The 9pm Edict

The 9pm Edict is a podcast looking at the news and its frustrations. Series 1 of The 9pm Edict, a total of 20 episodes, was completed in March 2012. Since then, episodes have continued to appear for reasons that are not entirely clear.The world is not a just place, it seems.

[As will have been obvious on the night, this recording session didn’t happen, for personal reasons which I’ll tell you about on Saturday. — Stilgherrian, 5 February 2016.]

Screenshot of The 9pm Edict being recordedThe next episode of The 9pm Edict will now be recorded — while simultaneously streaming it to the internet — this coming Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 2100 AEDT.

As before, I’ll be using Spreaker, a streaming audio platform.

You’ll be able to listen right here on this web page using the widget immediately below (which shows all the episodes of the Edict uploaded to Spreaker so far). A “Live” button will appear when the broadcast starts.

You can also use any of the various Spreaker apps (the listening apps, not the studio/production apps), or presumably listen on the The 9pm Edict’s show page at Spreaker.

You’ll be able to tweet along using the Twitter hashtag #9pmlive.

I’ll have some sort of test transmission running from 2030 AEDT, so half an hour before the program proper starts at 2100 AEDT.

[Update 31 January 2016: Updated after the original 31 January recording was abandoned due to software failures. If you’re wondering, the culprit was Ambrosia Software’s Soundboard, the app in the foreground of the image above, which I use to play the audio clips and themes. It hasn’t been updated for a couple of years.] Update 1 February 2016: Edited to reflect a further change of plans. Update 5 February 2016: Edited to reflect further postponements.]

PM responds to trade union royal commission s final report

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is the savour of the trade union movement, apparently. Indeed, it looks like Turnbull is laying out the groundwork and strategy for an early election in the new year.

In this abbreviated New Year’s Eve episode of The 9pm Edict, there’s talk of Soapy’s bookshelves, alcohol, and not a lot else, really.

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The 9pm Edict's Public House Forum #2 being recorded: see text for caption

Do you wink at powerful men? Apparently winking at powerful men is a thing, and we hear more about this and other tips for success in this rather odd episode of The 9pm Edict.

The panellists are, in order of introduction:

  • Kate Carruthers, UNSW übergeek and revolutionary cat;
  • Nicole Williamson, Carbon and biotech consultant, or, as her Twitter profile puts it, “Science, Tech, Cleantech, Rugby Tragic, Aircraft Fleet Geek, Women as Leaders/Founders/Investors, all things Startup. Half Canadian, half Australian, half German”; and
  • Jazz Twemlow, comedian, columnist for The Guardian, and writer

It was recorded in front of a live audience at the Salisbury Hotel in Stanmore on Saturday 19 December 2015.

In this podcast, there’s talk of coal, cannibalism, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd, penises, the guillotine, power, destiny, and much more.

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The 9pm Edict recording setup

Planet Earth is dissolving into a replay of the Middle Ages. Crusader Rabbit is off his leash, with more mouth foam than a rabid dog full of dishwashing liquid.

In this podcast, there’s talk of cybercrime, civilisation, sodomy, and probing up the jaxie. Nicholas Fryer ponders the strange days of Australian politics. And there’s just a little too much information about teapots.

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Screenshot of Audio Hijack in operationTonight’s episode of The 9pm Edict will be another live special, recorded live to “tape” while streaming it to the internet, just like a live radio program. That’s so live! And it’s happening tonight, Thursday 10 December 2015 at 2100 AEDT.

I’ll be using Spreaker, a streaming audio platform.

You’ll be able to listen right here on this web page using the widget immediately below (which shows all the episodes of the Edict uploaded to Spreaker so far). A “Live” button will appear when the broadcast starts.

You can also use any of the various Spreaker apps (the listening apps, not the studio/production apps), or presumably listen on the The 9pm Edict’s show page at Spreaker.

You’ll be able to tweet along using the Twitter hashtag #9pmlive.

I’ll have some sort of test transmission running from 2030 AEDT, so half an hour before the program proper starts at 2100 AEDT.

Photo of Salisbury Hotel: click for podcast event page

The 9pm Edict cover art version 2, 150 pixelsWould you like to witness the recording of another very special episode of The 9pm Edict podcast? Then organise yourself to be at the second Public House Forum on Saturday 19 December.

Yes, once more I’m recording a forum in a public house — yes, a pub — where four interesting people will join me to discuss the important issues of the day.

It’ll be a lot like the first one.

The panelists will include:

  • Jazz Twemlow, comedian, columnist for The Guardian, and writer
  • Kate Carruthers, UNSW übergeek and revolutionary cat
  • Nicole Williamson, Carbon and biotech consultant, or, as her Twitter profile puts it, “Science, Tech, Cleantech, Rugby Tragic, Aircraft Fleet Geek, Women as Leaders/Founders/Investors, all things Startup. Half Canadian, half Australian, half German”
  • … and possibly another.

The venue is the Salisbury Hotel, 118 Percival Road, Stanmore NSW 2048. The podcast recording starts at 2pm — but I strongly recommend that you arrive well before that, so you can order lunch and a few beverages and get into the mood.

Space is strictly limited, so you’ll need to book a (free) ticket through Eventbrite. Do it. Do it now.

[Photo: The Salisbury Hotel, Stanmore, photographed on 8 December 2015.]

Photo of recording set-up

President Trump. Go on, you might as well start practising it now. President Trump. Say it with me. President Trump. This is going to be so excellent.

In this podcast, there’s talk of Twitter, arson, and misogyny. Nicholas Fryer ponders the complex etiquette of urinating in public. And I discuss the future of The 9pm Edict.

You can listen to the podcast below. But if you want all of the episodes, now and in the future, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe automatically in iTunes, or go to SoundCloud.

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Screenshot of VU meter in Spreaker for OS XThe next episode of The 9pm Edict will be special. I’m going to record it live to “tape” while streaming it to the internet, just like a live radio program, this Thursday 5 November 2015 at 2100 AEDT.

I’ll be using Spreaker, a streaming audio platform.

You’ll be able to listen right here on this web page using the widget immediately below (which shows all the Skank Media material uploaded so far), on any of the various Spreaker apps (the listening apps, not the studio/production apps), or presumably on the The 9pm Edict’s show page at Spreaker — though that last one I haven’t tested yet.

[Update 5 November: The widget now shows the live recording of this episode.]

You’ll be able to tweet along using the Twitter hashtag #9pmlive.

If you use the apps, you should also be able to take part in a chat of some sort — but again, that’s something I haven’t tried out yet. This is an experiment, yeah?

I’ll have some sort of test transmission running from 2030 AEDT, so half an hour before the program proper starts at 2100 AEDT.

My apologies to anyone who was expecting this to happen on Tuesday or Wednesday night. I did say that, but I’ve had to reschedule things to accommodate certain other production work.

Looking further ahead, I intend to produce most of my podcasts this way, with a live stream. There will be another Public House Forum before Christmas, similar to The 9pm Public House Forum 1 but streamed live. And I’ll be occasional live specials from various events, and for various reasons. Stay tuned.

Oh, and did someone mutter something about a video…?

Malcolm Turnbull screenshot from ABC TV's 7.30

Australia’s new PM Lord Wentworth has some tips for interpersonal success. Nicholas Fryer has some tips for frustrated parents. And there’s nothing — absolutely nothing — about last weekend’s football finals, or this weekend’s motor racing.

In this podcast, there’s talk of resilience, hallucinating goldfish, electric eels, economics, and squid jism.

You can listen to the podcast below. But if you want all of the episodes, now and in the future, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe automatically in iTunes, or go to SoundCloud.

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Later this morning I’m being interviewed by Richard Aedy for next week’s episode of ABC Radio National’s Media Report about the success of my recent crowdfunding campaign, The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh. So I thought I’d put together some notes to clarify my thoughts.

The interview will be a follow-up to the one Aedy did in October 2013, Crowd funding an Australian freelancer – a case study, following the success of my first Pozible campaign.

First, let me say thank-you to the dozens and dozens of people who’ve been funding The 9pm Edict podcast since it was resurrected with an earlier Pozible crowdfunding campaign about 18 months ago. As this chart shows, continuing subscriptions are now running at around $700 per month.

Chart: The 9pm Edict Monthly Production Pool

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