Friday, October 26, 2007

msb-0216 A change in tempo?

msb-0216 A change in tempo?


Feedback comes first, so...

While I'm still unemployed, I'm just wondering if I should move up the show frequency from 3 to 5 times a week...

I'm just saying this because its Thursday "last week" as I write this, as opposed to the earliest you could hear this, and I've already finished writing the script and picking the music.

The creative part, (read: the hard part,) is already over.

Now the only thing left to do will take me about an hour putting everything into GarageBand, recording my voice, uploading the merged 'cast, updating various web sites and doing a test download to make sure everything's okay.

What do you think?

Do I go daily?

Send me an mail: charles (at)

(I know the message recorder gadget down the left hand side of the page is currently down. I'm working on it...)


This is a special "shout-out" and a thank you to "Jeso" [ ]


I've already planned a special show for when mother finally goes.

Hopefully I wont have to use it soon, but its going to be some of her favorite music and while it will definitely not be podsafe, I think she deserves a proper send off, and she'll damn well get one.

It'll be the music to the soundtrack of my young life.

"J'm'en Fous Pas Mal" by "Edith Piaf",
"Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 [Moonlight sonata]" by "Beethoven",
"What A Wonderful World" by "Louis Armstrong",
"The Fiddler (Soittoniekka)" by "Sibelius",
"La Foule" by "Edith Piaf"
"Nutcracker Suite: March" by "Tchaikovsky",
"Mood Indigo/Sophisticated Lady" or maybe "Caravan" by "Duke Ellington" and I intend to close with
"Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major" by "J.S. Bach."

I won't say a word...

I'll just let this poor selection of mother's favorites say goodbye for me.

---- "Plans for the day" by: "Maria Daines"

Feed Forward comes next, so...

This is "your" segment.

Say "your" piece on this segment.

Share with other MSers whatever "you" want to share.

Drop me an email: charles at

And I would apreciate if someone could write a review of this podcast on iTunes [ ] You can just select the link and, eventually, scroll down the iTunes page to "Customer Reviews"

---- "Plan For Conquest" by: "Ken Dirschl"

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)

---- "Best Laid Plans" by"Moses Guest"


Well my depression didn't last long. It never does.

While I may be back to my upbeat self, I know a few people who aren't.

That's the one thing I can report from going to the group/community meetings.

On the plus side, my "Tai Chi" instructor is back at teaching and I'm back at "Tai Chi"-ing.

Its important to keep your self going, motivated and strong with MS. "Tai Chi" helps.

Actually, I suspect that its probably that way for any chronic disease, but I know that, with MS, is imperative that you keep your chin up.

---- "A Better Plan" by: "SharashkA"


Maintaining a positive attitude is key in dealing with any chronic disease.

Thomas Carlyle said, “Our great business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

The problem is that we have to be looking at the world with several pairs of eyes.

Yes, we have to focus on the tasks at hand. But we also need to kep an eye on an ultimate goal so we can tell if we're moving forward or just going around in circles, passing the same milestone over and over.

There are three kinds of planning [ ]:
  • Strategic,
  • Tactical and
  • Logistical or contingency.
The role of strategic planning, often called "Big Picture" planning, or "Blue Sky" thinking, is to guide and suggest the direction of our lives. (e.g.: "We want to discover a marvelous cure for MS.")

The role of tactical planning takes what was decided in the strategic planning and map out how to achieve the strategic plan and turn it into reality. (e.g. "We'll have to conduct research and track all of the approaches towards finding the said marvelous cure".)

The role of logistical or contingency planning concerns itself with the mundane reality of taking a tactic for success and dealing with the reality of contracts, deals, cash flow, production scheduling and of just getting from A to B. (e.g. "We'll have to get income and pay for salaries, material, physical plant, compliance with ..." You get the idea...)

Well, that's fine for a drug manufacturer, but how does it apply to anything?

Its different, but its also the same, for you and your life.

I had a blinding flash, a vision of what could be, when I was taking a business course at MCNY (Metropolitan College of New York) and like "Paul of Tarsus" it set me on this path.

I would open up a channel of communication for the disabled so that they would be able to be entertained while getting news on what was happening as regards their disease; what drugs therapies, goods and services were evolving to meet their needs.

Since I just happen to have MS, I decided to stick with what I know: writing, music, computers, the internet, music, RSS, podcasting ... and MS.

Now almost two years and 216 'casts later, I have a small but growing audience and if you have found this podcast, I can assume that you have some interest in music, as a listener, and some interest in MS.

Maybe you have MS, maybe you just care for or about somebody with MS. (You should give me some feedback about where you fit into the spectrum of interest.)

But you're listening to me as I fill your ears with some tunes, the occasional news you won't ever find on channels 1 to 1000, and I want to get some advertisers from the makers of MS related products, goods and services, so I gain some legitimacy for the orphan diseases of the world.

---- "Big Plans -DEMO" by: "Second Saturday"


My watch phrase has always been "Illegitimi non carborundum" ("Don't let the bastards grind you down") and its kept me going for decades with this disease.

I suspect that its probably imperative to maintain a positive attitude for any chronic disease, but I know that, with MS, you still have to strive to achieve.

---- "Plannin' An Accident" by: "theHipnotics"


Further into the job front, I'm investigating "Section 508" which seems to be a whole lot more comprehensive than I would have thought.

In fact the Federal spending universe seems to be a whole lot more aware than their vendors out there. They NEED the kind of thinking shown in msb-0195 "Rovira Diagrams" as a kind of organizing and documenting principle.


mdmhvonpa said...

You make your own happiness ... no?

Charles-A. Rovira said...


But you never said if I should upgrade my show to a daily.

Miss Chris said...

Funny you should mention Tai Chi. I took a few classes if you remember but it hurt my knees. Anyway...the instructor was all about "calmness" etc. in life, and how important that was. He lives in my neighborhood and had a bitch-fit with an innocent neighbor about some trivial issue. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Maybe he should practice what he preaches?

Charles-A. Rovira said...


Your Tai Chi instructor sounds quite, uh, suspect. :-)

How can you be "calm and serene" when you're engaging in bitch-fits?

Miss Chris said...

My thoughts exactly!