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PS Cast: God and Fear

Posted in PSCast:S2 by Ziggy Sunday July 13, 2014 at 17:49

A bit more religious than normal, this is mostly about Christians. It’s also a bit more confused than normal. I think I started talking before I had really thought this through. There’s some stuff in there addressed at non-Christians as well… and some stuff about machines.

Anyway, Proceed at your own risk while listening to God and Fear.

Transcript below: (more…)

PS Cast: Music Videos, Audio, Visual, Tools, and Associated Rambling

Posted in PSCast:S2 by Ziggy Sunday July 13, 2014 at 00:02

Well, here’s another doozy of an episode. Wide-ranging and soporific.

Enjoy listening to: Sights Sounds and Tools

Transcript below:

[Musical Intro]

Hey there gentlemen, ladies, and children of all kinds? Ages? How does it go?

I don’t know how it goes. (more…)

Delayed Laborfication

Posted in Articles by Toad Thursday July 10, 2014 at 15:37

As a bit of preamble: I’m not entirely sure what I intended this post to be, or quite how it wound up.  I suppose it’s probably something of a confessional or a testimonial, at this point; maybe a reflection upon the history of my work ethic.  Whatever else it is or isn’t, I hope it’s useful to you.

For a long time, I thought I had what people sometimes call “an addictive personality”.  And, maybe there’s some truth to it, but I think there’s a lot more truth elsewhere.  The “addictive personality” article on Wikipedia describes ”addictive personality” as “a psychological setback that makes a person more susceptible to addictions.”  That’s a pretty broad description, but for a long time, I figured that’s what was going on with me.  In college, I played MMORPGs at the expense of my grades.  First I played Dark Age of Camelot, then I played World of Warcraft, and at the end of five years I still wound up one course shy of an actual degree.  Looking back on that, I had a lot of reasons for wanting to slow down the effort I had been pouring into educational endeavors and I do think some of them remain valid, but in general I was just glad for an opportunity to be lazy, and those games gave me some pleasure that was lacking elsewhere.


A Song about Engineers

Posted in Music by Ziggy Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 23:37


Based on some good advice that I got in college from one of the professors. Lyrics below the fold: Enjoy! (more…)

PS Cast: Work Ethic

Posted in Music,PSCast:S2 by Ziggy Friday July 4, 2014 at 19:57

Today I talk about Japan’s Work Ethic compared to the one in the US.

[Terrible Musical Intro]

Welcome to a rainy day Paul Spooner Podcast.

So I was thinking about the way that people have… [musical intro continues] Hmm, I may have to continue this another time.

So I’ve been considering how people in Japan have a different attitude toward work than people in America. (When I say “America” I mean the United States of America, but it’s easier to just say “America”, maybe I should just say “The US”) They have a different attitude toward work… not necessarily a better one, and I think that it’s easy to be like “Ohh, the Japanese have a BETTER attitude!” It’s better in ways, but it’s also worse in ways. (more…)

PS Cast: Filler & Funny Voices

Posted in PSCast:S2 by Ziggy Wednesday July 2, 2014 at 22:43

This week I talk in some funny voices, and say “um” a lot. (Editor’s note: There are a few blatant lies in this episode, see if you can spot them.) Filler and Funny Voices

Transcript below:

That’s right folks it’s the Paul Spooner Podcast!

So! Funny voices! What’s with that? (more…)

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