I turned up much earlier than I usually do (mainly because today is gross and rainy, and so I didn’t think my usual method of flying down the freeway in order to dash into the studio at the last minute would be the most safe and sensible option), to discover the guys working like bees to get everything running smoothly with a minimum of glitches. I got to see the refurbished studios for the first time, and gee whiz, the control room is sweet, with shiny new Sony 16:9 1080P monitors everywhere. Looks better than many studios I’ve actually worked in for pay. And yet somehow, all this technical advancement has been resulting in the glitchiest shows we’ve done in ages.
The stream dropped out for about half an hour, I’m told, because some idiot has blasted the studio’s computers with a goddamn virus. So you Ustream viewers, please hang on, and we’ll get a clean audio file up to the website ASAP. Otherwise, I thought the show went well today. We tried out a stunning new opening video sequence provided to us by a fan, and the background chroma key looked cool, except for the fact I had stupidly decided to wear a shirt today that was just green enough to turn my torso translucent. Perhaps it was an improvement. The callers all told us they could hear us fine, without any echo or odd reverb feeding back. And we got a dumb theist caller who got us both into rant mode, which I always enjoy. So, we’re working through these teething pains, people, slowly but surely.
Oh yeah. One sucky note. After next Sunday’s show, we’re off for the next two Sundays. Sigh. Things, I’m sure, will settle in after the holidays.