Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Part 15 Ride Rerun..

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When Valentines Mate

Tomorrow is Valentines Day.
Here's a few Valentine options I dug out of the Big Picture Science collection.
Some of these are older episodes from when the program was still called "Are We Alone". But they're all fascinating, fun, and free for part 15 use.

It's Science Cupid!
Love makes us feel warm and mushy, but the sweet sting of Cupid's arrow makes a compelling chemistry lesson, too. Research into animal mating and human courtship provides clues to an eternal mystery: what's the purpose of love? Learn lessons from the family values of field mice, and affectionate same-sex penguin pairs. Plus: Darwin's take on speed dating, and the science of smooching.

Sex: From Beginning to End
Hear how sex began and where it's headed: if you think your love life is mechanical now, just wait until you're cozying up to titanium skin and the latest emotion software. Plus, everything you always wanted to know about modern sex research, but were afraid to ask.

Sex and the Seti
Birds do it. Bees do it. But no one sings about how they do it. And frankly, not even Cole Porter can make bedroom behavior that involves decapitating your mate sound romantic. But the animal world abounds with bizarre sexual behavior… and it’s all perfectly normal. Find out how female spiders lure males to their doom… why dolphins are the friskiest of mammals… whether E.T. would have sex… and why sexual reproduction evolved in the first place. Also, why the marketing gurus have it all wrong: driving a Hummer or wearing Gucci won’t help you land a mate. Find out what will.

Sex: What is it Good For?
This program is about sex, and there's no way we can do this program without throwing in some joke and innuendos. We apologize for this in advance. Sex is fun, but you got to admit it's not easy. There's all that prep work.. and all for what? Well we know for what, bit still from natures point of view we ask: Sex, what is it good for? http://www.bigpicturescience.org/episodes/Sex_What_is_it_Good_For_

Saturday, February 11, 2017

MP3Gain Volume Normalizer

Here's a really useful one I'm surprised I hadn't mentioned already for your toolbox..
MP3Gain is a free program providing a non destructive method of preparing your entire MP3 library to insure that every song or program will all playback at the same volume level.

"MP3Gain uses David Robinson's Replay Gain algorithm to calculate how loud the file actually sounds to a human's ears"

That song is too loud!
The next song is too quiet...
Why cant they be jussst right?
They all Can with MP3Gain....

Simply speaking, what MP3Gain does is take a whole folder of mp3s, or a group of individual selections, then analyzes them and reports the variances in the group.

It also specifically indicates for you in red which of the individual songs or programs are clipping.

You then set what volume level you prefer them to be. The default is set at 89db, which is usually the optimum level to prevent distortion, but you can adjust as desired.

Next click on the Gain button, and let it do it's stuff. It doesn't reprocess the MP3, it simply tags them for playback at a level comparable to he rest o the library. Upon completion, the entire group of mp3s are normalized, so all will play back at an equal volume.
Now a nice even output is achieved in any player.

"What does MP3Gain do? MP3Gain automatically adjusts mp3s so that they all have the same volume."

What's so nice about MP3gain, is that the changes you make are completely reversible, and you can experiment and if you don't like the results, you can easily revert back to the way it was. The process is lossless, no actual changes are being made to the mp3, it only tells the mp3 how loud to play.
Using the program is pretty straight forward and it's easy on the resources, so it can be ran even on the oldest of computers.

Download MP3Gain:

If you'd like a tutorial, here's one to get you going:


Friday, February 10, 2017

Be a Guest Slate on The Stuph File

The following is mostly about me.
But it's about you too.
But first I need to tell you about Peter.. again..

The Stuph File Program hosted by Peter Anthony Holder which I've featured here before, and is one of my top 5 favorites found in the Part15LAB collection:
'Verified for Part 15 Use'.
This hour long program is top rate, professional, thoroughly entertaining, and all in all interesting variety presentation.
It consist of several odd-but-true newscast, interviews with featured guests, brief retro theme clips scattered about, idiots of the day, a few psa's, and other miscellaneous content.
Most any audience would enjoy this show.
Peter Anthony Holder has from 1979 until the present day, been involved with AM, FM, and TV stations, held positions as show producer, director, music programmer, announcer, magazine and freelance writer, commercial copywriter, interviewer, newsreader, researcher, Major League Baseball Scorer for USA TODAY and Associated Press, tv reporter and tv host.

I was delighted to receive an invitation to be a guest slate on episode #0390:

I am assuming you’ve heard the show a couple of times, so you may know that each one starts off with a short guest slater giving the number of each episode.  I was wondering if you would like to do a guest slate for the show.


Naturally I accepted, and also asked if he'd like for me to post in the forums inviting others to do the same:

Here's the script . . . . . .

“Hello I’m Richard Powers
This is #0390
The Stuph File Program
With Peter Anthony Holder
And it comes to you right now.”

The number is said as, “number zero three nine zero"
You can email it to me as an audio file.  In your email you can also add any links you want me to place on the website and also a short blurb of what you want me to say about who you are and what you do.
As for others offering to do slates, yes I am open to that.  Please have them send me an email with the subject line being “Possible Stuph File Guest Slater” and I will follow through with similar instructions to them with the script and how to go about getting the slate to me.

Peter Anthony Holder
Host: The Stuph File Program

Imagine that, for a brief moment I'm going to be a nationwide announcer!
Ok, perhaps I'm overelaborating a bit, but it's not an inaccurate statement..

But there's a big problem, I'm currently in the middle of a move and everything in a storage garage. So off I go and try to see if I can dig out the trusty usb Meteor Mic for my Surface RT tablet which is all I have on hand..
Only I didn't know which box it might be crammed in.
I knew I shouldn't of packed it.
Dig around, but can't find it.. no time..
Decide to come back and find it later..

Almost two weeks later receive email asking if I was going to do it, or should he get someone else?
Embarrassed, I had completely forgot..
So I quickly read the script into the tablets built-in microphone, afraid it was going to sound like crap.. It did, but it wasn't completely terrible, and was going to have to do. Then I immediately sent the file to him..

It’s perfect!  Thank you very much! J
If you could also email me any links you want me to place on the website and also a short blurb of what you want me to say about who you are and what you do, that would be great.
Also, if your offer still stands to get others to do a guest slate as well, that would be great. Please have them send me an email with the subject line being “Possible Stuph File Guest Slater” and I will follow through with similar instructions to them with the script and how to go about getting the slate to me.
Thanks again! J

A few more days pass...
And that brings it to now;
I introduce to you episode zero three nine zero:

 Download Holder-Stuph-File-Podcast-0390

Incidentally, I had actually provided him three links to mention, but he only mentioned my blog address. But that's alright, it rater kind of exciting being a part.

If you would like to do a guest slate on the Stuph File, just follow the contact instructions he outlined in his message above. Looking forward to hearing you!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Silence Is Not Golden