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San Diego Comic Con 2011 is Covered in Doctor Who: Podshock 252

Doctor Who: Podshock 252

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 252
Running Time: 1:29:27

Our coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 with Tara Wheeler.

Hosted by Louis Trapani ( @LouisTrapani ), Ken Deep ( @kendeep ), Tara Wheeler ( @TARDIS_Tara )

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 2 "Rendition" Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 12
Running Time: 1:43:41

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 2 - "Rendition" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Benjamin Elliott, Darth Skeptical, Tim Drury, and Mark Goodarce).

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani , Dave Cooper @daveac , and Graeme Sheridan @The2ndDoctor

My Almost Correct Twitter Infographic

By coincidence, I have been planning a series of Twitter-based articles titled, "You Are What You Tweet." It's also the name of this infographic below based on my Twitter activity, which is mostly accurate except replace the pack of cigarettes in hand (I don't smoke) with an iPhone. Also, I am quite sure I send more than 1.27 tweets a day. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that already. I also wonder how the "enthusiasm" and "interestingness" is determined. Finally, half of the topics listed are actually other Twitter users, perhaps it should had focused on the hashtags I use.

Each Sunday We Review Torchwood: Miracle Day Live Over the Net for Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Torchwood is back and it's a miracle, a Miracle Day in fact, and so is Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi! Join us live on the net each week for a review a new episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World. We started on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 4pm EDT on Talkshoe reviewing the first episode, The New World. We will continue weekly unless otherwise noted. That means on Sundays at 4pm EDT. Due to Doctor Who resuming its 2011 series, Doctor Who: Podshock has taken this time slot again and we have moved Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi to 7pm EDT. We are reviewing each new episode after it is shown on BBC (just over a week after they premiere on Starz) to be inclusive to our UK audience.

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 1 "The New World" Reviewed in Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 11
Running Time: 1:27:53

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 1 - "The New World" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback (chiming in with us is Mark Goodarce).

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani and Dave Cooper @daveac

We Review the 1st Episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day Live on the Net on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Torchwood is back and it's a miracle, a Miracle Day in fact, and so is Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi! Join us live on the net for a review of the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 4pm EDT on Talkshoe.

If you are a Podshock Supporting Subscriber you will be given preference in the queue of the live show and bumped up.

Episodes Are Back in The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App

We are pleased to report that all the episodes and other content are once again available in the The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App (for iOS and Android). There had been an issue previously reported in which no content was appearing in the app after attempting to get our most recent episode posted to the app. These issues seemed to be resolved now and the app should work as intended now. If you encounter any problems, please let us know.

Doctor Who Fandom in Second Life and Beyond Discussed in DW Podshock 251

Doctor Who: Podshock 251

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 251
Running Time: 1:53:14

Doctor Who fandom on Second Life and beyond. Featuring the Doctor Who Fandom Panel on Second Life at SL8B with Saffia Widdershins (moderator) of Prim Perfect Magazine, Terry Lightfoot @TerryLightfoot & Oolon Sputnik @OolonSputnik of the Dirty Whoers and New Gallifrey, Sen of Hands of Omega, Dave Lewis @Doctor_No1 of Paradox Island and TARDIS Newsroom, Tristan Avedon @tristanavedon of Who Island, Victor 1st Mornington @vic1st of the Doctor Who Exposition and Katrina, and Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani of Doctor Who: Podshock.

Episodes Failing to Appear in The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App

Last Friday's release of The Sonic Newsdriver episode (20110708) did not show up in The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App on that day due to a technical problem on how episodes are synced to the app. We have been trying to resolve the issue since, but until then, the new episode was manually added to the app today. Unfortunately, now the app is reporting that there are "No Episodes Found." This is obviously an error somewhere. We hope to have it resolved ASAP.

All the previous episodes and last Friday's new episode should be appearing back in the companion app soon. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Annual Winged Visitor Returns

I almost forgotten about this little "friend" of mine until it showed up again the other day.

This little winged friend visits every summer for the past three years. Okay, I can't be exactly sure if it is the same one or not and I doubt their lifespan would allow for it, but this winged creature (or one just like it) visits at least one day each summer, landing on the same spot on a long wooden railing (of two railings side by side). It stays for several minutes almost like he/she is watching me. It may fly away briefly, sometimes it will land on my shoulder or land on my hand, but it always returns to the same spot of the same railing. Each year I took photos of it. I have blogged about it before and compared photos from each year. It is hard for me to believe it is the same one, I don't think they live that long. Having said that, there is about 50 feet or more of wooden railing, why does it land on the same spot, on the same railing each year? Insert Twilight Zone music here.

© 2011 Louis Trapani arttrap.com

Light Sculptures

From last night's fireworks show in Long Beach, NY (taken on the boardwalk).

Light Sculptures

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Sonic Newsdriver (8 July 2011) - Doctor Who News

The Sonic Newsdriver 20110708
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Friday, the 8th of July 2011

In this episode: Torchwood Comes to Starz on Friday, John Barrowman as the Doctor, Speaking of Kilts, A Doctor - Not The Doctor in Torchwood, Great Leaping Doctors - Batman, Farewell to Beth Willis, Doctor Who is on for 2012 or is it and more!

Hosted by Louis Trapani • @LouisTrapani

Initial Impressions and Thoughts on Google Plus

Google Plus

The last several days I have been testing and trying out the new social media platform, Google+ which is currently in limited beta by (no surprise) Google. Before you ask, Google had disabled invites for the time being due to overwhelming demand. So I have no invites to share at this point. That said, it seems that Google does open the barn door from time to time (unannounced). So you may be able to get in if you are lucky enough. (Many people have already requested an invite from me, when I can, I will try to give them to those friends and followers that have requested one from me.)

What is Google+? The easy answer is to say that it is Google's answer to Facebook. While that may be true on certain levels, it is its own social networking service built on existing Google technologies with others added. Some may use it instead of Facebook, others may use it in addition to Facebook, some may not use either. In my experience so far, it has a similar vibe to what Friendfeed was back in the day, just without the automatic feeds pumping into it.

You may be saying, "But what about Google's previous attempts of social networking, like Wave or Buzz?" I never thought of Wave so much as social networking, but more as a communication tool similar to email, but that is another matter. I believe Google has learned from those experiences and Google+ is something other, grander than what Wave was or Buzz is today.

Google Plus

King Camera Updated, Now Supports 1:1 Aspect Ratio Square Cropping

The Javits Center in #NYC (from last week at #BWENY. Clearing out my iPhone camera roll).

The King Camera (App Store link) for iOS had an update appear in the Apple App Store on Wednesday, June 29th which finally includes the 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set. It boggles the mind that it was released in the first place without it considering that there are now over 5 million Instagram users, all of which are iOS users (at this time) and all of which are using 1:1 aspect ratio that the app supports. It's an audience that any photo app shouldn't ignore. Many Instagram users are looking to 3rd party photo editing apps to complement what they can do with the Instagram app.

Now with the much needed 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set included in King Camera, I can now recommend it to Instagram users. No longer does one need to eye-ball it to get the 1:1 aspect ratio square crop in King Camera as I did with this image here (see top left) which I had post processed with King Camera and posted to Instagram.

Happy 91st Birthday, Ray Harryhausen

I am little late in posting this (depending on where you are in the world at least). Today (Wednesday, June 29th) was the 91st birthday of legendary stop-motion animation pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. To celebrate, I was going to post a related photo I took many years ago to Instagram, but then decided to make it a blog entry instead. (I am including the photo I was going to post to Instagram here (see top left photo), although it was shot in 1983 using an analog SLR at the time, I had post processed it on the iPhone in prep to the intended posting to Instagram. Click on it for further details).

The following is lifted from a previous article I wrote here last year about Ray Harryhausen:

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