Category Archives: The Ritual Misery Podcast

The Ritual Misery Podcast is a conversation of two life-long friends and military veterans talking about gadgets, tech news, geek culture, and military life in an easy-going, simple to follow format. The podcast is aimed at tech-savvy family-oriented self-identified geeks interested in contemporary tech topics, news, and random geekery.

RMP – Ep b18: Don’t Peak Too Early

Jeremy Dillon joins us for another ‘cast…

…and proceeds to snore through half of it.

It’s becoming a custom of sorts.

Show notes:

– Presidents are hard, and Bush 43 will always be a favorite
– Driving enjoyment is directly proportionate to the cooperation of the weather
– Amos tried out a New Belgium Trippel
– He also picked up SimCity for half price, and to his surprise the Sims use Simlish!
– Kent played so D&D 5th Ed with his son
– And subscribed to the WWE Network
– Jeremy has been into D&D 5th Ed as well, though Amos still cherishes his 3.5 Ed

– Amos shares a touching story about how one of his troops assisted another through GoFundMe

– Jeremy is going to dive into a pool of ice water to support Autism, and you can help

– CES was met with mixed results

Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b17: Podcast Against Humanity

It’s a whole new year…

…and Ritual Misery is closer than ever to accomplishing our dream.

Amos and Kent would like to sincerely thank you for your part in what we do.

But we can’t because you haven’t been leaving us feedback…moochers.

Show notes:

– Kent is live in Amos’ studio (garage)!

– Amos tries out a New Glarus Spotted Cow

– The “something big” we planned for the New Year’s Eve didn’t happen because reasons.

Kent GMed a Star Wars adventure for his sons and girlfriend

– Amos can’t get Stephen King and Stephen Hawking straight in his head

– We run down some of our favorite podcasts and why we like them:
– – Current Geek (@currentgeek)
– – Night Attack (@nightattackshow)
– – Stuff You Should Know (@SYSKPodcast)

– We have a big reveal…your only hint? Amos won, 60-25

– Every Nine Inch Nails concert ever (well, almost) is available in a single torrent

Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b16: Hacking Bullshit, Literally

Amos is back…

…and tries to explain away his absence, though he was hoping Kent would give a little more leeway after having to do all the work himself last week.

This week, Kent and catch up a little too much and you’ll have to watch the video for the half that was edited out.

Also, Amos watched his kids kick ass at soccer while Kent was getting talked into playing a ridiculously named card game (but he liked it).

Show notes:

Kidney stones suck

– Kent’s beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, while Amos tries out an Autumnal Molé Stout

– We’re planning something big for the New Year’s Eve

– Kent was introduced to Cardfight Vanguard

– Amos scored a new Apple Mac Mini

Sony Pictures was hacked and we try wrapping our heads around the possibilities

Cards Against Humanity shat on the Black Friday tradition

– Amos is less than enthralled with the typical Christmas Choirs

– We reminisce over un-obtained geekery

– The unboxing and packaging reviews of the Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV, are video version exclusives!

Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b15: Look ma, no Amos!

Amos is MIA this week…

…but Kent and Jeremy are here to entertain you.

This week, Kent and Jeremy (@jalandillon) BS for an hour.

Show notes:

– SW:TFA teaser thoughts and a message to trolls

– Jeremy vows to fly for the first time

– More Black Mirror talk

– Manned mission to Mars?

– Find out why Kent wanted to be in the Air Force

– Black Friday shopping, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Atari 7800, Gotham, cord cutting, time travel, the Terminator franchise… and much more!!

– Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b14: Long Weekends Are Good

Thanksgiving recaps…

…well, mostly just a bunch of other stuff from the long weekend.

We love long weekends, especially when they are cram-packed with fun stuff and good company.

Show notes:

– Kent didn’t have as many guests for Thanksgiving dinner as he’d have liked

– Amos had a few more than he’d planned

– Netflix isn’t just showing Black Mirror, but also Sharknado is here and Season 3 of House of Cards is coming on Feb 27th

– We both watched the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens trailer…and we break it down with some random conjecture and parodies:
Legos
George Lucas Special Edition
JJ Abrams Lens Flare Edition

– Speaking of trailers, Amos was excited about the Jurassic World trailer until his sister-in-law perfectly broke it down

– Board games are awesome
Munchkin and its Undead Edition will tell you who your frenemies are
Dicecapades will have you rolling
Boss Monster is a twist on an old genre
Firefly, the Board Game is a fantastic trip through Wedonland

– Amos installed Yosemite three separate times on the same computer because reasons

– The Amazon affiliation finally went through

– News we couldn’t get to: Sony was hacked and President Obama wants us on Mars

– Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Subscribe in iTunes!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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RMP – Ep b13: Trolls and Thanks

This week is completely different…

…it’s Thanksgiving-eve and we spend it with friends.

This week, Kent and Amos welcome Jeremy Dillon (@jalandillon) and Scott Montagne for shenanigans.

Show notes:

– Kent’s mom is in town for the holiday

– Amos stayed home for the weekend

– Jeremy and Amos spoil a little Black Mirror (available now on Netflix)

– The Star Wars trailer has built up some misbegotten anticipation

– Humans are brats

– But we’re thankful brats

– Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Subscribe in iTunes!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b12: Here’s a Bunch of Random Stuff We Don’t Like

Everyone complains about the same old stuff…

…so we decided to have a little gripefest about some random stuff we don’t often hear people talking about.

This week, Kent and Amos stroll through some of their least-favorite, if uncommon, nuances of life.

Show notes:

– Kent caught the herpagonasyphilaids through his microphone

– Amos’ trip was cold and icy

– Kent set up library, including the classic Everyone Poops

– Why are is the U.S. not on the metric system?

– The U.S. Air Force Drug Demand Reduction program could use an overhaul

– If you are responsible for briefing, know the material

– No one should be alone on Thanksgiving

– Our Twitter handle is @ritualmisery and you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Subscribe in iTunes!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b11: Ritual Misery Un-BLEEP-ed

So we’re going uncensored…

…because it’s easier to edit.  And no one wants to hear the horns anyway.

This week, Kent and Amos welcome long-time friend (and nearly exhausted) Jeremy Dillon (@jalandillon) for the show.

Show notes:

– Kent travelled to Wisconsin for beer and family

– Amos was sick

– Jeremy was sick of playing country music without getting paid

– Kent didn’t watch Black Mirror

– Amos purchased a Chromecast and likes it rather well…much better than the Roku products he experimented with

– Kent returned from Wisconsin with 33 different beers, check his reviews on ratebeer.com

Big Hero 6 earns a recommendation from Kent

– We all have concerns about the renaming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Philae landed on a comet and that’s really bad ass, especially with how difficult the trip was; this brings about the discussion of what we are doing in space and why are we spending so many resources to explore it?

– President Obama appointed an ex-lobbyist to head the FCC and now they are at odds, and we find that very funny

– Our new Twitter handle is @ritualmisery, and now you can call and leave comments: (567) 698-7672!

Subscribe in iTunes!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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~edited in attempt to restore proper episode order~

RMP – Ep b10: Truths According to Isaac

Timeliness is a virtue…

…that I have never been accused of having.

It seemed everything was getting in the way of publishing this podcast, but here it is…finally!

Seriously, though, it was 90% complete for almost two weeks before I could finish the last touches.

Show notes:

Streptatococcus is bad, tonsiliths aren’t much better- Black Mirror really fascinates Amos- Marvel released their future movies list

Doctor Who is very imposing

– Kent totally geeked over the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

– We invite Isaac Fellure to answer complicated questions of life

Daylight Saving Time should go away

Time Zones are a little more complicated

– Amos and Kent reflect on the disgraceful mistreatment of Vietnam Veterans returning home

Subscribe in iTunes!

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b9: It May Very Well Be a Tumor

Work sucks…

…but that’s helpful when it comes time to complain about stuff.

This podcast has become a highlight for us every week and we are grateful for your support!

Show notes:

– Amos discuss naming his puppy and was sick as a dog- Kent caught up on Avatar: the Last Airbender’s sequel, Cora

– Kent collected comic books growing up, Amos didn’t (mostly)

– M. Night Shyamalan ruined the big screen adaptation of Avatar: the Last Airbender

– Spoilers have time limits, and it’s in relation to the number of beers Amos has had

– The League of Legends Championship is a thing…a BIG thing

– The Wizard, the movie that introduced Super Mario Bros. 3, still brings smiles

– There are plenty of bad emails from bosses, and the old system of information distribution vs. the digital turnover should’ve been a topic for another time

– Sharepoint, stupid people, and George Carlin…what more could you ask for on a Wednesday night?

Of course, credit where it’s due:

“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b8: Ritual Misery Goes Live!

RMP – Ep b8: Ritual Misery Goes Live!

Google Hangouts, YouTube, Blogger, iTunes, Oh My!

It’s official.  The Ritual Misery Podcast has gone legit.  We are now live streaming the video of our podcast on YouTube via Google Hangouts.  Not only that, we’re also on iTunes making us easier to find than ever.

Show notes:

– Amos is getting a puppy?!
– Harrowing tales of podcast production (spoiler alert: it has a happy ending)
– Kent and Amos fly their nerd flags and talk about Dungeons and Dragons and the value of good storytelling.  (We took tips from this guy.)
– The guys get nostalgic talking about first cars and high school garage bands… ah, good times.
– Kent interviews his son Lucas.
Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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RMP – Ep b7: Mom’s Night Out + Trappist Beer = Truffle Shuffle

Almost caught up…

Yeah, I’m getting tired of those headlines as well.

Seriously, though, once this episode is in the feeds, there’s only one left to push out…until we record again tomorrow night, anyway.

At least they’re releasing in order now.

Show notes:

– Kent and Amos can’t stop watching the Truffle Shuffle from the Goonies…or dogs pooping. It’s funny and we’re 12. Get over it.
– Amos finally gets to try Trappist Beer and it makes his favorites list immediately.
Mom’s Night Out turns out to be a lot better than Amos thought possible. You should watch it tonight with your family!
– Kent and Amos are both anti-anti-gay. Yes, that’s typed correctly.
– Where’s the podcast going? Listen below.
Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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RMP – Ep b6: Bad Service and Good Beer

Continuing from where we left off…you know, right before we started in the middle.

Here we are with the 6th beta episode.

This one was a little different…we went from defined topics to general ideas. It’s not one of our favorites, but here it is for your enjoyment (or misery).

Show notes:

– Kent has set a date for his military retirement.
– Amos had unsatisfactory service from his cable provider.
– Kent was impressed with the iPhone 6, less so with the size of the iPhone 6 Plus.- Kent rates beer, an insists all beer fans should try Trappist Beers.

– Microsoft is not a self-respecting Spinal Tap fan.
And you can download the episode here.

Of course, credit where it’s due:
“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b4: Apple Shows Us One More Thing

Still catching up…

You knew this was coming.

Below you will find episode beta 4. This will be last one intentionally out of order, at least for the foreseeable future.  Please, have a listen and provide comments.

Show notes:

– Kent’s planning to retire from the military and Amos is jealous.  Amos spent the weekend snuggling a sick toddler.
– Amos and Kent do their future coverage of a press event, Apple’s September ’14 Keynote, which you can watch here in its entirety.- – Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the duo tries their best to curb their enthusiasm while running down the list of features: http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/

– – Additionally, they also loved the announcement and promise of ApplePay: http://www.apple.com/apple-pay/– – They were much more skeptical of the  WATCH announcement: http://www.apple.com/watch/

Follow Amos, Kent, and the podcast on Twitter; submit ideas to our subreddit; email us; or leave a comment below! Thank you!

Of course, credit where it’s due:

“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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RMP – Ep b3: Wearable Technology and Net Neutrality

Hullo again!

Now to make up for some lost time.

Below you will find episode beta 3. Yes, it’s out of order.  Please, have a listen and provide comments.

Show notes:

– Amos talks about his first camping trip in the family’s new travel trailer and its faulty plumbing while Kent mentions his own plumbing issues.
– We recap the last episode.
– Amos answers Kent’s assignment to research the state of wearable technology and where it’s going.
– Kent replies to the overly complicated issue of Internet Neutrality.  We didn’t cover it nearly as well as these amazing YouTubers:
– We assign each other new homework (spoiler alert: we never really answer these…)

Of course, credit where it’s due:

“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Yeah, our first post starts on Beta 5, deal with it (and thank you for listening).

Hullo World!

I guess I should write an intro.  Dang it.

So a while back Kent and I thought that it would be just nifty to do something together, something we could share with anyone willing to witness.  At first it was a series of short YouTube videos showing us having fun while humorously explaining several aspects of our lives.  Well, that turned out to be very short lived…a total of three videos.  Yep, three.

More to the point.

After I returned from my last deployment, Kent and I discussed starting a new project.  We wanted something a little more interactive (and less time consuming) than videos.  We wanted something creative, conceptual, and conversational.  The idea to create a co-hosted podcast where we could talk tech, beer, kids, careers, or really anything else appealed to both of us.  After all, we really enjoy our conversations, why not share the laughs, introspection, and crazy world philosophy with everyone!
We started recording Alpha episodes in June ’14.  There were no topics, no show notes, and really nothing worth noting that recorded.  But that we have it recorded is proof that our Alpha phase went well.

Here’s the meat and potatoes. (Why is there an ‘e’ in potatoes?)

Now we’re in the Beta phase.  We’re recording every week.  We have general topics to discuss.  We are still playing with the format, and I need to learn when to cut Kent off and when he’s actually building to a point.  I also need to get better about writing show notes.  But all the pieces are there, all the colors in paint, all the brushes ready, and the canvas mounted with a pretty nicely pencilled outline…it’s time to get the details filled in.
And we need your feedback.  We aren’t the smartest dudes on the internet, but we understand that, while we may like the podcast just fine, it’s only by sharing with you and allowing you to share with us that we have a truly fine product.  Plus, it’s just more fun that way.

Oh, so you want a silver platter, eh?

You don’t wanna search the entire internet to find our fine product?  Okay, here’s beta episode 5.

Now, credit where it’s due:

“Aces High”, “Winner Winner!”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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