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Episode 71: Oh, Tentacle Bob!

January 10th, 2014 | Robin

We ring in 2014 with an Ask Ken and Robin from Ross Ireland, who wants to switch to a more serious horror tone after years of loosey-goosey play.

Then we zoom back in time to the dying embers of 2013, for a segment of Ken and/or Robin Talk To Someone Else featuring James Wallis of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Once Upon a Time fame.

We conclude our episode of all-eponymous segments with another dive into Ken’s Bookshelf, this time examining his haul from our recent trip to London.

Once again we thank our anchor sponsor, Slabtown Games, who very soon will be launching a Kickstarter for Storyscape, a tablet-based tabletop roleplaying game Robin is currently designing for them.

5 Responses to “Episode 71: Oh, Tentacle Bob!”

  1. Jonathan says:

    I’ve a question for Ken and Robin (though mostly inspired by the Ken’s Bookshelf segments). How do you find the quality and worthwhile esoteric used books at various second hand book shops? I find myself quite overwhelmed by shelves and shelves of titles and authors I don’t recognize, and even at used prices I can’t afford to do too much stabbing in the dark. Any insight would be appreciated.

  2. John Willson says:

    Dear Mr. Hite:

    My 2014 summer holiday itinerary includes a 7-day sojourn in Chicago, which I shall dedicate entirely to perusing, exploring and taking tea and afternoon naps in the Kenneth Hite Memorial Library (and, given the pace of its expansion, I will consider making this an annual pilgrimage). I would be most appreciative if you would kindly forward the collection’s opening hours, and advise as to how I may make a reservation at the attached B&B.

    Kind regards,

  3. Jeromy French says:

    Life got the better of me and I got so behind on Bibliographies that it was embarrassing, but would like to try to get back to doing some, just not all. This was a good episode to do though.


    Beynon, Mark – London’s Curse: Murder, Black Magic, and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End
    Ackroyd, Peter – Hawksmoor
    Bodlore-Penlaez, Mikael – Atlas of Stateless Nations of Europe
    Buttar, Prit – Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany’s Eastern Front.
    Collon, Dominque – The Queen of the Night
    Cooke, Elizabeth – The Damnation of John Donellan: A Mysterious Case of Death and Scandal in Georgian England
    Fradon, Ramona – The Gnostic Faustus: The Secret Teachings Behind the Classic Text
    Lowe, Keith – Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II.
    Hall, Manly P. – Secret Teachings of All Ages.
    Hall, Manly P. – The Secret Destiny of America.
    Hayes, Martin and R.H. Stewart – Aleister Crowly: Wandering the Waste
    Hooper, Steven – Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia
    Mishev, Georgi – Thracian Magic: Past and Present
    Molin, Kristian – Unknown Crusader Castles
    Parthasarathi, Prasannan – Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600 – 1850
    Sahagun, Louis – Masters of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall
    Sinclair, Iain – American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light
    Sinclair, Iain – White Chappel, Scarlet Tracings
    Thompson, Douglas – Shadowland: How the Mafia Bet Britain in a Global Gamble
    Waldron, David and Christopher Reeve (not Superman) – Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay

  4. Aaron says:

    The Japanese art was likely an exhibition by Utamaro.

  5. Random reactions:

    Snakes and Ladders–The game was originally intended to be an allegorical religious teaching tool. Older boards have sins or bad acts at the mouth of each snake and virtuous actions at the foot of each ladder. The lack of player control just means that they’re rather Calvinist in outlook. 😎

    German accents–1. You haven’t heard a bad German accent until you’ve heard a Texan with a broad accent and limited language skills speaking in a South German dialect (ish). I don’t think it’s possible to convey this in eye dialect.

    2. German television channels do quite a good job of dubbing. Among other things, they work very hard to match the rhythm of the German script to the mouth movements of the American (and other, I assume) actors. While the result is, I’m sure, much more congenial to a German viewer, it must be said that watching Hoss Cartwright speaking in German (which I did when I first lived in Germany) engenders a certain cognitive dissonance.

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