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The Merlin Show: Interview with Jonathan Coulton

002: Interview: Jonathan Coulton | The Merlin Show

My new video podcast launches today with an interview I recently did with Jonathan Coulton.

JoCo is an internet troubadour and former developer who may be best known for wonderful songs like "Code Monkey" and "Skullcrusher Mountain," although he also has gigs podcasting for Popular Science as well as playing guitar for his best friend (and sworn nemesis) John Hodgman.

We talk about life as an independent artist, including how Jonathan captures ideas and may or may not be similar to Michael Jackson.

We'll have a new episode of The Merlin Show every morning this week, then slide into an (approximately) once-a-week schedule for new episodes.

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Great, great job on the...

Great, great job on the first show, Merlin. This is the first video podcast I really plan on watching - all the others lose my attention eventually, but this one is really well done. The combination of humor and actual conversation is just great, and your choice of music is both interesting and fun. (I've already visited www.thelongwinters.com)

May I also commend you on the cinematography. I was amazed, during the interview, when the video cut to a different camera angle - one of JoCo's face. (It happens for the first time at 3:18, I think) Multiple camera angles?!? What is this, television?

Finally, I liked the length. 15 minutes was not too much of a pain to fit into my schedule, but it also wasn't so short that I didn't feel I was missing value. Some of those one and a half hour monstrosities - who has time to watch those, much less do post-production on them? But if you wanted to do a hour-long show once or twice a year, that would be a good idea (Maybe for the Christmas show :-) ) One hour every week wouldn't be so bad either, but it would be generally harder for me to see it, at least.

Keep up the good work, Merlin! I've subsccribed!




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