I'm getting a new Macbook Pro, and I'd like a small mixer that I can also take with me for on-location recordings. It's been a while since I've bought new gear, so any recommendations you can give would be great! Thanks!
1. Beyer Dynamics DT-290 Headset/Mic
2. Tascam DR-100mkII Recorder
3. SD Card Reader.
4. Mac or Windows Machine (doesn't matter)
5. Adobe Audition
As such, I've been making use of the many app services here in San Francisco to make my life a little easier, and I thought I'd share them with you. Since we do live in a city where companies start (yet may never grow outside of our 7x7 limits), all of these services may not be available in your area now, or ever. Whether they're game-changers or just simply tools of convenience, you decide.
I used all of these services TODAY, within a 5-hour window.
Most of you are familiar with TaskRabbit, which is available in many major cities around the country, and London. I hired one to come by and help me remove some huge dead plants from the deck, which were too heavy for me to throw away on my own. She was paid a total of $75 ($60 rate + $5 expenses + $10 tip) for an hour and a half worth of work. Well worth it to me, my black thumb, and broken bones.
I can't carry groceries and I hate shopping. Therefore, Instacart (available in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia) is a lifesaver. For a small delivery fee (four to eight dollars, free over $75) you can have groceries delivered from your local Safeway, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc. Add the items to your list, and select a delivery window time. Total charges for my weekly groceries and delivery fee? $42.
This is the first time I've used this service (similar to SpoonRocket), which let's you select from three prepared dinners to be brought to your home within a certain delivery window. I ordered dinner at 5:30pm, and it arrived by 6:15pm. Both dishes were tasty (chicken for me, vegetarian option for hubby) but my tummy has not been happy with me in the intervening hours. Hopefully just a coincidence. Total for two good-sized dinners and delivery: $22
Last week, we had three packages stolen from in front of our "secured" door. Some friends suggested I try Luna, which will receive your deliveries at their office and deliver them to you when you're at home in the evening. I tried it out using my monthly Stitchfix delivery (a clothing service: http://bit.ly/1r3T1Rl) and it worked great. They came within their delivery window, texted me as they were rolling up, and then suffered to see me in my most hideous pajamas. Deliveries happen 7pm – 12am, Sunday – Friday, and your first delivery is free.
Obviously, today was not a normal day in my life, and I'm not sure how many services like these are sustainable, especially with the number of competitors lining up. But hey... happy to take advantage of them while they're around!
I'll be hosting a Google Hangout to celebrate the #SmallWorld50 celebration at Disneyland! You can post your questions here on the Google Event page, and I'll be asking them to composer Richard Sherman next Thursday! Please RSVP if you can join us :)
Want a chance to appear in the Hangout as a featured participant? Ask your question in the Q&A app and we may pick you!
Feeling a bit camera shy but still have a great question to ask? No problem! You can still ask it in the Q&A app or Tweet it using #SmallWorldHangout - our moderator will be asking Mr. Sherman a selection of the best fan-submitted questions during the Hangout!
Fans around the world are also invited to join the global sing-along by visiting www.SmallWorld50.com - a “global hub” of music and harmony where guests may record videos of themselves singing the classic song and create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to benefit UNICEF.
- Sword & Laser2007 - present
- Revision3 CorporationVideo Host, 2008 - 2013
- Future USVideo Host, 2008 - 2011
- Mahalo.comVideo Host, 2007 - 2008
- CNETAudio Producer, Podcaster, Video Host, 2004 - 2007
Veronica is a technology and gaming-centric video host based out of San Francisco. Currently her projects include Tekzilla (a weekly tech help and how-to show on Revision3.com) and The Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast and community, co-hosted with Tom Merritt. She has also written for Slate, DoubleX, MaximumPC and PC Gamer Magazine, and was the original host of Qore on the PlayStation Network.
Veronica initially made her mark as a producer and on-air talent for CNET Networks (now CBS Interactive). She worked on such shows as Buzz Out Loud, MP3 Insider, Crave, and Prizefight. In 2007 she left CNET to host the eclectic video show Mahalo Daily, which was named one of the top new podcasts in 2008 on iTunes.
As a voice actor, Veronica has appeared in Fallout: New Vegas (Old World Blues) and the animated series SuperF*ckers.
An avid gamer and social-networking junkie (with over 1 million Twitter followers), Veronica often speaks about her interests at conferences and panels. She has also been the emcee at events for companies such as gdgt, Boxee, MacHeist and RiffTrax.
- Emerson College