Friday, December 22, 2017

117 - Jimmy Stewart Presents Drone Wars

  • Rod doesn't like missing an episode
  • Eric got a drone
  •  Ward saw Star Wars The Last Jedi. There was disappointment, but it is a great looking movie
  • Quentin Tarantino is doing Star Trek
  • The Disaster Artist and The Room - The movie based on the worst movie ever made.
  • Rod's never seen It's a Wonderful Life
  • Eric's thought, with Priuses the war in Mad Max would be over quickly

Friday, December 15, 2017

116 - Version 3.0

  • It snowed! Eric loves it, he gets to watch the kids outside from the comfort of inside. Ward gets to brave the elements commuting to work.
  • Ward's harrowing story of almost not making it home on treacherous roads with car spinning out of control.
  • Our other podcast Cross the Netflix Stream is making a few changes that will improve FotF
  • Eric is excited for Will Smith's movie Bright, Ward is waiting on Black Mirror S4 and Altered Carbon S1.
  • Eric wonders if Ward will ever finish his Halloween costumes, Ward vows it will happen.
  • Christmas cards, Ward's thinking a Die Hard or '80s theme, Eric suggest Weekend at Bernie's or Miami Vice.
  • Politics, Roy Moore, and the state of partisan ship
  • Ward explains why some accusers wait so long to come forward

Friday, December 8, 2017

115 - Just Don't Go

  • I had a friend going to a wedding for no good reason.
  • Everything has a cost benefit, make sure the cost doesn't outweigh the benefit.
  • Saying I don't want to isn't a good reason. I do plenty of things I don't want to because there is a benefit.
  • How can you best optimize your time?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

BONUS - NaNoWriMo 2017

  • Ward has completed #nanowrimo 2017 - National Novel Writing Month
  • 50,000 words in one month
  • It's a harrowing journey, but worthwhile

Friday, December 1, 2017

114 - Keep Net Neutrality

  • Net Neutrality - Do you want to pay more to check your email or have you internet access throttled? If not, keep net neutrality in place.
  • Ever wondered how Facebook targets ads?
  • Don't touch a monitor or a television. Point, don't touch!
  • Home repair always takes three times longer than it should.
  • Eric's really big on that woman from Total Recall today.

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    113 - How to Avoid Family on Thanksgiving

    • It's Thanksgiving
    • Eric's favorite stores REI and Victoria's Secret
    • Rod goes to the beach to avoid family
    • Eric makes no excuses and avoids Golden Corral. If you don't want to see these people throughout the year, why subject yourself to it on Thanksgiving
    • Ward counters that you don't get days off during the year to travel. Thanksgiving is the travel holiday

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    112 - Buzzwords and Nerf Guns

    • Rod feels moved to talk about Ward's hair
    • NaNoWriMo - Ward is back on track
    • Buzzwords - Eric's rant on Christian buzzwords and phrases
    • Buzz words come from trying to simply and thus inherently losing meaning
    • Nerf guns

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    111 - Finances & Economics

    • Behavioral economics & Nobel prize winner Richard Thaler
    • Planning for retirement
    • NaNoWriMo- National Novel Writing Month is difficult

    Friday, November 3, 2017

    110 - Hollyweird & Halloween

    • Weinstein and Hollywood
    • What drives people to assault?
    • Does money and power corrupt?
    • Ward's Halloween costume - Angor Rot from Trollhunters

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    109 - Crimes and Misdemeanors

    • Crimes and misdemeanors brought to you Bob, Burt, and Bill
    • Traffic infractions
    • What not to say to a taser wielding cop in the winter
    • Check out the podcast Syfy25, in 13 episodes Adam Savage interviews titans of the sci-fi genre. It's a fascinating look at the industry and the people.

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    108 - Getting on the AOL Train

    • What would a Youtube version of the podcast look like?
    • AOL Instant Messenger is ending, we share our wild times, robust stories, and our origins on the program.

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    106 - QWERTY Terror

    • The NFL and Trump
    • Ward will not freelance
    • To be mid 20s and not have a drivers license
    • The Las Vegas tragedy

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    105 - The Price of Freelance

    • Ward got an offer to write freelance
    • Eric thinks no price is to low
    • Ward isn't going to devalue his work even if he gives up a few dollars
    • Rod sees it as a few dollars more

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    104 - Twists and Spoilers

    • Twist: We don't play Settlers of Catan this episode.
    • Spoiler: We play off camera. In a closely contested game with three people angling to win in the final round, Rod wins with a big assist from Eric.
    • Great movie twists: Saw, Arlington Road, Jacob's Ladder, & more
    • Spoilers: Do they bother you?
    • Sleepaway Camp - final scene video

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    103 - We Play Settlers of Catan, You Listen, Again

    • The title states it all. Eric, Rod, & Ward play Settlers of Catan, the popular board game.
    • Back by popular demand, Catan is on the table.
    • I don't want to ruin two hours of suspense, but Ward wins the game. During his final turn he builds a city and reveals (2) victory point development cards, adding to his (2) settlements and (2) cities. 
    • Here is the game board after the game concluded. The image has been altered slightly to remove (2) errant cities that appeared during cleanup. Ward is orange, Christina is white, Eric is red, Rod is blue.
    • Vengeance is vowed next week, as consecutive victories will not stand.

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    102 - We Play Settlers of Catan, You Listen

    • The title states it all. Eric, Rod, & Ward play Settlers of Catan, the popular board game.
    • Settlers of Catan is considered a gateway game. It's skill based, a bridge between the simple luck based board games and the more complex board games that scare people. It's a staple for any board game loving enthusiast, but only those with true grit and we are chock full of that, man!
    • Christina has played the game many times, Ward and Eric just a few, with Rod falling somewhere in between... or so they claim.
    • I don't want to ruin two hours of suspense, but Ward wins the game, quietly flying under the radar under until the concluding round. His point total includes (4) cities and (2) settlements.

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    101 - This Is Our Office

    • Ward witnessed a wreck caused by kids in the road, nearly a five car pile up.
    • Eric details a dangerous phenomenon tearing through the child community.
    • Rod recounts a harrowing tale of witnessing his wife inches from a terrible accident.
    • How and when to criticize in email and in person.
    • Thoughts on church, change, the world.

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    100 - A Trip Down Memory Lane

    • We've made it to 100 episodes
    • The solar eclipse may be the greatest  event of our time
    • Aaron Judge strikeout king
    • A venture through our podcast milestones, popular episodes, and favorite episodes.
    • We have a lot of unfinished projects, but the Halloween video is happening

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    99 - Like My Pop-tarts Raw

    • What does a restaurant's sanitation score mean to you?
    • Why do we keep coming back to snapchat streaks?
    • Ward operated a camera. No one died.
    • Caleb's a senior. A senior what? Listen to find out.
    • We guess each other's weight and then share weight stories.
    • Eat fat to displace your current fat, then ditch the replacement fat. Proven fat losing technique.

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    98 - A Very Learning Experience

    • Eric prime is back, but Rod is gone. Have you ever heard them on the same podcast?
    • We're joined by guest Caleb
    • Eric made a kayak rack build video
    • Eric recounts very few details about his "vacation"
    • Caleb brings us a pizza corner moment
    • Ward refaced cabinets, has made no progress on the deck
    • Caleb regales us with his Snapchat streak
    • Ward learns about Snapchat and the futile nature of streaks
    • Denial is awesome
    • The infamous Santa video
    • Caleb winking or attempting always delivers.

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    97 - Price Check on Millennials

    • Bartman gets a ring
    • Price and Eckersley - Are the millennials to blame?
    • Beltre gets ejected
    • Are umpires on the rage?
    • How to fix it? What would we do as umpires
    • How to argue balls
    • In other news, fleeing a bank robbery on foot is a bad idea

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    96 - Cow & Pig Farms for Vampires

    • Would you become a vampire for immortality?
    • Do you gain strength regardless of your age?
    • Blood acquisition is a key point. Does it have to be human or does cow blood suffice?
    • Humans contain 1.5 gallons of blood, cows 10 gallons.
    • If vampires existed cow and pig farms should be far more prevalent.
    • We fail to even cover the sunlight aspect.
    • O.J. Simpson was paroled because he no longer poses a threat to society.
    • How many miles are too many for your car?

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    95 - Cousins Games Nascar Vacations

    • Derek Carr has a challenger to best QB title, Kirk Cousins
    • Board games - Rod plays Boggle.Yahtzee, & Taboo while Ward plays Carcasonne, Settlers of Catan, & Power Grid
    • Rod details the problems with Nascar as we determine what's a sport and what 's not a sport
    • Vacationing with kids - almost everything you need to know

    Friday, July 14, 2017

    94 - Detectorists Series Review

    • In our first crossover episode with our other podcast Cross the Netflix Stream we discuss the television series Detectorists
    • Detectorists (2014-2017)
      Two eccentric metal detectorists spend their days plodding along open fields hoping to unearth the fortune of a lifetime.

    Friday, July 7, 2017

    93 - Pacquiao, Montero, & MLB Fan Vote

    • We don't cover hockey
    • Pacquiao vs. Horn fight
    • The most boxing Ward's seen is in Rocky
    • Rod Russell Westbrook NBA MVP prediction vindicated
    • Miguel Montero talks bad about his pitcher, gets dropped. The guy is brutally honest far too often
    • Baseball All-star game. The problem with the fan vote per Rod, the strengths of the fan vote per Ward. The solution.

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    92 - Now We're Sports Analysts

    • We're relaunching as a sports focused podcast, providing a fresh point of view. Despite limited knowledge on the subject, we sound just as good as the 'pros.'
    • Camden Yards visit
    • Suntrust Park visit
    • Phil Jackson and Kristaps Porzingis. Jackson's not a clueless exec he's trying to exert control.
    • Derek Carr is the best player currently in the NFL and his record setting contract only confirms that
    • Rod predicts Russell Westbrook as the 2017 NBA MVP and is of course vindicated

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    91 - One Wedding Too Many

    • How many ceremonies can you have for one wedding?
    • You can't have your cake and eat it too
    • One ceremony with a reception at a later date for the family is fine
    • A civil service ceremony and another ceremony for the family is crossing the line
    • How much money do you give for weddings, for graduations?

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    90 - Hypothetical Wesley Snipes Tax Avoidance

    • We are not lawyers, CPA's, or the IRS. Everything we discuss is hypothetical, even Wesley Snipes
    • Tax evasion
    • Tax avoidance
    • Out of state sales tax
    • Money on the side

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    89 - Baseball's Unwritten Rules of Retaliation

    • Bryce Harper versus Hunter Strickland
    • Unwritten rules for the team vs. individual
    • Is it just competitive spirit?
    • Point of view from the fans, from the team's owner
    • What can go wrong in a fight
    • How do you fix it?

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    88 - Snake Flu and Unicorns

    • Our snake encounters.
    • Ward's time in the batting cage has reinforced the reality of human frailty.
    • Trump and Russia. What a time to be alive. Trump asks a staffer to draft a reason to fire Comey, then admits in an interview it was his decision.
    • Where are time travelers, unicorns, and extra-terrestrial intelligent life?

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    87 - Red Lobster Engagements

        • Ward's a finalist on again. Hopefully this time his prize won't get lost in the mail.
        • Motivating young children to practice in sports. How hard do you push?
        • Have you ever witnessed an engagement? Where were you?
        • Robots taking jobs and what that has to do with spreadsheets.

                      Friday, May 19, 2017

                      86 - R. Kelly Disocgraphy & Road Rage

                          • A quick look at the R. Kelly discography. He brought us "I Believe I Can Fly" and "I Like the Crotch on You"
                          • Another pizza corner moment - Planet Pizza @ Va. Beach
                          • Road rage - Eric has some stories

                                      Friday, May 12, 2017

                                      85 - Proper Bearing Protocol

                                          • A recent family fun day which leads to Caleb's nearly unnoticeable but alleged extremely painful sunburn.
                                          • Explain fidget spinners. The bearing companies rejoice. Bearings are in children's hands across the country.
                                          • Our area had a tornado.
                                          • The Caleb files - girls, high school, and science experiments. Is Caleb becoming a recurring guest?
                                          • Our weekly pizza moment that just won't go away. This time, DiGiorno and a strange exploration of family dinner dynamics.
                                          • Caleb makes his argument for the 90's as the greatest movie decade. Obviously no bias involved.

                                                      Friday, May 5, 2017

                                                      84- What Should People Know?

                                                          • Eric's pizza moment.
                                                          • Where would you go to dinneron prom night? Probably out of town.
                                                          • Our town doesn't have many food options as far nicer establishments or ethnic food.
                                                          • Favorite r&b artist? Eric and Ward agree on Keith Sweat.
                                                          • What do people need to know?Auto shop, home economcs, balancing a checkbook,metric system. how things work, social skills, talking to people.

                                                                      Friday, April 28, 2017

                                                                      83 - The Difference Between Landfill and Junkyard

                                                                          • Special guest Caleb claims Papa John's pizza is the best fast food pizza. He's ridiculed.
                                                                          • We explain what happens at a landfill for Caleb. Clarification, you don't take anything from a landfill. What's a junkyard? We answer that too. Today's youth people.
                                                                          • "I was running from a chihuahua" is the start to how Caleb broke his arm. We talk broken bones and grievous injuries.
                                                                          • Listening in class is good. Heating acid in class is bad.

                                                                                    Friday, April 21, 2017

                                                                                    82 - Pizza

                                                                                        • Quick Takes: Rod's political prediction reaching way back to the NC governor race to the NCAA and beyond.
                                                                                        • Main topic: Pizza. Rod finds anyone in the north pompous about pizza. We rate fast food pizza between Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa Johns, and Little Ceasars. Also the best local pizza.

                                                                                                  Friday, April 14, 2017

                                                                                                  81 - Mid-life Crisis

                                                                                                      • Project Updates: Ward continues the bed tent project and created a mobile laptop harness.
                                                                                                      • Quick Takes: Ward's escape is the movie theater, Rod hates paper, Ward is incredibly meticulous, Ward accomplished an amazing feat at work that no one will ever know about
                                                                                                      • Main topic: Mid-life crisis. The what and why and what we'd do if we ever have one.

                                                                                                                Friday, April 7, 2017

                                                                                                                80 - Debating Derek Jeter

                                                                                                                    • Project Updates: Ward fixes a truck door handle, Eric has a tree fall on his car while driving
                                                                                                                    • Have you ever met anyone famous? Eric's met Derek Jeter, Puff Daddy, and Paul Newman. Ward saw Rusty Wallace and chose to meet Atlanta Brave Glenn Williams over Andruw Jones.
                                                                                                                    • Quick Takes: Ward finished S-town podcast.

                                                                                                                              Friday, March 31, 2017

                                                                                                                              79 - Listening to Bryan Cranston

                                                                                                                                  • Project Updates: Hydro dipping, batting cage, screen door, car flipping.
                                                                                                                                  • Are you ready for the total solar eclipse? Rod is.
                                                                                                                                  • Ward got to attend a Bryan Cranston speech. Bryan talked about getting started, netting Breaking Bad, why he works so much, how he grades scripts, and the reasons for doing Why Him?.
                                                                                                                                  • Quick Takes: Rod chaperoned teens in DC. Ward on podcast S-Towns first few episodes and the Serial phenomenon.

                                                                                                                                            Friday, March 24, 2017

                                                                                                                                            78 - Talk to 10 Year Old You

                                                                                                                                                        Friday, March 17, 2017

                                                                                                                                                        77 - His Slow Dance Posture is Absurd

                                                                                                                                                        • The Back to the Future trivia contest happened. The stakes were everyone enjoys dinner at some point afterwards, the loser wearing a Barbara Streisand concert t-shirt. It's a good thing Rod likes Babs.
                                                                                                                                                        • Ward's new self portrait inside the frame he painted. It's totally radical, dude.
                                                                                                                                                        • How young is too young for an R-rated movie?
                                                                                                                                                        • Ward is watching less Netflix and instead blogging, youtubing, and has a few projects going.
                                                                                                                                                        • The continuing saga of the Caleb Morgan files.

                                                                                                                                                                Friday, March 10, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                76 - When Was the Last Time Your Cried?

                                                                                                                                                                • Eric proposes a Back to the Future trivia contest. Everyone enjoys dinner afterwards, the loser wearing a Barbara Streisand concert t-shirt.
                                                                                                                                                                • Rod built a house of cards, literally.
                                                                                                                                                                • The Shack is a difficult & emotional movie which prompted Rod to ask, "When was the last time you cried?" Ward during Room (2015), let's be clear not The Room (2003). Eric over his kids, a hand made calendar or when they grow up and don't give him a hug when he drops them off.
                                                                                                                                                                • Ward is watching less Netflix, making more projects.
                                                                                                                                                                • The latest This American Life podcast episode Switched at Birth is a story of two newborn baby girls accidentally switched. It's an intriging look at nature vs nurture. One mother realized but did nothing. The mother that knew dropped hints but never outright said it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Friday, March 3, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                        75 - What We Want to be When We Grow Up

                                                                                                                                                                        • The Oscars best picture mix up.
                                                                                                                                                                        • shut down and removed all message boards last week. They cite trolls, but is it just web hosting costs? You'd read some crazy theories and it's unfortunate those won't be preserved.
                                                                                                                                                                        • Bryan Cranston will be a speaker in Charlottesville. Ward saw Kevin Spacey a few years ago from the same series.
                                                                                                                                                                        • What do you want to be when you grow up? What skill do you want to learn?
                                                                                                                                                                        • Rod trademarked an idea, wants to get on shark tank.
                                                                                                                                                                        • Ward would rather not do crossthenetflixsream but doesn't want to just quit. He has a new focus developing WardWorks and tutorials.

                                                                                                                                                                                Friday, February 24, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                74 - A Superfan on the Show

                                                                                                                                                                                • Our superfan Caleb Morgan came to the show. Dreams do come true.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Many of Eric's topics originate with Caleb.
                                                                                                                                                                                • We hear Caleb's saga with girls without Eric as a proxy.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Caleb can't wink. His attempts are brutal and pathetic.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Eric has copious amounts of advice for Caleb.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Ward won an instructables contest.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Who doesn't lock their car doors?
                                                                                                                                                                                • The Van Chronicles with Rod. Rod had a road trip and chose the oldest and worst car he owns. What could go wrong? The car breaks down. Rod now carries a case of oil and boxes of spark plugs for when his car not may, but will break down in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday, February 17, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                        73 - Twitter Fun & Baseball Rule Changes

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Guest host for Eric's hiatus in the summer
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Youtube channel The Daily Woo
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cash me ousside howbow dah meme. What is it and how it's passed its prime.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Twitter exchange with The Investigator: A British Crime Story creators. While it's easy to say a review got it wrong, Ward would prefer actual information rather than 'nuh uh.'
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Baseball's proposed extra innings rule.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • The travel ban.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Friday, February 10, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                72 - Jury Duty

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Super Bowl LI
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ward's Mantle Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Eric's making a queen bed loft
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Call My Agent! reviews not only trash Ward but Entourage
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Watching American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ward's jury duty experience resulted in an acquittal. It's all about burden of proof

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday, February 3, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                      71 - Paperless Future

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Is their a time to refuse a prom invite?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Paperless office. We are wholeheartedly against printing. Digital all the way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Photo storing. Ward is digital, Rod likes photo albums, Eric loves them with a passion. He has lots and lots of albums and photos. He's crazy!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What movie genre or actor compels you to watch?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • For Ward, it's baseball, time travel, Bill Murray, Kurt Russell, or Scarlett Johansson.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • For Eric, it's musical, romance, comedy, and John Cusack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Rod is for Tom Hanks all the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Friday, January 27, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                          70 - Be Yourself is Bad Advice

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rod reads about the association of mer-people in the paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Eric knows a lot about bronies... and furries... and 
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Body suspension
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rod has a plan to get on Shark Tank
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ward's struggle with writing, inspiration, and failure
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ward's dissembling a car engine for fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Is 'Be Yourself' good advice? No. Be your best self.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The pitfalls of hair loss

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday, January 20, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                              69 - Eric Has the Sex Talk with America

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ward getting flak for his Call My Agent! review
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Would a movie review site concluding that every movie sucks succeed?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Video uploaded to Youtube 1000 times 
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Rod and Eric both want to start vlogging
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ward's short lived vlog
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Trump inaugeration is today
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What will happen to the Affordable Healthcare Act?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Longest serving sports coaches - Connie Mack, baseball, 50 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Longest serving in baseball
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • find what's streaming where
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • from Turner Classic Movies. Criterion Collection movies
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cross the Netflix rating system revamped, what Netflix and Chill means
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Rod's story about a "friend" who got an unlabeled sex tape
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Eric has the sex talk with America 
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Instagram - genderless nipple

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday, January 14, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bonus - CNC Router Part 1: Research

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Crash course on CNC routers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Preliminary Plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Accuracy vs Cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • More research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Revision of Plans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Friday, January 13, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                68 - We Are the Fake Youtube Thumbnail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tasteful click bait
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wards solo episode has outperformed other episodes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • It snowed 8" in the south and we can no longer drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ward's orange truck is gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Would you buy a car for a spouse as a surprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What do you think when parents post embarrassing videos of their kids on social media.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • CNC machine, researching projects, & drones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday, January 6, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  67 - White House Desks

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