Monday, January 26, 2015

Podcasts Update #2

I have practiced my interview materials, I have spoken with the engineer and set up the equipment and I hope to get the interviews done sooner rather than later, by mid-February with any luck. Our website is up though not ready for prime time yet and this next week we are supposed to get our e-mails out to our prospective interview subjects. They will be audio interviews using that miracle of modern technology- Skype.

It amazes me with my background in radio how simple and compact a modern interview "studio" can be, a pair of ear buds a microphone and a laptop replaces all the machinery of a few decades ago. Editing and production will be carried out by the engineer who I have not yet met in person, and may not for a while. Digital recordings render great sound quality and editing is by pixels and no longer with razor blades.  Fortunately I will not be doing the editing which will require keeping each weekly podcast down to about half an hour.

The project I have been asked to work on involves interviews on the subject of travel and staying safe while away from home with interviews with people who live part of their lives on the road, or away from home and how they cope with modern technology and the demands of a sometimes nomadic life.

The podcasts should start airing we hope by the beginning of March, maybe sooner but I hope absolutely not later. I look forward very much to your feedback, indeed we will rely on it.

The Meadows, Silent

 It was a lovely winter's day yesterday, cool, breezy with crisp sunshine and a high around 70  degrees, which made it okay to have a late start from my morning dog walk.
It was in point of fact almost afternoon by the time I got Cheyenne onto Eisenhower Drive in Key West and we made our way into the Meadows for a shaded walk. There was no sign of life, no one in the streets, slightly eerie on a pleasant Sunday morning.
I stopped at Eisenhower because traffic into town was just awful, slow distracted and excessively crowded and I just had to pull off Palm Avenue to get out of the jam. Besides The Meadows is a neighborhood filled with dogs and I figured she'd have a bit to smell.
 I had a few things to look at.
 We watched a couple of old foges working on an old VW which activity reminded me of my youth. Cheyenne thought a car with legs was weird and she wanted no part of it.
 A rope to remind us all of Key West's nautical heritage:
 The Moose Lodge is a huge white undistinguished building except it has some really nice glass windows set into the white facade.
 And a remarkable scooter survivor, an elderly but vibrant Honda Spree.
The boatyard where I got my Yamaha outboard longer ago than I care to admit stores boats up in the air. a form of storage I find fascinating every time I walk by. 
 By the way I always try to remind visitors not to park as you see others park. A car planted in front of a sign may be the vehicle of the property owner, a friend of said owner, or someone with special dispensation or possibly just someone lucky enough not to get towed. Don't imitate them on the off chance is always my advice.
 What a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky and the promise of hellacious temperatures and snow and all that crap Up North. This is my kind of seasonal weather:
It was all a bit much for my Pooh Bear who retired to the shade of the Moose Lodge to escape the winter heat. 
A big bowl of water later she was in the car in air conditioned comfort (my dogs don't ride in truck beds) where she idled the morning away while I did my chores. And as for the weather this week we get sunny cool days with highs near 75 and cold nights with lows near 60. Cold enough, thank you.