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EPISODE 288 – Nugget Love

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Nugget LoveWe’re all back! It’s been awhile, but the Who Asked You? Crew is all accounted for on our first Friday show. As if I haven’t been reminding you enough this past week, we’ve moved the LIVE stream to Fridays at 6p/9e. And we five pick up where we left off by eating up an hour and having to skip a number of stories. That is how we roll a lot of the time. But it’s all part of the plan.

You may have heard this past week that David Letterman plans to retire next year from THE LATE SHOW on CBS after hosting it for 21 years. The face(s) of late-night TV is certainly changing. He’s the last long-timer left. Oh wait, Arsenio is back and still on, right? Even though Letterman and his band mate, Paul Shaffer still have another year to go, rumors and suggestions are already zipping about the Intertubes of who might get the gig. We’ve heard a wide array of names thrown out from Conan to Chelsea Handler. Although it’d be awesome to see a woman finally anchor a late-night talk show, we’re not convinced Handler could handle it. We have a few of our own suggestions you’ll hear on today’s show.

And I’m sure you’ve probably heard that Amazon has released their own Roku-style set-top box called the Fire TV. It’s an Android-based streaming box that offers the usuals like Netflix, Crackle and Hulu Plus. But it jumps ahead of the Roku and Apple TV with faster internal hardware, tight integration with Amazon and its cloud storage service and the ability to play multiplayer video games. But like any new gizmo, it has its faults. Particularly in the gaming area. It is nice to see one of these devices offering a console-like game controller though, even if it is sold separately and is practically required to play the games. Is the Fire TV a game changer in the streaming box world? It’s been our experience that most people still haven’t heard of these types of devices, so… maybe not? What do you think? E-Mail us your opinion.

Something you probably haven’t heard about is the Body Dryer. It’s a new gadget we’ll likely see on store shelves in the near future that does just as its name suggests. The designers of it say they wanted to eliminate the use of bath towels since after just one use, they become infested with bacteria and germs. The Body Dryer, which looks very much like a bathroom scale (and has one built-in) blows compressed ionized air upward at “strategic angles” to completely dry you off in about 30-seconds. No towel required! What is required is a pretty good chunk of change. Its creators have gone to crowd funding in search of $50,000 to bring it to the masses and have set an MSRP of $250 once it’s widely available. But when you think about the money you’ll save on buying towels and lower laundry costs, it may just be worth it. And we’re not just blowing hot air.

You know us, we — more specifically I — never miss a STAR TREK story. And the one on today’s show combines that with another of our favorite things… beer! Under a licensing agreement with CBS, the Federation of Beer plans to release a number of brews themed toward or inspired by different drinks you’ve heard mentioned or seen on the shows and movies. The first release is Vulcan Ale. I don’t think this is an official cannon drink, but the Irish Red Ale is launching the line in Canada and within the next year, here in the USA. After that, an American brewery will release their version of Klingon Warnog. A Dunkelweizen made with wheat and caramel malts as well as clove. A drink sure to bring you victory in a glorious battle… of Beer Pong. A third, unnamed beer is on its way this year too. Next year we’ll see the most classic of STAR TREK beverages, Romulan Ale. Jabari and I have actually already had a version of this at the late STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE attraction. It was blue, light and evervesent with a smooth finish. Here’s hoping we get to try all of the Federation’s beers.

And since we’re now streaming LIVE on Fridays, it seemed appropriate to mention something going on at our middle schools that’s inappropriate. The students are calling it ‘Slap-ass Friday’ and like the Body Dryer, the name says it all. Fridays are a free-for-all for male (and maybe even female) students to give their female classmates a playful swat on their bums. YouTube videos show the students in action. It’s got parents here in Las Vegas pretty peeved. The kids use either their hand or a binder. And since it’s middle school, that binder is then used to cover the resulting boner. Our school district plans to look into the “tradition” as it’s described. Hopefully we can start our own Friday tradition here at the Who Asked You? show… with an entertaining and always fresh episode, not any ass slappin’.

EPISODE 287 – Short Story Long

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No, no and noooooWell, it was fun while it lasted. I wish this was an April Fool’s joke for our April Fool’s episode, but it’s not. Net Neutrality (an open and free Internet for all) is DEAD. Hopefully you’re able to download this show in a timely manner. Federal judges struck down proposals from the FCC that would ensure our Internet Service Providers COULDN’T choke or otherwise slow down connections to services of their choosing like Netflix or Hulu. Instead, they want to “double dip” by charging these companies astronomical amounts of money to use their networks to deliver content to us, the customers. And at the same time, charge us astronomical amounts of money for mediocre broadband speed (especially compared to other countries). And here we thought we were already paying them for broadband service. For the moment, Verizon, Comcast and others are now free to bottleneck your connection speed and extort more money from you IF you want your speed (or, the service you were originally paying for) back to normal.

But according to AT&T, Net Neutrality isn’t even necessary. That’s the subject of a story we have toward the end of today’s show. You’ll wanna hear their reasons why. Here’s a hint: the reasons are complete bullshit.

Before that though we have a discussion about THE BOONDOCKS returning after four years for a final season on Adult Swim, minus the series’ creator, Aaron McGruder. Sony Pictures claimed in a statement that the studio couldn’t reach a production schedule agreement with him and that’s why he’s not involved anymore. Get ready for a quote-fest and listing of favorite episodes from that show!

THE BOONDOCKS is a favorite show of Mike’s. He’s not here this week so we take a few moments earlier in the show to poke fun at him. His fill-in is our pal wonkknow who asks about our fucking with Mike and that leads into an explanation of Mike’s “Fuckery Alert Scale”.

To make a short story long, Dennis asks Charlie about his thoughts on Dane Cook. Charlie breaks it down in great detail which is then summed up in a final one-sentence statement Charlie could’ve just gone with.

The fellas from RiffTrax are going to be riffin’ it up on National Geography Channel, of all places. Mike J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy will be poking fun MST3K-style at some of National Geographic’s more memorable footage on April Fool’s Day. Be sure to set the DVR for the three episode bash.

After over 30-years Cheech & Chong are likely returning to the big screen in a new pot-picture being written and probably directed by Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard. Tommy Chong says they could be shooting the marijuana-movie as early as this summer.

And on that note, you have to wonder if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un isn’t high on something. Oh wait, he is high… on himself. He’s ordered the entire male population of North Korea to get his haircut. Unfortunately, not everyone there has a marshmallow for a head like he does, so those folks are going to look the worst. But since it’s kind of a dumb haircut anyway, at least everyone else will look just as bad. Before only having this one style to choose from, men in North Korea had their choice of just 10 state-approved hairdos.

Kim Jong-un isn’t the only one making new rules this year. The NFL has passed a few themselves for next season. The biggest, which is still in the pre-season testing stages would extend the distance of kicking extra points 18-yards. The goal being to make extra point attempts a more substantial part of the outcome of a close game. Or, if you ask Dennis, the goal being that the NFL is bored and just meddling with shit. They also raised the goal posts five feet to make it easier for refs to determine whether a kick was good or not. But really, they raised them to prevent players from breaking the third new rule which is no dunking the ball after a touchdown over the goal posts.

GameStop’s slogan is “Power to the Players”, but it seems they’re giving less of that to players as their competitors are giving more. Enter Walmart: the world’s largest retailer ran by the world’s richest family. They’re amending their current gadget trade-in program to include used video games. We here at Who Asked You? are no fans of either GameStop or Walmart, but competition is good for the customer, so this is welcomed! Here’s how it works: you bring in your used game in its retail packaging (sounds like that’s a requirement) and it’s evaluated by an employee. If you accept their offer you get a store credit you can use immediately at any Walmart or Sam’s Club as well as the stores’ websites. The games Walmart buys will be factory refurbished and later this year, will be available for sale in-store and online at discounted prices. So long GameStop! We wish we could say it’s been a pleasure, but it absolutely has NOT.

And we close with the aforementioned Net Neutrality pitch AT&T made to the FCC. Short story long… the only way to really get Net Neutrality back is to tell the FCC to fight for it. We talk some shit about them on today’s show, but in all fairness, they are pushing for it. And we need to write our reps and senators in congress and tell them to fight for it also. Long story short… we’re all screwed.

EPISODE 286 – Charjutsu

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Amazon Prime's price is goin' up!Another week, another missing host. Jabari is MIA and filling in for him is our old pal Evan Pedersen from the Fancy Pants Gangsters podcasting network located in the center of the polar vortex back east. Evan’s website is home to a number of podcasts. His newest show, and one he hosts himself is called THE VOICE BEHIND. Each week he interviews voice actors from anime to video games to Disney cartoons. You can check out all of the fancy shows by following the link below in our Show Links.

Podcasts and links… those things clearly wouldn’t be possible without the Internet, which celebrated its 25th birthday this past week. It’s existed since the late 80s, but the mainstream version of it we know today didn’t come about until around 1994. If you’re old enough, you may remember the countless America Online commercials and discs you got in the mail offering countless free hours to try it out. You probably also remember the obnoxious sounds coming from your desktop tower as it dialed in. I remember waiting sometimes 30-seconds or more for a JPG or animated GIF to load. And streaming video? That just simply didn’t happen. When it first started showing up, you were lucky if the video size was 144 pixels wide. I remember my family was an early adopter of broadband. When cable modems first appeared we had a COM21 CP2000. The first broadband speeds available in our area were 128 kbps. I was astonished at how fast the Internet was. And then when our cable company bumped it up to 256 kbps… well, it couldn’t possibly get any faster! IMDb, eBay and Amazon all appeared pretty damn early. IMDb was on the scene in 1990, while eBay and Amazon debuted in ’94.

Fast forward 20-years and now Amazon is the biggest online retailer out there. In 2005 they introduced Amazon Prime, a membership granting those who pay the $79 a year for it access to unlimited, free two-day shipping on tons of products as well as streaming video of movies and TV series that’s much better resolution than 144 pixels! But, for the first time in the program’s history, the price is going up to $99 a year. We ponder this and whether or not it’s value is still justifiable on today’s show.

THE BIG BANG THEORY has been renewed for three more years. As CBS’ highest-rated comedy and the most-watched sitcom on TV, it was a no brainer for the network. The show seems to be either loved or hated. I don’t see much in between feelings out there, especially from our Who Asked You? panel. But Evan makes an interesting point with regards to whether the nerd rage is justified towards actors portraying nerds.

Another show that’s doing well is Comedy Central’s KEY & PEELE. If I remember correctly, when the show first came out, we talked about it on the show and worried whether it was a pathetic attempt by CC to fill the Dave Chappelle void. As it turns out, it’s NOT! The show is well done and features some pretty funny skits. It gets a thumbs up from the Who Asked You? Crew and it got one from the network executives too. The fourth season has been extended, and the show’s creators, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been given a development deal for an animated series too.

The folks over at CD Projekt RED have some more magic to cast on the development of THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT. The highly anticipated sequel to the WITCHER franchise still needs a little finessing so the company announced it’s pushing back the launch date by a couple of months. Fans of the game will have to wait until February of 2015 to play it. Could have been worse though, they could’ve pushed it back a year. The company says the scope of the project is so huge they just want to get everything right.

Here in Las Vegas, the Who Asked You? Crew — those of us who drink that is — frequent a local drinkery called Tenaya Creek Brewery. We’ve been going there for years, even before we started this show. That’s why I was surprised to see them in a news story perfect for our show. They teamed up with BrewDog to create the world’s most expensive beer. If you’ve listened to us for awhile, BrewDog probably sounds familiar. They’re the guys in Scotland that came up with Tactical Nuclear Pinguin, a beer with the world’s highest APV. The two brew masters, James Watt and Martin Dickie landed a travel series thanks to their brewing antics and now they go around the world making different beers based on the cities they visit. For season two of their show, they hit Vegas and decided it was only appropriate, with the help of Tenaya Creek, to make an over-the-top grog containing some pretty fancy ingredients. One of which you’ll recognize, again if you’re a longtime listener. Robin Leach auctioned the bottle off for charity and it broke the previous price record and is now the most expensive bottle of beer on Earth. Tune in for what’s in it and what it went for.

When is a chick too skinny? That’s a question raised on this episode with news of a new trend called “the thigh gap.” It seems the ladies, in particular teen girls and young adult women are dieting/starving themselves to get thin enough that their thighs don’t touch and there’s a visible gap between them. Adding to this is a new dieting book called “The Thigh Gap Hack” meant to teach females how to achieve it. Doctors warn doing something like this could lead to an eating disorder. We warn that doing this is an enormous turn off.

I wonder if the woman in our last story has a thigh gap? She seems to be on a pure protein diet. Just ask her boyfriend. He’s missing part of his ear after she bit it off. The two were arguing when she jumped onto his back and sank her teeth in. He was hospitalized along with his chunk of ear. She was arrested and took a pretty sexy mugshot. It’s posted on the article which we have a link to in the Show Links. Charlie then presents us with some fun facts regarding taking off someone’s ear with ease. It’s the inspiration for this episode’s title.

And quickly, you might be ‘hearing’ us a little faster from now on as we’ve moved our show to a new content delivery network. The system is set up to deliver podcasts and video programming as quickly and reliably as possible to you the listener. It’s all part of my goal to make it easy for you to get this show into your ears. I just hope nobody bites them off.