Update 2020-08-10: sadly, the lockdown and its effects on my mental health derailed my plans for the podcast. Rather than keep throwing money at hosting, I’ve archived the one episode for posterity to a new location, and removed it from the iTunes Podcast Directory for now. I hope to restart it later in the year. —Spiffy
Sooo… yesterday, I went and made a thing…
It just so happened that 18th February is my rez-day, and the fifth anniversary of my first entering Second Life. So it felt like the right time to take this step. 🙂
I must admit that I had butterflies as I set up my audio recording setup and wrote the script that I would read out into my microphone. But I pushed ahead, did it, then re-did it because I flubbed a few words, edited it down in Audacity to take out my heavy breathing, added some intro and outro music, exported the MP3 file and posted it to the site I’m using to host the podcast.
I’ve submitted the podcast feed for addition to Apple’s iTunes Podcast Directory, and it’s currently being reviewed. Once that’s done, you should be able to subscribe to it in any podcast client by searching for “Spiffy’s Extra Earful”.
I’m embedding the audio from the first episode below, along with the text transcript.
The podcast feed address is heyitsspiffy.micro.blog/podcast.xml if you know how to manually add podcasts to your player of choice.
Well hello there everybody!
My name is Supermarine Spitfire. And no, I don’t transform into a World War 2 fighter plane! Most folks call me Spiffy, though, as that’s less of a mouthful.
I’m a blue-skinned, rainbow-speckled alien with pink hair and a mostly pink wardrobe. Or at least that’s how my avatar looks in the virtual world of Second Life.
Here in meatspace, I’m a 51-year-old guy named Alan living just north of London, UK.
I’m recording this on Tuesday 18th of February 2020, which coincidentally is the fifth anniversary of my joining Second Life.
Since I first entered that virtual world, I’ve become a DJ and a radio show host, and changed my avatar quite a few times.
This podcast is an extension of the work I do within Second Life, as well as an opportunity for me to share with you some of my experiences and what I’ve learned along the way. There will be some music and media discussion, particularly in relation to how those have shaped and inspired my journey. I’ll also be doing some audio excursions into Second Life, and hopefully interviewing a few folks from there too!
Thanks for listening to this introductory episode! I plan to record new episodes at least once a month. So be sure to subscribe using your podcast app of choice, just search for “Spiffy’s Extra Earful”.
Intro & Outro Music: “The Day The Earth Stood Still” soundtrack, by Bernard Hermann.