I know I’m probably about a year behind the times, but I’ve only recently started listening to Google’s streaming “radio” stations instead of my own uploaded library. Music is a funny thing. You’re really into it for a certain phase of your life (typically pre-teen to college age), and then you get busy with other things and you stop paying attention to it. Subsequently, that era of music tends to become the standard by which all other music encountered is measured. In a sense, your musical tastes freeze even while artists and styles continue to wax, wane, and evolve. One day, you find yourself yelling down the hallway at your teenager to turn the volume down on whatever annoying bits of sound are passing for audio art nowadays. It happens to the best of us. Don’t laugh, your time is coming.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. For the last several years, my sanity during the morning and evening commutes has been maintained by a trusty list of shows that are currently of interest. Recently it occurred to me that I’ve never actually posted about the shows that I enjoy, which seems odd considering that I’m such a proponent of word-of-mouth advertising for the medium! First of all, I do almost all of my listening on a mobile device, my Samsung Galaxy S5 using Shifty Jelly’s Pocketcast app. I think I paid $3.99 for the app, but since I’ve already paid, I’m having trouble determining if that price is still accurate (simply shows as “installed” in the Google Play store page). At any rate, it was a small price to pay for an app that does exactly what I need with suitable customization that I literally use every single day.
Have you ever listened to your own voice? I can remember as a kid, my parents let us play around with an audio cassette recorder that they had for some reason or other. My siblings and I would sing songs, create shows, or just babble on about nothing in particular and then quickly rewind the tape to see what it sounded like. I had mostly forgotten that feeling until I started podcasting about two years ago. When I joined LOTRO Players News on episode 8, I started listening to that podcast every week to seek out areas of improvement for both the show Continue reading
Today is the one-week anniversary of my office room being declared (by me) a natural disaster. When your barefoot eight year old steps back and asks “why is it wet, there?”, you tend to spring into action, especially when it’s a basement room and the rain has been constant and heavy. And act I did, unplugging all of my equipment, moving my computer desk (and some bookshelves), and peeling back about 1/3 of the carpet to reveal a saturated pad underneath. Next came the box fan, de-humidifier and wet vac damage control. The wet vac was able to pull some of the moisture out. But for the most part, only time and good air circulation was going to cure the dampness of the room. A few days time, actually.