The Geek Life #237: Mobile Payment Wars, FitBit, MADD Beer, and more!


Getting ready with the mobile payment wares between Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and newcommer “CurrentC”. Also new FitBit, MADD “beer”, space stuff, and more!


Video and Film:


  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Juan of the Dead
  • Edge of Tomorrow


  • Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection (Jaws / E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial / Jurassic Park / The Lost World: Jurassic Park / Duel / The Sugarland Express / 1941 / Always)
  • Married to the Mob
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Duck You Sucker aka A Fistful of Dynamite
  • Raw Force
  • Billion Dollar Brain (Michael Caine)
  • Bronson Triple Threat (Death Wish 2-4)
  • Island of Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster, Michael York)


  • My Darling Clementine

Warner Archives

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (blu)

Title of the Week

  • The Nostril Picker – “He chose his weapons… He selected his victims… He picked his nose…”


MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager
(Alcohol Free, tastes like Wheat Chex)

Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale


Marvel Comics’ Squirrel Girl returns to comic in new on-going series
“Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” (Entertainment Weekly – The Mary Sue)

Comic of the Week: Oglaf


Let the Mobile Payment Wars Start!
Thursday Apple is expected to announce ‘Apple Pay’ is ready for realtime. Meanwhile the MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) is beta testing their app CurrentC. Will Google Wallet get to be a player too? (Gigaoam)

Things will be announced this week!
Google is expected to announce the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet, & the new Android L OS. Possibly by Wednesday to beat…
The Apple announcement on Thursday, expect iPad updates, Mac updates, and possibly the release of the next version of OS X as well as Apple Pay. (Gotta Be Mobile)

Fitbit! the Force will finally be replaced by the Charge
(The Verge)

Melissa bought an iPhone 6

General Geek:

Neat Astronomy…
via Phil Plait we have last week’s lunar eclipse as seen from the MESSENGER probe which is orbiting Mercury. (Slate)

After two years in orbit… the USAF space drone is finally coming back!
So for the last 22 months the USAF X-37B orbiter (like a mini space shuttle, about 30 feet long) is finally coming home… no clue as to it’s actual mission, why it was up so long, and what alien tech is it bringing back. General guess it was probably doing some spying/testing of surveillance equipment and also testing components for longevity, etc. But since it is a classified mission, who knows…. (The Daily Beast)



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Webfiction World is on official “Indefinite Hiatus”

Webfiction World is on official “Indefinite Hiatus”. This means it will not update in the foreseeable future.

It’s just down to me, Fes, to run things here. Friends and colleagues have long since moved on to other projects (aka didn’t have time for Webfiction World), and that is fine. However, I can’t run everything myself.

I need to focus on other projects, and keep this one out of mind. It takes QUITE a lot of work to scout for webfiction to read and get permissions to read. Not to mention that I’m a little dyslexic, and I need to prepare each reading in a certain way for me to follow; then of course recording multiple takes on the read, and editing it all together, etc. It’s a lot of work.

Especially when it’s only me, and I have other projects I need to work on.

So, unless I can find a couple of enthusiastic people willing to basically take over the podcast (though I could still produce them), I just can’t work on this podcast right now. I wish I could, but I can’t.

If you may be someone willing to take over the podcast (Ideally, I’d prefer 2-3 people), then please, EMAIL ME! I would love to see the show continue!

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