Episode 7 – The Atheist Pig puts some STANK on it with Mike Sieber

Okay, this episode was supposed to be released on 08/02/12, but life got in the way. More on that next week. Sorry about that. – Dustin

00:00 INTRODUCTION

Fun on Facebook
Shooting in Colorado

13:10 THIS DAY IN HISTORY

25:15 SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

44:35 POLITICS/RELIGION/CULTURE

59:59 MUSIC

To lighten the mood before the interview, we have Roy Zimmerman‘s Evolution 101 (used by permission).

64:27 FEATURE

Joining us for the second half of the show is Mike Sieber, the artist and blogger behind “The Atheist Pig” comic strip. You can find Mike on his website at theatheistpig.com and on Twitter @TheAtheistPig.

Mike’s take on the BS surrounding the Colorado shooting.

Theme music is provided by Sturdy Fred.

About today’s downtime

There were two separate issues.

  1. For about an hour this morning, there was an internal network issue at the data center at the hosting company that resulted in a loss of connection from the virtual private server (VPS) and the MySQL server. Without access to the database WordPress doesn’t work. That was from roughly 8:30 – 9:30 AM MDT.
  2. There have periodically been issues for the last couple of months due to memory allotment overages on the shared hosting plan, so I upgraded to a VPS. Since they charge per MB of RAM I’ve been experimenting with different memory levels so as to keep the costs to a level where I won’t feel the need to start soliciting donations. I will likely continue to fine tune memory levels since memory saturation (using all available memory) is very bad and having to needlessly pay for memory we don’t need is also bad. I was toying with different web server applications immediately before the outage, so it looks like it didn’t go through until the outage was resolved and I was at work. Oops. I learned my lesson. Save stuff like that for days off or as soon as I get home from work.

I will be monitoring resource usage closely for the rest of the evening and before and after work the next two days, but then I’ll be headed to southern Oregon for my brother’s wedding, which by the way I’m officiating.

Episode 6 – Recovering from Religion with Jerry DeWitt

0:00:00 INTRODUCTION

Dustin got a tattoo to commemorate the five year anniversary of his apostasy and talks about that very dark weekend leading up to his freedom.
You can find Dustin talking about some of the sexual issues he ran into on Living After Faith

0:10:04 THIS DAY IN HISTORY July 19

0:17:04 NEWS

0:31:20 – INTERVIEW

Joining us for the feature segment is Jerry DeWitt, Executive Director of Recovering From Religion. Jerry is a former Pentecostal minister and the first graduate of the Clergy Project. We discuss the Clergy Project, Recovering from Religion, how his recovery has gone, Amerigod, and so much more.

You can follow Jerry on Twitter.

You can find us at htotw.com email us at contact@atheist or leave us a message at (541) 203-0666.

The music is provided by Sturdy Fred.

Episode 5 – SPECIAL REPORT – Tresure Valley Coaltion of Reason

Announcing the Treasure Valley Coalition of Reason!

Media Coverage:
Boise Weekly
KBOI 2
Christian Post

If you want to find your local coalition or start one, check out the United Coalition of Reason.

Episode 4 – Christian Nation or Godless Republic?

Christian Nation or Godless Republic?

0:00 Intro

1:20 This Day in History – July 4

7:57 News

36:02 Is the United States a Christian nation?

55:39 Farewell

56:59 4th of July PSA

59:56 Out takes

If you’d like to contact us, you can email us at contact@htotw.com or leave us a message at (541) 203-0666.

“I’m as mad as hell” speech taken from a clip found on YouTube and is originally from the motion picture “The Network” (1977) and is available on Amazon.com.

The music for this episode is “Stars and Stripes for Ever” by John Philip Suza and performed by the US Marine Corps Band.

Episode 3 – Local Community

0:00:00 INTRODUCTION

Think of podcasts like software development. The alpha builds are out of the way, now we’re moving into beta testing.

We then geek out for a bit talking about how Skype for Linux has finally made it out of beta and jumped from version 2.2 beta to 4.0. Dustin then rambles on about his current KDE setup.

0:04:15 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: June 21

0:16:09 SCIENCE

I guess we never stopped geeking out…

0:24:13 OTHER NEWS

0:38:31 Dustin contacted Samuel Pipim, but he hasn’t responded yet. You can contact him too.

0:39:47 Dustin talks about how he ditched cigarettes.

0:46:31 We then talk about our local groups, Wesley’s Kitsap Atheists and Agnostics and Kitsap County Skeptics and Dustin’s West Valley Freethinkers, Cosmos Coffee Club, and Idaho Atheists.

If you’d like to contact us, you can email us at contact@htotw.com or leave us a message at (541) 203-0666.

On a side note, I edit the podcast using Audacity. After I split the stereo recording into two separate mono tracks I take a 5-10 second segment where that track is virtually silent to generate the noise profile for noise removal on that track. I then do the same thing to the other track. Then after cleaning things up I’m now trying a few new things, including truncate silence with a compression ratio of 4:1 and minimum and maximums of 200 ms and 500 ms, respectively, although next time I’m thinking about possibly 100 ms and 250 ms. I then added 4 db of base boost at 200 Hz, then normalized both tracks together. I also tried splitting high and low level editing into separate passes, but I don’t know that it really helped, although the fact I made two passes definitely allowed me to catch more ums, stutters, mouse clicks, etc. Any suggestions from the pros out there?

Episode 2 – Featuring Teresa MacBain

We are very pleased to have Teresa MacBain as our guest! You can find more about her below.

Sorry about the sound quality, we’re still learning and fine tuning things.

You can now contact both of us at contact@htotw.com, Wesley at wesley@htotw.com, or Dustin at dustin@htotw.com. You can also leave us voice mail at (541) 203-0666 and we may even play your message on the show.

This Day in History

Samuel Pipim

 

Other news

 

Teresa MacBain is the Executive Director of the Clergy Project and joins us for the second half of the show. She is a former Methodist pastor and the first woman to graduate from the Clergy Project.

You can donate to the Clergy Project’s fund through the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Connect with Teresa at her blog, follow her on Twitter, or like her on Facebook.

Episode 1 – The Pilot, featuring Roy Zimmerman

Welcome to the first episode of the Atheist Nomads.

  1. Why we are starting this podcast.
  2. News, including:
  3. Wesley tells his story.
  4. Dustin tells his story.
  5. Dustin interviews Roy Zimmerman
  6. Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual” by Roy Zimmerman (used with permission)

Yes, this episode sucks, but hang in there and we’ll get better.

Coming soon

Atheist Nomads episode 1 is currently in editing. If all goes according to plan it will be released here on Thursday and in the iTunes Store and Zune Marketplace no later than Saturday. I’ll also try to have a Facebook page set up and the website finished this coming weekend.