The SFFaudio Podcast #015 on YouTube

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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First podcast December 8, 2008.

Jesse complains about too many YouTube videos. Oh, the irony! The painful, painful irony.

Shownotes are HERE.

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Recent Arrivals: Paperbooks: Philip K. Dick, Ray Nelson, Ted Chiang, Carolyn Keene, Garth Ennis, Robert E. Howard, Timothy Truman, and John C. Wright

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a stack of new paperbooks that have recently hit my desk: Included are The Ganymede Takeover by Philip K. Dick and Ray Nelson, The Secret Of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene (1931 edition), Stories Of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, Jennifer Blood, (Vol. 1) by Garth Ennis, King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel by Timothy Truman, and Count To A Trillion by John C. Wright.

There’s a mistake on my part in the video. The Scarlet Citadel is adapted from a Robert E. Howard Conan story, as it turns out it is one of the ones I haven’t read.

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Commentary: How I made my iPhone camera mount (for YouTube videos)

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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SFFaudio MetaA few months ago I designed and built an iPhone camera mount for making YouTube videos for SFFaudio.

I actually started off wanting a tripod, but I couldn’t find a reasonably priced adaptor for my iPhone. As I tried to find one I realized that a tripod wasn’t exactly the best way to film the objects on my desktop anyway. So I thought about it for a bit, took some measurements, and went down to Rona (a local hardware store) to buy the parts.

Here’s what it looks like:

iPhone Desk Mount

I really like showing it off!

HERE is the kind of vid I make with it.

To make it cost me just over fifty dollars and the build time was about an hour. Now that I have it I find that the assembly time is less than a minute.

If you have access to tools and a workshop you can make one for yourself for less than I did. I bought too much PVC piping, and I had to invest in a hacksaw. The hacksaw cost about $10. The other tool that I bought was the spring-loaded hand clamp with a range up to two inches – this is essential for making my mount portable and preventing the whole thing from falling over.

A friend* gave me the wooden base.

Here’s how it all fits together. Permanently attached to the wooden base (7 x 10 x 0.75 inches) with four Robertson screws, is an iron floor flange with a 1 inch female pipe receiver with four countersunk screw holes.

This is the only part that I don’t regularly disassemble.

I then screw into the flange a 1 inch diameter pipe measuring 3 inches long (see images below). Atop that fits the rest of the assembly which is all PVC plastic tubing measuring 1.25 inches in diameter. The first PVC piece is the biggest, a straight tube that fits over the 3″ long X 1″ diameter iron pipe. It rises up about 12 inches from the base (though I suggest you add another 7 inches to that if you’re planning to attach it to a table as I have done in the image above). Atop that I fit one of two 90° PVC fittings of the same 1.25 inch diameter. That attaches to another straight pipe of the same diameter running horizontally about 11 inches. I then pop in the other 90° fitting. To which I attach a 4.5 inch long tube running vertically downward. This last pipe has had a notch cut into it approximately three quarters of an inch from the bottom. The notch is about half an inch thick (as that’s how thick my iPhone 3GS is).

I mentioned earlier that you probably want to add about 7 inches to the first vertical tube. This is because when showing objects on my desk I actually have my mount atop the monitor riser, pictured at the back at the back of my desk, and it is 7 inches higher than the desktop itself.

All the pieces are held together by friction which allows me to swap in and out different pieces of differing lengths. It also makes it portable. I took the mount to my classroom and showed it to my students the other day.

Assembly pictures:
iPhone Desk Mount Base
3 inch iron pipe
3 inch iron pipe
iPhone Desk Mount with flange and iron pipe
PVC piping
PVC piping
PVC piping atop the iron pipe
two 90 degree fittings
90 degree fitting attached
nearing full assembly
The final peice

[*thanks Andy!]

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The SFFaudio Podcast #014 on YouTube

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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First podcast December 1, 2008.

We used to record the The SFFaudio Podcast at 5 AM. That explains a lot. The echo, however, is inexcusable.

You have my apologizes.

The shownotes are HERE.

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Assorted Nonsense: Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

February 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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Assorted NonsenseCBCer and SF fan Joe Mahoney put up this |MP3| on his blog, Assorted Nonsense. It’s a hilarious Science Fiction story recorded for the event called Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, which was organized by Dan Misener of CBC’s Spark.

Joe wrote the story when he was 12, back in 1977. At that time it was meant to be a serious story. But as it was written when he was a kid it seems a whole lot funnier now.

He describes the whole experience HERE.

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J. Michael Straczynski’s The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al to be a digital comic

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CBC! Give Us The Adventures Of Apocalypse AlIt seems that back in October that “MTV Comics announced a new comic by J. Michael Straczynski, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, which will be published online and on tablets and mobile devices in Spring 2012.”

Apparently there are plans to then release it in paper form. And there are also plans for a “live-action webisode series on MTV Geek in the Fall of 2012.”

The Adventures of Apocalypse Al marks the Eisner, Hugo, Eagle and Inkpot award-winner’s first graphic novel to follow the New York Times best-selling Superman: Earth One. Originally developed as a radio serial for the CBC, Al was never released and has had fans wondering if it would ever see the light of day. “Joe and I have been discussing the property since sometime in 2007, and it’s amazing to finally bring this series to fans.” said MTV Comics’ Tom Akel. JMS has described it as “Monty Python meets the Maltese Falcon en route to the end of the world.”

This comes as a bit of a surprise given that The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al was originally conceived, written, and produced as a radio drama, consisting of twenty 5-minute episodes, for CBC.

I’ve been covering the glacial drama that is The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al since 2004. CBC Radio One has the show completed, in the can, and ready to run ago, but it never aired.

At this point I suspect the original incarnation of The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al will never be on the radio.

It is a great pity.

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