Our third episode of the new season is here, and President Obama is on the table in light of his second inauguration last week. Turns out Logan and Bob aren’t too far apart on their opinions of him, despite one being a libertarian and the other leaning liberal. (Though we do start to get a bit . . . testy when it comes to health care!)
We also get an update on Logan’s smartphone decision and talk (the desktop version of) Windows 8, Moonrise Kingdom, and what non-sports fans should know about the Superbowl.
We’re still rolling with another episode! This week Logan and Bob bring on a couple guests, Chris and Nikk, for a four-person panel on whether Apple is declining from its 2000s heights and on the current generation of smartphones.
Logan and Bob also share some thoughts on Lance Armstrong and drugs in sports and weigh in on the week in pop culture. Logan shares the list of TV shows he’s watching, and Bob wants to see the Last Stand.
As promised in last week’s podcast, here are the links to my music of 2012!
First, the albums. This isn’t my favorite Jack White album, but I’m a huge fan. I might not be entirely rational putting it first, but, well, there it is. I’ll also mention that the top 8 are my “best of 2012″ in a more or less objective-subjective sense. But here were only 8 of those. So 9 and 10 are basically the top of my subjective-subjective list. I love those albums, but I wouldn’t necessarily argue too hard that your 2012 was incomplete without them.
And then there’s the mixtape. This playlist, in a way, represents 2012 even better than the best albums list. It’s certainly a more fun listen. Top ten albums lists always feel just a little like homework. As I said, I’m a Jack White fan–he’s the only one to get two songs. Listeners will also recognize some of these from the podcast.
Welcome back to Practically Ideal! We’re back, talking about gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Logan and Bob explore the issue from the points of view of liberty, equality, and personal responsibility, and propose their approved practically ideal solutions.
The guys also let loose on Gangster Squad, the Hobbit, Les Mis, Girls, the Walking Dead, and coffee.
It’s about time we did an episode on immigration, don’t you think? We take a look at the issue from our trio of Practically Ideal perspectives (liberty, equality, personal responsibility), and address some pros and cons in coming to practically ideal positions.
After that, we take note of recent CEO changes at both Apple and Google. How much of a difference will they make? Maybe a big one.
Finally, we present some albums of 2010: we each talk about one we loved, one that disappointed us, and one guilty pleasure. Oh, and one honorable mention each too.
The big news of the week was the Arizona shooting of Representative Giffords, but it’s hard to know what to learn from it. We decry knee-jerk, politicized responses to the tragedy and urge thoughtful, moderate ones.
Now that we know more about Verizon and the iPhone, we revisit the topic. While there are pros to getting a Verizon iPhone, there are also some things you give up moving from AT&T. Wikipedia gets a quick thumbs up. And Bob tries to talk Logan into getting Zune Pass.
We finally take a look at TV. Modern Family gets our consensus nod as the current best comedy on TV. Bob’s ready to ditch V, and Logan talks up Archer and Terriers.
With Bob on vacation, Logan is joined by Adam Hansen, an innovation consultant and serious music geek.
We get to know Adam a little, then dive right in to evaluating President Obama’s State of the Union speech and his first year as president. (Adam strongly supported Obama in 2008; Logan voted for him but was more cautious in his enthusiasm.)
Adam then gets into some innovation paradigms he’s been thinking about. Finally, we each talk about our top 6 albums of the decade.