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On this day in music history: May 14, 1977 - “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on April 23, 1977. Written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager, it is the second US chart topper for the UK born singer. Originally recorded by singer and songwriter Albert Hammond in 1976 (“It Never Rains In Southern California”, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”), Sayer records the song with producer Richard Perry for his album “Endless Flight”. Issued as the follow up to his number one smash “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” in February of 1977, it becomes another immediate hit. The hit single version of “When I Need You” differs from the original album mix, with the addition of a saxophone solo in the latter half of the track. Subsequent re-pressings of the album replace the original mix with the hit version. Entering the Hot 100 at #81 on February 26, 1977, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. The single is also Sayer’s biggest hit in the UK, hitting number one after placing three singles at number two on the charts. The song is later covered by several artists including Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart, Cliff Richard and Celine Dion. “When I Need You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥

Hello, listeners! Would you consider yourself a podcast fan? I certainly do and there’s nothing I love more than being able to take time out of my day to sit back, relax, and listen in on what new tales are the tell around this growing community.

Artists everywhere are traveling to space, playing cowboy, thinking with portals, and relishing the joys of submitting to the lovely Evils of the world. Nowadays it couldn’t be easier to become part of that fantasy and I, PodCake, shall be your guide.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. ILLUSIONOID

In the distant future, humanity has its last stand against the tyrant computer ILLUSIONOID. A lone survivor sends messages backwards through time in hopes that he can provide a warning of the danger to come. Will you heed his warnings? Open your ears and hone your senses, for without immediate action, none can escape the future that is ILLUSIONOID.

Follow the episodic whereabouts of lawyers, gardeners, aliens, outlaws, and explorers in this hysterical sci-fi improv comedy. Yes, improv. No transcript what so ever. Trust me, you’ll be surprised that such bizarre tales can be unwoven so fluidly without the aid of a script. 

With constantly varying scenarios, characters, and depths of space to travel each episode, you’ll always be in for something different, but always with a goodhearted chuckle between each.

2. SAYER

SAYER is a narrative fiction podcast set on Earth’s man-made second moon, Typhon. The eponymous SAYER is a highly advanced, self-aware AI created to help acclimate new residents to their new lives, and their new employment with Ærolith Dynamics.

Prepare for a step into a scientific world as the deep, chilling tones of an A.I. guides you through your new life in Ærolith Dynamics. In the future, your life  among the stars couldn’t be better. You are independent, self-sufficient, monitored, killed, tortured, and sometimes sucked into space.

But no need to worry, SAYER will wipe away your Earth-stained existence with one day of work after the next. Travel tower to tower, shift to shift, and cross your fingers to make it out alive before your lunch break.

3. Kakos Industries

The Shareholder Announcements from Kakos Industries, an organization that helps you to Do Evil Better. The announcements are read by Corin Deeth III, CEO of Kakos Industries.

Introduce yourself to the strange, sexy, and snarky company known as Kakos Industries, all about Evil and all things Evil. Excellent music, a hypnotic narration, and plenty of vulgar comedy just so damn naughty you’ll be blushing a wonderfully Evil shade by the end of each episode.

Be slowly seduced by the dulcet tones of  Corin Deeth III, an exemplary executive enhancing out Evil capabilities with each smooth, sweet monologue. Tightly designed and filled to the brink with “fucks”, puns, and fun for all you lucky shareholders.

4. The Meat Blockade

The Meat Blockade is a serialized radio show depicting the strange and surreal journeys of Karl Berenger, a self-proclaimed writer and misadventurer.

The world of the charmingly bizarre, surreal, and dangerous has never been more thrilling. Well, perhaps Mr. Berenger is getting the short end of the stick in this case, as he normally does. Poor fellow.

The Meat Blockade will spoil you silly badgers with excellent sound editing, a colorful cast of characters, and a growing collection of mini-movies that tip into the farthest ends of absurdity.

5. The Thrilling Adventure Hour

A staged show in the style of old-time radio performed live, monthly at Largo at the Coronet in Hollywood. Starring all of your favorite stars from the worlds of television, film, comedy, animation, sketch, and the stage.

A brilliant hodgepodge of genres, actors, and characters presented in the genuine contribution to old-timey radio. Lovingly retro, beautifully acted, and bursting with originality and class with each short story. 

With hundreds of episodes under their belt, this podcast brings on the most familiar settings in ways you would never expect and fresh wit and jokes that keep you tuned in.

6. Blue Sky: Podfic

What happened after the events of Portal 2? What if Wheatley fell from space, and came back to Earth? A fully-casted audio podfic of Waffle’s Portal story.

A much different addition than the others though an incredibly well read and brilliantly acted addition it is. Fans of Portal may be familiar with the famous fan fiction and this smooth reading meant to span all chapters takes both elements of the game series and story to the best quality you could possibly imagine.

Production for this project couldn’t be more stellar and I highly anticipate its completion. With its vivid world building, almost scary accurate voices, and you have a wonderful experience to kill thirty minutes of your day.

now, get to listening.

ppppppbbbbphltphpt I dunno for some reason envisioning them standing next to each other in a neutral pose presents enough of a challenge to me that I revisit it every so often and see if my power level has gone up at all since the last time.

I always kinda waffle on how broad-shouldered Tig should be, like, slender but not skinny. The kind of physique you could kind of play in either direction depending on how he’s dressed.

Next time someone asks me what Platinum Black is about I’m just gonna say “dudes with unreasonably nice physiques.”

I realized I have put almost no thought into what Blue looks like between ten years old and eighteen years old, even though he’s goin’ through wicked puberty for most of the chunk of his life training to be the esteemed fighter he is now and probably looked wildly different every time ranking tournaments rolled around.

Things I try to keep in mind are he had the final substantial fixes to his hard palate done around the same time he got his face mashed and lost a bunch of teeth, so he had an easier time controlling his breathing and training seriously after that. He’s naturally inclined towards a bulky, muscular physique, so lean muscle and agility are what he tries to train for. He was his biggest and heaviest around 16 or 17 and has been working on cultivating a more trim and efficient body since.

He’s not immediately recognizable in public on one hand because of his diminutive behaviour compared to his serious, confident attitude in the ring, but also because a lot of people have a hard time shaking their fist impression of him as a chubby little fourteen year old when he started making waves.

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So TCAF was pretty much the best thing ever, but before I continue:

I am so, so sorry to all the artists who had to deal with me and my horrifically awkward fangirling, I’m actually a really socially confident person, I just can’t handle how cool you are.

Thank god I skipped the coffee

I just… Wow. What an awesome experience. I love comics, and part of that love comes from being around creators who love what they do and are so confident and just so awe-inspiring. Went to two panels, and Coming of Age: The Internet Generation and Contemporary Erotic Comics. I laughed so hard and also wanted to hug every one of the panellists, every single one was so cute.

I also gave fan art for the first time which was a TOTALLY NERVE-WRACKING EXPERIENCE and I am EXTRA SORRY to Kelly Turnbull, E.K. Weaver and Spike for blubbering like an idiot and I really hope you like the pictures you guys are super cool and inspirational.

AND LOOK AT ALL THIS COOL STUFF I BOUGHT!! I feel like an addict who just got a massive fix after months of mediocre rehab.

Just… Wow.

It feels much too early to post this, but in a way posting things the next day does kind of help me keep track of when I’ve actually finished things.

Last night I doodled a bust of Mikhail, and decided to also take a stab at drawing Blue Sayer, Coelasquid’s (Kelly Turnbull) socially awkward prizefighter. Something just draws me towards characters with anxiety issues; it’s mainly because I find them not just adorable but also very relatable. Anxiety runs my life pretty much every hour of each day in the week, so coming across any characters in fiction who go through the same mental battle helps put my mind at ease in a way that I’m “not alone”.

This is also why I seriously love Fluttershy from MLP; she’s my spirit animal.

I think Journey would be the only video game Blue would enjoy because it’s pretty and the only thing you can do to people is be nice to them or leave them alone and you’re not alone but you don’t need to worry about talking to people.

But he would probably be emotionally distraught any time he accidentally lost track of a companion and ended up separated from them.