Friction Car Experiment and Map Prank

Friction Car Experiment and Map Prank
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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.

Rockets and Net Neutrality

Rockets and Net Neutrality
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about building rockets for science olympiad and net neutrality.

Science Olympiad – Rockets

Objective: Students will create a bottle rocket that will travel the farthest when launched with fifty pounds of pressure.

045 Strollers

045 Strollers
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Strollers

Vacation to See Metallica Live in Miami

Vacation to See Metallica Live in Miami
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about his vacation to see Metallica live in Miami. He also talks about the repair on his Nintendo Switch joycon and tells how he received a replacement battery.

044 Car Seats

044 Car Seats
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Car Seats

043 Teethers

043 Teethers
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Teethers

Video Editing and Gaming

Video Editing and Gaming
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about video editing and gaming.

042 Stacking Rings

042 Stacking Rings
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Stacking Rings

E3 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma

E3 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about E3 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

E3 Preview and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2

E3 Preview and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about the upcoming E3 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

040 Diaper Rash Ointment

040 Diaper Rash Ointment
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Richie Leahey takes a look at diaper rash ointments and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

039 Baby Monitors

039 Baby Monitors
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Richie Leahey takes a look at baby monitors and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

038 Bassinet

038 Bassinet
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Richie Leahey takes a look at bassinets and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Twitch Streaming and Online Orders

Twitch Streaming and Online Orders
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about his experience streaming on Twitch and rants about online orders.

037 Bibs

037 Bibs
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Richie Leahey takes a look at bibs and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

GoPro Hero 5 Black and Karma Grip

GoPro Hero 5 Black and Karma Grip
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey gives feedback of the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the Karma Grip.

036 Bottle Warmer

036 Bottle Warmer
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Richie Leahey takes a look at bottle warmers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Carolina Rebellion

Carolina Rebellion
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey gives live feedback of the Carolina Rebellion festival.

035 Boppy Lounger

035 Boppy Lounger
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Richie Leahey takes a look at boppy loungers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

More Live Concert Clips

More Live Concert Clips
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about some more of his experiences attending live concerts. This week includes a few short clips from the first iteration of the podcast as a follow up to the supercut from last week.

034 Baby Swings

034 Baby Swings
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Richie Leahey takes a look at baby swings and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Live Concerts

Live Concerts
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about some of his experiences attending live concerts. This week the podcast also includes the first supercut of sorts of highlights from some live recordings that happened at concerts.

033 Bath Tub Thermometer

033 Bath Tub Thermometer
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Richie Leahey takes a look at bath tub thermometers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

PSP

PSP
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about beating his final PSP game. The PSP was a revolutionary device for its time, although it did not receive the game support it deserved. Richie puts his system to rest after finally beating Dynasty Warriors 2.

032 Reusable Diapers

032 Reusable Diapers
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Richie Leahey takes a look at reusable diapers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Online Marketplaces

Online Marketplaces
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On the podcast this week, Richie Leahey talks about his experience setting up an online store for the podcast. He tested out a variety of stores and talks about the process along with giving some insight on how the site syndication is doing.

031 Changing Pads

031 Changing Pads
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Richie Leahey takes a look at changing pads and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed
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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.

030 Child Photography and Night Time Soothers

030 Child Photography and Night Time Soothers
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Richie Leahey takes a look at night time soothers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Frustrating Facebook Instant Articles

Frustrating Facebook Instant Articles
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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.

029 Stuffed Animals

029 Stuffed Animals
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Richie Leahey takes a look at stuffed animals and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Publishing With Apple News

Publishing With Apple News
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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.

028 Baby Wipe Warmer

028 Baby Wipe Warmer
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Richie Leahey takes a look at baby wipe warmers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time
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Richie Leahey talks about the waste that is known as daylight saving time. He then gets back into his game of the week segment with Starwhal and talks about the NCAA basketball tournament.

027 Plastic Books

027 Plastic Books
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Richie Leahey takes a look at plastic books and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Nintendo Switch Hands-On Mega Podcast

Nintendo Switch Hands-On Mega Podcast
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Richie Leahey gives a run through on the Nintendo Switch and talks about his first impression of the system.

026 Rattles

026 Rattles
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Richie Leahey takes a look at rattles and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders

Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders
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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.

025 Baby Wipes

025 Baby Wipes
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Richie Leahey takes a look at baby wipes and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

GH4 for Sports Photography

GH4 for Sports Photography
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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.

024 Burp Cloths

024 Burp Cloths
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Richie Leahey takes a look at burp cloths and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

4K Video Camera

4K Video Camera
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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.

023 Pacifiers

023 Pacifiers
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Richie Leahey takes a look at pacifiers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Over the Shoulder Camera

Over the Shoulder Camera
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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.

022 Disposable Diapers

022 Disposable Diapers
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Richie Leahey takes a look at disposable diapers and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Adding Segments and Video Game Updates

Adding Segments and Video Game Updates
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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.

021 Bottles

021 Bottles
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Richie Leahey takes a look at baby bottles and adds them to the Dad Strength ranking chart.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi
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Richie Leahey breaks down the included components on the Raspberry Pi 3. He talks about his plans for his own Raspberry Pi and gives his reasons for using a clean Raspbian operating system.

020 Importance of a Good Toolbox Video Pilot

020 Importance of a Good Toolbox Video Pilot
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Richie Leahey launches the video portion of the Dad Strength show. His pilot episode shows a set of table and chairs for children as he talks about the tools necessary to have as a parent today.

019 Dad Strength Video Announcement Bonus Episode

019 Dad Strength Video Announcement Bonus Episode
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This is a bonus episode as the Dad Strength podcast will be moving to Friday. This move has been expected as it was announced when Dad Strength moved to its own domain.

Proprietary Hardware and Accessories

Proprietary Hardware and Accessories
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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.

018 Year 5 Development Chart

018 Year 5 Development Chart
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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

Brand Loyalty
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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.

017 Year 4 Development Chart

017 Year 4 Development Chart
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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

The Launch of Southbound Sports
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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.

016 Year 3 Development Chart

016 Year 3 Development Chart
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Richie breaks down the year 3 milestones for child development. These milestones cover increases in cognitive development where children will begin to mimic behaviors they observe. This makes modeling good behavior very important for parents.

The Christmas Spirit and Disappointment

The Christmas Spirit and Disappointment
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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.

015 Year 2 Development Chart

015 Year 2 Development Chart
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Richie breaks down the child development milestones for year 2. At this age, children will begin to mimic others and develop a sense of independence. They will also blossom physically and will be able to throw and kick objects.

The Fall of Disney Infinity

The Fall of Disney Infinity
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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.

014 Month 18 Development Chart

014 Month 18 Development Chart
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Richie breaks down the 18 month milestones for child development. This month marks an increase in brain development as children will begin to play with objects. They will also be quite mobile and working towards being able to run.

Deflating Footballs and Our First Chat

Deflating Footballs and Our First Chat
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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.

013 Month 12 Development Chart

013 Month 12 Development Chart
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Richie looks at the milestones for the 12th month of child development. This month looks at an increase in understanding and trying to communicate. Your baby should be moving towards walking and trying to stand will be the first step.

Cyber Week and the College Football Playoffs

Cyber Week and the College Football Playoffs
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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.

012 Month 9 Development Chart

012 Month 9 Development Chart
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Richie looks at the milestones for the 9th month of child development. This month looks at increasing movement and crawling from your child. This milestone also brings about interactivity with other people.

Thanksgiving Shopping Experience

Thanksgiving Shopping Experience
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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.

011 Month 6 Development Chart

011 Month 6 Development Chart
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Richie breaks down the 6th month milestones and begins to talk about baby movements. At sixth months, your baby will become mobile and will start to progress through stages of movement.

Black Friday

Black Friday
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Richie breaks down Black Friday and holiday shopping. He gets into deal buying tips and exposes some of the tricks used to take advantage of consumers. He goes through all of the major shopping categories and ends the podcast with a quick look at the new Metallica album Hardwired to Self-Destruct.

010 Month 4 Development Chart

010 Month 4 Development Chart
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Richie breaks down the 4th month milestones and gets into more detail as this chart goes deeper into child development. He breaks down the types of cries, how children use them and what they mean.

Website Technology

Website Technology
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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.

009 Month 2 Development Chart

009 Month 2 Development Chart
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Richie starts off a series of podcasts featuring development charts for children. This podcast focuses on the 2nd month milestones and features an introduction of the categories used in development charts.

Google Fiber Layoffs

Google Fiber Layoffs
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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.

008 Introducing SIDS and Developmental Charts

008 Introducing SIDS and Developmental Charts
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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

All Things Open
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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.

007 Syndication and Halloween

007 Syndication and Halloween
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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.

006 Washing Your Baby

006 Washing Your Baby
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Richie chats about bathing your child and why it is important to keep your baby clean. He gives tips on how to keep your baby safe during bath time and what he did to keep his daughter from slipping out of his hands.

Nintendo Switch and MLB Payrolls

Nintendo Switch and MLB Payrolls
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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

Email Hacking and Pokémon Go
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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.

005 Diapers

005 Diapers
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Richie breaks down the sizes of diapers and what the numbers on the boxes mean. He then gives an overview of the process of changing a diaper followed by tips and advice based on his own experience.

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew
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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.

004 Feeding Your Baby

004 Feeding Your Baby
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Richie gives an overview of feeding methods for infants. He gives advice based on his experiences and the difficulties he faced in regards to breastfeeding. He ends the podcast with tips on getting your baby to take a bottle.

003 How to Have Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

003 How to Have Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
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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

Grizzly Attack and Expanding the Podcast
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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.

002 You Are Going to Be a Dad

002 You Are Going to Be a Dad
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Richie discusses the initial stages of preparation needed for the arrival of your new addition. He talks about baby showers and essential items. He also gives advice on finding out how your health insurance can help your family.

They Fired Les Miles

They Fired Les Miles
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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!

001 Introduction

001 Introduction
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The introduction to the Dad Strength podcast. Host Richie Leahey introduces himself and discusses the format of the show. Dad Strength will cover common parenting topics and issues as Richie shares his personal experiences as a parent.

Gas Leak

Gas Leak
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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!