Now time for some shameless self promotion. For the last few weeks, Andy Young, who runs the impeccable Siberian Light, has been conducting interviews of bloggers of Russia. Today his interview with me went up on his site. Read and be merry.
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By Sean — 2 years ago
Since 2005, I’ve provided critical commentary on Russia’s past and present on this blog.
These many years of blogging proved to me that there is general public interest beyond the academy and expert community for critical, nuanced, and thoughtful commentary on Russia. In 2015, I decided to take advantage of this hunger and start the SRB Podcast that features academics, journalists, policy makers, and pundits on Eurasia’s past and present.
The mission for the SRB Podcast is simple:
- To provide a space for the many, many interesting thinkers who do amazing work to express their views, discuss their work, and contribute to the larger public discussion on the region.
- To give the public access to the wonderful and growing body of research that is crucially important, especially as tensions in the region flare, for painting a picture of Eurasia in all its complexity.
It is my hope that the SRB Podcast will make a modest contribution to the spread of this knowledge to an interested public.
The podcast has been more successful than I’ve anticipated. So far I’ve conducted 40 interviews which have garnered over 100,000 listens. Monthly listens surpassed 10,000 in April and May. Once again this proves there is an audience for this knowledge.
I’m convinced that getting people access to this knowledge is not a problem of content, but of form.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many listeners have told me that they appreciate the diversity of guests, views, and topics on the show.
The success of the SRB Podcast has reached a point where I must ask listeners for their financial support.
I have created a donation page on Patreon. You can go there to make a contribution or click on the buttons above and below this post.
The SRB Podcast is produced at a low cost. But a cost nonetheless. Expenses include equipment, server hosting, and subscriptions to various social media platforms. In addition to these direct monetary costs, the podcast takes time to prepare and produce. I do everything myself: contact with publishers and guests, interview preparation, conducting the show, recording, editing, and production, and promotion and social media (though this last part is also done with the much appreciated help of listeners, for which I am extremely grateful). Any other labor that goes into making the SRB Podcast possible is thanks to guests devoting their precious time to talk to me and the great amounts of time they devote to producing their knowledge.
Given its mission, the SRB Podcast will always remain free and open access.
So if you enjoy the SRB Podcast and want to help realize it its mission, I ask that you make a financial contribution to help support, expand and sustain its ongoing work.
By Sean — 13 years ago
W. Shedd at Accidental Russophile has “tagged” me. So let me indulge him and whoever else is interested.
Four jobs I’ve had:
- University Instructor
- Forklift Driver
- Record Store clerk
Four movies I can watch over and over:
- The Matrix
- Pulp Fiction
- Empire Strikes Back
Four places I’ve lived:
- Foster City, California
- La Verne, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Moscow, Russia
Four TV shows I like (ugh, I hate most TV):
- The Sopranos
- Six Feet Under
- Twin Peaks
Four places I’ve vacationed:
- Nurnberg, Germany
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Vegas Baby!
Four of my favorite dishes:
- In n’ Out Burger
Four sites I visit daily:
Four Books I’ve Read This Year:
- Igal Halfin, Terror in My Soul.
- Peter Holquist, Making War, Forging Revolution.
- David Hoffmann, Stalinist Values.
- Shelia Fitzpatrick, Tear Off the Masks.
What can I say? I’m writing a fucking dissertation.
Four bloggers I’m tagging:
By Sean — 10 years ago
The past five days have been an utter nightmare. On Thanksgiving morning I got an email from my hosting company, BlueHost, saying that they unceremoniously pulled the plug on my account. There was no warning. No clear explanation. The email they sent said, “It has come to our attention that your site is using an extreme amount of resources on our servers and network.” I had no idea what this meant and calls to their technicians offered no explanation. I was constantly referred to their terms of service agreement, which like most legal documents is littered with vague and roundabout ways of saying that they can do what they want, when they want. One tech even told me that my account was “deactivated” by order of the president of the company. I didn’t believe him since each of the five techs I talked to gave me a different answer. Apparently it was true.
I was left at a total loss all weekend. What would cause my little blog using “an extreme amount of resources”? What does all of this Internet-ese even mean? Was the site hacked? Are there FSB spooks out to get me? No tea, thank you.
I was unable to get a hold of BlueHost’s Abuse department until Monday morning because of the holiday. They told me that there was something in my site that downed their entire shared hosting network. The president of the company was notified and he gave the ukaz to axe me. My immediate question: “Is he Russian?” He isn’t. And no they weren’t going to restore my account. BlueHost wanted no part of me. And at this point I wanted no part of them. I had to pack my bags and go elsewhere. The only question was where?
I eventually signed up for a Virtual Private Server with InMotion. Yesterday was a elementary crash course in the difference between Shared Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Dedicated Servers. Words like SQL Databases, phpAdmin, and Cpanel are now part of my everyday vocabulary. I must have called tech support 10 times. All of that and I still barely understand what the hell is going on.
I’m just happy that the site is now back up. Thanks to InMotion for their assistance. Thanks to everyone who sent emails asking where I went. A pox on BlueHost for ruining my holiday weekend.
Now back to the regularly scheduled program . . .