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Saturday, June 04, 2021

When I trashed the whole podcasting thing, I did so on the assumption that it would yield a whole lotta poorly-produced audio recordings that would be a pain to listen to.

But inevitably, podcasting is being adopted as the latest “in” thing, going far beyond its blogging roots. Case in point: Time Magazine, as part of its All-TIME 100 Movies feature, included a podcast interview with film critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss.

I wasn’t particularly interested in the list itself — it’s just another list, designed to generate as much buzz for what’s on it as for what’s not — but I figured the film talk would be interesting enough to indulge for an hour on my iPod. So I downloaded it and listened to it.

What did I get? A rambling chit-chat with Corliss and Schickel, and an interviewer, that was punctuated with regular mumbling and little focus on any single topic. The critics were obviously not used to doing this kind of audio presentation (typical writers, really). The microphone quality didn’t sound particularly good either. Had I really been engaged in the content, I would have had to constantly pause and rewind in order to re-hear various passages.

In other words, Time’s offering represented exactly the worst aspects of the typical podcast — which I criticized in the first place.

Yes, I’m sure some podcasters are better at it than others. And it goes without saying that more than a few writers can be just as unintelligible. That said: Podcasting sucks.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/04/2021 03:36pm
Category: Internet, Tech, iPod
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Cast aside those unholy spandex-clad superheroes! Christian-themed comic books are where it’s at, true believer.

Christians have the best stories to tell,” said Sherwin Schwartzrock, a Christian comic book artist and graphic designer. “The world is full of hurting people, with drug abuse and with all types of problems that we have as human beings. Jesus Christ is an answer.”

And if Christ isn’t the answer, maybe the Incredible Popeman is.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/04/2021 02:56pm
Category: Publishing
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(With apologies to Destiny’s Child) You want bellydancing, Tampa Bay’s got bellydancing.

Combine this with that hookah joint in north Tampa, and we could all be rockin’ the Casbah, baby.

Just don’t call them strippers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/04/2021 02:46pm
Category: Florida Livin', Women
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