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Podcast #10

By mkaplan | November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Its been awhile, but we’re back! In this episode, we go over the electric car miles-per-gallon controversy, the coming revolution in cloud computing, 10 habits of highly superstitious users and the how your used hard drives can be used for identity theft. Plus the puzzler, counterfallacy and stupid crooks.

 
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By mkaplan | November 26, 2009

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Electric Cars and Miles Per Gallon

Chevy Volt gets 230 mpg

Nissan Leaf gets 367 mpg

E-car cost comparison vs internal combustion vehicles

more links coming soon…

Cloud Computing

10 Habits of Highly Superstitious Computer Users

The original article on Tech Republic

Hard Disks, Identity Theft and You : How to Protect Yourself!

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Podcast #9

By mkaplan | June 20, 2009


In this episode, we discuss electronic muscle stimulators, online prayer services, and magnet therapy… for your wine! As always, we end with the puzzler, counterfallacy and stupid crooks. Hope to see everybody at TAM!

 
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By mkaplan | June 20, 2009

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Ab Belts and Electronic Muscle Stimulators (EMS)

What does the real research show?

What does the FTC say?

Belgian Blue Bulls – the Terminator cow!

some examples:

The Sport-Elec Ab belt

The Slendertone Ab belt

Muscle Acu-therapy? Wha?

Automating your prayers online!

Information age prayer website

I couldn’t make this line up if I tried:

Magnet Therapy for your Wine!

The Bev Wizard

The Wine Clip

The Wine Cellar Express

The Perfect Sommelier

The Shooter Buddy

And the similar (but crystal based) : The Wine Enhancer

Magnetic water pseudoscience page

Western Australia skeptics perform a blind taste test

New Jersey UFO Hoax

Newsweek coverage

The video documenting how they did it

Jupiter turns into a 2nd sun!

Alex Antunes original blog about it. Includes the youtube video.

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Podcast #8

By mkaplan | April 7, 2009

In this episode, we have an extended discussion with skeptical rock star George Hrab about his music, podcast and relationship with the skeptical community and TAM. Then we pick his musical brain about how technology is altering the way we produce, record and distribute music. We cover controversies surrounding the use of vocoders, autotune, lipsyncing, digital downloads, iTunes and artist royalties.

We cover a lot of ground in this one, but I think its worth it. This interview was originally scheduled for 40 minutes but George is a really interesting guy and has a lot of great insight into modern music in the digital age. Let us know what you think!

 
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Podcast #8 Notes

By mkaplan | April 7, 2009

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George Hrab

Geologic Records

Geologic Podcast

George’s Blog

TAM7

Autotune

Antares – creators of Autotune

Autotune pitch correction examples in pop music

Lipsyncing

Wikipedia entry

Digital downloads and royalties

Music industry cd price fixing settlement

Music piraters pay 4x more for legal downloads

A great breakdown of how it pays to price fix record sales

iTunes moves to variable pricing

iTunes variable pricing is perception

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Podcast #7

By episkleptic | February 9, 2009

iPhone Agile Lie Detector

Hello again! It’s been a while, but we’re back with a new podcast. Both of us have had some work obligations, not to mention the holidays, but we should be on a more regular schedule from here on out.

Anyhow, in this podcast we tackle a few different subjects: an iPhone lie detector, “brain reading” research, penny auctions, extended warranties, and a seemingly paradoxical wind-powered device. And as usual, we have our puzzler, counterfallacies, and stupid crooks bits.

Give it a listen, and tell us what you think!

 
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Podcast #7 Notes

By episkleptic | February 9, 2009

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Penny Auctions

One of several penny auction sites

“Downwind Faster than the Wind”

Downwind Faster than the Wind

YouTube search query for a number of demonstration videos

IPhone Lie Detector

The agile iPhone lie detector

The acme iPhone lie detector

One among several very credulous reviews

Scientists read your dreams!

Some of the sterling reportage relating to this: article1, article2 , article3

Extended Warranties

Consumer reports always screams about this : article1, article2, article3, article4,

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Low Bitrate Feed

By mkaplan | October 22, 2008

For all the listeners who requested smaller file sizes, we are proud to announce a low bitrate feed that can be accessed by clicking on the skinny RSS icon in the left sidebar. The podcasts in this feed are saved at 32kbps. Enjoy!

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Podcast #6

By mkaplan | October 22, 2008

This week, we discuss a variety of topics: Why does Jesus keep appearing in ultrasounds? The Impossible Chinese EmDrive! Brain fingerprinting – a controversial technique that India has been used in court to convict a woman of murder. And finally, Japan vs America!- why is our internet speed so poor?

Plus, the logical fallacy puzzler, a counterfallacy, and smart tech, stupid crooks.

We had technical issues with the sound on the first segment. We have fixed the issue but thanks very much to those who alerted us to this problem.

 
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