the dark knight rises spoiler This Week on Stimulated Boredom

You Have Been Warned

Week of: Special Mid-Week Show!

Now that the eagerly anticipated, “The Dark Knight Rises” has been released, I am joined by Erika Peterman from Girls-Gone-Geek.com as we review, discuss and dissect the film from beginning to end!

  • WARNING: This show contains an almost offensive amount of spoilers, therefore, if you have not seen the film…please avert your ears now. You have been warned.

In this special 3-hour program, Erika and I review every moment of the movie from a fan’s perspective. This includes touching upon story arcs from the comics used in the film, if anything took us by surprise, what we thought of the ending and whether my obsession with Batman requires medial attention.

This is not just merely a review of the movie, but rather a comprehensive discussion of every aspect of the film and how it relates to the established Batman mythos and universe. For readers of the comics, we made sure to point out easter-eggs and allusions to known storylines. For those only familiar with the films, we also point out the parts of the film that were nerdgasm inducing and why, perhaps helping to deepen your appreciation for the many layers of the movie.

Consider this show a companion piece to the movie and your own personal 3-hour collection of bonus features, long after the final credits have rolled ;)

As always, enjoy the show!

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Kicking ass, taking names and making rainbows…

Week of: July 9 – July 16, 2012

This week I am joined by Vanessa Gabriel from Girls-Gone-Geek.com as we tackle everything from DC Comics, superhero movies, Community, Felicia Day and my (unhealthy) love of Batman; to politics, ObamaCare, the 24-hour news cycle and just about anything in between!

In this over 3-hour program, Vanessa and I had a blast just goofing off and having our own little geek session, before eventually moving to some of the top stories of the week. But don’t let the title fool you, although there is a lot of lighthearted and entertaining discussion, we also approach the more serious topics with the thoughtfulness and consideration that they deserve.

There is something for everyone in this week’s show and we hope that you enjoy our diverse range of discussion, as much as we enjoyed recording it.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Job Hunting Tips This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: June 25 – July 2, 2012

Prompted by a listener email, this week’s show revolves entirely around job hunting tips and how to increase your chances of landing the job that you want in a difficult economy.

Leah, a listener in Pennsylvania, wrote to me and described her frustration and fear relating to the current economy and the difficulty that she and her boyfriend have had in finding a job – despite their degrees and experience.

A few years ago, when the economy first started suffering, I covered this subject in length and have since had listeners request that I cover it again. My expertise in the matter is gleaned from many years of hiring, training and managing people through various careers that I have had, in which I have probably hired and managed (cumulatively) well over 1,000 people.

Also, as someone who lost a job a few years ago when the economy was at its worst, I can also speak from the perspective of someone who has looked for (and found) a great job in a very bad market.

All of this coupled together, has given me a perspective from both sides of the 'hiring line' and a strong understanding of the best practices for gaining an edge over other job candidates vying for the same position(s), including:


  • * How to make your resume stand out on job search sites and in an interview
  • * Best practices for aggressively and proactively gaining an edge over other applicants
  • * Interview tips, including pre-interview preparation and questions to ask
  • * Gain allies among people who work there, to increase your chances of hire
  • * Best practices for following up and securing an interview over other applicants
  • * Best practices for finding jobs that are not advertised
  • * Other tips and tricks that I can’t think of as I type this sentence ;)

 

So, if you are currently looking for a job…or fear that you may have to in the near future, this week’s show is perfect for you and provides some practical and effective tips for landing your next position.

As always, enjoy the show!

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"President Obama is out of touch with the average American and their economic concerns."

- Said the guy who is building a $12 Million mansion on the beach with its own custom-built car elevator.

Week of: June 11 – June 18, 2012

This week’s discussion begins with the campaign fundraising results for May – including what Romney’s superior $77 million-dollar haul could signify – in addition to the infusion of corporate money (thanks to the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme Court decision) into our political process and how new media has made running for President a billion-dollar endeavor.

Next, it’s on to President Obama and how long he can keep blaming the economy he inherited from Bush, before he needs to wholly take responsibility for it. This discussion is coupled – as it relates to GOP opposition – with the difference between, ‘rooting for failure’ for political advantage…and actually helping to cause failure for the same reason.

With Romney essentially securing the Republican nomination, I pose my own questions to the former Governor that I would like the media to ask. Essentially demanding that he back up his repeated claims of knowing how to create jobs and grow the economy…in juxtaposition and reconciling those claims with his record as Governor, in which Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job growth under his tenure…of which, he served only 1 term because he would be unable to win re-election.

I also challenge his assertion that his time at Bain Capital should be “off-limits” in the campaign…seeing how he claims that his business experience at Bain makes him “uniquely qualified” to be President.

Lastly, I respond to listener requests to discuss the (failed) results of the Wisconsin recall election of Governor Scott Walker. This includes my opinion of organized labor unions and what the recall election result could mean in the general election.

A lot of great topics were discussed this week and I hope that it helps listeners to stay informed and to formulate their own opinions!

As always, enjoy the show!

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Week of: May 21 – May 28, 2012
This week I am joined by a new voice to the program, Elke, as we discuss Star Wars: The Old Republic and MMORPG gaming, as we put our full-frontal nerdery on display.
As a lifelong gamer, I have always avoided the world of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) due to the “time-suck” associated with them. However, as a life long Star Wars fan, the draw of a game dedicated to its universe was simply too hard to pass up.
On this week’s show, we cover two different perspectives from both a relative noob to the genre (yours truly) and the battle hardened experience of an MMO veteran, Elke. Therefore we tried to make the discussion accessible to both new players or those interested in trying the game, as well as to appeal to those who have been playing MMO’s for many years. Sprinkled throughout this geek fest is also some W.o.W and Diablo 3 chat.
As always, enjoy the show!
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Gay Marriage This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Week of: May 14 – May 21, 2012

The topic of gay marriage made its way into the news again recently – conveniently during another election year – therefore I enlist the help of frequent guest-host, Patrick, as we discuss the subject within the context of equality, civil rights, religion and politics.

My opinion on the topic is well known by long time listeners of the program, however the debate has been renewed this week, prompted by a ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina…where you can marry your cousin, just not your gay cousin.

In an election year, the reemergence of the gay marriage debate as a social wedge issue is as predictable as they come.

Also, spattered at the beginning and end of the program is a little tech-talk and gaming geekery. :)

As always, enjoy the show!

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Where the magic happens...

Week of: April 30 – May 8, 2012

We have a doozy of a show for you this week – 4 hours of “doozyness”, in fact – as we delve into how to create your own podcast and everything that you need to know to get started and have the best chance at creating a successful show. As someone who has been doing a podcast for over 7 years – of which is listened to in over 100 countries – there are a lot of tips, tricks and lessons (including mistakes) that I have learned over the years.

I am joined by listener favorite, Patrick, who recently began his own podcast for his business…therefore you will have the benefit of hearing from someone who has been producing a personal show for many years, in addition to the perspective of someone who is just starting out in the world of podcasting.

We cover everything from:

  • How to choose your subject matter
  • Planning your content, format & structure
  • Tips & tricks
  • Mistakes I’ve made along the way and how you can avoid them
  • What I’ve learned and principles I’ve stuck to over the years
  • Choosing the right microphone(s) and recording software
  • Building your audience, branding and marketing

If you have ever thought about starting your own podcast, you will hear a detailed discussion of everything that you will need to know in order to get started and to drastically increase your show’s chance of success.

We approached the subject matter with the intent of helping the average person get started without breaking the bank on expensive gear in the process.

As always, enjoy the show!

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My Jedi Shadow Brings All The Sith To The Yard

Week of: April 16 – April 23, 2012

I kick off this week’s program by briefly discussing my newest nerd obsession, “Star Wars: The Old Republic” (SWTOR) and my first experience with an MMORPG…n00b style. Is it worth trading an hour of sleep each night per level my character rises?

Moving on to the week in news, I discuss the burden and hardship that Ann Romney had to endure while raising 5 boys full-time with only a mere $250 million in the bank, nannies, personal assistants and custom car elevators.

As the general election heats up – and with Romney becoming the presumptive GOP nominee – the battle for female voters has taken center stage. With the President’s 20 point lead among women in battleground states, the GOP latch onto an unfortunate statement from a Democratic operative as their proof that the President is waging, “a War on Women” by using Multi-Millionaire stay-at-home-Mom, Ann Romney, as their expert (and martyr) on women’s issues in the workplace, apparently.

I’ll ask my single Mom who raised 4 children on her own – while working double-shifts 6 days a week at 2 hospitals – if she feels that Mrs. Romney speaks for and understands average Moms in the country.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Shake After Primary For New Principles, Stances & Opinions

Week of: March 26 – April 2, 2012

As if the title wasn’t self-explanatory enough. ;)

This week I dive into the hotly debated and controversial circumstances surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting; including a timeline of the events and my opinion of the case. Should George Zimmerman be arrested…or is he protected under Florida’s, “Stand Your Ground” law? Was the shooting racially motivated? Were the Sanford police department woefully inept and negligent in their handling of the case?

(Show Note: I inadvertently kept referring to Trayvon Martin as Trayvon Walker.)

To round out the program, I address the latest gaffe from the Romney campaign…one that will likely define the candidate heading into the general election, much as “flip-flopper” plagued the candidacy of John Kerry. Will the comparison to an Etch-A-Sketch – made by Romney senior campaign adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom – further compound and symbolize the concerns about Mitt Romney, a man already heavily criticized for having fluid “principles” when it suits his political needs?

As always, enjoy the show!

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SxSW Notes This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Sample of Patrick's Notes Taken At SxSW

Week of: Mar 19 – Mar 26, 2012

Since I was unable to record a new show the last 2 weeks, I decided to make it up to all of you with this 3-hour / ‘Super Sized’ edition of Stimulated Boredom (who loves ‘ya?).

This week I am joined by Patrick, who recently returned from SxSW, as he shares many of the panels he attended, the innovations introduced at the conference and the newest trends in film, social media, music and interactive design & gaming. Since I was unfortunately unable to attend, I was forced to live vicariously thorough hisexperience…while secretly resenting him for it. ;)

Lastly, we round out the program with some political discussion of many of the events that have occurred over the last couple of weeks. We tackle the Limbaugh/Fluke controversy, the prolonged Republican primary and what effect it may have on the eventual nominee, along with other predictions and opinions.

Also, please take a moment to support one of Patrick’s projects, Shoe Box Holidays, which allows you to create and share your own unique shoe box greeting :)

As always, enjoy the show!

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Another Page of SxSW Notes

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