TBD

January 31, 2015

[reposting from my FB]
Re: the teaser for the upcoming “The Brewery District” documentary … I know Whiteaker “gentrification” is a serious, contentious issue. However, the images contrasting the old Shamrock house and fence versus Grit restaurant and its outdoor seating area make me think some things are going in the right direction! With the sound turned off, “The Brewery District” film teaser actually looks like a marketing effort for gentrification. I love having awesome restaurants within walking distance, thank you. – Mr. Random, A Whiteaker Gent for 25 years


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Newest Member [UPDATED]

November 18, 2014

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Introducing the newest member of the Random Gadget Family. This is a Sony PCM-M10, a great little recorder. I’ve spent the last few days doing a lot of recording with it: archiving old tapes, field recording outside and in, and using it for an audio journal. I haven’t tried it on a live band yet, but that’ll happen at least by the time LaunchPad Swarms here again, and I’ll likely be using it  to record podcasts when I get into doing them again. My older digital recorder, a Tascam DR-07, is still hanging in there, but its tripod mount is broken, and it occasionally has issues with knowing whether it’s on AC power or battery. I’m still using it regularly, but I wanted the Sony for tripod recording and just because it’s more pro and basically cooler!

11/19 UPDATE: The battery life on this thing is over the top! I’m using NiMH rechargeables, and last night I was field recording in the back yard (train horns! sirens! people partying in the the “brewery district”! etc!), and the low battery signal started flashing (these were batts I’d already been using off and on for three days). I recorded another hour out there, and then left it recording in the living room after we went to bed. It recorded SIX more hours (clock ticking! furnace blowing!) with the low batt warning flashing before shutting down! It’s pretty unbelieveable. Battery life has always been a big problem for field recorders in my experience. I’ve never gotten more than a couple hours TOTAL on one battery charge with my previous machines–cassette, minidisc, flash, etc. I haven’t even tried this new unit with alkaline batteries. If rechargeables are this long-lived, I expect alky batts to last a week! Talk about “sipping” power. I love it.