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Mitch Dyer on Kylo Ren's mission in Battlefront II
Now, This Is Podcasting!
Mitch Dyer on Kylo Ren's mission in Battlefront II

Now, This is Podcasting! Special episode with Mitch Dyer

Randy and Jason chat with Mitch Dyer, one of the writers for Star Wars: Battlefront II. Mitch talks about the secretive Kylo Ren mission in the game that he didn’t think Lucasfilm was going to allow them to do. 

I trimmed the episode and put together a transcript for you all. Here is what Mitch says:

Throughout the campaign, Inferno Squad’s story will intersect with the hero.

We really wanted to have a Kylo Ren story. One, because wouldn’t it be awesome to write Kylo Ren? Yeah it would. And two, we have a cool idea for Kylo Ren and when we came to the table with this idea to Lucasfilm, we were fully expecting outright rejection. Like, ‘No, this is off limits. This doesn’t work. It doesn’t make sense. It kind of breaks the character…” and whatever. We kind of psyched ourselves out with all these reasons we would get told no.

We brought this idea to Lucasfilm and it’s a unique idea of how to play Kylo Ren. The context in which you play Kylo Ren in the campaign is very different than people are expecting and something I’m very proud of because we were able to take this idea that we were like ‘Ah, no way, right?’ and Lucasfilm was all in. 

They were so on board with it, they were very excited to explore Kylo Ren in the way that we are and it’s just really exciting to get to do that and have the trust of Lucasfilm like ‘Yes, take this character and go forward in this distinct way’.

Sounds exciting!

Pull Star Bubble
Super Mario Galaxy
Pull Star Bubble

During the E3 2006 Demo of Super Mario Galaxy, there was a section in the game that taught the player how to use Pull Stars. When in the hold of a Pull Star, this music played. In the final build of Super Mario Galaxy, this music went completely unused, though it can still be found in the game’s files.


Let's Play Video Games! I Won't Lose, 24 Hours a Day
Tsurugi Takuma (CV: Miki Shinichirou)/Kougami Shinya (CV: Seki Tomokazu)/Kagari Shuusei (CV: Ishida Akira)
Let's Play Video Games! I Won't Lose, 24 Hours a Day

Psycho-Pass Radio CID 24 Hours a Day: Mandatory Happiness #05
Let’s Play Video Games! I Won’t Lose, 24 Hours a Day

This is the audio drama from episode 5 of PP Radio - Mandatory Happiness.

In this episode, Kagari invites Kougami and Tsurugi to play a game on an old Xbox One during their time off, and those who lose need to participate in a penalty game.

Translation after the cut. Have fun listening~

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Passive or Active? We’re talking about speakers... not the other thing.

When it comes to live sound audio systems, they can be as simple as a single speaker, microphone and cable plugged into the back of a powered cabinet to a full multi-channel line array system with 256 channels of audio and various broadcast feeds.  But, all systems start with the basics, and while there may be more parts added, the basic structure stays the same.

While there are many variations, there are two types of basic systems that you can expect to use early on in your career as an audio technician: Active and Passive systems.  Here is a short list of the differences based on an analog mixer based FOH (Front-Of-House)

The difference between the two systems has to do with how the speakers are powered.  Many smaller systems have moved to active or “powered” speakers, where the amplifiers that convert the signal from a line level signal (in Volts) to Watts are built into the speakers themselves.  This means that the amplifiers are already configured to the speakers built into the cabinets, and requires less cable and equipment to set up. The disadvantage is that you are limited in the amount of power you can install in one speaker cabinet.

Many venues and large music tours continue to use separate power amplifiers and “passive” speaker cabinets. This allows for unlimited configurations of speakers and amplifiers, and enables expansion of a system for bigger shows.  The downside is that passive systems are more difficult to transport and require far more components, as well as more accurate configuration to ensure the power output and impedance of the speakers match the amplifiers.

Power To the People

The reason there are different kinds of systems all comes down to power is managed.  All shows begin with some of the smallest values of electricity called millivolts, which is one millionth of a volt and also known as “mic level” (although there are some mics that produce line level signal). This is the level of signal electric guitars send to amps and that microphones generate or register to the audio console.  Not all consoles use the same type of audio jack for microphones or for other insturments, so always refer to the manufacturer or even the manual to determine which inputs accept

The next stage of power conversion is from millivolts to volts. This is a 1,000 times increase in power! This is often produced by insturments such as DJ consoles, other on-stage mixer outputs, keyboards and other digial devices. Mobile phones and media players’ headphone jacks also produce audio in a line level signal.  This is *NOT* the same voltage as what is put out by microphones, so do *NOT* plug a line level input into a channel that is designed for mic level only!

A “line” level output is also the same output most mixers send after the signal has been processed and is being forwarded to amplifiers. From there the power is sent to an amplifier to be converted into a more effective signal called watts. Now, what is the difference between Volts and Watts? What about Amps?
Audio engineers get the question “What’s the difference between amps, volts and watts?” enough that it is best to try to simplify the answer by using an analogy.

If we think of electricity as water flowing through a pipe it can help us understand amps, volts and watts. Amps would be the volume of water flowing through the pipe. The water pressure would be the voltage. Watts would be the power (volts x amps) the water could provide (think back to the old days when water was used to power mills). So with this analogy in mind the definitions below for amp, volt and watt should be easier to understand:

Amp – an ampere is the unit for measuring electricity. The accepted standard unit used for measuring how fast an electric current flows is an example of an ampere.

Volt – the basic unit of electromotive force, equal to the electromotive force, or difference in potential, that causes a current of one ampere to flow through a conductor having a resistance of one ohm.

Watt – the basic unit of electric, mechanical, or thermal power, equal to one joule per second or 10 ergs per second (of a horsepower): for electric power it is equal to one volt-ampere.

Back to our analogy; electricity is the flow (like water) of electrons through a conductor like a wire. The rate at which electricity flows is measured as an electric current. The electric current is measured in amps. What makes the current flow? In our water analogy we could say a battery would be the pump that makes the water flow which creates pressure in the pipe. The pressure is the voltage. And as we said before the watts are the power the water could provide (like to a mill wheel). The watt is a measure of how much power is released each second.

Lost Stars (Jungkook, You) Part 6 "The Finale"

Author’s Note:
This is the final chapter to Lost Stars and i jsut wanted to say thank you to everybody who read and went through this journey with me. it’s been a beautiful and emotional ride for all of us with this fanfiction and I hope you all find the ending to be satisfying. To be honest, this wasn’t the first ending I had in mind and was a last minute thing but well, change is the only thing constant in this world, right? keke~ Have fun reading and thank you once again.
To sassy-rabbit, I hope you liked your request. :) 

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

2 weeks later - October

California, USA

You sighed in amusement as you watched your band mates fooling around in the studio. Your guitarist, Jackson was currently being bullied by Kenny, your drummer, teasing him about chickening out in asking out the girl he liked.

“Come on man!” Jackson whined. “I totally panicked, alright?!”

Kenny ruffled his hair then gave you a face, which made you chuckle. “That’s what you said last month!”

You shook your head as you went back to your notebook, writing the current song you were working on. Since returning back from Korea, you had been writing nonstop; in the car, in your room, over dinner, and even in the middle of the night. You were so inspired that you had written about five songs within the week.

“Yo, Y/N.” Kenny called, interrupting your silence. “We’re taking a break for dinner. Coming?”

You waved a hand at him, “You guys go ahead. I’ll catch up.”

“Okay.” He said and everyone moved out of the room, leaving you in quietness. Once everyone was out, you sighed and ran a hand over your face. You looked at the piano at the corner of the room and a sudden though hit you. 

It’s been two weeks. 

Two weeks since you cleared everything with Jungkook.

Two weeks since you ended your relationship with him, had some proper closure which you knew was the one thing that has kept you up at night for the past five years. 

Looking away, you grabbed your clear book from underneath the desk, in search for a scratch paper you can use. As you flipped it open, you found yourself staring at a page with a familiar handwriting.

The handwriting was evidently not yours. 

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