Geek Dads @ Home #35 – Mommy Makes the Money, Daddy Spends It

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As the show opens, you might hear audio from the PBS Kids show Super Why in the background. Ian was watching it as I was recording, and Joe and I kicked off with a short chat about programming for kids on the various networks. I reference an article that I wrote a couple of years ago called State of the Union: Modern Kids Television.

Evgenii “Geno” Prussakov, the founder and president of AM Navigator, is (was, depending on when you read this) running a contest that I wrote about in a previous post. Winter’s response to the question “what does Daddy do for a living?” was basically, “Mommy makes the money, Daddy spends it.” Ah, a show title. Perfect.

Will our kids deal in cash when they get older? Will their concept of money be limited to balances on a plastic card that they will swipe whenever they need? The ultimate iPhone app? One that connects securely to any cash register and transmits payments. Zap! Groceries paid for. Awesome. I have a feeling we’re not too far away from that. Joe talks about getting himself into a situation on a toll road because he doesn’t carry cash on a regular basis. Neither do I.

Think Tank! I give my preliminary, unstructured thoughts about the weekend I spent in paradise – or Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California, as the locals call it. The annual ShareASale Think Tank was last weekend, and if I sound hesitant throughout most of my description, it’s because I lined up some really exciting things for the show that I can’t talk about yet, and I was trying to figure out what I could say and what I couldn’t on the fly.

One thing that I was able to mention is that I talked to a number of people about podcasting, and a few people expressed some interest in doing their own. I say, go for it! The more the merrier – and this means you, Kellie Stevens. I expect your first episode next Monday. Chop, chop!

What is our primary goal for Geek Dads? It’s not to make a million bucks – we do the show because we love to podcast and we love the topic we’ve chosen. If you don’t love what you do, why do it? There are lots of ways to make money doing just about anything.

The whole story behind the failure of The Big Book of Spam and the lessons I learned. If you’re a writer, be a writer. Don’t try to be a marketer, jacket designer, editor and publisher, too.
More about Think Tank, and some hints as to what we might be implementing on the show. Having a weekend away from the kids was fantastic, batteries got fully recharged.
Looks like the problem with the microphone buzzing last week wasn’t Ubercaster’s fault. After some technical difficulties this week, I determined it’s Skype. <sigh>
Lastly… Drobo. Quite possibly the biggest disappointment in recent memory. I’ve said before how well it worked, but over the course of the past month, I’ve have to reformat and reset a dozen times or more. It would work for a little while, and I’d talk about how efficient and cool it was, then something would go wrong. That cycle repeated for weeks. I really, really wanted this thing to work, but it simply doesn’t. Tomorrow, I’ll be calling tech support and if they can’t work something out with me, I’ll be giving up on it and I’ll try to return it for a refund.

The whole story behind the failure of The Big Book of Spam and the lessons I learned. If you’re a writer, be a writer. Don’t try to be a marketer, jacket designer, editor and publisher, too.

More about Think Tank, and some hints as to what we might be implementing on the show. Having a weekend away from the kids was fantastic, batteries got fully recharged.

Looks like the problem with the microphone buzzing last week wasn’t Ubercaster‘s fault. After some technical difficulties this week, I determined it’s Skype. <sigh>

Drobo. Quite possibly the biggest disappointment in recent memory. I’ve said before how well it worked, but over the course of the past month, I’ve have to reformat and reset a dozen times or more. It would work for a little while, and I’d talk about how efficient and cool it was, then something would go wrong. That cycle repeated for weeks. I really, really wanted this thing to work, but it simply doesn’t. Tomorrow, I’ll be calling tech support and if they can’t work something out with me, I’ll be giving up on it and I’ll try to return it for a refund. I’ll follow up with the final result as soon as I have it.

Lastly, a bit of talk about changes at Facebook, immunizations, and the degradation of journalism in modern media. Nothing too heavy, right?

About Daniel M. Clark

Daniel M. Clark is a podcaster and proprietor of QAQN, a writer at danielmclark.com, and an all-around cool dude everywhere else.

God, I hate talking about myself in the third-person.

Daniel M. Clark October 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Wow, check out the length of those show notes. Not just a short list of links for me this week, no sir! Go me!

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