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Friday, May 08, 2015

Ericast 260 - Living vs. Archiving

There's living in the past. Then there's living for the future. Somewhere between those is living in the moment.  But I think they all weave together. Wonder how?  So do I.  Here's your show.

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Part of me wants to live in the past.  Part of me wants to archive everything for the future.  Part of me wants to celebrate the concept of "mindfulness" and live in the moment.  How do we hold all those things together?

As a tangent off an already disjointed collection of reflections, how do we embrace/explore the concept of people outside of a particular generation adopting it as their own passion?  I think the late 1930s (epitomized by the New York World's Fair) is a fascinating example of the U.S. coming out of the Great Depression, on the brink of another world war, but (apparently) optimistic for the future.  Yet I wasn't alive in the 1930s. (My parents barely were.) In this episode we mention a young woman (I consider her "young," perhaps in part because I'm getting old) who has adopted the 1980s cyberpunk persona even though she was in single-digits at the time. My 1980s reminiscing, at least, is based in a reality I personally experienced. There's nothing wrong with either one, but they're different from each other.

More than usual, I'd love your commentary on this one.  Call 206-339-3742 and give me some thoughts, and we'll work off of those in upcoming episodes.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ericast 259 - Experiencing Information Society

"I wanna know what you're thinking."  That's not just a reminder that we're doing a collaborative podcast here. For a certain generation - mine - that's a kind of anthem.  And 30 years later it's just as real as it was in the 1980s.  Recognize it? Here's your show.

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I'm not much of a concert person... but when the chance to re-live key 1980s memories comes along, you take it.  ("When you see a chance, take it.."  Wait.  Wrong artist.)  So this podcast touches on the experience of seeing Information Society back in their hometown this year.  Can you relate?  Or not?  Give a call (or reach out in other ways - I'm easy to find) and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Ericast 258 - The Southwest Adventure

I'm back!  Where'd I go? I was fulfilling a near-lifelong dream. Wonder what it was? Here's your show.

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So much for the good regular show-habit... but there's a good reason.

When I was a kid I was a huge Road Runner cartoon fan; I loved the background scenery. So, for years, I've wanted to get down to the desert southwest and see if for myself. I decided this was the year: Stop dreaming and start doing!

Ruth is back to teaching, in our same school district, so she and the girls have the same break. But, "break" for teachers doesn't mean "do nothing."

So, how about a June road-trip, rather than to do Duluth?  But "Desert in Late March" is different from "Desert in Late June"

So, how about I hop a cheap flight to Vegas and drive north to scout it out?  Good idea... and once you get a hotel and rent a car and are buying meals... for just the cost of one more plane ticket I could add Candela.

So that's what I did.  It was spectacular.

Sunday night it snowed in St. Paul -- 6" or 7".  (We needed the moisture in the ground!)
Monday: Take off around 7:45 a.m., land at 9:00-something, get a car, stop at McDonalds, and head north!
Virgin River gorge at the Arizona border - wow!
Zion - shuttle buses because it's already the start of the busy season there
Tuesday: Back into Zion, then out of Zion, north to Bryce Canyon
Tuesday night: Astronomy!
Wednesday: Bryce Canyon itself. The surrounding area looks like northern Minnesota.  (It's here that Candela goes "splat" on her knee while admiring the view like I told her to.)
Thursday: Out through Red Canyon, north end of Zion, St. George (tabernacle, temple, petroglyphs)
Thursday night: Mesquite (and big comfy waterproof band-aids). Outdoor hot tub
Friday: Out through Valley of Fire, a depressing Lake Mead, a few blocks of the strip
Early to the airport thanks to quick rental car return and TSA-pre treatment for some reason
Rented a locker and wandered the terminal to kill time
Flight home at 11:55 p.m.  Candela managed to sleep a bit, but was asleep for the initial descent and hosed her ears
Picked up around 5:30 a.m. Saturday
Home to sleep, then off to the circus at 2:30 p.m.

Conclusions: Utah and Nevada (and Arizona) are beautiful.  But so is Minnesota, in a different way.

Want to see the photos?  Here's the entire vacation album of Eric and Candela's 2015 Utah Trip...


https://plus.google.com/photos/117131225640478087025/albums/6132631969382473265


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ericast 257 - A Million Hamsters

Have you ever misheard a song lyric? Sure you have. Can you turn that into an entire podcast episode? Let's find out.  Here's your show.

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When is our birthday?  The first Ericast episode was March 7, 2005. So it's this week, or next. When you're this old, forgetting when your birthday is could be a "theme."  Next week might be a fairly deep-ish topic on "arrogance" lining up with Episode 2; we'll see.

Background:  I like "dance music" -- e.g. Ace of Base. (On Pandora, it's epitomized in my "Ace of Base Radio")  But my current Pandora favorite is Basshunter.  (Note that it's pronounced Base-hunter; it's not music related to fishing.)



"Tweets do not imply endorsement"...?  Pandora stations are somewhat the same for me.  But I can endorse these: My oldest is "Eric's Dance Radio" and you can also enjoy "Eric's WI Memories" from "the golden age of dance music - 1990, give or take a year or two."

So, that explains the music part.  You also need to know that when my wife and I were first married, we had a pet hamster.  (More than one, actually. But not at once.)


This episode topic crossed my mind.  And then I mentioned our hamster piterest in Jeff Goins' MOOC.  And then Paul Debeddings mentioned hamsters:

Paul DeBettignies | February 28 at 10:13pm · Minneapolis, MN

For the next 36 hours I am going to stay away from any topic that can turn into a debate. So I am only going to post hamster videos and Kenny Chesney videos. If you don't like hamster & Chesney videos, well... that's on you ‪#‎36HoursOfHamsterChesneyVideos‬


That clinches it.  I needed to do a podcast episode about this.

So, that brings us to "Paradise" by Sam La More, originally from Sydney Austraila. (He's almost exactly one year younger than I am, which means he's old.)

I know he's not talking about hamsters... but, you have to admit, it sure sounds like he's talking about hamsters!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ericast 256 - The Choosatron Adventure

Reminiscing is fine... but how 'bout we bring the next generation along for the ride down memory lane? In a modern way?  Here's your show.

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Featuring The Choosatron, which I fell in love with at the August 2013 MinneDemo in Minneapolis.

The Choosatron Deluxe Adventure Matrix is a Wi-Fi connected Choose Your Own Adventure®-inspired story printer, blending digital and analogue storytelling. It is designed to be easily assembled by kids into a small interactive fiction game box, and encourage social reading, learning, and play.

And I have one.  Now.




Also... I have to admit, it's really weird seeing "256" as an episode number on the Ericast...