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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In which Stefan and Vox discuss cultural war



Just in case you've got nearly two hours to kill. We go into art, literature, culture, politics, you name it. Castalia fans will be interested to hear me name-drop one of our new authors we have not yet announced.

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Blogger MATT June 22, 2016 12:37 PM  

Nice shirt.

\m/

Blogger Brian S June 22, 2016 1:04 PM  

listening now, about 1/2 way thru :)

Blogger Artemis Rand June 22, 2016 1:11 PM  

Anyone know who the girl is in the thumbnail ?

That can't be a real SJW. Too feminine. Too pretty.

SJW "females" don't wear makeup or lipstick (Not that that would matter though) since that would enforce "stereotypes" and encourage, I don't know, more "rape culture" or some other wacked out bullshit. .

Anonymous Dan Shreffler June 22, 2016 1:16 PM  

Babymetal fan!!!! :) :)

Blogger tim June 22, 2016 1:21 PM  

The Missionaries

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 22, 2016 2:18 PM  

Something my wife taught me. Pray for what you want, but pray for "This or something better". You never know what God has in mind, and sometimes what we want is a shackle.

Blogger Dave June 22, 2016 2:26 PM  

I'm thirty minutes in and now willing to forego the weekend to hasten the arrival of Monday morning.


Question: is Stefan on his feet for the entire discussion?

Anonymous GraceL June 22, 2016 2:46 PM  

Oh man, nothing goes better with housework than a juicy podcast! I prefer Rush for yard work--generates anger, good for weeding but Voxcasts are made for precise, calculated, steamy ironing. Here's to half a dozen dress shirts, extra crispy.

Anonymous Moonbear June 22, 2016 2:58 PM  

The conversation was wonderful.
I hope you guys do more, two hours was not enough.

Blogger Brian S June 22, 2016 3:13 PM  

Dave wrote:Question: is Stefan on his feet for the entire discussion?

He stands for most of his videos (or so he's said in the past)

Blogger CarpeOro June 22, 2016 3:15 PM  

The "what part of Dark Lord of Evil didn't you get" brought to mind a cartoon that was targeted more at adults: The Tick. One of the villains was The Midnight Bomber That Bombs at Midnight. The Tick, being an idiot, still didn't put one and one together. A show you could easily have mined for good stuff.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker June 22, 2016 3:27 PM  

Loads of insightful dialogue about the publishing industry, especially the gap between Tor's "leading" reputation and its chronic inability to land the next Big SF thing.

Can predictive analytics save Tor from itself? Tor seems to think so.

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/data-driven-publisher-inkitt-signs-first-predicted-bestseller-with-tor-books/

Blogger Brian S June 22, 2016 3:53 PM  

As someone who came to this blog because of your appearances on shows like Red Ice & FDR, it's always nice to see you on there again. You bring a fresh perspective and help challenge their narratives. Looking forward to more!

Anonymous Nathan June 22, 2016 3:55 PM  

@12,

Time to short Tor and Macmillian, again.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 22, 2016 4:03 PM  

They would rather burn the author at the stake.

Probably not exaggeration.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 22, 2016 4:59 PM  

Longtime Lurker wrote:Can predictive analytics save Tor from itself? Tor seems to think so

Next up, Inkitt will publish the coming of age gay and lesbian romance novel Just Juliet, in partnership with the LA-based Rebecca Friedman Agency, and pursue opportunities for The Esper Files and Catalyst Moon: Incursion."
Yeah, no.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 22, 2016 5:00 PM  

Inkitt is essentially a fan-fic site posing as apathway to getting published. And PNH is stupid enough to play along, since he has to ability to pick winners himself, or the slush readers are not sending good stuff up the chain.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 22, 2016 5:35 PM  

Best interview you've done. Very good.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook June 22, 2016 5:41 PM  

Really good interview I think you guys have a good chemistry. Have you thought of doing a debate with Stefan on the existence of God or gods?

Blogger James McLaren June 22, 2016 5:49 PM  

that was excellent, very instructive

Anonymous DC (#sqrt(-1)) June 22, 2016 5:54 PM  

Gave a raised eyebrow at the name-dropping since I'm about halfway through the "controversial" book written by said new Castalia author due to the good offices of my personal friend over at The Smallest Minority blog who had good things to say about it.

Castalia House continues its upward trajectory finding and supporting good authors with stories, not lectures, to tell. Well done, sir!


Blogger BunE22 June 22, 2016 6:37 PM  

I put my ipad on top of my treadmill and walked my way through it. I thoroughly enjoyed it (the talk, not the exercise). Stefan has been a favorite of mine but I never brought him up here because I had the impression he wasn't popular here.

I'm grateful that I found him and Vox, because when you're surrounded by insanity you begin to question your own. I was on an island surrounded by a sea of fools. I've come to know that I am not alone on said island.

Thanks for that.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker June 22, 2016 6:42 PM  

@17: "Inkitt is essentially a fan-fic site posing as a pathway to getting published. And PNH is stupid enough to play along, since he has to ability to pick winners himself, or the slush readers are not sending good stuff up the chain."

Judging from my quick investigation, Inkitt derives its "best seller" parameters from the on-site review of works that prospective authors submit to Inkitt in the hopes of becoming best-selling authors.

Seems like PNH might have out-clevered himself.

If Inkitt works, then who needs PNH? Who needs acquisitions editors when "artificially intelligent algorithms" can do just as good a job (admittedly a "big if" at this point)?

If Inkitt fails, so does PNH.



Anonymous Steve June 22, 2016 7:50 PM  

It's been really cool to see Stefan and Vox interact over the whole SJW topic but you gotta wonder when the topic of atheism is going to come up and I imagine it will eventually. Though as a long time of Stefan, you kind of get the feeling he is kind of soft on Christianity (he was raised Christian).

Vox have you and Stefan talked about doing a podcast on the atheism?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 22, 2016 8:03 PM  

Well, since Inkitt's next bestseller selection is a "Gay coming of age" story, I'm going to go with "Inkitt is a scam", not "Inkitt is the latest savior of traditional publishing."

Anonymous gxg June 22, 2016 8:09 PM  

Great interview. It went by fast.

I started listening to Stefan a couple years ago. He does a great job with some really controversial topics: race and IQ, r/K selection, lots of stuff about Trump lately.

But some of his older podcasts are painful because he was so hostile to Christianity, basically saying that anyone who raised their kids as Christians was engaging in a form of child-abuse.

However, in newer podcasts, he's expressed a real appreciation of Christians, because they've been a force for good in society, and because even when Christians disagree with him, they're usually nice about it.

It's interesting to see his audience growing, even as mainstream news outlets continue to circle the drain.

Anonymous andon June 22, 2016 9:06 PM  

26. Anonymous gxg June 22, 2016 8:09 PM

However, in newer podcasts, he's expressed a real appreciation of Christians, because they've been a force for good in society...


i'm an atheist and I see it this way too, current pope excepted.

Blogger LibertyPortraits June 22, 2016 9:11 PM  

Stefan has changed a lot since I started listening to him. I think he mentioned that he realized the whole couple of generations of peaceful parenting won't even be possible if immigration isn't under control now, and the only people who seem to be interested in real solutions are the alt-right.

I went through a period where I took a sabbatical from Stefan's videos, thinking that I had heard and learned all I could from him and that I was starting to stop thinking for myself. I only watch his occasional video now, but I notice the change and I am glad for it.

Although I think a Vox vs. Stefan atheist/god debate would be a solid debate, why beat a dead horse? Free trade debates and discussions of SJWs and Cuckservatives seems to be more promising and productive to me. I already know Stefan and Vox's positions on God and there are tons of people already talking about that debate, but very few people talking about the other leading edge ideas discussed on this blog.

Anonymous andon June 22, 2016 9:14 PM  

btw there is this very nice little free and portable app that will grab just the audio portion or any video type of the avail videos off of YouTube - its called 3DYD Youtube Downloader. I use it to stock up my MP3 player on various speakers or podcasts like Red Ice.

Blogger John Wright June 22, 2016 10:23 PM  

Good interview. Could have been longer.

Anonymous URL IRL June 22, 2016 10:52 PM  

Encouraging and thought provoking - thank you Vox and Stefan.

Anonymous Mrs. Xerxes June 22, 2016 11:15 PM  

GraceL wrote:Oh man, nothing goes better with housework than a juicy podcast! I prefer Rush for yard work--generates anger, good for weeding but Voxcasts are made for precise, calculated, steamy ironing. Here's to half a dozen dress shirts, extra crispy.

Heh, ditto. I didn't think I would make it through the whole thing, but the kids took extra long naps and I got the whole house clean, dinner made and laundry done in a snap thanks to this. (And now I want to buy books...ho hum)

I spent the weekend chasing a toddler through airports for which I now doth crown myself an expert in people watching. And I noticed Vox stays very still and composed on his "throne" and Stefan bounces around quite a bit like a court jester. But hear hear! We'd love more~

Blogger Michael Martin June 22, 2016 11:50 PM  

Watched it today and you guys hit on a lot of good points. My own experience writing a very unPC book about the bar industry got met with a lot of compliments on the quality of writing, but didn't meet their current wants

Anonymous gxg June 23, 2016 1:13 AM  

There is this very nice little free and portable app that will grab just the audio portion or any video type of the avail videos off of YouTube - its called 3DYD Youtube Downloader.

Great info. Thanks! Normally, I download Stefan's stuff from ITunes (audio only), so I can get things done around the house while I listen. But I didn't realize there was a way to pull audio straight from YouTube. That will definitely come in handy.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch June 23, 2016 1:46 AM  

Wow. What a great conversation. Kind of makes me want to get on the ball, finish this novel, and see if it and its prequel are Castalia-worthy books.

Blogger Atomic Agent 13 June 23, 2016 2:02 AM  

Excellent interview, I could have listened to you and Stefan for another couple of hours.

The very first novel of Banks I started reading had a person submerged in sewage up to his chin, I literally couldn't make it past that point.

Glad someone else feels the same way about Philip Roth as I do.

Blogger papabear June 23, 2016 2:28 AM  

Great interview.

Blogger Sagramore June 23, 2016 4:01 AM  

Enjoying it very much, but man, you sound a heck of lot like the CBC science guy and I keep thinking what would happen if some politicallyrics incorrect "lot episodes" got out there...

Blogger tim June 23, 2016 5:20 AM  

Stefan moans about his atheist book never flourishing. Perhaps it's apriori DOA. Stefan, that whole Darwinist train just takes people to the gulags at best and death chambers at worst. Prototype Saul of Tarsus? Perhaps, without the bodycounts.

Anonymous Sansa Clip + RockBox June 23, 2016 8:06 AM  

Does anyone know a weblink to a youtube-to-MP3 converter that would generate a low-res (ie voice quality) of a two hour Youtube like this?

Alternatively, is there a plugin for MS Edge, or program with an easy and quick interface (eg context menu selection)?

My MP3 player can only store 2 or 3 of these monster speeches.

Blogger Cail Corishev June 23, 2016 8:23 AM  

On Unix, I use ffmpeg with the following command to pull the audio from videos (after downloading with youtube-dl) and compress it down to a low-quality MP3. I think ffmpeg is also available for Windows.

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -codec:a libmp3lame -qscale:a 9 output.mp3

Blogger Shimshon June 23, 2016 8:35 AM  

Excellent!

Anonymous andon June 23, 2016 10:06 AM  

@ #40 - from this page I use Pazera Audio Extractor:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?sc=39&s=50

Pazera can sometimes only compress down to 33 kbps, I try for 16 though. from the other progs there XMedia Recode is updated pretty often. TEncoder gives me errors sometimes, Pazera always runs flawlessly.

I have a Rockboxed Clip too :)

34. Anonymous gxg June 23, 2016 1:13 AM

Great info. Thanks! Normally, I download Stefan's stuff from ITunes (audio only), so I can get things done around the house while I listen. But I didn't realize there was a way to pull audio straight from YouTube. That will definitely come in handy.


yeah its one of my favorite programs. I like that I don't have to go to the busy, noisy YouTube site in my browser. this just lets you grab what you want.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian June 23, 2016 10:31 AM  

Excellent back and forth. Like being a fly on the wall for a good conversation.

Blogger maniacprovost June 23, 2016 10:48 AM  

This was pretty good.

Blogger John S June 23, 2016 1:09 PM  

Does anyone know a weblink to a youtube-to-MP3 converter that would generate a low-res (ie voice quality) of a two hour Youtube like this?

Alternatively, is there a plugin for MS Edge, or program with an easy and quick interface (eg context menu selection)?

My MP3 player can only store 2 or 3 of these monster speeches.


I used Dirpy.com for a long time, and it worked pretty well. You can change the the bit rate down to 32kbps (maybe even 16kbps, its been a while and I can't remember...)

But.... it'd be easier to just give someone you know $20 for the old android phone they've got in the back of their junk drawer. Install a podcast app like pocketcast, set it to store downloads on the SD card it hopefully has, then just search for whatever podcasts you want. Molyneux's is "Freedomain Radio"

Blogger John S June 23, 2016 3:43 PM  

Another interesting discussion.

Have you sent Stephan The Irrational Atheist? That would make for a lively back and forth...

Anonymous Jack Amok June 24, 2016 2:08 AM  

Owen Stanley, a man who clearly divides one side from the other...

I'm looking forward to this book.

Anonymous Pellaeon June 24, 2016 6:32 PM  

I just started checking out the pod cast as a result of the interview. I'd heard your name dropped several times over at the rational male, but didn't think too much about it till now.

I just read through "SJWs always lie" and found it both entertaining and useful. I've started"the irrational atheist" now.

Anonymous Pellaeon June 24, 2016 6:33 PM  

Sorry, I meant blog

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