Even a Zombie Benefits From Wearing A Headset

Audio-Technica are a long-standing manufacturer of professional microphones, headphones & turntables. Earlier today they released a nice video documenting their difficulty in achieving good audio pickup from a zombie.

I think it’s great that they selected a head-worn microphone as their best option. The “earset” they selected is similar to a headset, but without the earpieces for the performer. It’s not unlike the Countryman E6 microphone that I’ve used for live presentations. It’s failure in this application can only be attributed to unusual and unexpected circumstances.

On the basis of this video I think that these guys should be offered a guest appearance on AMC’s Talking Dead.

This Week: Pittsburgh, Mifi vs Wifi, Radio Shack, Make Magazine & Halloween

<RAMBLE> This week was just chock full of unexpected stuff. Whereas I had thought I was going to be at home learning about virtualisation in support of an upcoming project I got word that some kind of software sorcery was required at the site of troubled project in Pittsburgh. By the end of the day Wednesday, and with very little notice, I was ensconced in the Omni William Penn hotel in down town Steel Town.

The William Penn is Pittsburgh’s oldest hotel. It’s beautiful inside the lobby and common areas. It’s an Omni so the rooms are well appointed with great beds & flat screen TVs. Being older the rooms aren’t all that large, but they are nice.

Internet access is by way of wifi which costs $9.95/day. Normally I wouldn’t care about such matters as I’d have my trusty Sprint Mifi along in my bag. Part of the argument in getting my employer to pay for the Mifi every month is that I don’t pay for broadband by the night in hotels anymore.

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OT: It’s Getting Scary Around Here For Halloween

One day soon I’ll break this blog out into two sites so that I can keep VoIP and personal stuff separate. My apologies for the off-topic nature of this post.

We spent part of Sunday hunting for pumpkins for our annual Halloween presentation. Every year we get one really big one and a number of smaller ones. Here’s last years biggie.

Part of my desire for home automation, dovetailed into the phones, is that I’d like to integrate the lighting controller that I have as well as doors & music playback. I’d like to have have web and DTMF-based control of things.

Update: Wanna see some more pics? Here’s a link to photos from last years’ fun & games.