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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Direct download: April30.How_To_Start_Your_Own_Podcast.mp3
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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!

SxSw Notes 1 This Week on Stimulated Boredom

Another Page of SxSW Notes

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Week of: Feb 27 – Mar 5, 2012

MegaCon 2012: Orlando, Florida

Recently I attended my very first comic book convention, replete with costume play (“cosplay”), panels and a packed convention floor filled with all kinds of geeky goodies.

Joining me to discuss MegaCon – which was held in Orlando – is Vanessa G from Girls-Gone-Geek.com, who also attended and would never miss the opportunity to discuss my experience as a comic convention virgin!

This week’s show is heavily “geek fueled”, as we talk about the many costumes we saw, our favorite panels and what was discussed, the books we are reading and anything else MegaCon related. :)

You can also check out my write-up on the convention, including many of the pictures that I took during the highlyentertaining show.

It’s always a blast to have Vanessa on the show, and please be sure to check out their awesome website!

As always, enjoy the show!

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Direct download: Feb27.MegaCon_2012.mp3
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Week of: Feb 13 – Feb 20, 2012

The GOP primaries begin to heat-up as Rick Santorum sweeps in a surprising 3-State victory and talk of a possible brokered convention (although still unlikely) takes on a more serious tone. Nothing says “lack of vision and focus” like having a different candidate win each primary. ;)

This week I also discuss much of the news over the past week, including President Obama’s misinformed and mistaken mandate that all religious organizations must make contraception available / accessible within their employees’ healthcare plan.

I disagree with any religious organization (Christian or otherwise) imposing it’s beliefs on government, as much as I am opposed to the government telling religious organizations (in this case, the Catholic Church) that they have to cover contraceptives for their employees.

Although the current argument is being politically spun (it is still an election year) to sound like the Church has to offer their congregations birth control pills during communion, when in reality it is geared towards other church-run organizations (like hospitals) and charities that employ many people who may not subscribe to a particular denomination’s dogma. So, I take a little time to fill in the blanks on this issue, as well as an update that the policy has recently – and already – been amended.

Despite my firm opposition to the original mandate, I do find it ADORABLE how the same people who are decrying government meddling in religion, are the same folks who advocate school prayer & teaching creationism in public schools, wanting to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and putting the Ten Commandments in Federal courthouses. But I digress…

Beyond that, I spend the majority of the program discussing the recent primary shake-up – including helping listeners to understand what a brokered convention is – and more predictions and speculation about how I see things developing during the nomination process and heading into the general election.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Week of: Jan 30 – Feb 6, 2012

As President Obama delivers his 3rd State of the Union address before Congress – his last before the 2012 election – I offer up my thoughts on the over 6-pages of notes I took during the speech…I know, I have a problem and am (not) seeking help.

However, despite the soaring oratory and bi-partisan rhetoric, I offer an alternative intention to the speech and how it may lay the groundwork for the President’s entire re-election bid and how he plans to define the upcoming contest against whomever the GOP nominee will be.

Although the President’s bi-partisan message is welcome by the public, there has been nothing in the last 3 years that would indicate any shift in the current political environment…so what was the President really looking to accomplish?

It appears that the President has planted his flag firmly in the populist message and I break down how this may play in juxtaposition to his likely opponent(s)…putting on my strategist’s hat, yet again.

As always, enjoy the show!

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Week of: Jan 23 – Jan 30, 2012

This week we are joined by crowd-favorite and resident geek-girl, Vanessa G, of Girls-Gone-Geek.com . It’s always a blast to have her on the program, as there is no telling where the conversation may veer!

Vanessa doesn’t just have strong opinions on comic books, as demonstrated by the over 2.5 hour discussion of everything from SOPA – and the subsequent blackout of many popular sites (including our own) in protest – to an entertainment industry struggling to keep up with the ways that people consume content and antiquated distribution models; the GOP primaries and upcoming general election to the virtues of maintaining control over your own content and online identity.

Plenty of good conversation and geeky goodness to keep your boredom stimulated this week. ;)

As always, enjoy the show!

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Week of: Jan 9 – Jan 16, 2012

This week I put on my “strategist’s hat” and discuss the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, Romney’s narrow victory, Santorum’s last minute surge and my predictions for the upcoming New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

This is the part of politics that I enjoy, working the numbers and determining my predictions for what people can expect and should look out for in the coming weeks. What does Santorum’s surprisingly strong finish (ostensibly tying Romney) mean? How long will the RNC allow the nomination process to remain contested before they step in? Is Mitt Romney’s nomination inevitable or is there still a window for a conservative alternative…and who could that realistically be? Who does the Obama team want (and not want) to run against? Is there still a path for Jon Huntsman and did Obama appoint him as Ambassador to China as a way to remove a potential (and viable) political rival in 2012? Is the continued candidacy of others in the field – and the subsequent splitting of conservative votes – nothing more than an advantage for Romney in the long-run?

This week’s show is definitely for my fellow politicos out there, as well as those who wish to gain a better understanding of the primary process and how the different campaigns think | work.

I also answer some listener email, discuss the pros and cons of a third party candidate and Obama’s recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the head of the newly formed, Consumer Financial Protection Board…a move heshould have done with Elizabeth Warren and ultimately bowed to pressure on.

I really enjoyed this week’s discussion and hope that listeners will come away with something new to consider and debate for themselves.

As always, enjoy the show!

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