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7/30/2013


SummersTime for the week of 05/20/2013

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

This time out, Kate listens to Murder by Experts, I play two episodes of Front Page Drama, she joins Pinto Pete and his Ranch Boys, and I close it out squaring the Weird Circle!

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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7/27/2013


More Shorts not posted to Twitter…

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 9:52 pm

More stuff I’m not posting to Twitter…

  • The weather a few weeks ago was amazing; perfect spring days, warm sun, cool air, just extraordinary. Now that summer is here, the temps immediately moved toward the 90-degree mark, with lows overnight in the mid-60’s. But that’s ok…glad to pay for the beauty of a few weeks’ ago with a little warmth. But then temps come back down into the 70’s and low 80’s, cool nights, and awesomeness all over again. Man, I am lovin’ this summer.

  • Ever notice how some people just don’t get it?

  • This constant need for validation is driving me crazy. Subscribers to blogs, BoobTube channels, everywhere you look on the Net people are begging for validation via “likes,” “follows,” or “subscriptions. I must be the anomaly…I’m comfortable in who and what I am. If you enjoy reading what I write here or elsewhere, great! If you don’t, I’m ok with that, too. I don’t need thousands of “followers” or “subscribers” to know I have value. And I sure as heck ain’t gonna ask you to click a “like” button…

    Guess that makes me an odd-ball in today’s 15-min-of-fame society…

  • So was passing through Intercourse, PA (yes, it’s a real town) and at the town limits saw the sign that read, “Formerly Known as Cross Keys.” In what universe is it a good idea to change your name from the latter to the former? One of my wise-beyond-her-years passengers suggested it happened at a time when the entire town council was composed of 15-year-old boys.

  • Doing a radio show with your daughter is a strange and wonderful thing to do. But it makes you do bizarre things, like grabbing a mic and recording a quick pickup line standing in the kitchen so you can finish the edit before bedtime. And don’t get me started on backtiming…

  • So can anyone explain to me why in today’s movies, super hero costumes are always comprised of huge hunks of rubber? Now even Superman’s shield is three-d molded rubber…makes no sense whatsoever to me.

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7/22/2013


Author: Think twice about ‘the Internet’

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

From CNN: Author: Think twice about ‘the Internet’

From CNN’s interview with Evgeny Morozov, author of the new book “To Save Everything, Click Here” answering why we sell our privacy so cheaply: “The problem is that we don’t say ‘no.’ This marketizaton (sic) of personal information is a big mistake. We need to start seeing privacy as a commons — as some kind of a public good that can get depleted as too many people treat it carelessly or abandon it too eagerly. What is privacy for? This question needs an urgent answer.”

Looks like I have a book to read…

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7/13/2013


SummersTime for the week of 05/13/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:43 pm

Katie’s working hard to get ready for finals, so I’m flying solo this week, starting off with an episode of Edward R. Murrow’s Here It Now, joining the great Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune, and laughing along with the gang on The Phil Harris-Alice Faye 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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7/8/2013


SummersTime for the week of 05/06/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:33 pm

This week, Kate rides the range with The Six Shooter, I play the premiere episode of Drene Time where we first meet The Bickersons, she makes an appointment with Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, and I revisit The New Adventures of Michael Shayne!

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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“John from shipping” called…again…and again…

Filed under: Telemarketing Scams & Robocalls — Charlie Summers @ 1:05 pm

Here’s another oldie-but-goodie; “John from shipping,” with his stammering delivery designed to give you the warm fuzzies about a real-person calling you in a desperate and unsuccessful attempt to hide the fact that it’s just another slimeball out to steal your money:

“Hi, uh, this is John from the shipping department of Emergency Medical Alert, um, I was calling to uh schedule delivery of your medical alert system, it’s, uh, the fallen and I can’t get up type of system you’ve seen on TV, looks like the system been recommended by thousands of hospitals and medical professionals, uh, let’s see, says here that the system’s already been paid for, looks like you’re getting the system because, uh, either yourself, a friend, a family member or maybe someone you know who’s experienced a fall in the past so, uh, again, s’already been paid for, so there’s no cost to you whatsoever. Also says here that the shipping has already been paid for, so to, uh, schedule the delivery of your emergency medical alert system press one; again to, uh, have your system shipped out to you, press one now. Press 5 to decline the shippment of your system. (New Voice) If you already have a medical alert system, please disregard this message. Again, if you already have a medical alert system, please disregard this message.”

The punctuation might be wrong, but after countless calls from this particular scammer, I’m pretty sure I have all the “uhs” and “ums” in the right places. Got this one again this afternoon, so it’s not only old, it’s still fresh.

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7/6/2013


Announcing a new category - Telemarketing Scams

Filed under: Telemarketing Scams & Robocalls — Charlie Summers @ 11:52 am

Today we’re beginning a new category of posts here on the ol’ blog, Telemarketing Scams and Robocalls. It may be because I’m over fifty, or maybe everyone is getting these, but the number of robocalls I’m receiving has risen dramatically over the last year or so. With the cost of VoIP dropping every day, it’s trivially cheap for these scammers to make untraceable calls from outside the country into your home. I’m so sick of getting at least one every day, and sometimes three and four, that I’ve started reporting every one of them to the FCC and the FTC (created a macro for the more-involved FCC two-page report to complete the boilerplate name-and-address stuff so I can concentrate on the specifics of each call). Now, I’m pretty sure this is similar to spitting into the wind, and the only thing I have to show for it is a stack of responses from the FCC who apparently would rather waste the postage telling me there’s nothing they can do with every complaint I make instead of using that money to track down the scammers’ boiler room with an elite kill squad, but maybe if we all start flooding them with complaints they might get off their bureaucratic butts and do something about it.
(more…)

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7/2/2013


BBC Radio Shows Now Filled with DRM

Filed under: General, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:48 pm

So the BBC is now going to add DRM (Digital Rights Management) to their radio files, allowing “downloads” of these damaged things which will sit for up to thirty days, and play for up to seven days. If I were a Brit, I’d raise holy hades with my parliamentary representative…I mean, for god’s sake, who’s paying for the d*mned things?

What’s really frustrating about this is the Radio Downloader can no longer pull BBC files. It was a great little device, allowing scheduling of programs in advance (when they were announced); set it and forget it. Once they aired and were available on the BBC website, they would end up on your drive ready to be enjoyed.

Something that simple and convenient cannot be allowed to continue, so it’s been closed down with the addition of this nonsensical DRM. (*shrug*) Of course, those of us who insist on recording BBC programs will continue to do so, and will be retaining them in non-DRM format for considerably longer than seven days. We’ll just have to do it the hard way. Some shows (Newshour, for example) are already available in podcast format, so nothing needs to be done there, but for the rest of it…well, I’m guessing there will be increased activity on the BBC-focused USENET newsgroups.

Wake up, kids; DRM simply does not work.

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SummersTime for the week of 04/29/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:57 am

Kate plays an episode of Chandu the Magician, I visit the B-Bar-B Ranch with Bobby Benson, she makes the great Escape, and I Deal In Crime!

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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