A thing to listen to

For the first week of this idea I think I am going to recommend something that I have recently started listening to. Its the podcast version of WNYC’s Radiolab, a show from NPR. I am not sure how many NPR channels actually carry it so some people may have never heard of it and others may not have listened to an episode. The thing is that I have and I really like this show, or podcast.

There are really two episodes that really got me to think that I had made a good decision when I decided to subscribe to the podcast. The first was an episode about color. The thing that got me intrigued was how they answered a question that I had when I heard the subject. I wanted to know how the hell they were going to cover the topic of colors without being able to show things visually. Well they answered that question in two ways. The second half of the episode was used to cover subjects about color where the verbal description of the object gave you enough to go on.

Now the first half of the episode was where they did the most interesting thing. It actually came in on the second story where they covered how we see a rainbow. Well actually it was how many different creatures saw a rainbow. They were looking at how our eyes compare to other eyes. Which when they were talking about any of it you couldn’t see how they could explain it without video. Though there was a point where they get into the area of vision that we can’t perceive, so they were discussing a part of vision that would be difficult to cover even on video.

But their fix was to substitute one sense for the other. Because both sound and light are both waves it was an interesting idea to take a choir and have them sing the differences in vision. Each color that can be seen was assigned a different area of the musical spectrum. For example when they discussed a dogs vision you had only two major voices that could be heard since dogs can only really see blue and green (another thing I learned during the show). So, as the amount of colors that could be seen by a creature the more voices you heard. I will say that the sound that accompanied the creature with the widest range of color vision is just amazing to hear. Sends me into kind of a nice bliss point.

Oddly enough bliss was the topic of the other episode that really enraptured me. (cheesy transition I know but it worked, I hope.) Now this one is different from the other one in that it is more of the usual kind of reporting that you can find on the show usually. I fear that a remark like that sounds more boring than I would like. There is a style to there story telling that can enrapture you and let time slip by as you listen to their stories. This one stood out to me strictly for the subject matter again. The idea of making an hour long program about something as hard to define as bliss is in itself intriguing to me. And the wide range of topics that you can cover under that original heading is amazing once you listen to it. The fact that they could find things like that make me want to see what else they explore.

So I enjoy this podcast and if this sounds interesting I hope that you will check them out. If you aren’t doing anything major this weekend maybe check out one of these episodes. Or just check out their website and find something that suites your taste in topics. And always thank you for reading.

A Slight Divergence

I intend to continue with the topics list but I had a new idea that I wanted to share. I think I have actually come up with a plausible catchy name for this, whatever the hell it is that I am trying to make. I’ve seen a couple of things that make me want to wait before I reveal the name. This seems like a just a small step but it does feel like another step forward. I’ve also been thinking more about more people that I want to “interview”. I put that in quotes because I don’t want to interview someone. I want it to be a conversation. That sounds cliche but I can’t find another way to put it.

As I keep think about more people to talk to and other topics to cover that I have so much to cover. It also keeps reiterating the fact that I will not be able to do this alone. I will need help. The issue is how am I going to get it. I live in such a small town that the kind of help I need will not come easy. But I am not giving up.

Thank you for your time.

20 topics for consideration

I think that the last thing I was going to write before I took my little hiatus was the list of subjects and topics that I would enjoy covering on a Podcast or Vodcast that I want to create. I am going to explain more on each individual topic in separate posts so this is just the overall list. Some things may seem strange when just in the list so please wait for me to cover more later. These are listed in no particular order but these are the main 20 topics or people or subjects that I want to cover.

 

  1. Language
  2. Communication
  3. Penn Jillette
  4. Photography
  5. Writing
  6. Art
  7. Queen
  8. Music
  9. The Evolution of Technology
  10. Amy Lee
  11. Human Interaction
  12. Religion
  13. Movies
  14. Psychology
  15. Philosophy
  16. Economics
  17. Internet
  18. Theatre
  19. The Evolution of Language
  20. The Hunt For John Deacon

I will more than likely not cover these subjects in the order that I listed them here.

Thank you for your time.

Jobs We Create For Ourselves

I keep trying to think of ways of getting work or at least things I can do to make money to survive. I keep trying to figure out a way of making use of the interesting ideas, the drives that I have and the skills that I have. I’ve talked about the fact that I am a sound engineer (I think). I am very much a person that has an imagination so I can come up with some really odd ideas. People have in fact called me insane (not just for the ideas but that’s another story). I am not sure how much of that is affected by the fact that I don’t completely like simplicity. There are times when things being simple is good. Going to the store for instance. I’m not talking about those times. I am again referring to the search for answers but not necessarily for personal answers. I am talking about the only way that you can gain answers or knowledge, by asking questions. I tend to have a lot of questions. To gain the answers I watch as many different programs as I can. I read what I can find on any subject (of course with the internet finding reliable sources can take as long as reading the actual articles). I want to learn all I can about any subject (whether it be about a person, a topic, or a concept).

I’ve thought about how I could actually do something with that drive. I keep wanting to try and make a podcast or internet radio show¬† where I can interview people I find fascinating or subjects that I want to learn about. I love this idea and I have thought about trying to see how I might be able to get funding. There are a couple of websites where you can put an idea up and see if there is anybody willing to help you with it. That seems simple enough but as most know things are very rarely ever that simple.

The things about this is that make it complex are many. I am not going to go into all of them but here are just a few explained. One is the idea of finding an audience. In just trying to understand how the human mind works I have seen article after article that says that most people are not willing to watch or listen to anything over two hours or so. The reason that could be a problem is that I don’t want to put a time limit on any discussion that I would have for the show. I realize that I could take the longer “raw” version and knock of the edges to fit a certain length then put the full raw version out there for whoever wants it which might be a good compromise. But even that idea may be hard to sell to companies that may want to sponsor the show. Then of course what I consider to be the biggest issue is that I live in a small town in Kentucky. How the hell would I be able to get access to any of the people that I want to talk too. I consider these kind of things as mental exercise. I like doing them so I may discuss this more in future writings. Cover more of the wants and ideas for it. Maybe I can figure out how to make it happen along the way. Please tell me what you think. I really want input on this one.

Thank you for your time.