New Video show from Mr. Lunduke starts in January.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a regular, video podcast (unless you count my once-a-year “Linux Sucks” series).

BryanStarting the first week of January, that’s going to change.  In a crazy big way.  Twice a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays — a technology show hosted by yours truly will be blasting into your eyeballs.

Did I say it was hosted by me?  That’s only partially true.  Technically it’s hosted by a puppet version of me.  That’s right.  A Muppet-y version of Bryan Lunduke will be interviewing guests and reviewing hardware and software.

Everything is in place.  The puppet looks awesome.  The guests and reviews are lined up for the first few weeks.  The audio gear and recording computer (running only Linux, of course) is all in place.  Even the artwork and production workflows are prepped and ready.

But I could still use your help on one final thing: I need a new video camera.  Because the one I have is kinda crap.

My (amazing) wife has been cool with me investing time and money into this new show… but if I suggest to her that I need to buy a fancy new video camera there is a chance that her amazing-ness will turn into “grumpy-towards-Bryan-ness”.  And I’d like to avoid that.  I’m also going to avoid asking for donations (all of you are amazing — and I don’t want to take advantage of you guys).

So, instead, I’m going to try to raise the funds for a new camera through a sale of my books and whatnot (basically everything on the front page of in one bundle).

It’s one of those “set your own price” sales that we all love so much.

Plus I’m offering a “ready-to-print” gift card.  So if you want to give a cheap, nerdy, awesome present to someone (and you want to put as little effort as possible into it) this is the way to go.

[Update: Sale is over!]

You can either pick up this bundle right here (using that little form above) or over on the official sale page.  Either way.  Works exactly the same.  And every penny goes directly towards the new camera for the show.  What sort of camera will the show be filmed with?  That depends, entirely, on how much money this sale raises between now and December 25th.  :)

I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty excited.  This project has been in the works for the better part of a year now — the planning, the designs, the production details… it’s been a heck of a process.  But well worth it.  I can’t wait till January 6th, when you guys get to see the very first video.

Oh!  In case any of you were wondering: I will still be a co-host on Bad Voltage, the audio-only, once-every-two-weeks podcast I record with Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia and Stuart Langridge.  No change there.

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That’s No Gourd – The Death Pumpkin

Obi-Wan Kenobi: That’s no gourd… It’s a space pumpkin!
Han Solo: It’s too big to be a space pumpkin!

This is, I am not ashamed to say, the best pumpkin I have ever carved.  Usually my attempts have been simple faces — which almost always look… barely like a face.  I attribute this to, what I like to call, “my complete lack of any artistic talent whatsoever”.

This year, I gave in and went full Star Wars.  The result pleased me.  Death Pumpkin looks awesome when illuminated in the dark.


Oh, and in case you’ve ever wondered what a Death Pumpkin looks like on the inside…


Also, here’s an in-progress shot.  I am merely sharing it because it amused me.


Had a hard time deciding on a name.  Death Pumpkin is what I settled on.  “Death Gourd”, “Death-O-Lantern” and “Alderaan-Kablooey-inator” were also in the running.


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Dark colors are cool.

I updated the look of  The old theme was groovy… but a bit too bright.

So I made it darker.  And tweaked it a bit.

That is all.

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The new year – 5774. Just in time.

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me and my family.

This last year (5773), was filled with some amazing moments… and some terribly difficult ones.  With so many big events and changes on the horizon for the Lunduke clan, this turned out to be the perfect time for a little soul searching.  To think back on the previous year — the highs and lows, the victories and mistakes — to try to learn from them to make this new year (5774) a more excellent one.

This year we went down to a beach on Lake Washington for Tashlikh

Tashlikh is a pretty simple idea really — symbolically “casting off” your sins (aka “things you did that hurt other people that you are, hopefully, trying to make amends for”) by pulling bread crumbs out of your pocket and tossing them into a body of water.  It’s not a tradition all Jews practice — but it’s a nice tradition that encourages a bit of introspection.  Plus it makes for a fun afternoon.

The number of ducks that came out to greet us was pretty awesome.  An army of ducks, waiting patiently for their bread.  It seemed to be generally accepted that either the ducks simply knew it was Rosh Hashanah and were waiting for the yearly bread buffet to begin… or they were observant Jew-Ducks and they were there to mark the occasion with us.

AfterTashlikh2013-2The event was half “cast off your sins” and half “let’s feed the ducks a lot of stale bread”.  Either way the ducks weren’t objecting.

That’s a picture of my daughter, Josie, sucking on a honey straw after having exhausted daddies bread supply.  Which, I’ll be honest, consisted mostly of a flour tortilla — because we forgot to bring bread with us when we left the house… and there was a tortilla in the car already.

“Why was there a tortilla in the car?”

That’s, really, the wrong question.  A better question would be “Why isn’t there always a spare tortilla in every car?”.  A tortilla is a bit like a towel in that way.  Douglas Adams taught me the value of a towel.  Mexican restaurants taught me the value of a tortilla.  The two are linked in my mind.  I have no idea why.

Luckily there was a lot of old, stale bread to share among the families there.  By the end the ducks were content and, dare I say, bored of eating — and the kids were happy to have helped them get there.

Was a good day.  And a good start to a new year.

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Some sad, strange times.

Holy moly.  What a freaking weird week it’s been.  Hell.  The last 3+ weeks have just been… surreal.

Not just weird.  Hard.  Been a hard few weeks.

Side note: This is not a teaser for something.  Nor a lead-up to an announcement.  Nor an opinion piece about this or that.  It’s just been a really damned weird few weeks.  And I feel like expressing some of it for the simple sake of having it be expressed.  And, I realized, I don’t talk often about my personal life.  To be honest, I’m pretty sure very few of you are terribly interested.  But I’m thinking I’m going to write a bit more about that anyway.  Don’t feel any obligation to respond in any way.  Sometimes words simply need to be said.

We lost the man that was going to become my brother-in-law to a motorcycle accident a few weeks back.  Chris Wiebe. A truly great dude.  Hell.  This was a guy I deemed to be good enough for my sister.  That’s saying something.  Chris was sweet.  Kind.  Smart.  Humble.  And goofy as all heck.  Damned lovable.

Chris was the second brother-in-law that I’ve lost due to motorcycle accidents.  A few years back, my wife’s brother, Joe (another amazing young man that I was proud to call my brother), was lost riding his bike just a few blocks from my home.  Both were good, alert riders.

Both in their 20’s.  Just… too tragic to do justice in words (at least for me).  Both losses were difficult for me, to be sure.  But so much more difficult for my sister.  And my wife.  To see the heartache that they’ve had to endure… it’s too much.  But they pull through.  The women in my life are truly amazing.  Strong, powerful women.

I suppose there isn’t much else to say on any of that.  Needless to say I’m not the biggest fan of motorcycles at this point.  I have a few family members that cling to their motorcycles determinedly.  At some point they’re all probably going to get a stern talking to from me.  Which I don’t really think will effect any change… but I’ll probably do it anyway.  Perhaps just to make myself feel a bit better having expressed my concern.

I was going to write about a few other topics as well — about some various other (rather odd and rather surprising) events in my families life over the last few weeks… but I think I’ll just stop there.  Following the previous four paragraphs up with any other topic feels… cheap and out of place.  For now I’ll just leave it right where it is and talk about other topics another time.

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