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

Thursday, 13 July 2017

STCPod #141 - Raging Over Spilt Milk and Independence Day


  • Figuring out how to work and price a table at a game show
  • Raging over spilt milk
  • Does Joe's 5 year old need a nap still?
  • Independence Day sequel is no good but Bill thinks there could be great stories there
  • We talked about some things here but I don't remember what so you'll just have to listen
  • Bill tests Joe on some Hardy Boys trivia

Thursday, 6 July 2017

STCPod #140 - What Transpired At A Bob Dylan Concert & Text Wars




  • Another late show start thanks to Bill
  • Text message wars
  • In-show promo
  • Bill congratulates Transformers and Beer Podcast
  • Bill takes his daughter to the Bob Dylan concert and what happened there
  • Bill grills Joe on Star Trek : The Next Generation trivia
  • Joe tells of a recent Kijiji sale hassle

Thursday, 29 June 2017

STCPod #139 - Taking a Vacation, Kid's 1st and Some Outrageousness


  • Joe does his job discovering bad audio and so the show restarts
  • Why is Bill not telling Joe he got emails about component cables
  • Cartridge Club BBQ
  • Bill leaves Joe in the lurch and takes 2 weeks vacation
  • Bill taking his kid to the Bob Dylan concert
  • Joe is taking his kids to their 1st Jays game
  • Bill reminisces about working at the SkyDome
  • Bill blows the surprise about the Dollar Dorks
  • Joe watches 3 bad movies in a row
  • Remembering Stephen Kings' Christine
  • Dark Tower trailer
  • Joe's son graduates Senior Kindergarten
  • Bill's outrageous yardsale pickups
  • Transformers Mail-Away box craziness returns

Thursday, 22 June 2017

STCPod #138 - The Fashion Police and Dirty Limericks







  • #KeepJoeAlive update
  • Limp wristed yuppie
  • Intro
  • What kids are wearing at school nowadays
  • Trouble training kids to ride without training wheels
  • Dollar Dorks
  • Yard sale / thrifting pickups
  • Bill recommends Veep

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

STCPod Eps 137 - Movies That Only Get Better & E3 2017 Thoughts



  • Someone is cranky
  • The rematch of Logan doesn't hold up
  • Movies that get better the more you see them
  • Joe can't keep his hands off of himself
  • E3 thought and some games that interest us
  • Joe's sleep appointment is in progress