Thursday, April 16, 2009

Presenting Commute Chat: Episode One and Maybe Only


I swear, I cannot believe I'm showing you this. First of all, it's ridiculous. And self-indulgent. And goofy as hell. I hate seeing myself on video and hearing my voice. I'm still heavier than I want to be. And for heaven's sake, do I have to look that much like my mother? I used to watch her mouth when she spoke and wonder why she did that thing with her lips, etc. I guess this is my due for being so silently critical of my mother back then. And finally, when did I get Dawn French's neck and chins and do you suppose she'd like them back now?

When we did this experiment, I had no idea how disconcerting watching myself would be. It goes back to that question of would you like to be married to yourself, I think. (We actually ended up having a discussion centering around that theme in another video chat that won't get published, but it ended up being a really good discussion). I mean, now that I've seen some of my mannerisms, my tone, the eyerolls, fidgets and tics on a longer format video, I'm painfully aware of how I might look and sound to others. I find myself wanting to be quiet and trying to sit more still after watching this.

The fact that MathMan can barely be seen will have to be remedied if we do any more of these. And if we do more of these, they won't be scripted, but perhaps we'll have some idea of what we're going to talk about. Oh, and the camera will be on something stable. Duct tape will be involved. Perhaps to put over my mouth so that MathMan can get a word in..........(My suggestion that I chew a piece of gum to use as an adhesiveto hold the camera in place was met with MathMan's scorn. In retrospect, I must agree. That would have been wrong. And gross.)

The sound quality is just like being there. The Corolla isn't terribly soundproof. Oh, and you even get an opening song. It is the first time we've been recorded singing. I'm sure, upon viewing, you'll understand why.


Next time - sock puppets!

39 comments:

  1. I share your self-consciousness in hearing your own voice and seeing your own image. I'm not a terribly photogenic person and when I listen to my voice, it reminds me of my father's.

    The interesting thing about you is that your voice makes you sound about ten to fifteen years younger. I think it's a good thing!

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  2. I'm always surprised when I hear my recorded voice. It doesn't sound the same from the inside when I'm speaking.

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  3. At least you look like your mother. I look like my FATHER IN DRAG!!! Good for you to have the courage to film it, let alone post it.

    By the way, you're darling.

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  4. Your voice is lovely!!! At least you're not all nasal AND Scandinavian-sounding like me. (It's bad.)

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  5. PS: I hate Minnesota. WHY can't our Targets sell wine? Travesty!

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  6. Heeeee.

    this was great. You are precious... and your voice is sweet.

    Looking forward to more :)

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  7. Googly moogly cache will only allow data to be in the midst of transferring - post-virus computing sucks - so I'll imagine it was a three-ring circus of drive-through soda cups, acrobatics and debates on Kantian ethics. And baseball.

    You guys have sack. No way in hell I could do something like this unless I was wearing a Nixon mask.

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  8. I love seeing you both. Doug is more of a hunk than I realized from just seeing him in still photos. You both are lovely and funny and courageous. But the problem for me as a viewer is the sound of the car. The car sound is so loud in order to actually hear you, I had to boost volume to a level that was eardrum splitting but didn't make you guys any easier to hear. I think you should record at home, maybe in bed. Yeah, I like that idea.

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  9. You are both so sweet. I don't think I sound like myself either. You are braver than I could ever be. But I do feel like I know you both better just from watching this(which I am cheating and doing from work)! I am a nervous passenger and it takes all my whatever you would call it to not tell the driver what to do. I'm working on it. I sound like a basket case and maybe I am and I'm just now realizing it :)

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  10. You both are great.. To be able to carry on a normal conversation like that while recording is remarkable. I would be so self-conscious I would never be able to get any words out.. lol

    You look good.. both of you.. I think we all feel there are flaws we wish we could cover or look better about.... that's just a fact of life..lol

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  11. OMG, Toonces!! Can you get a mask for Mathman?

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  12. I know where I can get a mask. The trick shop in Marietta... We look marvelous..

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  13. The least you could have done was take us on a tour of the local shopping mall.

    ;>)

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  14. best.video.evah
    (but i was distracted looking for the DQ)

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  15. Gotta see those sock puppets. Please be SURE to let me know when you post that.

    And Utah!

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  16. Oh! Oh! And that wine. Yep, I've bought wine for the name and label, too - like the one with the lacy pink label and feminine font that was called "Bitch." It was not great, but it was fun to bring out for guests...

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  17. Perhaps you could post a video of how you both looked and sounded twenty years ago so we have something to compare this to. As it is, it's just fine and you're both lovely.

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  18. This was great, really enjoyed seeing and hearing you both. You have a great voice and a lovely expressive face. I know how you feel, though, I hate hearing and seeing myself. It's a normal reaction!

    Looking forward to the next one!

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  19. great to see you both.

    I find myself sounding like my mum nowadays (ugh)

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  20. 1) You two are adorable

    2) And goofy

    3) and dirty

    4) As the middle sister, I need that wine- now.

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  21. Lovely. Lovely. I love how you can make adventure out of the mundane.

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  22. But you're gorgeous. And so much more fun than sock puppets...
    xxxx :)

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  23. You two are adorable, you're like characters out of a woody allen flick.
    Ach, why don't i live closer to Georgia.

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  24. Good stuff. I hope there will be more!

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  25. oh this is great...wonderful to see you two...noooo don't do sock puppets- this was funny and sweet....

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  26. I couldn't understand much over the car noise either, but it's probably better that way. The captions were so funny, and just watching Mathman's reactions to whatever you were saying was highly entertaining.

    and

    TOONCES!!!

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  27. Yes...youse guys are so sweet and cute together.... Great sports...to have so much "fun" sharing one vehicle....!

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  28. That was quite amusing--you guys are too cute!! :)

    Also, Iwanski and I are honored that you would mention us in your video commute. :)

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  29. You know that red clover is edible? Just in case there are no open DQ's. Thanks for sharing this.

    I made a bunch of these sorts of videos when we were in Scotland, but they were almost all ruined by the wind sounds. All except for one where I was obsessing over how the castles used to be rendered so they were more waterproof and warm. That's some tantalizing footage, let me tell you.

    Next time, can there be British accents? And Hats!

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  30. Enjoyed the "Doug and Lisa Show" very much. I'll tune in same time, same station next week.

    :)

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  31. Okay Lisa I know this is going to sound weird and all but I honestly love your voice. For some reason I thought your were going to have this Australian accent despite knowing your regional origin. This was fun and snarky and I love some fun snark!

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  32. I'm with Utah Savage. Regarding MathMan: WELL DONE, Miss Lisa!

    You should call him either "Leonard" or "Johnny"...

    http://www.cbs.com/primetime/big_bang_theory/bio/johnny_galecki/bio.php

    I mean that as a compliment, by the way.

    Please continue these vlogs. I nearly spit coffee across my computer at the overlay and content!

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  33. Awww...I would so totally commute with you. Thanks also for the occasional views of rural Georgia. I've always wondered what Rockmart looks like.

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  34. you are ready for your closeup

    ps - everybody and i mean everybody eventually sounds (and turns into) their mother

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  35. I LOVED TOONCES. Not that obscure for comedy freaks like me.

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  36. You both are so damn cute! It's shocking to see and hear yourself, which is why I refuse to allow pictures or video of myself, but really, your both too cute!

    I could spend my whole day watching you two commute..seriously!

    I have no life evidently. ;p

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