Category: Not a podcast

  • Tomorrow’s Never What It’s Supposed To Be

    Tomorrow’s Never What It’s Supposed To Be

    Hi dee ho and a higgelty piggelty, here we are, like old friends who’ve been vaccinated and can now touch each other again. Me? I’m waxed, vaxed, and sending a fax, because I’ve had both doses of the Pfizer juice. I got the second dose almost a month ago, and it was intense, I’m not…

  • The Need for Speed

    The Need for Speed

    Seems like mere minutes ago I was talking about a new theme for the site here. Well as you may have noticed, that fancy new theme is gone. Mainly because, contrary to being fancy, it was a festering piece of dogshit. Maybe the fact that the theme company was called AncientCoders should have been a…

  • Now In Color!

    Now In Color!

    This website has been a long white column since day one. It feels like it’s time to change that since everything else is changing. So here’s the opposite of a long white column, a haphazard hodgepodge of who knows what. A chaotic mishmash, a visual cornucopia, if you will. As the kids say. Poke around.…

  • Skipping a Beat

    Skipping a Beat

    Well, I missed the first Saturday of the month again. Do you know what PHP is? No? Consider yourself lucky. PHP is one of the things I use to build most of the websites I’ve built over the past 24 or 25 years. That and MySQL databases. The thing is, the PHP I’m in the…

  • Here We Are Again on the First Saturday of the Month

    Here We Are Again on the First Saturday of the Month

    And here I am again telling you, “Not this time, hombre.” I was looking forward to speaking to you today, but some savage bastard a dentist ripped a molar out of my head a few days ago, and non-essential talking isn’t a super attractive prospect at the moment. Besides, I just got my nails did,…

  • I Got Nothin’

    I Got Nothin’

    I got nothing to say. Next time, you’ll see. In the meantime, here’s Gemma.

  • Vanished From iTunes Like a Five Dollar Bill From a Three-Card Monte Table

    Vanished From iTunes Like a Five Dollar Bill From a Three-Card Monte Table

    The fine and wonderful folks at Apple changed the iTunes categories for what appears to be no reason, and when I updated my feed to adapt to those changes I must have changed something else that made iTunes drop the podcast from their listings completely. I think I’ve fixed it, but we’ll see.

  • What Did You Do Today?

    What Did You Do Today?

    This morning I did something to this site and broke it. Then I broke it again, and now it’s fixed. I think. What broke was an old (old) theme that I’d built a child theme around. I knew the day was coming because the parent theme has been defunct for years now, but you know…

  • What Time Is It?

    What Time Is It?

    It’s the first Saturday of the month, that’s what time it is, and that means a brand new episode of THIS IS NOT A TEST! Usually. But not today, brothers and sisters. I am still digging out from under a(nother) house move, and I just can’t at the moment. But I’ll be back as soon…

  • THIS IS NOT A TEST is now on Pandora

    THIS IS NOT A TEST is now on Pandora

    Sound the alarm, now you can get your THIS IS NOT A TEST fix on Pandora. You can find it by searching for – you guessed it – THIS IS NOT A TEST on the Pandora Android app. I suppose that applies to the iPhone as well, but I don’t have any iAnythings to check…

  • What a Pain in the Neck

    What a Pain in the Neck

    You know how sometimes you tweak your neck somehow and the damn thing hurts for days (and days and days) and you’re walking around looking like Lurch or Frankenstein because you’re moving the whole top of your torso from side to side just to avoid moving your head from side to side? I have that.…

  • New Instagram and Twitter accounts

    New Instagram and Twitter accounts

    For your following pleasure. That Google+ link is the same as it’s always been, but you’re not on Google+ anyway, so it’s probably a moo point. You probably should be on Google+, but that’s neither here nor there. There’s no Facebook link because…Facebook, no. And yes, I know that Instagram is Facebook. They’ll all be owned…

  • THIS IS NOT A TEST is now on Spotify

    THIS IS NOT A TEST is now on Spotify

    I’ve been trying to get the show onto Spotify ever since they started serving up podcasts, but you can’t just stick your show on there, they have to decide to take it. It’s been so long since Libsyn submitted it for me that I kind of forgot about it, but I see that some time…

  • Operators are standing by

    Operators are standing by

    I set up a phone number to use for recording interviews, but I probably won’t ever use it for that, seeing as this isn’t really an interview kind of joint (well, okay, with the exception of Carol Es, Mat Gleason, and Hosho McCreesh). But since the number is there I may as well open it up…

  • Please make it a session, not another version

    Please make it a session, not another version

    Hi. Remember the beginning of the last thrilling episode, when I told you I was at the end of a week-long head and chest cold? Turns out I wasn’t. I spent another week or so sleeping pretty much around the clock and trying not to tip over from dizziness when I was awake. That put somewhat of a crimp…

  • New “Studio”

    New “Studio”

    For almost 7 months THIS IS NOT A TEST has come to you directly from my Los Angeles kitchen. Now it will be coming to you from about five feet away from the kitchen, in the dining room music room/library of my palatial rented estate. This was part of a comprehensive kitchen table reclamation project.…

  • Why THIS IS NOT A TEST will always be ad-free

    Why THIS IS NOT A TEST will always be ad-free

    The primary goal of many podcasters, whether they have an audience or not, is to MONETIZE their CONTENT. To make money from the podcast. Just this week I read a post from a charming young lady in a podcasting community asking for tips on MONETIZING her podcast before she’d even produced one episode. The absurdity and…

  • Schedules are so 20th century

    Schedules are so 20th century

    I’ll be here at the New Media Expo until Friday. Usually, by Friday I’ve already recorded the show for the week, but that’s not going to happen this week. You know, since I’m 275 miles away from my microphone. All of which is to say that the show may be late this week. [subscribe]

  • Size matters

    Size matters

    Turns out I was making the audio files way too large. Twice the size they needed to be. So I’ve remedied that and replaced all of the existing episodes with their thinner and more chic counterparts. If 64k is good enough for NPR and the BBC, I suppose it’s good enough for us here. I’ll figure this…

  • Leaving the terminal

    Leaving the terminal

    This is where the mjp Books THIS IS NOT A TEST podcast will live in 2015. Preparing for takeoff. [subscribe] THIS IS NOT A TEST is brought to you via the magic of the Internet, and with the help of Heil PR 40, Audio-Technica AT2035 and Shure SM58 microphones, a humble TASCAM DR-40 digital recorder, the…