Thoughts on Think Tank

Get ready to learn with this edition of Do You Even Comic, Think Tank.

Before you read the review here is a link to read issue one by Matt Hawkins from Top Cow, for free; Think Tank #1

Creator(s)

Matt Hawkins- Writer @topcowmatt

Rahsan Ekedal- Artist @RahsanEkedal

The Book

Published in 2012 by Top Cow and solicited as a limited series is now on its 4 volume by creative team Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal.

The story follows Dr. David Loren who is a wunderkind and brilliant young man of science on top of being inventor, genius, slacker... mass murderer. He is the military think tank’s smartest scientist and decides he can no longer stomach creating weapons of destruction. Dr. David Loren, employed by DARPA  and working as weapon designer, he has made him disillusioned.

Will he be able to think his way out of his dilemma or find himself subject to the schemes of a corrupt system and tool for absolute power.

You might have heard this before, our government can't be trusted and is secretly evil but never have you read a book like Think Tank .A plot driven by real science and possibilities where the question is asked, What if these weapons or technologies were misused?  Volume one has the series almost heading into world war 3 and it is a brilliant read. The books believability has you reading every word til the end.

To put it simply Think Tank is science, humor and an intelligent plot.

Why this Book?

I grabbed this because I saw a Top Cow panel at Emerald City Comic Con 2014 and saw Matt Hawkins talking passionately about this project. More than that I gave it a read since it was the supernatural element of Top Cow I had normally seen.

What made me enjoy this book was Dr. David Loren, he is kind of like Tony Stark without the frat ego or alcoholism, he's a nerd and owns it. The character is an inventor but not how the inventions are being used. While trying to get free from the corruption he is thrust into being a hero for his freedom and the lives of millions of people.

Yes, a few changes in characters happen between the issues might have you playing catch up but this is a minor gripe. I can connect to David’s life in the sense that he is stuck in a job that he no longer agrees with and I think we have all been there.

Ekedal’s art has a level of detail and care that has you looking and following every panel. The facial expressions and action scenes are especially worth paying attention to. On top of that there are pop culture references to Star Wars, Obi Wan with things like the “suggestion gas” which are a fun nod.

Matt Hawkins distills military and science is a digestible read and as the book suggests with it’s warning, “it might make you smarter,” I did feel smarter after having read this book.

Lastly I truly enjoy the fact that Matt Hawkins did this project simply because he wanted to, it has gone to be well received and my favorite Top Cow series.

I encourage you to check out the “Science Class” breakdowns at the end of the book where the technology referenced is discussed. Hawkins also leaves details to the sources of the technology weapons that already exist or have been tested. I love that a book based in heavy science is also very strong in detail as it should be.

 

Book:

Bonus

As a bonus  I (Logan) did and interview with one of the creators, and President of Top Cow Matt Hawkins and I truly felt like I learned so much from with brilliant and well spoken human.

TPR PODCAST EPISODE 94: PQ'S IRRATIONAL

This episodes them is Irrational with guests Lauren Vorhees @Win_and_Toniic  (Artist) and Cynthia Gerriets @Tentimesatiger (Toy Design) and me Logan @thatlogan

Irrationality is the quality of being illogical or unreasonable. More specifically it is described as an action or opinion given through inadequate use of reason.

Special thanks to those who sent in questions: @BandrewSays @NovaHelion @thomaskeith51 @JakenRidge @Grimlockshowdown 

REFERENCED 

Music by Bandrew Scott

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BSP-065 - The Problem With Apple Airpods

00:00 - Intro
01:05 - An Apple AirPods Story in 8 Parts
03:06 - Trying to help my voice
03:28 - Launching A new Series on Podcastage
04:26 - Let’s Play Series on Podcastage
05:20 - AMD Radeon 500 Series Video Cards
06:51 - YouTube Live Streaming Available to Those with 1000 Subs
08:34 - Livestream Mevo Updates
10:27 - Tumblr Launches YouTube Video Chat
12:01 - iWork, Garageband, and iMovie are FREE!
13:00 - FTC Cracking Down on Paid Promo Content
14:40 - Bose Collecting & Selling Your Data
15:56 - Bluetooth Car Tools Can Turn Off Your Car
17:27 - Google Building Ad Blocker to Chrome
18:49 - Mastercard Adding Fingerprint Reader to Cards
20:12 - Bill Nye Saves The World
20:36 - Silicon Valley Season 4
20:58 - X-Files Season 11
21:50 - New Chair
22:39 - OBS Doesn’t Suck
23:09 - Ask Bandrew
25:57 - Outro

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BSP-064: More X-Files Soon!

00:00 - Intro
01:00 - Gear Used For this Podcast
02:14 - New Video Ideas
05:55 - Why I Don’t Like People
07:49 - AT&T Acquiring Companies for 5G
09:36 - Sling TV Rolling out $5/Month Cloud DVR
10:52 - Comcast Launching NBCUniversal Streaming Service
11:58 - Custom Hearts on Periscope
12:37 - GoPro Limited Time Upgrade Discount
14:19 - X-Files Audio Book with Duchovny & Anderson
16:02 - SF International Airport Tracking All Cars
17:42 - Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer
18:10 - Rear Window
19:19 - Schoenberg & The Second Viennese School
23:17 - New Tripod
24:09 - Ask Bandrew
26:20 - Outro

On episode 64 of the BSP, I talk about the gear I use to record this podcast, I share my thoughts on why I need to expand what I am doing on the podcastage youtube channel, and share some stories of why I don't like people.

In News I talk about a recent acquisition by AT&T, a new streaming service from comcast, custom hearts for periscope, discounted gopros, getting more x-files soon, and the San Francisco airport tracking all cars that visit the airport.

Next, in case you've been living under a rock, I let you know that there's a new star wars trailer, I suggest Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock, I suggest (and discuss) Schoenberg and the second Viennese school, and I talk about picking up a new tripod.

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TPR PODCAST EPISODE 93: SOLO WORK IN PROGRESS

BSP-063: YouTube Adpocalypse Explained

00:00 - Intro
01:01 - Coming to Terms with Imperfection
02:26 - YouTube Apocalypse
12:20 - YouTube TV is Live
14:02 - Comcast Mobile Phone Service
16:44 - Amazon Launching AmazonCash
18:45 - Twitter Sues Homeland Security
20:27 - Invincible (Comic Book) Movie
21:36 - New Louis CK Stand Up
22:00 - Blue Apron
22:40 - kit.com/podcastage
24:07 - Ask Bandrew
32:00 - Outro

On episode 63 of the BSP, the main topic I cover is the YouTube adpocalypse. I talk about what caused this "crisis", what it means for youtubers, and how the 10,000 view minimum for monetization likely won't have a huge impact.

In other news, I cover YouTube TV launching, Comcast launching a mobile phone service, AmazonCash launching, and Twitter suing the Department of Homeland Security.

I also talk about about an upcoming film based on the Invincible Comics, a new Louis CK Stand up special, Blue Apron, and Kit.com. Lastly in the ask bandrew section of the podcast, I recommend a camera, talk about a US bank account for a non-US citizen (https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/bank-account-for-noncitizen/), talk about monetizing a podcast, and talk about my emergency plans.

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Check out my gear used to make this podcast: www.kit.com/podcastage

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TPR PODCAST EPISODE 92: MUSICIAN PHOENIX ALEXANDER

Musician and friend Phoenix swings by to chat about his music career and we find out what drives his creative mind.

Current Phoenix has release music with Wild War and is working on solo music as well as a collective known as Soul Psych. 

Show some love and check out the links below:

Phoenix : @Phoenix_Alexander

Soul Psych Collective: @SoulPyschCollective Store Here

Referenced

 

BSP-062: Monetizing Videos on Periscope?

00:00 - Intro
02:15 - Brand New Podcasting Community
03:25 - Periscope Updates
05:25 - Movies of the Week
07:17 - What I’ve Been Testing
09:32 - Ask Bandrew
17:48 - Outro

Suggested Viewing/Reading
Urban Prepper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktsZ1lgP3jg

On episode 62 of the BSP, I share a new podcast community that just launched (thepodcastforum.com), which you should sign up for and participate in.

In news, I talk about two changes coming to periscope that I think will help content creators interact with their audience as well as earn money, and hopefully also help make twitter some money.

Next I share two films that I think you need to watch if you have HBO, and then share two things that I have been testing. Closing out the podcast I answer 5 questions sent in over the last week.

If you have any life questions, tech questions, or stories you want answered, send your email to AskBandrew@gmail.com and I will answer your questions on a future episode.

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TPR PODCAST EPISODE 91: PQ'S DISCOVERY

Discovery of all things that interest us ! This episode of PQ's (Podcast Questions) is with Micah and Cynthia and we chat as 3 close friends sharing how we found all the things we love. Topics include comics, movies, music, video games and QUESTIONS from you, the listeners!

Enjoy the show and for everything mentioned check the reference down below:

Referenced:

 

 

 

BSP-061: I'm So Disappointed in Myself

00:00 - Intro
01:10 - I’m a Fat Adam Sandler, I Know!
01:30 - I Hate Myself, Here’s Why
03:09 - Amazon Collecting Sales Tax
04:57 - Watch iTunes Rentals Across Apple Devices
05:57 - Twitter Expanding Live Streaming Capabilities
08:43 - Livestream to Facebook From Your Browser
11:02 - AT&T and Verizon Pulling Ads from Google13:06 - iPad Air 2 Cancelled
13:56 - Seasons for Diablo III Coming to Consoles
14:29 - Instagram 2 Factor Authentication
15:17 - ISP’s Selling Off Your Browsing Information
17:52 - Dave Chapelle Standups
18:11 - Area 51
19:06 - Ask Bandrew
28:51 - Outro

On episode 60 of the BSP, I explain a recent event that lead me to embrace the disgust and disappointment I feel for myself.

In news, I cover Amazon charging sales tax, iTunes allowing you to view rentals across devices, Twitter expanding it’s live streaming capabilities, live streaming to Facebook directly from your browser, companies pulling their ads from google, apple cancelling the iPad Air 2, Seasons for Diablo III coming to consoles, instagram rolling out 2-factor authentication, and your ISP selling off your browsing data.

In TV/Movies of the week, I suggest Dave Chappelle’s new stand up specials as well as the found footage sci-fi/horror film Area 51. In the ASK BANDREW section of the podcast I cover the proper way to connect USB microphones, my thoughts on gaming and gaming youtubers, the necessity for USB Audio Interfaces, and overcoming depression.

If you have any life questions, tech questions, or stories you want answered, send your email to AskBandrew@gmail.com and I will answer your questions on a future episode. 

BSP-060 - Do Giveaways Provide Long Term YouTube Growth?

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00:00 - Intro
01:42 - Another Shorter Episode
02:04 - New Gear to Record Podcast / And Improving Audio
04:07 - Do Giveaways Increase Your Subscriber Growth?
06:04 - I Did My First YouTube Collaboration
06:48 - Bought a New Bass
08:30 - YouTube Annotations Going Away
11:30 - Updates to Twitter
14:06 - Using Prepaid Unlimited Plans Anonymously
17:42 - TV of The Week
19:35 - What I’ve Been Testing
23:22 - Ask Bandrew
26:23 - Outro

On episode 60 of the BSP, I first cover my new piece of gear; the DBX 286s, while explaining what this item does, and how I’m using it for this podcast. I then talk about the end of the podcastage giveaway, and my findings on if running giveaways has any long term effect on your subscriber growth. Then I talk about about my first collaboration, and picking up a new bass.

In news, I cover the removal of annotations from YouTube, and what this means for tech youtubers, as well as a few updates being made to twitter. The last piece of news I talk about relates to getting an anonymous smartphone with unlimited data.

Then we get into TV & Movies of the week where I recommend LOVE Season 2. In terms of what I’ve been testing, I briefly talk about the DBX 286s, the Furman M-8x2, and then talk about my new Das Keyboard mechanical keyboard for mac.

Closing out the podcast, I introduce a new segment titled “Ask Bandrew” where you send your questions to AskBandrew@gmail.com and I answer your questions on a future episode. 

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TPR PODCAST EPISODE 90: TOP COW'S MATT HAWKINS

Welcome to this weeks episode!

A veteran of the comics industry Matt Hawkins. We chat about everything from his passion for science to traveling from convention to convention and industry as a whole.

FOLLOW: @topcowmatt  @TopCow

Matt has had a career in comic book publishing since 1993 and has been working as a creator, writer and executive. Now President/COO of Top Cow since 1998, Matt has created and written over 30 new titles for Top Cow/Image.

Matt Hawkins work includes: Think Tank, The Tithe, Necromancer, VICE, Lady Pendragon, Aphrodite IX, Tales of Honor as well as handling the company’s business affairs.

Referenced:

BSP-059: The Most Important Aspect of Content Creation

00:00 - Intro
01:30 - Shorter Episode
01:50 - Recording this podcast with an iPad
04:15 - Creating a Realistic GoBag
06:41 - What is Vault 7?
14:48 - How you should approach content creation
21:13 - Outro

On episode 59 of the BSP, the first topic I cover is how I am recording the entire episode on my iPad. I walk through the gear I am using, the apps I’m using, and why I am trying to learn to record an entire podcast on the iPad.

The next main topic I cover is the vault 7 leaks. We go over three main pieces of information that the media is focusing on, what the info means, and easy ways to avoid succumbing to these exploits.

Lastly, I talk about what most content creators should be focussing on, but seem to ignore. I hope by sharing my approach to making youtube videos, I can help some new creators improve their process & content.

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BSP-058: How to Increase Audience Interaction

00:00 - Intro
01:18 - Launching a YouTube Giveaway
04:23 - How to Get More Audience Interaction
06:49 - Accessing Your Information from a Locked iPhone
09:00 - YouTube TV
12:42 - Google Chromebooks
17:11 - Teddy Bears Leaked Recordings of Kids
19:34 - X-Files Episode Suggestion
22:31 - Another YubiKey
23:22 - A Faraday Bag
26:25 - The Complete X-Files
27:50 - Using an iPad as my Main Computer
30:17 - Outro

On episode 58 of the BSP, I first talk about launching the 25,000 subscriber giveaway on the podcastage channel. I cover the service I'm using to run the giveaway, and what the reaction has been. Then I provide a fun way to increase audience interaction on your video/podcast.

Next I share a story about accessing user information from a locked iPhone. Then I talk about YouTube TV, what is different, and why I'm not that excited about it. I also share my thoughts on Google Chromebooks, and a recent security breach regarding internet connected Teddy Bears.

After the news, I share a suggestion for those who want to start watching X-files. As far as what I have been testing, I talk about another YubiKey, buying a faraday bag, a book I just purchased, and using my iPad as my main computer.

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BSP-057: Oh my gosh! 25,000 Subscribers

00:00 - Intro
01:10 - What I didn’t like about last weeks episode
02:41 - 25,000 Subscribers on YouTube
05:51 - Read your privacy policies
07:18 - Using Google Chrome Incognito Mode
08:30 - Amazon lowers Free Shipping Limit
10:00 - Apple using Facial Recognition
12:10 - WhatsApp Ripping off SnapChat
14:05 - US Border Password Requirement Legislation
18:57 - Bills Proposed to Limit Cell Surveillance
21:25 - The Lone Gunmen TV Show
24:17  - The X-Files Origins Agent of Chaos
25:37 - Blue Yeti Pro
27:24 - Outro

On episode 57 of the BSP, I first talk about hating last weeks episode of the podcast, explain why I was unhappy with it, and what I’m going to do to improve and avoid situations like this again. I also talk about hitting 25,000 subscribers on youtube and running a microphone giveaway!

Then I talk about remaining anonymous on a browser, amazon lowering their limit for free shipping, apple using facial recognition for phone authorization, and WhatsApp ripping off Snapchat.

I then discuss a few bills that are being proposed in the US right now. The first one covers the requirement for Non-US citizens to hand over social media credential and phone passwords prior to entering the country, and the second set of bills cover cell phone surveillance and tracking.

In non tech news, I recommend the Lone Gunmen TV show, and share some shocking conspiracies from the show that came true, talk about an amazing X-Files book that I couldn’t put down, and share some brief thoughts about the Blue Yeti Pro.

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CAD U1000 USB Studio Condenser Mic Review / Test

Today we're reviewing a potato, I mean a microphone from CAD; the CAD U1000. This mic is listed compatible with Windows & Mac.

For the majority of this review, I have connected the mic directly to my mac computer with the computer gain set at ~35%. I have not boosted the audio at all in post, and there is no other post processing completed on the audio.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $40-$80 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Wind Screen
  3. USB to USB cable
  4. Microphone Mount
  5. Desktop Microphone Stand
  6. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  3. Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz
  4. Bit Depth: 16-Bit

Performance / Features

The build quality of this microphone feels decent. It has an all metal body and a metal grill covering the capsule. On the front of the microphone you will find a blue LED light to indicate that it is receiving power. Directly beneath this, you will find a headphone volume up and down control. Next you'll find a microphone mute button that does not mute the microphone's signal to the computer, but rather mutes the zero latency monitoring. Lastly you will find a 3.5mm headphone port which does offer latency free monitoring.

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. I do not think this microphone offers any sound worth discussing in depth. It is underwhelming and sounds exactly like you would expect a low end USB mic to sound.

The polar pattern of this mic is listed as cardioid. It did pick up a fair amount of audio as we moved around the microphone, and also picked up a bit of the quiet keyboard that I test while reviewing the mic.

The overall performance of this mic is mediocre at best. As you can tell, throughout the majority of the review (on the mac), there are clipping artifacts in the audio. I demonstrate how no matter what gain I set the mic at, there are clipping artifacts. On the windows machine this issue did not occur. My issue here is that the mic is listed as compatible with Windows and MAC, and just like other CAD mics I've tested, the performance on the MAC computer leaves a LOT to be desired.

Pros

  • Comes with everything you need
  • Fairly quiet preamp
  • Zero latency monitoring
  • Decent build quality

Cons

  • If you get too close to the microphone on a mac, it clips
  • Audio recorded sounds very mediocre

Conclusion

No I do not recommend this microphone, even if you can get it for the discounted $40. I think that the clipping issue on the mac is unacceptable and do not have faith in a company that would release a product like this.

Some of you may be thinking I'm being too harsh, and that this could be attributed to a faulty unit, however, I have tested out two other CAD microphones and experienced very similar issues, and was not able to receive any assistance from the company. For $40, I would suggest looking at something like the Samson Go Mic, and all around better microphone.

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

Buy it on Amazon
US: http://amzn.to/2lAwHGU
UK: NA

TPR PODCAST EPISODE 88: PQ'S- QUALITY

Hey Everybody, I am back with another episode of Podcast Questions! This episodes theme is quality and what we as creators look for in our products as well as our own creations.

The Halo effect:  is a   in which an observer's overall impression of a person, company, brand, or product influences the observer's feelings and thoughts about that entity's character or properties. Essentially we think of things we like as "better" than they may actually be.

Guests

Cynthia Gerriets @TenTimesaTiger

Kalie Stanton @KalieStanton (Emerald City Comic Con Booth #D14)

Referenced:

The evolution of comics through the images of Batman

The evolution of comics through the images of Batman

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSP-056: Thoughts on PewDiePie, Disney, & YouTube

On episode 56 of the BSP, the main focus is discussing PewDiePie getting dropped by Maker Studio, YouTube canceling part of his monetization ability, and the cancellation of Scare PewDiePie. I share my thoughts on this event as well as political correctness, and what I think society needs to do to move forward.

Before this, I share one of the most satisfying moments of my life, and a dream that explains why I'm in no rush to jump into another relationship, as well as why my previous relationships have likely failed.

In news, I talk about Russia sending Edward Snowden back to the US, the possibility of Social Media Passwords being required to enter the U.S. and updated to the UK OSA. As far TV, I recommend Mind Field on YouTube Red. Lastly, what I have been testing, I cover verizon unlimited very briefly, and then getting set up with YubiKey, and my current status of Complete Privacy & Security Desk Reference.

00:00 - Intro
01:08 - Recording with Blue Spark
01:49 - Most Satisfying Moment of Life
05:13 - Sharing My Dream
07:30 - PewDiePie Incident
12:40 - Russia Sending Snowden Back
14:02 - Social Media Passwords Required to Enter the U.S.
15:43 - UK Law Updates for Whistleblowers
16:44 - Mind Field
18:02 - Verizon Unlimited
18:24 - YubiKey Update
19:58 - Complete Privacy & Security Desk Reference
22:04 - X-Files Books
22:36 - Outro

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FiFine K669 USB Podcast Microphone Review / Test

Today we are looking at another extremely budget USB Microphone by FiFine; the K669 USB Podcast Microphone.

This microphone is listed as compatible with the following operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP Home Edition or XP Professional and Mac OS and Linux OX.

For the majority of this review, I have connected the mic directly to my mac computer with the computer gain set at ~10%, and the microphone gain set at ~25%, and then boosted +12dB in post. No other processing was done to the audio.

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $25-$28 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone
  2. Permanently Attached Cable
  3. Microphone Mount
  4. Desktop Microphone Stand
  5. Documentation

Specifications

  1. Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  2. Polar Pattern: Uni-directional
  3. Sensitivity: -34dB
  4. Max SPL: 130dB

Performance / Features

The build quality of this microphone is what you would expect out of a $25 microphone. It has a metal construction but it does not feel like high quality materials, and it does not feel as though it's extremely well put together. The grill offers minimal protection from plosives, so I would suggest a pop filter. The front of the microphone has a single volume dial, which is a nice feature but has a bit of wobble to it. The USB cable is permanently attached which is less than ideal because if the cable goes bad you will just have to replace the microphone.

The frequency response is listed as 20Hz - 20kHz. When listening back to the audio it sounds compressed/thin, kind of like you're recording over a really nice phone call. Because of this sound profile, I do not think that I would personally use this for anything other than skype, chatting online, or home demos.

The polar pattern of this mic is listed as uni-directional, which means it should mainly pick up audio directly in front of the microphone. However, during the background noise test, it picked up quite a bit of my apple magic keyboard (which is a relatively quiet keyboard).

Pros

  • Super cheap
  • Microphone volume dial
  • No digital artifacts / clicking when gain set high

Cons

  • Audio sounds like high quality phone call
  • Permanent USB Cable

Conclusion

Overall, for $25, I think that this microphone is pretty decent. It doesn't have excessive line noise or digital artifacts, and the audio is relatively clear sounding. However, as I mentioned it does sound similar to a high quality phone call. 

This means I will not be recommending this mic for any professional applications. If you are just going to be chatting online with your friends, or recording preproduction/demos at home, I think this microphone would be perfectly fine. You may be able to get away with this for starting a youtube channel, but you will be pushing it. Other than that I would recommend you look for a higher quality microphone. 

If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

Buy it on Amazon
US: http://amzn.to/2kPfq9x
UK: http://amzn.to/2ld4a7R