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Stockholm Syndrome, Itunes, Mac vs PC



Which internet do you use?

Remember when AOL first came on the scene? It introduced the world to the internet, they cornered the market, showed us how to get on the web and then directed us to the websites they wanted us to see. After awhile, we said…..hey…. wait a second! Except for one person I know who kept paying for AOL until last year because, “I need to keep my email address, and AOL is how I get onto the internet.” this was despite having DSL. Dude!  I make this analogy so I can go on to my next point, (rant)

You gotta have a MAC or it’s not “professional”

I’ve been doing audio production digitally now for at least 15 years.  Before that, we used a razor blade to manually cut tape. I and most of the broadcast world, use adobe audition (PC) because it allows you to rip apart the sound file. Pro tools and garage band (Mac) do not let you do this, in some audio files I take out ..maybe…50-75 pieces that are 1/100 of a second or smaller. You can now get Audition for the Mac. When I’m bidding for audio jobs, I say I know how to use protools, ’cause I do.

For real people, USB mics and mixers are a God send, and you can record a good voice file with open source Audacity.

Make me a show in Itunes!

I am creating feeds for people and most people say they want their podcast on Itunes. You do, absolutely! However, it’s not the only or best way to deliver audio and video to the world. Consider this, If you buy a Mac, Itunes is built in as your music player, if you have a PC, Itunes is software you have to install, and it can be a hassle to use. Itunes: good for Iphone, bad for PC. Itunes does not host anything,  Itunes only relays the information from your website.

According to wiki answers: out of 100% only there are 7 % users of mac. 85 % of the market is captured by windows xp.

Therefore, a certain amount of people wont go to Itunes to get your show. and if that’s the only way you promote it…………? soon people will figure out you can subscribe to blogs, feeds and audio in many different ways. For now, it’s important to make your content available instantly,  After all! youtube does! and does very well.

cat inside a computer, looks like its working

Not now! Im busy!

Microsoft as The Evil Empire

I’ve hear the arguments. Considering the way Apple controls your behavior, I find Microsoft to be a touch less evil. Mac says you cant get a virus. Since nothing is fool proof I suspect apple fixes the problems without you knowing. (sneaky?)  Do I know what Im talking about? NOPE. Ask an apple engineer.  I might say the iphone system is pretty functional, But I dont have one to be enslaved by one. Also, I’m old, and somewhat impervious to the drive for new tech. Somewhat, I did get a windows phone. and..umm….itunes and an Iphone handle audio better. They are meant to work together. Thanks!   ~ Brooke

Toys to play with on the inter webs:

Try out subscribing to stuff! You can mess around with the buttons I have added in my side bar.  I havent even heard of many of these services.  I’ve been using feed demon. I’ll see if I can add it. Even if you dont like subscribing to  blog.sanitycruz.com you can add what ever you want.  I’ve also put a social net work share button. If something we write is so earth shaking you gotta tell others! Please friend me on FB and follow on twitter my email is  production@sheepinspace.com ~BB


Dang Foreigners


excuse me stewardess, I speak Klingon

Job Number:


Cupertino, CA

Our client is a famous computer company looking for an experienced QA. This Localization QA will be responsible for producing localized content with limited supervision.

Responsibilities: blah.. blah… test itunes aps in ipads, iphones ect.

I am not above taking a real job and end the eternal search for clients, although I would miss the ability to spontaneously nap, go for a hike, start a batch of bread etc. Also I haven’t gotten up before 7:30 in several months. I am typing this wearing a big pink KPIG night shirt that says “I sleep with the Pig.” and it is 9 am. I got a job listing today for a “Famous” computer company in Cupertino looking for person who can QA itunes aps on ipads, iphones, windows, macs..etc… . You only need a BA so we’re getting close to “not completely out of the question”. It’s a contractor  job for 180 days and I see that comfort in multiple languages is preferred, I’m comfortable, I just don’t speak any other language besides English fluently. I can read an Italian newspaper and get the jist, I can sell wine in Spanish as long as you don’t want the description to be anymore complicated than to say “El vino es mas fruita y es bueno por comida mexicano, es muy suave.” If you speak Spanish you understand completely.  Nobody ever laughs, people actually appreciate the effort. Anyway, Further reading this job I see:

“Linguistic expertise required – Expert translation capability in Brazilian Portuguese and/or Dutch; Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and/or Swedish, French or Arabic highly desirable; ability must be native level in at least one language in addition to English .”

Wow! This is an outrage! I will never be a “native speaker” of anything but North

American English!  I have relatives who are native English and Japanese, and I am aware of many people from the Americas who even Spanish is the second language, English is at lest the third and let’s not even talk about the rest of the world. fug. They want a Brazilian who speaks Arabic or Norwegian as well, or something.


…it is not an outrage.  Everyday I apply for voice over gigs for people who want a “Female announcer with a neutral North American accent”, I am not above saying, “wouldn’t you rather have a woman do this?” to female entrepreneurs. I am aware that even if I am the most qualified applicant for a freelance job for a company in England, they’re probably gonna hire a British producer.

I am also aware that my country will come to my defense if I act like a dork in another country and am scheduled for a public spanking. A large portion of the world would trade places with me in a heart beat, pink night shirt and all.

When I see people in the fields I give em a little, “right on” in my mind. I am glad they have work, and they have to do it right or they wont get paid. I want them to be treated as fairly as any other worker in America. Whether we get paid by the bucket of berries or $45 an hour to test ipods we are here for the advantages.  I think I’ll make a turkey and all the fixing, ’cause I feel really thankful right now.

Oh hey! If you got the Brazilian Portuguese or enough native languages, google that job number! (volt) I’d go for it if I was you. BB