Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Artisan Crafts / Hobbyist Administrator LaurenFemale/United States Groups :iconhq: hq
deviantART Headquarters
Recent Activity
Deviant for 7 Years
Core Member 'til Hell freezes over:
Given by codenamepanther
Statistics 132 Deviations 2,413 Comments 184,589 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Commissions

Silly Nickname
I will make up a silly nickname for you.
Haiku
I will write a Haiku all about you. If I don't know you, I will visit your profile to learn a bit about you.
Limerick
I will write a Limerick about you. If I don't know you, I will visit your profile to learn a bit about you.
Tweet
I will write you a tweet on the topic of your choice. You are entitled to one rewrite if you want me to add more or change it up.
Paragraph
I will write one paragraph of at least 100 words on the topic of your choice. You are entitled to one rewrite.
Angry Letter to Company
I will write a one-page angry letter to the company of your choice. Specific complaint is preferred, but if you don't have one, I can just make it up.

Please note that, although I will happily WRITE this angry letter, it will be up to you to send it.

Favourites

NaNoWriMo Inspiration


Flash Player 8 is required to view SitBack. Get the latest version of Flash Player.
These deviations seem like they should exist in the universe I'm creating for my novel. Whenever the well runs dry, I just have a look at these, and I see that the story needs to go on!

Prints Hanging in my Apartment RIGHT NOW

Polar explorer by etwoo Eden I by Matthew-T First Day Sunset by WindyLife A T L A N T A by rueD X-mas IV by stg123 Palais de l'Isle Annecy by arnaudperret Under the Red by justeline Frozen II by Matthias-Haker River Mandakini by NEcrOMAnCERDEmON 148- Dubrovnik by salihagir A Place Called Home by JonasDeRo La realite est lente. by BenoitPaille A bench in Dresden by Torsten-Hufsky

Gifts/Commissions

Cat commission- Scamp! by DreamingMerchant Commission: LaurenKitsune by LibertineM Three Scamp Moon by Hal-Rayner Scamp the Cat by joemakesglass $LaurenKitsune - Happy Birthday 2012 by RJAce1014 :thumb460557135: Flag Cat-Original by TheRyanFord

Prints I am buying next!

The Dark Traveler II by justeline no country for old men by arbebuk Where giants once stood by Kounelli1 a party of cats by sandara En la Playa by isma-lopez Kazan: Qolsharif Mosque by Nightcitylights Bryce Canyon, Lock by alierturk Orphan by sakimichan Magic Night by Matthias-Haker Historic Center of Dresden by hessbeck-fotografix

WHAT are you doing here? 5 words or less.

Favorite podcast? 

37%
11 deviants said Something else! Comment!
20%
6 deviants said Welcome to Night Vale
10%
3 deviants said StarTalk
7%
2 deviants said Serial
7%
2 deviants said The Black Tapes
7%
2 deviants said WTF
7%
2 deviants said Nerdist
3%
1 deviant said TV Crimes
3%
1 deviant said Chainsawsuit
0%
No deviants said Nerd Poker

Stampy!

Hunger Games Stamp by horseybella1197 HappyCat Stamp by MochizukiDesigns BTVS : Spike Love by Biskizit Rebel Scum Stamp by Ulario Han Solo stamp by ponkes Writer by Shadowed-Midnight House MD by theOrangeSunflower a l i v e by TheCroe Terrified by magical-bra Mass Effect-Paragon by Azhaq Game of Thrones Stamp by Pample Jaime Lannister stamp by rann-poisoncage AF :: Spike Stamp by WishmasterKami Buffy and Spike Stamp by nicoleeegr Stamp: Alistair 2 by Tatooine92

Activity


Pod Stories

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 26, 2016, 9:39 PM
If I were Commander of the Internet (a position I apply for yearly), and you were trying to sell me on podcasts 10 years ago, I'd have told you to clean out your desk. "The kids don't want to LISTEN to words!" I'd shout, cigar clenched between my teeth like J. Jonah Jameson. "No one's even got time to watch a whole cat video on YouTube these days. TEXT and VINES, that's the future, baby. What, are they going to huddle around the iPod speaker at night?"

Of course, 10 years ago, they'd have been like "What's a Vine, ma'am?" And I would have thrown my cigar at them, scaring them out of my office.

Who do you think he is by TheMinttu  J. Jonah Jameson by DanielMead  19--J. Jonah Jameson by Green-Mamba

About two months ago, I realized what a fool I've been.

I know exactly the combination of fallacies that caused me to decry podcasts for so long. First, I had the vague feeling you had to pay for them. When I heard something like "Download Turtle-Power-Cast on iTunes," it was the same verbiage used to hawk digital albums for $9.99, and I wasn't gonna look it up, no matter HOW many exclusive interviews with Corey Feldman it had.

Second, for an embarrassingly long time, I was a Blackberry User AND listened to music on a Classic iPod, like some sort of Cave Person. Even if I theoretically had a podcast I was itchin' to follow, bringing my iPod in from my car periodically just to sync it was a royal pain in the 'cast. (I now, like most non-Cave-People (and some Cave People), have a smartphone capable of downloading a podcast at my every whim -- even at a stoplight! Don't tell the boys in blue...)

My only real means of listening to podcasts was on the computer, which I thought was how most people consumed them, since so many podcast websites have an embedded player. That didn't work for me. My laptop is where I write. Or work. Or go on Imgur. The point is: I'm terribly distractible. If I have a song playing that has words in it, I sit entranced with my head tilted like a dog's until that song is over, or until my work day ends 9 hours later. My dear friend Melissa writes with the radio on -- commercials and all! If I did that, I'd just end up with a Word document containing the lyrics to "Piano Man," "Tiny Dancer," and my thoughts on local mattress stores.

(Conversely, I can only write/work/concentrate if all other noise is drowned out, so if you need instrumental music, I fancy myself a human Pandora of wordless songs. Avengers soundtracks for epic scenes. Video game orchestrations or Cirque du Soleil for fantastical whimsy. Take it from me -- driving to work listening to the 1989 Batman theme puts a whole different spin on your day. I don't need to Lean In; just give me some of those sweet Danny Elfman jamz, and I'll take the world -- and the board room -- by storm!)

So, when all the buzz around "Serial" was heating up two years ago, I just thought all its listeners either had a mastery of concentration to listen at work and not get fired or really long commutes during which they didn't spend blasting musicals for some reason.

What finally turned me around was my co-worker madizzlee. I was giving her a hard time for not yet blasting "Hamilton" during her commute (see essay: I am not throwing away my shot), and her excuse was that she was all over this fiction podcast called "The Black Tapes."

It was creepy, she said, but not jump-scare-y, and each episode was 40 minutes, so I could get through the entire first season in two weeks' commute. Mix that with my healthy sense of fairness, and I realized I could hardly ask her to love Hamilton if I didn't give HER recommendation an equal try. Well, I got TOTALLY on board with The Black Tapes, so♫ UH-OH, you made the WRONG SUCKER a fan, Maddy, so time to pay the piper and listen to Ham, Maddy ♫

More about The Black Tapes in a sec, but getting into that one series COMPLETELY sent me down the rabbit hole into podcast obsession -- specifically fiction podcasts. Before, when I thought of a fiction audio show, I'd picture the scene from Annie with terrible acting and fake sound effects.

But the ol' fictional Investigative Reporting schtick lends itself so perfectly to podcasts, I suddenly couldn't consume enough. And I still can't! I am here today to report to you my findings of great podcasts in the hopes that you can do me a solid and recommend some back, Pandora-style, once I provide to you my tastes.

First, let me sour my lavish praise of the medium and solidify my place as a Judgy Curmudgeon by saying... they don't all do it for me.

A few podcasts keep cropping up on Best Of lists, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I ain't gonna name names, but... I get that the old writing adage of "show; don't tell" is a bit difficult in a dialogue-heavy medium where description is sometimes necessary, but this is the kind of writing that shouldn't escape middle school.

Without quoting directly, there was an episode from one of these "Best Of" series where a character more or less announced at the beginning, "Yo, as you know, I'm a wild card who doesn't play by the rules." To which another character replied, "Yeah, well, I'm your sergeant and you're just a lowly specialist, so you'd better play ball." I... If... You assume they would already have known each other... Never mind.

Then there's Super Famous Creepy-Small-Town-Radio-Show Podcast that I really wanted to like and didn't so much. 30 minutes of deadpan surrealist one-liners can get a bit predictable by episode 20 or so. I DON'T MAKE THE RULES!

I also can't with the comedians. By and large, the ol' famous host with special guest or two co-hosts shooting the breeze is... not great. They talk over each other, they reference inside jokes that no one cares about, they kiss ass because there's a special guest who isn't as funny and it's impolite to react to flattened jokes with silence. I get it. Keep hustlin', but it's not my jam. And it's apparently millions of other people's jams, so who am I, the King of Town? (I keep applying, whenever my Commander of the Internet position is turned down.)

OKAY, so the actual point of this article is to share with you the podcasts that are worth ya time, at least according to my personal tastes, so let's dive in.

Chainsawsuit

Okay, okay, I know I just said I don't usually care for two-comedian-hosts-bantering, but when it's funny and they respect each other, you've got yourself a joke-mine. I can't decide if hosts Kris and Mikey came to each episode prepared with pages of humorous bullet points or if they're just masters of improv, but this one tickles my funny bone. Have they technically not made any new episodes for a year and a half? Don't worry about it. You have plenty to go on. If you enjoy popular culture and mocking brand engagement, give this one a listen. The commercials alone are worth your time.

The Black Tapes

A parallel-universe-NPR called "Pacific Northwest Stories" issues a parallel-universe-Serial-like spinoff, hosted by Alex Reagan, a journalist reporting on slice-of-life stories about things like geocachers and self-professed ghosthunters. One interview subject was so interesting -- a ghost hunter who doesn't believe in the paranormal -- she and her producer decided to make his "unsolved cases" the topic of the entire season, geocaching be damned! Covering one unsolved case per episode, Alex starts to notice eerie similarities that might link the cases to one another. With spotlessly in-universe websites and writerless credits, you get a glimpse, as a listener, into how War of the Worlds might have been assumed nonfiction at the time. Recommended for people who are too scared to even consider the nosleep podcast; it's creepy but not sleep-ruining scary.

The Message

When Best-Podcast lists kept including this one "brought to you by G.E." instead of "made on evenings and weekends by a few writers, their actor friends, and a mic from Best Buy," I was prepared for eye-rolling corporate schlock and was pleasantly surprised. With a tight 8-episode run, The Message follows the podcast Cyphercast with Nicky Tomalin. The NSA has declassified a strange recording captured by the military some 70 years ago that they believe to be extraterrestrial in origin, and Nicky is an intern with a cryptography firm hoping to capture the moment the team cracks the case.

I'm not going to spoil it, but there was one bit that caught me so off guard that -- for a MILLISECOND -- I second-guessed my choice to continue listening. I recommend playing it on Overcast to get the full effect (and ask me about it later, after you listen, because I want to high-five with someone about it). I keep searching for G.E.'s next foray into podcasting, because this one did it right.

Limetown

Often referred to as "X-Files meets Serial," Limetown starts with a 911 recording from ten years ago that kicked off the subsequent disappearance of 300 people from a small town in Tennessee. Lia Haddock, a relative of one of the missing, grew up hearing about the mystery often and went into Investigative Journalism to try and crack the case. Though the trail has been cold for a decade, her sleuthing leads her stumbling into some interview subjects who probably should have kept quiet. This podcast has some of the best acting, sound editing, and writing of any I've heard.

Unlike The Message, which is a self-contained one-season series, Limetown is allegedly getting a second season and possibly a prequel novel, if Reddit is to be believed. Though, if you're going to listen, which you should, don't go on Reddit until you're done with the first season, what is this, your first day on the Internet?



So there you have it. A few podcasts to fill your week or month, depending how long your commute or how much our entertainment tastes align.

Now I ask you: do you like any of the above and it TOTALLY reminds you of this other podcast you can't believe I left out? Please let me know, and I'll give it a try! And if I don't like it, I'll never tell you, but we can stay friends! I'm probably a jerk! But if I like it, I will shower you with praise and unwanted high-fives!


Pod Stories

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 26, 2016, 9:39 PM
If I were Commander of the Internet (a position I apply for yearly), and you were trying to sell me on podcasts 10 years ago, I'd have told you to clean out your desk. "The kids don't want to LISTEN to words!" I'd shout, cigar clenched between my teeth like J. Jonah Jameson. "No one's even got time to watch a whole cat video on YouTube these days. TEXT and VINES, that's the future, baby. What, are they going to huddle around the iPod speaker at night?"

Of course, 10 years ago, they'd have been like "What's a Vine, ma'am?" And I would have thrown my cigar at them, scaring them out of my office.

Who do you think he is by TheMinttu  J. Jonah Jameson by DanielMead  19--J. Jonah Jameson by Green-Mamba

About two months ago, I realized what a fool I've been.

I know exactly the combination of fallacies that caused me to decry podcasts for so long. First, I had the vague feeling you had to pay for them. When I heard something like "Download Turtle-Power-Cast on iTunes," it was the same verbiage used to hawk digital albums for $9.99, and I wasn't gonna look it up, no matter HOW many exclusive interviews with Corey Feldman it had.

Second, for an embarrassingly long time, I was a Blackberry User AND listened to music on a Classic iPod, like some sort of Cave Person. Even if I theoretically had a podcast I was itchin' to follow, bringing my iPod in from my car periodically just to sync it was a royal pain in the 'cast. (I now, like most non-Cave-People (and some Cave People), have a smartphone capable of downloading a podcast at my every whim -- even at a stoplight! Don't tell the boys in blue...)

My only real means of listening to podcasts was on the computer, which I thought was how most people consumed them, since so many podcast websites have an embedded player. That didn't work for me. My laptop is where I write. Or work. Or go on Imgur. The point is: I'm terribly distractible. If I have a song playing that has words in it, I sit entranced with my head tilted like a dog's until that song is over, or until my work day ends 9 hours later. My dear friend Melissa writes with the radio on -- commercials and all! If I did that, I'd just end up with a Word document containing the lyrics to "Piano Man," "Tiny Dancer," and my thoughts on local mattress stores.

(Conversely, I can only write/work/concentrate if all other noise is drowned out, so if you need instrumental music, I fancy myself a human Pandora of wordless songs. Avengers soundtracks for epic scenes. Video game orchestrations or Cirque du Soleil for fantastical whimsy. Take it from me -- driving to work listening to the 1989 Batman theme puts a whole different spin on your day. I don't need to Lean In; just give me some of those sweet Danny Elfman jamz, and I'll take the world -- and the board room -- by storm!)

So, when all the buzz around "Serial" was heating up two years ago, I just thought all its listeners either had a mastery of concentration to listen at work and not get fired or really long commutes during which they didn't spend blasting musicals for some reason.

What finally turned me around was my co-worker madizzlee. I was giving her a hard time for not yet blasting "Hamilton" during her commute (see essay: I am not throwing away my shot), and her excuse was that she was all over this fiction podcast called "The Black Tapes."

It was creepy, she said, but not jump-scare-y, and each episode was 40 minutes, so I could get through the entire first season in two weeks' commute. Mix that with my healthy sense of fairness, and I realized I could hardly ask her to love Hamilton if I didn't give HER recommendation an equal try. Well, I got TOTALLY on board with The Black Tapes, so♫ UH-OH, you made the WRONG SUCKER a fan, Maddy, so time to pay the piper and listen to Ham, Maddy ♫

More about The Black Tapes in a sec, but getting into that one series COMPLETELY sent me down the rabbit hole into podcast obsession -- specifically fiction podcasts. Before, when I thought of a fiction audio show, I'd picture the scene from Annie with terrible acting and fake sound effects.

But the ol' fictional Investigative Reporting schtick lends itself so perfectly to podcasts, I suddenly couldn't consume enough. And I still can't! I am here today to report to you my findings of great podcasts in the hopes that you can do me a solid and recommend some back, Pandora-style, once I provide to you my tastes.

First, let me sour my lavish praise of the medium and solidify my place as a Judgy Curmudgeon by saying... they don't all do it for me.

A few podcasts keep cropping up on Best Of lists, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I ain't gonna name names, but... I get that the old writing adage of "show; don't tell" is a bit difficult in a dialogue-heavy medium where description is sometimes necessary, but this is the kind of writing that shouldn't escape middle school.

Without quoting directly, there was an episode from one of these "Best Of" series where a character more or less announced at the beginning, "Yo, as you know, I'm a wild card who doesn't play by the rules." To which another character replied, "Yeah, well, I'm your sergeant and you're just a lowly specialist, so you'd better play ball." I... If... You assume they would already have known each other... Never mind.

Then there's Super Famous Creepy-Small-Town-Radio-Show Podcast that I really wanted to like and didn't so much. 30 minutes of deadpan surrealist one-liners can get a bit predictable by episode 20 or so. I DON'T MAKE THE RULES!

I also can't with the comedians. By and large, the ol' famous host with special guest or two co-hosts shooting the breeze is... not great. They talk over each other, they reference inside jokes that no one cares about, they kiss ass because there's a special guest who isn't as funny and it's impolite to react to flattened jokes with silence. I get it. Keep hustlin', but it's not my jam. And it's apparently millions of other people's jams, so who am I, the King of Town? (I keep applying, whenever my Commander of the Internet position is turned down.)

OKAY, so the actual point of this article is to share with you the podcasts that are worth ya time, at least according to my personal tastes, so let's dive in.

Chainsawsuit

Okay, okay, I know I just said I don't usually care for two-comedian-hosts-bantering, but when it's funny and they respect each other, you've got yourself a joke-mine. I can't decide if hosts Kris and Mikey came to each episode prepared with pages of humorous bullet points or if they're just masters of improv, but this one tickles my funny bone. Have they technically not made any new episodes for a year and a half? Don't worry about it. You have plenty to go on. If you enjoy popular culture and mocking brand engagement, give this one a listen. The commercials alone are worth your time.

The Black Tapes

A parallel-universe-NPR called "Pacific Northwest Stories" issues a parallel-universe-Serial-like spinoff, hosted by Alex Reagan, a journalist reporting on slice-of-life stories about things like geocachers and self-professed ghosthunters. One interview subject was so interesting -- a ghost hunter who doesn't believe in the paranormal -- she and her producer decided to make his "unsolved cases" the topic of the entire season, geocaching be damned! Covering one unsolved case per episode, Alex starts to notice eerie similarities that might link the cases to one another. With spotlessly in-universe websites and writerless credits, you get a glimpse, as a listener, into how War of the Worlds might have been assumed nonfiction at the time. Recommended for people who are too scared to even consider the nosleep podcast; it's creepy but not sleep-ruining scary.

The Message

When Best-Podcast lists kept including this one "brought to you by G.E." instead of "made on evenings and weekends by a few writers, their actor friends, and a mic from Best Buy," I was prepared for eye-rolling corporate schlock and was pleasantly surprised. With a tight 8-episode run, The Message follows the podcast Cyphercast with Nicky Tomalin. The NSA has declassified a strange recording captured by the military some 70 years ago that they believe to be extraterrestrial in origin, and Nicky is an intern with a cryptography firm hoping to capture the moment the team cracks the case.

I'm not going to spoil it, but there was one bit that caught me so off guard that -- for a MILLISECOND -- I second-guessed my choice to continue listening. I recommend playing it on Overcast to get the full effect (and ask me about it later, after you listen, because I want to high-five with someone about it). I keep searching for G.E.'s next foray into podcasting, because this one did it right.

Limetown

Often referred to as "X-Files meets Serial," Limetown starts with a 911 recording from ten years ago that kicked off the subsequent disappearance of 300 people from a small town in Tennessee. Lia Haddock, a relative of one of the missing, grew up hearing about the mystery often and went into Investigative Journalism to try and crack the case. Though the trail has been cold for a decade, her sleuthing leads her stumbling into some interview subjects who probably should have kept quiet. This podcast has some of the best acting, sound editing, and writing of any I've heard.

Unlike The Message, which is a self-contained one-season series, Limetown is allegedly getting a second season and possibly a prequel novel, if Reddit is to be believed. Though, if you're going to listen, which you should, don't go on Reddit until you're done with the first season, what is this, your first day on the Internet?



So there you have it. A few podcasts to fill your week or month, depending how long your commute or how much our entertainment tastes align.

Now I ask you: do you like any of the above and it TOTALLY reminds you of this other podcast you can't believe I left out? Please let me know, and I'll give it a try! And if I don't like it, I'll never tell you, but we can stay friends! I'm probably a jerk! But if I like it, I will shower you with praise and unwanted high-fives!


deviantID

LaurenKitsune
Lauren
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
:pointr: What's up? I work at DeviantArt.
:pointr: I like kitties.
:pointr: I am good at video games.

Current Residence: My cat's house
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Small or medium!
Print preference: eye candy
Favourite genre of music: piano and musicals
Favourite photographer: Andy Goldsworthy
Favourite style of art: Whatever makes your heart smile
Operating System: Uh, no comment
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Shell of choice: Raphael's
Wallpaper of choice: Either something from my favorite recent movie or something from cuteoverload.com
Skin of choice: Rockin'
Favourite cartoon character: Raphael
Personal Quote: "Laugh it up, Fuzzball!"

The Last of Us Remastered by PatrickBrown
Interests

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconmoppiwolf:
moppiwolf Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
Aww I can't believe you closed the forum thread showcasing invisible thumbs I really wanted to share this one with you:
: .................. :
Do you think it's OK? Flip it took ages......I really thought it was touch and go as to if it would turn out ok :giggle: =D
Reply
:iconlaurenkitsune:
LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, how long have you been working on your art? I'm really impressed. I would hang that in my house!
Reply
:iconmoppiwolf:
moppiwolf Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Aww thanks....only been on dA a short while but been doing my art since I was a kid which is quite along time ago lol...really like it here and I'm hoping to build my way up to doing commissions....and getting one of those very special dd's.....that's my goal anyway but it in the main this is just an outlet for me to stay motivated to do my work....very glad you liked it :)
Reply
:iconrhynwilliams:
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
:heart:
Reply
:iconcatluvr2:
catluvr2 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That forum post. :lmao: Well done.
Reply
:iconlaurenkitsune:
LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, it's really hard to test out forum post features, so I try to have some fun with it.
Reply
:iconcatluvr2:
catluvr2 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
It really appealed to my sense of humor. Broken Image Emote by catluvr2  
Reply
:iconsophiexsmith:
SophieXSmith Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:+fav: revampThank you very much for the fav :+fav: revamp 

Love is heartless Would you like the chance to win a free pair of Heartless earring that I have made? I am holding a giveaway where the winner will be announced on Tuesday 10th May 2016. 
Check out my journal for more information Journal Entry
 Or you can visit my Youtube Video to see how you can win Love is heartless 
Reply
:iconpyropainter:
pyropainter Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for faving! :)
Reply
:iconalexbuechel:
AlexBuechel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey ! Stopping by to say hello. Haven't heard from you in a while

alex
Reply
Add a Comment: