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The Regular Usual Episode 015: Solo Dolo I (Audio+)

Uh, it’s been a minute to say the least.

But fret not young listeners, you’re about to enjoy a verbal ear beating that details what’s been going on in my world since the last podcast.

Topics range from home remodeling updates, experimental ideas, masturbation and pooping in public.

Can’t lie, I was a little rough around the edges after so much time off but I’ll let you make your own assessments.

The makings of a new kitchen

The makings of a new kitchen

Topical links:

Eating Crickets for under $10

Casey Neistat’s Vlog

The Ketogenic Diet & more…

Minimalist Weight Training

The NOBNOM Challenge

Mark Sisson on the Joe Rogan Experience

Daily Grind Crossfit (Groupon Link)

Tough Crowd

Just in case the Biebs isn’t for you…

Send me your comments, concerns, or ideas via Facebook, Twitter, or

The Regular Usual Episode 014: Robert Higginbotham

(Inhales deeply)

It’s good to be back family. After 3 moves, living without a kitchen, and the struggle to stay warm, I’m finally back to podcasting.

This week’s guest and I go way back (almost 20 years) and while neither of us would say we were tight while growing up it was a pleasure to get an insight to who he really is.

Besides being an all around great guy, Robert is someone who is willing to put in the work to change his life for the better. Whether it’s grinding through course work that most people struggle with or losing over 100 lbs, Robert’s done it with a smile on his face and envy worthy self discipline.

I wasn't lying when I said 100 lbs

I wasn’t lying when I said 100 lbs

Episode Links:

UCF’s Road Map to Computer Engineering
How to Read Music
Types of Coding and Their Applications
Microsoft Coding Courses
Future Crimes: Everything is Connnected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It  by Marc Goodman
Couch to 5K
TOR Network

Robert’s Favorites:
Netflix – Dexter, Orange is The New Black, House of Cards, Arrow, The Flash
Books – Books by Ben Carson, Game of Thrones
Websites – BleacherReport, ESPN

I also get Robert’s thoughts on:
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Edward Snowden, and the future of Artificial Intelligence

*Don’t forget to cheer Robert on as he embarks on his 1st half marathon.

Connect with Robert on Facebook and Twitter

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The Regular Usual Episode 013: Six Month Recap

Here’s a quick sub 30 minute podcast on things I’ve learned from over the last 6 months of starting this project.

To those of you who’d rather read than listen to me stumble over my words, I touch on:

  • Becoming a homeowner
  • Improvements for future episodes
  • My documentary idea
  • Upcoming plans
  • Listener suggestions

Thought this was dope


If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuseJason Ferrugia

Focusing on the details is the easiest way to get nothing doneRamit Sethi

Episodes mentioned with the best feedback & highest downloads include interviews with:

For more talk on process of purchasing a home click here.

I also continually refer to the New Year, New Me is Bullshit article I wrote on 12/31/15.

Finally, if you’re enjoying any lesser known musical artists who you believe deserve more exposure OR if you want another platform to share your content, contact me at any of the following:

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New Year, New Me is Bullsh*t

Read Time ~ 7 minutes
Word Count – 1280

Courage is strength in face of pain or grief, what’s harder than being honest with ourselves?

I hate New Year resolutions. I’m scared to fail.

Typical resolutions involve losing weight, quitting a vice, or making promises you won’t keep. I’ve failed each of the 3 I just mentioned.

In the past I’ve told myself “at the end of 20____  I will finally see my abs.” “In 20____ I will stop watching porn.” “The year of 20___ will be the end of flaking on people.” “This will be the year I start my own business.”

I can’t tell you how long I actually stuck with each of these but:  I still can’t see my abs, I didn’t last more than 2 weeks without using the Incognito tab, I just flaked on someone last week, and I’m not generating my own income.

If you’ve ever attempted and bailed on a resolution, I can relate. The key is finding the smallest achievable ‘win’ to keep momentum.

A quote I heard not too long ago but is often echoed by James Altucher “be 1% better each day”, it’s hard to fail when you set the bar low, but how do you gauge what a 1% improvement is given your current state in life?

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The Regular Usual: College Football Show – Week 14 2015

This is it people, the final week of games before bowl season starts and 6 weeks till you’re left wondering “Where has all the football gone?”.

*UPDATED 12/7/15*

#RivalryWeek did not disappoint, unless you’re Gator fan (that one stung).Screenshot 2015-12-02 10.12.51

For Week 14, I had fan favorite Patrick McLymont (4-7) back on trying to finish the year with a winning record.

We break down & pick 6 games for weekend, talk about past performances, and discuss the coaching carousel.

Regardless after Saturday’s games, the CFP Playoff will be locked in, bowl game matchups will be set, and the newest Heisman will be named. So enjoy it while it lasts fam.

Another week, another highlight video courtesy of CNtaco. Check out more of the CNtaco’s work on YouTube.

Game Pick Result
Texas at Baylor (-21) Baylor -21  Texas 23-17
Temple at Houston (-7) Temple +7  Houston 24-13
USC at Stanford (-5) USC +5  Stanford 41-22
Michigan St (-4) vs Iowa Iowa +4  Michigan St 16-13
UNC vs Clemson (-5) UNC +5 Clemson 45-37 
UF vs Alabama (-17) UF +17  Alabama 29-15

Pat’s Picks:
Baylor -21
Houston -7
USC +5
Michigan St -4
UNC +5
UF +17

The Regular Usual: College Football Show – Week 13 2015

Rivalry week. Where even if your season is a wash, a victory over your rival and spoiling their success tastes just as sweet…or you get crushed and watch your coach get the ax.

***UPDATED 11/29***

Last week I had a solid performance at 10-6 which puts me right under 60% for the year and this week I cross that line.

This week I’m joined by longtime friend Wes Crockett and we break down 7 games for Thanksgiving weekend, talk coaching vacancies, and playoff expansion.

Another week, another highlight video courtesy of CNtaco. Check out more of the CNtaco’s work on YouTube.


Game Pick Result
Ohio St at Michigan (EVEN) Michigan  Ohio St 42-13
BYU (-3) at Utah St BYU -3  BYU 51-28
Penn St at Michigan St (-11) Michigan St -11 Michigan St 55-16
Alabama (-15) at Auburn Alabama -15  Alabama 29-13
UCLA at USC (-4) USC -4  USC 40-21
Ole Miss (-1) at Mississippi St Miss St +1  Ole Miss 38-27
FSU (-3) at UF FSU -3  FSU 27-2
Notre Dame at Stanford (-4) Notre Dame +4 Stanford 38-36 
Texas A&M at LSU (-6) Texas A&M +6  LSU 19-7
Oklahoma (-7) at Oklahoma St Ok St +7 & -58  Oklahoma 58-23
Baylor (-2) at TCU Baylor -2  TCU 28-21
Miami at Pittsburgh (-6) Miami +6  Miami 29-24
USF at UCF (no line) USF  USF 44-3

8-5 or 61% ya dig? Which brings my Overall above that 60% line I mentioned at the top. Dang I’m dope.

Overall: 124-79

Wes’s Picks: 5-2
Baylor -2
Ohio St
Notre Dame +4
Oklahoma -7 & +58
Alabama -15
Ole Miss -1
UF +3

The article Wes mentioned regarding Devon Gales.

Donate to the Devon Gales Fund.

Follow Wes on his personal Twitter and his work account SWAC Compliance

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The Regular Usual: College Football Show – Week 12 2015

Finished off last week in that cushy .500 spot. Nothing to write home about and far from brag worthy.

*UPDATED 11/22*

This week I’m joined again by Patrick McLymont as he drives home from work. Pat’s looking to improve his win percentage from Week 7 where he went 2-3 and he’s gunning hard for 6-0.

In this episode, we break down 4 showdowns against ranked opponents, give quick picks for 2 more, talk about the Heisman race and alternate scenarios for the College Football Playoff.

If you’re tired of seeing Ronda Rousey get head kicked, then you’ve come to the right place.

Check out more of the CNtaco’s work on YouTube. I’ve been using his highlight videos for a bit. The guy is talented. (see below)

Heisman Leaders:
Patrick – Derrick Henry, Ezekiel Elliot, Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield
Jordan – Deshaun Watson, Derrick Henry, Baker Mayfield, JT Barrett

Game Pick Result
Memphis (-1.5) at Temple Temple +1.5  Temple 31-12
Michigan (-4) at Penn St Michigan -4 Michigan 28-16 
Michigan St at Ohio St Michigan St +13.5  Michigan St 17-14
USC at Oregon (-4) USC +4  Oregon 48-28
UCLA at Utah (-2) Utah -2  UCLA 17-9
Northwestern at Wisconsin (-10) Northwestern +10  Northwestern 13-7
Louisville at Pittsburgh (-2) Pittsburgh -2  Pittsburgh 45-34
Mississippi St at Arkansas (-4) Miss St +4  Miss St 51-50
Baylor at Oklahoma St (EVEN) Baylor Baylor 45-35 
TCU at Oklahoma (-10)* Oklahoma -10*  Oklahoma 30-29
LSU at Ole Miss (-4.5) LSU +4.5  Ole Miss 38-17
East Carolina (-14) at UCF UCF +14  ECU 44-7
Cincinnati (-2.5) at USF USF +2.5 USF 44-23 
Georgia Tech (-2.5) at Miami Miami +2.5  Miami 38-21
FAU at UF (-31) FAU +31  UF 20-14
Chattanooga at FSU (-30.5) Chattanooga +30.5  FSU 52-13

Oh shit…10-6

Overall: 116-74

Pat’s Picks:
Utah -2
Ohio St -13.5
Oklahoma St
TCU +10
LSU +4.5
Oregon -4
Pat Overall: 4-7

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The Regular Usual Episode 012: Get After It with Chris Hilbert

Chris is currently a Corporate Recruiter working with Citi, who’s spent the majority of his professional career in the staffing industry.

In this episode we discuss everything from the pros and cons of pledging a fraternity, applying for jobs that play to your strengths, disappointment in UCF’s football team, and what Chris vibes to on the way to work.

Don’t be afraid to fail. You learn the most from your failures – Chris Hilbert

Episode Links:

Netflix Shows to fill the void: Narcos, Master of None, Gotham

Smart Cuts by Shane Snow

UCF Football



Like Hip Hop? Check out Chris’ Spotify Playlist to change up the pace

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Ideas for future guests or any other feedback? JDASH@THEREGULARUSUAL.COM

The D-Evolution of Texting

While doing my monthly computer back-up, I came across something I wrote back in April 2014. Is it great? No.
But I figure it groups nicely with the other BS post I put out a while back. This is another edition of Tales from the C: Drive

First off here’s a DISCLAIMER for those you who A) hate long posts or B) only read while you’re in the bathroom. If you’re a group A individual, there’s an ‘X’ in the corner of the screen you should click now.

However if you relate to group B here’s a few preemptive tips: provide courtesy flushes if you’re in public or at work, stand up occasionally to prevent your feet from going numb, and wipe twice more than you think is appropriate.

That being said, this is the first article/blog post I’ve ever written and allowed people to read and approximately 40% of it was written with the assistance of friend named Cabernet Sauvignon. Here goes…

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The Regular Usual: College Football Show – Week 11 2015

With an 8-7 record last week, I don’t have high hopes for a perfect week of picks. Regardless, I’m going to give it another go and cross my fingers, hold my breath, jump up and down…you get the picture, to keep that overall win percentage up.

Big shout out to those few loyal listeners each to these specialty episodes, if I gave you each $1, I wouldn’t be out more than a 50 spot.

*UPDATED 11/15*

Heisman Race: Deshaun Watson, Derrick Henry, Corey Coleman, Ezekiel Elliot, Leonard Fournette

Game Pick Result
Georgia at Auburn (-2) Auburn -2  Georgia 20-13
Utah St (-1) at Air Force Utah St -1 Air Force 35-28 
Memphis at Houston (-7) Memphis +7  Houston 35-34
Miami at North Carolina (-13) Miami +13  UNC 59-21
Washington St at UCLA (-10.5) Wazzu +10.5  Wazzu 31-27
Oklahoma at Baylor (-2.5) Oklahoma +2.5  Oklahoma 44-34
Alabama (-8) at Mississippi St Mississippi St +8  Alabama 31-6
Oregon at Stanford (-10) Oregon +10  Oregon 38-36
Temple(-2.5)  at USF Temple +2.5  USF 44-23
Minnesota at Iowa (-12) Minnesota +12  Iowa 40-35
North Carolina St at FSU (-10) NCST +10  FSU 34-17
UF (-7.5) at South Carolina UF -7.5  UF 24-14

6-6    I keep it .500

Overall: 106-68

Playoff Predictions – Week 11 (in no order)

Ohio St
Notre Dame


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