Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Dumbed Down Life 035

A late show for last week but Lance and Daz both felt that they "had a show in them" so here it is!

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1. Intro / Outro Music
Snubnosed Aardvark - Derek K Miller

2. Song 1
Maximum Angel - Mos Isley

3. Darren Topic
The Clone Wars

4. Song 2
PsychoVoyager - Out

5. Lance Topic
Streetview Australia

6.Song 3
Eureka Gold - Peter Oh

Darren's Topic 2
American Adventures

Monday, 25 August 2008

My GPS Experience

A topic that has come up a couple of times on DDL is GPS tracking. I'd never used a GPS system myself, more a fan of the map or printed directions from the Internet.

On my latest trip to the US I did a lot of driving. First from Chicago out to the Quad Cities in Illinois where my father in law lives, this was pretty uneventful.

After staying overnight at my father in law's house I then drove down to Camden, Missouri. The first five and a half hours of the six hour journey were pretty uneventful. With two teenagers in the car I was press-ganged into listening to some of the most awful choices of music that I have the misfortune to have on my iPod.

As we got to with 20 miles of our destination, onto a road that I actually recognised, the GPS suggested that I "turn left". My instincts said this was wrong, my mapquest.com print-out instructions said this was wrong but hey, it's GPS, it must have some kind of information that I didn't know about?

I turned off of the main road, two lanes either direction, onto the smaller road. Straight away I knew that the GPS was right. The traffic on this road was zero. Having spent a while in queues it was nice to be doing 50Mph again, yup, this may not be the main road but it's certainly... "Turn right in 500 yards." OK, all knowing GPS, your wish is my... hmm, is this a road? Can't be, I'll try a little further down. "Please turn around as soon as possible."

Somewhat apprehensively I drove into what looked like a private, rough, loose road.

You know those horror films where GPS leads the victim up a road to a haunted house and the car and it's occupants are never seen again? This was one of those!!!

I couldn't see behind me because of the cloud of dust that my shiny little rental car was kicking up. "In three hundred yards turn right." the GPs called out. This road was hardly a road and it had turnings? Yup, it sure did!

We passed what I would call a classic American farm house, built from wood, three or four rusty trucks in the front yard and two old men on the front porch in rocking chairs, both with a shotgun across their laps. They tipped their hats politely as we rumbled slowly by.

In my mind I was just imagining having to walk back to the farm house to get them to use their truck to get the rental car out of a ditch.

I got a text message from my wife "Where R U?", to which my daughter replied "Dunno!".

After about ten minutes on this road we came to a bridge. Not one of those "Bridges Of Madison County" covered bridges, no a single lane, 400 foot long, swinging bridge.

As we got off the other side the locals in their truck with fishing rods gave us a knowing look, if you're down here in a rental car, chances are that GPS sent you.

When we finally got to our destination I still couldn't see out of the back window. The dust and dirt covered the back of the car to such an extent that it hid the rear number plate and blocked the rear back window.

I told my wife about our little detour and she of course wanted to see so later in the week we took the 4x4. Funny, when I had my baseball cap, my 4x4 and my farmers tan the looks from the locals were quite different.

By The Swinging Bridges


Dumbed Down Life 034

This week Lance, Doug and stand in Ben break the show length record, taking the show to one hour and one minute! This show is bought to you by the letter "F".

Sorry it's taken all f'ing week to post the f'ing show notes on the f'ing web site.

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1. Intro / Outro Music
Snubnosed Aardvark - Derek K Miller

2. Song 1
Glasshouse - One Night in Your Skin

3. Doug Topic

neighbour labour

4. Song 2

Dave Nachmanoff - A Certain Distance

5. Lance Topic

Birmingham's flyer cock-up
John Lenon's killers till locked up

Song 3
Lisa Redford - When You Come Home

Ben's Topic
Seattle and the Microsoft Zune

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Performer Feedback

It's not often we get a response from the artists we play on the show so it is always pleasant when someone takes the time to do so.

We use music from the Podsafe Music Network which, in simple terms, allows us to play music without having to pay royalties etc.

The only proviso is that we inform the artist that we have played their track

We have just received this....

"Hi there Daz & Lance,
Sorry if I've missed another name I couldn't find it.
I just wanted to say cheers for playing one of my songs on your show.

It shows you've got taste! Like your style, keep it up. I'm in Thailand, but I'm from the UK myself. I'm an Essex boy at heart!

Thanks again
Be well
Rob Cooke (Boy @ Heart)"

We played Rob's track "Alive" on DDL 033

Thaks Rob

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Dumbed Down Life 033

With Daz in the US and Doug busy, Lance flies the show solo this week, a sort of "Dumbed Down Bald One".

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Intro / Outro Music
Snubnosed Aardvark - Derek K Miller

Song 1
G Tom Mac - Cry Little Sister CaveClub Video Mix 128

Song 2
Drawn from Bees - Ready To Explode

Entertainment News
i. US pop singer Katy Perry has topped the UK charts on download sales alone
ii. Big Brother contestants wake to find divide gone
iii. Daniel Craig stocks up on bubbly, fuelling marriage rumours
iv. Harry Potter prequel sold out on first day.
v. A Cher has had his stereo and CD collection destroyed by council chiefs.

Song 3
Delilah Why - Walk On By

Technology News
i. BBC sorry after TV data is stolen
ii. An unmanned aircraft has been used to monitor farm crops
iii. Lotus Engineering developes a system that generates sounds for electric and hybrid vehicles.
iv. Facebook is the target of a new attack that is spreading messages with malicious links

Song 4
Boy At Heart - Alive

Song 5
Mike Zito - Love Like This

Friday, 1 August 2008

Dumbed Down Life 032

Amazingly the DDL has four presenters for this show!!
We discuss Street View, Ghosts and revisit the Imagine cup.

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  1. Intro / Outro Music Snubnosed Aardvark - Derek K Miller
  2. Song 1 The Volume Brothers - Having a Hard Time Having a Good Time
  3. Lance Topic Google Street View gets go ahead
  4. Song 2 William Clarke - The complainers Boogie Woogie
  5. Doug Topic Ghosts
  6. Song 3 Ryan Winford - Living Hell
  7. Ben's Topic The Imagine cup results