Episode 16.5 – Bloopers, Found Footage, and Wombats



Changing it up this week on Dating Ourselves, while Paul travels for work, Brian and Adam have dipped deep into the archive to create something special. Using a mix of found footage of our greatest hits and misses, the guys have composed a very special blooper episode!


Episode 16 – Ho Ho ThunderCats!



Dating Ourselves is on the move and the guys are loose! This week Paul is finally allowed to unleash ThunderCats Ho! The animated television series. Brian will point out how ThunderCats tagentially relates to a King Kong movie that only 4 people have seen and Adam will shock all with the stunning revelation he has never watched ThunderCats!


Episode 15 – Where in our Childhood was Carmen Sandiego?



Hold onto your fedoras, gumshoes! Today’s caper is brought to us by Dating Ourselves. On this episode, Brian leads us down memory lane with a discussion of the PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Adam tries to remember his Spanish in the quest for the missing letter N, While Paul recounts the greatest squirrel story ever told while operating the Hopper.


Episode 14 – Wetsuits & Fat Americans



On this episode, slap on the wetsuit and come on down to Dolphin Park as the gang discusses the classic Nintendo 64 game Wave Race 64. The only video game to feature an American character whose description lists “poor handling, grip, and acceleration due to his weight; is recommended for advanced players.”


Episode 13 – Go Home, Simon. You’re Drunk!



This week on Dating Ourselves, round two of our new format. Brian invents new drinking games to please the liver involving the 80/90s memorization game Simon. Paul debates a world record attempt of playing Sweet Home Alabama on non instruments. All this while Adam takes an opportunity to switch roles and guide the hopper for a change.


Episode 12 – Is Smash Mouth still alive?



The gang is back on track after hiatus, exploring one of the essential bands of the 90s: Smash Mouth, trying to solve the great mysteries in life. Is Smash Mouth considered Rock, Pop, Alternative, or Ska? What is the cover-to-original ratio? What do Steve Harwell and Ron Jeremy have in common? The world may never know… or you can listen to this week’s episode!


Brian’s Unexpected Covers #2: What It’s Like by Everlast in Upbeat Pop-Rock Style



Welcome to the second attempt of what we are calling Brian’s Unexpected Covers. Essentially, popular songs from 1980 – 2005, performed in a style very different than originally intended. What It’s Like was a minor key acoustic song covering three stories of folks struggling with poverty and the adversity of life, from the stylings and songwriting of hip-hop star and guitarist Everlast. This version takes influence from late 90s pop rock bands like Deep Blue Something, Eagle Eye Cherry, etc, but generally sounds a lot happier and major-key-sounding than the song’s subject matter would call for.

If you have any songs from the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s you’d like to hear covered, please feel free to request a song and, if you’d like, the style of music, and we’ll do our best to try it out!


Paul Builds Something Useless #2 – Retro Console



In this episode of Paul Builds Something Useless excited by the upcoming Atari VCS console , I setup a home retro gaming console using a Raspberry Pi 3 with a 3d printed Nintendo case with some usb snes style controllers made by Buffalo. The operating system is recalbox available at https://www.recalbox.com/ . Recalbox uses Emulation Station as it’s user interface and Retro Arch for system emulation.  Enjoy!

Parts Used:
Raspberry Pi 3
Retro Flag RetroPi Case (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073ZC4TZY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_bw9SAbWNKR6ED)
Recalbox 18.03.16 (https://archive.recalbox.com/)
Buffalo Classic USB Game pad (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XWD8QQJ/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_Xx9SAbJYE1M7M)


Brian’s Unexpected Covers #1: Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin in Heavy Metal Style



Back on Episode 7 of Dating Ourselves, we talked about the MTV classic Total Request Live, and how the song Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin has all the elements to be a pretty cool heavy metal song. So, this might be what it would sound like.

This is the first installment of what we are calling Brian’s Unexpected Covers. Essentially, popular songs from 1980 – 2005, performed in a style very different than originally intended. Livin’ La Vida Loca was originally a Latin pop song performed by Ricky Martin. This version takes influence from 90s and early 2000s metal bands like Iced Earth, Trivium, etc, but doesn’t really fall into one particular metal subgenre.

If you have any songs from the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s you’d like to hear covered, please feel free to request a song and, if you’d like, the style of music, and we’ll do our best to try it out!


Paul Builds Something Useless #1 – Classic Mp3 Player



In the first episode of Paul Builds Something Useless , I try and recreate the high school car audio experience with a barely usable 3.5″ MP3 Player built on a Raspberry Pi. Velcro and car wiring harness not included.

Parts used:

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
Kuman 3.5″ TFT Touch Screen
9 Layer acrylic Raspberry Pi case
Starter kit: https://goo.gl/7cDZak

Code:
my install script can be found here:
https://goo.gl/RB7EZV