Around the Podosphere

Here’s a few things that have struck me as interesting from my recent listening.

I’m a fan of Harry Shearer’s Le Show and the July 20th episode featured a lot of talk with John M. Barry, a writer and expert on New Orleanian issues. I liked how Mr. Barry debunked the whole ridiculous “why rebuild a city under sea level?” meme quite well. If you are at all interested in New Orleans, the failure of the federal levees and related topics, I recommend this for a listen.

I continue to be interested in minicomics. I’ll be honest, most of my inspiration and excitement that I get from DIY media lately has come from the minicomics community. I really want to find a place where I can send them some dough and they’ll send me a grab bag of mixed stuff. I’m interested in the medium but the search costs are high. I do love when I can get a nice compact burst of information on the topic, which I did get from this Dollar Bin recording of the minicomics panel from HeroesCon. This panel had a lot of Alec Longstreth in it. This does make me realize that I need to go to and buy the collection of his minicomics.

I like listening to SModcast and I don’t begrudge the boys making some money, particularly when they are paying a dude to edit and lay in their music bed. Considering the music bed is really the third guy on the show, it’s a significant part of the program. However, their Think Geek sponsorship on the show I listened to today was painful. It was goofy and all and in the kind of style I like to do mine, but damn it felt like it went on forever. I checked the MP3 player and it was a little under 3 minutes but it felt like 10. I’d suggest after about a minute, y’all stop. Past that, you subtract value and make me pissed off at Think Geek. I’m just saying.

Apologies of the Week

I’m a listener to the podcast version of Harry Shearer’s public radio program Le Show (podcast feed here). A few weeks he read a story out of “Clemson, North Carolina.” I wrote in an email suggesting that perhaps he could slide himself in as an apology of the week for lumping both Carolinas together. I suggested that from California, of course both Carolinas seem like the same thing but as a part time Louisiana resident maybe he could get a closer look. Lo and behold, a week or two ago I was listening to the show and heard his apology! Wowza, it worked. Thanks Harry.

EGC Clambake For April 6, 2006

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for April 6, 2006.

On this show, I digress into interesting dates and times; I present some audio feedback from Milton Phillip; I play a song by Jason Lowenstein; I play a clip of Josh Kinberg on Distributing the Future; I play a bit of Le Show; I play two clips of Bruce Sterling, one from Minnesota Stories and one from Distributing the Future; I play a song by Ad Astra Per Aspera; I play a bit from the Onion podcast; I mention the upcoming show by Diana Obscura and Damon Young opening for Robert Rich; I play a song by the Changelings; bye.

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