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Radio Free Burrito: Episode Seventeen

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Holy Crap, it's time for a new episode of Radio Free Burrito!

I realize this will be played for an audience of eleven, because it's the week between Christmas and New Year, but it's important to me that I maintain my creative momentum, and I suppose a non-zero number of you out there in Internetland timeshift the Burrito.

Show Notes:

Ready? Then set your phasers to hilarious catch phrase, and

Download Radio Free Burrito Episode Seventeen!

23 Responses to “Radio Free Burrito: Episode Seventeen”

  1. Almost 9 minutes in and you have already made me laugh out loud 3 times.
    Love that burrito is on this week.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi, I love listening to Radio Free Burrito, but I am having a problem with being able to listen to the entire thing. I am able to listen to a little over half of it and then it will just stop. Refreshing and trying to just download to my hard drive doesn’t help. Any suggestions? I listen to them on Quicktime usually if that makes a difference. Thank you so much for the wonderful blogs and podcast they really do make me smile or laugh.

  3. Wil says:

    Im not sure why this happens, but I know youre not the only person who is affected by it.
    Have you tried manually saving the entire file directly to your computer and checking its size against the show notes?

  4. I enjoyed the podcast, this is the first time I’ve heard it. I’ll have to go through some of the past editions and see what’s up. The comic book section was great, I’ve got a few books that have that importance on my bookshelf, too.
    You sound like you have a great time making podcasts, it makes me want to do some myself. Only problem is what would I talk about, and who would listen?? 😉 Good job.

  5. Yes, actually I have. I couldn’t get it to go past a certain point. I am trying to listen to it on winamp right now and see if that helps. Thanks for the quick reply also.

  6. It seems that I can listen to the whole thing on winamp. So I can pick up where it left off before. Hope that will work for someone else too. 🙂

  7. grkjf says:

    Love, love this ep! The beginning threw me back to my own early computing experiences, though in my case my tinkering was more on on venerable Apple ][ computers instead (cassette-port networking was… interesting). It was a neat time to be a computer geek, as limited resources forced you to think a bit harder to find clever workarounds.
    Sorry, I think I just overgeeked.
    Anyway, I enjoyed the way you described the weird acting/writing places, also the passing of the geek torch to Ryan. All of the episode was great.

  8. JCB1978 says:

    Love Adam and the ants! Wasn’t he part of the original Bromley Contingent?? Anyways, awesome post! I just ordered Happiest Days Deluxe as a end of the year(?) gift to myself, and can’t wait to get it. Thank you for all the hard work you have done. It ALWAYS pays off. Happy new year to you. Have a safe one:)

  9. John Boerger says:

    I once set the arrival of the Spanish Inquisition from Monty Python’s Flying Circus to the depressing of the backspace key on my mother’s computer while she was working on her Master’s thesis. Classic…

  10. Wil says:

    I bet she didnt expect that…

  11. Now me, I like to burn the casts to disc after listening on the computer, so I can later have hours of enjoyment without having the computer threaten to freeze or otherwise go on strike against the awesome. Also, my back hates me if I sit at the computer that long. I haven’t listened to this yet because I’m minutes from going to bed, but I look forward to the morning!
    Oh, on a side note, one of my Christmas gifts was Secret of Nimh on DVD — going to watch that on the computer tomorrow, too. You know, since everyone else in my family is also not a child, and too many of them are teens who feel above such ‘kiddie’ things. Okay well, early twenties anyway. So if 23 is too old, how is 43 just young enough? It boggles.

  12. Tem78 says:

    I sadly still do hunt down really cool sound bites and assign them to my computer. Nothing is more fun than finding the perfect sound bite.
    I really enjoyed the show tonight and I am very happy to hear that Happiest Days will be available soon. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive.
    I love that you auditioned for Heroes! It is one of my favourite shows and I would love to see you on it (hey, never hurts to hope).
    See you in the new year! Have a good one!

  13. Shaunheadlam says:

    Hi Wil,
    Have been following you on Twitter for some time and this week I have listened to all episodes of Memories of the Futurecast, ordered a copy of the book, got the Just A Geek app and have listened to all the Radio Free Burrito podcasts…
    You are a dammed funny guy and genuinely entertaining. I’m in the UK and think you have a very British sense of humour (note how I spelt ‘humour’ the correct way).
    Oh, by the way I adored Adam of the Ants as a kid in UK (I’m 34) – every kid in the UK loved Adam and the Ants, it was the law!
    Keep up the good work Meatbag Wil Wheaton!!

  14. the_tunnelrat says:

    hmm…so if you would sell out on Twitter for $10k (hey, I’m not judging, I would too!) what exactly is your price point? How cheap would you go? What’s the exchange rate on Wil Weaton’s personal 30 pieces of silver? 🙂

  15. Wil says:

    No no no. Id sell out for 10K *per post* with a limit of one per day. I suppose once I got to, um, lets say eighty million total, I would feel like Id successfully sold out and Id probably return my posts to normal.
    Except, of course, theyd be coming from my castle, which I would have bought with some of my eighty million dollars.
    Also, theres a robot in the castle, a ping pong table, and a 50,000 square foot classic 80s video and pinball arcade.

  16. the_tunnelrat says:

    oh, well, as long as you have standards, it’s not *really* selling out…

  17. Larry Spinak says:

    I had an SE/30 with a COLOR card and a 60 MB Magic SCSI Drive. I assigned a new sound for every action as well. My favorite was the alert sound: Captain Picard saying, “Not good enough, dammit! NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”

  18. Ha! I totally had that HAL “completely operational” sound on my Amiga 2000 in middle school. Also had “I’m sorry, Dave- I’m afraid I can’t do that” as an error sound, plus Ripley’s “Get away from her you B1TCH!”, Vader’s “You are part- of the rebel alliance- and a traitor. Take her away!”, and Sylvester the cat saying “Sheeesh! Look at the THIZE of the mouse!” (among other things) as part of my startup sound montage. Oh, man, when our local Amiga Users Group had a big meeting where we all built our own cheap audio digitizers (man, was that serial or parallel port?), that was the beginning of my sampling craze. I recorded REM, bits of TMNT, recordings of classmates saying their respective catch phrases, etc. I thought there was no way I’d ever fill up my whopping 48M hard drive, either! Granted, I had a couple hundred floppies filled with games & demos… Ahh, the good old days. 🙂
    PS- been reading Teh Blog for yeeears now, but never got around to the podcasts- just spent the last couple weeks going through all the MotF’s & RFB’s (oh crap- now there’s a new one- I’m behind!), and I must say: Jolly good show, man. I’ve gotten more than a few odd glances from coworkers as I snicker not-so-quietly to myself, and an equally non-zero number of patient “uh-huh…”s as I probably rather over-enthusiastically tried to relay a couple of the jokes I thought were particularly funny, but which didn’t come off quite as well in the abridged retelling, but man- they were so worth it. Kudos to you, good sir knight. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to look for the old man from Scene 27.
    PPS- I really hate to be That Guy, but.. oh well, I’ve already started, so I might as well finish now: genmaicha has a hard G (sorry- that’s not even from this episode, but- it was fairly recent). But hey, don’t sweat it- it wasn’t nearly as bad as the “Japanese” cop’s pronunciation in the last Heroes (oh crap- now there’s a new one- I’m behind on that too!), not to mention, say, Bennet’s. Or Uma Thurman’s in Kill Bill. O-Ren Ishi-i?? But anyway- considering the way most people pronounce saké, kamikaze, & karaoke (I know! I didn’t know that was a Japanese word either ’til I got here!), it’s no biggie. So now you know.
    ..And knowing is half the battle!
    OK, I’ll stop rambling now. Really. >_<;

  19. Jay says:

    Just want to say that I am proud to be one of the 11 that heard this. I love your podcasts/work/life. Wish everyone could be as fortunate as you have been. Peace and love.

  20. I literally stopped the podcast as soon as I heard you mention the lyrics to “Cuyahoga,” and brought it up on my iPod and was back in 1986 again. Thanks for that.

  21. Danyiel says:

    Again, Wil…ridiculously late and I’m laughing at thin air as far as anyone else is aware. Methinks you’re trying to get me sent to a farm that’s a funny place. It probably wouldn’t be the worst thin in the World, since I’m long overdue for that anyway, but you seriously crack me up. Just as I was about to take a nice, long sip of my Tea. Chamomile. Hot. you instead suggest that we all just pass a slinky back and forth in our hands. I nearly spit the little that I had managed to sip right back onto my monitor. I have to admit that it was a nice segue into the “Hi! I don’t have stairs! What are you doing? Trying to make me feel bad about myself, Grandma? Jeez!” bit, though.
    Yes, you really should thank the flying spaghetti monster, indeed that you really aren’t Kim Kardashian or any of her vapid sisters. Every time one of their names gets mentioned in the news, all I can think about are the Cardassians. You gotta admit that Gul Kim has a nice ring to it.
    I absolutely loved the story about you & Ryan, it’s become one of my favorites. Then again, I’ve always been a sucker for family stories featuring you, Anne and the boys, but I digress. Rewinding back to your “Heroes” audition, as it turns out, all of that worrying you did about living up to your readers expectations was for naught now wasn’t it? And Lord Voldemort is a fan of your work! How cool is that?! All seriousness, though, the first time that I read “Happiest Days,” it was apparent to me, at least that you had definitely grown as a writer since “Just a Geek.” Amazing book, just amazing.
    Well, since it is ridiculously late and I could probably give Jean-Luc Picard a run for his money in the babbling on and on department at this juncture, I’ll leave you with this: Best wishes for you and yours for 2010, may all of you be able to relax and just enjoy the tour.

  22. Tracysmorris says:

    This feedback post is ridiculously overdue for a Christmas episode, but that’s the way I roll.
    I loved your memories of the Grand Canyon. They felt particularly full of some awe to me because my family didn’t take big Grisewoldesque trips like that until I was in college. Partially because my mother was a single mother, and there just wasn’t money for that kind of thing, and partially because she probably couldn’t stand to be locked in a car with two hyper girls when we were kids or even teenagers.
    Plus, my sister didn’t want to get geek all over herself,and I was allergic to redneck. We’ve grown up a bit since our teenage years.
    But our second such trip was to the Grand Canyon. Since we’re from Arkansas, the time zone difference meant that I woke before sunrise, and had to wake everyone else to see things. In the process, my sister nearly clubbed me over the head, thinking that I was a bear trying to get into her tent.
    Good times.
    It was amazing to sit there on the rim and know that there is a huge void in front of you and *not* be able to see it. And then just to have it slowly unveiled like a vaudeville fan dance was pretty incredible.
    The way you conveyed your memories of the sunrise at the canyon so completely captured that amazing sensory experience that I remembered it as if it were yesterday.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.