Audio Drama Sunday: It Makes A Sound

Everyone, I think, has some piece of music that sticks with them from when they were kids. It could be a song that you remember hearing on the radio, a concert that you saw, some little song someone close to you would sing; something which stays with you over the years, and takes on an outsized status in your memory as the music of your childhood. For Dierdre Gardner, it's the music of Wim Faros, a local prodigy, who played at a birthday party in a golf club. #rememberwimfaros

Whence Came You: Podcast Review

Whence Came You, the Masonic podcast hosted by Bro. Robert Johnson, is something of an anomaly for me in my podcast feeds. I am subscribed to a boatload of audio dramas, podcasts about mythology, true crime podcasts, shows about writing and other aspects of creative careers, and Whence Came You, the only show which is more or less targeted towards an organization. I added the show to the list of shows to check out about two years ago now after seeing the title with no other information on a suggested listening list online (though I confess the list in question may have misunderstood what it was, as it was next to a row of audio dramas), and have been glad I did ever since.

Short Film Review: Code 8

"Code 8," the short film that is intended to stand in as a trailer/proof of concept for the wildly successful Indiegogo campaign by the Amell brothers, is set in a near future science fiction world, where the small number of humans with special abilities live in poverty, outcasts from society.  The film is an interesting…

Ambient Guitar Cover: “The General” by Dispatch

"The General" has been a long time favorite song of mine. The themes of war, duty, and living the best life you can resonated with me when I first heard the song, and continue to stand out to me every time I've listened to it since. This week, I considered the idea of what happens when the General is gone and off into the void. Perhaps he's found peace?

How To Be A More Efficient Temple Runner

If you're like myself and many other people, you occasionally find yourself sitting somewhere with a hankering to attempt to escape from an oversized skull wearing monkey. Alternatively, you've got a completionist attitude when it comes to the tappy tappy games you keep on your phone for your down time. Or you've got a short term addiction to a game with a sufficiently simple premise that you can continue to listen to the podcast, TV show, or internet video you're already listening to or "watching." Temple Run is one of the long time favorites of mine, being one of the first games that I downloaded when I got my first smartphone. However, spending hours upon hours to unlock every little character, hat, and objective is something that I don't have the luxury of, so I've put together a little guide on how to get everything done faster.

Caffeine Tolerance: How to Use It More Efficiently

Over the course of my studies, I have become what you might call an, advanced, consumer of caffeinated drinks, and foods (chocolate covered coffee beans are basically the best, just try them).  Caffeine alone however, it not enough to keep you going...

Audio Drama Sunday: The Behemoth

Quick question, don't think about it: a literal giant with tree branches growing out of his head appears out of the water, and do you: A) run screaming at the horror of a literal giant appearing out of the ocean, you knew there were monsters in there, you just knew it; B) check the news to see how the military is going to take care of this, it's what they do, isn't it? It is, isn't it? or C) follow him and eventually hitch a ride on his shoulder to see if he does stuff or is just on the longest mission to get nibbles on the other side of the country? ...Madyson picks C, because that's the obvious answer. Welcome to the world of The Behemoth, the first audio drama published by the now prolific Rick Coste of Modern Audio Drama.

May The Dinosaurs Be With You

I told the children a story Sunday. Well, I told the entire congregation a story during my sermon. The children are hardest to reach, you know? When the music stops and the service is almost over, all they're really doing is waiting for me to shut up so they can go out and play. I can't say I blame them. Not really...

Buy Your Own ISBN Numbers!

For anyone considering or looking into publishing their own books, one of the points of contention that you will eventually reach is whether or not you should cough up to buy your own ISBN numbers, or go with the oh so appealing option of using the free one that many print on demand services offer you. In no uncertain terms, the former is the better option, and it's due to the following: