Martini Hour 077, In Which Deke Is Surrounded by Charming, If Foul-Mouthed, Women Who Defend Your Ri

My dear dekeArtistas, did you get in trouble for doodling when you were supposed to be paying attention in school? (I didn’t, because I was all about the words, baby. But I might know a creature or two who did.) Good friend of the dekeLounge, and recently published authoress Sunni Brown (whose book Gamestorming is storming the Amazon charts as we speak!) comes back to the lounge to explain what she actually, ahem, does for a living. Call it graphic recording, call it visual notetaking, or join Sunni’s movement and call it “strategic doodling.”

Martini Hour 077, The Doodle Revolution

Why, in the name of all that is visually holy, is doodling frowned upon? And what exactly is the form and texture of Sunni’s “doodle revolution?” Here are some thoughts that Sunni shared on this week’s show:

  • Doodlers retain 30% more information, even if they’re doodling off-topic.
  • Sunni prefers to not define herself as an artist, the reasons are nuanced and strategic.
  • What is the doodle revolution going to look like? Will there be barricades in the streets with easels and markers?
  • There really is no historically flattering definition of the term “doodle.” Most recently, it means a “wasting time or being totally mindless.”
  • Learn the background of the term “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
  • Doodlers are awesome and smart. (By the way, speaking of awesome and smart, here is my son, Wheeler’s, arm-doodle using a Sharpie of all things, to draw the Sharpie logo of all things on his own arm. Seriously, we need to get these kids some non-toxic pens!) Wheeler drew this on his arm during history class, which, according to Sunni’s research, may mean that he retained more history by drawing on himself than those who took actual notes about history!
  • You people are visual, join Sunni’s Doodle Revolution and thwart the Man, who would leave us un-expressed.

Where else can you experience the seeds of the Deke’s of the world taking over-throwing the non-doodling Man? Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. Here’s the high-res version; you’ll want to download rather than stream. And don’t forget our usual plea to subscribe via iTunes.

In the meantime, cheers to Sunni and the people, young and old, who dare to draw!

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  • backlog

    Hey Mr. Prodigal!

    Enjoyed the show…interesting content and actual bonafide foul-mouthed women (which was exhilarating…not too many educated, creative females with the balls to swear on a widely broadcast program). Also interesting to find out the origins of the word doodle. I am with you on changing the meaning of the term, Sunni…viva la revoluci√≥n!

    On another note (and I’m sure there are others wanting to know too), I would like to know if there is somewhere that one could navigate to in order to download back-episodes of the Martini Hour. I’m sure they can be found by flipping back through the pages of your site but I (and I’m positive like many others) am lazy in that respect and a FTP site (or the like) would be a healthy step in my quest to non-laziness (I would at least have to take the time to navigate to a place where I could get them).

    Once again…great show, good listen, good info. Keep up the excellent work and I, for one, will keep listening.


  • Re: The need for a Martini Hour landing page

    Right now we’re struggling with migrating the site over to a different server. It’s too big, it’s too popular, and we get too much spam (grr) to remain with the current one.

    Otherwise, in total agreement. Martini Hour needs a landing page with all 70+ episodes easily accessible. In the meantime, a search for Martini Hour yields an incredibly hodgepodge result.

  • Martini Hour new home

    agreed…and I did notice an odd occurrence when I navigated from a link in an RSS…the page looked like yours except that instead of the familiar dekeBanner we’ve all come to know and love, I was faced with an odd plain-jane drupal header. Glad to have an explanation for that.

  • SexyTexanSwearBearSunniBrownLounge

    Now there’s an idea for a spinoff show…

    I’d still listen to you as well Deke.

    PS the link to the 128kbps version has a tpyo

  • The link is fixed

    We’ve been having some issues transitioning servers, but the link to the 128Kpbs show is now fixed.

    Thanks for the heads up!

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