Larry Rants Again!

May 30th, 2013

Being a full service podcast, we try to present as diverse a product as possible.  In that spirit, we present the second entry in Larry Rants.  This time Larry tells you about a commercial that made him smile.  That's right, this is a positive rant (more of a rave, actually).  Enjoy!

- Chris

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Vocabu-Larry!

May 29th, 2013

In honor of my birthday (and yes it is my birthday), we are presenting yet another new feature - Vocabu-Larry!  These short lessons will introduce you to a new part of the PCA Lexicon and broaden your vocabulary, entertainment and education going hand in hand.  What could be better?  Enjoy!

- Chris

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Larry Rants!

May 28th, 2013

Larry's starting a side project, an Achieving Reality Extra, if you will.  It's edgy, vulgar, honest, and entertaining.  It's called "Larry Rants."   Larry gets out the old pickle bucket (we don't have a soap box) and lets you know exactly what he thinks, whether he's pissed or delighted.  So, we offer you our new feature.  It's not for the kiddies.

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Some Questions Answered

May 26th, 2013

I've been asked by some listeners about two things:  who does our music and what is this 48 Hour Film thing you guys keep going on about.  To answer the second question first, the 48 Hour Film Project is an international short film competition/festival that I and the other Architects take part in each year.  We compete in the Atlanta leg of the festival and are gearing up again for this year.  The competition involves filmmakers assembling teams and on the kickoff day, the teams are given a line of dialogue, a prop and a character name/occupation that they have to incorporate into a short film that they will make over the course of the next forty-eight hours.  Each group is then given, at random, a genre in which to work.  A week later, the films are screened at a local theater and prizes are awarded for various things such as best use of prop, best actor, etc.  The Best Film of the festival goes on to compete nationally and, maybe, internationally.  If you would like to learn more about it, go to www.48hourfilm.com.  If you are in the Atlanta area and would be interested in taking part in such a thing and meet some of the people you've been listening to, contact me here at Podbean and leave me an e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc address with which to contact you.

As  for the first question, who does our background music, that's a simple answer - nobody.  Our title music was composed and performed by a very talented musician whose name I have totally neglected to get permission to give out.  I'll follow through with that and, if permission is granted, give you details on how you can enjoy more of his music.  The background music comes from a different source.  We use a generative music device called the MADPlayer.  Many podcasts have used it for much the same purpose.  It came out in the early part of this century and it generates music by using a series of loops, algorithms and the like.  Once the music is generated, you can edit the loops and instrument voices to a degree to "make it your own."  It works very well, but failed to catch on as it was marketed half to serious musicians and DJs and half as a toy.  Nevertheless, it caught on with a few people.  Enough so that I was able to get my hands on one and use it for our show.  For the sake of the curious, I have posted one of the tracks we have used in the music bed for demonstration purposes.  If you like it, I'll post more.

Enjoy!

- Chris

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Episode 002 - Monkey Steals The Peach

May 25th, 2013

Larry and Chris welcome their guests, Über-Producer, Austin "Bam" Wimberly and Independent film actor, Scott Davis.  Together, they will attempt to discuss the 80's.

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Testing Out The New Tech

May 23rd, 2013

When I heard the thunder in the distance tonight, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to test our new binaural microphone rig.  What follows is an audio clip of the storm approaching and hitting.  It gets a bit noisy towards the end as the wind really kicked up and I haven't properly shielded the mics yet.  So, grab your headphones and give it a listen.  It'll sound like you're standing out in the rain with me like a couple of idiots.

Proper binaural microphones can reproduce audio in a fully immersive "3D" stereo field by reproducing the audio delays that naturally occur from sound traveling from one ear to the other as well as the distortion caused by traveling around the head.  This is an over-simplified explanation, but what it means is that you can judge where the sounds are coming from as if you were hearing them live.   The effect only works if you're listening with headphones.  Enjoy!

- Chris

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More About That Polaris

May 21st, 2013

I've gotten some comments about the Polaris Sub mentioned in Episode 001 - The Unaired Pilot.  People are curious to know what it looked like.  I have found the page again.  It is a blog called Secret Fun Blog.  Click the link and take a look.  Then, snoop around for more lost treasures from yesterday.  The gentleman who runs the blog has a book out called Mail Order Mysteries.  Looks like a fun read.  I might get it for Tina for her birthday.

- Chris

Not A Bad Weekend

May 19th, 2013

So, today's weather excluded, this has turned out to be a pretty good weekend for me.  I got to check out the new Star Trek movie in IMAX 3D.  I won't say anything much about it except to say I enjoyed it very much.  It is a movie that gives nods to the Trek fans, many of which would be lost on the non-Trek people.  But, it seems, everyone I overheard talking about it at the theater had nothing negative to say.

Saturday saw the unveiling of the much anticipated Doctor Who Series 7 finale, The Name Of The Doctor.  It was quite interesting.  There were good ideas presented.  The acting and writing were up to their usual excellent standards.  However, I felt the bits regarding the Doctor's previous incarnations were poorly executed.  This probably had more to do with budget constraints than anything else.  I'll give high marks for the idea of what they were doing even if the effects left me underwhelmed.

I also attended my partner Larry's Birthday Blowout.  There were lots of familiar faces, many of whom you will meet on upcoming episodes.  Horrible amounts of beer (and beer-flavored popcorn) was consumed.  I believe I even caught a glimpse of Harvey with a bottle.

Then, of course, there was the launch of our website and the official premiere of our first episode, The Unaired Pilot.  We appreciate the positive feedback and greatly appreciate those of you who kept their negative feedback to themselves.

A new episode will be going up Saturday.  I hope you'll tune in for that one as well.

- Chris

Episode 001 - The Unaired Pilot

May 18th, 2013

May 18th, 2013 - Larry and Chris discuss the contents of Larry's infamous "Banana Room" and do a little online shopping.


UPDATE:  Somehow, our original file for this podcast disappeared from the site.  So, Harvey took the opportunity to "tune it up" a bit.  It's the same content, just a little clearer.
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Welcome To Achieving Reality: The Podcast

May 18th, 2013

Larry and I have been working hard to produce this little show and we hope you enjoy it!  Many hours have been spent recording and editing in order to bring you the most effortless sounding and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants discourse possible.  Hopefully, you'll enjoy spending time with us and our guests.  We're very excited to be able to share our particular brand of nonsense with you.  Our producer, Tina Goodwin, has supplied us with many shiny gadgets to help bring you the best quality podcast available.  Hopefully, one day, we'll take them out of the box and figure out how to use them.  Until then, our sound engineer, Harvey, will endeavor to muddle through with the bits and pieces he's cobbled together on his meager salary.  Enjoy!