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Junkfood Consumption For Your Brain


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Giants, Zomneys and Muppets. . . oh My!

FyH009 Giants, Zomneys and Muppets. . . oh My! ~ 67 minutes

The Giants win the whole enchilada, Elmo loves brains, and there’s still that whole thing about who we should trust to lead the free world. Let’s get into it.

Music:
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down “Holy Roller”


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October Surprise?

FyH008 October Surprise?~ 75 minutes


I don’t know if the town hall debate or watching “Argo” helped or hindered our dissection of late in the game campaigning in an election year, but one thing is certain, being “undecided” makes for good conversation. Could the Feed Your HeadCast crew split the vote three ways? Stay tuned. . .

Song of the Week:

Source of Yellow – The Said


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Debating: The BullCrap Brawl

FyH007 Debating: The BullCrap Brawl~72 minutes
This week we get into the VP debate and further our bewilderment at the inanity of televised arguments. Perhaps those who needed to hear what they’ve been waiting to hear, got to hear what they thought had been said.

Also, we talked a bit about a heart-wrenching and warming (first you get the wrench, then you get the warmth) documentary- Bombay Beach.

Song of the show:

We Were Skeletons “End All Suffering”


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Top 10 Reasons Not To Do a Top Ten List


FyH006 Top Ten Reasons Not To Do a Top Ten List~69 minutes

Our plan to discuss the year-end ritual of making top ten lists (why we are compelled to do so), was hijacked by our inability to wrap up previous topics and move forward with the schedule. Instead we talk about the presidential debate- our impressions, and criticisms of not just the candidates but the production and the media frenzy aftermath. After a brief collection of thoughts regarding Star Trek: The Original Series, season 2, episode 2 “The Changeling” we delve into the acclaimed AMC original series “The Walking Dead.” The show ends with a new track from Atlas Genius, titled “Symptoms” off their EP, Through the Glass.




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How to Address the Issue

Oct 3 Presidential Debates - Lehrer and podiums

     I do believe that if and when I find myself agreeing or disagreeing with the news I’m hearing… then I’m not hearing news, you know?  Ideologically, I appreciate news that is critical of our government…  but that doesn’t necessarily qualify as a scientific standard for quality journalism. 

 Mad Magazine parody of Mitt Romney Immediately following the presidential debate, Fox aired commentators who were pretty much masturbating in my ears about how awesome it was to be in love with a guy named Mitt.  How Romney was forceful, honest and strong, and took it the president – who was weak, and elitist, and a buffoon, and only 1/2 black.  The emphasis of such an overwhelming victory was so hyperbolic that Eli, my 14-year old son, actually had a physical / emotional reaction where he turned from his piano practice and exclaimed aloud: “that’s not how it happened!”… Followed by a slow, creeping, and soul shaking realization that Fox news was broadcasting in our living room. 

 Nielsen Ratings for Oct 3 Presidential Debates

  “Are you watching Fox news dad?” he asks … like he’s caught me free-basing… or watching Glee anyway.  “Are… you… turning Republican?!” 

 Not that he comprehends political and ideological differences. He clearly dreads the circumstance in which he’d have to have “that” conversation with his mom… where he explains that I’m a great dad, but… you know… different.

 “No, no…”  I assure him that I simply want to see what is being said, “I’ve got an open-mind – separate from party politics, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Fox is just as good as any other channel for an opinion of what we just watched.”  And, watching a given news channel does not necessarily marry me to a political party after all… does it?

Mad Magazine paradoy of ObamaWhat followed was a very brief argument about how absolutely sure I was that any of the other channels, CNN, MSNBC – whatever that other one is – were spinning rhetoric just as hard in the opposite direction.  How they’d be proclaiming the president was so dignified, and patient, and studious… and 1/2 black. 

 A gentleman’s wager of 3 milk duds and I flipped over to MSNBC to watch anchorman Rachel Maddow and bespectacled chore-boy Chris Hayes grilling Rudolph Giuliani about how his private consulting firm– in spite of Rudy’s clear indignation – subsisted off the DOJ’s government teat.  Though I did not find the same masturbatory celebration of how awesome Obama had made his words all over Romney… the news analysis was clearly aimed at denigrating the credibility of the opposition party.  Never mind Rudy’s spin… his podium faced a wall in the men’s room and included a convenient trough for partisan pee.  This debate wasn’t about him… was it?

 Duds

We split the milk duds 2 to 1… he’s a growing boy (2), and I can’t recognize that I’m entirely wrong (1).

 And in that serene bliss of sugar-fueled reverie that follows all dud-induced comas, Eli lolled his head at me and said “You know what I think… I think George Washington was right… political parties are no good for this country.”  To which I murmured something about his being an elitist, and an irascible slave-owning revolutionary with totally non-photogenic teeth… then drifted off to sleep as a horrible re-run of Glee quietly hummed in the background.

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One of the expedients of party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinionsand aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart-burnings, which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those, who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.

Washington’s Farewell Address – 1796.


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The Perfect Search

The history of search engines is actually modestly enlightening!  It’s the seamless integration of technology we come to expect – engineers making software work the way we expected their products to work in the first place – that allows these significant advancements to go almost un-noticed… or at least uncelebrated.

From Finger, Archie, and Gopher to the relevancy-based market-driven results of today’s search engines, Aaron Wall’s Search Engine History provides a depth of knowledge into the how and why of what we find on the World Wide Web.

Larry Kim’s article, the History of Search Engines, provides a nice graphic… if your tech nostalgia hungers for imagery.

What becomes clear is that market-driven search engine software necessarily dictates the bulk of what can be rapidly found in the digital age –  Exploiting that software represents a clear market advantage, controlling distribution of that software (MS, Google, Yahoo) controls the flow and availability of information, and the struggle to pre-dominate development is a long way from settled.


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No News Is Good News

FyH005 No News Is Good News ~61 minutes


This week we wander all around the topic of “How do you get your information?” With so many avenues for media content, where does one go to find out what they want to know? It’s really easy to get lost on the mighty ocean of info, and equally as easy just to abandon it all together. Are more options better than no options? Or perhaps, is the purported claim of multiple options alleviating our natural tendency to question the validity of what we are being told? The internet offers a seemingly unlimited number of “channels” from which we can devour any number of shiny, tasty morsels of interest, but does the idea of unrestrained freedom leave us more susceptible to manipulation?

Also, we discuss the prospect of a new segment for the show: a movie/show review. Next week, we will reconvene and discuss our thoughts on Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2/Episode 3 “The Changeling”

New in Music:

Dum Dum Girls “Mine Tonight” (our song of the show)
Thee Oh Sees “Wait Let’s Go”
Magic Shoppe “Trip Inside This House”
The Zolas “Observatory”
Graveyard “Goliath”


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When We Will Know What We Know Not Now

FyH004 When We Will Know What We Know Not Now
This week we enter the free speech zone and discover that within that realm time does not, or probably should not exist. Specifically, speech is so much more agreeable once it has been loosed from any connection with knowledge. Dan runs a boot camp obstacle course 10k, Scott is grinding out the final phase of a big project at work, and I’m hoping I get a chance to watch “The Cabin in the Woods” before RedBox forces me into a second mortgage.

New music of the week:

“Long Journey” by Allah-Las off Allah-Las (and this song is not new, but the album was released this last week)
“MSSG” by The Janitors off Head Honcho EP
“Sleeping Ute” by Grizzly Bear off Sleeping Ute
“I Came Around” by Murder By Death off Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
“Proceed to Memory” by Pinback off Information Retrieved

Link to the article The Hipster-Literary Bro Continuum at The Literary Man


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Is it Safe?

This week we take a look at the x-mas wish list: what is the must have item of the season? Tablets are touted as the next big thing, and google glasses are riding that future wave that everyone wants to drop in on. We follow a tangent down the “how big do you want your digital ID to be?” and pontificate on how much access is too much access. Add some random facts about this week in history, frog-movie talk, Star Trek and flying dogs and you’ve got yourself a show. Hope you enjoy. Oh yeah, the song this week is a new release by Hello Echo, titled “Country”. Also, be sure to check out new releases by Two Gallants, The xx, and Turbo Fruits.Is it Safe? ~62 minutes

Links & other rigmarole:

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (IMDb)



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9-11 Remembered

September 11th

We take a look back at the day that defined a decade, and continues to influence our lives and our way of living. What do you remember about that day?

 9-11 Remembered ~65 minutes

New Music:

“Today’s Supernatural” by Animal Collective off Today’s Supernatural
“The Descent” by Bob Mould off Silver Age
“Ruin” by Cat Power off Ruin
“Breakup Songs” by Deerhoof off Breakup Song
“Red Ballon” by Azure Ray off As Above So Below

Rated:

Alan
1 -Deerhoof
2 –Animal Collective
3 -Cat Power
4 -Bob Mould
5 -Azure Ray

Scott
1 – Azure Ray
2- Bob Mould
3- Deerhoof
4- Cat Power
5- Animal Collective

Dan
1 – Cat Power
2 – Azure Ray
3 – Deerhoof
4 – Animal Collective
5 – Bob Mould

Somehow I came up with this awesome way to rate the ratings. . .
with results 1:1, 2:3, 3:6, 4:10, 5:15)
1 deerhoof (15)
2 cat power (17)
3 azure ray (19)
4 bob mould (28)
5 animal collective (28)
 


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A Computer in Every Home

The maiden voyage of Feed Your HeadCast: this week we talk about the evolution of the Information Age, specifically, the corporate fight to be our link to the world.

Related links:

Menomena’s website

Purchase “Pirates of Silicon Valley” on IMDB

 A Computer in Every Home ~58 minutes