CRRRRS 467 The Wizard and the Sea

By Roy Mathur, on 2022-12-20, at 23:04:45 to 23:42:39 GMT, for Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show, Listen

Wotcha

I'm back in the dressing gown of wizarding (with the bloody hot hood of wizarding) and the walking stick of wizarding to support the backache of wizarding.

Barbie

The trailer features a parody of the apemen and the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey and I love it.

Avoiding More Trailers: Indiana Jones and The Glass Onion

Avoiding spoilers for these films is absurdly difficult.

Stop the teasers, trailers, and spoilers! Stop the hype train, I want to get off!

Henry Cavill's Superman and The Rock's Black Adam Out of the DCU

So much for Henry Cavill's Superman post-credit scene in Black Adam. With the return of James Gunn and Peter Safran leadership of the DC Cinematic Universe, the Rock and Henry Cavill are out.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson unfollowed Black Adam and Warner Brothers on Twitter and Henry Cavill posted a statement about the end of his Superman career on his Instagram.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations

Christmas viewing is underway at Castle Royenstein.

I've watch TOS The Undiscovered Country and half of Generations. I might go back and watch the one with Sybok and God, but I want to cut back on screen time this Christmas. I want to sit in the wizarding tower of Castle Royenstein and read some books.

Detectorists

More Christmas viewing!

Biologically rather Neanderthal, by her own admission, anthropologist brainbox, Alice Roberts, a scientist I admire, will guest star in a show I love, Detectorists, in a Christmas special.

Lulworth Cove Trip Needless Error Correction

While watching the 13th Doctor regenerate on Durdle Door in The Power of the Doctor, I didn't realise I visited Lulworth Cove in Dorset years ago.

I said in 465, that it was on a road trip. According to Mum, however, it was on a coach trip. I don't know why I feel the need to publically correct this minor error, but I do, so I have, so there.

As I said before, it's a beautiful place and worth a visit. Dorset didn't pay me to say that, unfortunately.

Gear Backtrack

For my specific voice, my Shure SM7B sounds better than my Shure SM58. But my fricative clicks on the SM7B turn into plosive pops that Paul L's De-Clicker plug-in for Audacity can't remove. Also, my breaths sound snorty and my esses essier on the SM7B. So I'm back to on my SM58 that I call Rudolph because of it's red windscreen. (All my other mics have names of characters from 2000 AD; Behringer XM8500: General Blackblood, Audio Technica AT875R: Robo-Stogie, SM7B: Ro-Jaws). I don't think the SM58 is the perfect mic for me, but does it really matter to me as a podcaster? No. There are many great mics. The trick is finding one that suits most aspects of your spoken word voice, and treating your environment as best you can.

My editing headphones are again JVC HA-S160 Flats. Though the Beyerdynamic DT150 do pick up all the same frequencies, the JVCs really emphasise errors, moreso than even the legendary Sony MDR-7506. I know because I've tried them. I am worried that they are discontinued, so please don't buy them!

Do you wonder if I'll ever cotton on to the fact that no one cares to hear me blathering on about audio gear? Will I ever make up my mind, once and for all, about what gear is best? We know the answer to that question. (Seriously, I will shut up about this from now on).

Raspberry Pi Faffasco

As a thanks to enthusiasts, Eben Upton blogged on 2022-12-12 that 100,000 RPis are to released to the retail market over Christmas and, "split across Zero W, 3A+ and the 2GB and 4GB variants of Raspberry Pi 4, for single-unit sales."

I received a stock notification email from a retailer on 2022-12-14 about a RPi 4 8GB, but, as it was an 8GB model, and still indicated "out of stock", I think it was an error.

I'm fed up with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. RPis were supposed to be for education, hobbyists, and then industry; in that order. But their official policy was to prioritise businesses through the pandemic years, while leaving the common consumer out in the cold. It calls into question its continuing status as a charity.

I'm annoyed enough that I might ignore whatever existing and future SBCs the company bring out, especially when there are alternatives like RISC V.

Don't Poke the Elon

Pouring on the cheek sauce, Elon recently asked investors to go large and cough up the same price he (over)paid for Twitter, even after the mess he's made.

But it's the many many bans that made the news. Elon's got the hump with Jack Sweeny's ElonJet? Ban him! Elon doesn't like journos talking about him? Ban them! People don't like that? Unban them! Elon's jealous of Mastodon, and shortly thereafter other social media too? Ban them, links to them, and pretend those links are dangerous. People turn on Elon in his own poll and vote he should go? Elon sulks, says only paying Twitterers can vote in future, and attempts to run away from Twitter. The people have spoken, etc. What an idiot. Replace him with a cardboard cutout (about GBP 10) and tape that to a window at Twitter HQ in San Francisco.

The "free speech absolutist" is an attention-seeking troll and a whiner, trying to escape his own stupid purchase without losing face. Hey, Elon, you've lost face. Hmmm..., what would happened if we collectively stopped reporting on all his childish antics for a month?

Sam Bankman-Fried in Jail

As predicted in this very pod, Sam Bankman-Fried is in jail in the Bahamas and awaiting extradition to the USA on the charge of being a crook.

(Crook is not a legal term, but then I am, very obviously, so very not a solicitor).

We Have Achieved Fusion

Well, at least the American's have achieved nuclear fusion.

Widely reported, and actually erroneous, was a science story that a nuclear fusion reaction successfully generated more energy than was put in. I think they meant, they unlocked the awesome energy created as a by-product of bonding atoms, which isn't quite the same thing, and doesn't involve breaking the law of physics (as Scotty was apt to say), no matter how many lasers you use.

Quibbles aside, this amazing announcement heralds... a non-imminent technological breakthrough around 30 years from now. (Note to the future: did this happen? More importantly, have we met any aliens yet and do they have cake?)

I Bought a Winter Duffle Coat and a Fishermans's Cap and Now I Look Like the Ancient Mariner

I bought a traditional duffle coat on special offer, and a fisherman's cap.

They are both excellent, but wearing them together is far too maritime.

Toodle Pip

Remember in 465, when I told you about an event of beautiful synchronicity event on the 10th, followed by a car-pranging incident, and then an excellent bit of dinner tray sledging on the 12th? Is this see-sawing of fortune the universe seeking to maintain a relative balance? Will we ever know? Does anyone care? If they do care, who are they, are they working on it, and how did they get funding, when I can't fund my way out of a paper bag, despite producing all these podcasts? I wish I had a easy life, writing pointless papers all day, and taking long summer holidays.

By the power of tiredness, I vanish in a puff of smoke. You thought I was going to end on something profound, didn't you? Though I'm guessing I will feel profoundly tired by the time I get to this part of the pod.