Before Phones

Welcome to Before Phones — Where the Dinosaurs Roam. Our goal: To better understand the cryptic geologic era of Great Phonelessness called Before Phones.

Intro - Era Before Phones

It was a Time of Great Phonelessness

By Campfire Park

Granted, it was a bizarre time.

People actually had to talk to each other face to face. And there were only three channels on the TV. As unpleasant as that sounds, somehow it worked (although I have my doubts).

Before Phones: Where the Dinosaurs Roam

But how exactly did people survive (even thrive) before phones? Our podcast explores the latest discoveries about the Pre-Phone era, including interviews with its survivors, the latest archeological finds and other innovative research techniques.

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An in-depth geologic look

Granted, it was a bizarre time.

People actually had to talk to each other face to face.

Introducing Dino the phone-eating dinosaur

And there were only three channels on the TV.

As unpleasant as that sounds, somehow it worked (although I have my doubts).

Dino is just trying to understand modern life

But how exactly did people survive (even thrive) before phones?

Here at Before Phones (BP) “Where the Dinosaurs Roam” we explore the latest discoveries about the Pre-Phone era. Our methodologies include interviews with other dinosaurs, the latest archeological finds and a range of other innovative research techniques.

Mysteries We Explore

Nothing to fear, Dino will not harm you (but he may eat your phone)

Here at Before Phones (BP), we are dedicate to trying to understand the cryptic pre-phone era.

Unresolved questions include:

  • How people drove without texting?
  • What is was like to have only 24 photos to a roll?
  • How people (dinosaurs) coped with the boredom?

Our Goal

Dino interviews other dinosaurs

The pre-phone era also had its charm (so they say).

Our goal is to understand how society worked without everyone staring at their phone all day (and night).

  • To inform, inspire and educate about the pre-phone era
  • Feature guests from the Before Phone (BP) era
  • Continuously improve our understanding of phonelessness

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Tidbit: The average smart phone user checks their phone 47 times per day.

Dinosaur interviews himself
What a wonderful guest!

What’s the secret …

To a good interview?

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Some would say ample research on the topic you’re trying to discuss.  Others would say having a good set of questions.  Still others would say inviting in a good guest.  But for me, the secret to a good interview starts with the host.  It isn’t so much the questions or the answers as it is the good conversation to be had.  And really, for that to occur: Is there really a need for anyone else?  Answer: I would say yes.  The caveat is you better be comfortable having a dialog with yourself first.  And that’s why in many ways this is a breakthrough interview. 

Among the topics we cover:  My new idea for a great app, new details on the Time of Great Phonelessness (i.e. Before Phones), how phones stole our memories, the difference between prescient and clairvoyant, why a ranger kept returning to the swamp and what made him stop, the difference between a tree and a large blade of grass, why cigarettes are healthier than cell phones, how banjos went viral, and more.

Triceratops Talk
Bob and Dom talk Before Phone (BP) era

Welcome to Before Phones (BP),

“Where the Dinosaurs Roam.”

It was a Time of Great Phonelessness

In this episode, Bob the T-Rex interviews Dom the Triceratops.  Backstory:  I allow each guest to pick a dinosaur at the beginning of the interview, and I was almost positive Dom would pick Barney.  Then again, in retrospect the Triceratops makes sense since it’s the dinosaur version of a rhino which is his favorite animal, or one of them.  This wide ranging interview includes new insights into the Before Phone (BP) era and other tidbids.

A Stegosaurus Speaks
Exploring the Before Phone (BP) Era

Welcome to Before Phones (BP) …

Where the Dinosaurs Roam.

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In this episode, Bob (the T-Rex) sits down around the campfire for a trenchant interview with Rudi, who more closely identifies (and resembles) a stegosaurus.  Side note: Did you know that the T-Rex is closer in time to humans than the Stegosaurus epoch.  Yes, the Era of the Dinosaurs was that long, and practically forgotten.  That’s where the Before Phones (BP) interviews step in and try to describe what the Geologic Age of Great Phonelessness was all about.  

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