I used to host a podcast with K Sawyer Paul called ‘You Chose Poorly’. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever done on the internet, and it’s still linked at the top menu of this blog. Every week we would talk about our poor tech choices, and we tried to figure out whose fault it was—ours or the companies that made them. It was a blast, and a dream come true. I loved podcasting with Sawyer. He was my podcast guru, and the guy that brought me into the podcast game in the first place when he interviewed me all the way back in 2009 for the old International Object Podcast.
We had to put our show on hiatus shortly before Max was born in September 2016. The world has changed since then (to say the absolute least). But Sawyer is just as sharp, as warm, and as much of a blast to talk to as ever. I think you’ll really enjoy this one.
- At the start of our conversation, Sawyer went on a rant about how Spotify is a terrible podcast app. It’s hilarious and accurate. That being said, I think the best podcast app there is is Overcast (website / App Store) — it has a great audio processor, speed boost features, chapter support, options to stream and/or download, and it displays podcast show notes correctly, like any grownup podcast app should.
- Sawyer and I talked on Skype, as we always do, and it was my first time to use it for the podcast. I now know why tech podcasters continue to use it, despite the multitude of options nowadays. Skype handles connection and audio interruptions so much better than Zoom or Google Meet do—audio simply disappears, instead of glitching out with a >BZZT<. Thus, it’s much easier to edit audio recordings. Maybe I’ll use it for all future episodes.\
- Sawyer and I had our conversation at 6:00 AM, I recorded the interview at about 7:30, I edited and produced the show for the rest morning (while at work—sorry bosses), and I added finishing touches and Char’s voiceover recording in the afternoon. Total podcast production time is about 5-6 hours. In comparison, production time for episode 1 was about three days. Hooray for efficiency and streamlining workflows!
- The Hurry Up the Cakes podcast is now available on Stitcher!
This is for the frustrated wrestling fan, the podcast snob, the tech enthusiast, and privileged folk affected by the pandemic.
Special guest K Sawyer Paul is a novelist, podcaster, graphic designer, one of my favorite technology and wrestling critics, and one of my favorite people in the world to talk to. In our first conversation since we put our podcast on hiatus four years ago, we talked about podcasting, how stupid wrestling is nowadays, how quitting Twitter is a lot like quitting a church, and how important (and challenging) it is do the right thing, in any context.
- Sawyer’s website Ksawyerpaul.blog
- Our old podcast series ‘You Chose Poorly’ (Website / Apple Podcasts)
- Sawyer’s podcast about Toronto ‘Fran’s Not Here’ (Apple Podcasts)
- International Object Podcast
- Fake Vince McMahon on Tumblr
- Merlin Mann on Twitter
- Marco Arment on Twitter
- Rob Brydon (Wikipedia)
- The #Speakingout Movement (Wikipedia)
- ‘Uproxx suspends wrestling vertical after sexual assault allegations against editor Brandon Stroud’ — Awful Announcing
- Apple Watch
- Marco Arment on Apple Watch faces (Marco.org)
- CGP Grey’s video on how to be productive during a pandemic lockdown
- Marco Polo (App Store / Google Play)
- Makati Medical Center
- The Dream Coffee on Instagram
Outro instrumental: “Chords For David” feat. Jlbrock by Pitx copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
The Hurry Up the Cakes Podcast is published and distributed via Anchor.fm.
- Opening Song
- Introduction (0:27)
- Spotify is the worst (4:00)
- Sawyer is my podcast guru (9:36)
- ‘Why Are We Wrestling Like This?’ (17:27)
- The best internet (32:16)
- Rich Boy Watch Pals (40:08)
- The pandemic has changed us (56:01)
- What matters now? (65:59)
- Outro (71:44)
- Super Wings Theme (Transformers Remix) (72:41)