This past Christmas at dinner we pulled our crackers and, after sorting through the little prizes and crowning ourselves with paper crowns, we started reading our jokes and trivia. The jokes went down as well as you’d expect, “What did the fish say when it swam into a wall?” “DAMN!” but I lapped up the trivia. This is because I love facts. I love little bits of information that colour our fantastic world. Most of the trivia at the dinner table I already knew the answers to, my friends were all suitably impressed. I admitted that I love trivia and that one of my favourite things is to listen to a podcast called Good Job, Brain!. It is awesome.
The podcast is hosted by a colourful pub trivia team who’s specialities cover a vast array of topics. Each episode opens with a quick Pop Quiz for the hosts with a random Trivial Pursuit card – this is what hooked me initially. I felt clever when I knew the answer for one of the questions when the team didn’t. (For once my History of Art Degree came in handy!) After this each host has their own little segment based around the theme of the episode. This could be a little quiz, historical tale or scientific factoid. If you have the least bit of an inquisitive mind, then you should pick an episode related to a topic you like and enjoy!
My favourite thing to do is to listen to the podcast on the tube. However the gang on Good Job, Brain don’t take themselves too seriously. The jokes and laughs between Karen, Colin, Dana and Chris have me laughing on crowded tube trains at rush hour. I don’t mind though, I’m having a laugh and learning – what’s not to love?
The Awesome Geek is a creature of the internet and loves all kinds of web content out there. Web video is a very deep lake of moving pictures, it can be quite hit and miss with five rubbish videos for every decent one. However when web video gets it right, the results are phenomenal. Very Mary Kate is a perfect example of a top class web show that is worth your attention. Every other internet video producer should sit up and take note because Elaine Caroll the writer, producer, creator and performer of Very Mary Kate is doing everything right.
Each episode of very Mary Kate clocks in at in or around one minute. The internet is filled with hyper mega ADD people who need their attention grabbed, held and then quickly released. Very Mark Kate is snappy, witty and hilarious. The average user decides if they want to watch a video on the internet within the first ten seconds. By the time you’re ten seconds into an episode of Very Mary Kate you’re nearly halfway there, so it’s easy to see it out to the end.
The show is brilliantly written. Carroll is no stranger to producing video for the web and her scripts are all gold. Very Mary Kate is a fictional biography of the daily goings on in the skinny, whiney, shallow world of Mary-Kate Olsen. Carroll pushes one half of the power house Olsen twins to her stereotypical limits, and hilarity ensues. Each episode is filled with great stingers and one liners that easily fit into 140 characters along with a bit.ly link that have allowed Very Mary Kate to spread like the viral gold that it is.
The show is simple and professional. It is edited very well and something an awesome geek would recommend all his friends to watch. Embedded above are the first two episodes. Very Mary Kate updates every Monday and Thursday.