In this fun Halloween episode the band chat about the evils of CRT monitors and B.O. iBooks, their scary LA Day of the Dead trip to visit Joyce Burstein where Ryan discovers the magic of Huichol yarn paintings, plus band news, listener feedback and more!
This is Ryan here. I’m not know for my political views but I believe having a clean planet to live on when I’m old transcends politics. Next Tuesday, Californian’s have an opportunity to help save the world by voting yes on Proposition 87, which taxes oil drilling companies here and uses that money to help fund research into alternative energy resources. I’ve been doing what I can to help spread the word. It’s really pissing me off how the oil companies have spent millions on television advertisements and basically telling complete lies to try to scare people so that they won’t vote for this.
Hopefully I won’t have to wait more than another year or two to get an ethanol/flex-fuel car that can run on either ethanol or regular petroleum based gas. ethanol fuel already costs a lot less than gasoline and pollutes way less than gasoline. The real beauty is that all of our nation’s ethanol needs can be met by our farmers, so no more sending billions of dollars overseas everyday to fund questionable governments and terrorists. Basically, if a few countries stopped supplying us oil, our economy would come to a halt. Scary.
I recommend reading this blog which is written by an expert, leader, and investor in this new eco-friendly future.
Ryan and I talk about his upgrade to a Mac Mini running Parallels, the mysterious stink of his old iBook, PodShow forgetting to renew their domain, my launch of anjibee.com, plus I read a touching fan email from MySpace, share my own fan story of Robert Cray, Cocteau Twins and more.
Ugh, I can’t believe I’ve been putting off creating a site for myself for so long… I used to have an anjibee.com site a few years ago, but the coding was all mid-90’s and the info was out of date. Come to think of it, I based the current LSD site on my old code… Another site that needs overhauling! Anyway, rather than polish a turd, as they say, I just took my site down and have been waiting to work on it “when I have time.” Seems to me that day will never come, so I need to just *make* some time for it. I decided to do a blog, rather than a standard site like lovespirals.com, since most of my content will likely be podcast and vidcast related. I figure folks can subscribe to the whole site feed, if they like.
I honestly am not in the mood to design a site right now and have no idea what I want it to look like. I know what I want it to do, but the rest is a giant question mark. It is impossible to create something that you can’t imagine! And I feel like I should be working on so many other projects that I’m having trouble concentrating on site design. It’s times like this I wish that I didn’t do everything personally… Its hard trying to be good at a million different things and its exhausting! I need a staff of experts that want to work for me out of the kindness of their hearts. 🙂 Well, a girl can dream…
i’ve been a very bad blogger here. part of it was due to my primitive computer setup which didn’t make doing a lot of computing things fun or easy. i’ve got my main music making computer: an apple g4 tower with protools hardware. i see myself keeping that for a while still, but it’s not an ideal computer for daily net cruising for various reasons, one of which is that it can never go into sleep mode due to the protools cards not being energy star compliant.
so my awesome new computer also happens to be appple’s least expensive computer (sort of): the mac mini. the reason i say sort of is that i maxed it out with 2 gigs of ram. it’s replacing a slow apple ibook (circa 2001/2002) and a compaq desktop pc (circa 1999/2000). this little computer is cool. first, it’s about 1/20’th the size of the pc. and now that macs use intels, i’m able to run windows simultaneously with osx using a nifty program called parallels. so the pc is destined for the local electronics recycling center soon.
Life honestly seems to be a constant process of gathering and sorting. So much of my time is devoted to activity. Sometimes I think I should be more classically Buddhist by trying to not own things. I’m not even always aware that I’m collecting things until I notice that I need to organize them or discard them. My house is so tiny that it can’t fit many things in the first place, so just a few things can really make it seem crowded or messy. I’m at a point now where I look around and see small stacks piling up here and there which drives me crazy. I’ve been listing many CDs on lala.com just recently, but of course, more CDs come back to me… So my large stack of unwanted CDs will be replaced with a large stack of wanted ones. Which is better, I suppose. I’m stil in the process of digitizing my whole CD collection, which is pretty time consuming. I made smaller bit rate files of many songs back in the early mp3 days, so I’m trying to replace those with 320 aacs now. Plus I’m adding in the artwork, too. Gathering and sorting. Oh, and deleting.
At the recent Podcast Expo Ryan and Anji took part in the live PodShow Music Rewind recording session, alongside the “Best Podsafe Music Podcast” winning host, C.C. Chapman, and other podcast luminaries. Check out this special show at rewind.podshow.com — episode #45. (Photo by CC Chapman)
Ryan and Anji hop back in the saddle for a retooled post-PME extravaganza! OK, so they just added an outro song and intro script, but it’s still pretty cool… The band tell how they almost missed the Expo because of Bones, discuss recent song placements, answer fan email, announce upcoming 2007 releases and more!
- Oprah Winfrey Show: Kirstie Alley
- My Supersweet 16: Janelle
- Last.fm: Lovespirals
- Love Spirals Downwards
- Liquid State
Ryan and I went down to Ontario for the Podcast & Portable Media Expo, but ended up spending most of our time at the PodShow UnExpo2! Originally we thought we’d just go up Friday to check it out, but we decided to go back on Sunday, too, to hang out poolside with my PodShow homies and take part in the live PodShow Music Rewind recording session. You can actually check that out over at rewind.podshow.com — episode #45. Ryan and I come in next to last on the show, though you do hear me laughing or yelling in the background from time to time. Ha ha!
I also did video interviews with Cali Lewis, of GeekBriefTV, and the Rumor Girls, so when I see those go up, I’ll link to them here — probably in the news section. Posed for photos here and there, including a great one with 6 other women PodShow podcasters taken by Frank of Media Artist Secrets.