Episode #1

After the lovely warm reception to the Pilot Episode, we present the first ‘proper’ episode! It looks like we’re now committing ourselves to doing this!

As well as the usual round of listeners questions (including The Rissington ‘underground hospital’ and choosing web-safe cheeses), we attempt another joke from the RAF Magazine ‘Air Mail’, and the Featured Font is P22’s ‘Underground Pro‘. Keep the questions coming in!

Apologies for the sound quality in this one – we promise it will be sorted for the next episode, but we couldn’t face recording the questions again!

Download: The Rissington Podcast – Episode 1.

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31 Responses to “Episode #1”


  1. 1 Simon Warrick September 20, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Enjoyed this very much John!

  2. 2 Luke Dorny (luxuryluke) September 20, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Yes, we surely did.
    I’ll wrangle my smoke machine handlers gloves together and get practicing!
    Well done. will look forward to this every week!

  3. 3 Chris J. Davis September 20, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Just to let you know, my wife is now a fan of the show. We listened to the pilot episode and both laughed the whole time.

    Keep em coming!

  4. 4 Neil Ford September 20, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Great fun. Keep it up please!

  5. 5 Dave Redfern September 20, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    oool podcast.

    i think you do need to invest in some better mics because it is really quiet and echo-e.

    can you link to that ie hack you were talking about as i struggle to catch what it is?

    keep up the good work.

    dave.

  6. 6 matthew September 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Yes, fun. Keep up the good work – it’s jolly spiffing thus far.

  7. 7 Iain Farrell September 21, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Splendid and thanks a lot for the mention chaps! 🙂

  8. 8 Ross Chapman September 21, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Great. Love it. Makes you proud to call yourself British.

  9. 9 Rob Mason September 21, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Cheers for reading out my question guys!

  10. 10 kevadamson September 22, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Damn and blast! My question is one of those things that keeps me awake at night as well (”,) …

    Seriously though guys, really enjoying the podcasts – informative and entertaining stuff – I can see them getting more and more popular.

    Looking forward to the next episode, and I’ll try and perhaps think of a more ‘appropriate’ question …

  11. 12 Charles Roper September 23, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    The link to the episode doesn’t seem to be working for me. Also, any chance of providing the download as a proper enclosure?

  12. 13 rafrissington September 23, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Do you have Quicktime installed?

    The feed for this is dealt with by feedburner which does all the enclosure stuff for us on the fly. Or are you talking about something else?

  13. 14 Charles Roper September 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Actually, the link does work, it’s just it wasn’t working directly from FeedDemon – even more reason to use a proper enclosure. But what is this? M4A only!? Gah – I can’t use M4As on my iRiver. *Please* provide something a little more universally standard like, say, MP3. Not everyone owns or wants to own an iPod, you know. The iPod has become the IE of the MP3 player market; please don’t encourage Apple in becoming another Microsoft. Stick to the universal standards and encourage a healthy ecosystem. And yes, I know that M4A is technically a standard, but I don’t think any device other than the iPod uses it.

  14. 15 rafrissington September 23, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Charles would you care to elaborate on what you mean by “proper enclosure”?

  15. 16 Charles Roper September 23, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Ah, it’s a feedburner feed. There must be something going amiss then, because the enclosure is not appearing in FeedDemon. I’m subscribed to several other feedburner based podcasts which all work: a little paperclip appears beside the article – if you click it the enclosure downloads, so I’m not sure what could be going on.

  16. 17 rafrissington September 23, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    ok, thanks, we’ll look into it.

  17. 18 Charles Roper September 23, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry, because the enclosure isn’t appearing in FeedDemon, I made the assumption you weren’t using enclosures. Sorry for sounding snippy; I was more frustrated by the m4a only thing to be honest; it’s akin to coming across a website that works in IE only. I looked again at the first episode (which was great!) and that indeed had an enclosure and was also an mp3.

  18. 19 rafrissington September 23, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    (this is the other Jon replying now).

    It’s a difficult thing the whole mp3 vs m4a format. m4a allows to add chapters and images/links to relevant parts, whereas mp3 doesn’t.

    As for Apple becoming Microsoft – in some areas I’d agree with that, but not with mpeg4. It’s an open, international, industry standard, not a proprietary Apple format.

    I understand you don’t want to buy an iPod, but at least you can listen to it on your PC by installing quicktime or iTunes. We’ll look into providing .mp3 files in the future (or maybe .ogg?!)

  19. 20 rafrissington September 23, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    (John Oxton)

    Yup, Wikipedia does suggest that Apple only *popularized* the .m4a extension

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-4_Part_14#.MP4_versus_.M4A_file_extensions

  20. 21 Charles Roper September 25, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Me again. 🙂

    A couple of points:

    I know m4a is a standard, but it is not *the* standard; mp3 is the only audio file standard you can pretty much guarantee will work on any device or system. The fact is, m4a cannot be played out-of-the box on a Windows machine and on many mp3 players, including most of the phone mp3 players. To require that I install QuickTime and listen on my PC isn’t a solution for me (I can’t lug my computer with me on my two and a half hour commute). Again, it’s like coming across a website that is IE only, or a site that is Flash only. Didn’t we already go through the whole standards debate with web design? Isn’t accessibility on *any* device still an aspiration to web designers? Why is it different here?

    Second point is that even podcasts such as MacBeak Weekly [http://www.twit.tv/mbw] and The Talk Show [http://thetalkshow.net/] offer mp3 versions. Gruber and Benjamin briefly debated whether to go with m4a, but they decided on the universality of mp3 over the features of m4a.

    Anyway, that’s enough from me. I’m only debating this because I loved the first episode so much. It genuinely made me laugh out loud; the joke at the end was a classic.

  21. 22 rafrissington September 25, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Charles – we’ve already said that looking into providing .mp3 files in the future. Whether that is as well as .mp3, or instead of, we don’t know. This is early days, and we’re experimenting with everything – file formats included!

  22. 23 matthew September 25, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Many phones play m4a – Sony Ericcsons for starters.

  23. 24 Charles Roper September 26, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Yeah, sorry, don’t mean to bang on about it, I just find it an interesting discussion topic, that’s all. Standards (web and otherwise) and podcasts are a passion of mine. I saw that you’d look into providing an mp3, so my sincere thanks for that. I don’t want to sound like an idiot ingrate. You’re providing something for nothing and I appreciate that.

    @matthew: The point isn’t that some phones can play m4a; the point is that *all* audio playing devices can (as far as I know) play mp3. It is the baseline guaranteed play-anywhere standard; m4a is hit and miss at best.

  24. 25 nukenelly September 26, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Can I just express my complete agreement with everything Charles Roper has said regarding standards and the whole mp3/m4a thing…

    I download my podcasts at work and for various reasons that are too boring to elaborate on m4a are simply inaccessable for me.

  25. 26 rafrissington September 26, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Well you shouldn’t be downloading podcasts at work!

    OK, now can everyone stop ignoring what we’ve said and shut up about the mp3 thing, or else we’ll continue to do .m4a out of sheer bloody mindedness!

  26. 27 rafrissington September 27, 2007 at 8:31 am

    mp3 for the whingers is now available – see the post.

  27. 28 Phil Moorhouse September 27, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Guys, it’s good to hear a British webdev podcast, but please please please run the audio through a normalizer first because the quiet bits are *really* quiet and the loud bits (e.g. the guffawing) are incredibly loud – cheers.


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