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Majel Barrett Roddenberry 1932-2008

On the 18th of December 2008, we lost "The First Lady of Star Trek" otherwise known as Majel Barrett Roddenberry. Although I had only met her once, and never had the opportunity to have her on any of our shows or interview her, she touched the lives of many Star Trek fans, myself included.

Caught in The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift

It was my pleasure being a guest on The Chronic Rift podcast episode 3. Along with writer James Moran, we were there to celebrate and discuss the 45th anniversary of Doctor Who. The episode was released on Monday, November 17, 2008.

Vote No to Discrimination by Voting No to Prop 8 in California

If you are voting in California today, please vote no to discrimination by voting no to the unfair Proposition 8 currently on the state ballot this election day. Join former President Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, Senator Diane Feinstien, Governor Arnold Schwarznegger, Magic Johnson, and just about every major California newspaper, and yes, Apple, Inc. in denouncing this unneeded and unfair Proposition on the California ballot which would take away rights to its citizens.

In the Tradition of Great Radio Drama - Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures

A Chance to Win Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures 1st Season Set and More -

By special arrangement between the Gallifreyan Embassy and Mike's Comics who is giving our Doctor Who: Podshock and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi listeners a chance to win a copy of Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures Season One Set. It is a CD ...

[Gallifreyan Embassy]

Something incredible happened when I was younger. A genre long thought to be dead with the dominance of television, the radio drama format was reintroduced to an audience hungry for it without them even knowing they were hungry for it. With Star Wars capturing the imagination of people of all ages, young and old alike it ushered in a new era of science fiction in film and television... but it also extended to radio as well. As witnessed by Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series (1978/1981 US) and the Star Wars radio series (1981) millions were introduced to the incredible special effects and visuals that radio had to offer to the science fiction genre format.

Are You Experienced?

As I write this, the Star Trek Experience is set to close forever in just over a week from now. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience the Star Trek Experience just prior to it's closing.

New Media Expo Exposed

Geoff Smith and IGeoff Smith and IAfter a day of reflection, the following are some of my thoughts after attending the New Media Expo 2008 which took place on the 14, 15, and 16 of August 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

New Media Expo 2008

New Media ExpoThe 4th annual New Media Expo is slated for mid-August this year. Whereas originally I was planning on being on tour and would have been in Cleveland, Ohio for the JTP podcast tour, I thought this would be yet another year in which I would be unable to attend this Expo which brings new media producers, podcasters, and other interested parties together under one roof with an exhibitors hall, lecture sessions, keynote addresses, connected 3rd party events, and networking.

This year, Doctor Who: Podshock will be represented as well as other planned future podcasts currently in the planning stages as I will be attending the expo. It is more important now than ever before since the podcast tour is no longer taking place as planned, it is a time where it is very important for us to reorganize and strategize where we are going with new media production.

Podcasting on Tour Update

This weekend we were to begin podcasting on tour with JumpCon. Both with the Doctor Who: Podshock podcast and the JUMP The POD podcast. The tour kicking off in Boston, MA after a delayed start originally planned two weeks prior in Kalamazoo, MI. 

For those of you coming here to for an update on on the tour along with promised audio and video podcast updates documenting the tour, I regret to inform you that the Boston launch date has now been cancelled. 

Ear Marked For Recommending

V-Moda Vibe Duo microPhone ear budsI've had several iPods over the years since Apple introduced the device. Since most of my time listening to the iPod is done via external speakers, be it my car Monsoon stereo system, or external speakers at the office, or the JBL Sound Stage speaker system, etc. As it turned out I didn't really use the ear buds all that much. Sure, I did while biking, walking, or doing work around the house... but that was pretty much the extent of it for the most part.

With the iPhone introduction last year, the pattern pretty much stayed the same as far as listening to music and podcasts. But the iPhone added something else to the mix; using the ear buds for phone calls. With the built in microphone and controller on the ear buds, it is far easier and preferable to use the ear buds than having to hold up the phone to my ear. This is especially useful for prolonged phone calls. 

George Carlin Has Died

George CarlinWhen I learned that George Carlin had died, I felt like I just lost a long time friend. Whenever anyone would ask me who was my favourite comdian, I would always respond, "George Carlin." I've been watching each HBO comedy special since Carlin at Carnegie Hall back in 1982. He once said that his job was just to observe life and report back later to tell everyone. What a wonderful job... it's the job description of an artist. He was an artist. A philosopher, a poet, a sun worshiper, and so much more. He always brought insight with his laughter. He always told it like it is and cut through the bullshit.

Initial Impression of the Flip Video Mino

In 2005, I bit the bullet with the purchase of our first HD video camera. At the time, there was not much of a selection of HD cameras in the consumer or prosumer market. It cost a pretty penny, but it was needed for a movie we were shooting at the time. Despite the age, it is still relatively new and in working order. I will be tagging it along with me on the JumpCon tour which will begin in just a couple weeks now. So why the need to purchase another video camera? One word: convenience!

That is the main selling point as far as I am concerned with the Flip Video Mino camera by Pure Digital Technologies. Think of it as the iPod Nano (not the new stubby sized one) of video cameras. It's other major strength is simplicity. Pretty much anyone will be able to work this camera, it is no more complicated than a point-and-shoot digital still camera.

Because of the simplicity, don't expect too many features, though it does have some. To my surprise it does offer zoom... Nothing too drastic. It may be purely a digital zoom, but I am not sure at this point (again this is just my initial review).

3G Gee-Whiz

It's here! Apple has now officially announced the new updated iPhone yesterday at Apple's WWDC. This came to no surprise to anyone that keeps on up tech. AT&T practically beat Apple to the punch with their memos concerning their staff vacation scheduling. It was obvious that something new and exciting was coming by restricting vacation time for their staff. The new phone, named the iPhone 3G because it uses the 3G data network which is a speed improvement over the Edge network that the original iPhone uses for data when outside of a Wi-Fi network.

New Site, New Vision

In my last post, I spoke of the website redesign for Art Trap Productions, the site you are reading this now presumably. If you were already familiar with the site previously, you may see the difference comparably like night and day. Most likely this site today being the "day" in that phrase.

Updating the ATP Website: New Hub

At long last, the update to the Art Trap Productions website is underway. This is something I have been meaning to do for quite a few years now. The last time I attempted it was back in 2005. At that time I was using the Dreamweaver suite of software to do it as I had been for... well for many years. Probably since Dreamweaver was up to version 2. Yep, that long ago.

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