Nov 30

Why is there a Pop-up on Your Website, Jimmy?

You don’t see it yet, but on Dec. 3rd, a little pop-up window should activate from some code I’ve embedded in my blog.  This is correct and not a drill!

Member of The Internet Defense LeagueThere is an organization called The Internet Defense League (part of Fight for the Future) that has tried to establish an automated response system to major threats to internet rights, security, and privacy.  Those of you who remember the SOPA/PIPA craziness last year will have some idea how powerful users can be in stopping flagrant trampling of internet rights.  Whenever a major threat comes up, code installed in volunteer websites activates and shows a pop-up asking users to contact their representatives in government.

On Dec. 3rd, the IDL is planning to protest a UN action that would give a group called the International Telegraph Union a large amount of power to regulate the internet.  The IDL put together a video that describes the problem pretty well:

This is the first event to come up since I installed the IDL code on my website.  I hope it won’t be TOO disruptive, but it should be a little disruptive, since protesting and getting the word out are really the whole point.  Please let me know what you think in the comments to this thread.

Thanks!
-Jimmy

Nov 13

Join the SV Goodreads Discussion Group!

As some of you may know, Synthetic Voices is not only a podcast, but also the basis of a fun discussion group at monthly WSFA meetings.  But not all listeners (I’m assuming from the download stats) live in the Washington Metro area.  For that reason, I’ve started up a fun little Goodreads forum/group/thing for everybody to participate in (WSFAns are welcome too of course).

So grab yourself a digital chair and join the group.  Feel free to friend me too!

Now keep in mind, this is brand new and I’d rather it become something interesting than anything else.  So let me know your ideas.  So far, I’ve just created a couple feeder threads/folders to guide discussion.  Basically, Top Picks (those first 6 stories) go in one area, other stories go in another, and suggestions can go at the bottom.

Nov 10

Synthetic Voices #11 – October 2012 Top Picks

October was another FANTASTIC month for audio fiction.  There was not only the normal complement of SF and Fantasy, but Horror got a kick in the pants because of Halloween.  After the Top Picks, you’ll get TWO spooky samplings of delicious, dark stories.  Happy Halloween candy hangover everyone!


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Oct 16

“When You Find Your True Love…” Wins My 4th Twabble Competition

Not much new to say at this point.  Another win (under the forum username “loyaleagle”)!

If you read my blog semi-regularly, you’ve seen my braggy articles about The Drabblecast’s weekly twabble (100 characters exactly, not counting spaces) competitions.  If not, click the “Publication” tag for previous winning-twabble bragposts.

Here’s the story, for your “visual” enjoyment:

“I could feel her eyes on the back of my neck. Then I turned around and her green eyestalks adjusted, pushing into my chest.”

I titled the twabble “When You Find Your True Love…” because I had the song “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific stuck in my head.  You know, eyes on the back of your neck…your love across a crowded room…anyway…

Many thanks to Norm over at The Drabblecast for continuously picking my entries.  They are a great way to keep my creative juices flowing without sucking valuable time from grad school.  I encourage everybody to try to craft their own weird twabble over at the appropriate Drabblecast forum thread.

[Episode art by Jacob Wayne Bryner]

Oct 06

Synthetic Voices #10 – September 2012 Top Picks

September was an epic month for audio fiction podcasts.  As I sit here writing this blurb, there are 14 great stories I’d love to feature.  Plus lots of bonus stories and info.  Below I’ll choose my favorite 6…though I may sneak a few more in there…


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