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Our First Time

We’re back! After scheduling conflicts and, you know, reasons we are a bit off our schedule… but not any more!

On this episode, we all share our experiences discovering the Internet and online culture.

Also, watch your pets if you live near Austin. You’ve been warned.

Show Notes:

Why was the Science Center disappointing?
“Or, I can learn to bring them back to life!”
Believe in your dreams even if it involves a gypsy curse.
A biologist or an assassin.
Because Silence of the Lambs, I guess…
What was your first time like?
I was like Kimmy Schmidt!
Chaaaaaarge it!
A fight on the internet?!
The Compaq
“Do you ever feel like there’s more out there than you know how to find?”
Consuming vs creating on the Internet
William Gibson
Garbage disposal level of consuming
Online games
File sharing and working in radio

Rikki Tikki Tavi Mad

Our friend Jonathan join us in a conversation about books, DYI projects, and crap-tastic movies!

Show Notes:

Talking books
Evolution by Stephen Baxter
Penthouse Letters and the books of Moses
Space Elevators
What was your first Sci-Fi?
A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy
The Casio Keyboard
Raining Donuts
I just learn the references and laugh at Robot Chicken
Making time to read
Are you a handyman?
Dainty office wrists
I don’t know why I took a mongooses name in vain.
DIY home repair
Ikia is the grown up version of Legos
Wild West Con
Don’t be over critical;you’ll enjoy more things.

Hard Drive Update:
We should know early next week if our episode with Clintus can be recovered. Still keeping our fingers crossed!


We set out to record part 2 of Austin’s origin story but ended up talking more about our kids and parenting…

So we present to you: DadCast!

Show Notes:

Would you rather
When do you turn into a zombie?
Photographing Fairies
When to introduce things to your kids
You have to finish the story
Movies we wanted to see when we were kids
Yoda had these ideas about stuff
The problems with time travel
Cultivating interests
High rez Andromeda Galaxy
Her people are completely literal
“Hard” is not something we’re going to say in our house
She Napoleon Dynamited your ass!

Take a minute and let us know what you think of the show and if there’s anyone you’d like to hear on a future episode.
Thanks for listening!

Origins – Austin Part 1

We had some audio troubles with the recording so we’re releasing Austin’s story in two parts.
In this episode, Austin shares where he grew up, having surgery at a young age and the perspective he gained from that experience, and some of his more interesting work stories.

Show Notes:
Are you from Globe?
Everybody is fap-able.
How Austin ended up in South Africa
“Your proposal was a shining light on the horizon.”
Federal Agents
“When adventure knocks, you answer.”
“I was the second person to have this surgery.”
“Can I push on it?”
“You can’t say ‘yolo’ unless you’ve had your head de-gloved.”
Why getting married at 19 made sense.
Creativity and Technology

Origins – Bob

Get to know our friend, and co-host, Bob Beard.

On this episode, Bob shares his origins story, how he ended up in Arizona, life in the Marines, and the beginning of PBS Nerd and the Arizona PBS Nerd Walk.

Show Notes:

A screaming, naked, bloody Bob emerged from his mother’s birth canal.
“Every Stephen King book is the town I grew up in.”
What were you like as a kid?
“Maybe you should learn to shut your mouth sometimes.”
Ghostbusters changed Bob’s life.
What was the driver to go into the Marines?
“It’s very much like Lieutenant Dan.”
10 months later, I’m on a bus and crying.
Supply Chaingun Management
You get out of the military and go in to radio.
I didn’t get high in the radio station van, so they kept me around.
Working in the media.
How did you end up at PBS?
It’s high quality potpourri.
Radio is a life style, TV is an appointment.
The origins of PBS Nerd.
You asked nerds if they want a t-shirt.
The PBS Nerd Logo
Arizona PBS Nerd Walk

Let’s Go Camping

First episode of the new Free Samples Podcast with my friends Austin and Bob.

The show will be bi-weekly (or fortnightly if you want to be fancy) and will focus on the various cultures and scenes in Arizona. The RSS feed is not enabled yet, but I will update the post, and site, with links to subscribe through your favorite podcast aggregate platforms.

Show Notes:

Welcome… again.
Do you still have your blog?
What a great racket that was
Recording this at Gangplank
AZ Hops and Vines
Documentary “Somm”
Monsoon Pictures
Fun for the whole family
I’ll have what she’s having
Very loud hallelujahs.
The No-tell Motel
El Guero Canelo
You’re inviting me to my own plan.
“Yes, I am. No, I’m not.”
This seems like a bate and switch.
They’re just eager to kill animals.
Mile High Brewfest