Once again, it’s been a while D:
I’ve been a very busy bee though! Besides all of the usual podcasts and the day job, I’ve built a couple of major projects, finally have my studio properly set up again, and have been getting more and more involved in local goings on!
Going in chronological order, I think the first major event was the Bridgetown Comedy Festival at which I volunteered. As expected, my position was less than glorious… Just relegated to standing around and maybe hanging up a banner here or there, but still no regrets! I got to meet a few new people, got to catch a couple of comics wrapping up their sets, but otherwise really didn’t have time in my schedule to make it to any of the shows. The festival was easily a great success and I’m glad I was able to help out my little bit!
In the middle of everything going on in the last couple of months, Trey and I realized that the 4th anniversary of the release of Prometheus was actually going to synch up with our podcast recording day, so we decided to finally kill the joke and ACTUALLY discuss the greatest movie ever made! It was not only a really fun and deep pod, but also one of our most popular to date! CHECK IT OUT! Prometheus Ultra breakdown
From there, one of the biggest projects I’ve had on my mind for the last few years was building a proper recording booth, and I finally had the time and resources to make it a reality! Some of the core elements I wanted were:
- obviously needed to block outside noise
- needed to be easy to break down and transport
- wanted to stay around $300 total cost
- and needed ventilation!
Since it needed to be easy to move around, I didn’t want to build it out too thick with lots of drywall and 2x4’s, so instead I went with 2x3’s and thin plywood. Inside the walls I used the Lowe’s ‘Safe and Sound’ ‘rockwool’ type insulation, sealed the panels with silicone, and added window weatherstripping in all of the gaps between the walls.
I had all of the tools I needed, so no added cost there, but being around 6ft long, 4ft wide, and 6’10” tall, it took A LOT of materials! I had originally thought to make it a straight 4x8 so I wouldn’t have to cut any plywood, but in the end that was just WAY too big to then be put inside… It took a number of days, nights, and weekends to get it all wrapped up, so overall it actually took about a month to completely finish – and even then it’s not 100% for my taste…
The end result? I’d say it’s something like 75% quieter inside than out – but it has been a little hard to tell since this house is generally quiet to begin with. I’ll probably do a more formal write up with lots of details and audio examples of the ‘before and after’.
A very intriguing event came across my Twitter feed a while back called the Geek Craft Expo. It’s a nationwide schedule of events that collect local creative and provides tons of foot traffic for potential business. I joined in their kick-off party and made my way through the expo as well. It was like any vendor’s section at a typical convention or fairground, but it’s exclusively (mostly) hand-made, nerdy-geek related clothes, decorations, and more. There were all kinds of wild items on display from more than a dozen local artists at this Portland expo, and not a single duplicate item to be found! All of the booths were super unique and intriguing.
The expo was started by the comic writer Daniel Way (Deadpool and Wolverine!) and takes place throughout the year in many big cities across the US, visit http://www.geekcraftexpo.com/ to learn more!
Another awesome event that came through town was totally dropped in my lap (thanks to Twitter again!), the Mecum Auto Auction! It was a multi-day event as well, but I didn’t find out about it until the night before! I chose to not sleep and had a deliriously great time in the end. I got to see a TON of awesome cars (way better than the last car show I hit) and having watched a disgusting number of hours of the television showings of these auctions, it was incredible to be able to witness it in person. I highly recommend going to any fellow car folks out there.
The last big project I’ve been working on was a neat, fancy-pantsy shooting gallery for Funemploymentradio.com‘s Cornhole Brewer’s Cup. This one all started when the duo of Greg and Sarah discussed on of Greg’s childhood past times: killing frogs for his neighbor for cash! Sarah just briefly mentioned that it would be cool to have a shooting gallery based on that and the hook in my mind was set.
As goes with most of my projects, it just caught my interest and I could never stop thinking about it until it was real. So I immediately drew up sketch, and after getting the go-ahead set to it. This one moved a lot faster since it was comparatively small next to the recording booth, but also benefitted from the leftover scraps of boards, screws and plywood. I had to invent all of the mechanics of it, which are honestly pretty simple, but it works, looks great, and garnered A LOT of attention at the Cornhole Tournament!
Speaking of which, yesterday was the second round of FER’s Cornhole Brewer’s Cup Tournament, and I actually did much better! Still not a champion, but at least made it out of the first bracket! It was a very nice day out, lots of good beers and great people to mull around with, just a great way to spend an afternoon. I got to reveal my shooting gallery (which got lots of attention) and can’t wait to see and do more!
See you in a month! (lol)