Monthly Archives: June 2010
What have you done lately to help you favorite creative content producers??
Have you given them feedback? Have you purchased any of their works that are available for purchase? Noticed any glaring errors that you think they need to address? Have you even stopped for a second and dropped them a quick “Thanks”?
People who are established in the paid markets like Stephen King have a way of tracking their success it’s called a royalty check. Many of our favorite content providers here in the podioshpere aren’t to that level yet. They need us to show them support so that someday they can grow to be the giants in the field. I think it’s author / podcaster John Mireau (@johnmierau on twitter and the Podiobook Serving Worlds) that recently gave the call to action to send a content provider 1 Praise, and 1 Constructive comment. That’s one thing that I have been striving for since launching random Pimpage. Past few months I’ve failed but I’ve been taking care of things behind the scenes, and trying to get my head back into a positive headspace instead of the downward plummet I had been in for a while. (Lots of personal crap that would prolly bore you to tears so I won’t bother to digress into it.) Here’s the deal. Find people that you value their content and give back. Be it a couple bucks on a donate button, or a couple of notes on what you like and what doesn’t work for you on their content. Just be aware that you can tell them what they should do all day long, but in the end they get to select which votes to count as it is their content so don’t get all pissed off because they “ignored” your immensely inspired and ultimately perfect logic on how they should proceed. You gotta be you they gotta be themselves too.
I would like to take a moment and thank some truly great people in the community that have inspired me to do more than just sit on my copious ass on the sidelines and participate.
Tee Morris @TeeMonster
Pip Ballantine @PhilippaJane
Scott Sigler @ScottSigler
Mur Lafferty @MightyMur
P.G. Holyfield @PGHolyfield
J.C. Hutchins @JCHutchins
Justin Macumber @JustinMacumber
Terry Mixon @TerryMixon
Ryan Stevenson @RyanEStevenson
Starla Huchton @RiznPhnx
Nathan Lowell @NLowell
These are great people that you should check out on Twitter. Great Authors and Story Tellers, great people to interact with, and fun loving smartasses to boot. There are many more people that deserve to be on this list but Lunch only lasts for so long before I have to get back to fixing people’s computer issues.
But before I go there is one more person that deserves special thanks and praise… and not just because she lets me sleep with her but that is a nice bonus. My wonderful supportive HOTTIE wife Misty @TigerLilly11674.
**Mushiness Warning For those of you who do not want to bear witness to Spousal mushiness you can stop reading here for those that don’t care read on… Misty you don’t get a choice you have to read on so there:P **
Thank you for putting up with all my shit, all my faults and foibles, and thank you for being there to inspire me and loving me even when I’m a dumbass. I love you with all my heart and I thank God every day for bringing you in my life, even on the days you piss me off, oddly enough especially on those days.
Nifty Tech Blog by Doc Coleman aka @Scaleslea on twitter (but you prolly got that by the @ if not serioulsy how the hell do you find me? And doesn’t he totally look like a villain out of Wild Wild West in his pic?)
Genre – Tech \ Review \ FF Banner
Format – Blog – Location: http://www.niftytechblog.com/
Released – 2-2010 to Present and hopefully / likely for a while yet to come.
As many of you are aware, and hopefully took part in, there was an auction event earlier this year with the proceeds to benefit the daughter of podcastings own Podfather the legend, genius, creative demigod and all around good guy, Tee Morris aka @TeeMonster (put the right number of zeroes on the check this time Morris). The Boom Effect auction named after the Sonic Boom (Tee’s Daughter but you all knew that because you all took place in it right… right… don’t make me get the big stick I said RIGHT???… oh yeah internet can’t hear you… I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt this time…. and maybe next time too I am a nice guy after all…) went off without a hitch (well other than they obviously were broadcasting from the TARDIS because of the time dilation effect…) More money was raised than could have been hoped for and has been reported to be in Trust for her. It truly was nice to see the community come together and in such a wonderful way, I tip my hats to you all (yes hats… you think all these personalities enjoy just one style of hat… that’s just degrading…) and thank you for helping out in Tee’s, and SB’s time of need, now for those of you still interested in SB’s time of want I hear that Ponies are real big on little girls’ list of stuff they must own…
As part of the auction Odin / @Odin1Eye of View from Valhalla and I submitted a lot where the lucky (courageous) bidder (victim) would be simultaneously ripped to shre errr… I mean discussed, on both of our blogs. The Nifty Tech Blog was the winning bidder and both Odin and myself appreciate the generosity shown in taking a chance on us and helping in this cause.
Unfortunately, next came life a kicking us in the nards. Yup, believe it or not, two vikings managed to drop the ball on somethign that should have been an easy event… hey when you’re as damned good looking and witty as Odin and I you can’t always be on the ball. We both ended up with life issues that prevented us from providing the intentioned roast of the winner’s content. So, you will get my take on it here, and Odin has already posted his “over there”. I do apologize for how long this took. There have been personal issues that I’ve been battling, which if you’ve been following me for any length of time already know.
This is a little out of my norm for a review well because this is a little (okay a lot) out of the norm for the kind of content I generally peruse. I mean there is not a hint of Vikings, or car chases, or space ship fights or smart assed pirates giving what for to snarky queens ANYWHERE. I mean epic fail there, but as it’s a Tech review and not fiction content we can’t all be perfect, but as far as it being a tech review it’s actually full of win and even the parts of it I didn’t like so much came up draw rather than lose.
This is a site dedicated to Tech – He claims Nifty tech and I’ll agree with the non Mac tech… but that’s becaused I’m a biased prick and despise all things Mac (okay except for an Ipod touch).
Tech Blogs and reviews are not my cup of tea – Yeah I’m a tech support geek by trade yet I don’t go all gaga over tech reviews. I’m tech support by virtue of talent and knowledge, not for the love of all things tech / computers. I know tht even before the auction Odin had a ken for Doc’s Blog but I first heard of it when he won.
Now let me say this upfront – Were I more of a tech / gadget freak this would totally be my ball of wax.
Content – Doc has a nice array of items that he (and some guests) have posted on. Apps for Iphone – Itunes – Solar powered speaker thingy some nutjob just couldn’t stop raving about ;P.
Plenty of information, screen caps, and pics so you can see the tech in action not just read about how freaking cool this is. I give it high marks as far as being a good place to find out about cool toys, and being very informative.
There are plenty of useful gems out there – Dropbox is one that I use myself and appreciated seeing someone else tote on about it. He’s had a chance to review the Apple Cornelius (I still maintain that Cornelius is a much less silly name than IPad) and I want one even more, he’s reviewed Google Voice andother service I personally use and enjoy, and there’s Delicious Library – a Mac only product that makes me scream I want I want I want, even though Mac is the DEVIL, (I will maintain that stance until I can afford one, or one is gifted to me and I have a chance to work with it.)
Doc includes a FF section you guessed it every Friday to inform people about cool peeps to follow in twitter. Lot of fun peeps to check out, if you’re not into the toys as much at least check it on Fridays for some quality people to follow on twitter, along with some good info why they’re so freaking cool.
Production – Well it’s a blog, so it’s not like we can talk about sound quality or casts or sound effects or anything like that but there is production value, there is layout and there is time spent making sure it looks the way he wants. I personally like the site it’s easy on the eyes, there isn’t a lot of distracting sparkly banners and motion. The true star of the show is the content not the flash and glitz of a “kickass site” (which most “kickass” sites make me want to kick the designer in the nards for making the thing too damned busy). Doc did a very good job putting the site together
Over all – Even though I’m not the tech blog kinda guy, it’s an enjoyable read, there is plenty of good information, it’s a little on the dry side but then again that’s how I feel about all tech blogs which is why I tend to avoid them. EVEN THOUGH I am not a tech blog kinda guy I do have this one on my RSS feed, and though I don’t check it religiously I do give it a once over every week to week and a half. Now that’s kinda like getting a kid that hates broccoli to eat it one meal a week and ASK for it if it’s not been served in a while. There really isn’t much I can bitch about. It’s good solid and well thought out delivered in a decent layout with a well thought out review with good images so you can see the product as well as read about it. Had I not been directed to it I would have overlooked it, but I am glad that it got my attention.
While it may not be a wild thrill ride that I can’t get enough of, it is a well written, and valued part of my week. I thank Doc for a job very well done, and I look forward to seeing where things go from here.
Disclosure: As mentioned above, this review is being provided in an effort to make good on payment rendered. I would like to state however, that I really do like and endorse The Nifty Tech Blog and label them as a good read.