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This is the home of Eric M. Larson's podcasts, from Ericast.com! Here you'll find a mix of philosophy and technology (perhaps "philosophizing about technology"?) with a little talk of religion, current events, and daily living thrown in. Add the occasional RIAA-free song to give you a break from the monotony, and you've got the Ericast. If (when!) you listen, be sure to e-mail or call and share your thoughts!

Latest Episodes

Ericast 309 - One Small Step...

Sometimes you hear things that weren't said. And sometimes you don't hear things that were said. Confused? Curious? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment Spoiler alert: I made it 10 seconds into this episode without making a mistake. Can you hear it? Are crickets good luck? I don't think so, but I have to live with it. I listen back to my podcasts after they're published, not for vanity's sake but to make sure that everything is as I intended it to be, that it sounds okay, that I didn't misspeak, etc. And from the last episode, I caught myself saying something that sounds like something I didn't actually say... (I have a common phrase -- "the God of the Universe". That probably dates back to a record that I had when I was a little, little kid -- a really cool transparent red acetate record that discussed the nature of the universe.) So, what did Neil Armstrong actually say? (No, that's not a non sequitur; listen to the episode.) There are at least three distinct topics in this episode, so share your thoughts on one or more of them at 701-645-ERIC (a.k.a. 701-645-3742)

-1 sSEP 13
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Ericast 309 - One Small Step...

Ericast 308 - Making Old Friends

Every once in awhile, someone -- like an old friend -- says something really profound that pivots your life. Want an example? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment It's still "the weekly podcast that comes out about once a month" but I'm bringing back the "listener feedback at the end of the month" theme... because I couldn't sleep. I did get some feedback way back in June. Every so often I think, there's got to be a better way to automate these podcasts and stitch files together and maybe we could just take the feedback and push it straight into a feed... ...okay, so maybe that's not a good idea, and maybe automation isn't all that it's cracked up to be. But we do get calls from reliable longtime listeners, like the one Matt made right after I was talking about informercial giants... How long will be it before spelling thi...

-1 sAUG 30
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Ericast 308 - Making Old Friends

Ericast 307 - Stand Tall, Mike!

I got a tall mic stand, so it sits on the floor and doesn't pick up table vibration. But if I do a podcast on that topic, nobody's going to listen. Maybe it'll sound better if I just move the words around? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment I'm not kidding. That's really what this episode is about. I'm still trying to streamline the recording process because that's the only thing that's keeping me from coming down here to Studio A (which is comfortably cool in Minnesota summers) and getting an episode recorded. In this case, it's going to take three or four times longer to post this than it did to record it. Thanks to Matt from California for the feedback -- in Northern California, which I assume was earthquake free this month. One of my colleagues experienced a 3 a.m. aftershock while at a conference in Long Beach, whic...

-1 sJUL 18
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Ericast 307 - Stand Tall, Mike!

Ericast 306 - RIP Russell Whitney

People live. People die. I get that. But sometimes things line up in a way you didn't quite expect. If you ever wanted a peek inside my fascination with get-rich-quick celebrities, here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment We're continuing with "the weekly podcast that comes out about once a month." And while I'd much rather be upstairs sleeping right now, I came down to Studio A because the chances of me getting a podcast out on a Friday night are slim, and then we're in June already! Growing up reading magazine ads but having no money to send the $9.95 and the SASE. The famous "What is this woman doing?" ad that I can't find any sign up; that might be my summer research project. (Anyone know what it was?) Whether they knew it or not, people know the kind of world I'm talking about because Don Lapre was popular, and popular en...

-1 sMAY 31
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Ericast 306 - RIP Russell Whitney

Ericast 305 - Names Have Meaning

People, businesses, faith communities - they all have names. But do they really mean anything? Yeah, I think they do. Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment I had intended to batch some shows, but we see how that went. So this is live-to-harddrive on April 29th, after an amazingly strange past few weeks. Many of us had to take a detour from things like podcasting, because we were shoveling. So, I'd intended to get this show out before Easter, when it would've made sense, but I didn't. Better than last year's Minnebar blizzard, I have to say... The Ericast Studio A is slightly less cluttered now and we'll see what summer brings. Questions? Comments? 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) or drop a note to me (eric) at ericast.com, or find me on the social medias.

-1 sAPR 30
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Ericast 305 - Names Have Meaning

Ericast 304 - Springtime in Minnesota

A few weeks back, listener Digital Dan pointed out it had been 45 days since that last Ericast. Want an update? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment The weekly podcast that now comes out about once a quarter. That's not good. Amber googles, smart bulbs, etc. Tuya bulbs. Winter was hard! This is one of the most scatter-shot, thrown-together Ericast episodes in a long time. But you can still reach out! 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC), or via your social media method of choice.

-1 sMAR 31
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Ericast 304 - Springtime in Minnesota

Ericast 303 - No More 'Ummmm's

It's a new year and time for resolutions of sorts. Wondering about my top priority for 2019? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment You know, "2019" seems to roll off the tongue pretty well. My wife was trying to get our Alexato play the podcast and she discovered that it's hard to find this "Ericast" but there's at least one other "Eric Cast" out there. But I'm pretty sure I'm the original. I know at least one other person listens to the Dweeb Thoughts feed, so in 2019 I might try to be more regular about that. But the real thing I'm focusing on is getting rid of saying "ummmm" because I'm realizing it's really distracting! Maybe I'll make that an official 2019 goal, or at least a quartly one. (Mark Mason mentioned "The 12 Week Year" in his Late Night Internet Marketing podcast, episode 159: Keys to Achieving Your Goals in ...

-1 sJAN 11
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Ericast 303 - No More 'Ummmm's

Ericast 302 - 'Even Great Theology'

I've always promised to mix in a bit of theology into the Ericast, and this is one of those episodes. Regular listeners will love it. Some in the "silent majority" might not. But I really, really believe in this message. Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment No, that episode title isn't a typo; this episode is focused around a three-word quote from Paul Prins, who I first met when he demoed Freshvine at Minnedemo in July 2013. (In fact, I just realized that I mentioned it on an Ericast at the time, entitled MinneDemo 2013 Hipsters...) Anyway, this episode talks about the importance of Grace and Forgiveness. Sure, sure, we know it's important. No, it's really important. Agree? Disagree? Comments in general? You know what to do. I'd love to hear from you.

-1 s2018 DEC 29
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Ericast 302 - 'Even Great Theology'

Ericast 301 - Warday's 30th Anniversary

Sometimes a book really affects you... and here's one example, with the twist of a really strange timeline. Curious? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment It's been awhile. And it's was quite a summer, and quite a fall. Thanks for sticking with me... Or for joining the Ericast family for the first time. Sorry I still haven't figured out my room noise. Maybe that's what kept me away from the mic. I'll try to change that. Starting when I was 11, I spent my summers in Cornucopia, Wisconsin -- and lived up there year-round from age 16 to 18. Had I not been homeschooled, I would have turned the graduating class of the consolidated school district from 13 to 14 people. Lots of stories there. But early on -- maybe before we even bought the house and were just passing through -- I spotted a book exchange at the tiny post office. An...

-1 s2018 OCT 29
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Ericast 301 - Warday's 30th Anniversary

Ericast 300 - It's Episode 300!

Huh. It's been 300 episodes since the Ericast started in March of 2005. Want me to say something about that? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment I'm still here, so are you, and I think we both appreciate both of those facts! 701-645-3742 is the listener feedback line even though I don't put much of that feedback in the show anymore, but we'll see how we do. Can't find my July episode on the computer but it apparently happened. I said it was in "Studio A" so it should be on this computer. And the theme was "Everyone is quitting..." but I'm not. I promised that I had nothing special planned for this episode, and I keep my promises! Since the July 1st episode that apparently happened, I went to Colorado and I have plans for Studio D. It's been a good, full Summer, with more ahead for Fall. Questions? Ideas? Give a call at 70...

-1 s2018 AUG 27
Comments
Ericast 300 - It's Episode 300!

Latest Episodes

Ericast 309 - One Small Step...

Sometimes you hear things that weren't said. And sometimes you don't hear things that were said. Confused? Curious? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment Spoiler alert: I made it 10 seconds into this episode without making a mistake. Can you hear it? Are crickets good luck? I don't think so, but I have to live with it. I listen back to my podcasts after they're published, not for vanity's sake but to make sure that everything is as I intended it to be, that it sounds okay, that I didn't misspeak, etc. And from the last episode, I caught myself saying something that sounds like something I didn't actually say... (I have a common phrase -- "the God of the Universe". That probably dates back to a record that I had when I was a little, little kid -- a really cool transparent red acetate record that discussed the nature of the universe.) So, what did Neil Armstrong actually say? (No, that's not a non sequitur; listen to the episode.) There are at least three distinct topics in this episode, so share your thoughts on one or more of them at 701-645-ERIC (a.k.a. 701-645-3742)

-1 sSEP 13
Comments
Ericast 309 - One Small Step...

Ericast 308 - Making Old Friends

Every once in awhile, someone -- like an old friend -- says something really profound that pivots your life. Want an example? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment It's still "the weekly podcast that comes out about once a month" but I'm bringing back the "listener feedback at the end of the month" theme... because I couldn't sleep. I did get some feedback way back in June. Every so often I think, there's got to be a better way to automate these podcasts and stitch files together and maybe we could just take the feedback and push it straight into a feed... ...okay, so maybe that's not a good idea, and maybe automation isn't all that it's cracked up to be. But we do get calls from reliable longtime listeners, like the one Matt made right after I was talking about informercial giants... How long will be it before spelling thi...

-1 sAUG 30
Comments
Ericast 308 - Making Old Friends

Ericast 307 - Stand Tall, Mike!

I got a tall mic stand, so it sits on the floor and doesn't pick up table vibration. But if I do a podcast on that topic, nobody's going to listen. Maybe it'll sound better if I just move the words around? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment I'm not kidding. That's really what this episode is about. I'm still trying to streamline the recording process because that's the only thing that's keeping me from coming down here to Studio A (which is comfortably cool in Minnesota summers) and getting an episode recorded. In this case, it's going to take three or four times longer to post this than it did to record it. Thanks to Matt from California for the feedback -- in Northern California, which I assume was earthquake free this month. One of my colleagues experienced a 3 a.m. aftershock while at a conference in Long Beach, whic...

-1 sJUL 18
Comments
Ericast 307 - Stand Tall, Mike!

Ericast 306 - RIP Russell Whitney

People live. People die. I get that. But sometimes things line up in a way you didn't quite expect. If you ever wanted a peek inside my fascination with get-rich-quick celebrities, here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment We're continuing with "the weekly podcast that comes out about once a month." And while I'd much rather be upstairs sleeping right now, I came down to Studio A because the chances of me getting a podcast out on a Friday night are slim, and then we're in June already! Growing up reading magazine ads but having no money to send the $9.95 and the SASE. The famous "What is this woman doing?" ad that I can't find any sign up; that might be my summer research project. (Anyone know what it was?) Whether they knew it or not, people know the kind of world I'm talking about because Don Lapre was popular, and popular en...

-1 sMAY 31
Comments
Ericast 306 - RIP Russell Whitney

Ericast 305 - Names Have Meaning

People, businesses, faith communities - they all have names. But do they really mean anything? Yeah, I think they do. Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment I had intended to batch some shows, but we see how that went. So this is live-to-harddrive on April 29th, after an amazingly strange past few weeks. Many of us had to take a detour from things like podcasting, because we were shoveling. So, I'd intended to get this show out before Easter, when it would've made sense, but I didn't. Better than last year's Minnebar blizzard, I have to say... The Ericast Studio A is slightly less cluttered now and we'll see what summer brings. Questions? Comments? 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC) or drop a note to me (eric) at ericast.com, or find me on the social medias.

-1 sAPR 30
Comments
Ericast 305 - Names Have Meaning

Ericast 304 - Springtime in Minnesota

A few weeks back, listener Digital Dan pointed out it had been 45 days since that last Ericast. Want an update? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment The weekly podcast that now comes out about once a quarter. That's not good. Amber googles, smart bulbs, etc. Tuya bulbs. Winter was hard! This is one of the most scatter-shot, thrown-together Ericast episodes in a long time. But you can still reach out! 701-645-3742 (a.k.a. 701-645-ERIC), or via your social media method of choice.

-1 sMAR 31
Comments
Ericast 304 - Springtime in Minnesota

Ericast 303 - No More 'Ummmm's

It's a new year and time for resolutions of sorts. Wondering about my top priority for 2019? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment You know, "2019" seems to roll off the tongue pretty well. My wife was trying to get our Alexato play the podcast and she discovered that it's hard to find this "Ericast" but there's at least one other "Eric Cast" out there. But I'm pretty sure I'm the original. I know at least one other person listens to the Dweeb Thoughts feed, so in 2019 I might try to be more regular about that. But the real thing I'm focusing on is getting rid of saying "ummmm" because I'm realizing it's really distracting! Maybe I'll make that an official 2019 goal, or at least a quartly one. (Mark Mason mentioned "The 12 Week Year" in his Late Night Internet Marketing podcast, episode 159: Keys to Achieving Your Goals in ...

-1 sJAN 11
Comments
Ericast 303 - No More 'Ummmm's

Ericast 302 - 'Even Great Theology'

I've always promised to mix in a bit of theology into the Ericast, and this is one of those episodes. Regular listeners will love it. Some in the "silent majority" might not. But I really, really believe in this message. Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment No, that episode title isn't a typo; this episode is focused around a three-word quote from Paul Prins, who I first met when he demoed Freshvine at Minnedemo in July 2013. (In fact, I just realized that I mentioned it on an Ericast at the time, entitled MinneDemo 2013 Hipsters...) Anyway, this episode talks about the importance of Grace and Forgiveness. Sure, sure, we know it's important. No, it's really important. Agree? Disagree? Comments in general? You know what to do. I'd love to hear from you.

-1 s2018 DEC 29
Comments
Ericast 302 - 'Even Great Theology'

Ericast 301 - Warday's 30th Anniversary

Sometimes a book really affects you... and here's one example, with the twist of a really strange timeline. Curious? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment It's been awhile. And it's was quite a summer, and quite a fall. Thanks for sticking with me... Or for joining the Ericast family for the first time. Sorry I still haven't figured out my room noise. Maybe that's what kept me away from the mic. I'll try to change that. Starting when I was 11, I spent my summers in Cornucopia, Wisconsin -- and lived up there year-round from age 16 to 18. Had I not been homeschooled, I would have turned the graduating class of the consolidated school district from 13 to 14 people. Lots of stories there. But early on -- maybe before we even bought the house and were just passing through -- I spotted a book exchange at the tiny post office. An...

-1 s2018 OCT 29
Comments
Ericast 301 - Warday's 30th Anniversary

Ericast 300 - It's Episode 300!

Huh. It's been 300 episodes since the Ericast started in March of 2005. Want me to say something about that? Here's your show. Website viewers: Click here to listen to this week's episode! Podcast listeners: Click here for a link to the show notes page! Everyone: Call 701-645-ERIC (701-645-3742) and comment I'm still here, so are you, and I think we both appreciate both of those facts! 701-645-3742 is the listener feedback line even though I don't put much of that feedback in the show anymore, but we'll see how we do. Can't find my July episode on the computer but it apparently happened. I said it was in "Studio A" so it should be on this computer. And the theme was "Everyone is quitting..." but I'm not. I promised that I had nothing special planned for this episode, and I keep my promises! Since the July 1st episode that apparently happened, I went to Colorado and I have plans for Studio D. It's been a good, full Summer, with more ahead for Fall. Questions? Ideas? Give a call at 70...

-1 s2018 AUG 27
Comments
Ericast 300 - It's Episode 300!