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6/21/2013


Random Shorts I would have posted on Twitter…

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 7:54 pm

As I mentioned, I’m miffed at Twitter with its determination to control all things timeline, so I’m making a short compilation of things I might have posted there on the spur-of-the-moment:

  • News headling: Eyeball Licking Trend Giving Pinkeye to Japanese Kids. Er…did we really need to be told licking someone’s eyeball was a bad idea?

  • Everyone seems to be putting videos of themselves talking about nothing on YouTube, or worse, showing us video of them playing video games. What the heck is with that…and who is watching all these sorry videos? I mean, I understand the “covers” of music, even if bad, I understand why people would post them. But talking at a webcam in their bedrooms as if they are news commentators or variety show hosts? Giggling while playing video games? No one cares, so stop making these silly things.

  • Dear Johnny Depp: Are there any more of my youthful memories you can make a travesty of? Or have you run out of them now?

  • To those of you asking me for shortcuts in how to tell if a specific Old-Time Radio show is still under copyright or trademark protection - there ain’t one. Contact a lawyer who specializes in United States “intellectual property” (that a recent creation and not anything real, since something non-tangible cannot be “property”) law and pay them to do the research. Anything else, including listening to my opinion, is just plain wrong.

  • Received spam from “IMF OFFICE” - is it wrong of me to immediately think, “Impossible Missions Force?”

  • Speaking of spam, when the subject calls me, “dear,” pretty sure it’s going to get trashed unopened.

  • “John” (with an Indian accent) called me telling me my computers were affecting their servers. This is, of course, a well-known scam, where I am supposed to open up security holes in my computer so the b*stards can take it over and use it as part of a botnet, or charge me hundreds of dollars to fix a non-existant problem. I…um…declined, and finally got to use every four-letter-word in my arsenal against a human instead of the robocalls I generally get. Rather satisfying, actually.

    Guessing “John” won’t be calling me again any time soon.

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6/18/2013


SummersTime for the week of 04/22/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 8:27 pm

Katie has a Barrel of Fun, I play two episodes of the syndicated Police Reporter, she runs to the phone to Call the Police, and I share the audition to Miss Pinkerton, Inc.!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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6/16/2013


SummersTime for the week of 04/08/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:17 pm

This time out, I play an episode of the syndicated Stand By for Crime, Kate joins Orson Welles for the creepy premiere broadcast of The Mercury Theater on the Air, and I share one of the few surviving episodes of The Jack Webb Show!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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6/12/2013


I Really Hate Twitter…

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:06 pm

Ever since Twitter decided it needed to completely control the “experience” (English translation, “make money from users through advertisements”) they have shut down more and more third-party applications by decimating their API (Application Program Interface; it’s the way an application allows other applications to interface with it) and rigidly controlling everything about the tweets.

I lost the awesome TwitGif that used to be on this page when the v1 API was shut down. There is no more RSS feed for retrieving the Twitter timeline, that too was closed down; and their “rules of the road” say I cannot even re-syndicate my own tweets - so if I post something to Twitter and to this blog, I am apparently committing a violation of my user agreement.

Ah, but they say, “We are providing ‘Embedded Timelines’ so you can add them to your blog!” Baloney…I am massively reluctant to embed Twitter’s embedded monstrosity on here, since it will be tracking you, dear reader, unless you are clever enough to reject cookies and use a proxy or VPN to access these pages. That’s the whole point; Twitter needs to make money, so they need to stomp on every application and business that actually made them what they are today.

Dunno how I’m going to handle this, frankly…it all started with their t.co tracking URIs, and now with the v1 API retired, Twitter is in complete control of d*mned near everything there. I admit to being consistently surprised one group or another hasn’t created a plan for a crowd-sourced replacement, something completely open-sourced and distributed, so no central authority can attempt to “monetize” it while shoving their users into the trash bin of promoted tweets and other bothersome advertisements.

(*sigh*) Nothing in this rant really helps much. And I haven’t decided what I’m going to do here about it, other than to promote Twitter as a communications option a whole lot less. I’d appreciate any ideas you might have in the comments area, or use that “Contact the Webmaster” button…I promise anything you send either place will not end up belonging to Twitter… ;)

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6/8/2013


Cincinnati Nostalgia Expo Wrap-Up

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 12:18 pm

It’s been a week since the first Cincinnati Nostalgia Expo, and I’m still not caught up from the weekend. Everyone I’ve heard from (with the exception of one unpleasant and spiteful little man) had a wonderful time with the panels, the performances, and the fun of getting together and chatting with friends frequently emailed yet seldom seen. The video and photos are below the jump below (hit that “More…” link if you’re on the front page).

During the expo, I posted pics in real-time to my Twitter stream, and I’ve copied those pics here - just click the thumbnail for a larger version. I’ve also stuck a short piece of video down there from the SummersTime Live program Friday afternoon which includes both Bob Hastings, Kate’s buddy from when she was small (and “nice,” as Bob put it!), and Ivan Cury, who I can’t help but think would have killed to have the technology I used to assemble this short video back when he was directing television. Non-linear video editing was just a dream back then.

The weekend was far too short for almost all of us, and if you haven’t visited the Cincinnati area you don’t know how awesome the food choices are…yes, there’s the required selection of chain restaurants (and is the one time of the year I am guaranteed a bag of White Castle burgers!), but there are also great barbeque joints, home-style cooking places, and even Blue Ash Chili, a shop featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives we saw in rerun while we were there that is, from personal experience mind you, excellent! (Look below for a photo of the place with two awesome spokespersons sitting on the wall!)
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6/7/2013


SummersTime for the week of 04/01/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:10 pm

It’s April Fools’ Day, so we’re a little confused…but all of the shows this week ran on April the First! Kate listens to Fibber McGee and Molly, I fly with The Falcon, one of us plays an episode of Grantland Rice Sports, and we close out with an episode of the comedy The Aldrich Family!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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NSA’s Verizon Spying Order Specifically Targeted Americans, Not Foreigners

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:19 pm

From Forbes: NSA’s Verizon Spying Order Specifically Targeted Americans, Not Foreigners

Eep!

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6/4/2013


The secret to online safety: Lies, random characters, and a password manager | Ars Technica

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 8:39 pm

From Ars Technica: The secret to online safety: Lies, random characters, and a password manager

From the article: “We’re going to focus on how to use a password manager, software that can help you go from passwords like ‘111111′ to ‘6WKBTSkQq8Zn4PtAjmz7′ without making you want to pull out all your hair. For good measure, we’ll talk about how creating fictitious answers to password reset questions e.g. mother’s maiden name can make you even more resistant to hacking.”

I was reading this article thinking, “What took ‘em so long? I’ve been doing all of these things for years now!”

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