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Metallic on the Fourth of July

Metallic on the Fourth of JulyBlendover Episode 126:

Recorded on 7/4, Peter Egan joins Blendover, where we discuss the NSA, as their oversight board has given the thumbs-up to sucking up all your data from the web, and then onto the case of illegal immigrants detained on military bases. Later, we move from patriotism to metal, where we find a Motorhead fan hospitalized for headbanging? Then we preview new tracks from two metal giants.

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Topics Discussed:

  • Shout-Outs
  • NSA
  • Illegal Immigrants detained at US Military Bases
  • Riot
  • Headbanging
  • Overkill
  • Cannibal Corpse
  • WTF: White Sox
  • WTF: Oklahoma Politician Imposter?
  • Declaration of Independence
  • KISS
  • Team America: World Police

BlendoveR is the “trendover” podcast, bringing you the news that the news isn’t covering. Presented by Greg Davies, we focus on topics that are not trending across the web and in the mainstream media, and have a knack accurate predictions of coming events, trends, and media coverage.

 


 

Shout-Outs

It’s not about abortion, nor is it about Birth Control pills

Peter Egan @ Facebook

Peter Egan @ Twitter

poem435 @ Facebook

poem435 @ Reddit

Rick Reid: Get To The Damn Point

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

 


 

NSA

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

It’s considered legal because of Executive Order 12333

NSA permanently targets the privacy-conscious: Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search

NSA Targets the Privacy-Conscious for Surveillance

Privacy Watchdog Says NSA Spying Legal, Effective

Repeal Executive Order 12333

U.S. Privacy Panel Backs N.S.A.’s Internet Tapping

 


 

Illegal Immigrants detained at US Military Bases

Feds threaten Kit Daniels with prison over report on Illegal Immigration

Oklahoma lawmaker denied access to illegal immigrant holding facility in his own state

 


 

Riot

Riot – Riot

Riot Lyrics

Riot @ Amazon

Riot – Official Site

Riot @ Encyclopaedia Metallum

Riot @ Facebook

Riot @ Last.fm

Riot @ Wikipedia

 


 

Headbanging

Headbanging To Motorhead Causes Fan’s Brain To Bleed

 


 

Overkill

OVERKILL – Armorist (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

 


 

Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse “Sadistic Embodiment” (OFFICIAL)

CANNIBAL CORPSE To Release A Skeletal Domain In September (Updated w/New Song!)

 


 

WTF: White Sox

White Sox Gave Fans White Ponchos, Which Turned Into Pictures of People in White Hoods

 


 

WTF: Oklahoma Politician Imposter?

GOP Candidate Charges Opponent Is Dead, Represented By A Body Double

Oklahoma Republican claims congressional opponent is dead, replaced with body double

 


 

US Declaration of Independence

Wikipedia: United States Declaration of Independence – Annotated Text of the engrossed Declaration

 


 

KISS

KISS @ Amazon

KISS – Official Site

KISS @ Facebook

KISS @ Twitter

KISS @ Wikipedia

KISS @ YouTube

 


 

Team America: World Police

Team America: World Police @ Amazon

Team America World Police: Music From The Motion Picture @ Amazon

Team America: World Police @ IMDb

Team America: World Police @ Wikipedia

KISS @ YouTube

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
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Devolution of the Oxford Twerk

Devolution of the Oxford TwerkBlendover Episode Thirty Nine:
Featuring Tom Cheredar
from Venture Beat and the TARDISblend

Tom Cheredar joins us with news about Reddit & The Pirate Bay from Media Evolution in Sweden. Terr uncovers weirdness surrounding a fire in NJ, while Greg follows up on the recent murder of Aussie Chris Lane in Duncan, OK. Also, we have smartwatch news, & twerk the Oxford Dictionary…

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Topics Discussed:

  • Media Evolution
  • Dietz & Watson Fire, New Jersey
  • Christopher Lane Case – Duncan, Oklahoma
  • Media Nox
  • Smartwatches
  • New Words for the Oxford Dictionary

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting podcast where rules are regularly thrown out the window in favor of honest, open commentating opinions.  Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from The-TrukstoP.com), and Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox from medianox.bandcamp.com), we stray on to any topic that presents itself or wanders off onto its own tangent.

 


 

Media Evolution

Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde: ‘I hate being called an entrepreneur’

Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian: Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something

When will Mr. Reddit (Alexis Ohanian) go to Congress?

 


 

Dietz & Watson Fire, New Jersey

Dietz & Watson still smoking

 


 

Christopher Lane Case – Duncan, Oklahoma

Al Sharpton On Chris Lane Killing: Nothing To Protest Because It Wasnt Racial And System Worked

Christopher Lane Killing Fuels ‘White-Victimhood’ Yelps at Fox

Christopher Lane Funeral Draws Over 500 Mourners To Slain Australian Baseball Player’s Hometown

Christopher Lane Update: Aussie “thrill kill” victim slain by single bullet, medical examiner says

Drug evidence discovered in Duncan thrill killing

Why the Oklahoma tragedy isn’t Trayvon Martin in reverse

 


 

Media Nox

Media Nox @ BandCamp

Media Nox @ Last.fm

 


 

Smartwatches

Smartwatches: what are Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft up to?

 


 

New Words for the Oxford Dictionary

Explaining Twerking to Your Parents

Morgan Freeman Reads Twerking Oxford Dictionary Story on HLN

Onion in 2008 on Miley Cyrus

Oxford Adds ‘Twerking’ to Online Dictionaries (Plus ‘Bitcoin,’ ‘Srsly,’ and ‘Derp’)

 


 

Music Featured:

  • Somnambulant” by Media Nox from the album Paw Pad Pets

 


 

Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]

The Data After Tomorrow

Blendover Episode Two

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The Data After TomorrowTopics Discussed:

  • Paul Stanley Stage Raps
  • The concept of Apocalypse in the digital age
  • White House Death Star Petition
  • Aaron Swartz
  • Big Data
  • Watch Dogs

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting pod-cast where rules are regularly thrown out the window in favor of honest, open commentating with frank, and brutal, opinions.  Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from The-TrukstoP.com), and Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox from medianox.bandcamp.com), we try to make the focus of the show touch on world news, music, social events, movies, politics, books, and technology innovations, but, more often than not, we stray on to any topic that presents itself or wanders off onto its own tangent.


Paul Stanley Stage Raps

Live Stuff: Paul Stanley – People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest

Paul Stanley: People, let me get this off my chest


The concept of Apocalypse in the digital age

Consider tougher regulation in obesity fight – Labour

The four business gangs that run the US


White House Death Star Petition

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016

White House’s response to Death Star petition is the best thing ever

White House’s response to Death Star petition is the best thing ever


Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Prosecutor Dismisses Charges Against Aaron Swartz

Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Technology’s Greatest Minds Say Goodbye to Aaron Swartz


Big Data

Amazon: The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big Data – Official Site

Rick Smolan: Can Big Data Change Who You Are?


Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs – Official Site

Watch Dogs Trailer – E3 2012

Watch Dogs Game Play


Music Featured:

Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are clipped/used following Fair Use guidelines


Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]

Looking Back at Social Blend from 2007 to 2012

Looking Back at Social Blend from 2007 to 2012Five years. It’s a long time by most standards, but to be working at something that you love doing for five years, it’s a blessing. Social Blend was born out of the need for a podcast that was originally for the community from Mixx, but also created out of a firm idea as to how this ground-breaking thing called Social Media would revolutionize the way we see the internet, technology in general, and how content was shared.

In the first phase, my original co-hosts, Jay Fowler and Brian Hill, and I were addicts to the social media bug. We were early adopters, taking on board all kinds of social platforms, from the giants of the early days (being Digg and Reddit), the new toddlers on the block (Twitter and Facebook at the time), and those that never lasted as long as some hoped (Pownce and Plurk as examples).

As Social Blend became the go-to podcast for both the staff and users of Mixx.com, it also covered how social media was changing the landscape. We rode the wave of the new media format – occasionally in a controversial fashion, which resulted in insults (at best) and death threats (at worst).

But, I think more importantly, we correctly predicted and had a clear vision as to where social media would end up: in the psyche of the mainstream.

In the opening year of Social Blend, we began to notice that news was breaking much quicker on social media than it was on TV and other sources. This is commonplace, perhaps even mundane now, but in 2007 and 2008 it was an extremely new phenomenon and an incredible experience to be a part of.

As the new media formats evolved into mainstream, SB also evolved. With the death of Mixx.com at the beginning of 2011, we lost a core and key component of our audience and, for some time, were lost in this difficult void, searching for a new niche that suited the show in attitude and style.

Taking a lesson from the beginning of our West Memphis Three reportage in 2009, and also by luck of chance, we accidentally stumbled across our new sub-niche in the form of the England Riots in 2011. We noticed the tense and significant moment was getting zero coverage on American TV news, and zoned in on the event and the news for an episode.

The reaction was immediate. We received a great deal of positive impact from that episode – and noticed the return of the insults and death threats… which meant we had pricked the right nerves. In 2011 and 2012, Social Blend became a show that zoned in on news events not being covered in the United States, while also being a source for significant developments in social media, and what was getting the most attention on the web.

This advanced even further in 2012, when we began to stumble across odd stories getting no attention at all (some might call them curiosities) and deconstruct them and analyze them. In addition, we began to expose fads as frauds, as SB became the first podcast to unveil Kony 2012 as the scam that it was, compiling evidence and discussing the true motivations. This analysis also generated feedback – good and bad – which also like the previously mentioned hullabaloos (and the future discourse on universal health care on Reddit and in a different episode), resulted in more insults and death threats yet again.

This characteristic of following up on analysis of curiosities and intriguing news stories not getting mainstream coverage is an aspect I’d like to continue to evolve in the new BlendoveR podcast if at all possible. In fact, I already have some news items in mind and lined up…

Perhaps more importantly, Social Blend from year one became a source of irreverent and no-holds-barred attitude. From the serious expulsions of bile, piss, vinegar, and anger, to the off-the-walls explicit humor as well, the podcast held a “nothing is sacred” attitude that permeated through the entire history of the show, giving us a unique voice in the ether of the tubes.

For some, while SB was “just another podcast”, for me it was a labor of love, sleepless nights, migraines, learning curves, prolonged hours of research, experimentation, and (when it boils down to it) workaholism. The last five years have been a blessing, yes, but has also been an incredible amount of work.

Notwithstanding this, I always believed that the Blend should be free, that we would never cave in to advertising or sponsorships on the show. The exception we had was some Google Ad-Sense links on the web site, which was owned by Brian Hill to assist with hosting costs – though this never generated anything near “break even” status.

Although entrepreneurs and the social media consultant wannabe morons were trying to work out how to monetize, I was ensuring that we stayed free, and that we did it for free. This was significant to me. I didn’t covet profit or potential monies to replace the motivation of “doing the show because we love it”. If we didn’t love it, why do it? But we did, and it was important to me for the integrity of the show to stay within that respect. I think many of our listeners appreciated this.

As I close out this harangue of memories, I’d like to thank all of those who’ve served as co-hosts since 2007: Jay Fowler, Brian Hill, Tamar Weinberg, Josh Olson, Reem Abeidoh, Terr Ciavarra, as well as Corey Koehler who served as co-host on the Craniumelody music versions of Social Blend.

Thanks also to those of you who guested on the show. You know who you are.

But more significantly, thanks to YOU, our listeners, who have stuck with us through all this time. Social Blend has been a wild ride… but if you think that is over, just wait until you hear the new BlendoveR podcast.

See you on the other side, over at BlendoveR.com.

DILLIGAF!

- Greg Davies


Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from cGt2099.com), Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox), and Jay Fowler (SilentJay74 from JuicySnake.com) the Social Blend is a fun, and hard-hitting, podcast, with no respect for rules.


Music used in the Social Blend Intro Theme was performed and written by EMERALD CITY
Music used in the BlendoveR Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]

A Disquisition Show

As we transition from Social Blend and Disquisition into our new BlendoveR podcast, I decided to post a couple episodes here for new visitors to see where we came from…

This episode of Disquisition was our most listened-to show. It featured guest Andy Sorcini aka Mr Baby Man, as we dissected the death of old Digg, and the birth of new Digg…

A Disquisition ShowTopics Discussed:

  • Contemporary Digg – The Preview
  • Rethink Digg or Rethunk Dugg?
  • The Decline and Fall of Ancient Digg
  • Migratory Patterns of Internet Users
  • Facebook Suburbanization
  • What we’re reading

Recommended Reading:

Recommended Viewing:

Recommended Podcasts:

Recommended Links:


Disquisition is a podcast documenting the meandering tangents and discursive ramblings within ongoing conversations between Greg Davies aka cGt2099 and Lee Garnett aka ncomment. The show goes in depth into a variety of thoughts ranging from socio-cultural elements and political elements within social media; to history and philosophy, and a variety of book and film recommendations.

Music used in the Disquisition Intro and Closing Theme was performed and written by Terr Ciavarra aka Media Nox

Catch Greg Davies online at the Social Blend Podcast and on Twitter @cGt2099

Catch Lee Garnett online at his ncomment comics blog and on Twitter @ncomment

The Best of Social Blend 2012

As we transition from Social Blend and Disquisition into our new BlendoveR podcast, I decided to post a couple episodes here for new visitors to see where we came from…

The Best of Social Blend 2012So, here we are for the final Best Of Social Blend installment and I find myself writing this with mixed feelings. Next year, we move on to a new podcast, called BlendoveR, and I couldn’t be more happier with the prospects.

On the other hand, Social Blend was a significant part of my life for the last 5 years. It is bittersweet closing this chapter, but it must be done, and we must move forward.

This episode contains most of the best moments – hilarious and serious – from Social Blend in 2012. I say “most of” because the initial cut ran beyond 3 hours, and some really good stuff needed to be trimmed for this final release.

That being said, there are a few guests we had this year that don’t make an appearance on this episode. I apologize to those of you, as your contributions were significant and memorable, but when you have to squeeze it all into a time limit, things regrettably get removed.

Despite this, I thank all of our guests for their time and support this year.

But more importantly, on behalf of Terr, Jay, and myself, I thank YOU, the listeners, for the time you’ve taken to listen to our shows and for the support you’ve provided Social Blend for the last five years.

See you in 2013 at BlendoveR.com for the new show!Greg Davies

During 2012, Social Blend was brought to you by:

Topics Featured in The Best of Social Blend 2012:

  • Kim Jong Il
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Geocities Discussion
  • George Lucas Retirement and the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
  • Oklahoma Personhood Bill
  • Pink Kryptonite
  • Kony 2012 is a SCAM
  • WTF Stories of the Year
  • Game of Thrones
  • FBI Communications Assistance Center
  • James Holmes and the Dark Knight shooting
  • New Digg v1
  • Olympics
  • Michael Brandvold Marketing
  • Dave Dorman
  • AskReddit
  • Millennium and Back To Frank Black
  • Brock’s Dub
  • Sons Of Tonatiuh

Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from cGt2099.com), Terr Ciavarra (Media Nox), and Jay Fowler (SilentJay74 from JuicySnake.com) the Social Blend is a fun, and hard-hitting, podcast, with no respect for rules.


The End Of Social Blend and The Beginning of BlendoveR

As of January 2013, Social Blend and Disquisition will be merged into a single new-concept show called BLENDOVER


Kim Jong Il

After Kim Jong-il’s death, what next for the people of North Korea?

Kim Jong-Un Named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2012


Occupy Wall Street

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film – Official Site

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film @ Facebook

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film @ Kickstarter

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film @ Twitter


Geocities Discussion

Old Home and Location of Geocities

Wikipedia: Geocities

Jones’ Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage


George Lucas Retirement and the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

After Red Tails Troubles, George Lucas Wants To Retire To Indie Films

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm For $4.05 Billion; Plans To Release Star Wars Episode VII In 2015

George Lucas: “I’m retiring”.

What The Disney Acquisition Of Lucasfilm Actually Means: One Star Wars Geek’s Analysis

Wikipedia: Star Wars Sequel Trilogy


Oklahoma Personhood Bill

Brilliant Democratic State Senator Tacks ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ Clause to Oklahoma’s Personhood Bill

Urban Dictionary: Boston Cream Pie


Pink Kryptonite

DC Database Wiki: Pink Kryptonite

Wikipedia: Variations of Kryptonite


Kony 2012 is a SCAM

Am I the only one who is suspicious about Invisible Children, the organisation behind Kony 2012?

Cashing in on Uganda’s oil boom

How Invisible Children Falsely Marketed The LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act

Invisible Child On Jason Russell

Invisible Children Co-Founder Detained: SDPD

Invisible Children Founder and KONY 2012 Star Found Masturbating in Public

Joseph Kony on Jason Russell

Kony 2012 — Jason Russell’s Naked Meltdown

Kony screening provokes anger in Uganda

On Kony 2012

Uganda’s Oil Could Be Gift That Becomes a Curse

Uganda’s oil scandal

Upvotes to the left if you want to see Jason Russell’s meltdown video mashed up with the Village People’s music

US denies interest in Uganda oil

Visible Children

The visible problem with Invisible Children

Wikipedia: Invisible Children

Wikipedia: Joseph Kony

Wikipedia: Oil and Natural Gas in Uganda


WTF Stories of the Year

Orvillecopter

Teacher Rumored To Be Hardcore Porn Actress, Removed From Classroom

Winner of bug-eating contest choked to death, says Broward Medical Examiner


Game of Thrones

The Most Shocking Moments Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1


Cyborgology

Cyborgology

The Flight From Conversation

Sherry Turkle’s Chronic Digital Dualism Problem

Disquisition


FBI Communications Assistance Center

FBI forming “Communications Assistance Center” to help spy on Americans

FBI quietly forms secretive Net-surveillance unit

The Internet is for Porn


James Holmes and the Dark Knight shooting

12 Killed In Shooting At ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screening In Colorado

Tragedy compounded: Killers’ parents become instant pariahs

Wikipedia: James Eagan Holmes


New Digg v1

Disquisition: ReanimateDIGG

Digg v1, Mark 2 is totally ‘meh’


Olympics

Australia left wishing its Olympic athletes cried tears of gold

Yorkshire is doing better in the Olympics than Japan, South Africa and Australia


Michael Brandvold Marketing

Michael Brandvold Marketing – Official Site

Michael Brandvold Marketing @ Facebook

Michael Brandvold Marketing @ Google+

Michael Brandvold Marketing @ LinkedIn

Michael Brandvold Marketing @ Twitter

The History of KISS OTAKU


Dave Dorman

Dave Dorman – Official Site

Dave Dorman @ Facebook

Dave Dorman @ LinkedIn

Dave Dorman @ Twitter

Dave Dorman @ Wikipedia

Dave Dorman @ Wookieepedia


AskReddit

What pop culture fads do you fear you will never be rid of?

Star Wars Mos Eisley Re-Edit


Millennium and Back To Frank Black

Millennium @ IMDb

Millennium @ Wikipedia

Millennium X

Lance Henriksen Wants ‘Millennium’ Movie

BackToFrankBlack.com – Main Page

BackToFrankBlack.com Podcasts

The Black Family united! Lance, Megan and Brittany speak!

Back To Frank Black @ Facebook


Brock’s Dub

The Empire Strikes Back (Brock’s Dub)

Star Wars (Brock’s Dub)

Toddlers and Tiaras (Brock’s Dub)


Sons Of Tonatiuh

Sons of Tonatiuh – Official Site

Sons of Tonatiuh @ BandCamp

Sons of Tonatiuh @ Encylopaedia Metallum

Sons of Tonatiuh @ Facebook

Sons of Tonatiuh @ MySpace

Sons of Tonatiuh @ Tumblr


Music used in the Social Blend Intro Theme was performed and written by EMERALD CITY
Music used in the BlendoveR 2013 Intro Theme was performed and written by GOTHIC KNIGHTS
[Music and clips are copyright to respective owners, and are used under Fair Use]