Monday, October 22, 2018

BIG SOUND : THE RECEIVERING


  1. Blu-ray player
  2. Apple TV/Television
  3. Record player
  4. Cassette player
  5. VCR
  6. Subwoofer
  7. Computer

Another year, more tech stuff breaking down. My receiver was only 11 years old, but I guess it was its time. Back when I got my first receiver in high school, it was assumed that it would basically last forever, but nowadays the technical changes come fast and furious, so at least it came with some updates. My parents decided to go with bluetooth speakers and forgo the receiver when they moved to a smaller space, but I have a lot of analog media still. 

At least the new speaker plugs are just kind of annoying, instead of utterly maddening like the old ones you had to hold down while simultaneously trying to push in the speaker wire. 



The main new feature is receiving Bluetooth signals. I can send music from my phone or iPad (or even my iMac, but there's Airplay for that) to the receiver. It even knows the names of the songs somehow. This works for iTunes or apps like TuneIn, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon Music, etc., which is nice because the Apple TV is a little light on music apps and it's easier to control with a mobile device than my computer via Airplay.

Current list of Bluetooth devices:

  • Onkyo receiver
  • Mpow headphones
  • Logitech computer speakers
  • Magicbox II portable speaker (for travel and kitchen/bathroom)
  • iPhone 
  • iPad
  • iMac
  • Apple Bluetooth keyboard
  • Logitech K810 portable keyboard
  • Apple TV


After I put it together, I remembered that the computer in wasn't connected to anything since my iMac doesn't have audio in like my old cheese grater Mac, so I ordered one of these. That way, I don't have to move my record player/cassette player to the bedroom when digitizing (I have the world's longest headphone cord for that).


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On Universal FanCon


Guys, I am really sad and mad right now about Universal FanCon. I hadn't heard of it before it was postposed/cancelled one week before it was to occur, but seeing tweets from so many people who were planning to go was heartbreaking. So many artists and vendors losing their first shot at sales/networking and cosplayers and other attendees who never felt accepted at other cons losing a safe space for geeking out. 

I'm proud to be an exhibitor and co-creator of the Manga Reading Lounge at Anime Detour and my July staycation at Convergence is a highlight of my year. I can't imagine having an experience like that taken away so suddenly. 

The other sad thing is, it might not have failed if the founders hadn't 1) tried to make their first con some huge, money-making endeavor when most cons barely break even, 2) failed to vet one co-founder who had been involved in failed cons before, and 3) they had asked for help from experienced con people. The Twitter conversation made it clear that there was a deep bench of experienced con administrators who would have been happy to help. I'm not one myself, but my limited experience creating a miniature library con tells me that it's a very complex endeavor with a lot of moving parts that requires constant back-and-forth communication, not just asking Starbucks to donate stuff at the last minute. 



WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE THINGS BETTER:
  • Support your local, volunteer-staffed con. Unless you are super into getting celebrities to sign stuff, skip those traveling things Alexandra Erin calls "autograph mills". Local cons are way more fun, you have more input in their content & policies, plus it gives volunteers/staff more experience to start more cons to fit your interests. 
  • If your local con sucks, start your own, but start small. Comic-Con wasn't built in one day
  • Make your con safe for diverse attendees. Ask them what policies would help them enjoy the con. Have diverse panels and panelists. Ban harassers. 
  • Attract and mentor diverse con volunteers and employees. Then, they can learn and start their own cons. Geek culture is big, we can have cons for everybody. 
  • Don't be a dick. Don't tell a marginalized person they "aren't allowed" to cosplay as someone.
  • Give these artists some money. They lost a major source of income, so support them if you can. 
  • Attend this pop-up convention. if you can afford it and are near Baltimore, attend this mini-convention for people who were coming to FanCon.
  • Make your Con transit-accessible. Not everyone can drive or has a car, and some people may fly or bus in. I'm looking at you, Con of the North!

Monday, February 19, 2018

JFRO's 2017

Jfro's 2017 from ash966 on 8tracks Radio.



Sorry this is so late, guys. 



Format once again ripped off shamelessly from the Librarian in Black:  

Books -- Who Fears Death?, Universal Harvester, Fingersmith, The Collapsing Empire, City of LIght, City of Poison

Comics -- Ooku, Over Easy, Genshiken Second Season, Order of the Stick

Movies -- The Shape of Water, Free Fire, Thor: Ragnarok, The Big Sick, Willow Creek, The Boy & the Beast, Atomic Blonde, Mifune: The Last Samurai, Get Out, The Nice Guys, Okja, My Cousin Rachel, The Love Witch, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gimme Danger, Logan, Moonlight

TV Shows -- Stranger Things, Taboo, Black Sails, Orphan Black, Halt & Catch Fire, The Walking Dead, Insecure, GLOW, Billions, The Expanse, Bojack Horseman, Orange Is the New Black, The Path, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Veep, Train to Busan, Travelers, Silicon Valley, Sense8, RuPaul's Drag Race, Transparent, Powers, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Americans, Legion, The Magicians, Archer, Mr. Robot, Fear the Walking Dead, unREAL, 12 Monkeys, Versailles, Crazyhead, The Strain, Better Call Saul

Albums --Woven Hand: Star Treatment, Troubled Horse: Revolution on Repeat, Telekinetic Yet: Abominable, Summoner: Beyond the Realm of Light, Ruby the Hatchet: Planetary Space Child, Royal Thunder: Wick, Moonbow: War Bear, Kadavar: Rough Times, Fireball Ministry: Remember the Story, Ecstatic Vision: Raw Rock Fury, Crystal Fairy: Crystal Fairy, Colour Haze: In Her Garden, Greenleaf: Rise Above The Meadow, Blues Pills: Lady in Gold, WhiteNails: First Trip, Tad: 8-Way Santa (Remastered)

Songs --Willam: "Ho Ho Ho Ho", Red Velvet: "Talk To Me", Girl's Day Everyday: "I'll Be Yours", BTS:"Not Today", Tiffany: "Talk", RVG: "IBM", MGT: "Knowing Me Knowing You", 2NE1: "I Am The Best", Crystal Fairy: "Drugs On The Bus", Sofi Tucker: "Drinkee",  Skrillex & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley: "Make It Bun Dem", Jackie Shane: "Any Other Way", Cari Cari: "No War" 

Apps --Reelgood, Reddit, TuneIn, Flickr, Artstudio, Tumblr, 8Tracks

Devices --iPad, iMac, Apple TV 4, Nook GlowLight Plus, Universal Laser Systems laser engraver, Lulzbot 3-D printer, soldering iron

Events --Convergence, Anime Detour, ToshoCon, Steampunk photoshoot in Irvine Park, WMCN Reunion show, Chris Isaak, Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire, presenting at the Library Technology Conference, Bakken Museum, At Home With Monsters @MIA, World War I @Minnesota History Center, Como Obon Festival

Items of clothing --Gray motorcycle boots, gear earrings, resin pendant, Steven Madden hooded coat

Games --Plants Vs Zombies 2, Candy Crush: Soda, Tetris Blitz, Agents of Oblivion, Delta Green

Web sites --Lifehacker, r/rupaulsdragrace, r/relationships, Captain Awkward, Fast 'n' Bulbous

Twitter Twerps --@AnaMardoll, @arthur_affect, @FakeLibStats, @HalpernAlex, @loather

YouTubers -- Jimmi Pynk, Kevin Logan, Feminist Frequency, The Boulet Brothers, MovieBob, Screen Junkies, Afterbuzz TV, Diamanda Hagan, Vaginal Fantasy, Hey Qween, Willam Belli

Materials - metallic acrylic paint, EasyCast resin, laser rubber

Boyfriend --JSeux continues his winning streak!