ThePodOfAlan - Season 1 - Episode 1

November - 2021

Hello, hello!

I'm Alan and this is the kick off episode of my podcast... kinda. I've actually been recording for years, but never posted anything. Those episodes will make an appearance eventually, but for now, we're starting fresh.

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00:00 [Music] 00:05 all right 00:06 hello world 00:08 welcome to this edition of uh we're 00:11 gonna start things new and they're doing 00:13 things again but dude away or something 00:15 like that i don't know uh that didn't 00:17 really like introduction at all but 00:18 that's fine we're just gonna roll with 00:19 it so this is this is definitely a new 00:21 thing for me not the recording aspect of 00:23 it but the fact that i'm recording 00:26 uh on my stream setup in my house 00:28 normally when i record these things i'm 00:29 doing it in my car 00:31 i've been doing that for a couple years 00:32 and it's nice so 00:34 um we'll have to see how this goes i 00:37 i don't know we'll see what see how it 00:38 goes this this is going to be the first 00:40 experimentation we'll see what's up i'm 00:41 going to move the mic around we'll 00:42 figure out like where i'm going to get 00:43 if i'm going to look at the camera or 00:45 not um for the people listening on 00:47 straight the podcast without the video 00:48 you won't notice any of that stuff um 00:51 i think i'm going to target this more 00:52 for a podcast format than necessarily a 00:55 video or a vlog format so if you're 00:57 watching the video cool but like i'm not 00:59 going to try and like do presenting 01:00 stuff for video 01:02 that's just going to be the way you 01:03 consume it so cool all right i you know 01:06 i'm not a fan of 01:08 too much of the introductiony stuff like 01:12 you listen to some shows and 01:15 there's this kind of thing where it's 01:16 like oh and this thing we're gonna talk 01:17 about this and this and this and this 01:19 and like 01:20 i understand exactly why you need to do 01:22 that or why it's helpful to have that 01:24 but at the same time it's like okay 01:26 don't let's just get to the thing and 01:27 see what happens but then if you just 01:29 try and throw people in 01:30 they're less likely if they don't have 01:33 like a grounding to get there then you 01:35 know it's can be tricky uh i see the 01:37 same thing happens with me with uh 01:39 movies with trailers 01:41 where 01:43 i used to really not like looking at 01:44 trailer or watching trailers 01:47 because they would so often show you 01:50 some portion of the movie that was 01:51 basically a critical aspect of it that 01:53 it's like 01:54 when you walk up to that portion of the 01:56 movie 01:58 you see the same scene that's coming up 02:00 inhaler and so you're like flying into 02:03 it and you're like oh this is clearly 02:05 that same thing that i saw in the 02:06 trailer and even though they cut 02:08 cut it two seconds before the pivotal 02:10 thing i know we're about to see the 02:12 pivotal thing because like the music was 02:13 there and like all that 02:15 so i i kind of am not a fan of that but 02:18 at the same time 02:19 that's changed a little bit for me and 02:20 now i do kind of like 02:22 at least getting a touch of the tone of 02:26 the movie 02:27 so 02:29 like what the what it's gonna look like 02:30 a little bit like kind of who the 02:32 characters are or who the actors are i 02:34 guess 02:34 um just just a touch of it so like if 02:37 it's a marvel movie i don't need to see 02:40 too much about it like it's just gonna 02:41 be a marvel movie and you can get some 02:42 hype stuff from the trailer and that's 02:44 cool but like 02:46 with dune when it came out 02:48 i was like 02:50 going back and forth on this thing about 02:51 ooh do i like trailers now i don't know 02:53 i mean i've always liked them but do i 02:54 want to watch them but i watched the 02:55 doom when i'm really glad i did because 02:58 it shows it had to like 03:00 and i want to say the tone of the movie 03:02 but i mean that both visually and 03:04 i mean that both 03:06 melodically like harmonically and 03:07 musically um as well as 03:11 like the the tone of the speech and the 03:12 tone of the colors right the color tones 03:15 um and i'm really kind of glad that i 03:16 had that set in a little bit because 03:18 it's like 03:20 i don't know it's it's like a it's like 03:21 a little appetizer i guess if done right 03:24 that it's just like okay here we're 03:25 gonna we're gonna go ahead and get you 03:27 get you kind of like geared up and ready 03:29 for the rest of this meal and this 03:30 thing's going to compliment it and we're 03:32 going to come through and like have it 03:34 be this nice introduction but also we're 03:37 not going to spoil the meal and i mean i 03:39 guess maybe that's where the trailer 03:40 kind of stuff can can hit you is like 03:43 so you can have an appetizer but if they 03:45 give you too much of the appetizer like 03:46 it spoils your dinner 03:48 or you're just like dinner isn't as good 03:49 and it's kind of uncomfortable and like 03:51 yeah you know like you're just ready to 03:52 be done with it but like if you get just 03:53 the right amount of appetizer like it 03:56 gets you gets you like oh i'm ready to 03:57 eat like this is delicious and they're 03:58 just like 04:00 leads into the meal in a very pleasant 04:02 fashion um 04:04 so we'll see actually i don't know if 04:06 this is gonna work for that or not 04:08 because it's it's it's funny for me 04:09 because these are 04:10 like i like i said i've probably done a 04:12 hundred of these um maybe even 200 who 04:14 knows where 04:15 i've just been recording and running it 04:17 and just as as a as a meta thing here 04:19 like i'm kind of okay with this the the 04:22 thing that i was wondering about was 04:23 where 04:24 um 04:28 when i do them in the car i'm driving so 04:30 like i've got something that i am doing 04:32 while i'm talking and that occupies kind 04:34 of the physical space 04:36 uh the physicalness while i'm talking 04:38 and i kind of keep going and right now 04:40 i'm emoting very like i'm moving around 04:42 a fair amount which i think kind of 04:43 takes care of that as well 04:45 i'm a fairly kinetic speaker uh when i 04:47 get going so 04:49 i just wasn't sure if 04:52 like how that would translate if i kind 04:54 of get stuck by 04:57 having to basically do the video and do 04:58 it sitting still and then also with the 05:00 camera there um 05:02 because i keep the camera on me when i'm 05:03 doing the the car videos 05:05 just because that's how i first started 05:07 doing them was recording was just doing 05:09 on um and i've continued to do that 05:11 because it's kind of a vlog or whatever 05:12 but i don't think these will be 05:14 i don't know maybe i'll figure out 05:15 something interesting to do with these 05:16 right so i'm throwing this up and i'm 05:18 gonna do it on a green screen or i'm 05:20 doing it on a green screen i'm doing 05:21 this with my with my stream setup um and 05:25 one of the things i was thinking about 05:26 was like we could set up to do 05:29 different versions of the videos so if 05:31 people are in the videos 05:33 then or people are into the videos or 05:34 watching it on video uh you could just 05:37 have like one version that's just like 05:38 straight me the green screen you could 05:40 have one version where like hey we drop 05:41 out the the green screen and we put in 05:44 elephants in the background i don't know 05:46 or like um 05:48 there's a 05:49 uh another streamer uh alex trost 05:53 who has done some stuff where he has 05:55 people come on and interviews them and 05:57 one of the things or one of the people 05:58 he had on and i forget this person's 06:00 name uh willing and show notes if i 06:03 remember to do that um was was doing 06:05 generative art 06:07 and like there were these really cool 06:08 patterns of 06:10 uh 06:11 uh and like all these complicated words 06:13 and math and all these other things like 06:15 i don't really understand 06:17 details of it but like they showed you 06:20 the math and they showed you the 06:22 formulas to plug in and they show you 06:23 the dials to kind of mess around with 06:25 and then you can go and like make your 06:26 own stuff so maybe we'll have some like 06:27 generative art in some of these um and 06:29 kind of come around and like bang around 06:31 um 06:32 but again i think the i think the key 06:34 here though is 06:36 and this has taken a little bit of a 06:37 switch in my brain to actually identify 06:39 this as i am thinking of this now more 06:41 as specifically a podcast so it is a 06:44 thing by the way this is meta talk right 06:46 so everybody's favorite thing is you 06:47 talk about the thing you're talking 06:48 about but like when you get started like 06:49 that's kind of a natural thing to do and 06:51 like it's 06:53 if if you are interested in 06:57 this at all you will hear a bunch of 06:59 that type of stuff um maybe jump forward 07:02 a few episodes 07:04 when we get the kind of the early things 07:05 out of the way because this the like i 07:07 as i work on projects and this is a 07:09 project um 07:11 i often go through and examine the 07:12 projects and one of the things all right 07:13 then like i'm i'm 07:15 not constantly but i i i oscillate back 07:18 and forth between 07:19 um 07:20 heads down working on the thing and then 07:23 kind of stepping back and taking a look 07:24 and seeing at the things that i've 07:25 worked on and then like 07:27 you know kind of 07:28 going in this liminal space of the back 07:30 and forthness 07:33 and this because this is part of a 07:35 project like that is going to be part of 07:36 it and because i'm making a transition 07:38 from the way that i'm doing the 07:38 recordings 07:40 this is going to be an aspect of that 07:42 that we're going to examine so cool if 07:44 you like it sweet if you don't okay 07:47 um i also i like i'm i'm trying not to 07:49 do that as much if you like it cool if 07:50 you don't like it also cool like 07:52 that like that should be implicit these 07:55 days 07:57 but it also still feels like a a thing 07:59 that is 08:02 like i don't know it's almost cliche but 08:04 like cliches exist for a reason 08:06 and 08:07 like i'm not diminishing it it's just 08:09 like one of those like i kind of wish i 08:10 hadn't said that because it's like you 08:12 get you like you already 08:14 it's like i'm giving you the power to 08:16 make that decision but like you already 08:17 have the power to make that decision 08:18 like you're already going to make that 08:20 decision 08:21 but it's 08:22 it's not meant in that way i don't think 08:24 most of the time when people say it it's 08:25 a bit more as a friendly like hey like 08:27 no like no harm no foul you're not gonna 08:29 you're not gonna insult me if you don't 08:30 like the thing that i'm making 08:33 i'm gonna be a little bummed potentially 08:35 if you don't like the thing that i'm 08:36 making but that's not but i don't want 08:37 to put that 08:39 like 08:40 uh 08:41 i don't want to hold you emotionally 08:43 hostage to the fact that if you don't 08:44 like it you're gonna hurt my feelings 08:46 there's that there's a really 08:49 interesting like um 08:52 reverberation that can happen between uh 08:54 artist and audience with that kind of 08:57 stuff where 08:59 some number of people 09:00 like i i believe very much that most 09:03 people don't want to 09:04 make other people uncomfortable or 09:06 suffer um 09:08 and so 09:10 you'll have a thing like oh i've made 09:11 this thing and like it's it's a kind of 09:13 a natural reaction or it's my natural 09:14 reaction i think a lot of us 09:16 to go through and say hey cool great 09:18 even if we're not super psyched about it 09:21 now one of the things i try to do is 09:23 look at 09:25 parts so like 09:29 i'm a pretty big believer that if 09:30 somebody has made a thing 09:33 even if the overall thing itself isn't 09:35 that great there 09:36 is 09:37 almost always 09:39 something neat or interesting or 09:42 cool to find in there even if it's not 09:44 new and even if it's not groundbreaking 09:46 because by the way most stuff isn't like 09:49 almost nothing is new or groundbreaking 09:51 like everything comes is coming from 09:53 something that came before it and the 09:55 novelty with which we put those things 09:56 together 09:57 is generally speaking not tremendous but 10:01 that does not mean that it's not cool 10:03 and not interesting and not neat so 10:06 finding those kind of like little places 10:09 and those little things 10:10 can be a little bit like oh cool i like 10:12 what you did here and then even if you 10:13 fall back to the other one they're not 10:14 fall back but even if you 10:18 move the perspective into hey i like the 10:20 work that you did so even if it's not 10:22 really the thing that you did is is 10:25 what's impressing me as much i like that 10:26 you did work to do a thing 10:28 and like i think that's a really 10:29 important thing for us to kind of talk 10:33 about and to kind of push on a little 10:34 bit and wow i just all of a sudden i'm 10:35 getting like i feel like i'm getting 10:36 like uh this is the thing oh god this 10:39 like okay this just took a turn weird 10:40 for me um 10:43 cause like who the hell am i but at the 10:45 same time like i don't know i have 10:46 thoughts so here's some thoughts 10:48 but like 10:49 i i'm gonna try not to get like yeah and 10:51 see now now we're doing the meta thing 10:52 again so this is the back and forth this 10:54 is the back and forth and there will be 10:55 some of that there will be a lot of that 10:56 for me because i kind of keep poking on 10:58 the thing but 11:01 i don't know that like i don't want to 11:02 try and get this into like 11:04 actually you know what i don't know what 11:06 i want this to be yet so 11:08 this is gonna become the thing that it's 11:09 gonna become and 11:12 like i've got some ideas in the back of 11:15 my head very loosely just based off the 11:17 prior stuff that i've been doing but 11:19 basically it comes down to i'm going to 11:21 turn on the mic i'm going to talk into 11:22 the mic and whatever happens happens and 11:24 like it's kind of getting all over the 11:27 place so uh i think that'll wrap it for 11:29 this one because short and sweet i have 11:31 no idea how long this is because i'm not 11:33 watching any timers at all uh also i'm 11:35 just now aware that there's a camera 11:36 gear again so clearly this is gonna be 11:38 one of those things where this is not 11:39 about the camera it's about the voice so 11:42 i hope you all have enjoyed it uh we 11:44 will see you next time the other thing 11:46 that i'm going to do right now though is 11:48 we're going to make a second episode 11:50 immediately that i call an after show 11:51 this is something i've been doing on the 11:52 other ones where 11:53 this was the main topic so i just kind 11:55 of say man we're done and then i'm not 11:57 going to clip this episode and then i'm 11:59 immediately going to keep recording like 12:00 i'm not going to turn the mic off and 12:01 that will be the after show 12:03 because i find that it's a neat to kind 12:04 of like switch up the gears a little bit 12:06 and kind of just like okay we did a 12:08 thing and then cut review do whatever 12:11 that will do it for this episode 12:13 uh jump into the after show next if you 12:15 want to or punt way forward if you want 12:17 to or have a good day 12:19 be kind be cool we'll see you around 12:21 cheers