Episode 11: Attach All the Storage

Episode 11 has been posted… a week ago! The guy writing these posts needs to be fired… Since the episode was recorded at the very end of June we celebrated Pride with Rainbow Seeker from Blake’s Hard Cider!


Brandi first had it during Pride last year at a local restaurant… which now has an Unusually Pink Podcast sticker up! Can you spot it?


While we’re on the topic of Pride and tasty alcoholic beverages, check out the sweet Pride shirts released by Wise Bird Cider, a new cidery in Lexington, Kentucky. Also scope out this delicious treat we recently shared there with CraftBrewGeek. Be sure to give his Instagram a follow for all kinds of craft beer and street art.


We don’t know what was better; drinking it or eating the fruit. For other new places in our area serving delicious alcohol, we spent Brandi’s birthday at the recently-opened Sig Luscher brewery in Frankfort, Kentucky! It’s a great place with super chill people. It gets bonus points for being doggo friendly!


Phones and alcohol, the epitome of a millennial night out. If you’d rather stay home and play video games with a classic Russian Gold Farmer cocktail, don’t forget the most important ingredient: Ginger Bawls. Remember not to gargle!

Do you need to remember when Brandi’s birthday is so you can shower her with praise on social media next year? It’s simple, just Google the date of the infamous O. J. Simpson low-speed Bronco chase. It’s way more exciting than when he won the Heisman…


Running into trouble with your local storage or a lack thereof? You may want to take the same road as Brandi and invest in a Qnap NAS (Network Attached Storage.) Just be sure to do your homework like Brandi and know the reason you’re buying a NAS; you may be better served by an offering from Synology! Do you have the NAS worked out but you need the drives? Be sure to get the right ones. Once you’ve got it set up, you can “scan” all of your important documents with the Dropbox app. Once we’re done with this maybe we’ll have recommendations on the best paper shredder to buy. We’re kidding, of course… everyone knows we’re gonna use the one at work.

Are you looking to stand up a VPS (Virtual Private Server) for hosting and/or development? Check out some of the extremely affordable offerings from Vultr! Using John’s affiliate link helps keep mission-critical websites like laifu.moe online. If you don’t like Vultr, DigitalOcean is another solid choice. Regardless of which host you choose, though, John recommends Nginx for your web server. If you’ve got no idea how to get started with Nginx, Digital Ocean has an amazing guide for configuring it on Ubuntu Linux.

Regardless of whether you’re setting up a NAS or a VPS, don’t be a chump; secure your shit! You can do that with a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt. If you’re configuring it on a VPS, the Certbot utility makes it easy to get certificates, renew them, and configure your web server appropriately. It’s a win-win-win!

If you like cute animals, be sure to follow Big Cocoa Puff on Instagram. And if you don’t like cute animals, don’t @ us.

If you like cute animals, be sure to listen to all of our hilarious, animal-friendly episodes. They’re all available on Podbean and all major podcast platforms. Stay pink!

Episode 10: Reeeeee, E3: Part 2

Have you been listening to our episodes and thinking, “Gee, they sound super awkward. I wonder if they are…”? Wonder no more! Enjoy Brandi and John in their full, awkward glory in their first YouTube video!

This week’s beverage was the Strawberry Gose from Braxton Labs! It’s part of the new graduate series and is insanely delicious.


For the sake of everyone’s sanity, unlike last episode we won’t be including videos for every game we mention in the episode, just the ones we’re the most hyped about! Brandi and John are both heavily debating getting into (Brandi)/back into (John) Elder Scrolls Online for the new Elsweyr expansion, especially since more content in the expansion released during their E3 event. If you want to check it out but feel overwhelmed, John recommends looking into the great content from Dottz Gaming. If you prefer the filthy casual route (which both Brandi and John also play), you can check out the mobile game Elder Scrolls: Blades. It’s coming to the Nintendo Switch in the fall, too. Be sure to drop us a line and let us know which control scheme you use if you play it! Just don’t be too salty if you’re just now getting started and missed out on all of the in-game goodies they gave away for E3.

Ghostwire Tokyo looks like straight nightmare fuel, but we’ll throw money at anything created by the best human being on the planet, Ikumi Nakamura. Don’t believe us? Check out the fan art people did of her after her E3 presentation! There’s no release date for it yet, but we’re already thinking Brandi is going to need to stream herself playing it.

The Devolver Direct was super trippy, but also pretty entertaining. We still have no idea what the hell was going on. And yes, the House of the Gundead announcement was REAL. The arcade cabinet should be available in the first quarter of 2020 for a cool $5,000 USD. Fingers crossed a local barcade gets it!

John is stoked over Larian Studios reviving the Baldur’s Gate franchise with Baldur’s Gate 3. With only a teaser video and no release date, we’ll probably be waiting for a while. Seems like a good time to get caught up with the enhanced editions of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2 on GOG, though!

John’s going to have to start pinching his pennies to buy a Nintendo Switch now. Both he and Brandi are going nuts for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, coming November 15, 2019. We highly recommend you also check out the 30-minute gameplay demo to see the insanely slick new style!

Brandi is straight up losing her shit over how many paths she’s going to make in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Assume delays in our future episodes once she gets her hands on it on March 20, 2020. You can see the path-making and more in their gameplay demo.

Brandi and John are both geeked for the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Brandi will be playing it for the first time while John will be getting nostalia’d right in the feels from when he played it on the original Game Boy. Relive the classic in the gameplay demo.

Sadly, we didn’t see anything for the Untitled Goose Game, which Brandi has been waiting for since 2017. According to the website it’s supposed to release on the Switch and PC in 2019.

Best of all… we’re down to just two weeks for Brandi to pick up her puppy! Here’s what he looked like during a recent road-trip where she got to visit him!


Do you love how witty we are? How awkward we are? Both? Then be sure to catch every episode, available on Podbean and all of your favorite services! As always, stay pink!

Episode 9: Reeeeee, E3: Part 1

Are you ready for vidya games, alcohol, and tangents? Hopefully you are because Episode 9 is now live! E3 is under way so Brandi and John discuss what they’re the most hyped about from the expo’s early announcements.

Our beer this week is Elevator Lady by the Unknown Brewing Company. It was another gift from CraftBrewGeek! Along with following him on Instagram, you should be following his super cute dog, too!

He shared the beer with us during an event at the West Sixth Farm celebrating their 1 year anniversary! We even got them to put up one of our awesome stickers! It’s placed right next to the Craft Brew Geek one!


Sadly, we didn’t get one of the slick pint glasses they made for the event.


We were hoping to add a companion glass to our West Sixth 7th anniversary glasses. John snagged a bonus one for Brandi.

Brandi’s latest podcast obsession is Ologies by Alie Ward. If you listen to the Mixology episode, you too can make killer gin and tonics like this one John threw together.


Tons of awesome stuff got announced during the opening days of E3, including Xbox Game Pass for PC! For $5 a month, it seems like a good deal if you like a lot of games from Microsoft Game Studios.

The game Brandi and John are both the most excited about is Cyberpunk 2077. Do you like cyberpunk stuff? Guns? Hacking? Cybernetics? Keanu Reeves? Then this should be a must play game. The new trailer was… breathtaking.

If you think it looks good, it’s also probably worthwhile to check out their 48 minute gameplay demo from August of 2018.

The best video, though, is when Keanu Reeves came on stage right after it was revealed that he’s going to be in the game. People lost their shit in the best way possible.

The dude who told Keanu that he’s breathtaking got a free game out of it just because CD Project Red is awesome. You can support CD Project Red directly by buying the game DRM-free from GOG. Their new GOG Galaxy desktop client is pretty slick, and you can even periodically redeem free copies of games you already own on Steam for free with GOG Connect. Brandi and John might stream Cyberpunk 2077 to their Twitch channel with Squad Streaming. It’s slated to release on April 16, 2020.


Brandi really enjoyed the Ori and the Blind Forest, so she’s stoked about the sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps… even if it looks like there’s a decent bit of being chased involved. It’s coming out on February 11, 2020.

Minecraft Dungeons is something both Brandi and John are looking forward to grinding for gear in. They’ll be able to play it in the spring of 2020.

Also coming out in early 2020 is Dragon Ball Project Z if you’re a millenial who wants to get your nostalgia on.

As an RTS scrub, John is looking forward to playing Age of Empires II Definitive Edition. He’s going to lose so many multiplayer matches. He’ll be getting his ass kicked when it releases in the fall of 2019.

He won’t have a ton of time to play it, though, because he’s going to completely abandon the rest of his life for a new MMO addiction when Phantasy Star Online 2 drops in the spring of 2020. The original Phantasy Star Online birthed the insane GameCube controller with a full QWERTY keyboard in the middle.

Long before he plays that, though, Brandi will be getting her loot on in Borderlands 3, which releases on September 13, 2019. If you’re excited about it, too, then you’ll be happy to know there’s a free DLC that acts as a segue for the story between the two games called Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary. If you’ve not played the Borderlands games but want to, be sure to check out the Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC for Borderlands 2, which is Brandi’s absolute favorite.

Think that was a lot of gaming news? Next week we’ll be back with even more games from E3! Be sure to keep an eye out for it on Podbean or your favorite podcast service. Stay pink!

Episode 8: Playlists and Privacy

Episode 8 has been released (a few days ago, but John was unproductive with regard to writing this post) for your enjoyment. Listen to Brandi and John note some fun updates regarding the Unusually Pink Playlist and share some of our favorite privacy tools for browsing the web!

Do you need to know how to own your photos without doing the always-embarrassing hover-hand? Check out John’s brilliant performance at Disneyland. Note how well his shirt matches!


Not doing the hover-hand almost makes up for that mustache he had. Almost.

Our beer this episode was brought to you by the always awesome CraftBrewGeek. Check him out on Instagram and Twitter! He gave us awesome shoutouts during the Country Boy beer cheese competition. Donations to this year’s competition benefit Old Friends Farm.

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The beer was the slightly-too-sour Blackberry Sour from West Sixth. Pucker up!


For more of the Unusually Pink Adventures In Alcohol, if you happen to be in central Kentucky you should check out Castle & Key. Brandi and John are enjoying their vodka and gin while their bourbon ages. They also have some of the most scenic grounds you can find at a distillery. Just look at the pictures below if you don’t believe us.

If you’re in the area, you should go just a couple of minutes down the road to get a meal at The Stave, home of amazing food and even more amazing cocktails.

If you like what Castle & Key has going on, we’d recommend you follow their former master distiller who started their bourbon on the path to success along with their adorable catbassador on Instagram! Brandi and John have both been privileged to pet Rick so try not to be too jealous.

Have no idea what we’re talking about when we reference the Unusually Pink Playlist? Wonder no more. You should most definitely follow it on Spotify if you aren’t already.

Are you looking to upgrade your online security? No matter your browser of choice, you should scope out uBlock Origin for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. Not enough? You can also add Privacy Badger from the EFF to your Chrome and Firefox repertoire. If you’d like to support the EFF even more while also getting your learn on, check out the Humble Hacking 2.0 Bundle. John bought it this weekend! Wanting to go to the next level with a VPN because you don’t trust 1.) your ISP, 2.) public WiFi or 3.) both? You may want to look into Private Internet Access or TunnelBear. Just be aware this won’t help you for things like Google tracking what you purchase when you send receipts to your Gmail account. In that case you should consider looking into ProtonMail. DNS is also a massive source of information leaks (if not content), especially if you use the DNS servers from your ISP. You should at least consider using something like

Are you using Windows and worried that Windows 10 is spying on you? Learn how to turn off a lot of Microsoft’s data-gathering here. Even better, if you’re using Windows 7 you should perhaps consider doing the same thing as the government of South Korea and using Linux instead of upgrading to Windows 10.

Is your password game weak? If so you should absolutely upgrade to a password manager. Not using a password manager? Then I have bad news… your password game is WEAK. We recommend checking out a few good candidates like:

Feel enlightened? If you want more, all of our episodes can be found on Podbean and your podcast service of choice. Stay pink!

Episode 7: The Salt of Thrones

Episode 7 has arrived, and with it a lot of salt. If you need to temper the amount of sodium in your life, check out BLACKPINK, as featured in our Unusually Pink Playlist. I’d also recommend sipping some bourbon, just like Brandi and John in this episode.

We start slinging salt by mentioning how our plans for BlizzCon have changed. We’ve got a post with all of the NaCl-generating details available here. We also get pretty salty with the ending to Game of Thrones, which made no sense. Even Samwell seemed pretty confused at the end.


If you want to read some stuff by David Benioff that won’t be super disappointing like the writing for the last couple of seasons of Game of Thrones, check out his books The 25th Hour and City of Thieves. If you’re looking for shows to fill the Game of Thrones-sized void in your life, try watching Chernobyl, which is airing now. In a few weeks, Brandi and John will be eagerly watching the first episode in Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, scheduled for June 5th. In the fall of 2019 we’ll be looking forward to the new Watchmen series.

If you want to be pink, you may want to scope out shoes by NOBULL. They’re all pretty amazing, though we’re partial to the pink trainers John recently bought.


If you need a new phone and don’t want to drop $1000 on a flagship, you may want to consider the Pixel 3a or 3a XL. If you’re interested, you should watch the MKBHD review:

John’s eyeing up the “Purple-ish” color and showing it off with this clear “case”.

Missed an episode? Take a look at all of them either on Podbean or your favorite podcast platform. As always, stay pink!

Episode 6: Huzzah, Hobbies!

Time to get your unusually pink fix with Episode 6, now with even more rhyming! We won’t disappoint you, unlike the ending to Game of Thrones. The other thing that won’t disappoint is Old Ezra bourbon from the Lux Row Distillery. I’d highly recommend snagging a bottle if you can find any and appreciate good bourbon. Speaking of good beverages, check out Celery City if you ever happen to find yourself in Sanford, Florida.

You might think we’re insane raving over the new Windows Terminal if you aren’t a computer geek, but just look at this thing!

We can’t wait for the beta release, slated for sometime later this summer. In the meantime, you can nerd out like us and keep an eye on their GitHub repository. It’ll make an awesome pairing with the new Windows Subsystem for Linux updates that were also announced at Build! If you’ve got no idea what John meant by tmux, be sure to scope out our blog post on fun open source projects. If you’d like to nerd at the next level like Brandi and John, you should also check out the Fira Code font so you can use ligatures. Just in case you missed it from the video, this is a ligature replacing how the normal less than or equal to operator looks:

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We know which one we’d rather look at!

If you’re interested in doing any code, you can join John in failing to learn Go. The book he’s been using is Get Programming With Go. Is your desktop operating system holding you back? You may want to check out Pop!_OS by System76, then. It’s easy enough to make a bootable flash drive for it with Rufus!

If you enjoyed the episode, make sure you’re caught up on all of them either at Podbean or any other platform you like. Stay pink!

Episode 5: Gotta Blizz 'Em All!

Episode 5 is now live! Here’s an actual photo of Brandi at the opening day of the Detective Pikachu movie.


Feel free to check out our favorite brewery, Country Boy Brewing! Be sure to drop us a line on Twitter or Instagram if you’ve seen Country Boy beer in the wild! Bonus points if you’re listening to this podcast because you saw the sticker I put up at the Georgetown brewery!

Need some nightmare fuel? Check out sharks with people teeth. Want something way cuter? Then dig into the Detective Pikachu Pokemon cards that Brandi is trying to collect. If you’re a fan of Pokemon cards, you’ll want to be sure to scope out her latest haul!

As always, you can find our episodes on Podbean or your podcast service of choice!

Episode 4: Beer and BlizzCon

Our 4th episode is now live! We start off with some amazing beer we got courtesy of Craft Brew Geek. We also talk about one of our favorite conventions, BlizzCon! Tickets for BlizzCon 2019 are going on sale this week. Along with that, we talk about our experiences at the convention last year including pointers for new attendees to learn from our rookie mistakes. We also discover the secrets of why Brandi (and the buns) like Best Buy so much.

Check out Brandi’s mouse du jour, the Razer Deathadder. Our beer this episode was from Southern Grist Brewing. Our amazing logo (and hence the sticker design) came from JPFDesigns.

Are you a scrub who wants to get good at StarCraft 2? Check out Vibe’s Bronze to GM series for Protoss, Zerg, or Terran. Or do you want to be a filthy casual who plays mobile games like Brandi and I? Then try Egg, Inc or AFK Arena.

As always, you can check out all of our episodes on Podbean or your platform of choice.

Stay pink!

Episode 3: Jams & Japan

Episode 3 is all about our jams and Japanese history! Do you like the dankest music around? Do you like Japanese history? This is the episode for you! The Unusually Pink Podcast is now available on your service of choice, including:

You can check out our sick new podcast setup here.

If you want to learn about our Spotify playlist, you can check it out here.

Information on the Railbird Music Festival is here. Information for the On The Rail Roots Festival is here.

All episodes can be found on PodBean.