Geek Dads Weekly #82 – In Search of Jarvis


In which Daniel and Drew manage to do almost a whole show without Skype crashing on one of us.

I guess I shouldn’t complain too much, it’s not like Skype crashes are a regular occurrence. It’s very annoying when it happens, but at least we were on the last few minutes before it happened. Some have been blaming the larger spate of Skype issues on Microsoft, noting that the service was more stable before the software giant bought Skype, but that’s not exactly how things work, folks.

We kicked off the show with an update about the QAQN: Rebirth inititative. I’m creating a jumping-on point for each of the QAQN shows to make it easy for new listeners to come on board. This is something that I intend to do every summer – if you know someone who might like Geek Dads Weekly, next week’s episode #82.1 will be the one to introduce them to. All the QAQN shows will be delineated with a ‘.1’ episode to mark the occasion.

Speaking of updates – Drew’s getting ready to close on his house! It’s a stressful time, so don’t hassle him more than usual. Maybe just a little more than usual, because, you know… fun.

In talking about houses (both of us are recent/about-to-be homeowners again) we brought up the idea of home automation and home security. Is home automation voice activated yet? Can I call Jarvis, the automation AI from the Iron Man movies? Jarvis! Turn up the lights! I want a Jarvis; I’m going to start looking into home automation options since we’ll be in this house a good, long time. Oh wait, someone already did. On the security question, my brother-in-law uses, which seems like a really good product/service.

Next up, movies. Drew has had a chance to see X-Men: First Class, whereas I have not. That doesn’t stop me from sharing my opinions about the flick.

Do you shop online? Do you shop online just to save on sales tax? Yeah, me neither. Sure, I shop online – but it’s because Amazon will ship almost anything to me for free in only two days, whereas I hate the very thought of walking into Walmart (which I do, sometimes, because let’s be honest… cheap).

Lastly, Drew has some recommendations for iPad apps for kids:

We wrapped with a short bit about our friend Jim Kukral’s new eBook, How to Catch Happy: A Guide to Reeling in the Biggest Fish of All! It’s only 99 cents on Amazon, and it comes highly recommended.

All this and more – thanks for listening! We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave us a voice mail at 281-241-QAQN(7276). Also, you can email us at

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Daniel M. Clark is a podcaster and proprietor of QAQN, a writer at, and an all-around cool dude everywhere else. God, I hate talking about myself in the third-person.

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