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 2

This is an list of the videos from season 2 of the podcast (calendar year 2008), each with a brief description and link to the post.

Podcast 18: 2008 primary season (January 26, 2008)
Shot in both San Francisco and Cleveland, this podcast encompasses a variety of scenes, from a kitchen demo to a discussion of what I like to order while waiting for planes at SFO (omelets!) to politics discussion about Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul (2008-just before the South Carolina primary) to some blues music at Fat Fish Blue in Cleveland (with some issues on the sound) to a crazy old woman in downtown San Francisco (one of the city’s many vagrants) who yells this at me: “Listen Mister you’ve accepted a bunch of lies! You’ve accepted a bunch of lies! That camera is a lie!”

Podcast 19: San Francisco, California (February 5, 2008)
This video opens with a sunset as seen from San Francisco’s Presidio and features numerous other scenic views of the city (including the Golden Gate Bridge), interspersed with some more political commentary about the 2008 presidential election and some random crazies around the city, from Golden Gate Park to the outer edge of the Inner Richmond.

Podcast 20: Half Moon Bay (Next Stop Park Presidio) (February 17, 2008)
This video starts down the Pacific at Half Moon Bay, where we see the town from a beach, watch the seagulls and the waves, and take some video of Jessica Then we go to north to San Francisco. The Outer Richmond neighborhood there is usually a friendly place, but it can turn mean at times–at one point we cut back and forth between a confrontation with a hostile Chinese guy and a heavily accented Russian gangster. Also includes a discussion of how one’s stomach must acclimate to In-and-Out Burger when moving to California. Later Jessica talks about our then-pending move to Ohio, and we also get a look at llamas and get a reminder not to snitch.

Podcast 21: pets and the heartland (March 31, 2008)
This video, the first one done completely in widescreen, offers an introduction to the parakeets. At this point we had Striker, Belle and Ava and I talk about those three. Jessica discusses the move and the cold weather. It also includes a clip of Fishasaurus the betta fish. We see the birds in the cage and Striker out and near my guitar. Near the end, we hear Jessica’s classic line “No beans!” Also we see the Chinese New Year parade as we flash back briefly to San Francisco.

Baseball, Birds, the Neighborhood (July 5, 2008)
We start at Progressive Field, home of the Indians, and cut back to the pre-game festivities at Great Lakes breweries. I offer the contention that “most big bats can’t really bunt anymore.” Then we see Jessica and the parakeets at home as Belle and Striker shower her with affection. Then some random neighborhood scene unfolds where lots of people are out and emergency vehicles are tending to a downed pole or something.

Podcast 23 (July 7, 2008)
First we see the Striker, Belle, Sparty and Ava the parakeets. Then we hear a story about a failed attempt at deploying a Drano bomb. Then we see a bit of backyard football. Then some rather wild fireworks shenanigans unfold. Later I go into a discussion of the state of play in the 2008 general election.

Podcast 24: Chicago (August 1, 2008)
Jessica and I threw this one together from a trip to Chicago in the summer. (And it starts with a few clips from around the house back home in Lakewood as well involving the birds, Jessica and me.) The shots from Chi-town include a view of downtown from outside of the Adler Planetarium. Also includes a drive through the area west of the Loop, and a trip to the far northwest suburb Long Grove where Jessica created her minivan song.

Podcast 25: Arnold Lake, Michigan (August 13, 2008)
Jessica and I met up with some Michigan State friends and we enjoyed a relaxed weekend along a small lake in northern Michigan, up north of Mount Pleasant.

Podcast 26: Manistee National Forest (August 21, 2008)
I went on a backpacking trip through the woods in Michigan with some family members. We started by backpacking several miles along the river over the first few days and then took canoes back down the river at the end. For anyone who’s never been to western Michigan, it’s a very beautiful place.

Podcast 27: Lipstick in Lyndhurst (August 22, 2008)
A classic short video featuring me getting a lipstick kiss from Jessica–but not being able to see it when she tells me about it.

Podcast 28: Cleveland’s west side (August 23, 2008)
A short, dark podcast which features night time images of the city.

Podcast 29: Pittsburgh (September 12, 2008)
Jessica and I tour Pittsburgh for a nice anniversery trip. Including a trip to see the beautiful parrots, softbills and other birds at the national aviary. Then we watch the parakeets and take a ride around Lakewood.

Podcast 30: Vote Obama (September 16, 2008)
This video features Jessica and me walking around Lakewood, playing a little baseball, watching the parakeets, and talking about what Barack Obama needed to do to win the 2008 election.

Barack Obama in Cleveland (November 3, 2008)
A few days before the 2008 election, Barack Obama came to the Mall downtown in Cleveland (with Bruce Springsteen opening for him) to try to make the sale to the voters of Ohio. And even though I have since become disgruntled with the president, his election was an important moment in American history and I think you might get a sense of that from this video. And Springsteen’s down-tempo rendition of “The Promised Land” is amazing.

Saturday in East Lansing: MSU versus Purdue (November 21, 2008)
Jessica and I went to East Lansing, Michigan on a cool fall day to see the Michigan State Spartans host the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten college football matchup. We see the band and the mascot Sparty on the way on to campus on Grand River, then we cross the Red Cedar to Spartan Stadium and see an MSU win. episode guide season 3

This list of videos goes through the podcasts from the third season (calendar year 2009) with descriptions and links. (The two titles at the end are an appendix of wedding video links.)

Night at the Winking Lizard (Febrauary 26, 2009)
The Winking Lizard is a popular Cleveland area bar with numerous locations. We in Lakewood will insist (with good reason) that the best one is the one in our town. Here’s a short peek at a night inside.

Playing with the Parakeets (February 28, 2009)
This podcast features Jessica playing with our birds Belle, Striker, Sparty and Ava. Includes parakeets flying around. Sparty takes a ride in a towel held by Jessica.

Sarah Palin in Lakewood (March 12, 2009)
As the 2008 election season drew to a close, the McCain campaign decided to make one last push for Ohio by sending the idiotic and possibly insane Sarah Palin out to Lakewood, Ohio. [I edited this video a few months after shooting it.] Now, of course McCain/Palin lost big to Obama/Biden in Ohio that year. But did sending Sarah Palin to one of Ohio’s most liberal towns really even move any pieces on the board for the Republicans? Doubtful. Listen to the hateful but vacuous rhetoric spewing out of Palin’s mouth, if you dare.

Superbrawl (Beware the snow shovel) (March 13, 2009)
We had some seriously crazy neighbors for a while. Like, fighting each other while one is armed with a flat iron and the other one with a snow shovel crazy.

David’s Song (March 14, 2009)
David and Macumba and “the gang” get drunk. Macumba picks up the guitar. David sings. I get out my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and start recording. I though it was all in good fun, but later after I showed Macumba the podcast he was not amused. I actually shot more footage then, this time of him ranting about me and my tendency to video stuff and post it (and it was sort of meta!!). But that footage remains unreleased for now.

The Buzzards of Hinckley Reservation (March 19, 2009)
An annual spring ritual in the Cleveland metro area is the return of the buzzards from the warmer climes southward. Though misunderstood in many places, buzzards are well-liked in northeast Ohio and you can see that in the crowds and atmosphere at Hinckley on the day the video was recorded.

Episode 39 (May 19, 2009)
Jessica and I went into the backyard and were just hanging out when we decided to shoot an episode, so it features some random thoughts on a spring afternoon.

Fourth of July (July 22, 2009)
Jessica went to the Lakewood 4th of July Parade, and recorded the scene. Also the beginning of the podcast features some random footage from an east side mall, and the end features the 2009 Lakewood city fireworks show for the Fourth.
(Jessica also captured the 2010 parade in this video.)

Jessica’s Bridal Shower (July 25, 2009)
Jessica came out to Park Ridge, Illinois, where my Aunt Margaret and Aunt Ann threw a nice event for Jessica, attended by a nice group of friends and family. I got to stop by at the very end, so the video is a very short capture of just a little bit of the celebration.

Tech Edition (August 13, 2009)
In this episode I admit that although I have sometimes mocked the internet video formula of the individual talking to a webcam, I more or less use this format for the whole video while I talk about technology topics.

Birdsong (August 25, 2009)
I love the singing of my parakeets–like many birds they are highly musically gifted–and this one features Belle, Sparty, and the fondly remembered Striker and Ava just singing their relaxing, beautiful songs in the afternoon.

The Wedding Video of Daniel and Jessica McKeown (September 6, 2009)
Though not an official podcast, this is probably the key video among all of mine. It’s a recording of my wedding to Jessica on Sept. 6, 2009, which was done mainly by my cousin Dennis. The event was a beautiful ceremony outdoors at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. (The video’s file size is very large because it is about an hour long and in HD.)

The Convalidation Video of Daniel and Jessica McKeown (October 3, 2009)
After our wedding in Cleveland, Jessica and I had our wedding blessed in the Chicago area. This video captures some of that day, including clips from the ceremony and reception. (The video is a large HD file.) 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.

A new parakeet joins the gang

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Belle (blurry), Sparty (background), and Dodger

Jessica and I decided to add a member to our flock, so Belle and Sparty now have a very little companion named Dodger (aka Little Blue). Dodger has similar markings to Belle but is a different blue color. We think he might be a male based on his cere (nose) color but we’re not sure.
I’ve already posted a little bit of video on the oggcast, but there he was just adjusting to the house from inside a cage. Now in this video we’ve let him out to explore, and as you can see he can be very wild but Belle is a good influence on him.

4th of July Parade – 2010 – Lakewood, Ohio

Jessica captured this video of the parade this year. Enjoy the patriotic spectacle as marching bands, sports teams, politicians, civic groups and even people dressed like birds walk by as people cheer.
To see last year’s parade, check out this video.

[download the video in WebM format (165 MB)]

[download the video in Ogg Theora format (623 MB)]

Belle and Sparty fly when they see the State flag wave

The parakeets like to fly from one side of the house to another, as you can see them doing in podcast 46. Often one of them decides to fly and the other will follow along as they yell and flap around. But there are certain actions that make Belle and Sparty both stop what they’re doing and take flight instantly. They will take off the second that they see me wave my Michigan State flag. You can see this in action in the video, as I say “Go State” just as I pick up the flag–they tend to fly away as soon as I touch the flag, I don’t even have to wave it anymore usually.

Jessica waves the State flag
Jessica waves the State flag

Jessica’s 31st birthday

We had a very fun surprise birthday party for Jessica at Sweet Melissa’s in Rocky River–I took her out and her friends were waiting at a table but she had no idea they’d be there.


On her actual birthday, Jessica opened presents from family, and Belle and Sparty (our parakeets) and I wished her happy birthday on video: