The Cultdom Chronicles

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Podcast for Sunday 11th Oct

New Episode 11 recorded and up on Talkshoe – also on iTunes

Latest News – There was a hardware failure on the Sunday. The great guys of the Talkshoe Support Live podcast have put in another request to see if our show can be unearthed.

Update:- 1h 5m of ‘rubbish’ has appeared as our recording – so I’ve hidden it so it won’t get downloaded on iTunes etc. Will chat with Ian soon to decide how to proceed. Sorry all.

We had a problem at the end of recording today’s show. We have conntacted Talkshoe support and are keeping our fingers crossed that the full 2 hour plus recording will appear. The time shows 1m 42s but no recording – so we are hoping the show was not over-written.

Cheers, Ian & daveac

October 11, 2009 - Posted by | 1


  1. Unfortunately, according to the TS blog, it looks like it never even recorded in the first place. It seems like the same fault that stopped the “Talkshoe Lady” being heard stopped any recordings from being made as well.

    Comment by Tiggs Panther | October 12, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks tiggs – sorry for this late reply – Ian & I have been checking the join email we have here ‘IanDave’ but I’ve not checked ‘my’ box for a while’ It was a pity about that lost show 😦 Cheers, Dave (daveac)

      Comment by daveac | November 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. I grabbed the audio and started playing around with it, since “hidden on Talkshoe” is not actually the same thing as invisible.

    My initial thought was that perhaps we were looking at this massive 2.5 hour show compressed down to 1 hour, and that, with the right set of tools, maybe we could find a way to snap it back into shape.

    However, closer inspection revealed some problems with that theory. The collection of voices at the end of the existing audio aren’t those which I remember being right at the tail end of the recording. This is confirmed by listening to the Doctor Who theme song at the beginning of the show. It runs for a bit over a minute, which seems inline with its actual run time. This would be unexpected if, in fact, we were looking at a ~2:39:00 show compressed to 1:08:08.

    But let’s assume a best-case scenario — that is, we’ve got the whole audio, but we just need to find a way to re-encode it. We still face a huge obstacle. According to the talkshoe help site, they don’t encode to industry-standard .mp3 settings. This means we have no exact reference point for re-encoding. This task is even harder if we don’t know exactly how long the recording we have actually is. Without knowing the length of the recording or the encoding settings use, reconstruction becomes a task akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

    Our only hope, I think, is that will provide detailed customer service on the problem. Unless it’s an easy fix on their end — in that perhaps they’ve encountered the problem before and recognize the regular, 5-beat blips as a familiar symptom of a particular cause — we probably are out of luck.

    Comment by DarthSkeptical | October 12, 2009 | Reply

    • HI Darth, sorry for this very late reply – Ian & I have been checking the joint email we have here ‘IanDave’ but I’ve not checked ‘my’ box for a while’ It was a pity about that lost show 😦 Cheers, Dave (daveac)

      Comment by daveac | November 26, 2009 | Reply

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