Here is the fruit of my labor. Something new. Something I’m experimenting with. I’m pretty happy with the final result. There are a few parts that feel too scripted and as usual, I’m unhappy with the way I sound, but all in all I’m content with the final product.
arohenRADIO Episode #001: The Inaugural Episode
So, what’s it about? A little introduction to the podcast, some expectations for what will and won’t be on the program, followed by a talk about Grand Rapids MI, and wrap things up with an air conditioning maintenance tip.
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I’ve put in orders for two more canvas maps, because I want to put them up in my office as inspiration for writing and gaming. And also because I get very into new projects and this one seems pretty easy to finish. Just click to order.
The first is the map that began as an unnamed world map with a big blacksword as the compass, and so I called it the black sword map. It’s been renamed Inner Sareth, which represents the idea that it is part of a much larger continent.
The original was drawn on a large 22×30 sheet of preprinted hex paper (Chessex, I think) and colored with Berol Prismacolor pencils. You can see it there, all taped up, because I cut it up to scan it many years ago. I never used it for gaming or writing in any substantial way. The new version is a WonderDraft creation.
The second map is the one I used for the Baenrahl campaign and was also created in WonderDraft.
This isn’t actually the original, but is instead the first digital original. The actual original was made on a series of 8 1/2 x 11 papers and lived in a three hole binder. I have pictures of some of the pages, but not one of the map as a whole. And in fact, I don’t think I even have all of the pages. The original inspiration for this map, believe it or not, was a vector image of the moon. Those island continents were all one of the shadow layers of the vector.
I’ll post pictures when I get the new maps and have everything installed on the wall. Until then, tomorrow is the 1st episode of arohenRADIO. I hope you like it. We’re not going to talk about the progress on the promised arohenTV video. Later.
I managed to procrastinate enough yesterday, that the snow started falling and I couldn’t mow the lawn. But I did get the podcast edited and pieced together; that’ll be up on Tuesday. Today’s temps are going back into the high 50’s, so there’s no putting it off… I gotta mow the lawn and all that goes with it.
We have a dog.
I checked my grades this morning, but there’s still nothing posted for the Winter semester. That picture I used as the feature image is from my mother, she’s on another whirlwind tour of europe. Lucky lady. I ordered two more canvas prints of maps I’ve made, so I’ll be able to take down my existing real world map and replace it with my own personal fantasy lands. Anybody have any ideas for a arohenTV video? Lady Ronn made it into the GRCC magazine, Display, Winter 2019 edition. Congratulations on that.
In recording my podcast, I had this weird intermittent issue with crackle and static in my microphone. It absolutely wrecked a couple different takes and I tried to catch it in the headphones, but it didn’t show up there. I assume it’s a cabling issue, but I don’t know. Do you? It’s a Blue Yeti USB microphone and it’s an intermittent problem that goes away on it’s own.
And lastly, here’s a little ditty about nuclear war that everybody just thinks is fun. Because it is. Who cares about what the artists were trying to say, it’s all about what we choose to hear.
There has just been too much going on in my life. Things are busy. I’ve got the podcast mostly recorded, just a couple of fillers left to do. I haven’t even started a video. So the podcast and the video will be delayed until next week. I also think that I may have been to optimistic about getting one of each done every week. I may have to rethink that schedule.
I finished my finals for the semester. I didn’t do as well as I hoped, but I did better than I expected given the content of the tests… There was a lot there that didn’t get covered in the class.
72/80 (90%) HVA 276 Adv Air Cond Refrig & Heating 37/45 (82%) HVA 250 Basic Boiler Operation
So with those two classes out of the way I can concentrate on getting some other things done for the website, for work, and around the house. A week without school is going to be nice.
I’ve just spent hours working on podcasting stuff without actually creating anything. It’s very frustrating. Even more frustrating is that, twice now, I’ve recorded some stuff, only to play it back and have it full of crackle and static. Seems to be cable related, but I may have to start recording with headphones, because there is no indication that it’s occurring during recording. This would be a really good way to lose good content. I think I’ve got headphones around here somewhere, but finding them may be a thing.
I’m going to get something put together over the next few days. I want to have a 30-minute arohenRADIO podcast and something new for arohenTV ready to go next week. That seems doable. I should be able to do that. So let’s say video on Thursday and podcast on Tuesday. That’ll be the plan/goal. I’m trying to get this trio of vanity projects (blog/podcast/vlog) organized. I’ve been over thinking all of it. I’m going to go with quantity over quality for the moment. I’ll throw everything at the wall and see if anything sticks, learn some lessons, and decide which parts I really enjoy doing and which parts are just too much.
In school news, both of my final exams were posted tonight on Blackboard. They’re both open book online tests, so there shouldn’t be to much stress around getting those done. And as an added bonus, here are a couple of things Lady Ronn has put together in her photography classes; she’s starting to learn photoshop and I think she’s doing well. The school must think she’s doing well too, because they keep putting her work up in the halls.
I did pretty well last week, posting every day. This week has been less good. I’ve been playing around with both my microphone and camera set-ups in anticipation of getting back to the podcasting and video posting. Nothing on either front yet, but I’m working on it. Next week is the last week of the semester, so I should be switching gears here shortly.
Tonight, I was working on the basement shelving. Class was canceled, so I had a free night. I had an opportunity to use my new Kreg Shelf Pin Jig and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty slick, easy to use, and really quick. I would recommend it to anyone thinking about getting one. I like the idea behind all the Kreg stuff, but I have to admit that all that blue plastic really turns me off. Because of this I always hesitate to pick up their stuff.
Yes, I know. Somethings should just not be put on the internet… I blame Google Photos Assistant for making these silly things. Later.
I don’t have much to say today and I didn’t get much done this weekend so there’s no updates to anything. I did see Bird Box on Netflix; It was not good, do not watch it. Sandra Bullock in a Netflix movie. Maybe it’s just me, but all these movies that take one sense and make that the terrorizing thing are dumb. If you look you die. If they hear you you die. If you smell it, but aren’t the one who dealt it, you die. You get the idea.
I did see The Highwaymen as well, that one was pretty good. It was another Netflix original movie. Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner. If I recommended movies, I might tell you to watch that one. But I don’t, so I wont.
Other things I’ve watched lately on Netflix include the following. The Dirt, I was a big Motley Crue fan in highschool and it was done pretty well, so I was entertained. MadMen, which is our ongoing series currently, is pretty good for a show about a bunch of bad people doing bad things in a way that is supposed to be entertaining. And lastly, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, which wasn’t very funny and left me with the impression that Kevin Hart is a very angry man at this point in his life. I think I actually laughed, like twice. Which is not good for a comedy special.
I’ve been watching a lot of TV, and I can’t say it’s been great. The youngest boy is visiting and he’s a big fan of TV, as is his mother, which means I’m getting roped into this terrible habit. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is a dinosaur movie, so it should be great. But instead, it’s more of a bore. Not terrible. Just not great, or really even particularly good. How can you not make these better movies. Fuck, they’re dinosaur movies. Maybe concentrate on that more and on the science of making them less. And probably you should get rid of the whole genetically improved monster dinosaur hybrids. Stop ruining this series for me.
Speaking of ruining a series for me… I watched all or part of the last two Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I don’t even know what they’re called and I don’t even care. The first one was a classic. That was an incredible movie. They have gotten worse with each addition to the series. But I’m sure we’ll keep seeing them until all life has been drained from the franchise. Would you be surprised to learn that I didn’t like them? They were mildly entertaining, but the magic is all but gone in that series.
This ended up being an awful long post for one where I had nothing to say…
Well, based on the retirement clock in the sidebar nothing has changed. I’ve got work to do. Later.
Couldn’t get into see my doctor today, but I did talk to a nurse who had me go to the urgent care. The doctor there says that what I’ve got is a stye and that the body will take care of it on its own. And then he followed that up with a prescription, not to be used unless my eye starts to have a yellow or green discharge. Thanks, doc.
For the record, if I have a green discharge coming from my eye… I’m going back to the doctor. But, at this point, it is definitely better than it has been.
The plan for saturday is to get up early and do my homework assignment and then get back to working on the basement wall unit.
I didn’t pick up the plywood for the backing on those tall units, but I can definitely get the shelf pin holes drilled and make the shelves. We’ll see what happens. Later.