Repost from Pixelsnatch

A rather short show, but listen in as Brandon, Ian and apparently Mr. Takahashi (for 20 seconds) are joined by New Zealand national, Dean, and we all learn why we should stay away from Kiwis.



I was really proud of this week’s Kernel Panic. Whenever we have a guest on (especially Mike) it always feels faster. There are fewer pauses (for the most part) and feels more like a conversation. It’s also nice to get someone who doesn’t live in Japan and has an opinion on a mobile carrier other than Softbank. I’m sure that when Gabe and I start discussing Japanese cell carriers and things that only affect people living in Japan, some of the listeners probably tune out or skip ahead. I’d really like to have more guests on. It’ll require us to make fundamental changes to our recording schedules and will also require us to do a bit more planning in the future.

What’s the plan, Jack?


If it’s broke…

Alex and I were talking about the format of I Don’t Know If You Know This and what we want the show to be. I think the consensus was: we want it to be different. I’m sure that’s what the majority of creative people say about their project so I know we’re not reinventing the wheel when we say that. So what does being different entail?

  1. Don’t be “two guys on a couch”.
  2. Don’t sound like middle schoolers who got a semi-decent microphone.
  3. Do something that we enjoy but also that others can enjoy as well.
  4. Create the appearance of high production value on a shoestring budget.

I think that the first three are easily done by reigning in our own childish tendencies and planning. Most of our shows in the past were done with little to no planning. Even now, we make detailed notes about the things we want to talk about on the show, but those notes are limited to ourselves. I can see the benefit of keeping details to oneself, but it’s clear that we need to outline the show before we produce it. That’s how professionals do things, and if we want to do this professionally, which I think both of us would like, we need to mimic certain behaviors of people who have successfully done what we want to do. I’m not saying we need to rip off the styles of other podcasters, I just believe that if you want to do something well, it doesn’t hurt by copying successful bit at least a little bit at first.

The plan moving forward?

  1. Pull back on needless profanity
  2. Coordinate the show together
  3. Create segments that feel more professional

I think that my doing these three things, the show will be a tighter, more professional-sounding production. I would love to eliminate jokes that fall flat, seemingly unfocused rambling and if we get sponsor money, hire a speech coach to help me rid myself of all the “likes” and “ums” that I can’t seem to stop spewing out.