Archive for October, 2006

Podcast: The Overnightscape #564

Monday, October 30, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: Renovating a mansion, living a life without deja vu, inkstains on fingertips, The Overnightscape reaches the 15 day/360 hour mark, Halloween, trick or treating in the 70s, candy/toy review (“Kinder Uberraschung – Chocolate Egg”), vichyssois, Nintendo Wii, dream review (“Going To Jail Back In Time”), completely random memories (“I Saw All The Planets”), a visit to the Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, Howard Stern, ((1:12:05)) Guardian Angel incense, tangled wires, avoiding a coffee spill, gusts of wind, Avatar the Last Airbender, lame celebrity sighting (“Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus)”), 1992, goodbye Water Sensations and Twinlab B-12 Dots, new law allowing the president to declare martial law, photobooth pic, rollershoes, first recordings with the 55SH microphone, stamp review (“DC Comics Super Heroes”), ordering the “Snyder’s of Hanover Snack Mug” via mail order, the ass-kicking “Long Island North Shore Old Fashioned Sourdough Hard Pretzels”, Champs, ordering Adidas, ((2:15:50)), on the 6 month anniversary of moving, an Audio Field Trip to the old apartment complex where the previous Overnightscape Studio was, along with the old bus stop, parking lot, dumpster, and 7-11, Fred recycled, Daylight Savings Time, Annie Oakley, Narciso, Superkids 2: Mystery of the Tristand, leaf blowing, ((2:50:49)) recording trouble, Inside the Show, Studio 60, stuff from 7-11, candy review (“CocoaVia Chocolate Covered Almonds”), a visit to Tower Records on W 4th St. in NYC (going out of business), classical music CD (Haydn – “Zingarese”), Temple in the Village, and carefully balancing three dice. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (215 minutes)


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Computer Problems

This week’s episode of The Overnightscape, #564, is 3 hours and 35 minutes long – 20 minutes longer than last week’s episode. I didn’t set out to make the show so long, but it just kind of happened.

Anyway, while doing post-production on the show, the audio program crashed because the file was too big and wrecked one of my external hard drives in the process. I can usually fix a disk problem like this with DiskWarrior, but it is an older Mac and the disk is huge so DiskWarrior can’t seem to fix it. And now, my mouse doesn’t seem to be working!

So all I have to say is, I went too far, made the show too long. And my equipment is too old to handle it. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get the show out one way or another, but this is a pretty bad situation…

UPDATE: I just checked and guess what? Mercury Retrograde just started yesterday! No wonder I’m having problems. Anyway, I almost threw out my old mouse yesterday, but thank goodness I still have it… I’m booting up off an old DiskWarrior disk and it doesn’t support my new mouse – and the old one works, though not very well…

UPDATE: Well, I finally got the Mac booted with DiskWarrior, with my old mouse plugged in and… after like 20 minutes of processing, DiskWarrior said it did not have enough memory to fix the disk… so I was disappointed… until I saw that it actually HAD fixed the disk enough for it to mount again! I had to split the show into 2 parts for post production, then merge the files together again at the end. Uploading now…

Station Unlimited: The Forgotten Beercast

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The Forgotten Beercast (May 10, 2005)
File Download: su-SPF-02-Forg_Beercast-061.mp3
40:54 – 37.4 MB – Station Unlimited release 061 – 10/24/06

Recorded on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at a bar called “One and One” (at the corner of 1st Ave. amd 1st St. in Manhattan). Starring Greg Narain ( /, Steve Warren (, Frank Edward Nora (, and waitress “Myar”.

Here’s the story – Greg created the website “”, with the general idea of getting a bunch of people together at a bar, and then recording and podcasting their conversation on several different topics. At some point, Greg changed the name of the website to “” and added a potential market research aspect to the project. This caused some controversy, as seen on this blog post. Then Greg posted on the NYC Podcasting Meetup forum, also causing a bit of controversy.

In any case, I went to the Beercasting that night, and we didn’t start recording till real late. Only Greg, Steve, and myself were left. Greg wanted me to use my recorder, so I recorded the Beercast. We talked on a number of different topics, including the Sparkcasting marketing idea, podcasting, Adam Curry, stats, and male aggression. Toward the end, waitress “Myar” joined the recording. I eventually went to the bathroom and the Beercast ended.

The next day I sent the audio file to Greg, who said he would post it on But, as it happened, Sparkcasting was never updated. If fact, to this day, the site does not appear to have been updated at all since May of 2005. I think I emailed Greg a few times, but eventually I forgot about the whole thing.

Then, at the Podcasting Expo in Ontario, California, in September 2006, who should I meet at the bar at the Marriott but Greg! It was good to see him again, and he said he was working on some new stuff. I mentioned the recording to him and he said I could go ahead and post it.

I’m still not sure what happened with the whole Sparkcasting thing, but in any case, here is the complete, unedited “Forgotten Beercast” from that long ago day…

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Podcast: The Overnightscape #563

Monday, October 23, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: Pink and orange slats, cappuccino incense, Tonya Harding and Japanese wrestling, 90s nostalgia, getting a cold, TV shows (“Lost”, “My Name is Earl”, “The Office”, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, “Saturday Night Live”, etc.), DVR, the joy of NyQuil, dream review (“Down the Rabbit Hole”, “Web 2.0”, “Listener Since 1977”), medicine review (“Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold – Orange Zest”), clumsiness, shattering peach bottle, Vivaldi, farewell to Beard Papa at garden State Plaza, NYC Audio (“Searching for a Waterfall”), upset by Junior Mints, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, snack review (“Ike and Sam’s Kettlecorn – Original Sweet and Salty”), expensive ripped blue jeans, food court at 875 Third Ave., Morning Experiment – Frank records right after he wakes up at 6:24 AM, sunrise, weather report, wind advisory, Cleveland, City Roast coffee, Expo swag (“Flash drive from”, “Playing cards from Sony”). the sound of cars driving by in the rain, NYC audio (“A Visit to Greenacre Park”), The Audio Field Trip (“Dan’s Bachelor Party in NYC”), walking to the train station, giant bird, 14th Street, Guitar Center, tea review (“Fresh brewed rooibos from Tavalon”), coffee cup lid review (“Solo Traveller Plus”), Mud, display windows of comic book store Forbidden Planet, Begoths, supernatural books, talking to a guy about UFOs, billiards at Pressure, meatspace, the nature of celebrity, talking to Fred (, a bar in Brooklyn, drunkenness, power outage, Segways, partial movie review (“Habit”), candy review (“Mini-Pastilles Vichy Source Menthe”, “Reese’s Crispy Crunchy”), beverage review (“Fred – Natural Spring Water”), annoyances of air travel, Dreamery, Beercasting, Smidgits video featuring Frank, Sound Pollution, Scrapcast, Clint Howard, ExtremePods, and a hearing ear dog. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (195 minutes)


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Podcast: The Overnightscape #562

Monday, October 16, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: Demolition dust, tropical musk, return of cold weather, Portable Night mailings, from the forum (“Manny the Mailman”, “Mr. Bunny”), difficulties watching DVDs, video review (“Little Britain – The Complete Third Series”), the story of a kid who’s been deaf and blind since birth, Helen Keller, beverage review (Hint (Drink Water, Not Sugar) – “Pear”, “Raspberry-Lime”, “Pomegranate-Tangerine”), Columbus Day Parade floats, Timothy Hutton’s chair in the Diamond District, jar opening, Cardworks gutted, charger update, The Village, The Raconteurs “Level” video, ((49:03)) pipe tobacco review (“Nat Sherman – Tabac Sherman – Blend No. 536”), hypnopompic music, breezeways, Chinatown, setting one’s hair on fire on video, visiting an art gallery opening (Xylor Jane at Canada), a reading from the book “The World We Live In” (“The Forest Dweller”), candy review (“Aero Bubbles”), ((1:18:43)) beverage review (“Old Grand-Dad – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey”), a phone called with Frank’s sister Julie (featuring The Richard Pryor Coloring Book, Cold Snap, Scott Schwartz, Niagara Falls, and Duran Duran), Ultra Obscure Topic of the Day, various issues related to making pasta, infomercials, video game meetings, health supplement review (HerbaGreen Tea (Concentrated Dietary Herbal Supplement) – “Heavenly Honey Lemon”, “Impeccably Peach”, “Creme de Mint”), ((1:55:53)) The Audio Field Trip (“Podcast Expo 2006 in Ontario, California (9/30/06)” – Part 4), Ontario Mills Mall, Bruegger’s Bagels, Big Food Food Court, snack review (“Cheetos Crunchy Flamin’ Hot”), ugly backside of coffee place, eyesight, an introspective note, Hot Topic Rock, Sega Gameworks, Namco Quick and Crash, “Sweetness and Light” by Lush, Entry 3, movies, photo booth, museum review (“Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum (NYC)”), flea markets, Corcorde SST, USS Growler submarine, cruise missiles, birthday card sound effects, Pringles vending machine, bagel disappointment, Space Farms, crappy telescopes, and gag postcards of giant food. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (192 minutes)


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Podcast: The Overnightscape #561

Monday, October 9, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: ((00:00)) Welcome to the new “Weekly Unlimited” format!, listener audio (“Tom Shad – birthday grteeting”), flyers in Grand Central Terminal, Lamborghini Gallardo, Led Zeppelin’s “Presence”, airport security, Applebee’s, Expo swag,, ((34:06)) the audio of “The Overnightscape Video Review #5” (vegetable review (“Salicornia (Sea Bean)” (from Melissa’s Premium produce), dream review (“A Road in the Woods”), room review (“Childhood Bedroom and Crawlspace”)), birthday party candy review with Frank’s family (“Helena Chocolatier ChocoTejas – Pecan, Chestnut, and Peanut”), Loft Parlaits, hammock, Grateful Dead, ((1:01:23)) “Birthday 1977” (audio from Frank’s 10th birthday paty on 10/2/77), Missile Attack, Star Wars, Audio Field Trip (“Frank and Denice walk from the Bridgewater Commons Mall to a new shopping area called ‘The Village'”), gazebo, flying creatures on the ground, Chipotle, Crate and Barrel, object review (“Stainless Steel and Silicone Muddler”), chargers, eating at Chipotel, spilling Pibb Xtra, a shooting star, gadget review (“Green iPod Nano 2nd Generation – 4GB”), a visit to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), finding the melting clocks in 1:31, Christina’s World, art installations, Mr. Sasha the Cat purring, ((2:11:14)) The Audio Field Trip (“Podcast Expo 2006 in Ontario, California” – Part 3) – palm trees, nachos at Denny’s, philosophical conversations, clock repair, hotel shuttle, return to the Ontario Mills Mall, the state of podcasting, hanging at the carport, giant grapes, Games Workshop, triple espresso, Black Market Minerals, dropping a didgeridoo, Sega Gameworks, Crazy Taxi, witch costumes, Speed Stacks (cup stacking game), Dave and Buster’s, Rain Forest Cafe, 90s nostalgia, robot alligator, beer review (“Anheuser World Lager”), sleeping 11 hours, dream review (“Red Alligator Suitcase”), updates, From the Forum (“Comments on the new Weekly Unlimited format”), bouncing off the walls, and dragees (the little semi-legal silver balls used as cake decorations). Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (189 minutes)


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Video: The Overnightscape Video Review #5


Frank reviews a vegetable called “salicornia”, a dream in the woods, and his childhood bedroom and crawlspace. More info and commentary on The Overnightscape podcast #561 (10/9/06), at

Podcast: The Overnightscape #560

Friday, October 6, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: Announcing the new “Weekly Unlimited” format for the show, Ontario Mills Mall, cartoon bear, electronic noise, experiments, statistics,, Disney theme park podcasters, beverage review (“Irn-Bru” (previously reviewed on #89)), cigar review (“Gurkha 1887 Maduro Dark No. 8”), snack review (“Betty Lou’s Spirulina Nut Butter Balls – Ginseng High Energy”), listener birthday card (“Randal from Houston, Texas”), 3.5 years of The Overnightscape, Beaty from England, marzipan, Daily Podcast From Another Place, Iraq War, Virgin Megastore, seaweed, and almonds. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (30 minutes)


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Podcast: The Overnightscape #559

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: A weird and depressing day, Diet 7-Up, netcasting, belaboring the obvious, camping tent on hotel room bed with blacklight and body painting, The Audio Field Trip (“Podcast Expo 2006 in Ontario, California” – Part 2), keynote addresses (“Leo Laporte”, “Battlestar Galactica guy”, “Andrew Baron”), Bombay Indian Restaurant, bad vibes in the exhibit hall, Area Code 209, In-N-Out Burger, dovetail joints, drawer analysis, bailing out of conference sessions, going to parties, Zoom Shop (iPod vending machine), Fresno, MLM pitch, Sound Pollution, dress codes, Mulholland Drive, Mad Money Machine, Jack Daniels in a brown paper bag, super Steely Dan fans, severe tire damage, and the prodigal daughter returns. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (30 minutes)


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Podcast: The Overnightscape #558

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: Stiffened felt, generic America, palm tree pruning, clock problem, American Psycho, The Audio Field Trip (“Podcast Expo 2006” – Part 1 (with Tom Shad)), “24”, Jack Bauer, Ontario Airport, weird curtain, Expo pix, flickering lights, listener email (“Doug from Cape Cod” – EPCOT Horizons Ride Car eBay auction), lost in the Doubletree Hotel, a giant statue of George Bush, happy birthday Julie, Frank’s promotional item for the Podcast Expo – “Portable Night”, Houston Oilers, The Shining, and The Ground Round popcorn. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (30 minutes)


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Podcast: The Overnightscape #557

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: The freaky busted drawer in the blue chest of drawers, Lindsay Buckingham, orange blossoms, Federal Income Tax, St. Louis, Grape Ape, it is Frank’s 39th birthday today, snack review (“Bascom’s Fancy Colored Popcorn”), beverage review (“Ben Shaw’s Cloudy Lemonade”), events of the past nine days (“Intrepid”, “Raconteurs”, “Podcast Expo”, “Ontario Mills Mall”),Gore Vidal, Frappr, Libra, Squire Boone Village, Lost, President Lincoln, listener birthday greetings (MySpace: “Frank Cotolo”, “Colin from England”, “Manny the Mailman”, “Chad from Podcast Rant” – email: “Eve from Florida” – audio: “Manny the Mailman – birthday info”, “Andie from Australia”, “Eddie from”, “Roel from The Netherlands”, “Ranger Craig from Alcatraz Island”), SOS, Ashley Simpson, Sinead O’Connor, Neve Cambell, happy birthday to Harvie Krumpet and Jeff from the Meandering Mouse podcast, Thanksgiving, mistakes, Gwen Stefani, and a weird trap. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (30 minutes)


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Podcast: The Overnightscape #556

Monday, October 2, 2006

Tonight’s subjects include: It is nine days ago right now, black sesame sorbet, breaking a neon sign, bad service, food review (“The Spice Hunter Quick and Natural Potatoes – Sour Cream and Chives”), Oga (Japanese Restaurant), beverage review (“Fentimans Botanically Brewed Traditional Curiosity Cola”), spice review (“Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Seasonings – Original Mixed-Up Salt, Original Mixed-Up Pepper”, “Penzeys Spices – Ground Red Chipotle (Rich, hot, and smoley seasoning)”, “Konriko Brand Chipotle All Purpose Seasoning”), completely random memories (“Crawling Spider In A Box Toy”), it’s Frank’s birthday tomorrow, Meyer’s toy store, cell phone noise, fluffing the potatoes, and many different time warps. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (30 minutes)


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