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AV Rant #274: Every Seat a Toilet

Note: There will be an extra podcast this week released tomorrow. It will be the full interview with David Janzsen – electrostatic speaker guru. Plus, podcasts will be released on Tuesdays from now on.

Tom wasn’t going to do a podcast this week but changed his mind at the last minute. Rob H. visits again and the two have a lot to talk about. Rob is interested in a study on piracy and how it effects movie ticket sales. The Oatmeal sums up how exactly piracy can be best fought. A California Senator is not ashamed to admit that he wasted almost 2 million dollars trying to ban video games. A bit on THX certification. This week in Netflix – all the stuff you won’t be able to access since the Starz deal ended. The FitDesk – exactly what your back didn’t need. This week’s Soup to Nuts highlights two different programs. First is Audio DiffMaker, a program to compare audio files for differences. Second is Harman’s How to Listen program. Both are free so try them out. Tom couldn’t get the Harman program to work on his Mac at recording time but downloaded it again later and it installed properly. More on this next week. Thanks for listening. Check out our Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups - Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Lastly, if you live in the Tampa Bay area and are interested in a mobile climbing wall, check out Fearless Mobile Climbing and meet Tom in person!

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  1. David
    March 2nd, 2012 at 16:11 | #1

    Although I have no doubt that the publishers did delay the latest Song of Fire and Ice book a bit to lead into the TV show, the book was essentially rewritten. I believe it is noted in the forward that George RR Martin had intended this book and the next to be combined but as it grew insanely long and used what he described as extensive flash backs, he decided to split it into two books and change the frame of reference.

    And if you look at his track record, it wasn’t like he was churning them out quickly before the TV show started shooting.

    Vol I 1996
    Vol II 1998
    Vol III 2000
    Vol IV 2005
    Vol V 2011

    I’d also like to comment on media prices. In some cases Blurays can be purchased cheaper outside of the US, legally.

    There has been a rash of Bluray box sets that are much cheaper from Amazon.co.uk, than from amazon.com

    For example, the Alien Bluray box set was about 12 pounds, plus 3 pounds to ship to the US. That’s about $25 US for all 4 movies and the extras disks. Love or hate the movies the US version costs $70 from amazon.com. The UK version is region free, by the way.

    Media pricing doesn’t make sense any where in the world.

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