Gundamn! @ MAHQ - Episode 015 - "A Tale of Two Zetas"

Original Premier Date: June 18, 2008
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Segment Breakdown for this Episode:

01. Intro: Neo's News!
Runtime: 0:00:00 - 0:14:53

02. Issues with Ep. 14 Lead-in to Zeta Gundam Segment
Runtime: 0:14:54 - 0:16:08

03. Gundam Round-up!: "Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam"
Runtime: 0:16:09 - 0:51:00

04. Peep the Websites!
Runtime: 0:51:01 - 0:53:15

05. Viva La Rebellion!: "Code Geass R2" Turns 1 - 4 in Review
Runtime: 0:53:16 - 1:33:02

06. Florida Oriental Trading (Commercial)
Runtime: 1:33:03 - 1:34:54

07. Gundam Round-up!: "Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
Runtime: 1:34:55 - 2:08:00

08. Next Time on Gundamn! - Preview of Ep. 16 -
Runtime: 2:08:01 - 2:08:31

09. Outro: Epic!
Runtime: 2:08:32 - 2:09:18

10. Ep. 14 Eulogy More into what happened with the episode skip.
Runtime: 2:09:19 - 2:12:22

(Thanks to Areku for the Runtimes!)

As it has been becoming a regular instance, this episode is inexcusably late. Or early, depending on how you look at it. As much as I wish I could joke about this, keeping you cats waiting damn near a whole month for what should be a bi-weekly podcast, is making the three of us that host it look terrible, when it is solely one person's fault.

But before I go on, I'm sure most of you are confused about why this one is episode 15 as opposed to 14, as natural progression would have it. That's a long sad story, but one I'll try to no to languish on for too long.

Already running behind schedule, episode 14 was pretty much finished on last Friday (ironically the 13th). All I needed to do was output the parts that comprise the ep and then compress it to MP3. Since I was running out of HD space on the main laptop we use to record the show, I decided to transfer the folder with all the files I had edited from that laptop to the other one. The Zeta segment that was part of the original ep. 14 that we recorded so long ago was edited and on the other laptop already, and since it had plenty of space on it, I'd chose to move everything else there to finish the job.

My biggest mistake in judgment was that I chose to "Cut & Paste" instead of Copy the folder. The files are huge before they're compressed into the final product, so it was going to take a few minutes before the transfer completed.

Halfway through the power went out, turning off my router. It wasn't off long, but the damage was done. Since I was too stupid to actually copy the folder instead of cutting & pasting, the files within the folder were completely trashed. There was an "image" on the destination laptop of what I was transferring, but no matter how many attempts I tried to salvage them, I failed outright.

By the time Sunday rolled around, I was pretty freaked, and decided to fill the void by putting out Ep. 15 instead, combining the Gundamn Roundups for Zeta & Double Zeta into the same episode with the Geass R2 segment in between. It doesn't make up for the grave mistake I made losing the 00 Halftime Report (again) & the Iron Man review (which was a blast to do), but everyone was wayyyy overdue for something, and I had to make due with what I had left.

What I described above serves as an well-deserved explanation for everyone as to what happened. However, I don't like to make excuses for my mistakes, and screwing the pooch to this degree is something I can't even forgive myself for, let alone ask you guys too. The hasty shortcut I did resulted in killing ep. 14, and for something that could have been so avoidable, I'm ashamed to have done it to the begin with.

All I can ask is that anyone has been annoyed by the delay, please don't take it out on Neo or Chris. This is far from their fault, and they shouldn't have to take the heat for something I've done. Matter of fact, Chris has been just as concerned about the holdup and Neo has rightfully peeved about the mistake and the slow releases as of late and I can't blame him at all.

If I've learned anything from life, is to take responsibility for one's actions, and this blunder falls directly on my shoulders. I screwed up and although you guys are listening to the new ep, I can't help but be reminded of how good 14 was before I lost it.

In retrospect, I think the core of the problem is that I take an extremely long time to produce these eps, and in order to combat this, there is something I should have done a long time ago in order to get them out far more promptly.

With Ep. 16, you'll see this new approach begin. Since there's already two versions of the same episode, the best way I could come up with a solution is to further differentiate the two. If this is kosher with the other hosts, from ep. 16 on:

Unplugged: A straightforward presentation of the show, with no filler in-between and at a low bitrate that can be quickly downloaded and listened to. Music will bookend the segments, but the production will be light in order to get the show out in a timely manner. No frills. Just show.

Standard: This will follow later, and will be the version of the ep in the regular format, plus at 128 kbps.

This takes a lot of the stress off, shaves off plenty of post-production time, and also cuts down on too many other versions of the show flooding the internet period. Simply back to Unplugged & Standard, with the former coming out before the latter. For the sake of timeliness, Unplugged will take priority, but I promise to keep putting out the Standard versions as well.

In the meantime, enjoy the episode. I'm going to crawl into a hole and get some sleep. Well, after work that is.

With my sincerest apologies,

Soul Bro Ryu
sbrmahq@gmail.com

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