QuickView: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Along with my regular Saturday Publix purchase, my wife convinced me to try a single new beer (you know, so I don’t buy a 6 pack of something that turns out be complete crap).

I selected Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA.  A friend of mine told me that it was a good choice and that I would probably like it since I like my beer “hoppy”.

He wasn’t wrong.

Here’s my quick video blurb about it:


TDS 3.22 A Crisis of Being Human


In this episode, it’s a rant on the things I can’t seem to understand or figure out as a human being on this planet and why we do the things we do.  Where do we go from here?  What can we do to make it better?  Why does color of skin really matter?

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Born and raised in South Central Georgia, Donovan Adkisson is father to three fantastically smart children and husband to an awesome wife. When he's not trying to save the world by focusing on distributing information he feels that everyone should know via blogs and podcasts, he writes books, reads a lot and tries to learn everything he can on just about every subject. He's a former cable television and broadband industry technologist and executive. What more could you want?

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I Just Don’t Get Tumblr

I like to pride myself on understanding technology, from the older technology that I grew up with to the newer technology that comes at us every day of our lives.  For a good bit of my life, it’s been my job, in some form or fashion, to ensure that I had an understanding of how things work so I could keep them working for others or direct the actions of those that kept things working for others.

My first PC was a Commodore 64 (technically a Coleco ADAM, but that’s another story) and I wrote an article a couple of years ago detailing my journey with computers.  You can find it here.  I ran several computer bulletin board services (BBS) growing up, one in which my phone bill of calling around to other BBSes to get content prevented me from attending my senior prom (much to the chagrin of my then girlfriend).

I spent 7 years building computer systems, implementing computer networks and even installing mobile cellular telephones in vehicles when that market exploded.  My first foray into social media was Friendster, a bit before Facebook and Twitter.  When WordPress became popular because personal logs or blogs became a thing, I was there.  I understood it.  It was good.


I don’t get Tumblr.  Period.

Tumblr (stylized in its logo as tumblr.) is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private.[4][5] Much of the website’s features are accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.

That’s the definition from Wikipedia.  Well, that brings up another question that the answer could possibly help me figure this out.

Microblogging is a broadcast medium that exists in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size. Microblogs “allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links”.[1] These small messages are sometimes called microposts.[2][3]

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TDS 2.12 The Year of Focus – Buying My Freedom


Inspired by my good friend Sam’s latest Samuel’s Thoughts podcast, I’ve decided to put a theme to my year 2015.  Though I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, I do believe it’s good to set goals.  And what better way to set goals than to make your year about something specific, something in particular that means a lot to you?

In this quick episode, I explain what 2014’s theme wound up being for me and why and what I look forward to doing in 2015.  Books, weight loss and money.  Possibly not in that order.


Only Insecure Religions Make Statements Through Violence and Death

The recent tragedy of the assassinations of the 12 staffers at Charlie Hebdo got me to thinking.  When will this end?  I, for one, wish to be tolerant of people’s beliefs, no matter how stupid I might find them.  But at some point, when a religion is so insecure that a simple picture of one of their “holy” men results in the death of those that would produce such images, it’s time to take a stand.

The Financial Times European Editor, Tony Barber, has called the satirical newspaper stupid and accused them of “Muslim-baiting” after the deaths of the 12 people.

This is not in the slightest to condone the murderers, who must be caught and punished, or to suggest that freedom of expression should not extend to satirical portrayals of religion. It is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid. – Tony Barber


Mr. Barber, what exactly does common sense have to do with this?  Are you suggesting that because we know there is a radical element to the Islamic faith that we should walk around them as if we were walking on glass?  For what purpose?  Even if, as the radical Imam Njem Choudary  has stated, they do not believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression, it doesn’t mean that we as free human beings have to abide by what they wish.  We have rights, they Continue reading Only Insecure Religions Make Statements Through Violence and Death

What Does a New Year Mean To You?

As I’m sitting here writing this, I’ve been reflecting over the year that was 2014.  Though I love the holiday season – basically everything from Halloween forward – I get a bit nostalgic after the newly christened year rings in.  A few days after that I’m faced with adding one more year to my existence on this blue and green marble we call Earth.  Thinking back on the previous year, I find myself analyzing what I did right, what I did wrong and what I just didn’t do.

2015 brings to the table a few changes to the lives of me and my family.  My oldest son has a new job and a new location – clear across to the other side of the country.  I’m very proud of his accomplishments and a bit envious of the experiences he is about to have.  At his age, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted for my future and my family’s future.  Hell, he was born when I was 22.  Twenty-two years later, he’s a man making his own destiny.  Yes.  Proud.

This time of year also brings with it a sense of uneasiness for me.  The reason being, it seems, is that I’m constantly trying to figure out the direction I’m heading.  At 45, I know no more than I did when I was 25, or for reference of this conversation, 22.   I just can’t seem to figure it out.

I love to write…well, maybe “love” is a bit too strong, but it’s something I regularly enjoy.  Until I don’t.  I feel I have a voice and I need to share with the world, thus the reason I got into podcasting.  But even that has been fleeting as I find that I don’t really have anything of great interest to say.  Sure, I have my opinions, which are generally in stark contrast with most of the people that live around me.  But they don’t listen to anything I have to say, so for those few that do listen, I’m “preaching to the choir”.

Maybe one year I’ll figure it out.  I have a sneaking feeling that this won’t be the year either.

Back to the changes in 2015 – with my oldest son striking out on his own, this is the first time that the family dynamic has been upset or changed.  I realize that it is something that I will have to get use to as my other two children probably won’t be far behind their older brother in making a life for themselves.  This is the beginning of the “empty nester” syndrome.  Wait.  Is it a syndrome?  I’m not sure, but I’ll call it that.  Regardless of what we’re going to call it, it’s new to me.  It’s a strange feeling when people that have been with you a significant part of your life, people you have been responsible for and cared for no longer need you in that way.

Blah, blah, blah…ok, question:  What does the new year mean to you?  Will you be attempting some new resolutions for change this year?  Do you see it as just another year?  Do you give it any thought whatsoever?  Do you feel that the years just continue to go by and you’re directionless on the journey?

Tell me.  I’d love to know that I’m not the only one.

TDS 1.05 Changes in My New Year


It’s a new year.  It’s 2015.  Why do people have New Year’s Resolutions?  Also – family – letting your children go to stand on their own.  How that feels, how that hurts.  But it has to happen.


TSCN Special: Review of Doctor Who Last Christmas

On this TSCN Special, Samuel and Donovan gather together once again to review this years Doctor Who Christmas special to talk hoodies, Zelda flashbacks, Danny closure, possible new companions, interesting titles, Claras house, and more.

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The Donovan Show 40: Who Needs a Surgeon General Anyway?



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WARNING:  Adult language and themes.

Topics for this TDS:  Vivek Murthy as our new Surgeon General, Sony’s decision to pull the movie “The Interview” and more.


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