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Samuel’s Persiflage #8

September 30th, 2006 at 01:03am

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Samuel’s Persiflage Episode Number Eight is now online, and has only just made it in for September. There is also a low quality version for the bandwidth impaired here.

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This month’s Persiflage Puzzle has two words of five and one letters respectively. The clue is “the second word has no vowels”

The main crux of this episode is an interview with world-renowned technology broadcaster Leo Laporte.

Samuel and Leo discuss the upcoming new version of Windows, Windows Vista, and competing operating systems (Leo is a big fan of Apple Mac). Leo is doing some pioneering work in the field of podcasting, and has managed to attract advertisers, Samuel and Leo discuss the success of Leo’s podcast empire and what the future has in store for podcasting and citizen media.

Samuel then pulls a few more letters out of the hat and puts them in the Persiflage Puzzle, pretty much giving away the answer in the process.

The listener feedback is quite sparse this month, Lenny has downloaded iTunes and wants to know how to subscribe to Samuel’s Persiflage, whilst 2CC’s Mike Welsh has sent us a song.

All listeners are invited to send in more feedback, both in written and audio format. As per usual feedback can be sent to (text, MP3, Wave or Ogg Vorbis), spoken feedback by clicking here or on the button below would be great, or leave a comment below.
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There are a couple thoughts this month, and Samuel starts to babble, so the end music starts to play and Samuel reveals the answer the the Persiflage Puzzle before saying goodbye…or to be more precise “tada”.

The Samuel’s Persiflage #8 file itself is available here, and is 58:26 in length (53.5MB) at 128kbps stereo. The 128kbps format was decided upon because it produces a very good sound quality, and doesn’t “flatten” any music used in the podcast. I do, however, acknowledge that this is just unreasonable for dial-up, so a 16kbps mono file is also available here. The sound quality isn’t as good, but some people like it. The low quality version is 6.68MB

For those of you who are using podcast software to receive your podcasts, the feed can be found here and if you are using iTunes you can subscribe to Samuel’s Persiflage by clicking here.

Podcast related questions and comments can be sent to or left in the comments section of this post. Spoken feedback is preferred (but not mandated) and can be sent either in MP3, Wave or Ogg Vorbis format, or sent even more easily by clicking the button below and following the prompts.
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  • 1. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 30th, 2006 at 1:54 am

    Samuel. How the hell did you swing Leo? He only has like a million podcasts and hunts wolverines with a twelve guage whilst on holidays.

    Can’t wait to listen.

  • 2. Samuel  |  September 30th, 2006 at 2:05 am

    I sent him an email clearly outlining what I wanted to talk about and gave him plenty of info about the podcast, then crossed my fingers and waited…about two hours later he replied expressing his interest and noting “I love the name!” in reference to the name of Samuel’s Persiflage.

    He then went on a (working) holiday for a couple weeks and I got in contact with him again about a week after that…after much discussion about schedules, and a missed appointment, we eventually recorded the interview.

    I seem to recall mentioning that I was one of the people who donated to and included my TWiT Forum username for his reference…dunno if that helped or not, doesn’t really matter I guess.

    Leo’s a really nice bloke, very open and chatty…he knows a fair bit too!

  • 3. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 30th, 2006 at 2:19 am

    Welll judging from the help he gives to Mac users I gather he is a nice bloke Samuel.

    This is a coup dude. Your Persiflage will will go seriously through the roof now.

    For those who are not aware, Leo is the number one podcaster.

    Good work Samuel aka The Dude.

  • 4. Captain Flume  |  September 30th, 2006 at 5:24 pm


  • 5. John B1_B5  |  September 30th, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Lot of interesting material in the interview. I like the concept of the major media networks being under threat. (Not too keen on an arm reaching into my computer and deleteing programs though ) .

    I found the “feedback” from Mike Welsh rather perplexing. I fail to see how a derogatory song about our Prime Minister, John Howard, constitutes “feedback” relating to Samuel’s Persiflage.

    John Barnes.

  • 6. Samuel  |  September 30th, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    Technically it wasn’t feedback from Mike Welsh…but I was a tad short on feedback this month and felt like throwing it in, I do have permission to reproduce it, and was going to put it in a song of the week…but I might hold that for next week now. There was something I didn’t include from Clayton, which was a reply to my thoughts on his last contribution…that could have gone on for months and I’d rather interview him about scammers than have a pointlessly drawn out discussion about it.

  • 7. Captain Flume  |  September 30th, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    I thought he was a great interviewee Sam. One of the best ‘flages yet. I am not good with technology and I didn’t understand a lot of the technical terms. But I learned a lot and was affected by the man’s enthusiasm.

    I think it is not the meek that inherit the earth, but the geeks.

    John Barnes? Not Brockovich?

    You, my friend, are a tool.

  • 8. Samuel  |  September 30th, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    I was debating whether or not to interupt Leo to explain some of the technical terms, but I doubt the interview would have flowed if I had interrupted every few moments.

    Can we keep the slanging matches to a minimum please? I don’t expect us to all get along, but the name calling isn’t going to help anything. You’ve made your opinion clear Captain Flume…and that’s where we’ll leave it.

  • 9. Chuck A. Spear  |  October 1st, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    So John William Barnes is also JohnB!_B%.

    With also the Gibsons and Robbos I am surely going to get more confused than I already am.

    Why the name change to John Barnes. How many alias do you have. Is it for legal reasons?

    Are you also Bradley John Murdoch?

  • 10. John_Barnes  |  October 1st, 2006 at 9:35 pm

    Not related to Harry Elmer Barnes, the Holocaust denier.

  • 11. Chuck A. Spear  |  October 1st, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Is that so?

    Are you a fan of Leni Riefenstahl and her impressive body of work?

  • 12. John_Barnes  |  October 1st, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    What is this , 20 questions ?

  • 13. Samuel  |  October 1st, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    The jokes about John are neither original, funny, worthy of being called jokes, or particularly interesting. Desist or else.

    I will be making sure this message gets through by dedicating a post to it tomorrow.

  • 14. Chuck A. Spear  |  October 1st, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t see the funny side or a joke in John posting as a different John – it is confusing to say the least.

    I was merely asking why that in a previous thread, JohnB!_B% also posted as John Wayne Bobbit and John William Barnes (the runner for Essendon). A legitimate question. Is it the same John?

    You may have misinterpreted my question as a personal slander on John’s good name. I don’t see any reason to make jokes about John William Barnes or John Thomas either.

    I type JohnB!_B% because I am having a problem with my keyboard and the numbers will not show.

    You can correct me here Samuel, but I think John did mention Triumph of the Will in a previous thread about the National Archives. Hence the question about Leni Riefenstahl.

    Excuse me Samuel for trying to converse with your community of posters here.

  • 15. John_Barnes  |  October 1st, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    I’m simply clarifying that the “B1_B5” represents my real name, John Barnes .
    At no time did I ever post as “John Wayne Bobbit”.

    I have viewed “Triumph Of The Will” , but I fail to see what that has to do with anything.

  • 16. Loki  |  October 1st, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    I’m breaking out my algebra text books here, but I fail to see how “B1_B5” translates as Barnes. That said, I am still trying to break the code.

    And who is the “Will” as in “Triumph of the”. I can only assume they are referring to Kaiser Willhelm, otherwise known as Kaiser Bill, who definitely did not triumph, but was ultimately humiliated by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

    And Chuck, in the light of Samuel’s comments, I think you can consider yourself on thin ice!

  • 17. John_Barnes  |  October 2nd, 2006 at 8:44 am

    The purpose of the comments section is to make comments on the Blog …… not launch personal attacks on other commenters.


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