Archive for February, 2010

The Boom Effect: A Charity Auction Well Worth Participating In

In early January of this year, Natalie Morris, wife of novelist and podcaster Tee Morris, passed away from flu complications.  The two months since then have seen the most epic, amazing, heartwarming, hope-giving outpouring of love and support ever to grace the social media sphere.  I am proud to be a part of it.

Word got out via Twitter and people’s blogs within a day or two after it happened.  Countless people expressed sympathy, and not only with words.  Philippa Ballantine spearheaded both of the remarkable efforts to help out that are currently going on.  First, she started a ChipIn account so that friends, fans, and anyone else who cared to do so could make contributions to help cover the funeral expenses, and then to start a trust fund for Tee and Natalie’s daughter, nicknamed Sonic Boom.  This effort succeeded fantastically, raising over $21,000 – and that’s only the beginning.  This Saturday, the trust fund will grow even more.  You – yes, you, the person reading this post, whether you’re part of the podcasting community or not – have the opportunity to help make this happen, and there’s even something in in for you.

This Saturday, February 27, 2010, starting at 10:00 A.M. EST (7:00 A.M. PST), there will be a webathon and charity auction called The Boom Effect.  What’s a webathon?  It’s a live broadcast over the web lasting for an extended period of time.  In this case, the broadcast will be on this Ustream page (anyone can watch; you need a free account to use the chatroom function). During the webathon, which will be hosted by Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit, we will be auctioning off some 100 items and services donated by friends of the community (including me!), with all proceeds going into Sonic Boom’s trust fund.  The full list of items that will be auctioned can be found at  Anyone can bid (I would imagine that bidding will be done via Ustream’s chatroom function; we’ll see).  I invite anyone and everyone reading this post to come to the webathon, even if you can’t or don’t want to bid.  There will also be readings, songs, conversation, and other entertainment going on throughout the webathon.

The item I donated to the auction is my complete collection of all 24 collectible Star Wars soda cans that PepsiCo produced during its promotion of “The Phantom Menace” in the summer of 1999.  I had way too much fun completing that collection that summer.  It’s the only collection of any collectible item that I’ve ever completed, and I’m proud of it.  I’d always planned to pass it along to another collector someday, and I’m very glad that my collection gave me the opportunity to contribute to a good cause.  I hope it earns at least a little bit of money toward Sonic Boom’s trust fund.


February 25, 2010 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

The Questors from Effpiem, Episode 10: Evil, Inc.

This episode of “The Questors from Effpiem” can be found in Jack Mangan’s Deadpan #156: Run For Your Lives.

About This Episode

The questors say their final goodbyes to Kristin and leave the Home for Infinite Winners to head back home.  However, an unexpected encounter just outside the castle turns into a battle that our heroes appear unable to win… or is there hope?

Voice Cast:

  • EssBee as Herself
  • Johnny Null as the Supervisor of Surveillance
  • Kristin Mayo as Herself
  • Jessica Sharrow as Jessica
  • Ryah Deines as Ryah
  • Lejon from Chandler as Dolucor
  • Jack Hosley as WNDRWolf
  • Ed from Texas as Himself


  • Opening and Ending Theme: “Journey’s End,” Guardian Mind Mix
  • Evil, Inc. Headquarters: “Night Stroll,” Alexandre Falcao
  • Morning in the Underworld: “Dawn’s Early Heartache,” Tripple6fusioN
  • Saying Goodbye to Kris: “Sad Trio,” Kevin MacLeod (
  • Outside the Castle Gate: “Ominous Stirrings,” Ken Kurland
  • The Battle: “Tears Tears,” Walt Ribeiro

Kevin MacLeod’s music is available from his site,, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

All other music is available from Music Alley.

Sound Effects:

  • The Portcullis: “bridge,” submitted by Sergenious

Sound effect provided by The Freesound Project and licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

Next Time: It’s the grand finale! Who will prevail in the battle? What will our heroes do now that the goal of their quest has been achieved?

February 25, 2010 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

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