Drabblecast 163 - Once a Month on a Sunday

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Re: Drabblecast 163- Once a Month on a Sunday by Ian McHugh

Post by seani » Wed May 26, 2010 11:08 pm

El Barto

I was just about to say something very similar. I didn't have a problem with the narrator - liked her accent, and her reading - and didn't have a problem with the music / ambient sounds individually.

But it seemed to me that there was something about the mix that made the reading sound indistinct and muffled. This had the effect of making it hard work to listen to, and as a result I found myself tuning out and then not really make an effort to tune back in again.

This was with half decent desktop speakers; maybe I'll have better luck with headphones.
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Post by normsherman » Thu May 27, 2010 7:24 am

Huh. Well I'll be. Anyone else have this problem? Comes out pretty durn distinct on all my setups.
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Post by seani » Thu May 27, 2010 8:23 am

Maybe worth pointing out that I listen to the MP3 feed, downloaded through gPodder and then either played via my desktop speakers or loaded to a cheap MP3 player.

I'll try downloading the newer format, see if that sounds any different.
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Post by seani » Thu May 27, 2010 8:42 am

Well, scratch that idea. Flicking between the MP3 and M4A versions, I can't hear any difference.

I did note that the M4A file is 2 seconds longer than the MP3 file. Typical: pandering to the latest audio fashion by giving them extra content.


There are only two other reasons I can think of:

1) I'm 44, and I've certainly hit the point where my hearing fades off at higher frequencies - the iPhone app. designed to irritate feckless youths with high pitched electronic squealing has no effect unless jammed in to my ear. for instance Maybe I'm missing something there.

2) The background drone has a soporific effect making it hard to focus, as opposed to the difficulty in focusing having a soporific effect - I have cause and effect mixed up.


Either way, I'll give it another spin tonight.


ETA: I note with a quick click that El Barto is 40.

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Post by moonowl » Thu May 27, 2010 3:14 pm

That chart explains my marriage. Thanks!
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Post by strawman » Fri May 28, 2010 2:27 am

Yep. Someone once asked me why girls don't fart.
I explained that they do, but only dogs can hear it.
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Post by alhilton » Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:19 am

I've been away for a while and I'm catching up on the last 3 episodes. I gotta come by and comment on this story. Wonderful. As in "full of wonder." It was like Alice in Wonderland meets the Jaberwalkie, but with a coherent plot and knowable characters. I want the rest of the story, Mr. McHugh. Seriously.

The narration was perfect and gave the story and extra exotic twist, juxtaposing the British accent against all the other ideas and cultures. Norm, the sounds added about 300% to an already awesome story. All the growling and crackling and hissing made it breath. So cool! :D
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Post by alhilton » Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:38 am

I hadn't read the other comments when I made mine. Interesting. It never would have occurred to me -not- to suspend disbelief in this story. It's not a Pan's Labyrinth type of story or even magical realism. It's a true alt universe, with religions subtlety different than our own (though they may have similar names), magical creatures to which the adults refer, and a sacrificial system (it probably doesn't matter what she feeds the river daemon; it's just life for water).

I did think we were meant to be uncertain about things because this little girl (who lives in a truly magic world) is misunderstanding and reinterpreting her magical world just as real little kids misunderstand and reinterpret their own. That's the genius of the story. You've got an unreliable narrator in a foreign world. Your sense of wonder is doubled - magical world + plus imaginative kid living therein.

That was what I saw, anyway.

Finally, I knew this story reminded me of something, and I just remembered what. A 1977 cartoon set in Australia called "Dot and the Kangaroo." Really trippy, deliciously scary to me as an 8 year old, and it gave me the same sense of wonder. It had the same reluctance to relinquish its secrets.
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Post by tbaker2500 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:07 am

Hey, Abbie's back! How's the trip?
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Post by alhilton » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:22 am

Magical. :) Pictures sometime this month.
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Post by strawman » Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:52 am

Greece, right? And it was just coincidental that the country submerged while you were there. Pictures of R'lyeh?
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Post by alhilton » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:09 pm

strawman wrote:Greece, right? And it was just coincidental that the country submerged while you were there. Pictures of R'lyeh?
I do remember seeing an ancient picture of a squid on a vase and thinking, "Chthulu. Huh. What do you know."
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Re: Drabblecast 163- Once a Month on a Sunday by Ian McHugh

Post by eggyolk » Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:56 pm

So, I'm a bit behind on the drabblecast.

Happy birthday robot segment? Hilarious. I was listening to this in bed while my wife was sleeping and nearly fell out of bed laughing. This was super duper hilarious! Happy Birthday Robot may end up being a Christmas present.
The main story, wow, also excellent! I was drawn right in like a sliver on porch in a state of serious disrepair. Well read, well written.
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Re: Drabblecast 163- Once a Month on a Sunday by Ian McHugh

Post by Unblinking » Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:57 pm

Fun! I'm not sure how much of the little girl's beliefs were actually accurate, but alhilton said, that's part of its strength--clearly this is a magical world, but it's ambiguous whether the magic works the way the girl thinks it works, so she might be in great danger of the beastie hunting her down, or possibly the mouse sacrifice was just a superstition.

We've had some stories about several Australian beasties, but what about the drop bear, man? What about the drop bear?

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