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What better way to leave Italy…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 1:41 pm

…than to see this while leaving the hotel for the airport…

More pics will be coming over the next few days. Bless the child, she took over two thousand high-res photos during her week in Italy!

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While we wait for the girl to get home, Scenes from Sorrento

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 1:16 pm

As I write this her plane is winging its way across the Atlantic. Here are some scenes from Sorrento on Thursday…after seeing these, I think I want to retire there…

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Obituary: Harper Lee

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:14 pm

From the BBC: Obituary: Harper Lee

Last year, Executive Producer Chad Campbell put together a compilation episode of The Bob Edwards Show containing two interviews; Mary McDonagh Murphy discussing her 2010 book Scout, Atticus, & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Charles Shields on his 2006 biography Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. I’m including that show below; you can listen to the program right here on the page, or download a copy to take along with you to listen later.

Rather a shame that Bob will never be able to have a conversation with her.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday April 18th, 2015 [51:11m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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Team Godfrey

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:52 am

“Team Godfrey,” last evening. Not surprisingly, in front of a gelato shop. ;)

Front Row: Audrey, Tony, Kate. Back Row: Robert, Team Leader Michelle Godfrey, Jack.

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One More Picture from Florence

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:44 pm

The girl. Note the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, The Duomo, behind and to the left of the redhead.

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Florence, Italy

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 7:21 pm

The girl is in Florence until tomorrow, when she travels to Assisi and then Perugia.

Have you noticed the pattern in these photos she sends? There will be a tour of a gelato factory tomorrow, so they may lose her completely should she decide to move in. To the factory, I mean…

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Daughter Kate, Having an Italian Adventure!

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 7:32 pm

Some pics from Kate’s excellent adventure; she was in Verona today:

More pics at the SummersTime website!

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Quantum Leap Story Guidelines

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 12:18 am

“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator…

“…and vanished…”

Ok, before I get back to Quantum Leap, I need to tell you a story about my own lifetime, and do it in such a way as to not tell you everything, to protect others involved.

A long time ago in an apartment not that far away, I was young (or younger, anyway), and one of the then relatively few people involved with computers - I bought my first computer in the early 1980’s. By the late ’80s I had started a business consulting on computer issues to businesses and individuals, but also spent a lot of time helping out my friends for nothing but the joy it gave me (hum, that hasn’t changed much, come to think of it). One of my friends worked for a large entertainment network (I won’t mention the name, but it shouldn’t be hard to figure from the various series I’ll be mentioning). I helped this person with an occasional computer problem, and this person thought they owed me for it, and so I started to receive all kinds of things…scripts, dailies, even production company gifts! Of course, I felt I owed this friend, so I did more work, so there was more fascinating stuff sent my way, and so…well, you can see where this vicious cycle went.

At any rate, I am trying slowly to catch up on the past fifty-something years of my life, and so I started going through some of this stuff. I was a little surprised to find things I don’t remember receiving (the 50th episode script of Sisters, for example, has an amazing cover!), and while I have a bunch of other things I need to get done, I want to slowly catalog this stuff, and make some of it available. Getting back to Quantum Leap, hopefully I can add a little to the history of the program (a written ending to Mirror Image really was shot), maybe fill in a few gaps with script revisions (some episodes had considerable revisions, each on a different color paper), show some shot-but-never-used footage (Scott Bakula with a Magnum P.I ’stash and shirt!) and if nothing else show you how tedious the making of television is by watching dedicated actors perform the same scenes over and over and over and over…

First up, The Quantum Leap Story Guideline, last revised April 11th of 1991. I’m assuming as an historical document this won’t be a copyright violation, but if anyone from Universal or Belisarius Productions has a problem with this posting, just let me know and I’ll take it down without a takedown, if you know what I mean. Until then, just hit the Download link there below to take along a PDF copy. (It would be really cool if y’all, when you pass this around, would mention from whence it came, thanks.)

icon for podpress  Quantum Leap Story Guideline, Rev. April 11, 1991: Download

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Copy to close down. I am annoyed.

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 9:53 pm

Copy, the Barracuda file-storage and sharing system, is closing down on May 1st of this year. I am not amused.

Ok, I admit, I didn’t use Copy for my personal stuff. Considering that I have 2 TERABYTES of free cloud storage at Baidu, 10 TERABYTES at Tencent, more than 57 TERABYTES at 360 (that is more than the hard drive space I have accumulated over these many decades!), and theoretically unlimited storage space at Lolabits, I have other places to store my stuff. Problem is, these sites are not in English, and so would be intimidating for my friends and clients to use. (Me, I have no problem if the Chinese government listens to my backups of The Bob Edwards Show, or looks at my vacation photos…I mean, it’s better than the NSA, after all.)

But others may not be so comfortable navigating systems in non-English languages. So I need to find an alternative. Problem is, like I said, I need something clients and friends will be comfortable using. I’ve started researching the alternatives, but am a little saddened to realize that some of the systems I have space on (Tresorit and SpiderOak, for example) no longer provide free accounts of any size, or have time-limited accounts, which is even worse IMHO. Once I choose a replacement based on ease of use and decent space allowances, I’ll post here. Meantime, I been working on replacements, for those (like me) who collect cloud storage space like some people collect bubble-gum cards. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.

I admit I always thought that Copy was relatively safe, having Barracuda behind it. But clearly it was a mistake to trust Copy from the outset…imagine how embarrassed I am that family, friends, clients, subscribers to the Internet OTR Digest, and everyone else I touted the company to is stuck with a useless product that will be eating their files come May-day.

Let me ask you, Barracuda, what do you think the odds are that those of us who are IT professionals will recommend any of your products in the future?

I’ll be posting results of all my testing soon…

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Bob Elliott, master of satire, dies at 92

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:09 pm

From The Washington Post: Bob Elliott, master of satire, dies at 92

I’m missing –ally Ballou already.

Back in 2008, Bob Edwards talked to Elliott about his long career and partnership with Ray Goulding. The show is available below; you can listen right here on the page, or download a copy to take with you.

Elliott is the guest in the second half, with Arianna Huffington Bob’s first guest.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday May 6th, 2008 [51:51m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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