EGC Clambake for April 5, 2007 – “Picking up the Flag for Fallen Friends”

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It’s the hurry up offense. I wasn’t that happy with yesterday’s show so I turn around and do what I hope is a better one. I play a song by The Thermals; I talk about memorializing dead friends by trying to emulate their best attributes; I talk about ambition and money and the minimum you can retire on, and my idea for the most ridiculous way to make money blogging; I talk about winning the lottery and how winning a small prize might make you happier than a big one; I play a clip from the SModcast; I talk about playing poker; I play a song by Camper Van Beethoven, ask all my listeners to call up an old friend that they haven’t talked to in a while; and with that I vanish in a cloud of mist.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

7 thoughts on “EGC Clambake for April 5, 2007 – “Picking up the Flag for Fallen Friends””

  1. Derek says:

    Good show and as one of those people who thought you sounded “a little down”, I’m glad that you’re feeling a little better. I was taken by surprise when you quoted The Beatles. Never thought I’d see that.

    I took your advice and called my stepmother. Since my father died a few years ago, I’ve only talked to her a handful of times, but have always meant to call. Your call to call wasn’t the only reason I did it, but it was a pretty good reminder.

    Also, I liked that CVB song, I should have guessed that those guys were Twin Peaks fans.

  2. Mark says:

    Re: Money making idea

    Since you have some qualms about the idea and were talking about doing it for fun; why not test it out for a few months to see how it works and then donate any profits to a charity?

  3. dave says:

    Derek, thanks. I’m a reasonably big Beatles fan, although I don’t buy the annual repackaging of the Same Old Shit Tarted Up. I think I might make a few calls this weekend. CVB is just plain awesome, and like the late Warren Zevon doing some of their best work later in their careers.

    Mark, the more I think about it the less qualms I have. I’ve gotten some other feedback from people who think it isn’t a big moral quandary. If I’m upfront about doing something that is sleazy fun and then I do it, who cares? I used the analogy of Andy Kaufman pasting on a mustache and doing Borscht Belt standup and lounge singing as Tony Clifton. In fact, I think I’ll use that name as my pseudonym, just to make it even more obvious for those in the know.

  4. Tilted Edge says:

    I’m not a big enough Beatles fan to buy the next release but I can tell you that good mastering is very important and it is one thing that is missing from a lot of indie music. If you listen to mp3 music on an ipod with stock earbuds, don’t bother.

    Q: How do you get a guitarist off your front porch?
    A: Pay him for the pizza

  5. Chris C. says:

    Hey, what happened to your Frappr map? I put myself on there loooong ago, but I’m not there now. Intown Atlanta …

    Re keeping in touch, we’re heading tomorrow to NJ for a big family reunion (including nearly a dozen people coming from Germany) to memorialize my mother.

  6. zgatt says:

    A quibble about the lottery. FWIW I oppose it also, on the principle that the government shouldn’t be in the habit of bilking it’s citizens – stealing directly is one thing; tricking: no.
    Anyway, when the pot is small, the payout*(odds of payout) are less than the cost of the ticket. When the pot gets large the total expected payout can be more than the cost. So at that point it’s a good low-entry, high-risk, high-payoff investment.
    Still too much risk to consider in a portfolio, I think, but at least justifiable.

    Re: happiness, I can’t remember where I heard this great advice about giving lottery tickets as gifts: buy three with the same number, and keep two.


  7. dave says:

    Chris, I don’t know about the map. It’s not anything I did. Hope your trip is good and your mother well eulogized.

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