Dear Podcast 17 fans,
There will be no episode posted this week because I stupidly deleted all the audio files plus the backups that go along with them.
Flashback to the morning after recording — I sat at my computer and did all the usual post-production work for the episode. I levelled the audio, cleaned up the samples and — amungst other things — consolodated the back-up recordings into one folder while I worked with them.
You might be asking yourself “Why William? Why do you move all the back-up recordings to the same place? Isn’t that a bit stupid?”. The answer is “Yes… Yes, that is stupid.”
So I finished the post-production work and headed to my university to complete some lab work. The computers at the university cannot handle the complex network and mathematical simulations I require to do my research, so I often remote into my desktop at home. I needed to take a number of screenshots to complete the report for this particular piece of lab work; and since I was remoted into my desktop it was much easier to just save them to my desktop and email them to myself to attach them to the report locally at the university.
Lab completed I headed home after a long day of research; sat down at my computer and saw that there were easily 100 screenshots sitting on my desktop. So, since they were no longer needed, I highlighted them all and threw them in the trash. Then, by force of habit, I emptied the recycle bin, purging it’s contents.
Now, you might be asking yourself “Why William? Why do you immediately empty the recycle bin?” the answer would be “I dunno, it’s a very stupid habit.”
So as you may have guessed, the podcast production work was also saved into the folder on my desktop with all those screenshots. You may now be asking yourself: “Why William? Why do you save the production work to your desktop? Surely if you do it for convenience, you would just create a temporary shortcut to the folder they’re in.” the answer would be “… I know … stupid”.
So the source files of Episode #69 are now gone… in all it’s awesome glory. However, now you must really be asking yourself “But William! When you remove something from the recycle bin it isn’t actually gone… it’s contents are just marked for deletion.” and the answer is “Yeah… I know; this computer science honours degree isn’t hanging on my wall for nothing”. But the truth is, over a time span of 2 hours I tried 6 different deep scan HDD applications; found lots of porn, but no podcast. Unfortunately, the bottom line is, that same computer science degree on my wall counts for nothing when you accidentally delete an entire podcast. So all I can say is sorry and try to make up for it somehow.
The Bad News
Other than this episode being completely gone; a lot of good things happened this episode that the “recorded listeners” missed out on. Emanuel actually did an excellent job this week, he was on top of all the news post and had something important to say most of the time — Nic and I were completely astonished. Most importantly, we lost a really good interview with the GoldenEye: Source team, which they put a lot of effort into preparing for. So I would like to publically apologise to Wake, The SSL and Killer Monkey; the rest of the GoldenEye: Source team and anyone who was looking forward to listening to this interview. I really am truly sorry.
The Good News
We have carried over the most important topics of the week to Episode #70, so you get to hear them covered in Phillip’s awesome voice.
Also, in regards to the lost interview; we we’re already planning on having GoldenEye: Source back after the release of Beta 4 — which will be released on the February 19th — so we will be talking with them about extending that episode to also cover the things lost this week. Or alternatively, recording some kind of GoldenEye: Source featurette. (a featurette being a side episode roughly 30-to-90 minutes in length which focuses on a specific topic or mod)
I certainly learnt my lesson on computer etiquette.
Well, that’s about all I have to say. Once again, sorry for completely screwing up the episode this week.