Not So Impromptu BBQ

Podcast Expo EOF BBQ

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Last year, one of the great things about PME last year was the impromptu BBQ on Saturday night. Susan Kitchens my partner in crime will probably not be there this year. I’ve had a generous offer from the guys at Backbeat Media to pay for the food if we want to do it again. Considering that we pulled it together in about 2 hours last year scrounging up all the supplies and such on the spot if we actually planned it for, like, a day or three ahead it should really be something.

Is someone going to be there with a car who is willing to drive with me a few miles to Rancho Cucamonga early Saturday evening? If you’d like to attend and eat some food Saturday night, please leave an RSVP as a comment. If you’re willing to drive for the food or otherwise help with setting it up, mention that in the comment too.

Update: This post makes it sound like I’m still considering whether or not to do this. There will be an event at the Marriott poolside at 7 PM on Saturday. Exactly how big and involved depends on the feedback, but one way or another we’ll make this happen. If you want to volunteer to bring beverages in non-glass container, that would also be highly appreciated.

EGC Clambake For September 25, 2006

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for September 25, 2006.

I play a song from the upcoming Michelle Malone album; I discuss my session at PME and give the framework for what the talk will be; I play a song by the late great Nikki Sudden; I talk about Jon Kincaid and play a snippet from his show in which he mentions me; I discuss my problems with the Podcast Circle Jerk; I play a snippet from Smart City about balance in work and life; I mention the passing of writer John M. Ford and play a sad Brian Jonestown Massacre song; goodbye;

Today’s egregious factual mistake: Jon Kincaid’s heart attack was in 2004, not 1994.

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Pros and Cons

I’ve had to decline a heartbreaking number of invitations to come to conventions and/or conferences this year. In several cases, I was invited to speak or lead sessions and I just couldn’t do it. Being in a job situation without vacation contributed a lot, where I would have to not only pay my way plus lose several days pay. Being exhausted for a big chunk of the early part of the year also didn’t help, which led to me skipping some things that I could have driven to. Here’s a tally of things I have said no to, every one of which I wanted to attend:

That’s the downside. Here’s the upside: in the latter half of the year with a new lease on life, a new work situation, vacation days and a little more breathing room I’ll be attending more events.

Podcast Expo y’all know about. Converge South was a big blast last time. It’s where I met Amanda Congdon and Mario Librandi, first met Dan Conover and Janet Edens in person, got to hang with Ed Cone and buy Dave Winer breakfast right after he sold My video of the event is still out there. I expect to have a good time and will try to make a point to meet and say hi to Elizabeth Edwards, renew acquantances with the Greensboro blogging contingent, eat my body weight in BBQ at Hoggard’s house and generally pass a good time.

I’m also looking very forward to going to Orycon and participating in the programming. I hope to carry the Marantz with me and interview writers and other people there like a banshee the whole time I’m out there. I went to almost every Orycon when I lived out there, and I’ve returned for a few since. When I was telecommuting to Portland, I made it a point to schedule a work trip that coincided with the con (free flight for me). I’ve been back for one on my own dime, but this is the first in a few years. I’m happy to see that they’ve moved the con from Jantzen Beach to downtown. Jantzen Beach is nice and all, but it was a huge drag to try to do anything in downtown like go to Powell’s – particularly if you didn’t have a car. Since they have this great bustling and walkable downtown, it sucked to not be able to take advantage of it. Now you get it both – hang out at the con at the riverfront and also walk across the Morrison Street bridge to Montage (if it is still open), and so forth. I might even try to renew my favorite lunch jaunt – a bus ride down Burnside to Future Fantasy and gyros at Foti’s (again, if they are still open.) I used to do that every week or two and I miss it. Best of all, with any luck I get to see old friends like Jonny X, Mark Bourne, Mary Rosenblum and the whole PDX crowd.

So, all in all I’m looking forward to working a little more enjoyment and travel back in the mix. Doing nothing but working in your home office 70 hours a week is fun and all, but getting out and about and spending time with my friends and internet acquantiances is good. If you see me out and about, come talk to me!

Update: Added dates. Let’s hang out, PDX folks!

Send Me Your Logos and URLS, You Devoted Amateurs

Just to clarify even more, you people who podcast for the love of it, send me your logo to if you have one, an URL to your web page if you don’t. If you do multiple shows and they all fit that standard, send me all of them. If you do a show for your employer that you get paid for, and a personal amateur podcast on your own time – send me the logo or the URL for the amateur one. Don’t procrastinate, kids, do it now because I got a late jump on this – having only decided to do this a few days ago. Be better than me, don’t delay.

To reiterate, my talk is Friday September 29th in room 200ABC at 10:30 AM. I hadn’t noticed this before, but I get to open this track. I hope to do what I can to set a tone for this particular slate of programming – the “podcasting as a hobby” track which to me is really the “podcasting for every motivation in the world except money” track. Come see me, please.