I have recorded and published my first podcast: The “Dark Side” of the Moon. I wrote about this topic back in December 2008 and thought it would be a fairly straight-forward and innocuous first episode for my podcast. Truth be told, I actually wrote and recorded this episode in February, 2009. I re-wrote and re-recorded it over the past few days.
The episode is a relatively short ~12.5 minutes, and the podcast episodes in general are going to be around this 10-12 minute length. The plan is for bimonthly episodes, so one released around the first of the month and one around the 15th. And of course, since I write the RSS feed by hand, it will state that those are the exact dates of release, even if I’m a day early or late (much as AstronomyCast has been back-dating their episodes now by several months).
The episode I’ve posted goes over the introduction to the podcast, a bit about the host, author, editor, webmaster, grip, sound mixer, talent scout, etc. (me), and then it delves into the misconception that is the “Dark Side” of the Moon (cue Pink Floyd). I then end the episode with a puzzler related to the topic discussed.
Let me know what you think. I realize it’s my first episode and so I expect some critique, but remember to be constructive. If you say, “it sucks,” that doesn’t help me. If you say, “You need a better quality microphone, I suggest [this brand and model],” that helps. If you say, “I recommend using a [such-and-such filter] on the audio post-recording to remove some of the static and ‘s’ hisses,” that helps.
Also, you’ll probably notice the website for the podcast is a bit bare-bones. At the very least, I would like to somehow add a way for people to dynamically leave comments on the site, but I’m a bit behind on the whole Web 2.0 tech stuff. If someone can point me to some scripts I can cannibalize that allows me to do it on my server and store things locally (I found two but they require storing stuff on third-party servers), please let me know.