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Nov 5, 2010

LAMBcast #43: The Social Network

The long-awaited episode 43 has landed! We're almost back on schedule here, as episode 45 ought to be up sometime around Wednesday. In the meantime, host Jason is joined by James, Marshall and LAMBcast noob Univarn as they break down The Social Network. Yay, I made it through that without using a "Like" pun or anything like that. Also on tap:

* Listener Feedback
* LAMB of the Week: The Dark of the Matinee
* Trailer Talk: And Soon the Darkness
* Remember the Times

For the LAMB of the Week, we take a look at LAMB #120, The Dark of the Matinee:

Music provided royalty-free by Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech website. Big thanks to Kevin for providing this service. The LAMBcast loves feedback, too. Either here in the comments section or to blogcabins@yahoo.com or to our Facebook page. Also, we're on iTunes, and would still love a review, even if it's a bad one.

Thanks for listening!

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The Mad Hatter said...

OK... So now that I got the four amigos' critique, what's yours Dylan?

(The banner point was actually a pretty good one!)

Fletch said...

Hey man...I offered it up to you - a chance at your own personal blustering, and you rebuffed me.

Is that a flower you placed in your header image?

simoncolumb said...

"I made it through that without using a "Like" pun or anything like that" ...


Ha ha ... old joke...:(

The Mad Hatter said...

Well then I'm here to recant the error of my ways - if it's not too late, please bluster away.

That is indeed a flower in my banner - it's a poppy, which canadians wear for the first week and a half of November, leading up to Remembrance Day on 11/11.

We wear them on our coats in honour of all soldiers who have fallen in protecting our freedom, and I thought it'd be a nice touch to add one to the blog.

Nick said...

I sent you Episode 45 audio, Dylan.

Fletch said...

Alright, Hatter...a Blustering you shall receive:

* There's not a lot to work with in terms of Blustering. This is both a good and a bad thing. Aesthetically, this is a simple template and you've not added many frills beyond the normal widgets. So, it's a clean site, but kind of a boring one to look at as well.

* Agreed with the folks on the banner. Should be a simple fix.

* Speaking of the banner...you should know (though you've likely forgotten) that you earned my attention right away with the title selection and artwork from Franz Ferdinand, whom I also adore. That said, I think that the co-option of their artwork (combined with the title; on its own, I love the apropos-ness of the title) takes something away from your site's originality. You're better than that, frankly. Someone less in the know might mistake you solely for a FF fanboy based on the header/blog name. Not a big deal, but one I've thought about for a long time.

* In the nitpicking category (which I'm famous for, of course), the dimensions of your "Vault" drop down are too wide - you can't actually see the drop-down arrow like you should. Though you might think that the long titles within the menu are to blame, they are not - this can be fixed elsewhere, I'm sure. I know this because my own drop-downs in my Rating System/Reviews widget feature several titles that are longer (wider) than the widget itself and yet you can still see the arrows themselves. (I hope this makes sense.)

* Another nitpick. Your "All the Right Friends" blogroll appears to be the type of Blogger widget that would normally display a link to the sites' most recent posts. It does not. Now, that's not what bothers me, though. It's that the links are that bigger, bolder font with additional line spacing. This is very, very minor; I just wish the length of that widget were somehow shrunk, and I think the boldness and line spacing are to blame.

* It's not unique, but I always enjoy the "last movie I watched" widgets, especially when a poster image is included.

* The large image of the Mad Hatter himself at the top of your sidebar adds personality, but seems extraneous when there's a truncated version of the image just a bit lower with your Profile info. Pick one.

* I like what you've done with the Matineecast widget. Slight issue with the image width not matching the player width, but it's barely noticeable. All in all, very sharp on that front, and a hell of a lot better than the widget that Podomatic offers.

* It should go without saying, but you ought to know that I love your content, written or otherwise. No need to single anything out - I can't think of any regular features that I don't like or anything like that.

There you have it!

Nick - got it.