In this episode, I play a song by Jill Sobule; I am in the new house and setting up my new office; my dog is living in exile; having a cooperative rather than a company can be quite nice; I am liking HomePass by Plume; wifi SSID are case-sensitive which I didn’t know; I have never seen an ad for Get Back; check your yard when you do the pre-purchase home walkthrough; I like Scott Edelman’s Eating the Fantastic podcast but some of his guests have an anti-indie publishing stance that is the opposite of what matters to me; the era of the pampered creator was in fact a very finite slice of time; the act of publishing is what I am happy to do; I am a control freak.
In this episode, I play a Jill Sobule song for that season that is a tradition on this show; I don’t owe anyone productivity on any given day; universal basic income is making more sense to me; we are in our own hospice; inexplicably I am smitten with Cyberpunk 2077; cyberpunk remains my favorite genre of fiction; I still love Sage Walker’s novel Whiteout; I love the beginning of projects and hate the middle and end; I need a formal project parking lot in my personal life.
In this episode, I start with a belated holiday classic song by Jill Sobule; I discuss purging paper books; I love Whiteout by Sage Walker and reading electronically; why are there so many podcast networks? Omnibus Project podcast is very OK; networks and smug comfort; I don’t like “intellectiness”; Scotch and Comics is my favorite podcast; have a great holiday of whatever you celebrate!
In this episode, I play a multi-holiday song by Jill Sobule; I talk about the meltdown of the most recent Mad at Dad; I discuss the slow decay of my 2008 Macbook and my options for moving forward; I talk about my ideas of a Linux laptop; I discuss asking for what you want and how to do it; I talk about working menial jobs and the weird pleasure that can result; I mention the Poppy Z. Brite Liquor books; I close with the idea of “done is its own kind of perfection.”
Here is the direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for January 9, 2011. I play a holiday song from Jill Sobule that is actually almost an anti-holiday song; I talk about the various communities that I’ve been in over my lifetime and how I’m retreating somewhat from the frenzy of social media into some of my oldest surviving online communities; I talk abut getting jealous with my time and withdrawing from projects and sites that aren’t doing it for me; I play a song from Alejandro Escovedo; I talk about loving the new Love and Rockets comic; I talk about my blog post about Colleen Doran vs. digital piracy; I discuss Dave Sim, Cerebus TV and Locus Magazine; I play a song by Jaill and call it good.
In his column at Locus Magazine, Cory Doctorow has a piece on “macropayments.” It lays out a lot of his thinking in giving away his books for free, but also refutes the whole philosophical basis of micropayments at the same time. I like this bit:
Taking someone’s money is expensive. It incurs transaction and bookkeeping costs and it incurs emotional and social costs. Micropayments have historically focused on eliminating the cash overheads while ignoring the intangible costs. For a writer whose career might span decades and involve hundreds of thousands of readers, these costs cannot be ignored.
At various points in my career I’ve been involved in micropayment type startups. I’ve believed in the idea and it always made sense to me in the abstract and theoretical. When Scott McCloud wrote his defense of micropayments, I agreed and cheered along with him. However in the feet on the street sense, it’s impossible to note the relative lack of success of micropayments (remember Bitpass) versus the kinds of projects Cory lays out in his essay. It emphasizes to me the technocratic divide – geeks are always trying to solve people problems with technological solutions, and that seldom if ever works.
I’m working behind the scenes as an advisor to a new media/old media hybrid that is in a bit of a funding crunch. I’m almost wondering if the ideas Cory raises aren’t perhaps the way to go. Rather than looking to get $10 from thousands of people, what about getting $1000 from a few hundred people? When you look at the distribution of people who gave money to fund Jill Sobule’s next record, $70K of the $86k raised came from donations of $100 or more.
Maybe there is something to that, focusing on a few larger donors. In a way, that’s a shame because my leanings are to be communitarian and get lots of people involved. It may be that in terms of generating dough quickly, it is actually more effective to go big or go home.
In a slightly related topic, this is why I priced my stuff packages the way I did. I could have done it more cheaply but then I’m doing all the same work for less profit. That profit has bought most of my equipment and kept my podcast running at close to break even for four years. After a period of inactivity, I actually sold some more stuff packages recently which helps out. If you’d like to pull on that rope, you certainly may. Not only do you help the show, you get to be a styling fool with some great tunes. Win/win, citizens!
Here is the direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 30, 2008. I play an audio promo for our Create South conference, and a song by Chris Yale. I talk about the new MacBook that I’m doing the show on, apologize that things aren’t quite the same when I reach for them and about how I feel like at age 40 I still need adult supervision. I talk about screwing up seeing the Siderunners play live and then play a live Siderunners song. I walk down the well worn hallways of discussing the economy and our scary economic times. I play an unreleased track by the amazing Jill Sobule and mention her interesting album funding project.
The audio on this show is not perfect by a long ways, mostly in the levels. This were just weird enough on new versions of the OS and Quicktime that I had a hard time getting everything the same. By next show I hope to have these kinks worked out.
I play a holiday song that is a big favorite around here from Jill Sobule; I talk about Xmas and the “War Thereupon” and celebrating as an atheist; I rail against consumerism; I talk a little more about the Zune that Ken Kennedy sent me and my experience watching 18 month old vlogs; I mention the “Dave 100” project; I play a song by the Two Dollar Pistols and head off into the eggnogosphere.
On this show, I play a song by Coconut Monkeyrocket; we have the first part of our talk with the Reverend Ivan Stang of the Church of the Subgenius; I play a song by Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners; I talk about the spirit of punk and the idea of “that ain’t punk” and from there segue into discussing criticism with words where a little action would do better; I play an unreleased track from Jill Sobule and limp out of the show.
I play a song by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists; I talk about buying music from the people I play in the show; I discuss exhaustion and Uplifter ideals and getting the materials together for the Uplifter get-togethers; I play a quote from the Makena Music podcast; I play a song from Camper Van Beethoven; I discuss my attempts to lose weight; I play a song by Jill Sobule and Cyndi Lauper and then head out to Funkytown.
Update: If you enter the phrase “Evil Genius” in the comments section while you are placing your iPod Juice order, you’ll get free USPS shipping, so that ain’t bad. Thanks iPod Juice, for making this an even better deal.
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I play an unreleaased song by Jill Sobule; the majority of this episode is part one of my interview with John Rogers about the Global Frequency phenomenon; I play a song by Dick Richards for the soundtrack to Dhalgren and then it’s all over.
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A new experiment begins as I premiere the new Rocket City Riot album one track at a time and kick it off with an interview with John Mark King and play the first song; I play a promo for the Escape Pod podcast; I talk about whether I was “attacking” the guys from Echo Ditto (short answer: I don’t think so); I discuss the beginnings of my thoughts on “blockbusterism”, why I think it is harmful and why podcasting should fight against it; I play a song by Jill Sobule and toodle. This should in general have better sound levels than the first few Audio Hijack Pro episodes as I kind of figure out what I’m doing in this new setup. Also, I managed to get rid of most of the latency so I wasn’t slowly driven insane by the delayed echoes of my own voice.
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