2 Cyborgs and a Microphone
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF September 2016
    @Shankt and I started recording a podcast a few months ago. We've started publishing and we'd love if people would listen, and subscribe if it suits you.
    We have been discussing issues that relate heavily to the grinder community all the way from noots to our own implants.
    This isn't a sponsored show, we're just taking money out of our own pockets to buy equipment and time out of our day to work on it. We don't have commercials or mention products unless we've used them.

    We didn't want to promote this show until we had a chance to record a few episodes and today we uploaded to YouTube so please share this if you think it's worth passing on.

  • BirdhandzBirdhandz September 2016
    Thanks for sharing this and for making the podcasts.  I hope you keep making more and don't just stop like so many other podcasts out there have.

    I look forward to your next episode about TDCS.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF September 2016
    Thank you, @Birdhandz. We didn't want to do any promoting until we had a few episodes under our belt. As you may have noticed our style became less wooden as we got farther along and that was important for continuing. Another aspect was that we started with very broad topics but that will also fall away. Our later episodes are more specific.
    Our next episode comes out this Saturday.

  • ZerbulaZerbula September 2016

    Will listen soon!
  • BirdhandzBirdhandz September 2016

    I just finished listening to your latest episode about TDCS.  You guys are doing a great job with the podcast so far.  I can't wait to see what other topics you come up with to talk about.

    It did surprise me that neither one of you guys tried any other montage besides the DARPA one.  I intended to try that one as my first "experiment" with the TDCS device.  I got my right and left sides mixed up because of this picture from  http://totaltdcs.com/


    I did eventually try the official DARPA montage and I prefer the way I first did it with the Anode (+) above my left eye or temple (around position F9) and the Cathode (-) on my upper right arm.  If either one of you (or someone else) is still using the device, you might want to try that positioning.  I can't say exactly what it does for me but it seems to improve my mood and I can stay focused on one task instead of constantly wondering thoughts.  Reminds me of caffeine without the racing heart, shaking hands, or stomach problems.

    I did try reversing the anode and cathode and I didn't like it.  That did seem to produce the opposite effect and I couldn't stay focused on anything.  I still keep trying different positions but seem to always return to the first one I tried.

    I can feel it working after only 5 minutes but normally go for 15  to 30 minutes. 

    Keep up the good work.
  • MTSMTS September 2016
    Just listened to the first few episodes about to listen to the rest later. awesome stuff, keep up the great work guys
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF September 2016
    @Birdhandz, I was a little scared off after I got scars on my head and shoulder. I know more about safety now but I'm a little gun-shy after all this time. If it weren't for my naivety back then I probably would have tried more montages. I was keen on the one that increases the ability to differentiate sound frequency. Maybe I'll give it another go.
    Thank you for the encouragement.

    @MTS, we're glad you like it and thank you.

  • BirdhandzBirdhandz September 2016

    I forgot you actually had burns with scars.  My first tries with the machine I bought with the included electrodes was painful and might have caused burns If I had used it longer like that.

    I contacted the seller and he recommended using a mixture or salt AND baking soda.  I've been mixing 1/4 teaspoon of each with a cup of water.  I'm not sure what the baking soda does (if anything) but using that saline solution along with actual sponges between the electrodes that came with the kit and my skin, it is a lot nicer to use.

    I still need to find my meter to test the bought device as well as the homemade one I have been working on.  I have a feeling my battery is getting weak cause it doesn't feel as strong as it was before.  I left it turned on accidentally one time for an unknown length of time and I think it wore down the battery.  The effects don't seem as strong as they were either.  I assume that would mean that lowering the current is going to make it more comfortable but not as powerful but it might just be the voltage getting too low to stimulate the brain.  Without that meter, I can't say if the current stays at 2mA. even as the voltage drops or not.  The voltage wasn't include in the calculations I did for the resistor values so it makes me think that it might be the voltage getting too low to make it through the skin and bone to get to the brain.  It would also explain why many designs use higher than 9 volts.

    I look forward to your next podcast, I think it is on safety.  That sounds like good information to know if you might be thinking of even minor "home surgery".  Even a tattoo needs clean tools and techniques plus aftercare to keep clean without infection.  Sticking magnets or other stuff inside your body would require even more care. 

    If you talk about sterilizing the tools and magnet, you might want to mention the information about NOT using bleach or hydrogen peroxide on TiN coated magnets.  Those are two common cleaning chemicals that I might have tried had I not read that information.  Also not heating the magnet like boiling or autoclave (pressure cooker).

  • QuantumQuantum September 2016
    Nice, very well done dude. Keep it up.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF September 2016
    @Birdhandz, I read your recipe earlier and when I mix up a batch I will definitely include the baking soda.
    I hope you enjoy the episode about safety. I welcome criticism if I say something incorrect. I'd rather be corrected than to let a mistake slip through and become disinformation.

    @Quantum. Thank you, we will keep making them.
  • DmLawrenceDmLawrence September 2016
    Shared on social media...Love it! I like how you guys became more comfortable as the episodes went on.
  • c00p3rc00p3r September 2016
    enjoying your podcast i was referred to it by another player on habitica, and i myself am a co-host and producer for another biohacker/grinder podcast aptly named "dangerous minds" and would like to invite yal on for an episode at some point, we rotate between news discussions and interviewing someone from the community for our lineup, feel free to reach out to us if interested at [email protected] and you can find more out about us through our homepage at www.dangerousminds.io and or http://pca.st/38OG
  • BirdMachineBirdMachine September 2016
    Looks like I've got plenty of auditory ways to keep up with things while at my day job :) Looking forward to listening! 
  • ZerbulaZerbula September 2016
    Keep making episodes! :D

  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF September 2016
    Thank you for all the encouragement!
    Please enjoy the latest episode

    It's about a couple subject near and dear the Biohack.me community and where I learned everything about Coatings and Safety.
  • BirdhandzBirdhandz September 2016
    Great episode.  The part about passing out was something to think about if you try to do this stuff yourself.  I don't have any implants yet (waiting on the magnets to be ready) but I'm not sure if I will try implanting myself or not.  I cut myself all the time but never on purpose or with the intent to shove something into the wound.

    The information about Sugru is something that NEEDS to be made more available to everyone.  I watched the Lepht Anonym videos too and heard that she (it) used Sugru and hot melt glue.  That sounded like a simple and cheap solution to the bioproofing problem.  Too bad it doesn't actually work.

  • WinterhammerWinterhammer September 2016
    Enjoyed listening to some of these on the bus yesterday, keep up the awesome work!
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF October 2016
    Here's our episode ten.

  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF October 2016
    Episode eleven.

    I don't know how many people rely on me posting here to see when new shows are up. I don't want to spam the forum.

  • BoboTheEpicBoboTheEpic October 2016
    I would say you're fine to continue posting here. It's not like you're just endlessly bumping the thread without adding to it.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF October 2016
    Halloween bonus episode!
    Caution, I saw the word dick.

  • NoxNox November 2016
    I like how you guys have become more relaxed & less wooden every episode.

    The Halloween episode was hilarious & the puns were cringeworthy. Keep it up!
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF November 2016
    @Nox, thanks! Our delivery has taken a lot of work and some conscious effort so it's great to hear that it's paying off. I'll be sure to keep the puns coming.
  • c00p3rc00p3r November 2016
    looking forward to our joint conversation on sunday, hopeful both of yal will be able to make it out the more cyborgs on mics the better i think.
  • BirdhandzBirdhandz November 2016
    I'm enjoying both of these podcasts. 


    I'm subscribed to the 2 Cyborgs and a Microphone channel but I vote to keep posting here when new shows are available.  It shouldn't take up too much bandwidth for a post every couple weeks and it could give us a good place to discuss the topics further if there are any questions or comments.


    I've been using AntennaPod to listen to your podcasts.  I think I might be an episode or two behind on them though.  Your podcasts are longer than the 2 Cyborgs ones so it takes a bit more time to get through them but I still try to listen when I notice a new show.

    I look forward to hearing both podcasts together.

    Keep up the good work on both of these podcasts.
  • c00p3rc00p3r November 2016
    thank you for your encouraging words.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF November 2016

    Here is our twelfth official episode. The last two shows we talked about inputs and outputs as they relate to a microcontroller so this week we're talking about microcontrollers. Mostly Arduino since they're accessible.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF November 2016

    Episode thirteen is a great episode to show people as an introduction to biohacking. Tim and I have gotten more relaxed on the microphone and we get into WHY we do what we do. We've recorded three episodes after this and out of all seventeen episodes this is our favorite and the one we point people toward.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF December 2016

    We have posted episode fourteen on YouTube and our other usual podcast posting place. This one should have more appeal to non-grinders since it discusses RFID access to things like cars and homes. These are readily adopted by grinders with implants but that's not necessary to enjoy the benefits.

  • mpmkmpmk December 2016
    Awesome work! 
    Just gave a 5 star review. :)
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF December 2016
    @mpmk, thank you! We appreciate all the reviews.
  • dezie_mmdezie_mm December 2016
    Subscribed, liked and commented!
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF December 2016

    This time, the topic is our community. The spotlight is on everyone here! Spoiler: I'm kind of a jerk when I open my mouth.

  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF December 2016

    Episode 016 is about cyborgs in science fiction. We have our own favorites. Which ones were missing from our list?
  • actiiactii January 1
    15 andd 16 were my favorite,, inspector gadget was the best, I wanted to watch them backward ffrom 17 but just couldnt wait after reading the comments, great work guys
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF January 14

    We just released episode 017 which was about acetylcholine a brain chemical which can help with memory and focus. Tim is really the brain chemistry expert between us so my purpose was to ask questions and let Tim teach.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF January 28

    In this episode Tim and I talk about failures we've seen. Not just things like rejected magnets but flat-out what-the-hell-were-you-thinking projects.
    There is a running joke on biohack.me and if you listen at 22:25 I mention it.

  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF February 10
    Hello, listeners.
    Tim and I would like to do a show on gene editing with a focus on CRISPR. I know next to nothing about this and I was hoping someone here would be willing to take the time for a Skype or a phone call and talk with me about it. It wouldn't be recorded, just a chance for me to ask all the noob questions. PM me if you can.

    We'll have another show tomorrow and this time we're talking about the singularity. It seems like Singularity should be capitalized even though it hasn't happened and doesn't have a perfect definition. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    Thank you, all!

  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF February 11

    As promised. here is our episode on the Singularity. This episode has a few naughty words which are a change from our usual format.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF February 25

    Episode 20.
    This time we tackled a pretty serious subject, religion.
    Give it a listen, it gets a little tense between Tim and me.

    Also, if anyone is, or knows, a religious scholar who is opposed to grinding and would like to discuss it please send them my way. This isn't to try to "win" or put an end to the debate, I simply want to have a frank discussion about the whole deal.
    [email protected]
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF March 12

    Episode 21
    2xCb+Mic was started as a part of Twin Cities Plus, a Humanity+ chapter and local charity. Unfortunately, TC+ has had to shut down. 2xCb+Mic will continue without the help of TC+. During this show, we discuss why it failed and what's next. Also, a few words to earn our "EXPLICIT" rating on iTunes.
  • NoxNox March 16
    Good to hear you guys are keeping it going. *bionic thumbs up*
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF March 27

    We did a show on genetic engineering. It's exciting stuff even if a lot of it went over my head.

  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF April 8

    Project management doesn't seem like a terribly exciting subject but I've seen some worthy project fail to get off the ground due to poor planning.
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF April 23

    I don't know if YouTube videos are working here any more.
    Tim and I just released a show on cryonics. It's currently the most actionable step toward immortalization.

  • Youtube link
    Show page

    We did our second episode on human longevity. This time we talked about uploading someone's personality and intelligence to a computer.
  • Youtube link
    Show Page link

    This was our third and final (for now?) episode on immortalizing humans. Mostly, we talked about Aubry deGrey's work on biological immortality for humans. This guy may be way ahead of his time.
  • https://youtu.be/-k1hl-MbpOo

    Show page link

    Let's be honest, episode 026 wasn't our best work.
    After listening to ourselves, we wanted to improve so we made some subtle changes to the way we organize ourselves. Episode 027 is leagues better in our opinion.

    Have you considered that as ever-changing organisms our rights will need to change? A recently released paper talks about four new human rights that our community is aptly posed to understant.
  • Listened to the first 5 or so episodes and subscribed. Cool stuff!
  • McSTUFFMcSTUFF June 12
    @Radiance, I'm glad you like it. The episodes get better and more fluid as they progress. We're not afraid of feedback or discussion either.
  • Listened to the rest of it over the past few days. I liked it a lot and I'm definitely going to keep listening for as long as you keep putting these out. I kept it in mind that you asked for feedback while listening.

    I like both of your voices! You have very nice sounding voices, and sound different enough from each other that it's very easy to follow what is going on.

    I liked the instances where you mentioned this forum. I'm still somewhat new to this forum, and have been enjoying kind of digesting a ton of old threads. Your show inspired me to look up the Fungus Computing thread, hilarious. I also need to track down Thomas Egi's flowchart.

    I noticed a may slight trend towards longer episodes as the show progresses? I think that's good. The 15 minute episodes felt brief. A lot of my favorite episodes were ones where you gave yourselves a little more time to talk.

    My favorite episodes that stand out in my mind are the Halloween episode, the two part interfaces discussion, Failed Projects, Project Management, and Posthuman Rights. Project Management was probably my favorite single episode.

    It was also really cool hearing about nootropic stacks. I think it was noopept/cholene stack that got mentioned? I know little about nootropics, and I think occasionally focusing in on a given stack or interaction between supplements is an interesting diving point for learning more. It might be interesting to even hear a beginner friendly discussion of kind of cutting through the bullshit on nootropics, since supplements can be so prone to snake oil and hype.

    Have you guys considered occasionally interviewing a guest speaker? It might also build listener engagement to like do a mailbag segment where you briefly discuss or answer listener generated questions? Just random ideas to flesh out content.

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