Andy Ihnatko and Swoopy Were On Our Little Podcast!

On Thinkery, the podcast I do with Brian Hogg (that's what he tells me his name is, anyway), we've been trying out having the occasional guest on the show to join the conversation. They're not interviews per se, more of a chance to add a third voice to the usual two-way chat that the show normally is.To kick it off, we were really, really lucky to get two excellent guests who are frankly out of our league, and yet somehow decided to lower themselves to join us for an evening.First is the … [Read more...]

Have You Been Thinkery-ing???

I assume you've been keeping up with Thinkery, my new-ish podcast with Brian Hogg. In fact, I'm so confident that you have that I don't even really need to do the thing I'm going to do, which is link to the most recent three episodes, which are...Episode 5: Just Abduct Elon MuskBrian contemplates doing more Mosspuppet and also feels terrible about how his crowdfunding campaign went! Christians should have no problem with abortion! Darth Vader’s ‘redemption’ is morally simpl … [Read more...]

Thinkery Episode 4: Murdered By Pretty Much Everything

Episode 4 of my ridiculous podcast with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, is up! Here's Brian's writeup: In this episode, Paul’s computer broke, forcing him to use something non-magical! Brian had an actual reasonable conversation in YouTube comments! CS Lewis is an unconvincing hack and Christian Apologetics are embarrassingly bad! We’re somewhere on the atheist scale! What IS knowledge, anyway? When we meet aliens for the first time, will they want to murder us, or sell us Amway? What’s the culture of hea … [Read more...]

Thinkery Episode 3: Sad Superman is Awesome

The latest episode of my podcast with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, is out! (Here's my introductory post explaining, sort of, the show.) Here's Brian's writeup: It’s another episode of the show THEY don’t want you to hear! In this episode we talk about Rick Perry’s electoral desperation, our grand plans to monetize the empire that this show obviously already is, how the idea that everyone should be inclusive is actually exclusionary, why if you don’t do your job you should be fired, and how most of the … [Read more...]

Introducing Thinkery, My New Podcast with Brian Hogg

Oh, the teeth-gnashing I have indulged in over not being able to come up with The Perfect Podcast Project™ for myself! Then, out of the blue, a very silly person who I have long respected emerges and ropes me into his own podcast jiggery-pokery.That man is Brian Hogg, of whom I’ve been a great fan since discovering the painfully hilarious Walt Mosspuppet. One day, Brian’s all, hey, let’s do a podcast together, talking about stuff. And I was like, okay!And thus, more or less, was born Thin … [Read more...]

Considering Podcast Version 3

I’m thinking about podcasting once again, after abandoning two previous attempts. First was the Obcast, a longform interview show with me and a guest, and the iMortal Show, a panel discussion show with a roster of rotating guests.I enjoyed both shows very much, but I think in each case I became overwhelmed by work surrounding each episode. Beyond the editing and posting which would be necessary for any format, both Obcast and iMortal demanded the recruiting and coordinating of guests, and the p … [Read more...]

The iMortal Show, Episode 5: Where the Puck Really Should Be

Apple gives me feelings. You know this, surely. And after its October 16 event, in which the Infinite Loopers unveiled new iPads, showed off a Retina iMac, and tried their hand at “skits,” those feelings swung a little bit into negative territory. In this special, needlessly-long edition of the iMortal Show, I express some of those feelings. Chris Sawyer and Ken Kennedy join me to dissect the event, overthink the new products, and ponder the entire consumer tech industry. We pretty much solve ev … [Read more...]

The iMortal Show, Episode 4: Unprecedented Parenting

Kids these days, with their pixels and their googles and their tweeters. But seriously, folks. Parents around my own age are among those straddling the line between the pre- and post-Internet world, the last generation of moms and dads who grew up without ubiquitous connectivity. With no preexisting template for how to raise a kid in a world of smartphones and social media, we’re left to make it up as we go along, to try and make wise choices for our kids while still figuring out how all of t … [Read more...]

The iMortal Show, Episode 3: Tender Feelings for My iPad

The idea for this episode was to talk about our respective obsessions over our tech gadgets, but somehow we also got into brain folds and dopamine squirts and Members Only jackets. In the grand perspective, I assure you, it all makes sense.Dedicated to Jony Ive in his Infinite White Heaven, Episode 3 of the iMortal Show stars Gia Mora and Chris Sawyer.Your browser does not support the audio element.Subscribe in iTunes or by RSS. You can download this episode here.The iMortal … [Read more...]

The iMortal Show, Episode 2: Your Self, in Pixels

Your browser does not support the audio element.You are what you tweet? Do your “likes” tell the story of who you are?For so many of us, major portions of our lives are lived non-corporeally. We don’t define ourselves solely by what we do in physical space in interaction with other live bodies, but also through pixelated representations of ourselves on social media.How do we strike a balance between the real world and the streams of Twitter and Facebook? Can we be more truly ourse … [Read more...]