Jackson’s Corner Walk

Hiya, gang.

This was recorded on August 17, 2019, just a few weeks ago. Jackson’s Corner is a local restaurant about half a mile from my house. Zeke and I decided to make a morning sojourn of it, to test out some … well, re-discovered equipment. I’m very happy with the results.

I forgot I was recording, and on the way home, Menissa and I get into a conversation with Zeke. It’s all in fun, we know he doesn’t really talk. But … well, it’s fun. I almost edited it out, but hey, after seeing Frozen, I feel I have license to share my Zeke conversations. So there ya go.

Enjoy the episode, and feel free to send comments to either the Facebook page, or blindgeek@lioncourt.com.

Oh, almost forgot the link. Kind of important, that.

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Bend Saturday Street Market

Hey, everybody!

Little darlin’s, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter! But now, I see the smiles returning to the faces, because we have brand-new podcasts!

This is the first of what will be many new podcasts to come. Blind Geek Adventures is back in business, baby!!!!

So let’s go back in the Troup Time Machine to sometime in May of 2015. This was recorded, and left on my desktop to be put on the feed … and never did get put on the feed. I wish I had some reason as to why, but alas, I don’t. There are several upcoming installments which fit that description. So for a while, the old shall be mixed with the new. My best suggestion is just enjoy the content, and don’t think too much about it.

So. 2015. Four years ago. Life hasn’t changed too much. Menissa and I are still roomies, and we still live in the same place. Haven’t been back to another one of these markets, but I expect that will change this year.

Grab your headphones (DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS WHILE DRIVING!!!), sit back, or get on your treadmill, whichever is your preference … relax, and enjoy.

Bend Saturday Street Market

Breakfast with BlindGeek

Holy jeez, it’s been a while! Yes, this podcast still exists. Yes, I plan on making more frequent contributions to it. I know, I did say in the beginning that this podcast would be irregular, but never in my wildest dreams did I think there’d ever be over a year between updates!!!!

Last Friday, I had my first (mostly) unassisted cooking experience. I decided to post it, as it certainly did qualify as a BlindGeek adventure. It’s a long ‘un, so strap yourself into something comfortable, don your headphones of choice, and give it a listen. I think you’ll find you laugh a lot. (Not at the cooking, I hope.) I know we who were there certainly did.

Here’s the episode.

DISCLAIMER: Language gets, shall we say, colorful at times in this particular podcast. Also, due to the nature of in-ear binaural miss, when we are finally enjoying the fruits of my labor, it’s … well … quite obvious that I am enjoying the fruits of my labor. Particularly the crispy bacon. If this offends or grosses you out, just know that everything turned out well and was well-received, so when we start to eat, you can feel free to move on to your next listen.

Enjoy!

And please feel free to send comments to the Blind Geek Adventures Facebook page.

It’s great to be back!

Ericspace

Taking another bit of inspiration from the springboard for my love of podcasts and podcasting that was/is Blind Cool Tech, I give you this, a virtual sound-seeing tour of my new home.

And in the words of Forrest Gump…

…that’s all I have to say about that.

Superburrito Sojourn

Hiya, folks!

We’re going back to March of this year. This was one of my first walks in my new neighborhood. Zeke and I are accompanied by our friend Menissa, and we go forth to seek adventure and lunch at a restaurant called Superburrito. It’s a longer podcast than usual, because I figured I’d let you all discover this place as I did. It’s a chain, so there may be one in your area as well. I encourage you to check it out. Despite its title, the tacos are the real supers in town.

So don your audio-headgear of choice, download

…and enjoy.

Mic Gain Experimentation

Hi, ev’rybody!

I need your help. I’ve taken a short trip to get the mail, and recorded it in two different ways; I’d like your help to let me know how you’d like to hear future BGA podcasts. Do you prefer the sound of the first half, where we walk to the mailbox, or the second half, when we return home? There are pros and cons to each; there’s no right or wrong answer. I’m just curious. This is your chance to help shape the future sound of this podcast. Send your comments to blindgeek@lioncourt.com, or like our brand-spanking-new Facebook page and leave a comment there, so we can all share and enjoy.

I’m dealing with a small but irritating health issue, so this podcast is rather short, but I think it actually works better as a short podcast, given its purpose. Don’t worry; we’ll be back to our more traditional length, if not longer, son enough.

In the meantime, grab your earbuds, headphones, or whatever earpieces work best for you…

Download the episode

…Give me some feedback on which half of the podcast you like best for sound quality…

…And above all…

…Enjoy!

Testing the New Equipment

They’re here, they’re here! The brand-new mics are here!!!

In this episode, we unbox the new in-ear binaural mics and take them for a test run to Starbucks. Fun times to be had! I’m very interested to know if you, the listener, notice any difference in the spaciality and/or quality of these new microphones. I know how they sound to me; I’m just curious to see how they sound to you.

One caviat: I talk in the podcast about how I’ve turned the limiter of the recorder off and am hoping the traffic doesn’t cause clipping or distortion. Well, as it turns out, the Olympus LS-14 has a recording mode called Quick Mode which automatically adjusts the recording levels to compensate. So as I understand it, regardless of what I have the limiter set to, Quick Mode is kind of doing its own thing. Which means we get that “limiter effect,” which seems more noticeable to me with the increased output of these microphones. So next outing, I’m putting the recorder in Manual Mode and will try recording with the limiter really off this time.

Or perhaps I should just leave well enough alone…?

Anyway, here’s our test run. Leave feedback at blindgeek@lioncourt.com, or follow me on Twitter (@blindgeek) and leave feedback there.

And now, fellow Adventurers…

…don your headphones…

Download the episode

…And enjoy!

ApplePlay with ApplePay

Here’s the episode discussed in the previous one, from October 30, 2014. Step into the WayBac machine and let’s go.

Incidentally, I do still have the mono recording mentioned. So if there’s interest, I’ll post it… although I should tell you, we’re going to be exploring that whole area in depth on this podcast in a short time, so the recording’s relevance is not what it would’ve been when it was made.

We’re off to experience ApplePay for the first time. This isn’t the most impressive demo, since neither I nor the McDonald’s employees had much of a clue what we were doing. I’ve since become much more adept at using ApplePay, as have the employees. Even so, I think you’ll find the speed of the transaction impressive.

And with that, we’re back to our friends, the binaural mics, so don your headphones…

Download

…and enjoy!

End of the Beginning

Hi, folks. Glad to finally be back.

Please forgive the audio quality in this particular episode. The why of it is explained in the episode itself, so I won’t bother to repeat it here. It sure feels great to be back!

The website mentioned in this episode is Dreaming with Jeff. As I did on our walk, I strongly encourage you to check it out. It’s an awesome thing Jeff Bridges is doing over there, and it’ll feel damn good to be even a small part of it.

If you want to send me feedback on this, or any other, episode, please send it to blindgeek@lioncourt.com. Watch for the Blind Geek Adventures Facebook page, coming soon.

I think.

That’s the plan, anyway.

You can grab your headphones for this one if you want, but it’s not nearly as necessary. This one’s just in good old-fashioned stereophonic sound. Grrrrrrrr…

In any case, download

…and enjoy!

In Line for a New iPhone

Wow, has it been a long time! Over a year! Not an intentional break, I assure you, and not something I plan on repeating. We’ll get into why the break happened in a future podcast, during a walk. And when I say future, I mean a couple weeks at most, not a couple months.

Anyway, assuming we still have any listeners left, thanks for sticking around, and welcome back!

On September 19th, I was one of many people who were out en masse in the wee small hours of the morning, in order to obtain the much-anticipated iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Zeke and I went unaccompanied, so I decided to record the adventure. Unlike most of these podcasts, this one was heavily edited for time. As it stands, it’s just over 90 minutes. In its full glory, it would’ve been about 160 minutes. Trust me, it’s better this way.

So grab a beverage, grab your headphones, download and enjoy.