Great Podcasts to check out!

Listen to Podcasts, insteasd of music, and maybe you will learn something!

Podcasts are a thing of the more recent times, the term actually invented in 2004.

So what is a podcast?

A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player.

The word arose as a portmanteau of “iPod” (a brand of media player) and “broadcast“. Thus, the files distributed are in audio format, but may sometimes include other file formats such as PDF or ePub. Videos which are shared following a podcast model are called video podcasts or vodcasts.

The distributor of a podcast maintains a central list of the files on a server as a web feed that can be accessed through the Internet. The listener or viewer uses special client application software on a computer or media player, known as a podcatcher, which accesses this web feed, checks it for updates, and downloads any new files in the series. This process can be automated so that new files are downloaded automatically, which may seem to the user as though new episodes are broadcast or “pushed” to them. Files are stored locally on the user’s device, ready for offline use. There are many different mobile applications available for people to use to subscribe and listen to podcasts. Many of these applications allow users to download podcasts or stream them on demand as an alternative to downloading. Many podcast players (apps as well as dedicated devices) allow listeners to skip around the podcast and control the playback speed.

Some have labeled podcasting as a converged medium bringing together audio, the web, and portable media players, as well as a disruptive technology that has caused some people in the radio business to reconsider established practices and preconceptions about audiences, consumption, production, and distribution. Podcasts are usually free of charge to listeners and can often be created for little to no cost, which sets them apart from the traditional model of “gate-kept” media and production tools. Podcast creators can monetize their podcasts by allowing companies to purchase ad time, as well as via sites such a Patreon, which provides special extras and content to listeners for a fee. It is very much a horizontal media form: producers are consumers, consumers may become producers, and both can engage in conversations with each other.


Here is a list of podcasts that I currently listen too, some on a weekly basis, and others depending on when they release new shows.  You can check them out by clicking on the photos and the podcast itself will give you a description. These are mostly on the Google Play store, but you can find most of these in iTunes as well.

 One year. Every day. 365 days through the Bible in community with tens of thousands of others around the globe following the same quest. Hand crafted daily from the rolling hills of Tennessee, Nashville based author and speaker Brian Hardin is your guide on the adventure of a lifetime. Visit us on the web at www.dailyaudiobible.com A YEAR CHANGES EVERYTHING!
One year. Every day. 365 days through the Bible in community with tens of thousands of others around the globe following the same quest. Hand crafted daily from the rolling hills of Tennessee, Nashville based author and speaker Brian Hardin is your guide on the adventure of a lifetime. Visit us on the web at www.dailyaudiobible.com A YEAR CHANGES EVERYTHING!
 Matt, Toby and Joey discuss funny, controversial, and personal stuff with guests from the music business, leaders in the Christian world, and interesting folks from well outside of the Christian world. In other words... REAL TALK. | Bad Christian The language and topics used in this podcast are for mature listeners. Listen at your own discretion.
Matt, Toby and Joey discuss funny, controversial, and personal stuff with guests from the music business, leaders in the Christian world, and interesting folks from well outside of the Christian world. In other words… REAL TALK. | Bad Christian The language and topics used in this podcast are for mature listeners. Listen at your own discretion.
 Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
 Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever be able to live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Which personality tests should I believe in? And what is, definitively, the strangest place worth visiting in the US? (Many important historians are counting on them to figure it out!) In each episode, these Part-Time Geniuses dive headfirst into a seemingly ridiculous topic, collecting memorable facts and uncovering secret histories in pursuit of genuine answers. Our hosts have no intention of connecting the dots alone. Listeners are welcome to pull up a chair and show off their smarts in lively quiz segments. And Will and Mango will be tapping some of their favorite brains-- scientists, comedians and authors, for help along the way. Tune in each week to learn whether you should be washing your bananas (you should), whether freezing your body is a better value than freezing just your head (it isn't), and what James Bond has to do with tax laws (everything!) in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever be able to live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Which personality tests should I believe in? And what is, definitively, the strangest place worth visiting in the US? (Many important historians are counting on them to figure it out!) In each episode, these Part-Time Geniuses dive headfirst into a seemingly ridiculous topic, collecting memorable facts and uncovering secret histories in pursuit of genuine answers. Our hosts have no intention of connecting the dots alone. Listeners are welcome to pull up a chair and show off their smarts in lively quiz segments. And Will and Mango will be tapping some of their favorite brains– scientists, comedians and authors, for help along the way. Tune in each week to learn whether you should be washing your bananas (you should), whether freezing your body is a better value than freezing just your head (it isn’t), and what James Bond has to do with tax laws (everything!) in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
 TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.
TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.
 From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now or learn the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, an audio podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now or learn the Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know, an audio podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
 Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.
Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore — and explain — the everyday science in the world around us.
 Matt Carter has conversations with interesting people about stuff
Matt Carter has conversations with interesting people about stuff
 An hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks,” You Bet Your Garden, hosted by Mike McGrath, is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide.
An hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks,” You Bet Your Garden, hosted by Mike McGrath, is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide.
Learn Hebrew fast, easy and at your own pace with HebrewPod101.com Audio Podcasts and Videocasts. **— Free Lifetime Account and password protected iTunes lesson feed available at HebrewPod101.com —** … NOW OVER — 101,000,000 — Language Lessons downloaded so far and Brian Heater of — PC Magazine — says “These podcasts offer a painless and FREE way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way that you won’t get in a class room or on a CDROM.” You get comprehensive, easy to use lessons that make learning Hebrew fun for anyone. Each audio podcast contains a complete lesson and can be downloaded in seconds to your iPod, iPhone, iPad, computer or mp3 player so that you can learn Hebrew quickly and actually be speaking Hebrew in no time at all. These Audio Podcasts and Videocasts are your ticket to learning to speak Hebrew with confidence and accuracy, and you’ll be speaking Hebrew with your very first lesson! 🙂
 GermanPod101.com is an innovative and fun way of learning the German language and culture at your own convenience and pace. Our language training system consists of free daily podcast audio lessons, video lessons, German Word of the Day, a premium learning center, and a vibrant user community. Stop by GermanPod101.com today for a Premium 7-Day Free Trial and Lifetime Account to even more fun, fast and easy German lessons!
GermanPod101.com is an innovative and fun way of learning the German language and culture at your own convenience and pace. Our language training system consists of free daily podcast audio lessons, video lessons, German Word of the Day, a premium learning center, and a vibrant user community. Stop by GermanPod101.com today for a Premium 7-Day Free Trial and Lifetime Account to even more fun, fast and easy German lessons!
 Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com
Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com
 A Podcast about Marriage and Dating.  Join Mark, co-hosts Diane Brierley and Phil Gungor as they discuss any and all issues concerning life, love and marriage. Watch now by clicking the link above, or check out past episodes in our archives. This is your opportunity to have Mark answer  your  questions.
A Podcast about Marriage and Dating. Join Mark, co-hosts Diane Brierley and Phil Gungor as they discuss any and all issues concerning life, love and marriage. Watch now by clicking the link above, or check out past episodes in our archives. This is your opportunity to have Mark answer your questions.
 Pastor Mark Gungor preaches a message to our Sunday morning services.
Pastor Mark Gungor preaches a message to our Sunday morning services.
 How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
 Live from Hollywood, CA by way of the Broken Skull Ranch, Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer, Action Movie/TV star, Steve Austin lets loose on these no-holds barred, explicit versions of the program. Steve gets down and dirty with Hollywood celebrities, past wrestling buddies, present pros, MMA fighters, athletes, movie stuntmen and from time to time, you the working man (or woman).
Live from Hollywood, CA by way of the Broken Skull Ranch, Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer, Action Movie/TV star, Steve Austin lets loose on these no-holds barred, explicit versions of the program. Steve gets down and dirty with Hollywood celebrities, past wrestling buddies, present pros, MMA fighters, athletes, movie stuntmen and from time to time, you the working man (or woman).
 WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, considered the greatest announcer in wrestling history, brings his incredible celebrity roster of friends, his insight and analysis of today's wrestling stars and storylines, and YOU to his weekly discussion of everything squared circle. Join in the fun as Good Ol' JR takes your calls, makes a few of his own, and spreads the wrestling love around the globe.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, considered the greatest announcer in wrestling history, brings his incredible celebrity roster of friends, his insight and analysis of today’s wrestling stars and storylines, and YOU to his weekly discussion of everything squared circle. Join in the fun as Good Ol’ JR takes your calls, makes a few of his own, and spreads the wrestling love around the globe.
Recorded from all over the globe, multiple time world champion pro wrestler, lead singer of Fozzy and New York Times best-selling author Chris Jericho rocks the podcast world with “Talk Is Jericho,” his unique, weekly take on all things pop culture and life in general. Sit down with Chris as he interviews some of the biggest names in entertainment and discusses the minutia of wrestling, music, television, movies and twerking!! All-ages welcome. No ID required!
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Texture – Unlimited Access To 200+ Digital Magazines – Free Trial

Before I get into details, you can start your free trial here.

Texture is best described as the Netflix of magazines: It’s an app that, for a monthly fee, gives you all-you-can-read access to a large library of digital magazines.   You get over 200 of today’s most popular magazines on one app.   You can even download them for offline use later.

Texture now places a bigger emphasis on individual articles, as opposed to just whole issues. For starters, there’s a “New & Noteworthy” section, curated by human editors behind the scenes. That same team also puts together “Curated Collections,” groups of stories around a theme — say, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. On the other hand, you can be a curator too, and save stories to your own collections. In that respect, Next Issue’s new approach reminds me not just of Netflix, but Spotify too. I could, if I wanted, listen to the same songs on repeat or read the same two fashion magazines. Or, I could avail myself of playlists (collections) curated by humans with good taste. I like that I can do both.

To be clear, you can still mark whole magazines as your favorites and set the app to automatically download new editions as they come in. But Next Issue, which is owned by a handful of traditional media companies like Conde Nast, knows that nowadays people are used to getting their news on Twitter, web logs and Facebook. To the extent that you’re used to just clicking on random links, it was important to Next Issue that Texture look a little like a home page. And indeed it does.

Also like a regular news site, there’s a built-in search feature that gives you access to an archive of more than 15,000 back issues and 500,000 stories, which you can read separately from their original issues. So, if I typed in the word “marathon”, I’d see articles not just from Runner’s World, which I subscribe to, but also Running Times, which I never read. That’s obviously good for publishers, which want to gain new readers. (Next Issue Media pays them based on how much time readers spend reading their stories, so there’s an incentive to reach more people if possible.)

But this design is good for me too: If we’re going to continue comparing Texture to Netflix, then it’s worth pointing out that one of the things that makes Netflix so appealing is the way it helps us discover new stuff. If Netflix is great because of its algorithm, and cable TV is great because of its TV guide, then Texture is compelling because it can point me toward things I wouldn’t have read otherwise .

Here is a brief list of the few of the many magazines that are offered:

Finally, once again you can start your free trial here.

Ways to Save Money: Gift Card Granny

I will be adding another series of the many variety of things to my Blog, this time is Ways to Save Money. 

What is Gift Card Granny?  Well, in short, it is website that posts discounted gift cards found across the web.  Even shows the cards that are currently for sale on eBay.

Save up to 72% on more than 135,000 discount gift cards from your favorite brands. Granny knows best!  Currently the websites has 337,878 gift cards on sale.  Also every major (non Mom and Pop) stores is on there, including online stores.


Company Overview

Gift Card Granny is the most enigmatic member of The Frugals family: A kindly old lady with bifocals, a walker and one mean snickerdoodle recipe. But appearances can be deceiving. Gift Card Granny, the wisest of the brood, devised an ingenious way to defeat overspending with discount gift cards. As she aged, Gift Card Granny realized plastic can be used for more than birthdays and Christmas. The frugal fanatic experimented until she had a breakthrough: Granny discovered gift cards sold at a discount can be used for such everyday purchases as groceries, gas and clothing.

Story

The comparison marketplace is the culmination of Gift Card Granny’s money-saving wisdom. It’s a cozy place to buy, sell and trade gift cards. Shoppers are guaranteed the deepest discount and protected from Granny’s arch-nemesis: buyers remorse. Here you’ll find over 15,000 cards from hundreds of merchants in one convenient location. Cards culled from one of six trusted resellers can regularly be found for up to 50% off face value. Like many superheroes, the marketplace has a sidekick: The “sell” section is dedicated to preventing gift cards from becoming dust collectors. Shoppers who no longer want a card can sell it through the website for up to 90% cash back. The comparison function is a simple way to find the best offer from any of the six resellers. The Gift Card Alerts feature is the gray-haired financiers latest endeavor. You can sign up for e-mails alerts, select the gift cards you want and receive an electronic reminder. Every time a coveted new card goes on sale, you’ll be among the first to know. Your selection can be changed at any time using an intuitive point-and-click menu.

Awards

Despite her modest demeanor, Gift Card Granny is a constant fixture in national publications. She has been seen on CBS’s The Early Show, in the ink of The Los Angeles Times, and on the web pages of Walletpop and Mashable.


After explaining what Gift Card Granny is all about, I thought that I would share what cards I follow for discounts.  I get daily emails about these and you can set up many stores under your alerts.

Amazon

Amazon MP3

Babies-R-Us

Chick-fil-A

Christmas Tree Shops

Giant Foods

Google Play

Groupon

Hulu

KFC

Lowes

Netflix

Playstation Network

Papa Johns

Qdoba

Sams Club

Sheetz

Shell

Subway

Walmart

Verizon Wireless

If you are interested in signing up and checking out these offers, signup is free, and you can go here.

Feel free to ask me and questions!

Join Draftkings today and you can get $10!

Draftkings is currently holding a referral bonus for each person who joins through a special link.  If you join through mine, each of us will get $10 Draftkings Dollars.

Here are the rules:
Expires 12:00am ET 08/07/2017. To qualify, invited Friends MUST click on your personal referral link, be a new referred player, and deposit a minimum of $10 on DraftKings. DK Dollars have no cash value and must be used on DraftKings. This promotion is governed by the Refer-A-Friend terms and conditions.

Feel free to join through my link here!

Google’s Project Fi – The best switch over I made from Verizon

To make a long story short, Verizon was costing way too much, and I came across Google’s Project Fi and thought that I would take a shot and give it a try.  My only problem was that I liked my iPhone, and Project Fi did not support that, but I still figured I would give it a try.  After over a year of being on this plan, it has saved me money, and I went from paying around $150.00 a month for Verizon, to barley breaking $40.00 a month! My current phone is the Nexus 6P, which is an Android phone.

Services are $20.00 per month for unlimited talk and text in USA and some extra charges in over 135 countries.  For data, it is only $10.00 per GB of data that can be used in over 135 countries.  No extra charges when you are traveling abroad (besides for calls).

You also get what you pay for: for example, if you pay $50 for the month ($20 for talk/text and $30 for 3 GB of internet) but only use 2.2 GB of internet, the other $8 will be added to your next bill.  In the end you do not lose what you pay for, unlike those other companies. 

I highly recommend this phone plan if you are looking to save money without Contracts!

I would be more than happy to talk to anyone about this service, feel free to Contact us through the Contact form.

To sign up, all you would need to do is join through my referral code, right here, and we both get $20 off our bills after 1 month of service!

Here is some information about Google’s Project Fi that is useful in my opinion to learn about the service:

Project Fi is a mobile virtual network operator by Google, providing phone, messaging and data services using both Wi-Fi and cellular networks belonging to Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Three.

Project Fi automatically switches between networks depending on signal strength and speed. It automatically connects to Wi-Fi hotspots with data encryption through an automatic VPN. Phone calls seamlessly transition between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. With all networks combined, Project Fi covers more than 135+ places around the world.

Plans are based on a flat rate, in which a subscription costs $20 per month for unlimited calls and messaging. Money for unused data is credited back to the user’s account, while overuse of data costs $10 per gigabyte. A Group Plan, which lets users add members to their subscription, costs an additional $15 per user per month, and offers features including data overview, data notifications, monthly allowances, and the ability to pause users’ data usages. A data-only SIM card can be used on supported tablets.

What phones can be used for this plan?

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL

All these phones can be set up for monthly charges if you do not want to pay for them all at once.

Features:

Project Fi automatically switches between networks depending on signal strength and speed. It automatically connects to open Wi-Fi hotspots while securing data with encryption through an automatic VPN.  Phone calls, if placed over a Wi-Fi connection, will seamlessly transition to a cellular network if Wi-Fi coverage is lost. Project Fi users can use Google Hangouts on any phone, tablet or computer to call and text.

With all of its networks combined, Project Fi’s service covers more than 135+ places around the world.

Plans and a Group Plan:

Monthly plans are flat fee-based,paid at the beginning of each monthly billing cycle. It starts at $20 per month for unlimited calls and messaging. Money for unused data is credited back to the user’s account, while overuse of data results in a charge of $10 per gigabyte.While outside the United States, cellular phone calls cost $0.20 per minute, data costs $10 per gigabyte, while texting is free.A data-only SIM card can be used on tablets and other compatible devices, including the 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and iPad Air 2. The devices must be compatible with the T-Mobile network, and users can add up to 9 data-only SIM cards in one account.

A Group Plan, which allows users, referred to as “managers”, to add other people, referred to as “members”, to their subscription, costs an additional $15 per user. Group Plans let managers view data usage by member, set data notifications, add monthly allowances, and pause members’ data usage. In June 2017, Group Plans were updated to feature “Group Repay”, in which Project Fi automatically calculates each of the members’ individual shares of the bill and allows for easy payments. Such payments can be a fixed amount, an individual’s total usage, or only for data usage above the standard data allotment.

Enjoy seamless coverage in 135 countries and territories

Going places? Your plan goes with you automatically — with low voice rates, free texting, and the same data rate you pay at home.

Rates: All 135+ countries in Project Fi’s network include the same great benefits. Such as same rate pricing, high speed data at the same $10/GB, unlimited SMS, and calls for 20¢ / minute.