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Insights To Help Guide In The New Year

In all of my social network profiles I used to describe myself as “a dreamer, a dabbler and an urban wanderer,” and for the most part, that is how I’ve lived my life. For 2012, I’ve decided to change it to read, “aiming for a more purposeful future,” and that’s how I plan to start 2012. For the past month or so I’ve come to realize that I’m not getting younger, my path still seemed aimless and if I really want to change my current financial and professional situation and anything else in my life, I really need to start to focus. To do this, I realize a few things need to be done.

The End Of The Dreamer And Wanderer:

It’s time for me to let go of my whimsical flights of fancy. They just aren’t going to happen. The very core of my being just won’t let them come true. Through high school and college I had thoughts of being a cartoonist, a writer and doing something in the performance arts. Heck two years ago, I was playing around with the idea of being a stand up comic. Unfortunately, the facts are dead set against me doing any of these things. Continue reading “Insights To Help Guide In The New Year”

The Angst Of An Over-Ambitious Podcaster

I usually record my podcast episodes on Monday afternoon and have them up and running that same evening. Of course that leaves the editing with much to be desired when it comes to omitting a lot of background noises that you would like to clean out of a track. Then again, when recording through Skype and all audio feeds are in one track there is so much you can really do.

This time around I had the great fortune of doing an episode with my wife Claudia and we even got to record it on Sunday (a day earlier than usual). With this in-studio opportunity I decided to get a little ambitious. By using a mixer and recording in studio I was able to feed my sound on the left-stereo side while feeding Claudia’s on the right-stereo side. This little trick allows me to split the stereo-track into two mono tracks. Which gives me better access to all the annoying background noise that each respective mic picked up so I can clean it out.

The great thing about this trick is that I can do a more professional editing job. The bad thing is, like a professional job, this trick requires more time, focus and patience. So even though I recorded the show earlier than usual, it ended up getting posted today (three days later than usual). It wasn’t just a regular 3 days of editing. It was endless-up-to-the-wee-hours-of-the-night long.

Regardless of this frustration, I’m pleased with the result. It is the cleanest recording that I’ve posted to date. If I plan on going to the Institute of Audio Research this was definitely a good simulation of what I can expect to do professionally or at least a close proximity. My podcast is definitely a labor of love. It’s a fun hobby that I really enjoy doing and hope to continue it for some time. I do wonder though, if I plan on doing this level of editing on the next episode. I guess time will tell.

What Profession I would Have If I Didn’t Need Money

If I didn’t need money I’m sure I would be a professional student. I just love learning about new things. Just today I went to a demo or open house of the Institute of Audio Research to see what this place was about. As you already know (if you aren’t sick of me still saying it), I currently do my own little podcast. I’ve been fascinated with this new hobby of mine ever since I started listening to podcasts back in 2006. Prior to this I was always into music and wondering about how a song was made.

With this new idea in my head of really wanting to understand the science of sound I decided to check out this school and see if it’s a possible new professional direction I might want to take. I definitely left the place looking forward to my own one-on-one tour later this week and breaking down the financials and see if it’s possible for me to undertake this new line of study.

That along with the Long Ridge Writers Group course I re-enrolled and it’s not hard to imagine that if it were such a career, I would be a professional student.