Archive for May, 2009
TOPIC: Well, that title may not be completely accurate, but we do spend an inordinate amount of time focused on Harlan Ellison, Terminator, the new Star Trek movie, and other sci-fi related geekness. We’re kept in the pink with a helpful heaping teaspoon of Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon of course – and if you haven’t already you really need to check out his writings on The Written Weird. His newest addition is a weekly Nerd Word of the Day, just perfect for all you geek linguaphiles out there!
We of course burn your ears with some news and other great stuff, including referencing links to http://wolframalpha.com and others, plus our very cool cool sites of the week include:
- RunPee – Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, this site will let you check in advance or on your smartphone when the best time to take a little break during the current batch of movies. Want to find out what you missed? It includes a short synopsis of the estimated 3 minutes you took, and explains why that was a good time to leave too!
- Free Faxing (send)- Looking for an easy way to send a fax, but don’t have a fax machine or want to go to Kinkos? Here’s your free answer – sends an ad-driven cover page too, but nothing too obnoxious and will save you in a pinch!
- Free EFax (receive) – You won’t find this listed anywhere public, but popular fax service EFax offers a free signup and account to get you a real fax number that you can receive faxes to your email address! You’ll need to download some viewer software and put up with the occasional email trying to get you to upgrade, but this is a great service if you don’t want to invest in a fax line for your home!
Then the podcast only song of the week this week is Whachadoin? by NASA which, by the way, you can download 100% FREE and legal from Amazon! So does that qualify it as a hidden, secret and unknown ‘cool site of the week’ for our valued newsletter subscribers? You be the judge!
NOTE that the audio indicates we’re playing something different, but that is due to the restrictions of on-air broadcast and the FCC. Since this is a podcast, we’ll play what we want, not what we have to!
TOPIC: Trying to get from “wow” to “how”? Innovation specialist, Chief Marketing Officer, marketing strategist and business developer Gunnar Branson (find out more about him at http://bransonpowers.blogspot.com/ ) gives us his take on it! We have a great talk about innovation strategy, B2B progress and instigating product change in organizations. Listen in for some really great discussion, and remember to stop by the blog to see the results of Gunnar’s innovation roundtable on the 19th of june – the full report will be available online!
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon wows us again with his answer to the weekly question, and gives us another brain bender to burn through some cycles for us. We even (just barely) have time to get you some cool sites of the week:
- Nest Unclutterer – Trying to figure out who’s spam and who’s of interest on twitter? Got too many followers? Unclutterer.com to the rescue! Every twitterer out there will want to check this out and clean your nest!
- Twitpoll -Another twitter helper, this one will let you create and distribute your own quick polls via twitter and a bunch of other social services. Very cool and free!
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TOPIC: This week it’s just Dave and Mike hanging out and trying to figure out ways that Mike’s cold won’t interfere with the show. Riiiiiicolaaaaa! Mike does spend some time opining about the beauty of using Evernote to completely digitize your life – and breaks out three questions you need to really make it work for you: Will a digital version of your sentimental items be acceptable long-term? Do you have the assurance of permanence with your digitized items that is equivalent or greater than the physical? Can you find (and use) the item easier digitally than physically?
Plus you’ll want to go read this article by Mike Elgan of Computerworld, it’s got some great tips too!
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon adds to the fun, giving us another installment of his fantastic info – this week with a very apropos Star Trek theme! After all that, we also manage to have time to get you the cool sites of the week:
- Recipe Puppy – Got a couple of cool things in the pantry, but not sure what to do with them? Recipe Puppy to the rescue! With this site you’ll never have to wonder what you should be making again!
- 50 Totally Free Lessons in Design Theory – Even if you don’t have ‘designs’ on being a professional graphic artist, these tutorials and instructional bits will get your creative juices flowing!
The podcast only song of the week this week is Dino Lenny’s “Call Me (in a club)”.
TOPIC: Author and musician Mike Miller comes back to the show to talk to us about making the most out of that ‘dying’ PC. If you’re debating whether you should upgrade to a newer piece of equipment or if it’s possible to squeeze some more useful life out of what you’ve got, you’ll want to listen in this week! His tips and insight are also good in general, and you’ll be sure to pick up something of value even if you don’t get his highly recommended book Speed it Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers
We also spend a lot of time with our good friend Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon, who informs us that WRLR now has an exclusive lock on the Geek Trivia output from Louisville!
In addition to all of that excitement, we’ve got our cool sites of the week:
- Panda Cloud Antivirus – Free, light, outstanding quality? Wow, how better to sum up what we look for in a cool site of the week! Get your hands on this necessary piece of software and protect your computer today …
- Windows Live SkyDrive – More very cool microsoft cloud stuff, this gives you 25GB of free online space. That’s right, that’s a capital G for giga and a lower-case f for free! You’ll need an office live account, but guess what? Those are free too!