This is a post that most likely no one cares about since I shitpost whatever I’m into but I wanna get my thoughts about the podcasts I listen to regularly and what I feel about them.
Welcome to Night Vale - This is the one that got me into podcasts although it scared me at first. I managed to listen to 60 episodes in almost a week so I was pretty hooked. This is about a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful and mysterious lights pass while we all pretend to sleep. It’s set in a H P Lovecraft style of world where the scariest of things are seen as the most normal of things. Things change when a beautiful stranger comes to town but you’ll fall in love instantly. Episodes come out the 1st and 15th of each month
Alice Isn’t Dead - This is done by the same company that does Night Vale and it’s a lot darker and creepier. It is about a truck driver who drives around the country trying to find her wife Alice while discovering things about the towns she goes past. A warning if you don’t deal with gore or violence very well (also spoilers) someone does get murdered in the first episode and the main character does get attacked in a later episode. This show is only done by Joseph Fink and his style is a little scary at times but it’s still good. I recommend binge listening to the first season before the second one comes out because it’s a little easier to keep up with the story that way. I prefer Night Vale over Alice but that’s just a personal opinion. Episodes will continue when the next season starts.
Wolf 359 - This is one of my favourite podcasts I have ever listened to. Written by Gabriel Urbina, it’s about Doug Eiffel’s life on the Hephaestus Research Station as they orbit the red dwarf star Wolf 359. This a podcast you’ll want more of and you’ll want to know every single plot twist and theory. The characters are loveable and it just makes me really happy. Renee Minkowski is the station’s commander and she makes sure that her boys stay in check (mostly Eiffel). Dr. Hilbert is honestly a little creepy but you can’t hate him and HERA is my computer wife. Every storyline is great and will only keep you guessing. The website also has other cool stuff such as playlists for the characters which are on spotify and there are small little things that are fantastic. The early seasons are very lighthearted and Zach Valenti (@iamzachvalenti) voices both Doug and Hilbert and it’s just fantastic to listen to. Episodes come out every two weeks.
Limetown - Limetown is very different compared to the other podcasts. It’s a news report that follows a reporter, Lia Haddock, as she tries to find out what happened to an entire town of people that just vanished into thin air. The length of the episodes span under 10 minutes to nearly an hour. It’s interesting but Lia is kinda annoying with her methods of obtaining the information she desires but her intentions are in the right place, despite her actions getting innocent people hurt. The podcast kinda stopped in December last year so it’s real easy to listen to but you will want more which is disappointing since you want to know what happens in the next season. It takes a very realistic turn of events so who knows when the next season comes out. If you like realistic podcasts then this is the one for you
The Bright Sessions - Another personal favourite of mine and I no joke want more right now. The only way I can describe the podcast without spoiling it is X-men go to therapy. It’s an actual pleasure to listen to and it keeps you hooked. Lauren Shippen (@thelaurenshippen) has created something thats actually beautiful and has created characters who are relatable in every way. Sam is a time traveller with anxiety, Caleb is a high school student who can feel others emotions, Chloe thinks she’s going insane with the voices of angels then there is a mysterious character who I shall not name. It’s defiantly worth a listen and it’s an A++ podcast. The website also has things that are unique to each person. Sam has a blog, Caleb has instagram and playlists of his own and Chloe has tumblr. This is no joke something I want to make in the future so it’s amazing to me. New episode dates will be released with the new episodes.
King Falls AM - This is like Night Vale but less creepy and more paranormal. The main characters are Sammy “Shotgun” Stevens and Ben Arnold who host a late night call in show. I can only imagine this like Night Vale because of the similar format but they are completely different. King Falls AM is what Night Vale would be if the town normal and unusual things aren’t normal. The characters are really loveable and I just love them so much. There are people you will love to hate and it definitely makes you feel like you are a citizen of the town which is great. It brings a sense of community to the small fandom. I want to say more but it’s very spoilery so I will say no more. It’s worth the listen to and I recommend binge listening to this one, trust me you’ll want to. New episodes come out the 1st and 15th of each month.
EOS 10 - I’ll admit that I haven’t finished this podcast but I don’t think they’ve made new episodes since last year?????? (it was December so I wasn’t wrong). The story follows Ryan Dalias arriving on EOS 10 to check up on the doctor on the ship who has been going through his share of addiction. From what I’ve listened from this, it’s not bad but not my cup of tea. Scifi podcasts don’t work for me but I still enjoy this quite a bit. Warning if you aren’t interested in hearing people do the frick frack then there is a part of episode 3 that you’ll want to skip because it’s a little uncomfortable. The first two seasons are out and god knows when the next season will be available.
Within the Wires - This is another one done by Night Vale presents. Within the Wires is written by Jeffrey Cranor and the story is based through a series of standard relaxation tapes where you soon realise that yours aren’t standard. The woman on the to the main character and you slowly figure out what that connection is. The tapes themselves are a little creepy but they are sort of relaxing at the same time. Season two may be different and possibly might not be relaxation tapes but that’s the exciting thing about it. I personally prefer this podcast to Alice because I can listen to this and not feel scared when I’m trying to sleep. This one just creeps me out opposed to scaring me so I stay awake. I wouldn’t listen to this before bed though. I recommend to listen to this on a really long road trip because that’s the most comfortable I felt when I heard it. New episodes will come out when the new season does.
ars PARADOXICA - Imagine if you had accidentally created time travel and you find yourself in 1942 in the middle of the second world war. That’s what Sally Grisham does and she soon discovers that her time travel only goes back so she attempts to find a way to go back to her own time which is a little difficult with only technology from the early 40′s. I’ll be honest, I did really like this podcast when I first started it but the last 4 episodes make me question if I actually want to continue it. The latest episode makes me think that I could continue it. They do give warnings about gun violence and terrible things happening to kids which made me super uncomfortable but the warning was nice. New episodes come out the 1st of each month
The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) - Yet another Night Vale presents project but it’s not written by Joseph or Jeffrey. The story follows the janitor Juilen as he tries to get into the show without getting caught. The podcast is set on top of the Eiffel tower and the most magical things happen such as a bird who can recreate a whole orchestra perfectly and a machine that can make the thoughts of a cricket come to life. There are only four episodes so far but it’s pretty good so far. The janitor is my favourite and he just shares stories about his life that only make me want to get to know him better which is nice. The french accents also make me really happy. New episodes come out every other Wednesday and I high recommend it.
Podcasts I haven’t started but are on my list
The Penumbra Podcast
Our Fair City
I wanted to make this in case anyone was interested with what I was listening to and I would like recommendations with podcasts because I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to
Back by literally no demand whatsoever other than that of the sentient split ends i now bear and the beast under my bed (the one that keeps beating me at twister not the one i have tea with on Sunday or the one that likes to eat children), Cecil Gershwin Palmer everyone!
“We understand the lights. We understand the lights above the Arby’s. We understand so much. But the sky behind those lights, mostly void, partially stars, that sky reminds us: We don’t understand even more.”
Episode 25 “One Year Later”
I adore this quote from night vale, it’s just so humbling to remember the vastness of the universe.
Headcanon that Cecil and Carlos buy sticky notes in bulk.
Because all they do is leave notes for each other.
Cecil can wake up from a nap with a ton of sticky notes stuck to his face, full of little heart doodles and a whole three pages worth of ‘I love you’s.
Carlos didn’t sleep well the night before? Cecil buys him coffee and slips the barista like… 4 stick notes to put on the cup.
They’re just sitting there, eating dinner and Carlos leans over and sticks a sticky note with a heart on it to Cecil’s cheek.
But also they use it for lists and stuff.
Like a shopping list pressed on Cecil’s forehead before Carlos heads out.
Passive agressive reminders like “Take your MEDS. I LOVE YOU.” / “No more hooded figures following you home 💜” / “Six hours of sleep at least.” / “Don’t burn yourself!!!” / “Please don’t lost another intern or I’ll call Maureen.”
These are all over the house and each other and the Faceless Old Woman hates them.
Can you smell that? That sweet, sweet smell? That’s love and it is in the air! Barry and Iris’ wedding is coming up fast and despite being Barry’s best man, I still don’t have a wedding gift (gimme a break, your boy has had a lot on his plate). After the bachelor party uh… “situation” I feel like I have to really knock it out of the park here. After all, what kind of best man would I be if I didn’t give the best gift as well?
Now, this little gig of mine doesn’t exactly pay well but I don’t need fat stacks to deliver the ultimate gift – just a little imagination and some of that classic Cisco ingenuity! There’s a lot that goes into giving someone the perfect present. You can’t spend too much or else they feel bad, you can’t spend too little or else you look cheap, you could get them something to wear but then you gotta find out sizes and that’s always awkward, you could…well you see where this is going. So, when I’m tasked with finding a gift, there’s a few points that I keep in mind:
1. The Wow Factor
One of the most important factors is the “WOW!” factor. You gotta hit ‘em with the element of surprise, give ‘em something they’re always gonna remember. Being the go-to gadget guy, Barry and Iris would obviously expect something high tech. I could breach something over from another Earth but again – when you’re the freaking Flash that isn’t exactly surprising or exciting.
The absolute last thing I want is for Barry and Iris to be celebrating their anniversary, look over at my gift and go “Who gave that to us? Was it Dibny?” You gotta put that personalized stamp on it! Now personalization goes both ways – you want it to be memorable and to leave the recipient happily impressed.
The second-to-last thing that I want is for me to go through all of this time and effort of getting Barry and Iris the perfect gift only for them to not use it. The ideal gift should be something that can be used everyday and each time they’ll go “Cisco’s the best!”
Up until now I’ve kept things hush-hush around the gang so I don’t ruin the surprise, but I can’t keep quiet any longer. This happy couple is going to be gifted with a personalized Cisco calendar I got printed up: 12 months in a year, 12 different pictures of yours truly! One of a kind item for a one of a kind couple!
Have you noticed that Carlos never describes Cecil?
Cecil has no set appearance, he just is. I have a theory that maybe the reason that Carlos can’t really describe Cecil is became there is something remotely the same and different about him every time he sees him.
There is always some disturbing feeling that even though he seems to be the same, there is something off-putting that he doesn’t actually look the same and that if multiple people attempted to describe him, they’d have different results.