Monday, March 07, 2005

Chronic Motor Tic Disorder & Podcasting thru Feedburner

There's a title that doesn't make sense. What do those two things have to do with each other? Read along and find out...

Why can't any of these jokers do this stuff right? I've spent all day learning the ins and outs of podcasting and let me tell you, this is not easy stuff. It's not hard to do when you know what to do, but getting to that "knowing" part is the trick. There really aren't great tutorials out there yet that make setting up one's own podcast a "no brainer". This is a new frontier and the convergence of tools hasn't happened yet. One has to use multiple tools and services to get the job done.

Here's an example. doesn't support RSS enclosures, which means I can't podcast here unless I convert my Atom feed through Feedburner - a seperate service - into a RSS 2.0 feed. That works fine, but Feedburner doesn't often update that feed because they offer their service for free. However, they don't offer any button to manually update the feed, either. Instead I have to edit the preferences and update the feed that way. Not elegant. Since that is a pain, I have to use a THIRD service to ping Feedburner if I wish to let Feedburner know immediately that has a new entry. Otherwise I have to wait for Feedburner to get around to updating my feed. This would all be easier if just offered RSS support for enclosures. Then I wouldn't need any other service. I worry about the day all these free services become paid services, or if they go out of business. Until then, this kludge works.

All this headache just to set up a podcast for my daughter. You know, in all honesty, if I wasn't doing this for my daughter I wouldn't have bothered with this at all. Podcasting is so new that its on the bleeding edge of technology. One day I'll have a program at home that will take care of all this for me. The funny thing is that I'm so used to being on the bleeding edge that I get my methods all set up and miss out on the new fangled software that makes life easy for you that comes along when the technology crosses over into the mainstream. It's probably an ADD thing. I need to have structure - a set way of doing things so I don't have to think about it. So I write my custom cgi and Applescripts and stop looking for solutions. That wouldn't be such a bad thing if some of those solutions weren't so much better than what I was doing! LOL

Anyway, it's not as if I had the energy or ability to do anything else today. My Chronic Motor Tic Disorder was the worse it has been in quite some time. I had facial tics, vocal tics, leaning tics, flailing tics, slow tics, curling tics, and every other tic you could imagine. I even fell out of my chair twice today! That takes some talent. I was so humiliated when that happened in front of Brin, my twelve year old. So I just buried myself in the hunt for Podcasting Zen. I am now a guru. yeehaw. \o/ At one point I couldn't even interface with my iBook because my hands were shaking so bad so my wife made me take a nap. We've made arrangements for all the kids tomorrow to get to and from school. Who knows if I'll be better in the morning. I've not seen the ticking crossover into a third day in recent memory so it's surprised all of us. What a weekend. I suppose the best thing to do is to not let it get me down and try to get some sleep tonight. Tomorrow's a new beginning.

At any rate, be sure to let me know if your RSS aggregator displays the attached mp3. Thanks!