This week has been hands down crazy, and I just wanted to share a little bit of it with you to help explain why that little bit behind writing on this column and posting some new videos and tutorials. 

First, I had to make an unplanned trip to Georgia, after my alarm system for my fire alarm started triggering a false alarm. I had to head to the house where I keep the alarm turned off while I waited for two days for the repair person to show up and replace the sensor. While I was there, I did a great deal of work on my laptop using my air card, while I frequently took breaks to literally clean the cobwebs out of the house which has been shut up for about a year now.

Meanwhile I am trying to repair a trip to Las Vegas for BlogWorldExpo 2008.  This will be my second year attending, and I am working on a promotion whereby I will be running a Dragon NaturallySpeaking demonstration at a booth at the show. I’ll have more details on that soon I hope, because I’m still racking up the fine points of that particular deal. 🙂

On top of that, I had to chop down a few trees in the yard, and backup a few last items that were lingering in the house to ship back to North Carolina.

But that was not all that I was doing, I spent a good deal of time catching up with some old friends, neighbors, partners and clients. Plus I was working on the presentation that I will be giving at the Birmingham WordCamp coming up at the end of the month in September, one week after BlogWorld.

Not to mention all the time that I spent driving back and forth from North Carolina to Atlanta this week, and listening to a very long-winded audio book along the way.

On top of all that, I’m still shopping for a good podcasting microphone, a good video smartphone (likely going to be the Nokia N95), which I hope will help me save some money keeping me away from the purchase of a new digital camera.  (I try and save the big digital camera purchases for my wife, a real photographer unlike myself.  She can get a lot more out of a new camera than I can, and I’ve kind of been eyeballing the Nikon D90 for her).

Anyway, I was able to get a chip into Fry’s while I was away, and I’ll submitted by Guitar Center to look at microphones.  I saw the microphone I’m probably going to purchase, but I didn’t pick it up at the time because I thought it a better deal online. I’m looking at the Rode NT1A, a very solid microphone, which will probably be a little bit more than what I need, but I totally don’t want to buy less than what I need and have to repeat purchase for something better later on down the road. This seems like a nice safe choice of metal, even though it’s probably about $50-$60 out of my comfort zone for this particular piece of electronics.