episode guide season 1

The links and descriptions below take you through the first season (calendar year 2007) of, my video blog. (Podcasts appear in number order; this in some ways varies from the order of release date, because some podcasts were shot and given numbers but not released right away for editing reasons.)

Introduction Movie (May 5, 2007)
In the video that was taken to introduce the site, I talk about stuff while Jessica videos me at King of Thai Noodle House number 2 on Clement Street in San Francisco. The photo at the end is from near Ocean Beach.

Podcast 2 (May 10, 2007)
The video is an entry in the genre of crazy San Francisco MUNI bus movies. I had notes prepared but had a hard time reading them. But some of the stuff that the bus passengers say is crazy!

Podcast 3 (May 15, 2007)
Made right at the time of the Digg HD-DVD debacle, Jessica and I mull over the implications. Also involves the homeless of San Francisco and a glimpse of the HowWeird Street Fair.

Podcast 4 (May 16, 2007)
Jessica offers some praise about podcast 3! Then I introduce the show. The homeless dude returns. I tell the story from a restaurant. Jessica and I wander around downtown San Francisco. A lady screams in the parking garage.

Podcast 5 (May 18, 2007)
Lemonade is enjoyed. I talk to Jessica about my realization that I am running out of ideas (already at that point!) and then we go on our walk through the Presidio. During the podcast also we find our way to a sushi-on-a-conveyor place in our Outer Richmond neighborhood.

Podcast 6 (August 4, 2007)
This podcast features some amazing Yellowstone footage for more than the first half of the video. Then it moves on to Reno, San Francisco and even southern California. It features plenty of great sights and some humorous dialague, like me thinking a camera has in-video zoom when it doesn’t and Katie responding to a malfunctioning amateur radio, as well as the predictable Reno crazies on the way home. Includes some beautiful footage, shot by Jessica, of brown (Pacific) pelicans flying around Alameda.

Podcast 7 (August 30, 2007)
Even though I call it podcast 6, it is number 7–set on San Francisco’s Haight Street, this video captures a strange cultish event at Golden Gate Park at the beginning (featuring the chant “Open up the ancient gate” and stuff) and then afterwords the ebb and flow of the people out front of the [now defunct (but recently resurrected with new ownership)] Rockin’ Java cafe.

Podcast 8: Yosemite (December 7, 2007)
Jessica and I spent our 5th dating anniversary at Yosemite National Park. The video shows what we saw during our bike ride around the valley–big rocks and big deer–and then we’re back at our quaint little bed and breakfast near Mariposa. Then we visit upcountry as we walk through the woods to a scenic little lake.

Podcast 9: MUNI car crash (December 6, 2007)
Most people who live in San Francisco know about the MUNI. It can be pretty nuts. Here is no different, as a car driven by some dude smashes into the back of a bus which happens to be filled with kids–and the dude’s car gets the worst of it, and it looks like his Mom even shows up as police arrive on the scene. After gawking at the incident for a while, the group of kids stampedes onto another bus. (The audio had popping noises happening through much of the video.)

Podcast 10: birds of Mountain Lake Park (September 8, 2007)
One of the simplest podcasts, this one is literally just some footage of the bird activity at Mountain Lake, a small lake near Highway 1 in San Francisco.

Podcast 11: remix (September 10-11, 2007)
Different sights and sounds around San Francisco–cycling around the Richmond and the Castro, random footage like the shoppers inside a grocery store and can collectors with carts, and police asking some guy if he speaks Russian on Geary Boulevard.

Podcast 12: journalism edition (October 17, 2007)
An alumnae panel was convened at the University of San Francisco to speak to a group of journalism students. I recorded part of the discussion, as Jessica (a member of the panel) makes several good points along the way while numerous others wheedle naively about the supposedly privileged position of “professional” journalists compared to blogs. (Make sure to download the video because the Youtube version is cut short due to time constraints.)

Podcast 13: antiwar edition (October 28, 2007)
This video was shot partly in widescreen format and partly in a traditional aspect ratio; the way it was edited means that the wide parts are letter-boxed; as for the content, it features a bit of the stage show during an anti-war protest in Mission Dolores Park, followed by myself and then Jessica exhorting the nation to not use war as a foreign policy tool.

Podcast 14: film noir (November 4, 2007)
This video starts out around the edges of Pacific Heights at a coffee shop, and then moves to the 38 Geary MUNI bus. Onboard, a woman talks loudly on the phone. Then we hear some more random people talking on the bus and at the local market in the Outer Richmond.

Podcast 15: from SF to Cleveland (December 8, 2007)
We start this video on public transit in San Francisco–riding BART, watching a cable car go by, and sitting in the back of a MUNI bus across from an obnoxious singing person. Then we go to our visit to Cleveland (Jessica and I moved to Cleveland in February 2008) and we see the now-despised LeBron James shooting free throws, and a tour along the lakefront with Jessica. We then see some very interesting cranes, in addition to monkeys and fish at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Podcast 16: Obama and ‘08 (December 14, 2007)
In this short video I offer an endorsement of Barack Obama in the 2008 elections over the then-imposing Hillary Clinton, and predict that he would beat John McCain in a general election. It was an exciting time; before liberals realized what a screw-up and traitor and war-monger Barack Obama is–so the video has since been taken off the site.

Podcast 17 (December 16, 2007)
While Jessica and I ride bikes through San Francisco, I note that we often have issues with wind noise in the early podcasts. When we stop at a lagoon, Jessica discusses the culture of podcasting, and then I add my views. At the end we see an egret and a heron and also Santa Claus makes an appearance, just wandering around Golden Gate Park. episode guide season 4

This post has links and discussion of the seven episodes of the from season 4 (the videos released in calendar year 2010):

The Christmas Rainbow (January 4, 2010)
In this holiday season special, we see the Christmas tree at home, as well as a rainbow during a Christmas Day bike ride along Lake Erie and then we visit some family in Pennsylvania. I don’t write them in, but sometimes rainbows just happen. A short but festive video.

podcast 45 – goose landing (March 10, 2010)
Birds are a major focus of this one–we listen to some music as we see Ava, Striker and the parakeets as well as geese. Then we see a lady looking for “Vietnamese party” while walking around Gordon Square in Cleveland. As the movie goes on we see my brother Jim play some guitar and do some magazine reviewing, also we catch a bit of a strange, frozen winter festival down by the river.
This podcast also features one of Jessica‘s classic lines: “I surprise!”

podcast 46 – Cactus Juice (May 13, 2010)
The video begins with some music (a song called “Moonshine“) and some dancing. Moving west in Lakewood later, Jessica and I talk casually about the western suburbs of Cleveland like Rocky River and Westlake.
It had been a very tough few months for all of us after we lost our beloved parakeets Striker and Ava in March. As the weeks went on our surviving birds Sparty and Belle (along with Jessica and me) began to recover from their loss, and you can see their renewed spirit as they fly back and forth across the house.
After a visit to the Phoenix Coffee (and their pet beta fish) in the Coventry area of Cleveland, Jessica and I take it upon ourselves to name their new iced coffee drink–and of course Jessica comes up with the best name, “Cactus Juice!”

Dan’s Comedy Special (June 6, 2010)
This about sums it up:

I don’t really have much to say about this one. It’s my comedy special. Set in mid-February Lakewood Park, it was sort of a disaster and much of it had to be cut in the editing process, so enjoy jokes about drinking and unemployment.

The Parrots of Lahaina, Maui (podcast 48) (July 1, 2010)
After our wedding, Jessica and I went to Maui for our honeymoon. One of our days there, we stopped by a very nice pet store in Lahaina where Jessica adventerousely interacted with some of the birds. One or two of them nipped her a little, but she got along well with most of the birds–one of the sun conures just loved her.

One Day in San Francisco (podcast 49) (August 3, 2010)
We return to San Francisco! The city that saw the early days of the podcast is now our one-night stopover on the way to our honeymoon in Hawaii.
We start in downtown near where our hotel was, but head west into Golden Gate Park. After we walk through Sharon Meadow, Jessica and I settle in for a discussion of painting techniques. Then the final seconds unfold at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury.

Podcast 50 (September 2, 2010)
The podcast has many themes and motifs through the course of 50 episodes, and of course Jessica is the pivotal figure of the podcast, the woman who was my girlfriend when the podcast began and is now my wife. She has given many episodes her talents as executive producer, and she has been the star of the show. For this episode she appears in Columbus and New York City, along with a cameo by our friend Les and a quick appearance by our parakeets Belle and Sparty. I introduce the video with a call to not listen to the authorities, we see Jessica at the park, and with that–I step behind the camera and let the viewer see a puzzling and vague story line emerge from the frenetic streets of the east side. Like I say, I don’t write them.