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Writing For Pay #2: Wolfgang Baur interview – up!

14 Aug

Part One of my interview with writer, editor, and game designer Wolfgang Baur is available on the Intertubes, and through iTunes. It’s really good. The second part will also be good. Maybe even better.



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In which I realize that I have to become a Sound Guy

19 Jul

The good news is that the site for my upcoming podcast, Writing For Pay, is up!

Actually, I don’t really have bad news. Bad news would be financial calamity, illness, unemployment. My “bad news” is that I thought I’d finished editing the first episode of the podcast last night, but upon listening to it I realized that it needs a lot more work.

I recorded all of my interviews with my portable iRiver MP3 player/recorder. I recorded the rest of the show using a Logitech USB mic plugged into my iBook. I also spliced in transitional music recorded using I know not what equipment and settings.

The levels and…I don’t know quite how to describe it, the texture of the sound? were very different for each track. The stuff recorded using the USB microphone had a “cleaner” sound, I guess, but the iRiver’s output was much richer, warmer. The mic stuff sounds quiet and a little stifled.

I’m going to dive back into Audacity and see if I can figure out how to harmonize all of the different elements. If I can’t make it work I think I might re-record all of the non-interview segments using the iRiver.

It probably has something to do with the fact that I bought the microphone that I could afford at the time – that is, the cheapest one available.

This is the least attractive aspect of the process to me, but there’s just no getting around it.

WordPress, Linux, Windows, and GoDaddy

17 Jul

Last night I got the debit card for my new bank account, dedicated to my nerdy Web projects. I immediately purchased a hosting plan from GoDaddy, and this morning attempted to install WordPress. I got the error, “”Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL which is required for WordPress.”


However, a quick search of the WordPress support forums revealed the truth of the old axiom “When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Given the choice between Windows-based and Linux-based hosting, I’d opted for Windows. The trouble is, Windows-based hosting doesn’t support PHP. So I need to switch operating systems.

However, the hosting setup is apparently still churning on GoDaddy’s servers and I can’t switch until it’s finished. Which is fine, I’m not in a hurry. I’m just eager to get it done.

Interviews with talented writers Jaq Greenspon, Wolfgang Baur, and Zia Munshi are in the can. The first episode of the Writing For Pay podcast is almost finished – I just need to tweak my intro a little more and record a final segment. Then I’ll switch operating systems, set up WordPress, sign up for AdSense, configure the Blixkrieg theme, upload the audio files, pipe them to iTunes, and start promoting the ‘cast.

And I need to create a 300×300 graphic for the show, or pay/persuade someone to do it for me.

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