Archive for December, 2012
TOPIC: Dave and Jay and Mike have a wonderful Geekmas together, celebrating new news and reviewing some old stories as well as discussing Psy’s billionth view and the death of the water cooler – but the rise of the meme! We also continue the Dragon Naturally Speaking giveaway … sign up today!
Jay Garmon Provides the thought provoking geek trivia of the week with this whopper:
What historical figure came in to buck up the morale of the crew of Apollo 8 before their pre-Christmas launch?
To top everything off like a star on top of the proverbial tree, we even get some great cool sites of the week in!
- Impact Earth! – Find out what will happen in your neck of the woods when the big one drops!
- Ultimate Gift List – Just what it sounds like, gives you some great suggestions for gifts this season!
- Lekh Diagrams – iOS app that helps with charts and graphs. Cleans ’em up, makes ’em look great!
Just for fun, and somewhat in the spirit, we finish off with Tom Lehr “I’m Spending Hannukah (in Santa Monica)!”
TOPIC: Peter Mahoney of Nuance and Dragon Naturally Speaking fame comes on-air today to discuss the ins and outs of Voice Recognition software and technology, and gives listeners a phenomenal insight to not just the tech, but the business and history! If you’ve ever wondered where those hidden Markov models went to, or then again, even if you hadn’t, this is a great show to tune into!
Even before Peter comes on, we hit some high points with good friend Dave “Sparky” Saganaki joining us from his International digs, and of course Jay Garmon jumps in to keep us on track and tickle our brains with his Geek Trivia of the week:
What is the first of the many, many things wrong with the upcoming “Mayan Apocalypse”? (Hint: you can start with the words themselves …)
No cool sites of the week this week, but we do kick off our first giveaway in a long time, with a generous offering of Dragon Naturally Speaking, v12 that will be delivered direct to you! All you need to do is:
- Go “Like” us at http://facebook.com/techtalkwrlr
- Send an email telling me you did (plus your address and anything else necessary to get a package to you) at email@example.com
- There is no number 3 – that’s it!
I couldn’t resist sealing this one with some more Alt-J awesomeness. This one’s “Breezeblocks” and also has an awesome video online if you get the chance to chase it down!
TOPIC: We have a great interview today with the author of the book “The Half-Life of Facts,” Sam Arbesman! It’s a fascinating and deep book, and Sam does a wonderful job of explaining how all of the “facts” we know are constantly being overturned … and that this is occurring at a mathematically definable rate. If that scares you, don’t worry, we also spend a lot of time talking about Popeye, astronomy, and who exactly discovered the last major organ in the human body!
The show wouldn’t be complete without Jay Garmon on hand to ask us this geek question of the week:
How and when did the first reported lottery in history occur?
No cool sites of the week this week, but make sure you check out these links for more info about Sam Arbesman and his book:
- “The Half Life of Facts” Book website: http://www.halflifeoffacts.com
- Sam Arbesman’s website: http://www.arbesman.net
Finishing it all off is a fantastic new song by Alt-J called “Fitzpleasure.” It’s also one of the creepiest videos I’ve seen in a long time – go find it on YouTube when you get a chance!