August 14

Mastermind’s Team Robcast 236 | Escape from Hobo Island

Prepare your mindhole for the best podcast in Baltimore!

Escape from Hobo Island
Escape from Hobo Island!

It’s all business mode at the top of the hour! Join the legendary duo as they finally discuss their past podcast endeavors. Rob explains how to Palpatine in the workplace while Dann continues to complain about everyday life. The Crown City Cook has stories involving cereal, chicken, and yet another food recall. No one is safe, not even our goldfish! Is the world ready for another Guy Fieri restaurant? These foodies say yes!

 

Meanwhile, Greg gets stuck on Hobo Island. 

 

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that’s one hundred percent free of E. Coli.

 

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August 9

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 235 | Electric Cheese

excellent adventure
Crazy Time Best Friends

Buckle up for Rob and Dann’s excellent adventure!

What would you do if you could go back in time to the year 1996? The legendary duo would definitely steal their fair share of projects and property rights. Get ready for discussions about music, toys, dookie, Italian curse words and extreme cheese. Keep Rob Lee away from Doritos – it will become problematic.

Dann returns with Geek Stuff to declare his love of Megaman and his disdain for cheap gimmicks. If you could rip off one old school video game, which would it be?

 

Meanwhile, Greg has a bogus journey.

 

Whether you’re a lurker or a skulker, you don’t want to miss the episode that proves why there should never be a snack product called “Cool Anus”.

 

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July 15

Crown City Cooking | Fish in a Pouch

This recipe is virtually idiot proof… just make sure you don’t touch the stove!

 

Ingredients:

  1. A chunk of fish (dealer’s choice. I prefer skinless Alaskan salmon)
  2. Vegetables (dealer’s choice)
  3. Olive oil
  4. Salt and Pepper
  5. Aluminum Foil

 

Directions:

  1. Take a large enough piece of aluminum foil and curl it together to make a pouch.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil in the foil to help keep the fish from sticking.
  3. Place the chunk of fish inside the foil. If there is skin on one side of your fish, place the chunk skin side down. Optionally, you could marinate your fish in a variety of sauces for an hour prior to cooking.
  4. Scatter the vegetables in the pouch followed by a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Close the pouch making sure there are no openings.
  6. Put the pouch in a frying pan and cook on medium heat for ten minutes.
  7. Carefully open and remove the food from the pouch, avoiding any plumes of steam.

 

Teriyaki Salmon w/ mushrooms

 

With the various combinations you could create using this recipe, I thought it would be fun to share with you what I ended up making. This is skinless Alaskan salmon that I marinated for several minutes in teriyaki sauce with sliced mushrooms. It held a little of the marinade’s flavor but not much since I only let it sit for a few minutes, fortunately the mushrooms soaked up what ran off the cooking fish. Flaky and delicious in 10 minutes! Get creative when trying this dish at home and post your results in the comments!

Enjoy!

-CCC

 

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July 10

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 232 | For Your Consideration

The only podcast certified BDE!

This week, Torin joins the gang for a round-table discussion including Big Dick Energy, terrifying toys, and dispensaries. Rob and Dann hold the first World Cup of butts that goes all the way from groups to finals in a single evening! Where were you when Toys R Us closed their doors for good?

Hopefully not raging over the live-action Teen Titans or Luke Cage. How would you feel if Cloak and Dagger switched genders? Our answers might surprise you. Rob talks about the culture and concept of corruption while Dann freaks out about Stranger Things, again.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that proves why Ditto is the best Pokémon of them all!

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July 3

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 231 | Call Me Butt Juice

Young hearts run free on an all new Robcast!

 

On this week’s episode, Rob and Dann pay their last respects to a fallen WWE legend. Crown City Cook tells a cautionary tale that all buffet owners should heed plus coffee-fueled racism is on the menu at a Dunkin Donuts here in Baltimore. There’s no escaping this week’s fresh dick jokes as New Challenger thrills and entertains everyone except Dann. Are you guilty of Gatsbying?

What’s worse, getting nicknamed Butt Juice or getting stabbed by a guy named Butt Juice? All we know for certain is: drinking dog pee is disgusting!

Meanwhile, Greg reveals that he is, in fact, a host.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the only episode to survive a five-round Texas Death Match inside of a steel cage!

 

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June 26

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 230 | All Murrays Everything

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Anime is cool

This week’s episode of Robcast is the greatest of all time, allegedly!

The mercury might not be in retrograde but that doesn’t stop Rob and Dann from looking into the past to discuss the best and worst foods brought to you by one of the most infamous of local grocers – Murray’s.

The Crown City Cook talks tacos, Chick-o-Sticks and Doritos that never existed this side of the coast. New Challenger is guaranteed to rattle you to your very core with all new tales involving gators, puppy people and baby daddies. You don’t want to know what Dann would do in order to escape a spider.

What does Jamie Foxx and an English landlady have in common and is there friendship strong enough to withstand a court of law? All we know for sure is, you can’t live in Detroit and own anything nice.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that proves why you always bite twice.

 

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June 22

Geek Stuff | Fortnite

Come on, you know you wanna try it.

 

Fortnite, Fork Knife, the greatest game ever created, the bane of our collected existence. These are just some of the names given to the world’s most heavily played video game at the moment. Fortnite’s origin may have started in the tower defense genre but after witnessing the rise of the Battle Royale phenomenon known as Player Unknown’s Battleground, Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) decided to copy PUBG’s entire model, leaving out minimal features. The only discernable difference between PUBG and Fortnite are the material collecting/building,  vehicles and the obvious cartoon/arcade style that Fortnite utilizes. Originally, I was a diehard PUBG player, especially now that it’s on mobile. But the times they are a changing and after a week spent nestled in the crevasses of Dusty Divot, Flush Factory and Tomato Town, it’s safe to say I am absolutely crazy for Fortnite!

 

Of course, this wasn’t the case a few months ago. Fortnite was an obvious clone of PUBG, just less realistic and almost impossible to get a kill in. I was sniped left and right the first time I tried playing which ultimately led me to give up the game completely until the beginning of season 4. A few of my coworkers with kids were discussing playing the game and all the random nonsense that was happening around them. From tree snipers to random dance parties, all of their stories made me laugh with curiosity. They didn’t seem angry or bitter about constantly getting murdered before they even had a chance to find a weapon, they just couldn’t get over how funny it was having an open dance party in the middle of a corn field. So I bought the $10 battle pass (because what’s the point of leveling with zero rewards?) and kept my fingers crossed I wouldn’t regret it by the end of the night.

 

What followed can only be described as overly amusing antics. I stuck to my squad like glue those first few matches. I had managed to find a way to stay alive for longer than two minutes but my problems still rested with finding a weapon quickly. After ten matches I decided to stay in squads but break off from the rest of the group because, well, kids and young adults suck at life and communication. It was on one of these solo squad runs that I decided to start hiding in random places, dancing the entire time until someone found and killed me. I started referring to myself as “The Hide n’ Seeker”, a person whose sole existence is to hide and dance until someone finds me. The ridiculous thing about all of this though, half the time the opponents who found me ended up hanging out with me, dancing until someone else came along and killed us both. I’ve yet to find more than two people willing to party down with me in-game, but it gives me hope for the future. I in no way take this game seriously, unlike all the rage fueled children currently playing the game, and that’s exactly what YOU should do. Regardless of your age, Fortnite has something to offer everyone in its own absurd way. You just need to take more than ten minutes to find your niche and I guarantee you’ll never say “Fuck Fortnite!” again.

-DD

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June 8

Crown City Cooking | Roast and Potatoes

The perfect family dinner. The hardest part will be peeling the potatoes.

 

The set-up at the CCC Compound

 

Ingredients:

Chuck Roast

Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes (skinned and quartered)

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper. You could marinate the chuck roast in the fridge for an hour to 24 hours but results are still delicious if you are making this meal same day and have no time for marinades.

  2. Wash the potatoes under a cold tap, dry and peel.

  3. Slice the potatoes diagonally into thick disks. Slice two more times until you’re left with four smaller pieces.

  4. Pour a small amount of water into a baking pan, just enough to cover the surface of the pan. Line the pan with the quartered potatoes and finally set your roast in the center of the pan.

  5. Cover the meat with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350-375 degrees. Technically speaking, it’s 20 minutes per pound but if you buy your groceries like the everyday person, this will usually work out to cooking for an hour to 80 minutes.

  6. At the 30 minute mark, remove the foil and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes. The roast should come out medium rare with a light pink color. If you enjoy a well-done roast, cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

  7. There you have it Roast and Potatoes. Enjoy!

    Finished product

-Crown City Cook

 

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June 5

Mastermind Team’s Robcast Episode 228 | Plaid vs Periwinkle

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Anime is cool, Eartha Kitt is cooler

An all new episode of the Robcast is ready and waiting!

Eartha Kitt returns from the grave for a new round of New Challenger. Rob gets involved with the effort to help Ellicott City while Dann challenges the current King of Wakanda to become the legendary Italian Panther. The Crown City Cook finally breaks the silence on McDonald’s “new” quarter pounder with cheese burger. This week’s Geek Stuff is extra special with two separate stories about Pokemon! Which will you choose, Pickachu or Eevee and does anyone really play Pokemon Go anymore?

What does a pineapple, a durian and a jazz fruit have in common and why does Andy Rooney keep giving us useless advice? All we know for certain is: you can’t get cum on a cake in Georgia no matter how hard you try.

Meanwhile, Greg makes a funny.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode cooked entirely on a George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine.

 

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June 4

Geek Stuff | FLCL Progressive

This past weekend saw the resurrection of one of Anime’s weirdest, most beloved series, FLCL.

Pronounced Fooly Cooly, FLCL originally aired in Japan back in 2000 with an American dub later on in 2003. I’ve tried in the past to sit thru these six episodes to no avail. Fortunately, with Adult Swim re-airing the first season every Saturday night I was able to manage a half hour a week for what is no doubt one of Japan’s harder to comprehend animes. And trust me, it isn’t the easiest thing to follow. In short, the plot revolves around a boy who gets hit by an alien with a guitar and then proceeds to try to be normal despite the robots that keep growing from his head no thanks to the alien with a guitar. There’s heavy sexual overtones, weird references to things I’m not totally sure exist, violence and the overall sense that this is supposed to be a coming of age story for the main character, Naota. All of those things are great but they hit you at a sprinter’s pace until the episode ends and you’re left scratching your head like Krusty the Clown declaring “What the hell was that?!”

FLCL: Progressive is the long-awaited second season to all the aforementioned above. And while it had a more focused feel to the storyline, one thing was for certain: this is still a very weird and sexually charged world.

The episode opens with a mysterious girl walking thru a tattered landscape. Everything is in black and white with the exception of a sharp horn growing from the girl’s forehead. She somehow finds herself in front of a giant red eyeball before waking up. Thru the course of her day, we learn that her name is Hidomi and she spends the bulk of her time ignoring the waking world whenever possible. Her neon blue cat ear headphones (which are always affixed to her head) represent her refusal to acknowledge anyone before they have a chance to get to know and subsequently reject her for whatever reason. We meet a few of her classmates, who are obviously part of the sexual overtone of the show, her mom and a brand new guitar wielding alien who rides in the back of a self-driving low rider instead of a bright yellow Vespa. Like Naota in the first series, Hidomi gets struck by the self-driving car and before the end of episode one, finds herself in the exact area where her dream took place.

Before the new alien with a guitar parts ways with Hidomi, she remarks “It looks good on you.” referring to the bright red horn growing from Hidomi’s forehead. The next day in school, Hidomi is left reflecting out the window as it’s revealed that her teacher is actually the original alien with a guitar from the first series. The class cheers, Hidomi looks hesitant and I feel a lot less confused by this FLCL than the one that came out over a decade ago.

The hallmark of this series is the music. The Pillows are the original J-rock band who composed an entire album just for FLCL 1 and it’s safe to say that they have done it again! One of my favorite parts of this show is the song “Little Busters”, a song that when it starts playing, signals to the audience that the episode is almost over. Every other track is brand new just for FLCL: Progressive and it feels like The Pillows never fell out of love with the series (Although I really wish “Ride on Shooting Star” was still the ending credits theme). Hopefully as the show goes on there will be more to enjoy, but for now, I am sated, mainly because we have new The Pillows to look forward to but partly because I know exactly what the hell is going on this time around.

-DD

 

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