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If you listen to the Technology and the Arts podcast I do with John LeMasney, then you will know that I’ve mentioned 99% Invisible, a fantastic podcast and public radio program about design and architecture hosted by Roman Mars, a few times this past season.

While season 4 of the 99% Invisible podcast has been successfully funded through Kickstarter, the fundraising effort is currently into its “stretch goal” phase. One such stretch goal comes from one of the podcast’s sponsors, MailChimp, which has put up a challenge grant of $20,000 should the podcast reach 10,000 backers on Kickstarter. As I type this, they are at 7,383 with 13 days to go.

If you are interested in stories about design and architecture told in fascinatingly interesting ways and are unfamiliar with 99% Invisible, go the podcast’s web site right now and listen to a few episodes. I am sure you will find it as entertaining and informative as I do…and if that should encourage you to help 99% Invisible reach this stretch goal, just go to the podcast’s Kickstarter page and pledge as little as $1. Just a buck and you will be counted as a backer toward the stretch goal of 10,000.

A return to podcasting…want to get interviewed?

I am taking this opportunity to announce two things: 1) the relocation of my new personal blog to this URL, and 2) my return to the world of podcasting…and with that second item, I’m asking readers of this blog to take part in this new venture as guests on the new podcast.

If you have something to promote and want to talk about it, I’m going to be launching an interview-based podcast before the end of the year and would like to start recording some interviews ahead of that launch. Just send me an e-mail at bktandem(at)gmail(dot)com and we can try to set something up in person or via Skype or phone.

The new podcast will be called Tandem With The Random (soon to be found at the URL of my former personal blog) and I’m envisioning short biweekly installments in the 15-20 minute range. The format will feature some personal banter/observations in the opening minutes before shifting to an interview segment of about 10-15 minutes. Short and sweet…and, hopefully, easy to record, edit and post online.

As some of you may know, I was the co-host and main editor of a modest, little podcast called Technology and the Arts with my friend John LeMasney from December 2006 through December 2008. Even though the podcast never gained a large audience, we were able to grab some big-time guests like Pandora founder Tim Westergren, who talked to us twice in 2007 and appeared on this year’s Time 100 list, and famed rock ‘n’ roll producer/engineer and photographer Eddie Kramer, known for his work with Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Rolling Stones, among other rock legends.

We ended that podcast because we were finding it more and more difficult to continue a routine schedule of recording, editing and posting…despite the fact that we enjoyed talking about two of our favorite topics — technology and art — and sharing that information with the listeners we had.

However, I’ve missed being able to talk about things I enjoy and would like to see succeed…and I feel a need to do something creative again. So I’m going to give podcasting another try. Just let me know if you want to talk and be a part of it.


First “Technology & the Arts” podcast is up!

There are a few technical issues we need to work out and some production improvements we need to make, but the first “Technology & the Arts” podcast is up over at the Technology & the Arts blog.

I think it’s pretty good for a first crack at podcasting. It will only get better as John LeMansey and I get the hang of being podcasters/show hosts.

Please take a listen. Yes, it’s a bit long at nearly 34 minutes in length, but I won’t mind if you skip through it and cut it down to 10 (we’re going to try to get future installments down to a more manageable 25 minutes). Just give it a shot.