Episode 135: Backmasking

Say a prayer and grab the Holy water — today’s episode is all about backmasking in music, those backwards subliminal messages hidden both intentionally and unintentionally in rock music during the 1970s and 80s. In this episode I’ll talk about what started this phenomenon, the course it ran, and what effect (if any) it had on innocent music fans such as myself.

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Episode 134: The OK Krackers

Episode 134 of You Don’t Know Flack tells the story of my pseudo Commodore 64 cracking group from the 1980s, the OK Krackers (OKK). (Listen to the episode to see why I used the word “pseudo”.) In this rambling excuse for an episode I end up reminiscing quite a bit about the days of trading games over the modem through BBSes.

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Podcast plugs!

Podcast: Throwback Reviews
Podcast: Adventure Club Podcast
Podcast: Found Footage Films
Podcast: 2600 Game by Game Podcast

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Episode 133: Ninjas

This very special episode of You Don’t Know Flack is all about ninjas. From wanting to be a ninja in the 1980s to watching ninja movies and playing ninja-related video games, I cover it all in this deadly episode. To add ambiance and set the mood I recorded this episode out in the woods. Was that a good idea? You’ll have to listen and decide!

I added a bunch of Youtube links for this episode so be sure to check those out.

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Here’s the trailer for the Ninja
Here’s the entire of the Ninja
Here’s the entire III: The Domination. (Watch the first 10 minutes!)
Here’s some game play footage.
What the heck. Here’s Niki: Radical Ninja and Warriors

Finally, check out the Hip Hop Kung Fu Shop

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Episode 132: Yukon Software

In this apparently cursed episode of You Don’t Know Flack, I tell the story of Yukon Software, the computer software store my parents opened and ran during the 1980s.

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Episode 131: Phun with Boxes

Still on track! Episode 131 of You Don’t Know Flack is all about boxes — not the cardboard kind, but the phone phreaking kind. After covering all the biggies (blue boxes, red boxes, beige boxes, and black boxes) I get into some of the slightly less well-known boxes (pink boxes and cheese boxes) and talk about what finally killed phone phreaking.

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Check out this year’s Demos from Revision 2013
I highly recommend this book, Exploding the Phone
Textfiles.com has a huge collection of old school box-related philes
Ironic and awesome, here’s Phreak Box for the iPhone
When you’re done here check out the Throwback Reviews Podcast
Read about Joybubbles, Captain Crunch, and Bernie S

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Episode 130: Pagers, PDAs, and Cell Phones

After a slight detour, we’re back with episode 130! In this episode of You Don’t Know Flack I talk about my early experiences with pagers, PDAs, and cell phones. I also talk about the time I almost got killed.

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This episode was sponsored by VintageVolts.com — the way electronics used to be! If you like retro gadgets, pinball, old computers, and other bits of technology like I do, be sure to check out the Vintage Volts website!

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One of the few remaining web references to Pocket Monkey
Check out my new friends over at the Adventure Club Podcast
Check out Commodore Free Magazine. It’s free. Duh.
The Commodore Asteroids Emulator is smashing, literally.

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Episode 129: The El Reno Arcade Collection

In Episode 129 of You Don’t Know Flack, I talk about the collection of arcade games (six, in all) that I owned back when I lived in El Reno, Oklahoma. These were the first six arcade games I owned, all of which I sold when I moved out of state. The six machines were: Elevator Action, Mat Mania, Shinobi, Street Fighter II – Championship Edition, Power Instinct 2, and Star Wars.

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This episode was sponsored by Hexcrasher. Check out Hex’s website and forum over at ArcadePerfect.net, and follow Hex at @Arcade_Perfect on Twitter for blog updates and arcade-related news!

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Here’s a list and photos of every arcade game I’ve ever owned.
Here’s my son’s first Scratch project I mentioned.
Check out another great podcast, the Adventure Club Podcast.

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Episode 128: Commodore 128

For Episode 128 of You Don’t Know Flack it seemed fitting to talk about the Commodore 128, even though I didn’t personally own one back in the day. This episode also includes 20 minutes of rambling after I had driven 800 miles in a day so, lucky you.

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Episode 127: BASIC Programming

Episode 127 of You Don’t Know Flack is all about BASIC programming. In this week’s podcast I talk about some of the BASIC programs I write as a kid along with some of my current Visual Basic and vbscript projects. During the show’s (30 minute, sorry) intro I answer an e-mail about the state of my current arcade collection and a voice message about Satan’s Hollow from Satan himself.

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This episode was sponsored by Rex Allison.

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Learn about Scratch over at scratch.mit.edu.
If you want to play with BASIC, check out DarkBASIC, QuickBASIC, and FreeBASIC.
Amazon still carries books on BASIC Programming
Some stories from this episode came from my book Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie

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Episode 126: The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

This week’s show is all about the Nintendo Entertainment System — the NES, for short. In this episode you’ll get to hear about how and when I got my first NES and what games I used to play. You’ll also learn about the horrible television I used to own, how I built up my collection of 300+ cartridges, and the exact moment I realized my girlfriend was also my soul mate. I also answer questions from callers about Commodore RAM Expansion Units and the best retro computer to bludgeon someone to death with.

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This episode was sponsored by Doug McCoy, author of ANESthetized and Arcadian.

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The C64 demo that uses the RAM expander.
Here’s a list of REU friendly games for the Commodore.
Check out my friend Ferg’s Atari 2600 Podcast: WWW | Facebook | Twitter | iTunes
The NES PowerPak and Everdrive N8

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