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An Interview With Matt Forbeck

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Game Designer and Author, Matt Forbeck

Okay, so what happens when you are kinda getting back into gaming, don’t know it nearly as well as your totally involved brother and you go to the best four days of gaming in Indianapolis? You end up running into an individual huge in both gaming and writing.  The only problem is you don’t even know that he is that huge and big.

An interview with Dan the Bard

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Dan the Bard

Dan Marcotte is a well-rounded  bard. According to his Bio Page:

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Dan the Bard

What can I say? I’m a Bard! I walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds! I play all sorts of instruments like the Renaissance Lute, the Egyptian Oud, Elizabethan Cittern, Turkish Laouta, German Lautenguitar, Medieval Gittern, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Bodhran, and of course Trumpet. I perform at small and large Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions like GENCON INDY, GARYCON, WINDYCON, 3CON, DUCKCON, CODCON, ACEN, and C2E2. I’m the Music Director of the Bristol Renaissance Faire where I perform all summer. Yes, I do birthdays and weddings.

I also do a lot of mainstream music and storytelling in schools and libraries with my partner Judith Heineman. And I’m a founding member of The Whiskey Brothers Irish Band! I grew up in Schaumburg, IL, and was (and still am) a Dungeons and Dragons playing Band Geek.. I went to Illinois Wesleyan University for my undergrad, with the intent on being a band director. Somewhere during that time, I got it into my head that I wanted to be a bard, but I didn’t know how to start. So I got my Masters Degree in Renaissance and Medieval Music from Florida State University. Upon completion of the degree and my thesis, The Ap Huw Manuscript and the Welsh Bardic Tradition, I announced that from that day forth I would walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds.

He was kind to give us some time at Gen Con 2014. Listen in as we talk about:

  • What led him to the bard’s life
  • The instruments he plays
  • D&D is, of course mentioned
  • How long he has done this and music in general
  • His inspirations and influences
  • How he created his unique niche
  • His thoughts on the new media order
  • How many Cons he does
  • We digress to Jonathan Coulton for a bit

You can find Dan the Bard on the web at:

Sarah Donner – Geek and Feline Powered

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She has Kittens and is not Afraid to Use Them

An Interview with Sarah Donner
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Sarah Donner – Live at Gen Con 2014

If the musicians at Gen Con have anything in common, it could only be that they are all unique.  Sarah Donner is one fine example of such, having her own special feline, geek, funny personal style, twist and brand.  Not only does she do songs about cats,  but specifically about Schrödinger’s and, check out her latest video at the end of the interview notes, which is Tesla themed.  Seriously how could geeks like us not love this stuff?

Not only did we manage to catch up with Sarah Donner for an interview but she was also nice enough to let us record her live.   Keep it tuned here for when we release all the Gen Con stuff.  Also, if you ever get word that she is playing near you, be sure and go see her as you will not be disappointed. I was lucky enough to catch up with Sarah at a coffee shop across the street from the con. Listen it to as we talk and hit on the following and more?

Join us as she tells us about:

  • When she started playing
  • “Angsty female songs”
  • How she uses comedy
  • of course, cats, science, geek and other inspirations and influences
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book
  • How many albums so far
  • Being on the road
  • Her thoughts on the new media order
  • What would she call her genre
  • Who does she think she sounds like
  • Our thoughts on genre
  • Her advice to those who desire to do what she does

You can find out more about Sarah at:

Sarah has recently done a video with the help of The Oatmeal.  It is Tesla themed and the cause is to help to fund raise a Tesla Museum.

2014.09.22 – TNN – Google News

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Community, Indie Nation News, news, Podcasts, Tech and Net News, TNN - Google Edition
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Indie Nation Google News

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

This is the Google news part of our news show here at indienation.fm.

We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. We do the show live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM DST. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

World’s First Synthesizer Up for Auction

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Community, news, videos

World’s First Synthesizer is Up For Auction

Some argue this instrument is the world’s first synthesizer. The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is up for auction on 22 October, 2014.  The Wikipedia entry for synthesizer does not even mention this particular model. According to Fact Magazine which made me aware of the auction, the “synth” is so rare that few are even aware of it. Only one other in known to exist.  It is in a museum and pictured below.

By Jane023 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jane023 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When I studied electronic music in the early 80s, the text-book credited the Theremin as the first synthesizer. I question that with what I read today. The page at the auction company dates the Helmholtz c.1905.

However, most people don’t know what a Theremin is. Let the video below refresh your memory.  Check out Jimmy Page on the Theremin.

2014.09.22 – TNN – Science News

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Indie Nation Science News

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Monday Night News

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We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. We do the show live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM DST. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

Is your Linux box protected from “ShellShock”

POSTED ON September 26th  - POSTED IN news, Software, Technology

Bash Terminal

 

A major security vulnerability has been discovered in the GNU Bash (Bourne Again Shell) for the Linux operating system. System administrators running Red Hat Enterprise , Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions will want to update to the latest release of the Bash package. This vulnerability affects Bash versions 1.14 – 4.3 which is even included in the 10.9.4 releases of the Apple OS X operating system also known as Mavericks. Even if you are running another distribution of Linux such as Mint or Zorin this does not exclude you from being affected by this vulnerability. Forks of Red Hat and Debian based distributions will very likely be running Bash and need to be patched.

 

To read more please visit: Bite Of Tech

2014.09.22 – TNN – Tech News

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This is the Tech News portion of our news show here at indienation.fm.  If you wish to listen to the full two hour show it posted earlier.

We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. We do the show live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM DST. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

2014.09.22 – TNN – The Walking Dead Edition

POSTED ON September 26th  - POSTED IN Community, Entertainment, Live Show, news, Opinion
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Leaving Terminus, Washington D.C. and More Walking Dead News

This is the edited version of our weekly newscast on indienation.fm. We do it live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM DST.  I edit it down to only include the section in which we discuss The Walking Dead. If you would like to talk about the zombie show or any other news topic, we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

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