Well, that was a laugh and a half! Mostly on us, though, at least from a technical standpoint.
For the second time in a row, our scheduled guest had to bow out at the last minute due to a personal emergency. So, once again, we scrambled to find a replacement guest, and we were almost resigned to do the whole thing with just ourselves and our stuffed animals when, lo and behold, our savior appeared!
At pretty much the very last second, the patron saint of our little show here — mr. Francisco Gonzalez — said those immortal words: “I can do it.”
As those of you who follow the show will know, Francisco was our very first guest back in season 1, and he’s been very supportive of our foul-mouthed shenanigans. To the point where we were actually going to have him on the episode after this one live from the AdventureX convention in London, but we had to kibosh that little endeavor because of the convention’s poor internet. But thankfully we didn’t have to put the kibosh on having the only man who can give Fred a run for his money when it comes to imitating Virginia Capers after all!
So, the episode goes well. At least, I think so. Gareth, as always, thinks the cards were shit, but he’s been saying that since we started the season, so his opinion doesn’t really matter.
Then, as it’s time to say goodbye, I do the usual roundtable: “Say goodbye, Gareth.” He does. “Say goodbye, Fred.” Dead silence.
Neither Gareth nor I had noticed that Fred, at some point during the closing spiel, had checked out. And I mean literally checked out. He was still there in theory, but his screen was frozen in a very satisfying pose (we’re so sorry we couldn’t get a screengrab of that), and all contact had been lost.
In terms of the flow of the show, it wasn’t so much a problem — in fact, for some, it might have been a welcome respite — but it presented an entirely different problem on a technical level: Fred was the one hosting the Hangout session. Without him, there was no one to close the stream. And, thusly, it seemed the stream was destined to go on forever — or at least until everyone left. Which we did.
Now, our technical problems aren’t quite done there. After the show ended and we somehow managed to shut down the stream, YouTube went about its business processing the recording to make it viewable on our channel. And on it went. And on. And on. And on.
Fast forward thirteen hours: I’m at work, Fred’s chewing his nails, and the damn thing is still processing. Now, there’s a little nagging voice in the back of our heads that says Fred’s suicidal connection could have been the culprit, but this isn’t our first gallop around the Hangout rodeo. We know that if a stream gets interrupted by the host, it just keeps on going. Turns out, a lot of other people are having similar issues with Hangouts-on-Air, so it seems to be a problem on Google’s side of things — and not, as is customary by now, our own damn fault somehow.
The video is still viewable, but it doesn’t appear on our channel at current time of writing. Luckily, we can do magic. Lookee here:
Since the video — again, at current time of writing — is still in processing hell, Fred had to go the roundabout way to record the audio straight off the video. That means sitting there for 50+ minutes, twiddling his thumbs (or, more likely, gyrating his middle fingers defiantly at the screen), then encoding that bad boy, only to find the sound quality somewhat lacking in comparison to our previous efforts.
So, I have promised him to apologize for the sound quality in this one, although I don’t think it’s that bad, myself.
Anyway, enough ranting about how Google delights in fucking us. Our major, massive, undying thanks to our patron saint, Francisco Gonzalez, for stepping up on such short notice to once again shower us with his wisdom, wit and wonderfulness!
Do check out Francisco’s podcast with Ben Chandler, Blue Cup Tools (click here to subscribe!). And, of course, his upcoming game for Wadjet Eye Games, also with Ben Chandler, entitled Shardlight (check out the trailer here!).
Next week, we’ll be joined by Chris Ushko — hip-hop stage name “Da Ush!” — who is our replacement for what was supposed to have been our AdventureX Special. So, finger’s crossed, no more goddamn cancellations this season! But even if there is, we won’t back down. We’ve got stuffed animals. The show will go on. (But we’re pretty sure Chris will show up. He’s a nice lad.)