haha. haha. so many things are funny? no. not really.
when i say haha i am being sarcastic.
i spent a few days trying to find my voice memos. the titles were all lost and i finally found them in an unknown album, unknown genre, with about 40 other albums. i listened to 87 voice memos that i had once named but that were now named by dates only…. and re-named them and organized them into an album called “podcast material.” i was surprised to realize and remember that i have already been telling stories and making voice memos since 2011. if you asked me i would have guessed i had 15 voice memos from the past few years…. but 87? wow.
i was pleased with myself. thought i was the smartest guy in america for finding that shit and putting it somewhere i might be able to access later.
then i was ready. let me import a couple things and learn how to edit this podcast down. haha. hahahahahahaha…
no such luck. i successfully imported a music and audio track. i wanted to add a live vocal track to introduce the material and the other tracks but kept getting the error that says, NO INPUT SOURCE SELECTED. i researched this phrase for 30 minutes with no luck. they would say things like, click so and so button on the top right, but that button was nowhere to be found. i narrowed my search to the past month and still got ZERO results in finding out how to choose an input source. i hooked up a microphone. got the same message about no input source selected. i spent some more time researching via google. got nowhere slow. later i go back and encounter the pop up, “cannot find layout general audio 10.” huh?
came here to tell somebody.
so, heres the deal: i have not only 87 voice memos to cull from, but i have original music from my buddy edy sanchez. i have stories i found from years ago that just need light editing and an occasional narration…. but garageband remains a mystery after a half hour of frustrated research. i know i know, a half hour isn;t enough. but you have to know me. if i can’t learn how to record my voice in a half hour and i am about to have a heart attack…. i choose to give up over heart attack.
i watched youtube videos. following every step precisely. when the youtube video was recording? i was getting the message that i needed to choose an input source. in other words, i did the exact same thing as the video with a different result.
in other news:
corporate folks from our neighbor to the west made a surprise visit to gville and we encountered business cards and ties, wondering about how much we are encroaching on their property. surveys were consulted. i had left an hour before they arrived and returned 30 minutes after they left. the outcome of this visit is still unknown. we could be getting certified letters of complaint or there is always the chance, i like to believe and hope for, that other matters come up more important that make our situation less interesting and worthy of scrutiny. will there be liability issues for the neighbor? NO. i can promise that. will the lawyers want to make a stink and make my life and business most difficult? that is yet to be seen.
all i want is a chance to meet the owner and have a conversation. so far that option seems far from possible. it might be easier for me to meet Prince.
It is difficult to explain here the overwhelming responsibility and workload that seems to lie ahead. as a part of the giving committee i am heavily involved in making decisions to spend the excessive cash we have to give out. as an artist i am struggling with too many projects and the bleak prospect of learning to produce a podcast alone without technical skills and with a physical makeup that is so anti-computer. as CEO of a company i am constantly trying to figure out how to produce a better end product with fewer mistakes and less reliance on me every hour or every other hour. as brand manager i am trying to replace the LSE brush with a new product and keep up with the t-shirt stock and brand image. as the papa i am frantically engaged to keep children curious and asking questions and seeking answers. as husband i am interested in being a sufficient BFF, good listener, and solid provider.
i know that i will ultimately figure out how to use this program to make an audio file, but right now it seems so impossible.
i finally feel ready to start to produce episode 1 of the SatchCast podcast, but technical abilities keep me far far away from my goals. the demands on me from other places only grow in a seemingly exponential way. at some point i have to submit to allocating a few hours to the projects that are at the top of my priority list. sometimes i have to let things at the bottom fall off the priority list. my list can only be so long, not as long as some peoples and much longer than others. my list is on the spectrum. fortunately i have realized i can control my priority list. i learned quite recently that always saying yes is not an option. i learned that i can do about 70/30… 70% yes and 30% no. and those numbers fluctuate according to the number of requests and the length of my list.
if apple asked me i think i could explain to them exactly how to create a program that allowed anyone from a kid to a hick to create an audio file without frustration and deep research. the program could ask questions and walk them through the process without the blood boil and head pound that comes so quickly to me now. i find it quite amazing that they can make it so hard that folks like david pogue have to constantly write books with titles like “the missing manual for…” i have little doubt that the future will be a place where programs are so much easier and any 8 year old will be able to make a movie or a podcast without the burden of learning new programs. why? because the programs are ultra intuitive, they ask a series of questions that push the user to the desired simple experience. for example. the program could offer as one of the choices: “i want to make a podcast” and then allow me to easily add music, voice memos, and live recording. it could have a big button that says “EDIT AUDIO” where clicking there would let me easily trim parts or adjust the volume level. as it is, all of these things take hours of research. i am bombarded with messages like “choose audio input” and no obvious place to do this. no explanation of the command.
i enjoy spending my time considering all the ways i could improve google, apple, facebook, tesla, satchel’s, phones and houses. there is barely a thing in the world i don;t wish to fix. so i spend my time fixing the things i have control over and just wishing i had access to all the other problems.
its late. i’m hungry. tired. and ready to give up.