Thursday, 14 September 2017

STCPod #150 - The Orville Discussion

We're back with another milestone episode and we get excited about a brand new show on TV. Joe complains about not having enough podcasts to listen to. One of us gets sick at a party and Bill falls on the floor after getting a shocking invite. Enjoy!!



  • Hitting another milestone
  • "Uh....what is Nintendo Direct?"
  • Apple iPhone
  • Show open
  • Joe needing more audio shows to listen to
  • Flogging merchandise
  • The Orville discussion
  • Getting sick at a party
  • Bill gets floored when Joe invites him to sleep over
  • Watching Whiplash

Thursday, 7 September 2017

STCPod #149 - Some Coffee and Coming of Age


  • Another reason why Joe is a real man and Bill isn't
  • Love in a 80's elevators
  • Arguing on how to make a coffee
  • Show opening
  • Arguing where the in-show promo should go
  • Giving up on watching Luke Cage
  • Our kids are back to school
  • Snowbirds flyby
  • If Bill was in charge things would be different on the 1st day of school
  • Bill's afraid to admit he had a stroke
  • Joe's trimming his collection down
  • Having some Buyer and Seller issues
  • Arguing about "coming of age" films
  • American Graffiti
  • Siri fails Joe again

Thursday, 31 August 2017

STCPod #148 - Pencil Cases & Sketchy Exploring



  • Bill loves to pound the pop
  • Bill spends an 1hr 1/2 at Old Navy with his daughter shopping for school clothes
  • Why do kids insist on buying brand name items?
  • Joe travels back to Algonquin National Park for a day
  • Bill checks out some sketchy places while Urban Exploring 
  • Show opening
  • NEW SPECIAL CARTRIDGE CLUB PROMO
  • How a rough weekend for Joe translates into a rough one for Bill as well
  • Discussing the McGregor/Mayweather fight
  • Thrifting around
  • More Kijiji nonsense
  • Another game show tall tale from STC
  • One more chance to see Dunkirk in IMAX
  • Some great work from other club members to check out

Thursday, 24 August 2017

STCPod #147 - Being A Super Hero Ain't Easy



  • Why did Joe almost no show this record?
  • Bill attacks Joe and accuses him of having a problem
  • Cartridge Club Weekly recap and thank you 
  • Stars of the new Girlfriend VS. video
  • STC BGE
  • In show promo
  • Jerry Lewis thoughts
  • Joe finishes watching Iron Fist
  • Joe starts watching Luke Cage
  • Making shows special again
  • Why did Joe not hug everyone at the Barrie Game Exchange?
  • Our day as we tried to snag a SNES Classic
  • How Limited Run Games is making it right
  • Is the thrill of the hunt the only reason why we are collecting?
  • Joe gets a rental car and Bill gets angry 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

STCPod #146 - Barrie Game Exchange 2017 - The Long Weekend!!!

The boys are back after a weekend of debauchery with friends coming in from all over North America to visit and attend the largest video game swap in Canada, the Barrie Game Exchange.  Listen in as they recap everything, and we mean everything, that happened!




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Thursday, 10 August 2017

STCPod #145 - Find Out What Spiderman, Bananas and Stonecutters Have In Common


  • Our new motto
  • Sucking back some wine gums
  • Recapping last weeks crossover episode
  • Excited for the upcoming Barrie Game Exchange
  • Why does Bill have a secret Stonecutter's ring and Joe doesn't?
  • Quick trivia on where certain people live
  • Commercial break
  • Joe tries to explain his camping at Algonquin Provincial Park
  • The Group of Seven
  • Bill sees Spiderman Homecoming and we discuss it (non-spoiler)
  • Joe goes on a Marissa Tomei tangent
  • Bill gives his opinion on Dunkirk
  • Joe watches The Lost Boys and No Country For Old Men
  • Multiple Star Trek convention videos on YouTube
  • We discuss some Next Generation

Friday, 4 August 2017

STCPod #144 - When Worlds Collide: The Crossover Episode!





It's the first STC/T&B Crossover Episode! Finally we get 'M' from the Transformers and Beer podcast on the Start To Continue podcast! Bill easily bonded with M over our many Joe frustrations and Joe observations and couldn't help but make this a double sized episode of goodness.

This episode will simultaneously release as ep 122 of the Transformers and Beer Podcast.
  • Special show opening
  • What's new/pickups
  • "M" picks up MPM-3 Masterpiece Movie Series Bumblebee
  • Listener question "MP-10 is starting to feel old. Do we think think figure will be the last hurrah for this mold?  What would we like to see in the future?"
  • Listener question "How did "M" first meet Joe?"
  • Whatever happened to stonewash jeans and jean jackets?
  • Beast Wars S01E19 " Call of the Wild" discussion
  • Ditch findings and more

Thursday, 27 July 2017

STCPod #143 - Being A Baller Mean Gastric Explosions, Oil Changes and Tire Rotations


  • Cryptic intro
  • Oral and gastric explosion stories
  • Bill's late night
  • Oil changes and tire rotations
  • Joe's office cleaning
  • Bill gets humbles by Tetris DS
  • (non-spoilers) Game of Thrones, Ballers and Preacher
  • Bill quizzes Joe on Twilight trivia
  • Finishing some games
  • Why won't Joe play certain games
  • Game table setup

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bill's 1940s Astatic WR-20 Microphone Discovery and Restoration

Its true.  STCPOD.COM used to actually have written blog posts.  They enlightened readers on nostalgic tv shows, interesting tidbits on everyday life, and comings and goings of your favourite podcasters.  However the last post was AGES ago!  I apologize.  While I can't guarantee any kind of regularity I can at least offer this... A NEW BLOG POST!

A few months ago while #ThriftinWithBill, I came across what looked like an authentic old school microphone, sitting on a desk mount and brutally covered in uneven spray paint.  For some reason the thrift store pricers didn't notice the value in anique microphones and put an incredible deal of price of $4.99 on it.  I spotted it as soon as it rolled out on a cart from the backroom.  I grabbed this and a real Mego Batman coin bank before any of the regular sharks cruising down the aisles could get to it.

The Microphone is a Canadian variant Astatic WR-20 Dual-Diaphragm Crystal Cartridge Mic.  From the the early 1940s, the retail price was around $30.  Crystal microphones, while still a heavy price back in the day, offered a more economical option to the Ribbon mics found in early sound stages.  This particular one also had the optional on/off switch attached at the base of the mic.


Like all good thrifting finds, condition is everything.  Normally when I find an old piece, I would much rather it show its age than be restored to showroom condition.  However this piece didn't even offer that.  The grill had been spray painted over.  The fabric inside, also covered in paint, was thin and tearing.  The frame had tape residue and dirt.  This thing had been through a few wild times in its day!  The saving grace was that nothing was bent or dented and the chrome was complete and chip free.  So no, this couldn't be displayed like this.  The only option was to restore!


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Thursday, 20 July 2017

STCPod #142 - We Are All Passengers


  • Another late start
  • Joe finally fixed his mic
  • Bill is angry at Joe for taking some vacation time
  • Promo
  • We watch Passengers
  • We watch The Fate of the Furious
  • Joe bum rushes Silicon Valley Season 4
  • We watch the return of Game of Thrones (non-spoiler)
  • Yard sale pickup video from Bill
  • Google is coming to your home
  • Restaurant stories