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11/26/2013


SummersTime for the week of 08/26/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:09 pm

I’m flying solo this week, starting with The Campbell Playhouse production of “June Moon,” then I Escape to “The Outer Limit,” and join Michael Shayne on the case!

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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11/25/2013


Bitcoins completely fail.

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:04 pm

I realize with the dramatic runup on bitcoins I’m supposed to follow the herd and promote the hell out of them. If you’re not sure what a bitcoin is, read this tongue-in-cheek explanation first…go ahead, I’ll wait. Once you have the background, come back and let me tell you why they are an abject failure.

  • They will never be a successful currency. Face it, they are a commodity. Like pork belly futures, they are being used in dramatic wagers so their “value” (cost per bitcoin) undergoes dramatic and consistent swings. It’s impossible to actually depend on them to buy anything, though, since in the hours between when you send the coins from your wallet and they arrive at someone else’s wallet (yes, again regardless of what you’ve heard, it takes hours to get bitcoins from one wallet to another, longer now that the blockchain is becoming so d*mned huge with all the speculation going on), they will have changed in value. And not a little…one heckuva lot. Bitcoins routinely change $50-100 per hour in the exchange rates. Bitcoin “value” is purely speculative.

  • Bitcoins are not “peer-to-peer.” I know that’s one of the talking-points used to describe them, but it’s not true. Bitcoins are actually “peer-pays-miner.” A “miner” is a “super-peer” who solves useless complex calculations to bring these silly things into existence…and miners are the only ones who can validate a transaction in the blockchain. Since fewer and fewer bitcoins can be mined as time goes on, and miners have spent money on their mining equipment and they want to make a profit no matter who they get it from (sound like real-world bankers yet?), it’s been decided (yeah, by miners) that every transaction now requires a transaction fee. So now to move your bitcoins from one wallet to another requires paying tribute to these “super-peers” to pay them to continue hanging around validating the blockchain. This is the functional equivalent of paying a real-world banker to move cash money from one pocket to another.

    And they say bitcoin frees us from unnecessary financial institution fees? Nope, it’s no better than the real-world, and in some ways even more oppressive and less fair.

  • Too many clones. Seems like everyone and their dog is “creating” a new cryptocurrency lately, all hoping to cash in on the insane speculation of the bitcoin market. Almost all of them are clones of bitcoin, with a few trying some slight variation or another, and one supposedly designed as an “envelope” for bitcoin where the company that designed it owns all of the existing “envelopes” (yeah, no way to profit there, right?). It’s a quick grab for scraps, but it adds confusion to everything, and creates speculators who are almost guaranteed to lose money buying and selling these silly things. (I once had a guy so desperate to speculate on virtual money he made an offer to buy a bunch of my free play game tokens on GSN’s website. Nope, not making this up, he wanted to buy game tokens I won by playing Deal of No Deal. Now that’s the definition of dementedly obsessed…)

The bottom line is, if you bought hundreds or thousands of bitcoins when they were worth $12, congratulations, you’re now a millionaire - please feel free to flip a coin or two our way with the QR code over in the sidebar. Everyone else should probably avoid these things like the plague…

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11/14/2013


Actress Shirley Mitchell Dies at 94

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:51 am

From The Hollywood Reporter: ‘I Love Lucy’ Actress Shirley Mitchell Dies at 94

We will always remember her from The Great Gildersleeve, of course, but I will remember her visits to the Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention. She was a very sweet woman with a great sense of humor.

And I have this photo of her from October of 2009, in the hotel bar with Gina Gwynne, Paul Mellos, and…yes…my daughter, who even at her tender age seemed to find her way to the bar with many FOTR guests.

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11/9/2013


SummersTime for the week of 08/05/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:58 pm

Kate starts things off by riding the plains with The Cisco Kid, I run an episode of Encore Theater, she opens up The Sealed Book and I Love Adventure!

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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11/7/2013


SummersTime for the week of 07/29/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:27 pm

This time out Kate joins the Crime Club, I run an episode of the long-running seriesMeet the Press, she waves the flag for Hudson High with Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy, and I close it out with a visit to One Man’s 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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11/6/2013


SummersTime for the week of 07/22/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:27 pm

This week Kate plays two episodes of Blair of the Mounties, I run an episode of Suspense starring OTR Digest contributor Conrad Binyon, she plays an episode of Fort Laramie, and I end the show remembering what the real Lone Ranger stood for!

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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11/5/2013


SummersTime for the week of 07/15/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:12 pm

Kate starts things off with an episode of Jack Haley’s Wonder Show, I try to be a policy wonk listening to Keys to the Capitol, she plays a creepy episode of the AFRTS-produced Macabre, and I close it out with another episode of The Marriage!

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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11/4/2013


SummersTime for the week of 07/08/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:00 pm

Katie checks in with Family Doctor, I continue the patriotic theme from last week with an episode of Men at Sea, she plays a creepy episode of Dark Fantasy, and I close it out with the audition episode of The Marriage!

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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11/3/2013


So Kate and I were talking…

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:28 pm

…and she was giving me the devil for being so far behind in posting SummersTime episodes to the blog’s podcast. She kinda pushed me into posting five archived episodes this week, one each weekday.

If you’re subscribed to the podcast, brace yourself…after a drought comes a flood.

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