The Bellingham Podcast
Summary: Pacific Northwest aficionados, AJ Barse and Chris Powell are your hosts each week talking about their views and interests in technology, travel, gear and watches. Recorded in Bellingham or on location (typically in their favorite local coffee establishments) in City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham Washington. This show is also available on-air on Bellingham's KMRE 102.3FM.
No notes as Chris is back! AJ: DGR 2021- https://gfolk.me/barse
Another double episode for the weeks of Mother's Day weekend May 10 and May 17. Chris may or may not still be on clandestine missions...be he will be returning next episode! Housekeeping: Guest co-host today. *Dan** Active duty Navy, nearly 15 years in. * Views and opinions are my own* Former MSF-certified Rider Coach* Currently in New England, heading back to the SW soon@Rising_sun_sailorAJ and the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2021 (a DECADE of DGR)to support: https://gfolk.me/barse *Motorcycle Zen*What cha riding these days" (AJ & Dan)* AJ: TU250X (2009) https://suzukicycles.com/street/2019/tu250x * Red was just 2009 https://ridermagazine.com/2009/06/22/2009-suzuki-tu250x-road-test/ * Dan: FLHCS (2020): * Dan’s flavor of color 2020 Heritage Classic Motorcycle | Harley-Davidson United States (archive.org) (https://web.archive.org/web/20200805081711/https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/motorcycles/heritage-classic.html)So if we had to go ‘buy the best, cry once’ what is that bike?* AJ: Ducati Scrambler X (PNW Green edition) https://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/201410/ducati-scrambler-urb-4.jpg * Dan: HD Limited CVO (Royal Purple and Royal Black Fade) https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/motorcycles/cvo-limited.html * It depends though. Cross country touring? Absolutely the CVO. * Carving canyons and dropping a knee en route to the city? Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/motorcycles/roadsters/speed-triple-1200 * Beginner? Something like the Honda CB500 https://powersports.honda.com/street/standard/cb500fBest routes on two wheels (tick tock)AJ: * Bellingham to Victoria Inner Harbor (imagine doing this with your spouse on the back, hanging on to ya, as you ride up chuckanut, hit a ferry, and nothing but warm air. Parking - not a problem) * San Juan Islands- Mt. Constitution, and island hopping: PNW pro tip- no need to worry about a missing a ferry on a motorcycle* Dan: * Mohawk Trail - Pittsfield to Greenfield, MA (Quintessential New England Fall leaves changing) * Car Trips Western Mass - Scenic Driving Western MA - Tours through Western Mass Countryside - Tours of New England - Fall Foliage Tours - Mohawk Trail (http://www.mohawktrail.com/driving-tours.html) * https://youtu.be/PtbUEXYwKZA* Mount Washington - Worth the hype; get the bumper sticker. Highest wind ever recorded by man (231 mph/200.7 kts back in 1934). * 8 mile trip up the mountain with a packed dirt road at mile 6 (if I recall). * Plan for the weather and expect it to change! * You WILL work your brakes coming down. Be ready!* Mazda Hakone Turnpike - Japan * Outstanding views of Mt. Fuji at the rest area. * Beautiful first thing in the morning * Twisties ...
On the show for this week, and the next, in this back to back episode we have a guest co-host from the Bellingham Podcast Office of Foreign Correspondents; UK Branch. This episode to to anyone here in the PNW who has a Wonderlust itch that needs to be scratched, especially if the pandemic as made you long for travel, adventure travel, and the UK. This episode is a double episode, so no new episode for the first week of May. Stay tuned...Our Foreign Correspondent Co-Host;Danhttps://www.instagram.com/timely_moments/His Podcast: The Zulu Time Podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-zulu-time-podcast/id1497529473SO for this episode: what if with the Pandemic lightening up- some one from the PNW can land in the UK. The must do treks:**Dan:** Snowdonia - Tryfan /Betws-y-coed https://www.visitsnowdonia.info (https://www.visitsnowdonia.info/)* Brecon - Pen y Fan / Go Below http://www.go-below.co.uk (http://www.go-below.co.uk/) * *Lake District - Scarfell Pike /Tickle Tarn /Ambleside* *https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/places-to-go/explore-windermere-and-ambleside*Gear AJ:* Getting kids to go from the kindergarten playground to the trailhead Tarn 12 (REI) (https://www.rei.com/product/168501/rei-co-op-tarn-12-pack-kids)* Garmin Instinct If you are going to go with a connected watch (https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/621802)* Cotopaxi Alpa 42 (https://www.cotopaxi.com/products/allpa-42l-travel-pack?variant=33029386272829) [a pack for the overhead of your flight, for the one bag traveler who likes to get in a trek too] * Cascade Mountain Tech (treking poles https://cascademountaintech.com/) (Based out of Preston, WA if I recall)* EB Heritage Strap: https://elliotbrownwatches.com/collections/straps/material_webbingDan: * Elliot Brown Watches https://elliotbrownwatches.com (https://elliotbrownwatches.com/)* Montane https://www.montane.com (https://www.montane.com/)* Osprey https://www.ospreyeurope.com (https://www.ospreyeurope.com/)* DMM Wales https://dmmwales.com (https://dmmwales.com/)* Mountain Equipment https://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk (https://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/)* Petzl e+LITE
Break Station -April Showers
PRESENT: Personal Collections ...dare I say Analog Collections *AJ** Comic Books (from Marvel to Garfield) * Video Games* #watchfam* Outdoor stuffs*Chris** Sports Cards* Hardy Boys blue hardcover books, Choose Your Own Adventure paperbacks, Encyclopedia Brown paperbacks.* LEGOs from garage sales* Guitars from garage sales* Rise of online market places, forums, and FOMO* To combat this; COLLECT FOR YOU not for speculation, or FOMO, or Instagram * CP - Have the courage to take time and have the internal conversation of why you are pursuing this collection* Bee.com (http://bee.com/)* CP - If you are collecting under the Investment mindset, are you prepared to do what it takes to sell your digital good?* NFT and blockchain tech, speculation * Is “hoddleing” just a digital “hoarder” * Feeding into addiction, the casino mentality? * Don’t be like Chris - Don’t acquire physical things with the intention of impressing people.
The “Collector’s gene” and the types of Collections:* Because of the gotta-have-it (FOMO) * The flip side of this : Hoarding or the fear of being without it (FOBW)* Functionality (gear, tools, etc) * Nostalgia * Investment (CP - It might be worth a lot someday? I can sell it someday for more money than I paid for it?)* Scholarship/skills * this is where ‘memorabilia’ tends to kick in “objects kept or collected because of their historical interest, especially those associated with memorable people or events.”* Time/Place (travel or to be worldly) (CP - Attempting to garner admiration from friends or acquaintances for how exciting and adventurous a life you’ve led. See Instagram.)PAST: Background and HistoryHistory: First known ‘collections’ beyond hunting and gathering Collecting is a practice with a very old cultural history. In Mesopotamia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesopotamia), collecting practices have been noted among royalty and elites as far back as the 3rd millennium BCE. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collecting#cite_note-5) Now out of this I think this is were we start to see the curiosity shops, and bringing that home to the curio cabinet. And in scholarship the concept of the museum* “*The world’s first public museum, the **Ashmolean* (https://www.ashmolean.org/article/the-story-of-the-worlds-first-public-museum)* in Oxford” *Now out of collectors comes community around collections; we see this in all things. Collecting “The hobby of *collecting* includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining items that are of interest to an individual collector. Collections differ in a wide variety of respects, most obviously in the nature and scope of the objects contained, but also in purpose, presentation, and so forth. The range of possible subjects for a collection is practically unlimited, and collectors have realized a vast number of these possibilities in practice, although some are much more popular than others.” NOW a tangent; Collecting and Hobby (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobby) go hand in hand so ‘get off your collecting high horse?“:In the 16th century, the term "hobyn" had the meaning of "small horse and pony". The term "hobby horse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobby_horse_(toy))" ...As we talk about next episode; is digital and FOMO feeding the darker side of ‘collecting’“Collecting for most people is a choice, but for some it can be a compulsion, sharing characteristics with obsessive hoarding (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding). ...Reggie Jacksonhttps://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacksre01.shtml
A heartbreaking scenarioYour residence, and all your tech possessions, are destroyed in a fire, in floodiing, in an earthquake, in a robbery, you name it. However, you are given a sizable settlement check from your insurance company. What technology would you purchase if you had to do it all over again?*AJ*But first- housekeepingSupport the show #bellinghampodcast on socialShout out to Dan (@timely_moments) and the Zulu Time PodcastDrop on 31 March for patches to support the ZT show- by way of supporting charity: https://www.ssafa.org.ukZulu Time Podcasthttps://open.spotify.com/show/4JCYXahqWtuXJYtsDD0pfM Apple Camp* iPhone SE 2020* Macbook Air M1Home Automation (smart-home camp) Google Camp* OnePlus 7T (https://www.oneplus.com/7t?from=head)* Lenovo Chromebook Duet (https://www.google.com/chromebook/device/lenovo-chromebook-duet-128gb/)Camera Camp*Fuji X100V (the budget friendly powerhouse) *Leica Q2 (the Ferrari of cameras)Chris’ Camp, where everybody is paranoid of people stealing their information* Google Pixel 4 XL with Graphene OS* System 76 Lemur Pro (https://system76.com/laptops/lemur)AJ's personal #watchfam and smartwatch camp* Rebuild personal vintage SKX031*Smartwatch- Garmin Instinct Solar for the active/outdoors/ anti-smart watch folks but like tracking and ABC.
No show this week for some much need, 5 years of podcasting R&R. See you next week and thank you all for all your support
It is our podcast-anniversary! No show notes- just a look back at 5 years of podcasting and our thanks to all our listeners and supporters. Read more at https://www.ajbarse.com/5-years-bellingham-podcast/
For the week of February 21, 2021Housekeeping* Archive.org (http://archive.org/) now has all episodes * https://archive.org/details/bellinghampodcast * https://archive.org/details/bellinghampodcastmediatech* 5 years of the show - Episode 1 = March 1, 2016....a leap year!*AJ** One of the most asked questions I’ve had professionally all pandemic * Pro-cam/iPhone as a webcam- https://www.ajbarse.com/pro-camera-as-your-web-camera/ * A watchgeeks’s approach to a connected (s)mart watch * Garmin Instinct https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/621802/pn/010-02064-00 * Baltic Aquascaphe Bronze - https://baltic-watches.com/en/products/aquascaphe-bronze-blue-gilt*Chris*What I learned during the Pandemic - “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home” (https://balladofamerica.org/home-sweet-home/) *Coffee Shop Life in 2021**Three tough questions to ask when going to a coffee shop* * What am I there to do online? * Are you connecting a device from work to a public wi-fi network? * If so, are you willing to have the conversation with your boss about getting your laptop hacked, stolen, or damaged due to coffee spillage from those diminutive-sozed tables *meant for a coffee cup and a phone?* * Do you really need to connect your personal mobile phone to a public wi-fi network?*Consider a Paid VPN** Mullvad VPN - $6/month (https://mullvad.net/en/) * No email needed to sign up. Website auto-generates a 16-digit number for you to use as an account * Pay one-month fee via prepaid credit card? * Install Mullvad software application, connect to a nearby city’s VPN server, off ya goQuality Assurance*Chris* Commafeed (https://www.commafeed.com/#/welcome) - “A bloat-free RSS reader” * Stick your toe in the RSS pool. Free account, bookmark the webpage in your browser of choice, enjoy distraction free headlines* anoni.sh (https://anoni.sh/) - A URL shortener with no logs of usage. For fans of bit.ly * https://anoni.sh/bhampod * Canvas Insider Podcast (https://open.spotify.com/show/3fPJ8cMqRq9ptk8d77b9zE) - 30+ episodes about your favorite LMS, plus some helpful tech ideas for your online life *AJ * Anchor SoundCore Mini (older version); $25, 15hrs on a charge w/ BT, SD, and Radio (must use USB cable for antenna- very clever) https://www.anker.com/products/variant/soundcore-mini/A3101111
3-Day-Weekend Station Break; and nerd out about the U.M.H.B.
Definitive Albums of note*AJ**Listening background*: Listened to a lot of oldies/country growing up. Later got into jazz/classical/folk in HS because of my own guitar playing and needing to find something to study to that wasn’t the Red Hot Chili Peppers * Mason William 1968 Classical Gas* Classic Sinatra (Hits and great performances 1953-1960) (https://music.apple.com/us/album/classic-sinatra-his-great-performances-1953-1960/730297130)* Classical Guitar Masters: Variations in Measure (https://www.allmusic.com/album/classical-guitar-masters-variations-in-measure-mw0001352040); * The Postal Service: Give Up (https://thepostalservice.bandcamp.com/album/give-up)* John Gorka: The Company you Keep (https://www.johngorka.com/product/the-company-you-keep/)* Chillhop (pretty much any album) but would point to Sleepy Fish: Everything Fades to Blue (https://chillhop.bandcamp.com/album/everything-fades-to-blue) (and the other two albums in the three part series) to start anyone out in Low-Fi*Chris**Listening background*: 1950s Jazz thanks to my Dad, classical thanks to middle school band, then rock thanks to MTV’s Headbangers Ball* Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. - first cassette ever purchased.* Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls - first 45 single ever purchased, because MTV* George Thorogood - Live - first compact disc ever purchased.* Ted Nugent - S/T - first LP album ever purchased, at a garage sale* Dave Brubeck - Bravo Brubeck - live in mexico* Wynton Marsalis - Marsalis Standard Time, Volume 1* Vivaldi’s Four Seasons* Nowadays - that would be a year’s worth of podcasts to discuss what I listen to at work, at home, in the car, in the gym, walking the dog, etc.Quality Assurance 9128.Live - 24/7 streaming Ambient station https://9128.live/Bellingham’s record shop: EM (Everyday Music) http://www.everydaymusic.com/ Global search for your local record store: https://recordstores.love/
Helen Jane Long: Perspective (https://helenjanelong.com/product/perspective-12-inch-vinyl/) Heyday Turntable (https://www.target.com/p/heyday-8482-turntable-gray/-/A-53734379)(bluetooth) to a Vizio soundbar (bluetooth) (https://www.vizio.com/home-theater-system/sb2920d6.html)and wireless sub. Analog/Digital sound quality debate Vox: “Vinyl’s great, but its not better (https://www.vox.com/2014/4/19/5626058/vinyls-great-but-its-not-better-than-cds)“CNET: “engineer says lp is the most accessible high res music format (https://www.cnet.com/news/mastering-engineer-says-the-lp-is-the-most-accessible-high-resolution-music-format/)“ FLAC (https://www.cnet.com/news/what-is-flac-the-high-def-mp3-explained/) : TL;DR MP3 and AAC are lossy data compression algorithms for sound files.A Strangely Isolated Place - https://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/homeNeither seen nor heard - A journey through Ambient Music - https://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2014/10/12/neither-scene-nor-heard-a-journey-through-ambient-music * Bandcamp (https://bandcamp.com/)
*Episode 178 for the week of January 24, 2021*Sustainable and Minimal, Part 2 - Reduce - Reuse - Repair - RecycleWe got links in our Show Notes (Drink!)Comfortable Safety Razor (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=safty+razor&ref=nb_sb_noss_2)Nothing new shoes (https://nothingnew.com/)Finisterre Pampa Recycled Boots (https://finisterre.com/products/finisterre-palladium-pampa-recycled-boots-black?variant=32968945205325)Quality AssuranceBreathe magazine (https://www.breathemagazine.com/)24/6 - The Power of Unplugging one day a week (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781982116873)Bellingham Axe (https://www.bellinghamaxe.com/)
*Episode 177 ** **For the week of January 17, 2021*Sustainable & Minimal, Part 1: Reduce - Reuse - Repair - RecycleWe got links in our Show Notes (Drink!)Why is it brands insist on boxing these days? (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/fashion/watches-packaging-breitling.html)Oris Watches Clean Ocean Limited Edition diver watch (https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/oris-clean-ocean-limited-edition-introducing)Oak and Oscar Olmsted Matte (https://oakandoscar.com/pages/the-olmsted-matte)The Source Zero (https://thesourcezero.com/)Sustainable Connections (https://sustainableconnections.org/programs/think-local/) in BellinghamHELMM (https://www.helmm.com/)Bravo Sierra (https://www.bravosierra.com/)Leaf Razor (https://leafshave.com/)Klean Kanteen (https://www.kleankanteen.com/collections/insulated-bottles/products/insulated-tkwide-12oz)Reusable K-Cups (https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Brewers-Universal-Refillable-Filters/dp/B00LGEKOMS/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=reusable+k+cups&qid=1610484773&s=home-garden&sr=1-4)Reusable produce bags (https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Drawstring-Shopping-Biodegradable-Eco-friendly/dp/B08932VBZJ/ref=sr_1_3?crid=RFEKVLFU4YR1&dchild=1&keywords=reusable+produce+bags&qid=1610485698&sprefix=reusable+produce+bag%2Caps%2C243&sr=8-3)BIFL Products (http://buyforlife.com/)Reusable Utensils from Mightynest.com. (https://mightynest.com/collections/reusable-utensils)Quality AssuranceData Detox Kit (https://datadetoxkit.org/en/home)Levi “Save The World” Hildebrand (https://www.youtube.com/levihildebrand)