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#YesAllWomen

#YesAllWomenBlendover Episode 117:

Amy Vernon joins Blendover, where we discuss #YesAllWomen & related topics. Many reacted to the ‪Isla Vista killings, & many have read the powerful stories on the ‪#‎YesAllWomen‬ tag online. These feelings center on gender issues that are significant – and are part of a discussion that’s been a long time coming. A woman’s perspective, & a man’s perspective, discussed in a united setting…

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Topics Discussed:

  • Shout-Outs
  • #YesAllWomen
  • Tori Amos
  • The Dating Ring: Questionable PR?
  • Respecting Women in Metal
  • WTF: South Korean Female Parking Spaces
  • Bikini Kill
  • Rollins Band

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

#YesAllWomen says no to Rape Culture

AmyVernon.net

Amy Vernon @ Facebook

Amy Vernon @ Twitter

Jennifer Wieda @ Facebook

Malwarebytes.org

Peter Egan – Official Site

Peter Egan @ Facebook

The Drill Down 328: Our Brilliant and Terrifying Future

 


 

#YesAllWomen

#YesAllWomen @ Twitter

#AllMenCan @ Twitter

#EachEveryWoman – Trigger warning for rape, violence

#YesAllWomen is an important hashtag. But why stop there?

#YesAllWomen says no to Rape Culture

About Feminism

Apparently, the misogynists are out in force, trolling the hashtag I previously posted and so I’m not using it here…

Elliot Rodger video removed by YouTube

HOLD THE FUCK UP – Let’s step back for a second, Tumblr!

How the #YesAllWomen Hashtag Began

I wrote this article for @litdarling last week on #YesAllWomen

Not Yours

Police Did Not Watch Virgin Killer Elliot Rodger’s Videos Despite Warnings

RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

What #YesAllWomen shows us: We need to teach men how to deal with emotion

Wikipedia: 2014 Isla Vista killings

Wikipedia: RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Wikipedia: Rape Culture

Wikipedia: Steubenville High School rape case

Wikipedia: Violence against women

Wikipedia: YesAllWomen

 


 

Tori Amos

Tori Amos @ Amazon

Tori Amos @ Barnes & Noble

Tori Amos @ iTunes

Tori Amos – Official Site

Tori Amos @ Facebook

Tori Amos @ Instagram

Tori Amos @ Last.fm

Tori Amos @ MySpace

Tori Amos @ Tumblr

Tori Amos @ Twitter

Tori Amos @ Wikipedia

RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Wikipedia: Me And A Gun

Wikipedia: RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

 


 

The Dating Ring: Questionable PR?

I Got Shipped to California to Date Tech Guys

 


 

Respecting Women in Metal

Are you talking to me: Respecting women in metal

 


 

WTF: South Korean Female Parking Spaces

South Korea introduces ‘she spots’ – but do women really need bigger parking spaces?

 


 

Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill @ BandCamp

Bikini Kill @ Amazon

Bikini Kill – Official Site

Bikini Kill @ Last.fm

Bikini Kill @ MySpace

Bikini Kill @ Twitter

Bikini Kill @ Wikipedia

 


 

Rollins Band

2.13.61 Official Store – Henry Rollins

Rollins Band @ Amazon

Henry Rollins – Official Site

Henry Rollins @ Facebook

Henry Rollins @ IMDb

Rollins Band @ Last.fm

Henry Rollins @ Twitter

Rollins Band @ Wikipedia

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

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]

Whispering Silence

Whispering SilenceBlendover Episode One Hundred and Ten:

Rick Reid guests as we look into the UFC and what must happen to make the MMA movement grow. We investigate claims of a “1500 Year Old Bible” in Turkey, in articles that propagated social media this week. We look into the band that trolled Spotify for $20K without playing a note, as reported by Tom Cheredar over at VentureBeat. And we debate Snapchat, after this week’s FTC settlement.

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Topics Discussed:

  • Shout-Outs
  • UFC
  • The 1500 Year Old Bible
  • Shawna Pat
  • Spotify and Vulfpeck
  • Snapchat

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.

 


 

Shout-Outs

Rick Reid @ YouTube

Ryan Miller Online

 


 

UFC

Dana White willing to increase UFC fighter pay, but ‘no more f-ing bonuses’

Boxing should take cues from the UFC

 


 

The 1500 Year Old Bible

1500 year-old Syriac Bible found in Ankara, Turkey: Vatican in shock!

A question about the 1500 year old Bible

Higher Perspective: 1500 Year Old Bible Claims Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified – Vatican In Awe

The Gospel of Barnabas hoax

Turkey’s 1500-Year-Old, $28M Bible Linked to Gospel of Barnabas?

Wikipedia: Gospel of Barnabas

 


 

Shawna Pat

Small City, Big Cheese – Big Mike, LA J, and Shawna Pat (Clean)

Shawna Pat @ Amazon

Shawna Pat @ Facebook

Shawna Pat @ MTV

Shawna Pat @ ReverbNation

Shawna Pat @ SoundCloud

Shawna Pat @ Twitter

Shawna Pat @ Vimeo

Shawna Pat @ YouTube

 


 

Spotify and Vulfpeck

This band trolled Spotify for $20K in licensing fees without playing a note

 


 

Snapchat

5 Ways Snapchat Violated Your Privacy, Security

Another Tech Company Finds the F.T.C. Looking Over Its Shoulder

FTC finds Snapchat guilty of deception

Off the Record in a Chat App? Don’t Be Sure

Snapchat Admits Its Photos Don’t ‘Disappear Forever’

Snapchat ‘deceived users’ about disappearing messages, will be monitored by gov’t

Snapchat Settles FTC Case, Admits Your Snaps Don’t Really ‘Disappear’

Snapchat’s expired snaps are not deleted, just hidden

Yikes: Snapchat Doesn’t Delete Your Photos After All, It Just Hides Them

 


 

Music Featured:

  • Small City, Big Cheese” by Shawna Pat, with Big Mike and LA J available online at SoundCloud

 


 

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]

Darkly Dreaming Digital

Darkly Dreaming DigitalBlendover Episode Sixty Four:

It’s dark news this week, as we examine the case of a policeman who murdered a man who wanted to be killed & eaten. Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) pleads guilty of charges related to child rape, in a case where he may have abused hundreds of kids. The NSA monitors porn viewing habits to discredit people; & we have details about a new Steam Machine…

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Topics Discussed:

  • Shout-Outs
  • Doctor Who
  • Helicopter Crashes Into Scottish Pub
  • German Cannibal Police Case
  • NSA and the Edward Snowden Files
  • Gumi Vocaloid
  • Lostprophets: Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty
  • Valve Steam Machine

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.

 


 

Shout Outs

Blendover @ Google+

The Drill Down 304: It Whips the Llama’s Ass

Hey everyone – I’m leaving Facebook and moving on to other social networks…

 


 

Doctor Who

Day of the Doctor Inside Look

Day Of The Doctor Sets Guinness World Record

Day Of The Doctor Thoughts and Theories

Deleted Scene From The Day Of The Doctor

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 Title, Artwork & Details

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 Teaser Trailer

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

TARDISblend 70: Day Of The Doctor

 


 

Helicopter Crashes Into Scottish Pub

Helicopter crashes into Scotland pub; numerous injuries reported

Police helicopter crash: ‘Multiple injuries’ at The Clutha pub in Glasgow

Search on for trapped victims after helicopter crashes into pub in Scotland

 


 

German Cannibal Police Case

German policeman arrested in possible ‘cannibal’ case

 


 

The NSA and the Edward Snowden Files

NSA planned to shame ‘radicalizers’ by revealing their porn-browsing history: report

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’

Twitter sets up new tech to thwart government spying on users

 


 

Gumi Vocaloid

Bad Apple!! Shadow Play – English & Chinese Sub – Gumi

Vocaloid Wiki: GUMI

Vocaloid Wiki: Megumi Nakajima

 


 

Lostprophets: Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty

HMV removes all Lostprophets albums from sale following Ian Watkins trial

Ian Watkins: Ex-girlfriend claims she warned police Lostprophets singer was a paedophile four years ago

Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins Admits Rape Attempts

Lostprophets Ian Watkins: New Leads After Appeal

LOSTPROPHETS Singer Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Rape Baby

Names of mums involved in Ian Watkins abuse case mistakenly included on court service’s listing site

Peaches Geldof faces police investigation after naming moms who allegedly offered babies to Lostprophets pedophile rocker Ian Watkins

 


 

Valve Steam Machine

Steam Machine prototype from iBuyPower for revealed, runs at 1080p and 60fps

 


 

Music Featured:

  • Bad Apple !! Shadow Play” by GUMI available at YouTube

 


 

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]

Gatecrash: Leviathan

Gatecrash: LeviathanBlendover Episode Thirty:

This week on Blendover, we jump ahead of the mainstream media and examine what the upcoming Middle East Peace Talks are REALLY about (Hint: it involves $$$$$), and take a look at a new documentary film about online privacy called Terms And Conditions May Apply. Later, we glance at the Swiss Train Crash in the news, and the Bradley Manning Verdict. But that’s not all: we have aliens too…

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Topics Discussed:

  • Terms And Conditions May Apply
  • Middle East Peace Talks
  • Swiss Train Crash
  • Putin and the Gay
  • Pope Watch
  • Bradley Manning Verdict
  • World Order
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop
  • WTF: Wind Turbine Mystery
  • Varg Virkenes Arrested Under Terrorism Accusations
  • The Return of Monster Magnet
  • Australian Media Prices
  • EVE Online

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting pod-cast 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.

 


 

Terms And Conditions May Apply

Terms and Conditions: A movie about privacy policies you’ll actually want to watch

Terms and Conditions May Apply – Official Trailer

 


 

Middle East Peace Talks

Cyprus hopes to have liquefied natural gas from Israel by 2015

Cyprus seeks to import Israeli gas by 2015

Google Maps: Middle East

US to host Israeli-Palestinian talks

Wikipedia: Leviathan gas field

 


 

Swiss Train Crash

Swiss train crash: Dozens hurt in Granges-pres-Marnand

Switzerland Train Crash Injures 44, Fatalities Possible

 


 

Putin and the Gay

Gay Bars’ Ban on Russian Vodka Is Going Global

 


 

Pope Watch

On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’

 


 

Bradley Manning Verdict

Bradley Manning has just been awarded the 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award by the International Peace Bureau

Bradley Manning Trial Court Sketch 1

Bradley Manning Trial Court Sketch 2

Bradley Manning verdict to be announced on Tuesday

Defense Motion for Reconsideration and for Mistrial – dated July 24, 2013

Defense Renewed Motion for Mistrial

Manning a whistleblower, not a traitor, defense concludes

Manning Judge Alters Charges to Assist Gov’t Ahead of Verdict

Manning Protesters take on Fort McNair

Military judge set to rule in Bradley Manning case

Tension Between Journalists, Army Continues At Bradley Manning Trial

 


 

World Order

World Order – Official Site

World Order @ Amazon

World Order @ Facebook

World Order @ Google Plus

World Order @ Wikipedia

 


 

Nintendo Wii U

Wii U no longer being stocked by UK retailer Asda

 


 

UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop

The former police lieutenant who became the target of worldwide ire after dousing Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, John Pike, is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming psychiatric injury caused by the incident

UC Davis ‘pepper spray cop’ seeks workers comp for ‘psychiatric injuries’

 


 

WTF: Wind Turbine Mystery

UFO Destroys Wind Turbine: Still A Mystery

 


 

Varg Virkenes Arrested Under Terrorism Accusations

Neo-Nazi and black metal musician Varg Vikernes arrested in France on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack

Terrorism in France, part I

Terrorism in France, part II

Terrorism in France, part III

VARG VIKERNES And Wife Released From Custody

War in Europe: Part I – Cui bono?

 


 

The Return of Monster Magnet

MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Album! Confirm First North American Tour in Over 10 Years! Debut New Song

Monster Magnet – The Duke (of Supernature)

New MONSTER MAGNET Album ‘Last Patrol’ Due Oct. 15; Track Premiere

 


 

Australian Media Prices

Australian IT Pricing Inquiry Concludes High Games Prices Can’t be Justified

 


 

EVE Online

A single mistake started the largest space battle EVE Online has ever seen

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

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 Googuns Twitter Mystery

Blendover Episode Eleven

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The Googuns Twitter MysteryTopics Discussed:

  • Steubenville Rape Case
  • EA CEO Resigns
  • The Googuns Twitter Mystery
  • Gormathon
  • Pope Watch 2013
  • Zombie Apocalypse

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting pod-cast 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.

 


 

Steubenville Rape Case

CNN News Report that everyone is bitching about

CNN no-comments outcry over breaking coverage of rape verdict

Guilty Verdict in Steubenville

How Blogger Helped Steubenville Rape Case Unfold Online

Jessica Valenti @ Twitter

Steubenville Football Players Found Guilty in Ohio Rape Trial

Steubenville, the media and ‘rape, essentially’

Two teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case

Wikipedia: Steubenville High School rape case

 


 

EA CEO Resigns

EA CEO Riccitello Resigns – /r/games

EA CEO Riccitello Resigns – /r/gaming

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello to step down

 


 

The Googuns Twitter Mystery

The Real Weird Twitter is Espionage Twitter

@googuns_staging – tweets every 5 mins

@googuns_prod – tweets every 5 mins

The whole thing reminded me of Numbers Stations

A good analysis of Googuns

Some Twitter noise…


Which leads me to крейсер уничтожены aka “cruiser destroyed” – tweeted Oct 25


Which connects to the Dutch warship destruction of a Somali pirate cruiser


And another article with a clip


THE CONNECTION: Somali Pirates connected to Botnet Hackers and Cybersecurity Attacks – the Googuns accounts are cryptic public “logs”

 


 

Gormathon

Gormathon – Official Site

Gormathon: Land of the Lost (Official Music Video)

Gormathon @ Amazon

Gormathon @ iTunes

Gormathon @ Spotify

Gormathon @ Last.fm

Gormathon @ Encyclopaedia Metallum

Gormathon @ Facebook

Gormathon @ MySpace

Gormathon @ Twitter

Gormathon @ YouTube

 


 

Pope Watch 2013

After Frosty Past, Pope Meets Argentine Leader

Catholic faithful get wired for papal selection

Chimney ready to signal papal vote

How to spot a fake cardinal in the conclave?

Pope Francis: ‘I would like to see a church that is poor and is for the poor’

Pope resigns – Nostradamus and St Malachy predictions

Vatican admits secretly bugging its own clergy

Well, that was quick

Wikipedia: Pope Francis I

 


 

Zombie Apocalypse

Donor in rabies cases had symptoms, wasn’t tested

Antibiotics and drug resistance: how do we compare?

Antibiotics resistance ‘as big a risk as terrorism’ – medical chief

Coronavirus hCoV-EMC has killed 9 of the 15 people confirmed to be infected with it

Coronavirus: is this the next pandemic?

Coronavirus victim’s widow tells of grief as scientists scramble for treatment

Deadly New Virus Warning Issued After Eight People Die

Health officials investigate norovirus outbreak at Andina in Portland

How the zombie apocalypse affects interest group politics

A Maryland man recently died of rabies that he contracted from a tainted organ he received in a transplant operation more than a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Nomavirus Is Everyone’s Virus and Everyone’s Cost

Life imitating Scrubs: Patient dies from rabies-infected transplant, says the CDC

Patient killed by rabies from organ transplant, CDC says

Pesticide water may spread norovirus

Rabies-infected organ donor was thought to be poisoned by fish

Researcher: Zombie Fads Peak When Society Is Unhappy

Tainted kidney causes rabies, death

Ten years after SARS, a novel coronavirus causes global health concerns

Wikipedia: Antibiotic resistance

Wikipedia: Norovirus

Yep, It’s A Slingshot That Shoots Chainsaws

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

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]

Zombie Dorner and the Dead Zeppelin

Blendover Episode Seven

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Zombie Dorner and the Dead ZeppelinTopics Discussed:

  • RIP Mindy McCready
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Christopher Dorner
  • Led Zeppelin
  • RIP Richard Briers
  • Burger King Twitter Hacked
  • Scotland Schools and the Morning After Pill
  • Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
  • Meteor over Russia

BlendoveR is a fun, hard-hitting pod-cast 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.

 


 

RIP Mindy McCready

The AP story for Mindy McCready’s suicide begins: “Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready”

Chris Talbott @ Twitter

Did Mindy McCready’s brain injury kill her?

Mindy McCready dead of apparent suicide

Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

 


 

Zombie Apocalypse

Anthrax – Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t (Zombie Music Video)

Bogus emergency alert message transmitted

Brace for MORE ZOMBIE ATTACK ALERT pranks, warns security bod

Canada has become prepared for the zombie apocalypse

Full News Reel feature from Dawn of the Dead DVD Bonus Features

Security experts say zombie TV warning exposes flaws

Time to protect America from zombies!

TV Station’s Emergency Alert System Hacked, Warns of Montana Zombie Apocalypse

When the Zombie Apocalypse was mentioned in the House of Commons

Zombie Attack! Hackers broadcast emergency alert messages about a zombie attack on several TV stations

Zombie Hackers Exploited Emergency Alert System Security Flaws

 


 

Christopher Dorner

Can’t Corner The Dorner

Christopher Dorner in gun battle with authorities, source says

Chris Dorner video game hits the web: Play Dorner’s Last Stand

Christopher Dorner Shootout – Cops say “Burn It Down”

Dorner Case Timeline Part IV

Dorner Case Timeline Part V

Dorner Case Timeline Part VI

LAPD chief: Review of cop firing vital for public trust

Enid church recalls encounter with Christopher Dorner

Photo from the “Officer-Involved Shooting” injuring two women in a blue truck

Protesters show support for Christopher Dorner

Reality Check: Did Cops Intentionally Set Fire To Chris Dorner’s Cabin?

Redditors capture and transcribe police radio detailing arson by law enforcement at Dorner standoff

Responses to Dorner case contain surprises

Why the LAPD’s Dorner Pursuit is Indefensible: The hunt for Christopher Dorner, which injured innocent civilians, reveals how little the department has changed

Women shot during LAPD ex-cop manhunt had no warning, lawyer says

Wikipedia: Christopher Jordan Dorner

 


 

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Reunion Possible, Robert Plant Says

Robert Plant hints he’d be open to a Led Zeppelin reunion

Robert Plant open to Led Zeppelin reunion: “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014″

 


 

RIP Richard Briers

Richard Briers, 79, British sitcom star

Richard Briers has died

Richard Briers, The Good Life star, dies aged 79

 


 

Burger King Twitter Hacked

After Monday Twitter hack, Burger King reigns again

Burger King’s Twitter account has been hacked

 


 

Scotland Schools and the Morning After Pill

Experts call for schools to provide morning-after pill

Experts: ‘Give morning after pill at Scots schools’

 


 

Pope Benedict XVI and the next Pope

Dolan Says It’s ‘Highly Possible’ the Next Pope Could Be a Non-European

Is the Next Pope the Last Pope?

The Last Pope: Examining Nostradamus and Malachy

Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy

Pope Benedict XVI’s leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries

Pope Conclave Change? Vatican Raises Possibility Of Early March Election

The Pope is to resign in an entirely unexpected development, reports from the Vatican say

Pope resigns – Nostradamus and St Malachy predictions

Quatrain II.41

Why the buzz over St. Malachy’s ‘last pope’ prophecy outdoes 2012 hype

Wikipedia: Prophecy of the Popes

 


 

Meteor over Russia

02.15.2013 – Meteorite Hits Russia! [HD] Video Footage

2003 – 2013: He knew!

Chelyabinsk Meteor Explosion, Windows Shattered, Guy breathes deeply – Russia motherfucker…

Cuban Meteorite Video

Meteor clean up operation begins in Russia

Numerous Sightings Of Fireballs Or Fiery Celestial Objects Over Cuba, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, And Kazakhstan

Possible meteor shower reported in eastern Russia

Russian Meteor: A Cosmic Flesh Wound

So, this just happened in Russia

 


 

Music Featured:

 


 

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
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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

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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