Expectations vs Reality

Reading this news story from Russia Today regarding the creation of a new app to track those who unfriended you.

I've taken it for granted that a new app like this can only track changes to your account from the date installed. Not these people leaving reviews.

It's interesting, funny and sad (especially for the devs) to see how people believe what software can do. Then the entitlement and low scores must be painful for something which is free and actually does what it says it does!

Makes me wonder why people unfriended those individuals who wanted this app in the first place.

Podcasting in April

April, I hardly knew you.

JPG Podcast - Subscribe Here

32 - I Love Me Stannis. The only Game of Thrones Episode this month. Here we discuss episodes 5 and 6 of the fourth series.

33 - Talking about... 'Contact' (in two parts). A new segment in the show where I sit down with a new co-host called Chris and together we discuss a movie of worth. Our first is Jodie Foster's 'Contact'.

Prick Me - Subscribe Here (New Sound Cloud home here)

17 - Dating with... Matty. Only one episode this month due to time considerations. Probably the same for the next month until Hong Kong People Podcast reaches 50 episodes. At the same time, because of unnecessary credit card charges and my shoe string budget, I'm moving 'Prick Me' to Sound Cloud under their free tier. Episode 17 onwards will be being uploaded there for the foreseeable future.

Hong Kong People Podcast - Subscribe Here

Technically 5 episodes for the month of April, one of them being a duplicate as it's an extended version. In April I have four people sit down with me and discuss Hong Kong's past, present and future. I speak to a chemical engineer, an accountant and mother, a business sustainability consultant and an expat who has been living in Hong Kong since the 1970s.

Other Podcasts - The newest ones I'm listening to is Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. What a voice Carlin has, what a way of presenting information and providing context to important events in human history. Then there is the length of these episodes, many of them go into the three hour territory and it never suffers for it. Once you listen you're gripped. Proof podcasts can be listenable beyond the one hour mark.

Dan Carlin also does a second podcast called Dan Carlin's Common Sense. An american centric podcast discussing the contemporary events happening in the US. Dan Carlin takes a truer, level-headed, critical approach with whatever Dan decides to comment on.

I recently realised I must get the majority of my news from podcasts these days and I feel happier for it. The news podcasts I listen to tend to be more positive in their presentation than big news networks. Yes they are less up to the minute compared the 24 hour news cycle, but really, I don't believe we've benefitted from that as a society. Podcasts go into greater detail, they accept their position as a delayed source of information because they don't need to be first, creating a different experience as priorities shift to story telling, episode arcs and getting into greater detail. Don't forget the whole passivity of the medium.

Frequently Asked Questions - Podcasts

What are your podcasts?

I manage and produce three podcasts. They are 'JPG', 'Prick Me' and 'Hong Kong People Podcast'. JPG is a podcast about geek and pop culture. We talk about movies, TV shows, technology and many other geeky topics that are related to the hosts. 'Prick Me' is a podcast about relationships, dating and the human experience. 

The 'Hong Kong People Podcast' is a weekly discussion podcast with a resident of HK about HK. Sometimes there will be specials made. The podcast is also part of a larger documentary about HK. 

Which show should I go on?

If you want to talk about issues relating to human sexuality, dating and the human experience then join me on 'Prick Me'. If you want to talk about Hong Kong then the 'HK People Podcast' is more appropriate. 'JPG' isn't accepting guests unless you can bring a topic that is 'geeky' enough for it. 

Where do you record the show?

The show is typically recorded in the Yau Ma Tei area of Kowloon. Sometimes the show can travel to you. This needs discussing on an individual basis with each guest. I now have a dedicated studio space however in my apartment.

How do I get on the show?

Contact me via the Contact Page at the top of the website.

Why isn't the HK people podcast in Chinese?

At the moment I only speak English because I am from the UK, my desire is to have some Chinese speaking guests and other special shows. I will be aiming to make bi-lingual episodes later on however.

How long is an episode. 

'JPG' is dictated by the discussion and energy of the hosts. There is no real limit. 'Prick Me' topics can be multiepisodic so they are split into parts. Each part shouldn't be longer than an hour. HK people podcast episodes are under an hour. 

Where can I subscribe to any of your podcasts.?

All my podcasts can be found on iTunes here - JPG, Prick Me, Hong Kong People Podcast.

This page will continually be updated as and when needed.