My Life

Me: I’m going downtown to play poker tonight.

Her: Wow, really? But there’s no casinos in this city or anything, right?

Me: Well, no, there’s no casinos, it’s just a bunch of people playing. You know that movie Rounders?

Her: Seedy, smoke-filled back rooms?

Me: We’re a bunch of geeks playing poker in a comic book shop. It’s quite well lit and they don’t allow smoking. John Malkovich won’t be there. It’s pretty much the anti-Rounders. I guess that wasn’t the most apt comparison.

Footnote: came in third again. Won $80 less the $20 buy-in. Go me.

I’ve been invited to present at February’s SynerQue meeting here in Albuquerque on the topic of podcasting. My first planned speaking gig – cool! Here are the details I wrote up, reprinted from the SynerQue announcement.

In the Dark Ages (what historians call “The 20th Century”), radio was a dominating force in mass media. Educated and specially-trained on-air talent used their voices to communicate with millions of listeners. Radio itself was dominated by a very small number of voices and it was difficult, though admittedly not impossible, for someone to break in and host their own show. The FCC has long been concerned about pirate radio (as seen in the Christian Slater documentary, Pump Up the Volume). Radio stations seemed intent on keeping the on-air talent limited to people that actually had talent. Thankfully, the Internet has changed all that. Enter: PODCASTING.

At this month’s SynerQue meeting, blogger and podcaster Daniel M. Clark will share his insight and experience in setting up and running a podcast. From equipment to software to marketing the show, he will give tips and advice, and actually record a show during the meeting. It’s far, far easier than you might think. Got $20 and a computer? You can be a podcaster!

Seriously, it’s been a fun intro, but if you’re interested in recording podcasts, this presentation will get you going in the right direction.

  • Choosing a topic and planning a show
  • The equipment you need, microphones, computers (Mac and Windows users welcome)
  • The software you’ll use to record, edit and upload the audio
  • The cost you should expect to pay (it really is about $20)
  • How to get the podcast into the iTunes directory
  • Ideas for promoting your show
  • A few ways to monetize your podcast and make a few bucks

In addition, there are prizes! There are two prizes that will go to one winner (we’ll be doing a drawing, so bring a business card (or some other identifying card), and there’s something for everyone that shows up, too.

  • One winner will receive a free headset/microphone combo (model to be determined, valued around $20) to get started. The winner will also be invited to be a guest on the Geek Dads Weekly podcast! Talk about yourself, your business, or maybe the new podcast that you’re sure to begin!
  • Everyone at the presentation who drops a card and runs a website will get a link from both and when the show being recorded at the meeting gets posted. Don’t have a website? A link to a Twitter or Facebook account can be done instead.

Come on out, it’ll be fun – and you might discover that you’re a natural at podcasting!

Coming up on December 6th is the First Annual Webuquerque Holiday Party Extravaganz-o-rama Blowout Bash of Fun. I don’t know if that’s the real name of it or not, but it sounds festive, doesn’t it? The event is being organized by Webuquerque regular Chris Kenworthy (skyhawk133), and he’s asked me to help out by putting together a little game we can play. It’s a Who’s Who game, in which everyone submits a little tidbit, a little factoid about themselves, and the rest of us have to figure out who the factoid is about.

For example, if one of the questions on the sheet is “Who, as of October, is a published author with Peachpit?”, each participant would try to figure out that the answer is Webuquerque co-founder Emily Lewis.

Fun, right? Who doesn’t love party games?

So, my fellow Webuquerque attendees, what I need from you is a little factoid about yourself that you’d like us to put on the sheet. Have a hobby? Any interests? Did you present at Webuquerque? Do you have a pulse? If so, there’s something you can contribute. Shoot me a DM on Twitter, email me via the contact form here at the site, or, if you know my phone number, give me a call.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the party! Here’s the real info:

December 6, 2009 6:30pm9:30pm
“That’s How We Roll”
at Roller Skate City, 400 Paisano St NE Albuquerque, NM 87123

From the Facebook group:

Join us in celebrating the holidays and the end of our first year with a return to the good ol’ days, when your biggest concern was finding a partner for couple’s skate.

That’s right. We’re going roller skating!

Admission is $6. Traditional 4-wheel skate rental is $2.

Adults only.