The Luddite Lounge: Episode 31: All Things Rando: Big Game Edition
You can find show notes with related links, a downloadable transcript, and the podcast recording at ludditelounge.com/episode31.
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Hey there glad you can join me today in The Luddite Lounge. I’m Elizabeth Kricfalusi, publisher of the Tech for Luddites blog and Chief Luddite.
This is Episode 31 of The Lounge and today’s episode is an All Things Rando segment, where I’ll be talking about a wide variety of topics with no specific theme or time limit. You can find show notes with related links at ludditelounge.com/episode31.
Let’s get started!
The first random item is a heads-up that The Luddite Lounge will be on hiatus at least through February. Preparing the podcast is fairly labor-intensive and the audience has kind of plateaued, so I want to spend some time thinking about ways to produce it more efficiently and promote it more effectively. Once I’ve got a better insight into how to do those things, I’ll be back. 🙂
Next, Google Maps has added a couple of new features to its mobile apps. In major metro areas, you can now get real-time info on how busy a restaurant is so you’ll know in advance what your chances are of getting in without a reservation. You can also use the app to help you find parking spaces and to find out how bad parking is in an area based on historical data, both things I could definitely use on those rare occasions when I drive into D.C.! These features may not be available to all users yet, but be on the lookout when you get your next update notification to see if it’s arrived for you.
Next, if you wonder how you’re going to watch the Super Bowl without cable, worry no longer. The Big Game will be streamed through the Fox Sports Go app on mobile devices and all of the Big Four streaming media players. And while you normally need to log into Fox Sports Go with your cable credentials, they are not requiring authentication for the show. You may also be able to watch it through Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, or DirecTV Now if your package includes Fox Sports coverage in your area.
If you’re more interested in the Kitten Bowl—and really, who isn’t?—unfortunately you do require authentication to stream through Hallmark’s Everywhere app. But both Sling TV and DirectTV Now include the Hallmark Channels in their bundles, so that’s an option for cord-cutters. Otherwise, you might have to settle for watching the live kitten cam at hallmarkchannel.com/kittenbowl, which I have to say is a pretty good consolation prize.
And if you’re looking for some ideas for what to serve at your Super Bowl party, there’s a post on themilliondollarmama.com with links to 20 finger food recipes like Mini Taco Cups, Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms, and Bacon Wrapped Apricots With Jalapenos… Can you say Yum?!
Finally, Amazon is offering some Game-Day related deals, such as 30% off a Crock-Pot slow cooker and 25% off a Frito-Lay chips and dip variety pack, when you purchase them through an Alexa device. You can find all the current specials at amazon.com/alexadeals.
And that’s it for this episode of The Luddite Lounge. Again, you can find the show notes and leave comments at ludditelounge.com/episode31. If you’ve been enjoying The Lounge, please consider heading over to iTunes to rate and/or review the show or share ludditelounge.com with your friends on social media.
Thanks for listening! Until next time…