Claims of the Normal #16: 2011-04-21

- Published Thu, Apr 21, 2011 by Arkenor Oakshadow, Breki Tomasson and Petter Mårtensson

The Manly Episode is out and about, ready for you to listen to on your iPhone, iPod, iTunes or anything else you’ve got going for you!

… Well, it’s the “Manley” episode, if you want to be strict about it, but it’s a lot funnier when you don’t know how it’s spelled. The manly episode just sounds .. well .. better.

Anyhoo, on with the show!

Wednesday came around – as it does – and we recorded yet another episode of CSICON’s very own podcast, introducing a brand new element to the Wednesday show; Quiz Kids, where Petter and Arkenor square off against each other in a duel to the death. In this first week of the show, Arkenor came out on top, defeating Petter by a whopping nine points to five! Other things we talked about this episode include:

The Weekly Woes and Winnings of the World

  • Rent the country of Lichtenstein! Only $70k per night, two night minimum!
  • First ever proper teleportation performed! … Still decades away from Star Trek teleportation, however.

The Wired and Wonderful

  • Portal 2 releases early! Jim Sterling curses at Metacritic user comments.
  • River of Soul event in Rift borks up, Trion tries to bribe us.
  • UK gets a Viagra-laced beer.
  • iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go – at all times – with Mac App to extract and display info.
  • Reading Shakespeare makes you smarter!


Claims of the Normal

Claims of the Normal was the first show to launch on the CSICON Network. Originally intended as the only show to run on the website csicon.org (the 'con' in CSICON stands for Claims of the Normal, after all), it quickly became the launch vehicle for so much more. Breki and Petter started the show, and got Arkenor on board, and it all just went from there.

The show, over time, was replaced by The MMOsketeers, starring Petter, Arkenor and Teppo, as well as Instanews, starring Breki and Jack. None of these shows exist in their original form, but the legacy created by Claims of the Normal lives on.

If you want to get in touch with the people behind the episode or talk to others who like it, feel free to join the CSICONauts chat room. Alternatively, you can find some of this episode's hosts and/or guests on Twitter: Arkenor Oakshadow, Breki Tomasson and Petter Mårtensson.