Monthly Archives: February 2018

Some Quick Points

No column again today… yeah, you figured that out. Why not? Well, things are starting to smooth out except the weather crapped on us here a little and now once that rolls away, things should return to normal. I’m going to provide some quick tidbits to keep the site from being completely devoid of content this week.

I honestly would have thought we’d have had several episodes up and running by this point in the year. With a quick cast round up, I’d like to explain where we’re headed.

Bob’s work schedule, for all intents and purposes, sucks. Getting him on at the Saturday night recording time is nearly impossible lately… and I’m not sure getting him on other times is much better.

Saurabh is much in the same situation, though his is more of an on call situation.

Kevin Couick (or Stabby as we’ve taken to calling him) has a life now and Saturdays aren’t optimal.

Rachel has a job… where she works nearly every Saturday (weekend).

Metal Jesus, Tricia, and I seem to have the most availability on the standard recording times but we’re having issues getting on track with returning to the normal shows.

That means that one of two things will end up happening: 1) we either have infrequent shows or 2) we re-invent the show, again.

The show has been reinvented before, a few times, and in order to keep the show rolling. I won’t speak on what the show will need to be at the moment, so just know things are changing… I still want to have on Dirk Manning, Dan Berry, Pete Fitz, Eddie Webb, and a couple of the other guests I’ve been working on getting on, so that will still happen.

I used to write multiple columns on multiple subjects… then I condensed them all into the Journal of the Emerald Specter. I’ve been keeping this version rolling for awhile and I like the concept of the column, I am not entirely sure about the follow through.

The idea of the column is to put out updating content that keeps all the readers informed and allows me to stretch my writing muscles a little… with the intent of writing other stuff in the background that has a little more structure.

I want to write but I want to write a little more structured a lot more often. Hopefully that leads to much better content rather than “just” content.

A podcast originally about “nothing.” I wanted to have a show where I could talk about all kinds of the stuff that interests me. That, in turn, would interest some others and spur on conversation about other things that might be discovered in the process.

This has, however, turned into the “what’s up with BuJoRPG” show.

I am going to continue recording as normal until episode 50, then I’m hoping to have my new “podcast studio” set up for more of a “live broadcast to recorded” show running, meaning I’d be recording at a set time (or times) per week and the show will have at least some hint of a format.

Like Journey Into Mystery, Tales to Astonish, or Tales of Suspense, the show will continue on with the numbering (or I’ll change to using actual dates instead of episode numbers like Rebel Force Radio does).

I have gotten some software that will allow me to “live stream” my audio without buying time on a service (like Mixlr, though I’d really like to be able to be on Mixlr at some point in the future), and that should allow me to set up a schedule to broadcast on along with having a chatroom and other ways to interact with me… 

Specter of the Galaxy?! Where the hell has THIS been?

Like a network with “unproven” television series these days, I had Specter of the Galaxy run as if it were an inaugural TV season. There are currently seven episodes in “season one” and I knew I’d have to have a short run like that due to the Christmas peak season at work. Now that the peak season is over, I want to get back into exploring the galaxy.

There have been a few updates since the last recording I made of the show and I’m hoping that if I take an episode to do most of the “exploring the new content options” wouldn’t be too out of line. Then, like everything else, I’ll return to live streaming my content and posting it on a regular basis for Season Two.

Which leads me to my newest bit…

Guess who purchased EA Sports UFC 3?

Way back when UFC 2 came out, I broadcast my career mode as “Specter of the UFC.” I created myself and ran through an entire career (it is no longer available online).

I’m planning on doing something like that again… a little different, though.

I used to play Madden and keep track of the “franchise career” I played through way back when you couldn’t stream video games online. I utilized the game’s “in universe” franchise mode and had a hoot of a time doing it. Rather than use the career (or G.O.A.T.) mode within UFC 3, I’m going to create myself and broadcast a story… of myself, going through an MMA career.

This should, though I’m not going to guarantee this yet, include non-fight “story” videos telling the complete story. This means I won’t be using the UFC 3 career mode, I won’t be live streaming every second of the story, and I can tell a particular story rather than be at the mercy of the game (as my fight skills are not necessarily the greatest. I’m trying to get better, though.

No promises on when this will start, I’ve only owned the game for five days as I write this and I’m still getting used to the controls.

Speaking about all this video game streaming, my wife and I usually play Final Fantasy together (she runs the game and I run the “strategy guide” helping to guide the expedience of completing the game)… and I think we’re going to stream this, too.

Unlike the above two items, this one will be 100% streamed and be on a schedule. We would pick a day and broadcast regularly. Hopefully that would be interesting enough to follow along, though I understand that lots of people do this type of thing. I’m pretty sure we’d have commentary.

That’s all for now… see you soon.

The Specter Show 045: The Beauty of Being Numb

BuJoRPG? Check. BuJoRPG2 is now BuJourneyRPG? Check. Bringing you all the greatest as far as what is coming and what is being done behind the scenes on your favorite bullet journaling role playing game? Yeah, there’s a lot of that…

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Theo Rossi

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Expecting a Journal of the Emerald Specter?

With the re-release of BuJoRPG and my diligent work on the next version’s “base,” I was unable to get a column written up. I’m hoping that the new BuJoRPG book is sufficient for this week and I’m also hoping that I’ll have something similar to release NEXT week, as well as a proper journal entry… or two, since I am not entirely sure I want to fall behind on this one.

Stay tuned!

BuJoRPG Info, Version 1 “Re-Release” and Update

I didn’t know what to title this one, so I apologize for the heading.

After working to “smooth out” the rough edged BuJoRPG (V1, henceforth referred to only as BuJoRPG), I wanted to re-release the instruction booklet. I also wanted to update anyone who is using the systems to understand what will be happening over the course of the rest of the year.

First and foremost, welcome to the BuJoRPG update:

There isn’t an enormous amount of changes, in fact, you’d probably be hard pressed to see most of them if I didn’t point them out. That is a good thing. I added a “cover” to spice up the look and the file is formatted into two columns instead of one big “page wide” format, which I personally think is easier to read.

Next, the UPDATE portion of this post.

Just as I did with BuJoRPG, I’m going to reformat the BuJourneyRPG (what I’ve been calling Version 2) to be similar in design, AND I’ll be doing everything humanly possible to have the earliest working version of BuJourneyRPG done before 2018’s “peak season,” when I’ll be out of time to do anything interesting.

I will also be doing what I did for the Emerald Specter Chess Club and creating a static page that will house all of the BuJoRPG, BuJourneyRPG, and any related items to as they get released. This will help not only people looking for it but will also help me locate the place to put the updates IN, because I have a problem finding the post almost every time I need to update it. I’ll make an announcement when the page goes up.


The Specter Show 044: At the Heart of It All

We focus ourselves toward the bullet journaling, the BuJoRPG, and what will be happening into the future!

Host: DJ Allen
Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events)
Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Intro Lead in: Dirk Manning

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PRO Chess League Podcast 004: The End

First and foremost, I mislabeled the show as episode 5 in a couple of places… shouldn’t matter.

This is the end.

Journal of the Emerald Specter 76: Radio and Podcasting

Before 2000, the real way that people could be heard in large numbers really deals with two mediums: TV and radio. Since TV was infinitely difficult to get on, mainly due to the fact that you needed to look prettier than average to even be on the boob tube, radio was the best means of getting your name out there is “bigger than average” numbers. Even radio was a high bar to get on because stations wouldn’t just bring anyone in… they’d have some “established talent” or people that knew people to get in.

Podcasting really started taking off in 2004 or 2005, putting radio on notice… and now anyone can get their voice out there.

Why the history lesson? Because I’d like to discuss a little something about radio, podcasting, and me.I technically started podcasting in 2001, when I had a wrestling column that I used to write and for four mighty episodes I turned that column into a “radio show on the Internet.” In 2003 I ran a 35 episode “actual play” / informational podcast called the Podcast of Darkness with two “players / cohosts.” A few years later I had a whole slew of podcasts that all eventually died, some of which I want to resurrect, and others which never will. Now, I have the Specter Show, the PRO Chess League Podcast, and the Greatest Show.

Now we’re all caught up.

I moved to Portland in 2014 to get the hell out of North Dakota. When we lived there, though, I did try to get on a morning radio show (my own, really) for an hour that would have had me on the air before work (the post office) Monday through Friday. I asked, was told I’d have my sample podcasts I’d given reviewed, and they were never reviewed. I kept pushing and pushing to get an answer and I kept getting told “we’ll get to it.” It’s over 5 years later and I still haven’t been given a response.

The main reason I chose to podcast is that I could get better at being on the audio format (and some cases in video) in order to build myself up to the point where I could talk about nearly any subject. There are a few things I stumble over, like the PRO Chess League Podcast episode 4 disaster, and I’m still getting my ducks in a row to do something that I’ve been thinking of doing… I’ve been thinking of it for some time now.

I listen to the Geek Out Loud podcast… Steve Glosson has been doing both radio and podcasting for about a decade (maybe longer?) and he’s got a plethora of shows. One of these is the Big Honkin Show, which is the podcast version of his radio appearances (which, when no longer on the radio, continued as a solo podcast).

What does this all have to do with you, DJ?

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a “multiple times a week” podcast… a single show that happens two, three, or five times per week.

If I can’t consistently do a single show, or three, once a week (each), how can I possibly do a show multiple times a week? Well, there is where the tricky part comes in, then I’ll discuss a little more about the process.

Right now, I would normally record the Specter Show and the PRO Chess League Podcast on Sundays (back to back). The Greatest Show is normally on Saturday nights, though our idea would be to record on a more flexible schedule so that we can get more varied guest list to join us from time to time. If something happens on a Sunday that leads me from home, the recordings normally get delayed or cancelled all together… if I get off late or can’t get anyone else to jump on as a cohost, the Greatest Show normally gets cancelled, too. That variable schedule means cancelling is easier than it sounds.

Having a steady two to five days a week means that I’d more than likely be getting up earlier than work on the days that I’d record… or broadcast, since I’m actually thinking of “being live” when I’m actually “recording.” That’s another reason why having a steady multiple day show going on would be something I could do more often, I’d have a live audience. The ideal location for the live show would only be two places that I can think of right off the top of my head: YouTube and Mixlr.

As for what I’d talk about, I already have some ideas. I have always wanted to address “strange news” type of show, commenting on the absurd and weird. There’s always the weekly “each day is a different theme” option… New Comics Wednesday, Throwback Thursday (for some sort of topic about the past, obviously), “Who”sday (for Doctor Who news, thinking of Tuesday), and that type of thing… a regular schedule means I could do weird news along side those other options.

I’d ask for some feedback, but almost never get any when I call for it. If you want to send some, is the email address.

Options are being weighed. Wondering whether I want to short myself 30 to 60 minutes every day of sleep is another thing being considered.

Time will tell.

The Greatest Show 144: You Be Vanna

Metal Jesus? Check. DJ? Check. Tricia? Check. A short one, complete with some geeky talk and an unrelated rant!

Hosts: DJ, Tricia, and Metal Jesus!