New Podcasting Setup

Today I switched my podcasting setup to more like what Adam describes here. I used the information from Hugo Schotman to get a setup where I could record my voice, all the MP3 feedbacks folk have sent me and a song in real time! Thank you Hugo for the detailed instructions. If you are on the Mac and interested in audioblogging, Hugo’s site is the motherlode! The only tricky bit was getting Garage Band set up. At first I was actually recording in it thinking I had to in order to get the play through. Then, I had the click track on and couldn’t figure out where that noise was coming from. What I’d like to do is find a substitute for Garage Band, since it is an awfully heavy and resource hoggy program to be using only to get the mike to play into Soundflower. Without Soundflower, this whole thing wouldn’t have worked. The only thing I did differently from Hugo’s diagram was to capture the final audio in Audacity rather than Soundtrack. How did it work? Y’all tell me after I post it later tonight.

Audioblog for Sept 26, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 26, 2004. I talk about Feedster and Scott Rafer and how writing someone’s name now summons them; A-list vs Z-list bloggers; I present my first ever audio feedback which is a question on tools to use for Window based audioblogging; talk a little more on the gender disparity in this medium; and I renew my appeal for pointers to Spanish language audioblogs.

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Audioblog for Sept 25, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 25, 2004. I talk about iPodderX, the most recent Gillmor Gang and their podcasting discussion, I invite listeners to send me audio feedback, I clarify my feelings on the P2P blanket fee and pool of money and play a song by the late great Warren Zevon.

Note that my comments here were recorded before the exchange in the comments section of this blog with Scott Rafer, so I talk a little of the same smack there, but it isn’t that serious. There is certainly something odd and Kibo-esque about the way mentioning someone’s name seems to summon them nowadays. This is life in the post-Feedster and post-Google world.

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Audioblog for Sept 24, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 24, 2004. I talk about a way in which the world of podcasting resembles that of Stephenson’s Diamond Age, the glamorous life of professional fiction writers, why excerpted RSS feeds still drive me nuts but NetNewsWire ameliorates that, and Doc Searls on self-forming markets.

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Audioblog for Sept 23, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 23, 2004. In this episode, I salute late blogger Aaron Hawkins, talk more about NetNewsWire and MarsEdit, give my thoughts on my first ever listen to WebTalkRadio, tell the story of how I ended up with the Mexican wrestler mask, and give quick bits on Andrew Grumet, Siderunners and BloggerCon.

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Audioblog for Sept 22, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 22, 2004. In this episode, I talk even more about my screwup with Coral I wonder why audioblogging seems to be such a “guy thing” so far, another disruptive technology use case of podcasting, Shrook vs. NetNewsWire for Mac OS X RSS aggregators, and the “burden of the queue” when you are getting more bundles of passion than you can listen to.

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Coral Experiment: Failed

Well, that will be my one and only shot with Coral. As it turns out, when I checked my mail this morning I found messages from people for whom the Coral link wasn’t working, some because they couldn’t get to the port 8090 that it uses and some for whom it just didn’t work for some unexplained reason. That puts me a little bit in a bind. If I change the enclosure URL, then everyone who got it once already will get it again. On the other hand, I really like the episode from yesterday and hate the thought of folks not being able to get it.

So, I gave it a shot but I won’t be Coralizing any more links. This really cements my belief that automatically doing so in iPodder scripts is a bad idea.

Audioblog for Sept 21, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link, direct MP3 download (through the Coral service) and direct MP3 download (directly from here for those who can’t get it from Coral) for the audioblog for September 21, 2004. In this episode, I talk even more about the experimental Bittorrent RSS feed, smacking my lips while I record these posts, my insight about the Buckminster Fuller-like nature of Bittorrent, Clayton Christensen and disruptive technology, and my story about climbing on stage with Southern Culture on the Skids in a Mexican wrestling mask. For the first time ever, the EGC audioblog is longer than that day’s Daily Source Code!

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As a reminder, while you listen to the story about me in a luchadore mask, here is what I look like in it.

Scramble Time

Remember those experiments where William S. Burroughs would take a length of prose, cut it into strips and repaste it together in random order? Well through the magic of a weird partial Bittorrent download, Daniell has a copy of one of my audioblogs that is just like that. The experience of listening to this is a lot like listening to one of those Subgenius cut-up sound collages. Funny stuff. It’s like a remix done by someone on crystal meth who keeps forgetting what they are doing.

Audioblog for Sept 20, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 20, 2004. In this episode, I talk about having to re-edit the theme song yesterday and corruption of audio files by Audacity, talk a little about Brad Sucks and cowbells, discuss Seth Godin’s “10 Lies to Protect the Status Quo”, how to do good work without good ideas, and discuss my thoughts on growing businesses.

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Audioblog for Sept 19, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 19, 2004. In this episode, I talk like a pirate (briefly), talk more about the Bittorrent experiment and play a song by the Sonia Tetlow Band. Note that I get so carried away with my fake pirate talk that I get confused about what day it is.

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Audioblog for Sept 18, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 18, 2004. In this episode, I talk about the Bittorrent experiment and thank the fine folks who are helping seed these files, I talk about the awesome term “podcasting”, I praise the members of the community springing up around “the iPod platform”, and play a song by the Siderunners.

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Bittorrent Experiment Continues

For thems what care, here is the RSS feed for the Bittorrents. If you can use this, that would be quite cool. I’m curious to see how well it works. I know that get_enclosures will not do anything with this – it will download the .torrent seed file, but will not invoke the download of the actual file. Do any of the iPodder variants download the torrents? Ray Slakinski seemed enthused about this feed, so maybe pyPodder does.

Audioblog for Sept 17, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for September 17, 2004. In this episode, I talk about Mark Topham’s iPodder article, tell you to upgrade get_enclosures if you have it, and talk more about the Gentle Readers

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Audioblog for Sept 16, 2004

Here is the audioblog for September 16, 2004. In this episode, I talk about getting excerpted by Adam Curry, clarify a little about my thoughts of Big Media and the RIAA, tell an anecdote from the Reality Break days that illustrates why the episodes that I think are the worst are sometimes the ones other people think are the best.

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I’ve gotten a few inquiries about the theme song. As a refresher, the song is called “Last Day at the Office” and is by the fabulous band Gentle Readers from their album Hi Honey. While that particular song is not available online as an MP3, there are three other fantastic songs available from that link above, including “California”, which is my favorite song from the album. At that page, you can go to the Flat Earth Records store and order the album. I’m refreshing an offer I have made before. If anyone that reads this follows the links above or goes to Amazon and buys this album on my recommendation and then does not like it for any reason, I will buy the album from you. Ship it to me and I’ll send you a check for what you paid plus shipping. I think it’s that good that I’m offerering a personal money back guarantee on it.

Radio Shack Microphones

I recorded my Sept 15 audioblog before hearing Adam Curry’s from the same day. Synchronistically, we were both talking about Radio Shack microphones. He was talking about the cheapish mikes that sound OK for the price. The ones I am using are the same ones I used for my radio show, the PRO 3004 models. You probably don’t want to record your next album with these, but for the audioblog and even the radio show they sounded plenty good enough and are only $40 apiece. I’ve been happy with mine.

Audioblog for Sept 15, 2004

Here is the audioblog for September 15, 2004. Today I apologize for my absence of the last few days, discuss my new audio setup (iMic and real microphones and mixers, wow!), the Slashdotting of iPodder.org, and talk about the community audiobook of Lessig’s Free Culture.

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