IBU 50: It’s Just Physics

On our last episode for the year, we cover our favorite beer and tech topics from 2017. It’s crazy that we’ve been doing this for an entire year (we started recording the first week of January but didn’t release until 2 weeks later). It’s been a lot of fun trying all types of beers from breweries all over the world while talking about nerdy topics.

If you’ve never listened, give us a shot and if you have, please tell someone who you think might like it.

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★ Internet Beer Users

In June of last year, I attended a live recording of The Talk Show. Being the huge nerd that I am, I went by myself. No one that I know is nerdy enough to go to something like this and my wife fully supports my weird interests. I’m totally comfortable going to events on my own and this was no different.

The show itself was great. I had a fun time and I even got to meet other nerds that I’ve followed on the Internet over the years. After I decided I’d had enough free alcohol, I was about to leave when I heard someone call out my name. I thought this is impossible. Having only lived in the Bay Area for a few years, the few friends that I had were not going to be at a live recording of a podcast. I looked in the direction of the voice and saw this guy approach me and ask again, “Jay Torres?” I said yes, and he introduced himself by his Twitter handle, “I’m Nick Pro.”

It’s now July and by this Friday, we will have put out our 26th episode of our podcast. We made our podcast public on February 10  after over 6 months of planning and brainstorming. I’ve always had a thing for making digital stuff. I started a blog in 2001. I’ve been listening to podcasts since 2010-ish and I’ve found them to be interesting and they are now my main form of entertainment. I always wanted to try and make one but I didn’t want to make one on my own and I didn’t know what to talk about.

On that night, over a beer at Cellarmaker, I mentioned to Nick that I’d always wanted to make a podcast and mentioned those two points. He mentioned the same and it kind of clicked. We’re both into tech obviously and we enjoy craft beer. We can talk endlessly about both, why not do that? Here we are, with half a year’s worth of episodes out into the world.

We’ve been having a great time recording it. It gives me something to do aside from being an engineer, husband, and dad, it scratches my creative itch. If you’re into drinking above average beer and/or into Apple, video games, or nerdy things as well, give us a listen. Cheers!

Serial Podcast

As I often do, I discover a new podcast from various posts on Twitter or links on the web. One that got my attention was “Serial“. “Serial” tells the story of a 1999 murder of a high school student by her ex-boyfriend told in weekly episodes. Most podcasts I listen to are of the talk panel format: usually two hosts that talk openly about a topic. Serial’s format is more investigative journalism and storytelling. And I’m hooked. There are currently 6 episodes out, the first released on October 3rd. I started listening yesterday and I am all caught up.

I’d seen tweets saying how addictive and captivating the podcast was and I just didn’t understand what the hype was about. I listened to the trailer and it got me interested. I downloaded the first episode and I was immediately hooked. I can’t say anything else but to give it a chance.

Here are some links if you’d like to learn more:

Serial – Official site

‘Serial:’ The Highly Addictive Spinoff Podcast of ‘This American Life’ – NBC News

“Serial”: The Podcast We’ve Been Waiting For – The New Yorker