Meteorite In My Junk

Posted on April 30, 2015
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I don’t know if this is the entirety of my problem, but this little son of a bitch shot out my pee hole this afternoon. I was expecting it, in general, and I wasn’t expecting that. It’s a weird experience watching particulate matter emerging from where it usually doesn’t.

Life After Knowledge

Posted on April 27, 2015
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I really enjoyed Knowledge 15 last week. As always, it was a blast meeting customers, partners and coworkers. I always leave excited and exhausted. This is the fourth day since I got home and I am still tired. It’s a challenge getting back into the swing of my normal life and ordinary daily work but I will do my best.

Now I am anxiously waiting on Knowledge 16. It will be at the same place, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, May 15 – 20, 2016. I will do my best to be involved in pre-conference training because I find that enjoyable and valuable. If I met you this year, be gentle on me next year when I have forgotten your name. I’ve forgotten hundreds of them!

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The Bourne Consultant

Posted on April 24, 2015
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I’m having a “Bourne Identity” moment about my career:

I don’t mind wearing a suit and I really enjoying talking to customers and partners. Maybe I am a sleeper agent planted in Engineering 20 years ago by Sales and Marketing guys. It makes you wonder.

Vegas Conversation

Posted on April 20, 2015
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This is an actual conversation from my Vegas trip. I had met a guy playing Pai Gow poker and finally left after the dealer scolded me for playing my hand wrong. I played some roulette and talked to him on my way out. I was talking about my strategy for playing which is really a strategy for stopping. I’ll call him Stranger A. Sitting next to him is a dude I’ve never seen before, Stranger B.

Me: “I play a very boring roulette style. It’s less riverboat gambler and more insurance company actuary.”
Stranger A: “Thats funny.”
Stranger B: “Yes, actuaries!”
Me: “Are you an actuary?”
Stranger B: “I sure am. Look!” He turns to face me, and his shirt says in a fancy font “Actuary”.
Me: “Right on, actuary guy!” We high five.
Stranger A: “You two are stone cold nerds.”

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for April 18 2015 – Gimme the Bits

Posted on April 17, 2015
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In this episode, I play a song about Empty Hearts; I talk about not being at New Media Expo; I discuss implementing my “principle of least regrets”; I talk about Christiana Ellis’ video about Netflix and binge watching; I talk about Kickstarter and not wanting any more physical rewards; I reminisce about the Writers’ Strike Chronicles podcast.

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, April 18 2015

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Viva Las Vegas

Posted on April 17, 2015
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I’m on the road to Las Vegas, missing everyone I know attending the New Media Expo by 6 to 18 hours. Oh well. Note the Director’s Cut t-shirt for Penn Jillette’s movie. It’s the most Vegasy garment I own.

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Game of Thrones Game for Free

Posted on April 15, 2015
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I bought the Telltale Games app of the Game of Thrones game a month ago. Now and for a limited time, that game is free on various platforms. I’m still early in Episode 1, and am considering just going ahead and getting the season pass while it is on sale for 25% off. I wish I had waited instead of buying it, because I haven’t gone very far in the game at all. I could have saved $5 and used that towards the season. Oh well, it is all Amazon coin funny money to me anyway.

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Jellybeans

Posted on April 11, 2015
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Punkin hands me a jellybean.

Punkin: “What does it taste like?”
Me: “It tastes like piƱa colada. Like getting caught in the rain.”
Punkin: “Huh?”

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aprli 11 2015 – Losing It

Posted on April 11, 2015
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In this episode, I play a song from long-time friend of the show Rocket City Riot; I talk about losing my fandom and enthusiasm and how I think about retaining listeners and interest. I try to keep it from being a bummer, happy face y’all!

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, April 11 2015

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for April 2 2015 – Beyond the Wall Podcast

    Posted on April 2, 2015
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    In this episode, I have a long and delightful conversation with my friends from the Beyond the Wall podcast. We discuss their show, the Game of Thrones TV show, the Song of Ice and Fire novels and all things GRRM, along with a few digressions. This discussion is LOUSY WITH SPOILERS, up through the first four seasons of the television show and approximately the first four novels (I got waved off of a topic on the border because of spoilers.) Be warned if you are not current on the TV show there are many spoilers about who lives and dies, and large plot points.

    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, April 2 2015.

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    Editing Fun

    Posted on March 30, 2015
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    I am working on the podcast with my friends from Beyond the Wall. It is a big scale, long duration job editing a 150 minute conversation with five people. Additionally, at patron request I am for the first time adding in chapter marks for the conversation. That’s another big job as well as completely new functionality to me. It’s a job on its own separately from trying to cull all links for the show notes and fixing any sound glitches.

    Despite all that, just listening back to this is making me about as happy as I was recording it in the first place. I will really be interested in listener feedback on this one. I can’t tell if this is objectively good or if it is just a memento of getting to spend an evening discussing a subject I enjoy with people I enjoy. We shall see. For those that like it, you will get a lot of it to like. Lengthwise this episode is to my typical episodes as Song of Ice and Fire is to ordinary fantasy series.

    The one thing I am pleased with is how well the conversation went with such a large panel. By being explicit traffic cop and directing the question to specific people as it went, there is way less talking over each other than you’d expect in this situation. I expected I would have to fix some crosstalk as best I could, but there has been practically none. Color me pleasantly surprised.

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    My Audacity Wishlist Feature

    Posted on March 30, 2015
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    If I could get a FOSS genie to grant me one wish in the open source world, it would be for Audacity to have pitch correction on the playback so that when you listen sped up you can do it without the chipmunk effect. Especially as I am reviewing and editing a 2.5 hour file that is a panel of 5 people, I can’t differentiate most of the voices when listening faster than nominal speed because they all blur together. I’m not looking to permanently alter the file with “Change Tempo” (or even temporarily) but I just want to be able to review at higher (or lower) speed with the original pitch. My podcast player can do this, given enough resources I’m sure someone could do this. I saw that 2.1.0 was just released and I downloaded it with limited hope that maybe this feature was in this version. Alas, it was not.

    The real question is do I want this enough to download the code, set up an Audacity development environment and try to figure this out for myself? Possibly not. I need one more project like an aperture in my cranium.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for March 26, 2015 – Catalogs of My Failures

    Posted on March 25, 2015
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    In this episode, I play a song from Steve Conte; I discuss the blast I had with the Beyond the Wall podcast; I ask for feedback about long shows and hangout times; I talk about my failures to get serious about organization; I discuss my efforts to stay out of the despair pit; I tell the story of how I lost access to Scott Sigler books I had paid for; I discuss how using Linux is like driving a British sports car.

    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 26 2015

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    Scott Sigler 10 Year Anniversary

    Posted on March 23, 2015
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    Today is Scott Sigler’s 10th anniversary since he entered the new media world, podcasting and giving away his fiction. It’s worked for him, and he is celebrating with a special deal. For TODAY ONLY – which is code for “don’t dawdle” – he is giving away 10 ebooks for his 10th anniversary. This is all five of the published GFL novels, the three novellas set in the GFL milieu and two of his short story collections.

    I have a blog post percolating about the fiasco that lost me access to GFL books 3 and 4. It’s a story of my being a serial idiot. I got them as a package deal with the hardcovers but had completely lost the ebook files. Now, I have them back. It’s a great day for my Kindle.

    I recommend the GFL series and it is even safe for middle school and up. I read a lot of SF books and a lot of sports books as a kid. I’d have loved to have this mix back then in between my Heinlein juveniles and the formulaic stories of football championships won or drag racers peeling out.

    Don’t forget, this offer is for TODAY ONLY.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Hangout with Beyond the Wall podcast

    Posted on March 21, 2015
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    At 10 PM EDT (you have to do the math for yourself) I will be on a live Google Hangout with my friends from the Beyond the Wall podcast. You can watch it on YouTube later if you miss it. It’s all good.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for March 20, 2015 – Humanity

    Posted on March 20, 2015
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    In this episode, I play a song from Paul Westerberg; I talk about internet controversies, the culture of dehumanization and violence we live in; I conclude by relating how I feel as a parent to how I felt the victims should deal with harassment.

    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 20, 2015.

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    Me on the Nutty Bites Podcast

    Posted on March 20, 2015
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    If you invite me to your podcast via Google+ Hangout, it will look kind of like this.

    If you want to experience our epic conversation about Patreon, crowd funding in general and the ups and downs of this strategy, the whole conversation is on YouTube. Enjoy!

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    Jimmy Dore on WTF Podcast

    Posted on March 20, 2015
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    Here’s a funny quote from Jimmy Dore on this episode of WTF:

    “One day my brother out of nowhere starts complaining about the estate tax. ‘Hey, we got to get rid of this estate tax.” I said, ‘Phil, what are you talking about?’ He said ‘That’s when you die and you have millions of dollars, the government just takes half of it.’ I said ‘That’s horrible. Let me know when that becomes a problem for you but until then maybe you should turn off your AM radio and get invited to your own life. I’m sure the estate tax sucks but I’m pretty sure estates don’t have two cars that don’t work on the front lawn. You should be worried about the t-shirt tax at WalMart, you dickhead.’ ”

    This episode is funny and I like Dore’s stories. The one part that was a drag was when they discussed Dore starting a podcast before Maron and how he was a “pioneer” and “one of the first guys doing it.” This is 2008 they are talking about. There were at least 50,000 podcasts by then. Even though I listen to a lot of podcasts from the comedy world, it always bugs me how they consider everyone outside of the comedy podcast world as non-entities. Forget us dumb schmoes who just built the entire infrastructure that makes what you do possible, nothing much counted until standups got involved. You’re welcome.

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    Tonight on Nutty Bites

    Posted on March 19, 2015
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    Tonight at 9 PM EDT or whenever I can get there, I will be a guest on the Nutty Bites podcast. It will be streamed live via Google Hangout and YouTube so you can watch real time.

    The discussion will be about Crowd Funding and Patreon. I will discuss my recent experiments in my Patreon campaign and more I’m sure. It looks like the Q&A module is turned on so you can ask questions if there is something you’d like answered by the panel. I’m looking very forward to this discussion. Come join us!

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Bonus Podcast for March 17 2014 – Discussing Game of Thrones

    Posted on March 18, 2015
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    In this BONUS episode, I mostly discuss my experiences with the Song of Ice and Fire novel series and my recent viewings of the beginnings of the Game of Thrones television series. In there is a little discussion of my new lavalier microphone, comic book retailing and other good bits.

    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 17, 2015

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