T.I.T Episode 2: The Journey

• New Intro jingle & Song: Get this Party Started by Shiley Bassey
• Welcome to episode 2
• Thanks for all the comments& encouragement thus far
• Last week of vacation and overcoming insomnia
• Not looking forward to going back to work
• I love Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts…”Charlie Wilson’s War.”
• Interesting side of an issue presented
• Why can’t more people see both sides of issues
• How did a country boy end up in Thailand
• Who is and how I met the professor March 1996
• When one night stands turn into relationships
• Lovers versus being best friends
• Knowing the end will come…or did I?
• The trial trip and final decision
• Blind leaps of Faith
• Still wasn’t enough in the end
• Why did I stay?
• Enough personal babble…
• Closing remarks and thanks again
• Closing Song: Temptation by Diana Krall

Always please feel free to email, message, question or comment and let me know how I’m doing. Thanks so much for all support and encouragement from everyone so far!

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T.I.T Episode 1: The beginning

• Intro Song: Sweet Home Alabama
• General Background Information on Tom in Thailand
• Living and working in Thailand…”what’s it like?”
• When does the exotic become common?
• Career stuff and being a Grad student
• Discovering Podcasting through a new Mac and my first podcasts by AJTigger….SBA
• What to do when you outgrow roaming the streets…blogging and now podcasting.
• Grand message or purpose?….probably not here!
• Things about me you might not know.
➢ Love B&W movies
➢ Forgetful to a fault
➢ Southern conservative upbringing
➢ I’m really a male version of Bridget Jones…nerdy, dorky, clumsy…yeah that’s me!
• Closing Song: One Night in Bangkok

So, that’s a start….please email, message, question or comment and let me know how my first Podcast went. Please be gentle! Thanks so much for all support and encouragement and I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

For Direct Download: Right Click Here | The Freak Network

A New Respect for My Podcasters…

Well, I’ve just spent to better of yesterday evening and all day today trying my very hardest to get the first episode of the T.O.T. Podcast created, uploaded, linked, CSS’ed, and RSS’ed correctly. I never realized how much time and effort goes into the whole process and I’ve really found a new respect for you guys that have managed to successfully get yourselves out there. I managed to get a 1st episode recorded after about 50 times of starting over, and it still managed to come out sounding terrible to me with sound cutting out, to loud, or just me sounding goofy. I signed up with an account at libsyn cause I know a lot of my favorite podcasters use them and managed to get the episode uploaded and deleted and then re-uploaded to them again .

So, there is a first episode of the Tom in Thailand Podcast floating around out there somewhere, but I’ve been trying all day today to link the podcast correctly to my blog page here without success. I’ve had to get up and walk away from the computer a few times out of frustration, as my anxiety levels started to go way up causing me to get more emotionally frustrated than I enjoy…hahaha! I even managed to get the podcast listed on the Itunes site, and if you go out and look it up on Itunes I think it should be there. At least it is for me when I check for it, anyways. However, either I have made a big mistake during the process or there is something wrong between libsyn and Itunes, because the first episode will not download from Itunes. Thus my desire several times today to throw my computer against the wall! <sigh>

Also, I was trying to correctly use the RSS in my CSS here to be able to download from my page here, and I guess I’m just not Meta clever enough to be able to create/add the right buttons to be able to link this page to my libsyn page. I never imagined it would be this difficult to undertake, but I guess that is one of the reasons why I’ve waited this long in order to attempt the transition from writing to speaking. Soooo….I guess I’ll just have to ask for help from you guys that have been at it for a while. Any advice? Any suggestions? I am open to any advice or suggestions and I can truly truly say any help would be appreciated. I’m going get away from the computer for a while now and watch some movies i think to de-stress and unwind my brain. So in closing….there is a Tom in Thailand episode one out there floating in cyberspace somewhere, but I unfortunately lack the clever mind to direct you toward the “Real Simple Syndication.” Hope to hear from you guys soon!

T.I.T. Video Blog 5: The Dark Knight and Shock Jocks….

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Hey guys! So i went to see the new Batman movie last night, and it was such a great action/adventure film. I talk about the movie and also about this conservative asshole radio host I heard about on CNN this morning. You can check out who this guy is and if you scroll down the page you can see what he thinks of children with autism. I personally thought his comments were distasteful and disgusting! Anyways, have a watch and I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by as always and will write or talk to you again in a day or so.

Crazy Monday Ramblings from Chilly Willy…

Good morning, afternoon, evening or night depending on where and when in the world this finds you. It is late on a Monday afternoon here in Bangkok and boy is it hot outside. Actually, It is “shtonking” hot outside, to quote a dear friend of mine who once resided here in Thailand till quite recently. I’ve just come in from a strangely un-exhilarating trip out to the gym, and I wanted to sit down to write out my thoughts for you guys. You know, It always seems like I have good ideas to write about when I’m out and about away from my computer, but then my mind goes blank the moment I sit down here to share.

Did everyone have a good weekend? I meant to do something productive over the past weekend, like get up early and go out to visit the local aquarium with my partner. However, we spent the entire day on Sunday on our sofa cuddled up watching season 4 of Grey’s Anatomy instead. I’ve recently started getting into the show Private Practice, and it sort of connected the dots for me. Anyway, I feel sort of guilty that we didn’t get out of the house and do something productive but we just couldn’t get motivated to pull ourselves off the couch. However, I guess that is what lazy Sundays are made, right?

I’ve decided to embrace my problem with insomnia and make the best of it since I’ve still got 2 weeks left on my vacation time. There were some really great comments that came in from you guys that made me feel better about staying up all night, and I wanted to let you know I really appreciate the encouragement. I’m going to try and use the time productively, as I’ve still got to sit down to write out the last chapter of my study for my graduate degree. I might as well use the time I’m awake to do just that so I can finally wrap it up and be done with it. However, I know it seems silly, but I’m just about burnt out with doing work for my studies after all this time. I feel bored and lazy at the same time, and I can tell you that it’s not a good combination. I can’t help but hear my Mom and Dad’s voices in my head calling me Chilly Willy. He was this really cute little cartoon character I watched growing up, who’s favorite line was “me no like work.” So, having a penchant for being lazy and bored when I have down time is sort of a bad personality trait I seem to have possessed for a long time. I feel bored with things, but I’m to lazy to get off my behind to change what I’m doing. Anyways, I don’t know why I felt like sharing that with you today, but just wanted to get it off my chest. Maybe I’m not the only Chilly Willy out there in the wide world? However, for everyone else I hope you are having a productive start to your week and I’ll be back again to talk to you soon.

Insomnia…

Hey folks!  It is Friday here in the Big Mango just before Noon and I’m sitting here munching on some instant oatmeal and sipping my coffee.  It’s been really warm here in the capital this past week, or “stonking hot,” to borrow a phrase from a close friend.  Went to see Hellboy 2 last night at the local cinema up to road at Siam Paragon, and throughly enjoyed the film.  The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro who also directed Pan’s Labyrinth so the same style of fantasy creatures inhabit the shadow parts of our world.   I really enjoy his spin on fantasy as the classic fairy tales creatures we heard about growing up come to life with a menacing edge to them.  His artistic vision and touch is kind of dark, and after seeing 3 of his movies now I’m definitely a fan.  However, having said that, I’m a huge fantasy/sci-fiction from way back so i’m sure that has something to do with it as well.  I’m glad Hollywood has seemed to run out of original script ideas, cause I’m more than pleased with the amount of sci fi, fantasy and super hero movies that it keeps churning out.  Next up, I will be off to see the lastest Batman reincarnation with the late Heath Ledger starring as the Joker.

Anyways, enough of  my nerdy movie tastes right?  What i really wanted to sit here and talk to you about today is insomnia.  I’ve probably talked about it before, but I seem to get a case of severe insomnia with every single long holiday break that rolls around for me.  I go to bed later and later every night, until I’m stuck in a routine of going to bed around 4 AM and getting up at noon or 1 PM every single day.  It gradually happens over the course of about a week, until one night I look up and I’m sitting here surfing the net wide awake at 4 AM.  Then if i actively try to change the pattern I always fall into then I start to run into trouble.  I try setting the alarm for about 9 AM, but the sleep of the dead takes me when I finally do doze off to sleep in the wee hours of the morning and absolutely nothing can rouse me.  Also, If i try to go to bed earlier I just lay there staring into the darkness of my room, or counting the imperfections on the ceiling.  My mind races through a million random thoughts and sleep never comes no matter how much i toss and turn.  I’ve tried to lay there and clear my mind, but even the active thought of doing that keeps my mind occupied.  I’ve been like this since my early teens, and I guess I’ve no hope of being able to change it now.  However, I wonder if anyone else out there suffers from a similar problem?  Anyways, I just wanted to check in with you guys and share what I’ve been doing this week.  I should get a shower and attempt to have at least half a productive day here so I’ll get going.  I hope everyone has a great weekend ahead, and I’ll be back to post soon.  Much love to you from Bangkok and as always thanks so much for stopping by to read my rambles.

T.I.T. Video Blog 4: Monday People Watching….

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Hi everyone! I am just in from running around the city and thought I’d sit down and record a video entry for you. Matthew over at Spanking Bea Arthur had said he wanted to see more video blogs, and so Tom aims to please….make sure you go visit him over there and visit him as well! I’m to tired or lazy to actually type something out, so I ended up rambling on for just over 10 minutes about my day at the dentist and watching other foreigners in the city make a scene whether they realized they were doing it or not. Oh, and before I go do any of you podcaster have any microphone recommendations? I looked at the Mac store here and the only ones they have are the big heavy expensive ones. What do you guys use? Anyways, have a watch if you are so inclined and will write again very soon! Much love from the Big Mango!