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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.

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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?

Monday, May 09, 2016

Ericast 275 - This is Sand!

You hear a lot of different things on the Ericast. This week's episode is really just random connections from Eric's brain.

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INTP Personality - weaving things together

Voice artists, including Casey Defranco from the Country Crock commercial.  (The Ericast exists today because of her!)

SNL in the 1980s.  Ad Council ad parody. Art Bell, late night radio, conspiracy theories. Lots of PSAs...  Including "At the Beach." I love the Mom voice in this one

I just love that voice. Not to lead a board meeting, maybe. But there's so much personality that carries through.

So, Ruth binge-watches TV shows. One was White Collar, which, it turns out, was based on Frank Abagnale.  If you don't know why that's interesting, listen to last week's episode.

Lately, it's been Person of Interest. And after lots of joking about it staring Jesus, and watching Finch so I could have hope that we geeks could have a life (even though I know they're just fake characters), they introduce... Root.
"Samantha Groves is a highly intelligent computer hacker and former contract killer known by her hacker name "Root". She has a special relationship with The Machine and is the only one to be in frequent and direct contact, acting as The Machine's 'Analog Interface'."
Root is played by Amy Acker.

1) I love my wife more than anything else.  2) I have two daughters, so I truly do understand the dangers of a society "objectifying" people and diminishing their full personhood over something that might even be complimentary. 3)  Amy Acker strikes me as the most beautiful human being on the planet.  (This leads to a tangent on the "Ginger vs. Mary Ann" application.  Because, why do I think this?)

This might have been just a passing interest, until I heard her speak.

I'm sure she's not... but she IS the "this is sand!" mom.

I now tease Ruth because whenever there's a dramatic moment in Person of Interest, I repeat her lines' inflection, but I say, "This is sand."  "This is sand, Finch. I like sand."

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Ericast 274 - Frank's Real Story

Sometimes you hear wisdom from the least expected place. Or, at least, of the least expected kind. Like marriage and parenting advice from a criminal turned security expert.

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Life lesson: Say "Yes" when offered things.  (I had to grow into that philosophy.)

This episode's topic: Frank Abagnale.  But not for the reason you might expect. More information about his security consulting is at www.abagnale.com.


Here's the full 2013 talk that I referenced in this show, via YouTube (http://youtu.be/iJIc16aqpO8)


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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Ericast 273 - Where's Your Ketchup?

Lately I've taken to saying, "Diversity is inherently good". Which you either respond with "Duh, Eric!" or you're... not quite sure you agree. Curious?  Here's your show.


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Yes, indeed, after 11 years we're switching over to our new feedback line, so call 701-645-3742, which conveniently spells out 701-645-ERIC.  Thanks to you who called, so we know it works!  So, let's go with that.

I'm sitting on a hiring committee at work, and we had this conversation, and I fell into the "Duh!" camp, but I couldn't point to why -- some sort of background info. I'd collected over the years in my degree program or whatever.

A colleague pointed out the Reply All podcast, Episode #52, and I listened to that and couldn't agree more.  Fascinating.  And we'll get to that.

And I thought, I should do a podcast on that!  And then life got in the way, including the K7 crisis that wasn't much of a crisis.  And then, while listening to MarketplaceTech (formerly Future Tense) on American Public Radio, I heard the March 24th episode.

So I decided that was spooky enough that I'd actually take a lesson from the Universe or God or the Hundredth Monkey or coincidence and I'd share the episode I'd planned to.  What follows is a clip from a spectacular piece by Alex Goldman.

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