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THIS IS NOT A TEST with Michael Jerome Phillips


THIS IS NOT A TEST, with your pal and confidant Michael Jerome Phillips

I reject your reality (TV) and substitute my own – THIS IS NOT A TEST #12

Reality TV. You love it. You hate it. You watch it. Admit it.

There’s no shame in it. Really. Stop beating yourself up.

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Marley Natural: Commodify my soul Jah Jah – THIS IS NOT A TEST #11

Marley Natural is a new company created to sell legal herb with Bob’s name on it. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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Links mentioned in the episode:
Live Talks L.A.

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The 2015 Oscar ceremony wrap-up – THIS IS NOT A TEST #10

This is it, the only Oscar ceremony wrap-up you need.

Forget the big networks, and even the tiny networks that no one watches, like E! You don’t need them. I cover all the bases, every category, every wonderful minute of the Hollywood’s greatest night! You don’t want to miss it.

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“Unboxing” videos – the seventh sign of the apocalypse? – THIS IS NOT A TEST #9

The strange and terrible world of unboxing videos, Facebook, the Book of Revelations, Heaven’s Gate, Marketing, Betamax recorders, Internet communities, the discomfort of silence and more.

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Links mentioned in the episode:
World’s first unboxing video
Hosho McCreesh

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Living simply: it sounds so…simple – THIS IS NOT A TEST #8

How does one live simply when there is so much junk everywhere?

It’s a first world problem, having too much stuff, I know. But here I am talking about it anyway.

On the way to that subject you’ll also get to hear about how to be an awesome podcaster, landlords, eBay, yard sales, people in the 1920s, credit cards, and a teaser about a pretty cool upcoming episode.

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Trolls: they’re not just under bridges and on the Internet – THIS IS NOT A TEST #7

According to Wikipedia (my favorite source for quasi-truth and hamfisted misinformation) an Internet troll is: a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

I suppose that’s as good a definition as any. But did you know you can be trolled in real life too? It’s true. Let me tell you about it.

By the way, why do we say “in real life” when we talk about things that happen away from the computer? Am I not participating in real life when I do things online? Am I in some kind of suspended life or pseudo life? I don’t like that term, but it’s better than meat world.

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Throw away your records – THIS IS NOT A TEST #6

Carol: “What’s your podcast about this week?”
Me: “Oh, you know, it’s about how CDs sound better than records, stuff like that.”
Carol: “What? You’re crazy, I think you’re wrong…”
Me: “I know, everyone thinks I’m wrong.”

But hear me out. Maybe I’m not completely crazy.

It’s funny, a lot of people sold, gave away or threw out their vinyl LPs in the 80s and 90s, and now they are out there buying them back from smug hipsters in tiny shops in Highland Park (or your city’s equivalent newly gentrified area). It would be a mistake to do the same thing with CDs, to ditch them because you feel they are as unfashionable as a glove compartment full of WHAM! cassettes.

I don’t talk about that specific thing in this episode, but I probably should have.

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Getting to know me – THIS IS NOT A TEST #5

Who am I?

That’s not an existential question, though I suppose it could be. But it occurs to me that many of you who are listening to this may not know much – or anything – about me, so you might rightfully wonder why the hell I’m here foisting my views and opinions onto an unsuspecting and uncaring world.

So here’s what amounts to my life story – the good bits anyway – in 30 minutes. Try doing that yourself some time. Though if you do, I should warn you that you may just realize that you haven’t really done much of anything. But that’s liberating in its own way. Right?

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