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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Making up for lost time

I have the rough draft of show 5 recorded. It goes into post production tomorrow and should be up by the weekend.

On the geek-ish front I renewed my subscription to City of Heroes / City of Villains a short time ago. It's the only MMO that I've ever had any interest in. None of the others (thankfully) appealed to me.

I read and collected comics growing up and the superhero genre, in any media format, has always held a great deal of appeal to me.

So I got to head out and play for a couple hours with some friends, which is the other great appeal to the game. We all "met up" on Skype (a free voice chat program) and talked while we played.
Some people may consider this and think "Why? Why don't you all meet in person, go to dinner, see a movie?". Well, we have done those things, though not recently. This is why we do get together online like this. It gives us a chance to socialize and catch up on things without the added time of arranging to meet, getting somewhere then getting back home again. We can hang out and talk then when we're done we don't have to drive home before turning in for the night.
Life takes time; families, jobs, homes, etc. All of this adds up and we don't get to see each other face to face as often as we like. We will have real life gatherings, we've not given up on it. This allows us to stay in touch and up to date in a more convenient fashion.

Internet communication does not make people less social and turn them into zombified shut-ins. The Internet has opened up the world and made staying in touch easier than ever. It is a tool of communication and, when not abused, can help bring the world a little closer together.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Show #4 (finally) posted!

Show # 4 was just posted. Sorry for the delays. I'm even more sorry about the audio quality. It's not where I wanted it to be after getting rid of show 3's microphone.

I tested out a different mic earlier today and I'll be switching to that one for show #5. We should see an improvement in the sound quality at that point.
Then all I'll need to fix will be my own delivery. :)

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Show release 004 delayed

I was not happy with the sound quality of the show so I have not posted it yet.
Sadly I then got caught up in some real life things that have prevented me from finishing my re-edit.
I expect to have the show posted Memorial day weekend at some point.
Sorry for the delay.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Show 3 is up

I managed to finish editing the file last night and posted it this morning.
I tried out a new microphone on this show and learned a very important lesson; Test new hardware before putting it into production.
The sound is going to be a bit different in this show but I'll be switching back to my other cheap mic for the next production.

Show notes for episode #003

Climbing Jargon Outdoor climbing videos Indoor climbing videos

Training for Climbing by Eric J. Hörst

Tank Girl Warriors of Virtue Clip for Warriors of Virtue

Stylus by Alan Mecan Wombat information

Thursday, May 11, 2006


I don't know what I have this week but it feels awful.
Body aches, fatigue, scratchy throat, yech.
Show 3 is in the works but it will be a little bit delayed.

Episode delay announcement.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Episode 2 of the podcast is up and ready for review

In this episode we talk a little bit about actor, author, director and interesting fellow Bruce Campbell. We touch a bit on his past film work as well one of his books: If Chins Could Kill. I haven't read the second one, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, but if it's anything like his other work it will be worth reading.

We look at one of, in my opinion, Bruce's most fun films- Army of Darkness, directed by Sam Raimi.

We talk about the One Laptop per Child project, which I became aware of through the Memepunks blog (Keep an eye on this one folks, it's really quite cool!). The OLPC initiative website can be found here.

We also introduce our new feature, the song of the week. This week we have Secret Hallways by Aaron Rathbun.
The regular show music is listed in the right hand column.

In our tangent thought of the week we discuss Mary King's Close, one of the most fascinating places to visit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Army of Dakrness includes a tribute to Ray Harryhousen's groundbreaking special effects from the 1958 film 7th Voyage of Sinbad

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Alright, I missed Narnia in it's theatrical release so I'm watching it tonight for the first time.
The kids have just met Mr Beaver and he hands Lucy the handkerchief.

Where did he get it from? It wasn't in his paws as he walked up!
He has no pockets!
Where was he carrying it?!

Think about it!

All that aside I loved the movie! If you haven't seen it take the next opportunity to do so!

Monday, May 01, 2006

OTT Introduction show added to feed

Hey everyone, a short update today.
I added an Introduction show to give new listeners a brief overview of what the show is about to the feed.

Music, as usual, is from the wonderful folks over at
Ministry of Clodagh by amb26

Show 002 is almost done with post production and should be up soon.

Be well.


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