Kurt grew up in an Air Force family. He was born in Panama, and he lived in Arkansas, West Germany, and Illinois before he moved to Houston in 1995 with his parents and little sister.
He knew how to operate a VCR by the age of 2, and his parents helped instill a love of God, music, film, comedy, and nerdiness into his life.
Anson and Kurt first met in beginner's choir at Mayde Creek Junior High and have been inseperable ever since.
After graduating from Mayde Creek High in 2006, he spent the next 8 years getting a Bachelor of Arts in Music and an MBA from Angelo State University (Go Rams!). There, he met the love of his life, Casey, and they got married and live in Dallas with their two cats, Xiao and Moe.
He loves the Marvel comic world (and movies), film, music, books, Dungeons & Dragons, board and video games, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, pop culture, the Catholic Church, and plenty of eclectic and niche things.
May 30th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 34 mins
For our first-ever midseason finale, we take a spoiler-filled dive into Avengers: Endgame (starting at the 30-minute mark). We hit the highlights and discuss our favorite parts of this epic milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also: why the future of handheld gaming is cranks.
May 9th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 5 mins
We're joined by Pete Sosa, a punk rock percussionist with The Street Dogs and C.J. Ramone. Pete has rocked out from coast to coast... to coast, and the other coast. He's got the inside scoop on recording albums, life as a touring musician, and the latest V-Drums. Also: the importance of staying hydrated onstage.
April 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 5 mins 52 secs
We continue checking items off of our homework to-do list with a musical suggestion from Mr. C: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Formally known as "The Year 1812 Solemn Overture", this classic piece doesn't get enjoyed enough in its entirety.
April 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 24 mins 18 secs
It's a battle against WiFi on the high seas! Anson joins Kurt from a cruise ship somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico for a chat about cruises, Captain Marvel, and black holes. Also: the joys of 24-hour pizza service.
March 28th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 12 mins
Deal me in and turn it up to 11, because we're diving into card games and symphonic metal -- and even some of Kurt's original compositions. Also: are YOU going to Scarborough Fair?
March 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 34 mins 7 secs
We did our homework! Well, at least half of it. We watched Tron (1982) at Mr. C's suggestion. On this very special Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track, we discuss the special effects, music, and Legacy of this pioneering sci-fi film.
March 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 59 mins 54 secs
There's never a dull moment between musical competitions, athletic competitions, and even D&D baby number two. Also: the inner workings of one Admiral Boom.
February 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 56 mins 46 secs
A cinematic year in review, the Super High-Scoring Bowl™ (didn't watch), and the occasional technical difficulty. Also: where (and when) to go to San Antonio to see men propose en masse.
January 31st, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 31 mins
We're joined by Heather Campbell, who's an old friend, an Artist at Valve Software, and a MOBA connoisseur. Also: that's three things, so Half-Life 3 confirmed.
December 27th, 2018 | Season 1 | 58 mins 27 secs
Our first-ever year-end retrospective show. We look backwards and forwards to all things Blank Tape, and end with a live musical performance to celebrate the season. Also: It's a Wonderful... Recasting!
December 6th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 19 mins
Bugs, crashes, simulators, scrums, sprints, and -- quite literally -- grumpy old gits. It's all in a day's work as we explore what it takes to make an app, how we got here, and why we care so much about apps anyway. Also: why two burgers are better than one.
November 22nd, 2018 | Season 1 | 6 mins 1 sec
Brainstorming topics for next episode. Will it be computer science, software development, or all of the above?
November 15th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
She's got a Ticket to Ride, and we do, too. This episode is all about the board games, from the small ones that sharpened our minds (and competitive spirits) as kids, to the large family games we enjoy today. Also: how to get your practice in for a dice game against Davy Jones.
November 1st, 2018 | Season 1 | 12 mins 56 secs
The secret behind the music in "Meet the Sniper", and why we aren't worried about ripping off from Valve.
October 25th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
Pull up a chair and roll for initiative -- it's time for some Dungeons & Dragons! Kurt gives us an overview of the game, its history, and its modern champions. We share our personal experiences and stories of memorable games past. Yes indeed, in the game where your imagination is the only limit, there's truly something for everyone. Also: all about the one shot we did at Kurt's bachelor party... but it wasn't that kind of shot.
October 4th, 2018 | Season 1 | 3 mins 4 secs
Backstabbed by Offbrand.