A Video Tour of Roppongi

I can’t believe there are nearly 300 subscribers to this…thing. What’s wrong with you people? I mean, I can understand why my friends and family like this stuff, but the other 295 of you? TV and radio programming must be pretty awful if you’re coming here for entertainment. Whatever. I’m glad ya’ll enjoy it. It’s fun for me too. This is like being famous, but without the burden of having to keep track of my millions.

Tonight I started off at the Hobgoblin pub in Akasaka because I was thirsty for Blackthorn cider. Afterwards I turned the camera on myself while I took a little stroll through the neighborhood but…well, you’ll see. It didn’t go so well, so I walked to Roppongi where I had a bit more fun. Then I went home. The end.

I have to apologize to the blind guy who left a comment here a week or two ago. I’ve been meaning to put a podcast together for you. I hope you don’t feel left out. How about if I just e-mail you the 50 or so hours of unedited audio I have saved?

Thanks to everyone who filled out the questionnaire. The results are interesting. I like feedback way more than votes. But votes are kind of nice too. If you happen to be at Podcast Alley voting for other shows you like, heck, you might as well vote for me too while you’re there, right?


Tokyo Disney Sea Videoblog

It’s funny, lately I’ve been posting more frequently and promoting my podcast/videocast all over the place, but the number of subscribers is going down while at the same time I’m getting lots of positive feedback. Go figger.

I videoblogged my family’s weekend trip to Tokyo Disney Sea. From the point of view of the video’s host, I should have done more narration, but I was there as a husband and father, so I wanted to focus my attention on my family. As much as I love to share my life with all of yuns (that’s plural for you), frankly, it’s not a something that appeals to my wife and I respect that. I did have her listen to some of the audio I captured with the binaural mics and she was impressed, so at least she can understand the appeal. She is who she is, I am who I am, and that’s that. There’s no need evaluate the situation any deeper than that. That’s where couples get in trouble.

Half way through the day it hit me that 90% of what you hear in Disneyland is, well…fake. It’s a really, really well-done fake, but listening to a podcast recorded there, heck, you might as well be plugged directly into the PA system that’s pumping out all the sound effects. I’m not a Disney hater; they’re absolutely the best at what they do. I’ll save the details for the next podcast.

In the meantime, I posted the video I shot to commonbits.org. To retrieve it, you’ll need to learn how to use BitTorrent. There’s a tutorial here. If you can’t figure it out, don’t worry about it; we’re not talking Oscar award-winning cinematography here. It’s not that great of a loss.

The guy running commonflix.org let me get away with it this time, but the content doesn’t seem to be the kind of stuff that’s normally hosted there. If anyone knows a more appropriate site to use, please let me know.

So the file linked to below is a torrent file that contains data used by programs like iPodderX (Mac), DopplerRadio (Win) or Azeurus (Java) to download the actual video.