the Sound Republic

So I see that my podcasts folder is looking empty and I’m missing a few from Derek.
I go to his site – http://soundrepublic.co.za and from there find all but the first. [Actually it does have them all] So that’s 15 16 of the best trance podcasts ever. Looking around that site I see the link to http://derekthebandit.wordpress.com – now how cool is that? This guy is in my workplace – it’s not often you can say that!

If you like trance – get these files.

Listening to an American

Listening to Moyles two days ago at the gym had me searching this morning for something other then music to listen to. I wanted something that was constant over 30 minutes at least so that I could lose myself rather than hearing a track start knowing it was 6 minutes and 43 seconds long. Various podcasts were perused and I was trying to find any Ray Bradbury short stories. I used to own a book of short stories by him (it may even have been this 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales) which I’d like to read again. I ended up though at Cory Doctorow’s site http://craphound.com and he had a 5 part podcast of I, Robot. I’ve seen the film and read the Asimov version so this sounded decent – and parts 1 and 2 weighed in at 28 minutes. Perfect.

I’ve heard Americans speak before on films, in the news, I met one of them once and I’ve had a conversation with Jennifer some time ago. But that was conversational talk – and an American reading a book is quite strange. I was brought up on Jackanory with it’s perfect diction and narration. I am – obviously – surrounded by people who speak English in a variety of ways but for the spoken word it has been an English person. Their intonation is broadly mine, their pattern of speech is familiar. Cory’s voice threw me completely. Apart from the small introduction about his hotel room and agenda which was unexpected, I sat there rowing telling myself that he was reading it all wrong. He is an accomplished speaker and an author so he knows the use of language but his emphasis was all wrong. The pattern of his talking was off, even the moments where he took a breath seemed wrong. I’m sure to a fellow american that everything was just right and I’m trying not to say that it was bad, but it was wrong for me. Instead of me concentrating on the words to build a vision I had to concentrate to build the picture after getting the words first – that sounds wrong – I was having to concentrate more on how it was said rather than what was said. That’s wrong too.
Had I not been at the gym set on a 30 minute task I would have stopped it. As it was I completed the 30 minutes the first 28 of which was the story. (The cop’s phone and gun don’t work, bots have been fried and ……. I have to listen next time I’m rowing) but it was hard work. The narration got in the way if that makes sense. But maybe a podcast by an english person would get the same reception over there? It’s cool he did the story though.

Background Sound

I’m not particularly sleepy – something made me 🙂 open my eyes 🙂 a couple of hours ago – and following a question in an irc channel I hopped to a site that does podcasts – it’s high in the Podcast Alley charts – called DoctorTrey. It seems amusing enough when I actually listen to what they say but I’m totally zoned into the background loops they have going. They are really cool. To me. At 2am. (You know those tunes that you can listen to but the day after you can’t quite get it right in your head? So you have to listen to it again? That’ll be me then).

And I’m still grinning from earlier 😀

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Update: This is the first podcast I have listened to fully – others have always bored me before I got to the end. After writing the above I did start to listen to the words – good! And the best bit? They finished the show with the same background loop. And if I ping the Episode 23 post they might see it and tell me what it is. Maybe. And I’m subbed to the cast too.

Podcasts, Software and iRSS?

I’m looking around today trying to find some podcasts to ‘audition’ for a while to see if I like. Britcaster seems a good place to start as so many podcasts are US-centric, but then I find some places that are subbing their podcast feed to Apple – and only Apple. The other day I mentioned Odeo – I downloaded but did not install their 8meg file. But now I’m in the position where if I want a feed from Apple, and another from Odeo, I need to install both sets of software. Here’s a clue .. no frigging way. What’s next ? A Sony iPod beater (here’s one, and another) with Sony music also having such a ‘Podcast Shopfront’ ?
I thought RSS was going to be independent and free – doesn’t this move stop both those ? Fact is that it’s already been pointed that Apple are not playing by the RSS rules so this just makes what was getting odd into a complete mess. What next iRSS ?
I can see why people are submitting to these places – because of the lure, the want to get a higher profile (hey people, your bandwidth will cope won’t it ?) but by doing so they also cut off those people who choose not to install additional unwanted programs onto their machines. After all, if you install iPodder at least you can be confident that when it updates it is not going to cycle through your machine rendering ‘unapproved by Apple’ (or whatever) mp3’s unplayable.

I’m happy with FeedDemon to grab files, and Winamp or my mp3 player to play them. I can click a download link, I’m perfectly capable of managing the files in the download folder and I can upload them into my player just fine too. I don’t need or want or will ever use some chunky program which because it has to have firewall permissions I can’t trust not to update and screw around with what I have. Equally, I cannot trust it not to spy on my activities in some way. All I want is to be able to find and grab some podcasts without having to go near some corporate site. And no it’s not a pop at just Apple – ANY big company doing this does not have any altruistic motives. What will Apple do ? Create the market, be known as “the place to be for podcasts” and then start introducing ads / conditions / costs and as there will be nowhere else for people to go, people will fall into line. Microsoft should beat Apple simply by doing this above board, transparent and free.
Back to searching independent directories…

Odeo

Odeo – the newest offering from the guy that brought us Blogger. I’m still not into these Podcasts – I really should try harder though. I’ve got the IODA streaming right now – I’ll save the others for later as I recuperate from the ordeal that is the dentist. It all looks very Blogger though. Not that there is anything wrong with that, and I can see why it does given it’s genetics but even so….