Welcome to Erk Pod episode 467. Day 14 of the trip is the last full day of Erk's visit in San Francisco. There is one thing that Erk must do on his visit that he had a great time doing last year - a ride in a Go Car! It turned out to be a great way to zoom around the city, find fire stations and fire trucks as well as a heart stopping moment. There's also some great navigation!
Photo – Erk visited the SLO PD, February 2013. It was closed.
NOTE: Due to Erk’s time out of Australia in early 2014, Erk Pod will not be heard January – March 2014. That said, Erk will be recording content for the show in America (January/February), Japan (February), Singapore (February), UAE (June), Germany (possibly – June) & London (June). The show will return in the first quarter of 2014. If you follow Erk on the social networks, you will see & hear updates no matter where in the world he is in close to real time.
IMPORTANT NOTE – Episodes 25 – 322 will be very gradually being converted to the new format & audio host.
Welcome to Erk Pod – Erk’s longest running podcast. Dating way back to 2007, Erk Pod was Erk’s first podcast. At many stages the show has been news & current affairs based & sometimes is based on Erk’s travels. Currently, the focus is on Erk’s travels with a mixture of soundscapes & travel observations. Erk has had overseas trips to the US (2009 & 2013), Europe & Asia (2011), the Caribbean & Mexico (2013) where listeners have come along for the ride.
Upcoming Major Event
In 2011, Erk visited Europe & the UK for the first time. In mid 2014, Erk is returning for another visit. Traveling via the Middle East for the first time, Erk will be heading into Europe & the UK again. Details to be confirmed but a highlight will surely be repeating a music podcasting pub crawl in London with fellow members of the Association Of Music Podcasting,
Erk Pod 466 – Erk’s Pacamerican Circle Day 13 – Exploring San Francisco Quackingly With Captain Jeff
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 466 recorded in San Francisco. Erk's time in San Francisco is rapidly running out with his next spot being Portland in a couple of days. There are many areas in San Francisco to explore & Erk is determined to explore areas and neighbourhoods that he is not as familiar with. A highlight of this episode is a repeat of an Aqua Duck tour but with a different Captain behind the wheel/helm.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 465. Seeing as though Streetcar Saturday had to be postponed due to no streetcars, there were streetcars on Sundays. The trackwork was only for Saturday & Sunday's schedule was unaffected so Streetcar Saturday became Streetcar Sunday.
At the start of the day, Erk listens to an NFL game on a radio inside a shop. The local football team (the San Francisco 49ers) were playing in the post-season on their way to the 2014 Superbowl. Erk doesn't know everything about American football however he knows enough to get by.
Later on, Streetcar Sunday starts in earnest. San Francisco have imported various streetcars from different parts of America & across the world. Of particular interest was an unusual looking and sounding streetcar from Blackpool, England.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 464. Erk's original plan on day 11 of his trip was to enjoy Streetcar Sunday in San Francisco. But trackwork meant that there were no streetcars on the main F line. In the quest to be more relaxed and less planned, Erk got distracted while passing the San Francisco Caltrain station. Before you know it, Erk is on a Super Bullet Train (their expression, not Erk's) heading for San Jose. San Jose wasn't somewhere that was on Erk's radar but considering that is where the train was going & it was a fast (by American standards) train, Erk decided that San Jose was where he was going.
So what is in San Jose? Erk had no idea that he was going to be confused by a local as law enforcement or a city worker. He had no idea that he was going to babysit a bus while the bus driver was going to the toilet at the end of the route.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 463 recorded in San Francisco. The plan for the day was to repeat something Erk did in New Orleans last year - Streetcar Saturday. However as Erk found out, buses are replacing streetcars on the F line. Then Erk decided to catch the Muni light rail before getting distracted. One thing that Erk has been trying to do during this trip is to be more spur of the moment rather than a lot of planning. In the next episode, you'll see what distracted Erk & where he ended up on Streetcar Saturday.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 462. Erk is now firmly established in San Francisco, one of his favourite US cities. With heritage streetcars, light rail, subways, cable cars, buses & trolleybuses, there's a lot of Erk to explore on the public transport system of the city. As this is Erk's longest visit to the city, he has more time to explore the area.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 461 from one of Erk's favourite US cities, San Francisco. This trip will see Erk be in the city for longer than his previous 2 trips so there will be more time for Erk to explore the city in typical Erk fashion. Every time Erk arrives in the city, he instantly remembers how hilly the city actually is. Staying in a new part of downtown near Chinatown, Erk has a lot to explore.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 455. Recorded in Vegas in January 2014, Erk goes for a trip around the TV like he has done previously in Mexico. There will be another episode in this style during Erk's overseas trip early in 2014 from Japan & Singapore. Listeners to Erk To The Diary Room will also receive this episode as an Erk To The Diary Room.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 460. It is time for Erk to move on from Vegas & head to one of his favourite cities in the US - San Francisco. Recorded using a mixture of iPhone & Zoom H4N audio recorder, this episode was mostly recorded at Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Thanks to the relaxation of use of Personal Electronic Devices on most domestic US aircraft, Erk is able to bring you some audio from the departing flight. Long term Erk Pod listeners know that Erk loves recording podcast episodes at airports & listening to the various airport announcements. However in recent times, Erk has been spending more time in airport lounges rather than the concourse & gate areas.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 459. With Erk still buzzing after New Media Expo, it is back into tourist/travel mode for Erk. It is Erk's last full day in Vegas before heading off to San Francisco. Unlike many people Erk met over the weekend, he didn't have to rush back home or to work. It was an enjoyable day & Erk was able to play tour guide for some fellow expo attendees.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 458. It is the final episode recorded at New Media Expo 2014 in Vegas. On this episode, Erk finds out about the Future Of Podcasting, the State Of Podcasting. Blackberry's latest social network, hearing live podcasts and a lot more. Erk asks about a statement "podcasting is dead" and hears some new (to him) voices that are well established in the podcasting community.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 457. This episode is the second of of 3 recorded on location at New Media Expo 2014 in Vegas. There was a range of new media creators including podcasters, bloggers, video & audio creators as well as people who support those creators. There were a range of sessions where attendees could learn from others, ask questions as well as network. Erk was also pleased to speak to some podcast newcomers as well, people that have spent a lot of time in Erk's ears but he'd never met in person as well as some faces he last saw in person in 2009.
- Cliff Ravenscraft, the Podcast Answer Man
- Cherie Cochrane, Erk's unofficially adopted American mother
- Todd Cochrane, the man behind Geek News Central, Blubrry & Raw Voice
- Mignon Fogarty, author, host of the Grammar Girl podcast & head of the Quick & Dirty Tips Network
- Captain Jeff, the host of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 456. This episode is the first of 3 recorded on location at New Media Expo 2014 in Vegas. There was a range of new media creators including podcasters, bloggers, video & audio creators as well as people who support those creators. There were a range of sessions where attendees could learn from others, ask questions as well as network. Erk was also pleased to speak to some podcast newcomers, two of whom he speaks with on this episode.
- Serena Travis tells Erk about establishing a new podcast database
- Levi Halley talks about graphic design, starting a new podcast & a great solution for forgotten business cards
- Barb Braud talks about her motivation to start a motivation podcast
- Erk also asks Mike & Izabela from Music Radio Creative during a session about the importance of having other people's voices on your podcast apart from your own.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 454. With a couple of days under his belt in Vegas, Erk has one day before New Media Expo. New Media Expo is the main reason that Erk is in Vegas. The downtown area of Vegas (not the strip) has again attracted Erk's attention as has the Vegas Monorail.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 453. This episode was recorded on Erk's Zoom H4N digital audio recorder compared to separate Audioboo messages on an iPhone or iPad which has been used on episode 452. Going more into detail rather than 5 minute snippet via 5 minute snippet, this episode is more of a traditional Erk Pod episode recorded on location in one long block. It is also a part review of the trip so far.
Welcome To Erk Pod episode 452. After a long flight from Sydney to LA & then a shorter flight, Erk is now in Vegas. Staying off the famous strip, Erk has to get from his hotel to the strip to be in the centre of what most people consider to the Vegas action. Trying to relax & get used to being in America again, Erk is also preparing for New Media Expo in a few days time at the start of a long trip.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 451. It is the first of many episodes recorded in 2014 as Erk starts his Pacamerican Circle starting in Australia, heading to the US & Mexico & then coming back across the Pacific Ocean to Japan & Singapore.
The first day of a trip to America is always a long one due to crossing the International Date Line. With an afternoon departure from Australia on January 01 & a morning arrival into LA on January 01, it was always going to be a long day. However working the night before & not sleeping would make it even longer - or would it mean that Erk would sleep on the plane?
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 450. On this episode, Erk is joined by special guest & long time friend Shawno from No Market. Shawno & Erk review Erk's previous trip to the US earlier in 2013 & preview Erk's upcoming trip. There's discussion about airlines, Pepsi, podcasting & a lot more.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 449. This episode was recorded in two sections on Xmas Day 2013 by Erk in his car on the way to & from his place of employment. Even though he is not into Xmas, Erk is counting down & looking forward to 2 days off work before the final few shifts before getting on a jet plane for the USA. However events between recording mean that Erk is a sad panda.
Welcome to Erk Pod episode 448 recorded on location while Xmas shopping the Thursday night before Xmas. With recent episodes, Erk has had dramas uploading the files from the iPhone to the interweb. Trying the new version of the Bossjock Studio application, Erk takes you for a walk around the shops.