Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 98 - Raising Geeks with Scott's Dad

January 25, 2008 Comment on this post [28] Posted in Microsoft | Musings | Podcast
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P0005265_thumbMy ninety-eighth podcast is up. In this episode, Scott sits down with his Dad and talks about growing up as a geek, raising geeks, and the sacrifices families make to help their geek children succeed.

(BTW: Grandma is cool and Grandpa was also!)

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Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 25, 2008 8:29

This is sooo cool!
January 25, 2008 9:25
great show!
January 25, 2008 11:03
every time he said damn made me laugh. thanks!
January 25, 2008 12:14

Miss having you around.

I enjoyed this greatly and I think Michelle even got a kick out of it.

Hope all is well,

January 25, 2008 17:07

I use Juice to download your podcasts and to synch them up with Media Player as it's the only Vista podcast to Media Player program that I've found works well enough. Whilst your podcasts lack any album info via this method, I could live with that as they all automatically go into a playlist. This show and the last however now only have "Hanselminutes" as their title. Any chance of fixing this as a whole bunch of shows, all labelled the same isn't much use!
January 25, 2008 19:31
loved the show and kudos to your parents. I have 2 sons of my own; much more older now (21 and 23); and I can appreciate the challenges of raising kids.

keep up the good work.
January 26, 2008 1:13
It was a cool show. I could identify (and i bet i am not the only one) some similarities with my dad.
This show had something special. I enjoyed the time listening it.
Thank you Scott.
January 26, 2008 2:26
Thanks Scott ! Great pod.
January 26, 2008 13:23
Great show, very fun to listen to :).
January 26, 2008 19:21
Maybe you find this kind of strange, but I have noticed that you are able to write in Amharic. I wonder, if you could translate a name for me, CHRISTIAN, and send it to me? He is my husbond and I want to tattoo his name in amharic letters, but I don´t know how to make it... well, it makes me happy if you do:)

Take care,

January 27, 2008 20:19
Good pod cast for the weekend. It was enjoyable and made me laugh. :)
January 27, 2008 23:19
Nice show Scott. Looking forward to hearing from your Mom next year.
January 28, 2008 19:27
Great show. I have a new favorite quote: "Feed your spirit."
January 29, 2008 0:52
Great show.
You know, my fad is great such as yours.
January 29, 2008 6:16
Loved it. Truly precious.
January 30, 2008 7:17
>> This show and the last however now only have "Hanselminutes" as their title. Any chance of fixing this as a whole bunch of shows, all labelled the same isn't much use!

Give the Zune client software a try - it seems to handle podcasts quite nicely.

And no, you don't need a Zune to use it.
January 30, 2008 21:59
Hey Now Scott,
This was a great episode, really shows how nice of family you have. Your Pops is like a Windows Server 2003 just waiting for a request to build the 3rd chair for the kids table (v3.0).
Hanselminutes Fan,
January 31, 2008 21:04
I really enjoyed hearing from your dad and listening to you remember your childhood. I had a similar childhood (except we didn't sell the car... I just took over the home business computer). It's always interesting to hear the stories of other geeks in regards to their childhoods. It's amazing what just a little enabling can do.

I always tell people that the one greatest thing my father ever imparted on me was that he taught me how to learn and that it was ok to be curious.

February 02, 2008 1:24
Moving and inspiring, many thanks to both of you.
February 02, 2008 10:03

Excellent show. If podcasts where like food, this one definitely would fall under the category of "Comfort Food". Please archive in a "future proof format" for your kids to listen to when they get older. Can't wait for Mom's interview. Please thank your dad for sharing with us.

February 03, 2008 7:28
Great podcast. Your father is a neat guy and he raised an impressive son (well, two really). You are a teacher/enlightener Scott and I really enjoyed this podcast -- had me smiling many times. Thank you both. -Mike
February 04, 2008 16:35

Thanks for the tip regarding Zune. However I downloaded it, installed it, signed up to Scott's podcast by pointing it at and it informed me it wasn't a valid RSS feed. So I went back to using Juice and Media Player.
February 04, 2008 22:28
David, that's weird. I double checked and it's a valid feed. You can also try or, or you can just search for "hanselminutes" within the Zune software and click subscribe.
February 06, 2008 9:52
Scott, what a great great tribute to your father -- loved it!
February 06, 2008 17:02
Great show! Your father is a stand-up guy, you're lucky to have him as your dad!
February 08, 2008 2:40
Scott, I really enjoyed listening to this podcast! Your dad sounds like a great guy. The stories were so much fun to listen to, especially since I've known you from pre-GlucoPilot days (just barely), and see how you have done so well.

February 15, 2008 2:35
Scott, I wondered how you'd end up making this podcast 'productive' by the minute. It was great - you are a genius, your dad is an even more awesome guy! Thank you for recording this.
February 16, 2008 5:48
Beautiful show. It worked on many levels - a story about a "non-average" kid learning to fit into the world, a story about the choices of parenting, a story about a grown man connecting with his Dad. Great stuff. Your podcasts and writing have consistent quality and integrity. Thanks for putting yourself out there! Tell your Mom and Dad they did a good job.

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