• book | pints: Episode 4 – Life is Short

    Erica decides it’s time to get in touch with reality by reading “Life Is Short: No Pun Intended,” a book all about a TLC reality television show. We toss in some Horseshoes and Handgrenades and bring it all around to Fifty Shades of Grey.

  • book | pints: Episode 3 – Finders Keepers

    Laurie forgets the beer and takes it out on Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers.” We settle on some Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewery because we like the dog on the label and then we get down to the ranting and raving.

Troll Thwarted, Podcasters Cross Bridge


Podcasting has risen steadily in popularity over the last few years and the recent ruling against patent holding company Personal Audio LLC suggests that podcasting could experience even more growth in the coming years. High profile podcasts, Adam Corolla’s show probably being the most prominent, were targeted by Personal Audio LLC under the dubious claim that they owned a technological patent on the on the basic distribution of podcasts.

This claim, while seemingly absurd on technical merit, was most likely part of a strategy to harass podcasters and force them to settle for a much smaller amount than the original claim just to avoid the annoyance, cost, and time to defend against the claim. The judge, however, ruled that the supposed patent was not valid in the first place and was therefor unenforceable.

This does not end the fight against patent trolls but it does strike a blow for the good guys. It also gave some attention to podcasts that, for many listeners, were just another category to be ignored in iTunes.