Things Gonna Change

Our first 2.0 Ricochet Podcast! This week, 2.0 is here (lots of talk about that), where’s MH370, Fox News’ James Rosen on Ukraine and his impressions of Obama and Hillary, the mysterious power and influence of the Dalai Lama, Rob does his downward dog, and the White House gets its just desserts.

Music from this week’s episode: Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) by John Lee Hooker

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks.

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  1. namlliT noD Member

    This really is one of the advertisements inserted into my view of this very Ricochet page:


    It’s an ad for Toll Brothers Home Builders.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:31 AM PDT
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  2. thebeekeeperkissedme Inactive

    mp3 direct link?

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:34 AM PDT
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  3. Wolverine Coolidge

    Are the podcasts going to be available on Stitcher?

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:39 AM PDT
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  4. David Clark Inactive

    After starting the podcast in the player, I was able to right click on the player and save audio as an mp3. Works in Chrome at least.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:46 AM PDT
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  5. Wolverine Coolidge

    Another thing: whom to we contact with technical problems? There is no contact information that I can see anyhwere

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:52 AM PDT
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  6. Barkha Herman Member

    Design Choices……


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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:54 AM PDT
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  7. Barkha Herman Member

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:55 AM PDT
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  8. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Peter Fumo:
    Another thing: whom to we contact with technical problems? There is no contact information that I can see anyhwere

     [email protected] is the main contact address. 

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  9. Barkha Herman Member

    I love the placebo Alert. A drop down with a link to a page :-D.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  10. EJHill Podcaster

    Old habits die hard even for Yeti. The podcast art is going to have to go into the featured image area and the audio player at the bottom of the post, otherwise you get link pathing at the top of the posting. Welcome to Growing Pains, with Yeti as Alan Thicke.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  11. Jim Chase Member

    FWIW, enclosure not showing here yet: (The URL to subscribe to the super feed).

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    • March 20, 2014, at 12:18 PM PDT
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  12. Blue Yeti Admin

    This wasn’t posted correctly (my fault). Should be corrected shortly.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 12:19 PM PDT
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  13. Aaron Miller Member

    Did I just hear Peter Robinson — the ever meek and circumspect Peter Robinson — call for Democrats to be “punished”?

    I knew the site would be getting an upgrade, but this Peter 2.0 is a nice surprise!

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    • March 20, 2014, at 12:33 PM PDT
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  14. Leslie Watkins Member

    I just want to say to Peter and Rob, but especially to Rob who sounds a bit stressed by all of our yammering demands: this, too, will pass. I wish I could buy you a shot of your favorite hard beverage then watch as you toss back your head, swallow the contents, turn and throw the glass into a roaring fireplace.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 12:37 PM PDT
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  15. thebeekeeperkissedme Inactive

    Barkha Herman:

     Thank you, David, Barkha and Yeti.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  16. Blue Yeti Admin

    OK, this should be fixed now. Apologies — it’s a completely different process from publishing on the old site.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 1:13 PM PDT
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  17. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    It’s not just that people are against something new. Some of us have been working with 2.0 since November. It’s that some of us have disagreements with the design choices and aesthetics themselves. We simply don’t like them. That isn’t going to change with familiarity especially since we know how flexible this new platform is. Will they be tolerated? Probably, although that will depend, person-to-person, on how much a particular feature inhibits their ability to enjoy the site.

    It’s also the frustration that these things were brought up in beta and apparently ignored since they are still issues now. The bugs not related to the transition and the design debates should have been hashed out in beta. That’s what beta is for. However, it is what it is. We will make do with what is decided on, and those who can’t stomach them will leave (although I don’t get the impression more than a handful of people are that upset with things).


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    • March 20, 2014, at 1:20 PM PDT
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  18. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    I don’t think anyone who has listened to the limitations of the EZPublish platform disagrees with the necessity of switching platforms. The complaints as I read them, aside from basic complaints about things simply not working (which are being fixed), are over the design choices that were made, how they were made, and how the transition was handled.

    I don’t know if a post mortem is worthwhile for a one-time change, but it might not be a bad idea to not only gauge how your customers feel about the new product but about how the new product was implemented once all the dust has settled.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  19. Jim Chase Member

    Cool. Downloaded and ready for listening on the drive home. Thanks.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  20. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Wow. It’s stable. And the sound quality is better, too.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 2:17 PM PDT
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  21. Stephen Dawson Inactive

    There seems to be a problem with the ‘Subscribe’ link for the Super Member Feed, and the main Ricochet podcast isn’t coming up under ‘The Ricochet Podcast’ as it previously has.

    For a while the Super feed has been dicky on my iTunes so I’ve subscribed to all the individual ones. Since the podcast wasn’t coming down under the separate subscription I figured I’d try again subscribing to the Super Member Feed. I got a bright yellow warning box about the wrong server name, by clicked ‘Proceed Anyway’, figuring it was teething issues. That brought up page address ‘’, which has an error message at the top: ‘This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.’, and this is followed by hundreds of lines of coded content.

    Help? Please?

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    • March 20, 2014, at 2:18 PM PDT
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  22. Albert Arthur Coolidge

    Haha! I’m in between your two posts. Nyah nyah.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 2:38 PM PDT
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  23. Stephen Dawson Inactive

    Further to my last note, this is the rather disquieting content of the yellow warning box:

    This is probably not the site you are looking for!
    You attempted to reach, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as* This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 2:50 PM PDT
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  24. Stephen Dawson Inactive

    Ah, I see that ‘The Ricochet Podcast’ has now downloaded in iTunes, so that immediate problem is solved. Nonetheless, I would like to try to resurrect my subscription to the Super Member Feed if possible, if only to eliminate the 11 individual podcast subscriptions.

    Note: all the individual podcast links seem to work okay except for one. In iTunes ‘International Edition with Levy & Counsell’ is reporting:

    The URL “” could not be found on the server

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    • March 20, 2014, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  25. Profile Photo Member

    Wonderful, insightful and *funny*…Thanks for inviting Mr. Rosen! Will Dr. Krauthammer be along soon? <begging> Pretty please!

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    • March 20, 2014, at 3:32 PM PDT
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  26. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive


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    • March 20, 2014, at 3:46 PM PDT
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  27. Blue Yeti Admin

    We are having some trouble getting the Super Feed working. It was something of a hack on the old site and has proven tricky to get it parsed over to the new site. We are working on it though. Hope to have it working by the end of the day.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 4:14 PM PDT
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  28. Jaclyn Inactive

    James mentioned mysteries set in North Korea? Can somebody tell me about that? I heard him say Inspector No – maybe it was a joke I am just too dim after a long day to get, but if not it sounds interesting.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 4:19 PM PDT
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  29. James Lileks Contributor

    My error: Inspector O.

    It’s an odd book and floats off into an almost surreal mood, but I found it interesting.

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    • March 20, 2014, at 4:24 PM PDT
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  30. Jaclyn Inactive

    Thanks, James ! Glad to know I’m still in think-mode!

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    • March 20, 2014, at 4:30 PM PDT
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