Grumpy Old Selfie

Brian —  April 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

The oldest known Selfie, taken in 1838 by Robert Cornelius. Sadly, he’s not on Facebook so we can’t tag him, until FB starts the whole Mormon trick and signs dead people up.

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According to this horribly titled article by Distractify, Robert Cornelius took this photo outside the store his family owned. It became famous for being the first self portrait or as its commonly now known, a “selfie.”

Your hosts Jason DeFillippo, MXV, & Calbee Mundy discuss the 1994 film Léon: The Professional. Written and directed by Luc Besson. Starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and Natalie Portman.

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This week Jason breaks free of the hell of MediaTemple, Brian gets furnished, Jason gets caffeinated with a dirty apparatus, Brian talks cool ways to get badass signed books, Jason discovers the app of his dreams, as well as nightmares. And belfies!

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Brian —  April 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Swell Guy Jay Goldman. Photo by Jason DeFillippo

Friend of the show Jay Goldman joins us from NYC to talk about Facebook shenanigans and his new book “The Decoded Company.” Jason has one of his patented epiphanies about how tech is cooler than ever but the people making it just aren’t.

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After far too long of a hiatus your hosts Jason DeFillippo, MXV, & Calbee Mundy are back together to discuss the 1991 Surf and Crime film “Point Break” starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Dude.

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We’re joined again by Dr. David Teter to talk about douche-baggery in the government and silliness in the private sector. Brian and Jason agree to agree about Wil Wheaton only after disagreeing vehemently. Many new apps and stuff like that.

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There is no way to sound like I’m not one of the Grumpy Old Geeks to make this post, but really. Every song I could possibly want to listen to, on tap, for nothing – or next to nothing, if you don’t want to hear an ad now and then. I used to drive from record store to record store to find the latest release or an ep with an extra track, or a special remix, flirt with the cute girl working the counter. Music was special… not just special, music was everything. Nothing else mattered, at all – or at least, nothing wasn’t seen through the prism of the music I liked, and the music you liked, and how that all fit together.

Now it means nothing. It’s great for me, because I can just bring up whatever I want at any time, and I’m old, and all the things that mean so much to me have already been recorded and I’ve lived through that, talked about it with friends, traded rarities, gone to the shows, bought the t-shirts and gone home so many years ago.

But a big part of what made music special was the chase, the not having everything on tap, the not knowing what this artist that meant so much to you was thinking every second. That’s all gone. And no one growing up today has that. I can’t believe that any Miley song will ever mean the same to the girls growing up now that Tiffany did then. Or that 30 Seconds to Mars or Imagine Dragons will ever be Depeche Mode or the Cure or the Smiths. They fucking can’t, beyond the fact that they suck.

The more we gain, the more we lose. And I think we’ve lost more than we’ve gained.

App It Up!

Brian —  April 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

Got iOS? Grump up your iPhone or iPad with the fancy pants new Grumpy Old Geeks App. Easy access to all of our episodes and pretty graphics to boot. Grab it here.

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It’s the one year anniversary of Grumpy Old Geeks! Jason’s off his meds, literally and Brian is having mid-life buyers remorse. This leads to a classic grump fest like we used to do while everything we love is ripped from us, as usual.

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Beep Beep

Brian —  March 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

My refrigerator beeps. My kettle beeps. My laundry machine beeps. The dryer beeps. The coffee machine beeps. The microwave beeps. The TV beeps. The phone beeps. The computer beeps.

Some of these I can shut off, some of them I cannot. I need beep-less devices.

We are inundated with sound, all day, every day. Noise pollution is everywhere. So therefore I propose Grumpy Old Geeks Rules of the Future #1: All devices heretofore manufactured MUST have an easy to access mute option.

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Brian has officially joined the middle-class and hates his life! Between his contractors banging around and Jason’s neighbors fleet of lawn mowers it was a miracle we got this thing done. Please enjoy episode 50 where we did nothing at all to celebrate!

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