(MM15) Production Notes

I think it’s super cute that Jimmy and the PI hired to wring information out of him are a couple now. :) I wonder if she told him, or that’ll be one of those “foundations of lies and deceit” things.

It’s interesting the things that are cut from final versions of a story. There’s some backstory in this chapter, and Superman describes a power of his ship. In a removed scene, Lex stumbles across that power himself. It can be found by scrolling down just a little in this thread. Scrolling a little further describes how to read a scene where Superman helps Lex change a flat tire. :) Alexander Wales also wrote a fanfic of his own fanfic that gives a more more in-depth origin story, but I’m not sure if it’s considered canon. Found here.

One of the things that really draws me to this story is how much I empathize with Lois. Her objections to God have always been among my strongest objections to God as well. And as soon as I put together the Superman = God thing (sometime in college, maybe late high school?) I had all her reactions as well. Eventually I realized that this sort of requirement would destroy anyone with human psychology, and that puts me in the interesting bind of agreeing with Lois in ideal, but identifying with Superman in the sub-ideal world we’re stuck in. For anyone struggling with similar issues, I really recommend Scott Alexander’s Nobody is Perfect, Everything is Commensurable (and the related Infinite Debt too).

SFX: Restaurant (Lively Cafe track), City noise (City and The City track)Radio Drama

Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s Minuetto

(MM14) Production Notes

A bit of a short episode today, due to some coordination SNAFU on my part. Next episode will be a little longer than average, to pick up the slack.

Last episode’s production notes were non-existent, so I didn’t get to mention that one of the jurors was played by DaystarEld, writer of the RationalFic “Origin of the Species,” and one half of the Rationally Writing Podcast team!

Today’s episode was sorta personal for me in a way I never expected it to be. Waaaaaaay back in Chapter 2 of HPMoR, Harry says “You’d think there’d be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with updating on an observation of infinitesimal probability.” We all now know why there was no such dramatic event for him, but I recently discovered that my dad is basically agnostic/atheist, and has been since at least my teens. I had put the probability of my Jehovah’s Witness parents being anything less than full-on believers at significantly less than 1%. To find out everything I believed was wrong, and had been for decades, was a complete mind-fuck. It’s not as dramatic as discovering god doesn’t exist, not by a long shot, because that has some insane flow-through adjustments. But it’s still shocking, and cause for sooo much re-evaluation.

SFX: 1940’s Office, shower

Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Superman Confession – X-ray Vision/Cold Precision, by Echo Beds
Lois Realization – There Are Some Remedies Worse Than the Disease, by This Will Destroy You

(MM12) Production Notes

When I used the Reeves Superman scream in the previous episode, it was very much because I remember it as being the most epic scream ever. When I heard it in the podcast, something felt a bit off about it, but I figured that was just me, and it was fine. But then someone commented with the same concern, and it drew my attention back to it. While it worked perfectly in the movie, it just doesn’t quite fit with what I’m doing, and I didn’t want to admit that. I flinched away rather than face the disappointment of not being able to use it. I regret my earlier weakness, and I’ve now updated that episode to have a different scream, one which I hope works a bit better.

SFX: wood creak, lab (Starship Medical track), cave wind, city at night 1 + city at night 2

Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Prison – Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, by Surfacing

(MM11) Production Notes

Here’s the link for Rationality: From AI to Zombies, the podcast

Listeners of SF podcasts may recognize Bill Parker, who is voiced by Scott Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies! :) Scott is a great guy, and I recommend Beneath Ceaseless Skies if you’re into Fantasy short fiction, or podcasts of the same.

As for this episode – oh man, sooooooo many hours to put together! It’s been a long time since I spent this many hours on an episode, but I really enjoyed it, and I think it turned out very well. Maybe I’ve been doing this too long, but most episodes feel almost routine these days. Having a big show-piece episode like this was really fun, even if I don’t have the time/energy to do one like it every episode. I knew I wanted something really flashy for the World Record Duststorm (real event, check out Alexander Wales’s notes at the bottom of the text version), and this did that for me. :)

I was hemming and hawing about the music right up to the final days, and I’m glad I delayed as long as I did. I don’t think any of my earlier ideas would have worked out quite as well as what I ended up using, which I only discovered fairly recently.

SFX: whooshes, waves, seagull, crash 1, ship horn, metal creaking 1thud, metal creaking 2, car crashes, storm coming, storm here!

Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s MinuettoMozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,
Smallville – Over You, by Last Call Romance
Dust Storm – Schism, by Metamorphestra (see their Kickstarter!)

(MM10) Production Notes

Obviously the first thing to mention is that I’m super happy Last Call Romance graciously granted me the use of their song “Over You” to use as the Smallville Theme. I saw them playing in the new year on New Year’s Eve at a local venue, and they were fantastic! I continue to encourage people to go see local bands in their area. Particularly if someone you know knows someone in the band, the personal connection makes it that extra bit more enjoyable. :) If you’re in the Colorado area, Last Call Romance has a webpage and a Facebook page listing upcoming shows.

In personal news, I have a short story published in the March/April issue of Analog Magazine! I wrote about it a bit here. If you’re up for Space Zombies, with Theology, and wonky narrative structures, it might be of interest to you!

Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Boccherini’s MinuettoMozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mayor’s Veranda – Forest Night, by Tabletop Audio
Smallville – Over You, by Last Call Romance