Dark Web Daily Show- Friday June 15, 2018 Media consolidation, more Elon Musk news and Donkey Kong

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Good afternoon folks. Here is you’re Friday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show.

The first experimental week of a new daily talk show comes to an end. Tomorrow returns to the long form podcast.

Today’s movie memories are of The Fugitive. Music is Beck, and video game is Donkey Kong, arcade version.

Headlines today are voters in California deciding if they should split into three states. Elon Musk building a high speed train in Chicago and another mega media merger in the news.

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What it’s been like transforming a weekly podcast into a daily internet radio show

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Ever since I was very young I always wanted to get into broadcasting one way or another. I studied broadcasting in college. I never knew if I would end up in radio or television all I knew was I wanted to be able to create a show I could share with an audience and keep them entertained and informed.

My career in the media and entertainment industry has been a little bumpy, to say the least. I have worked in live entertainment, weddings, a sports arena, two different local broadcast TV station and a weekly newspaper. On the digital front I have done a little bit of everything ranging from writing, producing, music, videos and everything else. At one time I even started up my own independent record label which I used to publish underground hip-hip and techno/trance albums. The only thing missing from my repertoire is radio.

Like most people in this business my primary goal is to stay busy. Whenever one job has run it’s course I quickly begin looking around for the very next opportunity. Sometimes, if you are lucky and keep your eyes open, you can end up juggling multiple projects at the same time. I launched my current blog, this website you are reading this article on, around 2013, while I was still in college. Since then I expanded to include a YouTube channel and a once a week, 2 hour long uncensored podcast. While I enjoy doing the podcast I felt like I was cutting myself short. When I was working for the newspaper I toyed with the idea of transforming the podcast into a daily internet radio show. The idea never went very far as I was always working. Now that’s changed I have a little more time to focus on doing the things I enjoy.

Recently I decide to give it a show. I finally settled on a format I think works for my personality while maintaining some sense of professional production values. I want to do the radio show as if it was a broadcast series. This means keeping it limited to a set time length, a specific format and staying within the guidelines of the FCC. Although it is an internet show and thus government censors do not apply, my goal is to do it as closely to a over-the-air radio show as I can get it.

One of the things that has been motivating me is my desire to stop waiting around for someone to give me a job doing the things I enjoy and instead just making things happen. Fortunately I can say without a doubt since I have launched the daily series I have gotten the attention of the right people as I have finally begun getting many of the job offers I had been waiting for.

The biggest challenge isn’t biting my tongue. I function quite well in polite American society so I can form intelligent sentences without the use of profanities or other “dirty” language. The real difficulty has been in being disciplined enough to keep the length and format the same each episode while being consistent in uploading at the same time each day. It’s important to reach my audience if they can rely on me to deliver a consistent product that matches their lives.

One of my worries was if I did this daily would I be able to come up with enough topics to hold it down? I decided if I settled on an hour long format with very specific segments it would emulate what I learned working in the TV business. This way I would know exactly what needs to be discussed during each segment. I decided I would do an opening segment where I just talk a little about my life, my day and the world around me. Then I would transition into a recommendation section where I discussed an old movie, music work and a video game. I decided on this segment because it gives me something to be consistent while also being flexible to keep the conversation loose.

Then I decided I would transition from there to reading of headlines and offering commentary on those headlines. I figured this format would be tailored to my tastes such as I would be able to keep it going for a while. The first road block is I have finally been offered a position at a TV station I can’t refuse. This is going to put me back to working a 40 hour work week. At first I thought that would interfere with my ability to produce a daily show. However I am not thinking it will only make me more disciplined and polished giving me a chance to produce a more professional show.

No matter what happens I want to keep doing both The Dark Web Podcast on weekends and the new Dark Web Daily Show on weekdays for the near future. Part of what I like about producing my own show is I am in complete control of the content. I am looking forward to getting back to working a steady job for a media production company. Still I enjoy having the freedom to produce something on the side that is entirely mine. More than anything I produce the show I want to do and I hope my audience will find it as enjoyable to listen to as I do producing it.

Dark Web Daily Show- Thursday JUne 14, 2018 Throwback Thursday first movie memories, discovering MK in the arcades and more!

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It’s time for Throwback Thursday. No new headlines today just remeniscing over some memories.

I talk about the first time I went to the movies along with some of my favorite movie memories.

Music memories include me fighting the cable company to get MTV when I was a teenager and the mishap of watching MTV music awards with my parents once they caved.

For the video games memories I describe the first time I discovered my all-time favorite video arcade machine.

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Dark Web Daily Show- Wednesday June 13 2018- AT&T buys Time Warner, Tesla financial troubles and Amazon

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Here is the Wednesday episode for the first week. Today’s headlines include AT&T buying Time Warner, Amazon bullies the Seattle city government, Tesla laying off workers and Atari VCS getting funded.

Today’s music recommendation is Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation”, movie recommendation is Silverstreak and video game recomommendation is DuckTales NES (or Remastered).

 

The show is starting to come together. I am enjoying doing a daily show a lot more than waiting until the weekend. My hope is I don’t run out of steam.

 

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For more articles or to keep track of all my content, podcasts and videos head on over to www.thespiderslair.com.

If you are interested in reading stories abou ta casino town in Northern Nevada that sits on top a mountain and straddles the famed Snake River then check out my local news site, www.jackpotcommunitynews.com. I get exclusive coverage of the entertainment coming to the casinos as well as feature stories on the history and the people of a Nevada mining town turned casino oasis. Check it out.

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Dark Web Daily Show- Tuesday June 12 2018- Rodman, Halloween sequel, and a new Xbox

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Hello friends check out another episode of the Dark Web Daily Show for Tuesday, June 12 2018.

Tuesday means From the Vault. I pick three items, a CD, a movie and a video game. I’ll pick something each episode to discuss.

Headlines include ABC interupting the Bachelorette for a breaking news cut in. Dennis Rodman in the news for his role in North Korea summitt. MTV bringing back a fan favorite animated series as a live-action show. Also discussed are Looney Tunes making a comeback.

Video game coverage focuses on E3. A new console is hinted at by Microsoft, Nintendo announces big news for the Nintendo Switch.

I cap the episode off with a topic on the news of a Joker spin off movie followed by my thoughts on a the recently revealed Halloween sequel ignoring all the established canon, yet again.

Follow the show on Facebook @thespiderslairblog or Twitter @phatrat1982

For more articles or to keep track of all my content, podcasts and videos head on over to www.thespiderslair.com.

If you are interested in reading stories abouta casino town in Northern Nevada that sits on top a mountain and straddles the famed Snake River then check out my local news site, www.jackpotcommunitynews.com. I get exclusive coverage of the entertainment coming to the casinos as well as feature stories on the history and the people of a Nevada mining town turned casino oasis. Check it out.

Thanks for listenng and please like, share and subscribe so we can continue to grow. See you tomorrow. New episodes will upload daily in audio form on Podbean and video form on YouTube.

 

The coconut on the beach: A short story

It was one of the nicest days for going to the beach. The sun was out, there was a cool breeze and the bike show downtown was keeping most of the tourists away. It was the perfect day for the Lancaster kids to be exploring the beach.

The Lancaster’s moved to the lake town earlier in the summer. It was a quiet little town far away from civilization. The family moved there because their dad had gotten a great new job opportunity. He was a real estate investor. He had been given a tip on a mountain resort he could pick up for a very good price. There was just one catch, it was really a broken down shack that used to be a restaurant, bait shop and general store all rolled into one. Sure, there were cabins but they too were in disrepair.

Brandon Lancaster had moved his wife and kids all the way across the country for this investment opportunity. It wasn’t entirely his fault. His brother Carl tipped him off. Now it wasn’t the first “business opportunity” Carl had gotten them into. But Brandon was determined to make it work. His family was going to get to live right by the lake and he was going into business with his brother. It was going to work.

The three Lancaster kids spent as much time at the beach as they could get away with. It was basically the only thing they had to make the new move tolerable.

There was Lester. He was the oldest. Lester had his 12th birthday on the road trip so he was already bitter. Next was his younger brother, Phillip. Phil was an 10-year-old glasses wearing walking Encyclopedia. He was the annoying kid in school with his interest in wild life, science, and books. Lester figured he was a dork.

Then there was Sally, the youngest. She was 7. Sally was the tomboy trying to get her older brothers attention while also being the rudest little twerp on the planet. Sally and Lester would often gang up on Phil. Although the two boys had more in common genetically speaking, Lester related more to his tomboy sister than his nerdy little brother. Despite the childish games the three kids went everywhere together.

Sally was the first to notice the cave. It was visible along the rocky side of the cliff past the safe zone. There were barriers preventing people from swimming out there. The cliff was too rocky to traverse so it was determined the cave was out of reach. That wasn’t going to stop these three for exploring.

“Okay so we’ve been coming to this beach every day for the last month. We all know school is going to start before too long. If we don’t plan an expedition to that cave before school starts we might as well not even bother.” Lester said.

He was sitting there in his trunks looking down on his baby brother. Phil was covered head to toe in every bit of safety gear his mom could scare him into donning. He was wearing a life vest, arm floats, goggles, and flippers.

“There is absolutely no chance we make it to that cave alive without serious assistance from the grown-ups.” Phil said in his matter of fact tone that drove Lester crazy.

“Man up wuss.” Sally retorted. She was wearing nothing but her little blue bathing suit. Her sandals had already been discarded, her feet exposed to the sand.

“Name calling is not conducive for a constructive conversation. We really need to find something else to do with our time.” Phil said.

This was about the time Lester had enough talking. He walked out into the water to get away from the kids. He began swimming towards the roped barrier. Lester knew the other two couldn’t swim all the way out to the ropes so he knew he would have some solitude. He loved swimming out to the ropes. He could walk along the rope by himself and think clearly.

He leisurely looked over towards the cave. Ever since his sister had brought it to attention he couldn’t get the cave out of his mind. He would day dream about the adventures they would have. His imagination ran wild with images of buried treasure, exotic animals, and best of all, the total solitude.

Later that afternoon Lester swam back to shore. His mind was stuck on that mysterious cave. He noticed his brother was building a sandcastle on the beach. Sally was nowhere to be found. He began looking around. He figured she had to be around there somewhere.

Just then a dog splashed by Lester. He looked at the raggedy little beast. It was the ugliest dog he had ever seen. It was a shaggy dog with long hair, floppy ears and lopsided cheeks.

He heard a voice.

“Buttons, get back here!” a man called to the dog.

Lester looked at the man. He wore a long trench coat. Had a wool cap on his head, a long scruffy beard and a cigar hanging from his lips. He had some sort of bottle in a brown paper bag. He smelled worse than the dumpster behind the old Chinese restaurant they used to eat at back home.

“Buttons, I said get back here.” the man yelled again. Buttons swam right passed Lester, stopped to lick his face and ran to the beach to his master. Lester was mesmerized by the bum and his dog. He watched the guy fall to the sand with his dog by his side. The animal laid his head on the bums arms as he clearly passed out.

Lester walked over to his younger brother. He kicked sand in Phil’s face.

“Hey cut it out you Neanderthal!” Phil shrieked.

“Grow up you dork.” Lester replied.

“Where is Sally?” Lester asked.

“She was talking to the coconut man over there.” Phillip pointed towards the road.

“What coconut man?” Lester asked. He was starting to get worried about his sister.

“The coconut man, he comes by every day and tries to sell coconuts. You’re so naive you never observe anything of significance.” Phillip retorted.

“Shut up geek. Talk normal for once. We have to find our sister. You were supposed to be watching her you dork. If we lose her mom and dad will kill us both.” Lester snapped.

Phil finally looked up from his sandcastle. He looked around with actual fear for his sister.

“She was right there just a minute ago. She was talking to the coconut guy. He was showing her his coconut cart.” Phil said.

The two boys walked over towards the direction Phil had last seen Sally and the mysterious coconut man. Lying in the sand right by her sandals was a single, tiny coconut shell. It looked as if it had been opened up and all the goodies inside had been devoured.

Suddenly Lester went into a panic mode. He and his brother began frantically searching the beach for their missing sibling. The two followed the path to the road in the direction Phil recalled seeing the man and is cart materialize each day. Lester was freaking out so he ran back to grab his sister sandals before he could head home to his parents. Suddenly he looked a little deeper in the coconut. There was a tiny piece of paper inside he missed before. He unfolded the piece of paper and saw is sisters hand writing in coconut grease.

“I went to the special cave with the coconut man. I’ll be back soon. Love Sally.” the note was the last sign the boys ever found of their lost sister.

Every summer Lester would return to that beach scouring the landscape looking for clues of his missing sister. He even got the courage to take a canoe out to the cave in hopes he would find some clue. The police never found any evidence of the so-called coconut man. Phil grew up to become a marine biologist. He never showed any emotions regarding his sister’s disappearance. Not Lester. He became so obsessed he grew up to be a detective for the local police department.

One night Lester was sitting at the bar of his father’s whole purpose for dragging them out. He transformed it into an island paradise facade. Complete with coconut cups. Despite the taboo in Lester’s mind, his father insisted on a Hawaiian theme.

He sat there drinking a tall glass of the house beer. Suddenly he felt a tug on his shoulder. He looked over and there stood a young woman a few years younger than he.

“Hi brother.” she said and threw her arms around Lester, tears flowing down her face.