Audioblog for Nov 17, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for November 17, 2004.

I talk about autumn in Conway SC; play a song by Twin Six; talk about the feedback to my “southern voices” and encouraging people to sound like themselves; I discuss the possibility of the Myrtle Beach blogger shindig;
play a song by the Siderunners; talk about the results of the Bittorrent switch experiment; play a song by Astroslut; mention the improvement of iPodderX; and discuss the new Voices in Your Head episode.

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Audioblog for Nov 14, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for November 14, 2004. Yes, that’s a few days ago. I recorded this Sunday morning but just got it posted now. Life is very lifelike lately.

I talk about Voices in Your Head and how it is different from the radio show; Warren Ellis is interested in podcasting and I fear for us; I play a clip from SPXDS and talk about southern accents with a veer into anger at the stereotyping of southerners; I play a clip from the Gillmor Gang and note the irony of skepticism about the business model of podcasting coming from the heart of a podcast; I play a song by the Gentle Readers (different than the theme, my absolute favorite song of theirs).

It should be noted that I seemed to be pretty angry about a lot of stuff when I recorded this episode. I almost certainly misidentified several of the voices in the Gillmor Gang piece, and almost certainly overreacted to some extent. Such is the nature of recording a “soliliquy.” If I had a co-host, they’d call shit on my game immediately and rein me in rather than letting me cringe afterwards. I do think the “If this was true, we’d be making money hand over fist on broadcasts on CB radio” is one of the most spectacularly dumb things I’ve yet heard said about podcasting. Also, I was making the assumption that Warren Ellis was interested in producing podcasts – from email he tells me that isn’t on the agenda but that he wants to hear them. Que sera. If and when he gets in this game, I want to hear the crazed shit he comes up with. So there you go, a show full of misplaced anger and factual slipups. I’m ready to go into professional talk radio!

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Audioblog for Nov 11, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for November 11, 2004.

I talk about the Gentle Readers giving me permission to use the theme music; I do my rundown of Bloggercon and quote some other audioblogs; I play a song by Sonia Tetlow.

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Audioblog for Nov 7, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for November 7, 2004. It was recorded in the Charlotte airport as I changed planes to go home.

I talk about the evening after Bloggercon and the various luminaries I got to meet; I beg my listeners to tell me your names when you meet me; I play a song by DQE.

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Audioblog for Nov 6, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for November 6, 2004. It was recorded the morning before Bloggercon and is just now getting posted (although it’s been on the Bittorrent feed for days though, hint hint). Getting this writeup written was the slow step that I just couldn’t get to.

I talk about the meet and greet dinner the previous evening; I talk about how I’m planning to tape spontaneous interviews with people (which never happened – I never unpacked it); and wonder if I am becoming a cheap bastard. It’s a pretty short episode for me.

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Swapping Directions

I am strongly considering swapping the roles of Bittorrent and the direct MP3 downloads in my RSS feeds. Currently, the MP3 downloads are the enclosures in my main feed and you need a special feed for the Bittorrent enclosures. I’m thinking about switching that, so that the main feed has the Bittorrent enclosures. If that doesn’t work for you, then you’d need to switch over to the special MP3 download feed.

Right now, the vast majority of podcatching clients that are downloading the MP3s could in fact be using Bittorrent. They are BT enabled iPodder variants. The only reason most people are subscribed to the main feed is because that is the first one I publicized and the one that ended up in the directories. In fact, if (when) I do this switch I think many many people will just end up getting the files and not even know anything has happened. If 80% of the people downloading the MP3s were using Bittorrent, there would be an incredible overlap and lots of concurrent peers in that period right after I publish. I think it would work very very well.

I’m looking for feedback on this. Does anyone have a big problem with this? The worst case is that you have to unsubscribe from one URL and resubscribe to a different one. If I do this, the last thing I podcast before switching will be a short announcement saying what is happening that will be a direct MP3 download. I want to avoid breaking subscribers feeds such that they just stop getting it and never know why. Talk to me, friends. What do you think about this?

Audioblog for Nov 3, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for November 3, 2004. I talk about the election a little and how it affected Patrick Nielsen Hayden; talk about the confluence of crap making my life miserable; play some listener feedback about the John C. Dvorak article; talk about the cessation of hostilities between myself and the forces of WebTalkRadio; and I play a cheering up song from Nathan Sheppard.

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Happy Halloween

The city of Conway decreed that trick or treating would occur last night, and so it did. I decided to wear my wrestler outfit – tights, boots and a Champion tank top – while I was handing out candy. D convinced me not to wear the luchadore mask because it would frighten the kids. Out of nowhere, she decided to dress up in the Pocahantas costume that she bought years ago but never wore. It was great! One little girl was also dressed similar, and spent a minute or two talking about the ins and outs of their different costumes.

All in all, it was a lot of fun. Because of our position near a main road but off it a little, we got a fraction of the traffic that was going on 50 feet away. As is typical, I way overbought on the candy. We’ll try to remember this lesson for next year and scale appropriately. We were led astray by predictions from the neighbor across the street, whose big house actually has a front door on the busy street even though their driveway is across from ours. Live and learn, we’ll know better. I had a hoot dressing up and hopefully we’ll do it again next year.

Audioblog for Oct 30, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 30, 2004. I talk about life in a small town and “fitting in”; I talk a little more about Jaime Hernandez and Robert Rodriguez and play audio clips from each; and I play a Le Tigre song from the Wired CD.

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Audioblog for Oct 26, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 26, 2004. I talk about music permissions and Creative Commons; I play a song by Chuck D from the Wired CD and an excerpt from a Spanish language podcast; talk about Jaime Hernandez and Robert Rodriguez (who I suggest as a spiritual father of podcasting); and now that I’ve got permission from the label and the band, I play my favorite song by DQE.

Bonus game for this episode – count the occurrences of the words “awesome” and “cool”, of which there are many apiece.

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Audacity is Bugging Me

I don’t know why it is doing this, but my last few audioblogs have all been encoded at 22 kHz sampling rates. Each of the individual tracks are 44 kHz, the project is set to 44 kHz, and the bit rate is 64 kpbs. When I encode it to MP3 with Audacity, it shows up as 22 kHz. From everything I can see in the docs, the project setting is what controls this. If I have it set at 44, that’s what the MP3 is. I tried setting the project to 48, but it still encoded at 22 kHz. This is really really annoying, and I can’t figure out why it is happening. If I export to to WAV, it stays sampled correctly. I tried exporting to WAV and then using command line lame to encode to MP3 and it sounded really funny and flangy. Audacity is using lame anyway, so somehow it is using settings that are better but I don’t know what those are.

Does anyone know of a workaround for this pain in the ass problem?

Audioblog for Oct 24, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 24, 2004. I talk about how negative reviews can suck the life out of you, citing Poppy Z. Brite and Caitlin R. Kiernan; I play some feedback from Brendan Creecy; I play a clip from another Gnomedex show on IT Conversations and comment on it; same thing with last Friday’s Gillmor Gang; why I hope podcasting will eliminate the silly talk about “filling up an iPod”; and finally I play a song by DQE.

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Audioblog for Oct 20, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 20, 2004. I talk about the term “podcasting” and how I believe it is a large part of the recent explosion of interest despite some opposition to it; discuss several great podcasts that I have run across; give a description of my audio setup; and play a song from Paul Melancon.

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Audioblog for Oct 18, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 18, 2004. I play some audio feedback; I talk about the “but I was podcasting back when” stuff; discuss Brad Sucks and how I remixed his song “Dirtbag” for the Voices theme (playing that and the original).

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Audioblog for Oct 15, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 15, 2004. It’s a very special episode, recorded at gate L10 in O’Hare airport and edited on a plane. I talk about the music I used as a theme for Voices in Your Head; a little more about Jim Kelly; recording the disclaimer for the audioblog; I play a song (with permission) by the Siderunners.

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Audioblog for Oct 14, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 14, 2004. I play the snippet of the Web Talk Radio crew talking about me again but this time it is as percieved by me; I talk about the new show I’m doing for IT Conversations; I play some audio feedback and talk a little more about podcasting for niche interests; I describe in a goodly bit of detail what I do to create the Bittorrent version of the RSS feed; and I play a song from Phish.

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New Series

Now it can be told – the top secret “audioblogger made good” project is now live. I’m hosting an interview show for IT Conversations which is called Voices in Your Head. My first interview is live now, with author James Patrick Kelly. The exact focus of the show is TBD, but it will feature science fiction writers and maybe it will have interviews some musicians or filmmakers. Let me know what you think about this interview. An interview with Jim is money in the bank, which is part of the rationale for wanting him for the first one. I’m quite pleased with how this turned out.

Audioblog for Oct 10, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 10, 2004. I play the snippet of the Web Talk Radio crew talking about me; talk about Doc Searls and Ira Glass and Eric Rice; I wonder if I am in fact an asshole; discuss the market forces in podcasting; and I play a song from the Siderunners (with permission, natch.)

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Audioblog for Oct 7, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 7, 2004. I explain where the name “Evil Genius” comes from; discuss science fiction authors Ted Sturgeon and Damon Knight; play a clip from the Woz’ talk at IT Conversations; and I address once and for all why I am going to continue to talk about podcasting.

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Audioblog for Oct 5, 2004

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the audioblog for October 5, 2004. I play some listenener feedback; point out the weird double standard that says podcasters shouldn’t talk about podcasting; talk about the Gillmor Gang and Wired News; discuss the beauty of doing audioblogs from a small town; and I discuss the risks of using Big Media Machine music in audioblogs.

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