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!

www.stimulatedboredom.coim | facebook.com/stimulatedboredom 

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!

www.stimulatedboredom.com | Facebook.com/stimulatedboredom 

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!

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

Direct download: Seg1.Sept12.HotPocketsHormones.mp3
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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!    

www.stimulatedboredom.com

Direct download: Seg1.Aug29.TexasToast.mp3
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Week of: Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2011

I was away the last couple of weeks due to some travel (sorry about that), however I am back and I brought reinforcements! This week I am joined by listener favorite, Patrick, as we discuss the week in politics and news. 

First, the college football season is almost upon us, so you'll have to forgive our indulgence in starting the show off by discussing our Alma Mater's #5 Preseason ranking and how we see the season shaping up for our beloved 'Noles. However, we quickly segue into the result of the cantankerous debt ceiling debate and our (strong) opinions of the behavior of both sides of the isle. Did Obama fold? Was the Tea Party to blame for bringing it down to the wire? Will we ever see an end to the partisanship in favor of doing what's best for the country (and not party)? Is the combative nature of both parties going to blow up in their faces as the public grows weary of Congress's behavior and inability to work together?

Consider this segment "Part 2" of the "Raise the Roof" segment I recently did that provided all of the information you needed to know about the debt ceiling debate, and as a follow up discussion of the results. We break down the spin, common myths and talking points relating to the issue...most of which you have undoubtedly seen posted by your friends (of either political persuasion) on Facebook and Twitter. 

We then transition into the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and how it will affect markets and the economy. After being dropped from our AAA rating, despite the last minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling, essentially making all of the childish behavior of Congress over the last few months a moot point.

So much was discussed during this segment, that it is hard for me to sum everything up...so sit back and take a listen and we'll take care of the rest.

Enjoy the show!      

www.stimulatedboredom.com

Direct download: Aug15.RetardsChasingButterflies.1.mp3
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I have avoided the (infuriating) subject long enough; therefore in this week's show I discuss everything you need to know about the current debt ceiling debate: What is the debt ceiling? How much is it and how often has it been raised? What happens if we default? What are the issues under debate and why aren't the two parties in agreement? Is China our new Daddy?

The intention of this week's show is to help listeners better understand the complexity of the issue, so I took considerable time researching and organizing the information and eventually came up with a series of questions (and answers) that I felt best addressed the debate. This also includes the different proposals being advanced (their pros, cons and chance of passage) and of course, the politics and posturing surrounding it. 

Due to the importance of the issue, this segment is almost 100% dedicated to educating, informing and providing understanding to listeners, with the intention of giving you the knowledge you need to formulate your own opinions...but it wouldn't be a Stimulated Boredom show if the discussion was not heavily laced with my own opinion (big surprise). ;)

I sincerely hope that this well-rounded discussion covers all of the aspects of the debt ceiling debate that you were hoping to learn about, if not, always feel free to write the show and I will be happy to address your questions and comments in a future program.

As always, enjoy the show!    

www.stimulatedboredom.com

Direct download: July25.RaiseTheRoof.debtceilingdebate.1.mp3
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With the final launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis (30 years after the first shuttle launch of Columbia in 1981), so ends a chapter in U.S. space exploration and travel, as the shuttle fleet is officially retired. 

This week I wanted to take some time to discuss the history of the shuttle program, from its beginnings (as an idea) in the late 60's...all the way up to it's conclusion in 2011.  

What was the program initially intended to do? What were some of the early designs? How long were the shuttles intended to last? What obstacles did NASA face in its development? And of course, what tragedies had befallen the program over the years? This discussion primarily centers on the beginnings of the program and how it got started...moving from the Mercury and Apollo capsules, to the vehicle that many of us have associated with U.S. space travel for 30 years and was the only one of its kind in the world.   

As a young boy - I was 6 at the time of the first launch - I marveled at the Space Shuttle and the possibilities that it seemed to present...igniting my interest in science, space and understanding the universe. I used to stare at the shuttle poster on my wall and build models of it; my interest never waning as it has for many over the years. 

So this week's show is dedicated to my fellow "space nerds" and the iconic shuttle fleet, as I lament its retirement and the fact that we do not currently have a new program to takes its place...yet.

Enjoy the show! 

www.stimulatedboredom.com

Direct download: July11.ToBoldlyGo.mp3
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In this special mid-week show, I wanted to provide some much deserved exposure to the first-ever podcast from the talented ladies at Girls-Gone-Geek.com.

Listeners of Stimulated Boredom are undoubtedly familiar with the popular guest appearances of G3 co-creator, Vanessa G on the show. Her partner-in-crime, E. Peterman, was also recently a contributing writer for StimulatedBoredom.com when she reviewed, "X-Men: First Class." 

As a producer of original content myself, I have a lot of love, respect and admiration for those who are passionate about something and who take that commitment to the airwaves and/or web. I have been friends with both Vanessa and Erika for a while now, enjoy their site and thought it would be fun to give their first (and great!) attempt at a podcast some exposure to the SB listeners from around the World. In my opinion, it's about time they put one together. :) 

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, as I wanted to make it easier for Erika and Vanessa to have their first show heard. Enjoy!

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

Direct download: G3.GeekLunch.Ep1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT
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Week of: July 7 - July 11, 2011 (Original Air Date - July 2008)

Due to the 'Fourth of July' holiday, I decided to bust out an older segment (with an updated intro) that I had recorded back in July of 2008, in which I did a historical discussion of the "Declaration of Independence" and the causes | reasons leading up to our desire to separate from England to form a new nation. 

I'm not sure if playing an older segment makes me extremely lazy or extremely efficient (I prefer the latter), but seeing how our history as a new nation does not change, the information and discussion is just as relevant today as it was 3 years ago...without me having to record it a second time. ;)

Also, seeing how this segment from the archives is no longer available on-demand, it will be the first time hearing it for any listeners who have discovered the show in the last few years.

So, to commemorate our Independence Day, I hope that you enjoy this robust historical discussion on the subject...enjoy the show!

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

Direct download: July4.declarationofindependence.replay08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT
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