Archive for June 2005

No audio content?

here’s an idea I had while sitting in on the Birds of a Feather on iPods in the classroom, RSS 2.0 and Podcasting at NECC 2005:

No audio content to load on to iPods for classroom teaching? Do some public good and try the following:
1. find low turnover articles on Wikipedia – ones that are fairly good length and don’t change much. (determining that… not sure)
2. read article into audio format using whatever tool you have to record audio, even some open source program like Audacity.
3. use creative commons tool to upload to internet archive.
4. update the wikipedia article to point to your newly uploaded audio file.

Why? Aside from contributing to the common wealth for all mankind, maybe you get community service credits? extra credit for school?

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iTunes supports podcasting!

Wow! I went to the NECC podcasting event last night. It was incredible! There were over 2 times the room capacity, so they had to run the event twice! Photos are here!

So, the great news is that iTunes directly supports RSS XML feeds and will automatically download new content for you. That’s so good. I can’t even begin to tell you how good that is. High five, iTunes team. Ok, now the bug report: They were probably not expecting feeds to contain more than one audio file at a time, which is how my man D is running his podcast, in more of an album/release format with 6-10 songs per post, so only the first audio file is being downloaded. I think there’s probably room for growth here, and this is an excellent step in the absolutely right direction.

anyway, I filed this as radar bug 4165391. I doubt they’ll do anything about it for 4.9. Who knows what’s up their sleeves for 5.0 :) NOT ME! That’s for sure!

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NECC 2005 : en route

9:55am my time, 10:55 local time, I’m in denver, waiting for my connection. Wow, airports really all do look alike now. The only way you can tell where you are is by the local trinket shop. The local one here is called “way out west” … Ha… you call this west? :) Keep going.

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davemorin: Ta-Da Lists!

Ta-Da Lists!:

Ta-Da Lists are fantastic! I’ve been singing praises of 37signals for months, but their products, ideas, and mission continue to blow me away!

More web application developers, and application developers in general, need to concentrate on design and simplicity. They’ve taken something that we all love and need and made it infinitely better: the To-Do list.

Ta-da lists are web-based, free, fantastically designed, use RSS, are shareable, and brilliantly designed. I’m addicted! You must check it out now!.

Viral marketing, eh Dave?

My brother sent this my way a while back, and I didn’t get it. Well, I get it now. We’re having a very small family and friends get together soon, and R and I made a giant list of things to do. I got to thinking to myself… self, why isn’t there some web tool that lets you set up a todo list, assign resources to get things done, and have an RSS feed for the organizers to keep track of progress. Ha. Well, that almost exactly describes tadalists.com

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cube too noisy?

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If your cube mates are too loud, put on your headphones and grab this free program from
Black Hole Media. It’s a white noise / pink noise generator, and it’s freeeeeeee!

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podcasts at NECC 2005

Check it out, my man Jason E. points me to the Apple Distinguished Educator podcast blog at NECC! Very cool! Hey, here’s another page with more info: NECC Podcasting Marathon.

I’m starting to get pumped about all the cool stuff going on this year!!

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cat sink remixed

Monsieurthomas

my extraordinary wife cracks me up :)

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cat sink

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deeje es a college gradiate

Ah es a college gradiate:

For those keeping score, it’s official… I’ve been awarded a Bachelors Science degree in Business/Marketing. I received my official transcripts today, and my diploma is waiting for me at the local post office. I finished my last class January 2004, but procrastinated over a year before prepping for, and taking, the Humanities CLEP exam. Once I had those credits awarded, I was done… I shouldn’t have waited so long.

Next up, we’re expecting #2 in Sept. After that, I’ll start thinking about the GMAT…

High five, dude!
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quartz coreimage command line tool

ok, it’s not quartz or coreimage, but if you’re looking for a command line image manipulation tool for mac os x, you’re probably looking for “SIPS” – scriptable image processing system.

Ok, so, why? my favorite lazy gallery software PHPix3 is really just killing me with the PHP internal GD thumbnail generation time. I’m thinking it’s about time to take advantage of the internal tool available to me since I’m rockin’ tiger server. So, I’m thinking all I need to do is go locate the code the determines whether the image tool the scripts use is “int” or “ext” and maybe add another piece of logic to act on “sips” as the value. Hopefully it will run faster than GD. If not, I guess I can go back to ImageMagick. Although it would be nicer if apple’s command line tool were fastest… we shall seeeee…

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Carpenteria watercolor 2

Carpenteria watercolor 2

This is the second watercolor I did on the same day as in the previous post… This is plain aire as well. There’s something about the parking lot in view of our campsite that I liked. We were at the beach mid-week, so we were probably seeing a minimal crowd for as much potential they have to entertain at this state park. One white truck was parked in the lot, amongst the 15-20 barbecue pits and dozens of parking spaces, overlooking the rehabilitating sand dunes and Channel Islands in the background.

Carpenteria camping

We just got back from 3 nights at Carpenteria state beach for some camping! it was a lot of fun, here’s the photos: Carpenteria Camping

check out my new profile photo for every internet thing I’m on, ever. 😀 Nice shot, honey.
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On Jun 12, 2005, at 9:49 PM, deeje wrote:
So,

What do you remember of Carpenteria as a kid? I had to see the pictures before I started remembering…

It looks windy…?

Peace

deeje

Not too much.. apparently it’s changed quite a bit since we were there.

If you’re going to camp at carpenteria, here’s some observations and tips:

It’s a pretty nice place, if a little windy. June’s probably not the best month to go in, maybe july-august or so would be better. We went mid-week, which made a big difference, I think. The place started really getting a little nuts on friday as we were leaving.

Trains run almost every hour. Even the rude hours. They’re close, too. It’s loud. I mean, LOUD. By the third night we stopped waking up for them.

Bugs were almost non existent.

Wind was almost constant, so, it was a little cold, and a little hard to keep the burners on the stove going at low heat. Cooking with gas is new for us, especially so freakin’ close to the burners. First breakfast: inedible burnt eggs, nicely toasted bagels. Third breakfast: buttery slow cooked eggs, nicely toasted bagels.

The beach is pretty nice. The sand is super fine, but there’s a lot of flotsam in the sand. Lots of driftwood and sticks and twigs, etc. They were grooming the beach with a big tractor on the day we were leaving, so maybe that helps.

At the state beach, you’re literally 5 minutes walk from a super nice cute downtown area. There’s a market with 95 bad beers and 5 local ones. Bring your own, and if you need more, go local, stay away from the 2004 special edition. There’s only one beer brand they carry that isn’t like the others, you’ll know it.

Don’t bother buying and bringing firewood, they have it locally for a reasonable price. We bought it in campbell and trekked it down. I wouldn’t do that again.

bring quarters for hot showers, 2-3 bucks a pop. Wash your dishes at the sink near the bathrooms, not at the faucets on your camp site. The bathrooms and showers were clean on the tuesday we got there, and they don’t get cleaned again until friday… they get kind of icky by then.

There _are_ racoons at night. Store your food in your car. Plan on emptying your trash after breakfast if you’re leaving camp, and after dinner. Seagulls tried eating through our trash bag to get to our trash one time.

Safeway marshmellows aren’t very good. Stick to Kraft or whatever sta-puft are.

Wear lots of sunscreen, constantly.

Don’t hang out around a convulsing seal on the beach, unless you plan on helping the marine mammal guy wrassel it into a giant dog kennel carrier and _carry_ that sucker all the way down the beach and up two flights of stairs.

Watch out for tar on the beach.

Later, you asked me if I’d go back, yes, we’re thinking maybe next year.

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8 aliens

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Commodity aliens… something about this cracks me up.

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speaking of tagging and threads..

Ben Hyde has some interesting ideas over on his blog:

I wish I had tools to filter some of the feeds that I read so that I could filter them better. For example if I subscribe to Mr. Diverse Interests I want to setup filters so that I get those of his postings that overlap my diverse interests. Doc. Searls for example thinks about lots of stuff; but I’m only interested in a portion of that stuff.

One idea, among many, is draw on the work of the tagging hordes. Intersecting my the tag cloud of my interests with the tag cloud of others. An approach like this helps with the UI problems. The filtering software could present me with a source’s tag cloud and I can toggle those for white/black listing. The neat thing that’s hidden in here is that we can probably build two models – one of the reader and one of the writer – and then intersect them. The model built can, of course, draw on various sources of the meta data: tagging, text analysis, link graph analysis, semantic web, etc. etc.

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