Test From MacJournal

Posted on July 26, 2014
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A while back, I bought a MacHeist bundle. As is common with those things, I was after a few specific programs but ended up getting a lot with them that I was ambivalent about. One of those was MacJournal, a journalling and blogging program I wasn’t previously familiar with. Years ago I used Ecto as my blogging tool and was quite happy with it until it succumbed to bit rot. I haven’t had an OS X based tool since then, and I have blogged ever less in the last few years. Most of my blog posts now originate somewhere else and get pushed here, either Auphonic or Google Plus.

Just as a test, I hooked up MacJournal to this blog. It did pull down my entire blog and seems to be working just fine. Having a nice offline editor for the blog might be a bit of a boost to do it more often.

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 24, 2014 – “Broken Windows”

Posted on July 24, 2014
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Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, July 24, 2014

In this episode, I talk about the upcoming Dog Days of Podcasting; about my manic-depressive cycles of organizing and disorganizing; about tool chains and processing audio and other fun stuff.

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New Swimming Routine

Posted on July 21, 2014
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New Swimming Routine

I started swimming on July 1st. In those 21 days, I've swam 12 days with 2 of those getting shortened by thunderstorms. That gives me 10 full sessions and 2 shortened against my will.

Across all that, I've swam just over 9.5 kilometers. Today, I did the fastest time yet, swimming 21 laps (1.05 Km) in 37 minutes. I knew it felt pretty good when I was doing it, but it was a full 2 minutes shorter than what I did on Friday.

So far so good with all this. Now my main goal is to just keep pace with the 70 year olds in the next lane.

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New New Hosting

Posted on July 19, 2014
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I switched hosting back over the Xmas holidays in an unplanned, haphazard fashion that involved doing it twice to two different hosts and burning up a lot of holiday time. I wasn’t dying to do it again, but I just did. If you see this post, you are looking at the new host. There might be slight wonkiness for a day or two, and please feel free to report via comment on this post if you do.

At the recommendation of Ken Kennedy I have switched to Linode. The upside is that for really cheap, I have full control of my own VM. It’s not shared hosting, I have a “box” that is entirely my own on which I have root. The downside of that is that exactly the same. This is not a good solution if “sudo apt-get install apache2″ means nothing to you. It’s kind of a drag compared to the shared hosting Cpanel solutions that do everything for you, but is good for me and my Rube Goldbergian podcast publishing system.

I finally got tired of the poor response and throttling of the other system so now I’m in the long slow process of pulling every domain I have into Linode. At this point, I have some on Bluehost, some on Hostgator and this one here. After I solidify the process to set up the domains and get everything working (forwarding email is the sticky bit right now), then I will move them all one by one. I’ll also make the hard decision to shutter some domains that I created on a whim and then do little or nothing with. I’m trying to fight my hoarding tendencies in the physical world, I should do it in the digital world too.

For now, please comment if anything doesn’t work right. I predict death of a thousand paper cuts trying to get this all straightened out. I’d appreciate help in identifying those paper cuts.

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for June 11, 2014 – “The Quiet Moments”

Posted on July 15, 2014
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Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, June 11 2014.

In this episode, I talk about a grab bag of topics. I discuss the article types I will never read again; my reaction to Colleen Doran doing copious research; I talk about why I don’t like the “follow your passion” career advice.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for May 23, 2014 – “The Cloud is Raining on Me”

Posted on June 11, 2014
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Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 23, 2014.

In this episode I discuss my problems integrating the various cloud services into my life and work and I cast an appeal for help. Dropbox, Box, Google Docs, Evernote – I live in a cloud based tower of babel. What do I do?

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    EGC Microcast for March 21, 2014

    Posted on March 22, 2014
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    Here is another Evil Genius Chronicles Microcast! Direct download link

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for March 15, 2014 – “Microcast: Tiny Money”

    Posted on March 15, 2014
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 15, 2014.

    In this microcast I talk about Kickstarter, Patreon and Flattr. You can do one of the three for me.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for January 22, 2014 – “The ‘I’ in Team is in the A Hole”

    Posted on February 3, 2014
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, January 22, 2014.

    In this episode, I talk mostly about the new gig; being a good team member vs being a good employee; the horrifying milieu that is Mad Men and other fun topics to begin the new year.

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    Hosting Issues

    Posted on January 7, 2014
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    I’ve had a raft of hosting issues and two quick migrations over the long holidays. This is what you might call a non-optimal way to spend a vacation. Things seem to have settled down now and back to some stability. Here’s hoping at least.

    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for November 18, 2013 – “Next Exit One Mile”

    Posted on November 19, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, November 18, 2013.

    I talk in more specifics about my life changes; I discuss being an older parent and the differential of fear; I talk about how I have changed my podcast creation workflow a little more; I discuss how Dropbox has become a de facto internet protocol.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for November 13, 2013 – “Changes and Fear”

    Posted on November 14, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, November 13, 2013.

    I discuss my life changes; I talk about Android and installing FourSquare and Saga on my phone; I talk about the YouTube comment controversy; I recommend works by Nicola Griffith and Dave Hill and toodle out of the show ungracefully.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for November 4, 2013 – “Feeling Superior”

    Posted on November 4, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, November 4, 2013.

    I talk about engineering out failure points from life; I bring up an irksome conversational trope; I talk about my new Kindle Paperwhite; and I discuss the unsung nature of podcaster Derek Coward.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for October 28, 2013 – “You Know Who We Are”

    Posted on October 28, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, October 28, 2013.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for October 21, 2013 – “The Moral Argument”

    Posted on October 22, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, October 21, 2013.

    I talk about losing a weekend to a swingset; I mention how talking to yourself with a cellphone is socially acceptable but a microphone is not; I talk about how it took me two years to read a single novel and discuss a few things I finished; I finish by talking about the moral argument for paper books and why I’d be happy to get rid of 90% of the paper books in my house and my bafflement at “ad hominem defense.”

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for October 14 2013 – “Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler”

    Posted on October 14, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, October 14, 2013.

    In this episode, I talk about a concept I heard on the In Beta podcast about how to approach self-promotion; I talk about “appeal burnout” and being overwhelmed by calls to action; I talk about famous people using crowdfunding, and how the concern is less that they are subtracting money from the system and more that they are subtracting goodwill; I talk about Ben Franklin and his self-improvement regimens and how I might be trying to change too much stuff all at once in my life;

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for October 7, 2013 – “Use Your Aspirations”

    Posted on October 7, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, October 7, 2013. I discuss my interest in cord cutting for TV; I talk about the 7 Minute Workout and trying to keep my weight under control; I talk about my experiments with trading my laptop for a Bluetooth keyboard and using Podcast Addict as my sole podcatcher/listener; I close off talking about aspirations vs reality in marketing and life.

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    Bootstrapping a Podcast Economy with Flattr

    Posted on October 5, 2013
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    Bootstrapping a Podcast Economy with Flattr

    Very short version: I think Flattr has the possibility of enabling a reasonable podcast economy. If enough people use it, podcasters will be able to generate an income with minimal overhead. If I pointed you here from an email, it is because I want to give you money.

    Slightly longer background:

    If you are unfamiliar with +Flattr , it is a very low friction microdonation system. The brilliant thing they did was to separate out the cash decision from the payment decision. Unlike most where you have to decide whether to pay $0.03 vs $0.05, that decision has a mental transaction cost. With Flattr, you allocate a pool of money to pay each month then you "Flattr" which is basically the same thing as a Digg, a Facebook like or a +1. The things you like in a month, that pool of money is spread equally across all of those. Brilliant.

    I have had Flattr on my blog/podcast for a few years. It has been an interesting experiment and worth doing, but not a huge revenue producer for me. To this date, the using of Flattr was a niche, early adopter thing. My hope – and the reason for my push for advocacy – is that this spreads out into a more widely adopted platform.

    In a world where this was as common as, say, Digg was at its height then there would be a reasonable amount of money flowing in a roughly meritocratic manner. The more listeners you have, in general the more money that should flow towards you. The money that comes into podcasting now is distributed quite bi-modally. The top 5% makes livable money from Stamps.com and Legal Zoom et al, the bottom 95% makes little or nothing. I've been lucky enough to sell t-shirts and make a little from sponsorships via the very kind folks at Backbeat Media. Over the course of this podcast, I am probably close to break even on hosting, equipment and various expenses. That probably puts me in the top 20 percentile of podcasters because most people pay expenses and earn nothing.

    My pledge is that I will flattr every episode of every podcast in my subscription list that has it enabled. If you run off of WordPress, you can install the Flattr plugin and go to town. Make sure you check the option to put payment information in your RSS/Atom feed and you are good to go. I'm still looking for auto-flattring solutions, but for now I'm manually clicking the button on the site of every pocaster that has it on their site. The trickle has begun, I hope to see a wider adoption over time. If the amount climbs enough, I will increase the amount of money I give.

    My appeal is two-fold. If you are a podcast listener and a fan, sign up for an account. The site is in Euros, that is no impediment to Americans. The money will auto-convert from your credit card. All of the podcasters that you listen to, flattr their episodes either automatically via a podcatcher or manually.

    If you are a podcaster, create a Flattr account and let people give you money. If you run WordPress it is super easy, others might be slightly more work but nothing is hard to do. If you have technical questions, I volunteer to be your tech support. Be patient, don't expect anything huge at first but I can guarantee nothing about this will suck money away from you. At worst, you wasted a few minutes. At best, you might find yourself paying your hosting or more with the money that flows in.

    Because this is a "boil the ocean" situation, the early going has been and is tough. It makes little sense to sign up as a listener when there is nothing to flattr. As a creator, it makes little sense to invest in a platform with few users. Let's cut through that, and push on both fronts simultaneously with a mutual leap of faith. Neither group has much to lose, so let's all just do it. I'm doing both ends myself, so I'm as invested as I can be. +Dan Benjamin of 5by5.tv does it for all their shows, the biggest network adopter I know of at this point. As Rage Against the Machine sings: "It has to start somewhere, it has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?"

    This is already long, in a future post I'll talk about auto-flattr solutions for podcast listeners.

    For now, I urge everyone to give this a try. You click like, +1 and similar things all day every day. You understand the paradigm, let's do it in a system where your money matches your attention.

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    Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for September 30, 2013 – “Don’t Give Me A Story When I Want Information”

    Posted on September 30, 2013
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    Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, September 30, 2013.

    I talk about my podcast listening workflow and my mostly frustrating search for a satisfactory Android equivalent; I continue to talk about the podcast economy and Flattr’s possible role in that; I use the professional poker world as an analogy for how this might work; I talk about how little I care of most issues that inflame the social media lately; I discuss about how I don’t want my information as “stories” despite being told repeatedly that is the way we need everything.

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    Podcast Yearly Statistics

    Posted on September 24, 2013
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    Podcast Yearly Statistics

    I was curious about these stats because of the #dogdaysofpodcasting  event and my recent return to a regular publishing schedule. Here are the number of shows I have published broken down by year:

    2004:   64  (Started in August)
    2005:   85  (First full year)
    2006:   46
    2007:   24
    2008:   15
    2009:   11
    2010:   10
    2011:    2 
    2012:    5
    2013:    41

    What you can see from this is that in less than nine months of 2013, I have published more episodes than the previous four years, and I will soon surpass the previous five years. 

    Admittedly, there are different scopes at play. 2010 and earlier tended to be longer episodes with music and more production. 2011 and later tend to be shows recorded in my car. There's a bit of an apple and orange situation, but I am pleased to be more prolific. It definitely sucked when I went to publish and episode and realize it had been six months since the previous one. 

    Thanks +Kreg Steppe for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to get back on track!

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