024 – Farewell Episode – Revolution FanCast – The lights are out…

by Jake Robinson on September 26, 2013

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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 http://www.13skillspodcast.com and have received encouragement from the founder of 13skills.com 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.  13skills.com 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.

13skills.com 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…


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tess September 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but will after this post. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your podcast. Sad to see you go, but I understand, especially after the scifi rabbit hole the show went down Wednesday night. I enjoy scifi so I will continue watching. But I know that’s not why you started your podcast. Good luck in your next endeavor. Tess


Jake Robinson September 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Thanks for your comments… I will most likely continue to watch the series either online or DVD recorder. I am like you – I enjoy good sci-fi. And you’re correct, it would make it harder to continue the podcast (based on our original premise) if the sci-fi stuff got really out of hand. In the farewell podcast The Engineer goes into detail on why he just can’t stomach continuing the series. He has a good reason, mainly the Opportunity Cost of continuing the podcast vs. what he could accomplish with the time we invest.

I, for one, invest even more time then he when it comes to preparing for the podcast (reading all Google alerts about “Revolution”, scanning articles and forums about key points, reading and collecting related articles from science news) as well as post production.

It takes the time we actually record and then about twice that much to massage the digital file and get it to the point I can publish the audio file – bring it into Audacity to edit major mistakes (big silence gaps etc.) then run it through “Levelator” (a great free program that automagically levels out all the audio inputs from my mic, his mic, music, or interviewees audio) then port it to ITunes to convert to MP3 then run it into MP3 Tag program to add the meta data to the file and then ultimately uploading the file to Libsyn – a service for podcasters and creating a download link. All the while I have to write the blog post and find photos to go with the written details and that is a whole other process of sourcing photos. Most of the time I would watch a playback of the show online and capture video clips to then clip a photo and add annotations to it and post it in the web post to make a point. This took much time; I bet The Engineer wouldn’t have lasted a season if he was involved more than sitting down in front of the mic – ;<)

So, I am a bit relieved to focus my time on my new podcast I am developing and will eventually be doing much of the same work to produce that show… in the mean time, I can steal away for 45 minutes watching the replay of Revolution and zooming through the commercials… no much time to do that, and heck, I enjoy relaxing a bit with a show…

Thanks for being a loyal listener, we really appreciate that!


car camera recorder December 27, 2014 at 3:50 am

When I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify
me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added
I recieve 4 emails with the same comment.
Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service?
Thank you!


Jake Robinson December 27, 2014 at 4:32 am

can you let me know where you originally commented (episode & date)? I have over 1,000 spam type comments so it is very difficult to locate your original comment… if you can do this I should be able to fix your problem… cheers,


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