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Guest-hosted on Lip Gloss and Laptops Episode # 124! November 23, 2008

Posted by Raul in blogosphere.
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You may remember that I have written about Lip Gloss and Laptops a few times before. L&L is one of the podcasts I do follow, not because I actually have a stake in the cosmetics industry, but simply because I enjoy listening to the conversations of my friends Airdrie and Kerry Anne. We became friends through the Vancouver tech scene, and I’m quite glad I met them as they’ve managed to bring a lot of positive energy to my life. And, as I mentioned before, L&L is one of the best podcasts out there.

Lip Gloss and Laptops is recorded in the home studio of the Millers, and for those of you podcasting/music geeks out there, YES, I have podcasted from the Inside Home Recording studio. Derek K. Miller, musician, podcaster, and friend of mine, is one of the co-hosts of IHR, so I could barely contain my excitement when I came by to record the show. And kudos to Derek for figuring out how to set up for the guest-host (normally, L&L and IHR have only two hosts, so the set up changes when you involve a third microphone and set of earphones). Geekiness, FTW! 🙂

Airdrie and Kerry Anne made my experience as a guest host a really pleasant one. I had had a rough weekend, so I wasn’t really as prepared as I would have loved to be. But I think the show went ok and apparently, from what Airdrie told me at the Vancouver Bloggers Meetup, the audience liked it. It was a bit of a nerve-wracking experience. I’m not an expert in cosmetics, although I do know a lot about colognes. But having had experience with cosmetics when I did theatre and also, while going shopping with my mother, has taught me a lot. And it’s always fun to podcast with friends. This is my second time podcasting, as my very first one was during EPIC 2008 when I interviewed Adria Vasil for HappyFrog.

And if you want to find out more about what I talked about with Kerry Anne and Airdrie, go and listen to the podcast. RIGHT NOW. Ok, good. Now, let me know what you think 🙂 Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!


Vancouver podcasters – An analysis and some link love on a Tuesday April 15, 2008

Posted by Raul in music, random thoughts, Vancouver.
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I am (as many of you may know or may not know) a non-native English speaker. However, I speak six other languages in addition to my native tongue, so if you’ve heard me speak, you probably know that it is *really* hard to tell my accent. I speak good enough (this is commonly designated near-native fluency) to not only make myself understood, but to have been able to create deep friendships and share meanings and communicate my thoughts with fairly good precision.

Anyhow, the reason why I bring up the accent is that I have been incredibly tempted to podcast at some point, but I’m somewhat worried about my pronunciation. I am very fond of several local podcasts, which I will describe below very briefly, because instead I want YOU to go and check them out.

Several elements really attract me to podcasts.

1. The first element, the podcasters’ pronunciation. I have a huge admiration for podcasters who speak slowly and clearly.

2. The second element is the podcasters’ choice of background or associated music. If the music is not exciting, it is unlikely I will be excited about the podcast.

3. The third element is the choice of technology. As a non-geek (though this excuse is becoming a little bit overused, because I have indeed absorbed some geeky knowledge), I appreciate it when podcasters choose to embed the podcast and/or give choices as to the way in which I can listen to their product.

4. The fourth element is what I call the podcast design (maybe it’s not called that way but hey, this is my blog and my own analysis, so…there). Does it give me enough background? Do the podcasters introduce themselves? Why should I be listening to *this* particular podcast instead of another?

5. And the fifth element that attracts me to a podcast is the blog/webpage content. Yeah, I know you are surprised. Why would I care about the blog content, if what I am looking for is the podcast itself? Well, in an era of multi-taskers and adult ADD (attention-deficit disorder), do you *really* think I’m only listening to the podcast? No, I am also scanning your website or blog and trying to see the content. That doesn’t mean that I am *not* paying attention to the podcast, it only means that I am now associating the content you give me in print to that you are giving me now on audio.

Ok, and now on to some Vancouver podcasts that I think you should check out.

Lip Gloss and Laptops: I am a male, admittedly, but I do have a mother and I am very close to her. Since I was a child, I helped her choose her lipsticks. Because of her heritage, her skin tone is particularly difficult to associate with some lipstick colors. However, she always does find the right match and she looks beautiful. I grew up, did some catwalk and portrait/profile modeling and learned a bit more about colors, and skin tones, and aesthetics, knowledge that you can now find distilled and concentrated on Lip Gloss and Laptops. This podcast, helmed by Airdrie and Kerry-Anne is very fun and covers the cosmetics industry. You can check it LipGlossAndLaptops right here.

RadioZoom: My blog, by it’s very nature, is very random. One day you hear about how my weekend was, and the next you read me talking about the problems in the Ddowntown East Side, or pondering about love. Not surprisingly, these are some of the reasons why I love Radio Zoom podcasts. These podcasts give me a window into what used to be the life of John Bollwitt (before he moved to Canada to be with Rebecca), and what it is right now. John and Rebecca’s lives are always intermingled with music and radio, so RadioZoom gives your ears a peek into these. You can check RadioZoom right here.

PenMachine Podcast: I have lost one of my grandmothers and one of my dearest aunts to cancer. Thus, I have an inherent admiration and respect for those who are currently battling this deadly disease. Derek K. Miller is one of those brave people, a professional musician, a great podcaster and a role-model in many ways. I have yet to meet Derek in person, but just reading his blog and listening to his music makes me admire him even more. You can check Derek’s PenMachine Podcast right here.

Feel free to recommend other local podcasts (you can email me at hummingbird604[a]gmail.comsubstitute [a] for @, or follow me on Twitter as @hummingbird604).