Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume & Dom Joly 2

A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume & Dom Joly 2 has been posted on asitecalledfred.com.

From Fred:
In this episode, I have another chat with writer/comedian/documentarian/presenter Dom Joly about monsters, Tintin, going upriver, Fool Britannia, and the dullest place on Earth.

Liberace & his rings

On Ken P.D. Snydecast #114: Baby Driver the boys talk about Liberace:

Dana: What’s funny about Liberace is that there is no reason he ever should have been famous. He was so stiff-
Ken: (chuckles)
Dana: Alright, what are we in? Seventh grade? We will laugh about that later, when we get in seventh grade.
Ken: I say we take the podcast down to seventh grade. That way we get more listeners.
Dana: He basically has the world’s worst stage presence.
Ken: Yeah, but look at the rise. The rise of Liberace really happened- and again, I don’t mean the puns, In the 50s with TV. Anyone could be a star in the 50s.
Dana: Oh absolutely it did! There it worked perfect.
Ken: Because he was flamboyant, he had massive gestures that filled a TV screen.

As the podcast continued Dana talked about how Liberace would often show the audience his expensive rings.
Here is a video of Liberace showing the rings off:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Panorama photos of Disneyland

Dana tweeted some delightful panoramic photos of Disneyland.
Make sure and click the links so you can view the photos in full 360!

LINK: http://360.io/devdaQ

Monday, January 23, 2012

Songs for Helping IX: Handy

Episode IX of Dana's "Songs for Helping" is out!

Check out the "Songs for Helping page on the Adult Swim website at: www.adultswim.com

This one features Granny Cuyler!

This is the final scheduled installment. If you missed any, check below:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pea Soup Andersen's

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #91: Dad’s Vinyl Pool Dana mentions Pea Soup Andersen's.

 It's a restaurant and bakery that is famous for their pea soup


The soup is also available in cans:

Click the YouTube video below and it will jump right to a vintage 1960s commercial for the soup:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tooheys beer

Dana had a back and forth with a listener on twitter about WB Movie World in Australia:

 From Wiki:
Tooheys is a brewery in the suburb of Lidcombe, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It produces beers under the Tooheys and Hahn trademarks, and is part of the Lion Nathan beverages group.

Here is a creepy commercial for Tooheys that involves a dude's tongue leaving his mouth as he sleeps:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shop The Madonna Inn

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #91: Dad’s Vinyl Pool Dana talks about his trip to The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. The hotel is famous for it's outlandish decor and unique rooms.

Dana bought some stuff there, and at the online shop, you can buy stuff too!

Dana got a set of the colored goblets from the Steakhouse:

You can get individual goblets in the $10-$20 range.

Dana also bought Phyllis Madonna's book:

Here is the description from the store:

With 110 individually decorated theme rooms, such as Caveman, Yahoo and Old Fashioned Honeymoon, there is no place on earth quite like the Madonna Inn. For over 50 years, travelers have been drawn to this unique and imaginative world class hotel where behind every detail is a personal story. 

In her new book, Madonna Inn, My Point of View, Phyllis Madonna tells the story of the construction of the Madonna Inn through photographs and text. “For years,” says Phyllis, “people have asked if there was a book available about the Inn. Now, I can finally say, ‘Yes, there is.’”

The book will cost ya $51 with or without a personalized autograph.

On the podcast Ken was surprised Dana didn't get the Pink Sugar:

"Non breakable, acrylic sugar shaker is 5" tall filled full with our pink sugar."

It's a steal at just $6!

Ken also asked if Dana got the spa sandals. He didn't.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Songs for Helping VIII: 3way

Episode VIII of Dana's "Songs for Helping" is out!
Check it the "Songs for Helping page on the Adult Swim website at: www.adultswim.com

Monday, January 16, 2012

The urinal at Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #91: Dad’s Vinyl Pool Dana talks about his trip to The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. The hotel is famous for it's outlandish decor and unique rooms.

Dana mentions visiting the hotel's restaurant, "Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House":

Dana promised to post a picture of the urinal in the restaurant, but I can't find one on the site.

So, BAM!

Now THAT'S a urinal!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bojangles french fry seasoning

Over the years Ken has often mentioned the Bojangles fast food eatery.

He has mentioned the sweet tea a few times and the french fry seasoning.

I don't think you can get the tea online, but you can get the seasoning!

It's Bo time!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Warner Brothers Movie World Australia

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #91: Dad’s Vinyl Pool, Dana has returned from a trip to Australia and talks of his time at Warner Brothers Movie World and some of the "crazy" attractions they have there.

First, he mentions the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster based on the 2002 Scooby Doo film (which takes away any interest Plume had in the ride.)

Dana explains the outlandish props on the ride and does a funny Scooby Doo impression during the conversation.

Here is a neat video of the ride, with the lights on! It makes it easier to see what the props look like, but remember, the actual ride is in the dark:

Dana also talks about the cheap 1980s laser light effects:
And that the entrance looks far more kid friendly than the actual ride is:

After Scooby Doo, Dana talks about The Dirty Harry Bar and the "go ahead, make my nachos" sign:

And he mentions how they play the film inside despite the fact that it's a gritty R-rated flick and children are everywhere inside the restaurant.

Later they discuss how all the rides shut down in the middle of the day. Aussie listener Scott Lane explained to me that this is for the big street parade:

Seems odd to us here in the USA. Disneyland runs all the rides and shows during TWO daily parades and fireworks... still, Disneyland's parade doesn't have the good sense to pair Sylvester the cat with Catwoman:
Can you imagine what their kids would look like?

WB Movie World also pairs up Mike Myers' Shrek with Mike Myers' Austin Powers in the parade:
If only they added this Michael Myers:
And this Michael Myers:
I would be on a plane by dinner tonight for that!

Dana says the afternoon break caused him to miss the Looney Toons River Ride:

The Lethal Weapon Coaster:

And the Police Academy Stunt Show. Thankfully, Scott shared a pic with us:

Sadly, the show is now closed, but we always have YouTube:

Finally, Dana talks about one more attraction, the oddly titled "Batman Adventure: The Ride 2". 

The ride is a simulator ride, like Disneyland's Star Tours. Take a look:

Thanks to Scott Lane and all the good people of the internet for the pictures and video!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chocodile Chapter 11

Here is what the New York Times reported yesterday:

Hostess, Maker of Twinkies, Files for Bankruptcy

Hostess Brands, known for sweet treats like Twinkies and Ding Dongs, is back in Chapter 11.

The company went from cream filling to bankruptcy filing on Wednesday, just three years after emerging from an earlier restructuring.

Twinkies, the cream-filled sponge cakes, have been a guilty pleasure for decades. Jimmy Dewar, the creator of the tasty treat, once remarked: “Twinkies was the best darn-tootin’ idea I ever had.”... read more
 But, as any Snydecast fan knows, there is something better than a Twinkie:

Chocodiles are chocolate covered Twinkies. CHOCOLATE COVERED TWINKIES! That is like having fried chicken COVERED in... uh... sex with a naked lady!!!

Here is the twitter response to the news:

Yes, once again, it's time for the good people of Snydevania to get Plumey some freakin' Chocodiles!

Woah! Maybe it's more important to send some to Aaron Poole!
What a strange website they chose! Chocodile Snow? Odd.

Anyway, they are one of the many place you can get Chocodiles from on the 'net:


As to how you would get them to Ken?

I have no idea whatsoever.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

You can own one of Dana's puppets!

This listing just popped up on eBay. It's being sold by the account Dana used when clearing out his "Craptorium" (as mentioned on the Snydecast a couple years ago.)

This is for a professional ventriloquist dummy. As the listing says:
"I am having to downsize my many show items, and this poor guy has got to go, but he is incredibly made by a real master! Don't know Albert Alfaro? Where are you from! Read below a bit about him! His figures go for BIG BUCKS! This is the steal you've been waiting for!
Albert Alfaro of Imaginarium Galleries is an artist and sculptor and over the past decade has become one of the foremost builders of truly unique hard ventriloquist figures. I happen to know that Albert has collected figures and one of his favorite builders is Tim Selberg and Alberts continued progression over the years has brought him equal in my eyes to Mr. Selberg.
All of the Imaginarium figures are unique and can only be had from Imaginarium Galleries. The figures come in different sizes from small 15" characters to full size 44" figures. All of Albert's controls are now direct linkage done in brass and the controls are super smooth and feel just right in your hands. His finishes are superb and the skin tones look like real skin. Many of his figures have real dentures and I don't think any other builders are doing that today. His wigs are custom made too for the final touch."

You can check out the listing on eBay by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day Boat Sea Scallops, nightly preparation

Below is an exchange from KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #40: Mid-Cast Crisis about Dana and Ken's dinner at Club 33.

You may recall that something just wasn't right about something Ken ate there...

Ken: Oh, by the way! I have solved a mystery. From a prior podcast...
Dana: Oh, what the food was from Club 33?
Ken: I have found the dinner menu.
Dana: Where?
Ken: Online of course. Someone took digital photos of the holiday 2007 dinner menu at Club 33.
Dana: Oh my god!
Ken: Not even we did that! So, what I had... ready for this?
Dana: Do you have the whole menu in front of you?
Ken: I have the whole menu.

Dana: The issue you had was an appetizer, right?
Ken: Right.
Dana: So, what was it?
Ken: It was a Day Boat Sea Scallop.
Dana: (laughs) Oh, ok!

Ken: Oh, as it says "nightly preparation" so I guess they don't just make them a week before and freeze 'em.
Dana: They do... but they do that at night.
Ken: Oh yeah, they thaw them nightly.
Dana: No. They cook them at night and then they freeze them and then a week later they serve them, but they were prepared at night.
Ken: And then re-prepared.
Dana: They're prepared every night, but they're prepared a week ahead of time.
Ken: Is it some kind of culinary term "day boat" or is that just some kind of affectation?

Here is some info from answerbag.com:

Sea scallops come from the North Atlantic coast from New Jersey to Labrador Canada, specifically concentrated off the coast of Maine. They are dredged from the sea bed as deep as 900 feet.

The best scallops are called diver or day boat scallops. Divers are collected by hand by divers and they are generally the largest in size. Day boat refers to boats that fish for scallops just for the day, rather than the traditional method of dredging for up to 10 days before returning to harbor. Scallops may be soaked in a phosphate dip which adds weight, turns them more white and mushy in color and lengthens shelf life.

Sea scallops are the largest of the 400 or so member scallop family with a firm textured, sweet meat. They are marine bivalves with orb-shaped shells that when quickly opened and closed cause the scallops to zigzag in flights through the water. They are free swimming and migrate during certain times of the year to different feeding grounds.

If you don't know about Club 33 it's a private club in "New Orleans Square" in Disneyland.

The club is not open to the public. You must either be a member or a guest of a member.

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #40: Mid-Cast Crisis is a fun listen. Well worth another spin on your iPod.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Songs for Helping VII: Bleeped

Episode VII of Dana's "Songs for Helping" is online!

This week's guest star is none other than DANA SNYDER!

Check it out on the "Songs for Helping page on the Adult Swim website at: www.adultswim.com

Sunday, January 8, 2012

3 new "Bit of a Chat" episodes

Over on Twitter ken said this:

Yeah, it had nothing to do with the new chats, but it made me laugh.
Here are the chat tweets:

As always you can check em out at asitecalledfred.com.