Friday, May 11, 2007

msb-0150 Podcasting (that's me) and thee

msb-0150 Podcasting (that's me) and thee


----"On A Podcast" by: "Cruisebox"

Feedback comes first, so...

I've had some feedback from another blogger with MS, "Pete" [], who has reminded of me of the difficulties inherent of the medium of blogging through his posting yesterday a comment on episode "msb-0080 An inherent sense of Justice" when I am currently writing episode "msb-0150 Podcasting (that's me) and thee."

That was a blast from the past.


I also got some from "homer".

He's sent me a podcast as a test, or proof of what he can do and it really "kicks ass". :-)

Now I'm got to get him posting his shows onto

The first one really shows promise because he's really "got" it.

I'm working with him to get him up to speed A.S.A.P. because he's got a much better voice and a lot more energy than I do.

---- "Podcast Reggae " by: "REGGAE FAR EAST"

Feed Forward comes next, so...

Say something to the other MSers.

Write me: charles (at), or better yet say your piece on the widget on the left hand side of the page at


I came across something on /. [ ] about Wikipedia by "VirusEqualsVeryYes":

"Wikipedia can provide the best of both worlds. It itself is a compilation of summaries, providing basic understanding, but to those who want or need more, there are links at the bottom to more detailed explanations, more thorough information. A Wikipedia with every detail possible would turn away people who want to understand something new simply because of the ridiculous principle that if one is to learn something, one must (futilely) attempt to learn everything at once. Imagine, for example, if someone went to Wikipedia to learn about the immune system, and came upon this:
Antigen (peptide) is presented by MHC class II on an APC to a CD4 TH cell with a TCR that recognizes a particular MHC classII/peptide complex. The TH cell is stimulated to undergo clonal expansion. If it encounters a B cell with the same class II/MHC peptide complex on its surface, it stimulates that B cell to clonally expand and produce soluble antibody...
[taken from my bio class notes]

Yeah, it's informative. Great. But who wants to try to understand that if all they want is a basic understanding? Having an article written this way will turn away people who would otherwise learn something. That defeats the purpose of the encyclopedia. That defeats the purpose of Wikipedia.

Leave your elitist "learn everything or you're inadequate" shit at your graduate research lab. Not everyone is willing, or has the time, to wade through what is otherwise white noise to get to the relevant info. Forcing mundane details down the throats of interested parties is doing a disservice to the spread of science."

---- "Podpeople" by: "Munk"

Feed Me comes third, so...

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)

---- "Pod Theme " by: "Intelect"

Main Topic: Podcasting (that's me) and thee

I got asked why I never mention my employer on these podcasts or why I don't try to get a sponsorship from them.

Its a valid question and I'm going to answer it right here and right now.

They're not MSers and an off-shore out-sourcing IT firm has "nothing" to do with MS, apart from keeping me on staff.

They have their own concerns which are not congruent with the aspirations of this MSer; nor do they make any product or render any service to any MSers.

If they did, I might feel different about it, but there's no fit anywhere nor is it likely. (Granted a great many of our clients are health-[don't]-care providers and/or allied health-[don't]-care organizations; but we're trying to reduce their costs, and I'm not going to increase those costs by asking my employer to give me a sponsorship.)

---- "You Dont Need An iPod " by: "Uncle Seth"

Main Topic, part deux:

The thought of a sponsorship would place me at a disadvantage.

I'm not any kind of a reporter.

I have no journalistic pretensions.

I'm just trying to entertain you by selecting themed music off of the PMN, the Podsafe Music Network, and creating a media space for MSers and for MS, unlike the mass media.

Instead of
  • hearing some radio jocks blather on, between dadot and dadot on the clock, about whatever they blather on about, and
  • playing tunes off of a homogenized rotation decided upon by some mega-conglomerate, (I'm talking about you ClearChannel,)
  • while the radio station marketing department struggles to sell as much of their air-time out from under them, (its the old 1,440 minutes per day dilemma, some of those minutes have to pay for the other minutes; the maximum profitability is to get 1,440 ad minutes paying for no content, like QVC or the Home Shopping Network, [How often do you want to hear about how these "beautiful "cubic zirconia" stones can change your life"? Right...])
you can
  • download this show, "whenever", and
  • listen to me blather on about whatever I blather on about, usually things related to having and coping with MS, "whenever", and
  • playing a selection of tunes around a theme, unless I'm infatuated with a genre or an artist for that episode,
  • while not having to be bothered by ads unless you have a specific need for that product, good or service (except for "reminder" spots which go in their very own segment).
Now, I'll readily admit I have a face made for radio and a voice made for painting, but until this idea takes off and I can hire someone to take my place at the mike, I seem to be the "only" game in town; nobody else seem to be stepping up to the plate on our behalf.

---- "Podcasting is the new Revolution" by: "M.C. Pretty Cruel Hype"



homer said...

Charles did you get my first episode?
I have sent you an email which contained a URL. It's my first episode uploaded to my webserver asking you some questions there...
Tell me your opinion I can't wait hearing it.
Now that I have began nothing stops me...!
It was difficult to learn all this stuff but now it's fun.

Miss Chris said...

Listening to podcasts is so much better than radio. I can't stand to listen to the disc jockeys.

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Hello Homer,

No I still haven't.

Try sending it to:


I'll let you know what I think of it as soon as I get my, uh, ears on it.

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Hello Miss Chris,

you're right about that.

Between the DJs trying to see which one has the stronger bladder, and listening to the same twenty songs getting air play (okay, that's a trifle extreme; the same twenty play lists hogging the air time,) all over the country, its disgusting.

And the ads, and ads, and ads, for crap we don't care about while stuff we would care about doesn't get a squeak.

I haven't heard anything controlled by the RIAA or carried by ClearChannel in years.

(I have 400+ vinyl albums and a receiver in my living room just sitting there collecting dust. [And an old second-hand 13" TV set that only barely gets PBS. :-])

All my 800+ CDs have been ripped to iTunes and now that I never listen to anything that's not podsafe, they're just taking up space on my hard drive.

If I didn't have a terabyte and a half of excess disk space, I'd be clearing them out.


Further update for Homer:

It only just came through.

I'll listen to it and tell you what I think of it tomorrow. (Its getting late here. :-)

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Hello Homer,

you really have a kick-ass show.

I'll be emailing you (actually, I already have.)

I am sending you information about getting LibSyn, the business model, some more information. (You should look at my show notes. The business model for advertisers has been on virtually every show since I finally worked it out and it was tested by "MDMHvonPA" and "Friday's Child".)

Miss Chris said...

How come no comments enabled since this post? Not that I have anything pithy to say, I was just wondering.