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One quick note re: coments

Filed under: — Mur @ 6:43 am

I don’t know the plugins people use to catch comment spam, so comments are currently moderated. If your comment doesn’t appear, don’t worry, I’ll approve it when I check email.

I’ll work on trying to figure something out, until then please be patient.


The eighth podcast

Filed under: — Mur @ 12:50 pm

Hey, I did a podcast, and I only coughed once! (I edited it out, don’t worry)

Spending two weeks with whooping cough was no party, but I’m on the mend, finally, and am able to talk without coughing up a lung. Thanks for your patience.

Links of interest:

Listen :: RSS


Podcast delayed

Filed under: — Mur @ 10:22 am

I am still sick. Some may say I am sicker than I was last week, and they’d be right. What’s more, the medication I am taking to make me less sick makes me feel bad in all sorts of new ways. So I am postponing this week’s podcast until I can speak without a shaky voice or without coughing.


Sickness and board games

Filed under: — Mur @ 11:28 am

I’m lucky I posted my podcast when I did, as my voice and my speaking staminia is shot now due to an upper respiratory virus. Kiddo is sick too. I very much hope I’ll be better by Saturday’s podcast.

Which didn’t stop us from playing the fabulous game Go Away Monster! last night. The premise of the game is simple (it is a game for 3 year olds, after all) – you have a small game board that serves as your bedroom, and you pull items out of the bag to put in your room. Bed, pictures for the wall, etc. Also in the bag are monsters. So when you draw a monster, you’re supposed to shout “Go Away Monster!” and throw it. I was showing my daughter how to play this game. However, she’s not afraid of monsters. She loves monsters. So when I would draw a monster and throw it away, she’d get it and put it in her bedroom. So her bedroom soon had two teddy bears, one bed, a lamp, and several monsters. Then she drew a picture of kittens for the wall. She shouted, “Go away kitties!”

If you’re a board game or RPG fan, check out the podcast Geekspeak (from


All the Pharmacy’s a Stage

Filed under: — Mur @ 11:36 am

This podcast has me wondering where the podcasts for Tokyo Calling and Girl on Tech are (or just wondering if iPodder has screwed up,) reiterating that I am completely unable to talk improv into the microphone without editing out “um’s” and long pauses (no matter how “performance art” it is,) and talking about the embarrassment of shopping at the pharmacy.

I didn’t realize until I read this essay aloud how many times I said “vaginal dryness.” You’ve been warned.

Things I did not talk about that are on my mind:

  • World of Warcraft has legendary lag and legendary server problems, and is turning out not to be worth the $15 a month, even if the game does rock (when you can play it, that is.)

  • We just found out that my mom’s dog, a 10 year old rescued and formerly abused shi-tzu, is blind.

  • I am fond of parenthetical statements, and use them often in my essays. This does not translate well to spoken form. I must keep this in mind as I keep podcasting.

I apologize for the low-energy of this podcast. Hopefully by next week I’ll have shaken this thing. Also, I mention at the end that it was 9 minutes long, and was a little wrong. I blame the sickness. Yeah. That’s it.

Hear it, or let your feed-reader grab it in the RSS...


Computer Fixed, Podcast Ho!

Filed under: — Mur @ 8:01 pm

In this podcast, two days late, I podcast about podcasters who podcast about podcasting, discuss children’s television stars, and forget to mention the porn on

I mean, hell, people. If you’re going to do porn over a podcast, don’t just do it cause you CAN and the FCC isn’t going to close you down. Do it with style, for God’s sake. The blase’ manner of these people is boring as hell, they might as well be reading a soup can’s lable. Just reading “cock” in a bored manner is about as exciting or as offensive as saying “kumquat.”

Links of interest:

Steve Burns
The Men of Blues Clues

Hear it or grab it in the feed.


Crap on a stick

Filed under: — Mur @ 10:13 am

No podcast this week. The laptop is wonky and the former-sysadmin husband is working lots of hours, so I’m not sure when it will be fixed. As soon as Marvin is up and running, I’ll be doing a podcast.


How proud I am…

Filed under: — Mur @ 8:26 pm

Apparenly if you search for “adam savage jamie hyneman gay” on Google, this blog is the seventh page that comes up.

Mother would be so proud.


The Pink Podcast (Podcast #5)

Filed under: — Mur @ 1:02 pm

The lack of bloggy goodness is due to me taking apart our office, painting it red, and then attempting to buy myself a new desk. After tomorrow, life as a writer will be a lot more comfortable.

In this podcast, the fifth, I talk plugs, shyness, and pink.

Links of interest:

Girl on Tech
Digital Soapbox

Hear it, or grab it in the feed.


Happy New Year Podcast

Filed under: — Mur @ 5:38 pm

Several things to discuss. Firstly, Happy New Year!

There were things I wanted to talk about in this podcast but, well, didn’t. I’m having sort of a bizarre misunderstanding with Dave Slusher, my podcasting idol and the person who inspired me. So I just want to say here that Evil Genius Chronicles is my favorite podcast, and Dave has just the right blend of intelligence, snarky attitude, and humor to really amuse. The fact that he’s given me two plugs in his podcast is a massive boost to my ego. Thanks, Dave!

I didn’t mention the tsunami victims, because I honestly don’t know what to say. There are several ways you can give money or items to help, the links are in an earlier post. I’m just completely overwhelmed, please give what you can.’s tracking of pledges through the Red Cross were up to $11,000,000 today. Damn.

I think that’s it. Today’s podcast involves me realizing that you can get so manly that you just loop right around to gay. For the record, I do not use “gay” as derogatory or a slander. I hope you find it amusing.

And I forgot to mention that this essay originally ran in Grumble Magazine.

Direct link, or RSS.


Tsunamis - How you can help

Filed under: — Mur @ 11:47 am

Every time I hear about a new number, it’s already outdated. This morning it was 63,000 dead according to NPR, now we’re up to 80,000.

Eighty thousand. Holy shit. I can’t even comprehend that many dead.

Please help. Here are easy ways for you to give a hand:

American Red Cross (through – or call 1-800-HELP-NOW)
Direct Relief International (including item donation)
Unicef (site down when I tried it, but hopefully that’s because so many people have deluged it with donations)
World Vision

If you don’t like giving money over the web, each of these sites will have information about how you can donate through the mail or phone.

Eighty Thousand. Christ. The survivors need help, and fast. Please do what you can.



Filed under: — Mur @ 11:10 am

OK, the podcast works now. The person who spent six years in web design had the link wrong.

Some days you’re the bird, some days you’re the statue, and some days you’re the goddamned fool who lost the map of the park.


The third podcast!

Filed under: — Mur @ 7:54 pm

Dude, this podcast took three attempts to record. I learned a lot about Audacity. I learned a lot about sound. I learned that I still get frustrated easily. I learned that my laptop’s fan is really freaking loud. And I learned how to make Adam Curry sound like he had a cold and Dave Slusher sound like one of the Chipmunks. Not to mention me sounding like I’d taken testosterone shots (hint, it’s in the sample rate.)

Hear it, or grab it in the RSS feed.

But it’s all fixed and shiny for you to listen to. No one sounds freaky at all. I hope all had a good holiday season, and you’re getting your liver all ready for the upcoming New Year’s Holiday.

Next week – the homoerotic mating dance of the frat boy. Fear this podcast.

(and yes, I went slightly over 11 minutes again. Dammit.)

Links, like you need them:

Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code
Dave Slusher’s Evil Genius Chronicles


Podcast the Second

Filed under: — Mur @ 5:37 pm

Ha! I made it to Podcast the Second! I took an essay published a couple of years ago in Grumble Magazine and had my husband, Jim Van Verth, help me out with it. The topic is geek crushes, and why the ladies love those skinny guys with glasses.

People who I didn’t mention in my podcast, as I hoped to keep it under 10 minutes (it’s a little over 11, so sue me):

  • John Linnell of They Might Be Giants and his hysterical, brilliant songs, not to mention his beautiful bedroom eyes

  • Neil Gaiman and his entertaining blog and fabulous stories, as well as his all-black wardrobe.

  • Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Mythbusters, because they’re so cute when they blow shit up.

Other links of interest:

Slumbering Lungfish: Lore Fitzgerald Sjoberg’s (sorry, Lore, I can’t figure out how to do an umlaut) blog, which includes his Oral Sex List.
Alton because, well, you know. It’s Alton.

Hear the podcast, or grab it in the RSS feed.


Filed under: — Mur @ 2:02 pm

As I get older, I’m starting to notice my desire for materialism is actually going down (believe it or not). Now all I want for Christmas is:

A massive block of time to complete a task force on City of Heroes.
A weekend at the Grove Park Inn. (I guess that falls under materialism as it costs money, but it’s not a tangible thing)
A morning where I can lie around in bed and read.
A plug for my podcast on the Evil Genius Chronicles.

Really, most if it (except for the plug) comes down to time. Suddenly it’s precious, and I worry that I squander it when I am gifted with an unexpected chunk. (Like, say, right now, as my daughter is taking an unexpectedly long nap and i have spent the afternoon playing CoH and blogging.)

Just random thoughts, I suppose. Something else I’d like to do with podcasting is work on a radio play, and that would take writing, sound effects, acting, and editing. And oh yeah, time. Sigh.

EDIT - then again, I wouldn’t say no to this…


Car car car

Filed under: — Mur @ 10:32 am

Car is smelling better. It’s still there – or at least, I can smell it, but it’s getting better.

If anyone wants to buy me this for Christmas, I would be very amused.

Podcast the Second will be coming as soon as my husband has a spare moment to help me out, as this essay has two voices, and I am not cool enough to do them both.

And thanks for all the kind comments and thoughts about Podcast the First.


Podcast the First

Filed under: — Mur @ 7:14 pm

My husband rocks so damn hard. He helped me make Wordpress work.

Anyway, my Podcast the First is below. I rant about the South and the like. Adam Curry wants short podcasts, and Dave Slusher wants more Southern women blogging, so I attempt to satisfy both.

In other news, I had a pretty shitty week overall, with having a cold, having a bad reaction to some medicine, and losing a very cool freelance contract. So forgive me if I don’t talk much more. I podcast. Check it out if you have 6 minutes.

In other, other news: The car. Still. Stinks.

Told you it was a bad week.

Hear the podcast here, or grab it in the RSS feed to the right.


The End

Filed under: — Mur @ 1:24 pm

Almost a month ago, a glass half-gallon jug of milk broke in the back of my (2000-but-new-to-me) car. Unbeknownst to me, the milk trickled down to rest underneath the backseat carpet where it lay hidden and stealthy, only to announce itself four days later. I spent a full day with enzymes, carpet cleaner, Febreeze, and baking soda to take care of it. Nothing worked. I took it for professional cleaning, and that only worked somewhat well.

Keep in mind that I’ve had this car for two months. One full month of it has been smelly. I was facing several years of sour-milk car.

I finally got it professionally cleaned again, by people who also used enzyme cleaner. I have smelled nothing so far, but I worry that I’m so hyper-sensitive about detecting odors in that car that I’m going to freak out if I smell anything (like the smell of wet carpet, which is what it smells like now.)

But I think, I think that it’s over.

Now to knit fuzzy dice to hang from the mirror.

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