Managing the Gray | The Importance of Friends

The Importance of Friends | Managing the Gray

CC Chapman

Friendships are some of the most important things in the world to me.

This past week I had a few friends over to the house and it reminded me how important it is to have friends that will be honest, constructive and challenging all at the same time.

After reading the latest from AJ Leon, I was inspired to record this.

If you have never heard the friends vs. Friends podcast from 2007 I referenced, give it a listen.

Thank you to all my friends out there. You make my world a better place.

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Thanks for listening.

Audio Enclosure

KoPoint’s First Annual Halloween Spooktacular!

Happy Halloween!

Editor’s note:
This episode was recorded by myself, Dan Patterson, and Dan Andrlik, and lovingly edited by Quentin Lewis and Dan Andrlik. The shownotes were composed by Mr. Andrlik. The three of us have been friends since the early-1990’s and we’ve worked on many personal creative projects together. This episode was another great collaboration between old friends. We recorded this episode a week prior to Halloween. Due to Hurricane Sandy, electricity and internet access in New York City have been rare commodities. Dan and Quentin fearlessly (yeah, pun intended) jumped in to action, learned to edit audio on the fly, and cut this beautiful episode sans my editorial or technical input. I couldn’t be more grateful of their work or proud of their creation! – DHP

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We’re starting an annual tradition here at KoPoint to celebrate this most spooky of holidays. One of the best parts of this season is gathering together to tell scary stories and share the creepy things that make our skin crawl. This year, KoPoint invited archaeologist Quentin Lewis, resident storyteller Daniel Andrlik, and our own Dan Patterson to talk about our favorite scary stories, and what they mean to us.

We start off discussing one of our favorite horror writers, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then broaden our discussion to horror in media and fiction. Along the way we discuss the stories that matter to us, the link between scary stories and urban myth, as well as our favorite Halloween traditions.

We would love to hear about your favorite scary stories, your favorite scary movies, and all about your personal Halloween traditions. Share them with us in the comments below, or use the hashtag #spooktacular on your social media site of choice.

Topics of discussion

Intro: About Halloween

Segment One: H.P. Lovecraft (but of course!)

H.P. Lovecraft short stories as recorded by Quentin Lewis:

Segment Two: Horror in Fiction

Segment Three: Traditions

KoPoint’s Halloween Spooktacular

Happy Halloween!

We’re starting an annual tradition here at KoPoint to celebrate this most spooky of holidays. One of the best parts of this season is gathering together to tell scary stories and share the creepy things that make our skin crawl. This year, KoPoint invited archaeologist Quentin Lewis, resident storyteller Daniel Andrlik, and our own Dan Patterson to talk about our favorite scary stories, and what they mean to us.

We start off discussing one of our favorite horror writers, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then broaden our discussion to horror in media and fiction. Along the way we discuss the stories that matter to us, the link between scary stories and urban myth, as well as our favorite Halloween traditions.

We would love to hear about your favorite scary stories, your favorite scary movies, and all about your personal Halloween traditions. Share them with us in the comments below, or use the hashtag #spooktacular on your social media site of choice.

Topics of discussion

Intro: About Halloween
Wikipedia entry on Halloween
How Stuff Works: Halloween
Segment One: H.P. Lovecraft (but of course!)

H.P. Lovecraft: History and Influence
The dark side of Lovecraft: racism
Lovecraft Stories Discussed:
“Pickman’s Model”
“The Temple” (also available in audio from KoPoint here)
“The Rats in the Walls”
“The Music of Erich Zann”

Segment Two: Horror in Fiction

History of the E.C. Comics horror series
Why is Halloween so personal, and why do all these stories matter?
Dread and Tension in Horror
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Urban Myths and Slenderman:
MarbleHornets
Ranker’s list of the 13 scariest internet memes of all time

Dan Patterson shares his own personal Halloween story
Original Fiction by Daniel Andrlik: What his Sister Told Him

Segment Three: Traditions

The gang shares their personal Halloween traditions and a few of their favorite spooky bits.
The Ring
“Click-Clack the Rattlebag” by Neil Gaiman. A free audio short story (until Halloween, after which it goes away). Audible donates to charity whenever it is downloaded. UK version here.
Pseudopod: Audio horror podcast.
Audible Horror Collection
Music: Music Featured in this episode includes
Selections by Better than the Pentagon
Excerpts from Slint’s Spiderland
Halloween by Dream Syndicate
Literature: Excerpted literature featured in this episode includes
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
The Horla by Guy de Maupassant

– Daniel Andrlik

Editor’s note:
This episode was recorded by myself, Dan Patterson, and Dan Andrlik, and lovingly edited by Quentin Lewis and Dan Andrlik. The shownotes were composed by Mr. Andrlik. The three of us have been friends since the early-1990’s and we’ve worked on many personal creative projects together. This episode was another great collaboration between old friends. We recorded this episode a week prior to Halloween. Due to Hurricane Sandy, electricity and internet access in New York City have been rare commodities. Dan and Quentin fearlessly (yeah, pun intended) jumped in to action, learned to edit audio on the fly, and cut this beautiful episode sans my editorial or technical input. I couldn’t be more grateful of their work or proud of their creation!

– Dan Patterson

Learn More:
Dan Andrlik
Quentin Lewis
KoPoint

Thanks for listening and happy Halloween!

The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft

Happy Halloween and welcome back to KoPoint’s series of H.P. Lovecraft stories as read by anthropologist and friend of the show, Quentin Lewis. This is ‘The Horror at Red Hook.’

Learn more: http://kpnt.co/lovecraft_redhook_1 and http://kopoint.com

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From Quentin’s original shownotes:

“Halloween is fast approaching, and I’ve decided to do another reading of H.P. Lovecraft. Last year, I read “The Colour out of Space”, as a kind of love letter to western Massachusetts, which I was getting ready to leave. This year, at the advice of dhp, I have decided to read Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook”, a story set in the Red Hook Neighborhood of Brooklyn.

It’ll be three parts, released over the next few weeks until halloween. Hope you enjoy it!

Music for this episode:

“Lovecraft in Brooklyn” by the Mountain Goats from the album Heretic Pride.

“For Dinner…” by Slint from the album Spiderland.”

KoPoint Content Updates

Big and fun changes are coming soon to KoPoint! I’m excited and proud to announce a few very cool content updates to the KoPoint network.

First, a few gracious ‘thank yous.’ I’ve never had more fun or been more busy than I have this year running KoPoint. KoPoint is privileged to be able to make great content with great people, and am backed by some great companies:

  • A big thanks to our hosts SumAll for allowing KoPoint to record from their beautiful Manhattan office and studio. SumAll makes a tool that helps small business owners better understand their customers. Their team and product couldn’t be cooler.
  • SoundCloud makes the audio product that I, as a podcaster, have always wanted. And SoundCloud has been a champion of KoPoint since Day One. Without them none of this would be possible.
  • Callisto.fm / the soon-to-be-rebranded Mediagauge is a TechStars graduate and new underwriter friend of KoPoint. Callisto.fm makes a fantastic metrics platform that all media publishers should be using.

Now, the news:

  • I’m thrilled beyond belief to welcome veteran content and podcast producers Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, CC Chapman, PW Fenton, and Julien Smith to KoPoint! Individually, these guys are stand-out creators, thinkers, speakers, and gentlemen. I’m excited about what we can accomplish as a team.  I consider each of these guys good friends and I’m flattered by their willingness to work with KoPoint.
  • In August KoPoint will launch version 2.0 of our website. This site will be hosted in the Rackspace cloud and managed by ZippyKid. The site itself will put a greater emphasis on the audio consumption experience. We’re also going to include a few simple social and gaming features such as leaderboards, badges and awards, and groups.
  • Along with the Talk Radio News Service, in late-August and early-September KoPoint will attend and cover the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Charlotte and Tampa. We’ll be joined by Marc Lizoain of Urtak, and Charles Hope of Blip.tv and Rent the Runway to create content around election-year themes.
  • KoPoint is working with Sticher Radio as a part of their featured Election Center content producers.
  • We’re started exploring fundraising opportunities to help KoPoint return to Africa and South Sudan in the fall with TRNS. More on this TK soon.

So that’s the news. KoPoint’s summer has been busy, and there’s still so much work to do! Thank you very much for dialing in. Stay tuned.

– DHP