Bill Rake of The ABCs Of Whatever Podcast Interviews Me About Atheism

ABCs Of Whatever

ABCs Of Whatever Podcast

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out on Skype, being interviewed by Bill Rake of The ABCs Of Whatever Podcast.

For those of you not familiar with the their podcast – let’s just say that it’s fairly conservative with respect to the shows I’m normally involved in, but that proved a great opportunity to have a friendly discussion about Atheism, agnosticism and all things religion.

This audio I am posting here is from my backup recording and features just the interview without all the other segments of the show. The final audio posted by Bill has some weird echoing on his side that makes him incomprehensible at times but those problems do not exist in the version I am posting here.

Bill goes one-on-one with Paul O’Flaherty, the host of Nothing Serious Podcast. Paul is a “Level 7″ atheist (you gotta listen to find out what that means!), a great podcast host, a jovial Irishman, a new Dad, and a thoughtful guy. Bill tries to get to the heart of atheism and point out some areas where he and Paul disagree.

If you would like to hear the entire show (not just the interview) then drop along to The ABCs of Whatever site, or The 405 Media.

Download: MP3 (1:12:46 – 33.3 MB)

Malcolm Tennant Cometh

Tonight we head to Providence Hospital to begin the induction that, hopefully, will result in Malcolm Tennant making his first live appearance outside Sara’s belly.

Needless to say, I’m nervous as heck, but before we head to the hospital I wanted to get some words on video (however awkwardly) that have been beating around inside my head for the past few days.

Wish us luck! I can’t wait to meet Malcolm Tennant, and for you guys to see him too :D

Love you Sara!

Stormageddon Week 7 (Video)

We had an interesting an unexpected trip to the OB/GYN today after Sara started spotting. What we originally believed to be a possible bladder infection resulted in a bit of a scare when they told Sara needed to have a transvaginal ultrasound, but every turned out to be perfectly fine and Stormageddon is on course for arrival on August 9th.

The week 7 ultrasounds:

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Dude, You’re Gonna Be A Dad! (Video)

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m about to become a father for the very first time. This has led me to hunt out reading material so I can learn from, and hopefully not repeat the mistakes of others.

This video is a quick update on where Sara and I are and an endorsement of the book “DUDE, You’re Gonna Be a DAD!” by John Pfeiffer.

Am I “Old Skool” Or Just Old? (Revisited)

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It’s been eight years, 2 months and 18 days since I first wrote the words below, and it’s either a sad commentary on gaming, or perhaps on me, that as I approach 34 years of age (in October) I still lament the state of modern video games as I did when I was a tender 25-year-old..

Of course, what makes things worse is that I regularly see our children playing video games only to turn them off when things get challenging and the shiny isn’t enough to compensate for the lack of truly great and addictive game-play.

It’s not the fault of or a commentary on the children, just like you wouldn’t blame kids for not understanding why they have to rewind a VHS tape (they’ve never seen one), but I can’t help but wonder if they’d be more appreciative and critical of today’s games if they had started out like this old fart did. Sadly, we’ll never get to find out, unless one of us deliberately excludes our kids from experiencing modern technology and forces them to only use a C64 as some sort of weird social experiment.

Anyway, back to my 8 year old rant about the state of video games

It’s a sad fact but at 25 years of age I am starting to feel very old when it comes to the computer games that appeal to me.

I started out with computers at the tender ages of 5 and have owned everything from a ZX Spectrum, VIC20, C64 all the way up to the wall of PC’s here in my house. My primary interest in computers has always been coding, but I’ve always been a gamer as well.

There must be community of people who, like me, have been using computers for 20 or more years, and could be considered the old timers of gamers. Now, what I was to know is –  is the old timer “old skool” or just old?

I find that when I’m playing games today, they look great, sound great and generally play OK to crap (with some very notable exceptions!). But I miss the times when games were great. Not good, but great! When all you had was 16 colours, and 2 or 3 tracks to mix 8 bit audio with. You had 64k of memory.. Hardly enough to store 64 desktop shortcuts on todays PC’s.

They looked bad (for the most part), they sounded bad but they had something that most of todays games don’t. Playability! The were simply great fun to play, and you wanted to keep coming back and playing them even though they took up to 30 minutes to load in off of tapes that sometimes didn’t work.

In general todays games don’t have that, and in general most people don’t want to wait for the game to load, if 30 seconds went by without it loading they’d think it had crashed, much less 30 minutes.

What people seem to want is the quick fix of instant action. I like that too, but I prefer to make an investment of my time, and that’s what playing computer games is.. An investment. You spend money and buy a product and then invest your time in it. Well I like a good return on my investments and back in the “old days” that investment required waiting 30 minutes for it to load, so you wouldn’t just boot up for a quick game… You’d boot up and go make a cup of coffee while it loads because you know you’re going to playing this all evening.

Maybe I’m just getting old, and games don’t hold the same appeal for me (and I just don’t realize it) but I want that again today… The investment. The money I spend on the product should not just get me pretty graphics and sound, but something that I’ll spend hours of my time on.. will lock the door and pretend I’m not home, just so I can try “that bit” again… sleepless night… cold sweats.. the addiction of an enthralling game with great gameplay..

Now don’t get me wrong, I still love playing games, and I play everything from MMORPG’s, to FPS, to C&C style games, and there are great examples of truly awesome games with everything I want in all categories… It’s just that considering the money we spend in games, I don’t want to have to find the exceptions in order to play a great game.. They should all be good…

Take a lesson from the time when we had no choice but to have crap graphics and sound. When code had to be had optimized to maximize the amount that could be gotten into 64k… Just forget about the 30 minute loading times, okay!

So which am I? Old or “old skool”?

Download: Old Skool or Old? (4:22 Mins – 3Mb MP3)

Braindead TechCast #151 Moronic Monday Speeds Up Brain Cell Melting

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Braindead TechcastIn place of Sean P Aune, I joined Steven Hodson on Moronic Monday which is a celebration of all things idiotic and moronic from around the internet.

Stories mentioned in tonight’s show.

Enjoy the show :)

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Braindead TechCast #150: Techmeme Friday Goes All Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

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Braindead TechcastAs Sean continues his wild holiday somewhere in the US, Steven Hodson and I carry on Braindead TechCast’s fine tradition of Techmeme Friday’s tear down of the headlines on Techmeme as we make fun of them at the same time.

We also had some fun with a rumor about Sean receiving something at his hotel room that he then started playing with, but we’ll leave that to your imaginations – unless of course you want to share your warped thoughts as to what he is playing with.

If you do just email us at podcast@WinExtra.com and we’ll share them on the Monday show.

Enjoy the show :)

Headlines referenced to in the show.

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Braindead TechCast #149 Sean… I’m In Your Podcast

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Braindead TechcastThis is my first guest appearance on Braindead Techcast where I’m filling in for Sean P. Aune while he’s on holidays.

Between downtime and talk a new Phone, Facebook has been dominating the news today so gets a fair chunk of the focus of the show. Fortunately they’re not the only topic being discussed as we pay some attention to Tinypic, Nokia, Microsoft, StumbleUpon and Digg.

Post referenced during the show:

Enjoy the show :)

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I’ve Gone Braindead On Your Podcast

braindead logoOkay, maybe not your podcast specifically, but starting last night and continuing until the night of Tuesday the 28th, I’m standing in for Sean P. Aune on Braindead Tech Cast.

While Sean is off having a well deserved holiday, I’ll be attempting to keep his chair warm and waxing lyrical on all things tech, which makes a pleasant change from the Microsoft focused podcasts I’ve been doing lately.