Pioneering the evolving media landscape.
By coincidence, I have been planning a series of Twitter-based articles titled, "You Are What You Tweet." It's also the name of this infographic below based on my Twitter activity, which is mostly accurate except replace the pack of cigarettes in hand (I don't smoke) with an iPhone. Also, I am quite sure I send more than 1.27 tweets a day. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that already. I also wonder how the "enthusiasm" and "interestingness" is determined. Finally, half of the topics listed are actually other Twitter users, perhaps it should had focused on the hashtags I use.
Each Sunday We Review Torchwood: Miracle Day Live Over the Net for Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi
Torchwood is back and it's a miracle, a Miracle Day in fact, and so is Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi! Join us live on the net each week for a review a new episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World. We started on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 4pm EDT on Talkshoe reviewing the first episode, The New World. We will continue weekly unless otherwise noted. That means on Sundays at
4pm EDT. We are reviewing each new episode after it is shown on BBC (just over a week after they premiere on Starz) to be inclusive to our UK audience.
We Review the 1st Episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day Live on the Net on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi
Torchwood is back and it's a miracle, a Miracle Day in fact, and so is Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi! Join us live on the net for a review of the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day - The New World on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 4pm EDT on Talkshoe.
If you are a Podshock Supporting Subscriber you will be given preference in the queue of the live show and bumped up.
We are pleased to report that all the episodes and other content are once again available in the The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App (for iOS and Android). There had been an issue previously reported in which no content was appearing in the app after attempting to get our most recent episode posted to the app. These issues seemed to be resolved now and the app should work as intended now. If you encounter any problems, please let us know.
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 251
Running Time: 1:53:14
Doctor Who fandom on Second Life and beyond. Featuring the Doctor Who Fandom Panel on Second Life at SL8B with Saffia Widdershins (moderator) of Prim Perfect Magazine, Terry Lightfoot @TerryLightfoot & Oolon Sputnik @OolonSputnik of the Dirty Whoers and New Gallifrey, Sen of Hands of Omega, Dave Lewis @Doctor_No1 of Paradox Island and TARDIS Newsroom, Tristan Avedon @tristanavedon of Who Island, Victor 1st Mornington @vic1st of the Doctor Who Exposition and Katrina, and Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani of Doctor Who: Podshock.
Last Friday's release of The Sonic Newsdriver episode (20110708) did not show up in The Sonic Newsdriver Companion App on that day due to a technical problem on how episodes are synced to the app. We have been trying to resolve the issue since, but until then, the new episode was manually added to the app today. Unfortunately, now the app is reporting that there are "No Episodes Found." This is obviously an error somewhere. We hope to have it resolved ASAP.
All the previous episodes and last Friday's new episode should be appearing back in the companion app soon. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The Sonic Newsdriver 20110708
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Friday, the 8th of July 2011
In this episode: Torchwood Comes to Starz on Friday, John Barrowman as the Doctor, Speaking of Kilts, A Doctor - Not The Doctor in Torchwood, Great Leaping Doctors - Batman, Farewell to Beth Willis, Doctor Who is on for 2012 or is it and more!
Hosted by Louis Trapani • @LouisTrapani
The last several days I have been testing and trying out the new social media platform, Google+ which is currently in limited beta by (no surprise) Google. Before you ask, Google had disabled invites for the time being due to overwhelming demand. So I have no invites to share at this point. That said, it seems that Google does open the barn door from time to time (unannounced). So you may be able to get in if you are lucky enough. (Many people have already requested an invite from me, when I can, I will try to give them to those friends and followers that have requested one from me.)
What is Google+? The easy answer is to say that it is Google's answer to Facebook. While that may be true on certain levels, it is its own social networking service built on existing Google technologies with others added. Some may use it instead of Facebook, others may use it in addition to Facebook, some may not use either. In my experience so far, it has a similar vibe to what Friendfeed was back in the day, just without the automatic feeds pumping into it.
You may be saying, "But what about Google's previous attempts of social networking, like Wave or Buzz?" I never thought of Wave so much as social networking, but more as a communication tool similar to email, but that is another matter. I believe Google has learned from those experiences and Google+ is something other, grander than what Wave was or Buzz is today.
The King Camera (App Store link) for iOS had an update appear in the Apple App Store on Wednesday, June 29th which finally includes the 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set. It boggles the mind that it was released in the first place without it considering that there are now over 5 million Instagram users, all of which are iOS users (at this time) and all of which are using 1:1 aspect ratio that the app supports. It's an audience that any photo app shouldn't ignore. Many Instagram users are looking to 3rd party photo editing apps to complement what they can do with the Instagram app.
Now with the much needed 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set included in King Camera, I can now recommend it to Instagram users. No longer does one need to eye-ball it to get the 1:1 aspect ratio square crop in King Camera as I did with this image here (see top left) which I had post processed with King Camera and posted to Instagram.
I am little late in posting this (depending on where you are in the world at least). Today (Wednesday, June 29th) was the 91st birthday of legendary stop-motion animation pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. To celebrate, I was going to post a related photo I took many years ago to Instagram, but then decided to make it a blog entry instead. (I am including the photo I was going to post to Instagram here (see top left photo), although it was shot in 1983 using an analog SLR at the time, I had post processed it on the iPhone in prep to the intended posting to Instagram. Click on it for further details).
The following is lifted from a previous article I wrote here last year about Ray Harryhausen:
Although I have many, one iOS app not yet in my photography tool box is Filterstorm (by Tai Shimizu) (App Store link). It has been highly recommended (especially in the Instagram community) by others and it has been on my 'want list' for some time now. Well, if you needed an excuse to buy it now (perhaps such as myself), it is has recently been upgraded to 3.0. The upgrade features a new interface along with some new features. It will be interesting to see how this app compares with other full featured photography post processing apps on the iOS such as
PhotoForge2 and Photo fx (by The Tiffen Company) (App Store links) among many others of course. It looks to be more similar to the former than the latter. Despite its name, I don't believe it is what we would call a photo filter app on iOS today. To my understanding it considers adjustments to exposure, color correction, sharpening, etc. as filters (as opposed to more artistic filters such as those in Instagram and others). It is now on sale in the App Store for half off (currently $1.99 from $3.99) for June 23-24, 2011.
We Review the Spring 2011 Series of Doctor Who and Celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy in Doctor Who: Podshock 250
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 250
Running Time: 2:11:50
We review the Spring 2011 series of Doctor Who and celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy live over the net with live and recorded listener feedback (Brent Johnson, Kobo4747, Stuart Natelson, Adam Pearson, Michael, Carl, D Scott 750).