Relic Radio

I love radio plays. I think it started back in junior high when my art teacher played Sorry, Wrong Number for us during a class one day. Over the years, I sought out other recordings for sale or at the library, but they were hard to come by. I was able to get my hands on some BBC radio plays, but I was always disappointed to know that there are thousands of radio productions I would never hear. Fortunately, someone has decided to make these old recording available in podcast form.

I found Relic Radio’s channel, The Horror, while sifting through the channels on my iPod. In the last week, I’ve listened to approximately 25 episodes and loved every one.

Each episode is between 25 and 45 minutes long. There are episodes containing famous actors like Peter Lorre and Vincent Price. Some of the episodes go back to the 30′s and 40′s while others are much more recent. I had no idea there were radio plays being recording in the US as late as 1981. Though some of the older stories have cracks and pops, most of the recordings are clear with decent sound quality.

Don’t worry if you’re not into horror. Relic Radio has channels for comedy, the westerns, war stories, and more. Once I’ve caught up on the older horror posts, I’m looking forward to spending some time on the Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and Strange Tales.

The podcasts are all available for free. The site is funded by donations from listeners. I would encourage anyone who enjoys books on tape to head on over. It’s worth checking out the recordings whether you’ve listened to radio plays in the past or are trying them out for the first time.

You can visit Relic Radio at http://relicradio.com.

I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

CollageIt Photo Collage Software

 

Photo collages are a fun way to capture the feeling of a day out or the growth of a child. Until now, I haven’t had an easy way to create photo collages. I don’t use expensive photo editing software and have no graphic design experience. Simplicity of use and cost are the two biggest factors when I look for photo software. PearlMountain’s CollageIt software is designed to meet those needs.

PearlMountain was founded in 2006. They produce a several photo softwares and greeting card software. They’ve received a number of awards from companies such as Cnet and GearDownload.com.

I downloaded the free version first and gave it a try. It was extremely user-friendly. After selecting a few photos, I had a useable collage in under 10 minutes. There are seven file formats available for exporting the collage including JPG and PDF. There are also different background color options and a large number of templates to choose from.

For comparison, I upgraded to CollageIt Pro. There are some great features that are unlocked with the Pro version. The opening splash screen is removed and the watermark is left off the collages. Large-size collage export is available as well as a photo crop option. The collages below were made with CollageIt Pro. The first three are different placement options using the same 5 photos.

  
The only drawback to the software I found was that changing the background would also change the placement of the photos. The simple drag and drop photo placement makes this a pretty minor issue. All in all, I am very happy with the results I was able to achieve and the simplicity of the software and would recommend both the free and pro versions.

You can download CollageIt and CollageIt Pro at http://www.collageitfree.com/.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

SensatioNail by Nailene Starter Kit

I love having painted nails, but I hate chipped polish.  I work on a computer all day so it’s tough to keep my nails looking good.  I’ve wanted to try gel polish for a while, but I kept putting it off.  Finally, I decided it was time to give it a try.

 

I invested in the SensatioNail by Nailene Starter Kit after looking at several different brands.  I went with this kit because it includes the UV lamp and everything else necessary to do the manicure.  So far, I am happy with the results.  The color is rich.  The polish has no smell.  The gel hardened and dried as described.

I’ve used the kit 3 times now.  Application has gotten easier each time.  The box indicates that the manicure will last up to 2 weeks.  I’ve found that it lasts 7-10 days without an issue.  The instructions are clear to avoid the getting the polish on your skin and cuticles.  I wasn’t able to avoid that the first two times I used the kit so that may have contributed to the chipping and lifting at the edges of the nails.

Removing the polish is fairly easy.  It takes longer than plain polish.  Instructions are provided with the kit.  Nailene also sells kits to make removal easier.  I haven’t tried the kits yet, but may do so in the future.  All in all, I am very satisfied with the results and the value I get doing this at home rather than at a salon.

To learn more about this product, you can visit their website at http://www.sensationailgel.com.

I did not receive any compensation for this post from the manufacturer or the retailer. I purchased the product. All opinions expressed are my own.