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Pacific Northwest aficionados, AJ Barse and Chris Powell are your hosts each week talking about their views and interests in technology, travel, gear and watches. Recorded in Bellingham or on location (typically in their favorite local coffee establishments) in City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham Washington. This show is also available on-air on Bellingham's KMRE 102.3FM.

Bellingham Podcast AJ Barse & Chris Powell

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Pacific Northwest aficionados, AJ Barse and Chris Powell are your hosts each week talking about their views and interests in technology, travel, gear and watches. Recorded in Bellingham or on location (typically in their favorite local coffee establishments) in City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham Washington. This show is also available on-air on Bellingham's KMRE 102.3FM.

    Ep. 145 "SPARK'n up a conversation with Abby Russell" : Community Connection Conversation Series

    Ep. 145 "SPARK'n up a conversation with Abby Russell" : Community Connection Conversation Series

    This one should "spark" some joy if you are into science, 80's references, and of course good ol fashion radio.

    Spark:
    https://www.sparkmuseum.org/

    Abby Russell, the director of programs at SPARK
    https://www.sparkmuseum.org/spark-museum-a-treasure-in-the-community-for-teachers/

    SPARK social media
    https://www.facebook.com/sparkmuseum/
    https://www.instagram.com/sparkmuseum/?hl=en

    • 27 min
    Ep. 144 "Fika" -Word of Note series

    Ep. 144 "Fika" -Word of Note series

    Word of Note Series - Fika - The Swedish ritual of spending quality time

    Hygge is hard to accomplish at work… so the Swedish have Fika!

    From Sweden’s official website - “Fika is Swedish for a coffee break that’s more about socialising than drinking coffee. And something sweet is also welcome. It is much more than having a coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café. It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know. It is a tradition observed frequently, preferably several times a day.


    Origin of the name
    The word fika actually derives from the 19th-century slang word for coffee: kaffi. Invert the word kaffi, and you get fika. http://www.swedishfood.com/fika

    Proper breaks, dedicated time, allowing permission for us to press pause on the day. Proactive measures to decrease stress in the workplace. Can it actually increase productivity?

    Where in Bellingham can we experience Fika… Without resorting to a coffee shop?

    Chris:

    At work - In my online calendar scheduler, I have three choices for where to have the meeting with my client: my office, another location (their office), or a walking meeting.

    Know thy companion - My mental rolodex of friends/family likes, dislikes, and personalities helps me pick a venue to enjoy Fika. My brother-in-law, who enjoys a pint, may not be the best place to enjoy FIka with my 17-year-old daughter. While LaFeens may be a bullseye for my daughter, my health-conscious wife may not enjoy the venue.

    AJ:

    My wife and the boulangerie effect whenever we travel

    Rocket (rip)

    Magdalena




    Get your Hip-Toss on

    5CCWrestling - Local wrestling promotion in Bellingham. Recently at Eagles Hall in Bellingham.



    Find us on the Web
    AJ: ajbarse.com
    Chris: chrispowell.co

    “Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Saturdays at 3 pm and streaming worldwide at kmre.org”

    • 29 min
    Ep. 143 "Androids Dream of Happy Hour Sheep"

    Ep. 143 "Androids Dream of Happy Hour Sheep"

    Chris and AJ are finally thawed out from Bellingham Snowpacalypse 2020. Hope this episode finds you all well and staying warm this winter season. Now with that said, you might feel cabin fever...so in Bellingham, this episode is dedicated to Happy Hour. And Chris goes down a personal black mirror though exercise as a technologist with Android. All that and more on this episode of the Bellingham Podcast.


    Chris’ One Night Stand with Android: OnePlus 7 Pro
    To Disengage from life with iOS
    * •Music alternative
    * •Group Chat iMessage
    * •Apple Maps
    * •Fantastical - Never Outlook on Android
    * •MySudo
    Needed another device (iPod touch) to still maintain iOS life


    Now that we’ve made it through the snowstorm, it’s time for a drink.
    Where should we go for
    Happy Hour?

    AJ
    Aslan Dépôt: https://aslanbrewing.com/depot
    Black Sheep Bellingham (do. The. Tacos. You can thank me later) https://www.blacksheepbellingham.com/
    The Loft at Latitude 48.5 https://w: ww.facebook.com/latitudeloft/
    Baby Greens : https://www.plantshopbaby.com

    Chris
    Bellingham Cider Co: https://www.bellinghamcider.com/
    The Blue Abode Bar : https://www.theblueabodebar.com/
    Undisclosed Coffee Shops around Bellingham



    Find us on the Web
    AJ: ajbarse.com
    Chris: chrispowell.co

    “Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Saturdays at 3 pm and streaming worldwide at kmre.org”

    • 28 min
    2020 KMRE Promo

    2020 KMRE Promo

    Join us Saturdays at 3pm on Bellingham's community radio station; KMRE 102.3 FM.
    "Join us at 3 on KMRE"...hey that rhymes.

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    Ep.142 "Roaring 20's Kenote"

    Ep.142 "Roaring 20's Kenote"

    Welcome back! And thank you all for your continued support for The Bellingham Podcast. Your PNW dynamic duo is back for the first episode of 2020. So, what happened with AJ and Chirs while they enjoyed the holiday off the mic?

    Chris:
    * A new non-cloud password manager - KeePassXC
    * Folding my shirts with a clipboard they way retail stores do. No more hangers.
    * Deep Dive into Linux Mint as a primary personal laptop OS
    * How to make Black Bean burger patties


    AJ:
    * Recorded with Everett on Episode 60 of 40 & 20 podcast
    * First ascent with my son
    * Klean Kanteen: Kirkstone Grey; Shale Black
    * Kuhl: Konfidant Air
    * ATECH 5 in 1 pen



    Our Promises for 2020

    Chris:
    * To provide outstanding customer service, I promise to establish better work boundaries.
    * I promise to invest in myself. Buy things that will add value, watch shows that help me learn.
    * I promise never to say goodbye to someone by saying, “Have a good one…”
    * I promise never to be condescending to a client, unlike many tech professionals

    AJ:
    *Listen More; Talk Less
    *Breathe More; Spin Less
    *Create More; Promote Less

    What’s on the horizon for the Bellingham Podcast this year

    * More Words of Note shows
    * Continued Community Connections Conversations
    * More…?


    Find us on the Web
    AJ: ajbarse.com
    Chris: chrispowell.co

    “Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Saturdays at 3 pm and streaming worldwide at kmre.org”

    • 27 min
    Ep. 141 "141 and 2019 done"

    Ep. 141 "141 and 2019 done"

    Your PNW dynamic duo wrap up 2019 with this episode of the Bellingham Podcast. Starting off with a big thank you to you, all of you, who have listened to us over the last year. Tune back in in January for the first episode of 2020!

    Highlights, we have many... 41 episodes in 2019!

    Interviews

    #WatchFam - Five interviews in March - between #112 and 113

    * @DanC21cy — now @timely_moments
    * @ToxicNatos
    * @EA8
    * @_a_diaz
    * @buyingontime


    Community Connections

    * Moonwater, WDRC - 111
    * Hans Erchinger-Davis, Lighthouse Mission - 114
    * Emily O’Connor, Lydia Place - 115
    * Meg Weber, Idea Institute - 122
    * Heather Simpson, She Leads Me - 125
    * Carol Frazey, Whatcom County Councilperson - 130
    * Jennifer Kutcher, WECU - 135

    Words of Note, redux

    Lykke - 116
    Ikigai - 118

    Life in Bellingham

    PNW Stereotypes - 120 & 121
    Welcome to Bellingham - 123
    If we were Mayor - 124
    The Bellingham Pledge - 127
    The Fair - 128

    Shutouts:
    -to listeners https://www.instagram.com/rising_sun_sailor/
    https://www.instagram.com/watchmedicine/ )

    Technology

    Digital Hygge - 105
    Productivity at IHOP - 113
    Rebooting Online Life - 117
    MVNOs - 119
    De-Google your life - 138

    Food & Drink

    Seltzer - 129
    Food Truck Rodeo - 131
    Coffee Mini-Series - 132-134

    Keepin’ it real

    Transparency Pool - 106
    ROI on Goodness - 108
    Boredom - 109
    Inspirations and Influences - 136-137

    End-of-year Thoughts

    Bellingham Food Bank:

    * Donate cash - goes to a “Milk Money” account (https://www.bellinghamfoodbank.org/getting-great-food/milk-money/) to buy fresh milk from Edaleen Dairy and fresh eggs locally. “[The Food Bank] need to buy more than 700 half gallons of milk each week. Edaleen Diary sells milk to [them] at a great price... Do you have what it takes to be a Milk Money Superhero?
    * Donate diapers and feminine hygiene products.

    Other Interesting Tidbits

    National Yellow Pages Opt-Out Website (https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/zipcode/98226) - Create free account, opt-out of three DEX, Yellow Pages, and Action Pages thrown on your driveway.

    Find us on the Web

    AJ: ajbarse.com (http://ajbarse.com/)
    Chris: chrispowell.co (http://chrispowell.co/)


    “Community-Powered KMRE, 102.3 FM airing our show Saturdays at 3 pm and streaming worldwide at kmre.org” (http://kmre.org/)

    • 36 min

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