A New Podcast is Coming

I’m listening to more and more music recently. Mainly switching between Last.fm for stuff that I already know and Spotify for stuff I know and either haven’t got, or want to try.

Admittedly I’m not listening to enough new music, either from the Midlands or beyond. I’m hoping to change that in the next couple of weeks as I start going out to gigs and asking bands to send me stuff to play on my podcast. When I started I used to get a stack of CDs each week. Bands from around the world somehow got hold of my address and sent me their new stuff ready to play on bitjobs and later, The Midsweep.

In the six months I’ve not been on Rhubarb Radio, I’ve begun to miss recording a show each week. Since 2005, I had recorded something weekly, save for a few breaks here and there. I’ve made arrangements to get my old mixer back from the company I used to do conferences for, have found my trusting Sennheiser mic and am ready to start again.

It’s likely The Midsweep will return, albeit in a different format than before. I’m even considering doing a live stream via Shoutcast at a set time each week and seeing what live listeners I can muster up from the good old days. I haven’t really got time to do it from a studio on any sort of radio station, even though I’ve been in talks with a couple since leaving Rhubarb. I don’t think it would feel right to do that, the live show in a studio has had its day for me – the show is bigger than that anyway, I hope.

The Midsweep has some new branding, and I think it’s time to put it to good use. Oh and I think I know a couple of guys who can help me design a website for it too 😉

We’re still here

So, despite the last-minute panic buying, Iceland’s volcano joining the party, thousands of jokes and a showing of Terminator 2, we’re all still here. A conversation on Friday night got me thinking; what if Harold Camping had been correct. What would’ve actually happened if at 6pm EST yesterday Jesus appeared in the sky and proclaimed that Judgement day had begun? What would that have meant for the rest of us?

I’m not an atheist by any stretch of the imagination. I believe there is something on a higher plane than us, whether that’s God or Vishnu or the Spaghetti monster is what I’m not sure about. We all choose to have faith in something, whether that’s a higher being or even those close to us.

We’re only here for a short amount of time. There is no room for regrets or missed opportunities. Live for the moment. Love those that are with you and be there for them when they need you.

Midsweep Replay: 27th March 2010

As we steam closer and closer towards an announcement regarding the future of The Midsweep, I thought it might be nice to release a select few of the old shows that were broadcast on Rhubarb Radio.

This week it’s a show from the end of March, a show where I was on my own for whatever reason. A fantastic mix of new bands and some of our favourites make for a pretty jam packed two hours.


I am actually a geek

I’ve written about using Linux before, in fact I think there are 20 odd posts dotted around from 2005 about making the switch, only for me to go crawling back to Windows a few months later. In those 4 or so years where I’ve been using Windows exclusively, yearning for enough money to buy a Mac, Linux has come on leaps and bounds.

It used to be that you’d install Linux and then hunt all over the Internet with another computer trying to find wireless support, graphics card drivers and trying to remember how to install something via the terminal. A couple of weeks ago, after Vista had decided to have the last laugh and go completely atomic (remember to back up your data, kids) I decided to make the jump (again) to Linux Mint.

I’ve always been quite curious about trying new things, especially when they mean I don’t have to run a bloated, virus prone, expensive and frankly ugly OS. When you spend 95% of your working day typing code and having to wrestle with Windows wanting to do its own thing, it gets quite annoying very quickly. When I discovered originally use Linux, it was because I was bored – probably after a late night session recording a podcast and not being able to sleep.

I was able to install it, get it to do almost the same things as I could do on Windows and then generally mess around until I missed either a) a decent MP3 player or b) some game that I wanted to play and so I’d go crawling back to Windows. Don’t get me wrong, I owe everything to Bill Gates et al, without them I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today.

Fast forward a good few years and I’m back to Linux, only this time I’m running Windows XP inside a Virtualbox (virtual machine) that runs as a programme (in a Window) or seamlessly (as if I’ve booted in to XP). Obviously this takes up a tremendous amount of processor and RAM usage, but with my beast of a Laptop I can cope quite well. Now I can hear you Mac users (and maybe some, less/more geeky than me) screaming things like “we’ve been able to do this for ages” and/or “why?”

Sadly, the main reason, is my iPhone. Although you can attempt to run Windows software within Linux using something called Wine, it’s buggy and doesn’t always work. Without iTunes I can’t backup my phone or update it to the latest software. I tied to iTunes and without buying a Mac, I sadly can’t escape that. This isn’t a moan, I just sometimes wish Apple would be a bit more open in either developing for Linux, or enabling other programs to deliver updates to iOS.

More on my trials and tribulations with Linux in the months to come. This time I’m going to aim for at least a year using it, with a little help from Windows XP to sync my iPhone.

Geek, out.