January 14th, 2006
My benevolent webmistress, Colleen Wilson, informs me that we now may have the ability to offer our show as a podcast -- a free version of each episode that you can put on your computer, and then transfer to your iPod. The question that she's asked me -- and that I'm now passing along to you -- is whether our podcasts should be (a) video or (b) audio-only.
The cool thing about the video podcasts, of course, would be that you could actually watch the show (as well as hear it). The downside (downsides?): only people with the most recent version of the iPod (oh, how I envy you!) can watch video, and these files would be relatively large (and thus take longer to download).
As for the audio-only podcasts, everyone with any kind of iPod could get them -- and their relatively small file size would make for quick downloads. On the other hand, you wouldn't be able to see me waving my hands with inappropriate wildness, or blocking the camera's view of my guest while I reach for my umpteenth sip of coffee -- not to mention fall on my ass in a "Wandering Josh" segment.
So there you have the podcasting choice: to video, or to audio-only? Please let me know in the "comments" section below. ...
Speaking of: I have been getting tremendous enjoyment from a series of podcasts created by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant, the guys who gave the world the original, squirmalicious British version of The Office. Called The Ricky Gervais Show, these (audio-only) podcasts consist entirely of a half-hour conversation between Ricky, Steve, and a very odd fellow named Karl Pilkington. Mostly, Ricky and Steve mercilessly make fun of Karl, who is either one of the strangest fellows on the planet or absolutely the greatest comedian of all time -- I can't figure out which. So far, they've done six podcasts, out of an eventual total of 12. You can download the episodes here, or you can subscribe to the podcasts on iTunes (either way, it's free). My favorite section of each episode tends to be the "Monkey News," which is exactly what you'd expect, subject-matter-wise. ...
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