Frak That! Ep. 92: ‘CES 2017’

On the eve of Consumer Electronics Show 2017, Randall Kennedy and Joe Wilcox discuss the event that Joe likens to a room of 10,000 screaming kids, each trying to out-yell the other for attention. That’s the media mayhem that has kept him away from the annual tech pilgrimage in Las Vegas since 2008. “You couldn’t drag me there for any amount of money”, he says early in Episode 92.

Among their CES topics: Acer’s $9,000 laptop; the perfect Chromebook for over-weight hoarders; VR porn; drones dropping dead (from short battery life); fido trackers; BlackBerry’s last life; and the great Google privacy scam (you got none).  Frak That! Ep. 92: ‘CES 2017’

Frak That! Ep. 81: ‘Fake News’

After a 10-day break, which Joe Wilcox attributes to the “Trump trauma”, he and Randall Kennedy return to catch up on the news that’s unfit to print. Joe begins Episode 81 by giving his cohost BBC’s fake news quiz. Which stories are true? Which are false?

Among the news reports that absolutely had to be false, but wasn’t, according to the Beeb: “A man in Edmonton, Canada was allowed to board a flight after a pipe bomb found in his bag was confiscated by airport security. A security guard at Edmonton International Airport even tried to hand the bomb back to the passenger, CBC News reported. The teenage passenger claimed to have forgotten the device was in his bag after making it with a friend for fun some months before. Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said several officers involved had been suspended”.  Frak That! Ep. 81: ‘Fake News’

Frak That! Ep. 80: ‘Aftermath’

Randall Kennedy and Joe Wilcox discuss the November 8th Presidential election that both call “historic”. Donald Trump’s victory isn’t the “landslide” that Randall previously predicted; that is by actual count. But it is a landslide of stunning support across an electorate among states expected to go to Hillary Clinton but went to The Donald.

The two podcasters dedicate entire Episode 80 to their assessment of the election. They have some advice for President-elect Trump: Keep tweeting. Use Twitter to stay personal and approachable to Americans and through clear communication keep both Houses of Congress working for the people who elected him, and also those who opposed him (and likely still do).  Frak That! Ep. 80: ‘Aftermath’

Frak That! Ep. 78: ‘Spirit Cooking’

Randall Kennedy is like a dog with a bone rambling on, and on, and on about Spirit Cooking, which set social media afire Nov. 3-4, 2016. He can’t resist anything that makes the Clinton camp a—borrowing from Ms. Hillary—“basket of deplorables”. Joe Wilcox isn’t convinced about alleged Satan worship and concoctions made of stuff Randall wouldn’t reveal on air (dare we say semen and blood). Episode 78 is nuts!

Referring to the Clinton camp, “I can’t help wonder if we’re gonna stumble into one of their inner meetings and they’re all standing around with a goat’s head chanting, or something like that—in dark robes”, Randall says.  Frak That! Ep. 78: ‘Spirit Cooking’

Frak That! Ep. 76: ‘Trick or Treat’

Joe Wilcox kicks off the Episode 76 Halloween Edition by spotlighting tricksters—for example, FBI director James Comey tricking Hillary Clinton into thinking the e-mail investigation was over, “while treating Donald Trump to an October surprise”. In a change of pace, that’s about all the political talk between Joe and cohost Randall Kennedy.

From there the discussion bounces through an eclectic range of topics, including: favorite comedians; best horror movies; classic scary scifi films; styles of collecting Halloween candy; declining NFL viewership; dental hygiene; and why germs are your friends.

Both men are big fans of Danny Boyle-directed “Sunshine”, which released in 2007. But Randall says it’s a “great movie ruined by a bad third act”—referring to the out-of-nowhere character who “for 7 years I have spoken with God”.

Randall obsesses about the new Westworld episode’s now-infamous “epic orgy scene”. He predicts that “after this week’s episode, it’s never gonna have a problem attracting viewers again because there’s going to be a line of people waiting for the next episode to see how far they will go this time”.

Joe repeatedly baffles Randall by the number of films or TV shows he has never seen, and to which there is no interest—like “Conan the Barbarian”, “The Matrix”, or “Seven”.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Dixon

Frak That! Ep. 75: ‘Cocktober Surprise’

Joe Wilcox is rather stunned by the number of hashtag/meme-worthy phrases that Randall Kennedy uses to describe Hillary Clinton’s renewed email scandal: Cocktober Surprise, DickiLeaks, SchlongerTogether, and StrokingGun, among others. Randall is giddy that the FBI’s publicly-disclosed, renewed investigation is so potentially good for his man Trump.

Prepared for a long diatribe, Joe purposely starts Episode 75 by discussing other things: “I’m holding back my cohost Randall Kennedy, who is like a rabid dog waiting to rip into political topics today…We’re going to hold him back, so he gets angrier, more ferocious, so that when the attack comes later in the podcast, it will be devastating”. The political discussion begins at 15:00.  Frak That! Ep. 75: ‘Cocktober Surprise’

Frak That! Ep. 74: ‘Mushroom Cloud’

Joe Wilcox asks self-defrocked Biblical scholar Randall Kennedy about Armageddon after Russia unveils its newest “planet-killing” nuclear missile, the Satan 2. “If it’s Putin, this is the man’s man. So if they’ve got something bigger. Longer. Maybe a little thicker than the American version, they’re going to show it off, Joe. They’re gonna hang that thing out there—just slap it in your face. Smack you around with it. ‘Hey, look, who’s the boss? Who’s your daddy?’”

Russia’s nuke is capable of destroying land the size of Texas, which Randall doesn’t see as all that bad an outcome. “Texas is an ugly state”, he says. Hello, Episode 74! Frak That! Ep. 74: ‘Mushroom Cloud’

Frak That! Ep. 73: ‘Mourning’

Randall Kennedy says Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave: “This Cook guy, he’s a moron. My God, he’s destroying my company—my legacy”. That for forgetting iPod’s 15th birthday on Oct. 23, 2016. Randall and Joe Wilcox mourn Apple’s appalling negligence and more!

Death of the Internet is yet something else about which to grieve, following the October 21st hack of webcams, baby cams, and other so-called Internet of Things devices that brought down major websites—Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr among them. Episode 73 is their epitaph. Frak That! Ep. 73: ‘Mourning’

Frak That! Ep. 72: ‘Clinton vs Trump’

Randall Kennedy and Joe Wilcox promise to discuss the third, and final, debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the start of Episode 72. But so disheartened are the two podcasters by the candidates, they banter on about other stuff for 20 minutes first. Like: Movies Brewster’s Millions and Looper; miniseries The Day After; TV shows Lethal Weapon and Timeless; cartoonist Scott Adams’ Periscope companion; Krispy Kreme’s crusty coffee; eating too much product at Pizza Hut; Hong Kong dreamin’; and attempted murder by falling glass panes.

Oh yeah, then there’s the debate.  Frak That! Ep. 72: ‘Clinton vs Trump’