Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for February 10 2024 – Be the Merch You Want to See In The World

I play a song by Glass Eye; Mastodon is fine for social media but social media is the right answer to the wrong question; going viral is supposed to be the goal but it makes me nervous; no social media is designed to make you happier; I may drop 60 Songs that Explain the 90s with only a few episodes left; I officially dropped The Lost Cause and will read Slow Horses instead; I bought a Silhouette Cameo 4 to make merch; tell me what merch you want.

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Archive Mode on Podcast Addict

I recently started using a feature on Podcast Addict and immediately wished I had learned about it years ago. That is archive mode. The immediate impetus was the posting schedule for the podcast version of Cartoonist Kayfabe. I believe they space out the posting of YouTube videos to one or two a day but they drop the audio podcasts in batches. I love them, but I don’t want to listen to 15 episodes of their show in a row (true story.) Thus, I learned how to use this mode out of self-defense of my own ear sanity.

I would imagine that all mature podcatchers on Android and iOS have something like this. Podcast Addict is the only one I use, so the only one I know how to work like this.

First, for the podcast you want to configure you need to open it up from the main list of podcasts. If there are no unplayed episodes, you will need to click the eye icon to make it show. Click the gear in the upper right to go into the settings menu.

Once in this menu, scroll down. There are two different sets of options you will need to override (unless you want to do this at the global level for literally everything you listen to.)

The first is “Download”. Toggle on the option to override global settings, then click the line under that to set options. You will want to have Automatic Download and Archive Mode enabled. You probably want “Download older first” enabled unless for some reason you want to listen to this front to back. I set “Batch download limit” to the same as the number of episodes I will want to keep. In most cases that is 1.

Back out of that menu and look down a few options to “Automatic cleanup”. Again, override and click into the set of options. This is what makes the heart of this work. Paired with the options above, this will keep one and only one (or whatever you choose) available in your playlist. Set “Keep at most” to one or the number you like. If you are starting this up at a time the number is greater than this, you will see no immediate effect. Once you get below this number, you will then see the behavior of downloading another episode once one is finished.

In practice for me, I will finish an episode of Cartoonist Kayfabe and then the playlist will jump to the next available podcast. This will be immediate. Even with the fastest internet, it will take a few seconds to download another episode. Unless a new show comes down with a higher priority (such as I set timely news shows and a few favorite programs) effectively ever other episode played will be one of these. It does work out pretty nice. I don’t want to listen to a whole bunch in a row, but I don’t mind a strict alternation with the rest of my playlist.

I do have a few shows where N is more than 1. For the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast I have it set to 2 episodes. That’s a bit moot because I have never gotten that low since I set this up. I went from automatically downloading episodes that I seldom listen to (mostly when I’m reading) to putting it in to archive mode to only have a few episodes at a time. It keeps the playlist from getting so redonkulously large while having the same net effect.

That’s how I do this. Let me know if this helps for you or if you have some other tips and tricks I don’t know about. Happy listening!

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for October 13 2022 – Immolated by the Heat of my Own Hot Take

In this episode, I play a song by Andreas Transø; I totally will pull an Irish goodbye on you; I have a list of new podcasts that I have subscribed to – Best New Ideas in Money; The Plot Thickens; Turned Out a Punk; I Said No Gifts; Out of the Blocks; Roy’s Job Fair; Video Archives; I am nervous about another podcast that requires projects before I listen; I have upped my game in Podcast Addict by using archive mode; the lock-in I have with Podcast Addict may be the strongest in my life; my coworkers have strong feelings about voice assistants; if voice assistants could parse everything you say in their presence they would but they can’t; I have given up on strong opinions on most things;

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for November 27 2021 – Stupid Unfun

In this episode, I play a song by Japanese Breakfast; we have an offer on the house; I didn’t love New York; so far I am liking Crying in H Mart; we play a new game – “Am I The Bad Guy?”; my plan to live on dividends has detractors; the conflicting advice for both investing and weight loss makes you want to give up; the call to rate only five stars makes me crazy; Cartoonist Kayfabe recreating Neil Gaiman’s deposition is brilliant; after 30 years I watched Buckaroo Banzai and didn’t like it.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Oct 25 2020 – Signal to Bullshit

In this episode, I play a song from W.I.T.C.H. ; I discuss my fandom of Joe Stapleton and my appearance on the Poker in the Ears podcast; I talk about an explosion of purchasing podcast merch; some companies that want to brand themselves have no identity I care about; I hate Minute to Win It; I made the mistake of accepting the Sirius XM trial; I don’t understand “just Google it” troll answers; 77 days of weight loss; I am failing at Bullet Journaling; I succeeded at writing letters for Vote Forward;

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 6 2020 – Better Mouth Feel than Chick-Fil-A

In this episode, I play a song by Camper Van Beethoven; I am enjoying the Cartoonist Kayfabe; their merch makes me wonder about the underlying statement certain expressions make; I really need to get my ass in gear for a paper zine; I have a Keybase account now.

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