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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ericast 280 - Loving Like Jesus

Every so often I go on a bit of a theological rant. This is one of those episodes.  But whether you like talking about God or you don't, I think you like this one. Here's your show.

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Today's date has a lot of meaning, and maybe we'll cover it another time.

A theological joke is, "I feel like Job!"  Because nothing compares to Job. #FirstDraftSineadSongs.

But some bad luck starting with a now-dead cricket, culminating with weird GoDaddy domain experiences. And I realized, "a) It's not about the money, and b) I don't need to deal with this."

That's relevant because a) the feed is still changing (how's it going?), and the Ericast is a personal podcast, and this week is a personal topic.

Ray Edwards is a copy-writer.  He writes advertising copy.  Very good at it. He now shares the podcast with his son Sean as he battles Parkinson's Disease.

They have a "Spiritual Foundations" segment that I really like.

If you don't know, there's a lot of discussion, sometimes debate, even dissension in the Christian community. And you'd think, "Can't they all just get along?"  But the topic is important, and not everyone agrees on everything. And this is documented in the Bible, though while some might be the result of "sin," not everything is. It's just that we don't have the full picture.

Episodes 245 and 246 of the Ray Edwards show had a discussion to which I said, "YES!"  So I share it here, in the spirit of, "Hey, it's not just me!  At least two other guys agree with me."  Take a listen... Then consider my observations on 1st Peter 2 and 1st Thessalonians 4.

Questions?  Ideas?  Call 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) or try emailing me (eric) at ericast.com and see if that email address still works after my GoDaddy excitement...


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ericast 279 - Making Memphis Memories

The girls are at an age where we do at least one roadtrip adventure a year. This year, it was Memphis, Tennessee.  Wondering why?

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I almost named this "Walking in Memphis" but I'm in the middle of changing the feed and don't want a bunch of Marc Cohn fans flocking to the podcast and then getting confused and annoyed.
Topics this week:
  • Retired Navy Command Master Chief Evelyn (Vonn) Banks
  • Iowa City and Cyber Science 3D
  • ReUnion Brewery, featuring the "Grilled Salmon Salad" ($15 gets you mixed greens, lemon caper vinaigrette, caramelized onions, feta, and cucumbers)
  • Nauvoo temple, Mormon village and giant lilypads (American Lotus)
  • Peabody Duck March
  • Eating Catfish on Beale Street
  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
  • Kudzu in Mississippi
  • Country Music on the drive north
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ericast 278 - Why 'Take Care'?

Some things become a habit or pattern, and sometimes that's good. Have you ever noticed that I've closed the podcast with the exact same pair or words for the past 277 episodes?  Here's your show.

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A month and a half after the last episode... again, it's (almost) early morning and raining here in the beautiful Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  My biggest notice regarding this casual episode (you'll have to listen to learn the thinking behind my admonition to "take care") is that I'm going to be switching podcast hosts in the next week or two, so if your feed gets a bit strange, that's why.

Also, for the first time in forever, we've bumped up the quality of the Ericast file format and we're now at a whopping 64kbps -- still mono, though if a special stereo episode comes along it'll end up at 128kbps.  So, this file is double the "usual" size (sorry!) but it should sound slightly better if you listen through headphones or in a quiet environment.  If you were listening on the car/bus or while jogging/biking, you probably won't notice an improvement... but I'm curious if you do.  (Unfortunately, it might also make the background noise and microphone pops more clear...)

Do let me know how things are coming across on your side -- 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ericast 277 - The Matt Show

"Listener Feedback" has been a part of the Ericast since the very first episode more than 11 years ago. So, let's celebrate one listener in particular. It might not be your show... but, here's your show.

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It's early morning and raining here in the beautiful Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.  So far, the July excitement has been cleaning and tidying and selling on eBay.  Thunderstorms, split-level homes, cars vs. semis. If the topics weren't somewhat random, it wouldn't be the Ericast!

This episode might sound like a swan song and it's not.  I'm still here.

What's the meaning of the ping?  It asks if anyone is out there.  (Are you?)

Matt Beckwith - early caller after "Chloe's Lip Repair"

If you go back in the archives, he's the only one of those early callers left. Rob, Paul, Dan are all gone.  Sure, I still stay in contact with them occasionally, but the days of copying files over to the iRiver MP3 player are gone.

After all that... Matt still calls.

Roger Thompson references "guys you can toss the keys of your life to." Matt is one of those people, even though we've never met in person. (Though I know he's been through the MSP airport, which is the closest we've been because I've never been to California.)

His last call to our now-dead K7.net line was in February. Then, he did an e-mail interview with me for a series on his High Demand, Low Supply website, called "My Job Story".

I was honor that he asked me, and it was probably because he knew I could reflect.  That was a good experience. Hard, and healthy, and good.

Then, this spring, Matt's father passed away.  I wouldn't normally talk about someone else's personal life but he's published an outstanding tribute to his dad, Mel Beckwith.

Then, we switched numbers, and Matt knows the value of podcasting and calling in, so we have a new generation of calls.

Questions?  Problems? Worries? Concerns?  Comments?  Do you like sand? Do you know what that joke means?  Call 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) and let me know.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ericast 276 - Motivating the Generations

If you're like I am, you say things like, "Someday, I need to..."  Last week, someday came for me and my daughter. What's your "someday"?

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Technical note: I still haven't gotten the iTunes podcast feed working yet, so if you're listening to this via a podcatcher, you've persevered and have manually added http://feeds.ericast.com/ericast to your application.  Thank you!  I'll let you know when that's working again.

Long story short, I took Candela to the Get Motivated seminar when they came back to Minneapolis this year.

Curious about my last Get Motivated experience(s)?  Check out my Iowa Gets Motivated episode from 2012. In fact, I apparently mentioned my first experience during the first year of the Ericast (October 2005) but the audio file is missing from the server; I'll need to go hunting for that somewhere.  Everything old is new again, right?