My nice new radio gig went under. I worked for an offshoot of Homeland Defense Journal. Its owner made a half-hearted attempt to set up an audio broadcasting venture on the Internet. But he failed to fund it properly, started paying late and finally just collapsed the venture. He never had a business plan. He owes me more than $3,000 -- which I have little hope of getting. It was fun while it lasted.

This is my radio studio. It's an eclectic melange of high-tech, low-tech, mess and debris. The mike is a Shure, model SM58. The mixer is a Shure M287. The sheet music is of something popular a thousand years or so ago. The gentleman in the picture is my great-grandfather who was a Confederate artillery captain.

All the recording and editing -- after material leaves the mixer -- is digital. Everything goes through a program that was once called Cool Edit and was either free or shareware and is now, in just a little more advanced (and much pricier) form, called Adobe Audition.

The sawhorses and old door are pretty high-tech, too, huh?

Here are some of the spots I did:

Glassy Metal 1 and Glassy Metal 2. These .MP3s feature Drs. Joe Poon and Gary Shiflet, professors and materials scientists at the University of Virginia. They have invented metals without crystalline structure. Their steel is three times stronger than regular steel, non-magnetic, and corrosion-free .. more rustproof than the familiar "stainless" steel, which actually does rust but very slowly. They say it will cost the same as regular steel to make. For the broadcast scripts, click here for 1 and here for 2. The research was backed by the Pentagon's DARPA (Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) and the Office of Naval Research. They would like non-magnetic ship and submarine hulls, and guns and small arms that weigh less than half of present-day armaments and lightweight armor for everything from Humvees to helicopters.


Click here for an .MP3 about "smartcard" ID tags (by the way: I interviewed Neville Pattinson on Skype, a remarkable Voice over Internet Protocol ((VoIP)) system that lets two people with computers speak together from any two points in the World -- for FREE!! I'd like to figure out a homeland security angle-- there's BOUND to be one -- and do a broadcast on it. If you get an idea on that write me at pye at pyechamberlayne dot com).

Click here for a piece on a remarkable new kind of bandage (Months after I did the spot I had occasion to wear a similar wound dressing after surgery on my toe. It was made by rival company Smith & Nephew  and brand-named called "Acticoat." While I think the S&N product is less good than  Silverlon, the one I'm wearing does most of the good stuff Greg Silver says his does.)

Click here for the first spot and here for the second on a book-digitizer that promises to accelerate the process of putting the world's books online. Click here for the first script and here for the second.

I'm so impressed by the Kirtas APT1200 (that stands for Automatic Page Turner that digitizes 1200 pages an hour) that I'm recommending to a friend who has a Kinko's store that he buy one -- for $120,000! -- and institute a book-digitizing service at his store. Kirtas has a good website at with a well-produced and informative video of the APT1200 in use.

I can just imagine my local Clarke County Historical Society beating the bushes for a grant from somebody or some company that wants to polish its image to digitize its John Singleton Mosby Archive alone.

I'd like the Library of Congress to buy some, if for no other reason than to digitize the proceedings of Congress in the Congressional Record and its predecessor journals. The proceedings of the full chambers HAVE been digitized since the early 1980s but almost all the earlier years have not. As a person who worked as a news correspondent on Capitol Hill for many years, I am offended by this omission.

Click here for the first and here for the second of two pieces on a new light-weight body armor for soldiers and cops that can also be used to up-armor humvees and trucks. Click here for script one and here for script two. It occurs to me that this might make good car armor for civilians too, say for marketers and manufacturers of recreational pharmaceuticals.


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