Thursday, July 28, 2016

A SoundCloud Rumination

I like SoundCloud. I'm on their "Pro Unlimited" program, which runs $121.50 a year, or about $10 a month. That allows me to record and store effectively unlimited audio, maintain an RSS feed which lets me offer The KN@PP Stir Podcast over numerous other venues (I'm up to 15 carriers at the moment), etc. From a features for price standpoint, it really looks like the best deal going to me.

But there are problems. Two that I can think of, related to each other, one actual, one potential.

The first problem is lock-in. After nearly two years with Soundcloud, the podcast is highly dependent on it. If I move, I have to port nearly 100 episodes to the new service, or to a standalone archive, or lose them. I also have to re-start the process of putting the show in all those different venues, and I have to hope that my audience, such as it is, follows me to the new venues. Oh, and now I have to re-do the Android app and get users to install the new version on their phones. Which makes the thought of moving ... well, nearly unthinkable.

The second problem is that every time I turn around I run into stories about how SoundCloud isn't profitable, SoundCloud hasn't found a successful revenue model, SoundCloud is thinking about selling itself but nobody seems interested in buying it at the contemplated price, and on and on and on.

The second problem is what keeps me up at night more so than the first, even though it's only potential. I'm beginning to wonder whether or not I'm going to wake up some morning and read that the service has folded, taking all of my archived show episodes with it.

Anyone have any thoughts on proactive/preemptive measures I should be considering?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thanks For Asking! -- 07/27/16

This week's AMA thread, and the podcast to follow, are brought to you by Darryl W. Perry:

A process of stunning simplicity:

  • Ask me anything -- anything! -- in the comment thread below this post; and
  • I'll answer in the comment thread, on this weekend's podcast, or both.

But before you do that, why not download the KN@PP Stir Podcast Android App? You can use it to listen to the podcast (current and past episodes) AND read the blog (at the same time, even!). Just click on the fancy-schmancy screen shot to get it (this is a direct download from me, not from e.g. Google Play, so you will have to manually "trust" it to install):

Clinton Presidency vs. Trump Presidency: How I See It

Disclaimer: I do not support Hillary Clinton. I do not support Donald Trump. I'm not going to vote for either one of them, especially not just to stop the other one from winning, nor am I going to encourage anyone else to do so. That said, I do think that their presidencies would be bad in different ways.

For purposes of metaphor, let's pretend that "the country" is an individual man or woman and that "the presidency" is that person's daily activities.

Here's what Mr. or Ms. America looks like as a Clinton presidency (in my opinion):

Every day, seven days a week, he or she sits down at a table, puts his or her right hand on the table, palm down, fingers spread, and then with his or her left hand uses a ball peen hammer to hit the right hand, sharply and with vigor, for eight straight hours. Presumably after four or eight years of that, every bone in the right hand will be not just broken but irreparably pulverized.

So to put it a different way: A Clinton presidency will be routinely ugly and painful and damaging and permanently disfiguring, but only suicidal on a freak accident basis (e.g. he or she accidentally hits herself hard right between the eyes on the backswing).

Here's what Mr. or Mrs. America looks like as a Trump presidency (in my opinion):

He or she has an apartment, and an office, on the 100th floors of adjacent buildings with a very narrow alley (3 or 4 feet wide) between them. Instead of taking an elevator down 100 floors down, then 100 floors up, every morning and every night, he or she decides it makes more sense to just jump across that alley twice a day. The office and the apartment both have balconies, and to make it more exciting, every morning and evening he or she dips his or her hands and feet in grease before climbing up on the balcony railing for the jump.

So to put it a different way: A Trump presidency won't be nearly as routinely ugly and painful as a Clinton presidency. It will be exciting and exhilarating ... until, one morning or evening, the jump becomes a 100-story fall followed by a terminal velocity encounter with hard asphalt.

I don't really care much for either prospect.

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