Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ep. 69 – Scott Rumschlag



Maker Scott Rumschlag Mechanical Lumber

This week the guys are talking to Scott Rumschlag; builder extraordinaire, Maker, and all around geeky guy!

Meet the Maker

Scott’s got some amazing projects that are all wonderfully documented on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/rumschlags/ You should really go and subscribe right now.

Some highlights include his expanding table & counterweighted desk.  He posts a new video every week of a project he’s working on and if you’re into mechanical, electrical, and generally cool projects they don’t fail to satisfy.

Expanding Table:

Counterweighted Desk:

Also, check out Scott’s web site; Mechanical Lumber (http://mechanicallumber.com)

What we love:

Scott loves skateboard bearings.  They’re a great tool for DIY projects where you need a smoothly spinning axle, they’re cheap, easy to find, and easy for a hobbyist to work with. A set of 8 will only set you back $11! http://amzn.to/1oXTzyg

Jeff loves the Microsoft Office Lens app for his iPhone. Available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Jacob loves John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. A set of six great sci-fi books that you should really check out.  Start with Old Man’s War and then work your way through the series. No spoilers, but if you like good sci-fi they’re really worth checking out! http://amzn.to/1RiwUG5


Ep. 68 – #dadjokes



Ep. 68 - #dadjokes (Dad Jokes)

This week the guys talk Deadpool (no spoilers!), personal productivity & organization, and a whole lot more.

Radio, radio

Jacob’s geeking out on some great albums by some great artists.  A few he really recommends check out are:

The guys would love to hear your favorite little-known artists & music you’re generall geeking on right now.  Let ’em know – shoot a tweet or maybe call the call-in line (317-643-1212)

At the movies…

A little movie came out over the Valentine’s weekend that you might have heard of.  A little flick called Deadpool. Well, you know the guys have to talk about it. They promise no spoilers… yet.  So if you haven’t seen it yet, listen safely in the knowledge that nothing will be revealed or spoiled that you probably don’t already know from the trailers.  And get your butt to see Deadpool, STAT!  It’s such a great movie!

How they do the voodoo they do so well?

Jacob is a bit of a productivity wonk – he loves hearing how people get things done. A devotee of David Allen’s GTD, a lover of Moleskine notebooks, fountain pens, and way too many notes, post-its, and reminders.  He thought it might be interesting to share how he stays organize; and more importantly learn cool new tips and tricks from listeners on how they work and stay organized, too!  So share your best productivity tips, tricks, tools, and more.  And maybe you’ll learn something cool, too!

What we love

Jacob loves his Lamy Safari fountain pen, his Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen, and his new Diamine Ancient Copper ink.  If you’ve ever been curious about fountain pens, these are great, inexpensive ways to get started in the hobby!

Jeff loves a daily-deals web site called Brad’s Deals.  What a way to “save” money by spending it! http://www.bradsdeals.com/


Ep. 67 – The Valentinespisode



The Valentinespisode

This week the guys are grooving on the sexiest show of the year.  Awwww, yeah… It’s the second annual Valentinsepisode. They’re bringing sexy back in the only way they know how… The most unsexy way possible!

What’s on deck this week (other than the smooth, suave stylings of the two Js)?

  • Some quick talk about the bowl that’s super, and those commercials that we don’t skip that one time per year (other than that, we hit that skip-30 as hard and as fast as we can!).
  • There’s a new case that promises to not only fill your iPhone or Galaxy battery, but will also boost your phone signal!  The mJoose 3-in-1 case will not make your phone look sexy, but promises to make it act sexy.  And it’s that what you really want?  http://mjoose.com/
  • Accessory maker Griffin has just announced their magnetic, break away USB C cable combo. Now you don’t have to buy an expensive Mac laptop to get a magnetic charging cable!  You just have to buy an expensive laptop that uses USB C to charge… which is pretty much a few high-end PCs or a Mac.  Oh….
  • Google (and some other Internet providers) is working with the White House’s ConnectHome initiative to roll out free gigabit Internet access to low income house holds in Kansas City, with plans to expand into all of their Fiber cities currently in operation (as well as those that may come online at a later date and time).  Of course, Google isn’t the only ISP that’s working to make Internet affordable to low income households with children; Sprint, Comcast, and others are offering free or low cost high speed access to help improve access to kids all across the country. It seems like a fair balance between Jeff’s “let’s have the government run the Internet” idea and a fully capitalist free-market screw-the-poor fest.  Time will tell if this idea pans out, but the guys are optimistic!
  • Jeff talks about 5 future smartphone technologies that are looming on the horizon as well as a roundup of Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors a few weeks ahead of the big announcement!
  • Jeff is also sad that Toyota is killing the brand Scion.  Apparently it wasn’t doing whatever it was Toyota had hoped – which primarily was appealing to younger drivers – and they’ve officially shuttered the brand.
  • The US is not looking so good globally when it comes to LTE speeds.  We rank 55th out of countries with LTE speeds – falling far behind super-stars like Hungary, Singapore, and New Zealand.  Heck, even Russia is beating us!  Russia! You know, the country who’s a$$ we kicked in the cold war with our superior technology and ‘Murican know-how?  Yeah… Sad…
  • GoPro is hanging on for dear life.  After a poor showing at their latest earnings call and a huge cut in expectations for next quarter, the action-camera-market-segment creator is slashing it’s line up in half and hoping that it’s entries into drones and aerial vehicles can help shore up the books and make Wall Street happy.  Hard to imagine GoPro being in this situation considering they basically invented the water proof, shock proof action cam, but they’re being squeezed at the top by companies like BlackMagic and at the bottom by cheap clone cameras out of China (usually at a fraction of the cost). Poor GoPro, we hardly knew ye!

This week the guys pause to love their wives.  And you just know that means they’ll be back with some sweet gadgets next week!


Ep. 66 – Tom Wheeler might not be a dingo after all…



Not a dingo after allThis week the guys are actually talking a lot of tech.  Listener feedback, listener stories, and more; oh my!

  • Banks Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America are bringing Apple and Android Pay to an ATM near you (hopefully) this year.  All three banks have announced plans to roll out NFC enabled ATMs at some point in 2016 to make getting to your cash even easier.  Just tap and overdraw!
  • Chinese scientists find a way to create monkeys with genes believed to be responsible for autism in humans. Is it ethical? It’s definitely a bit of a hard topic to discuss.  Monkeys have copies of the MECP2 gene which is thought to be linked to autism in humans. By experimenting on primates, scientists hope to be able to find ways to better treat autism disorders in people.  Those poor monkeys…
  • Apple is rumored to be developing a long range, wireless charging system for next, next generation iPhones.  The various tech sites are all in a frenzy over the potential from wireless, across-the-room charging, but it looks like if this tech is really under serious development by Cupertino, it won’t be available for upwards of 18 months.  So maybe don’t hold your breath for it in the upcoming iPhone 7.  In the meantime, can we please have boring old short-range wireless charging, Apple?  Please???
  • Tom Wheeler & the FCC are pushing for an open set top standard to allow customers to bring their own device to receive TV. So you might be able to ditch your cable company provided tuner in favor of a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, or other device. Sure, the FCC has tried things like this before with very limited success (*cough* Cable Card *cough*), but at least this time they’re saying all of the right things.  As Wheeler pointed out, over the years the cost to consumers of set top boxes have risen by hundreds of percent while the price of computers have dropped by over 90% – seems like this time might be the right time for a tuner revolution!
  • Jacob is all excited by science; what else is new? Scientists have managed to capture images of a jet of matter from a blackhole 900 million light years away with the highest angular resolution yet! Sounds boring, right? We’ll it’s the equivalent of looking at a half-dollar on the surface of the moon, from Earth.  Wowza!
  • Jeff is exited by a short video showing a Dutch company that’s training EAGLES to snatch drones out of mid air!  Seriously, it’s really pretty amazing.  Dang, nature. You SCARY!
  • More sciencey stuff! Jeff found a story that the Large Hadron Collider is going to be offline for a few more years because all of the whiz-bang upgrades done have left a whole mess of cables behind, and now there’s no room for new upgrades! Scientists are going to have to spend over 9 months just disconnecting old cables, and upwards of 4 years pulling all of the old cabling out to make room for new, improved cables to power all of their fancy collider tech.
  • Tesla has confirmed that it’s planning to announce two all-electric, “affordable” vehicles this year. The rumored Model 3 and Model Y; which are expected to land in the sub-$30,000 price range could be announced officially as early as this March. Does a sub-$30k electric vehicle entice enough normies to tip over to seriously considering an all electric vehicle?  As Jacob argues, the thought is pretty compelling for him!

What we love

  • Jacob loves his illuminated, magnifying goggles.  Yeah, they look terrible, but they’re cheap and work surprisingly well.  He doesn’t call them his dorculators for nothing, though! http://amzn.to/1SoQrGtDorkulators
    Just think, for under $10 even you could look this sexy!
  • Jeff loves his hemp-oil moisturizing lotion. Because he loves hemp, and hates dry skin! http://amzn.to/1WXCBeN