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Sunday, April 12th, 2009
5:13 pm
(An) epiphany/ies.
I had an epiphany :D Others followed: http://bit.ly/UpTHP
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
9:47 pm
They Don’t Know #058; FGC With Mer from Braindouche
I met Mer from Braindouche in the most random of all places: The twitterverse. She put in a search for people who did podcasts, found and added me amongst a bunch of other people, and promptly revealed herself to be My Muse. Furthermore, she ended up having a ridiculously cool and eclectic podcast over at Braindouche.net.

http://www.epilonicast.net/theydontknow/?p=232 <-- read the rest, comment, listen
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
10:03 pm
They Don't Know #055; FGC with Joey and Mark
Greetings everyone. On today's Fuzzy Gay Couch, we talk excitedly of new cars and cool things we are excited about, and then we sort of go into this new show, maybe you've heard of it, called RuPaul's Drag Race.

It seems to be as good a substitute for Project Runway as any... especially considering the best ep of season 5 was the drag queen episode.

Be a dear and give a listen.


Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net

Listen to the episode here
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
11:08 pm
They Don't Know #054: Couch from the Future with AmeriNZ
Last weekend I managed to record a wonderful chat with Arthur from the [url=http//www.amerinzpodcast.com]AmeriNZ podcast[/url]. But what was Sunday my time was Monday his time, so it really was like speaking with the future. Arthur totally spoiled that 100-yard interception too. Anyone else chatting with him should start asking him about lotto numbers.

All time travel silliness aside, Arthur is an amazing character. He moved to New Zealand from Chicago 13 years ago over a boy, and I learned about a lot of his life, both pre and post Kiwi-fication. I also managed to chat with him a bunch about the various cars New Zealanders get to drive around all those narrow mountain passes and how they differ from cars back here.

I hope you enjoy it!

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net

Listen to it here
Friday, January 30th, 2009
8:09 pm
25 things about me.
Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. No pressure, you don’t have to do it. But it’s fun and you learn cool stuff about your friends.

1. I have one older brother. He is 11 years older than me. He was a wonderful defacto babysitter because he was leaving his pissy teenage phase right about the time I was entering mine… thus meaning he was always there to go “No, you’re not the smartest person in the world and you’re actually being an insolent little shit because you’re scared and there are lots of things you need to learn and it’s gonna take effort and time and not be easy and you know this because you’re intelligent.” I love him, but at the same time our age gap among some other “life-happens” shit makes our relationship sort of distant and awkward. Thus, I don’t speak of him that often, but I am forever grateful for him and can identify a lot of spots in my life when he helped steer me towards being a better man during my formative years.

2. Of all the cool technological crap in my house, I probably own a 16th of it. Unless you count HVAC unit or double paned triple glazed windows as “cool technology”

3. I used to be overweight, topping out at about 250 lbs at 6′1″ at 20 years old. Through a combination of discovering Dance Dance Revolution and making a few small life changes (switching to diet coke for my soda needs, not snacking when bored, and exercising occasionally) I managed to end up at 160 lbs and 6′3″ around the age of 22. I looked scary then. I didn’t really lose weight because I wanted to look extra-good naked (although there was a little vanity there). I did it because I was worried about being unhealthy and because my knees started to hurt. Now, at 27, I have been working in an office for about 5 years, and poked around 220 right around the holiday season (and my knees started hurting again a year ago). Thus, I came up with the theory “I always have a large dinner because I am hungry after a stressful day at work, so if I eat light for breakfast and lunch and avoid snacking on crap I will survive at the office on Diet Coke and then come home and eat my customary large (but sensible) meal. At 210 and dropping steadily, I think it’s working, and I haven’t gnawed anyone’s arm off at work. I have even taken to twit-pic-ing every meal I eat to keep myself honest. You can see what I am eating if you check out epijiggles on twitter.

4. I am discovering I am now loving several of the foods I hated as a child (like Curry and a wide array of fungus). Raw or very-lightly-cooked Celery is still on my list as my least palatable food that destroys anything it touches. The taste isn’t that bad, and the texture isn’t unfamiliar (fibrous and stiff)… but combined in a stick or a chunk, it is revolting to me. While I can deal with cooked-to-mush celery and celery salt, if you put chopped-up celery in your salad or casserole for “a little crunch” I will consider it completely ruined and will not eat it.

5. I like to consider myself a very forgiving and understanding person. I try to build karma for myself by making excuses for service personnel and bad drivers (”That waitress is probably having a bad day which is why she forgot to refill my Diet Coke, I’ll tip her extra to make her day better!”; “That person who is driving like a maniac probably has a sick relative or a bad case of diarrhea” ). That being said, I can be a petty, disagreeable little sumbitch about little things that don’t really affect anything. Any of my friends who have given me bad advice in a board game, missed an appointment with me, or seen me interact with querulous people online know this.

6. I love computer science and geometry, but I hate calculus. I don’t know whether I was actually bad at understanding it, or whether it was the “A computer can do this more accurately by just doing the tedious process the calculus approximates” phenomenon. Either way, I can never bring myself to memorize all the stupid little equations and drill myself in all the dumb little tricks you can pull, and since it never came naturally, I did poorly in it. This “I know the grad students use the book/some-program” is the same phenomenon for why I stopped trying to do better at Organic Chemistry. It is one of those cases where my pragmatism won out.

7. I am a happy and near-voracious reader when I actually sit down and read (I feel have to qualify myself because I have many friends who are downright gluttonous about reading, and will probably take me to task for trying to use the word ‘voracious’ while at the same time not having an oft-updated reading blog). Unfortunately, I haven’t found the time to sit down and read for roughly 4 months, as work and play involve sitting and reading a computer screen all day, and I seem to pack my free-time schedule with lots of friends.

8. I have been told I am an excellent essayist. The qualifications are: “When you aren’t being overly snarky/mean/petty about something”. This is a paradox, as I usually avoid snark when I am calm, but am only driven to write my thoughts when I am angry or manic (and will use snark). Thus, my essays about passing innocuous things may be stuff of legend… but my thoughts on the things I care about will be ranty froth. Luckily, people seem to enjoy a good bit of ranty froth now and again.

9. I have spent all my life working towards two things: Financial independence (the “retire comfortably at 42″ kind) and making sure that people I care about like and respect me. The complications are, of course, trying not to be cheap and trying to make sure I don’t ever eschew former-cared-about people because it’s easier than getting back into their esteem.

10. Now that I have drank nary but diet soda, regular stuff is too sweet, and I cannot drink it except during random special occasions.

11. I have pretty much done everything there is to do in a forum. From mod one (it didn’t go well) to troll one (that, also, did not go well). The strife seems two-fold: On one hand I am a stickler for rules and regulations and being a decent person, on the other hand I enjoy a good snark and a low-grade flame war for some reason is both enthralling and mania-inducing in me. Thus things start out okay, but I make a few enemies I consider to be querulous idiots and don’t feel bad being petty to them. Then I end up losing interest because the same old fights start repeating themselves. In the end I have learned that there will always be a few people who get me and like me and will find me privately one day to become good friends. Thus, all bets are off when it comes to forums. I both love and dread the idea that my little forum might become popular one day.

12. I don’t really drink all that much, but now that I do, I secretly am fascinated by the Vesper (of Bond fame): apparently some martini with very strong vodka, very strong gin, downright toxic vermouth, and some lemon peel. I know I can never drink it because it would be way too strong for me.

13. I’ve often thought of myself as a “Type D Personality” (personality testing, not heart-attack risk). I hate change, and tend to be a stickler for punctuality, but otherwise tend to be happy with life. I do my own thing and will step up and run things if no-one is around to lead, stepping aside should a Type A come along and want to run things… knowing I will be asking them to slow down with all the random crazy upheavals they’ll introduce. Then again, maybe I am a type D heart attack risk…

14. I love strong women characters. I think this is my testament to my mom, a very smart woman who managed to help raise me and my brother and carry on a university career in elementary education. I also consider people who casually throw around words like “stupid women” (and their ruder variations) to be irretrievably demented and deranged. Needless to say, I discovered a lot of people that I suddenly wanted a lot less to-do-with during Palin’s VP run, and I am confident that they will never quite understand why I suddenly started treating them coldly.

15. I am the product of an upper-middle-class family that is loving and supportive and I have good relationships with all my extended family too. That being said, I really don’t think socio-economic background influences a child’s outcome all that much, just the proximity of caring people willing to guide that child and get them used to the basic truths about life: “You need to work and plan for what you want”, “Life isn’t fair, but good people are”, “That which is despicable to you, do not do to your neighbor” (to name a few). Thus, whenever someone tries to attribute my small successes to “privilege”, I eschew their argument. Granted, I can understand how a lack of opportunity can make things hard, so I have a fierce liberal streak and a great admiration of all sorts of managed humanitarian efforts, but at the same time, I won’t grant the generic screw-ups of the world the consolation that ‘privileged people’ stole all their chances at happiness and kept them down.

16. I can’t stand people who philosophize about basic character traits to great detail as a conversation piece. This stems from one ex-fling who went on and on about how important honesty is to him… only to repeatedly demonstrate he was not very good at being forthcoming or particularly honest. I often joked of him “He talked about honesty so much because he didn’t get it’s concepts at age 3 like everyone else. Thus, honesty is a fascinating concept open to lots of interpretations…”

17. I often find myself attracted to “big brothers”. Men who are about 2-6 years older who are on the next plane of maturity. Ironically, I have been merrily partnered with a man 3 years my junior and arguably less mature for about 5 years now. Love comes from unexpected places indeed.

18. My work style tends to be “goof-off for four hours, then do 10 hours worth of work in the next four hours”. Interspersed… but when I try and force myself to work really hard for a solid 8 hours when there isn’t an obvious deadline or sudden need for it… I hate it, myself, and the world. Thus, I have stopped trying and hope no-one notices or cares when they see me goof off. Also there are some days where I forget to work enough and then I get depressed about it.

19. I sucked my thumb well into my early teens, and had Braces in my senior year of high-school and early years of college. Ironically, while I had a bit of an overbite, the real reason for the braces is that I had a baby-tooth that became impacted where my canine was supposed to emerge, so they had to set up rigging to make space and then slowly pull the canine down where it was supposed to go. I have a broken bottom “permanent” retainer and I haven’t been able to fit my top retainer since I had a crown done on a root canal. Luckily, everything seems okay. Ironically, I love orthodontists and hate dentists.

20. I always worry that I am too long winded. Then again, all the people who have complained I am too long winded usually did so because I posted a very thorough and non-personal set of arguments as to why their view/opinion/explanations are complete bunk. And their complaint was along the lines of “I’m not even going to begin to read all that, and I hate you, you disagreeable cur, you”

21. I actually think all the supposedly vapid and idiotic young ladies running around getting press from Perez Hilton and the like, are very smart. I feel that in future history classes, they will be viewed as business savvy and PR moguls.

22. I was born in Maryland, moved to Charlotte, NC for High School, Went to Duke for College (but maintained a homestead in Columbia, SC) and now live/work in Atlanta. I figure I will be in Key West or South America by the time I retire.

23. I think the East Coast is better than the West Coast simply because everything happens here first (take THAT Pacific Standard Time)

24. I am constantly on the lookout for a good, web-based tool that will update my status, twitter, facebook, and everything else simultaneously

25. I love Atlanta, know several people who don’t, and it all seems to boil down to whether or not you enjoy driving.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
11:05 pm
They Don't Know #053; FGC with almost al the gang
Today I got Josh, Stephen, Mark and Joe again… alas, we are short a Joey.

But we had a lot of fun talking about not much at all.

I hope you enjoy it!

Listen and comment and forum here
Monday, January 26th, 2009
10:18 pm
They Don't Know #052; Tim Corrimal visits!
Many thanks to Tim Corrimal for coming on my show today. Tim is the Internet Technology genius who helped get the likes of me an Big Fatty into the pod-o-sphere (do not judge him for this too harshly my darlings).

Please listen and read the rest and comment here: http://tinyurl.com/d54nml
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
7:11 pm
They Don’t Know Video #008; Confections Contest Entry 1: DQ Rick’s Fabulous Triple Chocolate Cake
As you know, last weekend I kicked off the They Don’t Know Confections Contest. Well, luckily, I had an entry from DQ Rick for Fabulous Triple Chocolate Cake. The Recipe is as follows:

To see the recipe and watch the video, please visit here
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
11:39 pm
They Don't Know #051; MGC Mini Gay Loveseat with Joey
Alas, Josh and Stephen were Bizet and poor Mark was going to bed early citing severe sickness.

But Joey had the day off and we were able to hang out!

Thus, I sat him down and asked him a few questions and he told me no lies (or at least I couldn’t tell if they were). We also got a lovely voicemail from Terminally Single Tim. We also had a good time, and I hope you do too. Cheers!

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net

Please listen to the episode and comment here
Monday, January 19th, 2009
4:25 pm
Further rules for the They Don't Know confection contest.
The Pith: Write an iTunes Review for the They Don’t Know podcast with your favorite dessert recipe in it by January 31st, 2009. Email a copy to epilonious@gmail.com, and I will make all these recipes on video, and the recipe deemed most wondrous confection by me and my friends will win the entrant a new iPod shuffle.

The Further Details in an FAQ format:

To read the rest or comment, please go here.
10:12 am
This time it’s just me again. I listen to voicemails from Ramble Redhead, Princess Honah and DQ Rick, who are awesome for leaving me voicemail. I also wish the world some love and hope giving the pending inauguration, and I kick off a new contest with a fun prize.

Listen for details, be titillated and amazed, and as always, leave voicemails. Otherwise we’ll just start to replay old ones, and nobody wants that.

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net

To listen and/or leave a comment, go here
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
10:45 pm
They Don’t Know #049; FGC Voice-mail-a-palooza
On this program, Joe and Mark sit with me through a bevy of voicemails from John, beerstop, and Mer. I also talk about some crazy stuff like my foibles in Montessori School and my theory behind hideous purple sweatpants helping me save weight.

After that, we starting touching up the episode and I realized Skype screwed up and didn’t show me a message from Ramble Redhead and I realized I got cool messages from Princess Honah and DQ Rick while we were recording. Thank you all so much, and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get them into this episode. We’ll probably be doing a speedy release of another FGC episode to play them.

Cheers, and thanks for listening and calling!

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net

Listen to it and comment here
6:34 pm
Because ‘the staff’ might not have approved it yet…
There is a site out there that rhymes with 'the maylee like' (I am not going to link to it because I don't want to give them any more publicity than they are already getting by being querulous) written by some anonymous person(s). Their tagline is "commentary on GLBT podcasts"... and I somehow got caught up in their list, and they wrote the following comments about my most recent show:

To read the poop, comment, or discuss, please click here
Monday, January 12th, 2009
8:41 am
Or: Why the hell aren’t you online so I can talk to you?

Back around 1999 or so, everyone who was anyone (and who had some sort of high-speed internet connection) had AOL instant messenger and ICQ. Furthermore, they had their AIM/ICQ on at all times. It was almost as if people would jump out of bed to chat on the fancy new technology if someone made their computer plonk at 3:00 AM.

Read the rest here
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
10:53 pm
They Don’t Know #048; Please send VM’s. We talk over them.
I sit and chat with Joey, Mark, Josh, Stephen, and making his debut, my partner Eric! I play voicemails from Princess Honah and the new listener BeerStop. We also get a bit raunchier than usual because Stephen was refusing to talk (dammit!).

Despite the copious amounts of sassy gaiety, I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net

Listen to the episode here

Please leave a comment or join the discussion in the forum.
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
10:19 am
Two new posts on the new website
The pith: I have consolidated all of my websites and website efforts into one single place to reduce confusion and take advantage of new technologies. Thus, epilonious.net/org/com and petermwhite.net point here now, the forum (old posts) and gallery will still be available and old URLs will still resolve, but I think this will make it a lot easier for you guys to find me, and a HELLUVA lot easier for me. Read about it here

Otherwise, I also posted a wee meme here
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
12:43 am
They Don't Know #046; FGC with Joe and Mark
I sit and chat with Mark and Joe on Christmas Eve Eve. I play voicemails from DQ Rick and GoRainbowRadio/CallAnAmbulance. Hopefully, we entertain you and you love us.

Listen to it here

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
11:58 pm
They Don't Know #045; SGC Super Gay Couch with Joey, Josh, Stephen and Mark
Wow, I have a full coop of crazies, and they drive me crazy, and you can be there for the fun.

Thanks to Pat and DQ Rick and Joe Akom for calling in a leaving voicemail, and thanks to all the gang for being so fun and happy and silly and crazy.

I hope you love it!

listen to it here

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
11:54 pm
They Don't Know #043; Fuzzy Gay Couch Again
Greetings all, and welcome to the fuzzy gay couch again.

In this episode, I get Joe, Mark, Joey, and Me all riled up with an episode of Top Gear. Thus, full of British Wit and nifty cars and insane things like double decker bus races... we come to blather into a can. Cheers.

Listen to it here

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
website: epilonious.net
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
9:57 pm
THey Don't Know #042; just me
This is a teeny cast by just me. I discuss things I like, make a few plugs, introduce a new segment, and talk about stuffs. It was better than the show I tried to record yesterday… and I hope you are having a good post thanksgiving full work week.

listen to it here

Call me damn you!

Voicemail: 678 701-3371
Email: epilonious@gmail.com
AIM/YIM/Skype: epilonious
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