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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Radio Active #65: Escaping to the Ballpark

by Ken Newquist / April 23, 2008

 IronPigsOn this episode of Radio Active, Jordan loses her first tooth, but finds Narnia with the Magician's Nephew, baseball season gets underway as I discover the wonders of DVRing games and having a new AAA baseball team in the Lehigh Valley, Nuketown's comment section explodes with conversation, gaming advocacy gets a new voice with the EscapistCast, I check out a new podcast dedicated to the Mets and find a blog for the Lehigh Valley's new AAA baseball team, the IronPigs.

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Show Notes

  • Nuketown News
    • The First Tooth
      • Jordan lost her first tooth. Whoa.
    • Reading the Magician's Nephew
      • After watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Jordan decided she wanted to read the books. So we're starting with the first one, the Magician's Nephew (which is actually a prequel, having been written sixth, but we're going chronologically.
    • Baseball Season
      • It's spring, which means Sue and the kids can spend the day outside in the yard, digging in the dirt ... and I can spend the occasional night watching the Mets.
      • DVR means my chances of watching a game have gone up significantly (since the game may start at 7, and I can give the kids a bath, read them a book or two and start watching around 8:30).
      • Gonna be a great summer for baseball. IronPigs AAA Phillies affiliate is now playing in Allentown, and I hope to catch a game or three (at least one with Jordan).
      • Also going to Shea Stadium to see a Mets night game on 7/9. It's been 20 years since I was last at Shea; this time I'm getting decent seats, and watching under the lights. It's gonna rule.
      • Might also try and catch a Mets game in Philly, and maybe a Yankees game at Camden Yards; we'll see how that goes.
    • Comments Galore on Nuketown
      • Conversation on Nuketown has really taken off since I opened up commenting to those without accounts. Haven't done per-day tally, but there have easily been 30 comments since I opened things up. Which is probably as many as I saw in the previosu six months on the site.
      • Jordie & Star Wars
        • The Harry Potter vs. Star Wars scariness debate continues on the site.
  • Promo:
  • Netheads
      • The EscapistCast
        • The Escapistcast is a biweekly podcast that focuses on RPG advocacy - exploring the myths and misconceptions, improving the public opinion of RPGs, promoting them as educational and social tools, and promoting the hobby for future generations of gamers.
      • NYMetsCast
        • Twice a week podcast dedicated to the mets. News and commentary on the Mets. They dissect the games in detail, analyizing specific players, trends in the game, etc. Shows average 20-30 minutes.
      • The Original Iron Pigs Blog
        • I haven't been to an Iron Pigs game yet, but I have been trying to keep up with the team. The Original IronPigs Blog helps with that, providing summaries of the team's home and away games, player profiles, news off call-ups to the Phillies and notes about other team happenings.
  • Promo: The Secret Lair Podcast
  • Outro
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Good episode, though I truly joules for use here in Washington are still getting snow and cold days with rain. So no spring time fun for use.
I have never been much of a watching sports type, but I see what you mean about as you get older it grows on you for I been finding myself enjoying it a little bit more each time I give it a chance, or maybe it just giving it a chance.
Good luck on getting the 3 episodes out I know I will be enjoy them.

I've recently added Nuketown to my queue, and I'm really digging the show. I have a 2 1/2 year old boy, so the movie questions you're facing now I'll soon face, too. So, the past couple episodes about Harry Potter and Star Wars has been enjoyable and quite relevant to me.

I'm right with you on the baseball love. Living in Florida means I get to check out lots of spring training. I went to four ballparks this March and saw six spring training games. I'm surprised at how few gamers are fans of baseball, so kudos to you for digging a very cool sport. I'm shocked you are going to Shea once, maybe twice, but not Yankee stadium during its last year? C'mon, even a Mets fan has to appreciate the last year of the House that Ruth built.

Keep up the great work, Ken. Nuketown is quickly becoming one of my top five 'casts, and with the number of shows I have in my queue, that's a feat.

Glad you're enjoying the podcast. There's quite a few geek moms and dads listening to it, so the show tends to build up a nice parent-friendly vibe. :)

I've never been to Yankee Stadium; I should have added it to my list because you're right -- this is it's last year. I've talked about it with my boss in passing (who is a Yankees fan, and has been there once already this spring) and it just might be doable by the end of the season. We'll see how it goes. I can only spend so much on baseball before it starts cutting into my geek expense budget.

Still, if I'm not spending money on 4th edition D&D books...

My sister's in New Hampshire, and they're only just now seeing enough snow melt to even have a chance at having flowers come up. Of course, that means it's also Mud Season up there, so they're about to have an entirely different set of problems. :)

It's going to be a challenge to get the third show out this month, with only 5 days left, but since the show notes are already done all I need to do is find time to record.

Now what did I do that that pesky time machine?