Nott Cast

“Start something you love.”

The theme from Escape the City’s 2011 party.

I, along with my friend, Ollie Carefull started Nott Cast back in May – a regular video podcast talking about business, technology, life after university in Nottingham and lots more. As the name suggests, we record it in Nottingham and talk about Nottingham based events but the majority of the discussion transcends just one location.

I feel like it offers a place to learn and share, outside of face-to-face events, presented (informally) by two young guys that (probably) don’t really know what they’re talking about.

The inspiration came to me from a variety of sources. Firstly, Adam Bird, a known face to many in the Nottingham tech scene, he’s the founder of Nott Tuesday and distinctly of the attitude, if it doesn’t exist, create it.

Secondly, I really enjoy listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast – it’s a free form discussion about anything and everything (not always for the faint hearted!). Thirdly, the king of content creation, certainly in Nottingham, if not the world, Phil Campbell – another member of the “just get it done and put it out there” camp.

I suggested the podcast idea to Ollie, who I’d only recently met at a Nott Tuesday event but stayed in touch with and he thought it sounded interesting. Ollie is a forward thinking guy (to say the least) and anyone who has watched the podcast will see the perplexed look I often have as Ollie explains some inevitable part of human-technology evolution.

After recording the first podcast at the end of May with slight apprehension that we might run out of things to say pretty quickly,  we’re now 5 episodes in and things are going well. Discussion flows pretty freely, with little to no planning and a couple of people are even watching/listening to it! We’ve done it all with a laptop, iMovie (just for capturing and encoding, we don’t edit) and a Vimeo plus account.

Most importantly, we both enjoy doing it. It’s a designated time where we can sit down and discuss anything interesting. I always listen back to the podcast the day after we record it because I enjoy hearing the discussion and learning something from it.

Check out the Nott Cast website here.

All the episodes are also available on the Nott Cast vimeo channel here.

August Round Up

Hands in the air at South West Four, August 2010, Clapham Common, London.

Summer festival madness at South West Four

What a month, a crazy trip to Bulgaria, the start of the football season and a music festival to close it all off – August has been awesome.

I was lucky enough to be at South West Four (SW4) in London on the Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend with my brother and a friend. After an unexpectedly short and hassle free trip to Clapham Common where the two-day festival is held, we got to see a whole bunch of DJ’s. The sun was out for most of the day and the stand out sets of the day were from Judge Jules, Erick Morillo and Armin Van Buuren.

After cutting through the crowds by following the biggest guys we could, we miraculously found ourselves front and centre for nearly all the performances. The sound system was great on the main stage albeit a little quiet in certain areas of the tents. SW4 was (thankfully) one of the only occasions I’ve been able to take a video at a music concert and not hear distortion on the music being played or the crowd noise.

Here’s a couple more photos I snapped on the day:

Erick Morillo at South West Four

Erick Morillo at South West Four

Sasha playing on the main stage at SW4

Sasha playing on the main stage at SW4

Also this month my brother put me on to the brilliant, unguided, thought musings of Joe Rogan and guests recorded as a weekly podcast. Billed as a comedy podcast, it’s two hours of Joe and a couple of guests (different each week) chatting about anything and everything, from Greek mythology to upcoming UFC fights. It’s rare to hear a continuous discussion that touches on so many subject areas in one place – I’m a fan.

UFC has also popped onto my radar, plugged by my brother as well as a number of mentions on the podcast. I was initially very skeptical of it, writing it off as pretty barbaric but after watching a few bouts I’m amazed at the level of skill, conditioning and tactics that go into mixed martial arts (MMA) fights. You get Brazilian Jiu-jitsu specialists up against wrestlers and a whole host of other combat style match-ups.  An underlying theme of the sport also seems to be a high regard for the safety of the competitors, in terms of the rules in place and the way the fights are monitored by medical staff and the referees. Don’t get me wrong these guys take a lot of punishment but it isn’t the relentless, unregulated brawling I thought it was.

I’ll wrap it up there – September is shaping up to busy month of work at OuterArc before heading off to Sierra Leone. We’ve got a number of projects nearing completion as well as a lot of momentum behind some new ideas – exciting times.