Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

#9: advanced tactical turkey

This week Justin & Robin dig into creative heroes. Do we put too much expectation on creative greats who are just as screwed up as the rest of us? We try to figure out how to avoid the lifestyle approximation problem, remember that a cape & red underpants don't make you Superman, and resist the romance of our heroes bad habits. Plus the most important question we've ever asked: if you put Wild Turkey into a turkey, do you have an Advanced Tactical Turkey?

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Show Notes



The classic hero tale a [Joseph Campbell][1]. Heroes venture out from the mundane world into a supernatural one, achieve some kind of victory, and then return with the power to help his/her fellow human.

”The Deal We Strike With Our Heroes”* at Heroes Blog

“You [the hero] reflect what we want to see in ourselves. But if you reflect the reality of us as people and a society, then you’re just one of us after all. And therefore, you’re no more special than we are and you have to come down from your pedestal and stand in the muck with the rest of us.”

”The Seven Paradoxes of Heroism”

1. The truest heroes are fictional heroes... We found that fictional heroes and villains were rated as more definitely good or bad than their real-world counterparts.

How to Pack Like Nellie Bly, Pioneering Journalist

Nellie Bly was a female journalist when being one was unheard of. And she was good at her job, too. She raced her friend Elizabeth Bisland around the world in eighty days, just for the story.

Shape Singing

Robin does a bit of this in this episode.

Musette Bags

The British Combat Musette Bag is a great day packs for your essentials. The smaller musette bag makes great kids backpacks. The musette bag is heavy-weight cotton canvas and has small backpack straps. The musette bag styled after the British Combat Musette.

Stephen King on Alcoholism & Returning to the Shining @ The Guardian

Promethea by Alan Moore

Sophie Bangs was a just an ordinary college student in a weirdly futuristic New York when a simple assignment changed her life forever. While researching Promethea, a mythical warrior woman, Sophie receives a cryptic warning to cease her investigations. Ignoring the cautionary notice, she continues her studies and is almost killed by a shadowy creature when she learns the secret of Promethea.

Days of War, Nights of Love: Rimbaud's Deathbed Conversion

Rimbaud knew better than to save any of himself for the grave; he spent every resource he had in this world down to the last penny—burned money, health, friends, family, sanity as so much fuel for the fire—so when Death came to take him away He got nothing, not even a man with his pride or common sense intact. His life still stands as an example to all of us.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Creative Reuse of Turkey

"Take the remnants, or, if they have been consumed, take the various plates on which the turkey or its parts have rested and stew them for two hours in milk of magnesia. Stuff with moth-balls."