EGC Clambake For March 30, 2006

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On this show, I play a song by No Walls; I talk about the first Uplifter meetings; I mourn the death of my (second) iPod Shuffle and fail to recommend the Mobiblu 1500i as a replacement; I play a song by The Gossip; I talk about homophobia and why I think serious homophobes are a danger to others; gay marriage doesn’t have the power to affect the sanctity of your marriage, silly rabbit; I play a song by Continuous Peasant and do the boot scoot boogie.

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No Walls CD

Here’s some information for those of you who loved the No Walls song I played back in the episode with William “Kip” DuVall. A few people asked about how they could get the CD, and William pointed me towards the guy who put it out. He’s the owner of the Full Moon Records shop, and he also ran the record label. I called him today, and he told me that he’ll mail order them to anyone on the following deal:

For one CD it is $15 postpaid. For greater than one, he’ll sell them for $10/per CD postpaid. This is for the USA, of course. If you are outside of the USA then I think you’ll need to negotiate on the postage. There is no website for the record store and the label portion is out of business, so in order to get this send your check or money order to:

Full Moon Records
Attn: No Walls CD
1653 McLendon
Atlanta, GA 30307

I’ve owned this CD since it was brand new, and I think it is fantabulous. I highly recommend it if you liked those songs at all. In fact, I’ll play some No Walls on the next show just to prove that to you.

Tagging

I follow the snark of Supr.c.ilio.us as a funny antidote to some of the froth around GSD (even though I think most critics miss the actual value, it’s still fun reading them take the piss out of the thing).

Don Marti had a pretty good post explaining that value. Leave it to Supr.c.ilio.us to find the negative in the exact same topic. It includes this hilarious and entirely true bit:

It was genius to call it tagging, it would have been a harder sell if Joshua Schachter came up with Unpaid Database Entry.

Video Buildup

With the recent attack of work and busyness, while I’ve kept up pretty well with my podcast listening I’ve fallen way behind on my videoblog watching. The latter takes more attention, and can’t really be done as I sit and work at my day job so that becomes an issue. I went and checked the folder in which I’m storing the things I eventually want to sit down and watch. The files range from Feb 1 to present, and there are 6.85 gigabytes of data in there. Yowza!

EGC Clambake For March 28, 2006

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On this show, I play a song by the late Nikki Sudden; I go ahead and run the table on our interview with Reverend Ivan Stang of the Church of the Subgenius, playing that for the remainder of the show. Refusing to break this up any more is me trying to increase my slack.

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Mediashift

I was contacted by Mark Glaser of the Mediashift blog for PBS the other day about the food fight brother Gillmor and I had over the Earthlink ads. He published his final piece today, and I’m extensively quoted. In fact, I’m probably quoted too much. Some stuff that was kind of silly that I was giving for background ended up in it verbatim. That’s all my fault, not Glaser’s in any way. I haven’t quite learned only to say things to reporters that I’m happy to see in the final piece. Note to self – keep mouth shut more.

Here’s part of what he quoted that I think is pretty sensible:

“Podcasts work because they are economically viable to create without requiring large audiences. Because the denominator gets raised and the interests more rarified and less general, it gets more possible to have sponsorships and ads that hit the Holy Grail: giving the audience the ads it actually wants to hear…I think the value that the medium brings is increasing the odds that the sponsorship will have that kind of relationship to the audience.

Now, if only I had stuck to that, I would have had a much better batting average.

The last part of the piece is about quitting day jobs. Dear lord I’m getting tired of hearing about this. As much as I love the form, I don’t think that a new economy has been created that will support thousands of people as a sole source of income. Not today, maybe not for a long time — if ever. Only about one in twenty of the published novelists I know make their living solely from writing, for pete’s sake. I’ve written about this before and I think almost a year later I still feel exactly like I did then, perhaps even more strongly (although I have undoubtedly slid down the revenue list since.) On this subject I always go back to Hugh Macleod’s Sex and Cash Theory.

I say don’t worry so much about making money or getting “big”, worry about getting good. That doesn’t mean start out perfect day one, but focus on making every show better than the last. If you reach the point of consistently putting out a quality show that really speaks to people and entertains or informs them, the money and the “bigness” will come. If you are good enough, you’ll have to work to keep them away.

RIP, Nikki Sudden

Musician Nikki Sudden has died at age 49. Not that long ago, I heard him do an in-studio on Personality Crisis with Jon Kincaid. I’ve always liked his music across all phases of his career, and he seemed to be every bit the rocker. I guess that’s the fortune of fame, baby.

Family Oral History

Susan Kitchens, my partner in crime for the flash barbecue, has finally released the first episode of her Family Oral History podcast. I actually listened to this a week or two ago and thought it was quite good, but was too bogged down to blog it. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

One of my great regrets is not sitting down with my great-grandmother and recording her stories. She lived until I was in my mid-20s so I had plenty of opportunities, I just never did it. I heard many of them told to me as a child but I don’t have a record of them. Her life spanned from the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk, through both wars to end all war, the depression, the civil rights movement and disco. She was born during the presidency of Grover Cleveland and died during that of Bill Clinton.

These stories are part of your life and your older family members won’t be around forever to tell them. If Susan and her work inspires more people to record those stories, that’s a very good thing.

George Carlin Firewater Comment of the Day

I think the warning labels on alcoholic beverages are too bland. They should be more vivid. Here are a few I would suggest:

  • “Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.”
  • “Drinking will significantly improve your chances of murdering a loved one.”
  • “Use this product and you may wake up in Morocco wearing a cowboy suit and tongue-kissing a transmission salesman.”

– from the George Carlin Day Calendar for March 27, 2006

Uplifter Meetings Rev 1

The meetings were Saturday. We had 5 people in South Carolina, and there were 6 people in Minnesota. While that’s not huge, both groups had fun and got some stuff done. They did more citizen media stuff in Minnesota, but a lady in SC also got help with her laptop from a guy who happens to work as a security/spyware specialist. The theory works! Bring what you have, teach what you know, learn what you need indeed.

The next Carolina meeting will be April in Charleston. I learned a few lessons about where to focus resources from this attempt, and maybe we’ll get things working a little better for the next shot. It’s not a bad start. Thanks to everyone that came out, to all who sent their support, and everyone that helped on the wiki and other places. Onward to the future!

MP3 Trimmer

Over the last few days, I registered my copy of MP3 Trimmer. This is an OS X program for making edits to MP3s – splitting, joining, removing portions of them — that does not do a re-encode. This is important, because if you do things like import into Audacity, edit, and then export back to MP3 you are losing quality. There is a reason that when I edit my interviews, I always save them back out as AIFF.

Now that I do the show directly to an MP3 with the Marantz I’ve always avoided like the plague doing an edit to that final product. Besides it being convenient to finish the show and publish it minutes later, I didn’t want to do anything to cause the quality to get crunchy by re-encoding. MP3 Trimmer works by rewriting out entire frames of data without changing them. It might mean that you can’t get the edit exactly on the point where you want it, but that’s a small price to pay.

It’s cheap at $10.95 shareware fee, and is fully operational as a trial, if full of very annoying wait screens. Check it out.

Getting Back in the Saddle

The high work load days gave way immediately to the Uplifter meeting days, all of which kept me too busy to blog. The meeting was a success, and I’ll be getting back in the saddle shortly. First, though, I have a date with a rake and a garden weasel.

Busy Work

No, I’m not going to vote for your podcast, month after laborious month, in the various systems with monthly voting. I have 150 shows I am subscribed to, of which about 75 are ones I care enough about to keep permanently subscribed. That’s way too many to deal with this ongoing useless busywork of voting AGAIN and AGAIN.

But. Tell me in your show if you must. For god’s sake, PLEASE, don’t email me month after month to remind me to vote for you. That’s just rude and I won’t do it anyway.

GSD

I’ve been listening to the various “Web 2.0” criticisms for a while now, both of the term and of the idea. I mentioned in my last podcast how I’m getting weary of people criticizing in situations where they could actually do the thing itself with not much more effort than complaining, exposing themselves for being lazy and all talk. These ideas are kind of coming together.

If you break it down to it’s heart, “Web 2.0” is about getting more things built faster for less money and that in turn allows us to actually do more better work. Is getting work done hype? How can it be? It’s about doing rather than talking, which explains why some pundits are turning against it. I’m guessing that the degree to which a pundit backlashes is inversely proportional to the rolled up height of their sleeves. I’ve never heard Jon Udell backlash at all, and his sleeves are rolled up to his neck.

Today I listened to the excerpt of the Bruce Sterling talk from eTech. In it, he said “If no one is accusing you of being all hype, you aren’t talking loud enough.” I like that outlook. I’ll add my corollary – “The best way to stick it to those who accuse you of being all hype is to make yourself indispensable in their lives. That’ll show them.”

From here forward, whenever I used to use “Web 2.0”, I’m going to use my own term: GSD. In analogy to David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”, this stand for “Getting Shit Done.” [Substitute “Stuff” if your gentle constitution requires it.] That’s where my head is at lately. Last fall I decided that rather than spend any more time criticizing the way podcast directories work, I built one that works according to my value system. Living well is the best revenge, and building something better is the best criticism. Less tongue in the air, more ass in the chair.

Those in the Pee Dee section of South Carolina, come join me Saturday for an afternoon of asses in chairs, and we can GSD.

No It Isn’t

I’ve decided that anytime the phrase “our call is important to us” is uttered to me, unless a live human being is actually speaking it to me, I am going to interpret it as antagonistic bullshit that is self-evidently a lie. If my call actually was more important than keeping call center headcount down, I wouldn’t be listening to your recording in the first place. Do what you have to, but don’t lie to me so transparently as if I don’t understand what is going on. It makes me madder hearing that phrase from a recording than nothing at all.

EGC Clambake For March 20, 2006

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On this show, I play a song by Coconut Monkeyrocket; we have the first part of our talk with the Reverend Ivan Stang of the Church of the Subgenius; I play a song by Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners; I talk about the spirit of punk and the idea of “that ain’t punk” and from there segue into discussing criticism with words where a little action would do better; I play an unreleased track from Jill Sobule and limp out of the show.

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Virtual Style Council

Here’s Ken Kennedy’s EGC shirt in Second Life. Moreover, you can purchase one of these things in game. I don’t have this particular addiction to this particular game, but I hear that many do. If you feel like styling around this virtual world in some fine EGC gear, please do. This is authorized, and I do get a cut of the take so there you go.

I thought I had been involved in some dorky enterprises in my life, but this is either a new high or a new low. I haven’t quite figured out which yet.

Uplifter Help Needed

Crossposted to the Uplifter Blog.

I need help, and whatever anyone can give is good. Because of the very high workload I had the last two weeks, I didn’t get done a lot of the things I wanted to do for promoting the Carolina Uplifter meeting. I have fliers ready to go which I will hang at Coastal Carolina University and also put at Horry-Georgetown Technical if they will let me. I sent the press release to the various newspapers in the immediate area, as well as the South Carolina public radio system and some local TV stations. That isn’t nearly as much as I wanted, but it’s what we got.

Here is the first paragraph of the press release I put out:

The Uplifter Carolina Society will be meeting on March 25th from 1 PM to 5 PM in Conway SC at Port City Java located at 300 Elm Street. This group is devoted to helping interested non-geeks become active with their technology. This gathering will include people to teach how to blog, podcast, and videoblog. If you have wanted to participate in these arenas but weren’t sure how to get started, come to the meeting and learn in a relaxed environment with friendly people.

If you are within driving distance of Conway SC and want to come, you are highly welcome. If you have friends or relatives or colleagues that are in this area and you think might be interested, please forward this information along to them. If you are in the Carolinas and want to sign up to organize a future event in your area, please do it. If you can, please blog about this event and let people know about it and if you know less blogged up people that might benefit from it, take the effort to let them know. The ultimate goal of this movement is to bring new people into this world rather than talk to the already wired, so any help bridging into outreach is highly appreciated.

More information about the movement as a whole is available at the wiki. Don’t forget, the Minneapolis area is having their own meeting at almost the same time.

More Overexposure

This afternoon I did an interview via Skype with the BBC world service for their program Today, talking about the (short) history of podcasting and the like. I originally thought I was talking to the people from this program but now I think it is this one. I’m just an unfrozen caveman, your similarly named British radio programs frighten and confuse me.

I hope I was sensible. I can never tell if I am golden or I suck on these things, but I just soldier forward and try to be clear and simple. An advantage for them from interviewing a podcasting geek – I captured my own local audio and emailed it to them after the interview, so if they desire they can replace my Skype track with the one from the house. If I ever find out definitively which show I was on, I’ll point to it. If you heard it on the radio in the UK and are exploring the site, welcome! Leave a comment as to what you thought.

I was really torn at one point, when the question was “How does one find podcasts”, I did not go all self-promotional and say “Easy, just use AmigoFish. I suppose that’s why I’m less successful than some, who manage to cram their own personal ventures into every interview they perform. Earlier today I heard a recent IT Conversation show that was loaded with enough of that up front by a fellow podcaster that I hit the skip button. I suppose I’ll be looking for that happy medium of getting my own word out without being a total sleazy scumbag about it for a long time.