Friction Car Experiment and Map Prank

On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about building cars for science olympiad and a prank he played on a friend.

Science Olympiad – Friction Car Experiment

Objective: Students will analyze which surfaces produce the most friction.

For this experiment, each group of students designed and built their own wooden cars. Then we set up ramps in the classroom created using different materials. The students sent their cars down each ramp measuring the distance that it traveled. Once the students completed their initials tests, they had to come up with ideas to make the cars travel even further down each ramp. Then we tested their theories using their cars again.

Assassin’s Creed

On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about his experience with the Assassin’s Creed video game series. He focuses on Assassin’s Creed I and Assassin’s Creed II before giving his feelings on the new Assassin’s Creed movie. He feels that critics unfairly panned the movie only because the story was drawn from a video game.

Frustrating Facebook Instant Articles

Richie Leahey talks about his experience with Facebook Instant Articles. It takes a lot of dedicated work to get Facebook Instant Articles set up if you do not use one of their supported systems. His game of the week is the second part of the Shovel Knight saga, Plague Knight.

Publishing With Apple News

Richie Leahey talks about his experience with Apple News. He walks through his set up and reasoning behind using the platform and gives insight on how to be accepted on the platform. He ends the podcast with his game of the week segment. This week he takes a look at Shovel Knight on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders

Richie Leahey talks about the Nintendo Switch pre-orders and why some retail stores are having issues.

I start off the podcast talking about the launch of the Nintendo Switch and my fears that it may not arrive during launch weekend. Even though it is only February, allergies are starting to rile up and bother me so I apologize for some breathing and sniffling throughout the podcast.

Preauthorized charges on credit cards are causing Best Buy pre-orders of the Nintendo Switch to be cancelled. I talk about gas station locking my debit card by not cancelling the pre charge and charging the actual amount for gas on top of the preauth charge. Then talk about the credit card fraud protection preventing me from making an overseas purchase. The charge was still cancelled after calling the company to get the charge through.

Talk about LittleBigPlanet 2 and then talking about Little Big Planet 3 and how there was no direction in the game or story.

GH4 for Sports Photography

Richie Leahey talks about using the Panasonic GH4 camera for sports photography.

I’m talking about the Pansaonic G-H4 once again. AJ’s junior high football highlights and the cloud observation.

Science Olympiad – Cloud Observation

Objective: Students will predict precipitation based on the type of cloud currently present outside.

4K Video Camera

Richie Leahey talks about 4K video and the Panasonic GH-4 camera.

I start off by talking about photography and putting videos and photography projects up on the website and cleaning up my old hard drive with family videos and posting them on the site to fill out the blog to help search result rankings. This week I am putting up the highlights I made of my brother playing Junior High Basketball. I talk about moving the videos from a Socially Numb YouTube channel to moving everything under my personal YouTube channel to help build content. The Socially Numb show will just be focused around the website. Talk about cameras for videos and how I got the Panasonic GH-4 for video and how it compares to the X-T1 by Fuji. Carolina Rebellion with coverage to try to get passes to interview bands at the event. Science Olympiad Simple Machine scavenger hunt. LittleBigPlanet beat on PS3 it was sort of a short game and didn’t take long to beat the story mode. Beat Dynasty Warriors Vol. 1 on the PSP.

Science Olympiad – Simple Machine Scavenger Hunt

Objective: Students will describe a simple machine, what it does, and how it makes work easier.

Over the Shoulder Camera

Richie Leahey tests out mobile recording in this episode due to traveling over the weekend and the Super Bowl. He discusses his issue with Resident Evil 5 and talks about his first video editing project.

Science Olympiad – Erosion Experiment

Objective: Students will observe how the type of soil affects how much erosion can occur.

For this experiment, we took aluminum foil and used it to line narrow plastic bins. The bins were placed at a downward angle that led into another plastic bin at the bottom, sort of like a water slide. The plastic bin at the bottom collected the excess water as it went through the soil. We compared different soil types from the area, collecting four samples of each. Once the slides were created, we poured a cup of water in the soil at the top of the slide and observed it as it made its way to the bottom.

Adding Segments and Video Game Updates

Richie Leahey starts off the episode by talking about expanding the podcast by adding segments and extra bits to it. He says he is going to bring in projects that he has worked on in the past and talk about them on the show. Then he gives an update on what video games he has been playing and states that he is still planning on bringing in a game a week to talk about on the podcast. He ends the show talking about the Nintendo Switch and why he believes Nintendo didn’t build the battery in the screen to be removable.

Proprietary Hardware and Accessories

Richie talks about the big Nintendo Switch reveal and how its costs have diminished his excitement for the console. The proprietary hardware, accessories and extras are going to drive up the price of the console to the point where it would more cost effective to go with either the Xbox One or the PS4. He also talks about how Nintendo seems to do this with every console and how it is comparable to Apple with their SuperDrive being a perfect example.

Year 5 Development Chart

Richie finishes the CDC milestones by covering the year 5 development chart. This chart marks the last big growth step for your child. Your child will be able to speak clearly and be able to draw on their own. They will also be able to balance on one let and will be potty trained.

Brand Loyalty

Richie talks about the upcoming video game consoles and why you, as a consumer, should not be loyal to brands. Richie talks about being burnt in the past by brands not having products that lived up to their billing. He digs deep into a story of a hack of Tecmo Super Bowl he made called Chaos Bowl. He ends the podcast by talking about his hopes for Project Scorpio and its potential as an all-in-one media device.

Year 4 Development Chart

Richie gives details on the future of the podcast and the introduction of video. He then dives into the year 4 milestones and what to expect from your child at this age. Children will want to play with other children and they will begin to understand and retell stories. They will also experience increased balanced and be able to catch objects with their hands.

The Launch of Southbound Sports

Richie discusses the launch of a new sports site which is a spinoff of the Socially Numb podcast. This site moves Socially Numb from a full variety show to a show focusing on tech and gaming. The new site, Southbound Sports, will take over sports coverage. Richie talks about producing video content and how that will affect the future of Socially Numb. He ends the podcast by breaking down his new macro lens and Raspberry Pi, his Christmas bounty.

The Christmas Spirit and Disappointment

Richie starts off by diving into the Christmas traditions his family follows. He then gives a cryptic look into family visits during Christmas vacation. Next he talks about the improvement in digital cameras and the differences between a crop sensor camera and a full frame camera. He follows that with a sad Christmas tale of receiving a dead camera flash as his present. He ends the podcast on a positive note with some great fantasy football news.

The Fall of Disney Infinity

Richie starts off the podcast talking about pop filters and the Christmas holiday. He follows up with a breakdown of Disney Infinity and its collapse. He then speculates on the future of Nintendo consoles and whether the screen portion of the Nintendo Switch will be upgradable in the future to support better specifications.

Deflating Footballs and Our First Chat

Richie starts off the podcast mourning the death of former Heisman trophy winner Rashaan Salaam. He then talks briefly about the differences between cameras for photography and video before moving on to Super Mario Run. He follows that up with a quick breakdown of Madden and the Heisman trophy ceremony before going into a rant on the Giants for accusing the Steelers of deflating footballs. The podcast ends with its first ever guest, Matty B, who talks about the College Football Playoffs, the Heisman trophy and the Orange Bowl.

Cyber Week and the College Football Playoffs

Richie starts off the podcast talking about how Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week. There is no end in sight for the expansion of these type of sales. He then dives into the free Playstation game, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and explains why it should be billed as a video experience and not a video game. He talks about the Krampus holiday and digs into the College Football Playoff selection.

Thanksgiving Shopping Experience

Richie recaps his shopping experience during the Thanksgiving holiday. He went shopping during the Black Friday event that started on Thursday during Thanksgiving. He was able to get the deal he sought out and landed a white 3DS. Listen as he gives details about the strategy he used to plan his successful trip.

Website Technology

Richie digs into the technology used behind the scenes of the Socially Numb website. He follows up with a chat about streaming video games on Twitch. He then gets into his gaming dream – dual screen output from a video game console. He expands this by stating that he hopes the Nintendo Switch multiplayer on multiple screens supports 4 players and allows for dual screen output like they do on the 3DS. He wants the main screen to show the game while the secondary screen shows a map and items. Richie continues to refer to the Charlotte Hornets as the Charlotte Bobcats and blames it on them for their inconsistency.

Google Fiber Layoffs

Richie talks about Google and the layoffs they announced to their Google Fiber division. He talks about how other internet providers are running out of competitors and why he fears prices for at home entertainment will continue to rise. He goes into pay to play networks for games and how providers give free games for those that pay for online use. He gives tips regarding network access cards and talks about why it is safer to use them to pay for services instead of saving your credit card in the system.

Introducing SIDS and Developmental Charts

Richie begins the podcast by talking about the developmental charts used to gauge the growth of children. This leads him to talk about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and his worries as a first time parent. He circles back around to developmental charts and explains that they will be the basis of the upcoming podcasts.

All Things Open

Richie starts off the podcast by taking about the expansion of the Socially Numb website. He follows that up with some coverage of the All Things Open conference held in Raleigh, North Carolina every fall. Then he gets into the Playstation Network game Datura and how it was an extreme disappointment. He then dives into professional sports television packages and how the MLS playoffs are available over the air on Univision.

There was a tech bike that seemed like a great prize, but I wouldn’t know where to store it. I would imagine a tech bike would be stolen immediately. Bikes are items that are stolen frequently. If there is an area where increased tech can do some good, it would be bike GPS systems. It would be great to be able to track your bike from your phone. I think you would see thefts go down. I am hoping they offer up the tech bike as a prize, it would be great to see if it offers any of these modern features.

All Things Open 2016 – First Impressions

All Things Open is a technology convention that takes place downtown Raleigh, North Carolina every year. The goal of the convention is to promote open source technology. Open source technology is technology that is available for anyone to use and modify. This means that anyone can see the source code of an open source project and make improvements on it. A lot of large tech companies use open source software to run their products. A common example of this is Google running Android as their smartphone operating system. Android is a huge open source project.

The All Things Open convention marked the first time I have ever entered the Raleigh Convention Center. Traffic around Raleigh has never bothered me, as it has never been as bad as the traffic I have experienced traveling through Pittsburgh. There is a parking garage right beside the Convention Center that lets you park for $7. I am not sure how that compares to other cities but it seemed like a decent value for the convenience of not having to walk very far.

The keynote speaker began at 8:45 and there was an announcement regarding t-shirts. They were giving away shirts to the participants first to arrive at the convention in the morning. They announced that they did not have the shirts ready in time so they were sorry that some people who arrived first did not receive a shirt. I didn’t check in early so I wasn’t worried about the whole shirt ordeal. I was interested in the vendor booths. Since most people were taking a seat inside before the start of the keynote speaker, I took advantage of the short lines at the booths.

Typically at conventions, prizes are given away to attendees willing to sign up for mailing lists. This is a great way to make contacts in the business for people just starting out, but experienced veterans already have a contact list in their industry. Since I am not interested in the products, I look around to find the best prizes. The top prize in my eyes was a free laptop. You only had to give your email to enter the drawing which is a win. There are laws in place to get yourself removed from email lists easily. The laptop will be drawn during the second keynote speaker.

Other than the laptop, I found most of the prizes underwhelming. There were a lot of booths giving away free shirts, cups, stress relievers or water bottles. These are common prizes at any convention so there was no need for me to try to get any of them. The conference seems to be expanding rapidly. I am pleasantly surprised at the wifi connection speeds and am able to work while at the convention. If you work in tech and would like to learn about software that can cut costs, open source is the way to go. Based on first impression, I would recommend checking it out.

Syndication and Halloween

This is an in-between episode where Richie talks about a schedule change for the Dad Strength podcast. The podcast will now be released on Wednesday. He then talks about going out for Trick or Treat and dressing up for Halloween. He finishes the episode by talking about Saturday morning cartoons and sign language.

Nintendo Switch and MLB Payrolls

Richie talks about expanding the Socially Numb website. He also talks about updates to the platform that hosts the podcast. He touches on the Universities in Pennsylvania that went on strike and how the athletes at those schools are at an advantage when they don’t have to attend class. He gives a rundown on the newly announced Nintendo Switch video game console. He circles back around to his idea about the virtual Nintendo store and how it could be used to boost sales for the Nintendo Switch. He goes into Major League Baseball payroll and starts to analyze how teams that spend more money may have a better chance at winning a championship. He wants to know if the Chicago Cubs have a legitimate gripe over not winning the World Series for decades.

Email Hacking and Pokémon Go

Richie starts off the podcast by diving into the hacking being reported around the Presidential race. He then gives tips on keeping your information secure. He follows that up with a rant on Pokémon Go. He tries to figure out why the Panthers are struggling compared to the rest of the NFL after their Super Bowl appearance last year. He goes into fantasy football tips and talks about making your own roster moves and ignoring the projections as they are always wrong. He goes into a project he is working on about team payrolls in Major League Baseball and how payroll is connected to championships.

Hurricane Matthew

Richie starts off the podcast by talking about Hurricane Matthew. He follows up with talk of the leak of the new Nintendo console. It looks like all of the coverage of the leak trails back to a post on Reddit. Some news outlets were even posting screenshots of the Reddit leak and treating it like it was their coverage. He digs behind the strategy of the new Nintendo console and what they could do to gain back a sizable chunk of the gaming market. He talks about how Nintendo should start a cloud market and create emulators for mobile devices like tablets and phones and sell their old games on the cloud market. He talks about the college football playoff hopes for each conference and thinks the Big 12 will be left out as they have the slimmest margin of error for their remaining games.

How to Have Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

Richie talks about sleep schedules with a baby in the house. He stresses how important it is to keep your schedule as close to the baby’s schedule to keep energy levels up. He also talks about keeping your house loud so that your baby becomes accustomed to sleeping in a normal environment.

Grizzly Attack and Expanding the Podcast

I had to travel this weekend to attend my sister’s wedding. Even though the travel made for a busy weekend, I have expanded the podcast to its full length. I have always planned to have the podcast run for about an hour and this is the first week I have put together enough content to reach that length. I am still feeling out the podcast format of multiple categories in this episode. I am not sure if I am going to keep forcing my way through every category I cover. I may only talk about categories whenever I have content to talk about them. I have also been updating the website but that is probably going to be an ongoing thing for a while until I get the format finalized.

As for my sister’s wedding, I have been shooting a Fuji X-T1 camera to do freelance photography for some of my web clients. The camera is great for website photography as it has great detail and colors that pop. I was able to do some side shots for her wedding party that she will be able to enjoy for a lifetime. The wedding itself was great and I had a great time there. The Michigan Wolverines taking down the Wisconsin Badgers in football made the weekend even sweeter. Especially, because my cousin is a Wisconsin fan and I got to see the disappointment on his face firsthand when Michigan scored the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Speaking of sports, I am surprised with the amount of coverage that Vin Scully retiring has received. Living on the East coast my entire life, I didn’t even know who Vin Scully was. It would be different if he was a longtime national radio man but he was localized to the Los Angeles area. I couldn’t even pick Vin Scully out of a lineup of voice actors. In football news, the AP poll for college football is highly irrelevant this time of the year and yet it is the only thing major sports networks talk about. They should focus their coverage on actual team performance instead of these highly inflated team rankings.

In trending social news, a man was mauled by a grizzly. While he was trying to get help he decided to take a break to record a video and post it on social media. He went through his wounds and broke down how he was feeling. If I was mauled by a grizzly, posting to social media would be the last thing on my mind.

Also in social media, there should be some major gaming news coming out in the near future Gaming has been in a stalemate for a few years now with companies churning out the same games every year. I don’t see how that trend can continue. If you see some topics that should be trending, leave a comment below and I will check them out.

They Fired Les Miles

I have started to expand the podcast in its second episode. This week clocks in with over a half hour of content. I am still working on getting the podcast expanded further to reach around an hour or so runtime. I start the episode off by picking up on trending topics in North Carolina where I currently live. This includes an update on the gas leak that has hit the southeastern part of the United States.

Like I predicted last week, the shortage has caused problems here in North Carolina. The trouble has even stretched further north into Virginia. The governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency and is encouraging people to report gas stations that have jacked up prices as a response to the shortage. This has helped alleviate some of my worries regarding the incident and the announcement was made shortly after I recorded the first episode. I had heard about the shortage secondhand through texts from friends. The topic wasn’t even picked up on social media until the outrage started in larger communities. The shortage of coverage may have been due to the insane amount of public outcry the Presidential race has garnered this year. The Presidential debates are beginning and the outcry is only going to get worse.

I have started to add segments to the podcast that cover certain topics. I feel like this is going to help drive the podcast forward but I am unsure of how the transitions are going to actually occur in each episode. I have a feeling they are going to be rough until I get some more episodes under my belt.

There are rumors that the full version of Windows 10 is going to launch on the Xbox disguised as a slimmed down version of the operating system. This would be huge for living room entertainment. I could see the Xbox becoming a standard in dorm rooms everywhere. Parents would no longer need to buy their children an entertainment device and a computer. The Xbox would be an all-in-one machine. You could switch from typing a paper to playing Halo in mere seconds on the same device. This would be revolutionary.

They would have to get the kinks out for it to fully work and I am not sure if Microsoft is going to be able to do it. I have had similar struggles with Apple. They make unnecessary updates and changes to their software that break things. The iOS10 update has been a major shift and has caused me to have trouble unlocking my phone. I have a feeling they force these updates on purpose to drive people to upgrade their device. Since the hardware in an iPhone lasts for years, there is no reason for people to buy a new iPhone every year. This has to hurt the bottom line for Apple. I think these updates will drive people to upgrade their phones. On the plus side, you can now remove stock apps from the phone. The Mac OS X Sierra update has similar issues and causes programs to crash when using the system menu.

In my first ever sports segment, I discuss the death of José Fernández. He died in a boating accident in the middle of the night. The story doesn’t quite add up but it is a big loss for Major League Baseball. José Fernández was a big up and coming star. In other outrageous news, LSU has fired Les Miles. LSU has now lost their last two National Championship winning coaches, Les Miles and Nick Saban. That is going to be a hard act to follow for whomever they hire. Enjoy!

Gas Leak

I started the Socially Numb podcast to take a look at current trending topics in the social media landscape. It is hard to grasp the meaning and impact these trends will have on modern society due to their short shelf life. Sometimes the news stories that will have the biggest impact on society do not even crack the trending topics list on social media. This week we had a great example of one such topic.

A huge gas pipeline has cracked in Alabama. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina, the story didn’t even make the local news. That was outrageous because it directly impacts everyone who lives in the southeastern part of the United States. The pipeline that cracked connects the oil reserves in Texas to the suppliers on the coast. That means all major gas stations are going to have a gas shortage. This will lead to price gouging and a bunch of other shady business maneuvers to drive business profits to combat this shortage.

I use this story as my main topic on the first ever episode of the Socially Numb podcast. This episode ends up being pretty short as I am working on figuring out my gear and getting the podcast syndicated. The podcast itself will be growing in the future and will probably settle around an hour runtime each week. My goal is to cover multiple topics across multiple categories each week. This will allow me some flexibility in my coverage of topics and allow me to keep each episode of the podcast full of quality material. Enjoy the first episode!