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It is ironic to come into my studio to produce this podcast and my overhead light wouldn’t come on… I was in the dark.  But, nanites be damned, I only had to replace the light bulb.  If only I could have as easily replaced The Engineer with another sharp, thoughtful and most developed critical thinker when it comes to war gaming on disasters, products, inventions, business ideas, and the political realm with another… maybe… perhaps I may have continued this journey along side “Revolution.”

We decided to produce our “Swan Song” as a way to provide a conclusion to our endeavor and not simply have our listeners wonder if the power had just gone out and never came back on.

In this episode, you will learn the reasons for this decision and, of course, some side windings we take down the path of “what would you do?”  We grapple to tie a bow on the logic and intuition warring with each other to come to a rational conclusion.

I, for one, focused on my devotion to speak power to truth to my listeners and even with the show may veer away from my initial reason to podcast; I believe we offered a unique perspective beyond the mere field of “fanboy reviews.”

Hopefully, you, as a listener have been introduced to a different way to view the world, even through the filter of TV fantasy, maybe you will determine to take that path least trodden and apply your curiosity to learning new skills and preparing a way to thrive, as a friend would say, “when times get tough or even if they don’t.”

I (Jake) have determined to launch a new podcast right in the heart of the skills it would take to live in a world like “Revolution” and will be launching it in the near future.  The new podcast is related to the website 13 skills – This site is a place where you can go and set your own goals to learn self-reliant skills and how to put yourself into a position to thrive when the systems we are used to break down or are derailed due to outside forces beyond your control.

I have secured and have received encouragement from the founder of to develop my intent to offer a one-stop shop to learn new skills one at a time.  Check back to see if the site is ready to go.   I intend to interview those who have reached a level of proficiency with a new skill to those who may be master teachers of that skill and then go farther; Offer the best videos, blogs, books and other resources to dive in and take the best approach to learn skills to improve your quality of life.

Whether it’s learning to use a firearm, keeping bees to canning food, a place to get the tools and get equipped to face tough times. is where you can lay out your goals; connect with others who may become your mentors, peers or simply another friend in that community.  It will be a fun journey as you are opened to a new world of adventure in real life. has over 150 self-reliant and life skills to help you get better at what you know or start fresh with a new discipline – go check it out  and open up an account and start learning.  In the meantime, please leave us a comment and let us know how you feel about this decision.

I believe, and so does The Engineer, the freedom we yearn to express in the greatest country on earth is only viable when people are free to take care of themselves with the knowledge, skill and application to get the job done.

This is why the slogan for 13skillspodcast is this:

Learn Skills, Build Community, PreserveLiberty

If you were able to get a taste of this mindset through RevolutionFanCast then I encourage you to head over to both sites and get started.  If you would like to be notified of the inaugural podcast then add your name to our contact form and I will notify you when the time comes.

I want to give my sincerest thanks and somehow express my deep gratitude for you, our most valued listener, for investing your time to be a part of our podcast, even if you never commented, it is the evidence of a consistent weekly download data that made me smile a little to know someone actually received value from our “docutainment” attempt to bring a reciprocal relationship only the nature of a podcast can… thank you for your patronage and I hope to cross paths again.

Jake Robinson

And for The Engineer…



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Episode 23 – The Dark Tower

We pick up where we left off – Miles & Bass pointing coil guns at each other.

Politics makes strange war-fellows.

Subterranean River – “You first prick.”

Nora manages to stay put while Miles & Bass find themselves on the “beach.”

Randall busts up “George W” to retrieve a hidden pass card.

Dan: “Your friends are gone – you’re our guest but you’re dead if you try for level 12.”

Neville keeps Franklin waiting.  Neville pretends he is above the ruthless nature of Monroe.  Even more devious by staging a fake assault by Major Franklin.

The “More Elegant Way to Shoot Someone in the Face” tactic compliments of Neville

Monroe waits for Miles to wake up to start beating the crap out of him.

Militia takes shot at both… Then takes another shot at Bass when he announces who he is… oops!

Flashback 10 years after the blackout – reminiscing then bomb hits.

Meanwhile, Aaron is snooping around in the code and discovers his code is what he wrote at MIT.   University sold his code to DoD.  It is the tower’s operating system.

Neville decides to blast the blast doors.  Jason “Sorry sir, but my head is spinning at how fast your switch sides.”

Next, Neville’s speech has no compelling reason for Jason to abide, except maybe to guarantee Charlie & Rachel’s safety.

Meanwhile, Rachel tries to guilt trip Grace into going along with level 12 breach.

Denied.  Grace rejects the offer – then puts Grace to sleep and takes her pass code.

Flashback 10 years after blackout – Miles wakes up to Bass & Nora – Monroe shows his first ruthless act – killed his wife and kids and draped the US flag over the coffin to make an example

Is this when Monroe first crossed the maniacal line?

Meanwhile, Aaron explains his backdoor to Rachel but Charlie doesn’t get it. Determines it was accessed on purpose to launch nanites.

Bass open tackles Miles and continues fisticuffs.  Miles walks away and then they have a heart-to-heart about Miles assassination attempt – copter shows up trying to kill Bass, they split up and Bass gets a solid in the chin from militia thug.

Nora confronts Rachel about her and Miles but suggests Miles will choose her every time.

Neville has worse-for-wear Monroe and explains there has been a change in management.

Neville is great at going from a smile to a scowl in an instant.

Blasted door reveals an opening.

Neville, “Sir, I could never say this under your employ, but you have become foolish and deranged and you have a borderline erotic fixation on Miles Matheson”

Neville: “Can’t just shoot people in the face.”

Jason fetches Neville to the opening to the Tower.

Team Charlie set a trap for Dan & Company but they discover it…Nora pulls out a hat trick and sets off the trip wire with a bowling fire extinguisher.  The irony.

Bowling with Fire Extingiushers

Nora is mortally wounded.  Why doesn’t Rachel do the noble thing and dig the Christmas Tree Capsule out of her knee to save Nora’s life?

Miles shows up in Monroe’s tent and cuts his rope… “You’re asking the wrong question, bass, ask me why I couldn’t… we’re still brothers” then, “Run Bass, – Monroe’s escaping!”

Was it his last noble deed or just using Bass for distraction?

Grace wakes up and stumbles into “Don’t I know you?” from Neville.

Sophie’s choice – Rachel always choose mission over family.  Nora doesn’t help.

Charlie – “Danny’s dead, mom but I’m here.”

Charlie comes under attack – Miles stabs militia.

Miles won’t leave Nora.

Miles’ realization – Nora didn’t make it…


Nora’s Last Kiss

Miles and Charlie attempt to get Nora to infirmary but she dies in his arms.

Neville bumps into Rachel and Aaron – “Yeah, because you’re so honest.”

Miles interrupts and buys time to get into the control room.

Hex dumps and why this bothered the Engineer.

The biggest return on any keyboard.

Just do it Aaron… devil on her shoulder.

Lights come back on – Foster doesn’t waste any time.

Monroe in a lighting storm.

Randall access main control room and damages entry with weapon.

Oh Crap – Randall’s Patriot Misslle

Portly friend.

“When you burn down the old, new things grow.”

The east coast is wide open.

Randall: “I’m a Patriot, Rachel” – then he blew his brains out… why?

“Sir, Randall Flynn did it… Mr. President, its time to go home.”

Really? After 15 years in waiting POTUS is still wearing a 3 piece suit?

American Colony – Gitmo

Then we take it home with a wide ranging discussion on real world issues arising from the plot line to whether we will even continue the podcast next season.  We would like to hear your input and what you think should happen…





022 – Revolution FanCast – “Children of Men”

May 30, 2013

  Subscribe at  iTunes  022 – “Children of Men  ”                                                             The title comes from a movie by the same name directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Check out our [...]

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Update – Podcast is delayed – Will be recorded & published late tonight!

May 29, 2013

Out of town until late last night…  Jake & The Engineer will record the podcast this evening (Wed May 29th) and publish late tonight (could be after midnight) – sorry for the delay! Jake & The Engineer

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021 – Revolution FanCast “Clue”

May 21, 2013

 Subscribe at  iTunes  Show Notes: Vince Flynn Show moves to Thursdays in the fall and an hour earlier Only 2 more episodes for this season Nora with messed up hair White Dress Monroe goes into perv mode – sniffs hair Day 21 before they inject truth serum?  This is longest time for any “rescue” Monroe confronts [...]

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020 – Revolution FanCast – “The Longest Day”

May 15, 2013

 Subscribe at  iTunes   The Longest Day Show Notes: Episode 20 – The Longest Day  Opens with Militia and a cup of coffee and a Drone Command Center  Nora has next-morning-after remorse  “You owe me an apology, boah”  Neville to Jason – Power play with pistol                        [...]

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