BSCC 020 - Claudia and the Bad Joke

This week, Jack and Tanner meet to discuss the very complex mechanical and metaphysical implications of traversing the Planes of Chaos, also known as the Immaterium, from the Warhammer 40k universe, and whether or not the human mind is capable of making sense of a senseless reality where the laws of motion and energy do not apply. But, then we cut all that out, so I guess you'll just have to listen to them talk about The Baby-Sitters Club books instead.

Jack's re-cap song is "Touch" by Mattia Cupelli

The Burn of the Week song is "Tell Me" by Killercats

The Signs and Signifiers music is by Paul the Trombonist

Show notes:

Claudia and the Bad Joke

The Commedia del'Arte of the cinquecento is known primarily for its stock characters, many of which appear in evolved forms in the plays of Shakespeare and other Elizabethan playwrights. It probably owes its characterizations to the Roman playwrights Plautus and Terence and the New Comedy tradition that preceded it in Greece (viz., Menander). Martin nods at this tradition through the "Slapstick film festival" the girls attend at the beginning of the novel and by populating Claudia and the Bad Joke with peripheral characters (Trip, Logan, Janine) who have stock traits that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who is familiar with the form.  

The Warhammer 40K universe focuses primarily on a series of wars and territory disputes between The Imperium of Man, the Orcs, the Eldar, and the Daemons. The universe contains an alternate dimension called The Immaterium, which facilitates faster-than-light travel for The Imperium and acts as a source of magical and psychic powers within the universe. Most importantly, IT HAS FUCKING NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING, TANNER

Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (again!)

What Claudia wore this week: "The shirt was one I'd made myself. I'd taken a shirt of my dad's, painted it, and sewn sequins all over it. It had taken ages to do, and the shirt was very special to me." And then Betsy Sobak went and ruined it with one of her pranks. Which is WHAT YOU GET, CLAUDIA, for taking yourself so damn seriously. Who the hell paints their own T-shirts? It's preposterous behavior.