Rise of the techno-libertarians; Jason says he’s not getting an Apple Watch, so next week he’ll be reviewing one; Tidal streamlines, Yahoo remixes pink slips; mobilegeddon is upon us; the return of Uber; makers vs Silicon Valley fakers; you own NOTHING.
On this week’s show, Jason DeFillippo and Victor Agreda Jr. join us to judge & score the outrage at Gwyneth Paltrow’s SNAP challenge, ESPN’s Britt McHenry berating of a towing company, Michael Buble’s “nice butt” photo on Instagram, Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo, a Texas veterinarian arrowing a cat, Netflix’s lack of audio descriptions for the visually impaired, Woolworth’s ANZAC tribute, and play a game of “Worse Than Hitler”.
I won this little guy for entering a contest on The Morning Dump podcast. It’s run by Jordan Cooper who also does Tech Douchebags and Internet Outrage Machine, both of which I’ve been a guest on. They’re not huge podcasts but they are all well produced and entirely entertaining. So when Jordan was running an April Fools contest I entered. I spent $25 on my entry to win an $8 toy. But the thing is it wasn’t about winning anything. It’s about supporting shows I like.
Small podcasters need support. It’s that simple. If I like a show I sign up for their Patreon page, buy their t-shirts, and use their affiliate links. As a small podcaster myself with 3 shows I know how hard it is to build an audience and how some times it feels like you’re talking into the void all alone.
Not only do these little gestures help pay the bills but it shows that you appreciate what they do enough to do something about it. There are a LOT more of us small indy shows out there than the big ones and I love that. If I’m in the mood to hear people talking on just about any topic under the sun I can find a podcast about it in under 5 minutes. Yes, a lot of them suck. But even the ones that suck are still interesting and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
If you listen to independent shows do yourself a favor and throw them some love from time to time. It’s not going to make anyone rich but it’ll keep them doing the shows they do because for the most part this is all a labor of love. And every big show started small so pretend you’re back in high school listening to your favorite punk band and when they break you can say you knew them when they were still cool and sell that vintage t-shirt on EBay for big bucks.
We’ve got a page of shows we like over at Grumpy Old Geeks but it’s a bit out of date so I plan on adding a few in soon and since that’s a joint page with me and Brian I’ll probably maintain a page here as well that’s more up to date.
You can get your very own poop emoji plush doll here. I highly recommend it because flinging real poo at your friends isn’t really socially acceptable.
In my triumphant return I ponder the moral quandaries about the case of the YouTube’d audiobook.
After a few whirlwind weeks on the road I’m back in Chicago for a spell and taking a much needed breather. I took the shot above last week while I was at the Art of Charm home-base in Hollywood during one of our Bootcamps. I always love going when classes are on because I get to meet the new guys and always learn something new.
This time we were doing some new A/V work that will be out pretty soon. Before that I was in West Virginia helping out my Mom in her never ending quest to move. Again. I got to drive a 16 foot moving truck through the backwoods of Pennsylvania with a head cold. Blowing my nose was a life-threatening endeavor about every quarter mile. I survived and miraculously, so did the truck.
I did take a nice walk around Wheeling, WV and got a pretty decent set of photos only using my iPhone 5s which I’ll put in a gallery sometime soon. It was it’s last hurrah since as soon as I got to LA I bought an iPhone 6+. The camera on the 5s is really nice but nowhere near as good as the 6+. It’s comparable to the $2k Nikon I have for general use and better in some cases!
With all the travel of the past few months and schlepping gear around the country I haven’t had any time to really pay attention to this site or my Vapid and Does It Have Legs? podcasts. Since I’m staying put for at least 3-4 weeks I’ll have a chance to get back on the horse for a while. I get really manic when I can’t do some kind of creation that’s not work related for extended periods of time. It’s a beast that needs to be fed and if I just keep consuming other people’s stuff I just get lethargic and bloated. Every now and again I have to crap out some gems of my own.
I’m almost done shutting down aphotoaday.com. All the content has sort of been ported over to this site. Of course the steaming pile of crap that WordPress is it didn’t actually honor the import linked media and files so I’ve got domain skews on several hundred posts now that will take a few years to clean up. Never underestimate WordPress’s ability to screw up the utterly basic functionality it’s supposed to have. So you’ll notice that there are a few weird categories in the sidebar and those are artifacts of the move and will disappear over time as I get things put in their proper places and fix all the links.
At least the snow is gone and spring has finally sprung! I always expected to be more productive when I can’t leave the house for the winter but the lack of daylight and any reasonable will to live seems to put the kibosh on that. Or I just could be getting too old for this kind of winter crap…
Is it real tech news or a joke in Silicon Valley? We’re having a hard time telling the difference. Star Wars trailers, emojis & plane wraps; Putin on the Ritz; China’s Great Cannon; your password is still “admin”, isn’t it? oh and… Han freakin’ Solo.
Losing yourself in your digital world, John Oliver attempts to get people to care about privacy, disrupting booze, Bukowski, Hugo’s get gamed, backup tips, Beiber, it’s a Facebook Life & we finally agree with the FBI on something: WordPress sucks!
I was a guest co-host on The Art of Charm podcast and got to talk with Private Investigator Steven Rambam. Steve is one of the coolest cats out there and has a TV show called Nowhere to Hide that I recommend everyone see. He’s also a keynote speaker at the HOPE conferences in New York. See below for one of my favorite talks on privacy. It was an awesome time talking to Steve and I hope to get him on another show in the future.
We welcome Tidal, the Ello of streaming; Garbage, photographers & wanting things for free; Periscope harassment; Meer-who?; Bit.ly for fun & profit; Mobilegeddon is coming; Going Clear; Motivational Morrissey; night vision injections! Science FTW.
Subscription model evolution from shady to standard, Jenni-Meerkat-Periscope-Cam, content for fun not profit, banging our heads against the privacy wall, all your news are belong to Facebook, X-Files fears, butthurt.me, you & your #@$!ing bubble.