Mercury-Retrograde-Incommunicado-Bob Davis Podcast 1085

Mercury Retrograde Incommunicado

Firstly welcome to Mercury Retrograde Incommunicado in the desert. When your device fails and you have no replacement. Details in Mercury-Retrograde-Incommunicado-Bob Davis Podcast 1085.

Planets Don’t Stop In Their Orbits

Secondly planets don’t stop in their orbits and go backwards. Or do they?

Skeptical But

It just looks that way from our perspective on Earth.

However I am skeptical of these things.

It Got Me

But I admit this Mercury Retrograde got me.

My Device Went Kaput

At least that’s my story and I am sticking to it!

Procrastination Kills

On the other hand I procrastinated getting a new device.

Physical Abuse Of Phone

And there’s the physical abuse of my device.

Incommunicado In The Desert

I think this might have contributed to being incommunicado in the desert.

Not Easy

Therefore getting me a new phone out here is not an easy.

When when everything goes my way.

New Phone New News Cycle

Of course once I got my new phone the first news I read was about my experience.

No More Than Five Hours Without Phone

Adults can’t go more than five hours without their device these days.

Withdraw

In the same vein I came face to face with the modern condition of device withdraw.

Do Something Else

Certainly there are other things one can do, right?

Alone Time and Silence

For instance spending time in silence and alone.

Or reading.

Doing something creative.

Oh Wait! No Hot Spot!

But out here in the desert everything I do uses the so called hot spot.

Resorting To A Screen

And what about experiencing other human beings without being able to resort to a screen when it gets boring?

The Days Before Phones

Above all I have observations about my nomad lifestyle back in the day.

For example I found it difficult not to be checking for news and stock market updates regularly.

Sync Hell

In addition I still have problems syncing old contacts and messaging.

To sum up I see why this is one of the top subjects for nomads around the fire.

Finally communications are important.

But I will have future observations about what this level of being connected does to all of us.

Meanwhile, I have YouTube to catch up on.

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Mercury-Retrograde-Incommunicado-Bob Davis Podcast 1085

 

 

 

Podcast 542-Music

Podcast 542-Music. I’ve been threatening to do a podcast about music, so here it is. Finally. It turned out better than I thought it would, although I learned right away that I have entirely too many tunes on my computer for one podcast to do it justice. Music has the power to transport us from one place to another. I don’t think I am unique in suggesting that sometimes the best thing to do is to crank your ‘stereo’ (meaning computer, iPod, iPhone or whatever) to top volume and sit on the deck, just listening. This is an activity I don’t engage in often though. In producing this podcast, I had such a good time, I’ll have to spend more time listening to music in general. Of course, when the headlines and the political news, and the day to day crap – and that is what it is – gets to me, I can do more music podcasts. Don’t want to overdo it, but then again, it’s not done ’til it’s overdone, right? For the purposes of┬áPodcast 542-Music, we’re gonna take a little journey from Soundtracks and Blues music, mid sixties pop to soul music and memories of sitting on the steps on summer nights listening to the radio, to the FM Rock or “Classic Rock” era, through the 80’s to some Trance and Dance music from today. Yeah. I forgot the 90’s even though a lot of tunes on my computer are from the 90’s. I could have done a podcast about each one of those eras, and had tunes left over. Finally, the only disclaimer here is that my experience of music is almost wholly inside the radio, that is working in radio, from the time I was about 12 all the way through to now. I think about music in terms of my podcasts, so I am a little weird. Also, these are not full versions of the songs, so you won’t be ripping music I paid for. Plus, I talk over a lot of it. But, it still flows pretty good. Sponsored by Hydrus Performance and X Government Cars.

Podcast 538

Western Minnesota Road Trip. Freestyle talk about my travel in the last last 6 weeks. My reflections on a weekend jaunt to Western Minnesota’s New Ulm and Walnut Grove, tying in the talk about technology threatening jobs in the future. Recent road trips have intensified my interest in the history of the Western United States. There is a lot of significant western history in Minnesota. We often think of historic topics like Indian Wars and Pioneers has happening further west, but one of the bloodiest clashes between settlers and American Indians happened in New Ulm in 1862, when the mostly German townspeople had to barricade the streets of their town to fight off attacks by the Dakota. Further west is Walnut Grove, the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the famous ‘Little House On The Prairie’. While the museum in Walnut Grove could use a little bit better curation, some of the artifacts in the museum are interesting, especially grasshoppers or Locusts the size of a man’s hand, which plagued the settlers of Walnut Grove. When you examine items in a museum, it’s easy to think about how old they are. For the people of the time though, it was new technology. It’s fun to flip the script and wonder what our descendants will think of the artifacts of our time in a museum at some point a hundred years from now. Today, supposedly new tech like robotics and autonomous machines and software threatens millions of jobs. Proposed ‘solutions’ to this ‘threat’, like guaranteed minimum incomes and job retraining programs don’t make much sense. When people came west for opportunity, 140 years ago, they didn’t have job retraining programs. They couldn’t have known they’d be plagued by grasshoppers the size of a man’s hand. Yet they came anyway. We need to start thinking about the opportunity new technology provides us in building a new world, and stop being so negative all the time. Sponsored by Karow Contracting and Hydrus Performance.