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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Ericast 322 - Defining 'Work Performance'

Have you ever used a phrase for years and then one day you looked at it and realized it could mean something totally different?

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I've listened to an old episode or two with the "life updates" at the front and I've thought to myself, "self, just get to the point!" so I'll keep things short to explain how I don't even think I'm on a "quarterly" schedule anymore.

Does the listener feedback line work still work? How do you say "root" and "bag"...?  Do I have Windows 11?  What great questions!

per·for·mance
/pərˈfôrməns/

1. an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment.
"Don Giovanni had its first performance in 1787"
Similar: show, production, showing, presentation, entertainment, staging, act, concert, recital, house, gig

2. the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.
"the continual performance of a single task reduces a man to the level of a machine"
Similar: carrying out, execution, discharge, conducting, conduct, effecting, accomplishment, achievement, completion, fulfillment, dispatch, implementation, effectuation

Definitions from Oxford Languages



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Ericast 321 - That Was Unexpected

Let's try a notes-free, link-free version for our 16th birthday?

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Ericast 320 - Happy Valentine's Day

I'm kicking off my 2021 podcasting with a brain-dump of random things, tied to the most random yet chronologically relevant title I could think of. Here's your show.

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What do we cover in this episode? Well...

  • Recording in Studio D where it's 27 degrees (and 12 degrees outside)
  • The year is about 13% over
  • I got a new computer and while pandemics are bad it was convenient thanks to Best Buy curbside pickup
  • There's a pastoral transition at our old church
  • My parents are mid-vaccine
  • My sciatic issues are greatly improved and I should do a podcast episode on what "okay" and "fine" mean in Minnesota
  • Shout-outs to longtime listeners. Thank you for your years of support!
  • I'm on Clubhouse now and we'll see where that goes.
  • Zinnias, artificial wood, geraniums, and cilantro. It makes sense in the episode
  • Techmeme Ride Home and Kottke Ride Home, along with episode #167 of Reply All and "America's Hottest Talkline"

I warned you that it was random! I'm eager to stay in touch and will take feedback in all forms but if we want to keep it formal and official-like, give 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) a call!


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Ericast 319 - A Couple Potatoes

2020 has been a really rough year in lots of ways for lots of people. So, let's close it out with something completely different, because I was listening to a song and thought, "She's singing about what?!?" Want to know what it actually was? Here's your show.

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In the last few hours of 2020... We just need a break with something light.  Call 701-645-3742 if you've got your own contribution.

I've got a Pandora station based on The Weeknd (Blinding Lights in particular) and the song "Ocean Drive" by Pia Mia comes up occasionally. It was released in 2017 but seems to be in circulation now.  It's got a great beat, happy and bouncy.  In keeping this a work-safe, child-safe podcast, let's use a euphemism and say she's talking about having a "picnic" on the beach.  That idea has never appealed to me because it seems that sand would get everywhere.  I like fluffy blankets. Sand isn't fluffy.

Anyway, coming out of the chorus, she explains that they've got a couple of haters.  I get that -- as I said, this sounds awkward and uncomfortable.  And then she explains that she's got... well, take a listen.

She's got a couple potatoes.  That's it.  It has to be.

Once you Google the lyrics you discover that they apparently have "a couple spectators."

But I say it's "potatoes."  And among everything else, that's what we can remember 2020 for.


Monday, November 30, 2020

Ericast 318 - A Kind Word

An Ericast listener wrote, "Awesome episode this morning. Wow!" And I'm going to turn that comment into an entire new episoide. Wondering how? Here's your show.

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Highlights: Squeezing this episode out so it's dated in November. Still doing "weekly episodes about once a month". Still talking about the back flareup.  Losing track of what letter studio I'm in  - this might be "Studio E" for Eric's Space.  "Honest critical feedback." Old joke - "If Vivaldi were alive today he'd be turning over in his grave!" Throwaway line that was criticized later because of the "or something like that" tacked on.  (I have plenty of malapropisms but that wasn't one, and so what if it was?)

Got a kind word to share? You know how. And share one with someone else today, too.