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In the last month or so, it seems like Murphy is camped on my front step. Computer - dead. Motherboard, presumably, is fried, based on research. Car inspection - over $500 moreUnexpected costs, things that have broken lately, and lessons learned

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There is a lot going on in the world these days. The pace of life is increasing at an amazing rate. The progress we are making is incredible, and thereStop everything

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Grand opening…

… and then nothing but disappointment. That pretty much describes this podcast. Really there is some interesting stuff discussed somewhere in there, but to get to it, you have to listen to me talking. Sorry about that, but it is the way of things.

On the upside, you do get to hear my wife talking about this stuff as well, so you got that going for you. Which is nice.

Of course throughout the entire podcast I never introduce her properly, (and in fact, I don’t even use her name once) so let me get this out of the way: World, say hello to Pam. Pam, this is the world.

So what’s this thing about, you ask? Ah, you didn’t read my earlier post on this did you? Well, perhaps you can be excused for that… it’s been almost a month since I posted it after all. (“Soon” is a relative term, you know.) I got busy, sorry. I also got frustrated, hungry, and tired during that time, but none of that is relevant, really. The point is it took a while to get this up, and if I got your hopes up that there would be any quality involved here, sorry about that.

In fact, when I posted my “Coming Soon” post, a friend of mine wrote back: “And that’s when Caddickisms jumped the shark.” He may be right, but I got back at him. I did it anyway.

The specific topics in the podcast this time are varied. Here’s a list of the topics we covered, so you can go and do more research on your own:

You may notice that this podcast starts with some music. Anyone who can tell me the television show it originally comes from (i.e., for which it was written) will be entered into a drawing for a prize. You must leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll pick a name at random from all correct entries. The prize will be something completely mundane, but hey… free stuff, right?

[UPDATE: Ack! I just realized I broke my own contest rules by revealing the answer with the first correct guess and not waiting until we could have a drawing! Sorry to all of you who also knew the answer but haven't commented yet.

So to extend the contest a bit I'll ask this question: list at least two shows/films that we discussed in the podcast that are not listed in the bullet list above. Then I'll do a drawing from that list.]

So, with no further delay… check out the podcast!

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9 comments to Grand opening…

  • Dan

    Really really enjoyed this. Especially Pam, who is an extremely charming example of a long suffering geek’s wife :). I’ve tried a few “husband and wife shows and yours is equal/better than both of them.

    I honestly feel that this show is one that will easily make my itunes download list if you decide to keep on with it.

    My only minor criticism is the sound quality. There sounded like there was a weird fax machine in the background and the voices were a little tinny. Not a massive issue obviously, and one that’s difficult to do much about I imagine unless you’re going to fork out on equipment.

    I’m no expert on podcasting – but I do find the guys over at Podcaster’s Emporium very helpful http://lifestylepodnetwork.com.au/podcastersemporium/

    Cheers man, again I’m really excited by your podcast.
    Dan recently posted..Midnight Movie Club Episode 8 S2 – Hard TargetMy Profile

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    Jeff says:

    Thanks, Dan. I appreciate the support (especially from an illustrious podcaster such as yourself).

    The sound quality is one of the reasons it took so long to get this thing published. Eventually I just gave up trying to fix it. You’re right, in that it’s undoubtedly an equipment problem. I have had a very low success rate with the (cheap) standalone microphones I’ve tried – not to mention the headsets. The best sound I’ve been able to get is with one USB headset that still produces a very loud buzz in the background (possibly caused by inadequate shielding for my PCs power box). I can usually clean that up decently, but that wasn’t an option this time because I couldn’t figure out how to get both our heads in that headset. :)

    I’ll check out that Emporium. Maybe they have an idea I missed.

    Thanks again!

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  • Dan

    Oh, and _I_ read Jeff’s blog and read parenting blogs. I even write a parenting blog (or at least a blog that started out a parenting blog).
    Dan recently posted..Midnight Movie Club Episode 8 S2 – Hard TargetMy Profile

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  • I LOVE this podcast idea, it’s like your a talk-show host, only not. May I recommend that keeping the run-time to UNDER an hour should be your next goal?

    and TIDBABSH? HHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    OK, ’nuff of that. The Television Show that the theme song was written for is: “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”. What do I get, a Ferrari? A donut? A free podcast? :)

    – Paul

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    Jeff says:

    Yes! Paul nailed it (as I just confirmed with him on the phone because he was too impatient to wait for me to check the site). That is the theme from the Adventures of Brisco County Jr., starring Bruce Campbell in the cruelly cancelled sci-fi western. I gotta say, I’m impressed, and surprised that you knew it so emphatically.

    Btw, it was also used by NBC for the Olympics and for Major League Baseball.

    The prize is a completely underwhelming Official Movie Poster, provided directly to me by Paramount Pictures, for the Johnny Depp film, Rango – which as I understand it is itself underwhelming. When I revealed this to him on the phone, he was, of course, underwhelmed. I am considering an additional prize based on his suggestions – namely, a picture of a donut.

    Congratulations, Paul!

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    Jeff says:

    Ack! I just realized I broke my own contest rules by revealing the answer with the first correct guess and not waiting until we could have a drawing!

    Sorry to all of you who also knew the answer but haven’t commented yet.

    So to extend the contest a bit I’ll ask this question: list at least two shows/films that we discussed in the podcast that are not listed in the bullet list above. Then I’ll do a drawing from that list.

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  • What a great idea for a podcast and monthly is a perfect timeframe to give yourself to ease in to podcasting and you can always increase the turnaround as you become more comfortable.

    Also a great first guest, I don’t think I’ve encountered a married couple’s podcast before (of course as Dan might point out is not that big a deal coming from me).

    I was once in the comic book shop listening to teenagers discussing Star Wars and not knowing what the films were and I came very close to correcting them, I feel good about myself for not.

    I love how you summarised what the second watching of The Sixth Sense is for!! :) And yes Jeff you’re right most people dislike Lady in the Water but I don’t mind it because I like the thought behind it but I can see why people don’t like it. So I’d be interested what Pam think’s of it knowing going in that there’s a good chance it could disappoint.

    Cool post guys!
    Lee Sargent recently posted..Thoughts on the live action Wonder Woman seriesMy Profile

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    Jeff says:

    Thanks, Lee.

    I’ve had those correcting Star Wars/Star Trek trivia moments in public before. Deep breath and move on…

    One of these days we’ll actually watch Lady in the Water. Maybe Pam will mention it on her new blog… once she gets one.

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