No Show This Week

Frown FaceOn Thursday we recorded a great episode, with special guest Vanessa Vaughan. It was a really fun show, and full of really interesting stuff! Unfortunately, when I went to edit and upload it, I discovered that the recording software had mysteriously stopped recording just when we were about to start recording. The whole show is gone, essentially.

I’ve no idea why this happened, as everything seemed to be going fine during the recording. But, it’s all gone. We’ll be redoing one of the stories next week, but here’s what we talked about anyway. You can still read up on what we discussed, even though you can’t hear us discussing it!

An bad article in Bloomberg goes viral when it claims pubic lice might soon become extinct. And then Bug Girl tears it to pieces and sets the record straight. Image:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, via WikiMedia Commons.
An bad article in Bloomberg goes viral when it claims pubic lice might soon become extinct. And then Bug Girl tears it to pieces and sets the record straight.
Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, via WikiMedia Commons.
  • Gutted about the show doing a bunk.

    Got to thinking you might like to have a back-up plan for these issues.

    Here’s a link to a free and open source voice synth called eSpeak (http://espeak.sourceforge.net/). It works by pasting text, a script or article, into the interface. Click the Play button and this text is then read out by the app. The good thing is you can make this happen at really really high speed, which you could record and then slow down to have as your emergency podcast show. Downside is the voice which reads back the text sounds an awful lot like Stephen Hawking on a fairly bad day but the good news is you get used to it by about the fifth time you listen to the eSpeak app.

    Have fun. Here’s to the next episode my of my second favourite podcast… Pete the Pom

    • Ed Brown

      Hey Pete,
      Thanks for the feedback! We’re planning on having two people record each show in the future, so we’ll always have a backup. I’ll check out eSpeak when I get a chance.

      And alright, I’ll bite – what’s your first favourite podcast? 🙂

      Ed.

      • Pete Ellinger

        It’s got to be the Jodcast, mainly because radio astronomy is the only astronomy which makes sense here in the rain/snow drenched north of England!

        It was Steve Nerlich’s but he got a bit busy of late ;-).

        Pete the Pom

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  • Lucky that you had produced such a good show on 21 January 2013 😉