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5/31/2006


XM says suspending some radio sales

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 3:52 pm

From Reuters via Yahoo! News: XM says suspending some radio sales

The message boards have been buzzing about this for the past few days…now it’s official. So if you have that old SkyFi or Roady2 sitting around, hang onto it

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The Pirate Bay boarded, may be sent to Davy Jones’ locker

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 2:47 pm

From Ars Technica: The Pirate Bay boarded, may be sent to Davy Jones’ locker

A good overview of this developing story. For additional information, watch this space or check out ThePirateBay.org.

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5/30/2006


Jonathan Thomas - Episode 3

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:28 am

Episode #3 - Jonathan Thomas meets Gorgonzola the Horse.

(Thanks to Kermyt Anderson for the one-line episode descriptions!)

Edit: Inline player added October 15, 2009.

icon for podpress  Episode #3 - Jonathan Thomas meets Gorgonzola the Horse. [11:37m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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5/29/2006


It’s the same old song from a short-sighted industry

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 5:07 pm

From USA Today:It’s the same old song from a short-sighted industry

This column says it all better than I could myself. Thanks to Chris Holm for the pointer!

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5/28/2006


XM Radio Fans Can Record It if They Hear It

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 10:07 pm

From The New York Times: XM Radio Fans Can Record It if They Hear It

A review of the Samsung Helix (and its twin, the Pioneer Inno)

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5/27/2006


Jonathan Thomas - Episode 2

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:28 pm

Episode #2 - Jonathan Thomas promises to find Santa Claus.

(Thanks to Kermyt Anderson for the one-line episode descriptions!)

Edit: Inline player added October 15, 2009.

icon for podpress  Episode #2 - Jonathan Thomas promises to find Santa Claus. [11:43m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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5/26/2006


Frightening Old-Time Radio…

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 8:28 pm

There’s a current discussion on the Internet OTR Digest about the scariest horror series broadcast. It got me thinking a bit, not about the scariest series, but about the most frightening program I’ve heard in my years of collecting.

I’m going to give that “honor” to a somewhat unexpected choice; an episode of Lights Out titled “State Executioner.”

I can remember the first time I heard it like it was yesterday…I was in my apartment on Market Street (the one above a porn shop; when I moved there, it was a record store, but things…er…changed), bustling around doing some general straightening up. I had just received a Murray Hill box set of record albums (it’s ok, kids, go ask your parents what records were) and was anxious to listen to them. I started “State Executioner,” and…time disappeared. I slowed down, slower and slower, until by the end of the episode I was standing in the middle of the room, transfixed by the sounds and voices.

There are more “frightening” programs, certainly (Quiet, Please wins hands-down, in my humble opinion, for most ghoulish and frightening program, impressive in its minimalist dependence on the talents of writer Bill Cooper and actor Ernest Chappell), but this one sticks in my mind because of the perfect combination of story, talent, and my own state of mind. When I think of how the best of old-time radio can affect one, I think of that evening so many years ago.

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5/25/2006


Jonathan Thomas - Episode 1

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:33 am

Episode #1 - Santa Claus is kidnapped by the Squeebubblians

(Thanks to Kermyt Anderson for the one-line episode descriptions!)

An Aside: I said in my very first post here on Nostalgic Rumblings that I hated blogs, so of course I was going to start one. I’ve also argued ad nausium with my friend Jim Widner that podcasting ain’t nuthin’ new, and still with this post I become an official podcaster. Watch this space for the next thing I hate, and so inevitably do… ;)

Edit: Inline player added October 15, 2009.

icon for podpress  Episode #1 - Santa Claus is kidnapped by the Squeebubblians [12:06m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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5/24/2006


Did spam filter cost schools $250K?

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:50 am

From News.com: Did spam filter cost schools $250K?

Content filters simply do not work; they are guaranteed to block more legitimate mail than any other kind of filter. Although it’s more difficult, most spam from hijacked machines can be blocked by simply blocking connections from dynamically-alocated IP ranges.

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A Square Watermellon?

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 10:17 am

From the Horticulture Department at Purdue: A Square Watermellon

Someone clearly has way too much time on their hands…

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5/23/2006


Coming Up - Jonathon Thomas

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:30 pm

As posted to the Internet OTR Digest:

   Thanks to the kindness of Bob Hicks, Chris Holm, Gordon Robson, and Kermyt
Anderson, Katie (my newly-minted-eight-year-old red-head daughter) has the
complete set of “Jonathan Thomas and His Christmas on the Moon.” Now I
realize it’s not exactly Christmastime, but for any of you interested in
listening to the show, I’m going to distribute the program over the next
weeks on the Nostalgic Rumblings blog at http://blogs.oldradio.net/ . Yes,
it’s a “podcast” on a “blog.” But don’t panic… ;)

   Many of you know what a podcast is, and how to automagically have your
computer save the file, and possibly download it to an MP3 player. But for
those of you who don’t, this is really easy. Find yourself a podcasting
client (I prefer the lean-and-mean open-source Juice, available at
http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/ while others prefer the bloated
Apple salestool iTunes), add the blog’s RSS feed (there’s an “RSS” icon on
the left sidebar) to the client’s list of watched podcasts, and *poof* -
every time I add a program, you’ll automagically receive it. You don’t have
to keep checking for new episodes, your podcast client software will do that
for you and auto-download the files as they appear! I’ll start running the
Christmas on the Moon files in a few days, to give those interested time to
add the blog to their podcast software.

   Indeed, you might consider using a news aggregator to keep an eye on the
Nostalgic Rumblings blog, too; important information is posted there in some
cases faster than on the OTR Digest, I can include photos and soundfiles
there that can’t be added to the Digest (like the photos provided by Al
Girard of his great transcription find, or the photos posted the other day in
memory of Frankie Thomas, or like the Christmas on the Moon soundfiles). You
can use the browser FireFox, which has internal support for “live bookmarks,”
or you can use a stand-alone desktop aggregator like NewsGator at
http://www.newsgator.com/ NewsFeed at http://home.arcor.de/mdoege/newsfeed/
or any other (a google search on “rss feed reader” will turn up lots of
information). Any of these will monitor the blog for you, alerting you when
something new is posted so you can decide whether to visit and read the
latest, or skip this one and check out the next. Of course, if you need help
or advice, you can gimme a yell, and I’ll do whatever I can to help.

   And while I’m rambling on, I’ve added the Fundraiser discs I had with me
at last year’s FOTR and this year’s Cincinnati conventions to the store at
http://shop.oldradio.net/ which makes the first time those of you who didn’t
attend can see what’s on ‘em - I was hoping to get the first of the new 2006
discs posted by now, but with recent events I want to rework some of the
files before releasing them. I’ll let you know when the 2006 discs show up
there; shouldn’t be too long.

   And finally, let me again thank Bob, Chris, Gordon, and Kermyt for
supplying the files for the Katester…and all of us!

         Charlie

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5/22/2006


Online scams create “Yahoo! millionaires”

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 4:32 pm

From Fortune: Online scams create “Yahoo! millionaires”

And you wonder why I refuse to accept email from anywhere within Nigeria…

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5/21/2006


Ohio University servers in hackers’ hands for a year

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:28 pm

Fews.com: Ohio University servers in hackers’ hands for a year

Holy cow.

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5/20/2006


Katie’s Eight Already…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 2:06 pm

Hard to believe, but it’s been eight years since Annie spent the year in the hospital dealing with pregnancy and cancer, and Katie showed up not-so-unexpectedly eight weeks early. Every year around her birthday, we can’t help but to think back to 1998 and all the “fun stuff” that year, but this year was particularly remindful; Annie had an oncology follow-up appointment last week, where I talked to both her oncologist and her orthopod (or, less slangful, orthopedist; and shout-outs to Drs. Harold Harvey and William Parrish, two of a team of the brightest, kindest, and best physicians I’ve ever run into, and we all know how d*mned hard to please I am).

But right now I don’t have the time to be reflective…there’s this newly-minted eight-year-old who wants pizza for lunch…

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5/19/2006


In the Fight Against Spam E-Mail, Goliath Wins Again

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 12:12 am

From the Washington post: In the Fight Against Spam E-Mail, Goliath Wins Again

If you haven’t been following this story, it’s an amazing example of how the sleezeballs who fill our mailboxes with spam have no compunction about doing anything it takes, no matter how illegal, to continue stealing from us.

And for an even more recent update, see this Washington Post Security Fix blog entry, Blue Security Kicked While It’s Down. It’s truly terrifying how fragile the Internet really is…

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5/18/2006


Frankie Thomas

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television — Charlie Summers @ 5:01 pm

I wanted to post some photographs of Frankie Thomas, and comment a bit on his life, at least the small part of it I know about.

I first met Mr. Thomas a whole lot of years ago at the 1993 Friends of Old-Time Radio convention in Newark, NJ. He and Jan Merlin (”Roger Manning”) were attending for the entire convention, and Al Markim (”Astro”) and Ed Bryce (”Captain Strong”) were coming in on Saturday to perform a recreation of one of their Tom Corbett, Space Cadet radio scripts. Understand, this was a pretty impressive thing to happen; the entire main cast, along with the announcer (the late, great Jackson Beck) were all performing their original roles…and yes, it was as amazing as you think it was. From that famous opening, “Tommmmm….Corrrrrrbittttt….Spaaaaaaaace Cadettttttttttt…” to the end credits, this group not only worked their hearts out, but they also had a lot of fun. (Especially Jan Merlin, who really enjoys slipping into the character of Roger.) I spent a good bit of time with Frankie that convention, as we kept running into each other outside when we indulged our cigarette habit. For photos from that convention, and from the Tom Corbett recreation, see The 1993 Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention Pics Page also on The Nostalgia pages.

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5/17/2006


Record Labels Sue XM Radio

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:40 pm

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Record Labels Sue XM Radio

An excellent look at the entertainment industry’s plans to destroy all your fair-use rights. Froim the article: “The complaint makes it clear that the RIAA companies are gunning not just for XM, but for all innovators.”

Read it…and be very afraid.

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5/16/2006


Voting…and the lack of privacy…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 6:10 pm

The York, Pennsylvania area where I live has always been the technological armpit of America, and I have never denied it. However, my precinct (Ward 4, Precinct 1) is even less cluefull than most.

I should start out by saying that this is the first election using the “new” touch-screen voting machines mandated by the federal government…you know, the ones where results can be altered by technological means, instead of the old mechanical devices where to steal an election someone had to actually falsify the paperwork? Thank you, Florida…because your election commissioners are idiots, the rest of us have to deal with less secure systems.

But anyway…we vote in a beautiful synagogue, where a large area is given over to the elections. But the new machines were set up in the same way, in the same positions the older machines (the ones with the big curtains to protect one’s voting privacy) were…at the closest machine, I was able to watch a woman make a selection on her screen while I stood at the registration table - no, I didn’t have my glasses on, so I couldn’t read the name she selected, and frankly I wouldn’t want to know anyway (the beauty of this system is that we are expected to cast our ballot in secret), but I shouldn’t have been able to see anything of her screen. That I could was a clear flaw in positioning the machines.
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5/15/2006


NBC’s New Season Lineup Leans Heavily on Drama

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 11:07 pm

From The New York Times: NBC’s New Season Lineup Leans Heavily on Drama

Gad, I love the upfronts…

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5/14/2006


Sorry…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 11:55 pm

…I’ve been spending the weekend dealing with a downed machine. I hope to get the pics of Frankie Thomas up tomorrow, if I can get the machine running.

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