I just spent four hours straight with Robert Trivers, one of the greatest biological theorists of our time. For two of them, I had a digital voice recorder going, with a new battery carefully inserted and all the old tracks on it deleted, a tricky business without the manual. I checked after a couple of minutes to make sure it wasworking. I watched that the little red light kept blinking … ah, blinking. When I returned to my hotel room, exhaused but triumphant, it turned out that I had somehow switched on the voice operated recording function while deleting the old stuff in a coffee shop before the interview, and it only operated when people spoke very loudly. So I have a record of these two hours 35 minutes long and much of that is laughter. ha ha ha.
I think we go for quote approval on this story.
UPDATE: went back and did another forty minutes, with everything working. Now transcribed, though less funthan the original.