Who Hits 50!
The Who is releasing a special 42 song, two disc definitive set to celebrate 50 years of making music. The last track on the collection if titled Be Lucky and references Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. While definitive sets have their place, it is nice to see the extra track. You can find out more over at Pitchfork. Check out the video for Be Lucky after the break. The release date for Who Hits 50! is 27 October, 2014.
2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion
We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.
- First off, the season premier is 12 October
- Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
- Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
- FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season Marathon begins on 6 October
- The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
- There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away
- Washington D.C. is in the storyline
- Beth has been in some of the teasers, possibly in a safe place
- It doesn’t look like Glenn dies by episode two
- The best cities for Internet (based on speed and/or price)
- Be kewl by looking the fool, strap your iPhone to your face
- Audible security loophole exploited
- A fewregarding Apple:
- Comcast denies TOR statements from customer
- Star Wars set needs a drone shield
- An analysis of the 5 million leaked gMail passwords
- Native Netflix support for Linux
We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:
- Pay Me/Iko
- Zombie Jamboree
- Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014
An Interview with Water Street Bridge at Gen Con
Water Street Bridge is a three person band from the Midwest. The members are Jon Baade, James Kuehl, and Richard Miller. They were one of the many acts performing at Gen Con 2014. To be honest, I had not heard of them before the event. However, I am darn glad I did. They do really good music.
Their music is refreshingly different and energetic. They also have a nice visual aspect to their performances because of the instruments and wardrobe they use. Finally, as people they are just fun to be around. (I really got a kick out of Jon photo bombing a few folks at the con.)
I think it is also very clear that these three men honestly love what they do. You can sense their passion when they perform and even feel it when you chat with them at their merchandise table.
Listen in as we talk about:
- How the band formed
- Their musical influences
- How to find our where they are playing
- Why they are hard to figure out exactly what kind of music
- What kind of instruments they play
- How many releases they have
- The story behind the skull shakers
- Their advice to aspiring musicians
You can find Water Street Bridge on the web at:
I got to spend a few minutes at the Gen Con with Andrea of USAopoly Games. The company has been around for a few decades and has a large number of games available. They also will make custom games. They offer a number of themed Monopoly games. They are a family fun oriented game company.
Listen in as we discuss:
- The company history
- Some Walking Dead Games the company is releasing
- How quickly they sold out of Walking Dead Bang
- Some stuff for Firefly fans
- A game based on the classic card game war
You can find USAopoly Games on the web at:
Mathew Rivaldi of Wiggity Bang Games
Mathew Rivaldi is the president of Wiggity Bang Games and he was nice enough to sit down with me and talk about his company and it’s most recent release, Alpha Bandits. The company was also giving out print and play versions of the game.
The company has a history of award-winning games and I feel that Alpha Bandits may well make that list. While I am still too far behind on interviews to have played it yet. I can tell you from watching others play it at the Con, it is a really entertaining board game. Listen in as we talk about:
- The company history
- Alpha Bandits, a devious word game
- Their competition at the Con
- How to pre-order their Kickstarter funded game, Alpha Bandits
- His advice to those who wish to create a game
You can find Wiggity Bang Games on the web at:
Below is a video showing you how to play Alpha Bandits
- Alpha Bandits by A Jennuine Life (feelincrafty.wordpress.com)
- With a Name Like Furt, You Know This Board Game Is Strange (wired.com)
A Short Interview with Steve of The War Store
This may be the shortest inteview I did at this year’s Gen Con. While the interview is short, the list of items that this exhibitor carries is extensive. In short, The War Store is about anything and everything for table top gaming. While I don’t think they had the largest exhibit at the con, it was pretty large and just packed with everything. If you are a tabletop gamer and you attend a future Gen Con, you need to add this store to your must visit list.
Listen in to this short interview as they talk briefly about:
- How long they have been doing Gen Cons
- How long the store has been around
- What the store is about, everything tabletop
- Some of the hotter games this year
- Some of the upcoming cons they will be at
You can find The War Store on the web at:
An Interview with Todd L. Jacobs, President of Talicor Games
While there are many game companies at Gen Con, one could argue that Talicor might have the most to choose from. I spent a few minutes watching some of the games played and even played a game of Jerk. This company has been in business for forty years and offers over five hundred products. In my opinion, they really know fun.
- How long have they been attending Gen Con
- The long time the company has existed, 40 years
- The fact that they have over 500 product
- We talk a bit about Jerk
- Some of their award-winning games, Fifth Gear, Core, Stop and Go
- His advice to those who aspire to create a game
You can find Talicor Games on the web at:
They Might Be Giants to do Fan Appreciation Show
I just had to share some of the good news I received in my inbox. A band that I and many others have been fans of for years it going to do a show for the fans. I even remember “Dial a Song”. You can learn more about the event here. The concert will be on Friday, October 17 at 8 PM. Having seen them live in the past, I assure you that it will be a great show… they are awesome live.
You can find out more about this band at:
- Matt Bennett Reviews They Might Be Giants Live (nerdist.com)
- They Might Be Giants Live – Free! Download (indienation.fm)
- They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download (macobserver.com)
- TMBG wants your global help to make a new “Alphabet of Nations” video (boingboing.net)
A Nursery Rhyme Turned into a Geekery Rhyme
Gen Con is a huge event. There is certainly no shortage of fun to be had at the event. In fact, there is soooo much to do at the event it is impossible to take it all in. One of the nicer things at the con is the Family Fun Pavilion area. You can even play a game, The Cheese Weasel Conquest, while you explore the various exhibits.
In my opinion one of the best exhibits in term of being family oriented was G33k & Company. While I made it a point to interview all of the Family Fun exhibits which participated in The Cheese Weasel ConQuest, I feel that this exhibit was likely the kewlest of the bunch. Listen in as an attendee reads what I am going to call a Geekery Rhyme. (Her son even celebrated his birthday at the event.)
These rhymes are the creation of “Mother Geek”, Diane Presnell. You can find Diane Presnell and her company on the web at:
- G33k & Company Website
- The SurReal Mother Geek on Facebook
- A YouTube Video of a 2013 Gen Con interview
- My interview with her
An Interview with C. Aaron Kreader of Studio 9 Games
- Their card game, Treasures and Traps, nominated for Origins Card Game of the year
- Their village building game
- Their Statego style game
- The history of the company
- Their expansion sets
- The affordability of their games, some as low as 12.95
- His advice to people who wish to develop a game
Yes, Gen Con 2014 ended over a month ago and I am still publishing interviews. I am typing and editing as fast as I can. I ended up with a gluttonous amount of material but I promise you I will get them all done. However, between work, lack of drive space, ancient machines (my newest is 10 years old), a WordPress update eating the website, biological necessities and carpal tunnel I just can’t move any faster. Please be patient.
They dub themselves as a 16th century rock band. While the entire ensemble was not present, the two, Robert Bruce Scott and Jon Silpayamanant, who performed put on quite the show. Robert Bruce Scott delivered an excellent solo performance.
They perform in numerous languages, blend classical style, opera and much more. They are likely the only band on the planet to do an Ewok song from the original Star Wars movie. (That’s right, Lucas took it out of the DVD releases.) I also don’t ever recall a cello and mandolin covering Crazy Train, Stray Cat Strut and many other pop tunes.
- How many languages they sing in
- Their influences
- Their musical background
- Their latest album, all around Star Wars
- Thier take on the new media order
- Advice to individuals who want to do what they do
- Their musical backgrounds
You can find Il Troubadoure on the web at: