You Chose Poorly S02E08 - WiiU

Mikey and Sawyer detail the history of the Wii, the WiiU, and the Switch, and why one just quite isn’t like the others.

Links:

Fran’s Not Here S03E03 - This Thing Has Six

This is a city full of coffee places and no coffee or whatever.

Show notes:

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Sawyer Paul and Robert Pilgrim. Read blog posts about each episode. The show is hosted at Anchor, where you can subscribe however you want.

You Chose Poorly S02E07 - Zune

Mikey and Sawyer talk about the Nintendo Switch OLED, and then dive into the Zune and how it might be one of the biggest You Chose Poorly objects so far, especially now that Windows has finally dropped all those live tiles.

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You Chose Poorly S02E06 - Pro Wrestling

Mikey and Sawyer discuss being lifelong pro wrestling fans, being open and social about their fandoms, off seasons, being forced to watch WCW in 2000, buying into WWEs ethos, and having AEW change the conversation.

Links:

You Chose Poorly S02E05 - Typing and Teaching

Sawyer and Mikey talk about keyboards, life being easy, Guess Who, teaching online and during the pandemic, and new retro portable video game consoles.

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You Chose Poorly S02E04 - Trash Cans and Recycling Bins

Mikey and Sawyer talk about tech keynotes, Windows, The Mac, wanting to be sold an iPad, and whether or not caring about these things is a good idea.

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You Chose Poorly S02E03 - Cheating

Mikey and Sawyer talk about messing with Apple Watch data. It leads into a larger topic of cheating in video games.

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You Chose Poorly S02E02 - Follow Up

Mikey and Sawyer follow up the debut episode with some more insights on their new machines, old habits and muscle memory, audio fetishization, and text files. Remember: the real fetish object is the time alone.

Links:

You Chose Poorly S02E01 - Put More Lights in Me!

Mikey and Sawyer discuss new computers, if they deserve to be happy, iPhones, filling the bars, AMD & M1 vs Intel, Da Vinci Resolve, and more in the first episode of You Chose Poorly Season 2!

Apologies for the audio quality in this episode. Did we mention we got new computers and haven’t quite figured it out yet?

Links

iPhone XR - Wikipedia

iPhone XS - Wikipedia

Apple M1 - Wikipedia

Mikey’s Computer:

Sawyer’s Computer (Canada Computers Link)

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 3200MHz
  • WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 1TB
  • B450 Motherboard
  • MACUBE 310 White ATX Mid Tower

Fran’s Not Here S02E10 - Stupid Famous

I can’t even cook or whatever.

Show notes:

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Sawyer Paul and Robert Pilgrim. Read blog posts about each episode. The show is hosted at Anchor, where you can subscribe however you want.

Podcasts worth hearing, April-May 2020

There’s finally enough time to make lots of podcasts, but not enough time to listen to them all

I didn’t do an album of the day today. I spend the day listening to podcasts, and then realizing that I hit a point where I’ll never catch up. There’s just no way I’m going to listen to the last four weeks of shows.

I changed the settings in Overcast to only keep the most recent episode. So if three weeks goes by, there won’t be a massive backlog. Most podcasts don’t really require completion” in the same way that FM radio doesn’t.

But even then, I feel like I’ll miss most of them. I love podcasts, but they’re just not fitting into my pandemic life right now.

Wrestlespective - Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena (Firefly Fun House at WrestleMania 36

I was on Jason’s podcast again, talking about a very unique wrestling match.

For those who haven’t seen it, it’s sort of a reward for (very) long-term wrestling viewing. Wrestlespective listeners probably got all of it, but newer fans might not have appreciated all the deep cuts in this one. It’s a wrestling match where the moves” are psychological callbacks to John Cena’s career failures. There are other cinematic”-style wrestling matches but there’s nothing quite like this. I had lots of fun diving into this with Jason, and I thank him for giving me a space to unpack it as best as I could.

Anchor just made it easier to start a podcast while we’re all social distancing

The Verge:

Anchor, the podcast-making app now owned by Spotify, is launching a feature today that’ll make it easier for friends to record shows together from afar. The feature, called Record With Friends 2.0, allows people to record a podcast from their browser, even if they don’t have an account with Anchor. Up to five people can record at once, although the host still has to use the Anchor app.

Holy crap. If the audio is good—and that’s a big if—that’s a major hurdle in podcasting that Anchor just overcame.

Podsync turns Youtube channels into video podcasts

I like videos on youtube, but I don’t like Youtube itself. I don’t like its recommendation system, its radicalization of ideas through its algorithm.

Podsync solves this problem. Using the app (or the Siri Shortcut) I can take any youtube channel and turn it into a video podcast. I haven’t subscribed to video podcasts in like, ten years, but this is definitely a better way of experiencing these videos. I can watch them offline now, but most importantly, the end of the video won’t send me somewhere I didn’t intend to go.

#Podcasting is as cheap as ever

#Podcasting is as cheap as ever

In the last year, I’ve slowed down on podcasting, but I still like the medium a great deal. I still pay attention to the trends of how it’s done, and read a lot about process. It’s a fun hobby to follow, because there’s actually not much to it.

In DIY podcasting isn’t as cheap as you’d think, Khe Hy argues that there’s a fairly high bar for decent production:

Wait, there are setup costs? Couldn’t you just slap an iPhone on a coffee table, pull up the voice recorder app, and start talking? In theory, yes, but here was my first gross underestimation: Live audio is a technical, cumbersome, and unforgiving medium. If you want a half-decent audio experience for your listeners (and trust me, even your besties have many, many high-quality options), you need to mitigate background noise, sirens, dogs, clinking jewelry, and AC vents—which is hard without some investment in specialized audio equipment. I settled for the middle of the road technology, and it still set me back more than I was expecting.

While this isn’t quite as crazy as what Dan Benjamin suggests in The Podcast Method, Hy’s setup is pretty expensive. And to someone who’s just looking to start, this can be intimidating advice.

I wrote a post a few years back called How to publish a podcast on the cheap in 4 steps with lots of compromises, and most of that advice still works today. I’m not against people spending money on this if they’re enjoying that fetish process, but it absolutely isn’t required. The only pay wall to podcasting is the one you build yourself.

Hy also talks about post-production and editing, and how much of a time suck it can be. In this regard, Hy is completely correct: it can take so much longer to post-produce audio than you think.

Jocelyn K Glei talks about this on a recent episode of Hurry Slowly. She unpacks her shows’ planning process and gives an accurate description of a common podcasting conundrum: how much time do I actually want to spend making this perfect?

It’s a question everyone should ask. I, for one, very much fall on one extreme side: I don’t post produce at all, and I often use inexpensive recording equipment. I want to spend 99% of the time recording the show, and 1% uploading it.

The only thing I’m kinda fetishistic about is writing show notes, but even I purposefully ignore them sometimes.

Again, if you like post production audio work, awesome. Podcasting can a bottomless well of work. Depending on who you know, it may even be lucrative. But just like how you don’t need anything other than your phones’ mic to record, you don’t need to edit, and you don’t need to pay a hosting site, and you don’t need to sell ads. If any of this is stopping you from making a podcast, quit worrying about it. Just start.

International Object Podcast 126: Ashley Leckwould

Ashley Leckwould comes on the show, and we end up trying to convince one another to watch more wrestling. I try to talk her into season 2 of Lucha Underground, and she tries to convince me to go back and watch more of Being the Elite. Other topics include Joey Ryan, Thunder Rosa, and a little bit on the Mae Young Classic.

Show notes:

  • Ashley Leckwould
  • Power Up with Kate Leith
  • Lucha Underground on Netflix
  • Mae Young Classic
  • Star Trek TNG Season 1
  • Cookie Dough
  • Parks and Rec
  • Joey Ryan
  • ROAR — Women’s wrestling Atlanta Wrestling
  • Thunder Rosa
  • Bullet Club Gets a Villain” — Being The Elite Ep. 52
  • A Curtain Call” Being the Elite Ep. 54
  • Fuck the Revival” Cease & Desist
  • The Gay Community
  • Xavier Woods and Ashley Leckwould on Twitter
  • Taguchi Japan

International Object Podcast 126: Ashley Leckwould

Ashley Leckwould comes on the show, and we end up trying to convince one another to watch more wrestling. I try to talk her into season 2 of Lucha Underground, and she tries to convince me to go back and watch more of Being the Elite. Other topics include Joey Ryan, Thunder Rosa, and a little bit on the Mae Young Classic.

Show notes:

  • Ashley Leckwould
  • Power Up with Kate Leith
  • Lucha Underground on Netflix
  • Mae Young Classic
  • Star Trek TNG Season 1
  • Cookie Dough
  • Parks and Rec
  • Joey Ryan
  • ROAR — Women’s wrestling Atlanta Wrestling
  • Thunder Rosa
  • Bullet Club Gets a Villain” — Being The Elite Ep. 52
  • A Curtain Call” Being the Elite Ep. 54
  • Fuck the Revival” Cease & Desist
  • The Gay Community
  • Xavier Woods and Ashley Leckwould on Twitter
  • Taguchi Japan

International Object Podcast 125: Robbie Dorman

Robbie Dorman and Sawyer Paul talk podcasting nerdery (00:00), then pivot to the G1 Climax, (20:00), watching way too much wrestling, Juice Robinson’s character motivations (32:00), cursing in English on Japanese programming, NJPW airing at exactly the wrong time of the day for North Americans, good match flow and an overview of the G1 (37:00), sports entertainment and Toru Yano (42:00), most impressive performances in the tournament (48:00), English commentary (57:00), and finally, Ibushi & Omega (63:00).

  • Anchor — Podcasting on phones
  • Squarespace for Podcasts
  • Podcasts in iOS 11 updates
  • Simpsons Show
  • Handsome boys comics hour
  • BluBrry Podcasts
  • When you go to add your podcast back to iTunes and you’re reminded that you used to have an awesome podcast network
  • Caffeine Coordination by Robbie Dorman
  • Where are They Now: Mason Ryan
  • Katsuya Kitamura
  • G1 Climax Last Night
  • Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega share a moment
  • Thoughts on G1 Climax 27
  • Matches involving Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
  • 5 Years of @google searches for NJPW
  • Kenny Opens Up After His G1 Final Loss

International Object Podcast 125: Robbie Dorman

Robbie Dorman and Sawyer Paul talk podcasting nerdery (00:00), then pivot to the G1 Climax, (20:00), watching way too much wrestling, Juice Robinson’s character motivations (32:00), cursing in English on Japanese programming, NJPW airing at exactly the wrong time of the day for North Americans, good match flow and an overview of the G1 (37:00), sports entertainment and Toru Yano (42:00), most impressive performances in the tournament (48:00), English commentary (57:00), and finally, Ibushi & Omega (63:00).

  • Anchor — Podcasting on phones
  • Squarespace for Podcasts
  • Podcasts in iOS 11 updates
  • Simpsons Show
  • Handsome boys comics hour
  • BluBrry Podcasts
  • When you go to add your podcast back to iTunes and you’re reminded that you used to have an awesome podcast network
  • Caffeine Coordination by Robbie Dorman
  • Where are They Now: Mason Ryan
  • Katsuya Kitamura
  • G1 Climax Last Night
  • Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega share a moment
  • Thoughts on G1 Climax 27
  • Matches involving Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
  • 5 Years of @google searches for NJPW
  • Kenny Opens Up After His G1 Final Loss

How to publish a podcast on the cheap in 4 steps with lots of compromises

Here is my current podcast workflow, and it should work well enough for most basic shows:

If your podcast is conversational, record the audio from Skype using a recorder app. I use Callnote Pro, which costs $10 a year. There are free or less expensive options, but I’ve been using it for years and it works for me. Otherwise, talk into literally any speaker. If you have a phone from this decade, it’ll probably sound passable.

  • Edit the audio in Audacity, a free app on Windows, or Garageband, a free app built into Macs.
  • Upload the audio to two places: Soundcloud and Mixcloud. Keep the file backed up somewhere (I use Onedrive, but there are lots of options).
  • Tell people on Twitter and Facebook to listen to the audio on Mixcloud.

That’s it. It’s the simplest workflow I’ve ever seen for podcasts, and it costs next to nothing. If you’re trying to get into podcasts but a) don’t really know what you’re doing, and b) don’t really want to sink any money into it, this is all you really have to do.

But there are compromises. If you don’t care about those, stop reading and go make some shows. But the next few sections of this blog will go into detail on that.

###Setup Time on Soundcloud

Obviously you’ll need to setup accounts at Soundcloud and Mixcloudd. Both are pretty quick, but one aspect that will take some time is setting up an RSS feed at Soundcloud. This is the thing that makes your audio a podcast. Otherwise, you’re just posting audio to the web.

###Wait, why is RSS important?

A bunch of audio files does not automatically become a podcast until an RSS enclosure is used. By allowing a file to be embedded in a post on a blog, listeners can subscribe and download the enclosure to a device. Depending on the app they use, the listener can see what episodes they’ve listened to, download older episodes than the first one, share episodes with others, etc.

###Why I don’t only use Soundcloud

The most important thing to remember about Soundcloud is that it’s only free for a certain amount of time. The site gives you a bucket of about three hours. That bucket is reusable, so you can delete old episodes and then upload new ones. If you want this setup to be simpler, simply pay Soundcloud some money and they’ll give you more storage. I’m not, which is why I also use Mixcloud.

###Why Mixcloud?

Mixcloud’s primary purpose is mixtapes. Ideally, you record a DJ set and upload it and then people can hear your presumably sweet mixes. But Mixcloud is fine with your podcast episode existing there, and there are no fees or upload limits. If you’re wondering why I don’t just use Mixcloud, well, they didn’t have one major limitation: they don’t offer RSS feeds, which basically means you can’t actually use them to make a real podcast. So I treat Mixcloud as an archive for older episodes.

###My previous podcast workflows

I’m absolutely what you’d call a consumer podcaster. None of my shows have ever had more than a thousand listeners, and most don’t break a hundred. I mostly podcast for myself and my friends, so I’ve never tried to turn it into a business. This is entirely for fun.

I’ve been recording and distributing podcasts for ten years, and I’ve had three different workflows during that time. From 2006-2009, I used iWeb, which was an app that used to come built into every Mac. With a dot.mac account, you got a certain amount of storage you could fill up with iWeb pages. One of iWeb’s features was a simple drag-and-drop attachment format for it’s (very limited) blog page, which let you put audio files (or images, or PDFs) in the blog. When rendered in RSS, this file would become the episode” that podcast apps could download.

Dot.mac/MobileMe was $100 a year. It wasn’t terribly expensive, but it didn’t actually give you a ton of space, and I ran out. So I went looking for a better solution, and found one with an unlimited hosting server plan.

This is where it became a business for a little while. I set up something called the Gredunza Podcast Network. I charged as little as I could and invited other podcasters to host their shows on my network. This was the most complicated option I’ve ever used, as I needed to setup a custom Wordpress install for every show. It was a lot of work, and anyone can tell you that maintaining more than a dozen Wordpress installs on a custom server is more work (and money) than is worth the trouble. In 2013, I shut down the network, because the time and cash commitment was too much.

All of my podcasts ended up on Squarespace, which is probably the simplest solution out there today. In addition to all the really great stuff a Squarespace site offers, their podcast implementation is incredibly easy. If you are fine with $10 a month for a website, don’t bother with anything else and just use them. You might have to pay a little more for the unlimited storage options if you have a lot of episodes, but that’s it.

But earlier this year I decided to pare down my recurring online billings. I was not using Squarespace to its potential, so I built a blog on Github (where you’re reading this), and moved my podcasts to Mixcloud and Soundcloud. It’s slightly more work than Squarespace, but it saved me $130 a year.

###No podcast setup is perfect

Depending on how you want to go, podcasts require either a lot of time or a lot of money, and sometimes both. You really can’t make them happen for no money or time, so be prepared to shell out at least one of those things. It’s still a blast, though, and I’m looking forward to making more.

You Chose Poorly — thoughts on the first season

The first season of You Chose Poorly has wrapped up, and I wanted to write a little bit about it.

You Chose Poorly is a 14-episode podcast about tech products and self reflection. It’s selfish and self-serving, but it asks questions everyone should ask from time to time: am I doing right by the people around me, and am I spending my time and money in ways that push me forward?

Because of that, You Chose Poorly is maybe the most inward-facing project I’ve done. I don’t talk about myself much on International Object or Fran’s Not Here. I don’t use my own life as inspiration in my novels. I usually try to get out of my head for creative work. But You Chose Poorly felt like a very specific form of (very first world) therapy.

I had a great co-host. Mikey Llorin is funny, observant, and was willing to push me with insights I hadn’t considered. If I had done this podcast with anyone else, it wouldn’t have been as good. He and his wife just had their first baby, and I’m really happy for them.

We did 14 episodes, which makes it short enough for me to actually run down everything we talked about in a blog post. It makes for a cool snapshot of technologies that have been on my mind most of my adult life (and some of my childhood).

In the first episode, we discussed a small handful of iPods, what they meant in their lives, why certain models were chosen over others, and what the iPod meant in the 2000s before ubiquitous internet music streaming.

Then, we hit on iPads, which became a running device to touch on throughout the show. This was definitely Mikey’s linchpin product, and we talked about how it’s almost impossible to pick the right” one, even if they’re all pretty great.

Third, The Palm Pre, Palm’s last phone before going under. I still blame myself for this product dying, so we broke open the beautiful and troubled little pebble that effectively killed Palm. Also discussed: Palm Pilots, Apple lifting features from the Prē, and if there’s anything to learn from Palm’s demise.

Returning to apple for episode 4, we discussed their services, quarterly results, my iPhone 6, Apple Music, iTunes Match, Zune Pass, and whether or not it is a poor choice to put all your stuff into iCloud (spoiler: probably).

In episode 5 we talked video games, namely, my first video game system: The TurboGrafx-16. We talk about other systems as well, the idea of a system,” and how choosing well in gaming is still tough.

Episode 6 is the Rdio episode, and streaming music. Topics: What happens when you fall in love with a failing music service? What do you tell the people who signed up due to your evangelism? What happens when the boat sinks?

Episode 7 and episode 8 were dedicated to talking about the incredible mess (and the incredible mess I keep myself in) of messaging apps. It’s a problem that still frustrates me. Full disclosure: Skype is back on the home screen. Frick.

In episode 9 we talked about Keynotes. While not a product,” they’ve still become something to consume and enjoy in their own right. We ask: Is it a waste of time for a regular consumer? What is it about nerdy drama that keeps us coming back? And is it about the products, the people, or the (once again) weird feeling of unearned superiority from knowing stuff faster than other people?

Episode 10: Workflows. Is trying to get everyone on board with new workflows always a mistake? Do you just drive yourself nuts knowing the future is right there, just out of reach, while everyone else around you is fine just faxing stuff? We tried to unpack an issue that plagues early adopters and automation enthusiasts.

It took us a while but we finally got around to talking about Photos in episode 11. In it, I tell a story about recommending a service that recently shut down, and this opens the lens for a larger discussion: Photos. What do you do with them? How do you trust they’ll still be there if you want to see them later? How much money do you have to throw at this problem? And can there just be one place where they live (tldr: no).

In what I consider a sister episode to the Photos episode, episode 12 is about reading digitally. In this day and age, what’s the best way to read a book? Mikey and I try to figure out why use an ebook reader” isn’t automatically the answer. We also talk about the ebook readers we’ve owned, and if any of them were wrong.

Episode 13 returns us to gaming with the big craze of summer 2016: Pokemon Go. Discussed: the wisdom of avoiding never-ending video games, and how good the game might be for society. Also, a little bit of iOS 10 Beta chat.

Finally, our season finale episode. Mikey and I cap off the first season of You Chose Poorly by talking about what comes first (hint: it’s people, not products), the impossibility of buying the right camera, and when you have to turn off the product hunt” and just deal with what you’ve got.

Somehow, through all of that, we didn’t get to the Zune. Well, we have to leave something for season 2.

You Chose Poorly 14 - season finale

Mikey and Sawyer cap off the first season of You Chose Poorly by talking about what comes first (hint: it’s people, not products), the impossibility of buying the right camera, and when you have to turn off the product hunt” and just deal with what you’ve got.

Show notes:

You Chose Poorly 13 - Pokemon Go

This week, Mikey and Sawyer discuss Pokemon Go, the wisdom of avoiding never-ending video games, and how good the game might be for society. Also, a little bit of iOS 10 Beta chat at the beginning.

Show notes:

You Chose Poorly 12 - Ebook Readers

In this day and age, what’s the best way to read a book? Sawyer and Mikey try to figure out why use an ebook reader” isn’t automatically the answer.

They also talk about the ebook readers they’ve owned, and if any of them were wrong.

Sawyer’s ebook readers:

Mikey’s ebook readers:

Show notes

#Summer 2016 Podcast Update

#Summer 2016 Podcast Update

Podcasting is one of the odder mediums out there, but it’s one that I hold dear. This probably has something to do with how quickly I became a podcaster after learning about it. I love movies, but have never made one. I love music, but I’ve never made an album. But the time between hearing my first podcast and making my first podcast was incredibly short. I wanted to be part of it.

It helped that there was a time when it seemed the Mac was purpose-built for podcasts. I downloaded my first ever podcast on my iPod Video in early 2006, and within a month I’d made a 20 minute show in Garageband (it was a music mixtape with some words in between the songs), and had uploaded it to iWeb. Within a few minutes, my show downloaded to my iTunes library, and was synced to my iPod (and, in theory, any iPod in the world). This was 2006! It was love at first workflow.

Eventually, it got to the point where I was running a small podcast network. Gredunza Podcasts had over a dozen shows running at one point, and while I would appear on some of them, I only produced one (International Object). When I turned off the switch in 2014, it was because I wanted to pare down the number of things I was doing. But just because I didn’t want to run a network anymore didn’t mean I didn’t still love podcasting.

Here are the two podcasts I do right now:

You Chose Poorly is a tech podcast about being wrong, co-hosted by Mikey Llorin. Subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Overcast, Pocketcasts, and Soundcloud. Listen to older episodes on Mixcloud.

Fran’s Not Here is a show about Toronto, co-hosted by Robert Pilgrim. Subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Overcast, Pocketcasts, and Soundcloud. Listen to older episodes on Mixcloud.

Both shows only have about a dozen episodes so far, and neither of them ever go over an hour.

I used to do a show called International Object. It was mostly about pro wrestling, but sometimes we’d talk about technology and other television shows. I’m really proud of how well the show has aged, as each episode was more about a concept or theory than anything topical.

I don’t have any episode of older shows I did before 2010, but they were plentiful. Lots of mixtapes, like Soundloading, the show I did with my wife. Lots of weird rants. Lots of my fiction in audio form. But a lot of that disappeared when the sites I hosted them on went away. Even if archive.org had a splash page, the audio link would be broken. I didn’t used to be as good at archiving my own stuff.

As for listening to podcasts, I’ve found 2016 to be a pruning year. I used to have more than 30 podcasts I would semi-regularly enjoy, but that’s gone way down. Here’s the list of podcasts I’m subscribed to as of July 2016, in rough order of preference:

Back to Work

You Must Remember This

NPRs Code Switch

Mouth Time with Reductress

2 Dope Queens

99% Invisible

Accidental Tech Podcast

The Next Track

Overtired

The Talk Show with John Gruber

I’ve meant to write something like this every year since I began caring about podcasts. I wish I had. I thought it would be a fascinating time capsule to return to after a time, but I never got around to it. I’ll try to do this again next year, to see if anything has changed.

You Chose Poorly 11 - Photos

Sawyer tells a story about recommending a service that recently shut down, and this brings Mikey to the topic at hand: photos. What do you do with them? How do you trust they’ll still be there if you want to see them later? How much money do you have to throw at this problem? And can there just be one place where they live (tldr: no).

Mikey’s photo life:

Sawyer’s photo life:

Show Notes

What an odd burn.

Storehouse

Back to Work Episode 280

International Object 86: People on Flickr Using Flickr for Flickr

Why Did John Gruber’s Talk Show Leave 5By5?

You Chose Poorly 10 - Workflows

Is trying to get everyone on board with new workflows always a mistake? Do you just drive yourself nuts knowing the future is right there, just out of reach, while everyone else around you is fine just faxing stuff? Sawyer and Mikey begin to unpack an issue that plagues early adopters and automation enthusiasts.

Show notes and homework for next week:

You Chose Poorly 9 - Keynotes

Mikey and Sawyer talk WWDC 2016, and in the process wrestle with spending personal time watching corporate keynotes. Is it a waste of time for a regular consumer? What is it about nerdy drama that keeps us coming back? And is it about the products, the people, or the (once again) weird feeling of unearned superiority from knowing stuff faster than other people?

Show Notes:

You Chose Poorly 7 - Instant Messaging

Sawyer has ten messaging apps. Mikey has nine. Most everyone with a smartphone has at least five. How is this the new normal?

Also, Mikey has a new phone, and Sawyer’s apartment is burning.

What Sawyer is currently using:

  • iMessage/SMS
  • Facebook Messenger
  • WhatsApp
  • Google Hangouts
  • Slack
  • Miitomo
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr

What Mikey is currently using:

  • Line
  • Viber
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • iMessage/SMS
  • Slack

Show notes:

You Chose Poorly 6 - Rdio

What happens when you fall in love with a failing music service? What do you tell the people who signed up due to your evangelism? What happens when the boat sinks? Mikey Llorin and Sawyer Paul discuss Rdio, the dead and loved online music service.

Show notes:

You Chose Poorly 5 - TurboGrafx-16

Sawyer Paul explains how his interest in offbeat and weird technology began with being the only kid he knew with a TurboGrafx-16. Mikey Llorin makes a revelatory statement about the narcissism of going against the grain. They both somehow forget to mention Kanye West.

Note: We mention Contra a few times but we both totally meant R-Type.

You Chose Poorly 4 - Apple Services

Mikey Llorin and Sawyer Paul discuss Apple’s quarterly results, Sawyer’s iPhone 6, Apple Music, iTunes Match, Zune Pass, and whether or not it is a poor choice to put all your stuff into iCloud.

You Chose Poorly 3 - Palm Pre

Sawyer and Mikey break open the beautiful and troubled little pebble that effectively killed Palm. Also discussed: Palm Pilots, Apple lifting features from the Prē, and if there’s anything to learn from Palm’s demise.

Links and Show Notes:

You Chose Poorly 2 - iPads

iPad. It’s almost impossible to pick the right” one, even if they’re all pretty great.

Links and Show Notes

The right” iPads:

The wrong” ones that Mikey owned:

Mikey’s current iPad: iPad Pro 12.9”

Sawyer’s iPad: iPad 2 (Early 2011 - Late 2012)

As of March 22, 2016, the iPad Air 2 remains Wirecutter’s Best tablet

You Chose Poorly 1 - iPods

Mikey and Sawyer discuss a small handful of iPods, what they meant in their lives, why certain models were chosen over others, and what the iPod meant in the 2000s before ubiquitous internet music streaming.

Links

Re: Why Tech Podcasts Bother Me

Ben Brooks:

The goal of a podcast should not be that the podcasters enjoy the show, but that the listeners enjoy the show. I think that’s lost on most podcast hosts.

Who is talking should be less important than what’s being said — just like writing a blog — and yet that’s not the case.

I’m linking to Brooks because he’s brought up a problem with podcasts that I fear will quickly become the de facto opinion the majority of people will have. Podcasts are a weird medium, and their relationship with radio is confusing. That Brooks praises This American Life as the best podcast around is telling, because This American Life is a radio program that’s simply available to download. That makes it a podcast, but it isn’t produced to be one, nor is its original or current purpose to be one. It’s a podcast in the same way a movie becomes a TV show after it’s been cut up for commercials.

The International Object Podcast is guilty of every single thing Brooks hates about podcasts: subject-jumping, inside jokes, somewhat shoddy production quality, and the sense that you’re eaves-dropping on a conversation instead of being part of it. Finally, it’s guilty of the most major grievance: the hosts appear to be the largest fans of the show. I love the IO podcast. And I do, honestly, do it mostly for me. I wonder if most other podcast producers feel the same way: that what they’re having is a great conversation with a friend or colleague about a shared cultural artifact or experience, and if other people like it, great.

I agree with Brooks about every single criticism about podcasting, and I know far more people with his mindset than my own. Oddly enough, I don’t mind these things in other shows. I listen to something like On Taking Pictures and don’t get some of the jokes (or, frankly, much of the technical parts of photography), but there is something there I do enjoy. It’s a bit like a director’s commentary track on a DVD: certainly not for everyone—and not even particularly for the subject enthusiasts—but perhaps for people who enjoy a new layer in a palimpsest, the writings of an amateur in the margins of a more official work.

International Object Podcast 94: The WCW

As of July 31, 2013, WCW has been owned longer by Vince McMahon than by Ted Turner. Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul take a fresh look back at the organization, how greatness isn’t something one gets to do by corporate mandate, how challenging the final Nitro must have been, and how throwing money at a problem can become a problem itself. 

We also begin discussing Total Divas, its possible olive branch to non-fans, and Eva Marie and Jo Jo as audience surrogates for new fans, extending an idea that began with Joseph Park . 

Show notes:  

WCW: Urban Dictionary, 4th entry:

The initials of (and an abbreviation for) American poet William Carlos Williams (b. 1888, d. 1963).
Sometimes used as a short way of referring to him in writing, and a hashtag on twitter. #WCW
Also, apparently, a wrestling media empire.

WWEs final Nitro playlist

Forbes profile on Ted Turner

Controversy Creates Cash

A Lion’s Tale : Around the World in Spandex 

Do You Creak? - Lexicon Valley

Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of creaky voice.”

International Object Podcast 93: Prime Placement

Where is the best place for a character to be in a large-scale ensemble with many moving pieces? What does it mean to be in the best place? How long can one be there? And what happens if your best place isn’t where people think you should be? Where do characters really belong on the long road of endless high drama? Finally, where do people—or characters—belong when you can actually choose their fate

International Object 92: There’s nothing in the briefcase

This week on the show, K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss the Money in the Bank briefcase, what it means, what it can and can’t offer, what’s actually  inside, and whether we can find what we need inside. Finally, what does it mean to buy into a character like CM Punk, and what does it mean if you can’t? 

International Object Podcast 91: Turns out it’s you

This week on the show, Rich and Sawyer discuss Vickie Guerrero’s firing, her character, the WWE universe as antagonists, Vince McMahon’s sympathetic overtones , Brad Maddox, and how to tell a compelling story on a wrestling show without wrestlers. 

“What qualifications do you possess that will make you a successful general manager? ”
“Well, I’m the general manager. I think that’s my number one qualification.”

Sounds about right. 

We also chat a bit about the What’ chant, Patton Oswalt’s article on hecklers,  and how the audience would rather ruin a show than be quiet if it means they get to take part.

 

International Object Podcast 90: Big Van Vader Helmet Running Android

On the 90th episode of the International Object Podcast, we return to wrestling by diving deep on the dropkick (not the drop kick, or the Dropkick Murphy’s): origins, variations, sister moves, whether the baseball slide or the enziguri count as dropkicks, and whose dropkick is most impressive (my vote is for AJ Styles. Rich’s is the tandem version performed by the Rock n Roll Express). Also, is Rich afraid of kickboxers? But first, some Mad Men follow up about Detroit. Finally, you’ve all got some homework: watch The Harder They Fall. Again, obviously.

@ksp_me Whose dropkick makes you think long and hard about what you are doing with your life?

— Jason Mann (@wrestlespective) July 4, 2013

International Object Podcast 89: Not great, Bob!

From Mad Men Screenshots with Things Drawn On Them 

Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul discuss In Care Of,” the season finale of the most challenging and enjoyable season of television in a long time. They touch on Tom and Lorenzos fashion critiques, and how the Kodak pitch and the Hershey’s pitch were two sides of the same coin. Rich reminded Sawyer about when Pete tried to learn to drive, the continual unravelling of Pete, Rich’s theory about where the whorehouse was in Pennsylvania, and whether or not Don is now finally, finally, finally capable of moving forward.

International Object Podcast 87: Is There a Heartland?

Rich and Kyle take questions from the audience. It’s the most fun episode we’ve done in a long time, and we think you’ll really like it. That’s all I’m going to say.

Show links:

Questions we did not get to:

  • What’s Kyle drinking this episode? Raconteur, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia.

@ksp_me How much better would the 1988 Schwarzenegger/Belushi film Red Heat have been if Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes played the lead roles?

— Masked Tweeter (@MaskedTweeter) May 29, 2013

International Object Podcast 86: People on flickr using flickr for flickr

International Object Podcast 86: People on flickr using flickr for flickr

This week, Rich and KSP delve deep into Flickr, the photo sharing site both have been using for nearly a decade, and the discussion weaves through workflows, usage habits, ownership, money, Yahoo, Tumblr, the impact on the site on our lives, and if we are impressed or irked by the sudden, forced redesign. 

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 88: Brad Maddox has been dead this whole time

After a two-week hiatus, Rich and Kyle get back on the horse to find a plethora of conspiracies on both Mad Men and Monday Night Raw. Bob Benson is revealed (sort of). Pete’s gun shows up to taunt Kyle, Megan Draper is either Sharon Tate or a Ghost, narrative bias is killing us, Brad Maddox may have never survived his ride in the ambulance, and just whose fate is worse, Pete’s or Don’s (or Daniel Bryan’s?) We settle on a serious discussion of concussion-based entertainment and the will of the vomitorium (probably poorly used). 

Finally, we discuss if WWE is a monarchy, which it of course is not, because: 

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

So there

 

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International Object Podcast 85: Only Pete Can Beat Pete

Our Madmen miniseries rolls right into crazytown this week, and we’re sorry if you feel a little bit like Burt Peterson in the process. We discuss Man with a Plan,” Don’s Domming, Benson’s coffee-fetching skills saving Joan, and Ted’s aviators. Then, we veer into larger territory, trying to figure out why people discount an entire series simply because they hated the ending. That brings us to Douglas Coupland (who can’t write an ending), the writers of LOST (not the best at managing expectations), and why relationships with products can sometimes be like relationships with actual people. 

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast Episode 84: You’ve gotta understand when it’s over

This week, K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss For Immediate Release,” merging company rules, the Chevy Vega, Joan’s rage, and why you need to change things up every now and again, even if it drives everyone you know totally crazy. 

Show notes:

@earthdog Is there a precedent for a show just completely switching formats? Why are you doing this to me?

— Pure Gristle (@PureGristle) May 8, 2013

International Object Podcast 83: I thought it would solve the whole thing

Week 2 of our Madmen series details a very special episode of Madmen where they tackle the MLK assassination. Rich Thomas, K Sawyer Paul, and Eisee Sylvester discuss The Flood, racial integration in 1968, Planet of the Apes, Roger Sterling’s silver tongue, and more.

International Object (IO) is a blog about theatre, combat, and politics. International relations, human rights, choreography, and steel chairs to the head.

International Object Podcast 80: Burning Hammer

We’re splitting our Wrestlemania review into two parts. First up, Rich Thomas describes his experiences ordering the show online, the stream delay, refunds, and whether to watch the show live or start from the beginning. Then, Rich gives his thoughts on the crowd and the show overall. Finally, Rich and Kyle debate whether wrestlers should have super” finishing moves like the Bullhammer.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 79: WresFest

This week, Richard H Thomas and K Sawyer Paul talk about Wrestlemania as an emergent arts festival, with third-party hangers-on like Wrestlecon and ROH performing shows the same weekend in the same vicinity. They compare Wrestlemania to other arts and film festivals and detail the similarities and differences. Finally, they discuss the Wrestlemania 29 set, just who might climb the fake Empire State Building, and whether or not WWE can continue their stadium tour around the US indefinitely.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 77: Famous enough not to have to do the Nutcracker

This week, Rich and Kyle continue their Wrestlemania series, this time tackling the idea of the tentpole show. Is Wrestlemania enough to sustain WWE? Are there artistic downsides to revolving an entire company around a single event? Will Sheamus ever headline a Wrestlemania with all these part-time stars hogging the spotlight? And who will be old and hogging that spotlight in ten years’ time? Will WWE ever not need a guy like The Rock? Plus, Rich and Kyle end up running down the Wrestlemania XXIX (not 29, damn you) card.

International Object Podcast 76: What the World Has Come To

K Sawyer Paul and Richard H Thomas begin their Wrestlemania series by tackling the oft-dismissed Wrestlemania 2. They discuss the triple locale, technical feats require to pull that off in the 80s, the emergent PPV market, giant screens, being sold a ticket for 1/3 of a live show, theories about the event, comparisons to Super Mario 2, and how the event still influences wrestling shows today.

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 75: All crazy people look the same to me

Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul discuss Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter, Glen Beck, Alberto Del Rio, and WWEs fresh take on us vs them,” as a narrative structure. They also talk about just how old that story has been in wrestling, Sgt Slaughter’s year as an Iraqi sympathizer, and how WWEs changing demographic is affecting how wrestling stories are told.

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 74: Let’s talk about the bird

This week, Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul discuss the design, symbology, and possible meanings of the 2013 WWE Championship redesign. It’s an episode encrusted from head to feet with the finest jewels from our coffers. Well, sir, what do you think of that?

Show notes:

How to record a Skype conversation on Windows for Podcasting in 2013

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was having trouble with recording both sides of a skype conversation on Windows for the purpose of podcasting. I’m happy to say I’ve found a good solution.

My friend Jason Mann recommended Scribe Call Graph, a free app that hooks into desktop Skype (there’s still no way to do this on Windows 8 Skype) and records the conversation, saving it automatically as a WAV file.

After a conversation, the app saves the file, and it’s available immediately for editing. That already made it better than any other app I tried.

It’ll actually save two files. One is useful, and one isn’t. Use the file that actually has mbs attached to it.

If you listen to this file, you’ll notice that one voice is stuck to the left side of the audio, and the other is stuck on the right. This is no way to publish a podcast, so there’s one more step we have to do. Most podcasters on windows are familiar with Audacity, so open that up and import the file. You’ll get one stream with two audio waves.

In order to combine these, click the black downward-pointing arrow next to the track name. Then click Split Stereo to mono”. This’ll split the track, and make the audio mono (so both speakers are in both ears, like you want).

Then, add in whatever you like on the audio, but note that if you want to crop things out of the track, do that before you split it, since you won’t be able to select both tracks at once. Export, and click yes to export to mono.

And that’s it! Oh, quick protip for podcasts. You don’t need to save podcasts as nearly as high a bitrate as you would musical audio. 96kbps is more than fine for two people, so long as you’re using good mics. That’ll keep your podcast files small, so people can download them faster.

International Object Podcast 73: Lifehacks, Instapaper, and Time-shifting reading

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss apps that help people read things later, like Instapaper and Readability. They discuss the lifehack aspect of time-shifting consumable media, where to find longer articles to read, and what can be done with these articles when they’ve been saved. In addition, they talk about workflows for blogging, If This Then That automations, and getting articles onto eink devices.

—Show Notes—

International Object Podcast 72: The human heart is not properly connected to the human brain

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas talk about the Trudeau’s, The Rock, Community, and the feeling of ownership that comes from loving popular culture, and the emotional whiplash that comes with it. Just like Liz Lemon says, these things may frustrate and wear us out, but because the human heart is not properly connected to the  human brain, we love them.

Listen directly.

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 62: The currency of attention

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss attention being the only currency that matters in wrestling, the dissonance caused by commentary talking about things other than what’s happening in the ring, how Raw’s never turn the channel’ ethos hurts it in the long term, the value of the slow burn story, and how wrestling needs to respect its audience to stay on their own merits.

International Object Podcast 62: The currency of attention

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss attention being the only currency that matters in wrestling, the dissonance caused by commentary talking about things other than what’s happening in the ring, how Raw’s never turn the channel’ ethos hurts it in the long term, the value of the slow burn story, and how wrestling needs to respect its audience to stay on their own merits.

International Object Podcast 37 - Joe Drilling

Joe Drilling and I cool down from Jason’s Starrcade series and discuss WWEs distribution arms, comparisons to sports and SNL, wrestling education compared to other arts, wrestling psychology, and why Sting was not quite like the Crow.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 29: Mikey Llorin II

This week, Mikey Llorin and I talk about Summerslam, MMA, and whether winning is more important than having a good match. Click the link above to listen.

Show topics:

  • International Object’s origins
  • Summerslam’s interesting finale
  • Summerslam’s solid match list
  • The Torch’s iPhone App
  • Fair to Flair’s iPhone App
  • The current movement
  • CM Punk’s contract
  • HHH as a referee
  • Black Ref
  • UFC & Strikeforce, and momentum
  • What’s more important? Winning, or having a good match?
  • Devaluing wrestling for a movement
  • Grantland
  • Wrestlemania XXVIII
  • Randy Orton is the guy that wins
  • Fair to Flair’s schedule
  • Do you want it good, or all the time?
  • The next issue of Fair to Flair Quarterly
  • Dragon Dictate

International Object Podcast 29: Mikey Llorin II

This week, Mikey Llorin and I talk about Summerslam, MMA, and whether winning is more important than having a good match. Click the link above to listen.

Show topics:

  • International Object’s origins
  • Summerslam’s interesting finale
  • Summerslam’s solid match list
  • The Torch’s iPhone App
  • Fair to Flair’s iPhone App
  • The current movement
  • CM Punk’s contract
  • HHH as a referee
  • Black Ref
  • UFC & Strikeforce, and momentum
  • What’s more important? Winning, or having a good match?
  • Devaluing wrestling for a movement
  • Grantland
  • Wrestlemania XXVIII
  • Randy Orton is the guy that wins
  • Fair to Flair’s schedule
  • Do you want it good, or all the time?
  • The next issue of Fair to Flair Quarterly
  • Dragon Dictate

International Object Podcast 30: David Shoemaker

My guest this week: David Shoemaker of Deadspin and Grantland. We discuss our favourite writers, his upcoming book, CM Punk, creativity in the ring, wrestling journalism, and shaky fantasy worlds.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 30: David Shoemaker

My guest this week: David Shoemaker of Deadspin and Grantland. We discuss our favourite writers, his upcoming book, CM Punk, creativity in the ring, wrestling journalism, and shaky fantasy worlds.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 3: Aaron Glazer

Inside Pulse’s Aaron Glazer and myself talk Bragging Rights, Brand Split, Fantasy Booking, and if Dolph Ziggler is the worst name in the history of wrestling.

Show notes:

  • Neither of us watch smackdown
  • We run down bragging rights 2010
  • Paying for middle chapters
  • The writers room being far away from the marketing room
  • Serial storytelling
  • Why wwe should stop doing ppvs
  • An angle is two lines meeting
  • A proposed off season
  • Glazers off season theory
  • Ziggler and Bryan.
  • I think dolph ziggler is a terrible name.
  • TNA is a dumb name
  • Unconsciously tuning into tna
  • Thursday night TV viewing
  • Wrestling fans love HBO
  • What would HBO do with a wrestling show
  • Watching wrestling just to bitch
  • Habitual viewing
  • A better raw - what I tried to do and what failed
  • The last innovation was in early 97 when the raw set evolved.
  • WWE being poor at coming up with their own ideas, but good at evolving others
  • Having longer times between matches
  • Orton as the new dominating hero
  • The WWE title changed 45 times this year
  • The thin roster
  • We talk about hhh’s return. Possibilities about what he’ll do.
  • Brock lesnar vs undertaker
  • Edge is golden.
  • Glazer says they need a face of smackdown and it has to be edge, because it won’t be Orton or cena.
  • We talk about Kevin Nash on colour commentary
  • Forget about all PPVs until the rumble
  • Fun fantasy booking
  • Nash and Austin as managers

International Object Podcast 3: Aaron Glazer

Inside Pulse’s Aaron Glazer and myself talk Bragging Rights, Brand Split, Fantasy Booking, and if Dolph Ziggler is the worst name in the history of wrestling.

Show notes:

  • Neither of us watch smackdown
  • We run down bragging rights 2010
  • Paying for middle chapters
  • The writers room being far away from the marketing room
  • Serial storytelling
  • Why wwe should stop doing ppvs
  • An angle is two lines meeting
  • A proposed off season
  • Glazers off season theory
  • Ziggler and Bryan.
  • I think dolph ziggler is a terrible name.
  • TNA is a dumb name
  • Unconsciously tuning into tna
  • Thursday night TV viewing
  • Wrestling fans love HBO
  • What would HBO do with a wrestling show
  • Watching wrestling just to bitch
  • Habitual viewing
  • A better raw - what I tried to do and what failed
  • The last innovation was in early 97 when the raw set evolved.
  • WWE being poor at coming up with their own ideas, but good at evolving others
  • Having longer times between matches
  • Orton as the new dominating hero
  • The WWE title changed 45 times this year
  • The thin roster
  • We talk about hhh’s return. Possibilities about what he’ll do.
  • Brock lesnar vs undertaker
  • Edge is golden.
  • Glazer says they need a face of smackdown and it has to be edge, because it won’t be Orton or cena.
  • We talk about Kevin Nash on colour commentary
  • Forget about all PPVs until the rumble
  • Fun fantasy booking
  • Nash and Austin as managers