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Balls - Ill Communication

Posted February 29, 2016 into Sport by beeso

In which Beeso and a manflu-afflicted Dr Yobbo discuss the worst job he ever had, getting off Oscar's lawn, ridiculously pointless arguments, we need to talk about Kevin, Captain Jack goes off on one, tiki-taka basketball, Red Alert, a man kicking a dog, the price is wrong, Hot Spurs, mo' money mo' problems, a bit of Totti, Woj is a wanker, Test Match(es are) Special, another Red Alert, Super Duper Rugby, this could be their year, Blues clues, five percenters, Red Alert Beyond Thunderdome, wearing nostalgia, colour codes, Red Alert Part IV: A No Hope, and broken elevators. - Dr Yobbo

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43 Balls

Posted February 9, 2016 into Sport by John Birmingham

In which Beeso and the Doc talk Bathurst's code war, Going Small for Dummies, Beeso's Hot Take™, private equity Dicks, the Wide World of Extreme Sports, their comprehensive, thoughtful and flat-out-wrong Super Bowl 50 preview, and much much more for so much less than you would expect to pay.


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BigWillieStyle mutters...

Posted February 10, 2016

I thought it was Super Bowl L? When did they decide to ditch the Roman numerals?

I watched the Super Bowl on Monday. Couldn't believe how relentlessly awful both quarterbacks were. And the choice of Von Miller as MVP was just wrong. I thought Jarryd Hayne was easily the best player on the field.

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Balls Ep 28

Posted September 22, 2015 into Sport by John Birmingham

When too much sport is barely enough, Beeso and the Doc more down your throat. With a fistful of free books, signed by me.

All the deets are here, along with wraps of all the finals.

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Posted September 25, 2015
Listened. Loved it. Liked the promos for JB bookiness. Loathed that ya gotta be on FB or a tweetererer to enter. To paraphrase Danny Trejo:
"dweeze don't tweet"
...nor does he do the book of faces.
...but I'll be back anyway.

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Two Balls

Posted September 17, 2015 into Sport by John Birmingham

Because my balls handling skills were a little off this week.

First up, Beeso and the Doc discuss fat blokes running into each other, and then they look back at TISM.

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dweeze ducks in to say...

Posted September 21, 2015
What a load of bollocks. This is just the sort of ballsup that I enjoy. I'll be coming back for more next week.

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Balls Ep 26

Posted September 9, 2015 into Sport by John Birmingham

In which Beeso and the Doc get busy with summer ales, backlash clickbait and "who is the Star Wars of football sides".

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Posted September 9, 2015
holy shit!

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Fitbit review, sort of

Posted May 16, 2013 into Sport by John Birmingham

How totes ironical that after linking to the Power Paunch story, I get a nudge from Attendly that a long piece I wrote for them about the Fitbit has just gone live. Here's the opener:

I used to be a fat man. Not Biggest Loser fat, but fond enough of my bakery treats to have spent more than a decade on the wrong side of morbid obesity. It would have killed me eventually.

But about four or five years ago I got rid of most of the weight through a combination of brutal exercise and calorie control. (I know, who’da thunk it?) And since then I’ve (mostly) kept it off.

You too could look this svelte if you weren't so fat.

But it’s a struggle. It’s a hell of a struggle to change the habits of a lifetime in the first place, and even more so not to relapse. So anything which helps keep me out of the bakery and going to the gym, or the dojo, or just walking the damn dog a couple of times a week, is welcome.

That’s why I rushed to embrace the Fitbit earlier this year. It’s why I’m still wearing it right now, even though it’s not a magic device that melts fat and builds muscle like an action movie montage.

So, for those of you unfamiliar with the technology, what the hell am I talking about?

The Fitbit is just one of a whole bunch of wearable gizmos — digital pedometers really — which have been selling like the hotcakes I shouldn’t be eating anymore. I can’t speak to the usefulness of competitors like Nike’s FuelBand because I’ve never used them, but I’ve been wearing my Fitbit since getting it last Christmas. It’s basically a small black lozenge-shaped device, a little smaller than your little finger. You can slip it into your pocket, or put it in a clip-on holder and attach it to a piece of clothing. Your jeans pocket, a bra strap, whatever. It measures not just the number of steps you take, but the intensity of your movement. There’s also a quite sophisticated altimeter to keep track of the number of floors you have climbed—(although ‘floor’ is really just an estimate).

As somebody who works in front of a screen all day I can attest to the accuracy of the Fitbit in tracking how much energy I burn—or don’t. On days when deadlines see me slumped in front of my keyboard, it lets me know all about my complete lack of mobility.

And here's the rest of it.

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pi mutters...

Posted May 16, 2013

OT, but someone has written an open-source newsreader to replace google's shutdown. If interested :

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted May 16, 2013

Good article! Write that, Dan Brown!

I like that old observation.

What is the best day of a diet?
Tuesday, because it is over by then.

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Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted May 16, 2013

I got me a watch that links up to one of those wanky elastic chest strap heart rate monitors. The effect of knowing the estimate of how many calories I burnt and my heart rate in a sesh has helped me to shift a couple of kilos in the last six months.

My bet is that anything that makes us conscious of our energy output also makes us conscious of our energy input and whether we're doing enough about either.

The suits that I bought in Vietnam a couple of years ago need replacing because the trousers keep sliding down and that is something that I'm cheering about. The alleged Power Paunch can get fucked, I want to live and move in the manner to which I was always accustomed.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted May 16, 2013

stop wasting time with gagets science and hurry up and give me my supersoldier serum that turns me into a buff superman with no effrot.

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JG reckons...

Posted May 16, 2013

Great review, JB. I wear my Fitbit all the time too. Found out about it from you, so thanks. I love it but the manual food entry and the limited range of foods is a pain. Thanks for being my Fitbit pal, JB. I'm into week one of Michelle Bridges 12wbt. I using other fitness apps too: Endomondo and FtitnessPal. Typing on phone, so please excuse typos

JG :)

P.S. I have lost 12kgs since January thanks to my Fitbit. Now 58.6kgs. I ran 8kms in the Mother's Day Classic Fun Run in Brisbane last Sunday. Thanks for getting me back to health and fitness, John.

Joanna G.... Long P.S. ;)

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Tim Milfull has opinions thus...

Posted June 10, 2013


I know this is only a few weeks after you reviewed The One, but I wonder if you have heard any feedback about FitBit's Aria scales or the Flex? I already have a set of fancy scales, but the Flex looks pretty intriguing, particularly the alarm - I'm curious about the lack of a screen, though...

Would apprecite your thoughts or direction.

I also agree with your final pars in at the end of the review - I recently lost fifteen kilos after eight solid weeks of intense boxing and diet, and then smashed 2/3 of it back on in response to work strees and the black dog. Bring on the emotional re-engineering, I say!


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