Its on hiatus.
A few things are going on right now.
First, my newest son has decided to be a bad sleeper. That and the new stuff associated with my oldest going to school has made my life and my family's life very busy. This is 90% of it. Once that calms down I plan on coming back and doing more shows.
Second, and more of a concern for you is this--I was greatly dissatisfied with the quality of the product. The actual guests and cohosts were awesome. The conversations were exactly, exactly what I wanted them to be, but the technical aspects were irksome to begin with and became an outright hassle towards the end. The sound quality was never great, but the corrupted files and misaligned tracks and all of that bullshit just killed me. I work very hard to make sure what I bring you is worth your time. That's what you pay me in--time. I don't and won't ever ask for money. I am not about to put out a tip jar. That's bullshit. I know some folks do, but I never will. If you want, go through the affiliates and advertisers, but I want to make sure that what you get is 100% free, but worth your time. Your time is valuable and while many of you were grateful and put up with some total shit sounding podcasts I was not comfortable with them being representative of what I do and what I like about the gear community.
But I am not an audio whiz. If I were, I'd love to devote the time and resources necessary to get NPR quality sound, but this is a hobby, actually an offshoot of a hobby. What I need is someone that can do the audio stuff for me. Ideally, I'd like to be part of a podcast network, just send in the audio recordings, have the network folks mix them and host them. That's probably not going to happen. First, we aren't commercial enough for that (Edge Observer alone makes us "not commercial"). Second, a lot of the networks want some kind of content control, and that will happen only when I am dead. I have turned away too many offers and turned down writing for too many places out of concern for my content to have that change now. So short of a network, I'd like to hire (yes, PAY) a producer.
If you are a network and want a great podcast delivered with advertisers and everything, so long as you edit and mix the feeds, I have your content with a built in audience, contact me. If you are competent with mixing audio and can work on a regular schedule and want to get paid cash for your time, contact me.
everydaycommentary at gmail dot com in the usual format
If neither of these things come through look for a new podcast in April or so. Let's just hope my littlest one decides to STTN again. I loved the conversations we had and I am not done doing what I set out to do with the podcast--to create a informed, intelligent discussion of gear grounded in higher principles like design concepts, business and management issues, science and engineering, and, on occasion, the law. The audience is there. My desire is there. The industry is willing. It is the time and technical ability that isn't.
Gear Geeks Live isn't done. When I am confident that the quality is worth your time and that I can put out the podcast without me or my family suffering it will be back.