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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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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Direct download: Jan23.SOPA_on_a_ROPE-A.mp3
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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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Direct download: Jan9.Electile_Dysfunction.mp3
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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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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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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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