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Good Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wes Forsythe   
Monday, 16 December 2013 06:53

I had a good weekend. It could have only been made better by getting more sleep (despite the fact that I took two naps over its course).

Friday I did the Rohs Opera House Event with Cassidy Rae. I was sort of the comic relief for the evening I guess, but the crowd did seem to genuinely enjoy my demonstrations and I actually freaked a couple of people out.

Above is a photo taken during the event. It's an interesting photo because of the "light anomaly" in the center. The anomaly does not seem to be lens flare (no light sources behind the subject) nor is it a simple light source coming from the front of the subject. It is something in front of her as the lines do not change as it crosses her jeans.

Is it paranormal? I doubt it, but I guess it's possible.

The thing is, that the EXIF data from the photo shows that the shutter stayed open 1/20th of a second. This is a loooooonnng time in photo terms. This shutter speed would allow any passing bug or even a dust particle to make quite the impact.

But it was definitely something interesting to look at and find a possible explanation for. If you would like a copy of the original in its pristine form just shoot me an email.

Finally, it appears that all of the syndication feeds worked as advertised Sunday night. Other than misspelling "Filler" on the ShoutCast feed and labeling the 9PM Spotlight as a Paranormal i-Con (since fixed) I was pleased. Spreaker turned some good listener numbers and the chat at LiveParanormal was packed.

Now I guess I can move onto my next project...

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 07:11
 
If You Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wes Forsythe   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:49

I FINALLY figured out the bug with the live ShoutCast feed.

When I set up the new syndication feeds for my shows, I was quickly able to get everything working but ShoutCast. With Mixlr I had zero problems. It worked right the first time and every time. Unfortunately very few people listen to Mixlr. Spreaker's only bug was the echo problem I mentioned a week or two back. All I had to do was mute the browser's volume independent of the rest of the system and it went to working flawlessly. ShoutCast, however, was a bit of a pain.

I was able to use it to play a 24 hour rotation of my recent archives with no problem. But when I went LIVE I encoutered one problem after another.

The first time I tried it, it would not log-in. That was my bad: I had a server setting wrong. On the second attempt people could hear me but not the guest. That one had me befuddled. You see I had the software set to pick up the exact same audio feed as Mixlr and Spreaker. In my mind an audio feed is an audio feed.

HOWEVER, upon researching the problem I discovered that there was a bug in the way it interacted with Windows 7 and 8 that prevented it from picking up more than one audio source at a time, no matter how the sources were set up. My broadcasting computer is set to mix all my audio souces (Skype, mixing board, etc...) into one audio feed in theory. Little did I know that apparently said audio feed was apparently not "unified" (for lack of a better work) enough for ShoutCast. Shoutcast was only picking up the feed from my mixing board and was ingoring all other audio souces including Skype which carried the audio from my guests.

SOLUTION: I added a computer. I sent the "unified" audio feed to that computer which, in turn, broadcasts the feed to ShoutCast. Voila! And all it took was hours of research and experimentation in conjuction with an extra laptop that I just happened to have laying around. Nothing is ever easy around here.

So now the four people that listen to me on ShoutCast can pick up the live shows too.

 
Ghost Hunt With Cassidy Rae PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wes Forsythe   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 20:39

Event to benefit Cynthiana's food pantry. Tickets are $30 but if you bring a bag of non perishable food for the pantry ticket will be $25. Limited to 40 tickets. Readings from Cassidy will be limited to the first 20 people so get your tickets early. Doors open at 5PM, readings start at 5:30. Walk through will start at 7PM followed by meet and greet with Cassidy Rae, presentation by the owners and investigator Wes Forsythe and ghost hunt at 8PM. Guests will be split into groups and rotate into different areas of the Rohs while Cassidy Rae works with each group for a more intimate experience with the resident spirits. Also in hand will be EVP specialist Jason Wilkerson running real time EVPs. Bring your recorders cameras and equipment. This is a great experience for beginner and seasoned investigators. If you can't attend the event but still want to donate food or help the pantry drop by during the event with your donations. For more info contact Roger from the Rohs at 859-707-3852

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013 06:45
 
So Close! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wes Forsythe   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 06:32

Last night was my second attempt at "broadcasting" via multiple data streams for syndication.

  • Spreaker WORKED
  • Mixlr WORKED
  • No ECHO in the live feed
  • ShoutCast...well that crashed and burned

Everything worked as advertised except for the ShoutCast feed. It would NOT log in. This sort of threw me. I had everything configured (I thought) properly, and had actually tested the process of interrupting the 24/7 archive feed with a live feed. So I am going to tinker with it, test it some more, and assume that it was something out of my control.

As far as the chatroom issue, here is what is going on as near as I can tell. The rooms work fine in Internet Explorer version 10 and Google Chrome. The problem seems to pop-up in older versions of Internet Explorer. So...it is what it is... I will just go with my gut and put in links to a pop-up version of the chat that will work. I just have to decide on whether to use cutesy buttons or text links.

So now that those issues are (mostly) behind me, I can concentrate on what is really important: Doing a better job.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013 11:06
 
Syndication: First Attempt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wes Forsythe   
Monday, 02 December 2013 15:04

This past Sunday marked my first attempt at independent syndication and offering added listening options for my internet radio broadcasts. It was mostly a failure, but most of the technical problems can be overcome.

For the 8PM hour, once I started broadcasting I started getting a horrible echo that was apparently originating from my equipment. While I would love to say it was the fault of the BlogTalk platform which is my core broadcast medium, the truth is the echo stopped a few moments after I shut down the syndication feeds.

At 9PM I was able to successfully broadcast to the Mixlr feed in unison with BlogTalk. This indicates that the supect is the Spreaker feed. I think I just need to figure out how to mute the software's monitoring function (without muting anything else).

ShoutCast was a bust. I am using ShoutCast to broadcast a 24/7 random playlist of my recent archives (why? because I can). When I go live, the live feed is supposed to override the archives. Instead, when I clicked "connect" it just refused the connection. I assume that there is some mundance check box somewhere that I have missed that enables the live override. I am looking into it.

Now for the new chatrooms I have installed on the Mixlr, ShoutCast, and BlogTalk pages here on the site. For some reason, they will NOT load in Internet Explorer. They are fine in Googe Chrome and probably any number of other browsers. I will probably just post a suggestion on each page to use "ANY BROWSER OTHER THAN INTERNET EXPLORER' and then provide a copy of the page on the chatroom provider's we site. I just really like this chatroom and want to see if I can make it work.

So that's where we are. Both shows were archived on Spreaker if you missed them. The next test run will be this coming Friday night during the Paranormal i-Con. See you then.

 
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