Andrew Whipple

The Protector and King of Chilladelphia

My Top 5 Opening Numbers

Published 02/07/2019

Of note I can't fairly count "This Is Halloween" because it's purely from a movie musical with no real stage equivalent.

5: "Omigod You Guys" from Legally Blonde

4: "Belle" from Beauty And The Beast (I don't count the prologue.)

3: "Willkkommen" from Cabaret

2: "In The Heights" from In The Heights

1: "Bikini Bottom Day" from Spongebob Squarepants

My Top 100 Disney Songs Ranked

Published 12/16/2018

My Top 100 Disney Songs - Ranked

This is how I choose to spend my sunday nights.

100: God Help The Outcasts (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

99: Honor To Us All (Mulan)

98: The Rain Rain Rain Came Down (Winnie The Pooh)

97: Love Is An Open Door (Frozen)

96: A Star Is Born (Hercules)

95: You'll Be In My Heart (Tarzan)

94: Perfect World (The Emperor's New Groove)

93: Whistle While You Work (Snow White)

92: That's What Friends Are For (Jungle Book)

91: Bella Note (Lady & The Tramp)

90: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)

89: Up Down And Touch The Ground (Winnie The Pooh)

88: Ma Belle Evangeline (The Princess & The Frog)

87: A Girl Worth Fighting For (Mulan)

86: One Last Hope (Hercules)

85: Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)

84: Les Poissons (The Little Mermaid)

83: Getcha Head In The Game (High School Musical)

82: The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (Winnie The Pooh)

81: The Court Of Miracles (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

80: Not In Nottingham (Robin Hood)

79: The Three Caballeros (The Three Caballeros)

78: Hellfire (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

77: Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty)

76: We Know The Way (Moana)

75: The Gospel Truth (Hercules)

74: I See The Light (Tangled)

73: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (Aristocats)

72: Sally's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

71: A Rather Blustery Day (Winnie The Pooh)

70: The Unbirthday Song (Alice In Wonderland)

69: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride (Lilo & Stitch)

68: Reflection (Mulan)

67: Breaking Free (High School Musical)

66: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah (Song Of The South)

65: Baby Mine (Dumbo)

64: Winnie The Pooh (Winnie The Pooh)

63: Colors Of The Wind (Pocahontas)

62: Why Should I Worry (Oliver & Company)

61: We're All In This Together (High School Musical)

60: What I've Been Looking For (High School Musical)

59: Kidnap The Sandy Claws (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

58: Out There (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

57: Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmations)

56: Cabin Fever (Muppet Treasure Island)

55: Let's Go Fly A Kite (Mary Poppins)

54: When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)

53: When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)

52: Stick To The Status Quo (High School Musical)

51: Almost There (The Princess & The Frog)

50: Just Around The Riverbend (Pocahontas)

49: Down In New Orleans (The Princess & The Frog)

48: Jack's Lament (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

47: Prince Ali (Aladdin)

46: The Bare Necessities (Jungle Book)

45: Something There (Beauty & The Beast)

44: Friends On The Other Side (The Princess & The Frog)

43: Family (James & The Giant Peach)

42: Start Of Something New (High School Musical)

41: Mother Knows Best (Tangled)

40: Where You Are (Moana)

39: A Place Called Slaughter Race (Ralph Breaks The Internet)

38: Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)

37: I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book)

36: Step In Time (Mary Poppins)

35: Oogie Boogie's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

34: One Jump Ahead (Aladdin)

33: What's This (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

32: If I Didn't Have You (Monsters Inc)

31: A Spoonful Of Sugar (Mary Poppins)

30: Gaston (Beauty & The Beast)

29: You're Welcome (Moana)

28: Shiny (Moana)

27: Supercallifragiilsticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)

26: How Far I'll Go (Moana)

25: Circle Of Life (The Lion King)

24: Go The Distance (Hercules)

23: Feed The Birds (Mary Poppins)

22: Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)

21: Topsy Turvy (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)

20: Belle (Beauty & The Beast)

19: This Is Halloween (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

18: You've Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story)

17: I'll Make A Man Out Of You (Mulan)

16: A Whole New World (Aladdin)

15: Strangers Like Me (Tarzan)

14: I Just Can't Wait To Be King (The Lion King)

13: Chim Chim Cheeree (Mary Poppins)

12: Do You Want To Build A Snowman (Frozen)

11: Zero To Hero (Hercules)

10: Be Prepared (The Lion King)

9: Let It Go (Frozen)

8: Poor Unfortunate Souls (The Little Mermaid)

7: Beauty & The Beast (Beauty & The Beast)

6: Kiss The Girl (The Little Mermaid)

5: Friend Like Me (Aladdin)

4: Under The Sea (The Little Mermaid)

3: Be Our Guest (Beauty & The Beast)

2: I Won't Say I'm In Love (Hercules)

1: Part Of Your World (The Little Mermaid)

How To Pick A Podcast App

Published 03/27/2018

Podcasts can be hard to get into. Not only can it be hard to find the right a show you like, you also have to figure out how to listen to the dang things.

Well, if you have a smartphone, fortunately there's a whole ecosystem of great apps built to help you do just that! But then you run into another problem: which app do I pick?

This is where this handy-dandy series of questions should help you out. Go from top to bottom and stop when you hit something that applies. Keep in mind, this is all my own personal opinion, and very geared towards iPhones. But I listen to a lot of podcasts, so while I may not know much about most things, I do know a thing or two about podcasts and listening to 'em.

Do You Have An iPhone And Just Want To Use My Default Suggestion?

Use Overcast.

Do You Use An Android Phone?

Use Pocket Casts.

Do You Listen To An EGREGIOUS Amount Of Podcasts OR Like To Sample Episodes From Lots Of Different Shows?

Use Castro.

Do You Care About Maximum Customization Or Fiddly Features?

Use Downcast.

Do You Care About Having A Mac App?

Use Downcast.

Do You Care About Having An iPad App?

Use Pocket Casts, Downcast, or Overcast (aka not Castro.)

Do You Want To Try Listening To Podcasts On An Apple Watch?

Use Outcast or Workouts++

Do You Really Really Care About Being Able To Use Siri?

Use Apple's default Podcasts app.

Do You Really Want To Use Stitcher?


Or How About Using Spotify For Podcasts?

I mean, I guess?

Did None Of The Above Apply?

Use Overcast.

Do You Want To See The Apps I've Downloaded At Some Point, But Wouldn't Pick Over Any Of Those As General Suggestions?

Use Anchor, NPR One, 'sodes, Castaway, Instacast (RIP!), Podwrangler, Podmower, Spreaker, Breaker, or ZCast.

And for those curious, my personal podcast app history (ignoring a few days/weeks spent here and there testing out the other apps on the list above) goes roughly:

  • Syncing podcasts through iTunes, which sucked, so as soon as it launched I switched to...
  • Apple Podcasts app, which was buggy, so I switched to...
  • Downcast, which started crashing and syncing broke, so on to....
  • Instacast, which was perfect, but went out of business, so over to....
  • Overcast, which started to buckle under 200+ subscriptions on an iPhone 6, so then....
  • Castro, which I loved, but once I got a newer, faster phone, it was time to return to....
  • Overcast, which I use today!

Appearance: Holy Swift podcast ep 64, 'Forever & Always w/ Andrew Whipple' đź”—

Published 02/26/2018 (Permalink đź“Ś)

Guys I've peaked.

I got to be on my favorite Gossip-Girl-podcast-that-occasionally-talks-about-Taylor-Swift to discuss the absolute banger of a track "Forever & Always," why Georgina Sparks is necessary to the overall arc of Gossip Girl season 1, and a very lengthy discussion of promise rings. It was an unbelievably fun time on one of the most fun podcasts.

You can listen to the episode, subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed, or check it on Apple Podcasts.

2017 In Lists

Published 12/22/2017

I was going to do a few big posts like last year, ranking things like music and podcasts.... but I got wildly lazy and decided to just tweet a few lists sans lengthy context.

For posterity, here they all are! And as always, these are my personal top (aka not yours, hence likely differences) and when I say "top" I mean that in the realm of "favorite," rather than "best" (aka there will be some things ranked higher than others despite being Objectively Worse.)


Top 5 TV Shows Of 2017

  • 5) The Chris Gethard Show (Fusion)
  • 4) The Good Place (NBC)
  • 3) Girlboss (Netflix)
  • 2) Riverdale (The CW)
  • 1) Marvel's Runaways (Hulu)

Top 8 Movies I Saw From 2017

  • 8) Baby Driver
  • 7) Wonder Woman
  • 6) Get Out
  • 5) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • 4) The Big Sick
  • 3) It
  • 2) Lady Bird
  • 1) Blade Runner 2049

Top 5 Movies Of 2017 I Still Want To See

(In no particular order)

  • Raw UPDATE: saw it and it was good! Maybe around Wonder Woman on the 2k17 list?
  • I, Tonya UPDATE: saw it and it is now my new #1 movie of 2k17
  • Happy Death Day UPDATE: saw it too, and it is now my #2 movie for 2k17
  • Coco
  • The Shape Of Water UPDATE: saw it. Was quite good! Probably like right around Get Out on my 2k17 list

Top 5 Video Games Of 2017

  • 5) Nier: Automata (PS4)
  • 4) Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
  • 3) Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • 2) Destiny 2 (PS4)
  • 1) The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo Switch)

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

  • 10) Everybody Works - Jay Som
  • 9) Stranger In The Alps - Phoebe Bridgers
  • 8) Try Not To Freak Out - Sløtface
  • 7) Gone Now - Bleachers
  • 6) DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 5) reputation - Taylor Swift
  • 4) Collection - Soccer Mommy
  • 3) Miami Garden Club - Kitty
  • 2) Guppy - Charly Bliss
  • 1) Melodrama - Lorde

Top 7 (ish) Podcasts That Were New In 2017

  • 7) Inside Psycho/Inside The Exorcist*
  • 6) October’s Very Owned
  • 5) Cry Me A Riverdale
  • 4) S-Town
  • 3) The Turnaround
  • 2) Lovett Or Leave It
  • 1) The Daily

* (Counting these as one, given the similarities)

Top 5 Podcasts That Existed Previously, But Were New To Me In 2017

  • 5) Dissect
  • 4) The Weeds
  • 3) Faculty Of Horror
  • 2) The Bright Sessions
  • 1) Woodland Secrets

Top 10 Podcasts I Loved In 2017 That Were Returning From Previous Years

(Aka top 10 not on either podcast list above)

  • 10) Cortex
  • 9) The Besties
  • 8) Analog(ue)
  • 7) Girl Friday
  • 6) The Adventure Zone
  • 5) Holy Swift
  • 4) [BRACKET!]
  • 3) Reconcilable Differences
  • 2) Do By Friday
  • 1) My Brother, My Brother, And Me


-Andrew W.

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