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Computer Mastering Michael W. Dean’s 1983 Magnum Opus, “The Solstice Suite”

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Download MP3 of Michael’s 1983 one-hour piece, The Solstice Suite, HERE.

Unlike DJ or Neema, I did not go to “J-School” (journalism school) for college. However, at Jamestown Community College (JCC) in Western New York State, I did take “Communication” classes, which basically taught you to be an intern at a local radio station. And maybe if you were lucky as an intern, you’d eventually get to be on the air. I took a different route to radio. But in my last semester of college, the second part of my second year of the two years I attended, I recorded a one-hour piece of music as an independent study in Communication. I composed and recorded the music, and wrote a paper explaining the process. I got an A. I also got Fs that semester in my other four classes (in English, History, Math and Phys-Ed), because I spent every day that semester skipping all my classes to lock myself in a room and compose and record that one piece of music that got me the A.

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Get Feens and Gumbo Episodes Before Everyone Else with BitTorrent

“HE WHO DIES WITH HIS ART ON THE MOST HARD DRIVES, WINS…..IF THAT ART PROMOTES LIBERTY.” –Michael W. Dean

So, this is so cool….Sean our Torrent guy and I have set up a torrent feed for all Freedom Feens episodes, Anarchy Gumbo episodes and movies. AND, you’ll get new things before everyone else who isn’t using the torrent link!

It works automatically, it’s completely legal (for now), and seeding will get you on the Golden Floppy Disc of Redemption by helping make the Feens’ media drone proof when it BECOMES illegal, which could be any day now, the way the Central Scrutinizer is stepping up its tyranny. Seed if you want, but at least have them. So if we get droned, or the site gets CISPAed, you can turn the torrents back on and start sharing.

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Roger Ebert Reviewed One of My Movies!

Sort of….So, after my daughter died of Leukemia in 2006 I was totally crushed. I couldn’t sleep right for a year, and was really depressed. One thing that really helped pull me out of it after a year, something that was really cathartic, was this: I recorded a version of the heart-wrenching Jeff Buckley song (written by Leonard Cohen) “Hallelujah” in remembrance of Amelia. Doing that and making a YouTube video of me singing it really helped me be able to function again.

I actually only watched it a few times since 2008 when I made it. I can’t really watch it. I haven’t even checked comments on much.

I checked it out today finally, and noticed a bunch of comments on it from two years ago saying things like

I have never seen or heard such heartfelt love. I found this video after Roger Ebert commented on it on his twitter page. God Bless you and Amelia Laine Worth.

and

Found this as well via Roger Ebert’s twitter. A very heartfelt and touching video, my condolences to the both of you.

and

Followed from Ebert’s twitter. I am so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to your daughter.

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Also found through Ebert’s twitter. Very touching. I can imagine no better tribute.

I do know Ebert was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer around that time. The tweet said:

@ebertchicago: I found this completely by accident and was so deeply touched by its sadness and heartfelt love http://j.mp/cQreNj

It was a comment on the beauty of the emotion, not the filmmaking. It’s FAR from my best filmmaking. FAR. It was done quick and dirty using a low-rez camera, actually an old still camera that could shoot a little video. My wife, DJ, did the camerawork and I edited it. Ironic that Ebert’s probably never seen my actual films, and I am a filmmaker by trade, but it’s nice that he mentioned this and Tweeted it.

Anyway, Ebert Tweeting my little film kinda made my day today, two 1/2 years after it happened. And I’m glad to see Ebert’s still feisty and I hope he’s Tweeting for many more years.

–Michael W. Dean

p.s. We couldn’t find the original Tweet, Thank you Less Antman for finding a re-tweet. It’s hard to find old Tweets, and they do go away, so I’ve archived a screenshot, below.

 

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We fixed the broken Feens episode Number 104

The Freedom Feens episode “obedience to law is liberty” is messed up, audio wise and had to be put down. This is the fixed replacement:

In Soviet Russia, Drug Consumes YOU!


Enjoy!

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Freedom Feens Torrents! PLEASE SEED, IN CASE THEY GET DRONED!

PLEASE SEED IN CASE THEY GET DRONED!

The FREEDOM FEENS Podcast:
Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi’s fun ‘n’ feisty twice-weekly chat about libertarian, agorist, voluntaryist and anarchist issues, abuse of authority by police, the War on Drugs, self-defense, Natural Rights, Austrian Economics, activism, DIY no-budget filmmaking, digital recording, cats, dogs, punk rock, hip-hop, sex and more. http://www.freedomfeens.com

These torrents cover episodes 1-102. More will follow! Get ready, y’all!

Get them here:

Movie, Guns and Weed – The Road To Freedom: Torrent of decent-looking 900 meg DVD rip.

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Thanks to Sean DuVally for putting these up!

TWITTER FEED OF UPDATING CURRENT FEENS TORRENTS IS HERE.

 

 

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On the length of RSS feeds

My friend in Prague, Václav Navrátil, wrote to me:

Hi Michael,

that is very difficult to say. RSS was designated as a way for syndication of content (I don’t know if you remember the big disputes few years back if RSS Feed should contain Full article or just the Lead paragraph), but Podcast RSS in fact Atom is the main way of publishing of the podcast and I think it should include all the episodes.

Some podcasts need to be ordered from the oldest to the newest (books), some from the newest to the oldest (Freedom Feeens) and some just need to publish last three episodes (weather forecast).

To support my argument, imagine a user which finds your podcast on some Podcast catalog, iTunes for example… The user has no chance easily (few clicks on their device) get the rest of the podcast to their device and to the podcast playing software. It is an inconvenience so big that it will discourage most of the users from listening to the older episodes.

RSS was designate to bring people on your site to consume the content there. Podcasts are consumed elsewhere. The feeds should reflect that. And it doesn’t bring any significant extra cost.

You are an experienced podcaster and I’m only a theorist which might be missing some important part of the riddle but this is how I see it.

V.

P. S.: I don’t want to start any pod beef over pod feed. ;-)

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I replied toVáclav:
My choice is based on the opinion of my friend Evo Terra, who wrote the book “Podcasting for Dummies.” He knows more about Podcasting than anyone I know.

One issue is that some podcatchers will not download and process an RSS feed that is over 250 k. The Feens one is currently 237 k, if I included all episodes, it would be about a meg.

I’ll ask Evo if that limit has changed with time, and what his current opinion of it is. My feeling is that if someone wants all the episodes, they can grab them fairly easily from FreedomFeens.cz.

MWD

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I wrote Evo and asked him:

Hey Evo,
I know you used to recommend that a pod feed only contain like ten episodes. Has that change with time and advances in throughput and memory capacity?
Also, I know it used to be that some podcatchers would not download and process an RSS feed that was over 250 k, is that still the case, and if so, which podcatchers?
Thank you!
MWD
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Evo wrote back:
Technically, there is no length restrictions described in the RSS 2.0 spec document.
512K is the max file that Feedburner can handle, so there’s a practical limit. And some catchers may have an issue with very large files, but iTunes seems to be OK with it.
I haven’t had an active personal podcast for the last couple of years, Michael. But when I did, I kept the feed to 20 episodes and always included full show notes.

E.

 

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regarding comments

I didn’t delete any comments here. I moved my blogs this week over from DreamHost (too many problems) to HostGator (who rock). In doing so, all many of the comments disappeared on all many posts on all my blogs and podcasts. I’m trying to recover them, but this is a thing that happens. I’m working on it, but none of the workarounds I’ve tried so far have worked.

If anyone’s had this problem, and found a solution, I’m all ears.

Also, if you’re previously had a comment approved, you may have to get re-approved to post a comment again. So don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up immediately.
MWD

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Downloadable QR code Stickers for Guns & Weed and for Freedom Feens

Conceived and created by Václav Navrátil.

No copyright, feel free to reuse anywhere any time in any way. (You can get printable sticker sheet layouts for these in the folders here.)

Link to scan bar for FreedomFeens.cz:

Link to download scan bar for Guns and Weed – The Road To Freedom:

Link to scan bar for Freedom Feens:

Link to another scan bar for Freedom Feens:

 

This one links to the RSS feed for Freedom Feens. Users have the option to subscribe directly from their phone:

 

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Tradução para Português (PT) do primeiro capítulo do livro deauto-ajuda, User’s Manual for the Human Experience, part 1 &2

Tradução para Português (PT) do primeiro capítulo do livro deauto-ajuda, User's Manual for the Human Experience Flag of Portuga

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE. This is the foreword and chapter one AND CHAPTER TWO of Michael W. Dean’s self-help book, A USER’S MANUAL FOR THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, translated into Portuguese. Tradução para Português por Ana “Kneazle” Ferreiro. The rest of the chapters will be coming later.

Topics: evitar o stress, ser feliz, ser uma boa pessoa, bloquear trolls da internet, lidar com idiotas, Limpar a sua vida de pessoas nocivas, como posso ser feliz, como posso fazer vida da arte, odeio música alta, aprender a ser um trabalhador independente, aprender a ser feliz, auto-ajuda libertária , viver uma vida boa, vida amorosa, vizinhos barulhentos, princípio da não-agressão, recuperação, auto-ajuda, parar o vício sem reuniões.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK:

“Part intellectual memoir, part self-help book. Michael W. Dean’s Practical Emotional Self-Defense (PESD) techniques flow from a wealth of life experiences, both positive and negative. ‘The Only Two Rules in Life’ have some radical, refreshing implications.”
–Jason Sorens, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY), founder of the Free State Project

“You owe yourself the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and put yourself in the court with this modern-day Socrates.”
–Pastor Kenneth V. Blanchard, Sr., author of Black Man with a Gun

“I knew Michael Dean back in the day, when he was a 19-year-old punk rocker with an appetite for self-destruction. I honestly didn’t think he’d live to be 30. But guess what? It turns out that Michael isn’t just a survivor; he’s a survivor who’s learned how to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness after recovery. For everyone who wants to know how to stay sane, develop a great work ethic, and make a mark on the world, Michael Dean has a great story to tell.”
–Professor Michael Bérubé, Ph.D. (Penn State), author of What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? and Life as We Know It

. This is Chapter, 1, FOREWORD and Chapter One, Greetings Eager Seeker

FOREWORD by Pastor Kenneth V. Blanchard, Sr, author of BLACK MAN WITH A GUN. This foreword is read by the good pastor. A hip Baptist preacher tells you why you don’t have to be afraid of Michael Dean, even though Michael doesn’t believe in Christ. And you also needn’t be afraid that Michael believes in SOMETHING if you believe in NOTHING. This ain’t about changing your mind, it’s about improving your life. CHAPTER ONE, Greetings Eager Seeker, read by the author, Michael W. Dean. Michael explains what you’re in for (it’s all good!), how he teaches (more like a friend sitting next to you than like a textbook), and what this book is about (cutting deadwood out of your life, getting rid of bad patterns, habits, and people. Then we teach you how to work smarter once you’ve cleaned house).

Creative Commons Attribution – Licença Não Comercial 3.0.

Get the audio book in English, here.

Get the PDF in English, here.

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But who would take care of the roads?

Regarding all the “How would the courts and policing work in LibPar (libertarian paradise)?” in many discussions I have, it comes down to the same arguments as “But who would take care of the roads without the government?” and “But who would feed grandma and starving children without the government?” ……

I’m really fond of something Stefan Molyneux said on this subject, I think it’s dead-on correct, better than anything else I’ve heard or come up with on my own, and it’s my new go-to argument in these situations….I’m paraphrasing, but it’s basically this:

Worrying about “How would it work” isn’t the real argument. The real argument is “Government is immoral, because government is based on aggression.” Dismissing a desire for the absence of government because of “How would it work?” is like someone in 1850 America saying “I’d like to get rid of slavery, but we can’t because the cotton won’t get picked.” No, you get rid of slavery because it’s the moral thing to do. Then the cotton gets picked anyway. People find a way.

I would add this: We don’t really KNOW how any of this would work in the absence of government, because they won’t let us try. They have a monopoly on all this stuff. I hate simplifying it to “the free market would take care of it”, but think about how computers were when only the government had them: they were slow, unreliable, required a team of scientists to run them, they cost millions of dollars and filled a building. Then the free market got a hold of computers, many great minds worked on them, and now the cheap iPhone that fits in your pocket is a far better computer then the giant government computers of 1955. Computers are the one major piece of technology that the government has had the least amount of monopoly involvement in. Cars haven’t advanced nearly that much, because the government so closely controls their production.

There is plenty of good conjecture of how cops and courts would work in LibPar, in fiction written by Heinlein or L. Neil Smith. But I think that worrying about the minutia of “how would it work?” is intellectual masturbation. It’s fun intellectual masturbation, and I’ve done a lot of it. But it’s not the really important thing.

The really important thing is teaching as many people as possible (especially young people) that all government is immoral, and teaching them why government is immoral (all nanny laws and all taxes are enforced with the threat of the gun and the cage, and you can’t opt out). That’s the basic nut of it. Once they get that, you can follow with examples of how things would work better without the government. But the moral argument is the most important part.

We need many more minds on the side of non-aggression before we can draw up the detailed blueprints for LibPar.

I only ever “debate” statists (including minarchists) if I think there’s a chance they may be statists only because of their schooling and that underneath they’re not. (Like I was.) If they cling to their statism, I don’t want to even be in the same room with them, let alone be in business with them. They are advocating theft, fraud and murder. I can’t hang with people like that.

I am not embarrassed that I was a “libertarian Republican” before becoming an anarchist. It allows me to speak to people who still believe in some state. It’s similar to how a recovering alcoholic does not hide his past, because it allows him to speak to the active drunk who’s still suffering and say “I’m not some doctor or priest or judge looking down at you, I AM you.”

Here’s the quote from AA that would also apply to the statists you can’t reach with logic: “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way.”

In short, I’m done yammering with people about “how would roads (defense/police/etc.) work without the government?”. If you really need to hear my opinion on it, there’s hours of me talking about it in the older episodes of Freedom Feens. But repeating myself is a waste of energy, especially with people who won’t accept the basic fact that, no matter what, they’re advocating theft, fraud and murder by defending ANY amount of state.

–Michael W. Dean

 

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How to get around SOPA

……From the viewpoint of the content provider.  Check the new improved Czech Feens URL, for our drone-proof non-US backup server:

http://www.freedomfeens.cz

You can even download the movie Guns and Weed the Road To Freedom there, FREE! It’s beyond the reach of US nanny laws, so should stay up even if we’re DRONED!

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Anarchy Gumbo Podcast

Anarchy Gumbo

I started a new side-project, the Anarchy Gumbo Podcast. Middle-of-the-night chat and chatter with a rotating cast of cool folks.

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Audio encoding tests for Freedom Feens – listener feedback wanted

Check out these three samples. It’s all the same 75-second chunk of a recent Freedom Feens episode. It’s a part with both Neema and myself talking, and some music, and DJ talking. Test with headphones if you can. Give us your thoughts, especially if the 96k and 64K ones sound good enough for weekly listening. The file size is smaller, we may be moving in that direction if people are cool with it.

128K-stereo.mp3 (NORMAL Feens encoding. File size: 1.2 megs.)
96K-stereo.mp3 (File size: 920 K, 2/3 of NORMAL Feens encoding.)
64K-stereo.mp3 (File size: 615 K, 1/2 of NORMAL Feens encoding.)

I tried mono encoding, but for some reason, in both
programs I tried, it was the same size of stereo
encoding at the same sample rate.

We’ve been thinking about a change for a while, but got this note today from Jimmald : “Michael & Neema: Your podcasts are great, but if I may offer some unbidden advice: stop worrying so much about ultra-high sound quality. Anybody who listens to FreedomFeens listens for the content, not for high-bandwidth sound. As long as I can hear what you’re saying, that’s great. Huge files take longer to download, are more pain to copy & store etc. It’s about the ideas, as well as the entertainment value, but c’mon, your voices are not such beautiful music that we need mega-fat bandwidth high quality audio.”
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I wrote Neema,

I’ve been thinking about this. Our file sizes ARE huge. NO other podcasts use 128 k stereo files (except Garrett because I trained him.) I found our archived Sunday live show VERY listenable, and it was 128 k mono.

I’m thinking with all the care we use with mikeing and recording, maybe we don’t need to put out 100 meg files, and maybe we’d have even more listeners if the files were smaller. Also, if we started doing that now, if our audience doubled, we wouldn’t have to spend more on bandwidth. We’re spending like 70 bucks a month now.

I think I’d rather put up 128 k mono files than 64 k stereo files, which would both be the same size, half the size we’re doing now. Or maybe 96 k stereo files, which would be 2/3 the file size we’re using now.

What are your thoughts? I’ll feen source it too.
Maybe I’ll do some encoding and listening tests on my end.
MWD

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Freedom Feens Live Show debut

New Live call-in show, starting this Sunday, March 18

In addition to the usual weekly podcast, which comes out sometime between Tuesday and Thursday, the Feens are now doing a second weekly show on the Liberty Radio Network, and it’s LIVE! You can call in with your questions or comments.

Freedom Feens LIVE! expands on the Feens’ weekly Wednesday podcasts, but now they’re kicking the hornets’ nest live. Talk back to the back talkers every Sunday from 5-7 PM Eastern. Call in soon, before they get droned!

Live studio number: 765-27-FEENS.
(765-273-3367)

Calling is free from most phones, as most plans now include free long distance in the US. We’ll eventually be adding a Skype line for non-US listeners. Though if you have a paid Skype account, you can call our phone number on that in the meantime.

Live listen link is HERE.

Other internet and phone listening options are here.

Show Times in different US time zones:

5-7 PM Sunday Eastern time
4-6 PM Sunday Central time
3-5 PM Sunday Mountain time
2-5 PM Sunday West Coast time

Satellite (Free-to-Air)

You can also listen anywhere in North America via KU Satellite Radio. Galaxy 19, Transponder 11, 11929 MHz, Vertical Polarization, Symbol Rate: 22000 , SID: 16, ONID-TID: 3016.

Here’s our current coverage map.

KU radio north america map

Why pay monthly for satellite radio, when you can get Freedom Feens LIVE! and the rest of LRN.FM (and many other great and interesting shows and stations) on satellite for free? Audio quality is better than with Internet streaming. LRN.fm has launched 24-7 broadcast on Free-to-Air Ku-Band Satellite.

If you have a view of 97 degrees West in the southern sky in North America, you only need to get a Ku-band dish and Free-to-Air receiver, hook it up, and you’ve got LRN.FM (and a bunch of other channels) 24/7 with no subscription fees! (It also makes for a good audio source with which you can rebroadcast LRN on FM or AM!)

You can buy inexpensive KU Sattelite recievers and dishes HERE. Go here for a detailed signal map with minimum dish width for your location.

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Freedom Feens Low Ad Prices

Advertising

The Freedom Feens love commerce, and our shows are a good place to reach a lot of liberty-loving people at a low cost. More info is HERE.

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