September 17, 2013

obsessed.: Welcome to Night Vale, Cookie Clicker and Pronunciation Book

So I'm not sure I'd exactly consider myself obsessed. with this, but I certainly am intrigued.

I'd been hearing chatter on Twitter lately about this new thing called "Welcome to Night Vale." What it was, I wasn't sure—I at first thought it might be a TV show or webseries. I was close; it's a podcast. A very strange podcast.


According to the series' official website:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
It's a bizarre mix of spooky and small town. The podcast currently has 31 episodes, but I'm only on episode 11. Here's the first episode, so you can get a taste:

I'm not really sure I get it ... but I'm going to keep listening.


And this week, from the Mister:

Colt has been "playing" this new "game" for about a week now. It's called Cookie Clicker, and the reason I use quotes in the previous sentence is because I use those terms loosely. The point of the whole thing is to "make" cookies—by clicking your cursor on a cookie located on screen and building up "achievements" in order to get the whole thing to auto run. (And I've just used up my allotted quotation marks for the whole week.)

This is what the starting screen looks like:

And this is what Colt's screen currently looks like.

Thank you (?) Shaun for introducing this into our lives.

And from TGG:

Pronunciation Book is a YouTube channel supposedly geared toward non-English speakers that, in 2010, started posting videos explaining how to pronounce English words. Earlier this year, the channel took a decidedly creepy turn when it started posting odd sentences, poems and short stories followed by the phrase "Something is going to happen in __ days." The number of days started at 77 and the channel has since been counting down each day—the coundown runs out Sept. 24. The creepiness factor is upped when you take into account that the static that plays at the end of each video, when cleaned up and stacked, show an image of a man pointing at a sign.

There are a lot of theories about the channel and what will happen come the end of the countdown, most of which you can find at the Pronunciation Book Conspiracy Wiki. Wes doesn't really care what it all means, but he enjoys the whole thing because of the "thrill of not knowing and making guesses."

Here's yesterday's video:


And on that bombshell (I was watching Top Gear while drafting this... ), what about you, friends? What's your obsession this week?


  1. Ooh I love things like this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I don't know what to make of Welcome to Night Vale quite myself, but I think I am obsessed with it none the less xD And the Pronunciation Book? Cool/creepy/weird!

  3. Color me intrigued! I just started podcasting and am always looking for interesting podcasts to listen to. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. How fun, Aubrey! What are you podcasting about? I've thought about doing it with a friend of mine before, but we figured it would basically just be us talking about random crap ... and therefore not really interesting to anyone but us, haha.

  5. The only problem with WtNV is that I find I have to concentrate more on it than, say, were I listening to music. So it's hard to listen to when you've got other things going on. (Like at work.)

  6. I'm podcasting about simple living, offering tips and talk about living more simply in life. Though my husband and a couple of buddies are thinking of doing a movie podcast because I'm a huge movie buff and an 'in the news' (though light and fun approach) podcast. :)

  7. How fun! I'll definitely have to check it (and your lovely blog!) out. :)

  8. Yeah, I found that out too. I'm bad at putting things on in the background and multi-tasking anyway, but some things are so subtle in WtNV that I really DO have to concentrate. bah.

  9. I do the same thing with the background noise! :)

  10. I found a similar game: