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Monday, November 29, 2004

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Mental Doodles...Personal Weblog Home

Finally the first post on my personal weblog.
I'll do my best to be dilligent and post to it often. (Although doing so may induce boredom upon you!) Feel free to check it out if ya want...
Take care everybody.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Insomnia Radio #9

Back to form, and clocking in just under 30 minutes.

Show Notes:
Enjoy. Feel free to send audio comments to (Under 9MB please)

Friday, November 26, 2004

Insomnia Radio: Songs from the Shadows #1

Among the noisy guests, transforming the house into Christmas mode, and the dull roar of uncontained thoughts, here is my first mixtape for you guys. I'm planning on making this a monthly addition to the show. Much of the appeal of Satellite Radio is commercial free, DJ free music. Now, Insomnia Radio gives you the best of both worlds :-) My normal show should return to form within the next few days. For now, here are 17 songs for the drive to work, the jog in the morning, something to sing your lungs out to. Have a great weekend.

Insomnia Radio: Songs from the Shadows #1

November 26th, 2004

  1. The Weakerthans: Aside
  2. The Promise Ring: Emergency! Emergency!
  3. The Jealous Sound: Priceless
  4. The Rosewood Fall: Bridges Under Water
  5. Steve Burns: A Sniveling Mess
  6. Utah: New Boy
  7. Alexisonfire: 44. Caliber Love Letter
  8. The Black Keys: Have Love Will Travel
  9. Ozomatli: Saturday Night
  10. Against me: 8 full hours of sleep
  11. Limbeck: Tan & Blue
  12. Inch: For Duty and Humanity
  13. BradSucks: Borderline
  14. Cobra Killer: Let’s Have a Problem
  15. Alkaline Trio: For your lungs only
  16. Swingin’ Utters: The Note
  17. Elliot: Calm Americans

Jason loves ya…

BBC Culture Show: Sending chills down my spine

I just finished watching the BBC's Culture Show Podcasting segment, and within the first 30 seconds, a chill shot down my spine. Seeing podcasting on T.V, seeing our little hobby presented so professionally, gave me a surge of energy and inspiration to drive forward with this until Radio has simply fallen by the wayside!

I doubt anyone reading this is in the dark: but just in case, here is a link to the torrent for your viewing pleasure.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Insomnia Radio in Podcast Alley Top 10! But wait...

Whoever you are, where ever you are: Thanks. Your votes on Podcast Alley have spoken loudly.

But I'm on a mission
: I'm not chasing #1. I don't deserve that crown. (Personally I believe Jimmy Jett should own it.) All I want is to surpass the Dawn and Drew show, even if I'm kicked back out a day later. Help Insomnia Radio claim bragging rights and go vote at the Alley!

Here are the standings:
  1. Skinny Bones on air: 417 votes (Yikes!)
  2. Engadget: 300 votes
  3. Dawn & Drew Show: 159 votes
  4. Daily Source Code: 98 votes (umm..this seems a little low)
  5. Geek News Central: 35 votes
  6. Insomnia Radio: 26 votes
  7. Goin Deep: 24 votes
  8. Download 25 votes
  9. Slashdot Review: 23 votes
  10. Webtalk Radio Show: 22 votes
Please vote for the show when you have a minute. You guys rock. Thanks for sticking around :-)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Podcasters Audio Forum #1

Thomas @ iPodio has crafted up something intriguing. Think of a forum like the yahoo! Podcasters forum, but with audio, a moderator, and intelligently guided topics. Here is more info straight from the Podcasters Audio Forum.

At this point it is nothing more than my 1st experiment at a podcast
made by accepting "on topic" audio input from the listeners, so they
may openly exchange ideas, and enter into open dabate.

Our 1st topic will be the issue of bandwidth usage and sposorship (advertising).

Please keep your post "on topic", the forum is moderated, so off topic
post will not be used in the podcast show, but will be archived and
linked here on the blog, so everyone can be heard (with the exception
of graffitti).

To post into the show you can do the following:

1.) Telephone: 1-321-988-2223
2.) email your audio file (less than 10Megs) to
3.) Send me your text input to & I will include it in
the blog or read it on the air.

So lets get started!!!

Monday, November 22, 2004

New RSS URL for Insomnia Radio

Hey all: Here is the new RSS feed for Insomnia Radio. The old one will be "shut off" by the end of the month.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

1st of Many Changes: New Mp3 Archive

Insomnia Radio now has Mp3 support: Here are the current available archives. This list will be updated frequently!
Insomnia Radio: Songs from the Shadows #1
Insomnia Radio #8
Insomnia Radio #7
Insomnia Radio #6
Insomnia Radio: Garageband Festivus!
Insomnia Radio #4

Torrent vs. mp3; NEW Show Name!

Where do I begin?
I spent most of today feeling quite gloomy about the lack of subscribers to the show. There has been a nagging thought in the back of mind- a logical one: Quite simply, the name Hardcore Insomnia Radio implies to most people that the musical focus is on the GENRE of Hardcore. While the show touches it briefly, it's obviously much broader in scope. I feared that people would see the title and skip it, and based on the subscription numbers, I believe that suspicion is confirmed.

Thanks to the generosity of Thomas @ iPodio, the show will now be served in high quality direct mp3 format. No more firewall worries or bittorrent woes. In the next week, I'll be coding the RSS feed to reflect this, and eventually adding your choice of mp3 or torrent feeds.
From now on, the show will appear as a new podcast, and here is the NEW RSS Feed. PLEASE update your ipodder, doppler, etc. software to this link:

Huge thanks and appreciation to Thomas for giving me this opportunity. Stay tuned...

Friday, November 19, 2004

Insomnia Radio #8: Mini-Show

No time for a full fledged podcast, so I offer you this 14 minute show to start your weekend off properly. Show notes won't be posted for this, nor will the band's name (yet.) That would ruin the surprise.

Bittorrent Link
Direct Mp3

The Perfect Pro-P2P Argument

"...Recently, one poster wrote something to the effect of "I'll never support filesharing of any kind; I just found two of my songs on an illegal P2P network."
My response was: only two? Dude, I'd be worried. It sounds like your songs might not be worth stealing. (I don't think he was amused...)"

Scott Andrew has crafted the perfect argument in support of P2P filesharing. It's articulate, humorous, well thought out, and a must-read. And while you're there, he has some very good music to listen to. Go feast your eyes.

Jason's Radio Userland Weblog

In an effort to keep this blog confined to hardcore insomnia radio happenings, I've created a personal Radio Userland blog for anyone interested in the guy behind the show.
I'd be thrilled if you visit, add it to your bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc.

It's right here: Mental Doodles/Lost Thoughts

Thursday, November 18, 2004

NEW IndieFeed Alt/Modern Rock Post

The Plain White T's are now playing on Indiefeed's Alt/Modern Rock Channel.
I hosted this one, and Chris and I spent some time with torrents. Indiefeed is, for now, torrent-fed and it's working flawlessly. Another notch on the victory belt for bandwidth bills and the future of bittorrent in podcasting.

Go listen!
IndieFeed Alt/Modern Rock XML
Direct Torrent Link

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Torrent Link Stupidity...

To anyone who's had difficulty accessing the direct torrent link for HCIRadio #7: my apologies. It was a sheerly idiotic oversight, and it's been resolved.

Here is the correct torrent link.

Birthdays and Lamenting

One of my earliest memories is that of the magical Chuck E. Cheese's. Pac Man, Galaga, Digger, and other greasy buttoned action arcade games to mash. Or sitting at the table, face stuffed with pepperoni pizza (funny how it tastes like cardboard now), and watching with wonder as those animatronic puppets sang "They Say it's your Birthday" right to you. To You! Then you could take a "recording" of it home (a 7" with your name written on it) and relive the memory any damn time you felt like it. THAT was what birthdays were all about

What happens to that magic? Is it just a childhood trait that starts to vanish with each passing year???

Well, at any rate. Happy Birthday to me! Anyone have some spontaneous ideas how to spend my last year under 30?

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

A Clue! A Clue!

Yes, fellow listeners and parents with 3 year olds obsessed with Steve and his dog Blue, the mystery artist on HCI #7 was NONE OTHER than Steve Burns from Blue's Clues.

The CD is "SongsforDustmites" and is available right here, or hopefully at your local record store.

Steve's album is a beautiful genre-shattering collection of thoughtful songs and clever instrumentation. Go grab it.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Insomnia Radio #7 for 11-14-2k4

Amidst a sleeping household, HCI Radio #7 was recorded late last night, and is guaranteed to inspire even the most tone-deaf people to sing along. Clocking in at 34 minutes with minimal talking and maximum rocking. The show has been posted, so go grab it. This is most likely the last weekly show I will produce. Reality keeps rearing it's ugly head, and a 60 minute show will be coming at you twice a month from here on out.
Here's the direct Torrent link: HCI7
Here's the direct Mp3 link: HCI7

Thanks for tuning in everyone. Let me know your thoughts.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

This is a Radio Userland test. If you see this, good things are happening...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

IndieFeed, Adam Curry, and the Podcasting Revolution

This post is going to be a bit on the long side, so anyone afflicted with ADD should run for their lives! :-)

A few days back I gleefully teamed up with Chris over at IndieFeed to help maintain the Alt/Modern Rock channel as well as promote the shit out of the miraculous things he's doing with the project. Yesterday I wrote Adam Curry a long winded email, asking for his help. I figured with his backing, a Shout-out to IndieFeed, and maybe even the reading of my email over the daily source code (he must have at least 1,000 listeners), it would put things quickly in motion.

But it was also a longshot. The sheer amount of media Adam gets delivered to him daily in the form of posts, emails, audio comments, etc., must be overwhelming...

Despite the longshot, today on the Daily Source Code he read the email and went into some detail about the nature of IndieFeed (as well as a kick ass comment about my show!) So, THANK YOU MR. CURRY!!!

Now this is the part where I play the recruiter...
The IndieFeed podcast has great potential to promote non-RIAA bands. Single-serving songs preceeded by a quick and slick introduction from Chris (and soon myself and others.)
If you have a passion for independent music of any genre and would like to help us with this, please drop myself or Chris an email or audio comment.

It can be a great local band you'd like to see gain more exposure, or any other NON-RIAA band who you feel is the next great sound. Even if you don't want to be directly involved by managing an IndieFeed channel, shoot me an Mp3 with the band's URL. Part of my role, as suggested by Adam Curry, will be to cross-feature songs from IndieFeed on Hardcore Insomnia Radio. After all, for a band to be noticed, they should be featured on more than one Podcast, just like Radio.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, looking forward to hearing from ya;

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Insomnia Radio #6: The Blood for Blood Family Tree

Uh oh. It's not 30 minutes . . .Must...try...harder...
Coming through the pipes: A loud adrenaline filled 51 minute show, but for good reason. Today's podcast highlights the raging energy that is Boston's Blood for Blood, but also their musical family tree. 5 bands. 2 brothers. All connected. All-out pure American Rock & Roll. This was a blast to produce. Enjoy!
Here is the direct BitTorrent Link.

Production Notes:
The Bands:

Shouts and Praise:

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Let the listeners decide: 30 or 60

All things considered: Reality, the overwhelming # of podcasts to listen to, work, play, drinking binges, time spent watching the Simpsons and Seinfeld reruns...I pose this question:

Would you rather see a 30 minute or 60 minute Podcast from me (weekly)?

The 60 Minute episode seemed to garner a lot of positive feedback.
Then again, 30 minutes is tighter and more easily incorporated into a busy listening schedule.

thanks as always for your input. This show is for you.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

HCI Radio: The Review!

This is exciting: I wasn't sure if I would get fried or praised. Turns out the news is good. Please read the review at Podcast Review.

For any podcasters out there, this site is a great resource to have your show objectively reviewed and very possibly publicized on a wider scale.

Monday, November 01, 2004

VOTE: Future Logo/Album Art/T-Shirt ? ? ?

And the finalists are:


Which do guys like the best??