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Along with a great review of the new Deadpool movie by Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon (hint: DON’T take your kids!), we get a tiny taste of the Conglomeration 2016 convention in Louisville, KY this April – with more detail promised in shows to come. It’s not too late to sign up, but you may want to lock in those hotel spots quick!
Go to conglomeration.info to find out more and get registered.
- Picasa is dead.
- Pandora may be dead.
- Set the date to 1/1/1970 on your iPhone? Yep, it’s dead now.
- Hillary Clinton uses AOL to promote her campaign. Didn’t that die years ago?
Geek Trivia Answer of the Week
What two space vehicles had the official OV designation, but never actually flew?
Cool sites of the Week
- Nikon NX-D – Sad about Picasa going away, and mainly looking for good editing features? Try one of the many free software solutions available for your camera; you just might be surprised at how functional they are. I’ve got a Nikon, so the NX-D is perfect for me, but you can use it for any camera, or grab the equivalent software from Canon or other manufacturers.
- Conglomeration Registration – You can use this link to register for Conglomeration 2016. Don’t forget to tell them who sent you!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
- Google Voice FTW!
- Steam (Valve) down for users over XMas due to a security issue
- Netflix streaming gets better and faster
- Major movies hacked – Go to the dark side and watch them now!
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What numerically based film was so influential on George Lucas that references to it have been in every Star Wars film ever created (including the latest one!)?
Coolsites of the Week
- Vimeo has a great selection of movies, including the answer to this week’s trivia above! (psst: look here – https://vimeo.com/29432400 )
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Christmas will Break Your Heart by LCD Soundsystem!
The show so good, we named it twice!
- Craigslist recollections and updates, as EBay drops out.
- Sharepoint woes with Mike and Jay.
- Major android apps open to man-in-the-middle attacks!
- Government hack impact expanded.
- Lastpass, 1Password, and Keychain secure password services also hacked.
Geek Trivia with Jay Garmon:
What was the breakdown of Math vs. Verbal on the original SAT?
Cool Sites of the Week:
- Kijiji – The Canadian alternative to Craigslist … it’s a real Canucklist!
- Talking Dice! – Free dice roller available for android phones, with multiple types of die available to choose and uses text-to-speech technology to read the rolls and totals out to you. Great app, I love it! Psst – I am also the developer, so yes, I’m shamelessly plugging this, get over it 🙂
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: Every once in a while, we like to break away from the purely digital entertainment thing and throw down with a little old-school, analog board gaming. One of our house favorites for some time now has been the outstanding “Ticket to Ride” series by Days of Wonder. The only problem with analog? It totally doesn’t fulfill my deep-seated, nearly compulsive need for detailed statistics and progress tracking.
This started out really as a “proof of concept” of what was possible in Google Sheets, but in the end was nearly as much fun to create and get “just so” as it is to play the game itself! Anyone who has played TTR will immediately see the value in not having to chase little wooden pieces around the floor while playing, double and triple-checking people’s addition, or verifying that all of the trains are still present either on the board or in a bag – this sheet will do all of that for you. It also includes a few of what I considered the most relevant graphs and charts.
I invite you to check it out, download it, change it, make suggestions and comments … I’d love to hear your input and see if it can be improved!
- If the link inline above does not work, try copying and pasting this into your browser bar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aihqewrs7Ds6dGJLS0dlZDBUSU1aZUNDNWRMeEtTcGc&usp=sharing
- Alternatively, it also exists in the Google Template miniverse, and can be found with a search on “Ticket to Ride” or via this link: https://drive.google.com/templates?q=ticket+to+ride&view=public
Either way, thanks for checking it out and if you do use it, let me know!
TOPIC: Do you run or bike regularly? What about scooter, stride or stumble? Look, if you move at ALL with a smart phone strapped to your side you should go download the awesome Charity Miles app today! Founder Gene Gurkoff comes on-air to tell us about the inspiration for the app, and how it motivates you by supporting worthy charities with every mile, kilometer, and foot you go … you get the chance to not just do something good for yourself, but to simultaneously make things better for others too! As Gene says, Charity Miles is not a fitness app, it’s a purpose app. Turns out that today is the kickoff of Anna Judd beginning her run – Across. The. Country! – all for Charity Miles!
Jay Garmon gives us some great insight into the upcoming live broadcast we’re doing at ConGlomeration in a few weeks, complete with gaming recommendations, and then presents this brainbender:
Gemini 3 was the first mission that resulted in a reprimand for an astronaut in space. What did John Young and Gus Grissom do?
No coolsites needed after that – just make sure and check out AnnaRunsAmerica.com and CharityMiles.org of course – but we do get in an ultra-cool podcast only song of the week Walking Backwards by the Leagues!
TOPIC: How much do you figure you’re worth? 2? 2 and a half? How about 3 … BILLION dollars!? Well, that kind of money may excite you and me, but the fellas over at Snapchat figure it’s still not enough … We have a lot of fun talking about that, bloatware, XBox vs the PS4 and other tech news before Jay Garmon comes on with this wing-dinger for us:
What generation of gaming consoles was the only one in history that didn’t have a single entry from Microsoft, Sony, OR Nintendo?
“Kids Talk Tech” this week gets back to it’s roots with a review of “Hungry Shark Evolution” – free and fun for iOS!
The podcast only song of the week this week is “Female Robbery” by the Neighborhood!
TOPIC: No, Conglomeration attendees were not responsible for the riots in Louisville, though Jay Garmon‘s rundown of the annual Sci-Fi and table gaming convention may get you heated up! You’ll wish you were there … and not only that but Jay gives us another great geek trivia question:
How many times did Roger Ebert select a Science Fiction film as one of the year’s best?
We also provide you a few extra coolsites of the week this week –
- Erin Hulin Blog – A friend’s blog, detailing her struggles with MS and life. Support her fight, and don’t forget to look into ways that you can help with research, money and time!
- Incompetech – Free online graph paper, just download and print!
- PrintFreeGraphPaper.com – Free online graph paper, and this one you can define your own!
- AnythingAfter App – For iOS or Android, will tell you if there’s a reason to stick around after the credits!
- Brogue – Remember the text character “graphic” adventure game Rogue? This is just like it, but different!
After all is said and done, we finish it off with “Royals”. Come back in two weeks for our next show!