Veronica Ann Belmont is an online media personality. She was formerly the co-host of the Revision3 show Tekzilla alongside Patrick Norton. Veronica was the co-host of the former TWiT.tv gaming show Game On! along with Brian Brushwood, and the former host of the monthly PlayStation 3-based video on demand program Qore.
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Hello everyone! I'm Veronica, and throughout the years I've been a science and technology video host and podcaster for a number of different online and TV channels. This summer I’m featured on Science Channel’s new series, HOW TO BUILD…EVERYTHING premiering on Wednesday, June 22 at 10PM. Ask Me Anything!
I'll be tweeting out this link when it goes live for proof and updating this intro shortly.
Update: Tweet posted!
Update: Be back in an hour, have to record Sword & Laser!
Are you going to do an episode where you make your own morning star and then go hunt vampires with it?
Dude Ballacaust3000 beat you to that joke like many hours ago.
Was appearing on Night Attack one of your worse decisions, or the worse decision of you life?
the worst decision of my terrible life
What was your favorite thing you've worked on?
That's really tough. I don't think I enjoyed Qore (on the Playstation Network) enough while I was doing it. We traveled to so many amazing places for interviews and met a lot of wonderful people.
Dear Veronica for Engadget was also super fun, mostly because I had complete control over the content and could make it as weird as I wanted it to be!
Hi Veronica. I know you built your own chat bot for IRC. ([x] Geek cred!) Have you ever done any work with physical robots or electronics in general? Will you be on your How To Build... Everything?
belbot (the actual belbot, not my handle!) is a danger to herself and others. No, I haven't done any robotics work, though it's something I'd like to learn a lot more about. I've taken some electronics classes at TechShop here in the Bay Area, made some sweet blinky lights.
What's your favorite audio gear? Do you have any go-to mics, mixers, headphones, etc?
Right now I'm using the Heil PR-40 as my primary microphone, and Alesis Multimix8 for my mixer, and I just lost my Ultimate Ears somewhere :(
I still edit in Audacity.
Weirdest thing you had to talk about in the show? Or thing that surprised you the most on how it's built?
Aerial tram! I'm terrified of them, but learning about them helped make me feel a little better about the whole thing (still pretty sure I'm going to die every time I'm on one though).
Are you in any way related to Simon Belmont of Castlevania fame?
Stay up, playa.
I have literally never heard that joke before! ;)
Hey, somebody had to do it. I should probably watch your show, so I can learn how to build a time machine to go back in time, and ask you a better question.
Take it easy, Lemon Squeezy.
Was working with science and technology always your aim when you first started with CNET?
I moved to San Francisco to be a part of the technology industry, though I wasn't sure how it was going to play out once I got here. My education was in audio production, so I was lucky to find an in at CNET for an audio producer. That role evolved over the years into a very interesting new media kind of gig!
so tl;dr yes.
Hi Veronica! You've helped shape the online landscape for years on end, and I imagine it's grown and changed a lot since you first began. In what ways do you think it's gotten better? In what ways do you think it's gotten worse? Thank you for being a trail-blazer via all the content you've created over the years!
I'm gonna keep it positive, since I think we all know the ways it's gotten worse.
It's so much easier to find your people now, even more so than when I started doing video in 2006. The online communities that have grown up around even the most niche content are incredible, and they've created spaces for people to make friends, build relationships, and have an outlet for their creativity. It's really amazing to see (and be part of!)
What's your favorite build on How to Build Everything?
For the first episode, we cover Pipe Organs. Which, as an audio nerd, really appealed to me! There was so much more that I wanted to say about resonant frequencies and how space affects sound, etc.
Has someone ever approached you with an offer to buy your twitter handle?
No, but teens BEG for my instagram handle almost every week.
Coffee or tea?
All of the coffee thank you.
Have you gotten over the shock of having wood in your almond butter?
No! I mean, is nothing safe? What is this world coming to?
What has been your most unpleasant work experience?
There have been many physically unpleasant shoots. Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers, was the worst. We had to climb these stairs with 20lb vacuum cleaners. And then vacuum them. Then, we had to vacuum a chicken coop filled with chickens. So, that was a day.
whats your favourite form of media and from that what is your favourite title? (like say for my my favourite media is videogames and title would be banjo kazooie)
ACK! That's hard. OK. Genre fiction is my favorite form of media (that counts, right?) but it's almost impossible to figure out what my favorite book would be. My standard is Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
Do you still play with your BB-8? Have you watched "The Force Awakens" with it yet? I hear it reacts to the movie.
I finally retired him from my desk :(
However, I haven't tried watching the film with him around! That would be fun, actually.
What made you decide to look for non-hosting jobs?
Love your hosting work by the way.
Edit: also, what are you drinking?
Really ready for a change! I've been doing the same kind of job for my entire adult life, so I want to see what else is possible. I love technology, and I want to be a bigger part of that community.
Oh, forgot, the "What are we drinking?" segment! Nothing interesting right now, too much acid reflux :(
Who's on your wishlist of people you would love to work with in some fashion (cohost, guest, interview, video, podcast, whatever) who you haven't yet?
Anthony Bourdain. He's the top of my list for everything, but I'm convinced that if he met me he'd think I'm totally lame and it would break my heart.
I love you! Do you love me?
Wanna grab coffee with me sometime?