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Worthless Genius Podcast Season 2 Episode 1

What’s this? A new Worthless Genius Podcast Episode?

It’s been forever since the last episode of the Worthless Genius Podcast, so bear with me as I get back into the swing of things.

In this weeks episode, I touch on the following topics:

Thank you for tuning in to the Worthless Genius Podcast. I hope you’ll stick around for Episode 2 of Season 2. Next episode will have a bit more flair, as I get used to Soundbooth and the overall workflow process.

Feel free to contact me through the link above. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook. And remember to leave some comments here on this post letting me know what you think!

Or you can download it here: mp3 format

Mysterious Universe Season 1 Back Catalog Available

ZOMG!!

ZOMG!!

My ongoing love affair with the unknown has been bolstered once again by the Mysterious Universe podcast.

Season 2 has been a refreshing mix of the new and the old, with Benjamin Grundy returning with a new co-host, Aaron Wright.

I have been a listener since the early days of Season 1, and I’m super excited that they have again released the back catalog, this time on 8GB brushed metal USB drives.

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Jupiter Broadcasting Gives Away a Popcorn Hour

Jupiter Broadcasting, the group of guys behind the Linux Computer Action Show, CastaBlasta and a range of other great internet entertainment announced a few months ago that they were giving away a Popcorn Hour media player to one lucky YouTube subscriber.

They announced the winner on Friday:

And that lucky winner was…Me! I’m super excited about this great prize for several reasons.

Currently, we consume our movies and television shows on my wife’s Macbook. This is a pretty great setup, but it can become a little uncomfortable at times. With the Popcorn Hour, we can now watch all of our media on the TV in our room. And I do mean ALL of our media:

  • MPEG1/2/4
  • MP3
  • AVI
  • ASF
  • WMV
  • MOV
  • H.264
  • XviD
  • AAC
  • WAV
  • JPEG
  • and more

We don’t own an HDTV, but this is thing is capable of pumping out 1080p signal. This will be great when we want to watch something over at my dad’s (he owns a GIANT Sony Bravia HDTV). Whereas previously we would have had to resample an AVI video and burn it to a DVD to experience it at my dad’s house, now I can throw a hard drive in the Popcorn Hour and lug it on down to his house.

I can’t wait to review this unit, and really get down in the trenches with its functionality.

So, thanks Bryan and Chris, you guys completely rock!

I Find This Scientifically…Fascinating – Mysterious Universe Returns!

Shiny

Shiny

The podcast that has been held so highly in my heart as the best podcast ever made, Mysterious Universe, has returned after a long hiatus.

There was some speculation about the return, when the website changed to show that things were ramping up, and now we’re finally being treated with brand new episodes.

So how does the new “season” of Mysterious Universe stack up to the classic?

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Do You Need To Change The World?

I’ve been listening to two stellar podcasts lately: Planetary Radio and Are We Alone? Each time I listen to these shows, the scientist inside of me is rekindled, and I feel like society is taking a turn for the better because of the science happening on this planet and elsewhere in the universe.

After listening to Planetary Radio, I got to thinking (dangerous, I know) about what I am doing, and how it’s far from changing the world. I write this blog, work part-time as a web developer and write fiction in my spare time. Aside from being a father and a husband, is there anything that makes an impact on other people?

So here is the question: do you need to change the world in order to make a difference and stay happy?
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WTF Wednesday – Parking Poachers

I missed the mark with this WTF Wednesday, but I’m still here.

What is a parking poacher?  ‘Parking Poacher’ is a term I came up with (but is apparently already used) to describe the people who, in a large parking lot, see a person coming out to their car with a cart full of groceries, and wait incessantly for that person to finish loading their car up in order to take their parking space.

While this doesn’t sound so bad, the fact is that these parking poachers tend to block the aisles, completely demolishing the flow of traffic.  Often, one finds oneself behind a parking poacher without knowing it, and soon a long line of people waiting to get by builds up, causing even more disgruntled shoppers.

What motivates a parking poacher?  That perfect spot.  They have to be within 30 feet of the entrance to the store, or their hearts will explode under the exertion caused by walking an extra ten feet.

If you go to a parking lot, and it is very full, please, please use your brain, and bust a few extra calories instead of waiting ten minutes for a parking space that is only 20 feet closer to the entrance.  In the time that you have been waiting, you could have already been partially done your shopping trip, and you wouldn’t be pissing off nearly as many people in the process.

It feels good to get that off my chest.

An Aside
I’ve been planning a lot lately where I’m headed with this blog, and the state of my workflow which hasn’t allowed me to post nearly as often as I would like.  It’s been a year since I started doing this whole crazy thing, and I’ve done all kinds of things that I wouldn’t have been able to experience in the process.

I have 4 or 5 new comics planned, which need to make their way into Fireworks.  I also have gotten over my sickness, so I’m planning the next podcast episode.

So, if you are a loyal reader, stick around, I’m not going anywhere.  Things are coming, but I can’t guarantee dates or anything of that nature.

Mysterious Universe Returning?

Reader of Worthless Genius “sr71a” pointed out in the comments of the Requiem For A Podcast article that the Mysterious Universe site is showing new signs of life, with the tantalizing words “Undocking soon in 2009…”:

ZOMG!

ZOMG!

Entering the site presents you with a screen that allows you to sign up for updates when they are available:

No Longer in Podcast Hibernation

No Longer in "Podcast Hibernation"

Needless to say, I am super excited about this development, but there are a few questions that I have:

  • Will Benjamin Grundy be at the helm once again?
  • Will the quality be on par with what was done before?
  • Have I grown out of the content of this podcast?

I’d have to say a resounding NO to that last one.  If you were a fan of this wonderful podcast, head on over and sign up for the updates.  I know I will be happily awaiting the return!

Podcast Episode #4 – Linux, Linux, Linux!

In today’s episode, I discuss Linux.  I also touch on the polarization of the Linux community on the topic of embracing closed-source, proprietary software, and why it would be a good thing for the community as a whole.

Here are some links to what I talked about today:

This episode marks the first episode recorded in GarageBand, so you should see a drastic improvement in the audio quality.  As always, send me some feedback, and let me know what you think, ways that I can improve, or if you think I should start putting music back into the episodes.

Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.

Or you can download it here: mp3 format