Tech Tea 023: The March for Science

Tea: Da Shan Tian (Sweet Mountain) sheng puer.  Damon and Michael head off to the March for Science to interview people about their favorite science and technology topics.  Also: being cool, fingerprint readers, Apple ripping off a Google design, hand size, new phone rumors, naming evil hacker groups, transportation for villains, and the new CenturyLink Saga.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

You can contact Damon and Michael by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm and find our social media and newsletter subscription information as well.

Tech Tea 022: 50 Shades of Yellow

Tea: Meng Ding Huang Ya (Mt. Mengding Yellow Buds) yellow tea.  Damon plays with wires as he automates his home.  Michael finds the previous week’s news pulling him back to discussions of government-grade privacy.  Also: describing something vs. experiencing something, nib creep, the Turkish Crime-Mobile, “G” is for “Power” (or maybe “Fan”), Santa the thermostat, alien technology, and hunter-gatherer eBay.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

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Tech Tea 021: Tea Drunk

Tea: Liu An Gua Pian (“Melon Slice” or “Sunflower Seed”) green tea.  Damon talks about the developing drama around a purported iCloud ransom.  Michael touches on where you can and where you can’t make choices about your information online.  Also: Sichuan spicy dry green beans, a Sprint Saga update, bad predictions of male pregnancies, another kind of fountain pen technology, ballpoint ink accidents, Leonard Nimoy and Tennessee Williams and Robert Frost, the world’s best playlist, Applebee’s gift cards, extortion strategies, 13 email addresses, PR for crime, more tea, herd immunity, virtual private networks, El Chapo, selling eyeballs, and searching for underwear.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

You can contact Damon and Michael by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm and find our social media and newsletter subscription information as well.

Tech Tea 020: Spider-Mike

Tea: Golden Peacock (Jin Kong Que) black tea.  Damon talks about automating work.  Michael looks at different fountain pen technologies.  Also: second floor windows, daylight saving time, tea farm ownership structures, confusing Mandarin and Spanish, getting lost in interstellar space, being rude, phone keyboards, bullets vs. bullets, therapists, Michael’s ancestral home, wax cylinders and vinyl records, drawing on the walls, Kodachrome, geoducks and oysters, old museum-goers, dynamiting boats, and being invaded.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

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Tech Tea 019: Fuzzy Bits from the Misty Mountains

Tea: Meng Ding Mao Feng green tea.  Damon covers the “Cloudbleed” vulnerability that’s in the tech news recently.  Michael considers cybernetics and machine learning.  Also: hobbit feet, paper and pens in the news, being insecure, passing out, fifty (or more) shades of grey, The Goonies, turning green, being a beginner vs. being a wizard, and Candy Crush.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

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Tech Tea 018: Green Granola

Tea: Golden Guan Yin wulong.  Damon talks about full drive encryption and encrypted chat apps.  Michael considers encryption and security from a behavioral perspective.  Also: water boiling technique, rhyming, sniffing microphones, automated reminder spam, Michael’s parents, 13 different operating systems, protecting your Justin Bieber collection, password managers, fast food, malicious encryption (ransom ware), going through your recycling, privacy vs. marketing, and making informed choices.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

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Tech Tea 017: A Bag of Mice

Tea: Emperor’s Orchid (Wang  Zhe Zhi Xiang) green tea.  Damon talks about permission concerns in the hot new app, Meitu.  Michael considers the friction between different levels of technology.  Also: brown towels, InCoWriMo, Sprinting, the planet Baltimore, laptop touch screens, cutting arguments, never using Bluetooth, dongle reprogramming, putting stupid things on your face, Mahler and Mozart, video rental stores that still exist, game nights, favored tin foil brands for making hats, a monster orchid voice, and a topic for our next episode!

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Show notes

Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

You can contact Damon and Michael (and even pass along a message to Lisa if you’d like her to make some music for you) by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm

Tech Tea 016: The Miscellaneous Sounds Episode

Tea: Qimen Caixia (“Sunrise Keemun”).  Damon talks about the shift to a new studio.  Both discuss public information as a security risk.  Michael looks at a new VR experience coming in early 2017.  Also: buzzing phones, dripping rain, spilling hot water, table bumps, echoes, rustling paper, last minute adjustments, winging it, physics, photography, sniffling, and more!

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

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Tech Tea 015: My Tasty Strips

Tea: Palace (Gong Ting) Puer. Damon discusses some problems with ebooks and other cloud-storage solutions. Michael talks machine learning, language, and translation. Also: inappropriate names for digital assistants, cellphone problems and improvements, making fudge, Michael’s crowded desktop, job loss to automation, basic universal income, and of course a reference to Skynet.

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Tech Tea 014: It’s a Five not a 7

Tea: Yellow Sprig (Huang Zhi Xiang) Dan Cong.  Damon discusses the innovations of 2016.  Michael covers web projects that make people safer.   Also: Hacks and hacking, confused assistants, searching in Latin or when you don’t know how to spell, visualizing words, Michael dissecting Damon’s brain, Nerf, fear of VR pink-eye, language translation…and it’s our last episode of 2016!

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

Contact Damon and Michael on TechTea.fm to let us know what you think, and please leave a review on the sites where you find your podcasts!

Tech Tea 013: These Tea Balls Smell Good

Tea: Silver Dragon Jasmine Pearls.  Michael differentiates between “scented” and “flavored.”  Damon describes his week in Vegas learning about Amazon’s AI services. Also: helicopters coming to get us, watermelons, getting a lei in Hawai’i, cranky old men, the first movie Michael ever saw a second time, the Amazon Echo Dot, Damon’s preferences on comic book adaptations, getting Twitter love, genealogy in the age of Skynet, and definitely not hiding a military base.  And, at the 40-minute mark, we start our spoiler-filled discussion of the film Arrival.  

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

Contact Damon and Michael on TechTea.fm to let us know what you think, and please leave a review on the sites where you find your podcasts!

Tech Tea 012: The Jet Lag Is Real

Tea: Qi Dan (Da Hong Pao). Damon talks about his recent trip to Japan and Michael talks about taking the long view of technology and language. Also: tea and mental powers, sources of aftertastes, empathising with old plants, getting tongue-tied, sneaking into public spaces, derailed trains (of thought), the inconvenience of having your house burn down after an EMP pulse, an ASSIGNMENT for listeners (watch the film Arrival before listening to the next episode), and sending and receiving mail.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

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Tech Tea 011: Mistakes and Bad People

Tea: Bai Hao Yin Zhen (“White Hair Silver Needle”), a white tea. Damon talks about a sea change in internet usage and recent attempts by bad folks to take down the web.  Michael goes over the basic ideas of machine learning and how you may already be using it.  Also: brussel sprouts, clean barns, the flavor of missing children, emotional buying, the slow motion vision in a moment of horror, the Facebook Pixel, violations of the Fair Housing Act, smart devices and the Internet of Things, installing antivirus software on your refrigerator, the start of Skynet, face recognition, figuring out who your “sweetheart” is, Westworld, and rabbit holes.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

You can contact Damon and Michael (and even pass along a message to Lisa if you’d like her to make some music for you) by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm

Tech Tea 010: The Google Dreamcatcher

Tea:  Shi Feng Long Jing (“Lion Peak Dragonwell”).  Damon covers fresh water from thin air.  Michael talks about Google’s recent hardware launch event, including the new Google Pixel phone.  Also:  talking in binary, tourist traps, the difficulty in moving a hole to a new home, predicting the year of the zombie apocalypse, a follow up on differential privacy (Google did it first), how to say “desalinization plant” in German, the hands on a hummingbird’s tongue, and the danger of having your fingers stolen.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

You can contact Damon and Michael by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm

Tech Tea 009: Secret Tea Machine

Tea: Zi Juan Purple Leaf Sheng Puer.  Damon and Michael change things up and take a field trip to the Northwest Tea Festival.  Technology mentioned includes drain tables, steaming vs. wok-fired processing methods, non-drip teapots, matcha grinders, gaiwans, mulch, superabsorbent materials, mini tea factories, remote-controlled tea farming …and a secret tea machine!  Also: appearances by Friday Elliott, Jason Chen, Michael’s students Asher and Sarah, Cinnabar Wright, Elyse Petersen, James Norwood Pratt, Rajah Banerjee, and Nigel Melican.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy.

You can contact Damon and Michael by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm

Tech Tea 008: The Time Travel Episode

Tea:  Que She Sparrow’s Tongue 2016.  Damon talks about the new iPhone.  Michael talks about technological approaches to reduce sexism and racism.  Also:  Time travel, payment systems, Damon threatens violence, Michael holds his tongue, scientists holding Peeps races in the lab, robots that can prove they’re not a robot, cow privacy, the latest Twitter updates, machine learning, and suspicious activity.

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Tech Tea 007: Shaken, Not Stirred

Tea: Yiwu Sheng Puer.  Damon talks about going to PAX.  Michael talks about spy technology.  Also: Michael calls Damon a lush, Damon threatens to slap Michael, Kenny G, nuns, D&D, liquids on electrical equipment, not knowing how to speak languages, gamification, fake movies, carbon paper, technology in the US presidential election, encryption, and Leonard Nimoy’s birthday.

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Tech Tea 006: Polkamon GO!

Tea: Mo Gan Huang Ya. Damon talks about Pokemon shennanigans, and Michael talks technology in education. Also: plant genetics, glabrous vs. pubescent, playing style, dark social, UTM and hash fragments, bagpipes and accordions, Ingress, day camp, GPS, geocaching, the Dewey Decimal System, learning math, and room temperature.

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Tech Tea 005: The Channel Master

Tea: Ming Qian Anji Bai Cha, a green tea called “white tea.” Damon talked about his experience as a new cable cord-cutter.  Michael dives into the many ways you are tracked beyond search engines and ads leaving browser cookies.  Also: Drinking tea for health and weight loss tea, launching stuff with a VCR, pop-up ads in physical books, trying to sell things people can get for free, lawsuits, new forms of light, and Michael being impressed when Damon made a choice rationally.

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Tech Tea 004: The Justice Pitcher

Tea:  Lao Shu Dian Hong.  Damon and Michael make corrections and talk about motion sickness.  Damon covers the growing issue of counterfeits on Amazon, and Michael takes a swing at tech journalists who aren’t good at tech or at journalism.  Plus: Triangles in photography and tea, pens that don’t work, and some Tech Tea news!

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Tech Tea 003: My Cup Is Bigger On The Inside

Tea: Doctor’s Blend.  Damon and Michael touch on virtual reality again, then discuss their mutual love of Myst and what games they’re playing these days or anticipating in the coming months.  Michael tells when he’d rather have analog tools over technology, and Damon reports on how his analog and digital photography compare.  Plus: Godzilla, questionable TV choices, conspiracy and collusion, alien critters trying to find mates, and the release date for ancient game of Go.

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Our theme music was written by Lisa Purdy. You can contact Damon and Michael (and even pass along a message to Lisa if you’d like her to make some music for you) by visiting the Contact Us page on TechTea.fm