Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:20:30 -0600
I just finished reading a libravox recording of dracula and very much enjoyed the chapters read by you. thank you for taking ths time to do this.
Thank YOU, Lisa!
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 03:21:04 -0500(image)
Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman on location for the new series, shot two.
Sat, 09 Jun 2012 12:44:05 -0500(image)
The first image of Matt and Jenna-Louise Coleman on set!
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:35:22 -0500
The Premise - I wanted to make an X-Men reboot that plays to the strength of the concepts, namely growing up as a teenager, dealing with those who are different and how to deal with those who hate you. The primary change in my setting is that the mutations have a clear sci-fi foundation rather than just being random superpowers. Mutants being “the next stage in human evolution” was biologically dubious in the 60s, and now it’s just corny. Additionally, I think the X-Men premise only really makes sense in a setting without other superheroes. With that in mind, here’s my pitch…
Amazingly well thought out and visually fascinating. Brilliant, brilliant. I kind of wish he’d filed off the serial numbers and just did it.
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:19:04 -0500(image)
There’s something you just won’t see every day.
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All you need to know about Doctor Who, really.
Sun, 03 Jun 2012 17:50:16 -0500
So yeah, I’m working on reposting the Sturgeon’s Law show notes and audio podcasts here. It’s got a “by hand” element so it’ll take a bit until/unless I can improve on that process. I do know that the original site seems to not be working, which is one of the reasons I started doing this.
I do also intend to start sharing neat stuff that’s in the “zone” for Sturgeon’s Law here, although I’ll try to show some restraint. I see some neat stuff on Tumblr every day!
Oh, yeah, as far as the podcast feed goes… well, we’ll see. Tumblr doesn’t do it by itself, but if I can recover control of the FeedBurner feed I might be able to actually make it happen. I’m not sure anyone cares as there aren’t any new episodes and haven’t been for years, but it’s aesthetically desirable, so we’ll see. Besides, who knows? I might care someday how to do it. ;)
Feel free to use the ask feature, the submit feature, whatever floats your boat. I know this isn’t the same to a few diehard fans as actually doing the show again, but it’s what I’ve got right now.
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Sturgeon’s Law #098
14 February, 2009
To everything there must come an end.
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Sturgeon’s Law #097
1 February, 2009
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Sturgeon’s Law #096
18 January, 2009
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Sturgeon’s Law #095
11 January, 2009
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Sturgeon’s Law #094
4 January, 2009
Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500class="tumblr_audio_player tumblr_audio_player_25149511440" src="http://sturgeonslaw.com/post/25149511440/audio_player_iframe/sturgeonslaw/tumblr_m5ngi1kTvb1rxe722?audio_file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.randomcasts.com%2Flaw%2Fstulaw093.mp3" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" scrolling="no" width="540" height="85">Sturgeon’s Law #093 25 August, 2008 http://www.sturgeonslaw.com/ RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SturgeonsLaw Email: sturgeonslaw, gmail, you know the drill Intro Music by Enter the Haggis Bumper featuring Redboy and Absolute Amy Promo for PMC Top 10 I seem to have successfully provoked a bunch of messages in my last episode, although admittedly one of these is just coincidence and wasn’t directed at Sturgeon’s Law specifically but I wanted to pass it along, anyway. In fact, we’ll just start with it. Richard Jenkins, expat Oklahoman comic artist in Boston – not to be confused with Jeffrey Rowland, expat Oklahoman cartoonist in Boston, but anyway – dropped a line to say that he’s got a new textbook out. You see, when Richard isn’t doing wacky stuff like the art on the various Sky Ape books, he teaches art, and it turns out he also puts some effort into teaching teachers to teach art, or in this case, more specifically, how to include comics in their teaching. The name of his new textbook is Comics in Your Curriculum, and it’s for sale through http://www.piecesoflearning.com as well as teacher outlet stores, so if you teach or if you know people who do, have a look. I’ve seen a few preview pages that he attached to his email, and it has a certain McCloud sort of vibe, even making a reference to Understanding Comics in one of the preview pages, but I think is aimed less at philosophy for those already involved, or at least interested, in comics and more towards getting the word out to students. Frankly, mainstream comics are in a bad place right now. I’m not afraid to say it, although it does make me sad. Sort of. Because there’s no time like the present for reinventing comics – as Scott McCloud might say – and this is the way it happens; not by comic fans talking to each other over and over but by bringing in people without our biases and historical baggage. Moving on, we’ve got this voicemail from Doug Rapson of Geek Acres. Thanks for the congratulations, Doug, and the kind comments as well. You know, a friend who listens to the show compared the last episode to drunk dialing, and I’ve decided to take that as meaning that I didn’t resist speaking my mind about what was nagging at me, in which case I think you can look forward to plenty more of that. If you want actual drunk dialing, well, just listen to many of your favorite podcasts during the PMEs each year, am I right? Okay, never mind that. Thanks again, Doug. Listener Laura used the Contactify link on the Sturgeon’s Law web site to share a list of her favorite web comics, which I’ll link in this episode’s show notes, but in brief her list includes User Friendly, General Protection Fault, The Devil’s Panties, Ctrl Alt Delete, Penny Arcade, Get Medieval, Girl Genius, Sinfest, XKCD and Chasing the Sunset. Some of those have been mentioned here before, some of them I read regularly, some of them you couldn’t pay me to read, and at the end of the day I’ll just leave you with Laura’s list and let you decide what you enjoy and don’t enjoy for yourself, although I encourage you not to judge Jennie Breeden’s The Devil’s Panties too quickly; while she is crown princess of misspellings and sometimes what she finds funny may leave you wondering why, this is all connected to the vibe of the comic, which is goofing on her own experiences as a nerd artist on the road, and if you g[...]
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500class="tumblr_audio_player tumblr_audio_player_25149406077" src="http://sturgeonslaw.com/post/25149406077/audio_player_iframe/sturgeonslaw/tumblr_m5ngahPiWs1rxe722?audio_file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.randomcasts.com%2Flaw%2Fstulaw092.mp3" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" scrolling="no" width="540" height="85">Sturgeon’s Law #092 30 July, 2008 http://www.sturgeonslaw.com/ RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SturgeonsLaw Email: sturgeonslaw, gmail, you know the drill Intro Music by Enter the Haggis Bumper featuring GrammarGirl Promo for Wonder Woman: Champion of Themyscira July 30, 2008 is the 3rd anniversary of the first episode of Sturgeon’s Law. In keeping with my low-key podcasting behavior of late, there’s no contest, I didn’t go panning for emails and voice comments, but instead, I thought I’d take the opportunity to do an utterly self-involved episode talking about two closely related things: new media and this podcast. Actually, I’m uneasy with the descriptor “new media.” Because, in point of fact, from our day to day perspective the whole point is that there isn’t any medium, or at least, that the medium is irrelevant. You may be listening to this on your portable player, or your desktop PC, or perhaps your phone. Maybe you burned it to CD and are listening to that. Seems unlikely, but anything’s possible. Perhaps you’re not listening to the podcast at all, but reading the transcript on the website. Perhaps you’re actually listening to a screenreader read that transcript, which seems a bit roundabout, but again, anything’s possible. The point is, I don’t know and, for reasons we’ll get into, I don’t actually care, either. What I care about is that I have something to communicate, be it a story or an essay or blatant promotion or a song or whatever, and I’ve recorded it and written it out and set it loose into the wilds. It’s on a website and it’s got an RSS feed and the rest is all details I need not concern myself with, hopefully, although iTunes has ever been a counterexample of that. On the other hand, I’ve never once tried to contact iTunes because I can’t be bothered to wrangle with them, so perhaps not. Let’s stick to my idealized form, at any rate; what I care about is producing the content and making it available in some sufficiently generic form that you can actually have whatever media you see fit. As a parallel, I have bought music on mp3s from Amazon, because DRM is pure evil and that’s the end of that. In my case, after downloading that music, I burn it to CD because I am paranoid, then perhaps I listen to it at my PC, or copy it to my portable player, or indeed, frequently, I stream it to my desktop PC at work. Amazon doesn’t, or shouldn’t, care about any of that, and they’d better not, since they sold it in mp3, which pretty much guarantees they don’t get a further say. As it should be, for the new media, which is either no media or all media. I have now been doing this show for three years and podcasting for several months beyond that. One of the things that has occasionally annoyed me has been various fads that have turned into orthodoxies. I don’t care for orthodoxy. It comes from Greek roots meaning, more or less, “true opinion,” an oxymoron if ever I heard one. The notion that real podcasters were the ones who wanted to monetize their shows and quit their day jobs was an opinion, but it wasn’t stupid any more than it was even sensible. On the flip side, the notion that creative people are obliged to give away their work without restriction is also an opinion; it’s just a stupid one. The beauty of living in the future, as I really believe we do, is not that it[...]
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500class="tumblr_audio_player tumblr_audio_player_25149171512" src="http://sturgeonslaw.com/post/25149171512/audio_player_iframe/sturgeonslaw/tumblr_m5nftxrVbn1rxe722?audio_file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.randomcasts.com%2Flaw%2Fstulaw091.mp3" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" scrolling="no" width="540" height="85">Sturgeon’s Law #091 10 July, 2008 http://www.sturgeonslaw.com/ RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SturgeonsLaw Email: sturgeonslaw, gmail, you know the drill Music from PMN, Enter the Haggis Last show I told you about how I was checking out Plurk as an alternative or supplement to Twitter. Well, I didn’t stick with it, mostly because the interface stymied my attempts to casually keep up. And that’s what I want online, to be honest; a way to keep my eye on the river without having to hold my head under it all the time. Glub glub. So I dusted off my Friendfeed account, and lo and behold, it had grown some awesome new features in my absence. The basic idea of Friendfeed is very good: you make your profile there, then you tell it where to find all sorts of different online instances of yourself, for example Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Amazon wishlists, blogs, and for that matter anything with an RSS feed. Then, new posts or whatever to any of those show up as part of your feed, and peope who’ve friended you see it in their friends feed. Very nice; one stop shopping for social networking. But this is not the feature that got me excited about Friendfeed all over again. The feature I’m talking about is amusing called imaginary friends. What this means is that I can create a sort of personal virtual profile for someone else that only I see, and associated their online instances as I said before, and get all the benefits of seeing their stuff appear in my friendsfeed… even if they don’t sign up! That’s the killer feature, folks – useful social networking without having to strongarm every friend into trudging over to yet another service. Now, it’s even better if they do, since they can add stuff you didn’t know about, and follow you, too, although I should note that you can make your feed available via, you guessed it, RSS. Very very nice. Friendsfeed is now exclusively how I follow twitter. And flickr. And so on. However, it’s not really useful for posting to services (aside from itself.) It’s an aggregator, not a client. Fortunately, some folks up the road from me in Tulsa, Oklahoma are there for you with the fairly new service http://ping.fm, which fills exactly that need. Ping gives you a way to post to blogs, send messages to Twitter and Plurk and all those guys, even set your Facebook status, all from one interface. And not just their web interface! You can send through ping using a bookmarklet to send URLs, you can use your phone, you can even IM, something I used to do on twitter on the rare occasion it worked. Hopefully there will start being ping widgets for all kinds of stuff. You can also set up custom lists with keywords so you can easily send to just select lists of services with one message. So give these two services a try! They’ve made social networking actually fun to use for me. I’m rfrancis at Friendfeed if you want to catch all my stuff there – including Sturgeon’s Law posts. Which you can listen to with their flash player now. But digress. [...]
Thu, 12 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500class="tumblr_audio_player tumblr_audio_player_25149101062" src="http://sturgeonslaw.com/post/25149101062/audio_player_iframe/sturgeonslaw/tumblr_m5nfowIdWl1rxe722?audio_file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.randomcasts.com%2Flaw%2Fstulaw090.mp3" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" scrolling="no" width="540" height="85">Sturgeon’s Law #090 12 June, 2008 http://www.sturgeonslaw.com/ RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SturgeonsLaw Email: sturgeonslaw, gmail, you know the drill Music from PMN, Enter the Haggis Trailer - Vindicatum episode 2 Segment 1: So I’m a big user of all things Google, right? Gmail, yes. Google Calendar, yes. Google Reader, yes. Google Docs, absolutely. Google Notebook… well, no. Not any more, that is. Not since Steve of the Wicked Good Podcast turned me on to Evernote on a day where I could land an invite code to their beta. Not that Evernote is new, exactly. It’s existed as Mac and PC applications, I believe, for some time, but that didn’t interest me, as I use several machines and I need to be able to get to my notes from all of them equally well. That’s why the version 3 beta got my attention – it has a web version as well, and if you use the application versions, which I do, they synchronize with the web hosted central version, giving you something that is and is not a web app, but at any rate is synchronized across multiple locations. Compare this to Google Notebook, which is a web app and only a web app, which is fine until you’re not on a network and want to dig into your notebook. There are other upsides as well, though. Evernote handles images very nicely, and, even more impressive, can search text in the images through, one assumes, the magic of OCR or somesuch. This turns out to be more than just a gimmick; it’s darned useful. You can also encrypt notes, which is pretty cool of course, and of course there’s the obligatory tagging, but also saved searches, which I quite like in principle. You can embed checkboxes in your notes to make, well, checklists, and indeed, this is how I do project lists now and it’s a real boon. Are there downsides? Yes. I’m very frustrated by the lack of a Linux application, particularly when I’m on my Asus Eee. Yes, I can go to the web-based version, IF I’m on a network, but that kind of defeats the whole portability point of using it on the Eee, plus the web interface is… not so great, in my opinion, and it wastes an enormous amount of screen real estate which is of course a scarce commodity on the Asus. The Windows app has some quirky behavior but nothing you don’t get used to… eventually. But it works very solidly and the features are excellent. Worth finding someone with an invite. Final comment: my notes for this show were, of course, typed and stored in Evernote. Among many, many other things. Segment 2: I’ve discovered plurk.com, and believe me, saying plurk out loud makes it all worthwhile. plurk plurk plurk. Anyway, what is plurk, you may ask? Well, more or less it’s a competitor for twitter, I suppose, conveniently rising in prominence about the time twitter’s having downtime struggles. Again. But it’s not just a clone by any means; plurk has a unique presentation of messages, putting abbreviated forms on a scrolling timeline that to be honest I just can’t quite describe. Additionally, it has excellent features twitter lacks, such as a permissions system whereby you can make subgroups of your friends and lock messages to particular groups; for another example, instead of users forming a convention for replying to posts, plurks have comment lists almost like blog posts. One more thin[...]
Sat, 03 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500class="tumblr_audio_player tumblr_audio_player_25148920214" src="http://sturgeonslaw.com/post/25148920214/audio_player_iframe/sturgeonslaw/tumblr_m5nfd98pBH1rxe722?audio_file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.randomcasts.com%2Flaw%2Fstulaw089.mp3" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" scrolling="no" width="540" height="85">Sturgeon’s Law #089 3 May, 2008 http://www.sturgeonslaw.com/ RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SturgeonsLaw Email: sturgeonslaw, gmail, you know the drill Music from PMN, Jim Fidler Promo - comedy4cast Segment 1: Where I’ve been and what I’m doing, right? I mean, there’s got to be a reason for this phenomenal show output of… once a month and falling. I know, answering this is breaking the rules about not talking about yourself, but I promise, some of it’s actually interesting. The part where I haven’t felt well in quite some time, not so much interesting. I’m headed for the doctor’s office – yet another doctor’s office – on Wednesday. So enough said about that. Otherwise, a lot of it has to do with audio dramas, and in particular, Pendant Audio. Yes, the Pendant Audio I talked about some time back and said that I hoped my comments wouldn’t keep them from ever letting me get involved with their shows. Ha ha. Well, funny story about that. To make a long story short, the current director of Pendant’s Wonder Woman: Champion of Themyscira show, Fiona Thraille, is stepping down so they asked for volunteers that might wish to replace her. I figured, what the heck, right? I’ve been editing podcasts for a few years now. I took the director’s class, all went very well I think, and I was offered the job, so to speak. Volunteer job. You know. So, there’s three episodes that the two of us both worked or are working on, the first of which will go live in a couple of weeks or so, and then starting with Issue #31 in August it’s all me doing the directing, which means I take the script and the actor-recorded lines and, well, do all the rest. It’s lots of fun! But it does consume some time and some of my precious energy – precious because of scarcity, you understand – and so, yeah, show delays. Also, I realized that using the podcast for those little news snippets just got in my way and a podcast is no good place for tons of links anyway. So, they’re out. You want news snippets? Follow the tumblelog at sturgeonslaw.tumblr.com. I promise you, I keep it full of awesome these days. Consider it all part of the Sturgeon’s Law franchise. As for the rest, will this show become all about Pendant Audio? No, definitely not. That doesn’t mean I won’t point out Pendant stuff when I feel like it, because it is, after all, my show, and it’s about cool stuff. For example, if you don’t listen to Superman #40, which just came out, you are, my friends, seriously missing out. I had to sit in my car and regain my composure after it ended. Not exaggerating. Go. Listen. Of course, you’ll want to listen to the earlier shows for context. That means back through show #30. Look, just listen to all of it. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl, too, and you’ll be ready for the big summer crossover, Vindicatum, which starts in June. Be there. Segment 2: Have you encountered the Asus Eee, or E E E, or as I like to call it, the Tripoli, yet? I’ve got one from work, and in case you haven’t seen one, I’ll fill you in. It’s sort of a small laptop. Or a really large PDA. Does that clear everything up? No? Okay, let’s go with the small laptop viewpoint. I’ll be talking about the 700 series, which is what I have. The Eee –[...]
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Sturgeon’s Law #088
31 March, 2008
Transcript of episode including links is available at Google Docs
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Sturgeon’s Law #087
10 March, 2008
Transcript of episode including links is available at Google Docs
If this episode seems chaotic to you, just remind yourself: the guy who did it is called Random after all
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Sturgeon’s Law #086
15 February, 2008
Promo - PodcastReady
PSA: Rescuing Recess
Random Rant: The WGA Strike, a Post-Mortem
Podsafe Music: “Downtown” by Matthew Ebel off the Podsafe Music Network
Bumper - Fresh Media Works