Week of: Dec 26 – Jan 2, 2012

Show Note: My apologies for the “hot” mic this week. I added some new components to my system this weekend, which adjusted (pls see: “fucked up”) my audio settings and I didn’t catch it until after we completed the recording.

I know it’s difficult to imagine (“Oh, the Humanity!”), but did you know that Stimulated Boredom used to have a permanent co-host? IT’S TRUE!

This week marks the triumphant (guest) return of Chris – aka: “Booger” – who had a short, but distinguished stint as co-host of the program back in 2005. Chris joins me on the show, as we wax poetic on everything from video games to politics. “Booger” also brings an interesting and different perspective to many of the topics normally discussed on the show and it was fun to fall back into some of the old routines & arguments. :)

As Chris so eloquently put it, “50% geek speak, 50% politics, 100% awesome…

It was great to have Chris back on the show and I think that the listeners will really enjoy our over 3.5 hour discussion, which includes some heavy “geek indulgence”…that eventually segues into a robust and thought-provoking chat about politics, the current state of government, the election and many more interesting & entertaining topics in-between.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Dec26.Revenge_Of_The_Booger.mp3
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Week of: Dec 19 – Dec 26, 2011

Disclaimer: Despite being sick and hopped up on a delicious cocktail of drugs and coffee, the show must go on! Therefore I cannot be held entirely responsible for the tangential nature of my thoughts and ramblings this week. Please voice all complaints with the Food & Drug Administration.

After nearly a decade, 800+ billion dollars spent and over 4,000 American deaths, the War in Iraq is finally coming to end. As the December 31st deadline looms for all American troops to withdraw from Iraq, I discuss the impact that the war has had on American credibility and the importance of holding publicly elected officials accountable for what they commit our men and women of the military to.

It is no secret that I strongly feel that the Iraq War was a mistake and that, of all the reasons we were given for the need to invade, not one of them turned out to be true. As a result, the rationale for continuing the conflict evolved from WMD and a connection to Al-Qaeda | 9/11…to “purple fingers,” imposed democracy and Nation building. Regardless of how you feel, the American people would have never condoned the invasion had the latter reasoning been provided. The deposing of Saddam Hussein came at the cost of American credibility, not to mention billions of dollars and thousands of lives.

This subject had been a staple of the program for years, so I wanted to discuss it now that it is finally coming to an end. Unfortunately, my cold medicine may have made me a little “unfocused,” so I appreciate your indulgence during any rambling sections. :) I also referenced my previous “Head Like A Hole” segment, which delves into considerable detail, should listeners be interested in hearing it again.

The remainder of the show (of course) revolves around developments in the Republican primaries and whether Newt Gingrich stands a chance to win the nomination, in addition to which candidates I think have a chance of being competitive in a general election. Republican members of Congress have publicly announced that they will not support Gingrich…I also discuss their reasons.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Dec_19_Dont_Operate_Heavy_Machinery.mp3
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Week of: Nov 21 – Nov 28, 2011

Had a lot to talk about this week; so much so that I needed to break it up into 2 segments!

In this week’s (over 2 hour) main segment, I delve into the many gaffes and the constantly rotating Poll-Merry-Go-Round that is the GOP field of Presidential candidates. To help illustrate my point, I incorporated some audio montages of a few personal favorites, while detailing my belief as to why the majority of them could never be considered serious candidates in a General election…but perhaps just fun to “flirt” with in the primaries, before voters grow up and pick someone who actually has a reasonable chance of winning.

I fully admit that I have a little fun at the expense of the likes of Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Romney and the (irrelevant) others…but they make is so damn easy considering their history of comments, contradictions, flubs and flip flops.

I also discuss how I see the most qualified candidate – Jon Huntsman – getting the nomination. It is unlikely, but I do see a path.

Lastly, I share my opinions of the Penn State scandal, including audio from Jerry Sandusky’s (strange & creepy) interview with Bob Costas.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Nov21.Republi_Go_Round.mp3
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Week of: Nov 21 – Nov 28, 2011

Many of you may have already read my comprehensive breakdown and first impressions of the Kindle Fire when it was first announced back in September. Well, the day has finally arrived and I now have the shiny new device in my hands!

I’ve spent the last week with the Kindle Fire – primarily enjoying my new toy – but also prepping for a video review that I plan to do on the device in the next week or so for the benefit of the listeners. As a result, I have become quite familiar with the Fire and thought I would share many of my thoughts, initial impressions and helpful tips that I have discovered along the way.

Is it an “iPad killer?” Does it perform as advertised? What are its advantages and limitations? Is it a tablet or an e-reader on steroids? How do I work this damn thing?! All of these questions and more are answered in this 1.5 hour segment!

I tried to cover a little of everything, for the benefit of those who already have the Fire and for those who are contemplating whether or not to purchase it. As I mentioned previously, I will be doing a video review soon, as I assume that many of you would rather see it in action (versus hear me talk about it). Hopefully this segment will help to abate your curiosity – for the time being – in addition to answer many of the questions that you might have.

If I left anything out or if you have any additional questions, always feel free to contact me at: dana@stimulatedboredom.com

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Direct download: Seg2.Nov21_Kindle_Fire_Review.mp3
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Week of: Nov 7 – Nov 14, 2011

I’ve been away for the last couple of weeks, so I decided to just jump right in!

This week’s discussion includes reports of GOP front-runner, Herman Cain, wanting to deliver his “meatlover’s pizza” to a couple of former female employees and Cain’s astounding inability to get his story straight relating to multiple sexual harassment claims filed against him in the late 90′s. Although the Cain Campaign was given ample notice (10 days) of the impending breaking story, they still managed to issue contradictory and confusing statements on the matter, further worsening the issue and keeping the story alive for far longer than they would have liked.

Was Cain’s candidacy ever intended to be serious or was it always simply just a ploy to raise his national profile…and with it, increased speaking fees and sales of his book? Did his recent front-runner status come as much of a surprise to his campaign as it appears to be to every one else? Does he have a viable chance to win the GOP nomination…and if so, eventually the Presidency?

Next, I discuss and play Rick Perry’s odd speech in New Hampshire. For a campaign that has already crash-and-burned in record time, how does this recent episode affect his chances? Will it be considered Perry’s “Dean scream” moment?

I also ponder the question of how Mitt Romney will fare in the end, considering the repeated Republican desire and call for an alternative to him…illustrated by the multiple “anybody but Romney” GOP candidates who have risen and crashed in the polls. How do Republicans expect the rest of the country to get excited by him, when his own party isn’t?

The rest of the show revolves around the remainder of the GOP field, my predictions for the primaries, the only Republican candidate I would consider voting for (and how I see him getting the nomination) and the state of 2012 election politics.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Nov7.Boastful_Ignorance.1.mp3
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Week of: Oct 17 – Oct 24, 2011

Listeners of Stimulated Boredom are undoubtedly familiar with the popular guest appearances of Girls-Gone-Geek.com co-creator, Vanessa G on the show. Vanessa and her G3 cohort, Erika, have also started their ownpodcast entitled, “Geek Lunch”…the first episode of which I had shared with the SB listeners back in July.

Well, the ladies at G3 have recorded their 2nd installment to their new podcasting venture, and – since the first episode was so positively received by Stimulated Boredom listeners – I wanted to share the next episode and help to provide additional exposure to these very talented fan-girls. :)

From the G3 site: “Our Geek Lunch crew had a lot to chew on this month after the first wave of DC’s relaunched titles hit the stands. In this episode, V. and I, along with Shag of Firestorm Fan and our pal Terry M., discuss and debate everything from Animal Man to Voodoo. As usual, it’s a highly spirited conversation with a plenty of laughs. So pull up a chair and join us, won’t you? Note: The lingo is semi-spicy, so keep that in mind if the kiddos are within earshot.”

I recorded a brief intro for the benefit of my listeners…however, to those who are visiting StimulatedBoredom.com for the first time from the G3 website (welcome!) and you can stream or download this podcast from all of the available SB channels, including the mobile apps for both iPhone and Android.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Oct17.GeekLunchPartDeux.mp3
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Week of: Oct 10 – Oct 17, 2011

For tech fans of the show (pls see: “geeks“…don’t worry, I’m one of you), we have put together a whopper of a program (over 2.5 hrs) for you this week!

With the tragic passing of Apple icon, Steve Jobs, I am joined by guest host Patrick as we delve into Jobs’ legacy and his influence over the computer industry, pop-culture, technology and the world.

We begin with a biographical overview of Jobs’ life and subsequent rise in the world of personal computing; from his own roots as an adopted child, to the birth of the Apple I & Apple II, the first Macintosh, his time at Pixar / Disney, NeXT Computers and finally back at Apple again. We attempt to measure his influence over the world and of the many advances that can be traced back to his innovation and creativity.

Undoubtedly, Jobs was a visionary who was ahead of his time. He had an uncanny ability to know what people wanted, before they knew they wanted it – and, as a result – charted a course that the rest of us had no choice but to follow. The first half of this week’s show is dedicated to his life, accomplishments and inventions.

The second half of the show focuses, ironically enough, on a device that was arguably influenced by one of Jobs’ own devices. Amazon recently announced their newest tablet, The Kindle Fire.

Touted as the likely (and most well-positioned) competitor to the iPad, the Kindle Fire is already on track to be the fastest selling tablet launch in history. However, as two people who own both the iPad and have pre-ordered the Kindle Fire, Patrick & I discuss how the Fire may not be the “iPad killer” that people speculate it could be, but rather something entirely different and even more impressive.

The remainder of the show delves into a full and comprehensive breakdown of the Fire; including first impressions, specs, limitations & advantages and everything else you need to know about Amazon’s newest device.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Oct10.SteveJobsKindleFire.mp3
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Week of: Sept 26 – Oct 3, 2011

Part of the fun each week is figuring out why a segment earned its title. ;)

In this week’s show, I ended up falling into an overall stream of consciousness that covered everything from the President’s address to Congress and details relating to the American Jobs Act, to the struggling economy and how our politics is only making it worse.

To kick the show off, I continue to (shamelessly) indulge my love of my Alma Mater, Florida State, and do a quick re-cap of their highly anticipated rematch against #1 Oklahoma. I was there – losing my voice in the process – and briefly recount the experience…now that I am finally off of Suicide Watch.

Since I took last week off to attend the game, I continue the discussion with an update to some of the events that occurred in my absence. As is usually the case, the remainder of the program succumbs to my tangential stream of thought: The President’s address to a Joint Session of Congress, the American Jobs Act and what it entails, the politics of a struggling economy, a personal story relating to my own bout with the negative effects of the economy, the Republican debates and a lot more.

I enjoyed being back on the mic after some time off and feel that this week’s show really encompasses a lot of opinions and thoughts that many Americans are experiencing leading up to the precipice of a highly charged election season.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Sept26.Armadillo_Anal_Probe.mp3
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This week, I am joined by listener-favorite Vanessa G of Girls-Gone-Geek.com, as we take a welcome departure from the usual show topics to discuss all things Dragon*Con and take an entertaining, informative & insightful romp through geek culture, comic books, cosplay and her experience at the Atlanta conference.

This week’s show is specifically geared towards geeks, as Vanessa recounts the goings-on at a comics conference, including: Half-naked superhero body paint, the continued allure of Carrie Fisher, (alleged) nerd orgies, the panel she attended with Felicia Day, her ‘True Blood’ obsession gone wrong and being called a ‘hooker’ by a favorite actor from the series.

If you ever wanted an inside view of the comics world and the conferences that fans attend, this is the perfect segment for you!

"Cosplay" at Dragon*Con 2011

Lastly, we round out the discussion with some politics (this is still Stimulated Boredom) and a remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as both Vanessa and I recount the stories of where we were when we heard the news of the attacks and the subsequent shift in this country for the last decade.

I hope that you enjoy this lively discussion as much as we enjoyed recording it…and, as always, enjoy the show!

Added Show Note: The musical artist featured at the end of the show is a talented local Orlando band by the name of “A Brilliant Lie“, who will be guests on the program in the very near future. The name of the song is, “Live While Sleeping” and I encourage you to check out their site and give their jams a listen. :)

Vanessa’s Contact Information

If you have any questions you would like to ask Vanessa directly, please feel free to  contact her with any questions, comments or requests for recommendations. In addition,  I have included the G3 Facebook fan page, Twitter profile and pertinent links to find  more of Vanessa’s writing on the subject of comic books:

 psyphichic@gmail.com
 girls-gone-geek.com
 twitter.com/GeekCheek
 facebook.com/GirlsGoneGeek
 newsarama.com/topic/best-shots

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Rick Perry enters the Presidential race, further diluting a weak GOP field and apparently convincing himself that the American people want another "cowboy" from Texas in the White House. I weigh his chances and explain the difference between a "primary candidate" and an "electable general election candidate"...since the people who urged Perry to run evidently never did.

This segment transitions into a wider question: Who really has a chance to beat Obama? As an independent supporter of Obama in the 2008 election, I discuss the one GOP candidate who could attract independents like me, while still securing their base. Although sound bites and criticisms are great "red meat" for primary voters, a serious candidate for President also has to appeal to a much wider audience that has grown extremely weary of partisanship and want to hear valid and substantial solutions for our problems...whether from Obama or those who wish to replace him. 

Will the GOP nominate the one candidate they have that has an even remote chance of doing this? All indications point to no. A difficult economy does offer Republicans a real opportunity to potentially win back the White House, but will it be squandered on advancing an un-electable alternative?

I discuss this and a lot more this week. But first, I selfishly indulge my love of college football, as I discuss my beloved Seminoles chances for a National Championship run and how I see them achieving it!  

As always, enjoy the show!    

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