Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for September 4 2015 – DDOP 32

In this episode, I answer questions from fellow Dog Days podcasters: Nutty Nutchtchas asks why I close the show with I love you? and Derek Coward asks what happened to the Uplifter events and CREATE South?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 17, 2014 – DDOP Day 18: Hackerspaces

In this episode, I talk about hackerspaces, bootstrapping communities, and how few people it actually takes to get a scene going.

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Charleston Wiki

On Saturday at the Uplifter Charleston shindig, the idea was raised about creating a Charleston specific wiki. It’s Tuesday, and today it exists . It is being populated now, and if you are a Charlestonian or a knowledgable ex-pat you can create an account and help fill this thing out. Here’s to less talk and more rock. Way to go, Brian Muller!

I’m delighted these are the kinds of things falling out of the meetings. Brian has had this idea for a while, but the interest people showed at the coffee house was the spark he needed to get going on it. Fanning flames, that’s what this is all about.

EGC Clambake For April 30, 2006

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I play a song from Jonathan Coulton that is ripped from my life; I talk about the tragedies and triumphs of AmigoFish and about the Uplifter meeting in Charleston; I play a song from the Dresden Dolls and then head out.

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Uplifter Waning

It seems like the meeting is winding down. There are ostensibly 45 more minutes left, but everyone left a little bit ago so I think it is effectively over. It was a really good meeting, a number of people of various levels of experience and question. People were helped, questions asked and answered about blogs and vlogs and podcasts, recommendations put forth, conversations had and connections made. A number of Charlestonian techies met each other and were introduced, some who knew each other but didn’t know they shared these interests. In short, the theory worked in practice, god love it. I’d have to go look at the sign in sheet, but it seems like 20 or 30 people came through at one point or another. That’s actually a better turnout than I was expecting. I call Uplifter Charleston a wild success.

Thanks to Dan and Janet for organizing it. It was a great afternoon.

Here in Charleston

I’m at the Uplifter meeting in Charleston, although I think I’m preceding it by some. My stuff is mostly still in the car and I just realized that I didn’t bring my CVS camcorder cable. Damn it!

Dan just showed up, so the nerding begins. I’ll try to flickr some photos throughout the day.

Change of Address

Whoa, I’ve been on this same cable modem system for almost two years, and today I got a different IP address. Previously, I’d had the same one for the entire life of this service. Freaky. If I weren’t spasticly taking a glance at AmigoFish server logs, I’d not have known it and then tomorrow if I tried to SSH into my home box from the Uplifter meeting I’d have been screwed. Time-Warner is just trying to screw with me and my populist media agenda!

Uplifter Charleston

Don’t forget, if you are in south coastal South Carolina or north coastal Georgia, there will be an Uplifter meeting this Saturday in Charleston. I’m planning on being there, so if you can (even if you aren’t close but willing to drive) please come and talk to me. We’re there to teach, learn and increase the edification quotient all the way around. I’m planning on bringing my soldering iron and some stuff to build another CVS camcorder cable right there in the coffee shop.

Also, Uplifter Seattle is that same day. I like that both Carolina meetings have been simultaneous with other ones around the country. I just find that cool.

EGC Clambake For March 30, 2006

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On this show, I play a song by No Walls; I talk about the first Uplifter meetings; I mourn the death of my (second) iPod Shuffle and fail to recommend the Mobiblu 1500i as a replacement; I play a song by The Gossip; I talk about homophobia and why I think serious homophobes are a danger to others; gay marriage doesn’t have the power to affect the sanctity of your marriage, silly rabbit; I play a song by Continuous Peasant and do the boot scoot boogie.

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Uplifter Meetings Rev 1

The meetings were Saturday. We had 5 people in South Carolina, and there were 6 people in Minnesota. While that’s not huge, both groups had fun and got some stuff done. They did more citizen media stuff in Minnesota, but a lady in SC also got help with her laptop from a guy who happens to work as a security/spyware specialist. The theory works! Bring what you have, teach what you know, learn what you need indeed.

The next Carolina meeting will be April in Charleston. I learned a few lessons about where to focus resources from this attempt, and maybe we’ll get things working a little better for the next shot. It’s not a bad start. Thanks to everyone that came out, to all who sent their support, and everyone that helped on the wiki and other places. Onward to the future!

EGC Clambake For March 20, 2006

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On this show, I play a song by Coconut Monkeyrocket; we have the first part of our talk with the Reverend Ivan Stang of the Church of the Subgenius; I play a song by Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners; I talk about the spirit of punk and the idea of “that ain’t punk” and from there segue into discussing criticism with words where a little action would do better; I play an unreleased track from Jill Sobule and limp out of the show.

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Uplifter Help Needed

Crossposted to the Uplifter Blog.

I need help, and whatever anyone can give is good. Because of the very high workload I had the last two weeks, I didn’t get done a lot of the things I wanted to do for promoting the Carolina Uplifter meeting. I have fliers ready to go which I will hang at Coastal Carolina University and also put at Horry-Georgetown Technical if they will let me. I sent the press release to the various newspapers in the immediate area, as well as the South Carolina public radio system and some local TV stations. That isn’t nearly as much as I wanted, but it’s what we got.

Here is the first paragraph of the press release I put out:

The Uplifter Carolina Society will be meeting on March 25th from 1 PM to 5 PM in Conway SC at Port City Java located at 300 Elm Street. This group is devoted to helping interested non-geeks become active with their technology. This gathering will include people to teach how to blog, podcast, and videoblog. If you have wanted to participate in these arenas but weren’t sure how to get started, come to the meeting and learn in a relaxed environment with friendly people.

If you are within driving distance of Conway SC and want to come, you are highly welcome. If you have friends or relatives or colleagues that are in this area and you think might be interested, please forward this information along to them. If you are in the Carolinas and want to sign up to organize a future event in your area, please do it. If you can, please blog about this event and let people know about it and if you know less blogged up people that might benefit from it, take the effort to let them know. The ultimate goal of this movement is to bring new people into this world rather than talk to the already wired, so any help bridging into outreach is highly appreciated.

More information about the movement as a whole is available at the wiki. Don’t forget, the Minneapolis area is having their own meeting at almost the same time.

EGC Clambake for February 26, 2006

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I play the last interview with John Mark King and last two songs from the upcoming Rocket City Riot album; I talk about the idea of big companies “validating the space” by sponsoring podcasts; I air the long delayed AmigoFish audio promo; I play a song by Diana Obscura and Damon Young; hey hey hey, goodbye.

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Uplifter Train Picks Up Steam

Over on the Uplifter Wiki there has been a good bit of activity recently as we try to get the PR materials in shape for sending around. March 25th, there will be meetings in both Conway SC and Minneapolis MN. I like that, it emphasizes that this isn’t an event that happens once in a place but is an ongoing process happening in many places over time.

If you want to participate but aren’t located in either of these areas, you can feel free to cruise around the wiki and help write the Uplifter Manifesto and other documents associated with the philosophy, or help come up with the logo (currently the area of greatest thrash). You can also organize your own meeting in your own area. The train is rolling, hop on board and let’s lift each other up.

EGC Clambake for February 21, 2006

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I play a song by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists; I talk about buying music from the people I play in the show; I discuss exhaustion and Uplifter ideals and getting the materials together for the Uplifter get-togethers; I play a quote from the Makena Music podcast; I play a song from Camper Van Beethoven; I discuss my attempts to lose weight; I play a song by Jill Sobule and Cyndi Lauper and then head out to Funkytown.

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Let’s Talk About Me

Let me table my barely existent humility and point to some stuff referencing me.

I did a few interviews last weekend, and hope to do some more soon. Several are posted now. Eddie Dickey interviewed me about AmigoFish, and Chad at Unedited interviewed me about Uplifter (sorry, can’t figure out a way to link to that individual episode notes).

Over at FalconTwin, Brendan talks about how he hates podcast directories and then has nice things to say about AmigoFish. I’m not sure that he likes it, but he seems to think it sucks less than baseline. I actually took his input to heart and have made a technical change that might give him (and everyone) more predictions. I’ll talk about this over at the AmigoFish blog. Brendan linked to me last month and I thought his online graphic novel looks interesting. I’ve been too busy to start from the beginning, but when things lighten up I think I will. I just can’t take the “new web comic productivity hit” right now.

I’m still in the market to do interviews with other podcasters, so if you are interested drop me a line. Help me help you.

EGC Clambake for January 29, 2006

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I say goodbye to GoDaddy and give you the complete rundown on the coupon situation; I talk about the one year anniversary of my God episode; I play a song from the Arts and Sciences; I play a found clip bashing Rocketboom and talk about the hating; I play a song by Cagey House; I talk a little more about Uplifters; why is the TailRank robot so poorly behaved; I play a song by the Decemberists and … scene.

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EGC Clambake for January 26, 2006

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I profess my appreciation for the Deliberate Noise podcast and I play a song by the Strange; I am available for interviews on AmigoFish and Uplifter issues; I talk about the effort of solidifying the Uplifter philosophy; I play a song by Borrowed Time; I play a clip from Robert Rodriguez; I talk about jokes and play a clip of Gilbert Gottfried from DVD Talk Radio; I play a quote from an interview with Kirby Dick and Evan Shapiro conducted by Dave Navarro; I play a song by Elliott Smith and go away.

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Uplifter Lives!

The basic framework of the Uplifter stuff exists. There is now a wiki and a group blog. Anyone that is interested should feel free to contribute to either or both. The one thing about both is that they require registration to participate. I thought about this and think that for this particular deal, it makes sense that contributors shouldn’t be anonymous. Let me know if anyone has any different thinking on that.

For now, I remain as busy as the recent baseline so I set up the framework but probably won’t be contributing heavily as of yet. If you want to join the blog as a contributor, let me know and we’ll get that set up. This is all pretty fluid and I’m letting the movement discover its own identity as we go, so things are pretty general. Like any good garage band, we’ll tune up as we play. Onward, uplifters!