Friday, October 2, 2015

Warmest Superconductor Kind of Stinks | Technophiles Newscast 109

Because I've already been asked - the shirt says "I <3 br="" taiwan="">

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Technophiles Podcast: Live" Announcement

As promised in the last post. Here's the promo for the TPN UWM Live Shows. Come join us in the Digital Humanities Lab at 6pm this Wednesday, Sept. 23rd!


*Apologies to Thomas Malaby and Stuart Moulthrop for the misspelled names.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

#262 "ResearchGate" | Technophiles Podcast

Yes, I'm skipping putting these up in order. Next week the Technophiles Podcast will be filming live from the UW-Milwaukee Digital Humanities Lab in the first of a 6 show series at the lab. Because this episode deals with academia, I wanted it to go up before the live show.

For more information on the live show, or if you will be in the Milwaukee area next week, click the link above to see the DH lab schedule or come back in a couple of days when I will be posting the promo we made for it.

Also, I now have a ResearchGate account where you can find me.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

#260 "The Password is Dead" | Technophiles Podcast

But is there a better or even realistic alternative?
Also, space elevators. When do I get to ride in one?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Googling People - More Creepy for Me than You?

I recently started up a new Pathfinder broadcast on with a group called the Misfit Monsters. I was brought into this group because a friend of mine has been playing with these guys for a while,

but other than my friend, I had never met anyone else before we started planning our Shattered Fates campaign. I imagine you can see where this is going - I'm suddenly thrust into a group of strangers based solely on the word of one person ... so I started googling them.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#259 "Robots Building Robots" | Technophiles Podcast

Happy episode about robots and puppies, what more could you want?

Oh yeah, also, a little shout out to my new show/group The Misfit Monsters!

Friday, August 21, 2015

#257 "RIP HitchBOT" and social headphones

We get all social on this episode talking about headphones that share your tunes and the untimely demise of Hitchbot.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#256 "Jeep Cherokee Hack" | Technophiles Podcast

Jeeps, hackers, time travel, and multiverses - what more could you possibly want?

In the first segment we discuss how easy it is becoming to hack cars while they are in use. After the break we dive into the theoretical science hole as we attempt to understand the results of an updated version of the double-slit experiment.

Can you change reality with your thoughts? Change the past? Let's find out!  

Friday, August 7, 2015

#255 "Searching the Deep Web with Memex" | Technophiles Podcast

This has been one of my favorite episodes to record so far. I go from serious academic in the first segment to squealing little kid by the end of the second. Also, the ladies really took over by the end too - enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pluto Discoveries from New Horizons | Technophiles Newscast 094

Talking about New Horizons and Pluto - because sometimes you just have to jump on the bandwagon.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Just Like Legos!

OK, so not really Legos, but almost as cool, is this episode from Friday, July 24th about making roads from plastic. After the break we turn to the maybe creepy, maybe fun Google timeline feature, which I have already turned off.

Friday, July 31, 2015

#253 "Excellence in the Television Industry" | Technophiles Podcast

In this episode from Tuesday July 21 we talk about the Emmy's playing a little tech catch up with their voting and then after the break we try to figure out the paradoxical crystal.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lucid Pipes Generate Portland Energy | Technophiles Newscast 093

Making the world a little greener - more important now than ever, the Lucid Pipe Power System.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TPN Shout-Out to UWM for Lasers

A cool mini-sode from Friday July 17th about some research being conducted right here at UW-Milwaukee. LASERS!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Star Trek Geekery - I Want a Replicator AND a Transporter!

This is my first TPN Newscast!  - So it's a shorty - a "snack sized" version of the topics talked about on the full length Technophiles Podcasts.

And for the record - Picard wins and The Next Generation was the best.

Monday, July 27, 2015

#251 "Night Terrors" | Technophiles Podcast

In this episode from Friday July 10th we are talking about the cool and creepy in a nightmare smartphone game and Google's "Inceptionism."

Thursday, July 23, 2015

#250 "Virtual Reality Filmmaking" | Technophiles Podcast

My first episode as a cast member!

In this episode from Tuesday July 7th we are talking about virtual reality filming and oxygen absorbing crystals.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Summer of Writing and Taking Over the Internet

Let me introduce you to my new project - the Technophiles Podcast and Newscast on TPN! A couple of months ago now I was a guest on the TPN podcast. I had a lot of fun and got along great with the cast - so much so that a few weeks later, when the cast had an opening on their show, I was asked (and accepted - of course) to join the crew as a regular cast member.

What does this have to do with writing? Well ...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Authenticity, Normal, and Gamer Girls - Which One of These Words is a Unicorn?

It doesn't happen too often, considering my group of friends, but every once in a while something like this picture pops up on my Facebook feed. I generally ignore these posts because I know they don't pertain to me personally. I know this for reasons I won't list here because 1. I feel no need to justify myself and to do so would undermine what I will be discussing after the jump and 2. if you are reading this you probably know me, but if you don't you can find a link to my homepage to the right. 

Now maybe that all sounded a little cocky, probably because it is. I am very confident in my identity. For many years I have strolled through life without being directly questioned on this. Yes, I get the same initial "kid gloves" when some new guy meets me, and I once had a very awkward moment when a girlfriend-who-got-dragged-along tried to make an ice-breaking joke, but these types of behavior never last long. Besides, I don't expect strangers to know anything about me when I'm not actively cosplaying. That would be unfair.

Of course this was too good to be true. I am splashed all over the intertubes just enough that someday someone was going to say something ignorant about me. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Shared Experiences in Gaming - Getting to Know Others while Roleplaying

This post was triggered by an interesting post to my Pathfinder game group. Although this question was not asked within the conversation - I'm the only anthro nerd after all - my brain jumped to all the theoretical implications about what had triggered the conversation. The question is: How do shared experiences in role playing differ from shared experiences when playing oneself in regards to getting to know others and social bonding?
Screenshot of my game group, Ladies, Lairs, and Lager, by Erik Landru

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Geek Class Cometh!

After months of work and waiting it is finally here - The Geek Class! Continue past the jump to find out why I am so excited and for a copy of the syllabus.