newgameplus

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  1. A bit late, but for the record, PBS did actually air marathons of the GBBO: Masterclass. PBS' 3 seasons are also available on Netflix, it's just technically a separate show. Also for anyone wondering, PBS' seasons 1, 2, and 3 respectively correspond very oddly to BBC's series 5, 4, and 6.
  2. Seconding Chris' endorsement. Sobacha is awesome. Also try iced barley tea as the weather gets warmer. It's the best Japanese summertime drink.
  3. So I don't mean to "um, actually..." this episode, but since I live just outside of Gilroy and this whole story is bonkers, I'm going to embellish it a little. The real story is the Roach-Belcher feud. Lewis Belcher, not mentioned in the episode, was initially a friend of Roach's and helped him become guardian of the estate. Belcher acted as Roach's bondsman, but after a few months accused Roach of stealing and resigned. Henry Sanford, Maria's third husband, was actually a close friend Belcher's. Much of the legal maneuvering was orchestrated by Belcher, including the hiring of Terry as Sanford's lawyer. In their suit in Stockton, the Sanfords accused Roach of stealing $84,654 worth of gold dust which Sánchez had dug up during the gold rush. Belcher never stopped pursuing this money. He and his posse turned to going after the bondsmen that succeeded him, getting in several gunfights along the way. He managed to get $9,000, but he was eventually assassinated at the very same bar where Sanford and Roach's brother-in-law killed each other. It didn't stop there. New parties kept getting involved and all in all 13 people were murdered within about 4 years of Sánchez' passing, including a state Senator! I highly recommend reading this article from the California Historical Society Quarterly that was written by someone who combed through all the legal records relevant to the story, as well as drawing on the work of two historians that interviewed survivors from the events. I started looking around for more info because I'm inherently skeptical of any buried treasure claims. But I think that article may hold the key to understanding where the idea of $72,000 came from. Apparently, $13,555 was found in the walls of the Sánchez home in 1853. Play the game of historical telephone enough and ~85,000 minus ~13,000 becomes an Old West legend about a missing $72,000. This is just speculation on my part however. I'd love to know what source Duncan used for writing this episode. Thanks for teaching me something about the area! I didn't grow up here, so I have no idea if it's like a common story that there's gold buried somewhere. It kind of makes me want to ask around though. Also, the Garlic Festival has broken 100,000 attendees these last few years ^___^ (though to me that weekend is the: "stay at home cause it will be a pain to drive anywhere" festival)
  4. It's cheeky but they are true stories: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadnought_hoax: http://harvardmagazine.com/2004/03/the-rhodes-roster.html: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galápagos_Islands#History:
  5. Omg, I'm listening to the preroll supercut, and I just remembered this one time that I was falling asleep listening to old episodes. I thought that my podcast app was set to stop once the episode ended, but it wasn't and it just took a minute or so to load the next episode. Just as I was nodding off suddenly Jake loudly declares, "Get ready for a surprise!" and I bolted back up and fucking lost it. I didn't fall asleep for like another hour.
  6. A robot is any machine that can perform complex tasks. An android is a robot that looks like a human. Or a robot is a rectangle and an android is a human-shaped square.
  7. You have to get past the first section in order to understand Stephen's Sausage Roll. After that it's starts dropping its mind-blowing moments. That's what people are really excited about.
  8. I'm pretty sure Match Puzzler actually describes Professor Layton.
  9. Hi, I've never posted before, but I just wanted to say I'm going to miss having Danielle on the cast a whole lot. However, I'm super happy that Idle Thumbs has finally managed to survive an east coast departure, and we even get another podcast out of it. So, sort-of-not-really farewell Danielle and good luck with the move! Also, is it cool if I lovingly refer to this New York-based weekend cast as wIDLEbeast for awhile? Because, well, I'm going to.