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Podcast: NP34 – Giant Therapy Robot

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Welcome to Nostalgia Pilots! This week, Hugh, Spence, Jurd, and Jason watch Gundam Wing episode 34: And Its Name is Epyon!

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This Week: Wing Zero turns Zech’s head, Heero James Bonds his way to Treize’s basement, and Treize is murdersexual.
Plus, Epyon is a fancy purse, Lady Une was the only one who knew how the coffeemaker works, and the Nostalgia Pilots consider the question, is Dorothy the coolest girl in Gundam?

Promo: Glow in the Dark Radio!
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Podcast: The Melting Potcast Episode 76

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Hello everyone! I’m still getting my bearings after returning from vacation, but in the meantime, please enjoy me stuttering and pausing my way through this interview with the delightful A. F. Grappin on The Melting Potcast!

A. F. is out of the kitchen so Erin is serving up some Botched Recipes! Authors Chris Lester and Charlie Brown get some mentions in this set of bloopers!
After that, A. F. (who still isn’t in the kitchen) interviews author Hugh J. O’Donnell in A Little Seasoning. Apologies for some audio issues on A. F.’s end.
And finally, we Mystery Meal up some more Shakespeare! This time, it’s poor King Lear getting the treatment.
The Melting Potcast is OPEN to submissions and needs YOUR help! Main Ingredient stories (up to 5000 words) and Stoke the Fire stories (up to 1500 words and based on one of our prompts) are needed, badly!

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Podcast: CCR54 – The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1964)

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, are exposed to some made-for-TV Vietnam War trauma

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And click HERE to watch the movie on Youtube!

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

This podcast originally appeared at Skinner.FM on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

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Podcast: NP33 – Conquer Luxembourg!

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Welcome to Nostalgia Pilots! Tonight, Jason, Jurd, Hugh and Spence discuss Gundam Wing episode 33: The Lonely Battlefield!

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This week: Heero just wants to read his book, Zechs is over-levelled, and Howard wears his sunglasses in space, where it’s always night! Plus, Relena wins at diplomacy on a technicality and the Romefeller Org chart is all over the place.

This episode’s promo is for Nutty Bites!

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Podcast: CCR53 – The Avenger (1963)

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, take on some ripe 1960s Italian sword and sandalery.

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Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

This podcast originally appeared at Skinner.FM on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

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In which Hugh bakes some pies

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It’s the end of January!
And I realized that I haven’t just done a blog post in a really long time. I mainly fill this space with reviews, podcast reposts, publication announcements, and the odd bit of fiction, but I should probably be doing more to actually connect as a person and not a collection of projects and opinions.
So here goes:
This year, I had to extra goals beyond the usual: I wanted to bake more, and have more adventures. And while the dead of winter isn’t so great for the later, it is the perfect time for the former.
This month, I dipped my toe into making pies, and I made one that was successful, and one that was tasty, but also a disaster. Since I work at home, my baking tends to cluster around gatherings: parties, poker nights, etc. And the one with the easiest timing for me is my Monday night table-top gaming group. The only trouble is, one of the players is super lactose intolerant, so lots of things that I cold bake, he can’t eat. But I was going to make a pie, that he could eat, and it was going to be delicious, dammit!
Experiment one: Dutch apple pie

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Since I knew I was dealing with a dietary requirement, and because I didn’t want to do absolutely everything, I went out and bought ready-made vegan pie crusts. They came frozen in a pack of two, and were five-ingredients, so I was pretty sure I picked a winner. I also picked up apples and spices. The recipe I picked called for your typical pie apples, but Wegmans was out, so I ended up going with Ginger Gold apples. I wasn’t sure how they would do, and I was nervous.
They turned out to be great! They were sweet and juicy, and they stayed together well. They were also really tasty as slices, because I cut way too much. The recipe I used also called for a topping, but it was a piddly thing, just spots of brown sugar over bare apples. This would not do, not a bit. So I looked up a crumb topping recipe, made a few adjustments, and got it to come together! The pie turned out beautifully, but the weather turned against us, and my husband and I were forced to eat the pie ourselves. Tragic.
Experiment two: Blueberry pie

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But I was left with a second pie shell. Later in the month, we went to a brunch serving waffles, and we were encouraged to bring toppings. So, I tried my hand at blueberry compote, and tried turning the leftovers into pie.
The compote turned out well, but didn’t thicken up as much as I thought it should. This might have been because it was another vegan recipe, or it could’ve been because I went by the exact times in the recipe, and not by eye. But they were great on waffles, at least.
The next day, I baked the remaining pie shell, and added the leftover filling. Again, the filling was very wet, but I didn’t think anything of it, and put the finished pie in the fridge, wrapped in plastic.
It ended up not getting any thicker, a right soup of a pie. Worse, the bag leaked in my car. The latest arctic storm has caused me to turtle up, so I haven’t seen the damage in the light of day yet. Next time, I’ll have to make sure the pie sets properly, and take extra precautions while traveling.
So that was my adventure for the month, One good, and one bad, pie completed. Next month I’m going to be doing more shortbreads, and possibly something special for Smoky Writers at the end of the month. If you want to keep up with my baking in real time, I follow me on Instagram!

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Podcast: NP32 – Essentially Barclay

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Welcome to Nostalgia Pilots! This week, Hugh, Jurd, Spence, and Jason discuss Gundam Wing episode 32: The God of Death Meets Zero!

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In tonight’s episode: Duo turns in six Space Leo pelts for his Gundam Upgrade, Hilde makes a confusing delivery, and Trant has insufficient machismo
Plus, Tubarov continues to suck at everything, and the Nostalgia Pilots wish Relena could pilot.

Promo: The Melting Potcast! Are you a writer? The Melting Potcast is looking for new flash and short fiction!

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