Posts Tagged ‘podcasting’


My Brilliant Little Geek, Part 2

April 17, 2010
  • Time: Tonight, 8:02 p.m.
  • Place: Weather Station 1, also known as the 70s rec room
  • Movie: Catch That Kid, starring Bella Swan, Jennifer Beals, some kid from High School Musical and Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother.

My son Tarzan, 6, spots my Nerd Herdles satchel for the first time. He’s very observant, and reads beyond his age, but the typeface confuses him.

  • T: “Is that a Star Trek bag?”
  • Me: “No, it’s a Nerd Hurdles bag.”
  • T: “What are nerds?”
  • Me: “It’s people who like stuff like comics and superheroes, and computers, and space. You know, like me.”
  • T: “And me.”
  • Me: “Well, sure.”
  • T: “So …. cool people.”

Can’t beat that one, ¬†folks.


Simply Syndicated Grows Again

October 1, 2009

Regular visitors to this spot know how big a deal Simply Syndicated is to me. The British podcasting network has kept me entertained, amused and informed for years, and when Starbase 66 joined the network earlier this year I was like a little kid the morning of his birthday. It has been very cool to have been a part of this diverse, vibrant community for so long. I made some fantastic imaginary friends, and came out of a pretty thick shell. It has made me a better person, I’d say.

Case in point: I no longer hate the English.

When you think about it, I have every reason to. I’m Irish, Scottish, African and North American Indian. Not one of those branches of my family ever got a fair shake from the English. And as everyone knows, Irish Scottish African Indians can carry a grudge a long, long time.

But through Simply Syndicated, I came to realize that the crimes of their ancestors are no reason to distrust or dislike today’s English, many of whom are cool and geeky like me, and some of whom can cook really good food, despite what you may have heard.

Anyway, Simply Syndicated added three new programs this week. Two of them are, like Starbase 66, existing shows joining the network. These are shows I have enjoyed for a long time (and cross-pollinated with in our loose federation), so this is welcome news that has been a long time coming. They are:

  • Here Goes Nothing: A British show about nothing, but not in the ironic Seinfeld sense. It’s actually about nothing. Boz and Dave kept things humming for the better part of a year until our old pal Casey joined the fun, and now it’s better than ever. It’s a talk show about whatever’s up that week, with beer reviews and occasional ninja battles.
  • Nerd Hurdles: This Canadian show is a favourite of mine. Jakob and Mandi explore the “geek factor” that may hold us back from enjoying certain things, like superheroes, robots, Twilight or Star Trek. It’s always a fun, goofy yet extremely intelligent and observant romp with two hosts who share a rare and special dynamic. Listen for the creepy manservant …

These new shows will be joined by something we’ve been hearing about for a while. Simply Syndicated guru Richard Smith is finally launching his tech show; Tech Support Rich is on its way. Gee, I didn’t know he likes to talk about gadgets and computers and stuff

Also new is Simply Read, an online magazine that will feature articles for and by the listeners and show producers. I plan to launch a new weekly column called Naughty Trek Limericks. You know you love it.

  • Simply Syndicated has a thriving fan base, with busy forums, a chat room, live shows, T-shirts, you name it. Pay it a visit. Links to the other things I’ve talked about are lower on this page.

Night Arrows

September 14, 2009

This is a rough transcription of a conversation I had with a guy in a robe at an SCA event here this weekend:

  • Him: “What does your T-shirt say?”
  • Me (pulling camera bag strap away so he can read it): “Prepare the Night Arrows.”
  • Him: “What does that mean?”
  • Me: “In the movie Timeline …”
  • Him: “Oh, from Timeline, okay.”
  • Me: “I guess you’ve seen it.”
  • Him: “What’s Simply Syndicated dot com?”
  • Me: “It’s a podcast network. Night Arrows is kind of an in-joke.”
  • Him: “I’m not even sure what it means.”
  • Me: “Okay, remember the battle scene with all the flaming arrows? And suddenly the English decide to use night arrows? Which are just regular arrows, but the French can’t see them in the dark? It’s used as an example of movie stupidity.”
  • Him: “I don’t remember that part.”
  • Me: “Were there ever such a thing as night arrows?”
  • Him: “I don’t think so.”
  • Me: “It’s one of the problems with that movie.”
  • Him: “Timeline had way bigger problems than that, forsooth, verily, etc.”

I might have exaggerated that last bit somewhat.

Learn more about Night Arrows here, and visit Simply Syndicated here.


Lost: Season 6

September 9, 2009

There are still a few months to go before Lost comes back for its final season. In the meantime, you can get your Lost fix by rewatching old episodes — something I do every summer, and I always find something new — or listening to some of the fine Lost podcasts out there. I’ve mentioned Jay and Jack and The Transmission before, but here are the two newer shows I tune into without fail:

  • Rethinking Lost: This series, produced by Scott and Elton from Apotheosis of a Bombast, is a fresh look at things you might think you already know. It’s fun, it’s fast and it’s informative, and reminds me each week that I am not as think as I smart I am when it comes to Lost.
  • LostChatter: Erik, Nathan and Joe from the RandomChatter network dig into Lost on this program, which avoids recaps and rehashes and instead explores what’s going on deep inside the mythology of the show.

Now, there are a lot more Lost podcasts out there, so you can definitely find one that’s right for you. Start here. You can also subscribe via iTunes.



August 17, 2009

Like we needed another new word that ends with “…casting.”

A few months after I took Weather Station 3 off the air, I find myself missing the opportunity to tell you what I really think about things. So I’m trying this microcasting idea. It’s pretty cool. is a Twitter-like site that allows users to upload short-form podcasts, music, rants, jokes, etc. I had heard about it a few weeks back, and today I decided to try it out.

  • Day 1 Review: Chirbit is great! It’s fast and easy to use (so far) and offers a clean, basic interface, which I love. There are no stats or anything like that, but that is no longer a priority for me, not for these little short jobbies. Besides, if this takes off, I can see third-party developers coming up with Twittery add-ons. There may also be issues with iTunes, as I’m hearing from listeners. It appears you can upload to Chirbit from an iPhone, but subscribing may be an issue. I’ll tinker with that as I go. For now, I like it as it is. So far, so good.

This will allow me to supplement this blog with audio without having to develop a regular weekly show. It’s kind of neat; Weather Station 3 began as a short test podcast, and grew into something else. Now I’m back where I started, sort of. Let’s see how this plays out. I’ve added an RSS feed to the right, as you can see, and I’ll do the Feedburner thing a little later.

Visit Weather Station 4 here.

Meanwhile, I’m remixing the old WS3 theme music with a new guitar bit, so you’ll hear that soon.


Starbase 66

July 4, 2009

Subscribe to Starbase 66: The International Star Trek and Science Fiction Podcast via iTunes or at Simply Syndicated.


Podcasting On The Cheap

June 30, 2009

Part of the appeal of podcasting is that anyone can do it. Really, all you need is the ability to say something and a way to distribute that something. Of course, while anyone can do it, it doesn’t mean anyone will listen.

Getting started in podcasting is fairly simple. My first stab at it was recorded with a microphone I bought for the kids to mess around with a few years ago. I think it was $10 at Wal-Mart. I soon learned the importance of quality microphones, USB interfaces and mixers, editing software and other technical tweaks.

But many people podcast via cellphones, or directly into their computers’ onboard microphones. Some forego computers altogether, recording into MP3 players or other gadgets.

And then there’s this guy. I think he’s my new hero.

I have no idea who he is, or what his podcast is about, but man, do I admire his ingenuity. Those microphones are sold at my dollar store; the tape makes it work all that much better, I guess, although I would be worried that heartbeats and tummygrumbles would be picked up by the mic.

I just wonder why he seems to be applying hand cream from that tube in the background while he’s on the air.