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#20 • Sarah Quinn

November 14, 2013

This week’s question: Is everyone actually cooler than me?

This week’s quote: “Apparently baking and clumsiness is not cool.”

Sarah Quinn returns to the podcast to talk what and who’s cool. (Hint: probably musicians, and definitely not me.)

14 Responses

  1. Rosanna says:

    I listen to your podcast weekly. I am also an artist. I’m definitely not cool, as well as art I also know a huge amount about gore-tex. More than necessary.

  2. DeAnne Smith says:

    I think you sound cool. But what do I know about it? 😉

  3. Liz cahalan says:

    DeAnne and Sarah: two of the coolest people I know.

  4. Julianna says:

    Sometimes I think I’m cool because I work for Just for Laughs and play piano. But then I remember I’m a lonely, introverted nerd who obsesses over academics and comedy in order to forget about her meager social life. Not cool.

    However, you are definitely cool DeAnne. Here’s 10 random reasons why.

    1. You can pull off shouting “TELL IT TO MA BAAAALLLS” at an audience.
    2. Only cool people get fangirls (you have at least 3: Me, Melissa, her friend Ness).
    3. You write adorable songs.
    4. You have 2 fantastic web series.
    5. You have your own podcast with a proper following.
    6. You’ve done gigs in Amsterdam and Iceland.
    7. You’re an artist for a living.
    8. You’ve been on TV as a result of your passion.
    9. You’re freaking hilarious.
    10. All of the things above apply to you and yet you’re still really modest and caring.

    Hope this helps. 🙂

    • DeAnne Smith says:

      OMG Julianna please be my manager and life-coach. I NEED YOU. Thanks for listening and thanks for your comment! 🙂 Introverted nerds are cool, by the way. …Says one introverted nerd to another.

  5. kala says:

    Fancy binaural recording.
    It feels like you are each on either side of my head.
    That gets you some cool/nerd cred’ for sure.

    • DeAnne Smith says:

      oh, good. it was mostly me just failing to edit the podcast properly, but i’ll take it! 🙂

      • Ken says:

        With earbuds in, the listening experience was like sitting directly between you and Sarah, with you talking into my left ear and Sarah talking into my right. Given that you have a left and a right microphone, you could do some even more realistic binaural recording – all you need is a tripod, one of those styrofoam heads that you can put wigs or hats on and a rubber band or two.

        Mount the head on to the tripod and set it up in the spot where, if you had a third person with you during the interview, their head would be. Then, using the rubber bands, attach the left microphone right where the listener’s left ear would be and the left where their left ear would be. You now have a high-fidelity binaural recording setup. Our brains use the slight delay in arrival time between our two ears to give us a sense on where sounds are coming from in space. By using this setup, you would be accurately recording that slight delay, and when played back using earphones or buds, the effect is really striking. You can tell that two people are there, and exactly how far away they are sitting from you. Give it a shot – the effect is really striking.

        You could be the only person in the world who has a truly binaural podcast. Here are some links to examples…


  6. kala says:

    “oh, good. it was mostly me just failing to edit the podcast properly, but i’ll take it! :)”

    It made me feel less lonely. Like I had 2 cool imaginary friends sitting on either side of me… chatting with each other… but totally ignoring me 🙂
    (123 versions of “cool” were spoken. Give or take 10%)

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