David Bryant and Eric Klein traveled to the 2018 CES show and came back excited, disappointed, weary, and overstimulated. We discuss what they liked, the disappointments, and the cool experiences. Plus we give them a little time to rant. Check out their thoughts on what transpired at this year’s CES and what it really means. Download MP3
Download MP3 We’re back! As we enter 2018, the Improbable Insights podcast gang regroup to discuss the gear and media they’ve acquired in the past several months. Given our disparate interests, we discuss a range of things from a large format Epson printer (Loyd), the GlowForge laser cutter (Eric), to Sous Vide cookers (David). Along the way, we touch on 4K HDR televisions, iPhone X, AMD’s Ryzen processors, and better ways to build custom LEGO add-ons. But it’s not all…Continue reading Improbable Insights Podcast: New Year, New Gear
Some people have noted a dearth of posts and podcasts recently. As we move into 2018, I have to confess that 2017 was something of a dumpster fire for me personally (even ignoring world events) given that I had two major surgeries, one in May and one at the end of October. I also lost my job due to company downsizing so have returned to freelancing, which has been surprisingly successful so far. I had spinal surgery on October 31…Continue reading Moving Forward in 2018
Meaning: Disappointment It’s happened to all of us. Something seemingly very cool gets announced. It might be a movie, a game, a new gadget, or just about anything that sets our geek and nerd mouths watering. So we preorder or crowdfund it. When the object of our heart’s desire gets released, we’re crushed with disappointment. If it’s media, it’s just not good, with shoddy writing, mediocre acting, and impenetrable directing. A game promising hours of immersion instead delivers hours of…Continue reading How We Handle Geek Disappointment
The biggest forward facing video game show in the US has run its course. E3 happened several weeks ago, giving us a little time to reflect on the games and hardware on parade at the annual video game industry show. What does the Xbox One X announcement really reveal about Microsoft’s intent and its strategies? Now that all the hype and tears have run its course, we take a look back in a little more serious vein. Why do all AAA games…Continue reading This Week’s Podcast: The Meaning of E3
It’s easier than ever to become a maker. In today’s commoditized world, building something unique just for yourself has become a way to express yourself. Whether it’s a unique clock, your own personal weather station, the right costume for the next convention season, making your own offers greater satisfaction than buying. But how do you get started? My regular co-hosts Eric Klein and David Bryant are veteran makers in their own right. Their advice and insight into getting started, finding…Continue reading The Equipping Your Maker Space Podcast
Welcome to the Improbable Insights Podcast. You can almost smell it, feel it, taste it. The tech press and Twitter have been all abuzz about it. The longing to whip out your credit card and preorder seems almost too much to bear. You know you want it, but a small, niggling voice in the back of your head tells you to wait. Wait for the inevitable bugs to be swatted and the promised features to be implemented. Should you wait?…Continue reading Buy New Tech on Day One or Wait?
Welcome to a new Improbable Insights Podcast. Since we’ve been away a bit, David Bryant and I talk about some recent bits in the news, including Nvidia’s GTC, net neutrality, more Amazon Echo, and Microsoft late to the party once again. Tools & Fun David and I talk about the games we’ve been playing: Ghost Recon Wildlands, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Prey. We also discuss recent movies and TV, including Into the Badlands, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.