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West of the Disappearing Grimmstick

West of the Disappearing GrimmstickBlendover Episode 146:

We pay tribute to R.A. Montgomery, founder of Choose Your Own Adventure, who died this week. Anonymous is taking on the West Memphis Three case, demanding a pardon & a new investigation. Safety watchdogs are freaking about E-Cig chargers. We discuss the restoral of blood and gore to Grimm Fairy Tales; & WTF is going on with Assassin’s Creed? Our Craniumelody artist this week is TISM.

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Topics Discussed:

  • Shout-Outs and Other Remarks
  • West Memphis Three
  • E-Cigarettes and Vaping
  • TISM
  • Grimms’ Fairy Tales
  • Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • WTF: Disappearing Liquor
  • WTF: The Evilstick
  • Goldfish

BlendoveR is the “trendover” podcast, bringing you the news that the news isn’t covering. Presented by Greg Davies, we focus on topics that are not trending across the web and in the mainstream media, and have a knack accurate predictions of coming events, trends, and media coverage.

 


 

Shout-Outs

Amy Vernon @ Twitter

Clearing up Net Neutrality

Doctor Who TARDISblend 80: Flatline

Doctor Who TARDISblend 83: Death In Heaven

Ebolacoin 1

Elizabeth Bathory: Countess of Blood

Frontier Communications Statement Regarding Net Neutrality

Jesse Tedford @ Facebook

Media Nox

R. A. Montgomery 1936 – 2014

RIP R.A. Montgomery 1936-2014, founder of Choose Your Own Adventure

The Rise of Thrash Metal

Things IT People Never Say

 


 

West Memphis Three

Anonymous Message to West Memphis PD, Governor Beebe and Terry Hobbs

Anonymous Sends Message to West Memphis

 


 

E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Call for e-cigarette safety warnings

 


 

TISM

TISM @ Amazon

TISM – Official Site

TISM @ Facebook

TISM @ Last.fm

 


 

Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Brothers Grimm Restored To Include Original Blood And Gore

Wikipedia: Brothers Grimm

Wikipedia: Grimms’ Fairy Tales

 


 

Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed

8 Concerning Things I Experienced in Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin’s Creed: Unity microtransactions were disabled and hidden in review versions

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Obnoxious NPCs Interrupt Cutscene

Congratulations Ubisoft, You’re The New EA

Ubisoft’s Sneaky Scheme to Keep You From Seeing Bad Reviews

 


 

Zombie Apocalypse

Ebola ‘not spread by zombies’ UK minister tells parliament

Man allegedly awaiting ‘zombie apocalypse’ pleads guilty to gun charge

‘Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse’ — strange but real college courses

Welsh ‘cannibal’ Matthew Williams eats victim Cerys Marie Yemm and then dies after being Tasered in homeless hostel

 


 

WTF: Disappearing Liquor

Buddy of mine caught this woman stealing liquor at his job last night: Florida wins again!

Florida Woman Caught Stealing Liquor by Hiding It Up Her You-Know-What

 


 

WTF: Evilstick

Dollar store toy wand has hidden picture of demonic child cutting herself with a kitchen knife

‘Evil Stick’ wand toy for toddlers reveals picture of a young girl slitting her wrists with knife

Snopes: Wristcutters, a Toy Story

 


 

Goldfish

Goldfish – Choose your own adventure (Feat. Emily Bruce)

Goldfish @ Amazon

Goldfish – Official Site

Goldfish @ Facebook

Goldfish @ Last.fm

Goldfish @ SoundCloud

Goldfish @ Twitter

Goldfish @ Wikipedia

 


 

Recommended Listening:

 


 

Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
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The Ryan Ferguson Case

The Ryan Ferguson CaseBlendover Episode Thirty Seven:

This week, Blendover brings you a story that you will find just as shocking, if not more so, as the West Memphis Three – the Ryan Ferguson Case: a murder conviction that saw a young man imprisoned based on a witness’ dream. It’s an absurdity and a disgusting display of injustice. This is must-hear material that you will find shocking and infuriating…

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Topics Discussed:

  • The Ryan Ferguson Case
  • Girl Guides vs. God
  • WTF: Dude Demolishes Wrong Houses in Texas
  • Eric Carr
  • Kevin Spacey, the future of media, and House of Cards
  • The Price of CDs and where the money goes

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting podcast where rules are regularly thrown out the window in favor of honest, open commentating opinions.  Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from The-TrukstoP.com), and Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox from medianox.bandcamp.com), we stray on to any topic that presents itself or wanders off onto its own tangent.

 


 

Corey Koehler

Corey Koehler: FM

 


 

The Ryan Ferguson Case

Free Ryan Ferguson @ Twitter

Free Ryan Ferguson @ Facebook

Please Grant Ryan Ferguson a New Trial or Freedom!

CBS 48 Hours: The Accuser

NBC Dateline: Under a Killing Moon

Calls to free student jailed for 40 years after friend told police they murdered a journalist on drunken night out despite having NO memory of the crime

The Ryan Ferguson Case: An Innocent Man Still Behind Bars

The Story of Ryan Ferguson: Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Can’t Get Released from Prison

Ryan Ferguson’s case to be subject of documentary film

Ryan Ferguson’s fight for freedom

Ryan Ferguson’s case to be subject of documentary film

 


 

Girl Guides vs. God

Girl Guides Remove ‘God’ From Oath, So Church Removes Their Meeting Place

 


 

WTF: Dude Demolishes Wrong Houses in Texas

City Subcontractor Demolished Wrong House

A Crew Demolished The Wrong House Two Different Times

Same Crew Demolished Wrong House Two Days In A Row

 


 

Eric Carr

Eric Carr @ Amazon

Eric Carr – Official Site

Eric Carr @ Last.fm

Eric Carr @ Facebook

Eric Carr @ Twitter

Eric Carr @ Wikipedia

 


 

Kevin Spacey, the future of media, and House of Cards

Kevin Spacey urges TV channels to give control to viewers

Streaming Review: House Of Cards – Season One

 


 

The Price of CDs and where the money goes

If CDs cost £8 where does the money go?

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]

The Sacrament of Justice

The Sacrament of JusticeBlendover Episode Thirty Six:
Featuring Andrew Sorcini
From The Drill Down podcast

Blendover predicted weeks ago that Steve Ballmer would leave Microsoft, and now he announced his retirement. But in this show, we look at the Privacy Seppuku, and question the murder of an Aussie in Oklahoma. Later, we have news on Star Wars Episode 7, and return to our West Memphis 3 coverage…

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Topics Discussed:

  • Steve Ballmer and Microsoft
  • Privacy Seppuku
  • Murder of Australian Chris Lane in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • The J. Arthur Keenes Band
  • Star Wars
  • West Memphis Three

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting pod-cast where rules are regularly thrown out the window in favor of honest, open commentating opinions.  Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from The-TrukstoP.com), and Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox from medianox.bandcamp.com), we stray on to any topic that presents itself or wanders off onto its own tangent.

 


 

Steve Ballmer and Microsoft

In Honor of Steve Ballmer Stepping Down From Microsoft I Give You This

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months

Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer announces retirement

Microsoft needs innovator-in-chief

 


 

Privacy Seppuku

Privacy Seppuku Pledge & Wall of Honour

 


 

Murder of Australian Chris Lane in Duncan, Oklahoma

2 teens charged with first-degree murder in ballplayer’s killing in Oklahoma

Australian Christopher Lane Slain in Duncan, OK

DA: Race not a factor in killing of Australian

Duncan Dispatcher Takes Heat

Duncan Homicide Suspects In Court

Duncan Residents More Aware of Surroundings

I think the Duncan authorities have arrested the wrong people

Just to clarify…

A Night of Healing and Hope in Duncan

Racial Divide Over Shooting

 


 

The J. Arthur Keenes Band

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ BandCamp

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ cdbaby

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ Amazon

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ iTunes

The J. Arthur Keenes Band – Official Site

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ Last.fm

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ Facebook

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ MySpace

The J. Arthur Keenes Band @ Twitter

 


 

Star Wars

J.J. Abrams Will Shoot Star Wars Episode VII Using 35mm Film

 


 

West Memphis Three

Northwest musician behind ‘West Memphis Three’ fraud pleads guilty

 


 

Superman/Batman

Wait, What? WB Chooses Ben Affleck To Replace Christian Bale As Batman

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]

Battlefront of the Badass Echelon

Blendover Episode Thirteen

With special guest Ben Thompson, author of Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch

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Battlefront of the Badass EchelonTopics Discussed:

  • Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Andy Johns
  • Pope Watch 2013
  • Corey Koehler
  • ReDigi
  • Lucasarts
  • West Memphis Three
  • Murder of DA Mike McLelland in Texas

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting pod-cast where rules are regularly thrown out the window in favor of honest, open commentating opinions.  Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from The-TrukstoP.com), and Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox from medianox.bandcamp.com), we stray on to any topic that presents itself or wanders off onto its own tangent.

 


 

Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch

Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch – Amazon.com

Badass – Amazon.com

Badass: The Birth of a Legend – Amazon.com

BadassOfTheWeek.com

Badass / Ben Thompson @ Facebook

Badass / Ben Thompson @ Twitter

Wolf The Quarrelsome

Lord Kitchener Wants You – Wikipedia

Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener – Wikipedia

 


 

Margaret Thatcher

Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies, aged 87

Ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke

Gorbachev, Obama lead tributes to ‘Iron Lady’

The incredible legacy of Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’

Thatcher continues to divide in death

Wikipedia – Margaret Thatcher

 


 

Andy Johns

Andy Johns Dies At 61

Celebrated Producer Andy Johns Dead at 61

Wikipedia – Andy Johns

RIP Andy Johns, one of the best engineers of our time

 


 

Pope Watch 2013

Good Guy Pope: Child Abuse

In his first Easter as pope, Francis calls for peace in his own style

Pope Appeals for More Interreligious Dialogue

Pope Francis: Church must act decisively on sex abuse

Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Roman Catholic Church to act “with determination” against clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis spoke of being ‘dazzled’ by girl, possible change of celibacy rule

Pope Francis to Catholic church: ‘act decisively’ to punish pedophile priests

Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

Pope urges doctrinal office to act ‘decisively’ against sex abuse

 


 

Corey Koehler

New Song – Brown Boots by Corey Koehler

New Song – “Brown Boots (Working Man Tribute)” by Corey Koehler Vlog 12

Corey Koehler @ BandCamp

Corey Koehler – Official Site: PlanetCorey.com

Corey Koehler @ Facebook

Corey Koehler @ ReverbNation

Corey Koehler @ Twitter

 


 

ReDigi

Court has determined that ReDigi’s MP3 resale platform violate the Copyright Act of 1976

Federal Judge Nixes Re-Used Digital Content Copyright Exemption

Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s? Judge Says No

ReDigi gets $763K in debt financing

ReDigi issues statement on Amazon’s patent for the resale of “used” digital goods

Vivendi Wins Copyright Ruling in Used-Digital-Song Case

Wikipedia – Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc.

 


 

Lucasarts

After acquisition, Disney has shuttered the legendary LucasArts game studio, will license game properties instead

Disney Closes Game Publisher LucasArts

Disney Decides To Close LucasArts; What’s It Mean For Games Like Star Wars 1313?

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault

Disney shuts down LucasArts, ‘Star Wars 1313’ fate unknown

I am STUNNED at the “loyalty” of the Gaming News over the closure of Lucasarts…

LucasArts Closes Doors on Development

LucasArts Closes Its Doors For Good – Star Wars 1313 Release Still Possible

 


 

West Memphis Three

Arkansas judge dismisses case by two parents of West Memphis Three

Attorney alleges four people killed West Memphis boys

New Possible Suspects In 1993 West Memphis Murders

Pam Hicks, Mother Of West Memphis Three Victim, Names New ‘Suspects’ In Affidavit

Some STARTLING accusations here

 


 

Murder of DA Mike McLelland in Texas

Colorado Sheriff Justin Smith Answers: Can The Secret Service Really Arrest A Sheriff?

Federal Framework Being Set Up To Arrest Sheriffs

New Clues & Bigger Reward In Hasse Murder Case

State grants Secret Service vast new powers

Texas: Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, wife reportedly found dead in home

Texas Police Seeking Clues to How Killer Got in Home

U.S. Law Enforcement Under Attack!

Video Of Texas DA Shopping For Guns And Bullet Proof Vests Hours Before He’s Assassinated

 


 

Music Featured:

  • Brown Boots” by Corey Koehler from the new single release Brown Boots

 


 

Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]

Looking Back at Social Blend from 2007 to 2012

Looking Back at Social Blend from 2007 to 2012Five years. It’s a long time by most standards, but to be working at something that you love doing for five years, it’s a blessing. Social Blend was born out of the need for a podcast that was originally for the community from Mixx, but also created out of a firm idea as to how this ground-breaking thing called Social Media would revolutionize the way we see the internet, technology in general, and how content was shared.

In the first phase, my original co-hosts, Jay Fowler and Brian Hill, and I were addicts to the social media bug. We were early adopters, taking on board all kinds of social platforms, from the giants of the early days (being Digg and Reddit), the new toddlers on the block (Twitter and Facebook at the time), and those that never lasted as long as some hoped (Pownce and Plurk as examples).

As Social Blend became the go-to podcast for both the staff and users of Mixx.com, it also covered how social media was changing the landscape. We rode the wave of the new media format – occasionally in a controversial fashion, which resulted in insults (at best) and death threats (at worst).

But, I think more importantly, we correctly predicted and had a clear vision as to where social media would end up: in the psyche of the mainstream.

In the opening year of Social Blend, we began to notice that news was breaking much quicker on social media than it was on TV and other sources. This is commonplace, perhaps even mundane now, but in 2007 and 2008 it was an extremely new phenomenon and an incredible experience to be a part of.

As the new media formats evolved into mainstream, SB also evolved. With the death of Mixx.com at the beginning of 2011, we lost a core and key component of our audience and, for some time, were lost in this difficult void, searching for a new niche that suited the show in attitude and style.

Taking a lesson from the beginning of our West Memphis Three reportage in 2009, and also by luck of chance, we accidentally stumbled across our new sub-niche in the form of the England Riots in 2011. We noticed the tense and significant moment was getting zero coverage on American TV news, and zoned in on the event and the news for an episode.

The reaction was immediate. We received a great deal of positive impact from that episode – and noticed the return of the insults and death threats… which meant we had pricked the right nerves. In 2011 and 2012, Social Blend became a show that zoned in on news events not being covered in the United States, while also being a source for significant developments in social media, and what was getting the most attention on the web.

This advanced even further in 2012, when we began to stumble across odd stories getting no attention at all (some might call them curiosities) and deconstruct them and analyze them. In addition, we began to expose fads as frauds, as SB became the first podcast to unveil Kony 2012 as the scam that it was, compiling evidence and discussing the true motivations. This analysis also generated feedback – good and bad – which also like the previously mentioned hullabaloos (and the future discourse on universal health care on Reddit and in a different episode), resulted in more insults and death threats yet again.

This characteristic of following up on analysis of curiosities and intriguing news stories not getting mainstream coverage is an aspect I’d like to continue to evolve in the new BlendoveR podcast if at all possible. In fact, I already have some news items in mind and lined up…

Perhaps more importantly, Social Blend from year one became a source of irreverent and no-holds-barred attitude. From the serious expulsions of bile, piss, vinegar, and anger, to the off-the-walls explicit humor as well, the podcast held a “nothing is sacred” attitude that permeated through the entire history of the show, giving us a unique voice in the ether of the tubes.

For some, while SB was “just another podcast”, for me it was a labor of love, sleepless nights, migraines, learning curves, prolonged hours of research, experimentation, and (when it boils down to it) workaholism. The last five years have been a blessing, yes, but has also been an incredible amount of work.

Notwithstanding this, I always believed that the Blend should be free, that we would never cave in to advertising or sponsorships on the show. The exception we had was some Google Ad-Sense links on the web site, which was owned by Brian Hill to assist with hosting costs – though this never generated anything near “break even” status.

Although entrepreneurs and the social media consultant wannabe morons were trying to work out how to monetize, I was ensuring that we stayed free, and that we did it for free. This was significant to me. I didn’t covet profit or potential monies to replace the motivation of “doing the show because we love it”. If we didn’t love it, why do it? But we did, and it was important to me for the integrity of the show to stay within that respect. I think many of our listeners appreciated this.

As I close out this harangue of memories, I’d like to thank all of those who’ve served as co-hosts since 2007: Jay Fowler, Brian Hill, Tamar Weinberg, Josh Olson, Reem Abeidoh, Terr Ciavarra, as well as Corey Koehler who served as co-host on the Craniumelody music versions of Social Blend.

Thanks also to those of you who guested on the show. You know who you are.

But more significantly, thanks to YOU, our listeners, who have stuck with us through all this time. Social Blend has been a wild ride… but if you think that is over, just wait until you hear the new BlendoveR podcast.

See you on the other side, over at BlendoveR.com.

DILLIGAF!

– Greg Davies


Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from cGt2099.com), Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox), and Jay Fowler (SilentJay74 from JuicySnake.com) the Social Blend is a fun, and hard-hitting, podcast, with no respect for rules.


Music used in the Social Blend Intro Theme was performed and written by EMERALD CITY
Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]