Podcast: Episode #006
Post Date: February 18, 2018
Hosts: Andrew James, Eric D. and The Real Voice Mel
Show Notes: Co-hosts Andrew James (@OneWhoSeesDimly) and Eric D. (@HopSnobbery) are joined by Mel Allen (@TheRealVoiceMel) to launch Episode 006 of Riff On, talking electronics and namely computers, video games and technology because at this point, all of the hosts have been around computers and technology for 30+ years, including Coleco Vision, the Atari 2600, Merlin and Simon.
Recollecting Ames, Service Merchandise and Star Trek technology, Mel was introduced to computers in 1984, Andrew, in 1981 and Eric D. around 1984 with an IBM PC Jr. TRS-80 and CAT computers are discussed in early technology.
First video game systems are discussed, including Atari, Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Mel still has a Genesis and Eric D. misses the simplicity of the single button and two-button controls like Atari and Nintendo, even though he has a Playstation 3.
Retro gaming lives on at The Archives in Burlington, Vermont, which is home to an incredible craft beer list, with 80s upright arcade games. Aladdin's Castle in the University Mall, Dream Machine in the Square Mall, Skateland in Williston, and the Milton laundromat all had upright video game machines that the hosts played at.
Eric D. recollects the Nintendo Track & Field trick with the pen cap, as well as playing Atari 8-bit baseball, Sega 94 Hockey and the retirement of Jaromir Jagr and having recently visting a Game Stop to buy a used wrestling video game. But now, it's all about Egames and Egaming and the use of Twitch to live stream video games.
Mortal Kombat, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road and Missile Command video games are all dwelled upon, as welel as Andrew James talking about coding when he first got into gaming. Zork and Leisure Suit Larry were old school computer games and "Deep Fake" would be the modern-age version of cutting-edge technology and electronics.
The gang discusses Dragon's Lair to Call of Duty in regards to graphics capabilities and how we're moving into AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) including Pokemon Go.
Andrew James has his Wii and plays bowling with his girls, which Eric D. never had. How great would a Wii be with Nintendo games? Interactive gaming is all the rage at the local bowling alley (Spare Time) including a large scale Connect Four and a 'beer pong' type game. Interactive gaming also includes Guitar Hero and DJ Hero.
The rabbit hole moves through hip-hop music, including A Tribe Called Quest, Eminem, Run DMC, N.W.A., Drake, Migos and Kanye West. However, when it all comes said and done, this is all part of modern day electronics.
Be sure to check out Mel Allen on Twitter and Instagram and at www.therealvoice.com online.
Andrew James hosts The Local Haunt on Facebook.
Eric D. also hosts the Let's Fix Construction podcast.
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Podcast: Episode #005
Post Date: February 7, 2018
Hosts: Andrew James, Eric D. and The Real Voice Mel
Show Notes: Co-hosts Andrew James (@OneWhoSeesDimly) and Eric D. (@HopSnobbery) and joined by Mel Allen (@TheRealVoiceMel) to launch Episode 005 of Riff On, talking daughters and family. Andrew has a seven year old and ten year old daughter, Mel a four year old, nine year old and twenty-two year old and Eric D. has an almost sixteen year old, who lives in Los Angeles with her mom, a four and a half year old daughter and an almost seven year old son.
Andrew, Eric D. and Mel immediately go down a rabbit hole where Eric D. brings up John Mayer, Dead and Company and Joe Russo's Almost Dead. Andrew reels it back in to talk about passing on the love of music to his daughters. Terrible twos was nothing. Threenager is really what it is happening with children nowadays, including the eyeroll and the fussiness that is feeding the kids.
Passing on music to the children is something that all three hosts take pride in with their girls. Andrew's girls want to hear 'Stitches' nowadays, but they took great love to The Beatles way back in. Mel taught his oldest daughter to play guitar and some classic guitars and learned that her modern music didn't translate, so she took to older music.
Trying not raise an a**hole, Eric D. asks his co-hosts if they feel like they've ever been to hard on their children. Mel recollects about his punishment of taking the door off the hinges after warning his oldest about door slamming. Andrew talks about sending this daughters's friends home early during a play date. Eric D. talks about taking away bedtime stories, despite his love of reading to the kids before bed.
How do you get your children to listen? Eric D. is struggling with his kids. Andrew James has been shutting down the WiFi on his daughters to keep them from their YouTube and technology. The girls have grown up around technology, including streaming services and not watching commercials. Cord cutting has led children to not knowing what products are due to lack of traditional advertisement. Modern punishment has turned into "I'm taking away your WiFi" as a consquence.
When does the need for entertaining the kids stop? When they get car keys? So, who is going to teach the kids how to drive? The mom? The dad? So, what happens when we all have self-driving cars?
The kids are constantly trying to teach Eric D. patience. How do you handle patience with the kids? Mel says that if he needs to say it twice, he asks the kids to stop and look at him and tell him what he just said and if they don't, things just stop. Andrew's hardest time with patience is when his daughter's get a bit mouthy with their mom. Eric's biggest issue is having to repeat himself due to their lack of listening.
Public education and daycare is discussed. Eric D. remembers his first grade teacher spanking another teach, and Mel recollects a principal in Richmond spanking. Were you spanked? Wooden spoons, the ruler and the switch were all used. Andrew James says he is transgenerational and says that every generation coming after them is not as good as their generation.
The society is connected way more than it ever has been, so what is the concern over social media and the information we put out there? As a sales guy, Eric D. makes it a point of putting information out there.
Do your children have a cell phone? Andrew James oldest has one and both of Mel's oldest had phones at the age of nine. Phones lead to everyone having a camera, yet we don't develop pictures anymore. So, are we going to have yearbooks in the future?
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