Mon, 31 October 2016
This week, The Principled Uncertainty Podcast will be releasing one episode per day to celebrate Halloween, and to kick things off, we present: The Mysterious Death of Elia Lam.
This one is really bizarre. Elisa Lam, a Canadian tourist, checks into the Cecil Hotel on January 26, 2013. She's originally paired with someone else in a hostel-type room, but due to some odd behavior, she is moved to her own room.
Lam disappears shortly thereafter. A few weeks later, guests at the Cecil Hotel begin complaining of the smell and taste of the water coming from the taps. An investigation leads to the discovery of Lam's body. In the Water Tank. That people had been drinking from.
Okay, so here's where it gets really weird. Lam's body was found floating in that tank on the hotel roof. She was nude, and her clothes were floating beside her. It seems really inexplicable, given how difficult it is to reach the roof.
During the investigation, surveillance footage of Lam's last known moments was uncovered. This is perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the whole case, as Lam's movements are so...just...weird. She hides in the corner of the open elevator, pressing herself against the wall.
Eventually, Elisa Lam works her way out of the elevator and begins half-convulsing in the doorway, making alien movements as she appears to have a very insistent conversation with...no one.
It's one of the most bone-chilling stories I have ever seen, and I go into all the known details in this brief episode.
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Fri, 28 October 2016
William Desmond Taylor was a big deal. A director in the pre-talkie era of Hollywood, Taylor was a giant in the film industry. He worked with the likes of the greats of that time: Mabel Normand, Mary Pickford, Jack Pickford, Wallace Reed, and Douglas MacLean.
In February of 1922, the houseman found William Desmond Taylor murdered. He had been shot to death, and the resulting furor over his passing went well beyond the tabloids of the era. In context, the murder of William Desmond Taylor was yet another bargaining chip for the growing moral majority of the time period to argue against films as a valid form of creative expression directed at the youth of America.
See, Hollywood -- Tinseltown, as it was widely known -- was not the innocent place one might imagine. There were plenty of scandals, even back in the Roaring Twenties. Not only did you have the death of William Desmond Taylor, but there was also the Fatty Arbuckle rape trial to contend with. Stars were going to secret rehabs to dry out of their cocaine addictions. People were ODing and ending up cast aside.
It was a wild time. And William Desmond Taylor's murder was at the center of it all. To make matters worse, the crime was never officially solved, so this podcast episode is all to do with the unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor.
However, there's a twist to this story that I would rather not spoil for the casual listener. It's the thing that makes this particular Hollywood murder something of an anomaly, and it's almost fit to be put on screen. The William Desmond Taylor book from which I've drawn most of my research is, of course, William J. Mann's 'Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.' It is a fantastically-researched book, on par, in my opinion, with Erik Larson's 'Devil in the White City.'
Thu, 20 October 2016
You wouldn't believe how many people would like to start a podcast but absolutely don't know how. Of those people, the ones who actually get to the point of hitting 'Publish' have no idea how they got there.
Me, for example. I started podcasting in 2010 after discovering The Nerdist Podcast, the Giant Bombcast, and the Gamers with Jobs Podcast. I was in grad school at the time, and I suddenly decided I wanted to do it.
I had no idea what I was doing, so I made A LOT of mistakes. Lots and lots and lots of mistakes.
I think that's why I'm qualified to talk about how to launch a successful podcast. Listen to this podcast episode, and you will be guaranteed to avoid the major pitfalls people fall into when trying to start their own show.
If you want to start a successful, rewarding, and ultimately enjoyable podcast, give this episode a listen. We have five kick-ass tips for the beginner podcaster -- or those looking to refine your podcasting process.
I'm joined this week by Jeremy, the host of one of my very favorite shows, Lopez Radio. He's a great guy, and he actually was the person to give me a swift kick in the ass about getting the right equipment for podcasting.
For this episode, I leaned heavily on the work of John Lee Dumas, who is the host of the DAILY Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast, as well as the author of several books on the subject, including Podcast Launch: How to Create, Grow, & Monetize Your Podcast. Visit him online at @JohnLeeDumas on Twitter.