Description 09 - Pillow Fight Flash Mob!

A little bit of everything as I lose my direction and regain it at the same time. Sort of. Chart Magazine's Grist 13 and Shitty 7, music from Memory Bank, and me in the middle of Dundas Square yelping in about 40 different ways as I learn how weak my arm muscles are.

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Associated links:
Don Lennon
The Fight Network
A John Waters Christmas
Memory Bank @ myspace
Memory Bank not at myspace
newmindspace (who came up with this pillow fight flash mob and other great stuff)
NOW Magazine on gun violence in Toronto
The Santa Claus Parade (actually, this site scares me a little)

Now in the glory of 44.1 kHz and 96kbps, because God knows you need the best audio quality possible to hear me go "AH!" "ACK!" "OW!" "YIPE!" for about 5 or 10 minutes in the middle of the title event.

The thing I was going to write for this episode that I didn't was about crime in Toronto, inspired by the anti-gun event in Dundas Square the day of the flash mob. Here's the thumbnail: We're now up to 50 gun-related deaths this year, which has been talked about quite a bit. Many people where I come from can look at that stat and shrug. Well, you know Toronto... "it's so safe, it's so clean..." Relatively, it still is. The clean part has started to go slack, and I enjoy blaming that on less federal money for cities or something. But back in university, I lived in Rexdale and had a boyfriend in Jane/Finch (not far from York U.), and before I moved to the Annex, I lived a few years between Moss Park and Regent Park, and you didn't just go traipsing around at all hours alone. You don't really do that anywhere, but I felt especially alert in those neighbourhoods. It wasn't because they were "those neighbourhoods," but because I lived there and I saw what was going on and it made me nervous. So I paid attention and acted a bit psycho when I felt anyone following me (I'm pretty good at that, as you might have figured...) Of course, that isn't fair - we should always be alert in every neighbourhood. My old lame-ass car got broken into 3 times in my old neighbourhood (looking for anything to hock for crack money), but in this neighbourhood, it's still been broken into once. This is a city - bad things happen. Everyone likes to blame someone, and I enjoy blaming the Tories' cuts on education back in the day. But "those neighbourhoods" had and have some great programs; I think communities have become alert to taking control of their futures, and momentum is changing.

I'm sure I would've put some funny and poetic stuff in there too, but again, I didn't have time or the proper focus of mind. People get rushed or lazy or desperate, and that's one reason bad things happen, I guess. But sometimes you find yourself able to deal with it, perhaps even by smacking kids 20 years younger than you with pillows that cost more than they've earned in a week. And one of them finds your purse and reminds you just what city you live in.


Description 08 - The Red Green Show

(update at the end of this post!)
My parents, my godparents and I go to a taping of a tv show beloved on both sides of the border - at least among men who wear belts with their suspenders, which they can't help snapping. May include fake laughter, a singing debut and a foul-smelling hunting hat.

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Associated links:
The official Red Green site
CHCH Hamilton on Wikipedia
Alison Krauss and Union Station
The PBS Pledge Drive Drinking Game!
Red Green @ Home Envy (including many of Steve Smith's "North of 40" newspaper columns)

It's a cliche as old as podcasting itself, which, admittedly, isn't very old: "I'm sooo sorry my podcast is so late; life has been so crazy lately. No, really, it's been crazier than it ever is!" Man, that's annoying when someone says that. Uh, well, it's a cliche for a reason. But thanks for checking in.

Someday I'll get my normalization the way I want it.

Oddly enough, I was just watching the tv station now called CH, but it was "My Name Is Earl", that sweet new comedy that has Jason Lee wearing a mustache and acting like half the people I know back home, except Earl has decided to do good things after winning the lottery on a scratch ticket. It's the only new tv series this season I watch every week. For the last couple years, CHCH has been owned by a big media conglomerate that also owns the Global "network", National Post (where you can't read most of the stories without a paid subscription - bastards!) and some other stuff. I guess someone thought the extra CH was redundant. So these days they have more U.S. shows, some syndicated Canadian shows and their current affairs shows. Oh yeah, and the indie station where I come from, WUAB, is now a UPN affiliate. Such is the glorious world of broadcasting. Such is partially why some of us turn to podcasts.

I had my say about celebrity a few podcasts ago, but man, it was so cool to sit just a foot away from Steve Smith while he was talking to the audience (you wouldn't know that from his levels, but trust me). His son Dave was the MC for the taping; he's a big strapping bald fellow...and I remember him as a little kid in a short-lived series called Me & Max that came after Smith & Smith. (Yeah, they dug ampersands. Oh, and Max now runs the production company.) That's how long I've watched these people. And so I reward him by ripping off his stuff. Better get this episode now before I get some lawyer's name popping up in my gmail. But hey, S&S Productions guys, my faithful listeners from around the world, some of whom may have never heard of the show, will follow those links and buy all those tapes and books and 3M duct tape (didja know there's clear duct tape now? Huh?). Surely I'm paying my dues in fostering goodwill and bringing in new customers. Right? Right?

If Adam Curry can't pull off that spin in the European Parliament, I don't know what the chances are for the rest of us. But hey, taking a shot.

Update, March 26, 2008- Okay, it's taken a while, but we finally have a clip of the show featured in this episode, including Dad and Uncle Gary's vest-wearing moment in the sun.


Day Job Plug

I haven't talked much about my day job on the podcast yet, even though it influenced the podcast's name. Description (audio description, video description, descriptive video, described video - we can't even settle on a damn term, but we call it described video around here) is hard to explain without playing examples, and it's a bit trickier dancing around matters of copyright when it involves the company who pays you money (and the companies whose material we describe). Hopefully someday I can find a way to make it work. But for the moment, as our company continues to work on a new website, I can direct you to a project running via streaming tonight and tomorrow. (Yeah, great notice, huh? Sorry. I have the Canadian inept-promotion gene.)

Now the CBC has settled and all is back to abnormal, they're premiering the two-part miniseries Trudeau II: Maverick In the Making, which is a prequel to the brilliant Trudeau miniseries we did a couple years ago (available now with our DV on DVD, ahem). It's on CBC-TV tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm eastern each night, and the DV is on the SAP (Secondary Audio Program) on regular and digital cable, and on its own channel on Bell ExpressVu.

Whether you get the SAP in Canada depends on your region, cable system, and a bunch of crap I haven't figured out yet. It's a total pain in the ass. And of course, other countries have their own setups. But this airing cuts through all that, because the DV audio is also running on our sister station VoicePrint Canada, which streams online. It's an .asx thing, but it's something. So wherever you are in this big ol' world, if you have a chance, duck in and catch a minute of it and go "ooooh, so THAT's what she does. That's kinda cool."


Description 07 - The Last 6 Ross Party

An era ends as a house gets condemned and a pack of musicians and ne'er-do-wells grow up in spite of ourselves. Includes music by Galore, Brian Dennehy's deep fried PB&J and someone throwing a mixing board at a television.

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Associated links:
National Anthem
Galore @ MySpace
Memory Bank (and @ MySpace)
The Ladies and Gentlemen
Crash Test Dummies
Tom Rivers Obituary
White Cowbell Oklahoma (had a housewarming party the same night, and THEY know how to use a dang fog machine)

Much of this podcast sounds particularly weird, especially the host stuff in the apartment. It's like all the creepy, tinny sounds we hate about noise-reduction without the actual noise-reduction. Oh, well. C'est le podcast.

So many more beautiful people could've been mentioned on this 6 Ross episode: Stewart Whitehead (ex-Grace Babies, now Talladega) had a story about Kevin burning something in the kitchen because he was in the shower "multitasking". Ron Koop of Tim Mech's Peep Show was a core 6 Ross-er (with Kev and Gooch and the Doctor) who didn't make it to the party, but you heard him talking CFL on Description 05. And Moe Berg (who you heard on Description 01 and produced the Galore track in this episode) would've been around except for the fact he was DJ'ing as usual at The Tap, which is where you're most likely to see the guys on any other Saturday night around last call. It's because of Moe I know any of these people (and many others I'm leaving out), and I may be more indebted to him for that than anything else.

I don't care what Kevin says: I watched Craig trying to take down the huge model of the Enterprise that used to hang from the centre room while Bonnie was crushing beer cans. That was so not like them, and I can't make shit like that up.


Your hostess with the most-ess

So there I was, minding my own business going through my Bloglines, and I check out the rss feed on paved.ca: your GTA roadmap, an excellent daily blog about stuff happening around T.O. There's some mention about Toronto podcasts, so I follow the link to the post. And there's a plug for Description! Holy crap! To the best of my knowledge (I'm too used to using that phrase at work), I've never had the podcast plugged by a site to whom I haven't contributed something. And the man behind paved is Marc Weisblott, who has been a ubiquitous media guy in this town as long as I can remember. (eye Magazine? Radio? Forums? Who's surprised he has a blog?) Evidently, I'm a "hostess," to use his terminology, which makes me feel like I should be wearing black slacks and blouse and should wear my hair in a sleek ponytail. (Fine, picture in your head what you want. Saves me the trouble of grooming.)

The show was grouped with an very interesting and much better-looking diary-type thing called Quirky Nomads because it's maintained by a person who's also from the States. The big quote from that one is "The story of a family that said, 'If the Republicans get any worse, we're moving to Canada.' And then? They really did." The Reagan-era Republicans of the time I first left were pretty bad, but they didn't really send me screaming to the Peace Bridge. Maybe if I'd stuck around, they would've.

It seems we were grouped together in this paved post because, as Marc writes, "Given how the overhyped medium has been slower to ignite in Canada than the U.S., maybe it's not a coincidence that both [podcasts linked] are from Americans who've taken up residence here." I don't know. As explained too often here, I found out about podcasting from a Canadian on a Canadian radio show, and was ultimately inspired by a Dutch/American guy, a British guy and a New Zealander. So go figure. Maybe there's something to be said for the American propensity to just say shit without considering any consequences, leaning on the notion that to have just said something was noble enough. I don't actually believe that, but perhaps it's in my DNA somewhere. Maybe it's my ebonics? Yeesh...

Now I sort of know what it feels like when, say, Indian actors are grouped together in some sort of comparison just because they happen to be of Indian descent. US people will become an "ethnic" group yet, dang it.

Sorry, this all sounds like I didn't appreciate the link. I often sound like that. But I completely appreciated it. It's just that this was the first time I've looked at the podcast from another perspective, and it was interesting. So thanks, Marc. Keep on paving.


Description 06 - CBC Time

I dig deep into our public broadcaster as it faces its biggest crossroads ever. Why should I care? You'll find out, and hear from a Nobel laureate, a former Prime Minister and Canadians who spearheaded the latest podcasting revolution.

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Associated links (deep breath...):
CBC on Wikipedia
CBC Unplugged
(Jeff Allen just told me that in the podcast, I referred to this site as CBC Unlocked. D'oh! Sorry. Thanks, Jeff - who also encouraged me to go to the second meetup. CBC Unlocked is the one below...)
CBC Unlocked (locked-out CBC'ers writing news stories they should've been writing for cbc.ca if they weren't locked out.)
The Caravan Unlocked (Shelagh Rogers' cross-country blog/podcasts)
King of Kensington on Wikipedia
Great Ottawa Citizen article on The Beachcombers (Strangely, on a site about the great Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood, who evidently guest-starred)
Massey Hall
R.H. Thomson's ShakespeareWorks
Alice Munro in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Royal Canadian Air Farce
The Right Honourable Joe Clark on about.com
June Callwood in the CBC archives
Jian Ghomeshi (or, as we called him when he was CYSF President at York U., "Jean Ghomeshi")
Dr. John C. Polanyi
Parachute Club

Dang, that's a lot of links. There are even more blogs and such, but you can go to the huge list of links to them on CBC Unplugged while they all remain or mutate into what they will become.

This podcast has the maximum edits I will EVER do for a podcast EVER! So many people doing so much different cool stuff. This whole CBC Lockout thing, while an event that shouldn't have happened in the first place, gave a lot of people's heads a shake, including mine. And it gave me some amazing new experiences. (Yes, it's all about me...)

Once of the cool things that happened is I met Justin Beach, another US expat who married a nice Canadian girl and found himself in the middle of this lockout thing. He's smarter than me, and just about as nuts. I met him at Tod Maffin's first meetup I mentioned a while ago. At the second one last Thursday, he generously offered to host the podcast files, so I'm taking him up on it in the next couple weeks. You may have noticed I've taken the first step and moved the feed to feedburner. Again, it's a process, so bear with me.


Once upon a time...

Last month, I was hedging about just doing these little podcasts occasionally, and now here I am with a message from libsyn saying I've exceeded my monthly space limit! So it's pretty academic there'll be no podcast this week. I still have material from the CBC End the Lockout rally and now last night's final 6 Ross party (more on that later) burning a hole in my iRiver. Oh, well. Newbies have to learn to pace themselves...uh, and maybe shut up a little more? Yeah, working on that.

Turns out a tiny piece of that End the Lockout recording is up somewhere else, though. The following night, I was honoured to attend a meetup (my first "meetup"! Cool.) Tod Maffin had put together at a local restaurant not far from the CBC Broadcast Centre. It was great to speak in more detail with Tod and a wonderful group of geeks, locked-out CBCers and supporters. During the night, Tod noted that he'd like to get his hands on the rally's eloquent speech by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark (long-time Progressive Conservative leader and Prime Minister for a cup of coffee starting in 1979) so he could transcribe it. Remembering I'd recorded it, I got to my iRiver when I got home and listened for it. Since I'd been in the right balcony, the levels were all over the place, so I did some very quick and very dirty amplifications on Audacity so he'd get the words, then I fired it off to him. Just found out this morning he's put the track on his space and it inspired a Saturday post on CBCUnplugged with props to me! Wicked! The messy amps are still intact, which is kinda cringe-y, but the message is intact as well, and that's what's important.

So there I was in Description 02 talking about Tod and how he and other CBC people have utilised podcasting and blogging in new and historic ways, and now I find myself playing a tiny part in it. Such is the fairytale nature of this podcasting thing.


Description 05 - Monte-freakin'-forte!

We're living in a powderkeg and giving off sparks as we go to the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for a rare performance by Monteforte, who inspire everyone (especially men) to dance like they're still in Grade 8. Also, watching the CFL, a plea for groin-rubbing, and somebody's hair kicking somebody else's hair's ass.

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Associated links:
The Horseshoe Tavern
Canadian Football League
Tim Mech's PeepShow (the band Ron Koop's in)
Jennifer Foster

We should be able to get away with all this music being lavishly un-podsafe, since I talk over some of it (though you can't understand most of what I'm saying) and the recording quality is what you'd figure from a person moving all around a club and dancing with a iRiver and Griffin mic clipped to her little purse. But really, MF is not really about the quality of the music as it is...uh, showmanship, and...er...passion...oh, and an excuse to get drunk. So you pretty much get that here.

I wish I'd been able to say more about the 'shoe. Behind the back bar (where I ended up in the first segment) is a collection of hundreds of bumper and band stickers, as well as a little Elvis shrine. Above the checkerboard dancefloor (which was full most of the night) is a recreation of a massive poster for the film Bye Bye Birdie. Probably thousands of people have an image of Ann-Margaret spinning in their heads from glancing up at that ceiling. Not a bad thing.

So what was in the second MF set? Sweet Caroline, Lick It Up, Gypsies Tramps and Thieves, Fame, and it just goes on and on. And to settle the discussion in the restroom, they played THREE Bon Jovi songs, which is one above the municipal limit.


A podcast I hope you never hear

(contains coarse language)

Last night, I was at Massey Hall for a big rally calling for the end of the 6-week-long lockout of 5500 CBC employees. I took the iRiver and filled it up with sound - to the point that when I finally met the guy who first told me about podcasting, Tod Maffin, there was no room on the iRiver for him! - but you may not hear it for a while. With any luck, you'll never hear it, because I may not make a podcast of it if this thing gets settled by the time I get around to it. I already have a show to edit together before that, so maybe... But I wanted to at least mention the event now while it's still relevant.

I'll be noting this on a podcast sooner or later, but the CBC had a lot to do with why I'm a Canadian today. I grew up just across Lake Erie and got some of their radio and TV. It completely sucked me in. The CBC taught me enough about Canada that made me feel comfortable, and inspired me to actually come up here and learn that I do in fact belong. As a public broadcaster, it was started to reach people in a ridiculously spread-out geographical area and make them feel that they belong to a country called Canada, a country that is unlike any other. After 70 years and the technological advances that have ensued, I believe the CBC still has that role. Others, people who have lost focus or have their heads up their ass or who really deep-down wish they were American (ooo, don't get me started...), think the CBC is now an anachronism. Some of those people may even be running the place. And they (the CBC as a body) all find themselves where they are now, ever-so-gently killing themselves by draining themselves of blood they don't think they need. People who commit suicide often don't think of everyone they'll affect by their death. The rally was basically a ton of potential mourners saying QUIT FUCKING KILLING YOURSELF!

I saw and heard lots of amazing stuff last night: the often-reclusive author Alice Munro getting her dander up, Don Ferguson doing his classic Brian Mulroney impression, Dr John Polanyi comparing these times to the trial of Socrates (while being much more entertaining than that sounds), George Stroumboulopoulos growing in a beard like he'll be joining the Deftones any day, Federal NDP leader Jack Layton teaching me (directly to me!) about Massey Hall's long history as a venue for union events, Peter Mansbridge and Shelagh Rogers (the CBC's king and queen, the latter of whom has been podcasting across the country) with their arms around each other. It was fucking wicked.

So I must ask you to check out CBCUnplugged (Tod's site about this stuff, which kind of started it all), Shelagh's Caravan (a fellow blogspot site), CMG Locked Out Live (with streaming video) and CBC Unlocked (locked-out journalists keep doing the news) and myriad lockout blogs to see how the new technology has helped people to continue, against all odds, to make Canadians everywhere feel that they still belong.

Oh, and I remembered there's a Lush nearby in the Eaton Centre, so I finished that errand from Description 04. Good times all 'round.


Description 04 - Everybody's Famous

Scenes from the Toronto International Film Festival, which may or may not include big stars, screaming girls with varying motivations, a parade of singing Christians and errands that don't get done. And why would it matter? I also stop by the CNE midway for more joyful noise.

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Associated links:
Toronto International Film Festival (official site)
The TIFF Group (who do good stuff all year long)
Toronto Star's TIFF blog
Lush Canada - Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Canadian National Exhibition

I'm trying to make the shows shorter, so here's something that didn't make the cut on this episode. After the stuff that's in the soundseeing tour in Yorkville, I walked toward home past the Hotel InterContinental, another hotel with a great deal of film festival action (junkets and the like). I decided to take a shortcut around the side past the SkyLounge, a courtyard with a balcony and nice greenery. People and cameras were scattered about as casual interviews were going on. I was the only one on the other side of the low fence, pretending to talk on my cellphone as the iRiver was running, so I didn't want to spend much time there gawking.

In my glancing, I noticed David Boreanaz ("Angel," though he's in a new series and was promoting the film These Girls), but no one else in particular. There was this one guy, though, sitting at a table, looking toward me. I had a hard time not staring, first because he was a striking-looking guy, and second because he looked like Cillian Murphy, best-known perhaps for Red Eye, Batman Returns and 28 Days Later, but whom I know best for playing Scarlett Johansen's boytoy in Girl With a Pearl Earring, a film we described at work (a friend helped me get the pronunciation of his name at the time). But for all the trivial who's-in-town chatter I'd heard during the fest, I hadn't heard that Cillian Murphy had a film in it, so I concluded he was simply a guy who just looked like him. Back and forth I paced, jabbering into my phone and my iRiver, glancing around and describing as best I could, and my eyes kept going back to this guy, whose piercing eyes would then meet mine, and cause me to glance away again. Eventually I walked off and to home, searching my vast knowledge for a Cillian Murphy film that would be here, and finding nothing. Oh well, but man, that guy looked like Cillian Murphy. Maybe I'd see him around town some other time, and that would be cool, because he was pretty hot and he'd been looking at me.

The next night on Rogers Televsion, I saw the red carpet coverage of a new Irish film starring Liam Neeson.

And there was Cillian Murphy.


Description 03 - Niagara

Off I go to Niagara Falls to meet the parents almost halfway. We smuggle the iRiver into the Fallsview Casino and find a great place there you can enjoy for free. And ever wonder why the falls haven't been worn all the way down by erosion? Dad has some little-known facts...

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Associated links:
Niagara Fallsview Casino
Niagara Falls Tourism
Niagara River Water Diversion (if you're like my Dad and watch lots of the Discovery Channel)

I take no responsibility for what I write on the rest of this post, because I happen to be at the cafe where I started, and they're playing Hilary Duff's Most Wanted. Is it just me, or is her face starting to look like Kylie Minogue's?

Btw, no music on this episode, unless you count the background tunes in the casino and in the park: Turtles, Frankie Valli, Seals & Crofts, Bryan Adams, and of course Chris DeBurgh. Even without the music, the show is still getting longer - a trend I'll try to stem. (Shutting up might be a thought...) Also, I'm still working on remembering to turn down the recording volume so I'm not so bloody loud.

I'm not saying much here about Hurricane Katrina because a) the podcasts aren't especially time-specific, b) I don't think anyone's visiting this blog yet and c) there are a tons of other blogs, podcasts and sites doing a remarkable job. I did my thing at the Canadian Red Cross site a few days ago, then just learned my beautiful hosts at libsyn are offering free basic service for a year for anyone who puts up a $50 donation! Oh, well. I probably would've felt wierd doing that anyway, getting something in return. But good for those guys for such a great idea. I think the best site to start with - whether you're deciding where to donate, have something more to donate than cash (volunteer time, geek stuff, etc.), or you're looking for people - is the Katrina Help Wiki. And for some good old-fashioned venting, dig the Rabbit Blog, where that girl is kicking some ass what needs kicking.

The country I come from isn't looking very good at the moment. But this is another chance for the vast majority of good, well-meaning, humane Americans to rise up against the ones who set everybody up for this with painful short-sightedness at best, and...I shudder to think...at worst.

Okay, now they're starting to play Lindsay Lohan. I better get out of here.


Description 02 - Canadian Tire

Okay, I think we're up to beta now, but only just. The mike setup seems to be okay (though with no soundproofing and with the classic whine of the iMac CRT) and I have access to another computer that's much bigger and speedier, while there's still a little inconvenience involved - though when is there not? Maybe the only thing left that really needs fixing is me.

And so here's the description for this description...

So what is it about this podcasting thing? And what could it possibly have to do with Canadian Tire? Also, music from National Anthem, the laughter of children, and an encounter with a blow-up goalie.

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Links related to Description 02:
CBC Unplugged
National Anthem
Wikipedia's Canadian Tire article
Le Golie!
A wonderful poem about Toronto which mentions Jean Sibelius Park (see stanza 5)


Description 01, and this time I mean it.

Because I've shed audioblog, had a dalliance with podbus, and now have settled happily with libsyn. (Thank you Mitch at lockergnome!) To make up for the cafe computer not burning and not accepting my flash drive, I uploaded to my xdrive account (which I hadn't visited in a long while) with their new snazzy accelerator feature, which was quite impressive. Downloaded again this morning, burned proper to keep, and fired it up to libsyn. And there it sits in all its newbie full-sized glory for you to enjoy or at least tolerate.

So, the "description" for the episode?
Yikes, it's the alpha version of this podcast. What's the deal with calling this thing "description"? I try to explain while mikes go goofy and neighbours play classical music loudly. Also, music from Moe Berg, getting everything but Greek at Taste of the Danforth, and Canada's National Band of the Naval Reserve gets funky.

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And as if this wasn't enough, it turns out my voice was on the BBC today! I did know the regional tv show Midlands Today would have a report on podcasting featuring Dubber and Spoons Take the Bus, a very entertaining podcast out of Birmingham I guested on Canada Day (buscast 030) while in England and voiced a promo for when I got back home. What I didn't know was that part of the revised promo would be played on the report! WTF?! At any moment, my head could still implode.
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And here's the associated website article that makes me sound kind of psychotic, since, well, I may have been. But tv's Dr. David Gregory got it wrong that I paid for my bus ticket - the guys did both times. Maybe more on the whole lovely day another time.


well, that explains it...

Aha! Audioblog can only take files up to 10MB at a time. Took a bit of doing to run across that information. I guess in the interest of customer service (and podcasty enclosure excuses maybe), instead of telling you your file is too big, they just smush it for you beyond recognition. That's nice of them. It was also nice of them to give me that 7-day trial period, because I'll be outta there very soon.
So I kind of had to go back to where I was about 24 hours ago literally and figuratively. (I'm in the same exact chair I was when this fun started.) Now I have the flash key, but this computer won't read it. Still, my old pal xdrive may yet save the day. More super-exciting updates to come...yawn...

The Morning After

In the rather pleasant light of dawn, though seen through eyes almost swollen shut from lack of sleep, it's pretty clear I'm not technically ready to be podcasting to any regular extent (the plan has been to do it weekly, but when do my plans ever work out?). I'll see how audioblog reacts to my queries, see if I can come up with another episode in the next couple weeks, and think about things being more regular in the next month, when my financial situation improves markedly. (And welcome to my long sentences.)

In the meantime, I guess I'll keep this blog going, in part to document my progress. Why let these long sentences in me go to waste? (Uh, don't answer that.)

When I got this jacked-up iMac CRT last year used at CPUsed, I didn't know there was such a thing as podcasting. I was just going to continue on with my site and maybe record audition mp3s for my freelance voiceover work. So this contraption looked pretty good at the time, although I didn't expect the noise it makes. Now, a year on, it's a very different world, while I and my same old anxieties live in it. I swear, me and computers is getting like my mom and dad and cars: get something used, and it's only a few months before we have our eye out for something else used that just a leeeeetle bit better. I didn't think I was like that, but here I am.


And so the learning begins. Description 01

Holy jeez, this doing my first podcast has been nothing but fun. And now the sarcasm has been established. :-)
My iMac can't handle 40 minutes of Audacity-native file, my MXL 990 mic got buzzier than usual, so I switched to the iRiver, a battery went dead, things that were supposed to be 44.1 ended up 32, someone else has description.blogspot.com, I forgot to take my Traveldrive to the cafe and used a computer with no CD-RW, so I just have the file that's on audioblog...and how did my 21MB file become 8MB? Yes, you people who have done, say, more than one podcast can answer that, and wonder why I'd go through all this newbie nonsense. We may find out someday. Or maybe there are clues in the podcast itself. (I'm not a newbie at teasing, evidently.)

[8.18: I've deleted the episode description because it's up on the post where I uploaded the podcast well and proper, and the audioblog subscribe/download links, because they're no good.]

If you're getting the idea of how green I am here, you'll have already assumed I haven't gotten to bothering with iTunes publishing yet. And you'd be right.