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Synchronize Your Smellfies

Paul and Chris talk user agents, curry super powers, bizarre sports stats and they name your promising garage band. Wait? Chris and Paul are in the same room?

  • Origins? We explore the fact that our show is a spinoff. The Fraiser to Cheers, if you will. Originally, Paul had a dinner time show called I Like Juice, which you can find on iTunes, or the Blog of the Lion.

  • Paul loves the band name of Garfunkel & Oats, who recently got their own show.

  • Rikki Lindhome (Garfunkel), hosts a podcast on the Nerdist network called Making It. Chris critiques Colin Hanks’ appearance on the show. You may remember him from Dexter.

  • Weird Al released some great tunes recently and the guys take a trip down Jurassic Park memory lane. Paul sings his favorite cassette jam.

  • Chris wonders what happened to West Michigan radio? It’s 100% classic rock.

  • Why is Kai Ryssdal and NPR’s Marketplace doing a Sharknado story?

  • Movie 43 is not recommended. Watch Robot Chicken instead.

  • The guys feel like Delicious Dish because they’re actually in the same studio for once and talking in hushed voices.

  • Chris’ journey away from big data has started nicely with the addition of Baikal. It’s on his server hosting his calendar for all his devices.

  • Chris is using DashClock on his phone with a Word of the Day extension.

  • Time to synchronize your smellfies?

  • Chris used a new Android app to edit the Markdown for show notes. It’s called JotterPad. However, he really found to be a better tool if you have internet access.

  • Check out the Futility Closet podcast to learn about amusing curiosities.

  • The Great Race was loosely based on a real event.

  • We may have a new USB connector in the future.

  • Paul shares his extensive knowledge of the milk preferences of the Crips & Bloods.

  • Chris & his wife battle on Qcast, a Chromecast quiz game. It’s similar to those bar trivia games except you play with your Android phones.

  • We geek on Apple TV and Chromecast.

  • Paul recommends Cordkillers podcast for your viewing pleasure.

Captain Kirk was my Daddy Doll

We continue our chat from the last episode with designer Sally Ann. If Sally was in the Transformers universe she would be a Junkion. It’s a compliment! Stop thinking Michael Bay and think the very first animated movie. The Junkions are expert mechanics that can repair anything with spare parts and they love Earth broadcasting. Alright, nobody is getting this reference.

Sally Ann designs clothing & accessories using ONLY recycled fabric. She sells her wares at markets and festivals with the help of her mobile boutique. You can also find her items for sale online at

Quiz Time!! Sally & Paul try to answer question about a Shatner film called Kingdom of Spiders. Who will win?

Seeing Old Ladies in Their Underwear

This week we are lucky to speak to Sally Ann, a clothing and accessories designer who crafts everything from recycled materials. You can find her blog, designs and tutorials or check out her shop at She has a rad mobile boutique named Shelby that she takes out to markets around Florida — and hopefully across the country in the future.

  • Every Saturday Sally & Shelby take a trip to the Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville Florida.

  • Sally joined us to chat despite being on vacation in Pensacola!

  • Chris & Sally discuss the confusion of time zones, Canada and their home town, Muskegon.

  • Paul & Sally humor old man Chris and talk about the weather. Michigan had a lot of snow this year which reminds Sally of stories she heard about the Great Blizzard of ‘78.

  • Canadian Chris & Floridian Sally agree that there is nothing like Lake Michigan.

  • Sally has sold her designs to over 20 countries and 30 of the states through her etsy store front.

  • A typical week for Sally: sewing all week, sell at the market and whatever doesn’t sell she puts on the etsy page.

  • Our guest also hopes to inspire and help others recycle clothing. She offers tutorials and gives away sewing machines that have been donated to her.

  • Recently Sally competed in OneSpark, a crowdfunding festival. You can see her entry page here.

  • Paul and Sally bond over smoke monster infested, multi-dimensional desert islands.

  • Shelby, the mobile boutique, just had a birthday! You can also see the transformation of the Shasta Compact on Sally Ann’s blog.

  • Our guest drops a few mobile boutique blogs on us, Clueless Girl, Honeybean, Coast to Coast Vintage and Oh So Lovely from Winnipeg.

  • Chris spotted a mobile boutique at the Edmonton Art Walk.

  • Moral of today’s story? Paul & Sally say, sustain your business and grow your life.

Stroker Ace: The Perplexing Mustache of Burt Reynolds

Last week’s guest, Jacob Cook sticks around for another show. You know what that means, quiz time! Jacob is the Mad Max of the Information Highway, who supports open source and decentralization with his amazing projects. Keep reading or listen for more on our guest from Montreal!

  • Chris is inspired by Jacob’s passion for his projects, arkOS and CitizenWeb Project so he asks the tough questions, what’s in Jacob’s future? And, the old man question, what about retirement?

  • Fearing the loss of Net Neutrality and crying in his toque, Chris wonders if Jacob has used any of the mesh networks that are popping up. For example, Hyperboria which is part of Project Meshnet.

  • By the way, you should probably click that Net Neutrality link above. John Oliver will have you in tears.

  • Check out GNU Social or use Quitter to check out a decentralized social network. It’s just as amazing as Twitter. Have a look at Diaspora as well.

  • Paul & Jacob geek out about VPS providers, DigitalOcean and Linode.

  • The greatest random quiz to date on Montreal Sauce: What do they know about Burt Reynolds’ mustache? Who will win? Paul or Jacob?

  • Everyone has a Sean Connery impression.

  • All the Burt Reynolds research led to an awful find, Skullduggery.

  • The world needs more Dom Deluise. Enjoy some bloopers from Cannonball Run.

  • We all fasten on our nerd badges and talk Battlestar Galactica.

  • Intel will be selling a 3D printable robot soon.

  • We need to have Jacob back on the show in the future so we can talk poutine. Find him at arkOS or on twitter, look for peakwinter.

My Deathstar is Real Player

This episode we chat with Jacob Cook who puts the Montreal in Montreal Sauce as he was actually in the city at the time of the recording. Jacob is the handsome brain behind arkOS and CitizenWeb Project. We talk the importance of open source, crowd funding and Big Brother’s sneaky mistress, Big Data.

  • Jacob occasionally uses Tor so obviously he’s under surveillance by the NSA.

  • Jacob suggests an open source real-time communications alternative, which is based on the open WebRTC.

  • Google says Hangouts will only support Chrome. Chris grumbles while Jacob warns it is only the beginning. He cites Google dropping the open XMMP protocol which has affected Chris in Canada land.

  • Jacob shares a review on his new Jolla phone.

  • The other alternatives are BlackPhone or the Android ROM Replicant.

  • We discuss the evolution of developers from Nick Burns computer nerd to savvy designers & entrepreneurs building user friendly software and apps.

  • Ease of use trumps privacy concerns every time. Thus, Jacob is working hard to make hosting your own websites, cloud and data very easy with arkOS.

  • DRM does not move us forward. Jacob asks why wouldn’t we want the freedom to read an e-book, listen to a song or watch a film on any device? Open source collaboration means the creation of software we can all use regardless of our system.

  • Jacob vows to never sell out arkOS as he never wants to take power from the users. Chris imagines Jacob starring in HBO’s Silicon Valley.

  • Jacob has a great page called Free the Cloud and Chris asks how Jacob argues against the opposition.

  • We all agree, every success is due to hard work. Kids, work hard and some day you can meet David Hasselhoff and have success like Angie Harmon.

  • Paul and Jacob talk about Jono Bacon’s The Art of Community and the importance of building a community around an open source project.

  • Advice from Jacob & Paul: Less is more, do one thing well and don’t insult people’s intelligence. Be at one with your time traveling hipster.

  • Jacob & Chris talk about a recent survey of arkOS users and the idea of an arkOS data center for folks who have a poor internet speeds or are crippled by Comcast or another evil ISP.

  • Jacob says arkOS will now have a SyncThing plugin as an alternative to OwnCloud.

  • Jacob & Chris contemplate raising more money for arkOS with potato salad.

We’ll return next week with Part 2 of our Jacob Cook episode, and Burt Reynolds… mustache?