Sunday, April 23, 2017

There's music everywhere! Surround sound music formats from 8 Track tape to Blu-Ray


My latest video's the first audio subject I've tackled in a while: surround sound music. I've always had a curiosity about the 1970's quadraphonic era - I lived through it but didn't really experience it at the time. But since then, the industry's released more and better surround sound formats over time, and I look at everything from the quad era up to today's DVD and Blu-Ray audio to see if anything's really worth listening to. (Spoiler: yes!)

This video was actually really difficult to make, not to mention my most expensive video to date. Making videos about sound is not easy - who knew? Tricky to talk about surround sound when you can't actually see it or hear it through YouTube! But hopefully it's an interesting video nonetheless.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tearing down and repairing my original Apple IIc

My first-ever computer was an Apple IIc in 1985. (Not 1984 as I first thought, and said early in this video.) I loved that machine, but it's been broken for quite a while now.

Well, I finally sat down to fix it. And you can watch!


This video was just a quick one while I work on some more scripted stuff, but it was really satisfying to do.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Is Virtual Reality (VR) worth buying in 2017?


Another new video! In this one, I follow on from my blog post on VR with a video on VR. I think it's actually quite an amazing technology! And spoiler alert: I do recommend it if you can deal with the current headsets with their infernal wires.

From my YT description:

We've heard a lot about the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive lately. While the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard make for a good, cheap entry into VR, I take a look in this video at what the experience is like on today's higher-end systems and see whether it's finally worth taking the plunge on a VR system.

Some of the games I show in this video include Rez Infinite, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Job Simulator, Here They Lie, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Danger Ball, Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live, Driveclub VR, Eve Valkyrie, Battlezone, and Scavenger's Odyssey.

btw, that room scale video is a promotional HTC Vive video, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv6nVPPDmEI

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Atari Dig - my souvenir from gaming's greatest urban legend


Just posted a new video - getting back to gaming a little bit for these next couple. Many of you no doubt know about the great video game crash of 1983 and Atari's literal dumping of various games in a landfill at the start of it, and I'll bet a lot of you have actually watched the documentary "Atari: Game Over" (though if you haven't seen it, I've got a link in the video description on YT).

But you may not know that some of the games that were finally dug up in that documentary were put up for sale. I have one, and I talk about it in this short video.

This is the first of a new series of short videos I'm calling "Turbo Mode" - these are basically going to be to keep content flowing while I work on longer stuff. (Hint hint... I am working on a longer video right now.)

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About This Blog

This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.

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I'm married. I like to travel. I have no kids. I have a house... that I'm bad at maintaining. I used to collect classic video games. I own a lot of musical equipment that far outstrips my ability to use it. When I was younger, I was in a band. I like gadgets, and I'm an Android guy. Someday, I would like to live on a different planet.

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