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A Shadowy Figure

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from parts unknown, weight unknown, a shadowy figure has a murky past, with a questionable alibi for his whereabouts at any particular time.

Likes: hacking, and lurking in shadows.

Dislikes: Corporate greed, and revealing things about himself.

Uses Linux as main computing device, windows and mac as back-ups

episodes: 3

hpr1934 :: Experiencing the Meegopad T-02 Part two

Released on 2015-12-31 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Part 2 of "Experiencing the Meegopad T-02.

Many thanks to all the HPR contributers that inspire such great stories.

Glossary of slang terms to be updated upon show release, along with the list of sound effects contributers.

Special thanks to the following individuals from for their sound effects used throughout this episode.
Higher quality stereo copies of this episode in .Flac, Ogg, and MP3 format can be found at the following link.
Glossary of slang terms used in this episode:
"Came unglued" = going berzerk
"Sang a little song" = provided information to law enforcement
"Still" = whiskey making apparatus
"Scoring Barbies" = Picking up women
"G-Men" = Government employees. (Federal agents)
"Makerspace" = 3-D Printing facility
"Johnny Law" = Law Enforcement
"C-Note" = $100.00 bill
"Speakeasy" = illegal drinking establishment in prohibition era United States
"68 Chevelle" = 1968 Chevrolet 2-door automobile
"Ratting me out" = informing on someone
"Frank Nitty" = 30's era Gangster, Al Capon's right hand man (Enforcer)
All characters are fictitious renditions of HPR contributers.
Nothing about any individuals character is based on anything other than my personal convenience of using their likenesses in fictitious storytelling.
No disrespect is intended in any way.
The genre that the character A Shadowy Figure lives in is hard boiled Noir.
Noir reflects a past history that had different standards than we do now.
I do not personally hold those antiquated world views. Nor do I promote them through this work of fiction. I would like to think this artistic creation does provide an opportunity to see how far we've come as a society.
But most of all, I'd like to think that you the listener, are entertained and/or inspired by this presentation.
Thank you all for your support.
A Shadowy Figure

hpr1889 :: experiencing the meegopad T-02 part one

Released on 2015-10-29 under a CC-BY-SA license.

This is HPR episode ${1889r) entitled "${experiencing the meegopad T-02 part one}". It is hosted by ${A Shadowy Figure} and is ${13} minutes long. The Summary: "${And now for something completely different}"

Apologies to speed listeners. I just couldn't make this episode speed-listener-friendly.

This episode was made out of respect and admiration for the HPR contributers mentioned throughout the show.


I barely have a clue of what I am doing. And there are mistakes all over the place in this episode. It's just something I wanted to through out there to change things up a little, and pay homage to those I admire, and with a little luck, inspire others to use their creativity to record an episode of their own.

You can do better. And I want to hear what you have to offer.

The meegopad T-02 turned out to be something I wouldn't recommend to others, and the follow-up episode to this one will be a walk through of what it takes to "hack" the T-02 into being something that is usable.

Depending on the feedback to this episode, I can either follow the theme I started with this show, or do a more traditional HPR episode with a no frills walk through of the process of hacking the T-02 to work as advertised. So let me know what you prefer.

Apologies to listeners from outside North America. The many slang terms used throughout the episode are representative of the hard boiled genre of noir to give this episode a certain "feel".

  • Dames = women
  • lucky strikes = cigarettes
  • Barbies = women
  • Kung fu grip = a GI jo action figure feature from the 70's
  • 70 Roadrunner = High performance American Muscle car by Plymouth
  • Posi traction = both rear wheels turn at the same rate at all times
  • Thermoquad = High performance carburetor
  • The elusive split tail blond fox = a pretty woman
  • Dough = money
  • Fence = seller of stolen goods
  • Capt'n Crunch = an American brand of breakfast cereal
  • Multimeter modifier = NYBill an HPR contributers
  • Rig = computer
  • Telnet = the way we used to communicate digitally before the world wide web was developed
  • TRS-80 = an early personal computer
  • clams = American dollars
  • Jacksons = $20 dollar bill
  • sega master system = the predecessor to the sega genesis gaming console (circa 1986)
  • Sony Trinitron = discontinued telivision set
  • Netgear 600= wifi router

Products mentioned in this episode

All music contained within, courtesy Kevin MacLeod of

Sound effects courtesy

  • Lonemonk
  • Rutgermuller
  • dhoy42
  • henaway
  • tuben
  • soundmary
  • knankbeeld
  • inchadney
  • kraftwerk2k1
  • elonen
  • gurdonark
  • cubic-archon
  • confusion music
  • zachfbstudios
  • husky70
  • solis2
  • magixmusic
  • dapperdaniel
  • robinhood76
  • djfroyd
  • boilingsand


hpr1831 :: Are speed listening and slow background music compatible?

Released on 2015-08-10 under a CC-BY-SA license.

This is A Shadowy Figure speaking to you from southwest Florida on Hacker Public Radio,

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Not only do I mention An Honest Host Dot Com out of commitment, but also out of respect. I've listened to the interview by Ken Fallon of the man behind An Honest Host Dot Com Josh Knapp not long ago, and came away with a certain amount of appreciation for what Josh does. Which is basically keeping Hacker Public radio alive, along with the many other things he does. Thanks Josh, your generosity does not go unnoticed.

I've been listening to HPR for about a year now and just recently purchased a Blue Yeti Microphone off of Ebay which turned out to be misrepresented and not in the condition it was claimed. As a side note, the day I received the Blue Yeti in the mail, I found the same microphone brand spanking new on for the same price as the used one I purchased on ebay. At one time I would have been disappointed by such a situation, but if theres anything I've learned from experience, no matter how hard you punch the wall, the train still left at 4 o'clock If I were to devote an emotion to every real or perceived injustice I come across, I wouldn't have time to devote any emotions to the things enjoy.

Anyway, My computing background goes all the way back to the original TRS-80. The experience of writing basic for 4 hours to create a pathetic facsimile of the game pong turned me away from computing until the graphical user interface of windows 3.11 came along. I was alright with the direction of where computing was moving along once windows matured, but I never had any love for microsoft products, Mac's were prettier, but a lot more expensive, and had great hardware to boot, but I never caught the mac addiction either.

Slackware caught my interest, but wasn't ready for prime time, and red hat was a bit more complicated than I was comfortable with in the mid 90's

since 2006 I've been using debian based operating systems exclusively, but still keep a macbook pro and a windows 8.1 laptop nearby for specific tasks I don't want to taint my linux box with.

KDE plasma has been my desktop of choice since 2010, and I don't use google, facebook, twitter, or any other corporate tracking devices. Including cell phones. Smoke signals and email are about the best way to get a hold of me, and smoke signals have been notoriously ineffective in the past.

Moving alone,

My day job includes leadership training, which was a big step up from my old job in one of the most reviled professions known to man, yes that's right, I used to be a used car salesman, (you thought I was going to say lawyer didn't ya?) no, but I date a lawyer, but I try to keep that a secret.

So now that I've tainted my reputation for good with the hacker public radio audience, I may as well plow forward and see what other damage to my reputation I can do. You can think of my handle A Shadowy Figure as damage control for all the stupid things I end up doing by mistake. (like buying things of ebay).

Anyway, I thought I'd share with the HPR audience my experience as a listener, and what I feel I can do to contribute. I love the mission statement behind HPR, and feel the need to do my part to see to it HPR continues to offer something of value to the hacker community.

Like many listeners and contributers to HPR, I listen to dozens of podcasts each week. Many of which belong in their spot of most downloaded podcasts, but I find a certain amount of charm in the grass roots nature of HPR.

Much like the Norwegian trend of engaging in slow media content. As mentioned in a recent hpr episode, I actually found myself hypnotically engaged in 5150's whats in my pickup toolbox episode. I found myelf cheering on 5150 to come up with a pair of lugnuts to an unknown vehicle.

I was looking for solidarity there, being as for some reason, my prior toolboxes always seemed to have a couple of unknown parts, or even broken tools that should have been thrown out years ago, like 5150's wire strippers.

I have to admit, Ken Fallons Amazing life hack episode of how to tell your left earbud from your right, lived up to its claim of setting a low bar. Ken has given some terrific episodes in the past, but this one fell a bit short of his standard of excellence. But I must admit, his goal was achieved. As I listened, I said to myself, even I can top that! And thus, Ken inspired me to step over that low bar of quality he set, and record my own episode.

After reading up on the procedures for contributing a show, I came across the advice to not use bedding or background music, due to the diverse listening style of many HPR listeners.

One of those listening styles Im vaguely familiar with was listening to podcasts speeded up. Somewhere I read about some people really really speeding up their recordings to the point most people can only hear a rapid fire series of blips and clicks. I don't know if that is typical, but I'm inclined to think that is something found on the fring, and that most speed listeners fall in the range of 2 to 3 times normal rate.

I'm also aware of a trend of some people to listen to music slowed down to the point of being one long drone that changes pitch every now and then.

Perhaps in the future, depending on what sort of feedback I receive, I'd like to experiment with combining the two.

Basically, recording Normally recorded vocal content, with an ultra slow music soundtrack that would balance out with speed listening. In essence, hacking the audio, to provide speed listeners with a soundtrack.

On the flip side, one could hack the audio to appeal to slow listeners, speeding up the soundtrack, and changing the pitch of the vocals to account for slow listening. But that would probably kill some speed listeners with weak hearts, so I'll steer away from that unless there is enough demand to justify that.

It seems like a concept that's destined to fail, but it's something I was pondering and would try if there were an audience for it.

If there were any interest, what I'd need to know is how fast do speed listeners listen to their audio. Which is probably all over the map, making any effort futile.

But it's just a thought I thought I'd throw out there, along with introducing myself to the HPR audience, and saying thanks to all the people who make HPR possible.

This is a Shadowy Figure signing out.

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