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Saturday April 01 2006

Waiting, as I am afraid I still am, for proper www service to resume has been intensely irritating, but thanks to Alex Singleton, I have been able to make progress on the podcasting front.

It’s very early days yet, and today’s effort is hardly more than an exercise in throat clearing.  My objective was merely to get something (anything) recorded, and sounding not too terrible.  In the event, Alex and I had a recorded conversation, about podcasting itself.  Alex then kindly installed two programmes on my computer - the first being the one which came with my Sony ICD-MX20, and the second being the zero cost programme called Audacity, which lots of podcasters apparently use and swear by – with which the necessary editing was done.  I have some learning to do about that bit, but it didn’t seem too hard.

One mistake I did make which caught me by surprise.  Before recording, I unplugged my phone.  Then we went out and had lunch, and I forgot to plug my phone back in again.  That one I did not see coming.

The next Brian Micklethwait podcasts, will, I promise, be about something else besides podcasting.

One further excuse for this effort.  When I used to edit pamphlets, I always made a point of publishing almost anything by a first-time writer.  My thinking was that if he had published nothing, getting him to submit something would be hard, because it had to live up to his probably very exalted idea of his talents.  Whatever he actually submitted was therefore bound to make him look bad.  But once I had got that first thing out of him, the incentive then changed.  Then, in order to make himself look less bad, he had to submit something further, that was better.  I have now put myself in the position of having to do more podcasting, and better.  Which I will try to do.

You’re too modest.  An excellent start.  I disagree with Alex when he says that most people listen to podcasts on their computer.  He underestimates the popularity of MP3 players in general and iPods in particular.  The next step is to get your podcast listed on iTunes!

Posted by Charles Pooter on 01 April 2006

Interesting point, Charles. I actually have an iPod but I really don’t like listening to podcasts on it: I like to listen to music while on the move. Perhaps others have different tastes…

Posted by Alex Singleton on 01 April 2006

Brian, I think you’re well suited to podcasting, I really hope there is more to come.  I like the observations you make, it is always interesting to hear your opinions on different subjects.  May I suggest for a future episode an interview/discussion with fellow LA member Dr Gabb?

I listen to podcasts mainly from them being downloaded automatically onto my iPod via iTunes, which is v. convenient and really sold podcasting to me.  I’m not sure what it would take to get yours listed, but there’s a section on iTunes for submitting them for consideration.

Posted by Ted Hoffman on 01 April 2006

Excellent.  Excellent sound quality; excellent content.  Brian, I think this is very much your thing and I hope you do many more - even you never do get off the subject of podcasting.

If we get a whole bunch of podcasts of this sort of quality - and Radio Blogger suggests that we might - it does pose some questions.  How do I find out about the good podcasts? and how do I listen to them?  Right now I am listening to them sat down in front of a computer.  But I’d rather listen to them while shaving, or cooking, or doing the ironing - in other words in those gaps that Radio 4 ought to fill.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 02 April 2006

The podcasts I’ve had a misfortune to listen to before didn’t sold me on the idea, frankly.
But you’d managed to lit up some inherent possibilities I didn’t think of, so may be I’ll be more sympathetic in the future.

I’ll listen to yours, if only to enjoy your delightful accent (strange thing: when I came to US after studying English for 10 years back in Russia I was very disappointed to learn I don’t understand a word that locals say; I concoled myself with a widespread notion that we were taught British English...now that I listen Brits speak...I think I was taught not just Russian English, but a regional Russian dialect of English)
In any case - I wish you both fame and fortune you so deserve, from podcasting or other crazy “egomaniac"s idea.

Posted by Tatyana on 02 April 2006

An interesting debut.

Have you considered re-using the “War Amongst the People vs Civil Liberties” talk in this format?

Posted by Cuchulainn on 04 April 2006

In terms of listening to podcasts, it is apparently possible to get a piece of kit that links to your PC via a wireless link (assuming you have a wireless connection) and allows you to listen to any of the myriad internet based radio stations and streamed broadcasts such as the BBC do anywhere in the house, even if the PC proper isn’t turned on.

I have no idea if this will allow listening to podcasts such as yours, but if it doesn’t , it surely won’t be long before it does. Even now I suppose you could set up a Radio Micklethwait…

Posted by ian on 07 April 2006
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