Thursday, August 17, 2017

Episode 2: This Time All the Swear Words are on Purpose

Episode two is up!  From this point forward, you can pretty much expect an upload every Thursday.  Thanks for listening!  Here's the embedded player, with a preview and some photos to follow...

In this week's episode, I talk about the following subjects:
  • Paul Auster's "4321"
  • Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son" and "Train Dreams"
  • Manchester Orchestra's "A Black Mile to the Surface"
  • Father John Misty's "Pure Comedy"
  • Big Star (in general)
  • WWE Wrestling
  • Broadchurch
  • And a personal appeal for contributions to RAINN
Here are some photos.

Paul Auster's "4321"  Or a handful of words from it, anyway.
Pen for scale.
Manchester Orchestra's "A Black Mile to the Surface."  The surface of what is unclear.
Father John Misty's "Pure Comedy" - The cover comes in a variety of colors. I like red.
Most of my Big Star collection on my desk. And a small look into some of what I use to record the show!
Broadchurch and a cameo by myself in the mirror. I like this picture.
My present charity of choice.  Please visit for more info. (To be clear, RAINN in no way sponsors this show or blog.)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

RELAUNCH! - Episode One: Vision Casting, Past Postings, and Bad Catchphrases

I'm so happy to be doing this again!  This is the official RETURN of "Empty Checking!"  You know how when Doctor Who came back with Doctor #9 they'd been off the air for a long time and instead of calling it series #40 or whatever, they called it "Season 1, Episode 1?" Well that's pretty much what I'm doing here.  Empty Checking was gone for six years and now it's back...and I'm calling this "Episode One" and numbering it sequentially from there.  The past is gone...and this is NOW.

I'll let the podcast speak for itself, because I talk about where I'm going with it at let's get to it!  (Side note, I only used one swear word in the whole of the 30 minutes. I hope you have fun looking for it.)

EDIT (8/12): It turns out I actually use TWO swear words, because I left in an "ah, fuck" at the end of the podcast where I did a retake and failed to edit it out!  Wasn't aware of it until today.  Enjoy!  Fewer mistakes in the next episode!

For those who absolutely NEED a preview, here's what's going on in the episode:

I'm talking about why I stopped in 2011 and why I'm restarting now.  I'm talking about what to expect in the upcoming weeks, I'm barreling through the list from my last post in 2011, where I more or less promised to talk about a dozen or more items--it took 6 years, but I did it today!  And then I'm going into detail on the following subjects:
  • Doctor Who and my thoughts on the first female Doctor.
  • The death, music, and final album of Glen Campbell.
  • George Saunders' book "Lincoln in the Bardo."
  • ProWrestling Loot
  • Dinosaur Jr and J Mascis
As stated in the audio, I'm looking for guests to join me on the show from time to time.  If you'd be interested in joining me and talking about something, hit me up in the comments!

It's so good to be back!  Here's some photos of the stuff from today!

Glen Campbell passed away this week and it was my sad pleasure to sing his praises on this episode.

"Lincoln in the Bardo" is one of the best books I've read in 10 years.

I've learned that I love Dinosaur Jr.  Who knew?

Listen to the talky-thingy to hear my thoughts on the first female Doctor!

El Santo and Goldberg. The team no one asked for.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


This podcast went silent almost six years ago.  That's a long time.

But in a short time, it will be returning and it'll be better than ever.  Stay tuned!

As a spoiler, here's the song that's going to be the new intro/outro music on the relaunch. And it's on the service I'll be using for hosting, too!

I bet absolutely NO ONE is reading this post at the time of writing!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Sorry Sorry Sorry!

What can I say?  The weekends are just so damned SHORT.  I'll record a new one for you next weekend.  I've got plenty to talk about.  Here's a list of stuff I've bought that you can expect me to at least mention...

  1. How I Met Your Mother - Season 6
  2. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
  3. Wilco - The Whole Love
  4. Comic Books:
    • iZombie
    • Brilliant
    • Batman
    • Deadman
    • Superman
    • The Unwritten
  5. Beers:
    • Unibroue Terrible
    • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
    • Guinness Black Lager
    • Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
    • Schlafly Imperial Stout
    • Stone Pale Ale
    • Wexford Irish Cream Ale
    • Murphy's Irish Stout
  6. (New) TV Watched
    • How I Met Your Mother
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Person of Interest
    • How to be a Gentleman
    • Doctor Who
  7. Concert attended: Foo Fighters; St. Louis, MO
...I'll probably touch on most of that.  Should be a fun one!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Probably not this week...

I'm unlikely to record a podcast this week.  I have a toothache that is causing my gums to swell and talking isn't much fun right now.  So I'll do some write-ups over the next couple of days, and barring any further oral disturbances, I'll record one NEXT week.

Thanks for your understanding.

Until I can do the full write-ups, here's a list of comic books I bought this week...

  • Morning Glories - Issue #12
  • Justice League International #1
  • Detective Comics #1
  • iZombie - "uVampire" trade
  • Brightest Day hardcover
...expensive week!