What to do with downtime… Nintendo Switch, anyone?

It’s time for an update on the PhD journey and how it’s progressing so far.

A quick recap: I started a PhD researching LGBTIQ+ representation on Australian television in February this year. And I’ve been busy working through this initial stage of exploring my field to understand where my own research will fit and finding that all important gap in knowledge.

This week marks an exciting moment. I have sent off my papers to the panel for my Confirmation of Candidature, the first major milestone of a PhD. While my panel reviews the documents and I wait for the meeting, I have found, for the first time since I started, that I am dealing with some downtime. Yes, there’s still things I can be doing, and I am doing them, but I’m also trying to take the break before things pick up again (assuming I progress at my confirmation).

The problem? I’m struggling to stop and relax. I’m finding myself searching for things to do and terrified I’ll lose momentum.

As a result of this struggle, I have been thinking about how I used to relax and if that could help now. Something I haven’t done in a long time is play video games. Fifteen years ago, immersing myself in an interactive world was just-the-ticket to switch off, so why not today?

And so here I am, a little late to the party, buying a Nintendo Switch and a few games that I know will hit those nostalgic strings: Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda. I’ll need to stay disciplined and not let the excitement of a new toy take all my focus. But I am excited to distract my brain and hopefully get it in a good place for what comes next!

At the risk of creating a distraction for myself, I have to ask: What are your recommendations for Nintendo Switch games? What should I play? And what is just right for a bit of escapism in the midst of major PhD milestones, a pandemic and a continuing lockdown?

Lowbrow Lowdown E4: Kissing the Coronavirus 3 – The Mutant Strain

What happens when COVID strains meet in the night? The mutant strain? Look, the science is always a bit murky in these books, but Dr Amyson’s motivations are no secret.

It’s the final instalment of MJ Edwards’ Kissing the Coronavirus series, the mutant strain *ominous music plays*. Honestly, the whole idea of a mutant strain is traumatic as Delta sees Natasha and Damien stuck in a never-ending Melbourne lockdown. Of course, that means there’s no better time to record a podcast, because we literally have nothing else to do.

In Kissing the Coronavirus 3: The Mutant Strain, Dr Alexa Ashingtonford and Dr Kelly Cauldron are distant memories, as we meet Dr Amy Amyson, a microbiologist who knows human anatomy in the way only a microbiologist can. Look, we were puzzled by that too. Join us to find out all about the mind-bending sex of the world of microbiology. Oh! And don’t forget, the mutant strain of COVID that will change everything.

Join Natasha and Damien for mile-high antics, Big Momma’s House 2 and characters who are truly defined by their job in this parade of provocative pathogens.

Rating out of five masks:

Natasha: 😷😷😷

Damien: 😷😷

Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we’re reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.

Music from the Youtube Audio LibraryBook Bag by E’s Jammy Jams

Lowbrow Lowdown E3: Kissing the Coronavirus 2 – The Second Wave

Image is the cover art for Kissing the Coronavirus two. It includes a well-muscled green man covered in COVID-like spike proteins. An equally muscled blue man. And a woman in the middle being ravaged by these mutant men.
The cover of Kissing the Coronavirus 2: The Mutant Strain

Our promise of erotica continues with a review of Kissing the Coronavirus 2: The Second Wave. And boy does this book deliver, with smorgasbord of food analogies for the between-me-down-there. Maybe listen to this one after you’ve eaten your breakfast… Or maybe before.

MJ Edwards is back with a second instalment in her Kissing the Coronavirus chronicles. This book picks up a month after Dr Ashingtonford’s vaccine discovery and the vaccination effort is well underway.

In Episode 3 we follow Dr Kelly Cauldron as she plays her part in the vaccination drive against the coronavirus, giving out thousands of vaccines each day. Are they using the Pfizer? AstraZeneca? Moderna (the Dolly Parton one)? Who knows!

Join Natasha and Damien has they review this wild erotic tale of cool injections and even more hotdogs. Of course, it wouldn’t be an MJ Edwards novel without graphic and confusing sex scene. And the bulky, chonky, thicc boy, COVID from book one returns!

My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt Lowbrow Lowdown

The fever dream that is a handsome sentient face mask that protects you from COVID and pounds your butt. Welcome. Chuck Tingle brings together a just-different-enough-to-avoid-copyright world of Friday the 13th-style killers, anti-maskers, deep group and wild muppet sex.Natasha and Damien move on from the wild science of Kissing the Coronavirus to the wild imagination of Chuck Tingle, the most prolific (in terms of volume) writer we've seen so far. A writer who reads the news in the morning and has published a novel by lunchtime. Come down the rabbit hole of this crazy story. Join Natasha and Damien for public confrontations, hockey-masked serial killers and an abundance of chocolate milk in, My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt.Rating out of five masks:Natasha: 😷😷😷😷 (and a half)Damien: 😷😷😷😷Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we're reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.Music from the Youtube Audio Library: Book Bag by E's Jammy Jams See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt
  2. Kissing the Coronavirus 3: The Mutant Strain
  3. Kissing the Coronavirus 2: The Second Wave
  4. Kissing the Coronavirus
  5. The COLDVIR-20 Killer

Rating out of five masks:

Natasha: 😷😷😷😷

Damien: 😷😷😷😷

Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we’re reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.

Music from the Youtube Audio LibraryBook Bag by E’s Jammy Jams

Lowbrow Lowdown Episode 2: Kissing the coronavirus

Kissing the Coronavirus, available on Kindle eBooks

Kissing the Coronavirus is the debut novel of author M.J. Edwards. Natasha and Damien review, critique and cry-laugh (and laugh-cry) their way through this very surprising book.

Imagine this, you’re a sexy scientist tasked with finding a cure for the coronavirus, or is it a vaccine? Look the science isn’t clear, but the steamy desires of Dr Alexa Ashingtonford are crystalline, she is in love with COVID.

We promised erotica and after a bumpy start, in Episode 2 Natasha and Damien break down Kissing the Coronavirus. Join us for waterslides, hotdogs and a cavalcade of fun park analogies as we find out how COVID can get steamy. Perhaps Dr Ashingtonford loves her work a little too much.

Lowbrow Lowdown is available wherever you get your podcasts.

My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt Lowbrow Lowdown

The fever dream that is a handsome sentient face mask that protects you from COVID and pounds your butt. Welcome. Chuck Tingle brings together a just-different-enough-to-avoid-copyright world of Friday the 13th-style killers, anti-maskers, deep group and wild muppet sex.Natasha and Damien move on from the wild science of Kissing the Coronavirus to the wild imagination of Chuck Tingle, the most prolific (in terms of volume) writer we've seen so far. A writer who reads the news in the morning and has published a novel by lunchtime. Come down the rabbit hole of this crazy story. Join Natasha and Damien for public confrontations, hockey-masked serial killers and an abundance of chocolate milk in, My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt.Rating out of five masks:Natasha: 😷😷😷😷 (and a half)Damien: 😷😷😷😷Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we're reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.Music from the Youtube Audio Library: Book Bag by E's Jammy Jams See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt
  2. Kissing the Coronavirus 3: The Mutant Strain
  3. Kissing the Coronavirus 2: The Second Wave
  4. Kissing the Coronavirus
  5. The COLDVIR-20 Killer

Rating out of five masks:

Natasha: 😷😷😷

Damien: 😷😷😷 (and a half)

Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we’re reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.

Music from the Youtube Audio LibraryBook Bag by E’s Jammy Jams

Lowbrow Lowdown Podcast: Episode 1 The COLDVIR-20 Killer

COVID-19 literature is going viral, and we’re reading it so you don’t have to!

Episode 1 of the Lowbrow Lowdown podcast and Damien and Natasha tackle their first piece of pandemic prose: The COLDVIR-20 Killer. What happens when an anti-mask, anti-vaxxer, right wing conspiracy theorists writes a novel? Tune in to find out!

Here we are thinking this whole thing will be a slew of bad erotica, and the first title we pull out of the hat is an alt-right COVID thriller. Yes your eyes don’t deceive you, we’re about to see how a right-wing conspiracy theorist writes a character with an arts degree. Major content warnings, this dude is racist, sexist, homophobic and never learnt the principles of ‘show don’t tell’.

Lowbrow Lowdown explores the cultural moment in front of us right now and how it manifests in pop, trash and pulp culture. Season 1: Pandemic Prose is all about self-published literature of the coronavirus.

Subscribe to the Lowbrow Lowdown on your favourite podcast app.

Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we’re reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.

My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt Lowbrow Lowdown

The fever dream that is a handsome sentient face mask that protects you from COVID and pounds your butt. Welcome. Chuck Tingle brings together a just-different-enough-to-avoid-copyright world of Friday the 13th-style killers, anti-maskers, deep group and wild muppet sex.Natasha and Damien move on from the wild science of Kissing the Coronavirus to the wild imagination of Chuck Tingle, the most prolific (in terms of volume) writer we've seen so far. A writer who reads the news in the morning and has published a novel by lunchtime. Come down the rabbit hole of this crazy story. Join Natasha and Damien for public confrontations, hockey-masked serial killers and an abundance of chocolate milk in, My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt.Rating out of five masks:Natasha: 😷😷😷😷 (and a half)Damien: 😷😷😷😷Do you have questions, comments or want to share your thoughts on what we're reading? Email us at lowbrowlowdown@gmail.com.Music from the Youtube Audio Library: Book Bag by E's Jammy Jams See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. My Handsome Sentient Face Mask Protects Me Despite The Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories That He Won't Also He Pounds My Butt
  2. Kissing the Coronavirus 3: The Mutant Strain
  3. Kissing the Coronavirus 2: The Second Wave
  4. Kissing the Coronavirus
  5. The COLDVIR-20 Killer

Music from the Youtube Audio LibraryBook Bag by E’s Jammy Jams.

That time I went on a friend’s podcast and talked about “host”

Lisa Rufus

My dear friend Damo DM’d me last year to ask if I would go on his brand new podcast, Camp Scary and Squee, to talk about a horror film. I said I’d love to, despite the lack of an Oxford comma in his title. We did our masters degrees at the same time and he’s a huge horror nerd. He also has the perfect voice for a podcast.

As you can see, it took me a whole two minutes to pick Host. I’m pretty sure you can still get a free trial for Shudder.

I could go on about the film here but I’d love for you to listen to the episode to experience the joy of me saying “YES” over and over again. Turn it into a drinking game if you must.

Be sure to check out Damo’s other episodes while you’re there and SMASH that subscribe…

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Little Monsters (2019)

“If you don’t turn that frown upside down, so help me God, I am going to drag you out by that stupid bow tie and watch them rip you apart.”

Little Monsters (2019) is the hilarious zombie-romance starring Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England and Josh Gad. This is absolutely a romantic comedy that features the walking dead, and not the other way around.

In the season finale of Camp, Scary and Squee, Damien O’Meara (@damoo_la) is joined by his friend David Micallef (@saysdavid) and the world realises that we both just watch films for the man candy…

  • Follow Dave on Twitter and hear about his PhD studies:@saysdavid
  • Follow the Melbourne Queer Film Festival on Twitter: @MQFF

Follow Camp, Scary and Squee on Instagram and Twitter: @campscarypod.

Introduction music from the Youtube Audio LibraryGroove Tube by Audio Hertz.

Episode 9: Gremlins 2: The new batch (1990)

Here they grow again

Summary

“Fred, what we want is, I think, what everyone wants, and what you and your viewers have: civilization.”

Gremlins 2: Here they grow again (1990) might not be the comedy-horror sequel to break the mould, bit it certainly was the one to become a cult-classic. Where else can you see the high-camp of hundreds of gremlins singing New York, New York?

Damien O’Meara (@damoo_la) and his mate Chris (@sumo_21) talk about the film that dared to parody Trump before SNL and the problematic nature of the 90s. Perhaps we realise that Gremlins 2 was more prescient than we thought as we compare it to our own experiences on the corporate laddr

  • Follow Chris on Instagram for some of the most striking and beautiful photography you’ve every seen: @sumo_21

Movies mentioned in this episode:

  • The Burbs
  • Gremlins

Follow Camp, Scary and Squee on Instagram and Twitter: @campscarypod.

Introduction music from the Youtube Audio LibraryGroove Tube by Audio Hertz.

Episode 8: The Addams Family (1991)

“I’m a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else.”

Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci shine as camp icons in The Addams Family (1991), one of the great camp horrors.

Damien O’Meara (@damoo_la) and his wonderful friend Ellen talk about appreciation of the affectation and exaggeration of high-camp in spooky movies.

Movies mentioned in this episode:

  • The Addams Family Values
  • Beetlejuice
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Men in Black
  • Wild Wild West
  • Sister Act
  • Hairspray

Follow Camp, Scary and Squee on Instagram and Twitter: @campscarypod.

Introduction music from the Youtube Audio LibraryGroove Tube by Audio Hertz.

Episode 7: Train to Busan (2016)

“Dad, you only care about yourself. That’s why mommy left”

When it comes to zombie horror, I’m often a purist for the shuffle zombie over the sprinting zombie. But Sang-ho Yeong’s Korean horror, Train to Busan (2016) might just be the exception to the rule. This film knows how to keep the pace going, engage with the human condition and keep the the walking dead as a consistent and frightening threat.

Damien O’Meara is joined by horror aficionado, Daniel Clarke to talk about the incredible Train to Busan (2016).

Movies, television shows and books named in this episode:

Follow Camp, Scary and Squee on Instagram and Twitter: @campscarypod.

Introduction music from the Youtube Audio LibraryGroove Tube by Audio Hertz.