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Drabblecast 141 - On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:46 am
by Kevin Anderson
Drabble- The Tower
by Bryan J. Jacop

On the Destruction of Copenhagen by the War Machines of the Merfolk
by Peter M. Ball

We see it happen: the great machines of the merfolk coming up over the shore, rampaging through the city with devastating effect. We watch a robotic mermaid hammer her fist into an apartment block, the dust cloud from the explosion engulfing the nearby camera. It's quick, sudden, a surprise that's ruined by the later repetition of the footage...

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Music by Chopin, Bartok and Schoenberg

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:06 am
by dreamrock
The first two minutes of the podcast are fine, but then it cuts out and goes to about twenty five minutes of silence. D:

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:29 am
by alhilton
dreamrock wrote:The first two minutes of the podcast are fine, but then it cuts out and goes to about twenty five minutes of silence. D:
Hmmm. I had no trouble with it, and it seems to stream OK from the website. Maybe just delete and re-download?

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:33 am
by dreamrock
alhilton wrote:
dreamrock wrote:The first two minutes of the podcast are fine, but then it cuts out and goes to about twenty five minutes of silence. D:
Hmmm. I had no trouble with it, and it seems to stream OK from the website. Maybe just delete and re-download?
I'll try again. Hope it's fixed. I've tried three times. :cry:

EDIT: It looks like the issue is the mp3 in the feed. I'm converting the m4a from the site to mp3 at the moment. Hopefully that'll work.

RE-EDIT: Yep, the m4a from the site works when converted to mp3.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:08 am
by moonowl
I like the timing of this story. I always feel a bit 'meh' this time of year. Holiday pressure, the cold and pre-solstice darkness.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:19 am
by normsherman
dreamrock wrote:
alhilton wrote:
dreamrock wrote:The first two minutes of the podcast are fine, but then it cuts out and goes to about twenty five minutes of silence. D:
Hmmm. I had no trouble with it, and it seems to stream OK from the website. Maybe just delete and re-download?
I'll try again. Hope it's fixed. I've tried three times. :cry:

EDIT: It looks like the issue is the mp3 in the feed. I'm converting the m4a from the site to mp3 at the moment. Hopefully that'll work.

RE-EDIT: Yep, the m4a from the site works when converted to mp3.
Ooo thanks for lettin me know bout the MP3 file. Will fix when I get home. Bizarre

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:36 pm
by dreamrock
normsherman wrote:Ooo thanks for lettin me know bout the MP3 file. Will fix when I get home. Bizarre
No worries. I'm just glad to have it figured out in time for this week's Christmas. By which I mean: the work hour in which I listen to Drabblecast. :lol: There isn't an appointed hour, but it's pretty awesome.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:23 pm
by ROU Killing Time
I was wondering if there was supposed to be some connection between the girls Mermaid tattoo and the Mermen. Were they attacking because the hero was going out with one of their own? Or was the attack just another metaphor for one of their trysts. "She was the lovely robot mermaid army. I was the horny city of Copenhagen..."

In any event, the story left me feeling like I hadn't been bludgeoned over the head by a story that was trying to make a point, which is nice, though I think there were some ideas there that percolate and are good food for thought, in this modern age of social networking and digital booty-calling.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:11 am
by eric_marsh
I had just listened to several of Erik Satie's works on Last.fm and had even read the Wikipedia article about him before listening to On the Destruction of Copenhagen. While I don't specifically recognize the piano piece that is playing in the background for at least the first seven minutes it sounds very Satie like. Could it be a coincidence? Unlikely - could it be that the internet has been watching me and is trying to send a coded message?

Now I have to start at the beginning and listen to the podcast again, but this time to the words....

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:07 am
by normsherman
Chopin starts er off, nice n structured. Bartok and Schoenberg take over eventually to parallel the "wandering" feel of both the MC through his life and his sister's seemingly arbitrary travels.
If you wanna read into it, that is. hehe

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:18 am
by eric_marsh
So I guess this means the Internet isn't sending me secret messages?

Now I have to listen to it yet again, this time to the music... again...

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:09 am
by alhilton
I gotta say, no podcast ever got a nicer launch speech than the one Norm gave Cowry Catchers here! That is my podcast, oh message boards. I'm guessing Norm has more lines than any other character. If not, he's a very close second to the protagonist. He's pretty unembarrassable, although I think I might have made him blush once. ;)

Norm, you are so much fun to work with, and you do such excellent work! I hope you continue to enjoy it, because that character doesn't shut up.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:21 am
by moonowl
normsherman wrote:Chopin starts er off, nice n structured. Bartok and Schoenberg take over eventually to parallel the "wandering" feel of both the MC through his life and his sister's seemingly arbitrary travels.
If you wanna read into it, that is. hehe
Funny! I always associate Bartok with bad things. Probably because usually his compositions sound like cats fighting to me. I'll have to go back and listen now, I didn't pick the track out right away and I want to try to recall what I was thinking when I listened to the story. Did I have subliminal Bela induced anger?
Then I'll put on something like, um Parliament Funkadelic to wash my ears out. :mrgreen:

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:18 pm
by HPHovercraft
moonowl wrote:I like the timing of this story. I always feel a bit 'meh' this time of year. Holiday pressure, the cold and pre-solstice darkness.

Personally, I'm dreaming of a white-hot Christmas.

//Will be in Sydney, it will be 45 deg. C, and the surrounding 1000ha may or may not explode for our lunchtime enjoyment.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:22 pm
by HPHovercraft
alhilton wrote:I He's pretty unembarrassable, although I think I might have made him blush once. ;)
Psssst - whatever you do, don't mention the story. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it!

Heh, I loved this story. It used to be me, well OK me and the protagonist kind of diverged at the point where almost but not quite got his end off with a girl whose name he probably didn't know, but yeah up to that point he was me.

Oh, also Copenhagen was never destroyed by giant implausible robot mer-folk in my life, to the best of my knowledge. Can anyone from Copenhagen confirm?

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:07 pm
by Phenopath
I was sad to hear about the destruction of Copenhagen, it was a such charming place (no litter).

I really liked the vibe on this story. The main character's ennui was really the main attraction - I suspect that monster attacks are too large to be anything other than a background events. Here, I think that the narrator was actually perfectly satisfied in his dissatisfaction; he did appear to envy his sister's lifestyle, or to particularly regret his abbreviated relationship with Hannah (?).

I also loved the drabble.

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:12 pm
by Phenopath
BTW Abbie, I fixed Portland for you...

http://drabblecast.freeforums.org/destr ... t1017.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:12 am
by alhilton
Phenopath wrote:BTW Abbie, I fixed Portland for you...

http://drabblecast.freeforums.org/destr ... t1017.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false
I noticed! In fact, your drabble bears a resemblance to this story. Really, what town would not be improved by the presence of giant, malevolent robots?

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:40 am
by tbaker2500
alhilton wrote:I gotta say, no podcast ever got a nicer launch speech than the one Norm gave Cowry Catchers here! That is my podcast, oh message boards. I'm guessing Norm has more lines than any other character. If not, he's a very close second to the protagonist. He's pretty unembarrassable, although I think I might have made him blush once. ;)

Norm, you are so much fun to work with, and you do such excellent work! I hope you continue to enjoy it, because that character doesn't shut up.
A. Good working hooking Norm into this. He's a sucker for a pretty face. (Especially when that face is doing taxidermy of roadkill.)
B. I love how you cast him. Brilliant!

Re: Drabblecast 141- On the Destruction of Copenhagen

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:42 am
by tbaker2500
I have to admit I haven't listened to the whole story yet. I've been horribly sick, and malaise does not seem like my biggest problem. I don't yet have the energy to be apathetic. I'll get to it when I'm bored of being well. :-)