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Voice games

To thank my Patrons on this #ThankYouPatrons day (great little promotional idea), I decided to fire up the old Audacity thing again, and record a short message of thank you for my patrons.

Patreon allows Creators to upload audio files, and I had been thinking for a while about doing some podcasting stuff there. Just for my followers.
Like reviving the old KaravanCast, or something.

The real problem is, even with my brother doing sound producer duties, it’s a hell of a lot of work.
But who knows. It would be fun, talking about history, pulp stories and anything that comes to mind.

In other news, my voice still sucks.

It’s good to be my patrons. Sometimes.

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KaravanCast, Episode 2 – Beyond Thirty

The new episode of the KaravanCast, is on air right now!
In which Dave rambles about Beyond Thirty, a little known Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, and about history, Doug McClure, Things to Come and then does a rather awkward attempt at blatant self-promotion.

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KaravanCast Episode 1: a resources list

This is a sort of follow-up to my post about the first episode of the KaravanCast.
I’ve been asked to provide links to some of the books and movies I mentioned in my ramble about King Solomon’s Mines, and here’s a short roundup of what you can find for free on the web.


Future podcasts will be posted with a full list of resources included.
Thanks for listening!


King Solomon’s Mines on Project Gutenberg

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar on Project Gutenberg

The Scarlett Citadel at Project Gutenberg Australia

Movies on Youtube

1937 King Solomon’s Mines

1950 King Solomon’s Mines

1985 King Solomon’s Mines

2004 King Solomon’s Mines

Note: quality can be less than optimal.


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KaravanCast, or how I became a podcaster

The KaravanCast is doing fine with its Episode 0, and as promised, here’s a little more about this new strange adventure of mine.


I started planning a podcast to go with Karavansara one year ago – thinking it would be a fun thing to do in the long hot summer nights.
I started reading on the subject and I started putting together what I needed – the software, the hardware, the courage. I also started pestering my brother, that has some experience in managing online radios, for suggestions and help.
Then, as we know, things took a different turn – but the idea remained.
I only had one major problem – what the heck should my podcast cover? Continue reading

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Listening to the radio in the night

radio-graphicI think I already mentioned how much I like radio.
Radio dramas (old and new, with a soft spot for the Thrilling Adventure Hour), music (and vintage wonders like the Buddies’ Lounge), and talk radio.

Now, something happened two nights back.
I was not feeling well (what with old age, the cold and the mileage thing), and so I stood up the whole night, and scanned the airwaves with my small, cheap multi-band radio receiver to try and get my mind off my aches.
My brother was up with me, and a little worried, but in the end we chanced upon a strange radio program from a very local station. Vinyl Dust it’s called and no, it’s not a fetish sort of thing – it’s an all-night talk and music show in which a guy that does not know how to properly pronounce English talks about vintage records, and plays old 45s.
The show focuses on covers and alternate versions of classic songs from the 60s, weird stuff produced for the European and Italian 45 and juke-box markets. Always quirky, often bad. And my oh my, was the show we caught focusing on bad. Continue reading