UP3 #6-Close To Home

In the wake of today's shootings in San Bernardino, UP3 takes a look at the facts as they stand. We take another look at gun control, mental health care, political spin, religious motives and the reason why America is the only place where this seems to always happen. We talk about feeding snakes with live rats and new words added to the American Heritage Dictionary. Please like and subscribe.   
 
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What are you NOT thankful for?

UP3 Episode 5, We welcome our first female guest, Megan! We cover the things we are NOT thankful for, overstaying guests, shortened curse words, human maladies, micro-aggressions, racial assumptions of strangers, and the specter of Nazi Germany in American Politics. We talk turkey and admit to terrible TV shows we cant stop watching. Subscribe here.
 
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Untitled Personal Podcast Project #3

I sit in on Greg Daniel's Untitled Personal Podcast Project #3 and once again am sadly without the benefit of Google's Toolbox of zany visual props, so I put on my own real beard and hat. We chat about that goddamned Starbucks cup, too early Christmas, Veteran's day, The Kardashians, Thanksgiving dinner, Matt runs a trivia game and I give my Too Late Review on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Greg forces me pick a favorite Republican Canidate.  Watch below and subscribe to the channel here
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Too Late Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Let me start by saying I am one of those guys that dreads upgrading my phones. I've never been impressed with gadgetry, but rather have found that what impresses me about a device is the ergonomic design and logic of menu flow and the positioning of tools and buttons to conduct the following critical concerns: make the calls I need, browse the interwebs, play my games, take and post pictures of my kids, check my e-mail, text my wife. Higher numbers on things like processors and camera resolution vaguely imply something to me about speed and quality, but really, I feel we are fast approaching the level of diminishing returns on supercharging our pocket devices.
 
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a fine pedigree as far as phones go; I've owned the Galaxy S4 and S5 and have been impressed with them both. I didn't have any reservations about the next step, until I used the Galaxy S6 Edge for about five minutes. The Edge functionality, an extension of the touch screen surface that curves over the longitudinal sides of the phone, is a gimmick that ruins the phone. The commercial we've all seen is of a caterpillar traveling from screen to screen, metamorphosing into a butterfly as the image crawls from one device screen to the next. It's impressive that the screen can "see" what's on the next and react, because of the curved sides, or at least that's what the commercial implies; but, given all the back and forth between Samsung and Apple with accusations of design theft, that's an incriminating choice to feature on your flagship phone's debut to the world, since co-operative screenplay is a rabbit Apple pulled out of the hat in 2012, and they did it without curved screens. Either way, please take note that an image-traveling-from-screen-to-screen-across-the-multiple-devices-I'd-need-to-buy-to-pull-of-that-parlour-trick is NOT on the above list of things I need my phone to do. (Incidentally, the slogan, "It's not a phone, it's a Galaxy" is that sort of warning in plain sight you miss the first time you watch a horror movie.)

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I sit in on Untitled Personal Podcast Project Episode #2

I sit in on Greg Daniels' Untitled Personal Podcast Project again as we talk about my recent jaunt to Europe, Storage Wars IRL, Left and Far Right politics, evolution, climate change, police brutality, halloween and the son-of-a-bitch who owns brianparra.com.  I drink a Cucuy. Watch me struggle with technology.
 
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