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Holiday Pop Nuggets of 2012

UPDATE: We forgot to release two tracks, now appended to the front of this great medley. Enjoy!

What happens when you get some friends and family together over the winter holidays? Well, if you have a looping pedal, you may get something like the medley of pop song nuggets below. The songs appear in the following order:

Makin’ a Rock Song (new)
Election Day Defeatist (new)
Yo Big Jello
Don’t Scrape up the Wood
Look Around (Watcha Gonna Do)
Winter (Weather Event)
Santa’s Chimney Links
Old Presents
Bubble Bobble Trouble
Plus Blitzen is Mistletoe in Reverse (or so says the VSS-30)
Time to Say Goodbye (Eve before the Eve)

MP3: [audio:http://themediacollective.org/wp-content/uploads/hosted/music/themediacollective.org-Holiday%20Songs%202012.mp3]

Download the Holiday Pop Nuggets of 2012 (7:23), in MP3 or Ogg.

DSM-IV the Game!

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TheMediaCollective.org presents…

a Bored? Let’s Play… production

DSM-IV the Game!

This is a work of serious. Get it?


A beautiful way to engage and learn about yourself, family, and friends. An ice breaker at your next holiday gathering.

Hold a mirror to yourself and others.

Items Needed:

DSM Access (books or Wikipedia)
One literate person
People for which to analyze.

How to Play:

  1. Choose a disorder from your DSM source.
  2. Read the criteria for the selected disorder aloud.
  3. Depending on which style of play you are using (next page), proceed accordingly.
  4. Continue through the remaining criteria or until you or the group want to explore another disorder in the DSM.
  5. The game session ends when one hour has elapsed.

Solo Play: Self-diagnosis

On a sheet of paper, take notes about how you feel regarding each of
the criteria and numeric value for how much you display that symptom. At
the end of the disorder, add up your score, divide by the number of
criteria you evaluated yourself on. This your disorder index. Continue
through the disorder.

Multi-Player: Group Therapy

Go around the circle in a designated order. Verbally discuss each player’s
exemplification of the current symptom. Give examples of incidents
when these were symptomatically displayed. Continue through the

Multi-Player: Psychiatrist(s) and Patient

Played in the same manner as Group Therapy, except one individual is chosen as the focus for the disorder. Bonus: If a player feels another player exemplifies this disorder, the focus of the current session can be switched to them by way of range voting. Continue through the disorder.

Two Sample Disorders from Wikipedia:

Major Depressive Episode

The player reports a depressed mood/appears depressed to others. They express feeling sad, depressed, empty, “down in the dumps,” hopeless. The player is in denial about these feelings, yet appears to be on the verge of tearfulness, has a depressed facial expression and disposition, or appears to be overly irritable.

Delusional Disorder

The player expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force. The individual tends to be humorless and oversensitive, especially about the belief. An attempt to contradict the belief is likely to arouse an inappropriately strong emotional reaction, often with irritability and hostility.

PDF: Version 1, Version 2 || Learn to fold your copy of DSM-IV the Game!

Please let us know if you plan a DSM-IV the Game! Night.

Event: November 28th, 2011 Knickerbocker Write Club

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The next Knickerbocker Write Club will take place on Monday, November 28th.

We are focusing on our families around the holidays by asking writers to bring in poetry, stories, or other narratives that surround this special familial time of year.

  • If you would like to work collaboratively with other artists on stories, improvisations, poems, zines and the like, come at 7PM.
  • If you want to just enjoy the performance, come at 9PM.

Add yourself to the pool of Write Club Battle Contenders or become a member of our mailing list! Please sign-up here.

If you can’t make it, call our voicemail art line, 312-DRY-TOFU (312-379-8638), day or night and contribute a tale about the holiday madness. Pass the phone around, get your grandmother to spin a yarn about yesteryear, or share your Thanksgiving Day toast. Any audio is accepted and will be used in our netcast.

We are always looking for artists, satirists, playwrights, poets, actresses, short story writers, actors, novelists, extemporaneous creators, instrumental musicians, comedians, audience members, and anyone else who loves creativity!

If you would like to get involved, please contact us.

What’s up with that? S04E02 – 09-25-2010 – Breakfast Club (Purdue vs. Toledo)

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What’s up with that? A show not hosted by Ryan Hill. The intro music was created by The Media Collective.

Here is What’s up with that? season 4, episode 2. It was another beautiful Saturday morning. Vast arrays of people gave us the pleasure of interviewing them, providing us with intriguing answers. We stood in our usual spot out by the brick wall in front of Jake’s taking in everything that is Breakfast Club. Come see us!

The past week’s questions were:

  1. What is your pledge to America?
  2. You see all of your hopes and dreams drowning in a pool of bureaucratic red tape—How do you save them?
  3. Faith, family, freedom, hope, and opportunity—Why do you hate these words?
  4. What is the most radical thing you could say that would cause shock, trauma , and your family to disown you?
  5. In one minute, give us a brief overview of your favorite ways to engage in debt.

We met someone who will be a famous artist someday. This clip can be heard near the end of the show.

MP3: [audio:http://themediacollective.org/wp-content/uploads/whatsupwiththat/S04/whatsupwiththat-S04E02.mp3]


Download this episode (running time 37:23) in MP3 or Ogg

What’s up with that? S03E09 – 10-24-2009 – Breakfast Club

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What’s up with that? A show not hosted by Ryan Hill. Music used in this show was Is It Fire? from Live at WFMU on Liz Berg’s Show – 08-31-2009 by Jessie Evans.


  1. The Facebook owners commit suicide and close down the site. How do you know who your friends are?
  2. Obama calls your family to give them an update on his administration. What does he tell them?
  3. You are at the grocery store. What foods are labeled as poor choices?
  4. Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, Comedy Central, NPR, Bloomberg, and CNN are banned from reporting. How do you get your news?
Download What’s up with that? S03E09 (10-24-2009) (28:32)

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