I am having a nightmare time with the Summing-Up microcast. Right after I committed (myself) to getting out a couple “ashcan” episodes this week, I discovered… recording in the car isn’t going to work. It’s just not, which is a bummer, but whatever. Though it did just occur to me I could try recording in Anchor, who clearly do some filtering on their end with the audio, and then load that audio into Ferrite and see if it works. I’ll probably try it. I’ve been messing with recording it in the car for a week, what’s another test.
Getting lost in the weeds with the technical stuff has killed whatever momentum I had going to find the tone for SUM. Versus VRP for the Visual Reflux podcast. I’ve spent way too much time thinking about how to identify the podcasts versus the blogs. It doesn’t help the actual podcast—the whole reason for starting Visual Reflux—was so much fun. Monday morning recording might be the secret. Not tired except from going to bed too late, not lethargic, no cats bothering me to be fed. But also none of the many problems we’ve had over the years with the other podcasts. No crackles. I’ve been dealing with crackling audio since the second episode of Alan Smithee Podcast, just because I didn’t realize the first one crackled. Though it crackled in a different way than that last episode of the Comics Fondle podcast crackled. I could filter the Comics Fondle podcast. Alan Smithee crackles took over the whole waveform.
I’m in my (now) standard Wednesday funk, which doesn’t help for other projects and whatnot, but at least I got in my blog post for the day. Just getting the Visual Reflux post in might be the most I can manage for now.
Though I’m kind of thinking about doing a video game review, if only because it’ll open with an amusing anecdote and because the game is either plagiarized or an example of an old game getting refreshed by a different developer.
But who knows if I’ll get around to it.
I tried really hard to get a second episode of the Summing Up Microcast posted today but it didn’t happen. I recorded… four times? Like, way too much time spent on eight minute podcasting. Way too much time. Background noise is the current culprit. Though maybe Ferrite isn’t as good for recording as it is for editing? Regardless, I’ve got a microphone coming and hopefully it’ll help. At least enough to get the episodes recorded and posted. Drawbacks of planning and executing a new creative venture in about four hours. Just because 2019 makes it easy doesn’t mean you don’t still have to figure things out.
It’s going to be real funny if it turns out to be Ferrite though. Real funny.
The whole impetus for the microcast was getting ready to start the Visual Reflux podcast, only we didn’t get around to recording the first episode today so it’ll be a week out at least. The delay is fine… gives co-host Vernon time to see Avengers: Endgame and for me to stay caught up on “The Flash.” He’s on his own for “Supergirl” right now though. And we even have an agenda. Don’t have a theme song yet, but an agenda is something. Usually we have a list. Agenda seems more legit.
Otherwise, Visual Reflux (the blog) seems to be doing fine? I got burned out doing the MCU recap last week and I’m also behind—a little—on comic book stuff, but I’m getting closer to it. Punisher: Born was a bit of a buzzkill but I think I’m getting back into the rhythm… even if I’m going to have to do one more single read-through on the first Punisher MAX arc.
I’m having some trouble with the “daily Visual Reflux post as a writing discipline” thing for some reason too. I had been fairly enthusiastic about it but writing 350 words about nothing every day isn’t particularly easy. And even with the “cheat posts” (link posts back to The Stop Button), well, it doesn’t always work. Especially not on days without posts.
But maybe I’ll do some thoughts on the Criterion Channel later? Since I watched something on it this morning.