(Essays 2) Production Notes

Every day I will repeat to myself: Any time you see a “ch” in a word you haven’t heard someone pronounce IRL, it is ALWAYS pronounced like a hard ‘k’. Grrrrr.

I wasn’t sure about doing Religion’s Claim To Be Non-Disprovable. Religion isn’t really a big deal in Rationalist circles, it’s basically a solved problem and no one much bothers with it anymore. Why resurrect it now? Well, I still love the Story Of The First Experiment In History. Massive fun! :) But more to the point, as Scott Alexander wrote, “I re-read the Sequences”, they tell me, “and everything in them seems so obvious. But I have this intense memory of considering them revelatory at the time.”  I also find this to be the case. And I have a memory of this post being awesome when I read it, so I will trust that this continues to be the case for first-time readers/listeners.

An Alien God is, of course, a foundational classic. Azathoth has become standard terminology, it’s been expanded on over the years, and the original post still sends shivers down my spine. I hope I did it justice.

A Brief Squee

10519668_10204212196615432_1080401869_nI just wanted to say that the Welcome to Night Vale live show was fantastic! It’s too late for those of us in the US, but the lucky listeners in Europe still have a chance to see it.

Great story, funny as hell, and touching on the nature of what it is to be a sapient being destined to die. So basically all the best things WTNV delivers so well. Getting to see the actors actually acting out their lines was great, and added quite a bit to it. There was good audience participation, as well a going meta, although I won’t give away any spoilers here. Seriously, one of the best things I’ve done all year.

Also, I went with the voices of Voldemort and Lily. Neither tried to kill each other, and they had a good time! If Welcome To Night Vale can bring those two together in a spirit of friendship, obviously there is nothing it can’t do.

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(Comes The Huntsman) Production Notes

I wasn’t kidding about loving this story, I’ve blogged about it before. Although to be fair, I’ve loved every story I’ve ever podcast. It’s one of the advantages of having your own podcast. :)

You may be wondering why the next episode in two weeks isn’t going to be chapter 102 of HPMoR, seeing as the text will be released July 25th. The answer is “production schedules.” I like to always be a full episode ahead of what’s airing, to cover for any sudden unexpected life events. This has saved me from missing an episode release on more than one occasion. As I’m typing this on 7/22, the next episode (airing 8/6) is already be complete. Normally I would already be working on the 8/20 episode. Production begins nearly a month before an episode is due to air. As such, I do not have enough time to get chapter 102 recorded and produced in time for the next episode on 8/6. Especially if there’s going to be voices other than mine in it, which nowadays is almost assured.

Technically this isn’t completely true – if I wanted to sacrifice a number of other projects I could probably get it done in time. But I’m still working on renovating the new house, and every day that isn’t done is extremely expensive, and I don’t want to kill myself. So next episode is essays, and Ch 102 will air 8/20. :)