My new 75-dollar KICK ASS Android tablet / phone


When I was a kid, computers took up whole buildings. Now I talk to my friends and use magic internet money to shop, on a 75-dollar handheld Android computer….while pooing ‪#‎WhatATimeToBeAlive‬

The Dragon Touch E70. Get it get it get it get it. GET IT HERE. Then get this new wave plastic $11 case (I did and I dig it). Or this 7-dollar cloth /pleather one you can stand up like a picture frame for watching movies. Get this six-dollar screen protector. (I don’t use one though, it’s like wearing a condom. And not really needed if you have a cover case.)

Add this 14-dollar 32 Gb micro SD card. (The unit will not support a larger-capacity one.)

Mine in the new-wave punky 70s style cover.

Mine in the new-wave punky 70s style cover.

This device is wonderful. And adding a SIM card makes it an actual phone. I got sick of lugging a laptop to all the doctor’s waiting rooms I spend hours in every week now. This thing weights less than a pound, and kicks ass. I might as well slowly die in style.

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My latest and least-expensive microphone recommendation


This one rocks. It’s only $39.99 here: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB Microphone.

Unscrew the top and pull out the inner foam (use scissors or tweezers) and throw the inner foam away. It’s not good for stopping plosives, plus it smells like diesel (as do most things from China these days). Leave the grill off for a day and let it air out. Then put the grill back on and put a foam windscreen on the grill (get those HERE):


Throw away the little tripod stand, it won’t get the mic close enough to your mouth. The mic should be about a fist away from your mouth. Use this mic stand.

This mic shows up as a different mic (USB2005) in programs, but it’s all good. If you wanna hear this mic in action, over FeenPhone, listen to me (Michael Dean) on the first 13 minutes of this episode.

Michael W. Dean talks about his band Bomb


Michael W. Dean talks about his band Bomb …..interviewed by Thomas Schulte for the book Thomas is working on.

Q. (Thomas Schulte): What do you remember of the 1988 Detroit show or tour? That would have been for the album Hits of Acid.

A. (Michael W. Dean): I don’t remember that show much in particular. That was a long time ago and I was doing a lot of drugs and alcohol. I remember snippets here and there of all the Bomb tours, collectively I have a lot of memories, but we played over 700 shows in 43 states and six countries, so it’s hard to say. I think I remember that show being in a horrible scary neighborhood (many of our gigs were), on something Mile Road, but not much else.

It’s odd….I sometimes remember things from when I was a little kid better than my time in the band Bomb. But Bomb was an intensely emotional time, and I had a really twisted love/hate relationship with one of the members, the drummer, and he was emotionally abusive….He kind of looked at me like his innocent hick little brother to corrupt and he liked to experiment with my emotions, used me like a mental plaything. So I’ve shut a lot of that out of my memory as a defense mechanism. That guy is a sociopath and I am not in contact with him. I never will be again.

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Editing Feens episodes


This blog post is basically just for the Feens co-hosts, though anyone is free to check it out. And if there are any Feens fans who’d like to learn to do this and save me some work and edit a couple episodes a month, let me know.

I’ll be doing this in Sound Forge, a non-free program that is MUCH better than the free program that most people use, Audacity. But all of the functions are pretty much the same between both programs. Also, Feens co-hosts who are ready to try this, I can help you get Sound Forge if you’d like. Let me know if you want it.

If you have no experience editing audio, there are lots of tutorials for each program on YouTube. This blog post I’m writing assumes you have some experience editing audio.

One of the great things about being on GCN is that they record the show on their end and put up a good sounding archive. Before the Feens were on GCN, we had to record the archives from our end, which is one more thing to do while doing a live show. Not having to worry about it during a live show is a nice perk.

The GCN high-quality archives are only up for a few weeks, then they are archived permanently in lower quality, but really, the archives need to be edited and uploaded to the Feens site within a couple hours of the show being over, preferably within one hour.

The archives are in one-hour chunks (two for each two-hour show), and go up on the GCN site about 20-25 minutes after each hour is over.

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Uploading Feens episodes


This is a Feens co-host only post that is a continuation of this post on Editing Feens episodes.

SO….you’ve followed the other post and edited and tagged a perfect Feens MP3. What now?

First you need to upload it to the server. You’ve been given an FTP login to do that. You’ll need an FTP program, if you don’t have one, grab WS_FTP LE. It’s free. You’ll have to give them your email address. And save the email they send you, you may need it later if the program ever expires.

Install the program and enter your Server/User name /Password info into the program and save it. (Again, MWD can TeamViewer in and set this up for you if you have any problems with it.)

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