Some of you might have noticed that the podcasts are missing. Due to financial issues, I had to cancel the LibSyn subscription while I worked on moving to someplace where the rent was a little less hefty, and where I have a roommate to split living costs with; however, it turns out that you can’t pause the service, and when you cancel, old episodes are gone. Oh well, that’s the economy for you. Suffice it to say, my web hosting is still good for a long time to come, so there’s no danger of this site disappearing in the same way.
Because of this, I had to put a pause to this website long enough to get myself moved and situated in my new home. There have been some adjustments in the process, but on the upside, the new apartment has a walk-in closet that I was able to make good use of to bring my audio studio that much closer to a professional-quality (on the cheap) vocal booth. It’s not very visually-appealing, however, and the shape is not conducive to the dangling of a green sheet, so the video will have to wait until I’ve decided on a method for effective green-screening. I may just have to make a portable studio to use in the main apartment for video segments. In the meantime, once the finances return to a steady level, I’ll be back on the air and ready to go, and the old episodes will be returned for listeners to enjoy.
More projects will be coming, and among those, I will go over the previous articles, and create podcast episodes of them, either reading them verbatim, or simply expanding on what was already there. In addition, I may just spin off the “new releases” section to its own podcast, perhaps focusing on one new release per “episode.” In this, I might also expand to make those into “first views” for various open source tools, providing a review and introduction that I hope will provide newer users with a clearer picture of the tools and how they can be used.
In addition, the video tutorials are still in the works; I really am working on these, and have a few things planned. However, because of the site’s primary purpose of advocacy, I do need to make sure these videos are professional-quality (amateurish-quality videos will not convince anyone that Linux-based tools are any good), and that means that I will need to collect and develop both skills and assets for use in the videos. The skills being a better understanding of video recording and editing techniques, not to mention a lot more knowledge in Blender (as well as some features still missing in the released program, like object tracking), and among the assets are 3D models to be used in animations, stock footage for the purpose of visual aids in explaining concepts, royalty-free music and sound effects, as well as stock photos as other forms of visual aid.
This site will remain paused for probably another month, but trust me, I will return. Until then, there’s plenty here to look though in the path to make something good!