Podcast: The Board Gaming Explosion

Our recent PAX podcast got me thinking about how relatively wonky, hobbyist board games have penetrated the mainstream. So this podcast focuses on the second big explosion in board gaming (the first occurring in the late 90s).  This isn’t a discussion about specific games, but how board games (and even tabletop RPGs) have penetrated the public consciousness. Let’s roll some dice! I launch the discussion by listing some tidbits, such as Riot Games (of League of Legends fame) launching its first board…Continue reading Podcast: The Board Gaming Explosion

Podcast: Deep Learning

We’re joined this week by special guest Scott Gardner, who leads a small chip company which is trying to deliver a vision computing processor. Scott has some expertise in convolutional neural networks and deep learning, two areas which mesh with vision processing in automotive ADAS and other image recognition applications. Deep learning combines big data with new AI techniques based on neural networks. Deep learning uses convolutional neural networks, which applies convolution functions to the decision trees of neural networks…Continue reading Podcast: Deep Learning

Podcast: The Things that Shaped Us

I’ve often been asked how I became me. That is, how did I get into tech, how did I happen to write about it, and what were the nerd influences in my life. This happened particularly often when I wrote regularly about tech for mainstream magazines and web sites, but I still get asked this occasionally. So David Bryant, a nerdy geek in his own right, sat down with me and we had a geek love fest. We talked about…Continue reading Podcast: The Things that Shaped Us

The Everyday Carry Podcast

This week’s podcast sees the whole crew revisiting the idea of everyday carry. Eric and David split between “daily” carry — normal workdays, and travel. I work at home, so everyday carry means something a bit different to me, but I also discuss travel carry, as well as what I carry during my almost-daily cycling excursions. As you might imagine, this is a tools-heavy discussion, but the underlying meaning lies in the differences in philosophies about what’s practical versus what’s…Continue reading The Everyday Carry Podcast

Loyd Case

A Cornucopia of Tech Bits

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Eric and I discuss a variety of tech subjects this week, ranging from Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Nvidia’s insane new graphics card, and what’s Intel trying to do in automotive processing. We also talk about the Garmin VivoActive HR smartwatch in tools, replacing fluorescent lighting, and try to answer the question about just how much graphics cards improve each succeeding generation. As for fun, I finally catch up with Game of Thrones Season 5 (yes,…Continue reading A Cornucopia of Tech Bits

The Ugly Side of Always On

A Medium post by Arlo Gilbert about Google’s decision to shut down the Revolv home automation hub went viral recently. Google’s Nest division bought Revolv 18 months prior. However, the company decided that part of the shutting down the service including bricking perfectly good, working hardware. Meaning The era of always-connected, always-on introduces a new set of headaches for users of said services. It’s one thing when a service goes offline, but another thing completely when a product associated with…Continue reading The Ugly Side of Always On