LOS ANGELES — On Talking Your Tech this year, we had an amazing array of guests from the varied worlds of music, sports, TV, film, news and even magic.
The idea for the show when we launched in 2011 was to feature celebrities—the folks we look up to and find fascinating — talking about the role technology plays in our lives.
In 2013, we had over 50 guests — everyone from NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, violin maestro Joshua Bell, comedy legends Mel Brooks and Joan Rivers and former Gov. Mike Huckabee — talking about their tech.
Here are some highlights:
— Williams said he was a "hopeless nerd" who spent his evenings cruising websites looking for a hot Internet story to bring to the news the next morning.
— Bell, the classical music superstar, is such a gamer he once traveled with desktop PCs to keep himself busy after shows.
— Rivers, who got her big break on the Johnny Carson era Tonight Show, said that if she was starting out now, she would skip comedy clubs and just perform online.
— Kelly Rowland, a founding member of Destiny's Child with Beyonce, talked about the importance of backup. Her iPhone went dead earlier this year and she wasn't able to retrieve precious photos of the Super Bowl Destiny's reunion.
Take a look at the accompanying highlight reel, which jams many of our best moments into a 2-minute retrospective. And gaze at this great roster of folks who appeared on the show this year:
— News: Williams, CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King, Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca, Fox News' Huckabee and Meet the Press anchor David Gregory. Two highlights: King monitors her lack of sleep (she arises around 4 a.m.) with the Jawbone Up while Rocca is such a cutup he gets under the hotel room bed to record his voiceovers on his USB microphone. (No joke.)
— Music: Banjo master Bela Fleck, jazz singer Bobby McFerrin, rock guitarist Slash, members of Linkin Park, young pop star Cody Simpson, Rolling Stones' pianist Chuck Leavell, producer Dave Stewart, The E Street Band's Stevie Van Zandt, composer Hans Zimmer, singer Rowland, jazz legend George Benson, producer Quincy Jones, and classical stars Bell and Helene Grimaud. The tech highlight from this bunch would have to be the new Vjam app from Zimmer (the composer of everything from the summer Superman movie to 12 Years a Slave) which brings background music to your smartphone videos.
— Comedy: Cedric the Entertainer, Bob Saget, Jeff Garlin, Joan Rivers, JB Smoove, Patton Oswalt, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Gabriel Igelsias and Tom Green. Smoove riffed on how folks should put peanut butter on the back of their smartphones to keep them from cracking the screens? (He wasn't being serious.) Hard to forget that moment.
— TV: Keeping up with the Kardashian mom Kris Jenner, the Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, Orange Is the New Black's Jason Biggs, Jon (Bar Rescue) Taffer, The Talk's Julie Chen, Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory), Extra anchor Maria Menounos, Univision's Raul De Molina, LeVar Burton, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, talkshow hosts Arsenio Hall, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Wendy Williams and Rev. Al Sharpton, Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) and Mike and Molly's Billy Gardell and Reno Wilson. Can you believe that Biggs actually likes to take on his "Twitter" haters and engage them in heated battles?
— Movies: Paula Patton (Disconnected) Asa Butterfield (Enders Game) and Zach Braff (Oz: The Great and Powerful.). Braff is a big fan of community websites, and went on, after our interview, to raise $3 million on Kickstarter to fund his latest movies.
— Magic: Justin Willman did iPhone tricks for us. He made one disappear into a balloon.
— Sports: former NFL great Terrell Owens, LA Clippers star Chris Paul and NASCAR's Nelson Piquet. All three are way into tech, but none as rabidly as Paul, who has seven TVs in his home—with one connected to a Slingbox, so he can never miss a game.
Readers: Follow me on Twitter @jeffersongraham, and thanks everyone for watching in 2013.