Star Trek Online and Subspace Radio

I know I haven’t posed in forever, but I had pretty much stopped trying out new iPhone Apps and quit playing World of Warcraft so I really haven’t had much to say.

Lethann-01 My husband Quutar started playing Star Trek Online (STO), and when Steam had a sale on it a few months ago and he gave it to me as a gift. I’ve been playing it ever since. While yes, it has a way still to go, the game I find very fun and am looking forward to whatever Cryptic has in store for it. So far I have one Federation character of each class: Engineer, Science, and Tactical. Both my Eng and Sci are up to Lieutenant Commander, but my Tactician is only an Ensign. While I enjoy my Science character, I have to admit I like my Engineer the most. Like a lot of people I endure ground combat when I can’t do space combat. It’s not that it’s bad, I just don’t enjoy it as much.

Not only did Quutar get me to start playing STO, but told meSSR about  Subspace Radio, a player run streaming radio station for the Star Trek audience. He had been listening to it for awhile and the station manager had been trying to get him to be a DJ, which he said, “No, but I have a geek wife!” After talking with the station manager and thinking about it for a good long while, I went ahead and said yes. My first show, the Voyage Through Sound, will air live on Tue, May 4 at 19:00 GMT (3pm EDT) till 22:00 GMT (6pm EDT). It’s an incharacter show with my Science character Lethann Aeda, a trill female who’s mission is to explore the uncharted areas of the galaxy and really enjoys Earth music from the late 20th – early 21st centuries. After organizing and re-organizing my playlist for the show numerous times, I hope there are plenty of people listening. We’ll see how it all goes.

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Twitter Q&A with Neil Diamond

A while back I was poking around the internet looking for tour dates for Neil Diamond. My mom is a huge fan of his and I virtually grew up listening to his music. The first real concert I went to was the “On the Round” tour, yes.. with my mom. It was the best concert I’ve been to yet. So in poking around,  I found out from his official webpage that he actually has his own twitter account: http://twitter.com/NeilDiamond/

Well, on March 2, 2009 he sent out a tweet:

I tweet, therefore I am. If you have questions for me, I’ll try to answer some here on twitter. ~NeilDiamond

I honestly think he was surprised by the amount of questions that came pouring in. I’ve compiled the questions and answers he was able to get to. Why? Because my mom, who as stated is a huge fan, isn’t on twitter. Also many of the questions/answers are done out of order so it can be confusing if you don’t pay attention. Links are to the individual tweets where each question and answer can be found. I did not include fan responses to answers, so please feel free to check their timelines and see what else they might have said. And I know this isn’t all the questions he was asked, because he never did answer mine. Considering he has over two thousand followers, it’s not surprising!

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Update: Howto make your own custom Ringtones for iPhone 2.0 (3G)

I’ve already posted one tutorial on how to make a custom ringtone for the iPhone, but looking back at it, I find it’s a bit of a mess with all the edits and reviews. That’s why I decided to post an updated version that’s a bit cleaner if possibly more complicated. The steps are the same, but I’ve added notes, suggestions, and requirements for each step where needed.

Let me start off by saying, you don’t have to do this by hand if you don’t want to. Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable doing things that require a bit of technical know-how can easily go to places like Audiko.net and have the entire process done for you. Let me point out though that you  have to upload your file to them or link it from a webserver. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable with this. This tutorial is for those people who are like me and want to do things on their own.

To start, let me tell you what you are going to need upfront before going into what the actual steps are.

  • Audio source file – Doesn’t have to be music, can be anything you want as long as it’s an audio file. (Sorry, I don’t know an easy way how to pull from videos.)
  • Audio editing software – If you don’t have one, try the free version of Wavepad by NCH Software.
  • Audio converter – Some Audio editors (like WavePad) can do it, but I use the free Switch from NCH Software because it can do conversions in bulk. There are also multiple online file converters. A good list is over on MakeUseOf.

Now that you have your tools together, what do you actually do with them?

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Pandora Radio

When I finally managed to get my new iphone, the first thing Tanya & Laura say is “You have to get Pandora Radio“. At first I’m wondering why on earth would I want an internet radio station on my phone when I can use my entire iTunes Library at last.. but then Erroch piped in and said I needed to check it out so I caved. So will you when you hear about all of this.

One of the difficult parts for me was having to wrap my head around what Pandora actually is. It really is like flipping through radio stations. Each ‘station’ will have themes, similarities, etc. How it obtains those ‘seeds’ are up to you. For better explanation, I’m going to take you through the process of getting setup. It’s how my mind works, so bare with me. Continue reading

Howto: Make your own custom Ringtones for iPhone 2.0 (3G)


Update: I’ve redone this entire tutorial. Please check the new one as it’s far better than this one.


Yesterday I purchased my new 16gig iphone and was very happy to wave goodbye to my old Treo 650 which had lived long beyond it’s mileage. It wasn’t until late last night when I was playing around with my custom settings that I found out I couldn’t add my own custom ringtones. My friend informed me that Apple had set it up that you had to pay double through the itunes store in order to get them which greatly upset me.

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