So, What Now?

Here is the video of the last Roderic Deane Show. I apologize for the odd audio, but the actual show audio was distorted due to a bad microphone cable. It took a while to diagnose the problem after listening to it, but I’ve since been able to remedy the problem.

This audio was picked up from the video camera. Enjoy!

5 Monkeys

I received this in an email and thought it was both amusing and a good analogy.

Psychology 1-0-1

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage hang a banana on a string from the top. Then you place a set of stairs under the banana. Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result . . . all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment . . . with enthusiasm.

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds that is the way it has always been! This, my friends, is how Congress operates . . . and is why, from time to time,

ALL THE MONKEYS NEED TO BE REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!

It just doesn’t work!

I’ve hardly done any blogging lately and I’ve only done a limited number of BlogTalkRadio shows. I’m in a funk and struggling to get out of it, for reasons that are probably my own doing.

My current consulting gig is about 35 miles from home, so my commute has taken a bigger chunk out of my day. Although I welcome the employment, I figure that I’ve “lost” about 10 hours a week to devote to this blog and my other endeavors. My funk has come as I struggle to find a way to create an income source that allows me to do this and other things in the initial planning stage.

My motivations are really quite simple. I want to “retire” to a job that allows me to replace a big chunk of my current income and focus on what I believe is more important: the future of this country. I’m really not interested in running for any kind of public office and would prefer to work in the private, income-generating sector. Call me a right-wing capitalist if you want, I just need to make it work to demonstrate its benefits.

To try and eliminate some expenses, I scaled back my BlogTalkRadio account to the “free” version, thinking that my degree of usage would not be affected. Wrong! My billing cycle ended on May 2nd, so I didn’t notice the effects of that move until today, when I logged in to begin the show. My 7 audio clips had been reduced to 3, which is the max for a “free” account. Believe me, before I scaled back, I searched the BlogTalkRadio to understand what the ramifications might be and turned up NOTHING! In addition to the limitation on audio clips, the “free” account now limits me to a 30-minute show. A normal show runs around 30-45 minutes.

Here’s what I’ve decided to do: I’m going to shift to a prerecorded show and post it to this blog. It will give me more flexibility when creating the program and allow me the opportunity to combine video AND audio. My idea is to go with YouTube and post the show at the same time I would normally do the BlogTalkRadio show. Since I’m trying to move my content to a video-rich format, this gives me a better opportunity to learn the ins and outs of that. Video production has always been a vexing ordeal for me and I need to get comfortable with it to move forward.

Since my BlogTalkRadio show has a limited number of “live” listens, but still captures a decent number of “archive” listens, I can edit down the audio portion of the show to 30 minutes and upload it to BlogTalkRadio. That will help me keep content going over to iTunes for a downloadable podcast. As I do that, I’ll be able to determine which format is more popular: the YouTube video on this blog site or the audio version at BlogTalkRadio.

If you want to provide any suggestions, feel free.