Posts tagged books
TOPIC: No, we’re not talking about Mike, but the Bard of Avon himself, William Shakespeare! He’s known to have invented or inspired over 2,000 words in the English language, including eyeball, birthplace, laughable, hobnob, undress, and even “skim milk”!
Joining us to discuss not just Shakespeare’s works, but how they can be more effectively introduced to teens through mobile devices and media is Nick Brous. Nick is the founder of First Folio Productions, bringing Shakespeare to kids via Movies, Music, and digital Media!
Jay Garmon joins us for the discussion, and also provides this bit of geek trivia for your consideration:
What was the largest financial settlement in history for the hacking of credit card data?
No time for coolsites of the week this week, but make sure and follow up on our story via these:
- Hamlet2014 – The main site of First Folio Productions, and the place to go to for more information about the ebook, music, and upcoming Hamlet movie … speaking of which:
- Hamlet: Son of a Kingpin – The Hamlet movie site has links to trailers and more info about release!
- Hamlet Digital Textbook – Find out more about the digital textbook, or sign up for your copy here.
We finish this great interview off with Sara Tunes’ rendition of Ophelia’s Valentine’s Day from the upcoming movie. Enjoy!
TOPIC: AUDIO NOTE – There are a few spots in the recording where audio switches to single channel, or volume fades out … we apologize, and the issue has been corrected!
We let it all hang out this week, with just “the boys” around to talk tech, music, books, and whatever else strikes our fancy! A classic show for those that have been listening for a few years 🙂
Jay Garmon does his thang but we forget to get a new trivia! You’ll have to wait to next time for that …
We get in one pretty cool coolsite of the week this week – you may recall we talked last week about navigation with Google and Waze, but if you weren’t convinced (and still need a way to get around) check this out:
- NavFree USA – A navigation app for your phone that doesn’t require wifi or 3G or any other connectivity while it’s in use … trying to figure out what to do with that old “dead” phone? This is it!
The truly podcast only song of the week this week is “Went to War” by Amanson!
TOPIC: Wow! Episode 300 … and what a great one it is too! Oddly enough, our tricentennial goes unremarked, either through excessive humility or rampant obliviousness (long time listeners of the show will be placing their bets on obliviousness), but with Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, good friend Jay Garmon and new friend of the show Alex Knapp of Forbes magazine tech and blog fame, this is an outstanding reflection on the past years of broadcast!
Jay of course provides us with a great stumper for the coming week:
Who was the one (and only) person in history to have ever been hit directly by a meteorite?
With this lineup there was no way to fit in coolsites of the week, but don’t forget to tweet with Alex @TheAlexKnapp! We end with “The Ship Song” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
TOPIC: The coming AI singularity – that point when the growth of non-human intelligence surpasses our ability to control (even understand it) is coming. Do you know how it will affect you, and what you can do about it? This week we have a fantastic conversation with author James Miller about his new book Singularity Rising … tune in to find out if you should be excited, afraid, or both!
Jay Garmon hits us up with this great question:
What was the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” technology originally intended for?
No coolsites of the week (though you should check out http://singularityrising.com for more info Professor Miller’s fantastic book), but we end with a great song, Robert Smith and Crystal Castles with “Not In Love”.
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!
TOPIC: Except Dave, that is … that’s right Dave has declared a moratorium on tablet discussion! Unfortunately, he chose the week that Mike got an iPad from work, so good luck with that 🙂
Other than waaaay too much talk about tablets for Dave’s liking, we have a lot of fun discussion Amazon book price fixing, the Beastie Boys loss of Adam Yauch (MCA) and then Jay Garmon comes in to talk Avengers, JJ Abrams and this awesome question:
What is the legal definition (from 1893) of whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable, and why?
Coolsites of the week are actually Mike and Dave’s first Coo Apps of the week, with some of the best apps we’ve found so far!
- Vevo (iOS) – MTV (or VH1 for you oldsters out there) comes into the 21st century on your iPad! Watch music videos all day, every day with this sweet (and free) app.
- Flipboard (iOS) – Just about the best and prettiest news app you’re likely to find, it also integrates your twitter and facebook feeds into the stream!
- AppyGeek (Android) – Get geek news in a nicely formatted interface!
- KhanAcademy (iOS) – As cool as the online version, a great way to get access to educational materials and videos, for free!
- PBS (iOS) – PBS has a ton of great apps, but NOVA Elements is my favorite!
- FedePlayer (Android) – Downloads pictures and album covers of the music you are listening to.
Send us your favorite apps too, both Dave and I would love to hear them (and will share on-air next week!).
The podcast only song of the week is “Pass the Mic” by The Beastie Boys.
TOPIC: Mike, Dave and ubergeek Jay Garmon have a great time this week talking books, authors, new publishing ideas and leap years! It doesn’t hurt that Jay has just returned from (yet another) really cool fiction con to rub our noses in. 🙂
Leap years and leap days are so much fun that we enhance our enjoyment with a themed geek trivia question from Jay Garmon who asks:
What day in February is the day that was actually inserted into the month for leap year, that by result creates February 29th? (Hint: it’s not February 29!)
Another great set of coolsites comes along this week too:
- PlayFic – Play and make your own text adventures!
- Etymonline.com – Online etymologies at your fingertips!
- OldTime Radio Archive – Radio classics, free and available for download!
The podcast only song of the week is “Female Doctor” by Miniature Tigers.