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Week of: November 26 – ???

Synopsis: Stimulated Boredom is moving to Washington DC! In this brief update, I announce some exciting news and how it will affect the podcast over the course of the next few weeks.

The show moves closer to the belly of the beast! We are very excited about this change and have a LOT to do over the next couple of weeks, therefore Stimulated Boredom will be taking a brief hiatus as we get packed, moved and settled into our new DC digs. :)

I appreciate your patience during this time and am anticipating that I should be able to get back on the mic by the 2nd or 3rd week of December.

In the meantime, please feel free to get caught up on any past shows that you might have missed! You can do so viaiTunes or the official SB iPhone and Android apps, in addition to a variety of other options.

Thanks again for your support of Stimulated Boredom and for listening to the show…the next time you hear my voice, I will be breathing in the Washington DC air and getting ready for some new and exciting changes to the show. :)

Direct download: Nov_26.Moving_To_Washington_DC.mp3
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Four More Years This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Four More Years.

Week of: November 12 – November 19, 2012

Synopsis: The election is over, President Obama has won a second term and it’s time for a little post-election analysis; including what the next four years may look like and the impending fiscal cliff.

That’s it folks! After a year of campaigning, kissing babies, shaking hands, a billion dollars in ads spent, countless stump speeches and a race dubbed ‘one of the closest in recent history,’ it was over much faster than the pundits predicted and was a resounding electoral victory for the President.

But what happened? Why were the polls and talking heads so off? Where did the GOP go wrong against an incumbent they swore was so beatable? And how has the country’s demographics shifted in such a way that the White House may effectively end up outside of the Republican party’s reach for a long time unless they adapt and become more inclusive?

This week’s show is all about the election and what challenges the President may face in the upcoming fours years; in addition to what the Republican party may need to do in order to stay relevant in a country with changing demographics and a more progressive attitude towards social, ethnic & gender issues.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Nov_12.Four_More_Years.mp3
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Election 2012 This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: October 22 – October 29, 2012

Synopsis: As we head into the final days of the election, I respond to listener questions relating to exactly what the Electoral College is, its history and how it works, what makes a “battleground state” and a wrap-up of the week in election news.

Due to what appears to be a close race, there has been a lot of talk this election cycle of the Electoral College and the math involved in coming up with a strategy that leads to 270 electoral votes…the majority required to win the Presidency. But what exactly is the Electoral College and how does it work? Why was it created in the first place and why is it still used today? Why doesn’t popular vote determine the winner of Presidential elections?

I’ve covered this topic numerous times on past shows during previous election years and decided to re-visit it due to the emails and questions that I have been receiving, asking me to answer the questions listed above. I also delve into the strategy that each party pursues to achieve electoral victory and what the electoral map is showing as we head into November 6th.

So enjoy this little civics lesson, coupled with additional discussion, politicking and opinion of the news coming out of the final stretch of the election.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Nov5.Electoral_College_Daze.mp3
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Week of: October 22 – October 29, 2012

Synopsis: A different President Obama showed up to the 2nd debate and Mitt Romney gives birth to another meme. Patrick joins me as we discuss confusing polls, the best moments of the debate and other politicking.

At the 2nd Presidential debate, a significantly more assertive (and awake) president Obama showed up and appeared to keep Mitt Romney on his heels for the duration of the evening…leading to some memorable moments and an opponent who was consistently kept on defense and who repeatedly needed to cede his time (that was supposed to be spent answering audience questions) responding to an Obama that was clearly on offense.

I am joined by Patrick, as we dissect the debate and some of the more interesting exchanges. We also break down some confusing and inconsistent polling on a micro level, in order to shed some light on why some of the battleground states have consistently remained in the President’s column and why Romney has not be able to break through in some of them.

This week we put on our politico hats and give an honest assessment of this year’s election, why polls may be irrelevant (regardless of who they favor), how women may determine the outcome and how the elections in this country have changed…mostly for the worse.

lot of interesting topics are covered in this nearly 3-hour conversation and we think you will walk away with more than a few new things to consider.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Oct22_Unleash_The_Kraken.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59am EDT
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Week of: October 15 – October 22, 2012

Coming on the heels of a strong and unexpected Romney performance in last week’s first debate against the President, additional pressure was on Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a performance that will either slow down or completely stop Romney’s recent momentum. Did he succeed?

Before the VP debate, I posted an article in which I discussed the Top 10 things that people should expect from the first and only sparring between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. In this week’s show, I break down many of those points and which ones were fulfilled, in addition to the effect that it may have heading into the 2nd Presidential debate next Tuesday in New York.

In front of an estimated audience of over 51 million people, was Biden able to slow or even stop Romney’s momentum? Did Paul Ryan hurt or help the campaign? What were some of the more memorable exchanges of the evening? All of these questions are answered, in addition to a little fact-checking in this post-debate wrap-up.

Bonus Content: I have included the full 90 minute audio version of the debate at the end of this week’s program. Therefore, if you did not see the debate or simply want to hear it again, you will be able to from beginning to end once the show ends.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Oct15.Bunch_of_Malarkey.mp3
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Week of: October 8 – October 15, 2012

The first Presidential Debate has come and gone, and it’s time for a little ‘post-game’ wrap-up relating to the candidates’ performance, whether there will be any change in the polls and some fact-checking.

Recently I posted an article in which I discussed the likely strategy of both candidates coming into the debate. All in all, my predictions for how Mitt Romney and President Obama would approach the debate was accurate…with the important difference that Romney over-performed, while the President drastically under-performed, resulting in a clear victory for Mitt.

However, although Romney won stylistically, my biggest issues were with the grossly negligent moderator of the debate, Jim Lehrer, and the fact that President Obama never unleashed any of the many offensive weapons against his opponent that Romney essentially handed to him on a silver platter that night and over the last few months…a decision that is still beyond my comprehension. The President played defense to a fault – opting instead to ‘stay above the fray’ – and never challenged the monumental amount of contradictory and inaccurate statements made by his opponent.

But will Romney’s performance move the needle and reverse the downward trajectory of his campaign with only 5 weeks until the election? Will the polls hold or see a shift in the all-important battleground states and with the sliver of undecided voters who remain? Traditionally the polls heading into the debates end up being the same as on election day, but was Romney’s performance strong enough to change that or will the President rise to the occasion in the 2 remaining debates?

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Oct8.Mitt_Romney_Masterdebater.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:50am EDT
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Romney 47 Percent This Week on Stimulated Boredom

The iPhone 5 is released with a new shade of lipstick and Mitt Romney thinks 47% of the country (which includes Grandma and active military personnel) are a bunch of freeloading bums and doesn’t want their vote.

This week saw the release of the iPhone 5 – as I share my opinion of Apple’s newest innovation – which offers BRAND NEW FEATURES…that every smartphone released in the last 2 years already had. I spend a few minutes trying to wrap my head around why people would choose a closed OS that tethers and makes them dependent upon one company’s digital ecosystem.

For the remainder of the program, I wax poetic on the horrific week that Mitt Romney enjoyed and share my opinion and insight on what the electoral landscape looks like heading into November. Can Romney rebound? Are there enough undecided voters left to close the gap in battleground states where the President leads? I also share the exact moment during election night that you should look for, in which I guarantee that you can turn to others in the room and confidently declare, “It’s over.”

Week of: September 22 – October 1, 2012

Enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Sept22.Jesus_Phone_and_the_47_percent.mp3
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Week of: September 10 – September 17, 2012

This week I’m joined by resident geek girl, Vanessa G of Girls-Gone-Geek.com, as she discusses Dragon*Con and her first foray into the world of cosplay.

Ever wonder what possesses a person to dress up as their favorite movie, video game or comic book character? Ever wonder what it’s like to attend a comic book convention dressed as your favorite movie, video game or comic book character? Frequent SB guest and listener favorite, Vanessa Gabriel, did just that at this year’s Dragon*Con and was kind enough to share her first cosplay experience and what it was like to put her costume together, walk the floor and pose for pictures.

I’ve attended a couple of conventions myself and I greatly admire the time, effort and passion that people put into their costumes. Not only did Vanessa dress up, but she shares what it was like as a first-time cosplayer to be stopped by fans to take photos, the importance of practicing your hero poses in front of the mirror and why you should never wear anything made of polyurethane.

In this 2.5 hour discussion, we had a great time as Vanessa shared a ton of entertaining stories…including an embarrassing fangirl meltdown moment while meeting one of her favorite actors! As they say, “You never forget your first time.” :)

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Sept10.on_like_dragoncon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:26am EDT
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Week of: September 3 – September 10, 2012

This week I’m joined by listener favorite, Patrick…as we tackle everything from the Apple Vs. Samsung verdict, my time at Star Wars Celebration VI and the Republican National Convention.

There’s a little something for everyone this week:

  • Tech: What the verdict in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit means to the future of the (non-iOS) smartphone market
  • Geek: Discussion of my experience at Star Wars Celebration VI and why fans make such a big deal out of the franchise
  • Politics: What could cause two people – who follow politics very closely and who have watched every political convention in the last few election cycles – to find themselves unable to stomach this year’s Republican convention?

As is the case with every appearance that Patrick has on the program, this week’s show is really nothing more than giving fans of the podcast an opportunity to listen in on the conversation and thoughts of two close friends. I shit you not, these are exactly the kinds of conversations that we have on the phone all the time. :)

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Sept3.Speaking_Of_Vaginas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT
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My Mom with her new Italian boyfriend in Tuscany…one of the 34 different countries she has visited over the course of her life.

Week of: August 13 – August 20, 2012

Actually, it’s my Mama!

This week I am joined by a very special guest…my mother. :)

Over the past 7+ years of the show, many of you have heard very personal stories about my life growing up, which was instrumental in the development of my world view, personality, humor and opinions. My wildly entertaining (and equally un-PC) Filipino mother had a lot to do with that.

We discuss her life in Manila, her experience as a teenage foreign exchange student in an American high school, her marriage to my father – including the subsequent divorce – and the effect it had on us and my siblings. We also discuss politics, religion, world history and a TON more! This 4 hour conversation taught me a few things that I never knew about her life and views on certain subjects, while also recounting many funny (and often times, embarrassing) stories. :) We have always been very open about discussing our lives, and this personal conversation between mother and son is just another example of that.

She has lived an extraordinary life and traveled the world many times over, so I thought it would be a good time to get her on the show…especially before the old bitch dies and perhaps give myself a chance to lobby for more shit in her will.

Enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Aug13.Yo_Mama.mp3
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