The Podcast

Interviews with makers, creatives, and friends. Also, strange quizzes about 80s actors.


It's Obviously Very Expensive Soap and He Clearly Paid For It

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Our first interview of the new season continues with Sean Tilley of We Distribute. We talk curating video via “Frown Tube,” San Francisco’s chilly weather not seen on TV, and the service industry. We also discuss how funding the things we love and keeping them going is a difficult thing when their competing with “free” centralized services.

  • Sean is using Pleroma, a social network that federates with Mastodon and others using the Activity Pub protocol.

  • Our guest is experimenting with FunkWhale, a social network with sharing music at its core (Also using Activity Pub).

  • Peertube is a YouTube replacement from the world of open source. Sean explains how it works.

  • A really great human in the fediverse, Wakest, gave Sean this list of 40+ fediverse projects in the works.

  • During the recording, Jacky was in the chatroom asking questions and contributing to the conversation.

  • Sean used to work at BackerKit.

  • What’s Paul using right now? He’s been playing with Micro.blog.

  • Sean brings up a topic we will cover with another guest this season, the IndieWeb.

  • One of the cores of IndieWeb is Publish on your own Site, Syndicate Everywhere (POSSE).

  • Manton Reece is the developer of Micro.blog.

  • Paul and Jacky (in the chatroom) talk about funding issues and Sean shares how Eugen Rochko, the developer of Mastodon is paid.

  • The Patreon alternative discussed is called LibrePay.

  • Apple nerd Paul likes & subscribes to sixcolors.com, Maximum Fun, and RelayFM.

  • Chris is using Masto.host to have his own instance on Mastodon (You should message him and join it.) The service is maintained by the amazing Hugo.

  • One of Chris’ favorite projects is PixelFed from the amazing Dansup.

  • Discovery is a big discussion in the episode, and Paul mentions directory services. Mastodon has Trunk which associates people with subjects.

  • Sean recommends Halt and Catch Fire despite not really liking television. He also likes Mad Men.

  • Sean is currently reading The Living Dead: Switched Off, Zoned Out— the Shocking Truth about Office Life.

  • Chris suggests the fiction version of Sean’s book, a series called The Laundry Files from Charles Stross.

Find Sean Tilley using that link. Find us on Twitter and Patreon. Thanks to our moms for listening, to our spouses for putting up with our recording and thanks to you for listening.


Sweet Mana from Heaven

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We’re back! To start the new season we’re talking about decentralization, community, trust, the weird mold thing called kombucha, and more with Sean Tilley. The walled gardens of the centralized silos that treat us as a product can make communicating with people outside the service difficult. The trade-off is in how much time and energy you want to spend maintaining your own decentralized services. We discuss some of these services, the communities funding them and the algorithms that abuse us.

Thanks for listening. We really appreciate those of you that have been with us for a while and love all the new listeners sending us suggestions and comments. Stay tuned for the second part of this interview! Want to stalk Sean Tilley, click the link. Find us on Twitter and Patreon.


Sauce Packet: Star Trek Discovery Season 2

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The last time Paul & Chris got together to do a short show minus any guests, they talked Star Trek Discovery. How fitting that the first Sauce Packet of this year is talking about season 2 of the show. Oh, and we’re sorry that the “short” show went long, but we had a lot to say about Time Crystals. Please Red Angel, go back in time and give that MacGuffin a better name.

  • The thrilling start of our episode is us trying to pronounce a name in the chat room. You can join us during our live recording via our Live page. We usually tweet, toot, and post upcoming shows on Patreon.

  • What’s a chat about Star Trek with Paul without Darmok and Jalad?

  • Chris shares his distaste for the actress playing Michael because of her Walking Dead days. He spent a lot of time doing recaps called Mocking Dead.

  • Chris’ partner has issues with the organization structure of Starfleet. This is an issue that often comes up on Random Trek.

  • We talk of the original series callback of the pilot, The Cage.

-The Masters of the Universe episode of Film Frown was too much fun and why we referenced it.

Thanks for listening! We appreciate your ear holes and your smiling face.


Spooky Manor

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Hey Sausages! It’s your friendly neighborhood podcasting delivery folk. On this surprise Halloween episode Daniel J. Hogan and Arturo Vergara join us to take a package to Spooky Manor. By the way, you now know more than we did. Thanks Paul! 😄 (Always examine your bike, kids!) On this adventure: Arturo is on a quest to make a salad, Chris loves wearing outfits, and Dan wants to stab everything. Also in the future, please tweet, email, or call Paul if you want to know where the exits are.

  • The text adventure we’re playing is from Memento Mori Theatricks. This game, (like the one last year) is part of a pack from the site above that Paul purchased with our Patreon funds. Thanks patrons!
  • Text adventures are a game of “”guess the verb.” Thankfully, our computer Paul isn’t as literal as the games of yesteryear, like Zork.
  • We find a nice smoking jacket, but this is a scary story, not Leisure Suit Larry.
  • We can’t imagine how difficult it is being bilingual, so Arturo gets a pass on not knowing what a conservatory is.
  • It’s a trunk from Transylvania?
  • Chris’ aunt is in the chat room during the live show telling us to get out of that cellar!
  • “Dude! Did you know Wolf’s Bane cures lycanthropy?”
  • Speaking of language, Arturo’s Spanish helps us translate the Spooky family motto: mors certa, hora incerta.
  • As Paul says, “Cue Link cooking music!”
  • Arturo is sad that our character in the text adventure doesn’t have Shazam.
  • Dan and Chris are doing Inktober! You can see Dan’s work on his instagram, clattertron. Chris via PixelFed.
  • Dan is selling his art on ebay and etsy if you’re interested in buying those inktober works or other artwork of his.
  • Arturo has been developing a job/work cue for distributed systems called Hop with the team at Mazing Studio.

Thanks for listening! We really appreciate you joining our fun! Check out Dan’s comic Foxes & Boxes over on Clattertron.com. Support Dan on his ko-fi page and buy him a tea. Follow Arturo on Twitter or Mastodon. Psst, you can also find a track of his on soundcloud. Paul’s hanging out on his micro blog. While Paul concentrates on editing Film Frown, Chris is making mantra/meditations on his blog and working on a new mental health podcast. If you’re interested in supporting Montreal Sauce, grab a tee or check out our Patreon!


Sauce Packet: Star Trek Discovery

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As we consume bad movies for Film Frown, palate cleansers are very useful. Paul and Chris get together to discuss the latest incarnation of Star Trek in a short episode we like to call a Sauce Packet! SPOILERS AHEAD! In other words, don’t engage unless you are out of star dock.

Poster image from The Movie DB as added by Elizabeth Jennings and shamelessly Photoshop’d by Paul.