I saw the new show the other day in my podcast app (Amarok) since I subscribe to the Master Feed and snagged it to check it out. I finally got a chance to listen to it today and I have to say I absolutely love it. Mark, I really like that you've created your new audio blog and I appreciate the reason you've started it. I look forward to hearing it when new episodes come out, mostly just to be able to hear what you have on your mind.
I know what you mean about so many podcasts being junk. I had to stop listening to the Full Circle Linux podcast because it just got way too painful to listen to, although I have to wonder how much of it is because I've been spoiled by the level of quality and professionalism I hear on my local NPR station and they've set such a high bar for audio programming. I've also had to stop listening to the Going Linux podcast because the quality of the show is so uneven, especially with the monthly Computer America episodes. (If Larry Bushy is reading this I'm sorry but it simply got too hard to listen to.) I really like the fact that you care so much about the quality of your podcasts that you are finding that your shows are starting to suffer because the passion is waning (although I may not be noticing that much of the change), and as I've listened to EDL and TPT I've never felt you were "calling it in."
Your new podcast has gotten me thinking about doing something similar to S&F but I know that as a former live and recording audio guy I wouldn't be able to get a podcast sounding good enough for my own standards so I won't even go there.
One note about your not caring about political correctness on S&F: Good on ya! As a fellow quote lover I'm sure you're familiar with George Carlin's thoughts on offensive speech (when you live in a country with free speech you're going to get offended sometimes, deal with it) and I'm glad to hear you're just going to say what you feel. Let us have it with both barrels when you feel the need. If we get offended it's not anything you need to worry about, it's us who need to think about why we're offended, especially in our Free Speech loving country.
I just wanted to say thanks for the new podcast. It's already one of my favorite podcasts and I'll be eagerly anticipating each new episode, no matter how long the wait is each time. Have a great weekend!