The Soul Forge Podcast

The Soul Forge PodcastThe Soul Forge is a place of silent mystery, quiet contemplation, and outright mayhem! Shawn Vanderloo guides you through the adventures of living, but mostly talks about stupid things he has done because of girls. Topics include life and love, sex and dating, joy and heartache, memories and loss, and so much more! Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as pretentious as it sounds.

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Soul Forge Podcast Welcome to the Soul Forge, a place of silent mystery, quiet contemplation, and outright mayhem! Shawn Vanderloo guides you through the adventures of living! We all want to love and be loved. Am I normal? Are you normal? Is happiness possible? Let's find out together!

  • Top 10 Things to Love - 250
    by Shawn Vanderloo on May 19, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Top 10 things to love! Do you make a list of your favourite things? How many people out there in podcast-land actually have a running inventory of the things that make them happy? Obviously there is no way of answering that question. On this episode, I run down some of the things I love the most. If there is a better way to celebrate 250 podcast episodes, I can't think of what that might be. So, what are some of the top 10 things to love? This episode starts with my favourite authors. It turns out I really enjoy action/adventure stories. Give me international chases, mythology, and harrowing odds and I will be happy. I also enjoy science fiction and self-help type books that aren't overly saccharine or preachy. Some deeply philosophical literature is also in my list of things to love. Two other top 10 lists I present to you are movies and television shows. Once again, I love some science fiction. But I also enjoy the occasional drama and some cartoons. Coming up with absolute lists is a difficult task. Our tastes change over time. However, for the most part, the top 10 things to love list is from my early days, with a few newer things added in. Finally, we wrap up the podcast. The last list consists of my 10 favourite episodes of Soul Forge Podcast. There is no real theme to these 10 episodes. Some deal with sex and relationships. Others have to do with regular life. The one thing they all have in common is that I love them, and I hope you will too! This week's podcast promo: Cosmic Pizza

  • Is It Poutine or Putin - 249
    by Shawn Vanderloo on May 12, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Comparing and contrasting my 2 main homes or cities. I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie (the Soo), went to university in North Bay, and moved to Timmins at the age of 26. Five and a half weeks ago I moved back to the Soo from Timmins where I spent the past 19 years. There is quite a bit of difference between the two cities. The Soo is a heavily Italian based town. Timmins is very Frence. People in the Soo are more friendly, while those in Timmins are more apt to have a vanity license plate. How people pronounce the word 'poutine' is different, as well as what they call the long weekend in May. While both towns are isolated and surrounded by nature, Sault Ste. Marie has more culture and travel opportunities. The Soo boasts a wonderful boardwalk and many old buildings. Timmins has many small lakes where people enjoy hunting and fishing. Also in this episode, I discuss chocolate milk. As a border town, the Soo has quick access to the USA. American chocolate milk is more fatty, and therefore more tasty. Have you ever wondered how Canada Post operates? Do you enjoy getting your mail delivered to your door? And what are those grey boxes on street corners? In the second half of this episode, I tell you all about how the mail delivery system works. Also, I explain how the job can differ based on the particular depot you work out of. Topics include: flyers, taxi cabs, sorting, supervisors and mailboxes. The episode concludes with various smaller topics. We are talking camping season and brotherhood. Yard sale season is also upon us. How am I enjoying TikTok? Find out on this episode! This week's podcast promo: The Con Guy

  • TikTok Famous - 248
    by Shawn Vanderloo on May 5, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Being TikTok famous has never been my goal. Until now, that is! I have been home for a month and my life has undergone some changes. Let me tell you about some of those changes here on episode 248. So, I have been back in my hometown for a month now. I moved from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie where I was born and raised. Although I am not completely certain, I think I am finally settling into something of a regular routine. The feeling of being lost is not so strong anymore. After arriving home, I worked for a week and was then off for 2 weeks. Being off for so long is not a good thing for your body. As a mailman, we walk about 25000 steps per day. When on holidays, this does not happen so coming back to work can be rough. There is also a huge difference in how Canada Post operates in different cities. Timmins has a much more harsh and unforgiving work environment than does the Soo. The work day is structured much differently. The people don't act the same. It is a lot to get used to. The amount of flyers I get on this new route compared to my last one is huge. So many things to get used to. TikTok famous! I did a video while working and almost didn't post it. It has blown up! My normal amount of views for my videos is about 300 or so. As of recording the views for my 'work at Canada Post' video was 80000. As of writing these show notes it is up to 103000. Crazy times! Also on this episode I talk about some camping supplies I have recently acquired. And my Etsy shop! And my recent weekend trying to sell my collectibles at the local used toy store. This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds

  • Your Things Don’t Love You - 247
    by Shawn Vanderloo on April 28, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Your things don't love you, and you are not your things. It took me a long time to realize this one simple truth! For the vast majority of my life, I was my stuff. And my stuff was me. We were intertwined. All the things I had were my identity. I didn't know who I was without them. And I didn't know who I could be either. Things were necessary for my existence and my reality. They helped me define myself and my worldview. But, they really didn't. I just thought they did; thought I needed the things to bolster my sense of self. Recently, I have come to understand that things are just things. Stuff is just stuff. Your things don't love you. They don't know you exist. They don't care. Their identity is not based upon you. They just exist. They just are. And now, I no longer need things to give me a purpose or a sense of self. I can exist independently outside of my possessions. I can enjoy them and have sentimental attachments, but also take a step back. Being a collector, or a poet, or a book reader used to be how I defined myself. Now, I'm just me. The things are not me. So, now I'm seriously trying to downsize my collection. Too many things are overwhelming. I'm getting older and books are too heavy to move all the time. My car used to be an extension of me. No longer. It's mostly just a car. Your things don't love you, and you don't have to love your things! This week's podcast promo: But First, Let's Talk Nerdy

  • Not Too Old For This - 246
    by Shawn Vanderloo on April 21, 2022 at 3:14 am

    We are not too old for this! Maybe we feel like we are getting too old for some things, but we are not. Age is only a matter of perspective, or so we can tell ourselves. We are definitely not as young as we used to be or want to be. I just signed up for TikTok. After swearing up and down for years that I would never get involved in such a thing, I did. Blaming my brother is likely a good way to go about explaining this change in my behaviour. He needed the money! I am hoping I'm not too old for this. Adapting to change is tricky as we age. New phones are full of all kinds of technological innovations. Everything is changing so fast and keeping updated is not easy. 30 years ago a car trip consisted of a Walkman and a cassette tape. Kids today have their phones, tablets and gaming systems. Everything now is on demand with instant access. We want things yesterday -- no waiting. Another thing that changes with age is memory. The forgetting is real. Distraction is a very real thing. Is it caused by depression, aging, 2 years of Covid isolation or something else? Who can say? And does the cause matter? Remembering life details such as birthdays and appointments is no long as easy. You gotta write that shit down man! This week's podcast promo: Blurred Nerds

  • Bad Decisions Make Good Stories - 245
    by Shawn Vanderloo on April 14, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Bad decisions make good stories, or so they say! They actually say quite a few different things when it comes to making decisions. I'm not really sure that anyone actually knows anything about anything. Aren't we all just pretending we know what we are doing? This week's episode finds me talking about my recent move. After living in Timmins for 19 years, I decided to move back to my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. It was a major decision. I was scared. Petrified some days to be honest. But, they do say that bad decisions make good stories. This journey is just beginning so there's really no way to know if it is right or wrong. Perhaps it just is. So, we are talking about the move itself. How did my first week of work go? I tell you. The mail delivery system is much different here than back in Timmins. All kinds of new things to get used to. The roads are equally bad in both cities - potholes everywhere. On Facebook, I made a post saying that all my Timmins people should move here too! In this episode I also discuss how my room decorating is coming along. I have moved many times. And I have a lot of things - so many collectibles. It's time to purge myself of the burden. I'm going to start selling more things at the local toy store. The episode wraps up by talking about the early days of the Soul Forge Podcast. Many different names were considered until I settled on Soul Forge. Also, many different topic ideas were thought about. I've talked about almost all of them. Remember, bad decisions make good stories! This week's podcast promo: Modern Music

  • I Moved Back Home - 244
    by Shawn Vanderloo on April 7, 2022 at 3:01 am

    I moved back home! Say what? Yes, it's true. After 19 years of living in Timmins, I moved back home to Sault Ste. Marie. Now why did I do such a thing? Great question. I provide some answers and some context in this episode as to why I moved back home. There is likely a lot more I could have gone into during my explanation. However, it has been a hectic few days, and I'm not quite myself yet. Most of my adult life has been spent up in Timmins. And although it is the land that culture forgot, it became home. It was definitely a huge decision. There are many reasons for the move and not all of them are detailed in this episode. Let's say that my recent bout of depression is a huge factor. In fact, depression probably played the biggest role in all of this. I have not been in my proper frame of mind and some of my thought processes were a bit muddied and muddled. Regardless of the reasons for the move, the fact is that I am now back home for the time being. Will this move be permanent? Will I want to return back to Timmins? Only the future knows. This week's podcast promo: Best Saturdays of Our Lives

  • New Beginnings - 243
    by Shawn Vanderloo on March 24, 2022 at 3:00 am

    New beginnings are a sure sign of Spring! This is the first week of Spring and so what could be better than an episode all about new beginnings? This week, your host reads quotes from a pile of famous sources. Each quote deals with new beginnings in some form or another. So, just sit back, relax, and let your mind be entertained. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” “No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” “Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.” “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” “Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” “Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.” “Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us.” “Perhaps that is where our choice lies—in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.” “One can begin so many things with a new person—even begin to be a better man.” “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” “Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.” “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” “It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” "Every moment is a fresh beginning." “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” "Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." All quotes can be found at: https://www.countryliving.com/life/g30337217/new-beginnings-quotes/ This week's podcast promo: The 42Cast  

  • Cursed: The Bravery of Happiness - 242
    by Shawn Vanderloo on March 10, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Have you ever had an epiphany? You know, one of those lightbulb moments where a sudden realization hits you! One minute you're minding your own business when out of nowhere insight slaps you upside the head. Technically, an epiphany is an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking, or an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure. Today's episode details the nature of the epiphany and the search for happiness. We all want happiness. In fact, happiness is the main goal for much of society. Entire industries are devoted to helping us in our quest to be happy. Buy this! Buy that! What many people don't realize, is that happiness is not a permanent state of affairs. There is no magic cure. Happiness is related to the quest for perfection. However, perfection does not exist. Today's perfection is tomorrow's pile of trouble. We all think we know what we want; what will make us perfectly happy. We must understand that life is about progress - not perfection. By taking responsibility for our problems we can turn those issues into progress. It is easy to blame others for our unhappiness or lack of perfection. But, if we face our fears and confront our own short-comings, we can become better people. Bravery is feeling the fear and overcoming it. So, in essence, we must define our values, figure out what we need, and build a solid foundation for moving forward. Perfection doesn't exist, and happiness is not constant. And yet, we can work with these ideas and find our true purpose. This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon, ESO Patreon

  • Stars Shine For You - 241
    by Shawn Vanderloo on March 3, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Stars shine for you, and they shine for everyone. Episode titles are difficult. Song lyrics are often good at expressing things that regular words cannot. This episode, for example, is very strange. There isn't a single thread that holds everything together. Topics seemingly come and go at random. In this episode, I'm talking about books and authors. But I also touch on the war in Ukraine, if only briefly. Depression is also brought up in passing. Life is full of ups and downs. One day you could be perfectly happy, and the next everything could fall apart. That is why we have to enjoy each moment as it comes. Don't watch the clock. Don't think too much. Just watch how the stars shine for you. Look up. See the bigger picture. Love every moment of your life. Of course, since this is my podcast, I have to talk a bit about pop culture. Star Trek is brought up, as is often the case with me. And some of my favourite authors are mentioned too! If you're looking for something good to read, check out any of these writers: Robert J Sawyer, Andy McDermott, Matthew Reilly, Paulo Coelho, Mitch Albom and Lee Child. This week's podcast promo: The Epsilon Three

  • Rebirth - 240
    by Shawn Vanderloo on February 24, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Rebirth! What does that mean in the context of this week's episode? Well, it's nothing too far out there. After last week's episode about being diagnosed with depression, it seemed like a good opportunity to turn the podcast around. Rebirth is just one of the poems that I read for you this week! That's right, this is another episode where I share my poetry with all of you out there in podcastland. As many of you know, I used to fancy myself a poet. This was back during my university days. I was still trying to find out who I was, what I was and where I was headed. I have always been in my head and thinking and feeling is simply a part of my nature. When I went to university, I was in the English Literature program. English was my best subject in high school and I didn't know what else to do with my life. Being around all the intellectual types made me want to dive into that world. However, I never really felt like I fit in there properly. And yet, I decided to go full on into the artsy arena. I began reading and writing a lot of poetry. Throughout my school years I wrote around 100 poems or so. Some I think are excellent, while others are not so great. And this week, I read 10 of my poems to you. This week's selection of poems: Baldness: A Ballad Naked Desire Not Long Enough Rebirth Remember When She Who Stands Alone Sonnet One Dirty Strangers in the Rain You Came for the Children First First Day I hope you enjoy this look at my late teens and early 20s. If you have any feedback, you can email me at And as always, if you'd like to support the show, you can donate at www.ko-fi.com/rustedsoul This week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss

  • Official Diagnosis - 239
    by Shawn Vanderloo on February 17, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Official diagnosis - depression! That sounds fun, doesn't it? Apparently about 10% of people suffer from depression. Of course, they always say suffer from. I suppose they aren't going to say that 10% of people enjoy depression. Perhaps some folks do, but that seems unlikely to be the case. So, this is a rather short episode of the podcast. Most of it is a retelling of my recent visit back home. I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, but have been living in Timmins for nearly 19 years. My brother noticed I was not acting like my usual self. He invited me to stay with him for a week. I almost never travel in winter due to the long snowy drive. However, I needed a break from Timmins. So I went. The week was fantastic. I needed some good quality family time. Getting away from my regular life showed me a few things. I'd been living in a state of depression without realizing how bad it was. The change of scenery opened my eyes. Calling my doctor and explaining my feelings to him was a huge help. His official diagnosis was, of course, depression. Taking steps to get better is so important. At the end of the podcast is a 3 minute clip from a YouTube video. It explains what depression is. Here is the link just in case you would like to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWFuQR_Wt4M This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks

  • The Original Geek Twins - 238
    by Shawn Vanderloo on February 10, 2022 at 4:03 am

    Andrew and Shawn are the original geek twins! Ok, maybe not the originals, but they have been geeking out together since the late 1980s. And this is an episode where they join forces to record their first podcast together. They met back in 1987 during the sixth grade. Their bond over all things geek was, if not immediate, long lasting. With birthdays only 7 days apart, how could they not have a lot of interests in common? Both Andrew and Shawn and huge fans of pop culture. They spent many hours together playing video games and watching television. And talking about girls. So many hours spent walking or biking or hanging out at the mall. The television they enjoyed was quite diverse. Well, mostly it was science fiction. Star Trek and Babylon 5 were two of their favourite shows. Robocop The Series was another favourite. Action figures are another area of interest that both of these original geek twins enjoy. We are talking about high school. And the stores we used to go to. Remember Zellers, K*Mart, and Consumer's Distributing? We sure do! You can find Andrew and his wife all over the web. They own and operate Creative Nest Studio. It's your best source for hand-made signs and home decor. Check them out everywhere! Their website is www.creativeneststudio.com This week's podcast promo: Monster Attack

  • 22 Tips To Win In 2022 - 237
    by Shawn Vanderloo on January 27, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Here are my 22 tips to help you win at life in 2022. I searched the internet, I scanned my memory, I looked everywhere, and these are the tips, tricks, rules and guideposts for the year that is 2022. We have likely abandoned our New Year's resolutions at this point. However, it is not too late to make the most of the year. There is always time to win at life in 2022! You must take these tips in stride. I am only here to be your guide on this journey we call living. I'm not a professional or an expert, but I do have a pile of life experience. In this episode, I give you the tips and tricks. Then I expand on the ideas with worldly examples, or stories from my own life. Do with this information as you see fit. I'm only here to try to help! Find me on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCataaeTRQltObb7n1GHW_qw Rusted Robot Toys on Etsy can be found at: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RustedRobotToys This week's podcast promo: The Flopcast

  • Nate’s Nostalgia Tour - 236
    by Shawn Vanderloo on January 20, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Toys, games, cartoons and more are all a part of Nate's nostagia tour. Join the Soul Forge podcast as we dive deep into Nathan's world of collecting! I've known Nathan for about 15 years. We worked at The Home Depot together. We bonded immediately over toys and tattoos. Both of us are toy collectors. This is Nathan's story. As far back as he can remember, Nathan has been a fanboy and a collector. As is typical, his mom tossed out much of his childhood collection. In his mid twenties he began to collect those lost items. And many more besides! We discuss the joys and pitfalls of re-collecting your childhood. There is the danger of overpaying for that piece you simply must have. Shipping costs can also be a barrier to collecting. Buyer's remorse is another factor to consider. Something unique to Nathan is his method of display. Every month he picks a new theme and puts out his collection in that category. He cleans and packs away the previous month. This system allows him to display many more things than in a static collection. How does he acquire his items? There are many ways. As with most of us, he started buying on eBay. Now there are many more options. Facebook is a great resource. Etsy and other online sellers are great as well. Word of mouth in your local collecting community is also very helpful. Some things he collects have to do with gaming. He has separate collections for board games and video games. Other things he collects are items related to Marvel and DC Comics. The 80s and 90s are also themes. TMNT, He-Man, LEGO, and Ghost Busters are also quite popular in his house. Nathan will be starting a podcast soon. He will be discussing nostalgia. Sharing stories for the next generation of collectors is a big thing. If you'd like to know more, you can take Nate's nostalgia tour on social media. His Twitter handle is @nostalgia_nate and if you listen to the podcast he shares other areas where he can be reached. This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who

  • New Year - New Episode - 235
    by Shawn Vanderloo on January 12, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    It's a new year, and that means it is time for a new episode. It has been a few weeks since the Soul Forge released a new episode. Well, here it is! I hope you enjoy this latest offering of tidbits from my brain! In this week's episode we explore multiple topics. Firstly, we have to talk about all the crazy weather we have been experiencing lately. The cold has been so brutal I suffered from brain fog the other day while out delivering the mail. My shipment from Eaglemoss finally came in last week. I placed the order in October and it took 2 months to arrive. And the order was not complete. How rude! The Etsy shop is going well as of late. Rusted Robot Toys made the Star Seller list for January! There's also a story about the sign I sold. This was the sign my mom saw during our last visit. Let's talk about sleep. More specifically, the lack of sleep. Puppy life is exhausting. Good thing I have a week off soon. I need to catch up on my beauty rest.1 Motivation Destination is the new Facebook page I created. I'm trying to spread good vibes far and wide. I invite all of you to join the page and share it with your friends! Join at this link: https://www.facebook.com/Motivation-Destination-102230492357275 There is some chatter about recent pop culture. Betty White and Bob Saget recently passed away. And the film Don't Look Up is causing all kinds of controversy. Finally, we discuss my idea for building an off grid cabin. I need to buy some vacant land. I have been watching multiple YouTube videos about the idea. You can hear all about it in this episode. Support me financially on Ko-Fi at https://ko-fi.com/rustedsoul The Etsy shop can be found at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RustedRobotToys This week's podcast promo: Blurred Nerds

  • How To Start A Podcast - 234
    by Shawn Vanderloo on January 6, 2022 at 11:33 am

    How to start a podcast was originally titled, Wanna Start A Podcast? The original release date was June 6, 2019. This is a rare repeat episode while I try to get my mental health back on track. If you want to know how to start a podcast, or at least what I did to start mine, this is the episode for you! If you wanna start a podcast, there are some things you gotta know! Okay, so, here it is; I'm going to tell you the basic outline on how to start a podcast of your very own. I'll be going over some of the basic facts, and I'll be sharing my story and what I have learned from my five and a half year journey. Keep in mind that this is my own perspective and other people have gone about things in different ways. The first thing you will need is an idea to base your show around. In this episode, I tell you what went into my thought process. What knowledge did I already have that would help me to create a show that I would enjoy producing week after week? Remember that the name of your show is extremely important for your branding purpose. And episode titles are likely the hardest part of the whole enterprise. Equipment is important but there are many different kinds and set ups. Depending on your level of experience, income and passion, your equipment set-up will be unique to you. You're going to need some kind of microphone. These range in price from $10 to several hundreds or more. You need software to record your voice onto. You need editing software. And you are going to need a host in which to upload your finished episodes. Post your episode to as many different places as possible including TuneIn, Stitcher, and iTunes. Social media can be your friend. Post to as many places as possible and interact with everyone you can. Cross promote with similar podcasts. Make connections. Use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and any other platforms you feel comfortable with. Almost everything I have learned about podcasting is included in this episode. I've made many mistakes, and made many friends along the way. The number one thing to remember is that if you have a passion for something, podcast about it. If not, podcasting may not be for you. This week's podcast promo: ESDCU

  • Flawed Perfection - 233
    by Shawn Vanderloo on December 30, 2021 at 4:05 am

    What is flawed perfection? No one is their ideal self. We all have things about us that we like, and things we can't stand. This episode was the year end wrap up for 2019. Because I am not feeling like myself lately, it felt like the perfect opportunity for a repeat episode. Originally titled, Unapologetically Me, the name has been changed to Flawed Perfection. This has been done as a way to mark the passage of time, and the idea that we are all imperfectly perfect as we are. What follows are the original shownotes.... 2019 taught me a lot about myself. In fact, this has probably been the most progress I have made in a year since 2015. So this episode will detail some of the realizations I have come to. Also, this episode is filled with all kinds of media clips. I have tried to even out the sound levels and think I have mostly succeeded. My apologies if it is not perfect. However, none of us are. Some topics included in this episode are fear, love, relationships, being an introvert and my new found knowledge that I am, and have always been, an empath. Using various clips from music and pop culture, I try to highlight these topics in an amusing, yet poignant way. Alternate titles for this episode could have been: Laws, Lessons and Revelations This Is Who I Am 47 Minutes of Bullshit This week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

  • Too Much Bread, Not Enough Butter - 232
    by Shawn Vanderloo on December 25, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Better late than never, it's an episode called Too Much Bread, Not Enough Butter. What is this episode about? It's a bit about Christmas. It's partly about mental health. There's some pop culture thrown in for good measure. Am I taking a break from the podcast? What am I doing with my life? These questions really don't have any answers. I do talk about Spider-Man No Way Home. And I mention The Wheel of Time, and The Witcher. So, enjoy this shorter than usual, later than normal episode! This week's podcast promo: Earth Station Trek

  • Woke, but Exhausted - 231
    by Shawn Vanderloo on December 16, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Woke, but exhausted is an episode about a lot of things. Many different topics are touched on throughout the course of this show. The original intent was to do a deep dive into woke culture. Yet, as I was researching, I realized I do not have the skills to do the topic justice. We have an update on the puppy situation. As mentioned last week, our Golden Doodle gave birth to 8 puppies. They are growing quite quickly. There are 2 femails and 6 males. They will be ready for purchase by February. Going back to work after a week off is no easy feat. Last week I lost my mail scanner. I had 2 meetings with my supervisor. Delivering the mail on foot in December is terrible. There are too many flyers, parcels and snow. This week we have to deliver phone books! To top it all off, we are breaking snow fall records. If I had my way, I would devote myself to my Etsy reselling business. I could see selling online as a full-time gig as a way to go. Unfortunately, there are not enough thrift stores in my area to make a good go of it. Maybe moving to Tahiti is an option. Pop culture topics this week include a few fun things. I finally finished season 1 of The Witcher. I have seen 3 episode of Hawkeye on Disney+. I've watched more than my fair share of 90 Day Fiance. And I will be starting a new mini pop culture segment for the Fandon Squad Podcast called the Weekly Geekly. We finish this episode by going back to the title woke, but exhausted. My first idea was to delve deeply into woke culture. Settling for a brief overview seemed to be the wisest course. So what is woke? From Wikipedia: Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK) is an adjective meaning 'alert to racial prejudice and discrimination' that originated in African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). Beginning in the 2010s, it came to encompass a broader awareness of social inequalities such as sexism, and has also been used as shorthand for left-wing ideas involving identity politics and social justice, such as the notion of white privilege and slavery reparations for African Americans. The phrase stay woke had emerged in AAVE by the 1930s, in some contexts referring to an awareness of the social and political issues affecting African Americans. This week's podcast promo: Double Edge Double Bill

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