“Good evening traveller.
Welcome to the Penumbra,
the grandest hotel this side of Nowhere.”

Today I’m thinking about The Penumbra Podcast. I should be thinking about my job application, finishing these Python coding lessons, beginning research for my chapter proposal on Linked Data in social media. But nope, I’m thinking about podcasts. This podcast. It’s an addiction.

It’s admittedly not so bad. I’m filling in job applications, which is relatively brainless work (well up until you hit the personal statement sections, then it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen), so I can afford to be listening to wonderful stories. I love old radio dramas and these really take the cake (hey! gimme back my cake, I’m starved!)

I first got into podcasts through Welcome to Night Vale. I still think the best description of it I’ve ever come across was a tumblr post which compared the podcast to if Stephen King and Neil Gaiman made a Sims town and just left it to its own devices. It was (and in many ways still is) some of my favourite story-telling. Creative, complex, original and just downright odd.

Next I got into The Thrilling Adventure Hour. I had really gotten into the old radio drama style. I loved the fun short story telling (perfect for my walk to work/campus) and I always found them so incredibly immersive. My favourite among Thrilling Adventure Hour is still Beyond Belief. It’s just so fun! A wonderfully in love married couple of elite New York drunks who just keep getting into shenanigans because they happen to be psychic. It’s hilarious.

And then I discovered the Penumbra. The grandest in inclusive, creative, immersive radio drama pods. I love it! Bisexual private detectives on Mars, a kick-ass and witty crippled knight, one fantastic gender-queer bandit and Peter. I’m only halfway through and I’m counting the minutes until Peter is back.

This podcast is the literal interpretation of the Thomas Sanders Vine: “Okay, but can we make it gay?” Then again, so am I. It’s a match made in heaven.

But enough of my waxing lyrical about podcasts. I should really be doing these job applications. And getting back to the Penumbra. * dons headphones*

Also, for those who have no idea what my rambling is about, I gift you these links. I am all about the linked data after all.

The Penumbra Podcast: (iTunes) (Google Play)
Welcome to Night Vale: (iTunes) (YouTube)
The Thrilling Adventure Hour: (iTunes) (YouTube)