The Biggest TWiT

I think Leo Laporte is great, but dear god I liked This Week in Tech a lot more before it was so Dvorak-y. I’m listening to the most recent episode, the one from Vloggercon and Dvorak is in perfect autopilot form. You could release the karaoke version with him muted, and you could just anticipate what he’s going to say and fill it in. “Yeah, and it’s all a load of crap.” “Who cares?” In these TWiT episodes, he has about the depth of an Eliza bot.

I understand his schtick and why he does it, and it has demonstrably worked for him. I, for one, am tired of it.

Update: Here is Dave Winer’s video with Dvorak in which John explains how he cynically manipulates outrage in order to get his readership numbers up. I do believe this will be the last time I ever mention him. From here on out, when he gets under my skin I’ll just wish him to the cornfield because any attention is just what he wants. The question becomes – will I have to stop listening to TWiT to avoid this cynically crafted line of bullshit?

One for One

The first tropical storm of the season and the center of the storm track is right through my area. At least this one is pretty weak as far as wind strength goes, although it is predicted to dump a whole lot of rain on us. I’d be tightening my galoshes if I owned them. Maybe I need some.

EGC Clambake For June 11, 2006

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I play a song from Bob Mould’s Blowoff project and talk about how much I like his music; I talk about my Sunday morning visit from Jehovah’s Witnesses; I talk about a trip to the farmers market and eating locally and sustainability; I play a song from Steve Coleman and Metrics; I talk about angry music and angry people; I play a piece from The Onion; I quote a funny bit from Leo Laporte’s show on KFI; I clarify remarks I make about my Creative Commons license; I play a song from The Famous; au revoir.

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Vloggercon Feed?

Man, there are so many people at Vloggercon that I’d love to be hanging out with. C’est la vie, c’est la morte. One thing that I with they had – an RSS enclosure feed of videos about Vloggercon. I’d subscribe. I just got this one down in Chris Daniel’s feed, but I’d subscribe to a super-feed that pointed to everyone’s individual episodes. Can some enterprising person down there make that happen?

Update: Jay Dedman responds in commments and points out that the feed does exist.

More on Second Life

A few more opinions on Second Life. After my first post, PJ had some comments on it. In a similar vein, Eric Rice weighs in prompted by Chris Pirillo’s post. Chris’ experience is about the same as mine.

The countervailing opinion of the boosters seems to be that those of us who are bored and perplexed by SL have the wrong attitude. They say we should be looking at it as a freeform tool for creation and interaction, rather than as a game that will entertain us. PJ says I should be looking at it as a 3D modeling tool; Eric says it is true participatory media. All I know is that I was looking for something intuitive and I found something that presented me with a learning curve that I didn’t particularly want. Eric says ‘[…] it’s this wide open “The Earth: What do you do on it?” thing that is way different that something with a specific purpose’. Well, you can put me in any American city and I guarantee I can make something interesting happen faster than I’ve been able to in Second Life – which as yet I never have. I already know how to work the world and don’t need to read the manual. The world has a less shitty interface.

The basic thrust of the SL as a substrate for creativity argument doesn’t much sway me. In fact, every time I’ve shut it off in disgust, I’ve turned around and put some work in something more immediately tangible to me – AmigoFish or a podcast or something. I’m not wild about using my money to buy assets or my time to build value in such a non-portable way. When someone else can flip a switch one day and turn off my work, I don’t like that situation. Lest you protest the unlikeliness of that, I lost a lot of my writing when GEnie shut down, and it’s about to happen again with Dueling Modems. It’s not a question of if but when with this sort of thing. I’d rather have more control over my output than this.

Note that as in all such things, I’m not trying to talk anyone out of liking it. I’m saying that based on my experiences so far, this thing ain’t for me. In fact, I deleted the client off the laptop after the last unsatisfactory experience. Wake me up in a few years and maybe I’ll try it again.

Vloggercon Sold Out

… in the good way, of course. I would really have liked to have gone to Vloggercon. I was offered the shot at presiding over a session on the conjunction of podcasting and vlogging and I’d have dug doing it, but I just can’t do all these things. I only have so many trips to California in me and there wasn’t enough spare cycles in the life lately. Hope everyone that’s going enjoys it! I might check out the online portion of stuff as I can.

EGC Clambake For June 6, 2006

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I talk about being “stingy with the shows”; I play a song by Continuous Peasant; I talk about getting poison ivy; I discuss how I listen to podcasts in the mobiBLU era; I play a song from Grayson Wray; I talk about being 1 to 2 years into my unbundled media experience; I play a song from Damon and Naomi and pull the plug.

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(Un)Reality

I had been drifting downward in my network TV watching over the last few years. With the rise of the reality show, I’m out. There is not one reality show I give a shit about, and every single new one that’s been announced in the last year just makes me cringe and/or throw up a little in my mouth. Every time I think they’ve hit bottom, they find a new bottom and then they feed on it. What the current spate of programming is doing is motivating me to get a MythTV box set up and work out the system to make vlogs easily viewable on my TV. Either that, or convince me to take the time to figure out a good distro to flash onto my underutilized Sharp Zaurus to watch videos on it.

Second Life Less Interesting than the First

It seems like everyone and his uncle is always on about Second Life, so I downloaded it maybe 2 months ago. In the time since, I’ve used it maybe 60 minutes total. My sessions always go kind of like this: fire it up, try to figure out where I am and what I’m doing. That fails, so try to figure out how to make something interesting happen. Walk into or through walls, fly around, look for anything that seems the least bit involving. Finally, quit the program in a combination of frustration and boredom.

I just fired it up for the first time in several weeks. I had an invitation to attend a casino. I pressed the teleport button and was taken there. I spent a few minutes wandering about, at which I decided it was not the slightest bit interesting. It took several more minutes to figure how to get the hell out of the damn place, at which point I was asked to tip in appreciation. I finally got out of the building, flew around, got bored and quit. At this point, I’m thinking I might as well delete the damn program off of my computer. I can’t make the fun happen, and I don’t particularly feel like investing lots of time into learning that skill. I’ve always got something productive I could be doing but If I’m going to be wasting time at the computer, it seems like at the very least it should be enjoyable. I have yet to have one second of fun in Second Life.

EGC Clambake For June 1, 2006

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I talk about working like a dog; I play a song by Detroit Crunkstar; I list all the various conferences and conventions I’ve had to decline attending; I play a song by the Jackalopes; I talk about movies I’ve seen recently – V For Vendetta, Waking Life, Oldboy, and A History of Violence; I discuss the music of the Hampton Grease Band, Jesus and Mary Chain and Sonic Youth and then play a live track from Sonic Youth; to infinity and beyond.

This episode’s misstatement: referring to V for Vendetta as being “set in the Thatcher era” when I meant “written in.” The timeframe it was set in was, uhhhm, right about now.

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George Carlin Group Dynamic Comment of the Day

I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but I had all the wrong traits. Apparently, they were looking for kids who were trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Unfortunately, at that time, I was devious, fickle, obstructive, hostile, rude, mean, defiant, glum, extravagant, cowardly, dirty, and sacreligious. So I waited a few years and joined the army.

– from the George Carlin Day Calendar for May 31, 2006