January 18, 2011

Another day and yes….another podcast. This time it is the history of  this day in history. Every day you will get audio from the news reports, speeches,  the  grunting groaning gleeful and glorious sounds of people talking about what was happening to them on this day back when this day in history was their now. I will be adding more sources to the feed as I clean up the metadata. You can subscribe to the feed directly at http://tomwsmf.com/podcasts/historynow.rss or simply by going to this website http://feeds.feedburner.com/HistoryNowPodcast Enjoy

This Day In Funny Podcast

January 17, 2011
This Day In Funny Podcast

Another day and another podcast generated. Each day funny shows broadcast on that day across recorded history will be waiting for you in your podcatcher/device of choice. This time I have focused on funny stuff  that makes me laugh. So far I have included some Goons Shows, You Bet Your Life, I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, Believe It Or Kill Me, Stan Freberg, Bob and Ray, PR Gnu s Of the World and the BBC remakes of the Marx Brothers show Flywheel Shyster and Flywheel.  You can subscribe to the podcast at this url  http://tomwsmf.com/podcasts/thisdayinfunny.rss Enjoy.

Shep-A-Day Podcast

January 16, 2011
Shep-A-Day Podcast

Still in beta, I have work up some simple bash scripts to generate a sort of This Day In History podcast…for now this one is dedicated to the fathead of all fatheads Jean Shepherd. What was he saying on this date in history? Now you can find out easily by subscribing to this podcast. In the future I am going to work up a This Day In History podcast that includes all manner of radio shows, everything from classic science fiction to the Burns and Allen shows to whatever else I can scrape up from the Archive.org feeds. All the actual content is hosted up on Archive.org.

Reinventing Morse: Build your own telegraph kit

October 29, 2010
Reinventing Morse: Build your own telegraph kit

How cool would it be to set up a TelegraphNet around the house. Instead of calling the kids down to eat we could send out the message in Morse. hmmm an ya know we have a bunch of pots wire throughout the house doing nothing…oi. Thanks Make…  Reinventing Morse: Build your own telegraph kit.

Learn to Pick Locks for Fun and an Increased Understanding of Security [Video]

October 26, 2010

One of the many things I want to teach the kids is how to pick locks. Yes I will wait to they have an understanding of the appropriate uses for the skill…and yes I sense some of you rolling your eyes thinking “why the heck would you teach your kids that?”…yes I am talking about you…The reasons are at least two….One…to show them how insecure most locks are…to make sure they do not have a false sense of security…a common lesson we come back to in our learning boils down to “Ignorance Hurts”. The second reason is to further their sense of exploration and discovery….to find the wonder in all things…well in lots of things. This article from Lifehacker has reminded me of being prepared to do this eventualy…. Learn to Pick Locks for Fun and an Increased Understanding of Security .


October 26, 2010

Sashura sent me a link to this NYT obituary by Margalit Fox of Sol Steinmetz, “a lexicographer, author and tenured member of Olbom (n.abbrev., < On Language’s Board of Octogenarian Mentors)”; Ms. Fox lards the obit with as many word histories (“his surname is the Yiddish word for stonemason”) as she can, and I’m sure its subject would have loved it. An excerpt:

An ordained rabbi, Mr. Steinmetz was a particular authority on Yiddish, in all its kvetchy beauty. His books on the subject include “Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America” (University of Alabama, 1986) and “Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish” (Simon & Schuster, 2002; with Payson R. Stevens and Charles M. Levine).

Mr. Steinmetz was a keen etymologist. In interviews and his own writings, he expounded ardently on the pedigrees of words like “klutz” (from Middle High German klotz, “block, log,” via Yiddish) and “clone” (from the Greek klon, “twig”), which entered English as a noun in 1903.

He was also a master of the first citation, scouring centuries of literature and decades of the airwaves to determine precisely when a particular word or phrase made its debut. “Suit,” in the sense of a bureaucrat, for instance, he traced to the television show “Cagney and Lacey” in 1982. Before he became a lexicographer in the late 1950s, he worked as a cantor (he “had a fine tenor voice”) and as a rabbi (in Media, Pa.); the obit ends with this wonderful passage: “‘He never had a bad word to say about anyone,’ said Jesse Sheidlower, the editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary and a former protégé. ‘And he knew a lot of bad words.’” Alevasholem.”

LanguageHat -  SOL STEINMETZ, RIP..

MWStudios West Archives – Serenifly.mp3

October 24, 2010
MWStudios West Archives – Serenifly.mp3

Back in 2006 I cobbled together a Serenity/Whedonesque themed bit of sound to a simple background sample. It is a 4 min journey into the Verse and then some. Being both Yeeee and Haw.


General Tso, Fortune Cookies and Origins

September 12, 2010

How is Chinese food like Linux? Who the heck is General Tso and why is his chicken so good? Fortune Cookies are not Chinese? Watch this great talk and learn a little more about the foods we eat.

128 vintage pocket calculators

August 24, 2010
128 vintage pocket calculators

128 vintage pocket calculators.

Awake.mp3 MWStudios West says Morning Neighbor.

August 23, 2010
Awake.mp3  MWStudios West says Morning Neighbor.

The sleeper awakes…..needs a cup of coffee…perhaps some breakfast….From a pile of old and new gear Media Whore Studio West rises and says , in its own way , “Morning Neighbor”. Listen with us if you will…


Ken Nordine Helps Open a Chicago Hi-Fi Store, April, 1957

August 10, 2010

Ken Nordine is a voice that makes my mind happy in that charged/amused/connected way. His works all engage . It is a happy thing that WFMU’s Beware of the Blog has found some early recordings of Nordine opening up a Hi Fi store… Hi Fi Store…just those words alone set the stage. Listen to the tracks and read more of their finding at the article “Exploring My Reel-to-Reel Catacombs, Volume Six: Ken Nordine Helps Open a Chicago Hi-Fi Store, April, 1957.”

How Christian homophobes misuse my “gay gene” report

August 9, 2010

Not understanding the sources you use to back up your ideological foundations is not a great idea. Sadly it is done more than you might think for all manner of justifications, say for instance homophobia. What do you do though when your source’s author informs you that you failed to comprehend what he actually wrote?  It seems for the True Believers truth and integrity play second fiddle to justifying their  hatreds. Read more about such an instance at  SciAms article  “Queer notions: How Christian homophobes misuse my “gay gene” report.”

104- Here Comes the Sun

August 9, 2010

You have heard me talk about this podcast before and you probably will again a few hundred times more…..this week one of those lesser known but fascinating points in history. This weeks its all about Sex Sun and Assassinations as we look at   Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus. He replaced the traditional head of the Roman pantheonJupiter, with a lesser god, Deus Sol Invictus, and forced leading members of Rome’s government to participate in religious rites celebrating this deity, which he personally led. Elagabalus married as many as five times, lavished favors on courtiers popularly assumed to have been his homosexual lovers, and was reported to have prostituted himself in the imperial palace. ” Imagine what the Neocons would do with that. Listen in over at the History of Rome Podcast..104- Here Comes the Sun.

Who Has Fresh Rye Bread For The Morning?

August 8, 2010
Who Has Fresh Rye Bread For The Morning?

We do. I have been playing with the Rye recipe into the 5 Min A Day Bread books and am loving this one. It is not the NYC rye of my youth but it is closer than any I have bought or made before. One of the authors is an ex NewYorker so I think his ballpark is the same as mine taste wise. I am very interested in trying his bagel method

Apple Executive Falls On Sword Over “Non Existent” Antenna Problem

August 7, 2010

When Steven P. Jobs, the chief of Apple, introduced the iPhone 4, he hailed the design of its antenna, which is built into a steel band that encases the phone. But almost immediately after the iPhone 4 went on sale, consumers began to complain that when they touched a spot on the lower left section of the device, reception would decrease sharply, in some cases resulting in dropped calls.”

But Saint Steven claimed either the problem was all in the haters minds or was simply the same for all smartphones……and in the wake of this non issue the executive in charge of the iPhones hardware is gone….hmm

Read more at the NYTimes’ article Executive Leaves Apple After iPhone Antenna Troubles.

A Man With Muffin Secrets, but No Way to Cash Them In

August 7, 2010

As you can find out from watching the Good Eats episode on Eggs Benedict the venerable Thomas’ English Muffin is not really English (it was invented in NYC) and is a closer relative of the  crumpet than the muffin clan….but all that aside….Seems the company that now owns the brand is trying very hard to keep what must be one of the last great baking secrets from going walk about in the industry. As the NY Times reports in “A Man With Muffin Secrets, but No Way to Cash Them In.”  the secret is so valuable to the company they have gotten legal bars put on one of the few people who knows the full skinny of how the nooks and crannies get as they are.  A twisted tale of taste and toil.

How to Get Started with Usenet in Three Simple Steps [Usenet]

August 7, 2010
How to Get Started with Usenet in Three Simple Steps [Usenet]

Everything old is new again….case in point one of my all time favorite fishing spots on the intertubes that I have not hit in a few years….Usenet. Lifehacker has an article called How to Get Started with Usenet in Three Simple Steps . Looks like I might get out the old line and tackle box.

Tannhäuser4Kids at Bayreuth Festival

August 7, 2010

The current duo of half sisters, direct down the tree of the grand ol Wagner himself, are attempting to make the hard seated limited ticket ultra elite opera fest a bit more family friendly. This year they offered up a condensed and reworked version of Tannhäuser which was attend by 200 or so budding little Ring Cycleaholics.

“The story of “Tannhäuser” was adapted to make it more age-appropriate. As written, when Wagner’s opera opens, we see the minnesinger Tannhäuser enjoying round-the-clock Bacchanalian orgies in Venus’s enchanted realm. Part of him knows he should get out of there, but he cannot help himself.”

You can read more at the NYT  Music: ‘Tannhäuser’ for the Tenderhearted at Bayreuth Festival.

Where Did the Carter White House’s Solar Panels Go?

August 6, 2010

In 1978 then POTUS Jimmy Carter had a series of Solar Panels installed at the White House to heat the water.. At that installation he uttered this prediction… “In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy…. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.””

A few years latter Saint Regan dismantled the working solar heaters and the DoE’s Renewable Energy efforts with this stunning bit of tripe…”It hasn’t produced a quart of oil or a lump of coal or anything else in the line of energy.”

Ah yes, and how has that worked out for us Bonzo?

So where are those old Solar Panels? Glad you asked…..

Read more at Scientific American’s article  Where Did the Carter White House’s Solar Panels Go?.

Transgenic Canola Plants In The Wild

August 6, 2010

Scientific American reports in  Transgenic Canola Plants Break Free of Farm…..

Transgenic canola plants in North Dakota had received genes making them resistant to herbicides, such as the weed killer Roundup. Researchers collected and tested 406 canola plants along thousands of miles of state roads. They found 347 carrying at least one resistance gene. There were also indications that the inserted genes were being passed on to new generations, producing some plants in the wild with multiple transgenes. “

I wonder if Monsanto lawyers are working out a way to sue Nature for fees and damages…..

Pentagon Demands Wikileaks ‘Return’ All Classified Documents

August 6, 2010

Pentagon Demands Wikileaks ‘Return’ All Classified Documents.

“The Defense Department demands that WikiLeaks return immediately to the U.S. government all versions of documents obtained directly or indirectly from the Department of Defense databases or records,” said spokesman Geoff Morrell, opening the Pentagon’s daily press briefing.”

Give us back our secrets? Hello Genie…back in the bottle……

On Saturday, WikiLeaks published without comment a 1.4GB encrypted file named “insurance.” The file is more than 19 times the size of the Afghan war log.”

Yea, so about that getting back in the bottle thing….

Froyo (AndroidOS 2.2) on my Droid 1

August 4, 2010

Sure it is only a day or so away, but when news came out that the Official Update was available from an Official server for a manual update  …. zoom zip and Bobs our uncle .. 2.2 on my little ol Droid 1. After that it was a few installs to get Flash and ChromeToPhone working as well as some housekeeping(mainly moving apps to the SD…that one feature alone is worth the update)…done. Flash is not bad even on the slow Droid 1. Would it be better on something with a faster cpu like say a Droid 2 or X…heck yeah but I have another year or so on my contract by which time they will be free or close to it. I am kicking myself for not rooting it before moving up, thats ok though as it will keep me from futzing with it overly much….well more than I already do.  Time will tell how well I like it and if I feel the need to root the thing.


Galcon for AndroidOS

August 3, 2010
Galcon for AndroidOS

I loves me the Galcon, an amazing real time seat of your pants multi player risk style game set in space. I have been playing since 2007 on Linux and of course was a bit ticked off when an iPhone app of it came out some time ago. I wrote the author and asked “Why no love for the AndroidOS?”. Sometime latter he decided to take a week and  port the game to AndroidOS, he even documented his adventures in porting on his blog. Today it was announced the app will be out to the masses in a few days. I was fortunate enough to get a beta copy to test out and I can tell you it is working fantastically.  I, of course, play about as well as a trained baboon but the port is spot on.

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