Well, it didn’t go off without a hitch, but considering that this is my first successful use of Open Broadcast Software to do something like this, it went pretty well. Getting this to work involved installing an NDI plugin to import a Skype conference call into OBS. At first, Dave sounds a little robotic because OBS was capturing his audio twice. Once from Skype itself and a second time via the desktop audio capture.
Having corrected that, the rest of the podcast went fairly smoothly other than a couple of glitches on Daves end that paused his video for a moment and then left the audio out of sync until it paused a second time and corrected it.
Lastly, my mother started watching TV without her hearing aids in mid-way through the stream and you can clearly here it in the background. I will make a mental note to be sure she has her hearing aids in before starting a podcast in the future.
The only other problem was arguably a lack of direction in what we were talking about. It’s been three years and we spent a good chunk just getting caught up. I’m also ADHD so my train of thought meanders as I’m talking.
We are planning on trying to do this again next month which should help improve all of these things. Hopefully you guys at least find it mildly amusing. I always enjoy making these with Dave.
For those of you who didn’t watch it live, which is probably the vast majority of you, here’s the YouTube video of my appearance on the West X Midwest podcast:
If you prefer to listen instead of watch you can do so either at Libsyn or on iTunes. However you go about it, I make my appearance about half-way through. Don’t skip ahead, though, as the whole thing is worth a listen. In fact, if you’ve spent much time around SEB you’ve probably heard (read) most of what I say anyway. Still, for those of you in love with the melodious sound of my voice, this should fit the bill.
My brother-in-law, Aral Gribble, has been doing a comedy podcast with a couple of friends of his for a few months now and inexplicably they’ve asked me to be a guest next week. The idea is that Aral and his friend Chuck Ganchorre are both struggling actors living in different parts of the country and to keep in touch they join up on Google Hangouts and talk about what’s going on it the world. Hence the name West X Midwest. They’re joined by their friend Rob Hubbard who produces the show and they’ve recently started having guests on.
You can watch their most recent episode here:
This week the boys overpay for a photo op with Rocky, get stuck in The Matrix and are now scared to flush the toilet. Also discussed: shady eye charts, Big Mac attacks and Rob’s review of Aral’s latest show.
The boys are graced by bad ass roller derby dimes, Melissa Kunde and Erin Roberts of the Ann Arbor Brawlstars who shoot down Chuck & Aral’s dreams of being roller derby waterboys.
Note: The above starts with the pre-show setup so it takes about 15 minutes before the podcast part itself actually starts.
Anyway, I can only assume they’re desperate for guests at this point as they’ve asked me to join in on the next show. You can watch it on Google Hangouts while we record it if you don’t mind staying up late as they record it around 11:00 PM on Monday nights. It’s definitely past my bedtime on a work night so that should make it interesting just in itself. I’m hoping I can manage to be entertaining given the rapid pace these guys maintain. I’ll be the guy in the dark basement. Dark because I’m trying not to reveal the apocalypse of junk that’ll be behind my chair. If you can’t stay up then you can always watch it later to see what we managed to get up to.
So there you go. A podcast with me that’s not my own podcast and where you can see my ugly mug. I have no idea what we’re going to talk about yet, but I’m sure we’ll think of something. Still it’ll be worth watching just to hear what Chuck and Aral are up to as they’re pretty funny.
Luke of Common Sense Atheism asked if I’d be willing to do an interview for a podcast he does and I thought it sounded like fun so I said yes. I probably sounded a bit like a babbling idiot and I fell into my old habit of talking too fast and saying “um” entirely too much, but what the hell. It’s not like I claimed to be as eloquent in speaking as I am in writing and I’m not all that eloquent in writing. It’ll probably be a couple of weeks before he has it all together, but he promises to send me a link to it when it’s up and running and I’ll post an entry here.
In the meantime you can go check out his blog and perhaps some of the previous podcasts he’s done.
Live in Michigan? Want a chance to meet me as well as learn a lot about podcasting? Then make plans to be at Podcamp Michigan this Saturday.
It’s free and hopefully will give me an idea of how to go about setting up an SEB Podcast. In addition to the amazingly underwhelming experience of meeting yours truly and discovering that I’m nowhere near as scary in person as I appear to be on my blog, you’ll also get the chance to meet another “Les” in the form of Les Zaldor of the Zaldor’s World podcast who knows more about music than I ever will.
That’s an opportunity to meet two Les’s for the price of FREE! Plus, you know, all that podcasting stuff.