About Me

I’m Scott Johnson. I am the author of this blog, and the sole person responsible for its content. Any opinions expressed in this writing are my own. Facts presented here are accurate and correct to my knowledge at the time of publication.

I live in New Bern, North Carolina with my wife, Allison, who is one of the world’s finest teachers, and a menagerie consisting of (at last count) six birds, one dog, and two cats.

I am a professional audio engineer, employed by a well-known and respected manufacturer of broadcast audio consoles and routing systems. My career in audio spans nearly 35 years. Since 2012 I’ve also been lending my skills as sound designer and live sound engineer to several local community theatre companies.

My other skills and pastimes include the handling and training of parrots and cockatoos, bicycling, boating, ham radio, and traveling.


  1. Thanks for your exhaustive report on popcorn. I was really sad to hear that it was not nutritious as has been stated.

    I love popcorn and bought an inexpensive bag from Walmart. The first few times were fantabulous. Light, fluffy, not chewy.

    I had stored it in the fridge, and yesterday, it was awful — chewy.

    I use the hot air cannister by P??? — an old American name.

    Anyhoo, I bought Orville R.- yellow — from Walmart today and was truly disappointed. It too was chewy. Fluffy but chewy. Returning it tomorrow. During past years, I was buying the bagged microwave type and it was never ever chewy. But my microwave broke down and I don’t really use it that much.

    Orville yellow is “gluten free.”

    R U certain there is not nutritional value? How sad.

    What is the best healthy munchie between meals that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m a young senior citizen, past 80 years!

    Thanks again, and would love to get ur feedback.

    I’m in Mtn View — Stanford — Palo Alto area, California.

    I air pop it and it does come out fluffy but its chewy. Yuk.

    ida m. lee

  2. Dear
    Scott Johnson
    My name is Ripon Haque from Bangladesh. Recently I am started a small Enterprise of Pop corn. I bought popcorn Kernel and Flavacol from Gold medal Popcorn. I felt some problem with my popcorn products. I am using Big stainless steel poper made by China.
    After poping with flavacol and palm oil its look crispy. After that I used foil pouch bag with high purity Nitrogen gas for packing.
    But after some days , even in a week it’s become chewy .
    Our country has normally 75 to 80 percent moisture content in Air. And my factory is normal condition with out control moisture system.
    In this case How could i keep fresh or increase shelf time for popcorn.
    If you answer me then I feel honored.

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