Archive for the 'podcasts' Category Podcast 30: Inaudible Man

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 Podcast 30 is about the election, Prop 8, Harvey Milk, Lynndie England, Dan Savage, and lots of Russell Brand. It’s also about Obama, but he doesn’t actually say anything in the episode (hence the title), except for a little bit at the end, and he really doesn’t say anything then either. Mostly, it’s about how something I’ve imagined for such a long time can seem so different when it finally arrives.

Enjoy, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks.

Notes and sources follow…

part one: celebrity endorsements

part two: election day

part three: harvey’s big feet

part four: lynndie Podcast 29: A Sarah Palin Bestiary

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

I tried to resist, but like the Obama campaign, I was unable to prevent my narrative from being hijacked. So in the end I gave in and made Podcast 29 the All-Sarah Palin edition.

A recurring theme is how everyone (Sarah herself, Obama, me) can’t help likening her to various animals. By which I mean no disrespect; I think she’s a perfectly nice person. (Or pit bull. Or pig. Or post turtle. Or maybe, if you listen to the podcast and squinch your ears just right, a rabid skunk.)

Anyway, here’s a list of the content I ripped off for this episode: Podcast 28 – Beatlebamamania!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 Podcast 28 is about Beatlemania, Obamamania, the love of a good adversary, and learning to man up and commit already. Warning: includes foul-mouthed sex-advice columnist Dan Savage.

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Details: Podcast 27

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 Podcast 27 is all about the explicit-content rating: Grown-up talk about pre-marital (or extra-marital) sex of various skeezy varieties. Oh, and a nice long chunk on the Hillary-and-Bill-versus-Barack stuff from the campaign trail. Details below.

Special thanks, by the way, to Sven for turning me onto the Tool song, Adam for turning me onto the Patty Griffin song, and Dave for turning me onto Mute Math. My Robot Friend I came by on my own.

By the way, if you like these podcasts, please consider helping me get more listeners by casting a vote at Podcast Alley. You could also post a customer review at iTunes, if you’re feeling frisky. Podcast 26

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

The newest podcast is available: Podcast 26. This one features the following:

I really like how this one turned out, especially the part where I followed (sort of) listener pelonpelon’s suggestion and played around with mixing in a little Bush at the beginning of “Post-modern Sleaze”. Anyway, check it out. Podcast 25

Saturday, November 10th, 2007 Podcast 25 is the “fucking jail” edition, featuring:

In response to the feedback offered by Sven, I’ve cut back on the music (but the music I included is pretty badass). No Aly and AJ; I promise. Podcast 24

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Join me in exploring my obsessions in Podcast 24: lying politicians, in-the-moment actors and reporters, and teenage girl pop stars.

I don’t know what people think of this format I’ve been using for the podcasts lately; people are downloading them and presumably listening, but the number is small and I don’t get a lot of feedback.

I mostly make these as audio journals of the more-interesting stuff I’ve been listening to on my commute. When I hear something that makes me think, huh, I could listen to that again, I make a mental note to throw it in a podcast. Then I try to add some music that seems appropriate, either in terms of mood, or in terms of a specific lyrical commentary.

I don’t know that there are many other people doing podcasts like this, which may be trying to tell me something. But I find it interesting, and I enjoy listening to them myself (re-listening to them) during the commute.

Anyway, if you’ve listened to these recent ones and have any comments pro or con, feel free to pass them on. Thanks. Podcast 23

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Some Alberto Gonzales, some Larry Craig, some Miss Teen South Carolina… Podcast 23 has something for everyone. Podcast 22

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I had fun with the last one, so I kept going. podcast 22 follows the same approach, only moreso: Most of it is captured audio from YouTube (the new Napster), interspersed with shamelessly stolen music. I speak exactly 10 words in the whole thing. Podcast 21

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

If Podcast 21 were a person, it would be old enough to buy alcohol.

This show is dedicated to my mom. Podcast 20

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

It’s podcast 20, including:

  • Bush’s good week, what with rebounding polls, blowing up Zarqawi, a chance to play preznit in the Green Zone, and Rove’s non-indictment.
  • The Republican playbook for the midterm elections, in which I bone-headedly say “Republicans” (twice!) when I mean to say “Democrats”. See? The Republicans are everywhere! Aiyee!!
  • Julia’s imminent graduation from Santa Barbara Middle School, and a sneak preview of the speech I’ll be delivering in her honor tomorrow.
  • Some sailing I’ll be doing in the next month or so.
  • An extended paean to the Keith and the Girl podcast, including a description of why I think they’re so good for each other. Podcast 19

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Here’s podcast 19, in which I talk about:

  • The Haditha massacre, and Craig and trg34221’s comments about it.
  • Moral relativism, right-wing style.
  • Blue Grosbeaks and White-tailed Kites at the Carpinteria Bluffs.
  • Audio of my real-time reaction to an almost-accident when some paintings fly off the roof of a car in front of me.
  • The odd paradox of feeling like I’m not talking to anybody, really, so I can talk about anything I want, while realizing that actually, I’m publishing my comments for the entire world to download, should the world be foolish enough to want to.
  • Apropos of that, some (possibly too personal) detail about a visit to the doctor’s office that I made this week.

Get it while it’s hot. Podcast 18

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

I actually recorded this a week ago Friday, but didn’t get around to posting until now. Apologies for the delay. Anyway: podcast 18.

In this installment:

  • The recent announcement by the Cornell team of this past winter’s non-findings regarding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and my response to some of the discussion that has been taking place at Tom Nelson’s Ivory-bill Skeptic weblog. Note that at one point I refer to him as “Wilson”, and at another point as “Tim Nelson.” Sorry about that. Misidentifications everywhere you look!
  • Seeing Lazuli Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks, woo hoo.
  • Podcasts I’ve been listening to lately: The Hollywood Saloon, Filmspotting (née Cinecast), and Keith and the Girl.
  • The joys of vicarious domestic surveillance via the Internet.
  • The psychology of the long-distance commuter.

Enjoy! Podcast 17

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

More technologically-amplified meat flapping: podcast 17. Includes:

  • Audio of the Ray McGovern/Donald Rumsfeld debate.
  • Commentary on same.
  • A little about the Moussaoui verdict.
  • A mind-boggling amount of detail about the new birds I saw at the office this week.
  • Watching a missile launch from Manhattan Beach.
  • Ranting about Bush’s emotional problems.

Enjoy! Podcast 16

Friday, April 28th, 2006

I was feeling pretty low-energy when I started recording this, and I think it shows. For what it’s worth, though, here’s you go: Podcast 16.

  • A mention of coming attractions: The as-yet-unposted Tenth Anniversary Reader (sitting in my Drafts queue staring at me as I write this, waiting for me to find time to finish it).
  • A digression on why I’m really not interested in debating people who aren’t willing to accept even the possibility that they might be wrong. (I don’t state it that clearly in my comments, but in hindsight I think that’s what I was going for.)
  • An extended revisiting of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker controversy, this time with me providing more specifics about my objections to the approach taken by Sibley et al. in their criticisms of the rediscovery evidence.

That’s it. Podcast 15

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I was so jazzed about getting the last podcast successfully completed that I turned right around and recorded one the next day. So here you go: podcast 15.

This one covers:

  • Listening to Disney obsessives, especially Jesse O. of the MousePod.
  • Again with the new Pride and Prejudice adaptation. In this installment, I realize that my resistance to crediting Keira Knightly with the stunning performance she actually delivered was simply a recapitulation of the story’s main theme: It was my own pride and prejudice that prevented me from doing so. But I’ve come to appreciate the error of my ways.
  • Arguing with Andy and John of the Hollywood Saloon that they really ought to give chick-flicks a try.
  • More Austen adapations: Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Emma. Must-see chick flicks all.
  • Kick-ass podcast special effects: I’m interrupted by the sight of an actual whale.

So. There it is. Podcast 14

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Woo! I finally managed to record one and save it to disk without my battery expiring first: podcast 14. Featured drivel:

  • My bonehead consumerism with respect to the poorly named Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter.
  • A musical interlude from Rx of The Party Party, with his awesome mashup My name is Rx (mp3 file; streaming versions also available from his web site). Note that in the podcast I mistakenly say that the song is titled “Will the real Rx please stand up?”
  • The Ivory-billed Woodpecker rediscovery, David Allen Sibley, Guy McCaskie, my own history of obsessive birding, and how I was re-introduced to the hobby by my wife, Linda.

Podcastus Interruptus

Friday, April 7th, 2006

It won’t actually do you any good, but I wanted to mention that I’ve tried — twice now, dammit — to record a podcast for y’all. Both times I’ve suffered a lockup of my powerbook (I’m guessing due to my sleeping it, then shutting off/unplugging the USB mic; I think that’s exercising some bug or other), which has prevented me from saving the thing before the battery runs out.

It’s actually been fairly depressing. Those weren’t half-bad podcasts, at least by my standards.

Anyway, today I ordered a recording adapter and a new microphone for the iPod, and with any luck I’ll be able to use that to record the podcasts more reliably.

Anyway, keep the faith. More goodness shortly. Thanks. Podcast 13

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

If you’re dying to hear me go on (and on) about the usual stuff, here you go: Podcast 13. Among the usual stuff in this installment:

  • My take (at last!) on the Cheney shooting accident.
  • Some chatter about the Claude Allen shoplifting (sort of) story.
  • Gushing fanboy love for Paul Hackett, the Daily Show, and Ed Helms, and corresponding scorn for the Democratic party generally and Iraq-war-supporting tools in particular.
  • A (too brief) account of my (too brief) encounter with kickass Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA).
  • A shout out to the Best Podcast Evar: The Hollywood Saloon. Podcast 12

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Valued reader Bob writes to ask:

Where’s the Podcast? C’mon

Bob, this is for you: podcast 12. It was recorded three weeks ago, so it has nothing at all about Cheney’s shooting accident, Katrina-related recriminations, and the Dubai port deal, but I finally got around to editing out most of the ums and pauses and loud bangs when I doofishly smacked the microphone into something.

Left in are all of the following:

  • Extended discussion of my addiction to the game Halo. (Note: At one point I’m talking about the different enemy races in the game’s campaign mode, and I inadvertantly say “Covenent” when I meant to say “Flood” — and I don’t notice it as I’m talking, so I’m correcting myself here. Anyway, listen for that.)
  • A (very little) bit about George Bush and domestic eavesdropping.
  • Movie talk about Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility, Saving Private Ryan, and Rumblefish.

Knock yourselves out.