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Toys & Tech of the Trade: Prometheus & Amuro/Punching The Walls of Reality

Who are you and what do you do?: I’m Amuro, the better half of the Punching the Walls of Reality co-ownership.  Sorry Prometheus!  I have a few projects in the works, but I mostly serve as chief editor and sound technician for our podcast, Straight Outta Austin.

Base of operations a/k/a home: Currently I’m living in Austin, but I’m willing to relocate to the moon if and when mobilization is possible.

Current mobile device: I recently bought my wife an iPhone 6, which freed up her Note 4, so I have that and a Note 3. Booyah!

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What do you like/dislike the most about your current mobile device?The keyboard is garbage. I don’t understand how I could type near perfectly on the iPhone 4s’ small ass screen, but with the extra inch+ the Note3 gives me, I keep hitting 3 instead of E, and space bar instead of a comma. Also, my weather app keeps disappearing and that’s just plain mean.

Three mobile apps you can't live without: Crunchyroll, Pandora, and Pinterest.  I need those recipes on call, you know?

Current Laptop or desktop: Currently, I’m using my Macbook Pro.

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Frequently used program/programs on laptop/desktop: I’m always on Chrome, namely using Google Docs, learning the in’s and out’s of Premiere Pro and Audition, and recording school projects with iMovie.

First place you go when you open your phone or computer: I hate to admit it, but Facebook.  I’m trying to make that into Twitter, Google+, or Tumblr, just because Facebook is seeming less like an outreach tool and better used as a glorified instant messenger.

What gear do you use to bring Straight Outta Austin to your audience?: We use a few basic mic’s and a decent Yamaha mixer I’d recommend to anyone wanting to start podcasting on their own, but I have a really nice mixer in mind once the new year passes and my credit card is paid off.

What software if any do you use for show prep?: We use Google Docs to set up our itinerary, which is updated almost every day leading up to podcast night, Skype to hook up with fellow co-host Luis, as well as guest casters, and Mixlr to broadcast live while Audacity does the backup recording duties. I refine the audio through Audition afterward.

If you could change one piece of gear that you use for your show what would it be?: Ah, yeah that mixer I was talking about earlier. The current model, MG102 I think, only connects 4 mic’s and sometimes it’d be nice to have a sort of posse cut with up to 8 people on board. If that ever happened, I’d like to be prepared.

One website you recommend to people often: Only one? For games, I like to recommend Destructoid, and, of course, I have to lend a shoutout to the nerdy ladies over at Anomaly Podcast. Of course RAGE Works!

Favorite piece of tech besides your phone/computer: It’s a tie between my brand new PS4 and my Google Chromecast. Although my wife is hurting for a different piece of tv tech, I’m eager to try out the new Chromecast which hopefully delivers better dongle/browser compatibility, that VLC support that seem to never be coming out, and better customization options for the home screen.

What's playing in the background while you work?: Mostly, anime. Anything from Himouto, One Punch Man, or the Monogatari series. Alternatively, I’ll cycle through some Kendrick Lamar videos on Youtube.

Gamer?: I dabble

What are you playing?: Right now, I’m not getting enough Metal Gear Solid V. I’ve been taking my time, building my army, but I finally got to mission 20 with about 35% completion. I’m having way too much fun with it, and now my son is getting in on the action. It’s been a pretty awesome bonding tool.

Last gaming purchase: See Above. But also I bought Elder Scrolls Online, for those days when I just want to get lost in some lore and quest to my hearts content. Those PSN deals have been a little dry lately.

What item have you purchased recently that is less than $100 that has made your life easier or more enjoyable: It’s usually Legos. Legos and breakfast tacos. I think that’s the answer the Universe gives you when you have kids, work nights, and have school during the day. I’d call that a bargain.

Who would you like to see showcase their gear in a future column?: I'd like to nominate our friend Luis of The Comic Bubble. He's Connecticut's comic guru, easily relatable, and very fun to converse with.

Where can people find your work and connect with you?: Hopefully, Prometheus gets off his ass and redesigns our website, but you can find me at PTWoR.com, and I currently have my own portfolio website in the works. It’s a work in progress, but it’s getting there. theprideofzeon.squarespace.com