Are We Recording?

Hardtail Media

A show about what is happening around us, or things we find fascinating at the moment. We may discuss politics, or possibly a quack doctor who implanted goat testicles in people, promising a cure for everything. Topics can be current, or historical, and often one thing leads to another. read less
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Episodes

The one about the sound of our voices, distorted self-image, collecting things, satirical business ideas, liberal towns in conservative states, Kevin's European vacation, movies, US health insurance sucks, and leaving your comfort zone through travel
01-06-2023
The one about the sound of our voices, distorted self-image, collecting things, satirical business ideas, liberal towns in conservative states, Kevin's European vacation, movies, US health insurance sucks, and leaving your comfort zone through travel
Mark and Kevin don't like the sound of their recorded voices, though they do like the sound of each other's voices. Does everyone dislike the sound of their own voice? They realize they're not funny, insightful, or even likely very intelligent, but Mark brings up those who have a distorted self-image. Kevin went to Europe and didn't want to come home. Mark and Kevin know lots of conservatives who love Europe, but love to hate it when it's politically expedient. Donald Trump wanted Europeans to immigrate to the US instead of immigrants from "shit hole countries", but the Europeans he wanted didn't have any reason to move here. On the other hand, Kevin would move to many European countries right now, if he could. Sadly, while many conservatives would be happy to help him pack, most of Europe doesn't want Kevin.A friend in Spain has listened to the podcast, and said it was about Elon Musk, so Mark and Kevin refuse to talk about Elon in this particular episode, no matter how much they dislike him and would like to talk about the latest nonsense in the Elon Musk orbit.Mark once saw the movie Big Fish in Italy, but didn't realize it was good until he saw in English. Kevin had many hours to watch movies on the plane, and watched Everything Everywhere All At Once, and the Big Short.Traveling to other countries takes you out of your comfort zones. The accommodations are smaller, the meals are different, and sometimes people don't want to speak English even if they can (not that we blame them).
The one about the latest Musk drama, attention seeking politicians, 70s string art, Sri Lanka, the Queen of Canada
07-02-2023
The one about the latest Musk drama, attention seeking politicians, 70s string art, Sri Lanka, the Queen of Canada
SpaceX employees feels more calm with Musk focused on Twitter. Elon is like the man behind the curtain, desperately pulling levers. Attention seekers: Musk, MTG, George Santos, Andrew Tate, and others.Elon Musk is focused on Twitter, and his SpaceX employees feel a weight lifted off their shoulders with no Musk breathing down their necks. He and so many others are attention seekers. In his case it's costing him billions. For others, such as Marjorie Taylor Green, Andrew Tate, and George Santos, it was a key to their success. Santos has appealed to the crass sensibilities of the right, while engaging in the very activities the right claims to hate, in a similar strategy to that of Hershel Walker and Donald Trump. Donald Trump is in a pickle, with his claim that the vaccine solved millions of lives, as his supporters believe the vaccine was actually a tracking device, or whatever.Kevin and Mark think 70s style, string art depicting today's silly politicians is a great idea.Twitter has $1.5 billion (or three Bezos' yachts, and more than Trump lost in one year) in interest payments due. Mark doesn't need the billions Musk has, because Mark has the things he needs in life, unlike Musk.Sri Lanka's economy is collapsing. The prime minister of New Zealand is resigning.Mark and Kevin are in favor of defunding things that don't work, whether it's the police or their dishwashers.The show takes a dark turn, discussing the murders in Moscow, Idaho, the Leopold and Loeb murder, and the Slender Man murder (actually, attempted murder. Mark and Kevin discuss the mistakes made in crimes, and touch on a bike riding bank robber, and a woman who stole a million dollars and had plastic surgery.The show, Power Slap is upsetting and exploitative, which leads to a discussion of the "Queen of Canada" who has convinced followers to stop paying their bills. And QAnon convinced people to leave their families and jobs to wait for JFK Jr. Mark and Kevin wonder what's more hazardous, children or hard drugs. Kevin's kid is going to be home schooled for the rest of the year. The plan is to go to Europe in the middle of the semester. This somehow leads back to a discussion of Elon Musk.They discuss compulsions and the difference between compulsive behavior and just bad decisions. This leads to a discussion about the Guinness Book of World Records. Some records are a choice and some are happenstance. Kevin and friends thought they broke the record for most four leaf clovers found in one setting. They found 21 four leaf clovers in Carbondale Colorado. SpaceX Is Calmer While Elon Musk's Focus Is on Twitter: EmployeesLooming Twitter interest payment leaves Musk with unpalatable options | Ars Technica70s String Art - PinterestSri Lanka's Economic CollapseJacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New ZealandMoscow Idaho murdersLeopold and LoebSlender Man StabbingRope - Hitchcock movie based on Leopold LoebThe Category 1 Bike Racer Who Became a Bank RobberAna Walshe murderBank Clerk Who Stole $600K, Got Plastic Surgery, and Went on the Run Caught After 26 YearsPower SlapThe "Queen of Canada"She's a witch!Why he cut his nails after 66 years - Guinness World RecordsEhlers-Danlos syndrome - bendy person diseaseMost Four Leaf Clovers
The one about mobster names, Elon Musk and Twitter, SBF, FTX, Elizabeth Holmes, Zuckerberg and Meta, and Jeff Bezos
23-11-2022
The one about mobster names, Elon Musk and Twitter, SBF, FTX, Elizabeth Holmes, Zuckerberg and Meta, and Jeff Bezos
This is the billionaire take-down episode. Elon Musk is always in the news, as is his intention. It's hard not to talk about him and his purchase of Twitter. New things come out everyday, and Mark and Kevin talk about those things once again. There's also Sam Bankman-Fried, Elizabeth Holmes, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, who thinks philanthropy is hard.Elon Musk is like a mobster, and Mark and Kevin discuss possible mobster names for themselves before discussing the current Musk/Twitter absurdities:Hundreds of employees say no to being part of Elon Musk’s ‘extremely hardcore’ TwitterTwitter locks staff out of offices until next weekTwitter Now Asks Some Fired Workers to Please Come BackYou Can’t Code Your Way Out of the Culture ProblemTwitter Is Being Sued By Its Own Employees For Mass LayoffsGeneral Motors, Pfizer, United Airlines: Here Are All the Big Advertisers That Have Left Twitter Since Elon Took OverTesla's New Tequila Glasses Are Designed to Ruin Your Tequila Drinking Experience "Gentlemen, [he] may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot. But don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot."A discussion of Ye's antisemitic Twitter rant, leads to an idea for a Death Metal music converter app, that converts anything into Death Metal, which leads to an idea to make Whitefish Ski Resort into Deathfish Ski Resort in an effort to discourage skiers from coming and crowding our slopes.Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX, Alameda Research, and Caroline Ellison are all in the news non-stop, for fraud, and their Real World style, Bahama lifestyle.Elizabeth Holmes gets more than 11 years for her fraud with Theranos. Mark Zuckerberg is losing a ton on his ridiculous Metaverse, and Jeff Bezos thinks philanthropy is hard. Mark and Kevin would just like him to pay more taxes, pay his employees more, and treat them better.
The one about Covid comorbidities, gunshot wounds, back problems, God, abrupt endings, Carrie Fisher, urinals, Zillow Gone Wild, Knight Rider, visions of the future, Uber was hacked, inflation, Patagonia, and the Energizer Bunny
04-10-2022
The one about Covid comorbidities, gunshot wounds, back problems, God, abrupt endings, Carrie Fisher, urinals, Zillow Gone Wild, Knight Rider, visions of the future, Uber was hacked, inflation, Patagonia, and the Energizer Bunny
Kevin's furnace broke and getting it fixed was a minor miracle. Getting it replaced would have been a major miracle. Also, he's old now, and messed up his back. Mark brings up Covid deaths and comorbidities, followed by gunshot wounds, and abrupt endings to things, such as life. Things get dark for a bit.They also discuss Carrie Fisher and Star Wars. Somehow the conversation turns to urinals, and specifically, old time, big urinals, and then urinals in homes. The discussion leads straight into Zillow Gone Wild, then Instagram account that highlights crazy houses found on Zillow.Kevin doesn't like open floor plans. He also wants to convert his office into an apartment, but construction costs too much, and it would need a bathroom and a toilet. Mark suggests a Japanese singing toilet.Visions of the future missed the mark. We don't have flying cars, we do have the internet, yet we still have to unplug routers to reset them. Uber suffered a major hack, and years ago the CIA director had his AOL email hacked.Yvon Chouinard gave Patagonia away for the environment. The Energizer Bunny is a horror movie in the making.Zillow Gone WildOne of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Largest Untouched Homes Is for Sale for the First TimeHow Japan's music-playing, water-spraying TOTO toilets took over the worldUber Hack: It’s the Simple Things That Kill Your Security CIA boss John Brennan's personal email 'hacked'Why Patagonia’s purpose-driven business model is unlikely to spread
The one about the Smithereens, college rock, record stores, and radio stations, Van Morrison, super yachts, Bill Gates, controversies in the art and rock climbing worlds, and the Australian mouse plague
29-06-2021
The one about the Smithereens, college rock, record stores, and radio stations, Van Morrison, super yachts, Bill Gates, controversies in the art and rock climbing worlds, and the Australian mouse plague
Just before recording the podcast, the Smithereens, Only a Memory, played on the radio, and Mark and Kevin began discussing music of the era. The discussion carried right into, and begins, the latest episode of Are We Recording?A journey into 80s and 90s rock wouldn't be complete without mentioning college rock, and the college radio stations that played them, or the awesome record stores that would sell you the music with a dose of condescension.The two add Van Morrison to the list of tragic musicians, with his latest album containing such antisemitic drivel as They Own The Media.Mark and Kevin talk about super yachts, particularly the half a billion dollar variety, such as that of Jeff Bezos, and the one that was recently towed through canals in the Netherlands, on it's way to delivery.The discussion touches on social media, the Bill Gates saga, and several art world controversies. Three controversies are discussed: The Bouvier AffairGagosian Gallery Ponzi SchemeSackler Family Art at the Metroplitan Museum Next, the two move on the the Australian Mouse Plague, rock climbing controversies, people ruining nature (while supposedly trying to enjoy it), and the fact that there are too many damn people.Rock climber bolts over petroglyphsVigilante Climbers Remove Bolts From Manufactured CimbsClimber cuts down protected trees, and bullies female climbers