Milking an Almond, Bacon Explosions & Bakin’ in the Heat – Cast of Dads Podcast #26

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As if we didn’t do enough drinking during our respective 4th of July festivities, with our voices and brains lubed up with wine and beer, the Cast of Dads convened Tuesday night to record Episode #26 titled “From Snips to Squirt“. Before I dive down into the meat (literally) of the podcast, I want to remind people to be sure to give us some ratings on iTunes. We are definitely gaining reader/listener-ship of the podcast, but we need YOUR HELP in making it better. Leave comments on our respective blog posts (CC Chapman, Brad Powell, Jeff Sass & Max Kalehoff), …

Thunderstorms, Earthquakes, Spies, Sports Channel for Kids & More on Cast of Dads Podcast #25

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In Cast of Dads episode #25 titled “The Russians Are Coming“, we just couldn’t stop talking. Our podcast is pretty loosely structured, frequently we have only 1-2 topics that we plan to talk about ahead of time, but some days we just go without any planning whatsoever and just see what directions the subjects take us. I had just returned from back-to-back weekends of camping WITHOUT technology (gasp, that’s right). It was actually a good experience for me to detach from all of the tech that influences my life and reconnect with my family, friends and nature (I’m not THAT …

Do You Know About iTunes U? For Me, It’s Personal!

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I received an interesting piece of news this week from Apple. No it wasn’t about the iPhone 4 nor the iPad. It wasn’t a software or hardware release even. It had to do with iTunes U and it was about passing a milestone. Have you heard of iTunes U? It’s a section within iTunes that is devoted to Education and Learning. With over 250,000 free audio, video, films and other materials, it is a tremendous resource for people desiring to extend their education beyond the classroom. Also, this learning is personal, in that it takes place with your eyes and …

Dads, Have You Done “The Big Snip”? – Cast of Dads Podcast #24

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As all 5 of the us on the Cast of Dads have recently recovered from Father’s Day, with a variety of good times and adventures, we spent some time discussing something that “cuts close” to our Dad-dom, that of “The Big Snip”. Can you guess how many of us on COD have actually had the procedure done? It’s an obviously appropriate topic for a Dad podcast, and especially appropriate right after Father’s Day, so we “cut” right to the chase in Podcast #24. But we couldn’t spend the entire time on that topic alone. Each of us had different Father’s …

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini Pounds Out a MAXI Amount of Quality Sound as an iPod Speaker System

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I’m back with yet another iPhone/iPod speaker review. But wait, before your eyes glaze over, you really should read what I have to say. This time around, I tested out the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini, which is sort of the baby brother of the Zeppelin (which I personally think is a bit too wild looking for my tastes). In my opinion the Zeppelin Mini solidly slides into that little slot of near perfection…as far as iPhone/iPod speaker docks go! The first Zeppelin was, well, shaped like a large Zeppelin blimp. I must say that the design is intriguing, modern …

“Pitching the Tent Both Ways” – Pre-pre-Father’s Day Cast of Dads Podcast #22

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It’s really odd but for some reason, the Dads of Cast of Dads are much more talkative on the weekend. Perhaps because Episode #22 (“Pitching the Tent Both Ways“) was recorded on a Monday, we were a bit punchy and off our game. Or were we? You will have to listen in to decide for yourself. One topic that we discussed early on in the podcast was Jeff Sass’ and my trip to Portland, OR to visit Intel for a day-long summit called “Upgrade your Life” (which I will be writing about soon). Jeff and I gave a quick overview …

Stream Your Family’s Media to the Big Screen TV using the Western Digital TV Live

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Father’s Day comes at almost the perfect time of the year. School is just ending and you are literally “gearing up” for the summer. If you are thinking about gifts for your Dad and he happens to be the resident audio/visual guy, I’ve got a great recommendation for a device that will easily allow you to play all of the those graduation photos and movies on the prized big screen at your house, the Western Digital Live TV. While I could lump this in as a perfect Fathers Day gift, the fact remains that the WD TV Live is actually …

Cast of Dads “Memorial Day” Podcast #21 – Education, Family & More

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On Memorial Weekend, the Cast of Dads got together to record Episode #21 and it was one of those shows where we were so into the subject matter that the 30 minutes just flew by before we knew it. We always seem to have lively conversations, sometimes we are a bit crazier than others, but this time around, we really focused in on kids, education and family. Many of us have school ending in a few weeks so that was top of mind. Cast of Dads “Memorial Day” Podcast #21 – Education, Family & More was last modified: June 4th, …

“From Douchebags to Dish Washing” – Cast of Dads Podcast #20

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Well, we are no longer teenagers. That is to say, this Cast of Dads episode has pushed us out of the terrible teens and we now are almost at drinking age. And, I think that drinking was on our minds when we recording Episode #20 of Cast of Dads. I personally had just woken up from a nap, Daddy Brad was at the pool with his kids, and the rest of the COD gang were raring to head off to dinner, drinks and family. In this episode, we had a listener-submitted comment and question, specifically from a teacher who had …

Is “Touching” Ok? Hey, I’m Talking about Writing! Cast of Dads Podcast #19

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Hope that title grabbed you! The latest episode of the Cast of Dads podcast #19 is now live and is titled “Why Write It When You Can Touch It?” The Cast of Dads discuss the future of the written letter, keyboards and the types of devices our kids and grand kids will have. We all agree that we are at a revolutionary (or evolutionary?) point where the physical keyboard may be going the direction of the Dodo. Media input devices are changing and our kids are getting used to voice commands, touchscreens and everything interactive. In Episode #19 we “touch” …

Altec Lansing’s inMotion Compact – An Innovative, Portable Speaker Solution for Mom

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought that I would do a quick review of the Altec Lansing inMotion Compact (iMT320) portable speaker as one of those great tech gifts for Mom. But before you rush out and get one of these (and I do recommend that you do), here is a strategy for you gadget-crazy men/dads (and sure, women/daughters) to think about that might make even you a bit happier in the end. Let’s be honest here, most moms that I know (especially my wife) don’t want to receive gadgets for Mother’s Day. They want to be …

What Makes Men Cry & Other Things – “Crying & Candy Cigarettes” – Cast of Dads Podcast #17

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Even though it seems that we took a week off from our regular podcast (really, we try our best to make these weekly), we were still able to pick up right where we left off with the usual daddy and parenting banter that has become a regular feature of our Cast of Dads podcast. I must say that I look forward to the weekly podcast, as I hope that you do as well. What?! Your aren’t an avid listener yet? What are you waiting for! In Episode 17 of Cast of Dads, we dive into a variety of parenting topics …

The Ford Sync – a “Knight Rider” for the Rest of Us

In Audio, Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Review, Safety, Videoby Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Remember way back in the 80’s there was a TV show called Knight Rider where one of the two main characters was a car that talked to you and responded to your voice commands? Of course K.I.T.T. (the name of the car which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand), did a lot more than just answer commands, he drives “himself”, can remotely come and pick you up, dodge weaponry and a bunch of really cool other things. Sounds like the perfect school taxi to me. Anyway, the reason I bring up Knight Rider is because after spending about 10 days …

“From One End To The Other” (Literally) – Cast of Dads Podcast #16

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From one end of the pool to the other? Nope! From the end of the universe and back again? Hardly! Let’s think about the main thing that kids seem to do…a lot…eat from one end and then send it out the other. Well, we had a lot of fun on Episode #16 of the Cast of Dads podcast discussing, as usual, a wide variety of parenting topics, all from the “daddy perspective.” We actually started in the oposite direction and worked our way up. Here are some of the topics that we covered in Episode #16: “From One End To …

My First Days with the 2010 Ford Flex – Beginning to Explore the Technology

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I have not had a new car in over 10 years. And, I had always thought that American Cars were lagging behind foreign autos in so many ways: design, styling, features and especially, technology. My perspective has now flipped about 180 degrees, especially around the technology factor. Here’s why… This is an on-going series about the 2010 Ford Flex. Ford has graciously loaned me a Flex for two weeks in order for me to fully experience not only the car, but also the technology, specifically Microsoft Sync. I have now been driving the Flex for about 3-4 days and am …