Archive for the 'Narrative' Category

An 80 minute free ZBS Retrospective

ZBS Radio Drama Retrospective Readers of this blog know I love radio drama — and my favourite stories are created by the ZBS Foundation. This week, while I was travelling, an announcement arrived in my email about an 80-minute program of audio episodes of ZBS radio plays. Back in June, Meatball Fulton, the creator of Jack, Ruby, The Android Sisters, and many others, was asked by Hear Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival to put together a retrospective to present at the festival.

The Retrospective is now online, and you may go directly to the SoundCloud 80-minute audio track with commentary by author and producer, Meatball Fulton.

This is luscious stereo audio, and it is worthy of better sound than your computer speakers will produce. I recommend pumping it through a good hifi system or, the way I prefer, listen with a great headset. No, not a gamer’s headphones — if you are looking for quality sound reproduction, perhaps pick something from the Grado catalogue where even the low-end cans sound great and are not expensive.



Saratoga Noir – free from ZBS

ZBS Foundation - Saratoga Noir The ZBS Foundation is offering a free comic strip for radio – it is both for eyes and ears. It sounds great with headphones. Here is the deal: This series will be posted for free, but only one episode at-a-time. Episode #1 will be up all this week. Then starting next week, on every Monday and every Friday, a new episode will be released. Saratoga Noir will play throughout the summer, ending the 2nd week of September. Don’t wait: see, listen, download here:

Homage to Esther

Bowen Island is in the mouth of Howe Sound — North America’s most southerly true fjord. Its size is roughly 7-1/2 by 3-1/2 miles. There are three mountains; the highest is Mt Gardner at almost 2500 feet.
Dear Esther is a computer program that plays like a computer game, but is really a form of narrative.
If you were to ask me, I might even tell you where there are mine shafts that burrow hundreds of feet into Bowen Island. They were carved in the living rock by hand over a century ago.

“I will drag my leg behind me: I will drag it like a crumpled hatchback, tyres blown and sparking across the dimming lights of my vision. I am running out of painkillers… I have run out of places to climb. I will abandon this body and take to the air.” From Dear Esther

A festival of the Android Sisters

Every day for a month, and for free, you can have your fix of the Android Sisters’ social satires.  Android Sisters - album cover - © ZBS FoundationThese are actually tiny podcasts. Meatball Fulton, writer of these speak-song ditties, will say a few words before each song. He´ll tell you where the idea for the song came from, or who he stole it from, or simply why it´s not his fault. He´ll keep his comments short and snappy. And then he´ll play the song.  Who are the sisters? You probably know this one: Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? For the podcast, Click here, or on the picture, to go to the page with the current audio file. The music is by Tim Clark – who is responsible for the great pizza described elsewhere on this blog. For more information go to the ZBS Foundation (there is nothing about pizza at ZBS, search this blog for how to make those pies). [Well this offer is long gone, but click the link for Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep for a wonderful sample of the Android Sisters. Any of the other links will take you to ZBS.]

Tim Clark & Lady Windermere

Lady Windermere's Brass Fantabulous - cover artwork

click picture for Lady Windermere's Brass Fantabulous

It has been 11 long months since Tom Lopez published his last podcast. They are free, click this link.

The reason that I am delighted by this is that most of the podcast is the latest music from Tim Clark. What has this to do with me or the Salish Sea? Well, very little, except that I’ve known Tim — and his wonderful music — for a very long time. When you hear that the early collaboration between Tom and Tim included Tim’s work at the McLaughlin Planetarium, that was in the studio I built there. And Tim taught me to make this pizza, one of the most requested articles on this blog. But, who needs a reason… enjoy the music.

My first legacy blog – Halley’s Comet

Comet Halley 1910

Comet Halley 1910

This is my first attempt at a true Legacy Blog. I believe I created the concept, and researched it with the post, An experiment in time travel. That article (seemingly posted in 1988), and the correspondence with WordPress (included in the comments below that post) showed that blog articles can be dated at any time in history after 1970.

For two years  in the mid-80s I wrote a weekly astronomy column for the Winnipeg Free Press. I began with my reports about the approach of Comet Halley. Those articles are now nowhere on the Internet. The newspaper informed me that we own joint copyright to that material. So, my plan is to gradually post those articles as if I was blogging at the time. They will be date stamped with the actual date of publication. You can find them at The Return of Comet Halley.

Paul Rickett and the Eisch magic glass

I was in Paul Rickett’s Wine and Beer store today just as he was opening a box containing two brand new Eisch wine glasses that until recently were called Breathable.

Paul Rickett with the Eisch Sensis-Plus wine glass

Paul Rickett with the Eisch Sensis-Plus wine glass

Paul has experimented with these glasses before Eisch lost the court challenge by a competing glassmaker, Riedel, and Eisch can no longer claim that these glasses are breathable. Now that Paul has these glasses I am looking forward to hearing about some scientific experiments comparing the performance of this product. Breathable or not, this is handsome stemware.

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