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Updated: 2016-04-24T08:14:01Z

 



#88: Streaming vs. Owning, Windows Naming Disaster

2016-04-02T09:18:34Z

Do you prefer streaming or owning your media? We tackle the question from a couple of angles, arguing both sides in order to better understand the question and market. We also discuss Leo Laporte’s recent frustrated rant about the Windows naming scheme. Could their Win RT/Win Phone/Windows 8.1 naming debacle scuttle the Surface Pro, despite [...]

Do you prefer streaming or owning your media? We tackle the question from a couple of angles, arguing both sides in order to better understand the question and market. We also discuss Leo Laporte’s recent frustrated rant about the Windows naming scheme. Could their Win RT/Win Phone/Windows 8.1 naming debacle scuttle the Surface Pro, despite the Pro’s unique niche market placement? Finally, we take some listener calls on music organization and holiday virus threats.




#87: Smartwatches, eWallets, and 4K TVs

2016-04-02T09:18:36Z

We take a look at the current status and future of three up-and-(maybe)coming technologies: smartwatches, electronic wallets, and 4K TVs. We also take a first look at the recently-release Google Play Newsstand, which combines RSS feeds, magazines, and news searches into a single stream-style reading app. We lament the passing of WinAmp and ponder the [...]

We take a look at the current status and future of three up-and-(maybe)coming technologies: smartwatches, electronic wallets, and 4K TVs. We also take a first look at the recently-release Google Play Newsstand, which combines RSS feeds, magazines, and news searches into a single stream-style reading app. We lament the passing of WinAmp and ponder the causes of its demise (potentially including our own behavior). And we worry about the clash between the app-ization of Android and delayed Android OS releases — and the problems this can cause in an auto-update environment.




#86: OS Blowout, Skype Woes, New Nexi, and WANBox

2016-04-22T18:24:46Z

We enjoy Windows 8.1’s fixes and discuss what the update means in terms of Microsoft’s (surprisingly functional) positioning of Windows across the tablet and PC market. We run down Steam OS and consider its potential in the connected home. We round up some of the most recent OS X Mavericks troubles. We study the specs [...]

We enjoy Windows 8.1’s fixes and discuss what the update means in terms of Microsoft’s (surprisingly functional) positioning of Windows across the tablet and PC market. We run down Steam OS and consider its potential in the connected home. We round up some of the most recent OS X Mavericks troubles. We study the specs and reviews of the new Nexus 5, revisiting our thoughts about jumping between the Google and Apple walled gardens. We take a look at the most recent Skype announcements — critical to both podcasters and small businesses. And we walk you through a slick file-transfer solution we developed to push production files painlessly between offices (and countries).




Thor 2 This Weekend/Crossover Nov. 19th

2013-11-04T20:12:07Z

We loved Thor’s Shakespearian tale, and — like you, we suspect — anxiously await this Friday’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World. But we’re doubly excited to hear that the new movie will splash causally across Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. as well, starting with November 19th’s episode, The Well. It doesn’t look like any of the movie [...]

We loved Thor’s Shakespearian tale, and — like you, we suspect — anxiously await this Friday’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World. But we’re doubly excited to hear that the new movie will splash causally across Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. as well, starting with November 19th’s episode, The Well. It doesn’t look like any of the movie franchise’s high-budget actors will make the crossover, but the TV series’ characters will find themselves left to “pick up the pieces” after the movie ends.

Response across geekdom feels pretty tempered, much like response to the show in general. The Mary Sue’s Rebecca Pahle sums it up nicely:

“Personally, I haven’t been watching Agents of SHIELD. I was going to, but then I was busy when the pilot aired and all the scuttlebutt I’ve heard has amounted to “meh.” I’ll watch it if I hear it gets good, but then there are just too many movies and shows on my list. But this news is certainly intriguing, though I’m guessing I’ll be more intrigued after I actually get to see Thor: The Dark World.”

I wonder how many others have followed her lead and waited for the show to stabilize before investing time in it? It seems to me that unlike most shows, Agents of SHIELD’s connection to the movies and the Marvel universe assures us that the story and characters will continue regardless of the show’s future. In short: you can’t cancel a Marvel storyline. Does that make you more or less willing to give Agents of SHIELD a chance?

Note: If you’re already watching and are looking for discussion partners, a few hardcore viewers have been tearing into each episode in our forum and you’re welcome to join them.




#85: Late September

2016-04-02T09:18:42Z

A much belated episode of Modern Geek! Chuck and Juan talk about the new iPhone(s), discover that RaspyFi has duplicated their MPD/Raspberry Pi music server setup, and discuss DIY hardware and its role in outside-the-box innovation.

A much belated episode of Modern Geek! Chuck and Juan talk about the new iPhone(s), discover that RaspyFi has duplicated their MPD/Raspberry Pi music server setup, and discuss DIY hardware and its role in outside-the-box innovation.




#84: Cameras, Readers and Mice

2016-04-02T09:18:44Z

This week Juan reviews his latest acquisition (Logitech T400 mouse), a deeper look is taken at the iPad app “Mr. Reader”, and Chuck gives us an update on his waterproof camera.

This week Juan reviews his latest acquisition (Logitech T400 mouse), a deeper look is taken at the iPad app “Mr. Reader”, and Chuck gives us an update on his waterproof camera.




#83: June Omnibus

2016-04-02T09:18:48Z

It’s been a month between Modern Geeks, and Chuck and Juan deliver a bonus-length episode! Chuck takes us through his latest purchase (a weatherproof/sportproof camera), Juan finds yet another use for a Raspberry Pi (a sprinkler automation system), and both have a lot to say about the recent developments with Microsoft and XBOX One.

It’s been a month between Modern Geeks, and Chuck and Juan deliver a bonus-length episode! Chuck takes us through his latest purchase (a weatherproof/sportproof camera), Juan finds yet another use for a Raspberry Pi (a sprinkler automation system), and both have a lot to say about the recent developments with Microsoft and XBOX One.




#82: MPD, XBOX One

2016-04-02T09:18:24Z

Juan and Chuck continue their deep dive into deploying Raspberry Pi’s for home use, this week getting a music server going using the open-source project MPD. They also take a look at the XBOX One (Juan?) announcement.

Juan and Chuck continue their deep dive into deploying Raspberry Pi’s for home use, this week getting a music server going using the open-source project MPD. They also take a look at the XBOX One (Juan?) announcement.




#81: Rasplex and App Updates

2016-04-02T09:18:27Z

Juan’s moved into his new place, and has discovered yet another use for a Raspberry Pi – as a Plex media frontend using Rasplex. Chuck and Juan also take a look at some of the recent iOS app updates.

Juan’s moved into his new place, and has discovered yet another use for a Raspberry Pi – as a Plex media frontend using Rasplex. Chuck and Juan also take a look at some of the recent iOS app updates.




Community Update

2013-05-13T17:39:05Z

As you may have heard via the Modern Geek podcast, after the recent GWC meetup we experienced a significant multiple-item gear failure in the GWC studio. It disappoints us, of course, but we can’t complain. Some of the gear we’ve been using to produce the network’s podcasts is over 10 years old, and we’ve been [...]

As you may have heard via the Modern Geek podcast, after the recent GWC meetup we experienced a significant multiple-item gear failure in the GWC studio. It disappoints us, of course, but we can’t complain. Some of the gear we’ve been using to produce the network’s podcasts is over 10 years old, and we’ve been using the living crap out of it for six years now.

What you may not have heard, though, is that we’re currently affected by lot of other issues as well. I’ve had to take on some additional work to meet past financial obligations, leading to some very long hours. Audra is pushing through the end of a semester in which she’s working multiple high-work-load committees as well as her normally-huge grading tasks. And on the positive side: I graduate from college soon (having just finished up a hellacious honors thesis) and Sean will shortly welcome a new baby girl into the family. In the past we’ve cruised right through issues similar to these. But with them all stacked on top of each other like some perfect storm of podcast-life-sucking difficulty, we decided that taking a short break would prove smarter (and better for GWC) than just blindly soldiering on. So we’re going to pause production for a couple of months. You’ll probably continue to see a podcast here and there, especially Modern Geek. (Hey, Juan and I get antsy if we don’t get our fix.) But rest assured that we’re not going anywhere. We’re just hunkering down to take care of some important stuff, then catching our breath briefly to come back stronger, with working equipment, and a better plan of attack for providing the content we love.

The forum and other GWC activities will remain active throughout, and we’ll be around. You’re as important to us as we are to you, and your support (both direct and indirect) is greatly appreciated. Obviously we hope you’ll stick around, because we’re excited to have an opportunity to finally take care of some technical and organizational needs that have always come second to pushing out the ‘cast weekly. And we’re excited for what they mean for the future of GWC.

I’d say “see you on the other side,” but honestly we’ll still all be here, just a bit busier than normal and maybe a little tired. So: see you on the forums, FB, Twitter, hangouts, and everywhere else GWC lives and breathes.

Chuck




#80: Pi for All Seasons

2016-04-02T09:18:29Z

Chuck and Juan take a look at some practical applications for the Raspberry Pi, including a low-cost print server and a unique take on a home audio solution. Also, we discuss some recent community feedback.

Chuck and Juan take a look at some practical applications for the Raspberry Pi, including a low-cost print server and a unique take on a home audio solution. Also, we discuss some recent community feedback.




On Trial: Dredd

2013-11-01T19:01:41Z

There are some movies, books and television that are summarily written off. The global hivemind passes judgement and somehow we all know, “Nope, don’t bother…that isn’t worth my time.” Given the absolute amount of media out there to be consumed these simply pass on without a second thought never to be seen again. I am [...]credit: Lionsgate There are some movies, books and television that are summarily written off. The global hivemind passes judgement and somehow we all know, “Nope, don’t bother…that isn’t worth my time.” Given the absolute amount of media out there to be consumed these simply pass on without a second thought never to be seen again. I am going to kickoff a series of articles that explore and challenge this phenomena focusing each week on something that was universally passed over. I don’t want this to be one-sided tho, I want your thoughts, your feedback and even your posts if you have something you want to present. Going to play with the format some and I expect this to evolve over time. Let me know what you think! I am going to challenge myself to consume something that has a stank on it. On trial this week: 2012’s Dredd. IMDB Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. Accusations: So I went ahead and watched this film before researching what critics thought of it assuming I knew how they felt given the general talk about this movie. If you were to ask me in a vacuum what critics and people thought of this movie I would have told you it was universally panned. Imagine my shock when I see according to Rotten Tomatoes 78% of critics liked it. What? NPR gave it a 95 out of 100! Ok, Boxofficemojo says it made $13 million domestically and $22 million internationally meaning it did not make back its $50 million dollar budget. So, critics liked it and no one went to see it. What happened? How did this bad word of mouth stomp the movie’s success? Did the accusation of Dredd of lifting its plot from the prior year’s Raid: Redemption Defense: This is a good movie, not great but given the low expectations out there prepare yourself to be impressed. Cast is solid with Karl Urban putting on the mask (and to his credit never takes it off), Game of Thrones Lena Headey takes on the role of the villainous Ma-Ma and Olivia Thirlby steps in as Dredd’s rookie partner (and adds something to the story that was unexpected, original and really compelling). This movie is ultraviolent at times, but no more so than a Kickass or Sin City. The action sequences are solid, the slo-mo effect is highly effective, the cinematography was stunning and the story itself was a compelling one. The accusation of lifting the plot from Raid : Redemption one can understand given the fundamental parallels, but the movies ultimately are quite distinct given the similiar subject matter of fighting one’s way up a building level by level to get to the big baddie. Summary: If you are looking for a solid action flick and don’t mind a few sequences of people getting shot through their face this movie is for you. It is better than a popcorn movie and I would go as far as to say it is almost great. I am very glad to have seen it, but feel no need to ever rewatch in the future. It accomplished its goal of being enjoyable ride, but ultimately it is disposable. I conclude this movie got a bad reputation because of its box office failure. Critics loved it, but because no one went to see it a self-fulfilling prophesy was set in motion where, “Huh, people aren’t seeing it, it must suck.” Verdict: Don’t believe the[...]



#79: Desktop Hardware

2016-04-02T09:18:31Z

Project time! In this episode, Chuck and Juan take a look at the pros and cons of replacing Juan’s aging desktop with a Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, or another Mac Mini.

Project time! In this episode, Chuck and Juan take a look at the pros and cons of replacing Juan’s aging desktop with a Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, or another Mac Mini.




#78: A Vista of Perspective

2016-04-02T09:16:00Z

With a new announcement of the eventual expiry of Windows XP support, Chuck and Juan discuss the long-term viability of Windows 8, comparing the current situation to the previous “issues” resulting from the Windows Vista licensing options. Continuing the search for a Google Reader replacement, a couple options are reviewed, including Tiny Tiny RSS, Flipboard, [...]

With a new announcement of the eventual expiry of Windows XP support, Chuck and Juan discuss the long-term viability of Windows 8, comparing the current situation to the previous “issues” resulting from the Windows Vista licensing options. Continuing the search for a Google Reader replacement, a couple options are reviewed, including Tiny Tiny RSS, Flipboard, and Feedly.




#77: Everything Breaks Down

2016-04-02T09:16:04Z

After wading through a slew of hardware failures, Chuck and Juan get an episode recorded! We wonder how we’ll move on from Google’s recent decision to retire Reader, and consider the long-term consequences of using the “experimental/beta” projects that Google offers. We also discuss the recent meetup and the Modern Geek roundtable.

After wading through a slew of hardware failures, Chuck and Juan get an episode recorded! We wonder how we’ll move on from Google’s recent decision to retire Reader, and consider the long-term consequences of using the “experimental/beta” projects that Google offers. We also discuss the recent meetup and the Modern Geek roundtable.




#363: 2013 GWC International Meetup LIVE

2016-04-02T19:30:14Z

We run down the week in geek, and most importantly we take you into the heart of the 2013 GWC International Meetup with a podcast recorded in front of a live meetup attendee audience. Enjoy!

We run down the week in geek, and most importantly we take you into the heart of the 2013 GWC International Meetup with a podcast recorded in front of a live meetup attendee audience. Enjoy!




What is a Meetup, Really?

2013-03-19T17:29:48Z

“This looks familiar, vaguely familiar, almost unreal, yet, it’s too soon to feel yet. Close to my soul, and yet so far away. I’m going to go back there someday” – Gonzo, “I’m Going to go Back There Someday” – The Muppet Movie Ever since childhood that song has always resonated with me but I [...]“This looks familiar, vaguely familiar, almost unreal, yet, it’s too soon to feel yet. Close to my soul, and yet so far away. I’m going to go back there someday” – Gonzo, “I’m Going to go Back There Someday” – The Muppet Movie Ever since childhood that song has always resonated with me but I could never quite put my finger on why. I realize now I didn’t have anything in my life outside my family that actually matched that sentiment. I do now. For four years I have sat in my home glued to my iPhone and computer during the meetup weekend. My family would tolerate me as I would eagerly wait for any tweet, any picture, any scrap of information that would give me a sense of what was happening in Texas and in some small part feel included. I would sit counting the hours until the live podcast and once it arrived would tweet like a madman hoping to get someone’s attention and contribute to the experience. I hatched a plan this year to go and specifically go without anyone knowing…especially Chuck, Sean and Audra. With the help of Keir and Abby we made arrangements and I registered under a false name so Juan would have an accurate count of total attendees. With my wife’s blessing I flew down on Friday and donned a clever disguise of a baseball cap and sunglasses to sneak into the hotel and to my room all the while concerned that a roving Raemani would spot me at the airport or in transit. Once settled, showered and dressed my initial plan was simple: Shelter in place until 5pm, go downstairs and surprise my fellow GWCers while laying in wait for the Crüe. Not shockingly this plan lasted all of about five minutes. I knew that a group of my brethren were upstairs hanging out and the desire to actually share a space with them in non-digital corporeal form was just too overwhelming to resist. I headed upstairs to officially begin my meetup experience. As I walked down the 15th floor hall the sounds of revelry became louder and louder. I stood outside the door, breathed deep and knocked. “COME IN!” was shouted by the collective group inside and a moment later EvolutionGirl opened the door. I wish I could properly describe her reaction as it was truly priceless. Later she would recount, “When I opened the door my first thought was ‘oh, this well dressed man is going to tell us to keep it down. Then I had a spark of recognition which led to realizing who you were. Then my mind wrestled with the fact it was you and you were here. Then I accepted you were here. Then I hugged you.’” I received the same reaction from everyone in the room as I went from person to person. This would repeat over the course of the day in various forms, most notably by literally getting tackled by Bkitty and Klucas’ recognizing me across the lobby and watching her jaw drop to the floor. The best was yet to come however in the plan to shock and awe the Crüe. Our group of 30 GWCers stood outside the restaurant waiting to be seated. Hivemind went into full swing and suddenly I was clothed in Jbob’s shirt and Wing’s sunglasses and hat. Everyone understood it was very important not to tweet, text, share pictures or in anyway let the word out that I was there to avoid the Crüe finding out prematurely. To help bolster the surprise I had initiated a campaign of mi[...]



#47: Meetup 2013 Roundtable

2016-04-02T07:50:07Z

It’s nearly that time of the year, so we take a moment to talk about the upcoming GWC meetup.

It’s nearly that time of the year, so we take a moment to talk about the upcoming GWC meetup.




#76: Meetup 2013 Gear Creep Roundtable

2016-04-02T09:16:10Z

Modern Geek is going live! As the meetup approaches, we talk about the alterations to the recent schedule in preparation for the GWC meetup, and lay out the subject of our upcoming roundtable discussion.

Modern Geek is going live! As the meetup approaches, we talk about the alterations to the recent schedule in preparation for the GWC meetup, and lay out the subject of our upcoming roundtable discussion.




#362: Meetup 2013 Briefing

2016-04-02T19:30:17Z

Sean is back, and the meetup is so very close! We take a quick moment to talk about the impending GWC meetup in Dallas.

Sean is back, and the meetup is so very close! We take a quick moment to talk about the impending GWC meetup in Dallas.




#46: Food Logging

2016-04-02T07:50:10Z

This week we dispel the myths around food logging, and take a look at how valuable (and easy) it can actually be.

This week we dispel the myths around food logging, and take a look at how valuable (and easy) it can actually be.




#75: Configurations, Subsidies and You

2016-04-02T09:16:12Z

We respond to some user feedback about configuring and purchasing an Apple computer, ponder over Best Buy’s “interesting” response to the ongoing showrooming issue, and try to figure out why phones are carrier-locked at all anymore.

We respond to some user feedback about configuring and purchasing an Apple computer, ponder over Best Buy’s “interesting” response to the ongoing showrooming issue, and try to figure out why phones are carrier-locked at all anymore.




#45: Taste Change

2016-04-02T07:50:37Z

In this episode, we take a look at how one’s food tastes may change over time.

In this episode, we take a look at how one’s food tastes may change over time.




#361: The Dominion War

2016-04-02T19:32:59Z

In this episode, Sean is out sick, so Chuck and Audra take the time to wax philosophical about their recent rewatch of the “Dominion War” episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In this episode, Sean is out sick, so Chuck and Audra take the time to wax philosophical about their recent rewatch of the “Dominion War” episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.




#74: Taxes and Pennies

2016-04-02T09:16:13Z

Canadia time! We discuss Juan’s online-tax-filing woes, and take a look at Canada’s retirement of the penny, discussing the impact from a consumer standpoint, and wonder at the round-to-five-cents coding nightmare most point of sale software must now be facing. We also revisit the discussion of the Surface Pro after receiving some great feedback from [...]

Canadia time! We discuss Juan’s online-tax-filing woes, and take a look at Canada’s retirement of the penny, discussing the impact from a consumer standpoint, and wonder at the round-to-five-cents coding nightmare most point of sale software must now be facing. We also revisit the discussion of the Surface Pro after receiving some great feedback from listeners.




#360: Superman ’78

2016-04-02T19:30:22Z

We give a long-overdue visit to 1978’s Superman: The Movie, appreciate the film’s cinematic quality and inspiring John Williams soundtrack; discuss the permeating Christian allegory of the story; and cheer for Margot Kidder’s funny and feminine-but-not-treacly Lois Lane. Plus, we run down the Week in Geek, squee over the mysterious and dangerous-looking Benedict Cumberbatch in [...]

We give a long-overdue visit to 1978’s Superman: The Movie, appreciate the film’s cinematic quality and inspiring John Williams soundtrack; discuss the permeating Christian allegory of the story; and cheer for Margot Kidder’s funny and feminine-but-not-treacly Lois Lane. Plus, we run down the Week in Geek, squee over the mysterious and dangerous-looking Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest Trek trailer, wonder whether Johnny Depp’s Tonto in the upcoming Lone Ranger movie constitutes 15/16 of a blackface performance, and take a very early look at The Prototype, a movie in production that will feature robots, military super-soldiers, and an alien takeover of Earth (I’m in!). Other hot guys discussed in this ‘cast: Karl Urban, Christopher Reeve, and Henry Cavill. Come join the fun!




#44: Defining Results, Part 2

2016-04-02T07:50:33Z

We continue our discussion of all the various results available from diet and exercise plans and how to match your desired goals to a plan just right for you.

We continue our discussion of all the various results available from diet and exercise plans and how to match your desired goals to a plan just right for you.




#73: Buy No More, 23G 64G

2016-04-02T09:15:44Z

We discuss the closure of numerous Canadian Best Buy locations (without knowledge of the staff!). We (sorta) lament the passing of Stickam. We marvel at Microsoft’s ever-worse marketing plan for the Surface with the release of a 64G model–with only 23G usable.

We discuss the closure of numerous Canadian Best Buy locations (without knowledge of the staff!). We (sorta) lament the passing of Stickam. We marvel at Microsoft’s ever-worse marketing plan for the Surface with the release of a 64G model–with only 23G usable.




#359: The Next Generation of Old

2016-04-02T19:34:00Z

We briefly revisit Star Trek: Generations, finally appreciating its place in the Trek canon and wondering why we had overlooked the significance of Picard’s family — and loss of family — for so long. We take calls that touch on the power of pink, the time-travel potential of the airplane laser, and the less-than-sexy reality [...]

We briefly revisit Star Trek: Generations, finally appreciating its place in the Trek canon and wondering why we had overlooked the significance of Picard’s family — and loss of family — for so long. We take calls that touch on the power of pink, the time-travel potential of the airplane laser, and the less-than-sexy reality of naval sonar operations. And we run down the Week in Geek, dig on the upcoming Summer Glau comedy-horror Knights of Badassdom; wonder if Lincoln’s Twitter-themed Super Bowl ad (complete with Alpacas!) means we’re now officially old enough to be in their target market; discuss Wonder Woman’s declining role from Amazon warrior to Superman’s “current lover”; and are impressed that the new Barbarella TV series will be written by… wait for it…the guys who wrote Casino Royale and Skyfall. With this kind of pairing, who knows what could happen? Come join the fun!




#43: Defining Results

2016-04-02T07:50:15Z

What exactly does someone mean when they say “my diet and exercise plan gets results?” We dive into all of the various “results” available (both good and bad) and examine what it means to match up various sets of results to best meet your true desires and goals.

What exactly does someone mean when they say “my diet and exercise plan gets results?” We dive into all of the various “results” available (both good and bad) and examine what it means to match up various sets of results to best meet your true desires and goals.




#72: Cloud Printing, IE Ad Fail

2016-04-02T09:15:41Z

We have some fun with the latest IE commercial, which seems both apologetic and nostalgic at the same time. We talk through Google’s Chrome-based cloud print system. We note the (almost unnotable) iOS 6.1 update. We wonder if the sun is setting on the universal remote. We discuss Netflix’s potential new profile system. And we [...]

We have some fun with the latest IE commercial, which seems both apologetic and nostalgic at the same time. We talk through Google’s Chrome-based cloud print system. We note the (almost unnotable) iOS 6.1 update. We wonder if the sun is setting on the universal remote. We discuss Netflix’s potential new profile system. And we wonder if a software update will help un-ground the 787 fleet.




#358: Living in the Future

2016-04-02T19:31:33Z

We jump straight into the buzz now that it’s confirmed: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, due in theaters in 2015 and starring much of the original crew. We walk through what the project might look like, speculate which EU areas the film will cover, hope for strong female characters, and anticipate a [...]

We jump straight into the buzz now that it’s confirmed: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, due in theaters in 2015 and starring much of the original crew. We walk through what the project might look like, speculate which EU areas the film will cover, hope for strong female characters, and anticipate a savvy, layered movie that both adults and kids can appreciate. We talk exciting Trek news with the release of the four-issue comic series Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, which covers events leading up to Star Trek: Into Darkness, in theaters this April, and dig deep into why comics are a more important visual and narrative medium than they are usually given credit for. And we run down the Week in Geek, marveling at technological advances including new laser turrets on combat aircraft and scientists’ development of a rudimentary tractor beam. Seriously. Come join the geeky fun!




#42: Artificial Barriers

2016-04-02T07:49:00Z

We all make “excuses” for not doing what’s necessary to achieve our fitness goals. Maybe it makes more sense to think of them like artificial barriers; we face many “real” barriers, ranging from current fitness to time constraints, all of which come together to form the “envelope” in which we can achieve. Why add additional [...]

We all make “excuses” for not doing what’s necessary to achieve our fitness goals. Maybe it makes more sense to think of them like artificial barriers; we face many “real” barriers, ranging from current fitness to time constraints, all of which come together to form the “envelope” in which we can achieve. Why add additional limitations to the mix? Also: We discuss the art of the cheat day.




#71: WiFi, Remotes, and RSS Readers (Oh My)

2016-04-02T09:15:53Z

We confess to some of our tech hoarding problems (and solutions). We talk about the difference between crappy and excellent WiFi routers. We laud the new, revamped Harmony remote website and configuration system. We go over some of the recent updates to the awesome Press RSS reader app for Android. And we ask some listener [...]

We confess to some of our tech hoarding problems (and solutions). We talk about the difference between crappy and excellent WiFi routers. We laud the new, revamped Harmony remote website and configuration system. We go over some of the recent updates to the awesome Press RSS reader app for Android. And we ask some listener questions involving music syncing under Jelly Bean and note-taking on the Nexus 7.




#357: Sean Gets to be Debbie, No Death Star for U.S.

2016-04-02T19:31:31Z

This week as we re-ignite the Disney princess discussion, Sean reaffirms the impracticality of staving off the tidal wave of pink and weighs in on the fun of wearing a sparkly headband while playing backup for a three-year-old rock star. And, we run down the Week in Geek, get a glimpse of the new FX [...]

This week as we re-ignite the Disney princess discussion, Sean reaffirms the impracticality of staving off the tidal wave of pink and weighs in on the fun of wearing a sparkly headband while playing backup for a three-year-old rock star. And, we run down the Week in Geek, get a glimpse of the new FX drama The Americans, in which married KGB spies pose as suburban Americans in early-80’s Washington, D.C.; lament the cancellation of the excellent Syfy series Alphas right when Nina gets awesome and Rachel finally gets to have sex; appreciate the U.S. government’s response to the official petition to build a Death Star; talk inflatable space hotels and the evolution of the U.S. space program’s potential as a thriving private industry; and take note of oceanographer Robert Ballard‘s incredible new discovery of 7,000-year old homes at the bottom of the Black Sea — which supports widespread cultural accounts of a Great Flood. Come join the geekery!




#41: Withings Scale/Lifting for Purpose

2016-04-02T07:48:42Z

We discuss our experiences with the Withings WiFi-enabled scale and body fat device. We identify the difference between lifting for strength, lifting for size, and lifting for endurance/power. And we run down the top things you might want to know if you’re headed to the gym for the first time (or returning after a long [...]

We discuss our experiences with the Withings WiFi-enabled scale and body fat device. We identify the difference between lifting for strength, lifting for size, and lifting for endurance/power. And we run down the top things you might want to know if you’re headed to the gym for the first time (or returning after a long absence) at the start of the new year.




#70: Mini vs. Nexus 7, gVoice

2016-04-02T09:15:35Z

We respond to listener feedback including a number of questions and comments about the Nexus 7, discuss in detail the process of using Google Voice as a (potential) Apple Messages replacement (and a killer home phone problem solver), and hear about one listeners awesome use of mobile videoconferencing for labeling his circuit breaker box.

We respond to listener feedback including a number of questions and comments about the Nexus 7, discuss in detail the process of using Google Voice as a (potential) Apple Messages replacement (and a killer home phone problem solver), and hear about one listeners awesome use of mobile videoconferencing for labeling his circuit breaker box.




#356: Alien Sex, The Tannen Law

2016-04-02T19:32:57Z

We blast into 2013 with some nooooooos! and enjoy some classic GWC banter. And we run down the Week in Geek, including newly revealed details about Gates McFadden’s Season 2 departure from Next Gen (it had to do with sexism, despite the gender equality Beverly insists upon to Soren of the sack-cloth); the UK’s X-rating of the original [...]

We blast into 2013 with some nooooooos! and enjoy some classic GWC banter. And we run down the Week in Geek, including newly revealed details about Gates McFadden’s Season 2 departure from Next Gen (it had to do with sexism, despite the gender equality Beverly insists upon to Soren of the sack-cloth); the UK’s X-rating of the original Alien (no “sss”) movie due to sexual, um, confusion, it might instill in middle-schoolers; a cool piece in the Atlantic featuring the evolution of sci-fi book covers; news that Elder Scrolls will become an MMO this year (without dragons!?!); and the Shat’s squee-worthy Twitter exchange with Chris Hadfield of the ISS. Plus, Sean pumps the new season of Justified, we give props to a kick-ass Lego Iron Man proposal, and talk a little Voyager, including the obligatory Kazon Hair Report.




Geek Call to Arms

2013-01-11T16:39:15Z

I have an hour commute everyday which affords me the luxery of being able to consume a great deal of podcasts and movies. I received from Netflix a slew of movies I had been looking forward to seeing but never got to see in the theater. The Dark Knight Rises. Total Recall. Chronicle. Battleship. Underworld [...]

(image) I have an hour commute everyday which affords me the luxery of being able to consume a great deal of podcasts and movies. I received from Netflix a slew of movies I had been looking forward to seeing but never got to see in the theater. The Dark Knight Rises. Total Recall. Chronicle. Battleship. Underworld Awakenings. Men in Black 3.

My original intent for writing this was to defend Total Recall and Battleship but as I began to research I noticed something very interesting: according to Boxofficemojo the top five grossing movies in 2012 are geek fodder. 1. Avengers 2. Dark Knight Rises 3. Hunger Games 4. Skyfall 5. Twilight. Close behind those are the Hobbit, Spiderman, MIB3, Prometheus. Do you notice a trend? If you add up the gross of the top 5 movies it adds up to over 2 billion dollars.

Guess what guys? We won.

Nerd culture is now just culture. We are cool. We are hip. We are down daddy-o. Remember how computer nerds used to be the flag bearer of the geek world? I understand the jocks fraternity at my old College hold coding parties to make the next big app. I suspect the next wave will be those who have the Nerd gene (thank you Chris Hardwick for that turn of phrase) will be held up as a valuable commodity in the entertainment industry. Our laser focus in our areas of interest in literature, fiction, fantasy and tech make us strong, make us marketable, make us the next big thing.

I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions, but I do have a goal for 2013. I want to be less of a consumer and more of a creator. I want to start banking my 10,000 in writing. I want to make something that sucks but I can point to and say, “That’s mine. It isn’t perfect, but I did it and the next time it will be even better” Pick a passion project, make a video and get it out there. Leverage all the knowledge you have and DO EEET! Fail big. Pick yourself up and do it again. Now is our time. Take it.

oh, and BTW, don’t hate on Battleship and Total Recall. Both don’t suck as much as you’ve heard




#69: The Nexus 7

2016-04-02T09:15:33Z

We finally get to spend some quality time with the Nexus 7, Google’s premier 7″ tablet. In short: We’re fans.

We finally get to spend some quality time with the Nexus 7, Google’s premier 7″ tablet. In short: We’re fans.




#40: Goals Over Resolutions

2016-04-02T07:48:40Z

We suggest maybe converting those new year resolutions to goals — and even shorter sub-goals that you can attain (and celebrate!) in the short run.

We suggest maybe converting those new year resolutions to goals — and even shorter sub-goals that you can attain (and celebrate!) in the short run.




#39: Compound Exercises, Data Collection

2016-04-02T07:49:24Z

We take a look at compound exercises and how they fit into the workout routine as well as discuss some of our recent data collection experiences.

We take a look at compound exercises and how they fit into the workout routine as well as discuss some of our recent data collection experiences.




#355: K-Juanzaa, Best Of 2012

2016-04-02T19:31:26Z

In the year’s grand finale, we are joined in the studio by JUAAAAAN!! And we snub the ubiquity of the web’s year-end “Worst of…” lists, instead giving our own positive recommendations for 2012 media, including the underrated Men in Black 3, the fun popcorn flick Battleship; the brilliant TV comedy series Parks and Recreation (NBC) and sci-fi [...]

In the year’s grand finale, we are joined in the studio by JUAAAAAN!! And we snub the ubiquity of the web’s year-end “Worst of…” lists, instead giving our own positive recommendations for 2012 media, including the underrated Men in Black 3, the fun popcorn flick Battleship; the brilliant TV comedy series Parks and Recreation (NBC) and sci-fi drama Alphas (Syfy); and two of our favorite video games of the year, Skyrim and Mass Effect 3. Plus, we run down the Week in Geek, joking about the photo of Stan Lee with the Hulk covering his junk that hit the web celebrating Lee’s new status as a nonagenarian; and Sean gives the rundown on his latest gaming addiction, EA’s new action RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur, written by Forgotten Realms author R. A. Salvatore and illustrated by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. Join the madness — now with 33% more madness!




#354: Nice Day For A White Onesie

2016-04-02T19:31:24Z

We kick off 2012’s penultimate podcast by discussing 2005 movie The Island — wait, wut? Yes, The Island.  After seven years of GWC-style analysis and geeky discussion, returning to this flawed-but-likable movie made us realize how much the ‘cast has transformed the way we understand and appreciate art. Plus, we run down the Week in Geek, boo Blastr’s troll-baiting “Worst Movies [...]

We kick off 2012’s penultimate podcast by discussing 2005 movie The Island — wait, wut? Yes, The Island.  After seven years of GWC-style analysis and geeky discussion, returning to this flawed-but-likable movie made us realize how much the ‘cast has transformed the way we understand and appreciate art. Plus, we run down the Week in Geek, boo Blastr’s troll-baiting “Worst Movies Ever” poll which targets low-hanging fruit and popular franchises like Indiana Jones 4 and the Twilight series; give more love to affordable fun with Rifftrax; anticipate the addition of Jackie Chan to the cast of Expendables 3; and vicariously enjoy Sean’s experience with the cool-sounding strategy game Civilization Revolution, designed by the acclaimed Sid Meier and based on the 2008 original. Join the fun!

 




#68: Apps, Maps, and Fraps

2016-04-02T09:13:49Z

We run down some of the apps we’ve look at lately, including MetroTwit (Juan’s new-fav Win Twitter client), Google Maps for iOS (now that we’ve had some time to use it), and the Wake ‘N Shake alarm clock (featuring a GlaDOS sound-alike not to be missed). Also, we discuss Juan’s experience with a 24-FPS Hobbit [...]

We run down some of the apps we’ve look at lately, including MetroTwit (Juan’s new-fav Win Twitter client), Google Maps for iOS (now that we’ve had some time to use it), and the Wake ‘N Shake alarm clock (featuring a GlaDOS sound-alike not to be missed). Also, we discuss Juan’s experience with a 24-FPS Hobbit viewing and technical issues which might explain it.




#38: Holiday Forgiveness

2016-04-02T07:48:36Z

In this episode of FitSmart, we implore you to give yourself a much-needed break this holiday season. Keep that “screw you” spirit strong and make your own decisions about exercise and diet during the holidays, but once you’ve made a decision, accept it and enjoy yourself. Also, we take a listener calls.

In this episode of FitSmart, we implore you to give yourself a much-needed break this holiday season. Keep that “screw you” spirit strong and make your own decisions about exercise and diet during the holidays, but once you’ve made a decision, accept it and enjoy yourself. Also, we take a listener calls.




#37: Body Type Myths and Device Updates

2016-04-02T07:46:40Z

We discuss the myths and realities of “body types.” And we update you on our most recent experiences with fitness data collection devices, including the new Bodymedia Core activity tracker and Runkeeper.

We discuss the myths and realities of “body types.” And we update you on our most recent experiences with fitness data collection devices, including the new Bodymedia Core activity tracker and Runkeeper.




#353: A Christmas Reboot

2016-04-02T19:33:14Z

In this penultimate GWC Christmas episode, we re-think everything that makes our holidays what they are. We re-cast and reboot some of our favorite Christmas movies (read: Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler as the new Griswolds), remake some of our favorite Christmas songs (Swedish EDM, anyone?), and re-think some of our hallowed Christmas traditions. Also, [...]

In this penultimate GWC Christmas episode, we re-think everything that makes our holidays what they are. We re-cast and reboot some of our favorite Christmas movies (read: Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler as the new Griswolds), remake some of our favorite Christmas songs (Swedish EDM, anyone?), and re-think some of our hallowed Christmas traditions. Also, we run down the Week in Geek, checking out the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi/action flick Pacific Rim, which will  feature…wait for it… giant robots battling giant monsters from the ocean! Oh yes. It will be ours.




#RODIMUSNOW

2012-12-07T16:40:49Z

An Open Letter to Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg: Dear sirs, I want to make you aware of the tremendous opportunity that lays dormant right in front of you. As you break the script for the upcoming Transformers movie I hope you will give a moment of consideration to including the greatest Transformer ever (except [...]
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Thanks to Pimp Scooter for the sweet image of Rodimus

An Open Letter to Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg:

Dear sirs, I want to make you aware of the tremendous opportunity that lays dormant right in front of you. As you break the script for the upcoming Transformers movie I hope you will give a moment of consideration to including the greatest Transformer ever (except Grimlock), Hot Rod.

As I am sure you are aware from your years of research into the subject matter Hot Rod is the perfect addition to the new and darker turn you are hoping to take this movie. He is brash, arrogant and sure to appeal to your target demographic. Sure, he is not as funny as chiwawas humping or as polarizing as having Mudflaps and Skids speak in poor Ebonics, but who are we to judge.

You may recall from the classic Transformers: The Movie (1986) Hot Rod is featured as the successor to Optimus Prime and receives the Matrix of Leadership giving him the new name Rodimus. Rodimus is considered a fan favorite to the community and if you do agree to include him we hope you are kinder than you were to Arcee.

Please note as evidence of this grassroots effort the tidalwave of tweets on Twitter which include the hashtag #RODIMUSNOW

If you could also get Judd Nelson to reprise the voice of Rodimus that would be an appreciated tip of the hat. Plus, let’s be honest, he needs the work.

Thank you in advance.
#Rodimusnow

– Solai




#67: Streaming Movies, Gift Cards

2016-04-02T09:13:51Z

Juan offers a great solution for all those almost-empty credit-card-based gift cards you have lying around. We try to dream up use cases for Logitech’s Skype TV device. We discuss Redbox’s expansion into Canada, their upcoming streaming service, and what it all means for the Pyramid of Movie Accessibility(tm). Also: Voicemails and Christmas stories.

Juan offers a great solution for all those almost-empty credit-card-based gift cards you have lying around. We try to dream up use cases for Logitech’s Skype TV device. We discuss Redbox’s expansion into Canada, their upcoming streaming service, and what it all means for the Pyramid of Movie Accessibility(tm). Also: Voicemails and Christmas stories.