I had no idea how much I could love a radio program before last year. The BBC Radio 4 did a production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which led me to Cabin Pressure. John Finnemore writes the show and it stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Martin Crieff), Roger Alum (Douglas Richardson), John Finnemore (Arthur Shappey), and Stephanie Cole (Carolyn Knapp-Shappey). Anthony Head (Hercules) also makes an appearance starting with Season 3 and going forward.
When I came acrossthis articleabout Cabin Pressure winning this award for Best Radio Sitcom 2013, I had to share. It is just brilliant. Ireadthat there was a final episode with Gertie’s crew, and that would be…well, it would just be brilliant, wouldn’t it? It is set to be recorded early this year. How exciting!
Carolyn Knapp-Shappey receives the plane in her divorce and creates MJN (My Jet Now) Air. Carolyn turns the 16 seat jet (Gertie) into a chartered…airline. Carolyn along with an oddball crew comprised of Pilot Martin Crieff, First Officer Douglas Richardson, and flight attendant Arthur Shappey (Carolyn’s son). This is some seriously funny stuff. Go listen, immediately. I know you can purchase all four seasons on iTunes (because I have). Based on my experiences, I’ve made a list of helpful hints for you.
Do not listen while driving.
Do not listen at work.
Do listen often.
Do share with friends.
The hints are based on listening to a couple of episodes (for the third time) while on a road trip, and temporarily losing control of my vehicle in a fit of laughter. (Fortunately, no wrecks for me.). I also listened to the show for the first time while I was at work. Apparently, uncontrollable laughter is not a sign of a productive employee. (I still have my job, thankfully). The episodes never get old. This is something worth sharing, so share and share often. You’ll need someone to get the inside jokes. Other people are just confused when you start saying things like “Fizz, Buzz, have a banana”. It just isn’t as funny without someone to share it with. No one else would understand why you know that 20 cigarettes will fit on a fish cake either, trust me…so…go out and take a trip with MJN Air.
I just love the Rolling Stones. Don’t you? Every time I hear or even read that line, Mic Jagger’s voice slides through my mind and the Sympathy for the Devil plays in the background of my thoughts for a while. So, moving right along, my name is Jessica and I have a book…addiction, we’ll say. Well, it is really more stories than anything else. My long standing love affair with stories began before I could even walk. (My Dad is a consummate storyteller. So good, that it is hard to tell story from truth sometimes.) I was raised on fairy tale and myth with a splash of good old fashioned yarn thrown in for good measure. The seductive power of a well told story is just….well, there’s nothing else quite like it, is there? A well-constructed story that can convincingly draw me so deeply into fantasy that when I emerge the real world seems a bit dull or unreal by comparison is the ultimate prize. My quest for great stories has led me to find them in all sorts of places: books, history (it’s not JUST facts and dates, kids), letters, movies, television…. This love of discovering the worlds of others’ imaginations (often fantastical worlds at that) labeled me a “geek” long before it was cool, but I never really minded much.
So why “Geekology”? The internet has made the world an amazing and amazingly weird place. It has also opened up all kinds of doors to show me that there are A LOT of mediums for storytelling and even more stories that I really know absolutely nothing about. Some of these stories are the ones that others have called “iconic” as a matter of fact. Seriously, I’ve been missing out. So, I’m learning here. The 101 is because I’ve realized that I really am a novice. There is so much that I know that I don’t know…right that sentence kind of got away from me. I’m at the freshman level here, so to speak. Hopefully we can learn together.
So, what am I going to be doing with this whole blog thing? That is a really excellent question, ladies and gentlemen, and I’m sure we’ll figure it out together. To begin, I thought I’d share some of the awesome stuff I’m finding (because it is REALLY awesome!) Some of it’s new, some of it not so much. (I’ve missed out on a lot, I’m telling you!) Please, comment, send me emails you can follow me on twitter @ilovegeekology101, and that way you can see how I’m discovering some of this cool stuff.
Now you have to be asking yourself, what has she missed out on that started this? (Another excellent question!) Okay, ready? Neil Gaiman.
Taken from Mr. Gaiman’s Facebook Page
I I found him on twitter because he replied to a tweet posted by a favorite author of mine, the amazing, Laurell K Hamilton. It was funny. I followed him, never heard of him before though. Then there was this commencement speech that he did, here. It has even been made into a book Make Good Art.
Wow, I thought, I really like what he’s saying. He’s a writer? What has he written? (Seriously, if you smack your head like that every time I’ve missed out on something obvious, it is going to hurt…and maybe leave a mark.) So I asked around, looked on the web and found out about The Sandman comic books. This was my first comic book purchase ever. (I know, and I call myself a geek!) Boom! Hooked! Now I’m working my way through…well, pretty much everything else he’s ever written. I am even going to be able to attend a book signing next month in Dallas for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which will be released June 18, 2013.
(Don’t even try to imagine that I’m NOT jumping up and down with glee here.) Now I just have to choose ONE item for him to sign for me. How can I pick? Neverwhere, Good Omens, Sandman? What about Fragile Things? I have until June 24th to choose. (Last I checked there were still some tickets available, you can get them here.) Dear reader, help me choose!!!
Okay, so I got a bit distracted in my excitement. (it is easy to do Neil Gaiman, for crying out loud!) Since I’m finding all this amazing new/old stuff or rather new to me stuff or sometimes just plain new stuff, I want to share. Kind of like a review. Books, movies, shows, even games (Maybe games, I suck at games!) I like games, but I’m not very good at competitive events I know I won’t win…yeah, I know. I just got a PS3 so I’m trying it out though. Right now I’m playing Assassin’s Creed III and Call of Duty: BlackOps. My 12 year old nephew kicks my butt at Black Ops… and laughs…every time. Does he have to laugh? He says yes, but he’ll try to laugh more quietly. Then he asks what level I made it to before the zombies got me…zombies suck. Any ideas on how to beat the 12 year old…or the zombies are helpful….it’s embarrassing!
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