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Fat 2 Fit Radio

Fat 2 Fit Radio is a podcast, featuring Russ Turley and Jeff Ainslie. Each episode we share web sites, insights, information, recipes, weekly weigh-ins and more to help you go from fat to fit.

The show is not about fad diets, or get skinny quick schemes. We advocate weight loss through lifestyle change, not quick fixes – they simply don’t exist. Stop eating and acting like a fat person and start emulating the diet and habits of a fit person. During each episode we tackle one or more exercise, fitness or diet topics. Week after week if you incorporate the ideas and tips we’re sharing, you will lose weight and start looking and feeling better.

Homemade Is Best #24 – The (Lost) Cheese Episode

Many years ago, I had a cooking podcast with a lovely woman called Helana Brigman.  We produced 23 great episodes that were posted at the website, Homemade Is Best.  I let that domain name lapse and it was quickly picked up by a spammer and filled with fake ads touting all sorts of wares.  It is now just a misconfigured webhost landing page.

What’s not widely known, except by Helana and myself, is that we actually recorded 24 podcast episodes.  There was a lost 24th episode that never made it to the website.  Why?  There were some technical difficulties with recording.  The episode ended up being recorded in three separate parts.  And then I ended up changing computers before the episode got edited and posted…until now.  I’m getting rid of some of the old computers sitting around the office and the Mac Mini that I used to record the podcasts on is now going bye-bye.  But before it goes, had to get this lost episode of Homemade Is Best out on the blog.  The podcast was recorded in October 18, 2011.

This episode is all about making your own, homemade cheese.  Ricotta?  Vegan?  How about feta? What about mozzarella? With predominantly the same tools you use to cook your daily meals, you can make your own cheese!  We also snuck in a yogurt recipe.

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Special tools needed:

Be sure to upgrade your kitchen knowledge with the Basic Food Prep Term of the WeekScald

Full disclosure:  I have still not made cheese, but now will.

Great Gifts for the Geek in Your Life

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People are always asking me if this tech gift or that geek gift is right for their significant other.  The one rule that I try to follow is this, “most electronics are crap”.  This is particularly true for many of the gifts that are marketed for “the geek in your life” around the holiday season.  With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 5 Gifts that I’d love to get myself this year.


1. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player– It’s a set-top box that has the best interface of any similar device I’ve ever used.  These features are supposedly built into many Smart TVs, but the one thing they get all wrong is the interface.  Roku gets it right.  Netflix, check.  Amazon, check.  Every other streaming service, check.


2.Motorola Moto G – 16GB– The Moto G, due to be released on December 4th, is a great way to give a new Android smartphone to your luvva without chaining them to a two-year commitment.  It has much in common with its big brother Moto X, but for less than $200 it’s a stupendous deal.

3.Kindle Fire HDX 7″/ Google Nexus 7– Everyone wants a tablet, even if they don’t need one.  They are one of the hottest tech gifts period.  The reason for calling out both, rather than just the Nexus 7 is whether or not you are into Amazon Instant Video streaming.  If you’re a fan of that service then the tablet to get is the Fire, otherwise I would get the Nexus 7.  It is a quick tablet with a fabulous display.  I would also skip the 10″ version of any tablet.  They’re just too darn big.

4.Amazon Prime– If you are receiving a constant stream of purchase from Amazon, there’s a good chance that you are already an Amazon Prime member, but how about your father-in-law.  The impossible to buy for father-in-law.  He could use Prime as well.   Not only do you get free 2-day shipping on a significant percentage of items in the Amazon store, but you also get to stream all the available Instant Video choices that are included as part of the subscription.


5.Lenovo IdeaPad S400– The ultimate Christmas gift, a new laptop computer.  My recommendation is one of the Lenovo IdeaPad models.  They have plenty of power, plus they have touch screens.  That way when you reach out and interact with the computer with your finger, it will actually respond.

Now, you may be asking, where are all the Apple products?  Back at the store where they belong.  I can’t in good conscience ask anyone to buy Apple products where you get less for your money and are locked in with a company that only wants to extract every last cent it can out of the consumer.  If you are into Apple products, move on and God help you.

One last piece of advice, skip the extended warranty on your devices.  They are unnecessary most times and when/if it does become necessary to replace the device you won’t want to have it replaced with the same old many year-old tech.

Mobile Podcast Web Apps

Quite a few years ago I created the mobile version of the Fat 2 Fit Radio site.  I took the main functionality from the main WordPress site and translated it using some neat tools, iWebKit and Simple Pie. The main thing that I wanted listeners to do was listen to the podcast on their iPhones. This combination of technology did exactly that. It worked so well that when it came time to create an actual iPhone app for the podcast, this same mobile interface was used as part of that app as well.  Additionally, this interface also powers the Fat 2 Fit Android application.

How about an example, you say?

Visit the following sites on your smartphone to see the interface in action.

You can use these tools for other projects as well.  Visit the links above for more information on how to use them.  For the podcaster out there that wants a simple interface for listeners to hear their shows, download Your Own Mobile Podcast Web App and see how it works for you.

If you’d like help creating a more complex web app for your podcast or business, contact me and let’s talk.

Podcast Seminar: What length should your podcast be?

This post continues the Podcast Seminar series. This week we answer the question, What length should your podcast be?

Stop WatchIt should be as long as it needs to be. There is no set length of podcast. Here at The Podcast Studio, when I do a podcast, which is very rare, it’s about 3 minutes to give you a quick blast of information about a product that I found interesting. On Fat 2 Fit Radio, my weekly podcast about dieting, weight loss and nutrition, the show is typically between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Keith and the Girl is a great comedy podcast that can’t get too long, 2 hours, bring it on.

According to About.com, nationwide average drive-time is about 24.3 minutes. So if there is a sweet spot for podcasts, it’s going to be in the 20-30 minute range.

The bottom line is that the length of your podcast will be totally dependent on the amount of time needed to discuss all the topics that you cover. Don’t add more information that is necessary to fill up some imaginary time requirement. Also, don’t edit yourself to maintain some arbitrary show length.

Next time, What type of podcast do you want to produce?