Mar 28, 2010

I Love Technology.

I broke down and bought an app called Blogpress for 3 bucks on the app store. So far, so good. At least this one has landscape mode. Much easier to type too. I've gotten so used to texting, that sitting at my keyboard seems foreign to me. Did I mention how much I love my new iPod? If not, I'm sure I will a few dozen more times in the future. :)

14 Years Ago Today....

Tonight is the anniversary of when I took over 107.9 The Edge in Albuquerque for two hours, called the boss a bastard about 200 times, and played death metal. I got fired the next day and ended my career in terrestrial radio. A few years later, I started VomitRadio.com and never looked back.

I do have audio of that fateful night. Recently, I converted that cassette to digital, and maybe one day I'll release it. But not now. One day I will though.

Onto other things. I just got a new iPod Touch and it rules! I've already downloaded the Live365 app and VomitRadio sounds great on it! Nice large album art too. Puts the blackberry and windows apps to shame. I can't wait until Sprint gets the iPhone. They got about a year and a half before my contract runs out, or I'll jump ship to AT&T.

I even typed this blog on it using the Blogwriter program. One big problem is that they dont have a landscape mode to type and my fat thumbs keep fucking up! Oh well, it's the free version. I'd pay of they'd put landscape. iPods have great spell correction though.

Now maybe I'll blog more. Or maybe not. :)

Oct 21, 2009

Mobile Bloggin' Pt. 6

Yup. The old fashioned way is best for now until a decent app is released for the Blackberry.

Sometimes I get bored of the 140 character restriction of twitter and need to write more. I usually brainfart on twitter @Vomitbag if you feel like following.

I also seem to write more on my phone than I do on my computer. More fun too.

I also just added 'brainfart' to the spellcheck dictionary. It needed to be there. :-)

Mobile Bloggin' Pt. 5

Still trying to find the best way to blog from my Blackberry. I don't like the cellspin because it makes me post there too. I really lead an exciting life, don't I?
http://VomitRadio.com

Mobile Bloggin' Pt. 4

As much as I love my new Blackberry, I don't know about posting to the Vomitblog from it.
Maybe I'll do updates to it from here, maybe not. I'll probably experiment with other programs. Cellspin is ok, but the poverty and rape ads are depressing.

Mobile bloggin' Pt. 3

Now that I can blog from my phone, I can blog just as much as I normally do (hardly ever). :-)

Mobile bloggin'

Hey, it worked! I take it back. Cellspin doesn't suck too much after all. :-)

Mobile bloggin'

Can't get blogger to work. Cellspin sucks!

Aug 7, 2009

The Not-So-New (But Improved) VomitBlog.com

I transferred the domain so Blogger is now the official home to VomitBlog.com and not just a forward. I like it here and it's better than shitty ol' Myspace.

On other VomitRadio.com news, I got a new computer, so the older one is now the new VomitRadio server! It's running good enough still (bad sectors and all) to run the live broadcasting software on it, and I got a nice cooling fan for it too, so it doesn't blow up or melt whilst cranking out the tunes. No more linux and winamp for awhile, although it's still fun to fuck with sometimes.

I ended up getting a very nice new Gateway laptop with Vista (gulp!) on it. Even though I have a free Windows 7 upgrade coming one of these days, I'll have to admit I gave Vista a bum rap. It's actually not that bad, once I set it up to the way I like it. The built-in voice recognition is pretty sweet too. Makes me feel like Captain Fuckin' Kirk of the Muthafuckin' Enterprise!

I used to be a Sony user, but their new computers stunk. Dell and HP didn't impress me either. After two hours of bugging the shit out of the poor Best Buy employees with my endless questions, and pulling up VomitRadio on all of the laptops (the final test...which one sounded better), the Gateway beat 'em all on every test. Computer problems now solved. One less thing to stress out about.

Now if I can only get my old piece of shit car to work again, or sell it and get a nice new (used) piece of shit car that doesn't break down on me twice in one week, life would be even better.

And if congress can get off their fat-asses and approve free or low-cost health care (and make a certain medicinal herb legal), things will be peachy-keen. Medicare for all sounds like a pretty good and simple plan to me. These fucking overpaid congressional assholes have to make everything so damn complicated.

Oooooohhhh...there I go gettin' all political n' shit. Boring. Blah Blah Blah.

Off onto another tangent. Even though I'm now completely bored of Twitter, you can follow @VomitBlog on there too and it should tweet whenever I post here (so does @VomitRadio ). I also tweet random brainfarts once in awhile at @Vomitbag to all the twitterbots that follow me there. Tweet, Twat, Twit, Twhatever.

Enough rambling on...time for nite nite, or maybe I'll pop on a John Hughes flick. I'm still bummed out that he died. 59 years old...damn! I grew up watching his films in the 80's. The Breakfast Club is still one of my all time favorites ("Show Dick Some Respect!!!"). Maybe I'll watch that or Ferris Bueller ("...Bueller....Bueller"). So many to choose from! Decisions decisions.

Oh yeah...Michael Jackson is still dead, and I still don't miss him one bit.

May 1, 2009

My Adventures at Napalm Death (and Carcass too)

My twittered adventures at Napalm Death & Kataklysm at The Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque last night (in reverse order).

I need a better cellphone, but the thumbnail pics look cool.


http://twitpic.com/photos/vomitradio

(There are some Carcass and Samael pics from a few weeks back also)

Enjoy. :)

Apr 24, 2009

VOMITRADIO.COM NOW AVAILABLE ON THE iPHONE!!!

You can now listen to VOMITRADIO.COM
on your iPhone!!!!!

(and it's about fucking time too...stupid Apple!)

Go to the iPhone app store and search for Live365.

You can find VOMITRADIO.COM in the 'Extreme Metal', 'Punk', or 'Comedy' categories, since they left the search function off the app to get it to Apple by Xmas (according to Live365's twitter). Oops.

There's a 5-day free trial too!

Suck on that Terrestrial Radio! Another sharp knife in their over-commercialized corporate guts!

On a side note; Isn't it amazing that they came out with a Baby Shaker app pretty quick, but it took months for Apple to approve the Live365 app. What a bunch of fucking tools. I'll stick with Linux.

Apr 23, 2009

New Podcast Available Featuring All New Mexico Bands!

The VomitRadio live stream is now 128k CD Quality, but the podcasts were still at 96k and 64k. This was not acceptable! So I went ahead and produced a new 128k podcast (available at podcast.vomitradio.com). The podcasts from now on will be a half-hour instead of an hour. For the first new podcast, I'm featuring all New Mexico bands (Deceiver, End To End, Cruces Cult, Requiem Mass, Kaotic State, Systemic, Manias, Victimas, and Abaddon). I want to set it apart from the Live365 stream, but not to replace it, which it what seems like the old podcasts were doing, completely distracting attention from the main live stream.

I'm also trying a switch over to Podbean for the podcast hosting mainly because they're free. I like AcidPlanet , which I've been using for a few years now (the old podcasts will be there until the end of April if you still want to download them), but I unfortunately can't fit it into the non-existent budget, even though they lowered the price. So, if you're having trouble downloading the new podcast, then maybe you can help support VomitRadio by buying a shirt, button, sticker, hat, or something from store.vomitradio.com or some other cool stuff from the VomitRadio Amazon store at shop.vomitradio.com. The live stream and server cost me money too, so maybe you can sign up for VIP Membership because it helps pay for server costs, and helps to pay royalties to the bands (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc).

I know you probably won't buy anything, the economy sucks and it doesn't seem to be getting any better either, but it was worth asking. I make NO money from VomitRadio as it is (no, the porn doesn't sell either). It pretty much became an expensive hobby that I'm fighting with my wallet to keep doing.

Thanks for listening to VOMITRADIO.COM!

The Great VomitRadio PSP Experiment (or 'I Have No Fucking Life')

Damn, I've been experimental lately. First Linux, now my PSP (Playstation Portable, for the uninformed). I don't want to settle for just Shoutcast stations on their internet radio players, I wanted to listen to my Live365 station on my PSP, but there's no official way. They seem to be worried about their iPhone or Blackberry apps more. I have neither (Windows Mobile for me, unfortunately, but at least there's an app for it). And Sony, of course, won't do shit for the PSP either, it's all about the PS3 with them.

Rather than type all this shit out again, you can go to http://vomitradio.com/psp for the info, or just read the copy of what I posted on Live365:

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There is a way to listen to a Live365 stream on a Sony PSP, but it's somewhat tricky, but a fun little experiment if you're bored:

- Go to http://pspradio.co.uk in your PSP browser and install the radio player.

- On your computer, launch the Live365 stream into Winamp and get the stream info by right clicking on it in the playlist, and then 'view file info'. There will be a VERY LONG address starting with 'http:...' and ending with '&from=pls'. Copy this address, go to http://tinyurl.com and make a tiny url (so you'll probably want to do this with a free stream, not a VIP stream, to keep your info secure).

- Go into the radio player on your PSP. Click on the 'presets' link on the main page. Now enter this tiny url address you created. Then save it.

Yes, it's kind of a pain, but it was a fun experiment. I listened to my station ( http://vomitradio.com ... in case you were wondering) for about 5 hours last night through my PSP! Worked like a charm...that is until the next morning, when I tried to launch the saved preset and got the standard 'live365 error' message. I guess it logs out after awhile. I need to experiment more...until then, just repeat the winamp/tinyurl process.

Maybe Live365 could develop a simple 'portal' or mobile page with a simple search and javascript stream launch...it doesn't have to be VIP at first. The normal playlist window chokes my PSP's poor little brain. Remember, there is other life on this cyberplanet other than WM, Blackberry, and the dreaded iPhone.


http://vomitradio.com/psp

The Great VomitRadio Ubuntu Linux Experiment (or 'How I Turned Windows Into Wine')

A couple of weeks ago I had finally had it with Windows XP. So I started playing around with Linux again. I had an old version of Fedora Core on my main computer, but I didn't care for it much, plus it didn't want to play nice with my wireless connection. I came across Ubuntu Linux. Yes, I thought it was a silly name too. They had a 'live cd' to try it out without installing (just like Knoppix Linux). So I downloaded it and tried it out. I was impressed, but wanted to try a few more, so I downloaded a newer version of Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu. I hated them all! Plus, Ubuntu connected onto my internet without a hitch (I eventually got it to work with my wireless too).

The reason I had had it with Windows was because of the old laptop I was trying to use as a server for VomitRadio. It worked OK for awhile, but glitchy. I got tired of it and left it to gather dust in my office/studio. I had one of those 'what the fuck' moments and decided to wipe out Windows completely and install Ubuntu on it. For about a week I had fun experimenting with it, but had no luck using it as a Live365 server. Until one day a light bulb popped over my head and a bird chirped in my ear. After I cleaned up the broken light bulb glass and the bird shit off of my shoulder, I tried to install Winamp with the Wine Windows Emulator. It worked! Not perfectly, but it was a start.

I then used Wine to install the Shoutcast plug-in and gave broadcasting live from it a shot. It worked too! Still not perfect, but progress nevertheless. I then stripped out all the extra programs and crap on Ubuntu that I was never going to use, went through the extensive VomitRadio music library and prepared the thousands of tracks, copied them onto the old laptop and continued the experiment.

So far so good. Only a few glitches early on that I seem to have worked out (songs playing fast for some unknown reason, slow computer freezing up, the Comcast connection taking a shit occasionally, etc.).

VomitRadio never sounded better too. Take a listen!

Feb 19, 2009

Goodbye Terrestrial Radio. Don't Let The Door Hit You In The Ass On The Way Out.

Today it was announced that KLSX in Los Angeles was going to flip Friday from talk radio to mindless pop music without DJ's. No more Adam Carolla, Tom Leykis, and goodbye to any chance of Opie & Anthony getting an affiliate in L.A. (I'm sure their days are numbered in N.Y. terrestrial radio too, CBS Radio is pretty broke).

CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Citadel, and the rest of them are losing money like crazy. Selling stations, voice-tracking others, laying off endless amounts of people. Nobody is buying ad time anymore either. Who the hell listens to radio ads anyway, most people do what I do when I try to listen to terrestrial radio and a commercial comes on: I change the channel, usually to another station that's playing a commercial (if you haven't figured it out yet, most terrestrial radio stations play commercials at :06, :20, :36, and :50 after the hour, it's called Quarter Hour Maintenance, a way to get higher ratings, and therefore sell more ads). No ad revenue means no way to pay staff, or keep a station on the air. It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep a radio transmitter powered up every year. Which means that you'll probably see a lot of stations just go dark.

Satellite radio and the iPod and other MP3 players also added to the quickening demise of terrestrial radio. Once you've been spoiled by commercial-free music, it's hard to go back to terrestrial and their 5-10-minute commercial sets. Even 1-2 minutes seems like too much nowadays. Plus the audio quality of terrestrial is shit compared to satellite or mp3. Over-compressed and analog mostly. They tried to save it with HD Radio, but that flopped.

I saw this coming a long time ago. I think a lot of it probably started when they deregulated radio in the 90's. Less companies owning more stations. Firing anyone with any actual talent and automating half the stations. Watered-down playlists didn't help either. I remember back when I worked for a Z-Rock affiliate years ago, they did research that basically told them to play Led Zeppelin every hour. Aren't they geniuses? I'll have to go into that abortion of a network called Z-Rock in a future blog, I have way too much bile to spit out about them.

So, like the endangered species, the elusive 'Newspaper', terrestrial radio will also get sucked under the Paradigm Shift that the Internet caused. Old technologies die, new ones are born. Some will morph into something new, some will just fade away, and I'm going to sit back and watch it all crumble. Got any popcorn?

Screw the Myspace blog...VOMITBLOG.COM is now back at Blogger.

VOMITBLOG.COM is now back at Blogger. Fuck the censoring assholes at Myspace. The myspace account will still be there...just not updated as much anymore. I get sick of them fucking up all the links.

I may start to write a bit about my history in terrestrial radio here. It was a weird ride.

I like the layout of blogger better anyway. Plus I can feed it to the VomitRadio twitter page:

Twitter.com/VomitRadio

Follow me there. :)

Jan 20, 2009

Over 9 Years On The Air and Now Broadcasting in CD Quality 128K!!

January 1st, 2009 marked the 9-year anniversary of VomitRadio.com, and now you can hear the Live365 stream in CD Quality 128k!


I've been listening to it all day through various earphones and high-end speakers and comparing it to terrestrial radio and satellite radio, and I'm proud to say VomitRadio.com beats them all!


It's still free too (with commercials), but VIP Listeners get it commercial-free!! VIP is cheaper than satellite radio too (plans start as low as $5.95 a month and you get access to thousands of other stations as well as VomitRadio.com, plus you can listen on Windows Mobile, TiVo, XBox360 Live and more!).


There's also a Free 5-day Trial to try it out:


http://www.live365.com/rewards/pm?tag=vomitradio


(If you sign up for VIP Membership using the link above, you'll be directly supporting VomitRadio.com, as Live365 will share a portion of your VIP Membership subscription fee with VomitRadio.com. By the way, another way to show your support is to buy a shirt or other swag at http://store.vomitradio.com ).


Thanks for supporting VomitRadio.com for the past 9 years and enjoy the new higher-quality live stream. :-)



VomitRadio.com


Feb 10, 2008

VomitBlog to return here soon.....

For now, the VomitBlog has been resting over on the VomitRadio myspace page. I'm moving it back over to blogger to somewhat seperate it from the radio station..it's own home away from the myspace & music business bullshit.

I'd like to turn it into something more than just about the metal scene or radio. Maybe more political. Maybe more comical. Maybe both. Basically, just a place for me to rant about shit. I'm gonna try to be less lazy about that too.

On the VomitRadio front, new podcasts will feature mostly underground/unsigned bands (and comedy) and the stream will feature more classic metal, punk, industrial, (and, of course, comedy) with some new stuff flavored in. Also, the podcasts will shrink down to 30 minutes each (there's too much Attention Deficit Disorder out there, and will give the bands on the podcast a little more of a spotlight). Download the current ones through iTunes and get 'em while they're up, because they'll get pulled once the new ones are produced. ( http://podcast.vomitradio.com )

As for the time schedule...soon. I'm working on other projects to make money to survive, and this shit frankly doesn't pay the bills. Don't be a cheap fuck and buy a nice VomitRadio.com shirt from http://store.vomitradio.com . It's got a drippy logo on front, and 'Fuck Corporate Radio' on back (of some). And, no, you can't have one for free. I ain't fuckin' Rockerfeller.

Updates to come.....