Monday, February 19, 2007

msb-0117 I'm not waiting on a lady.

msb-0117 I'm not waiting on a lady. I'm just waiting on a friend.


Well, today as I write this, I'm not "waiting on a lady, I'm just waiting on a friend."

In fact, she's back, and looking might-ee fine. :-)

I tried to keep the house clean for her return so she wouldn't be faced with too big a mess. (But there's laundry that's threatening to walk out on its own if it doesn't get done soon. [I shove the wash in the machines and then she folds.] :-)

Lets try this again:
"Parlez vous Français?

Voudriez vous avoir un programme sur les expériences de quelq'un qui à la sclérose en plaque, dit en Français?

Malheureusement, il n'y a rien pour vous.

Il va vous faloir le créer.

C'est votre chance alors.

Joignez vous a et commencez en un

Envoyez moi un courriel á charles á (Cette offre est bonne en France et/ou au Québec)"

(Speech courtesy of AT&T research [ ])
So come on Montreal.

I know at least one of you is coming to the blog, or to the podcast.

I do okay at writing French.

If you want to really laugh at me, wait until the next episode.

That's when I attempt this in German:
"Sprechen Sie Deutsches?

Wurden Sie mögen ein Programm für Sie auf den Erfahrungen von jemand haben, die mit der mehrfachen Sklerose, auf Deutsch?

Leider gibt es nichts für Sie.

Sie müssen sie verursachen.

Dieses ist Ihre Wahrscheinlichkeit dann.

Verbinden Sie und Anfang eins."

(Translation courtesy of Babel Fish [] speech courtesy of AT&T research [ ]
Oops, I've already put the promotion out there. *smacks head* :-)
(Hopefully some native German speaker will take pity on his ears and spare me the indignity. :-)

---- "Paradigm Pure" by: "Acquisotic"

comes first, so...

All of you people on my map; I see the cities scrolling by and its awesome, simply awesome. You're all over the map, all over the globe really.

Depressing really, but its awesome none the less.

Are you just curious or are you all MSers?

Like, who came to the site from Lansdowne, north of Sitka, way the heck up in western Canada.

Drop me an email: charles (at)

PodcampNYC will be happening on April 6th and 7th, 2007. I will lead a session on podcasting as a means of reaching specialized markets. (Using my own MSBPodcast as an example for reaching MSers. [I never said it was a good example. :-])

---- "pure dance" "housemetal"

Feed Forward comes next, so...

Homer should have received the equipment by now and is hopefully starting on putting together a show as we speak. (Then again, maybe not. It took for freakin' ever with my American Express card. They're supposed to be verifying against fraud, fine, but the way they chose to implement it, they're actually engaging in obstruction of international commerce, as near as I can tell.)

He's speaking Greek of course so I can't know what he's actually saying without translation.

But I doubt that he's out there starting a cult of personality and plotting to take over the world using as his vehicle. (With MSBPodcast's audience, I don't think it could take over a small village. :-)


I just love the map attached to my blog and my 'cast.

I watch all my readers and listeners and wonder.

I feel blessed, and I have been blessed through the myriad events, hazards, happenstances, incidents and accidents to discover that I am not alone with this disease.

I have made it past middle age and have acquired enough sufficiency that I can share it with you, all of you reading and listening, (by the way, everybody listening in on iTunes or some other podcatcher, thanks :-) and with people like homer, who are making things for others to listen to, and who are in turn "paying it forward" and making the world a better place, one person at a time.

---- "Pure" by: "Jesushairdo"

Feed Me! come third, so...

Check out the stats and the map on my blog and on my podcast for the distribution of MSers "around the globe".

Maybe you "need" to see, like I finally did, how wide-spread MSers really are.

Wide spread, but there's a lot of us.

And we're reachable by this blog (amongst many others) and by this so far unique podcast.


Do you have a therapy, product, good or service that is of interest to MSers?

Consider advertising on this podcast.

Reminders on this segment only cost $0.03 per reminder per download of an episode. (A $30CPM targeted at MSers.)

It can/should lead to a full ad, in text, audio or video, which costs $3.00 per download.

That sounds expensive until you do the math and realize that if nobody downloads it it costs you nothing, unlike print, where you often can't even get an ad in to the specialized journals, or radio or TV where you'd just be wasting your money with the 0.0833% MSers rate of return. (That's about six times "below" the level of "statistical noise".)

But MSBPodcast is 100% in your market, and you only pay per download of your material.

No play, no pay.

Reach the MSers who would buy your therapy, product, good or service, with-out having to waste your advertising money on anyone who is "not" interested...

Send me an email at: charles (at)

---- "Pure Pleasure Seeker" by: "Moloko"

Main Topic: I'm not waiting on a lady. I'm just waiting on a friend.

You know, I've been extremely fortunate in my life.

I have been married to two wonderful women (one after the other, I'm no polygamist.) Hey life happened, my life, my intense, crazy, driven, obsessive, deep (almost autistically monomaniacal) life.

And they like each other. (Which causes both of them to sometimes gang up on me to get things done that I'd rather not do, but that's, uh, my "cross to bear". :-)

I only wish my life was typical of what happens to other MSers, but I suspect that its not.

I know that a lot of husbands, wives, partners and significant others in a relationship with someone who is disabled or sick bail out at some point.

Its not that they don't know that, uh, shit happens, but they don't want to get any on them.

That doesn't make them bad people, just the wrong ones for that relationship.

Unfortunately for the sick or disabled person, that puts them back on the meat rack, looking more than a little the "worse for wear" and quite unlikely to attract anybody else.

Loneliness must be terrible for the MSers who can't hide their impairments any longer, not even from themselves. But you have got to keep your chin up, don't you?

---- "Keep Your Motor Running " by: "Dave Hole"

Main Topic, part "deux"

There was an interesting discussion about "sex and the disabled" on the BBC Ouch! podcast [ ].

It's on podcast #12.

They discussed topics like:
  • Rob Crossan tries a spot of internet dating - but is honesty the best policy?
  • Sex workers - are they accessible to all? Mat and Liz chat to Kim, a sex worker who sees a number of disabled clients
  • Tuppy Owens, founder of the Outsiders club, gives us the lowdown on what it's all about.
All in all, it was an eye (or ear [or thigh]) opening discussion.

---- "pure sex" by: "liteform"



Miss Chris said...

You are quite the linguist.French and German both! I took 5 years of German in school but it pains me to say I've forgotten a significant amount. I still tend to revert back to German when studying Arabic. My brain becomes a hodge-podge of languages!

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Hey, you got me beat.

I admire the Arabic script, the Arabic culture, but I can't think in Arabic enough to get out a sentence.

I just studied the Arabs and the calligraphy way back in CEGEP. (Back before wife-one.)

As for French, I'm French by birth so I leaned it as a child. :-)

German I studied very informally while actually studying music, you know Bach, Beethoven Brahms (and the occasional foray into Freud and Jung, Heidegger.)

It helps to get the "flavor of a mind" if you can read it in the original.

But I don't really take any credit for the German. It was Babble Fish.

mouse said...

Enchantez, mon ami! There you have it. The french I learned has suffered the demise of time. I got the gist of what you said but there were a few words of mystery like 'folair', probably spelled incorrectly but I can't see it from this comment box! It is amazing that we MSer's cover the globe. Makes one wonder about the northern european ancestry thing, eh? Sante (you must imagine that there is an accent there)

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Hello mouse,

"faloir" meaning "will have to". (Or is it "falloir"?)

I'm no longer sure myself.

That's why I'm looking for a Francophone to do one of these shows in French. :-)

We indeed cover the globe, (except for having no statistics for Antarctica on account of the preponderance of penguins and dearth of ISP.)