Not the Halloween Show

Someone can’t count.  By my reckoning, this is Episode 28.  Michael insists that it’s 27.  We need some forensic accounting in the office, apparently.

Meanwhile, it appears my house has a Stuxnet infection. First my M-BOX malfunctioned (it developed some kind of ground-loop issue that I’ve been unable to fix), which explains the distant whine you may hear in the podcast, even though we EQed the shit out of that bitch.

Second, my Internet connection went down unexpectedly last night.  After troubleshooting the network, the modem, the routers and the switches, I determined that the problem wasn’t with my gear.  When I called Cogeco, they promised to send someone out to look at the problem.

“Okay, I have your appointment booked.  A technician will be out to see you between 8 and 5 on Friday.”

“Can’t you narrow that down a bit? That means someone has to be at the house for a whole freakin’ working day waiting for a guy that might end up coming at 4:45pm!”

Her response was well-rehearsed.  “Sir, if I could change the system, I would,” she said pleasantly.

“Fine.  Book it.”

It was time for bed, so I used the home automation system to shut off all the lights.  Dead.  Another twenty minutes of network troubleshooter and waiting for controllers to reset.

The only thing that did work last night was tethering my phone to my laptop so I could answer some email and do some file transfers.  I drifted off to sleep feeling that I’d been the target of some North Korean cyber-spy.

Then this morning, everything (except the M-BOX, which is pooched) is working fine.  I think the Internet hates me.

Get the podcast (Episode Whatever) here or subscribe through iTunes.  And please do.  We could use the numbers.  Meanwhile, I’m off to Detroit for the DASH Conference and will report back next week.

Meet Toby Shelton. The 33 Year Old Man who spent 100-large sculpting his face to look like Canadian Songstress Justin Bieber. Hardcore meets nerdcore. The man behind the metal of Gallows and Alexis On Fire riffs with us about his love of podcasts, Gibson Guitars and why he won’t buy a Kindle. Jackpot! We’ll tell you how we won the lottery thanks to one listener’s unusual superpower. Google Glass gets 19 new commands – and newfound respect. Plus: a G&B Update on our Best Concert Ever contest, and the big bucks behind the Big Bang Theory.

Why did no one hear this cry for help?

Rock star Halloween costumes. Start with Kurt Cobain and then think of these three words: Miley’s foam finger.

Interview with Wade McNeil (ex Alexisonfire, Gallows)

Update on our synesthesiast lottery experiment

Update on our Best Concert Story EVER contest

Bruce from Thomson Manitoba admits his story was weak, but thinks we changed the contest rules on him. Wants us to compensate him by a co-producer credit or coffee mug!?!


Google Glass starts to get interesting

Ask Alan Anything:  If you listen to the scorching sound at the end of Karma Police by Radiohead. How was that sound made?

Got a 4K TV yet? Muse to release concert film shot in 4K

Big Bucks Theory

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