Category Archives: podcasts

Why I Hate Libsyn….and Why I Can’t Leave Libsyn (or can I?)

Dang I hate these guys!  Last year when they “upgraded” everyone to the new “improved” libsyn they dropped 3/4 of my podcast episodes and it took them 3 months to get them back.  Actually, I uploaded all but one of them myself.  They only had to recover one and that took them three months.

This is their main function.  To store podcast for our listeners to download.  And that simple thing they could not get right.  Now we are switching banks and I have to change my credit card information on their antiquated interface.  When I tried I was notified that I would have to leave the type of account that I have been on since I signed up 5 years ago, it is no longer available on the new system, so they say.

Strange part is that I’ve been using this account on the new system for the last year with no problems.  If you’re screwing over your oldest customers, I started podcasting in November of 2005, then at least be frank about it and tell the truth.

The real reason is, they don’t make as much from me as they possibly could.  I would normally leave a company that treats me this way.  But this is the worst part, I’m stuck.  Libsyn is still the best company out there doing this (such a sad fact!).  So my alternative is to stop podcasting.  In all honesty, I have not put out a podcast in a very long time.  I have held out hope that I would one day be able to podcast again.

Once again I’m considering hanging up the microphone for good.  Not because I want to stop, but because I’m being screwed over by the only company that can help a podcaster out.

If you are looking to switch to Libsyn or are considering starting a podcast at all.  I urge you to move to another platform and consider all alternatives carefully.  Because you may find yourself contemplating giving up podcast just because of Libsyn as I am now.  I’m very sad that Libsyn is helping to destroy podcasting by treating their members so very badly.

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July 2010

I thought June’s post was a bit scattered.  So this time, I’ve put made some categories to make it a little more organized.  Events, are the things we did during the month.  Movies is a list of movies and our reviews for them.  Celebrations are the birthdays and other events we celebrated in the month and finally books, is a section where I got over the books that I read during that month.  I hope you enjoy this new format.

Events


We had a great fourth of July party at our house over the holiday. We had both families come to a park near our home where we had hamburgers and hot dogs, went swimming and played lawn ball. It was a great day that was a lot of fun! I was able to play disc golf a few times this month with friends. It is always fun to get out and do something with Tim and Jeremy.

To celebrate our anniversary Michelle, Samantha and I went out to a fun dinner at the Elephant bar. The family and I also went to a pirate magic show at our local library this month too. I don’t think I have ever seen that many kids outside of a school before. There must have been 50 kids and well over 100 adults stuffed into a small room at the corner of the library. I think Samantha had a good time, but its really hard to say. The show started late around 7:30, and went until about 9pm, at which time Samantha was barely awake, but we could not have left any sooner than the end since the only exit was blocked by a huge crown of people.

I had a great lunch with my friend Ron.  We had not seen each other in about two years! Ron is an old podcasting friend of mine. Speaking of social media I also started a class at UCI Extension this month called Using the Web as a Marketing Tool.   I’m looking forward to it. I have already enjoyed the first weeks homework assignment, “Buy something online”.

I bought some new video games for the first time in a long time. Gamestop was having a buy 2 get one free sale so I bought 3 new games: Killzone 2, Resistance 2 and Uncharted 2. I have only played Killzone 2 so far, but I’m enjoying that game a lot. I have also played Uncharted and Resistance, the originals and really like both of them, so I’m looking forward to playing both of those too.

Our little girl Samantha had to get two crowns on her top front teeth, this month as well. I was surprised that it was needed and we even got a second opinion to make sure. Happily my brave little girl went through the procedure without so much as a grimace. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of her!

Michelle’s father is on the board of a credit union and every year the credit union has a meeting at the Park Hyatt (formerly Four Seasons Aviara) near my parent’s house. So her whole family (minus Paul) was down there and Michelle, Samantha and I joined them. It was nice to see my parents and we all got together one of the nights and had a great dinner at BJ’s.

Michelle’s birthday celebrations started early this year.  While we were down in Carlsbad my parents decided to surprise her with a cake.  She has been celebrating her birthday every day since!  That is a lot of candles on that cake!

When we got back from Carlsbad we celebrated even more….but you’ll have to wait until next month for that story.

Movies
Changeling – Good movie. Somewhat disturbing and sad, but al together good movie. This movie was based upon real events often called the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders.

Gamer was just a really really bad movie. Bad acting, terrible story, just skip this one.

The Last King of Scotland was and interesting story, like Changing it was based on true events and is actually based largely on the book written by Giles Foden. I have not read the book and probably won’t based on what I saw in the movie, which as gory, long and suspenseful.

Dark City was a great idea for a movie and wasn’t really bad, but it was not really good. It seemed like more of a B movie to me than anything else. It could have been so much more.

Kill Bill,  I didn’t really care for all the blood and guts in this movie and thought the story was pretty poorly thought out.

Cloverfield was a very different movie. The whole movie is shot from a handy cam. One handy cam. For me this made the movie hard to enjoy, but the more I thought about it this was probably the best way for this movie to be filmed, and its what really made the movie work. I like this movie more as time passes and I have more time to think about it.

The Invention of Lying was a very funny movie the the whole family watched.  Usually I just watch movies on my ipad, but Michelle wanted to watch this one since Jennifer Garner was in it.  I think Michelle enjoyed it as well.

Celebrations
This month we celebrated the following events.
Ty Maxey had his birthday on July 1
Michelle and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on the 12th.

Books
Last year I read 16 books.  I list 14 of them in a previous post.  This year I hope to read at least 30.  With the ones listed below I have reached 20.  Only 10 more books to hit my goal.  I have already read more than last year, so whatever happens I have made an improvement.

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner.  This book was just okay.  I gave it 3 stars.  I think Malcolm Gladwell writes these kind of books better.  I still think that I will read the second book though, Superfreakonomics.

Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care by Alan Greene.  I have read many baby books since (and before) Samantha was born and this one was devoted to how to feed your baby the right kinds of foods.  It was a recommendation from my mother-in-law.  I thought this book was worth reading, and might have been the best baby books with a food focus.  I gave it 3 stars.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.  I wanted to read this book because I never got the chance while I was in school.  It is part of my venture to read the classics.  I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, but it might be more like 4.9.  The only reason it didn’t get a higher rating is because it is written for teens and children, not really for adults.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  A classic novel.  Dove right into the story.  Was non-stop action and suspense.  I wish I had read more books like this.  It was truly a great novel.

On the Internet.  Below is a list of places you can “follow me” online if you so desire.

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dahlenw
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jasond.watts (you’ll probably have to search for me, since I have this locked down pretty tight)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jason_watts
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasondwatts
Foursquare: http://foursquare.com/user/dahlenw

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Sounds of Samantha!

Miss Samantha?  Well now you can listen to her wherever you are!  Just a few minutes for this post.  As it takes a long time to put together and wordpress only lets me upload 2MB and I don’t want to do it myself.

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The Sounds of Christmas

One of my gifts for Christmas was the H2 Handy Recorder.  So I recorded a bit of what was going on.  Here it is.

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OC Podcasters

I had a great time at the meetup last night. I’m really glad that I went. I was really tired when I got back from the gym, but I recovered and made the trek down to Aliso Viejo and I’m glad that I did. We went out to dinner afterwards to a sports bar that was close. I was out a little late, but it was more than worth it to see all my podcasting buddies! I’m looking forward to the next meetup!

Link: OC Podcasters

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“Interweb” neighbors

When you buy a domain name, like wattsfamily.com, you are put a single server (fancy word for big computer) with a lot of other people.  This is a lot less expensive then asking for your own server just to host your web domain.  So a friend and fellow podcaster Russell showed me this website that list the other people on the same server as you, very cool!  I have 217 neighbors!  Here is the link:

http://www.myipneighbors.com/

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