Friday, September 18

Wootcasts from the Past: Talk Like A Pirate Day Edition

by Matthew Norman

After almost four years of our daily podcast, we sure have a lot of episodes in the can. (It’s where we do our best thinking.) Have you noticed how certain themes recur? We have! For example, grab hold of the common thread running through these four thrilling files of yesteryear, which are all about International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Talk Like A Pirate Day 2006 – How weird is it that TLAPD fell on a day when we were scheduled for a Bluetooth Shanty? Not that weird, apparently, because it happened again two years later.

Talk Like A Pirate Day 2007 – It seems like only 18 months ago when we recorded our first “Pirate Speech The Easy Way” podcast. But actually it was 24 months. Time flies when you’re performing repetitive tasks! This was Pirate Speech lesson one, “Small Talk.”

Talk Like A Pirate Day 2008 – Hey, another Bluetooth Shanty! How many of these things are there, anyway? Sometimes someone asks us to post a comprehensive link to them all. You can bet that’s someone who doesn’t realize there are literally dozens of versions; it’s crazy.

Talk Like A Pirate Day 2009 – Click here to get right up to date with today’s podcast thread! It’ll prep you for TLAPD tomorrow—it’s “Pirate Speech The Easy Way,” lesson two! In the interest of the environment, this podcast contains 75% recycled content.

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Friday, June 12

Wootcasts from the Past: TGIF Edition

by Matthew Norman

UPDATED with intro-free versions of the songs!

After over three and a half years of our daily podcast, we sure have a lot of episodes in the can. (It’s where we do our best thinking.) Have you noticed how certain themes recur? We have! For example, grab hold of the common thread running through these five moldy oldies, which are all about everyone’s favorite day of the work-week.

Enh, It’s Friday; Screw It – We posted this love song to lethargy way back on August 17th, 2007. That makes it over one hundred Internet years old! We still regard the title/refrain as words to live by.

Almost the Weekend – Remember March 7th, 2008, when we sold a four-handset cordless phone? The world’s largest ferris wheel was still making its first turns in Singapore, Senator John McCain had just won enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination, and the whole web was rocking to this unforgettable ditty.

Do The Friday Fake Work Fakeout – On April 4th, 2008, Wootcast listeners had their eardrums blistered by this all-time classic. Don’t work now, y’all—the week’s almost done.

Friday, Baby – That business in the lyrics about November 14th, 2008 being the Woot podcast team leader’s birthday? That’s 100% true. And if your birthday falls on a Friday, federal labor laws permit you to blow off work. (That’s less true, but don’t tell our manager.)

End O’ Week Freakout – What? This one’s just from May 29th, 2009! That was only a few days ago! What kind of “Wootcast From the Past” is this?

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