So today was a rest day from ICMC setup as we managed to get the venues sorted ahead of time.

So instead I cooked a whole load of meals for the week, including half a pork leg, a Bolognese, and some breaded chicken. I hope this preparation will help me avoid eating takeaway every night.

Damon Lee joined me for Bolognese and was great to catch up on old times. We then watched Cloverfield with some beers which turns out to be a Godzilla movie.

So the pre ICMC blogging is done and looking forward to the conference itself.

The first thing I am directly involved in is the unconf gig, Sunday evening featuring performances by Huddersfield based performers starting after the formal concert.

Hope to see you there.

So completed the setup of the graduate with staging, and audio all set just lighting to sort out Sunday afternoon.

Was interesting looking through the riders, took me back to my old live sound days. One of the most interesting things about these kind of gigs is the variety of different setups in them.

Is also interesting comparing the different stage and technical approaches against not for profit and for profit organizations. I suspect I will have further comment about this at the end of the conference.

T-1 is a day off so I will have something else to blog about tomorrow.

Meanwhile I have enjoyed watching Bladerunner and the new season of Torchwood.

So while Terminator 4 was an ok movie and not hard work towatch, the start of ICMC was frantic hard work and successful I think.

To be fair this years ICMC will be very different for me rather than having a work holiday abroad im part of the tech team and a co convener of the unconf.

Spent today wiring up a few of the performance areas and shifting loads of furniture around, including the most awkward tables ever and in exchange I got a cool T-shirt.

The blog will be daily now for the duration of ICMC 2011.

So more ICMC setup today, was mainly working in the Graduate venue with the rigging for the later concerts and the unconf gigs.

We have a 01v mixer which brought back painful memories of what has to be my most disliked digital desk. However perhaps this will be the time that I get on with it.

Also had fun helping install a UPJ at the top of a lader.

Looks like ICMC things are starting to come together….

So since starting to podcast myself more seriously on The Audio Podcast and Whats on Podcast show a couple people have asked me what my favorite podcasts are.

So a list and some comments in no particular order,


Lug radio was one of the first podcast I listened to regularly from the start until the end, though they do keep reappearing every now and again. Informal and fun to listen to LugRadio was a great way to stay up to date with Linux stuff and LugRadio Live was lots of fun.

The Command Line Podcast

The Command Line Podcast is one of the most well organised and curated show around at the moment, well written and with very interesting guest its a great show about hacking and technology. The social policy discussion can be at times US centric but even then the show is still very interesting.

This Week in Tech (TWIT)

Leo Laporte’s TWIT network is great, in particular I really enjoying watching This Week in Tech which is just the best way to keep up to date with tech news.

Linux Outlaws

I came across Liunx Outlaws because of Dan Lynch and its alot of fun to listen to and well produced.

This Week in Photo

To prove I am not always working This Week in Photo is a fun show about photography with some interesting interviews and technique discussion. While sometimes these kind of show can feel either beginner focused or advance I think TWIP does a great job of having something for everyone.


DTown, by the guys at Kelby Training started life as a Nikon focused show but now in much more general. To be honest I prefer the earlier hosting partnership of Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski but the show is still great. (They have since gone on to present The Grid.)

So there you go they are my podcast choices at the moment all the shows are free as in beer and some as in speech and you can get them through iTunes or RSS feeds. So why not take some past episodes away on holiday this year.