I can’t believe you did that

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

Last week I made a post about deleting the website by mistake. Or was it? I had a few reasons for the post which I’ll share with you since I’ve received mixed feedback on why I did it.



Yinz are all reactionary n’at
A few years ago my podcampy friend Chris Brogan removed all of his Twitter followers to see if people would react by freaking out instead of finding out why and they didn’t let him down. Some people lost their minds even though Chris said he was doing it. The point was that on social media, instinct is to react and flip instead of finding out why something happened and checking the source (Chris, if I’m wrong let me know but that’s how I remember it *ha*).

Anyway, after a few readers told me recently they didn’t like reading a summary and then having to click “read more”, they would rather have all the content in the feed. I started to think about how my site was being consumed and started throwing around some ideas. The event in the post took place and not only wanted to share it but also have some fun.

The post was going to be 2 part. One was reading the text to tease what happened and two was finding out the details by watching the short video. I was curious if people actually read what I write or just skim and leave.

If you watched the video you would have found out that everything was fine. It always was. I was worried that the site wouldn’t come back up because this was my first site-wide blow up on production instead of a dev server but in 5 minutes it was fine. Later that night, friends on various networks asked questions about the site. So did I really delete SIDT? Yes. Did I freak out? Kinda. Was it like the video? You may never know. For a few minutes I wondered if I should even bring it back up but that’s another discussion.

Making videos with the kids
I could have let the whole situation go, add it to my log and joke with my IT friends about what happened. In fact if you ask any seasoned web guy, most will have a story about a time something similar happened. Instead I thought it would be fun to make a video with Teaspoon since I’m teaching him basic editing and how to layout video shoots. Little Thor was going to be in it but his current protest on wearing pants played a factor in limiting his role.

I appreciate all of the concern from friends as I’m on month 7 .5 of being a stay-at-home-dad and still job hunting. Don’t worry. Relax. Have a homebrew!  I know I did.

I guess I could make a batch called Overreaction Ale.


Categories: Friends, Misc., Social Media

What I learned from a night in the BEV Lounge

July 19th, 2014 No comments

Veronica (V-rock) left Pittsburgh for Cali awhile ago and this was the first time I’ve seen her since the move.  We met through Podcamp Pittsburgh and the Wrestling Mayhem guys back in the early days and found out we had 2 big things in common. A love of good beer and we’re both from Erie.

Men Of BEV Lounge

The BEV Lounge is named after my friend Hutch’s former podcast “Burgh’s Eye View” and is located in his basement. It’s 1/2 man cave with a bar and several taps, and 1/2 recording studio for his podcasts. Ideally it’s how I want my place set up when we buy our next house.

Friday night after a grueling game of 6-on-5 Yinz Team softball, I headed south to the BEV Lounge in Brookline for a party in her honor. It was this night that I came to realize a few things.

My friends know how to make good food and drink excellent beer.
Actually most of this I already knew. Uncle Crappy is the king of tailgating and posts pics all the time of food his making at home. Last night I finally had the chance to try some and WOW he makes the best sauerkraut balls. V-rock brought a Nelson by Alpine Beer CompanyFortunate Islands by Modern Times Beer and a 2011/12 Deliverance by The Lost Abbey. Oh and she also gave me a Pliny the Elder for home. I really need to do a beer tour of the west coast.

If you don’t watch the clock, the lounge will suck you in.
I arrived around 9:30pm, talked to a few people on the porch and then made my to the Lounge to say hi. Next thing I knew it was midnight and people were getting ready to leave but to me it felt like 20 minutes. This is a sign of not only a great place to hang out but great company also.

Most of my friends are from social networking.
I’ve been married for 8 years and the people I talk with daily now (the YinzTeamers) I didn’t know back then. It just isn’t an online thing either. I play sports with them. Our kids play together. We have fundraisers and we hang out. We’ve gone beyond tweets to personal relationships and that’s something I love about the Pittsburgh social community. There are some really great people out there and this platform is bringing us together.

Awesome content and I’m missing out on it.
Hutch had a show called Burgh’s Eye View that was about all things Pittsburgh. The good, the bad, the complete WTF IS THAT and everything in between. That spawned Steel City Resistance and, as I found out last night, he is working on shows 4 nights a week. Sorg (pronounced to Sorj in YinzTeam-ese) has a “podcast day” every Tuesday where he cranks out multiple shows in row for Sorgatron Media. No doubt the hardest working podcaster I know.

These guys are making shows and I can’t make time in my day to sit down and enjoy what others are doing let alone try to figure out what I’m going to do with “Should I Drink That?”. Then again the way I consume media now has changed. I listen to Marc Maron’s WTFpodcast on my phone when I work out. I try to watch the live stream of Awesomecast on Tuesday nights via Chromecast to my TV. I’d love to say that I listen to shows in my car but the trips are short and usually filled with kids screaming.

I would love to be able to turn out content like these guys but reality is that our current house won’t support a full time studio setup and dedicating a set time every week to record without being interrupted is next to impossible. I’d like to do more than just beer shows so who knows, maybe once the meatheads get a little older it will.

I need a nap.
After softball and hanging out for a few hours I was exhausted but wasn’t ready for bed. Does that make sense? In my head it does so let’s roll with it. I made it home around 12:30a and jumped online quick to check a few things that popped up on my phone. I picked up the house and sat down with a slice of left over pizza and a Golden Monkey to watch Netflix. Fell asleep around 2-3 and woke up at 6am to my wife leaving for work and kids in full blown jagoff mode. Great way to start a day after 4 hours of sleep eh?

One common thing that everyone last night talked about was taking time for themselves. That’s something I’ve been bad at and need to work on. Even if its a couple hours a week geeking out or reading, I need to sneak in some time for myself and for getting together with friends. It has been way too long since I’ve seen some of them.

The day I nuked 8 years of work by mistake

July 16th, 2014 No comments

I was already having a really rough morning with the kids when the unthinkable happened. Somehow I deleted my website and wiped out 8 years of work… without a backup I thought.

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Check out the video for everything that happened. I never told my co-host that our podcast was in internet heaven but he’s about to find out.

Wiped out Website

What a day.


Categories: Craft Beer, Fatherhood, Misc.

The quesadilla showdown: Little Thor vs Daddy

July 11th, 2014 No comments

The following even happened moments ago. Names have not been changed because my kids are meat heads but just a refresher, Little Thor is 3 and Teaspoon is 5.

A pantless Little Thor comes running into the dining room where I’m getting caught up on news and yells “I want pepperoni quesadilla for breakfast!”.

Little Thor SmileMe: OK, anything else?
Little Thor: No cook, I eat like that.

I start making it

Little Thor: NO! I said CHEESE!
Me: No you didn’t. You said pepperoni.
Me: Fine. I’ll make cheese.

I start making cheese and turn on the stove.

Me: You want it uncooked? Seriously?
Little Thor: Yes.

I grab a red Elmo plate out of the cabinet

Me: We don’t have orange.
Little Thor: FINE! I TAKE BWUE!

At this point Little Thor goes into the living room and gets a TV tray.

Me: Here you go buddy!
Little Thor: NOOOOO! I no want this. I want BOLOGNA! *shoves plate*

I bring in a piece of bologna

Me: This IS bologna
Little Thor: No, little bologna!
Me: You mean pepperoni?
Little Thor: YES! I SAID THAT!

At this point Teaspoon waked up and says he’ll take the quesadilla.

Teaspoon: It’s not cooked? Who eats that?
Me: Your brother
Teaspoon: Little Thor is a butt head. Hey daddy…
Me: What’s up?
Teaspoon: Don’t forget the ranch.

After all was said and done, here’s that damn quesadilla.

Cheese Pepperoni Quesadilla

Categories: Fatherhood, Food

Growing up with a geek dad

June 27th, 2014 No comments

My dad was a radio and gadget geek. He obsessed over different types of phones, radios (even owned a few CBs) and most cameras and I can thank him for passing that gene on to me. Now, I get to take it to a new level with my boys.

Teaspoon on the mic

Both of my kids know how to work the video game units, tablets are a breeze and Teaspoon can figure out how to work anything that plugs in. Right now he loves recording audio and playing with the mixer I use for podcasting. I have a multimedia background (someone also gave me a degree in it, suckas!) and seeing him take interest gives me the joy I’m sure my father had also. I used to reverse engineer my toys when I was younger and while my dad was never pleased when I’d rip a toy apart, he always did get a kick when I’d get the toy together or working better. My kids though, they’re learning that I control the internet.

A few weeks ago WQED got a hold of me to review an episode of iQ Smartparent: iDad and the book “The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists“. Wow were my eyes opened. I’ve been home with my boys for almost 7 months and heard of the Smartparent series but it took me until now to check it out. I’m really glad I did! The site has been excellent to find resources, especially local ones, to help raise the kiddos and meet parents like myself.

The iDad episode showcases the first generation to really embrace comic books and video games who are now parents passing down their passions to their kids.

Here is the video. Check it out and let me know what you think. Is there a passion you’ve passed on to your kids?

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Categories: Fatherhood