All Downhill

Back in the Saddle Again

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by Patrick J. B. Simmons
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It has been a while, but we finally have an episode to release - predictably late, unless you live in California, in which case it is just cutting it close.

I have wanted to become a cyborg since I fist saw Ghost in the Shell in my early teens, so I it is likely we will revisit the subject of our latest episode agaom on the future. Whether or not you agree with it or want it, the integration of human and machine is growing by the day, and Cyborg Nest is simply a harbinger (one of many) of what we may see next.

By which, of course, I mean that All Downhill will be broadcast directly into your heads as I edit it directly in my own, after talking to Mike via the net that connects us all. So much faster, right?

On Floating and Podcasting

Posted on February 27th, 2016 by Patrick J. B. Simmons

All Downhill is far from the first podcast to talk about sensory deprivation. Notably, Joe Rogan has been doing so for quite some time, and advocating pretty heavily for the practice. More float-oriented podcasts, such as The FloatCast and the recently-launched Float Geeks exist as well, but Rogan has been given significant credit for popularizing floating through his extensive discussion of the subject despite it being far from the sole focus of his show.

Personally I don’t regularly listen to Rogan’s show, but I have been wanting to try a session in an isolation tank for a long time. The difficulty of finding a place to do it prevented me when I first wanted to, and the idea sort of sat in the back of my mind for a while. Recently, however, something triggered it back to the front, and a quick search of the web revealed that a local location had sprung up around two years ago. Better still, they had a Groupon. So I called up Mike and we both booked sessions.

I won't go into deep detail here about the experience - listen to the episode for that - but I will say that I enjoyed it more than I expected possible. It was refreshing and rejuvenating and I just felt good afterwards. The kind of good that made getting back to work Monday a lot easier.

Speaking of work - rough patch aside, we’re back on track with weekly episodes as I get into the rhythm of my new-ish job, and we still hope to get 52 episodes out in 2016, even though it will mean we likely release a few mini or bonus type episodes here and there to make up on lost time. We have also picked up some new recording equipment to let us do some possible field interviews in the future, as well as help out with our audio quality and reduce the need to edit as much.

As always, thanks for listening, cats and kittens.

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