Sickness and teething played havoc with Radio Active's publication schedule, but the podcast returns with a shorter show that catches folks up on happenings around the thermonuclear burg. In Net News, I take a look at the Harping Monkey Inn's virtual digs within Second Life, talk about the SysStat widget for Mac OS X, and discuss the Model Maker's Podcast, a show dedicated to tips and tutorials for wargamers and modelers.
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Geek fitness (or the lack there of) leads Episode 40 as I talk about my quest to lose 35 pounds. Over in Net News, I congratulate Jason Adam's for reachign the 50th episode of Random Signal, talk about Nathan Fillion's upcoming appearance on the 7th Son podcast, and offer some old school, 1st-edition D&D-style gaming with OSRIC.
The gaming world has GenCon. My gaming group has Nuke(m)Con. Radio Active #39 starts with a look at our home grown convention and then takes a look at a couple of new geeky media outlets in the form of the Geek Gazette newsletter and Geek Label podcast as well as an exceedingly useful anti-repetitive stress injury software tool for the Mac. Finally, in the category of "movies we watch so that you don't have to", there's a review of the video-game inspired horror flick Doom.
Radio Active starts glowing again as the Great Fall Painting Project of '06 winds down. This time around I've got updates on said project as well as the far geekier AirTunes setup I finally got working. Sites of Note looks at Jonathan Coulton music videos shot using World of Warcraft, the world-building third season of the Harping Monkey's Round Table and the very cool (and very geeky) Portable Apps web site, which provides geeks with self-contained versions of Firefox, Open Office and other programs they can stick on a thumb drive. Finally there's the much delayed review of A Feast For Crows, the fourth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series.
Note: There was a problem with the show's MP3 when it was first posted that prevented iTunes from downloading it. The problem's been fixed; you should be able to snag the show now.
Home improvement once again takes center stage as my wife and I prepare to re-paint our living room. But it's not all painting and scraping: I've also got two new sites to talk about -- GenCon (Almost) Live and Geek Acres -- and a run down of my favorite games for the Nintendo DS. And that review of George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows? Yeah, that gets delayed again -- look for it in Radio Active #38.
Technology vlogs -- also known as video podcasts -- take center stage in Radio Active 36 as I run down the big list of video podcasts I watch every morning while eating my Cheerios and feeding the baby, including commandN, diggnation, dl.tv, Geek Brief and Geek Entertainment TV.
I've also got news about the Stargate SG-1 Viewers Choice Poll, ramblings about resisting the urge to pull an all-nighter, and thoughts on geek interior design.
This show features a Radio Active first as I do a game and music review of the same product: Wizards of the Coast's Sharn: City of Towers for the Eberron campaign setting.
Radio Active gets its first guest as Lance Miller of Ditlog: Day in the Life of a Gamer joins me to review Arkham Horror, the Lovecraftian-inspired board game from Fantasy Flight Games. The "Sites of Note" segment returns with thoughts on science fiction writer David Brin's post " The Illusion of Public 'Panic'...
The big news this week is about the new Nuketown web site and some of the content that's soon to grace its Web pages. Balancing out the self-congratulatory ramblings and pleads for comments is a review of the Battlestar Galactica Season 2 Soundtrack, including several tracks from the CD courtesy of LaLa Land Records. There's also some discussion of Uncle Bear's Gamer Podcast project.
Nuketown Radio Active returns after a month-long, baby-induced hiatus with news that Lucas Kenneth Newquist has arrived! Things then take a technological turn with a discussion of various tools and Web sites to enhance your geeky productivity.
The podcast is rounded out by a review of the first of the books on my my Summer Reading List: Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street, a graphic novel written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Darick Robertson.