Binary System Podcast

Formerly known as The Night Vale Recap, we now present The Binary System Podcast. Twins Kathryn Adams and Elizabeth Wallace bring you recaps of Welcome To Night Vale, and geek out about any shiny thing that distracts them.

Binary System Podcast #76 – A Small Plan

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Binary System Podcast #76 – A Small Plan

“This week we have no plan.”
“We kind of have a plan.”
“We have a little bit of a plan.”
“We have two things to talk about, so, that’s a tiny plan.”
“It’s better than no plan at all.”

This week we talked about Kong: Skull Island (since both of us have seen it now,) Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters, and Tom Hiddleston, because of course Tom Hiddleston.

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Review: Summer in Orcus

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Review: Summer in Orcus

1. Don’t worry about things that you cannot fix.

2. Antelope women are not to be trusted.

3. You cannot change essential nature with magic.

– Instructions in a stained-glass window, written on a book carried by a saint wearing purple sneakers

Eleven-year-old Summer dreams of adventure…but if she’s honest about it her idea of “adventure” involves a little freedom from her over-protective mother. It would be nice to do things like go to camp, or ride a Ferris Wheel, or maybe just take a bath without someone checking every five minutes to make sure she isn’t drowning. She certainly never planned to step through a magic portal and wind up all on her own in a strange new world with a weasel on her shoulder, but then who does?

Starting life as an online serial, T. Kingfisher’s latest book Summer in Orcus dives headfirst into a land of bird aristocrats, manticore cheese, snail marketplaces, and a masked warlord serving the mysterious Queen-In-Chains. It all starts when Summer has a chance meeting with Baba Yaga, who sends her on a journey to find her Heart’s Desire.

It might have been helpful if Baba Yaga had told her what that is.

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Binary System Podcast #75 – WTNV episode 104 “The Hierarchy of Angels”

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Binary System Podcast #75 – WTNV episode 104 “The Hierarchy of Angels”

This week the twins recap the latest episode of Night Vale and talk about how angels can’t have building permits and dragons can’t practice law. (Apparently you can’t just tell somebody that the City said it was okay for you to build a roller coaster. Even if you spell all the words right.)

After that Kathryn gave us a breakdown of NC Comicon: Oak City, and Elizabeth gave us her picks for Amazon’s “Pilot Season.”

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Artist Alley, Vendors, and Misc Information

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Artist Alley, Vendors, and Misc Information

It wouldn’t be a comic book convention without a chance to mix with artists and buy some stuff! And while you’re mixing and shopping, it’d be helpful to know what not to bring with you. Or arm yourself with. And if you’re an artist looking to work for one of the big publishers, IDW and Action Labs Entertainment will be reviewing portfolios this weekend, and they do accept bribes (and by bribes, we mean cookies.) Click the jump for helpful links from the NC Comicon: Oak City website.

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Binary System Podcast #74 – The Randomness Continues

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Binary System Podcast #74 – The Randomness Continues

Without a Night Vale episode to recap this week, the twins set up a careful, organized plan for the recording. Riiiight. That’s about as likely as Megatron writing limericks about how awesome Starscream is. (…actually, fanfic writers, could you please get on that one? Thanks.)

No, they jumped from one random topic to another, covering the hideous early reviews for Iron Fist, Tom Hiddleston’s T-shirt in Kong: Skull Island, David Duchovny’s high heels in Twin Peaks, and the emotional manipulation that was the series finale of The Vampire Diaries, and how we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Special Events

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Special Events

It’s not all panels, autographs, and shopping at this year’s NC Comicon: Oak City. The convention organizers have also scheduled some extra entertainment for anyone looking for a little more competition, cosplay, and cartoon-inspired dance partying (you heard me) in their weekend. Click the jump for the full rundown of special events at the convention.

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NC Comicon: Oak City – Panels

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NC Comicon: Oak City –  Panels

NC Comicon:Oak City starts Saturday, March 18th! Pixelated Geek will be in attendance this year, so this week we’re going to provide daily posts about everything you can expect from the convention.

Whether you’re looking for cosplay tips, news about what your favorite titles and artists will be up to this year, discussions about diversity in the industry and in the stories themselves, or just want to geek out about B-Movies and toys, you can find something to interest you in the panels at this year’s convention. Click the jump for a rundown of the schedule so far.

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Binary System Podcast #73 – WTNV #103 “Ash Beach”

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Binary System Podcast #73 – WTNV #103 “Ash Beach”

Anyone looking to take an early spring vacation? Why not take a trip to Night Vale’s newest attraction: Ash Beach. The town’s landlocked, so there’s no water, and the sand’s been replaced with ash from thousands of municipally burned books, so you’ll need a respirator. Other than that, it’s blisteringly hot, and hazy figures are infecting beachgoers with memories of things that never happened. It’s not a typical vacation, but you could do worse (although not much.)

When they’re not recapping the episode or watching Elizabeth’s cat lose her frikkin’ mind, the twins talk about the upcoming Convention season that kicks off with Oak City Comic Con in Raleigh. And for all you Transformers fans, Kathryn accepts the challenge to explain the difference between “Forged” and “Constructed Cold” in five minutes or less.

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