Posts tagged TV
- CM8 stole some movies, but now they’d like to apologize.
- Stream NFL on Google or Apple? It might happen yet …
- If the lottery is a big deal for you, math probably isn’t!
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What were the rest of the items suggested in the original space transportation system proposal that ultimately resulted in the shuttle?
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Fire by Phonat feat. Jolie & and the Key
SHOW SUMMARY – Preston Smalley takes a break from Comcast X1 app development to share what they are doing today, and how you can keep watching the Cubs (or Bears, or BlackHawks) WITHOUT risking your marriage!
- Holllly Cooowwwwww! Go Cubs!
- Back to the Future week is here!
- Twitter laying off folks
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
When did FORTRAN stop requiring all capital letters in it’s command structure?
Coolsites of the Week
- XFinity.com – Start here to find out what you’ve been missing!
- StudioXFinity.com – Get location and service information from the Chicago flagship, make an appointment, sign up for a demo, and more!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
- AT&T dumped by the DJIA in favor of Apple
- Google offers online insurance comparison website
- HBOGo and HBONow discussion
- RIP Leonard Nimoy
Geek Trivia Question (care of Jay Garmon):
What world-renowned scientific institution sends out their acceptance letters on Pi day, in honor of that famous and most important mathematical number?
Coolsites (and Apps) of the Week:
- BitTorrent Sync 2.0 – Private, personal, torrent driven folder and file sharing for your local network.
- Car Dashdroid (app) – Android only beautiful and functional driving app. Stay safe!
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
“S-Car Go” by Nathan Roche!
TOPIC: Just little ol’ Dave and me, and that’s all right! Very few technical issues means lots of great tech talk …
We first preview our upcoming Google I/O interview and discussion, and reminisce about the 80’s and who else was stuck carrying around a “Trappist Keeper” because they couldn’t afford the real deal. A bunch of other interesting stuff comes up too, like the sad but totally expected death of Aereo (and how easy it is to cut the TV cables now anyways)!
We also get an awesome Kids Talk Tech segment from Justin, who shares with us his love of “Flappy Golf” … a game that the whole family got addicted to for quite a while – just before being knocked over by the station puppy!
No Coolsites of the Week this week, but a great mellow version of Heartbeats by “The Knife” for all you podcast only listeners.
TOPIC: Intermittent WiFi and Internet drops, no Skype service, occasionally garbled audio and a completely bemused and confounded host (well, moreso than normal anyways) doesn’t stop the show from going on! We may not have the option to call the POTUS directly, as our good friend Mark “Facebook” Zuckerberg does, but we wind up with a pretty darn good show anyways.
Both Dave Sanocki and Jay Garmon joining us for some high tech talk to get our minds out of the low-tech morass of a show we descended into! Jay even pulls this great question out for the week:
What was the most watched PBS show in history? (hint: it’s not Cosmos)
On Kids Talk Tech this week, Justin and Olivia share their undying love of Dr. Who – in 3 minutes or less! Can you guess who their favorite Doctor is?
TOPIC: Mike takes a break here, and plays audio from the Chicago auto show talking with lead alternative energy engineer Dave McCready about Ford’s C-Max solar concept car, Fresnel lenses, and the future of automated automotives!
We also spend some time talking ERate, Time-Warner + Comcast (and what that means to us) and more! We lose Jay Garmon, but get a new question from him anyways:
What real-life princess was the inspiration for Nintendo’s eponymous “Legend of Zelda” series?
There’s even time for some Cool Sites of the Week!
- GMelius – Cleans up your gmail interface in about 3 dozen really excellent ways!
- PrivacyStar – A mobile app that alerts you to caller location, plus reverse dialing lookup!
We end with the kicking Podcast-Only Song of the Week “Bonafied Loving” by Chromeo!
TOPIC: Blockbuster bricks and mortar are busted, but Mike doesn’t care as he is cutting the cord on everything (except his Internet), having a blast with his new Roku 3! And don’t forget Plex, because Roku box + Plex = video awesomesauce!!
Jay Garmon has a very current trivia for us this week too:
What was the original name of the company and product now called “Twitter” and why did they name it that?
On this weeks “Kids Talk Tech” with Justin, Justin lets us know just how dismayed and irritated he was by the movie “Ender’s Game” … though he had some great things to say about the Ender’s Game book (the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family I guess!)
Not much time for coolsites this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how to get to:
- Plex – This free home theater video streaming solution lets you share movies, pictures, audio and more to your Roku box, PC, Mac or any other compatible device!
- Roku 3 – Not free, but if you’re looking to cut those cords, a great way to go!
The podcast only song of the week this week is “It’s Too Late” by Wild Belle!
TOPIC: Whether you are a “Trekkie” or not … wait a minute, what show are you listening to? Of COURSE you’re a Trekkie! So in that case you’ll definitely want to tune in this week as we have an in-depth and engaging discussion about Star Trek, old, recent, new and future with Jeanne Wolf, Hollywood journalist and media pundit. We cover the gamut from Trek as a vanguard of racial integration on TV, Kirk as a metaphor for America, and of course Zachary Quinto’s bangs!
Dave comes on with us for a bit, though we lose him again to the Canadian backwoods Internet thieves, but Jay Garmon keeps our Trek in check with accurate info and this awesome trivia for the week:
How often does a Hiroshima-sized powerful asteroid intersect with the Earth?
Apparently that happens a LOT, so I’m freaking out already which leaves no time for coolsites (but you should still check out):
- Saturday Evening Posts’s Trek Article: Written by Jeanne Wolf, this is a fantastic breakdown of the last nearly 40 years of Trek!
- Jeane Wolf’s Hollywood: Regular links to her articles, videos, and trailers.
As much as we hate to, eventually we wrap the show up with “All the Kings Men” by Wild Beasts!
TOPIC: Fabulous show this week, as we get a sneak peek and in-depth discussion about the upcoming documentary “Silicon Valley.” Randall MacLowry gives us his take on the genesis of not only the technologies and hardware we depend on every day, but also the innovations to culture and business that men like Robert Noyce (founder of Intel) heralded. The show comes out February 5th on your local PBS station, so set your DVR’s today!
Jay Garmon answers last week’s question and as always gives us another fantastic Geek Trivia question for the coming week:
What is the oldest viable DNA sample ever recovered?
No time for coolsites of the week (Randy was just too great of an interview), but you should go to PBS’ website for the “Silicon Valley” program for more information about the program and related content.
On-air song of the week this week is “Line of Fire” by Junip!
TOPIC: That’s right, Mike is talking turkey in this special post-Thanksgiving pre-Cyber Monday show! Not only does Mike describe how he Alton-Browned the heck out of that bird, but you get some great prep coupon apps for your holiday shopping!
Jay “Encyclopedia Garmonica” returns with one answer and a new question, plus breaks down how things are going at the mid-season break for all the geek shows you should be watching (Warehouse 13, Grimm, Fringe, Supernatural and more!). The question he asks is:
In what US city, and for what reason, was the term “Black Friday” first used to describe the day after Thanksgiving?
We even crank out a couple cool sites of the week!
- ConTXTs – Ever wound up somewhere with no business cards, and desperately need one? Want to send your contact info to a bunch of people at once? Check out ConTXTs and have them text your ID to 50500 and immediately receive your contact info! Works with any phone with SMS.
- SearchResearch – Fun Google search puzzles that will be sure to test your searchability (and maybe learn you something too)!
- TwistyNoodle – A seemingly limitless and well selected set of coloring pages and fun sheets for kids!
The podcast only song of the week is “The Drumming Sound” by Florence and the Machine.