Saturday, December 14, 2013

OT: My Email Exchange w/Larry "Fenwick" Gotterer on the Final Gong Show

sonovista, my friends…  so this is totally off topic, but i was having a conversation with a friend about the Gong Show and i said, "did you know that the last Gong Show wasn't hosted by Chuck Barris, but by one of the writer/producers who was basically shoved on stage and did an amazing impression of "Chuckie-baby"…  and my friend said, "how do you know that?" and i said, "because i found the guy and wrote to him and he was nice enough to write back!" and my friend said, "cool… you should put that up on Wikipedia®" and i did and then it was pulled because i didn't provide any supporting documentation (fair enough)… so, here on the official Schnauzer Logic Podcast blog, i give you supporting documentation…  its actually a sweet note about things that happened almost 34 years ago (sheesh!) so thanks, Larry, for marking the beginning of 2013 and allowing me to use your story to mark the end (i guess you'd have to say, "its the year of Fenwick!"

Larry Gotterer Email Exchange

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Belated ThanksChanukah Story...

in 1983 i started my legal career at the small NYC patent firm of Blum Kaplan Friedman Silberman and Beran... at that time Alex Friedman, the oldest of the surviving partners, was still coming into the office most days to handle a few trademark matters and sort through, and often deliver, the firm's mail…  Alex was a very sweet guy and took a liking to me, offering advice and telling me the most unusual stories (the one about having insomnia one night, and coming into the office at 3am to get a start on the day and finding two members of the cleaning crew 'schtuping' on his leather couch, still sticks in my mind)… 

somehow, early on, Alex took to calling me David, asking me to do small personal favors (change the battery in a digital calculator, that sort of thing) and being both respectful, and fearful, of his longevity and position, i deigned to correct him… this went on for many months, until the spring of 1984 when Alex was planning for his annual pilgrimage to Israel to see his daughter and grandchildren… 

Alex summoned me into his office and said, "David… I need for you to buy me a razor." "Uh, what kind of razor, Alex?" "An electric razor that will work in Israel" and with that he put his head down and went back to work.  i went into the office of the junior partner who had hired me and said, "Alex just asked me to buy him a razor.  What should i do?" to which he said, "Buy him a razor, idiot"… so i did.. i found a speciality shop that sold Norelco razors (the firm represented Remington and i even got to meet Victor "I Bought The Company!" Kiam, but it needed to be international and preferably not German) and returned to the office pleased with my success.  "Here's your razor, Alex… The receipt is in the bag."  "Thank you", he said, and again put his head down and went back to work.  

I wondered how I would broach the topic of payment (i was a first-year associate, making 'bupkiss') when I was summoned back to his office, "David…  thank you for buying me the razor…  here's a check for the purchase…" and with that he handed me a check made out to David Goldberg… i stared at the check thinking about how i might cash it, what i would say to the teller at my bank, whether i could go back to the junior partner who had hired me, and ask his advice…  i stood there, frozen, for what must have been an inappropriately long period of time when Alex said to me, 

"Is there a problem?"

"Alex", i said, "I'm afraid i can't accept this check…"

"No", he said, "I insist on paying for the razor…" 

"No, Alex…", i said, "That's not the problem… the problem is my name isn't David Goldberg…" 

"It isn't?", he said, "huh…  I thought it was… I think I knew a David Goldberg…" and with that he wrote me a new check and sent me on my way…  

i had forgotten this 30 year-old story until last night when i received a ThanksChanukah card from my friend (and old Blum Kaplan officemate) Peter…  i'm fortunate to have started my career working with folks like Alex, and fortunate to have friends like Peter who won't let me forget the embarrassing moments of my life...

Monday, December 02, 2013

Schnauzer Logic Episode 86 Is Online (pssst… act like nothing's wrong)...

Sonovista, my friends!  Just a short note to say that on Saturday, November 30, 2013 (exactly 2 years since the last time we all were in the studio for a legitimate show), Sheri and I sat down at Schnauzer Studios to record a new podcast!

A bit of fluff (there's too much of -me- talking, and the audio isn't up to my usual anal-retentive standards, since my DBX-266XL Compressor/Limiter/Gate done up and died), but its available in all of the usual places and should be showing up in the show's new(ish) RSS feed:

http://www.almostradio.com/schnauzerlogic/podcast.xml

lemme know if that isn't true.

(also, the Penn and Teller off-Broadshow i was thinking of from 1983/1984 was Penn and Teller Go Public)

more later… until then…

show up
pay attention
tell the truth, and
don't be attached to the outcome

namaste
robin

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy National Buttermilk Biscuit Day!


(jeebus - what is this crap???)

oh, hello and Sonovista my friends!!!  just commenting on the new user interface for managing the Schnauzer Logic Podcast blog over here on blogger...

in any event, just a quick note to say Howdy! and welcome to 2012 (if i get it in before the World Series® break, it still counts!)

lots of blah blah blah as to why we haven't done a show in a while, but the big news is that the old Apple Mobile Me/iDisk account that i used to host all of your favorite episodes (and the 88 others) is going away real soon now...

so i've purchased a new domain "almostradio.com", and it looks like i have successfully managed to get the iTunes store to recognize that the official RSS feed for Schnauzer Logic (the podcast) is now:

http://www.almostradio.com/schnauzerlogic/podcast.xml

if you subscribe through the store, nothing should change and all will still be well - but if you get the show another way (and used the old homepage.mac.com/airplayradio link, change it to the one above)

to test the new link and server i posted a test episode yesterday (Episode 85) that you will only see if you're connecting to the correct (new) feed...  it runs about an hour and is mostly me babbling, with a bit of john dekoven babbling (on the phone) and a couple of fun tunes.

(oh, and as part of the upgrade process, the shows will now be in Stereo (Stereo) - which means, in order to get the same quality (sound, not content) each shows size will double (double) which is how you know that Schnauzer Logic is a true AMERICAN podcast - its now twice as large, but no more healthy.

and that's it...  we won't be doing weekday (wednesday) shows, as schedules have changed, but i'm thinking a regular Sunday morning get together (Schnauzers and Lox) may well happen and we'll restart our move towards the big 100th show!

until then, thanks for the kind words and remember to
Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome.

namaste
robin

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Episode 84 (and 83) are Online!!!

sonovista, my friends! we're not sure exactly how it happened, but there are two (2) new episodes of Schnauzer Logic online - the first (episode 83) was recorded the week before thanksgiving and features john dekoven and sheri in the studio, with our two guests, writer/comedian Pete Grossman, and our old friend, Ken Turetzky.

the second episode was recorded yesterday and again features john and sheri in studio with parviz (PARVIZ!!!) on the phone and a great interview with a very funny comedian jeff applebaum.

i don't know when there wlll be show notes for either episode since boyana has decided to move to scotland to pursue her education (so much for priorities!)

but you can download the episodes from the usual places (hint, itunes) or listen in the side podcast pickle player or even just click on the players below:

Episode 84 - November 30, 2011


Episode 83 - November 16, 2011


and that's what we got for now - we have fun doing these shows and will try to continue to get together every week or so - as always, you can call into the show at 408-335-4755 and leave a message (or get through to the studio when we're recording) - and you can listen to the studio audio live (or a random archive of past shows) by clicking on one of the player icons to the right.

we always appreciate your support and only ask that you
show up
pay attention
tell the truth
and don't be attached to the outcome.

namaste
robin

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Schnauzer Logic Episode 83 Being Recorded Today

sonovista, my friends! once you've recovered from the shock and awe of the headline, please click on one of the 4 little icons to the right under Live Audio/Archive Stream (mp3, windows media, real audio and quicktime streaming) between 4:30pm and 6:30pm california time today, Wed, november 16, 2011 (it feels like i'm holding up a newspaper for a hostage photo) and you can hear us live in the studio... you can also call in and interrupt the show by dialing (408) 335-4755

cheers
robin

Saturday, July 02, 2011

From the Finale of The Voice (Concept by Rachel) from Robin Diane Goldstein on Vimeo.

(rachel weinstein and i watched the finale of the first series of The Voice and were both gobstruck when Christina performed a 'real time' adjustment. we decided it was worthy of preserving and setting to music. enjoy!)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

(RSS) Feed Me, Seymour

sonovista, my friends! if you're one of the few who has bookmarked the Schnauzer Logic podcast feed in your regular podcast player (XML Feed) you may have noticed that a new file showed up this morning with the title "(not) Episode 82". this is a test run of a bunch of new studio hardware and software. gone is the old Mac Quad G5 and the original G4 Cube, both of which have been replaced by a single Mac Mini and a Behringer USB Digital Audio I/O box. the result is a show that uses about 1/10th of the actual power (watts), allowing us to join the ranks of GREEN podcasters, and also keep the studio much cooler.

for not having done a show for 14 months, i was actually surprised how easily i slipped back behind the microphone and into the role of fast-talking host. and it was fun!

the next step is figuring out whether we can get anyone to come back into the studio on a regular basis... John DeKoven has already said 'yes', and Jason is most likely a definite 'no' (due to his new job as West Coast Entertainment Reporter for ABC Radio Network News). and everyone else is an unknown at this point, but we'll see. its been a while since i did any kind of extended show by myself (and it requires a different kind of rhythm than doing a show with co-hosts). but '(not) 82' felt pretty comfortable, so a solo-run is certainly a possibility.

stay tuned
namaste
r

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This is why Comcast/CableCARD Support is so Awful!!!


(UPDATED: June 22, 2011) sonovista, my friends!!! so today i received my new TiVo Premiere XL box and went about getting it all set up... now this is my 4th TiVo to use a CableCARD (the thing you need so a TiVo can get subscription and premium channels) and i know that in order for it to work on Comcast here in northern california, the card needs to be both Activated (connected to my account) and Paired (a second-level encryption scheme used to protect the HBO and Showtime-type-channels).

a post on the TiVoCommunity suggested it might be possible to bypass the challenges of getting a customer service representative to understand that a CableCARD is not a cable box, and that 'hitting it with a signal' isn't the same as "Pairing" it to set up the decryption chain, but after 3 attempts at http://www.comcast.com/activate, i gave up and decided to use their online chat service (as recommended on the activation page) - here is the transcript

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Live Chat Status:
Analyst DiosdadoJr is here and your issue status is: working

user ROBIN has entered room

analyst DiosdadoJr has entered room

DiosdadoJr> Hello ROBIN_, Thank you for contacting Comcast Live Chat Support. My name is DiosdadoJr. Please give me one moment to review your information.

DiosdadoJr> Welcome to Comcast Self - Install Kit Activation support! It is a pleasure to have you on chat. I hope you haven't waited long to be assisted. How can I help you today?

ROBIN_> hi - i need to both Activate and Pair a cablecard for my new TiVo - i tried using the online tool a couple of times, but it doesn't seem to be working (i still don't get any premium channels or a lot of other channels as well)

DiosdadoJr> It would be my pleasure to assist you in activating your service from my end and make sure that it is working fine before we end the chat session.

ROBIN_> thanks!

ROBIN_> i'm on the cablecard activation screen - what info do you need from me?

[WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES]

DiosdadoJr> "Let me pull up your account first. Can you please verify if this information that you entered prior to the start of the chat is correct: Customer's Name: ROBIN GOLDSTEIN Account Number:xxxxxxxxxxxx

ROBIN_> yes

DiosdadoJr> Thank you. While I pull up your account, may I have the make and model of the the cable box as well as its serial number?

ROBIN_> its not a cable box, its a TiVo Premiere

ROBIN_> so its a cablecard, not a box

ROBIN_> do you have experience with activating -and- pairing a cablecard?

DiosdadoJr> Yes I have Robin.

ROBIN_> excellent!!!

ROBIN_> it can be confusing if you've never done it before...

DiosdadoJr> Can I have the customer s/n # of the cable card?

ROBIN_> the Card S/N is xxxxxxxxxxxx

[WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES]

DiosdadoJr> Robin just to confirm from your end is this an additional cable card or will this replace another cable card?

ROBIN_> additional cable card for a new tivo box

[WAIT FOR 10 MINUTES]

ROBIN_> still there?

DiosdadoJr> Yes Robin I'm still here. I'm in the process of activating the cable card on my end.

ROBIN_> thanks

[WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES]

DiosdadoJr> I will now take the neccessary steps to activate the cable card Robin.

ROBIN_> thanks!

[WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES]

DiosdadoJr> Robin I have sent the activation signals to your cable card, can you check for channels now?

ROBIN_> i'm getting some channels (thanks) from the activation, but no premium channels. i believe the cable card also needs to be "Paired" using the Card ID, Host ID and Data ID info (as i recall from past experience)

DiosdadoJr> Do you have that information Robin?

ROBIN_> yes:

ROBIN_> CableCard ID: xxxxxxxxxxxx

ROBIN_> Host ID: xxxxxxxxxxxx

ROBIN_> Data ID: xxxxxxxxxxxx

DiosdadoJr> Thank you for that information Robin.

ROBIN_> cool

[WAIT FOR 10 MINUTES]

DiosdadoJr> I have already activated your cable service, and its already up and running here in my system, just in case after 45 minutes some of the expected channels are still not appearing please do contact this number 1 888 270 6445 for the activation update.

ROBIN_> so you've entered the Host ID and Data ID info on your screens?

ROBIN_> it usually doesn't take anywhere near 45 minutes to get the premium channels

[WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES]

DiosdadoJr> Just to recap what we have done today, I was able to successfully activate your cable service from my end and it is working fine now.

ROBIN_> no, that is not correct

ROBIN_> it appears my cablecard is not correctly "Paired" though it is "Activated"

DiosdadoJr> Yes Robin that is just the maximum time we give.

ROBIN_> ok - just to be clear, this was not a successful resolution of my issue. i would like to say it is, but my card is not Paired and i'm not getting the premium channels like HBO

DiosdadoJr> Robin I have actually sent the pair hit signal to your cable card.

ROBIN_> i believe you - its just not working

DiosdadoJr> Well Robin if you still have some issues regarding subscribed channels not loading, feel free to call our National Video Activation center for resolution & advanced trouble shooting regarding video activation.

ROBIN_> is that the 888 number above?

DiosdadoJr> Yes it is Robin.

DiosdadoJr> Thank you for using Comcast and have a nice day.

ROBIN_> you too - ciao

=================

so i then called the 888 number (above) and got hung up on 3 times! finally i called another comcast number and got straight through to a fellow (i wish i remembered his name) who understood that a CableCARD is not a cable box and has to be both authorized and paired and within 10 minutes (literally while i watched the screen and waited) everything was working great.

bottom line: time spent on getting my CableCARD activated and paired by Comcast - over 90 minutes (online, in chat, and on the phone) - time spent once i got to talk with someone who actually knew what to do - 10 minutes.

(for the record, i then had to call TiVo to activate the new box on my account - i wanted to do something 'tricky' and the regular customer rep couldn't help, so i called TiVo's HQ, got passed along to a second level rep and he took care of everything in about 10 minutes. so, TiVo, yea, Comcast, boo)

next up... trying to change the replaceable head in my electric toothbrush - wish me luck!

namaste
robin
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Wednesday Morning Update - June 22, 2011
so after i posted this on my @SchnauzerLogic twitter feed, i received a number of directed tweets from @ComcastMelissa offering to handle the issue directly. i thanked her and noted that the final CSR (who goes down as the unsung hero of this fustercluck) was knowledgeable and apologetic and got it all taken care of 'tout de suite'! she then asked for my account info, via direct message, so she could pass it up the chain in customer service, and this morning i received a phone call from another very nice woman who was equally apologetic and mentioned that she had read through the transcript and was going to be working with the CSR managers to make sure everyone had a refresher course on CableCARDS and the like... she also made an offer of 'good faith' in connection with my account (not necessary, but a clear indication that "Comcast Cares"!)... so all is good and working well... if only a call to customer service could do something about the quality of the programming!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ringtone for the Rapture

its the end of the world and i'm feeling creative! this archive contains an MP3 file and an M4R file, suitable for your iPhone.

http://www.SchnauzerLogic.com/rapturering.zip

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Film Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

(my friend, don, has been asking for my thoughts on the sequel to the original Wall Street, so i sat down to watch it on PPV last night, and here's where i came out.)



Roger Ebert's infamous review of Rob Reiner's 1994 film, "North", contained the following bit of prose:

"I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."

For some reason (ok, many reasons), this old review came to mind, repeatedly, as i fought the constant temptation to "go all Elvis" on my Sony XBR last night while enduring this 2010 sequel to Oliver Stone's iconic 1987 cautionary tale of conspicuous consumption and greed. From the opening bleats of the David Byrne/Brian Eno soundtrack to the obligatory Charlie Sheen (and two hooker) cameo, almost every moment of this obvious, blunt force trauma made me want to punch someone. Shia LaBeouf's angry innocence? Pow. Josh Brolin's cardboard villain? Pow. Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Austin Pendleton, Eli Wallach? Pow, Pow, Pow, Pow! Has there ever been a greater waste of talent (or worse collection of accents?)

We get it, Oliver. We didn't learn our lesson and now the Apocalypse (quite literally, if you're a fan of wide tracking shots over Ground Zero) is upon us. And -only- Gordon Gekko can save us. Or fuck us in the ass. Or both or neither or wait, is this thing -still- not over?

The philosopher Aristotle said in his work Poetics that tragedy is characterized by seriousness and dignity and involving a great person who experiences a reversal of fortune (at least according to Wikipedia.) If that's true, then the real tragedy of WS:MNS is that the director of "Platoon", "Born on the Fourth of July", and the original "Wall Street" has returned to a 23 year-old well intent on passing off its brackish contents as cool, clear and refreshing. But it's not. It's not even the sickly sweet "Kool-Aid" that Gecko cautions his adoring audience against drinking. Its just stale and stinky, leaving you unquenched and slightly queasy with the sure knowledge that you'll wake up in the morning with cotton mouth and a pounding headache.

Over produced, over acted and underwhelming, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a thorough mess whose most entertaining moment comes in the opening scene when the newly released ex-con, Gekko, is given back his iconic Motorola-brick cell phone. After sitting through this 2 hour and 7 minute magnum dopus, it occurred to me that this whole drama could have been avoided if old 'Gordo' had (spoiler alert) simply taken that $100 million he stashed away in Zurich back in '87 and invested it in Apple stock. By the time he got out he'd have more money than he'd know what do to with -and- a shiny new iPhone.

Or perhaps it's Stone who's fucking with us, at this very moment penning the third installment, "Wall Street: Love The Yuan You're With".

So, Don, my my verdict on "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"?
To paraphrase the great Paul Simon, "Still Greedy After All These Years".


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt - The Right of the People to Rule



Recorded by Thomas Edison, August 1912

The great fundamental issue now before our people can be stated briefly. It is, are the American people fit to govern themselves, to rule themselves, to control themselves? I believe they are. My opponents do not. I believe in the right of the people to rule. I believe that the majority of the plain people of the United States will, day in and day out, make fewer mistakes in governing themselves than any smaller class or body of men, no matter what their training, will make in trying to govern them. I believe, again, that the American people are, as a whole, capable of self-control, and of learning by their mistakes. Our opponents pay lip-loyalty to this doctrine; but they show their real beliefs by the way in which they champion every device to make the nominal rule of the people a sham.

I am not leading this fight as a matter of aesthetic pleasure. I am leading because somebody must lead, or else the fight would not be made at all. I prefer to work with moderate, with rational, conservatives, provided only that they do in good faith strive forward toward the light. But when they halt and turn their backs to the light, and sit with the scorners on the seats of reaction, then I must part company with them. We the people cannot turn back. Our aim must be steady, wise progress.

It would be well if our people would study the history of a sister republic. All the woes of France for a century and a quarter have been due to the folly of her people in splitting into the two camps of unreasonable conservatism and unreasonable radicalism. Had pre-Revolutionary France listened to men like Turgot, and backed them up, all would have gone well. But the beneficiaries of privilege, the Bourbon reactionaries, the shortsighted ultra-conservatives, turned down Turgot; and then found that instead of him they had obtained Robespierre. They gained twenty years' freedom from all restraint and reform, at the cost of the whirlwind of the red terror; and in their turn the unbridled extremists of the terror induced a blind reaction; and so, with convulsion and oscillation from one extreme to another, with alternations of violent radicalism and violent Bourbonism, the French people went through misery toward a shattered goal. May we profit by the experiences of our brother republicans across the water, and go forward steadily, avoiding all wild extremes; and may our ultra-conservatives remember that the rule of the Bourbons brought on the Revolution, and may our would-be revolutionaries remember that no Bourbon was ever such a dangerous enemy of the people and of freedom as the professed friend of both, Robespierre.

There is no danger of a revolution in this country; but there is grave discontent and unrest, and in order to remove them there is need of all the wisdom and probity and deep-seated faith in and purpose to uplift humanity we have at our command. Friends, our task as Americans is to strive for social and industrial justice, achieved through the genuine rule of the people. This is our end, our purpose. The methods for achieving the end are merely expedients, to be finally accepted or rejected according as actual experience shows that they work well or ill. But in our hearts we must have this lofty purpose, and we must strive for it in all earnestness and sincerity, or our work will come to nothing. In order to succeed we need leaders of inspired idealism, leaders to whom are granted great visions, who dream greatly and strive to make their dreams come true; who can kindle the people with the fire from their own burning souls. The leader for the time being, whoever he may be, is but an instrument, to be used until broken and then to be cast aside; and if he is worth his salt he will care no more when he is broken than a soldier cares when he is sent where his life is forfeit in order that the victory may be won. In the long fight for righteousness the watchword for all of us is spend and be spent.

(This speech contains excerpts from "The Right of People to Rule," an address originally delivered at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on March 20, 1912. See Social Justice and Popular Rule: Essays, Addresses, and Public Statements Relating to the Progressive Movement (1910-1916) by Theodore Roosevelt.)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Boyana's Dog - Rocky



sonovista, my friends... hope you are all well and enjoying the World Cup (you ess aye you ess aye you ess aye)... i've been taking acupuncture treatments for my med-stuff and (shhhhhh!) things seem to be a tiny bit better! so maybe a new show sometime before 2012.

in the meanwhile i had a lovely email exchange with Boyana today about her pending graduation from university and she forwarded along a photo of her pup, Rocky, who, while not a schnauzer, seems to be a pretty cool guy (as i'm sure you'll agree!)

enjoy the weekend and Happy Father's Day to dads everywhere.
robin

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

It's not you, It's me...

sonovista, my friends! your erstwhile host, here, with an update to the Schnauzer Logic podcast schedule.

as some of you have noticed (many with sadness, a few with glee), the show has been MIA since Episode 81 (recorded on April 21, 2010). despite rumors to the contrary, this has nothing to do with anything that's happened between our little band of merrymakers (either on-air or off). in fact, while we've made a few abortive attempts to stage Episode 82 (alas, to no avail), we did manage to get sheri, rachel, jeff and me (robin) up to Dublin, CA a few weeks ago to help judge one of the semi-final rounds of John DeKoven's Bunjo's Comedy Competition, where a good time was had by all.

the issue is my struggle to do all the pre/post show work necessary to actually have a show. for the rest of the crew the actual time commitment is the 2+ hours we spend in the studio, plus travel and snacks - for me the time commitment works out to bewteen 4x-5x that -even- with Boyana's tremendous assistance. each week i need to set aside between 8 and 10 hours to prep the show, grab the music and audio, confirm the participants, clean the studio, load the files, do the show, break down the show, edit, process, compress, annotate and upload the audio to the server, ping Boyana with links, clean the studio and mics and put everything away. under ideal circumstances i can slot these tasks in between the other things i need to do to make sure life goes on (and on and on), but recently the stars have not aligned quite so harmoniously and the show prep (pre- and post-, never the show itself) has become a source of angst and anxiety and a drain on my resources. as a result i've had to cancel the show a couple of times at the last minute, and realize i've been 'jerking' the crew around (they have lives, too!) which then adds to my angst and anxiety (still 20% jewish by volume)... combine this with a series of wednesday client meetings that can't be moved (including this week and next), and you get the Official Schnauzer Logic 2010 Hiatus.

rest assured that the studio remains intact, dusted and ready to go at a moment's notice...

instead, take comfort in the words of the poets of Persia, Jerusalem, and OK Go who have each noted with wisdom and compassion:

"This too shall pass"
این نیز بگزرد, een niz bogzarad
גם זה יעבור, gam zeh yaavor

more to say when there's more worth saying... until then, many thanks to you all (especially John, Parviz, Sheri, Jason, Jeff, Rachel, all the regulars and especially Boyana) and when all else fails, remember to:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

namaste
robin




Thursday, May 13, 2010

Where the hell -is- everybody?

sonovista, my friends! its a good question and you deserve an answer and right now i got nothing... Sheri and Rachel and Jeff and i should be joining John DeKoven at BUNJO's this friday night to be judges in his Komedy Kompetion thing, and we'll try to do a show next week assuming i can get someone to sit in the studio with me (or maybe even if i can't)

in the meanwhile, here is a pleasant photo i took on my trip to Terre Haute, Indiana this past weekend to celebrate my uncle's 80th birthday and watch as he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods College.

namaste
robin

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Official Episode 81 Show Notes by Boyana Atanasova

If you never had the chance to listen to the famous Schnauzer Logic podcast before, its Episode 81 is probably the perfect for you to join the crazy group called “listeners”! The radio show was recorded on the 21st of April and now I have the wonderful privilege to tell you a few words about it here.

Guests at the studio were John, Sheri and Parviz and right at the beginning we learned from some of them that it is not OK to answer somebody’s “hi, how are you” with “I’m tired”. That was a cool start of an even cooler show. Among the topics there mentioned were the latest stories around Conan O’Brien and George Lopez, Larry King and his (ex)wives, Tracy Morgan’s comedy style and many, many others. Much time was spent talking about the new iPhone that “leaked” few days ago. It was a strange story with a stupid Apple employee who has left the prototype of the smart phone in a bar. This was the time when everybody in the studio began talking about conspiracies and their influence in our point of view. Parviz was the one who put there the bad story of a baby who was left in the car of its parents for many hours… Stories told by Wikileaks were also an interesting part of this segment. Some of their latest findings are really stunning! Go check them out.

Our lovely host Robin told us also his opinion about the health care system in the USA and about a car accident that was probably caused by him. But the funniest part of the show was when the phone in the studio rang… This was at a time when Robin decided to stop talking, leaving the listeners only to Parviz, John and Sheri. :) There on the phone was John’s French mother who shared her thoughts about maaany things, but mostly about Robin Diane – our wonderful host of the show. I should say this here – it was an amazing pleasure to hear this old lady with her sense of humour and interesting stories to tell!

A small segment was made about the funny videos in YouTube about Hitler which were unfortunately banned from the site. If you are listening to the whole show carefully you may be lucky enough to catch up the last few seconds of it where Parviz was again the host, hehe.

This Episode 81 will be the last for the next couple of weeks so it will be nice of you if you check some of the previous shows that will also show you how a good comedy podcast is made by real professionals.

Until the next time (which will be in about two or three weeks!):


Show Up

Pay Attention

Tell The Truth, and

Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Schnauzer Logic Episode 81 is Online!!!

sonovista, my friends! Episode 81 is online and can't truly be described using words from any known language. Surgeon General's Warning: the audio may cause hallucinations, drowsiness and possible seizures (all are which preferable to the show itself). but we do get a call from John DeKoven's Mother!

all the usual stuff applies (show notes, links, etc.) and will follow in due course (or not).

the MP3 file is ::here::

film @ 11

namaste
robin

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Schnauzer Logic Episode 81 - We're in the Studio Today

sonovista, my friends... just a head's up... we're in the studio today between 4pm and 6pm california time (approx) to record Schnauzer Logic Episode 81 - feel free to listen on the audio stream (http://audio.str3am.com:5070) or to call in and participate in the shenanigans at 408/335.4755

cheers!
robin

(Hospital) Room with a View

sonovista, my friends... time for my annual "photograph from the window of my brain surgeon's office" this year an 8 photo panorama taken with my Panasonic ZS3/TZ7, fiddled a bit in photoshop. enjoy!


UCSF 400 Parnassus Avenue - 8th Floor - Looking North
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Official Episode 80 Show Notes by Boyana Atanasova

Welcome back to the Schnauzer Logic official show notes! Two weeks without the podcast and it came time for the 80th Episode, which was recorded on the 14th of April.

It was a funny show with only John and Parviz in the studio. All of Robin’s friends that used to be guests had different things to do at this time, but this does not affect the great spirit of the show. It started with a talk about the new “Nike” commercial with Tiger Woods. John and Robin were shocked that Parviz didn’t see it, because it was commented in almost every tv show in the USA. I should admit – what a strange commercial this was!

Second topic was the article Robin has written some days ago. It is called “The year of living Olbermann” and it tells the story of the fake Keith Olbermann’s Twitter profile Robin created and managed for the past 12 months. It is a nice but really long article that our host read on air so everybody that was too lazy to read it (like me, Parviz and John), to hear it now.

A wonderful surprise was the call on the phone from Mark Zinkle who has listened Schnauzer Logic from right from the beginning four years ago. Mark was then 14 and now he has his own radio show, he is building an airplane and he is probably the most attractive boy in his class, hehe… You can find more about his activities on his official site. What a nice boy he is!

The second call at this 80th episode was from Mary, who has won free tickets for Bunjo’s comedy club! More details on Facebook!

A conversation was made about the recent events around Conan O’Brien and the news the he will probably join the forces of TBS. Different opinions, comments and positions were all gathered in Schnuzer Logic Radio Show, Episode 80!

Parviz had his own segment before the end of the show where all – Jackson’s doctor, Hugh Hefner comment about Tiger Woods and Jesse James, Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, adopted Russian kid, John Tesh and Oprah and Sigourney Weaver, were mentioned.

The show ended with a Bulgarian song by Stoyan Yankoulov and Elitsa Todorova called “Water”. Jeff was the last caller at the studio and again with his amazing sense of humor added interesting comment about the recent issues with Toyota. He also told us about the “Star Wars: Uncut”.

That was it – Episode 80!

Until next time!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Four Score and Zero Podcast's Ago...

sonovista, my friends! gotta keep this quick (and will update with more details and links as time permits)

Schnauzer Logic Episode #80 is Online in all the usual places. This past Wednesday Jason was out with the flu and Sheri, Jeff and Rachel were all caught up in work emergencies, but John DeKoven, Parviz and I soldered through the week's events. In addition, the SchnauzerStudioPhone (408/335.4755) got a workout with surprise calls by Mark Zinkle (teen radio host/ultralight pilot extraordinaire), and Mary from Everette (by way of Castro Valley) who won tickets to Bunjo's!!! who regaled us with tails of warm lobster rolls available -here- on the West Coast.

Plus good tuneage including Bulgarian rock courtesy of Boyana.

This show deserves copious links but yesterday was Tax Day here in the US and after having my finances examined I had to drive up to UCSF to have my head examined (yearly brain scan - pictures coming soon!) But on a happier note, my SF Giants are leading baseball with a 7-2 record, so Go Giants!

more soon and if you can't find what you're looking for, post a comment or drop me a line.

in the meanwhile
Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth, and
Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

namaste
robin

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Coming this Wednesday (what? what?) A New Schnauzer Logic!

sonovista, my friends! i know its been a few weeks since we've been in the studio to record a new show, but 'fingers crossed', we should all be back this week with more Schnauzer'y goodness!

in the meanwhile, a couple of photos to show that i've at least used my truancy for good and not evil...

opening day for the 2010 San Francisco Giants


(btw, you can see all my Giants Photos and a couple of Videos (1) (2) from Opening Day)

see ya all Wednesday and feel free to leave any question, comments or requests on the Schnauzer Hotline @408/335.4755

namaste
robin

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Year Of Living Olbermann



(A Cautionary Tale for the Genuine Article)

It began innocently enough, as most great adventures do. Alone and drunk and sitting in front of a television, I stared as the man, the myth, the legend that is Keith Olbermann declared, “Twitter”, the day’s “Worst Person In The World.” I was gob struck, a term I was technically not allowed to use as I had opted for MIT instead of Cornell, but damn convention, this was basic cable, and it was serious. The host of the news program I had enjoyed during the entirety of the 2008 Presidential election campaign, the man who had combined humor and intelligence in the coverage of our quadrennial ‘Sturm und Drang’ had just dumped all over the latest social networking phenomena because someone had sent him an email that referenced a tweet that was apparently addressed to a fake Twitter zzzzzzzzzzzz. I don’t remember the facts. I was well into the Slivovitz at this point and only capable of one thought: This can’t be the “real” Keith Olbermann. The real Olbermann has a sense of humor and this guy on the TV was using the same bat he swung against stupidity and hypocrisy and cruelty to swat at a silly little bird. But if the fellow on TV wasn’t the real Olbermann, that left a void! So picking up my computer, I did the only thing any right-thinking American would do. I created another fake Olbermann account, named it in honor of both Puff Daddy and Spartacus, and declared for all the world to see:

“@iAMolbermann”

And, with a hastily crafted profile photo sporting the requisite ‘evil twin’ magic marker beard, I simply began typing things into the twitterverse, addressing no one and talking about nothing. No followers necessary, I just started tweeting. Random things. Silly things. Obviously insane things. For example, when the genuine KO appeared the next night on “Real Time with Bill Maher” I tweeted the ‘inside scoop’:

“bill maher smells like sweet pickle chips, the kind you put on your burger. i kind of liked it... there, i said it! i am olbermann”

And soon, like bits of cosmic flotsam and jetsam, Twitter followers, living, breathing human beings, began attaching themselves to me (or the me that was the fake Olbermann). In the beginning most appeared to be in on the joke and seemed to appreciate tweets like:

“and now, as promised, a special comment: To lower your stress, get a kitty. Lucky Numbers 6,49,5,11,2,3 i AM olbermann”.

Now to be honest, after the kerfuffle over the first 'fake' Olbermann (the one that resulted in the Countdown WPITW rant), there were those who doubted my authenticity. A few folks even asked me to “prove” that I really was Keith, which I did by taking a photo of a computer screen displaying an MSNBC KO publicity shot, clearly reflected in a hand mirror, and claiming this was a photograph of ‘me’ right after shaving that morning. The arrow cursor visible in my hair may have detracted from the air of legitimacy I was hoping to convey.

You see, in one of my many other identities (see the banner at the top of the blog) I’m a comedian and writer and posting as @iAMolbermann became an exercise to see how long I could maintain a funny Twitter stream from an alternate universe where a Bizarro World Olbermann dwelt. A tweet stream of Keith Olbermann's "id", if you will. At one point, early on, I even wrote to the producers of Countdown confessing my shenanigans and observing that I was finding it exhausting having to be Keith Olbermann for just a few minutes a day, and wondering how the real KO kept it up 24/7.


But as Nietzsche might have said (in 140 characters or less), “If you tweet long enough into the abyss, the abyss will begin to tweet back at you”, and eventually the hate tweets arrived. Angry people looking for a place to vent their frustration or confusion or just looking for a bogeyman they could lash out against. And the strange thing was how much it hurt. Personally. I knew I wasn’t Olbermann and that they weren’t directing their vitriol against me, but I had taken on the role of ‘in loco celebrity” and was, therefore, fair game.

And so the first lesson I learned in my year of living Olbermann was that people are willing to say things on the Internet that I don’t think their upbringing or religion or just good manners would permit them to say face to face. I wish this weren’t the case, but we all know its true. And it may speak more to our need, as human beings, of having our thoughts and feelings ‘witnessed’ by others, than it does to our capacity for anonymous cruelty. I’m not sure I’m smart enough to know. Remember, I’m the one who didn’t go to Cornell. But I do know that being a public figure, even an obviously fake public figure, comes at a cost, and as the real person behind the false identity, I can assure you the brickbats leave marks.

The second lesson I learned in my year of living Olbermann is that for every jerk with a nasty comment, there are hundreds of kind and compassionate folks who will offer their genuine love and support when life presents its toughest challenges. As regular viewers of Countdown know, Keith sadly lost both his mother and father during the past year, and as a jokester, I found myself unprepared to deal with issues of real loss and grief in the midst of my comic facade.

On the one hand I was writing a parody/comedy tweet stream that had no basis in reality, posting tweets like:

“OlberFunQuiz: chicken breed or name i've been called? Dorking, Clownface, Buttercup, Jersey Giant?”

and

“Went to see Avatar at the IMAX. Did you know they charge extra for 3D? I paid, but watched the film with one eye closed, in protest.”

And on the other hand, a real person, someone who I admired, had lost one (and then the other) of his parents.

Now it turns out that I had lost both of my parents during the past few years, as well, and again found that the real life events of my doppelganger had a direct impact on me through my faux Twitter identity. Many of @iAMolbermann’s followers, apparently unaware that they were not writing to the original Olbermann, sent lovely notes of
condolence and consolation and I took care to respond to each of them, noting that I was a comedian and not the real KO, though still a fan, and suggesting that they send their well wishes directly to Keith at MSNBC. And so, as hurt as I was by the misdirected bile sent my way in the name of fair and balanced discourse, I was equally heartened by outpouring of unsolicited prayer and support and kindness directed towards my namesake as comfort against the universal experience of grief and loss we all, at one time or another, share.

And it was this second lesson that lead directly to the third and final epiphany I had during my year of living Olbermann:

Reading may be Fundamental, but "Reading" and "Reading Comprehension" are Not the Same Thing!


During my year of living Olbermann I managed to go from a handful of followers to somewhere close to 11,000. And a strange phenomenon I noticed along the way was that even though I repeatedly tweeted both subtly (and not so subtly) that I was NOT the real Keith Olbermann (a fact easily confirmed by simply reading the tweets authored by @iAMolbermann), the number of followers who believed I was Olbermann continued to rise. In fact, at one point I noticed that every time I tweeted I lost followers and so, after tweeting this precise revelation, I simply shut up and watched the count go even higher.

And so it went, parallel universes in perfect harmony, until April 8, 2010 (the night I originally wrote this piece). While packing my bag in anticipation of traveling to the home opener between the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves (yes, I happen to love baseball, too), I turned on the TV to catch the end of the 5pm Countdown broadcast and noticed Keith talking to John Hodgman about his intention to ‘finally’ enter the Twitterverse with an official account
@keitholbermann. And, after a brief OMG/WTF moment, I quickly logged in as @iAMolbermann and tweeted:

“HOLY CRAP!!! the jig is up!!!”

and waited for my number of followers to drop. Except that they didn’t. Finishing up this article a bit over 2 hours after the “OG” Olbermann posted his first tweets, I discovered that I had even more followers than I did before, many of whom were, yes, ‘welcoming’ me to Twitter. (sigh)

As Walt Kelly wrote in Pogo,
“We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us.”

Us, and a significant lapse in our reading comprehension.


And so, Mr. Olbermann, along with the thousands of others who will undoubtedly subscribe to the 140 characters of ‘Keithiness’ that will make up @keitholbermann, I too welcome you to the show (the other, weirder, more egalitarian show where everyone has made the roster and seems to be taking batting practice in all directions, simultaneously.) I hereby turn the @iAMolberman nation over to you, in good health and good spirits, no worse for the wear and tear and fake magic marker beard.

As Tooter Turtle might have said, “Please Mr. Wizard! I don’t want to be Keith Olbermann any more!” And as kindly Wizard the Lizard would hopefully have intoned, “Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome; time for zis one to come home.”

Good Night and Good Luck being Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann. Its a task best left to those chivalrous of spirit, pure of heart, and clean shaven (Cornell degree optional.)

And in closing, I’ll ask that -you- answer the lovely Ann Molison @amolison of Colorado who tweets:

“So - which Olbermann do we read! This one with a hairy face! Or the clean cut - new one who finally logged in today! :)”

Keith, we both know its probably better that she hear it from you.

Article and Photo Mosaic of @iAMolbermann Followers
©2010 Robin Diane Goldstein

robin@schnauzerlogic.com
www.SchnauzerLogic.com

Thursday, April 08, 2010

We All Playin' Hooky

a conflagration of solar flares, sunspots, and cocoa butter resulted in the gang playing hooky yesterday, so please accept our apologies for the lack of original comedic show material (i know... this applies to pretty much every week, show or no show!)

in the meantime, please to enjoy this pretty picture from the beach at santa cruz , california, yesterday at exactly the moment we should have been in a small, hot, crowded room.



next week we're back!
namaste
robin

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Schnauzer Logic’s NoNothing Review: The Apple iPad



As with all NoNothing reviews, it's important to be clear right from the start. I don't own an Apple iPad. I've never touched one, felt one, lifted one, held one. I've never seen one in person and haven't spoken directly with anyone who has. Now, on to the review.

After months of delay, Apple's long awaited tablet computer, the awkwardly named "IPad" has finally been released, and much like Apple's previous tablet computer, the "Newton", this overpriced/under-featured bit of fanboy flotsam left me wanting. With its bright, clear, large flat glass screen, I was surprised to see that after picking it up, turning it over, and handing it around to all my friends, the iPad's display was covered in fingerprints. Cleaning the screen with the same lint free optical cloth I use on my iPhone, MacBook and Oakley sunglasses proved to be an unexpected source of irritation, especially when these same friends repeatedly asked, "how do you keep the screen clean?"

Equally troubling is its size. With a screen 5x larger than an iPhone, the iPad is far too big to put in your pocket. And while Apple "claims" that the WiFi version of the iPad weighs only 1.5lbs, after holding it at arms length for much of its 10-hour battery life, mine felt much heavier. Speaking of which, come on Apple… no user serviceable parts? This isn't like an electric toothbrush or an electric razor or hairdryer or the new Flip cameras or MacBooks or MacBook Pros or any iPod or iPhone ever? Its important to me to know that I –can- replace the battery myself, regardless of whether I'm ever likely to do so.

Turning next to the software, the iPad is severely limited to only those applications Apple, itself, decides to supply, or one of the few of third-party apps you're forced to purchase from Apple's iTunes store. And while Apple doesn't set the pricing for any third-party apps, I nevertheless felt ripped off when I learned that some developers are charging –more- for an updated/enhanced iPad version of the same app (some up to 300% more, charging $2.99 for a life saving CPR instructional app that previously cost only 99 cents).

Continuing to explore the software, while attempting to browse the web on the supplied Safari browser (the only browser available, by the way. Apple still won't allow Microsoft's Internet Explorer to run on the iPad) I was surprised to learn that the iPad does not support Adobe's Flash, making it impossible to view any YouTube videos, unless you use the supplied YouTube app that comes standard on the iPad. Begining with the original iPhone, first launched in June of 2007, and continuing through to today, Apple has refused to support Flash on the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch, making Apple's lack of Flash on the iPad all that much more frustrating. One wonders how much longer Apple can maintain this clearly untenable position.

Finally, no review of the iPad can be complete without a discussion of its durability, need for a 10 watt charger, virtual keyboard, case and how quickly its large flat display attracts fingerprints. So here goes: my 5 year old can watch all her Disney movies on the VCR in our family room, but I wouldn't let her take my iPad to her pre-school class, and you shouldn't let her take yours either. It's not clear what Apple was thinking, but this isn't a product aimed at the Ravi set. With respect to power, Apple supplies a specialized 10 watt charger, but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't expect to be able to charge my iPad by plugging it into any USB port on any product ever made. As Johnny Cochrane might say, "If the plug does fit, you must charge it!" And last, but not least, no matter what you might have thought, typing on the iPad's virtual keyboard is simply not the same as typing on a dedicated, stand alone, keyboard, resulting in the unpleasant experience of getting fingerprints on the display.

While you may find the iPad a perfect complement to the web sites, magazines, email, films, tv, music and digital books you enjoy every day, in my opinion, if the unfortunate name isn't enough to keep you away from this $500 entertainment 'toy', the easily smudged screen should be.

Robin Diane Goldstein
Schnauzer Logic NoNothing Reviewer

Friday, April 02, 2010

No new show this week

Hi there, Schnauzer Logic fans and friends!

This week there won't be a new Episode, but you can always listen to one of the previous, right? :)

Until the new Show - Happy Easter and wonderful holidays to you all!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Official Episode 79 Show Notes by Boyana Atanasova

Two weeks without our favorite podcast and finally there is a new Schnauzer show that I will comment down here. I won’t stop saying about every new episode that it was one of the best I've heard! It may sound a bit odd but it’s the truth – Episode 79 didn’t make difference. It was wonderful! John and Parviz (woohooo!) were the only guests at the beginning of the show, but later on Sheri join the group. The music this time was taken from the latest UK pop hits charts and Jason was again on the phone, giving his interesting opinion and insights to the discussions in front of the mikes. One of the first funny moments was right at the start of this Schnauzer - when John and Parviz were trying to make a meaningful conversation without Robin….but the great laughter was the only result at the end.

The serious talk started with the “swear” topic and Joe Biden, who managed to curse while talking on a public event. This was turned to a discussion about the recent steps in changing the USA health care system. Robin had his opinion, Sheri shared hers, John and Parviz also made great comments, so you can hear all of the details (or actually SEE how they made them on the video Robin recorded with two cams in the studio) after you download the whole episode. The serious part continued with a segment dedicated to the opposition – republicans vs. democrats. Also interesting points of view gathered there.

Aaaand, that’s all from the “serious” part. All that left was filled with funny jokes and friendly comments. Sandra Bullock and her recent marriage problems was mentioned, the origin of the phrase “that’s what she said” also there, as many TV shows like - The Marriage Ref”, “Undercover Boss”, “Who Do You Think You Are”, “Shark Tank”, “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “Modern Family”. All of them were put in the Parviz segment where he collected opinions about his favorite TV shows and we received interesting views about them.

Robin had the luck to find wonderful stories at Boing Boing and one of them brought him to Becky Stern’s website/blog where he found an amazing scarves made by Becky herself. She was the second phone guest at the 79th Episode and it was quite impressing to learn more information about her. She is a really talented young woman who has many ideas and probably the most important and useful things needed in such cases – the will and the desire to create and make them real. Becky is making a lot of cool stuff and she’s also writing about them in Make and Craft. It was a nice interview with a really nice girl you should definitely check her work. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that she was involved in the making of the amazing last OK Go video. Enjoy!

If you didn’t know, there is a TigerText app for iPhone, but the details about it are all in the show, told from John. Robin was the one that raised voice for the changes that will happen in the post delivery services in the USA. He was the one pointing that back in the days mail was delivered from postmen TWICE a day.

That was this Episode in a few words that can not describe the great vibes there in the studio, but I am sure you’ll all feel them while listening and/or watching. Have a nice week! Until next time!

Schnauzer Logic Episode 79 is Online!!!

Sonovista, my friends!!! Yes, I know this posting is very late and as my high school English teacher, Mr. Corbacio, used to say: "My Apologies... All Over The Place!"

In any event our -crack- team in Sofia are hard at work whipping up this weeks show notes (ihopeihopeihope) but in the meantime, here's what you need to know:

1. The show is in all the usual places (and i need to figure out a better way to do this every week!)... iTunes, direct MP3 download, the online player, tin cans and string, smoke signals, 40m SSB, etc...

2. In the studio this week were Coughy McCoughawitz (Bunjo's! John DeKoven who now has his own Blog), Sheri Stevens and Parviz Fathali and joining in from LA, Radio's Jason Nathanson (KNX1070).

3. Our discussions ranged all over the place but we did spend a bit of time talking about the new US health care legislation, Tiger Woods, some television that makes us cry (for good reasons), the possible legalization of marijuana in California, tigertexting, 5 day postal delivery, and more.

4. Our BIG GUEST was DIY artist/author/doer, Becky Stern who discussed writing for both Make and Craft and is amazing and awesome made me think i should probably start getting up earlier.

5. Blah Blah Blah... oh yeah, we now have multiple cameras in the studio and i'm trying an experiment where we record the entire show on video using BoinxTV (amazing software, btw) and you can then see it here:



The show starts out with audio from the room mic but switches over to the board so the whole 2+ hours are not echo'y but clean audio right from the mixing board.

6. And there's more but i'm totally behind the 8 ball (again) - oh... we did hear from Sean and looks like he's gotten a handle on his meds and we're all hopeful that he'll be on the mend soon and may even be back some day and we're asking you'all to send him your love , prayers and good energy.

7. Anyone out there feel like writing a positive review for the podcast on iTunes, we'd be much appreciative!

8. The show phone lines are always open for your voice mail messages (which we're most likely to play on the air) @ 408-335-4755

and that's all i got... until next time
Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth, and
Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

namaste
robin

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Leprechauns Stole My Podcast! (see: Dingos, et al.)

Sonovista, my friends! Just wanted to give you all a head's up that we're going to take a break this week to celebrate Lá Fhéile Pádraig and recover from a bit 'o' the illness that has overtaken a few of our team (lots of things are green - some intentional, some not!)

See you all next week with the full cast back in the studio and the (secret) premiere of the Schnauzer Logic After-Show TV Party FunTime Program

namaste
robin

Official Episode 78 Show Notes by Boyana Atanasova

Episode 78 from Schnauzer Logic history was born one week ago and now I will serve you a couple of sentences about what happened in it. It lasted something like two hours and a half and you should know that it was a wonderful show again. The guests at the studio were John, Jeff and Rachel (an old friend of our host Robin and was nice to hear her at this new episode.) Jason was on the “hot line” on the telephone and the singer/songwriter/comedian Ken Turetzky called right before the end of the show, making the last segment of it really interesting and enjoyable.

The main theme of the show this time was again Oscars. We’ve received some wonderful insights from Jason who was on the red carpet. He met some actors, directors, producers, went on some parties, didn’t go to others… But the details are all in the 78th Episode and you should download it for more info! :)

Robin showed an interesting choice of music this time. We heard some crazy j-pop (Japanese pop) tunes and a bonus song of Ken at the end of the show. Jason’s recent interview with Bill Cosby was funny to hear and it gave a nice start of the conversation between the guests at the studio. We also got some personal information about Rachel – one of the moments of confusion there on Schnauzer Logic.

As I already mentioned it – Episode 78 lasted two hours and a half and it was quite interesting to listen (as always!) so I suggest you grab a copy of it and share your thoughts in the comments box here.

It is a pleasure for me to share with you that I now live in a new small apartment with my boyfriend! So, you now understand why these show notes were delayed (or I hope you do ;)).

Today we will hopefully receive one wonderful new show sooo…. Stay tuned!