Oct
01
2014
1

Video/Audio recording bleg.

Basically: if I want to keep decent sound quality for my phone interviews I need to stop converting them into MP3 format. Unfortunately, I am not exactly a sound engineer, so I don’t know what the alternatives are. I want to mostly keep the audio files on this site, which gives me a single-digit MB limit per file (which I don’t really want to adjust); what format should I be using, and what editing software.

Also: I need something better than Movie Maker for my YT files. I know, I know: evergreen complaint.

Oct
01
2014
0

Having audio technical issues: please stand by.

Did an interview this morning, only I can’t seem to get it to play on the site now.  Weird.

Sep
30
2014
1

‘The Wild Rover.’

The Wild Rover, Dropkick Murphys

Really, a lot of this kind of music only makes full sense if you’re half drunk and not disinclined to mix it up with people, if necessary.  Two conditions that are not unknown among my ancestral people.

Sep
30
2014
8

Book of the Week: Lord of Light (We hit a Patreon goal!).

Patreon link here: they need buttons, frankly.  Anyway: time to bring back Book of the Week as a regular feature.  I’ll do it every Sunday, so that I can remember it easily, but we’ll begin with one for the rest of the week: Lord of Light.  I mentioned it, like, five years ago, but it really is one of the best science fiction novels of the 1960s, and maybe the best one that Roger Zelazny ever wrote. It’s kind of about Hinduism (explicitly), kind of about Buddhism (explicitly), and kind of about how Enlightenment can take you over even when you don’t want it too; but it’s mostly just good. It’s so good, in fact, that I don’t know if anybody’s ever really tried to top it.

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Sep
30
2014
6

A rare open thread.

What do you folks want me to pontificate about? The Ebola thing is sucking out all the conversational oxygen in the room, honestly. I welcome suggestions.

Sep
29
2014
1

‘Rose Tattoo.’

Rose TattooDropkick Murphys

As I said, getting deep into the Celtic stuff this week.

Sep
29
2014
0

Immortality.

I backed Potato Salad.

 

And now, the hat.

Sep
29
2014
5

Quote of the Day, I Want Them To Run Away When They See Me Again edition.

From a not-really-a-review of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor:

The fact that the warlords remember you (previousEncounter=1) and talk trash when you come at them again is cool and unfortunately rather novel. Personally I think more games should have cut scenes where the bad guys acknowledge that I, the protagonist, have in fact killed 800 henchmen at this point in the game, making me one of the most successful spree killers in history.

I’ve thought this, myself. Probably everybody who plays video games has.  …I hope. because otherwise I’m just being weird.  Well, weirder than normal.

Sep
28
2014
0

‘The Green Fields of France.’

Ain’t going to look for referral money on this one, either.

Eric Bogle

Sep
28
2014
1

“The Band Played ‘Waltzing Matilda.’”

No attempt to get money of this, sorry.

It’s the Pogues.

Sep
28
2014
0

‘Thousands Are Sailing.’

Thousands Are SailingThe Pogues

Lotta British/Irish/Scottish music in my head lately.  It happens.

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