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Nothing to Say. The Man : The Podcast

Posted in Articles,Music,Podcasts,PSCast:S0 by Ziggy Thursday May 29, 2014 at 18:45

I have Nothing to Say. And boy do I say it.

Transcript below:

Well, last time I did a really long rant about cars and driving, and how we should all drive differently and how people should die on the roads! If you haven’t listened to it… I mean, and you’ve got a bunch of time, aah, go ahead and listen to it. I’ll try to keep it a little shorter today!

Today I have run out of things to talk about so this is the last… This is going to be the last podcast! It’s, uh, it’s all over! It’s been a good run, but, ahh, now it’s done! (more…)

Driving Improvements, Nagoya Podcast

Posted in Articles,Music,Podcasts,PSCast:S0 by Ziggy Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 06:32

So, this is a topic that’s been on my mind for a while. Like, probably since I was about five years old. The way our roads are regulated is silly and wasteful. Fortunately, you’ve got me to point out how we can improve things… In a rambling sort of way. Download here: Driving Improvements or listen below.

In case there’s no time, let me sum up:

  1. Improve how we think about transport. Less focus on safety, more focus on efficiency.
  2. Improve traffic lights. Give them more sensors, allow them to telegraph their internal state (about to change green, as well as about to change red), and improve the incentives for keeping the programming updated.
  3. Improve traffic laws to penalize causing delays instead of penalizing “unsafe” behavior such as speeding. Stop pulling people over for superficial infractions (as this only causes delays). Train people to drive in packs.
  4. Improve driver skill by giving special privileges and status to drivers who exhibit fast and efficient driving (instead of penalizing them, as is the current practice), and encourage others to follow their example.

Full transcript below: (more…)

Floods and English, Nagoya Podcast

Posted in Articles,Music,Podcasts by Ziggy Monday May 26, 2014 at 20:21

More Nagoya Podcast goodness for you all!


Transcript below:

[Marginally Musical Intro]

Also there’s a lot of, I don’t know if this is a result of the area I’m in right now, but Nagoya is on a flood plain, or a river delta of some kind… it’s pretty flat, is what I’m saying. And the Infrastructure around here has a lot of… well I guess it’s not “infra” if you can see it but… There’s a lot of flood channels, these very large, kind of like the Los Angeles, what is it called? The aqueduct? Or whatever they call it. The sides are 45 degree angles and they’ve got a flat bottom… Carry water! So, there’s all these channels, but they’ve got a lot of growth in them! Like trees! And Bushes! And grasses, of all kinds! (more…)

Podcast from Nagoya

Posted in Articles,Music,Podcasts,PSCast:S0 by Ziggy Monday May 26, 2014 at 07:23

Get the podcast here:

Transcript below:

[Marginally Musical Intro]

Hey there folks, it’s the Paul Spooner Podcast, from the car. That’s right! I’m driving right now, back from work, in Nagoya Japan.

There’s a truck merging in front of me; You know the trucks here are very interesting. So in Japan trucks are cute! And by “cute” I mean “small and round.” The cars are smaller, generally, than American cars, and I think probably this has to do with the fact that (more…)

Paul’s Final Report

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Thursday March 20, 2014 at 09:31

Well, it was fun while it lasted, but here’s the final recording from Everett.


The house is all packed and locked. Hopefully we’ll get some renters in, but I won’t see them. For more info on our travels, visit

Thanks for listening!

Paul Reports Power Problems

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Monday March 17, 2014 at 23:21

Having some trouble with power, as you’ll hear in today’s recording.


Paul Plays Piano

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Saturday March 15, 2014 at 19:14

Singing some old praise songs, plus the Maple Leaf Rag. Not the most polished one this time (is it ever?) but I feel that my voice is improving.

Slipups and Singing

Paul Plays More Piano

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 20:22

It’s not really a report so much as improv at this point.


Paul Reports, improv

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 21:54

Paul Reports, Improv

Got home late today, so this one is… longer than usual? How did that happen?


Paul Reports, common songs

Posted in Children,Music,Paul Reports by Ziggy Saturday March 8, 2014 at 11:59

Paul Reports

Second day with everyone gone. I played a few songs that you might know. Pirates of the Carabean, Maple Leaf Rag, some boogie, Awesome God, and (of course, the most requested song at our house) Jesus Loves Me.

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