Former podcast guest Christian Beach to appear on BlowUpRadio.com tonight

Singer-songwriter Christian Beach, who was a guest of the Technology and the Arts podcast back in March 2007, will be appearing just after 6 p.m. ET tonight (10/21) on BlowUpRadio.com’s weekend-long “Banding Together” benefit webathon to raise awareness and funds to fight Spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain in the back, neck and hips.

Plus, anyone who clicks on this link and makes a donation to the Spondylitis Association of America this weekend will receive a compilation CD that includes a lot of the great music played on BlowUpRadio this weekend, including the track “Platte Cove Road” from Christian’s upcoming EP.

So head on over to BlowUpRadio.com, listen to some great music from the state of New Jersey and try to make some kind of donation to this worthy cause.

Below, is a video of Christian performing his song “Taking It Real Slow” at Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia in July 2009. That’s me (Brian) on accordion and the drummer is Michael Scotto of the band Agency. Incidentally, a solo set by Scotto can be heard during Banding Together at around 7:15 p.m. ET tonight.

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John LeMasney teaches Google+, Pinterest to Brookdale Computer Users Group

You want to know more about Google+, including Hangouts, which is the platform we use for our live webcasts? Well, below is a video of a presentation Technology and the Arts co-host John LeMasney made earlier tonight before the Brookdale Computer Users Group in central New Jersey. John also talked about Pinterest in the last 20 minutes of the hour-long session.

Technology and the Arts Podcast – Episode 52 (10.19.2012)

Technology and the Arts Podcast – Episode 52 (10.19.2012)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 52 features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air session conducted by hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney on Sept. 4, 2012. Highlights include John’s poor customer experience at TWO local Best Buys in search of a replacement for his lost FitBit, thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, a conversation about a crazy Sony patent allowing TV viewers to skip commercials at the cost of their pride and dignity, and a lot more. File size: 14.1 MB. Time: 1 hr., 1 min., 23 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts – Episode 52

Technology and the Arts – Episode 52 (10.19.2012) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air session conducted by hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney on Sept. 4, 2012. Highlights include John’s poor customer experience at TWO local Best Buys in search of a replacement for his lost FitBit, thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, a conversation about a crazy Sony patent allowing TV viewers to skip commercials at the cost of their pride and dignity, and a lot more. File size: 14.1 MB. Time: 1 hr., 1 min., 23 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Topics of Discussion:

  • John shared his poor customer experience at two local Best Buys while trying to replace his lost FitBit.
  • Brian countered with a similar experience at Walmart in trying to pick up an ION Tape Express mp3 converter, which he later determined was a terrible product.
  • Brian and John shared their thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit verdict.
  • Brian brought up a crazy Sony patent for a feature that allows TV viewers to skip a commercial by shouting out the name of the advertiser…or selling their souls, since that’s what it basically amounts to.
  • Brian talked about a ridiculous verdict and penalty in a Recording Industry Association of America music file sharing lawsuit against former college student Joel Tenenbaum. Brian also shared a Scientific American story on how the movie industry encourages piracy by not making enough popular titles available to view online or in DVD form.
  • That led to a discussion on how the Star Wars movies—among the titles not available to watch online by legal means—have been destroyed by their creator, George Lucas, over the years.
  • And Brian shared with John some must-watch episodes of modern (post 2005) Doctor Who.

Here is the complete, archived webcast…

Technology and the Arts 2.0 – Series 1, Ep. 2 (09.04.2012)

Technology and the Arts 2.0 – Series 1, Ep. 8 (10.15.2012)

Technology and the Arts 2.0 – Series 1, Ep. 8 (10.15.2012)

Topics discussed:

And since John hasn’t seen it yet, here is edited video with some POV shots of Felix Baumgartner’s epic 24-mile skydive: