Not because we didn’t record a podcast, but because Garageband sucks for recording podcasts over iChat. It just works? Absolutely. Working well, on the other hand, not so much.
We had this problem last week, but we able to get a shitty-sounding recording via Kirk using Audio Hijack, but the whole point of Garageband was that it supposedly would let us create a recording where everybody is on a different track, which is awesome. I thought I found a solution to the problem, and tested it this last weekend. But it didn’t work, and crashed twice: once about 15 minutes in, and again, about 55 minutes in.
In the end, after nearly an hour of recording, we got about 30 seconds of audio. This is the second time this has happened. So I’m done with Garageband and will explore different options. As Paul Rudd said in Forgetting Sarah Marshall: “When life gives you lemons, say fuck the lemons and bail.”
However, because I outline the podcast prior to recording it, and last night’s went pretty close to the outline, here’s a summary what you would have heard had we only been able to, you know, record it.
The cold opening would have had a couple of things: Kirk & I telling Tim’s wife, Jean, where their son had left his homework and it would have a hilarious bit where when Kirk suggested suggested we record a podcast of us all getting hearing tests, Tim & I said “what?” in unison.
The first segment was all about the Netflix splitting itself off into Qwikster, and weirdly enough, we all agreed that — absent the terrible name of “Qwikster,” the memo simply formalized what they were already doing in the first place.
Kirk & I did get into it about eMusic, and some tweets I’d done about the unavailability of the Girls & Wild Flag albums over eMusic, and he pointed out that because digital music is based around licensing from the record labels, it wasn’t reasonable to expect every outlet to carry every piece of product. I countered by saying that it wasn’t the consumer’s responsibility to have to keep track of which artists and which labels were on which services, and that ideally, it would be like when we went record shopping in Berkeley or LA when we were younger: that every store would have the new big releases, it was just a matter of price.
We also went into e-Books, and how the publishing companies are pushing the price upwards, and there is really nothing we can do about it as consumers because we’ve traded convenience for choice, haven’t we?
There was some other stuff, but the first Garageband crash happened just then, and I got distracted.
Then Tim did a quick recap of the Emmys, decrying the dominance of the only-good-not-great Modern Family over much better comedies. And I forgot to make my joke about Peter Dinklage needing the microphone raised after following Martin Scorcese.
We all agreed that there wasn’t that much to look forward to right now, except of course for Community, Parks & Rec and The Office. Kirk is cautiously optimistic about whether or not The Office can pull off a post-Carrell string of good shows, but I’m not.
Then we talked a bit about that NASA satellite falling to Earth, and made some jokes that will be very tasteless if it hits anyone.
Kirk then shared what was in his mix: Science is Real by They Might Be Giants; Faithless by Richard Thompson; and his very own version of the Harold and Maude Soundtrack which we all agreed was the best thing that Cat Stevens ever did.
ONE MORE THING
- Tim really loves the debut album by The Vaccines
- Kirk discussed getting AT&T’s U-verse installed, including the irony of the AT&T technician not being able to get a cell phone signal at Kirk’s house. Which is why Kirk currently has his goddamned Android Phone instead of an iPhone
- Jim had this to say about the new season of Doctor Who:
I’m a pretty big fan of the rebooted Doctor Who, having enjoyed Christopher Ecclestons and David Tennant’s takes on the iconic Doctor. Same goes for the rebooted reboot, which replaced showrunner Russel T. Davis with Stephen Moffat and brought in Matt Smith as perhaps the youngest Doctor yet. But in this latest batch of shows, something weird is happening: the entire Who universe seems to be collapsing on itself. Not literally: the big wide universe is still out there, presumably, but rather the stories have nearly all completely centered on The Doctor and his married Companions Rory & Amy being trapped in enclosed spaces, figuratively, literally and emotionally.
This seems like a choice on Moffat’s part: whereas the Russel T. Davis Doctor was continually saving England, or Earth or the whole universe, this season, we’re focusing on the Doctor just saving himself, Rory and Amy. It’s well, claustrophobic, and I’m just waiting for the episode where they’re trapped in an otherwise empty restaurant for 5,000 years just waiting for the check, during which they discuss how much they love each other and how much that love is going to kill them all.
Moffat has gone small, but I’m beginning to wonder if I don’t prefer my Doctor to be big. We’ll see.
Medialoper Bebop Episode 16: Qwikster’s For Kids was recorded at 9:03PM PDT via Garageband over iChat. It was then lost by Garageband.
We’ll try again next week. Will probably have something to say about the R.E.M. breakup.