Due to popular demand, we've decided to push out for your listening enjoyment the live acoustic version of Jonathan Coulton's in-studio performance of "Codemonkey" from his concert DVD album "Best. Concert. Ever." Be sure to visit him at jonathancoulton.com and pick up a copy of his latest album or DVD. Or if you're feeling extra generous, donate a little cash flow via PayPal.Preview "Codemonkey" performed by Jonathan Coulton Download "Codemonkey" | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS
In our on-going battle with the Bore Out Loud, a fan listener has upped the ante with a Tom Merritt-inspired 404 ringtone. Below, you will also find a link to a iPhone-compatible version of the ringtone. Please rename the file from .mp4 to .m4r to work in iTunes. This is due to a limitation of our podcast feed.Preview Tom Merritt 404 Ringtone Download ringtone | Download iPhone-compatible ringtone
Courtesy of Jamie Lewis, enjoy The 404 Main Theme ringtone. If you're subscribed to our podcast via RSS or iTunes, this will be pushed to you automatically. Below, you will also find a link to a iPhone-compatible version of the ringtone. Please rename the file from .mp4 to .m4r to work in iTunes. This is due to a limitation of our podcast feed.Preview Main Theme Ringtone Download ringtone | Download iPhone-compatible ringtone
With Wilson at the auto expo in town, our good friend Kenley Bradstreet from "Heavy & Flow" joins us today on the show. We chat about Gore Verbinski's decision to make BioShock over another pirates movie and how that'll either be the best or worst thing he's ever done.
Justin then enlightens us about the logistical issues with sending feces through the United States Postal Service and how it isn't exactly a crime. First thing you'll want to do with the new OnStar system in the event of a car accident is Twitter about it as the service has found its way to the on-board vehicle communication system.
Next Kenley tells us about The Transcendent Man, Ray Kurzweil, and how he used to come visit the Bradstreet home on major holidays. Finally, we touch on some tech no-nos, a few tech-inspired faux pas (can you even pluralize that?) that we're all guilty of.
Make sure you keep sending in those stories of survival for a chance to win Tom Avery's incredible book, "To the End of the Earth". Leave us an email (the404 [at] cnet [dot] com or call in @ 866-404-CNET).EPISODE 316 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
Yeah, we're not sure what the title of our show means today, but it's what happens when you let the chat room run the show. We think they want us to take off our clothes. Anyway, we're back to our old antics today: Bittr, Wii, Wolverine, iPhone, and pedometers.
As you can see, Slate.com already stole our idea for a skit mocking Twitter. We were going to shoot a video about a one-character status update. Some times, "F" is the only character that describes exactly how we're feeling at the moment.
On today's show, we talk a bit about how Nintendo is almost literally printing money with its Wii console. Apparently, it costs Nintendo 45 percent less to make a Wii than when it first came out. Nintendo is also trying to make more bank by releasing a pedometer, a device that measures foot steps--not an alarm for child predators. Also, we've got some info on a new iPhone app called Bad Decision Blocker that blocks your ability to make drunk phone calls. Seriously, though, if you need an iPhone app to stop you from making drunk calls, you need to 1) stop drinking 2) leave your phone at home, and 3) go see a therapist about your lingering girlfriend issues.
Finally, we get to our favorite "It came from Fox News!" segment. This time around, a Fox News commentator was fired for reviewing a pirated copy of the new "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie. Yeah, smart one. Fortunately, Jeff stopped selling DVDs of "Two and a Half Men" a few months ago. And a reminder, please call in with your most death-defying story to win your copy of "To the End of the Death: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson" by our guest, Tom Avery. Yeah, long, long title.EPISODE 315 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
This weekend, Justin Yu made an appearance on Tom Merritt's and Roger Chang's podcast, East Meets West. Ostensibly, it sounds like a podcast about technology and Asian and Western cultures, right? Nope. Turns out it's half an hour where Tom and Roger ream Justin and The 404 for our use of "curse words."
Also in the news this weekend, "Adventureland" came out. Contrary to its marketing campaign, it's not a film in the vein of "Superbad," but is actually kind of deep. As for way less deep films, "Fast and Furious" topped the charts with a cool 72.5 million bones. Michael McCarthy, ace reporter Caroline McCarthy's little brother, joins the show today to lend us his opinion on movies and provide a laugh track.
Twitter, for all the problems that it's caused in the world, may have actually saved the life of a suicidal woman. Apparently, if you @reply Demi Moore, you can get saved. There's some more bummer technology stories in there, too.
In happier news, Rick Moranis might make an appearance in "Ghostbusters III." We just hope that Seth Rogan, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill aren't the new Ghostbusters. Also, Queen Elizabeth II gets an iPod from Barack Obama filled with show tunes. And finally, Domino's gives away 11,000 pizzas, accidentally.
Listen to this episode of East Meets West and let us know what you think. We're available via voice mail at 1-866-404-CNET (2638) or via e-mail at the404 [at] cnet [dot] com. Does bad language really bother you? Does it make us juvenile? Or are we just getting lectured by padre?EPISODE 314 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
Dennis Crowley, inventor of many things good, including Dodgeball (the social Web tool, not the terrible movie or the gym game Justin and Wilson can't play because of their thick glasses), joins The 404 today to talk about some interesting stories from the Web and his latest social Web tool, Four Square.
Today, we go a bit back in Web 2.0 history with the first Twitter/Loopt social-networking tool, invented by Mr. Crowley, Dodgeball--from its inception, to its purchase by Google, to its eventual shutdown.
Not to be deterred, Dennis is back at it again with Four Square, another social-networking tool, where users can compete with one another and earn badges and points when they hang at certain places. It's available for both iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry, and SMS. We encourage you to check it out and report back to us, whether it improves your social life or earns you a "Douchebag Badge."
Also on today's show, we get to some voice mails about Buzz Out Loud infringing a little too much on 404-territory. It's no surprise, given our general awesomeness. In actual stories, we've got Justin Yu's review of the new "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie that his "friend" let him watch through a telescope in another room.
We learn through the new Digg Bar that young, white males binge drink. You can thank the U.S. federal budget deficit for that wonderful, no-duh study.
Per usual, send us a voice mail, especially about your social life experiments with Four Square, at 1-866-404-CNET (2638). Or via e-mail, if you're international, at the404 [at] cnet [dot] com. More guests coming up, including an appearance by Dan the Mantern and Alison Rosen.EPISODE 313 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
Internet superstar, singer, and songwriter Jonathan Coulton graces us with his presence on today's epic show. He instantly makes us a classy podcast when he plays a couple of tracks off of his new DVD concert album Best. Concert. Ever.
We thought it would be funny to have a SEO-friendly title today (SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.) but we may have gone a little overboard. Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and a couple of other choice words that we're legally not able to write here at CNET weren't in the show title, so we can all be thankful for that.
More importantly, Jonathan Coulton plays his hit songs "Code Monkey" and "Re: Brains" live during the show--a first for The 404--which was actually very special for us. We talk a bit about what it's like quitting your day job at a technology company to go write funny songs for a living. With the recession giving everyone just a little bit more free time, Jonathan encourages us to take chances and write a song about IKEA bookshelves.
Also, Mr. Coulton promotes his upcoming concert album "Best. Concert. Ever." We promise that it's going to knock your socks off. You can buy it directly from him.
If you have any questions or comments, call 1-866-404-CNET (2638). Send us an email the404 [at] cnet [dot] com. Let us know what you think of today's show. Or if you're just lonely at night and need someone to talk to, leave a message, and we'll make fun of you the very next morning.
The 404 and Jonathan Coulton: Just one more reason to love your life.EPISODE 312 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
Russ Frushtick of UGO joins The 404 again today for the fourth, maybe fifth, time? Who knows? Anyway, it's a video game heavy show with a lot of firsthand commentary from Mr. Frushtick on OnLive's new video game platform and Jack Black's new video game. You play as Jack Black, walk around for a few minutes before you have to sit down to rest, and then rock out old school.
We've also got some firsthand info on the new Batman game with Mark Hamill, yo! Apparently, it's da bomb digity. Also, the PS2 is $99, but who really gives a crap? We want a $99 PS3. Who can really afford to drop 400 bones on a game console without any games? Come on, in this economy?!
Yeah, yeah, we know it's April Fools' Day, but instead of playing along, we decide to just chill with all the gags and jokes. Doesn't mean that the rest of CNET and the Web are doing the same. Google's got a new feature that's suspiciously like SkyNet, and Wilson has a surprise for all those Loaded viewers out there. Plus, one of the greatest voicemails in 404 history, so stick around.EPISODE 311 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more
There's been a lot of tension between Buzz Out Loud and The 404 for the last couple of months, but today, it's all on! We're sick and tired of the "Bore Out Loud" stealing our women (*ahem* Natali Del Conte) and our joke show titles. We've never been as crass as to have "urine" in one of our show titles. We got pretty bad, though, with having "tickling the Bonch." But we really did tickle CNET editor Bonnie Cha that day.
It's official! We. Are. The. Four. Oh. Four: High-tech, low-brow. That's right. That's the winner to our tagline contest. Also, here are the winners to our Justin Yu photo caption contest (in order) for a copy of Wheelman for the Xbox 360:What, the Hubble Telescope is down?! Don't worry, just tell me what you wanna look at. The 404's Justin Yu was taken into custody shortly after molesting a lumberjack, a 90-year-old woman, and robbing a Radioshack in Chinatown last evening. Luckily, there was no evidence of d*cktopping at any of these crime scenes. All the single , all the single printers!
In today's episode, we've got proof that gamers who play action-oriented video games have better vision than non-gamers. A man dies after trying to get healthier with the Fit. Chinese people are spying on your pr0n collection and the NSA. Let's hope the Conflicker doesn't end the Interweb before they find too much dirt. The Pirate Bay joins Facebook. And finally, Encarta dies a slow, painful death after being stabbed by Wikipedia.EPISODE 310 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe in RSS… Read more