Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blog? I have one? No kidding.

Ok, I suck harder than Paris Hilton on X. I've been so wrapped up in events and stuff that I completely forgot to update you wonderful people re: said events. I humbly beg your forgiveness.

Enough grovelling. On to the news. Firstly I am totally digging podcasting. A year ago, when my mother-in-law gave me an MP3 player for Christmas I thought I'd check out podcasts. I had heard of them, but since I did not own an iPod I thought that I could not access them. Then I discovered that podcasts were not behind the Apple Curtain, and anyone could listen. So I searched for science, science fiction, and of course Star Trek. This led me to my fated introduction to the Simply Syndicated podcasting empire. The more I listened, the more I thought, "Hey! I could do this!" But the thought languished in unrealized fantasy until very recently. About two or three months ago it occurred to me that there were two people on the Simply Syndicated forums whose opinions of Star Trek and Sci Fi were harmonious with my own, and the idea flared in my brain. I contacted them, and was thrilled when they agreed to join my endeavor. It took us a while to get all the bits and pieces together, and a few abortive recording sessions to work out the worst of the bugs, but we now have three episodes in the can(2 published, and one awaiting editing) and I am enjoying this far more than I ever dreamed. I am constantly thinking of what to do next, whom to try to interview(if any of you out there have connections with any genre celebrities, or just want to join me at the Admrial's Table to talk about your connection with Star Trek or Sci Fi just drop me a line), etc. I haven't been this passionate about an enterprise(hee) for a very long time. Of course the idea of this leading to fame and fortune always lurks in the back of my mind, but I must be honest with myself. Fame of a sort is possible, but fortune is highly doubtful. But should it ever develop in a way that brings even a few pennies our way, who would complain?

In other local news, the COA returned from her Christmas visit to her father, and once again we had to do damage control. Among her many emotional peccadilloes is an unfortunate tendency to forget the basics of personal hygiene. We know that here, and know to remind her from time to time. Her father, on the other hand, does not. She started complaining of back pain, and I attributed it to sore muscles from playing. Eventually it became clear that this was no backache, and we took her to the doctor. She had a kidney infection. So a bottle of antibiotics and several unpleasant days later she's fine and back in school.

And now: product placement. I recently picked up some Zip-Lock vacuum bags. They are just like regular Zip-Locks, but they come with a little bicycle pump. On the bag is a valve that allows you to pump the air out of the bag. These things are frikken awesome! I bought a tomato that I've been using for the COA's lunch sandwiches. Normally a tomato will last a couple of days in the fridge before you have to throw the majority of it away. This one has been in the fridge for a week, and is still as fresh as the day I bought it. Tomorrow will see the last of it go into a sandwich.

I take pleasure where I can get it, folks. ;-)

See ya!


Monkey said...

you sound chipper! those bags muyst really be somehting.....

flurrious said...

I'm going to have to try those bags. Perhaps it will solve the problem of my almost always having cut lemons in my fridge in various stages of petrification.

weathereye said...

You forgot to mention that you were voted Member of the Year on that forum, and accepted your honour on a live podcast heard 'round the world.

Stinkypaw said...

Good to have you back, and I just hope your pod expedition won't keep you away from here too much.

Turtle said...

Oooh, Mr. Humble forgot to mention the "Member of the Year" thingie. Gratz!

And don't ever feel guilty about finding happiness in the little things of life. The big joys are few and far between, so revel in the little things.

Marius said...

Monkey: I'm feeling much more upbeat of late. :-)

Flurrious: You won't be sorry.

Weathereye: Um, yeah. That happened much to my shock and awe. I was totally blindsided, and kinda don't feel like I deserved it, but I was also thrilled and honored like nobody's business.

Stinkypaw: I promise. :-)

Turtle: Thx! Woots!

celebhith said...

Well everyone else has said it all, so ditto to what Monkey, flurrious, Stinkypaw and Turtle said!

Robert said...

ditto to what Monkey, flurrious, Stinkypaw ,Turtle and Celebhith said.

That zip-lock product looks like it could do as a birthday present for my mother, I wonder if it compares to her outrageously expensive plastic containers with almost hermetically sealing lids.