Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Episode 29 Edward Scissorhands

Episode 29 Edward Scissorhands

Hello and welcome to episode 29 of Jay Wont dart's podcast, about the movie Edward Scissorhands. This is a movie I love very much, I remember watching it on Sky TV when Sky pay tv was still great to watch.

Edward Scissorhands stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, who were going out with each other at the time they starred in this movie. Edward Scissorhands has a simple, and yet original plot, that Edward is a freaky man in some kind of leather suit, made by an inventor played by Vincent Price (thriller laugh) , who falls in love with a normal woman.

Tim Burton was having a great time making classic movies, he had made Pee Wees Big Adventure, great movie, Beetlejuice which I dont like as much, the original 1989 Batman, and then Edward Scissorhands in 1990.

Heres the trailer for Edward Scissorhands

As usual, Im going to tell you the whole story of what happens in the movie, so there will be spoilers. Ok, thats my warning out of the way, so now I get to talk about the ending of the movie.

Edward is an artificial man, apparently, made by an inventor, played by vincent price (thriller laugh again), every time I say his name The Laugh From Thriller goes off! Ok, hes done laughing.

The movie starts with an elderly woman telling her Granddaughter a bedtime story about a mechanical man who was made by an inventor.

The Inventor dies as he gives Edward a gift, a pair of hands made from what looks like rubber. Edward had been left with awful scissor things for hands, a bunch of clippers and scissors for hands. He also has a weird gimp suit kind of leather outfit on.

Edward lives alone in the inventors mansion until one day when a local Avon lady stops by. It turns out to be Peg Boggs, a friendly local woman from the town below the mansion. She finds Edward, and brings him down to civilisation.

At first the family is quite spooked by Edward, but he is accepted by the neighbourhood after a short time. Ed likes Peg's daughter Kim, played by Winona Ryder, but her boyfriend Jim, played by Anthony Michael Hall, the geek from The Breakfast Club, hates Edward.

Edward likes to trim hedges, he makes wonderful, yet tacky hedge sculptures. One woman, who flirts constantly with men, suggests Edward start up a hair salon. He is successful at this for a time, but has trouble getting a loan from a bank, since he doesnt have a credit rating, or any assets to back a loan.

Kims boyfriend Jim wants money for a van of his own, he realises that Edward can pick locks with his hands. Jim lies to Edward, seemingly tricking him into breaking into a house, to supposedly get Jims stolen stuff back from this strange house. An alarm goes off when Edward, Jim and a few other friends are inside, and doors come down and seal Edward in. The others leave him there to be caught. Edward cant work door knobs, and is trapped until the police come.

Edward is taken to the police station where they discover that Edward doesnt know the difference between right or wrong. He's lived alone almost all his life, and is very trusting of stranger. Police officer Allen notices that inside Edward is a very kind person, and is nice to him. Edward gets out of the police station.

The townspeople turn on Edward after the burglary, not long before they had loved him for being so unique and friendly, but now they all seem to decide that they have always hated him, and that nobody had ever trusted him. Edward is hated by almost everyone, except for the Bogg family that he lives with. The Bogg's have a christmas party, Edward starts carving a sculpture from a block of ice. Note to listeners in New Zealand, in the top half of the world, like America, its very cold around December, white christmas and all that. In New Zealand we have our hottest weather around december to February, we have christmas at the beach.

The Boggs christmas party is very quiet, none of the family friends go because they dont like Edward.

Shavings of ice flutter off in a maniac fashion while Edward creates his ice sculpture, they look just like falling snow, and Kim dances slowly underneath, she is not used to snow living in a warm town. While cutting the ice, Edward accidentally cuts Kims hand. Jim her mean boyfriend thinks that Ed deliberately hurt her, and attacks Edward.

Kims brother Kevin is almost ran over by a drunk friend of Jims, Edward sees the van coming, and pushes kevin out of the way, accidentally cutting him as well. The neighbours and police think that Edward is attacking people, and chase him out of town. Edward goes back to his lonely life at the top of the hill, in the inventors dilapidated old mansion. An angry mob of neighbours storm up to the mansion, looking for Edward. Officer Allen tries to disperse the angry crowd, he tries to trick them into thinking Edward is already dead, and tells them its all over. They continue on to the mansion.

Kim gets to the mansion before the angry neighbours, she finds Edward alone. Jim follows them and attacks them both, but is eventually killed efficiently, best way to describe it, by Edward, who didnt want to hurt anyone, but does so to defend Kim.

Kim tells Edward how much she loves him, its a very touching scene, I get choked up watching it, and Kim tells the mob that Jim and Edward both killed each other during the pervious fight. All the neighbours return home.

The elderly woman from the movies beginning reappears, and she finishes her story about Edward Scissorhands to her granddaughter. It is revealed that Edward is still alive and "creating snow" from his ice sculptures, which fall upon the valley below. The elderly woman reveals to her granddaughter that she is, in fact, Kim. She refuses to visit Edward because she wants Edward to remember her the way she was in her youth.

Its a very sad, but beautiful ending, its one of my favourite movie endings of all time. I have to give Edward Scissorhands 5 out of 5, for being so original and sad.

I do get a little upset everytime watching the ending, that the old lady, Kim, never went and saw Edward again, so hes just lived alone in an old house for 50 years? We see he had made statues of Kim, he obviously thought of her all the time. What a terrible way to live, all alone, wanting to be with someone.

In casting, apparently Michael Jackson wanted to be Edward, that would have been amazing to watch. Michael Jackson also wanted the part of Willy Wonka in the latest remake, which went to, that Johnny Depp guy again!

Edward Scissorhands has some amazing music, Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman, the guy who made The Simpsons theme worked together again. Three Tom Jones songs appear in Edward Scissorhands. Its not unusual, Delilah, and With These Hands, perfect for a scissorhanded guy.

I'll end with the main theme for Edward Scissorhands, its very beautiful.

Thank you very much for listening to my podcast. I appreciate all of my many listeners, all five of you.

If you want to contact me, even just to say you listened, send an email to jaywontdart@gmail.com, j a y w o n t d a r t @ gmail.com, I'd appreciate it.

Have a super happy day, bye.

edward scissorhands theme


INTRO clip, from Metal Gear Solid 2, Sons of Liberty (I need scissors! 61!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFa8zfWfeA edward scissorhands trailer

Friday, June 26, 2009

Episode 28 Michael Jackson's Death

Episode 28

Michael Jackson's death.

Hello, I'm sad to welcome you to episode 28 of Jay Wont dart's podcast, sad because Im about to briefly talk about Michael Jacksons death. My short intro is from one of the Thriller Casts, an official Michael Jackson podcast to build up Thriller 25, with Adam Curry leaving a message along with other celebrities about how he felt about Michael Jackson.

Today Michael Jackson died, at about 10AM, June 26th New Zealand time, thats about 2PM June 25th in America. He was just 50 years old. He fell into a coma and the cause of his death is believed to be cardiac arrest, which is similar to a heart attack.

I heard about it first from my friend Wiriya, he sent me a txt message early in the morning saying sorry about Michael Jackson. I heard during a news bulletin that he had died. I heard Shes Out Of My Life. A very beautiful song from Off the Wall, his first solo album.
I knew it were odd that a Michael Jackson song was being played, Coast FM is for people in their 60s, its all idiotic feel good music, in between the ads for errectile dysfunction magic pills, and the Senior card, which has the slogan of "its for people like you". Straight after the song, I heard the news about his passing.

I dont know what to say really, I'm pretty upset that Michael died, I was one of his biggest Invercargill fans, thats for sure. I love that he has the biggest selling album of all time, Thriller, which has sold over 104 million copies, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Thats just amazing, only about 30 albums have ever sold more than 20 million, and the second biggest selling album is The Eagles greatest hits, at a pathetic 45 million. In america, they sometimes say that Michael Jackson HAD the biggest selling album of all time, they mean just in america, The Eagles album has sold a few more copies than Thriller in America for some insane reason. I think its because all the old Eagles fans lose their albums, then overdose on their meds and in a crazed fury go to the cd store and buy dozens more copies. Plus, all Michaels comparatively young fans just download his albums.

I'll be watching the news waiting to hear more about him over the coming days, coverage of his funeral and other things. I remember when he was at James Browns funeral, it was so odd seeing Michael Jackson and his body guards leaning over James Brown in a coffin talking privately. I cant imagine just now what Michael Jackson will look like in a coffin, in a way I hope its an open coffin, as shocking as it will be, it will help me understand, wow, hes dead and is not coming back.

Online, many celebrities have twitted nice messages about Michael, saying he was their inspiration. I checked his official site, michaeljackson.com, which is a Sony site. A few years ago Michael was very angry with Sony, because he felt they didnt promote Invincible, his last album well enough. He wanted to leave the label, and they effectively cut off any further singles being released. He called the heads of Sony Music racist, and that they were "very devilish". At first the Michael Jackson.com site had a drawing of Michael to promote his performances that were due in just a week or so, with this small statement underneath.

pretty bland, and hard for me to believe, it should have been the most official news source, being his own site and all, I still wanted to believe it was just some crazy rumour.
The site was soon updated with a longer statement from Sony.

I'll play some of the coverage about his death so far, thank you for listening to this short episode of my podcast.

Today, I also heard his song Gone Too Soon, from the Dangerous Album, Michael dedicated the song to his friend Ryan White, a young AIDS victim. Ryan caught AIDS from a blood transfusion, and the local schools didnt want him to come back to school when they learned he had AIDS, they feared it could spread. Many celebrities such as Michael and Elton John supported Ryan White, and he is now remembered as a figure about the plight of AIDS. I'll end with Gone Too Soon. Rest in peace Michael.

Gone Too Soon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Episode 27 Agent Orange in NZ, Ivon Watkins Dow

Episode 27

Agent Orange in NZ, Ivon Watkins Dow


Hello and welcome to Episode 27 of Jay Wont dart's podcast, where I bring up shocking New Zealand history.

My intro was from episode 100 of No Agenda.

I decided to cover the topic of Ivon Watkins Dow, a New Zealand chemical company that made Agent Orange when I came across the audio clips I'll play during this episode. Ivon Watkins Dow is now known as Dow Agroscience.

Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam War, it killed leaves on trees, it basically killed off jungle, so there was nowhere for enemies to hide, the Americans used it so they would be safe from snipers and so their enemies wouldnt be able to hide in the jungles of Vietnam. Some of this Agent Orange was made in New Zealand, by Ivon Watkins Dow. There are two chemicals used to make Agent Orange, each one is a herbicide, it kills plants, put them together and they make Agent Orange. Now we know that Agent Orange seems to have give all kinds of disease and illnesses to soldiers and other people who came in contact with it. In Vietnam, about 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and half a million children born with birth defects. In Vietnam, most of the illnesses are cancer, mental disabilities, extra fingers and toes, facial growths, and skin diseases.

Worldwide, millions of people have been compensated for their illnesses, but many feel let down, betrayed and experimented on by the large companies that made the chemicals and their governments.

I cant believe Agent Orange was made in New Zealand, we pride ourselves on being clean and green, and we are so against nuclear technology, and yet we made this awful poison which seems to have done awful things to many millions of people worldwide.

There are many people in New Zealand who hate Ivon Watkins Dow, the New Zealand company in New Plymouth that made Agent Orange, there are information websites about the issues, that are very interesting to read. Its said that some houses in New Plymouth are built over a dumping site, there are houses over leaking drums of Agent Orange.

The main audio I'll play for this episode is a TV3 program from 2006, called Let Us Spray. I also have a Campbell Live clip to end this episode with. Enjoy the audio, its amazing to think this happened in New Zealand.

Can you believe that? I have links to the video files in the lyrics section of this podcast, for you to watch the video if you want to see it.

This is a clip from Campbell Live, a New Zealand current affairs type show, I think it came out after the Let Us Spray documentary.

I cant believe this was allowed to happen here, in Clean Green New Zealand. This makes me wary of Genetically Modified food, I have no fears about improving plant growth etc, but it seems that large chemical companies are always evil, they always seem to focus on making more profit, and bugger everyone else.

Thank you for listening to this episode.

My outro is from No Agenda 92.

If you want to contact me, even just to say you listened, send an email to jaywontdart@gmail.com, j a y w o n t d a r t @ gmail.com, I'd appreciate it.

Have a super happy day, bye.



let us spray show


Friday, June 19, 2009

Episode 26 Wilhelm Scream

Episode 26

Wilhelm Scream

Hello and welcome to episode 26 of Jay Wont dart's podcast, where I use sound clips in every episode, sometimes dedicating whole episodes to particular effects.

This episode, the Wilhelm Scream, probably one of the most famous sound clips about.

My intro was from No Agenda 103, some weird connection problem for John and Adam.

Just to jog your memory, this is the Wilhelm Scream.


This was the first use of the sound effect, the movie Distant Drums back in 1951, as the people cross a river, one of them is dragged underneath by an alligator.

Heres what Wikipedia has to say about the famous scream.

I notice lots of movies that have the Wilhelm Scream, a lot of famous movies feature it, Spiderman, The Fifth Element, the I think all of the Star Wars movies, not sure, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Toy Story, Lord of the Rings 2 and 3, Reservoir Dogs, Gremlins 2, basically all kinds of famous movies all with the same little scream effect, . Its often used when someone is stabbed, or falls to their death, something when someone gets quickly taken care of.

I found this program about the history of the Wilhelm Scream.

Thank you for listening to this short episode! My long outro, for padding, is from No Agenda 103, talking about Taylor Swift.

If you want to contact me, even just to say you listened, send an email to jaywontdart@gmail.com, j a y w o n t d a r t @ gmail.com, I'd appreciate it.

Have a super happy day, bye.

The first wilhelm scream video clip

history of wilhelm video

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Episode 25 Presidential Animal Mishaps

Episode 25

Presidential animal mishaps

Hello and welcome to episode 25 of Jay Wont dart's podcast, where I mention silly news stories.

My intro was from No Agenda 103.

Today on the radio I heard about American President Barrack Obama swatting a fly during an interview, it was a silly news piece to be mentioned worldwide with all the bigger, more important news stories that must be happening.

I thought I'd play the audio from the video clip of Obama swatting a fly, as well as a couple of other quick stories, to do with Presidents and Animals. I covered Nixon in his own special episode, he has a few stories to do with Checkers, a dog given to him, so I wont mention those again.

Heres the Obama Fly story, and then some media comments to do with it.

I wish he didnt kill the fly, no matter how impressively he squashed it. Here is some of the media responses to the fly swatting.

George Bush, the president before Obama, had his own animal stories too. Theres one where he choked on a pretzel while watching sports at home, only saved by his dogs, and another when his most famous dog, the adorable Barney bit a reporter during Bush's last days as president. I'll play those two stories together.

My last story in this very quick episode is of Jimmy Carter being attacked by a rabbit while he was fishing.

My outro is from episode 61 of No Agenda

If you want to contact me, even just to say you listened, send an email to jaywontdart@gmail.com, j a y w o n t d a r t @ gmail.com, I'd appreciate it.

Have a super happy day, bye.


Obama, fly
Video taken from youtube

George Bush, Barney bites reporter
George Bush, Pretzel

Jimmy Carter, Swamp Rabbit,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Episode 24 Lettuce Ladies, Vegetarian stunts

Episode 24

Lettuce Ladies and other vegetarian stunts

Hello and welcome to the 24th episode of Jay Wont darts podcast, where I scour the internet for .flv flash video clips, pare them down to audio only .mp3s, and deliver them to you as a long .aac audio podcast. I do include the links to the videos in my sources, you can see those on my blog, jaywontdart.blogspot.com, or in the lyrics mode of your iPod, it will show the script for this episode, with the sources at the bottom.

My intro was of the Comfort Wipe, which, in case you didnt understand, is a plastic handle that you put toilet paper on, its advertised in the tv ad as for elderly people who cant reach that part of their bodies anymore, and the very obese, who have too much fat, to be able to reach. Thats an awful mental image huh?

Recently, the other people at my work mentioned PETA had Lettuce Ladies in New Zealand, the Lettuce Ladies are basically models, or wannabe models, who wear a bikini set made from fake lettuce leaves. They stand out in public, and say "go vegetarian", maybe hold up little signs, tell people to go to PETA websites, and basically get attention for the meat free cause. Many serious vegetarians and vegans really dont like PETA because of these cheap gimicky campaigns, often using almost naked women to sell the message of anti meat. I know I get a little annoyed by PETAs ads, that are 30 seconds long, are normally just hot women moving about, dancing, Alicia silverstone in slow motion getting out of a pool, looking at the camera in different ways, and then a she will say "go vegetarian" at the end, and "goveg.com" will show onscreen. It doesnt sell the message, it makes being vegetarian seem like a fad diet, or maybe even like a product that needs to hook people into it, like how cigarettes were advertised as for business men who drove ferraris, and had a hundred beautiful wives at the same time.

I'll play the quick Auckland Lettuce Ladies clip I found, from the New Zealand Breakfast program, its very stupid. Paul Henry, the male host calls them bok choy, which is a fancy pants Chinese lettuce thing. Hear his response? Paul Henry is known all through New Zealand for being a really stupid man, hes rumoured to be ultra rich, I think he sometimes refers to his "roller", he has a Rolls Royce, and calls it "the roller", and a few times hes said really stupid things that get used as sound bites. I do think that these outrageous Lettuce Ladies stunts get attention in the mainstream media, it seems to be the only way to cover any vegetarian or vegan issues, they have to have a funny angle, for the news hosts to make fun of "those weirdo hippies", while the naked people just get to scream "go vegetarian!" at the camera. The Lettuce Ladies standing at the most well known crossing in Auckland, with the National Bank and the Sky Tower close, they did get on television, and people saw the message, but then Paul Henry the tv host just made fun of them really, about how good looking they were, and "who cares about the message". Is it better this didnt get on tv? I dont know, I like that the PETA Lettuce Ladies have been to New Zealand, and surely every vegetarian and vegan in NZ will know about it, it made me feel like im not the only person who doesnt eat meat in New Zealand. The people at my work were the ones that told me about it, they saw these three women, two from Auckland, and another who lived in Australia, and thought of me. Thats got to be good, that my friends saw these stupid women dressed up in lettuce bikinis, and they thought of my message. So I can help spread the actual information, once the sexy ladies have flirted with everyone passing by to get on television.

I thought I'd make this episode to play some other funny, or wacky vegetarian videos, most are from PETA but there are a couple of other ones , like from Veg TV which is an online only video producer I think. They do a good interview with Kermit the Frog, although he never admits to being vegetarian, but that he thinks its a good thing and it cant hurt. A few videos are from Fox News, the most right wing news coverage in America. They mostly have videos making fun of the weirdo hippies parading about, in their redneck eyes the lettuce ladies etc are pushing 5 year old children to have sex. Other clips I play will be quite serious, but with interesting people, that you wouldnt have expected to be vegetarian, which is always really great to learn, it shows anyone can be vegetarian.

One of my favourite clips I'll play is of Dennis Kucinich, hes a 60 something year old Vegan, who ran for American President for the democrats. I think I could have actually voted for him, if I were american. Its hard to imagine anyone but Obama getting it sure, but it would be fun to vote for a peace loving Vegan guy. He also has a hot wife, Elizabeth Kucinich, who is literally half his age. Shes vegan, tall, thin and with gorgeous red hair, just how a woman should be!

Some of the PETA ads are to do with celebrity endorsements, theres Alicia Silverstone, whos ads were taken away from Texan broadcasts, because they were too sexy, I have an answer video to that, cloris leachman, who i hear you say? well she plays Grandma Ida, the old evil slavic lady on Malcolm in the Middle, shes apparently vegetarian which is cool to know, I'll think of that when I see her on Malcolm in the middle.

For the first clip, I'll play a fairly dull interview with some overseas Lettuce Ladies. Its got bad sound quality sorry.

Ok, the other clips should all be of better quality, and more interesting, that clip was just to get rid of the darn Lettuce Ladies. I'll now play the Alicia Silverstone ad, that has her coming out of a pool of water and flirting with the camera, this is a longer version , where she actually says more than 2 words at the end.

This and some other PETA ads were banned in Texas, for being too sexy. I found a great reply video on Youtube, someone telling Texans to stop being so fat, and leave the animals alone. The sex related stuff really makes me cringe, a lot of the sexy women telling people to go vegetarian in PETA ads focus on impotence, basically saying "like, if you eat meat and stuff, its gonna make your you know what, like, not work and all?". I get sick of hearing that again and again, and to me I think its a bad primary message, there are much better reasons to be vegetarian or especially vegan. To say that all men who eat meat, that the meat makes their dick fall off, thats not very true is it? Its not like only vegan guys can get a woman knocked up, or else humans would be basically extinct. All except for the 3 vegan guys in the world, and the few million Vegan women.

Enough of my talk, I'll play the texas related ad. It goes into a PETA ad at the second half.

Someone critical of PETA is this large american woman, she says shes helped at animal shelters before, and in this clip she reads some of PETAs "sea kittens" stories, PETA has taken to calling fish Sea Kittens, to try and make fish appear friendlier. I have nothing against the Sea Kitten idea, PETA sells some cute looking toys on their site, basically they are little cartoon fish that have cat features, masks and other disguises to look like kittens. But this woman in the Youtube video clip I'll play, shes pissed off with PETA.

I like her Sea Kitten story voices.

These are some celebrity PETA clips, first I'll play Cloris Leachman, the 80 year old woman who plays the awful Grandma on Malcolm in the Middle.

This one is about Elvira, shes that woman that gets parodied on The Simpsons as Boob-erlla, "stare at my booooooooobs", she dresses like a vampire, or Morticia Adams from the Adams Family I guess. She hosted B Movies on television. This ads kind of fun, although I dont know if the woman who plays Elvira is Vegetarian, it doesnt say so on her Wikipedia page, and if its not on Wikipedia, it cant be true!

I never knew Forest Whitaker was vegetarian,

I have a few more PETA celebrity clips, I dont mind these PETA clips, being serious and to the point, much better than the naked Anti Fur commericals. However, to break up the serious ads, heres a news story about a Vegan Stripclub.

Back to serious ads, James Cromwell is the guy you may know best from the movie Babe, he plays the farmer. He decided to be vegetarian from seeing how animals were kept, and during Babe, decided to be a Vegan because of ethics. James Cromwell also played the oldest prison staff man in The Green Mile, he had the wife with the mental problems.

my other Veg TV clip is the Kermit the Frog Interview I mentioned.

Kermit the frog, now vegetarian? I'll hold him to that.

The last PETA celebrity ad, about Masta Killa, love the name, a famous rapper, and also a vegetarian.

just two more clips now, I'll play them as my outro. One is Fox News VS PETA, and the other is Dennis Kucinich, presidential hopeful. He seems like a great guy.

I've went away from my wacky vegetarian ad theme during this episode, to show that some ads PETA has done didnt need nudity to be memorable. Im going to remember the Veg TV Kermit the Frog interview, just as much as I'll remember any naked model, and thats saying something!

Thank you for listening to my show,

If you want to contact me, even just to say you listened, send an email to jaywontdart@gmail.com, j a y w o n t d a r t @ gmail.com, I'd appreciate it.

Have a super happy day, bye.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DimD53mbDmY lettuce ladies interviewed lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt4QWFJenGA go veg ad banned in texas, rebuttal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z4H8nSagMk angry anti peta sea kittens lady

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjb5vSvLBmg fox news vs peta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7DOCwomU_Q Elvira ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lm2xMCwR_I cloris leachman, malcolm in the middle grandma Ida

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuK0KaSctNo Dennis Kucinich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAtbIUyAmbE vegan stripclub

Episode 23 Tunguska Event

Episode 23


My intro was from No Agenda 98, about Russian Television.

Hello and welcome to another episode of Jay Wont dart's podcast, where I talk about things that may or may not have happened.

This episode, the Tunguska Event. Sorry if I pronounce the name wrong, Tung-gus-ka.

I got the idea to make this episode from listening to No Agenda episode 100, this clip reminded me of how interesting the Tunguska Event is.

The Tunguska Event was a mysterious, and ultra powerful explosion that happened in Russia, back on the 30th of June, 1908. The current theory about what happened is that it was some kind of big comet, or meteor, that fell from the sky and exploded over the countryside. This explosion happened in a remote part of Russia, so there were no human deaths, but the power from the blast scarred the land. Reading from Wikipedia, the power of the blast was somewhere between 5 and 30 megatons, about 10-15 most likely. Thats about the same as the Castle Bravo explosion, about a third the power of the most powerful nuclear bomb blast ever, from the Tsar Bomba, or best of all, the Tunguska blast was around a thousand times more powerful than than Little Boy, the bomb dropped over Hiroshima. A THOUSAND TIMES more powerful than the only nuclear bomb dropped on a city, so imagine the pictures from Hiroshima times one thousand! As many as 140,000 people died in Hiroshima from that one bomb, multiplied by 1000 , and assuming that just making the bomb more powerful would proportionally kill more people, then thats 140 MILLION dead. So, by my crackpot logic, that makes no sense at all, if an explosion like the Tunguska event happened again, over a country like America, it could kill 140 million people. My math is way off there, thats assuming the blast spread out evenly, and that there were 140 million people lined up patiently waiting for the explosion, but its a shocking number. That was an obvious edit.

Back to some actual facts. The explosion knocked down about 80 million trees, I cant imagine what a million trees look like, let alone 80 million, over 2150 square kilometres. Looking up what a square metre is again, to make sure I understood, the blast basically made a square over 2000 kilometres in each direction dissapear, like dragging one of those little selection boxes in MS Paint, and then deleting it. 2150 square kilometres, thats too much for me to imagine, like the 80 million trees.

This is straight from Wikipedia

I still love using the Alex voice, I leave in any little hiccups it makes, it makes it more interesting to listen to, dont you think?

The blast was measured as about 5 on the richter scale.

Heres a clip from The History Channel

Id like to understand what happened at the end of that clip, I didnt cut out what the guy was saying, thats weird.

There's many interesting, and crazy, ideas about what really happened during the Tunguska Event. Some include black holes hitting the earth, natural H Bombs going off, natural gas suddenly flowing out from a crack in the earth and detonating, or my personal favourite of the theories, that Nikola Tesla had something to do with the Tunguska Event. Around the time of the Tunguska Event, there were a team of men heading to the North Pole. The Crazy theory is, that Tesla tried to communicate with the men, by sending an energy beam, through the earth, and perhaps this exploded out and caused all the damage to the area.

Whatever happened , its an interesting, and freaky, occurance, the Tunguska Event. Oh, one last clip, from that old movie, Ghost Busters, pretty random huh, the Tunguska Event gets mentioned, although they get the year wrong, it was in 1908, they say 1909.

Funny little clip, I wasnt expecting to use it as I planned this episode, I saw "Tunguska Event in Popular Culture" on Wikipedia, saw it was mentioned in Ghost Busters and found a sound clip on a sound bite website, its linked in my sources below.

If you want to contact me, even just to say you listened, send an email to jaywontdart@gmail.com, j a y w o n t d a r t @ gmail.com, I'd appreciate it.

This Outro is from No Agenda 92,

Have a super happy day, bye.

NA 92 clip electric shocks in NY



History Channel video

http://www.moviewavs.com/Movies/Ghostbusters.html for Sound clip from Ghost Busters

NA episodes 92, 98,100

Monday, June 8, 2009

Episode 22 Once Were Warriors

Episode 22

Once Were Warriors

That intro was from when Leo Laporte, legendary podcaster, exploded during a show, I've saved a copy of the video from the live stream. Leos one of my heros, truly a great man, but as you heard he got very angry during the recording of that show, Im sad for him that he did that and it was recorded by him and others, I feel like paparazzi snooping into his life a bit, just by hearing it. But, its out, and I might as well use it for a random intro.

Hello and welcome to the twenty second episode of Jay Wont darts podcast, where I talk about amazingly sad films such as this one.

This episode, Once Were Warriors, the greatest film that will ever be made in New Zealand, thats not a putdown to my country, but I seriously doubt we will ever top Once Were Warriors, at least in my lifetime.

On rating sites like Rotten Tomatoes, its gotten almost a perfect score, and on IMDB, it deserves to be on the top movies of all time list, it gets held back a bit because people have not heard of it overseas. It gets near flawless reviews everywhere though, and I think its very popular in France, or french speaking countries, on youtube theres many french dubbed versions of the movie! Kinda weird, they keep the Maori language singing in, but then the actors voices are gone, and replaced with totally different sounding people! The dubbed version sounds to me as if its redone by rich white people, compared to the original Maori voices.

Im rewatching the dvd as I type this.

Once Were Warriors is based on a very famous New Zealand Book, by Alan Duff. The story is about the sad life for many Maori people, living poorly in the big cities of New Zealand. Maori people were here before the white settlers arrived, there were periods of war, and many injustices are still said to be about today. According to Wikipedia,
Maori make up just 14 percent of New Zealands population of almost 4.2 million, but they are almost 50 percent of the prison population. Once Were Warriors is basically about that, about the horrible problems that face Maori today in New Zealand. We see gambling, drinking, violence and court, with close gang ties to the family living in South Auckland state housing. The main characters are Jake and Beth Heke. Jake Heke is known as The Muss, Jake the Muss, for muscles, he gets in bar fights all the time, and is known for his fighting. Beth is his wife, she looks after their many children and cleans up the mess made by Jake. Jake often beats up his wife, or anyone who "gets lippy" to him.

I'll play the international trailer, I recorded it from my DVD, you might notice the very annoying buzzing of my speakers, I left it in because it adds a certain texture to the recording :) Ok, well I managed to fix up the speaker wires for later recordings, its just in this trailer clip.

The famous announcer guy says "maoris", you dont say that, Maori, the name itself, and other Maori words dont have plurals, you dont put an s on the end. Its a bit like the word Sheep, you dont say Sheeps even when theres more than one. Theres no such thing as "maoris", its actually an offensive sort of thing to say, its a racial slur "oh those bloody marries are at it again".

A bit my friend Desmond likes is this clip

dont play that shit bro

But one of my favourite bits, is when one of the sons is taken away by the police, since his parents cant look after him, he starts smashing windows at the new borstal, and his teacher gives him a great speech. A taiaha is a wooden spear.

I like that bit, we are the same colour, well, they are both Maori, its weird that the kid calls his teacher "black", as if thats a bad thing and he doesnt have dark skin himself. Also, I dont really count a bayonet, or a spear as hand to hand weapons. A bayonet is a sharp knife on the end of a rifle, for stabbing with. A spear is not hand to hand either. When it comes to weapons, a sword would beat either one really, a sword is metal like the bayonet but longer of course, and so would "beat" the bayonet, and a taiaha is just a piece of wood, it could be broken by the swords blade and strength. Its a great little speech though, and the line about carrying your taiaha inside comes up again later, the point is to be proud of Maori culture, and heritage.

And anyone whos seen Once Were Warriors will remember this song,