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This is the Impromptu, a multifaceted show discussing how technology, art, design and equality converge on topics that matter most to us. From gaming culture, to film, and other forms of media, we examine the creative process and how the decisions we make shape our perceptions, and lives.
||Clean52: Apple Car: Tap to Subscribe||Synopsis: Michael talks to Alex about what a future would look like with an Apple Car subscription service. Tap to subscribe and get a ride anywhere you need, via autonomous Apple Car. Also, will…||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean51: The Twitter Catalyst||Synopsis: Special guest, K. Tempest Bradford (Sci-Fi & fantasy author) joins The Impromptu for a discussion about Twitter’s continued reluctance and/or inability to provide the necessary t…||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean50: The Nintendo NX… No wait, Game Boy||Synopsis: For some reason it didn’t occur to us before, but the Nintendo NX should really be called Game Boy. For so many reasons, based on the almost certain to be design, it’s a next generation con…||8/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49: The Duplo of Consoles||Synopsis: Title and featured image aside, this week’s The Impromptu is not about the Sega CD. Alex thought “The Duplo of Consoles” was a clever title, based on something Michael mentioned about the S…||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean48: Pokéwhat?||Synopsis: The Impromptu is back after a month-long hiatus. Michael updated Alex on what happened and the current status of his health. Michael and Alex also talked a little about Pokémon Go, how …||7/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean47: Slow News Week – WWDC 2016 and E3||Synopsis: Michael and Alex try to highlight some of the interesting things that were announced at Apple’s WWDC conference, in addition to E3. Duration: 1:22:32 Present: Michael Norton, Alex K…||6/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean46: PS4 – Red Pill Edition||Synopsis: Michael and Alex get into the now confirmed PS4 hardware revision with 4k support. Not only is it going to have a beefier GPU, but the RAM will be faster as well support 4k and VR. Not…||6/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean45: Smart Watches – It’s Okay to Be Square||Synopsis: Michael explains how the future of sensors could be powered by tears. ‘Nuff said. Duration: 46:34:00 Present: Michael Norton, Alex Knight. Episode Links How ‘precarious’ are Jawbone’s fin…||5/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean44: Google I/O 2016 – Should Apple Be Worried?||Synopsis: Michael informs Alex about some of the interesting things to come out of Google I/O 2016, because Alex couldn’t be bothered. Should Apple be worried? Duration: 43:17:02 Present: Michael N…||5/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean43: Ride with Apple||Synopsis: Michael and Alex discuss what it means for Apple to invest $1 billion dollars in Uber’s largest competitor in China. Also, just what the heck is going on with Apple Music and does it makes …||5/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean42: GPUs! GPUs! GPUs!||Synopsis: Michael and Alex discuss the big news from Nvidia and the Unreal Engine and what impact they will have on VR and gaming. Also, what the heck is going on with Apple and Mac GPUs? Duration:…||5/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean41: Marvel’s Grand Plan||Synopsis: Michael and Alex discuss what Marvel’s grand plan is, how each tv series is connected in the overall universe, the lack of tie in to tv series events in the films, and how tv in general h…||4/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean40: iOS 10: Give Me Everything Edition||Synopsis: Michael and Alex drool over Macstories iOS 10 concept video. In the later half of this episode, Michael unleashes a diabolical plan. Duration: 47:36:00 Present: Michael Norton, Alex…||4/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean39: Whitewashing Ghost in the Shell||Synopsis: Michael and Alex get the Dr. Strange and Star Wars: Rogue One trailer out of the way. The majority of this episode discusses the controversial choice of casting Scarlett Johansson as the…||4/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38: Harnessing Dark Matter||Synopsis: Michael and Alex discuss the successful automated landing of the SpaceX rocket as well as a few miscellaneous things related to the potential ability to set default apps in iOS…||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37: Miitomo||Synopsis: Michael and Alex discuss the significance of Nintendo’s first smartphone app on iOS and Android, as well as some of the rough edges that need polishing. On a loosely related tangent about t…||4/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36: Sad Batfleck||Synopsis: Michael and Alex talk about the disappointing reviews of Batman v Superman, even though both of them haven’t seen the movie yet. They also get into a bit of a 4k HDR update and talk how d…||3/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: Iterative Console Design||Synopsis: Michael and Alex discuss some of the atrocities of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and how there is hope for the franchise with Harrison Ford coming back again for…||3/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Who Ya Gonna Call?||Synopsis: Matthew Dean joins Michael and Alex, once again, to discuss how a heads-up display might work on an Apple Car and why all cars should have them. Skip to the 26:30 mark to hear our…||3/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: A Floundering Nintendo||Synopsis: Nintendo announced some stuff in the new Nintendo Direct. Michael weeps. Duration: 56:49:00 Present: Michael Norton, Alex Knight. Episode Links Nintendo Direct – 3.3.2016 Follow your h…||3/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: Knocking It Out Of The Park – with Matthew Dean||Synopsis: This is a big one, folks. Special guest: Matthew Dean joins Michael and Alex in the Hologram Radio studio to discuss an amalgamation of technologies, from CSS Less, Swift, App Slicing, and…||2/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: You Can Pry Encryption from Our Cold Dead iPhones||Synopsis: Michael joins Alex in the Hologram Radio studio this week to discuss the FBI’s demands on Apple to build a backdoor into iOS. They also discuss the fascinating article from The New Yorker o…||2/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Honey You Bricked My Smartphone||Synopsis: Michael and Alex briefly touch on the recent “error 53” bricked iPhone story, discussed at length the new CBC Star Trek series, and of course the new Batman v Superman trailer. Duration: 1:…||2/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: The Twitter Police – with Jordan Cooper||Synopsis: Michael Norton is away this week, recovering from a nasty virus going around. While he rests up, Alex talks to comedian Jordan Cooper about Twitter suspending 125,000 accounts tied to ISIS…||2/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: iOS Has A Lovely Orange Hue||Synopsis: iOS 9.3 has been announced and it includes a surprising amount of big new features–notably an automatic display colour change, depending on the time of day. What impact will this have on o…||1/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Rednecks Take Oregon||Synopsis: Michael, recovering from a cold, phones it in instead of coming into the studio, so pardon the audio quality. This week, we are joined by Kelly Guimont, prolific writer and podcast…||1/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Rage Against The Job Stealing Machines||Synopsis: CES isn’t entirely exciting, but there are some things in the 4K TV space that are for 2016. Michael and Alex quickly shift from hardware discussion to something more meaningful–how North A…||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Too Trek, Too Furious||Synopsis: What’s wrong with the Stat Trek: Beyond trailer? Michael and Alex talk about their grievances and how the reboot movies don’t feel Star Trek enough. What are laser projectors and how good a…||12/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: People Are Still Talking About A Battery Case||Synopsis: Everyone wants to talk about how much they hate Apple’s new iPhone case, but that’s the most interesting thing Michael and Alex wanted to discuss. Tune in to listen to a deep discussion on …||12/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Everyone Likes to Complain||Synopsis: Michael confronts Alex on his recent WordPress woes that kept him up all night. They also discussed what exactly is the current state of WordPress and where it’s headed, the 2015 video g…||12/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Adele Takes Over The World?||Synopsis: Michael and Alex talk about Adele’s choice to not make her music available on any streaming services. What are the consequences of this and what does it mean for other artists? This leads …||12/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: The Future of TV||Synopsis: A quick update on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how going back to old tech may recapture the feeling of the original trilogy. For the majority of episode 21, Michael and Alex delve…||11/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: A Package for Mr. And Mrs. Linkle||Synopsis: Before Michael could school Alex on Nintendo, once again, talk about Star Wars distracted us (skip to 3:37 for Nintendo). Duration: 37:45:00 Present: Michael, Alex. Episode Links Hyrule…||11/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: If Nintendo Bombs, They’re Done||Synopsis: What is Nintendo’s core competency? Michael and Alex try to provide some analysis on current events, what’s at stake, and if Nintendo is going to pull themselves out of the mess they’re in…||11/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: There Was A Crazed Cackling||Synopsis: Michael schools Alex on Guild Wars 2 and Destiny in the first segment. In the later portion of the show, talk about the Power Rangers reboot, how Gotham doesn’t make sense, the new S…||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Empathetic Design||Synopsis: After an unusually long hiatus, Michael and Alex are back with an impromptu Impromptu episode. We delve into the new iPhones and how the landscape of 4K video on smartphones will change…||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: The Zeitgeist of Gaming Difficulty||Synopsis: This week Michael and Alex examine the cultural significance of gaming difficulty during the 80s and early 90s and how the art of game making has evolved over the last 20 years. Duration:…||7/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: In Dedication to Satoru Iwata||Synopsis: This week Michael and Alex decided to talk about the tragic loss of a titan in the video game industry: Mr. Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo Japan. We attempted to go in chronological order…||7/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: We’re Late To This||Synopsis: Michael and Alex come back after a hiatus with an incredibly overdue (late) episode covering WWDC, E3, and the future of gaming with respect to VR. Duration: 1:02:06 Present: Michael,…||7/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: I’ve Been Sitting in The Sun All Day||Synopsis: Aleen from Less Than Or Equal podcast joins us once again. We discussed a variety of interesting topics, from the Konami/Kojima disaster, Black Widow being erased from her own scene in…||5/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Avocados at Law||Synopsis: Alex eases listeners into a very brief conversation about Apple Watch by trolling everyone with the sad Jean-Luc Picard flute song. Skip to the 22 minute mark if you care to move past…||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: What Is Fluoroelastomer?||Synopsis: Michael and Alex, after recovering from the Easter break talk about the better than expected Tomb Raider reboot sales, Bloodborne (groan), the new Atari Netflix documentary, Star Wars…||4/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Anyone Up for A Game of Poker?||Synopsis: We’re a bit behind in posting episode 10. Alex takes full responsibility for ending up in a food coma after the Easter holiday break. Michael and Alex start off by watching the new Bond m…||4/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: He Wants to Hang Off A Plane||Synopsis Part 1: Marvel’s new Thor is a woman and it turns out she’s outselling the old male Thor! Proof that gender diversity is a good thing, not only because you should, but because it affects yo…||3/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: He Just Wants His Cheese||Synopsis Part 1: With guest Aleen Simms from The Less Than Or Equal podcast, we talk about the Batman’s personality and character traits, the controversial variant (and now pulled) Batgirl cover, s…||3/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: We Might Lose People to This||Synopsis Part 1 It’s just Michael and Alex this week as we take a break from controversial topics. Sony announced a release date for their Project Morpheus VR headset and dropped some technical d…||3/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Dangerous, Savage, Child Race||Synopsis: As Q famously said regarding humanity: “But you can’t deny, Captain, that you are still a dangerous, savage, child race.” This week we brought comedian Jordan Cooper on the show to discu…||2/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Un Console Able||Synopsis: Get ready for a long but worthwhile episode of Unconsoleable The Impromptu, with special guests Anna Tarkov and and Jessica Dennis! This episode is a bit of a snafu because Alex screwed…||2/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Beaver Canoe – Part 2||Synopsis: During the first 15 minutes of part 2: “Beaver Canoe,” Michael and Alex discuss the far super fan edit of Star Wars, episodes 4, 5, and 6 (Han shot first), the gorgeous looking Star Trek T…||2/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Beaver Canoe – Part 1||Synopsis: It’s not what you think… really. Clever title aside, in part 1 of 2, Michael and Alex delve into some interesting products announced by Sony at CES as well as Target’s short lived prese…||2/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Welcome Back – Part 1||Synopsis: Aaaaaaand we’re back! It’s been an incredible hibernation. Michael and Alex rebooted the show with a new format. The Impromptu is no longer a weekly “what’s new in tech” show. We decided t…||2/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Welcome Back – Part 2||Synopsis: Alright so here’s part 2 of our epic “Welcome Back” episode, celebrating the new format and relaunch. Recap: The Impromptu is no longer a weekly “what’s new in tech” show. We decided there’…||2/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
I was concerned about a podcast with six hosts, but that concern is unfounded. Everyone voiced their thoughts without talking over one another, a feat, I'm certain.
The audio quality, a big gripe for me, is exceptional.
Tone is unique enough that it has its rightful place on my roster of tech related podcasts. This isn't just another tech news bullet-point chin wag. It's conversational, approachable and inviting.
Shadoe, in particular, sounds like a handsome man, indeed.
At 01:36:00, the first episode most definitely didn't feel as long as it actually was. Most of the podcasts I listen to don't clock in at a feature-film length, but when you have so many opinionated and insightful gentlemen, this is a necessity. And a necessity it was, as I heard various points on topics i felt would be missed on other podcasts with only two or three hosts.
Give it a listen, I loved it.
Shadoe is a handsome man
I, for one, am captivated by his charisma. He's like Marlon Brando and Dan Benjamin all rolled into one.
Podcast was good too.
Six charming, intelligent men chatting for an hour or so? I'll take that break in my day anytime. A dose of tech news never hurt anyone, either.