In January of 2011, Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott launched a podcast called “The Morning Stream“, a culmination of Scott’s long-time desire to do a morning-drive style radio program that reflected his particularly geeky sensibilities. Like other shows he produced, TMS was live-streamed as it was recorded, and an active chat room interacted with the hosts. Some of us started hanging out in that chatroom even when nothing was being broadcast, and a community began to coalesce. The community was nicknamed “The Tadpool”, riffing off of the name of Scott’s studio, Frogpants Studios, and soon after that, a Facebook community was created to foster a less real-time (and more enduring) interaction between fans.
As time went on, we realised that a lot of very cool people were hanging out in this community, and a small group of us decided to start a show focused on the community, in order to better get to know people. It was called “Tadpoolery”, and was hosted by Bryan Provost, Nick Nizzi, and myself, along with a rotating guest from the Tadpool that we would chat with about whatever sorts of things that person was primarily interested in. Due to the random nature of our guests backgrounds, the episodes could cover a wide variety of of topics, and frequently would range so far afield that our tagline became “The tangent is the topic.”
The original incarnation of Tadpoolery ran for 36 episodes. Towards the end of that run, we started to feel like the lack of structure was actually becoming a liability, and decided to take a brief hiatus to retool the show and get a better handle on what we wanted to do with it. For a variety of reasons, we didn’t return from that hiatus as planned.
Two years later…
Bryan and I actually started talking about rebooting the show last year, just after Nerdtacular. We wanted to keep the same vibe the original show had — it’s very much a product of the Tadpool — while giving it room to expand and evolve into something of wider and more general interest. Around the end of last year, we did a test show, which went well but had some technical difficulties. Once those were finally resolved and scheduling was worked out, we’ve now officially relaunched Tadpoolery and released our first new episodes.
Episode 37 is the test episode we recorded last year. The topics include:
- Breaking Bad
- Dragon Age Heroes (android)
- World of Warcraft
- Kingdom of Amalur IP sale
- Fallout 4 hoax
- Stealth games
- Weird news: recreational marijuana dispensery names
- Weird news: The Slutcracker (Burlesque parody of the Nutcracker)
- Music: Marian Call, “Sketchbook”, Postmodern Jukebox
Episode 38 was recorded last week, where we discussed:
- Travel and Tadmeets (Tadpool Meetups)
- Nerdtacular is coming!
- You Can’t Watch Everything (Josh Williams)
- Nerd Rage
- Star Wars and Star Wars
- Iconic Vs. Definitive Portrayals
- Summer of 1994 (Brian Duff)
- I love the 2000s
- NepoTuneism: Tom Smith, “307 Ale”
- Steam Summer Sale (Rocksmith, Skyrim)
- Catching Up ON Old Content (video games and TV, especially)
It’s good to finally have my show back on the air. I’ve really missed making it, and I hope you enjoy listening to it.