2016-05-29 (Su) 2 Cyborgs and a Microphone

Tim Shank of Twin Cities Plus and I have decided to try our hands, and vocal cords, at a podcast. Our first reason is to tell people all about what we think and feel and the second reason is that we think it will be fun. After a single day of tossing ideas around in my head I came up with a dozen show ideas.


The focus of the show is going to be biohacking. At least that’s where we’re starting. It is intended to be a casual chat between two people with a stake in the technology and fore-knowledge. It will give us a chance to talk about our ideas and maybe do some brainstorming. Another podcast in a similar vein is Future Grind, which currently focuses on interviewing big names in the transhumanist community. Our approach will be significantly more casual and not center on other people. Future Grind had four episodes when this was written and every one of them is worth listening to thoroughly.

Because of the audio book reading a recording space was created and equipment was ordered and arranged to work there. All the use made it a comfortable system that was easy to navigate. Many of the problems with the inexpensive equipment have been solved so hopefully podcasting can begin quickly.

To make the podcast more likely to succeed the format will be Tim and I communicating remotely. Making time to meet at the same location will likely dampen the likelihood of producing shows in a timely fashion. Teamspeak 3 is going to act as the bridge between us. While there is not a lot of flexibility in the software for controlling the sound it does the heavy work automatically. Level control is automatically performed and recording is a simple keystroke. The audio quality is sufficient for voice.

A Teamspeak server was set up by running the software on one of the Windows tablets which was originally intended to be a recording platform. Instructions were taken from a YouTube video and were fairly simple to follow. One problem was that any computer attached to my network refused to connect to the server. Part of the video instructions were to obtain the public IP of my household which was entered into the Teamspeak clients. This wouldn’t work between two computers on the same network. One option was to connect to a public network and communicate through that but that connection was unreliable where I live. The most reliable solution was to enter the local IP address, in my case. This IP address belonged to the tablet computer running the server software. Once this was tried the signal didn’t leave the local network unless someone was remotely connected. Ping times between computers linked this way would be faster than connecting through the internet.

A trial session was performed between Tim and I. This took place before the server was set up and the lag was minimal even though the Teamspeak server was located several hundred miles away. Voice quality was good but some adjustment needed to be made with equipment. Recording was done only to prove it was possible and was not meant for release.

A show has been outlined and some of the mechanics of the show were discussed. Tim and I were very excited to start casting to everyone.

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