Archive for October, 2012
TOPIC: After a few minutes of talk about the AWS outage and how our states and brick-and-mortars are allowing our private data to get loose (again), we bring on Rob Green from Dyson Corporation to talk about the recent Dyson Awards finalists, innovation in general, and just exactly how long it took them to build that crazy bladeless fan! Two of the finalists this year are local from Northwestern University, so tune in and support their efforts!
We missed Jay Garmon, which allowed us time for one coolsite of the week:
- Vaccine Location Finder – Not sure where to go to get your flu vaccine this year? Enter your zip and find a place nearby! Chances are your vaccine is covered or at very low cost, so what’s your excuse?
I sign us off with the song of the week “Le Goudron” by YACHT. You don’t have to understand it to move to it!
TOPIC: A wonderful surprise and a sad day as Dave “Sparky” Saganocki joins us to tell us this is his official in-person last show! I don’t have enough colons and open parens available to express my sadness … hopefully we can convince this newly minted Canadian national to jump on a Skype session with us in the coming months.
Jay Garmon relieves the parade of sadness (yeah, you don’t want build a float for that one, trust me) with this awesome geek trivia:
What was the first message ever sent on the Internet (ARPANet)?
Seeing Dave off we really don’t have time for coolsites of the week and instead try to exit gracefully with “Ruin” by CatPower!
TOPIC: In addition to our usual junk, Jay Garmon spends some time scaring the living bejeezus out of us we discuss the most recent “near miss” on the asteroid front (and that’s only AFTER we spend some time on the dangers of amusement park rides)!
Jay also give us this space-related brain bender:
What part of the shuttle Endeavour are still in use, even today?
- Flow – Fun, free, mesmerizing undersea flash game. Enjoy!
- Word Games (CNN) – Great collection of word games for your smartphone you may not have heard of before!
- Speccy – Get all the specs on your machine in a quick, easy to manage way. Put it on a flash drive and check out that laptop you’re thinking of buying!
- OpenLibrary – Just what it sounds like, an easy to access collection of over 1 million free ebooks, and many paid books you can borrow too!
Staying in that jazzy mood, we’ve got Gin Wigmore with “Hey, Ho” to finish things off!
TOPIC: Believe it! No, TechTalk is not going the way of TMZ or TLC, and we don’t get into the latest celebrity tiff … what we do get is a ton of great information and fun conversation with Greg Campbell, whose office is responsible for investigating mail crime! It turns out that the United States Postal Inspection Service is intimately involved in romance scams, grandparent scams, and more. Anything that results in a piece of mail being sent, Greg finds out about it. I trust him when he says he has a unique set of skills, developed over a lifetime of service …
Not only do you get a great interview, but we also have time for just a few cool sites of the week:
- Postal Inspectors Office – Do you want more information about what we discussed on-air? Have you been a victim of an Internet scam? Here’s where you can get more info and submit a request for assistance!
- Stop ZombieMouth – PopCap Games is giving away free Plants vs. Zombies games for Halloween this year! Save your teeth at the same time you save the plants!
“I Wish I Could Go Traveling Again” by Stacey Kent is the cool song of the week!
TOPIC: That’s right, Michael Miller joins us this week (at least for a while) to talk about music, books, publishing through Molehill group, using Pinterest and more!
Before he joins us, we also get a chance to cover a ton of news and updates like how Apple’s new maps app works (or doesn’t), alternatives you can use today like Waze, and the prediction that by 2040 you won’t need to worry about any of it – including having a drivers license because of the advent of autonomous cars!
We lose Mike a little earlier than we wanted to (though he promised to come back again soon), but that gives us a little extra time for the coolsites of the week:
- AdoMatic – Get your own presidential TV commercial! Not enough libelous slander, but otherwise a lot of fun!
- RLVision – Export office and PDF images quickly and easily! (shareware)
And “The Kids Were Wrong” by Memory House is the song of the week!