Some Changes

You may have noticed if you tried to get to this page by going to http://geekfoodpodcast.wordpress.com, that you were redirected to http://geekfood.tv. Know what that means? WE ACTUALLY HAVE AN ACTUAL DOMAIN NAME! The show is still in “development” and we’re still working on some technical setbacks but there will eventually be a show, and if we can’t get the hardware we need to edit properly, then we may have to spread episodes farther apart. Instead of a week, possibly 2 weeks or a month. This, frankly, would suck. We’ll see how the next couple weeks play out. Maybe we can find a set schedule that allows us to keep the weekly format. Maybe someone will donate a rig capable of editing HD video. Maybe a $2000 check will magically fall into my lap. Here’s hoping. Updates will come as we figure this out.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Well, this is embarrassing… We’ve failed to produce an episode for the third week in a row. There’s numerous things we can blame this on: sickness, inadequate hardware, other personal obligations, etc.

Here’s the skinny: I don’t think Geek Food as a weekly podcast is in the cards. For right now. Right now, we need to cut our losses and move on. We’re in no shape to continually produce a weekly show of ANY value at all. This is mainly due to the fact that I fail at time management. It also doesn’t help that I’m forced to edit the videos on a 5-year-old HP that has half the required specs to run Premier and overheats and freezes ever hour or so. Also, because of my class schedule, I just don’t have the time every week to sit for hours waiting for my computer to produce thumbnails for the videos.

Here’s what I think (hope) will happen: We’re going to start fresh. We’re going to film as many episodes as we can between now and Christmas. While living at my mom’s house during Christmas break, I can use her *slightly* better computer to produce/edit videos. Then, beginning sometime in early 2011, we’ll pull the current episode 1 video and begin releasing the videos on a weekly basis (hopefully to last through May), as was our original intent. We won’t have the weekly feedback as we’d hoped but maybe that’s for the best. Hopefully, between now and then I can scrounge up enough money to buy a decent computer and the problem of the shoddy hardware will be resolved. Until then, we’ll still be active on Twitter and, to a lesser extent, on the site. We’ll keep you updated.

I’m truly sorry I let down everyone that watched our videos, all 20 of you.

Episode 2: Chicken Parmesan

Holy crap! We’re almost ready to release episode 2 of Geek Food! In this episode, we’re going to be making Chicken Parmesan. The episode will absolutely, positively, without a doubt, be released on Monday, Nov. 8. Unless it isn’t.

Here’s the recipe:

4-6 boneless chicken breast halves (preferably not frozen–frozen means more work)

1 8-oz.  can tomato sauce

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup cornflake crumbs (or ~1.5 cups corn flakes)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp dried parsley flakes

1 egg, beaten

2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Recommended hardware:

2 large plates (3 if chicken is frozen)

3 bowls

1 coffee cup (if crushing corn flakes)

1 big knife (if frozen chicken)

Several Spoons

Episode 1: Peanut Butter Fudge

We’ve finally done it! Here’s episode 1 in all its unprofessional and single-shot glory.

Episode #1 – Peanut Butter Fudge

Yes! We’re finally done shooting our first episode! We’ll be releasing it next Monday, 9/27. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 cup (1/2 bag) peanut butter chips
2 cups (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can condensed milk
1.5 tap vanilla extract
Non-stick agent (butter/Crisco/Pam)

Hardware:
1 8×8″ pan
Tin foil
2 microwave safe bowls (or 1 and wash it between uses)
Spoon
Measuring spoons

Finally Shot an Episode… Kinda

On Friday, we shot another test episode, which could have turned into our first real episode if it weren’t for technical difficulties. Namely this:

Finally shot an episode on Fri. Thought all went well until I... on Twitpic

There’s some salvageable footage so there’s a possibility that we’ll re-shoot early in the week and have it out by next Monday.

Traditional Failure

Cooking shows have been around since the beginning of television but they seem to be part of a genre that isn’t transitioning well to the Internet. The first real cooking show that I am aware of that had any kind of success was Crtl+Alt+Del hosted by Alex Albrecht and Heather Stewart. Even with two very popular Internet personalities and the backing of a major IPTV network, Revision3, it only lasted about 15 episodes. The premise was that they were geeks cooking. It was a well done show with some comedy mixed in but it was based on traditional cooking. Revision3 is trying to delve into this market again with Food Mob. I generously give it 10-20 episodes before it’s cancelled. The problem with this type of show, and the reason why traditional cooking shows haven’t really been popular in the geek sect of the Internet is that geeks don’t want to spend a lot of time over a hot stove or have to worry about using an oven. They want quick and easy but they haven’t been given the show that really embraces the quick and easy mentality of cooking. Until now… Geek Food is going to give geeks what they want: a show that embraces the idea that they don’t want to or have time to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare a meal. They want to get in and out and back to the computer. Geek Food will be the answer geeks are looking for in a cooking show.

We’re on Twitter!

Hey everyone! Follow us on Twitter to get updates on the production of the show and when we’ll be airing our FIRST EPISODE!

http://twitter.com/geek_food

A Work In Progress

The Geek Food Podcast is a project currently under development by Shawn Mitchell (twitter.com/shawn_mitch). He is working hard to create a food blog/podcast that geeks and others can thoroughly enjoy. Expect to see episodes popping up on this site and YouTube sometime in late summer/fall 2010.

See you then!

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