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Sometime yesterday we crossed 1 million lifetime downloads. I’ve never had a million of anything before!
TextThis week in sharks! 02/03/15
Our listeners are awesome at sending us great shark news so here are two fun things from the last week.
“A deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air.” It’s not quite Space Shark, but it’s close. These sharks take off in 2017.
h/t: Valerie Johnson
Stealing the show at the Super Bowl over the weekend were two dancing sharks with legs. Simply amazing. Apparently one knew the dance and the other didn’t.
h/t: @_markfranklin and @b_nagendra
Keep sending us your best shark finds!
When we first opened up the door to sponsorships, we weren’t really expecting anybody to want to pay to inflict their favorite personal torture on us. We were pretty sure we couldn’t get $30/episode from anybody. We underestimated your desire to inflict pain. We also thought that if people did pay us, they’d be disappointed in the result (hence our motto “No refunds”).
The demand since day one has been shocking and has only gotten stronger. Each time we sell out of inventory, we get a bunch of disappointed emails/tweets/FB comments saying “Aw, I was driving and I missed it” or “I’m in Australia and it was the middle of the night here” or “How would you like to impress your woman with an extra four to six inches?” While it’s nice to know, we don’t want anybody to feel like they didn’t have a fair chance just because of their commuting schedule or weird nation of origin or penis size. We want everybody who’s interested in being part of the show to have that option. So we’ve been trying to come up with a better way.
Our dream is to have a system where people can group sponsor episodes on a rolling basis, almost like a Kickstarter, where people can contribute small amounts of money to a topic. So we’re not reading the third 50 Shades book unless we get $1,000, right? It’d be nice if there was a way people could say “I’ll put $5 toward that” for that our any other topic. We also want everybody to have an equal shot of sponsoring.
For our next round in January, what we’ve settled on is this. We’ll still have a limited number available on a first-come first-served basis. But instead of it being a random time announced moments before, it’ll be at a pre-set release time like concert tickets. Hopefully that’ll give you enough notice to park your car or set your Australian alarm (sadly we can’t fix timezones). The only place we’re going to publish the time is on our email list so make sure you’re signed up.
And also, we want your ideas! How should we structure sponsorships so they’re more fair? Let us know in the comments or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to tell us how to impress her with four extra inches!.
Friend of the show curtiscook wrote a kid’s story about Kwanzaa because there wasn’t one yet. And it’s the best.
The Lil’ Kwanzaa Dashiki was very lonely. Winter was a very sad time for Lil’ Dashiki because all of his Christian friends wanted to play with Santa, and all of his Jewish friends wanted to play with Hanukkah/Chanukah Menorah. No Black people would play with Lil’ Kwanzaa Dashiki. Not even Black…
This interview with Will Smith’s kids is amazing. Some favorite quotes:
JADEN: You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up?
WILLOW: There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best.
JADEN: [Recurring themes in my music include] the melancholiness of the ocean and the melancholiness of everything else.“
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