tuesday :: 4-18-06

I love this episode.

The “perfect world” line is one I’m very proud of.

The response to the comment about praise is obviously a bit of venting on my part. I was having trouble dealing with those sorts of comments internally. I like what I said, but I also know that after posting this I was aware of the potential problem I would face if I started responding to negative stuff – namely it would be a game-able way to get a comment on air. It is also an unfair battle… I have the mic. As a rule I stopped responding publicly to a lot of the snot, and tried to focus on things that could start me down a path.

I think its the first show to go full bore on a theme, and it might be one of the most effective because I was able to maintain a casual feel throughout. I love the transition into the sex ed, and there are some great analogies scattered throughout. The change in voice that happens right near the end of that segment – where I say “it’s dark, and wet” is something that I battled with for the rest of the show. It’s my “wrap-up” voice, and I find it very hard to listen to. Too self aware. I tried wrapping up in different ways, but without some sort of transition in tone segments felt like they ended far too abruptly. I think it works ok in this episode, but there are others where it makes me cringe.

Last thing to note: the beginning of the episode is basically about rhythm. Sort of like a jazz drum solo. I used this technique often – small speaking and editing improvisations around the sentences. It’s obvious on the big cuts, but I like the small sound after “something for the comments” best. In such a short format the rhythm of the words you choose becomes a very important tool in keeping the pace moving along. In that vein I’ve become a fan of Jay Smooth http://www.illdoctrine.com/ because he pays so much attention to those details.

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  1. Did you borrow the inspiration for the editing rhythm you use from elsewhere, or did you make that up on your own? I ask because I’ve seen it used *a lot* by people doing video blogging nowadays, and you’re the first one I saw doing it.

    Posted April 20, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink | Reply
    • admin

      yes – made it up. wasn’t really all that much out there to reference, and i think i am justified in saying that the show has certainly influenced many of the modern video blogs in style and form.

      Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink | Reply
  2. Rob

    one of my favorites because of the ‘learning to drive’ analogy and the ‘those e-mails aren’t going to write themselves’ …

    Posted April 20, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink | Reply
  3. Marshall

    The metaphor that learning how to have sex by watching pornography is like learning to drive by watching a monster truck rally stuck with me for years after I watched this back in 2006. I’ve been saying it since then, but I completely forgot where it was from! I’ll send people your way next time.

    Thanks for doing this look back; I’m really enjoying it.

    Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink | Reply
  4. Meli

    I’m sure you already know he mentioned you in an early vid in which he referenced not blinking, but I totally spazzed out when I found it.
    And now it’s stuck in my head. It’s ok I also have just had the Duckies song stuck in my head as well.

    Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink | Reply
  5. I too love this episode. I remember quoting it when it came out; the bit about the monster truck rally compared to porn is perfect. I may quote it again today, maybe tomorrow, and it will forever be remembered.

    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink | Reply
  6. Gregg

    Ze, I am really enjoying this replay. I started following The Show pretty early (April I think) and it became a favorite part of my day for that whole year period. I remember every day waiting for the new show to post and being so excited when it did. Now I find myself getting just as excited all over again. It all seems new again and your commentary just makes it that much better. I always admired you for the courage to commit to this along with others like Jonathan Coulton and his “Thing a Week”. It was magic to see you too collaborate at the end. I’ve always struggled with getting started on projects and just getting out there. You inspire people with your efforts. Your show on getting from 0 to 1 was gold. That’s been my biggest block and it’s nice to know others struggle with it too. Keep it up, man, you’re going places. Where? I don’t know, neither do you but I guarantee you’ll get there.

    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

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