Claims of the Normal #23: 2011-05-16

57 mins - Published Mon, May 16, 2011 by Arkenor Oakshadow, Breki Tomasson and Petter Mårtensson

Petter came back, groveling out his apologies for insulting the Dalai Lama. We’re still not sure whether or not this has anything to do with his sudden absence last week.

Note to our iTunes listeners: There seems to have been a problem with the episode, which could lead to duplicates showing up in some of your feeds. Let me know if the episode, entitled “023 – King Kong died for your Sins” doesn’t work for you by commenting below or sending me a message at @BrekiT or @CSICON on Twitter.

In the Weekly Woes and Winnings of the World, we find SOE has announced some of what they’re going to do to make things up to their customers. SOE’s servers come online, login-servers crash from load, people are barred from entry because they are flagged as “underage”, everything seems back to relatively normal. But as things are settling, we find out that Square Enix has been hacked!

Also, Facebook guilty of smear campaign against Google. Kettle, you’re super black. Some more info coming from this site too. Basically, at the same time that we realize that they’ve been leaking oodles of personal information, they’re blaming Google for being lax on personal integrity and security.

In The Wired and Wonderful, we get the sad news that Obi-Wan Kenobi is dead. This may not matter, because Judgement Day (or the Rapture) is coming! May 21st is the End of the World, according to the loons over at Family Radio. This is massive and has led people to donate their life savings to … well, to Jesus, I assume, just because they really believe that the world is ending in just under a week! Kind of like these guys. Also, a bunch of crummy television series have just been cancelled. We’re still waiting to hear whether or not this is related to the pending religious event and if the studio execs were trying to buy themselves some Karma … or whatever it is Christians believe in; Christ-points or something.

Also, big thanks to @orchidpussy for the new CSICON avatar and her Dr. Who reviews!

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 (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.

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