On Friday, August 6, Love In Stereo is going on a field trip.

At One Twelve Gallery in Atlanta, our friends Plywood People are hosting a gathering of leaders and thinkers to hear Scott Belsky, founder of the Behance Network and best-selling author, and 5 local innovators in their fields talk about what they do, what drives them, and what they are working on to address social needs in their communities. The day is all about meeting like-minded people, getting inspired for the next big project, and start moving all of our ideas into reality to make our world just a little bit better.

About “Making Ideas Happen”, I think Plywood People’s website says it best: “We will be known by the problems we solve. Imagine a collaborative community inspiring new ideas and actually birthing those ideas into existence. Ideas are sparked continuously, yet few initiate those ideas into true social change. As we embark on a new day of entrepreneurial thinking, the idea people that will rise in influence will be the select few that can organize their creative concepts into actionable projects.”

To find out more about Plywood Presents: Making Ideas Happen, check out their website and read more about the awesome lineup of speakers and register to be there with us, too. (And if you do decide to go, let us know, we’d love to meet up.) Here’s a heads up though: The dirt-cheap price of 69 bucks goes to $79 after July 1, so if you want in on the cheaper price you’d better hurry. Do it. It’ll be worth it. Start getting inspired to change the world.


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  1. Manuel:

    A space audio-ssey(Apologies for that headline to and .)Practically every new car today orffes built-in satellite radio capability right from the factory, plus there are all kinds of aftermarket add-on receivers and for a couple bucks a month you can get practically commercial free radio that works from coast to coast. It’s almost like magic.Music in spaaaaaaceFrom the beginning end of it, satellite radio isn’t much different from a guy/girl sits in a room with a microphone, talking and playing music. This audio is sent to a transmitter somewhere, either on site or via a microwave link to a remote transmitter.Here’s where things get a little different.In the case of FM radio, that signal from the transmitter goes directly to your radio. If the station runs enough power and has a decent transmitter site, you might be able to hear the broadcast from 50-60mi away. Once you get outside of that range? No dice. Better find another station.Satellite radio also beams a signal from a transmitter in the case of , the primary uplink facility is located in Vernon, New Jersey but instead of going directly to your radio, it goes to a . The satellites then beam the signal towards Earth specifically the southern bit of Canada, all of the lower 48 states, and a bit of northern Mexico where your satellite radio receiver picks up the signal and plays it through your stereo. And since the satellites cover the entire (contiguous) United States, you can drive from coast to coast and listen to the same station the whole way there.If that’s good enough explanation for you, and you’d rather skip the techy bits, then you might want to skip the next section. If you’d like to hear about orbits and the like, then keep reading.The sounds of scienceBefore the merger of Sirius and XM, each company launched its own satellites, with different ideas about how they should operate. Sirius (originally) opted for a highly elliptical orbit, with a 24-hour period (I warned you this was going to get techy).With three different satellites in orbit, each one spent roughly 16 hours a day over the continental United States, guaranteeing at least one satellite over the country at all times. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this setup, except for one little glitch: people using fixed receivers, at home or in the office, sometimes noticed they had to move the antenna to regain reception from time to time. As the satellites would make their passes over the US, sometimes the signal would go out of line-of-sight to fixed antennas.XM opted to put their satellites in orbits, meaning they are orbiting the Earth at a fixed point overhead they’re always in the same place. This made for better fixed reception, at the cost of at times losing reception in a car as you drove under an overpass, as the signal is always coming from directly overhead.Since the merger, Sirius has opted to move to launching new satellites into geostationary orbit, as newer satellite receivers have a buffer, as well as there being a terrestrial repeater network, allowing for seamless audio when passing under obstructions or through large downtown areas with tall buildings in vehicles.Dollars and senseAs you can imagine, launching a series of satellites into space isn’t exactly pocket change. According to , the entire cost of launching a satellite service is in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion. That’s billion with a B. The average cost to launch a is in the ballpark of $150 million.So herein lies another one of the big differences between regular FM (or terrestrial ) radio and satellite radio. Terrestrial radio pays for almost all of their operating expenses through advertising commercials. Satellite radio, for the large part, sells no advertising on its programming and runs almost no commercials part of the selling point of satellite radio. So in order to fund the (pun intended) astronomical costs of running a satellite radio service, you’ve got to pay to play that is, pay a monthly subscription fee.The short, short answerReally, satellite and terrestrial radio aren’t terribly different. They both send broadcast music and talk out via radio waves they just take different paths to get to you. And, of course, one costs a little more money out of pocket than the other, since one you pay for with real dollars, and the other you pay for by listening to lots of ads. Satellite in space photo: One in the constellation of 24 GPS satellites that transmits radio signals to Earth from 11,000 miles in space, courtesy NOAA. Yes, it’s not the Sirius/XM satellite, but it’s a satellite. In space and everything.GD Star Ratingloading…

    7:15 am on December 18th, 2015

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