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!


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.