Funny story…

Apologies for the delay in getting episode 59 out.

It’s really a funny story, a captivating drama of miscommunication and human frailty.

We have, for instance, a freshly and inadvertently remastered version of episode 57, instead of an episode 59.

But, uh, check back Monday.

For real this time.

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Dungeons and Tables Part 2

TL;DR – I replaced the removable trays with a french cleat system for more freedom in positioning trays and cup holders.

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In Part 1 I explained how I made the original version of this table.  The plans for the base table can be found on Ana-White.com.  It’s a simple plan that doesn’t require anything fancy. You can cut everything with a hand saw if you want, or have Lowes do all the cuts for you. From there I added removable trays and a plexiglass panel/screen.

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Dungeons and Tables Part 1

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Behold! The everyman’s gaming table. Complete with mismatching stain, visible screws, poorly measured cuts and after-market mods.

Disclaimer

I am not a professional, semi-professional or hobbyist wood-worker.  I’m just a guy who sometimes builds things because I’m curious or because I need to.  Also, this has been done many other times by other people, and much better.  This is just the story of my own take on it.

Introduction

I said in my last post that sometimes I randomly receive visions from the Overmind come up with an idea and obsess over it until I do something about it.  Well this is kind of one of those ideas. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes from Start to Finish

This may be of interest to nobody, but here is my process for getting the audio of the game, from start to finish, including links to the necessary programs.
I am certainly a newb at this; so any suggestions are welcome. Nevertheless, I thought it might be useful for someone who’s thinking about getting into the podcast game to see what the entire flow can look like.
  1. Put iPad using the free Voice Recorder app as close to middle of table as possible
  2. Ensure app is recording in .aiff
  3. Record session, pausing and resuming as necessary
  4. Transfer to PC
  5. Dump .aiff file into Levelator
  6. Bring into Audacity (making sure the LAME mp3 encoder is installed)
  7. Export as mp3, indicating that it’s the raw (unedited) file
  8. Upload to Dropbox 
  9. During the week, listen to mp3 on phone using the Dropbox app’s audio player
  10. While listening, if I hear something that needs to be edited out, take a screenshot on phone of the audio player application, making sure the timestamp is visible
  11. When the edit should conclude, screenshot again
  12. Now I’ll have pairs of screenshots on my phone, each telling me when to stop and start an edit
  13. Highlight those sections in Audacity, delete.
  14. Export as final mp3 file, putting in ID3 tags when Audacity prompts
  15. Upload to Soundcloud for hosting
  16. Tag, insert shownotes while upload is going on
  17. When upload and processing are finished, share on blog, G+, etc. 
  18. Soundcloud has easy options for getting your shows put into an RSS feed properly for iTunes, etc.