out of the podcast.
That’s not the case, but if it was…I want to show solidarity for everybody that’s in that position, 'cause I do know what it’s like working really hard. Yes, I get to use my imagination, but it’s still a lot of effort that goes into it. It’s not just…it just doesn’t spring out of nowhere. That goes the same for all workers, but the reason I’m doing these is 'cause I don't want to promote anything…and it was just, sometimes creative challenges are cool, too, 'cause we did three Buster Keaton silent film episodes, then we’re gonna do a few of these, and we’ll have the holiday season; I’m not sure what we’ll have on-tap for that. When the strike’s resolved, we’ve got episodes of Great British Bake-Off ready to go, and then we’ll be working on our next series after that. So, cool. Okay, so, what are we gonna do here?
We’re gonna start with Episode 700 and kinda go from there and just kinda look through the titles and stuff and say, hey, what’s in the feed here? Let me find it. These are all episodes at this point you could listen to free. They’re all in the ad-supported feed. If you listen as a support…you have a subscription that you buy directly from Sleep With Me, you’d have access to all these episodes ad-free and in story-only content. But as long as…and there’s a ton of other stuff in those feeds. But I’m looking through the ad-supported feed here. It’s gonna take me a little while to scroll back at all…so, yeah, this will just be a fun look-back. We’ll do a few of these, and, I don't know, you never know where these ones go when I have these random lists. Okay, here we are; we’re already at 699. What time of year was that?
So, 700; okay, that was a recap. 701…oh, we were doing Stan Chronicles. So, Stan Chronicles was…so, Process in Boredom; that was Episode 8 of Stan Chronicles, which was Season 2 of Nuns in Space, which we had a third season of at some point. Not that long ago; maybe a year or two ago. But Stan Chronicles was kinda cool because Stan was Scooter…fictional Scooter’s best friend, and Scooter was Stan’s sidekick, or Scooter…Stan was Scooter’s sidekick, depending who you asked. But Stan is a sentient freestyle soda machine. This takes place in the future. No soda machines that I know of have gained sentience yet. How come when people talk about AI they don’t talk about…?
And I’m not talking about Allen Iverson; I’m talking about AI and soda machines. Are we talking about AI and soda machines? Because I’m…that’s what I’m talking about, is AI and soda machines. How come nobody’s talking about that? You’d say…giant corporations, take my free advice; please provide me with a freestyle soda machine and a lifetime of extracts. But probably don’t, because it probably wouldn’t be good for me. But where the AI could learn your soda preferences and…I mean, maybe billionaires already have this. I don't know. They say, we don’t drink what you people drink. We drink…whatever. There actually is a nectar of the gods. Say, okay, interesting. But the soda machine just learns my preferences, maybe…I don't know.
Anyway, but in this…in Stan Chronicles, it’s a freestyle soda machine named Stan who is a sentient being, and Stan follows the artist’s journey or the artist’s way, because Stan’s trying to go…kind of become a fuller…not gain sentience, but be able to flourish in the world. That’s where AI and soda machines come in. Who doesn’t want their soda machine to flourish whether it’s sentient or not? Okay, then we had Star Trek, Season…TNG, Season 4, Episode 3, Brothers. Good old Data. Speaking of best friends, Data…turns out Lore was not Data’s best friend. But yeah, then we had a retrospective episode that we just republished, then 704, Little Bits, Stan Chronicles. That’s one of those Sleep With Me titles that was supposed to be funny. Then this one is another TNG episode; The First Duty.
I love saying that for two reasons. One, it just makes me giggle like a little kid, The First Duty. What do you do after your fourth cup of coffee, Scoots? I say, well, probably, but…oh, ideally, maybe my third or my second. Hopefully it’s my last, too, of the day. But also reminds me of StarCraft. For some reason, not all roads of Sleep With Me lead to the game StarCraft, but quite a few do, and Reporting for Duty is another one. If you’ve ever played StarCraft…I think it’s even available as an app now, which…oh boy, if I…I just…I paid for…Baldur’s Gate, when I’m recording this, is one of the games a lot of people are playing. I’m not playing it because I’m waiting for another game, but so…but I have a Baldur’s Gate…there used to be a point-and-click RPG Baldur’s Gate, then it became an enhanced app.
I don't know what the ‘enhanced’ part is. I bought that app whenever it came out, literally…at least twelve to fourteen years ago. Maybe less because I’m never correct. But I said, is that still in the app store? I paid for it, right? I bought that app and I re-downloaded it. Haven’t played it yet. I’ll be honest; if you’re a superfan, though, of Sleep With Me, I did create all the characters based on the characters from Journey Into the Land…Journey Into the World of Friends and Journey Into the Land of Tomorrow, but I haven’t played the game yet. Then I said, can I play it with five people or do I need six people in my party? Okay, moving on. Crossover episode. My friend Harris, my friend Craig who makes Sleep Whispers podcast…this is Sleep With Whispers. If you haven’t listened to that and Craig’s version…I really enjoyed both.
I also enjoy trying to make people do my style of podcasting and have fun and make them laugh. So, I think there was some point where I was pretending I was Yoda or pretending Craig was talking to Yoda, so that’s fun. Okay, then we have a changeover in the TV show coverage to The Good Place, Season 3, Everything is Bonzer. That was Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2. Then Stan Loves Running; that’s Stan Chronicles 10. Then The Good Place, Season 3, Episode 3, The Brainy Bunch. Here’s a story of a loving Chidi teaching ethics like an oyster produces pearls. So, that’s how I…then Ship in a Bottle…oh, TNG. Interesting; two TV shows at the same time. I must have got a lot of e-mails about this. Yeah, I can only imagine my e-mail inbox. Holy moly.
So, yeah, we got that one, Ship in a Bottle, then The Snow Plow, which was Good Place to Sleep, Season 3, Episode 4, which I think has a different title than the real episode. Let your thoughts be gently pushed aside as our ethics team clears away for a good night’s rest. Then a pretty seminal episode, 712. So, as I’m doing this about 500 episodes ago, five years…almost exactly five years ago. Wow, holy mackerel. Time flies. That’s where I said goodbye to the climb-in closet where I started the podcast in 2013. Maybe you don’t know this, if you’re listening, is that Sleep With Me’s not recorded in a fancy studio with high-tech stuff. It’s 97% of the time recorded in a closet and the other 3% of the time probably in a car. Well, maybe 0.01% other places, the public feed episodes.
But yeah, so, when I started the show…I don't know where I recorded the first few episodes, but then I was…once I realized I was gonna make more than three episodes, I said, okay, well, I could do it in the closet of my daughter’s room. I lived in a one-bedroom apartment where the living room was split in half and I had my bedroom behind curtains in the living room, and then my daughter had her bed…the bedroom was her room, but it had a really long closet. Not a deep closet, not a walk-in closet, 'cause this apartment was once a house that was converted into four apartments. So, a lot of the things…you say, interesting. So, this was one that…I assume they just added drywall when they…as a extra…so, it was just a room where literally if you were standing there, it was a hallway with a closet rod in there that ran back.
Maybe even at the last minute, they said, this room needs a closet, dude. So, that was the climb-in closet, 'cause there were clothes and stuff in there. So, literally the closet was only as wide as the clothes, so I would have to climb around the clothes to the back of the closet, 'cause the closet didn’t go backwards; it just went to the left. It was like, the door was all the way at the end of the room on the right. You opened it and to the left, the closet was as…almost as long as the room…went to the…where the door was to come in and out of the room. So, that was great because all those clothes stood in the way of…they helped dampen some of the sound. Then we moved for the first time and the last time so far into another place, in, I guess, October.
I would have guessed August but I guess it was around October, or when I released this episode, it was, and I said goodbye to that closet. Next up was Good Place, Episode 5, Season 3, Jeremy Bearimy, then Ice Cream Barons, Stan Chronicles 11, then Ballad of Donkey Doug, Good Place, Season 3, Episode 6. That was a good one. Dust Busters, Tale of the Tape, October 31st. That’s a movie…I just was listening to Scriptnotes. When I’m recording this, it’s late August, 2023. They were kinda talking about premise versus theme, and Craig was talk…giving a example of high-concept comedy if it didn’t exist yet. He said, three people in New York City, using high-tech equipment to track down dust. Even at the time…it wasn’t until he said the last part that I said, oh wait, that should be…that should actually be…that’s a interesting…and then I said, oh, because it is a movie.
So, this is where I tried to remember the plot of the first movie. I don't think I could ever get through plot of the second one. I know how it ends, with the Statue of Liberty and goop, but then I get the rest mixed up between the two movies. For the love of Ray Parker Jr…then Fractured Inheritance, Season 3, Episode 7. That sounds like a Sleep With Me version of a different title, but I’m not sure. Wow, back then we had…then we have Moving Cloudy Change, Stan Chronicles, Season 3, Episode 12. That was the season finale. Yeah, your eyes will be cloudy as you say goodbye to Stan or whatever. Head off on a journey to sleep as our heroes save the world. Wow, Greatest Greeter came out in…wow, I had no idea. If you would have asked me, Scoots, Greatest Greeter…you remember that one? Kind of.
I know it was based on a real concept. I would have guessed it came out in, honestly, the 300s, and…719. I know my brother did the artwork for this because the Greatest Greeter is based on this…or was strongly influenced by this person I saw once upon a time. Or, now it’s probably…now, because it’s mixing with the podcast, I can’t separate reality. But it was Golden Gate Park or maybe the Presidio, now that I’m being honest, looking at it in my memory right this moment. But I thought it was Golden Gate Park. It was raining very hard. It was daytime, though. I was driving through Golden Gate Park. I believe I was probably a passenger. There was a gentleman in a yellow rainslicker with a yellow rain hat, like you see…like the Gorton’s Fisherman.
This person was not the Gorton’s Fisherman, but they were standing in the rain, smiling and waving with genuine joy. It was slightly different, where you say, well, that’s different, but it was not…it was like a true love of greeting. That’s why the Greatest Greeter. Then, I don't know if it was in my mind or in the podcast or in reality that they were also holding a teddy bear dressed in a rainslicker with a matching hat, but I know that’s what became the art, so…but I think they were holding a teddy bear. So, just the kind of image you come across. One, what a miracle to come across something like that. It’s not even found art, but it’s like, it is. I don't know, like, you said, holy cow, I don't know what the person’s intention was, right, but it had a positive impact on me.
Okay, Making Use…or Use of Free Will; that’s Good Place, Season 3, Episode 8. Then Stan’s Artist Journey and Review. That was 721. So, the review episodes are where I look back at the production of the season and how we told the story and where some of the ideas came from, what the challenges were, what my expectations…so, if you’ve ever wondered what thought goes into writing for Sleep With Me and where do the ideas come from other than when I’m talking like this…those are good episodes. You can even search…you could search 13…the number 13 or ‘in review’ in most podcast apps that allow searching the feeds to find those. Okay, next up was a all-intro episode for…looks like for Thanksgiving; 722. Cornucopia of Crunch and Munch…then Don’t Let the Good Place…Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By.
I don't know, was that the finale of The Good Place? I guess so. So, that was 723, then 724…oh boy, it’s been a while. Have we ever returned to this? This is one of my favorite series, holiday series. Maybe I’ll re-release these this year. Happiest Holiday Shop, Mistletoe Junction. Yeah, we’ll have to re-release these, 'cause they were good, man. That was one of those things where the…it was the Happiest Holiday Shop where the shop…you go shopping there and then you learn what’s important. Then we had Macy’s 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade Recap, then Doctor Who Holiday Special, Season 2, Episode 1, Holiday Mannequins. That may have been Rose’s first episode? No, Season 2. Interesting. I know Rose is…Rose works in the store, right? Maybe? I don't know.
Then Happiest Holiday Shop 2, Opaque Snow Labyrinth, then…oh, interesting; Tangents on Top Holiday Specials. Oh, that was a list episode which we never…I’ve never watched any of these. Maybe I’ll watch them some day. Tangents on top…so, it’s just a list of…a couple lists of top holiday specials in the US and the UK. Then Janet, The Good Place to Sleep…but I don't have them labeled as numbers. So, that’s interesting. Then Monchhichi’s Fanza’s Eve. So, I guess indicates more than one fan of Monchhichi, and that came out…it didn’t come out on Christmas Eve but on December 19th. Oh, then Happiest Holiday Shop 4, Thresholds and Gifts. Interesting. That came out on December 23rd. Then two all-intro episodes for Christmas and New Years, then on January…734, Season 2, New Earth.
I thought New Earth was with…Rose was in more than one season? Maybe this is where we change up companions? I thought Rose was in two seasons of Doctor Who, but maybe only one. I don't know. Then Memories of Sha Na Na, so that’s another personal story episode where I try to remember Sha Na Na. Oh, then a curry-based episode; Real-Time Pataks, where I talk about curry paste. I didn’t know I even did one about that, but I have a pro tip, right, that maybe I talked about…I don't think it was after this episode, but putting riced cauliflower in your curry is a good move, or…yeah, I strongly recommend it. Build a Bird Home; this was a very popular episode. Gets a lot of feedback. We could probably even put it out as a thing.
We used John August’s Writer When You Really Need Some Help Pack, and what a great…it was just a strange episode. Chidi Sees the Time Knif; that was another Good Place to Sleep one. Sleepy Syrup…Las Vegas with Ray; so, this was when Ray walked around Las Vegas. We had gone there to run in a race with somebody from…we went to school with. Then Big…oh boy, Big Farm in the Sky PI, Heavenly Solutions, Season 1, Episode…Season 2, Episode 1. Another one of my favorite series that I think about more often than not. The Big Farm in the Sky PI is the tale of two different…well, three people, three main characters. I don't know the name of the uncle, to be honest, though. Simon…yeah, good thing. Uncle Simon, who lives in the big farm, and then G and DK who live in…are Earthbound humans.
They solve mysteries together. Season 1, they were solving mysteries in the big farm in the sky or places where you could get to from the big farm in the sky. Season 2, there’s a new company solving things in the big farm in the sky. Heavenly Solutions is actually the name of the company. But G and DK have moved to the largest retirement community in the United States, and they are solving mysteries in the largest United…even though they’re tweens. So, yeah. Then Pandemonium, The Good Place to Sleep, Season 3 finale. What do we got? A Bunny and an Owl Watch TV; this was based on a Phish set list. Wow, was…A Baker’s Dozen was in 2017? Is that correct? Really? Man, that’s wild. Yeah, it’s one of those ones where I take a random thing…then another really great crossover episode.
I put a lot of work into this one. It Makes A Sound: Pinball Game. If you haven’t listened to It Makes A Sound, you should. It’s available on your podcast app of choice. I highly recommend looking into Whim Ferros. The Case of the Closed Cameo is a Big Farm in the Sky PI episode. I don't remember…let’s see what the concept was. Oh, there’s another person named Penny that they’re helping with. Then Futh and Flaw; that’s Doctor Who, Season 2, Episode 3. A unboxing of Tokaido, which I still haven’t played. Now it’s…wow, it’s been a long time. Five years or four years? Four-and-a-half years? Still haven’t played Tokaido, but I have it and it’s been unboxed. The Case of the Plagiarized Cupcake; that was a fun one reminding me of the script for the screenplay Butter.
Or, that may have been…I don't think even though it’s different…that script…I don't know. That got made into a movie. I think it won the Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship. Okay, Sandman in Toyland: Untold Tales. I can remember listening to this episode. Came out in February 2019, but I can remember being on the 205 listening to this, and then getting on 5, maybe. I don't know where I was headed and when, 'cause I can’t remember…I’d need to be on the 5 around February or March. Okay, let’s see, next up is Train Whistle in the Night, Big Farm in the Sky PI, 751. What’s interesting with that one is that I’m ready this book by Stephen King. Well, I’m ready…it’s one long book, according to Stephen King, or one long story about the Dark Tower. I know I’ve seen a cover of a book with a train on it.
Maybe it’s even the one I’m reading now. I don't think so. I think it’s the next one, but there’s a children’s book with a train that comes up where I am reading it right now. Then 752; Girl in the France Place. This was a good Doctor Who episode. Trapper Keeper Memories; back-to-school content in March. But I have a Trapper Keeper now just in case anybody’s asking. I haven’t found a way to use it, but I do have it. Let’s see what else we got. Court Pickle Dance; that’s a Big Farm in the…Big Five in the Sky? No, Big Farm in the Sky PI, Episode 5. Rise of the Cyber Person…what is this one? When Billy Bass becomes Albert the Singing Fish, your sleepless sass becomes your resting wish. Then the Doctor, Rose, and Micky will take a trip to another blimpy, London. Huh, Billy Bass becomes Albert the Singing Fish.
I’m lost, man. Then another cooking episode, Real-Time Broth. That’s a good one. Shaking the remains of the day away with some easy cooking and by way of T.J.’s and IKEA. Then Magic Masquerade Mystery, a little alliteration there. 757; Big Farm in the Sky. Age of Steel; Doctor Who, Season 2, Episode 7. So, that was…55 and 58 are tied together. Start with this crossover, Breaking out of the Skeptic’s Dilemma, then Mystery of the Silent Founder, Season 2, Episode 7. 761; Coronation Lantern, Doctor Who. Gather around for a long, meandering parade with a sleepy celebration. Oh, so that was Coronation Day, I think. I don't know. Then…what the…oh, wow. What, are you kidding me?
Hold on, everybody, I’m a little…wow, I had no idea that we were still…Game of Drones was still a thing back…I thought Game of Thrones had ended, but apparently…so, 962 was a look back at…oh, all the seasons of Game of Thrones to see what I could remember. That’s pretty funny; not very much. Then we have Veserium Adventure; this was a crossover with my friends Ray and Michael from Veserium. Now they kinda do things…Ray is still doing stuff musically; sound-sculpting. Not sure if Michael is or not. Then The Case of the Hickory Hang Out; that’s Big Farm in the Sky PI. Then Season 8 of Game of Thrones, Winterfell. The crew is getting back together with a dreamy look from Bran’s heavy lids.
You’ll be asleep faster than you could say, Kid Umber…is on the cast…new cast of Newsies, but it won't make sense anyway. That’s pretty funny 'cause my daughter was just in Newsies this summer, sponsored by Sleep With Me podcast, by the way. But there is…was not a Kid Umber in Newsies that I know of. Romeo was there. That’s where for art thou Romeo was in Newsies. Okay, D&D and Me Unboxing; so, that’s where I un-botch…boxed…un-botched. Who knew how useful that D&D would come in back in spring of 2019? Night of the Seven Kingdoms; this is…Brienne’s smile of true joy should lull you into the night in one of the Seven Kingdoms. That is the true sign of a good night. Missing Challenge Coin Challenge, Big Farm in the Sky PI, then The Long Night; this was Game of Drones, Season 3, Deus Ex Arya.
So, yeah, that was…okay, so, I’m remembering. So, Season 8, that was a good one. We had Deus Ex Arya. But I guess that was the thing; you’re like, wait, it’s only Episode 3. Okay, then we had Happily Enrobed Robe Shop where we got to hear…this was another Phish set list one, and this is our friends the Cusacks that are very popular guests. Last of the Starks; that’s…so, we say goodbye to governance in the name of good sleep. Parrot Pirate Problem…so, I was definitely hitting the alliteration hard, man. This was Episode 10 of Big Farm in the Sky PI. Then Bells; that’s Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 5. A soft ring will soothe your sleepless nights as we explore the fictional Italian avant-garde sequel to Flowers in the Attic, that may have viewed how I viewed this episode.
Then talk about…I don't know if I knew Top…maybe I did. I don't know. But we did a Top Gum look back at that…the original Top Gum, Tale of the Tape. Then a spring break all-intros episode. Well, that’s way after spring break, though. Then the Iron Throne, Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 6. Let’s see, we say goodbye to the dreamy breeze that brought us so much. Drift off as we journey through Westeros one last time. Okay, then we have Magical Mall-Walking Tours. Been a while since we’ve been on a mall-walking tour just because there’s not a lot of malls left that I can walk that are…Lemonade Stand Spring; that was Big Farm in the Sky. Then we return to Doctor Who; Impossible Planet, Season 2, Episode…yeah, Season 2, Episode 9.
Then A Boy and His Wagon; that was a Purple People Circus episode, another one…that one I would have thought would have been more recent. 780…what is that, like 420 episodes ago. Funny; 420. Somebody’s laughing at that. But I wouldn’t…I thought that would have been like, 900s. Okay, Big Farm in the Sky PI season finale, Season 2, Episode 12. Then It’s the Pits, Man. That’s Doctor Who, Episode 10, Season 2. Then Pool-Hopping Around the Orlando…Universal Orlando Resort with Ray. I don't know what year we actually did that; 2017 or 2018 that he…or maybe it was 2019. I don't know. I don't think so, though, because…but anyway, Australian Sleepy Slang Tour; that was a fun one. Love and ELO. What a classic Doctor Who episode where there’s…where it’s non-Doctor Doctor Who episode.
One of my favorite, if you don’t need the Doctor. Love and ELO, man. Season 2, Episode…just love the concept of that episode. Then a all-intro episode for the Fourth of July, then a Legend of Billy Jean Tale of the Tape. That was one I was waiting for for a long time. Two Slaters…I found out later they’re not related even though you have two…Helen Slater and Christian Slater. The Legend of Billy Jean, one of the movies I saw as a child — not kidding — thirty times easy, and then I still couldn’t really remember the plot of it. Yeardley Smith’s in that movie as well. Peter Coyote, I think, too. So, Her Drawing Olympics; that was another Doctor Who episode. I can remember that one very clearly. Waiting for the Olympic torch to run through the neighborhood there.
Then Bore to Win in Podcasting; this is a Bore to Win seminar. We don’t do those too often. Then we look back at Season 2 of Big Farm in the Sky PI, and…interesting. I don't know what we found out, but we looked back on it. Then Daleks and Cyber-Persons; Sleeping with Doctor Who, Season 2, Episode 13. This is one of those episodes that offered a good opportunity. The Daleks more so than the Cyber-people always for me were a archetypal thing that…I said, I’m not sure…I just don’t enjoy those things. When, as a kid, what would happen is Doctor Who would come on on PBS, and when I was a little kid, I didn’t really watch it.
I would remember either the title sequence or the ending sequence and then say, this show’s a little bit too much for me as a child, which I’m not…if I had a older sibling maybe I wouldn’t have thought that, and I associated the Daleks and Dalek voices, robotic voices, with that. Also, if you ever drive from Northern California or any…yeah, Northern California to Bend, Oregon…if you ever find yourself driving there for some reason, at some point, I believe somewhere between Weed and Bend…I think not that far, like near the border, though…I want to say it’s near the border 'cause when you get off of 5 in Weed and then you start heading on other roads…I don't know. I just follow the directions. You’ll cross over one to two Dalek structures.
The cool thing about this podcast is I know there’s at least two people…I don't know…I’ve never met the two people, but I know there’s at least two people that are gonna let me know that they know exactly what I’m talking about. They’re like, totally, Scoots. By the way, if it’s the same town I’m thinking of, that’s where there’s good pie, too. Or something like that. But so, what was interesting is trying to figure out a way to frame what the Daleks…who the Daleks are, what do they want…was one of the great challenges I enjoyed with Sleep With Me because I said, okay, I have a personal connection to these ones. They also have a cultural similarity to stuff, and none of that is really super sleepy. I really accidentally was like, well, what would the Daleks be trying to get rid of in the world?
I don't know if it was this episode or there was another Dalek episode before this — probably was — where I said, okay, they’re against comic books. At all costs, they want to get rid of all comic books in the world. I don't know, that was the kind of thing I really enjoy. What do we got here? Then we had 20 Steps to Self…Skin Care. This just kind of came out of…it was fun. It’s not a critical episode, but it was like…especially in 2019, I guess, I just kept seeing listicles about 30-Step Skin Care, 40-Step Skin Care. I don't know, I was like, this is interesting to me. I don't know, sometimes that kind of Zeitgeisty stuff or whatever’s in the conversation, it does make…I said, okay, what is it? I have no idea what we talked about, though, but I’m sure it was fun. In my way, I do things as different now.
Actually, I have a pretty deliberate…I’ve developed more and more routines. Yeah, washing my…that’s part of my bedtime routine now. Baked Beans; this is The Adventures of Dr. Triangle and Isosceles, Episode 1. This is a lot of people’s favorite series, and I really…this was one where…this is one of the few ones where the concept…it kind of was such a big concept…what would happen if we lived in a world without math or where people stopped believing in math? That was the concept, and what would our world look like if there was no math? So, people stop believing in math, so math stopped working. Who would be the heroes in that world? Why would they be heroes? What would the conflict…?
I think this was what it was about. What would the conflict and stakes be, and then how do you do that in a sleepy way that’s relatable and be…well, somewhat believable so that people don’t wake up. But also, it’s like…brings up fundamental questions. Like, would…wait a second, what do you mean the world stopped believing in math? I say, well, first off, I don't think it’s that far afield. I mean, I don't think it’s that much of a stretch to think that at some point there could be changes in how people view things, and they say, no, there’s…math? Don’t buy it. I don't buy it. Two plus…math? Don’t need it. Well, I guess you have no currency…I don't even know if this series…so, it was a steep concept, right?
So, that was one of these ideas where that was one gem, and the other one was just having a character named Isosceles. It never…I had to make a character named Isosceles, and then they had to be a performer. I’m pretty sure that was what it was about, that the world had changed. Again, totally unbelievable fiction to where there was still this small vestige of people that believed in math. I think that’s what their job was, to go around performing math-based skits. Or maybe this is…maybe I didn’t hit the concept. Or maybe they’ve started working for the…'cause I’m pretty sure, again, it devolves…it’s a little bit easier to take these outlandish ideas and then project it onto something. So, maybe it was a couple goddesses that were having a disagreement. Then let the stuff be in the subtext.
But sometimes it doesn’t need to be 'cause it’s so tangential. You say, right now we could talk about it forever. Okay, so, it is their gravity…? If the world has no math, does gravity rely on math? Obviously there’s a little bit of jest because math does not rely on our ability…well, I guess I gotta ask this; is math really…is it just a concept? I don't know. Some of this is also…and this isn’t self-depricating. It’s just that different people have different areas of intelligence, and I don't have this type of intelligence or intellect, and I’m not…again, I’m not trying to be humble. Does math need us to believe in it or not? But in this world it’s looking at those ideas, I guess, and using it as a framework. But also of like, who would be heroic in a world without math? Two heroes will tour the world.
Then it was also influenced by some…Station 11, I think, was also a big influence for that, even though our stories…well, not a little bit different, but just the world-building concept and the idea of romanticizing touring performers. But yeah, so that was that series. That was Episode 1. Oh yeah, right here; in a world without math, two heroic performers start off the season in search of baked beans. Then Rose Says Goodbye to Free Comic Book Day, so Rose was in Season 2, Episode 14. That’s where we say goodbye to Rose. Cloud Tower Support; I guess this must have been the second Cloud Tower episode? Then River Mills, Windmills, Ratio and Rates; okay, now we’re getting into it. Putting math to the millstone.
So, I think now I’m remembering writing this and trying to use…I was using some sort of math outline to say, okay, what concept…? Okay, that’s interesting. Then we got back to TNG; The Neutral Zone. What highway? I’m on the highway to the Neutral Zone, man. Three people from the past make time in your sleep for their future. This is…guest star…there’s three guest stars, I think. Season 1, Episode 26. One of Kenny Loggins’ parody…when Kenny Loggins put out a parody…oh no, when…why did I say Big Al? What if Weird Al put out a album as Big Al from Country Bears and it was a parody album of Kenny Loggins’ songs? People would say…they would have…that would have a very niche audience. You’d say, okay, it’s Weird Al pretending to be Big Al sing…who’s Kenny Loggins?
You’d say, okay, first off, yeah, we could do Highway to the Neutral…then you say, okay, but they’re only parody songs about Star Trek: The Next Generation? Say, maybe. I mean, I could think of the title of one song. That’s a good enough idea to risk it…and it’d be…by the way — not Big Al — Weird Al would be self…so, yeah, it’d be…I don't know, you could self-finance it. Say, probably not. ‘Cause what would the second song be? Okay, well, it would be Footloose, but I don't know…you’re right. I don't know. Then…oh, wow, Papa Mop Sock Takeover; that was 798. Honestly, I would have thought this episode was, again, in the 400s. Papa Mop, one of my favorite characters.
Just never…just not a recurring character 'cause it just isn’t enough…but was a really silly initial concept and then it ended up that it spawned at least three episodes where there’s a whole world beneath a candy store. First it was Whitman Sampler versus some other sampler. Cs or something. So, that was Papa Mop Sock Takeover. That was where they were looking…the struggle for candy dominance is real, real dull, and ready for you to sleep to. Okay, then High School Home: The Adventures of Dr. Triangle. Another creaky, dulcet tone for stories ancient as a algorithm. I guess can you return to your high school home? Then finally we finish off the season with Sleep with AMA.
Let’s see, so…oh, that was…so, that was a hour and twenty-six…hour and fifteen. So, hour and twenty-six is the longest. Hour and twenty-two…nothing below a hour here. Hour and seventeen, seventeen…a lot of hour and eight’s. Oh, all-intro was under an hour, but that was a holiday. Hour twenty-seven, hour one, hour eight, hour thirteen minutes, hour three minutes, hour eleven minutes. I don't know. Anyway, thanks, everybody, for coming along for the ride, and we’ll be back in a few episodes…three more episodes to run through some more. Goodnight.
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(Transcribed by Leah Hervoly)