I first started podcasting in 2006 with the show Tasty Logic. I played royalty-free music, strange audio clips and recited strange stories to entertain the audience. In 2007, I started a Fantasy Football-based show named Pigskin Radio with a partner, John Neese who I played the sports dungeons and dragons with. Back then we started streaming on USTREAM, adding a video element. I then starting attending Dallas area tech groups and hooked up with some friends (Sarah McGee and Kyle Kondas) to start a geek culture video show called The Tech Tards Show. I have run Dallas PodCamp twice and visited the Los Angeles Podcast Festival and the Podcast Movement to name a few. I now host and produce the Dolphin Squad Show. I have been listening to podcasts for years and here are what I currently listen to, hope you enjoy.
Gillmor Gang XRSS This is the first podcast I start listening to in 2005 and it isnpired me to do it myself. Some od the smartest people in technology every show hosted by Steve Gillmor @stevegillmor
I woke up with a tingling sensation. It was 5 a.m. in the morning, my Sister called an ambulance. I got sick on the way out of the house. The ride seemed to last forever. I finally made it. They took my blood pressure it was 215/96. I was sent to the CT scanner. In the morning I was put in intensive care for a week . They then put me in a single room. After another week it was time for rehab. I was transferred to a rehab center next to the hospital for 2 weeks. After physical, occupational and speech therapy, I returned home.
I recovered pretty well but I missed Twitch and podcasting. I had started podcasting in 2016 and live video streaming the following year. I became a Twitch Affiliate in two years,and loved it. Now it was time to get back to it. I was still using a walker but my speech almost fully returned. I had an old computer in my garage and decided to make it a streaming PC. I had streamed with my PS4 but I needed a change. With the help of my brother-in-law and Elgato, it worked well.
I started a new show called The Dolphin Squad Show. Started podcasting for free using Anchor. Now three shows back, it feel so good. I went back to Twitch also. It gives me something to do and to exercise my voice. I feel like I am actually back.
If you want to take a listen, hit this site. leave me a comment would love your feedback.
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We were frustrated with Facebook. Tired of the terrible blog comments. Wanted more control and more features. For a brief period of time, we thought we had it. Google Plus was the future, but now it is the past.
Google Plus is now five years old and for the most part, a ghost town. Google was thinking they could make a better social media platform. Technically they did, however social media is about who is there. I had amazing conversations on Google Plus about very technical things. Google Plus was made by engineers for engineers. Facebook was so damn simple even my Mom could use it, and that is why they won.
Facebook is incredibly sticky. It is made for the masses and made to conquer the world by feeding in to the narcissism of our time. Cat videos, baby pictures and 5 year old obituaries flow like water. Grandma is there. Your neighbors are there. That high school classmate that you can barely remember is there. It is what we want and Facebook knows it.
Will something new take over? Maybe. Chances are Facebook will buy it first. My guess is a shift to something like VR gives a new platform a chance which is why Facebook bought Oculus Rift.
I will miss Google Plus. Today I decided to stop posting there. Not because it isn’t a technical great social media site, but parading down the street of a ghost town just seems like a waste of time.
I was very excited about the idea of the Smartwatch. When the Pebble hype started on Kickstarter, I backed them by putting my money where my mouth was and ordered a Pebble. It took several months to finally ship to me, but I was still very excited when I received it. Initially, I thought the killer app was going to be notifications on the watch, the idea that you could screen important notifications before you pulled your phone out of your pocket would free up more of my time. The problem is, you have to clear it off your watch now and it just seemed easier to go ahead and do it in one spot, your phone.
The Pebble was nice, especially the battery life which was about a week. I would only hook it up to clunky charger once a week. About a year later I jumped into an Android smartwatch, the LG G-Watch which was large and ugly, but compared to the Pebble was very sleek and beautiful. The Android Wear watch was much more powerful, in color and had a touch screen, such an upgrade from the Pebble. The big drawback was the battery life, of course. I could barely keep the watch going for an entire day, I would have to take it off and charge it up every night, the charger was worse than the Pebble. I even had to send the first one back because the charging contacts on the back stopped working. The apps didn’t really do anything. There were a couple of games that my niece and nephew would love to play at a family dinner, but I would rarely play, because I always had my phone on me.
So, I haven’t had a smartwatch on my wrist for almost a year. They are both in the drawer with all my other old discarded tech. So much promise, but it seems a solution looking for a problem.
When the news broke about the terror attacks in Paris, I found out about it on Twitter. I flipped on ABC to watch the live news and then checked Facebook to see what other people were saying. Nothing. It had been at least 20 minutes since the first reports and nothing. There were plenty of posts about junk news and dog pictures, but no conversation. I then went over to the feeds section and clicked on friends. It was nothing but posts about Paris and people trying to talk about it. Facebook has to get better at giving us a place to have a conversation about breaking news. This was a huge failure for Facebook in my eyes. They have to do a better job letting us have a conversation about what is happening in the world.