I’m home from Denver after attending the Kong Off 3. What a fun weekend! I’ll be writing more about it tomorrow, but to hold you over until then, here are a few recent podcasts I’ve appeared on.
You Don’t Know Flack Episode 145: About Podcasting
Episode 145 of You Don’t Know Flack is all about podcasting, literally. In this episode I talk about what it takes to start and run a podcast. On this episode I was joined by 8 fellow podcasters who also give their input and advice. If you have ever wanted to start your own podcast, this is a must listen!
Throwback Reviews Episode 22: Arcades Old and New
In this pre-Kong Off episode of Throwback reviews, Sean, Door, special guest Vic Sage and I talk about arcades (both old and new) and arcade games.
No Quarter Episode 58: Warrior
While hanging out in Denver, No Quarter co-host Mike Maginnis invited me over to join he and Carrington Vanston on the latest episode of No Quarter on which we discuss the 1979 vector video game Warrior.
Flux Capaci-Cast 13: Future Son
On Episode 13 of the Back to the Future themed podcast Flux Capaci-Cast, I join Guy Hutchinson and Jamaal Green to discuss the Data East Back to the Future pinball table, along with some of Michael J. Fox’s pre-BTTF roles. This episode also features an interview with Gavin Fox, the man behind the Hill Valley Project Twitter project.
Sprite Castle Episode 24: Donkey Kong
It’s on like you-know-what in the latest episode of Sprite Castle in which I play two different versions of Nintendo’s classic Donkey Kong for the Commodore 64: Atarisoft’s (1983) and Ocean’s (1986). Which is better? Watch the video and decide! http://throwbacknetwork.net/?p=1498
For my next episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I’ll be covering the topic of recording podcasts. I’ve written a loose outline for the show and I have lots of opinions to share on how I do things, but they’re just my opinions. If you currently record a podcast, I’d like to include your opinions as well. Here’s how you can contribute!
Record a brief (no more than five minute) audio segment offering some podcast-related advice. Your target audience is people who are interested in starting their own podcast but haven’t created one yet. During your segment you can talk about any aspect of podcasting. Some useful topics might be:
- Hardware or Software suggestions! What kind of mic/computer/software do you use?
- Technical advice! What do you do to make things sound good?
- Show topics! How do you pick them? How do you plan them? Do you script things out or wing it?
- One host vs. multiple hosts! Again, what works best? What do you enjoy?
- Promoting your podcast! How do you get the word out?
You can tackle one of those topics, all of the topics (if you talk quickly!), or something completely different. Got any production tricks? Have you found a good way to organize your shows? Have you found something your listeners like (or don’t like)? This is a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and insight with up-and-coming podcasters. (And, it’ll be some good promotion for your own shows as well as I’ll be plugging them on my show!) You could share some things that have worked for you… or maybe some of the things that didn’t work! It’s up to you!
To participate, you can do any of the following things:
01. Record a segment. The segment should be no more than five minutes in length, and in either mp3 or ogg format. Anything up to 25mb in size can be e-mailed to my gmail account. If you don’t know what that address is, I’ll give you a hint: it starts with “robohara”.
02. Phone it in! You can leave your suggestion on the You Don’t Know Flack voice line at 405-486-YDKF. The quality won’t be nearly as good, but at least people will hear what you have to say!
03. Send me an e-mail. If you don’t have the time to record anything, you can always simply e-mail me something.
The goal is to record this show next Monday, which gives you three work days and the entire weekend to come up with something. People want to hear from you! Don’t let them down! Don’t let me down!
On the latest episode of Throwback Reviews, Ferg from the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast dropped by to chat with Sean and I about (what else) the Atari 2600! In this episode the three of us talk about some of our favorite games, some of our least favorite games, how we started collecting Atari games and what our collections look like today. (Spoiler: Ferg’s collection is the largest.)
The day after Sean, Ferg and I recorded Throwback Reviews, Guy and John J. from the Adventure Club Podcast invited me and Ferg to join them on their show. The timing was a little awkward at first, but everything worked out and I have to say this ended up being the most fun episode of ACP I have ever been on. Everybody was firing on all cylinders that night and this turned out to be one of the best episodes I have ever been a part of. A must listen!
We’re getting into a rhythm over at the Throwback Reviews. It’s not a hard set schedule, but lately Sean, Door and I have been alternating between movie reviews and what we’ve started calling “throwback episodes”. On the throwback episodes, the three of us sit around the mic and reminisce about some topic from our poast. On Episode 12 we sat around talking about toys we had (and some we didn’t have) while growing up in the late 1970s/early 1980s. That was a really fun show to record.
On episode 15 of Throwback Reviews we talk about Forts, Wars & Bikes. The original topic of this episode started out as “Summer Fun,” but what we ended up talking about the most was building and playing in forts, playing war, riding our bikes and simply exploring the world. This episode is around 90 minutes long and if Sean hadn’t made us wrap it up we could have gone another 90 minutes easily.
After we were done recording the episode, I sent Sean the following picture:
That’s me, in the spring of either 1984 or 1985. I had that sweet, sweet “Break Dance” sweatshirt in 5th and 6th grade and ditched it before 7th grade. Linda (my sister) is holding an Easter basket, so that’s why I am guessing it was the spring.
The reason I sent Sean this picture was because, in the top left hand corner, you can see my old fort. This is the only picture I can find of it. The original fort was built using wood we found that (I think) said Exxon-Mobile on it — you can see that on the right hand side of the fort. Dad later bought some particle wood panels and cut some windows out for us. The floor consisted of discarded rubber mats from Dad’s work, and there was an old army cot in there to sleep on in case one was brave enough to spend the night out there.
And yes, it really did have a PVC pipe that you could pee in that drained out into the creek. I’m pretty sure Mom made us take that down once she caught wind of what we were doing.
If you love hearing stories about the awesome 80s, check out the latest episode of Throwback Reviews.
On this week’s show, Sean, Door and I talk about the classic 1985 film The Goonies. We talk about our own adventures as kids a bit as well, and whether or not we think today’s generation of kids can even relate to a film like The Goonies.
We are still tweaking the show’s formula, so any feedback (positive or negative) would be greatly appreciated!
In the latest episode of Throwback Reviews, Sean, Door and I discuss the 1986 film Thrashin’. I can’t tell you how many times I rented and watched this movie back in the 80s when skateboarding was king. When our local video rental store went out of business and put all their old VHS tapes up for sale, I bought the same copy I had been renting for years. (I am assuming they only had one copy and not a huge pile of copies of Thrashin’ in the back store room — although in retrospect, that would be pretty rad.)
Episode 14 of Throwback Reviews will cover the classic 1985 film Goonies. We will be giving away a free copy of Goonies on DVD on the next episode, so listen to this episode to find out how to enter!
If you like 80s movies, skateboarding, or listening to guys well past their prime talk about the good ol’ days, check out the latest episode of Throwback Reviews. If you enjoy the show, be sure to come hang out with us on the Throwback Reviews Podcast Facebook Page or on Twitter (@ThrowbackReviews).
On the latest episode of The Retroist’s podcast, I have a brief cameo doing another “Talking Tech” segment. This episode is about the 1981 Gary Coleman film “On the Right Track,” which takes place (mostly) in Chicago’s Union Station, with several scenes shot in an arcade that was there at the time. During my short segment, I talk about several of the games that appear in the film including the easily identifiable, the not-so-easily identifiable, and one that appears to have been made specifically for the film.
After a couple of weeks off, my podcast You Don’t Know Flack is back with a new episode dedicated to the Funspot Arcade. Funspot is the largest arcade in the world, and we recently visited Funspot during out vacation.
A few other notes: one, the voice mailbox number has changed. The new voice mailbox number for the podcast is 405-486-YDKF. That should be really simple to remember. That’s 405 (as in the OKC area code), 486 (as in the PC processor), YDKF (for You Don’t Know Flack). This one should not change.
If you’re relying on this particular feed to know when new podcasts are released, you shouldn’t. The most reliable way is to either subscribe to the YDKF RSS feed over at podcast.robohara.com, join the You Don’t Know Flack Facebook page, or subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher.
Episode 130 of You Don’t Know Flack covers pagers, PDAs, and cell phones. In this episode I talk about the first pager I owned and why I wanted one, the first PDA I owned (the Palm Pilot III), and a few of the cell phones I’ve owned over the years (starting with the Star-Tac). I also tell the story about the time I almost got killed, and how I wish I had owned a cell phone that night.
Due to my current crazy work schedule (which now occasionally includes traveling on the weekends) I missed a week of You Don’t Know Flack. I’ll be working overtime this week to squeeze a bonus episode into the timeline to make the numbers right again.
This episode of You Don’t Know Flack was sponsored by VintageVolts.com. I love it when a sponsor and a show topic come together like this. Vintage Volts is all about retro electronics, from computers to pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and all sorts of things. Pretty much if it’s old and plugs into the wall, Vintage Volts has discussed it. I spent a couple of hours going through all of the posts on the Vintage Volts site over the weekend and there’s some great information posted over there.
You can grab episode 130 of You Don’t Know Flack here. If you subscribe via iTunes, Switcher, Podcast Pickle or any of those places, you probably already have it. If downloads get slow, the show is now mirrored at the Internet Archive as well.
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