Hey, Thanks Buddy!

Wow.

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy and thankfully, it’s the weekend so I get a bit of a breather.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to those of you who have been sending me messages of support and love with the resurrected podcast. I didn’t really think there would be much interest in it. I know I’m not getting hundreds of people listening, and you know what? That’s okay. It’s the people who do actually listen that matter.

I haven’t had much time to give meaningful responses since I’ve been so incredibly busy (but I’ll get around to it). It gets so exhausting when I only have one hour to myself every day. Thankfully, I have a bit of a break now, so that means that I’ll start recording new podcast episodes that weren’t recorded a month ago.

The motivation is still there and I’m going to continue doing it as long as I can. A few huge changes are happening in my life soon and I just want to talk things out.

I will be back later next week. (Just need to do a little traveling, then I’ll be back.)

TIP #2: Pride

TIP #2: Pride

Happy [Gay] Pride Month!

In this super exciting episode, I wonder why I have to have a spoon in my coffee to drink it and talk about the difference of being gay and out here in Australia vs Texas. I also chat a bit about my feelings about getting married in about a month.

Note: This was recorded on 2 June 2018.

Feel free to comment or let me know what you want to hear!

You can subscribe by going to The Idiologic Podcast on the iTunes Store or listen to or download this episode below:

Busy Like a Bee

bee crashIt’s been a really busy few weeks. That’s why I’ve been a little silent lately. I haven’t had much time to myself lately. The next podcast episode is coming on Friday but I don’t really like it. I’m probably going to upload it anyway.

While I’m here, I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to those of you who are sending me feedback and encouragement. I really do.

I’ll start recording new episodes next week. I have a lot of stuff in my head.

Sorry this is so short! Will chat with you lovely people later.

Episode #1: Podcast, Partner, and Places

Episode #1: Podcast, Partner, and Places

The 3 P’s of any first official podcast reboot!

I talk about why I’m doing this podcast (again). I also talk about my partner a bit and a little about my upcoming marriage and upcoming travel to India (and how I’m looking forward to eating fast food while I’m there).

Feel free to comment or let me know what you want to hear!

Note: Recorded 30 May 2018.

You can subscribe by going to The Idiologic Podcast on the iTunes Store or listen to or download this episode below:

V/Line, I F****** Hate You

vline-trainI told you guys before that my next few weeks were going to be really busy and, oh my god, I’m totally exhausted right now. I am seriously out of energy right now, and I’m in bed before 7:30. My last three mornings (including this one) have been early starts. I have had to leave the house before 5 am each time so I could make it to where I needed to go (aka work) and be there by 7 am. I would definitely make it there on time… so I thought.

V/Line operates the rail services to regional towns around the state of Victoria, to and from Melbourne usually. They are who I have to rely on almost every day to get where I need to go. Unfortunately, they don’t even do that right. I’ve been late twice already, even after leaving earlier the next day, on an earlier train.

So yes, three early starts, and then I get to leave at around 4 pm. As I’ve said, I’m simply exhausted. I want to get home, sit down, watch stupid videos, and just relax. I got to the station and the trains were all cancelled because of sick staff. I finally get a train, and THAT train was late. There were a ton of people there and instead of using 6 carriages like they usually do, they decide to use 3. They tried to fit all these people on it who have had their trains cancelled – so basically, the train looked like this:

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I had to stand the whole fucking time almost. I had been on my feet all day and my feet were hurting very bad, I had people’s armpits in my face, and I was really tired (I usually can get about a 45 minute nap out of these trips). About 3 stops before the stop that I was going to get off at, they announce that since that train was late, they’re making it terminate early. Even at that station there were still people standing up.

My favourite part of this is how after all this shit happening, they want to punish their customers for THEM being late. They took off all those people and said “Well, wait for the next train.” That train was running late too. I said “fuck this” and took a bus home and it was probably the first time today I have felt peaceful. I still want to say…

I fucking hate V/Line.

They fail to realise that people depend on them, even at 4-5 am, to get to work. They forget that people don’t want to be crammed in trains like fucking sardines at the end of the day. If you know there is going to be a staff shortage, then fucking hire some bus drivers or something. Don’t cancel half of your trains.

It’s one of the reasons why I hate living far away from Melbourne like this. If V/Line isn’t stressing me out, they’re pissing me off.

My pissed off ass is off to watch some super old quality television… on YouTube.

Terrible Re-Launch

I just wanted to apologise for the terrible relaunch of my podcast. Originally, I had planned to announce it on the first day of June and start posting new episodes starting in July. I was going to post the first episode on the first Friday of July, but realised that was the day before my wedding and I had a work-related deadline to meet that day. I couldn’t push it off to a week or two later because I would be preparing to leave or already gone.

I also wanted to have a chance to talk about a few upcoming travels in my life’s journey. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I waited until then. I also realised that I needed to have something in my podcast’s feed so I could post my show on iTunes, so I recorded that introductory podcast episode which needed to be done anyway. I wanted people to have access to that, so I got it all ready, uploaded it, and shared my feed with Apple.

THEN I thought to myself that posting that boring episode then waiting a few weeks probably wasn’t wise because, honestly, I don’t think it’s the best first impression. So I recorded another to post in two weeks after the first episode. Then I thought to myself, again, how busy I’m going to be and I probably should update every week for a while just in case I can’t post anything new while I am overseas.

I’ve recorded two more episodes and told Feeder (an RSS feed maker for the Mac) to delay the other two episodes until the time comes when they needed to be posted. Well, Feeder decided it was going to post both of them on the same day. So my iTunes feed had all my upcoming podcast episodes on it for a few hours. I was a little upset because if anybody has subscribed, they’ve probably got them downloaded and won’t have anything to listen to for a few weeks. I can’t do much about that. The good thing is that you could sit and listen to all three episodes in less than 45 minutes.

I had to quickly cobble together some images for my podcast as well and they’ve turned out a bit more grey than I wanted them to be, so I am going to try to fix them up.

I also thought about putting a podcast episode player on my website but ended up just using Stitcher to do it. They tend to insert ads in podcast episodes, which is fine because they need to make money and they’re providing a pretty useful service for me right now. I don’t mind.

I’m really hoping to do a better job in this round of my podcast. I don’t really have high hopes though because my readership has been circling the drain for a year or so. Despite this, I’m going to try my best to make at least interesting conversation.

If you want to, tell people about my podcast. Listen to it first and if you think it needs work, please tell me. Or leave me feedback on the iTunes Music Store or Stitcher. I want to make this good but felt like I might have rushed it out a bit early so some things aren’t really working out very well for me. I’m trying though! 🙂

All That I Can Say: Loving You is Wonderful

you are the cheese to my macaroni
I didn’t make this. Gina Mayes did.

It looks like about three years ago, Jay and I decided that we’re going to be a couple. Honestly, I didn’t think that I would ever be in another long-term relationship ever again back then. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, but because I believed that I would never have the opportunity to do so again. I guess you could connect that to my really awful self-esteem. I still don’t really understand what good things people see in me, but this guy does. He assures me that and I probably feel better about that now. It’s really good. It’s a nice feeling to know that there’s a person who has my back through my good and bad. I know, for a fact, right now, that things are far from perfect with me right now, but he’s inspiring me to do better and is incredibly supportive of the things I want to do (full-time at least, not casual).

It’s been a good few years. I do complain about him sometimes and he does get on my nerves a little bit, but he knows that if he mentions farts or something childish, he can coerce a smile out of me. He knows that I don’t like pink food. He knows that I don’t eat seafood though he comes from a place where they eat a ton of it. He knows how nervous I am around a lot of people. He knows that I’m probably not as social as I really should be. He knows that the only kind of foods I can really cook have about 6-10 ingredients before it goes bad. He knows (and exploits) that I really have a not-so-healthy relationship with KFC. He knows all these things and he still loves me as much as he possibly can. I love him too.

Yeah, I know this is really sweet and everything, but it’s been a good few years for me. I’ve had more schooling on South Indian culture in the past three years than I ever thought I would in my life. It’s been different and difficult at times, but it’s totally worth it. And in a little more than a month, we’re tying the knot. I made him wait long enough and secretly, I’m looking forward to it.

So here’s to another year (and many more years) of being with this really incredible person (who needs to get his hair cut or at least trimmed)!

OK, the title of this totally came from this… kinda.

Episode #0: Introduction

Episode #0: Introduction

You might know me. You might not. In any case, if you do want to know me, listen to this podcast episode about who I am. I don’t really explain why I am doing it again, but I guess that’ll come in the next episode.

The numbering is a little weird, I know but I needed it to differentiate between older episodes and new episodes.

Listen or download here:

If you don’t know what’s going on, read this post.

The Re-Appearing Podcast

"Hey mom, look at me! I'm practicing necromancy!"
- Ben, upon resurrecting his dead podcast from years ago

OK, so there’s no black magic happening here but I thought I would let you guys and girls know that I am “resurrecting” my podcast. Instead of rack my brain about what I’m going to call it, I’m just going back to the last name it was called, “The Idiologic Podcast”.

With this fake question and answer session, I’ll lay out what it’s going to be like. It’s hard not to make comparisons between what it was and what it will be, so I’m going to try to explain it like it’s new.

What is it going to be about?

My podcast is what people would call a personal journal podcast. I basically talk about life in general, the places I go, the people I see, the things I do, and the food I eat. Everything is a potential topic.

What’s different this time?

I don’t want any of you to think that I have magically acquired better podcasting skills because I haven’t. I will, however, make a better attempt to edit out the stuff that should be edited out.

How often will new episodes come and how long will they be?

As of right now, I am going to target 1-2 times every 2 weeks. The new episodes will be around 10-20 minutes each. I don’t want them to be really long because I don’t think they hold people’s attention when they’re an hour long.

I will probably post new episodes on Thursdays so people have a chance to listen to it before the weekend. This way, you can listen to me talk before or after work if you’re bored enough!

When will it start (and when will it end)?

I’ve recorded my first introductory podcast episode explaining who I am and it’s ready to be listened to. It’s nothing too terribly exciting if you already read my blog. I want to have the first “real” podcast episode recorded and posted on the 8th since I’ll be quite busy for the next two weeks. I want to try to get a few episodes out before I leave on my overseas trip and before other important life events. 

The first episode is available now and a new one will be available in a week.

I might post a few little episodes while I’m in India if I can. If I can’t find decent internet access, then I’ll have to wait until I am back in Australia.

Why am I even thinking about ending this thing before I start? Because, I’m not really a big fan of making something that has absolutely no audience. I’m not going to watch my downloads for my episodes like a hawk, but if I find that they’re not getting any traffic, then I’ll stick a fork in it and call it dead.

Do you want to subscribe or listen to it now?

Grab the personal lubricant and a good pair of non-latex gloves. No, just kidding about that. Seriously.

Listen to Stitcher

The Idiologic Podcast on the iTunes Store

The first “episode” is already available to listen to. It’s just an introductory podcast episode letting you know a little about me. You can skip it if you want. A new one will be available in a week.