Friday, January 4, 2008

The snowman


My toon, Scootre as a snowman in IronForge. The WinterVeil Disguise Kit that is distributed around the holidays requires a snowball to activate, and turns your toon into a snowman. The only drawback about being a snowman is you can't move, talk, or do anything as a snowman, so you just kinda sit there and look funny, occasionally tipping your hat as other toons walk by.
So, I screencaptd my toon, and dumped the kit and the snowballs because I need the space in my bags for more important things, like potions and foods..
I'm recording the podcast for this week, and should have it posted and syndicated by Sunday, January 6, 2008. Podcast recording is alot of fun, but recently, I've discovered just how much time is required to compete a recording. There is a lot that must be done to finalize a podcast, because I want it to sound right, have the right feel, and sometimes I have to re-record portions of the cast, so I am not sounding like a drooling boob just blabbering and hum-hawing my way through the monologue. So, what started out as a 30minute project now is taking significantly longer. But I LOVE it! Look for the link to the right, for the podcast downloads.
Episode # 3: download here 13:46 - my longest running podcast yet!

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

BRD run late into the night


Ran through Blackrock Depths last night, with Syriel, Angora and Nuine, which kept me up way too late, but it was a great time! My first use of the ventrillo client, we did this instance in about 3 hours. I got my first purple sword, which sold on the Auction house (AH) for 182 gold! Major w00t indeed!
The screen shot shows Scootre sitting on the Imperial Seat, just after we downed the last boss of the instance.
Thanks all for the great time!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Moving forward with The Podcasts.

An Anotomy of a recording

I've found a 'formula' of sorts that helps with putting together a standard for recording podcasts, and make it easier to produce a decent quality podcast show session. The session can be broken down to three main modules:

  1. The introduction segment
  2. The Narrative segment (main body)
  3. The closing segment
In short, the introduction segment should be 30 seconds or less, with the following attributes:

  • Opening Headlining statement
  • Podcast identifier or Station Id
  • Table of Contents to outline the productions topics.
The Narrative segment is the body of the podcast which contains or can contain music, interviews, or whatever to record for the 'meat' of the podcast.

The Closing Segment is the wrap up segment, which covers the topics covered, and reviews the information in closing, music can be used in this closing as well.


Where's the HOW-TO on Podcasting?

OK. There's something lacking on the information highway regarding the whole Pod casting phenomenon. No one has written a how-to, that can clearly show the laymen computing person how to create one. Looks like it's a 'learn as you go' endeavor, so I've put together a list for myself that covers the basics of my podcast series project:


1. Select a name for the podcast show, one that is appropriate to the theme.
2. Select a theme for the show, outline your 'area of expertise'.
3. Begin researching topics and planning show outlines or 'scores' for the show(s).
4. Schedule recording sessions, and if need, interview sources, and gather data/information.
5. Prepare draft scripts, outline formats and prepare subject matter.
6. Record base conversation narrative rough format.
7. Edit product, and fine tune recording sessions.
8. Upload and publish podcast
9. Update website(s), blog and rss feed.
10. Go to # 3.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

The discovery of podcasting!

http://afourthdimension.com/podcasts/Episode1-12-30-07.mp3

Recently I've discovered the world of podcasting, quite by accident really, while poking about with my Winamp client. I was in the media library section of Winamp, when I came across the podcast subscription area. Soon, I was listening to my first podcast, and then it hit me - this is something I must learn! What a great way to reach customers, fans, and all the other media that podcasting can offer.

So, I began to study other's podcasts, listening to several different podcasts for hours. Each night I would que up a 1/2 dozen podcasts and fall asleep listening to some pretty amatuer publishings, and continuously becoming more intrigued and interested in how that person was able to have music in the background while they read thier script. The process couldn't be that difficult, I thought, because the internet was just overflowing with a wide variety of podcasts.

So.. I decided to get my hands dirty with this - I dug out my headset, and did some research on creating my first audio capture. I installed Cool Edit Pro, and then recorded about 3 minutes of my voice - stammered, and pretty much just recorded a 'hello world' version of an audio podcast. It was rough, filled with pops, and hiccups - just like alot of the the first podcasts I was hearing from other people who were just starting out in podcasting.

For example, I began listenening to the WOWcast podcasts, with Alacia. Beginning with her first podcast, I listened to her nervous voice, and the quality of the recording. I was lying in bed, listening to Wowcast Episode 1 and wondered just how nervous she must have been while she was recording it - what kind of work went into making her first podcast and if she was alone recording and producing it, or was this a school project where she had a 'producer' and webmaster helping her. It mattered not, but I was still fascinated in the simple fact that this girl was doing it - she was podcasting! And THAT what was what really drew me into the whole podcasting world, so to speak. In one of Alacia's latest episodes, of which she has 29 episodes in her list since November of 2005, I listened to a change in her show, it became apparent that she was growing in confidence, and her production began to have more structure, more polished, and became easier to listen to. Then as I progressed her shows to her latest work, it was clear she was becoming more confident, and had created a program she was following - she was more relaxed, and it was a joy to listen to her shows! A sense of maturity had arrived for the Wowcast podcasts, and I was impressed that her program had become something with notoriety and true substance. She was talking about interesting and very creative topics! In addition, she was working with a topic I was (am) definitely interested in; World of Warcraft!

I sent Alacia a voicemail on her website, to let her know that I enjoyed her podcasts, and thanked her for giving me the insight into this new media solution. I was excited, and apprehensive about doing podcasts - what the hell could I talk about that people would be interested in? Oh yeah!! I know a thing or two about computing and how to write programs, so my podcasts could have some content to help listeners with their computers.

While these first few episodes are simple, rambling collections of crap, I know now what content I will feature in my podcasts, and THAT is half the battle of creating a podcast in the first place!

With that, here is my fist podcast:

http://afourthdimension.com/podcasts/Episode1-12-30-07.mp3

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