Showing posts from December, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018 and best wishes for a great 2019!

I'm taking my annual break from the blog and podcast and most of the onlines for the rest of the year so, before I shut down the personal laptop and put away the iPad for a few days, I wanted to get over here and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Touchscreen gaming - bah humbug!

I tried playing games on my iPad again yesterday. This experiment lasted about 15 minutes before I deleted them.

I just don't like using a touchscreen to play games. It doesn't feel right. Give me a joystick or a gamepad!

Maybe I'm showing my age. Maybe I was spoiled by growing up with arcades.

I went right across the room and grabbed my Atari Flashback Portable and played the Atari 2600 version of Asteroids for a half an hour and it was a blast.

Embracing the

I've had a love/hate relationship with the robot that automatically tweets things I post here and over at the podcast.

In yesterday's post, I wrote about the burden I felt adding to the noise online when there is so much noise already out there and that is why I had gotten away from using the robot on my Twitter account.

But, I finally had to employ the services of the robot again @upinthisbrain because I don't always think to go out and tweet when I post something and I had missed sharing several podcast episodes during the countdown. And, with Twitter gone from my phone for almost two weeks now, I've been thinking about Twitter less and less.

Still, I do see the value in Twitter and it's typically the first app I open when I grab my iPad and the best use of Twitter I know is to see what the people I know and care about are creating. The second best use is to share something funny or encouraging. The worst use is to be a negative suction of inaction that brings ev…

What have you evolved into now?

Do you remember in The Big Chill when Nick interviews himself in front of the VHS camcorder? That was pretty nifty and expensive tech back in '83.

Parts of this scene stick with me, especially "What have you evolved into now?" The creator inside me asks this question a lot. I've felt like I've been on a roller coaster since I started podcasting in 2013, gaining momentum, losing momentum, seeking answers in books or who knows what to get back going again, only to get back going again and have the cycle repeat.
(Honestly, when I went back and read through this again, I realize I'd been on the roller coaster a lot longer than that - maybe since, I don't know, 1986 or so?)
For the last few months, though, something has seemed different. I can't quite put my finger on it but I have this odd new attitude about things that seems to have taken me off the roller coaster. It might have started with the Harlan Ellison interviews I watched and podcast I put togeth…

Nice radio station catch on my Tecsun PL-660

I think I mentioned on the podcast recently that I had been listening to a bit of AM radio again at night and had been enjoying that and last night, I had my Tecsun PL-660 tuned to WGN in Chicago (720 kHz) and it was coming in loud and clear. I like WGN because their late night programming is quite unique - you never know who you're going to hear being interviewed or what topic they might be discussing.

I fired up my radio this afternoon and it was still tuned to 720 kHz and a very strong signal was coming in. I was about to log into to see what it might be since we usually don't pick up anything on 720 kHz during the day here and that's when the weather forecast for Chicago started. That's right, WGN, 484 miles away, was coming in loud and clear at 3:30PM.

Maybe the conditions are just right. I don't know. But this radio continues to amaze me on AM and shortwave. On FM, not so much but that's OK. My other Tecsun, the PL-606, makes up for it wi…

The Blog Fireplace

Between work and family activities and the Christmas podcasts, it's been crazy busy this week so I have had no time to write here and next week is looking just as busy. So, here's a nice fireplace to keep you warm until I return.

Friday Roundup from Armpit

It's Friday and I'm ready for the weekend. Tonight is the band and choir concert and I keep reminding myself that I don't have to move equipment tonight. It's like a reflex. Band equals having to load a truck. I was eating lunch today and I had that thought pass into my mind but then I realized, no, I just get to sit in the audience and enjoy the music tonight. Whew!

In other news, Christmas podcasting is in full swing now! Not only did the first episode of the 12 Podcasting Days of Christmas come out today, but I also recorded a segment for a very special upcoming Garbagecast Conversations. Exciting!

The holiday momentum will carry us right up to Christmas and then bam! The letdown that is December 26th. But let's try not to think about that right now.

Oh, look at this weather forecast for Armpit!

From our nuts and bolts department, the Up In This Blog Twitter is no more! Gone! Whammo! The Up In This Blog url is temporarily redirecting to this very site until it …

Snow on the way?

It's been chilly here at the home office this week, a chilly we normally don't have settle in until almost the end of December. And with that chill we have had on and off snow flurries and enough of those west of us to make the roads briefly slick.

It reminds me of the weather I encountered about ten years ago this week. I was working that week up in Bloomington, Indiana and it was chilly, but not freezing, and the light snow seemed to be falling just about the entire time. The flakes weren't big enough to accumulate. They just lingered, sort of getting them ready for the real snow that was sure to come there in the weeks ahead.

Bloomington was one of my favorite places to have visited for work. The Indiana University campus there is filled with amazing historical buildings. But, I haven't been back. Our office there closed just a couple of months after that visit.

We don't get real snow this far south that often but it looks like we have a pretty decent chance com…

Full circle - why I changed the name of the blog (again)

Way back in 2013, I decided to start a podcast but I had a small problem. I wanted the podcast to have the name that this blog had at the time, Up In This Brain. In order to make that work, I decided I would change the name of the blog and make the home of my podcast.

I think I've changed the name of the blog a half-dozen times since then. None of the names sounded good to me. I guess Up In This Blog was OK but I never really liked it.

Recently, I noticed that our good podcasting pal, @aliencg, had assigned a subdomain to his blog and that was that. Nice, simple, neat.

So, that's what I've done. I have moved the blog back under the Up In This Brain umbrella of awesomeness.

Maybe that's a bit much.

The main reason I'm doing this is that I want to have less cyberstuff to manage. One less domain name, one less Twitter account.


Fewer things to maintain should mean more time to create. That's my goal for 2019.