Retrospective - Episode 84


In this episode Chris and I look back at the past 83 episodes of the show and talk about what we learned, what we’ve enjoyed, and some of the highlights.

Brief Introduction

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  • Your hosts as usual are Tobias Macey and Chris Patti
  • Today we’re interviewing each other about the past year and a half of the show.

Interview with Tobias and Chris

  • Introductions
  • What have been some of the most unexpected or surprising aspects of the show for you during the past year and a half? – Tobias
  • What are your top three favorite shows so far and why? – Chris
  • If you could have a longer conversation with any of the past guests, who would you pick? – Tobias
  • What has doing the show meant to you? – Chris
  • What have you learned while doing the show that you wish you had known at the start? – Tobias
  • How has the production process evolved since the beginning of the show? – Chris

Chris Leaving the Show – Chris

  • Tobias and I started new jobs (At MIT Office of Digital Learning and Amazon Web Services, respectively)
  • We’re much, much busier these days, making coordination difficult
  • Tobias is ready to take the show solo and I (Chris) support him in this
  • Chris still plans to support the show as an avid fan 🙂

Keep In Touch


The intro and outro music is from Requiem for a Fish The Freak Fandango Orchestra  / CC BY-SA

Notable Replies

  1. Thanks for all your work, Chris, and good luck with your future endeavors. I’m glad to hear that Tobias plans to continue the podcast alone. When I would hear the recent episodes start out with Tobias saying “your host as usual is Tobias Macey”, I would worry about if doing the show solo was draining on him and whether he would be able to keep going through with it, but I am glad to hear a sustainable model has been developed.

    The audio quality and overall tone have improved since the early episodes. I feel bad leaving negative feedback but I did leave a comment about this early on. It would grate on me when you guys would ask the next question on the script and the guest would sound confused because he had already answered the question while answering a previous question. I’m not an audio expert so I can’t describe it well but Tobias’ voice still sounds a bit thin to me. Chris’ voice sounds better, but I’d recommend experimenting with other recording locations (or hanging blankets from the walls?) because there is a lot of echo.

    Tobias, regarding making distribution of the podcast turnkey, you might look at podpublish which was created by the hosts from several Linux podcasts including the Ubuntu Podcast: – it’s even written in Python!

  2. Oops, I got sidetracked giving feedback about the audio quality. My point in responding about the audio quality was to say that while the quality of the early episodes was not high what kept me listening was Chris’ positive attitude and the good rapport between Tobias and Chris.

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