Yep, big life-changing event. Haven.com, the family URL, got sold a few weeks back. The negotiation took a toll on the Geezercasting time, but probably means more Geezercasts in the long run as I drift back toward the “retired” end of the spectrum. I talk a little about some of the other repercussions too — selling our house and moving into a condo, and buying a 5th wheel.
Sorry about the long hiatus, there’s been a lot going on. But to make up for the long silence, here’s a really long Geezercast that mostly features JC Labowitz, and his wife Patty, talking about how they survived JC’s being kidnapped several years ago. He told this story to a gaggle of us classmates at our college reunion a few weeks ago. Pretty darn amazing tale. JC gave me permission to replay this for ya, but he didn’t extend that permission beyond this podcast so let me know if you want to push this along and I’ll put you in touch with JC.
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Yep, that’s quite a mix of topics for one Geezercast, but that’s the way it happened. You’ll just have to listen to find out what was going through my brain this afternoon.
Yep, I got skunked by the weather the first time out, but last weekend I made the grade. I talk about that and all the good engineering I’m starting to do. This show also features a one-time-only tune for the intro and outro which is a live, one-take snapshot of some of the “jam with the synth” stuff I’ve been doing recently. Not good enough to get promoted to “permanent theme music” status, but interesting.
Yep, another milestone — son Richard and his collegues got their radio show (Tea Time at 12) booted off the air this week. Makes a fella proud.
Whew. Another long gap in the Geezercasting. This one due to getting Really Busy by accident and having no time left over for A Life. But dang nabbit — gotta get back to the life here. The big topic in this Geezercast results from the FCC removing the morse-code requirement for ham radio licenses — which in turn motivated me to get cracking on learning the stuff so I can take the test the day after that change goes into effect. So I’m off to Stillwater next Saturday with high hopes. This show explores the geek-culture of the ham community, why I’ve always wanted to be a part of that gang, and etc.
Ah. At last we got some snow and I finally have the perfect snow plow for the (three-quarter mile) driveway at the farm. I also rant a little about Richard’s tires.
But mostly I talk about a duck… And how this duck that I got from my granddad is something that I should describe to future generations, along with other important “stuff” so that people can carry the stories of these things on into the future. So the stories don’t get lost, and with them the real value of the otherwise ordinary things that we pass on to future generations. I think us digital kids are the first generation to be able to do this, but I bet that this is a tradition that’s carried forward.
And here’s a picture of the duck (along with the screen showing this Geezercast in the making).
Pretty grim title, eh? Not really such a grim podcast — mostly reflections on how we pass along all this new info that’s not really likely to show up in our wills. Like server passwords and the like. Heck, there’s even a business in there for somebody to start.
A wonderful geek project at the farm, putting up a weather station. I recount the adventure while simultaneously whining about my back, which went out for the first time in at least a decade yesterday.
We visited Richard at Northland College this weekend and I was honored to be a guest on the award-winning Tea Time at 12 radio show that he co-hosts with his friends Kevin and Dan. I realized after my guest-shot was over that Richard really wanted me to tell old-geezer stories about my community radio days. So I decided to put of few of them in this here Geezercast instead — maybe Rich can play them on WRNC some time to make up for my mistake.