All posts by Mike Cline Jr.

Problem Solvers: The Gun Debate

Guns.
Guns.                                                                                                                 

Once again the hotshot Whiz Kids are back with another round of problem solvers. This week the guys tackle the red hot gun debate. Some say that we should ban guns while others say we need more to be safe. Listen to the solution the Whiz kids offer tot his problem in America.

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Half Human Half Dog Puppies And Mark Eats Frozen Dinners-Episode 278

Actually Cooking a Meal is too much work for Mark.
Actually Cooking a Meal is too much work for Mark.

The guys start off by talking about disappointing their parents and talking about a recent NFL players tweet about North Korea. Later we learn that Obama is sexist because he said a woman is attractive. They also discuss the movie 127 Hours and talk about the patio and BBQ Cline is planning on building for summer. We also find out that Mark doesn’t cook fresh meals and has no interest in ever doing so. Plus bad cell reception and children being seen and not heard.

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Wesley Snipes Is A Free Man and Ron Jeremy Lives!-Minisode134

In the entertainment edition of the Podcast the guys start off the show with some more arguing before getting into topics such as Wesley Snipes getting out of prison and paying taxes in general. After that the guys celebrate Ron Jeremy’s return to work (porn). Finally the guys come up with another service for singles.

Thank God he didn't leave us.
Thank God he didn’t leave us.
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Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend-Podcast Review

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I’ll be honest, I was insanely jealous when Alison Rosen’s podcast first came out and she instantly was on the top of the itunes podcast charts with the luxury of being part of Adam Carolla’s digital network. Not everyone has the benefit of Mr. Carolla’s huge audience to help them with the debut of a new podcast, but at the same time Alison earned her spot as the news girl and excellent contributor to the King of Podcast’s flagship program. Before her podcast debuted I had already checked out many of the archived episodes of her popular Ustream show, which had the same name as her podcast, and enjoyed her laid back, down to earth style which is also the case with her podcast. The main difference between the two shows is structure and sound quality, plus a great lineup of guests.

ariynbfAlison has a great rapport with her fans and often starts the show with fan feedback from her itunes reviews, which is a great way to encourage fans to review a show, and by actually calling her listeners and having extended conversations with them. If regular bits or segments are something you enjoy on a podcast then this show is for you, because Alison has many set bits and segments that almost always involve more fan feedback and participation. The real meat of the show is the interview portion. Unlike Adam’s show, where Adam rarely has in depth conversations or interviews with his guests, Alison has extremely in depth and frank discussions with the guests she gets on her show. Once again benefiting from being on Adam’s network, she gets a great lineup of guests which includes some top notch up and coming comedians as well as the assorted actor and a fantastic episode with Dr. Drew as well. The best part of the guest portion of the show is that they don’t play out like a typical interview. Instead, Alison and her guests have frank discussions in a conversational manner which is some of the best parts of podcasting, which benefits from the overall lack of structure and time restraints. While some of the more amateur podcasts suffer because of this lack of structure and very often go off the rails, ARIYNBF manages to stay on track and the guests become very comfortable and reveal lots of intimate details of their lives. The conversations on the show are very easy to relate to for the listener. Subjects like childhood, the road to success, failure, sex and relationships are all discussed and give us a look into the inner workings of the guests that we would not ordinarily be exposed to through their time on stage or other projects that we may know them from. Clearly Alison has a knack for making her guests feel very comfortable, even getting a seasoned media veteran like Dr. Drew to reveal things about himself that he rarely talks about on other shows.

Overall I would say that Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend is a must listen, not only if you are an Adam Carolla fan, but if you are a fan of great conversational style podcasts with great guests. After only a few minutes of listening you will feel connected to Alison and you really will feel like she is your new best friend. Alison has released nearly eighty episodes since the show premiered last year and has had tons of fantastic guests, but here are a few of the essential episodes if you are new to the show.

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Adam’s sound effect guy joins Alison for a very good conversation about life that is a must listen for any Adam Carolla fan.

Lynette Carolla
This bonus episode was one of the more fascinating episodes I have heard so far because Lynette gives us some insight to what it is like to live with Adam and we hear about a side of Adam that most of us big Adam fans might not know about.

Dr. Drew
Rarely do we actually get to hear about Drew’s life on the many shows and podcasts he is on, but Alison gets the Dr. to really open up about himself on this one.

Check them all out on her itunes page.

Who Is Watching These Commercials?

angryblogIf you have ever done anything online you probably are increasingly annoyed by the barrage of commercials. Whether it’s the forced commercials before the videos on Youtube or some other site or the annoying embedded ads that took the place of popups,  I can say that we have had enough. The thing about advertising in general is that I don’t see how the majority of ads are even remotely effective. I personally close my eyes, plug my ears and sing when the stupid “your video will start in 30 seconds” commercials come on.  If the rest of the human population is anything like me then commercials rarely get watched. Sure there are some clever commercials that I enjoy when I’m forced to watch them during live sporting events, but for the most part commercials are horrible and I’m positive I have never bought anything because a commercial told me to. Well, there was that one time I bought a new flavor of Hot Pockets but that was a rare exception and I was hungry that day.

Companies must waste billions of dollars on commercials and ads every year, but how much of that money spent is actually successfully spent on creating new customers? I’m especially dumbfounded by the money spent by the more established companies like McDonald’s, Coke or Pepsi. Who sees one of McDonald’s commercials and says “Wow, what is this burger joint with the double stacked burger and secret sauce? Maybe I’ll give that place a try!” We all know what McDonald’s is and depending on the person have been eating at or avoiding the restaurant for years.  Same goes for Pepsi and Coke. It’s not like a loyal Coke drinker spits out his Cherry Coke and rushes to the store for a 2-Liter of Pepsi after he saw Beyonce on the latest Pepsi commercial. With the exception of new flavors or products, ads for these big companies amount to nothing but wasted money.

These days companies are starting to catch on and are trying to choose the targets of their ad money wisely. With the internet ads can be targeted to people based on their user data. This is why you see ads on Facebook and other places that are vaguely familiar. That’s why if you post stuff about your cat all day you will see ads for cat food or if you complain about how lonely you are you will see ads for sex lines and dating sites. Theoretically these ads are at least a little more effective than broadly targeted ads on television or radio. You can guess who is watching or listening by looking at the demographics of a given show, but we are finding out that the rating systems are not very accurate, especially in a time of delayed viewership with the popularity of DVRs and online streaming.  So now we have companies trying to find out as much information about us as possible so they can target ads to our specific interests while we simultaneously try to avoid this invasion of privacy and any and all ads that come our way. This is how the battle will go for the next few years. Advertisers will try to find new and innovative ways to beam their company information into our brains and we will try to block them out or if possible avoid them all together. Sure we can add plugins to our internet browsers and fast forward through commercials, but advertisers will still find ways to get there information to the potential consumers. I personally will keep tuning them out because I’m never up for a good brain washing and enjoy the little free will I still have.