TDC #149: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

We’re very excited to present the first ever Those Darn Cats book club meeting! And in fact, we do believe we’re the first Disney podcast to publish a book club episode, and we expect to see others jump on the bandwagon soon.

Our first book club session is a discussion of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, which you can download in many formats here, plus audio book here. This book is distributed under a Creative Commons license, and all the versions linked to from this page are free.

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Remember kids, reading is fundamental.

(And hey, guess what: RIF is still around. Check them out here. Or donate a book to your local school or library — believe me, they probably need the help.)

TDC#135 A Book Club Begins & Those Darn VoiceMails!

Welcome back, fearless listeners! This weeks show contains a backlog of (some time sensitive-oops!) voicemails AND information about our book club project!

There is something fresh about the first novel from Canadian born Bay Area resident Cory Doctorow. Following on from his most obvious predecessor — the one all reviewers will be citing, Bruce Sterling — he has delivered in Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom the kind of science fiction novel that the band They Might Be Giants would have written if they’d OD’d on old cyberpunk novels and back issues of Theme Park Monthly. It’s cool, it’s hip, and it’s fun — but more importantly, it’s about something.

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Can you see why this would be a Cat #1 favorite?

We are re-/reading “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” by Cory Doctorow (and stalking him on twitter, natch*) – and plan to discuss sometime in March. This sci-fi/futuristic/Disney manifesto is a must read for all Disney geeks out there and if you haven’t already made yourself familiar, now is the time – now is the BEST time! Mr. Doctorow has even made this easier by providing about 8,000,000 ways to enjoy this tome in multiple formats. Go here to see the exhaustive list from the man himself.

*Cory was in WDW about a week ago, and Trace tweeted a picture of my copy of DAOITMK to which I added we are doing a book club ——>

He has an Android. Jennifer will be so happy!

Wedding Webcast Info:
Trace and Lisa are webcasting their wedding ceremony. If you want to check it out – LIVE!- heres what you need to do!

STVS WEDDING VIDEOS will be webcasting, LIVE, the Farry/Jennings wedding ceremony on January 25, 2011 [update: at 10AM Eastern Standard Time].
Please follow the instructions below to view this event. (*Please note: This is NOT the feed from our wedding video cameras, this is the feed from our webcam, only.) The viewer window is not resizable, due to server limitations.
2. Click on the “Live Webcast” button.
3. If requested, type in the username and password, exactly as below, all lower case.
username: blu-ray
password: magic

4. You may have to click on the “live Webcast” button again to gain access to the webcast page.
5. You will now see the “Webcast Viewer”. (This may take 15 seconds to load.)
We will begin transmitting approximately 10 minutes before the time of the event. If you arrive at this page earlier than 10 minutes, you will see a series of pictures fading on and off the screen. Wait until 10 minutes before the event time and refresh your screen. It may take 15 seconds for the “Viewer” to reload again, so be patient. When you see a wide shot of the ceremony location, you are viewing the webcast. Be sure to refresh your screen 10 minutes before the event time.