Audioblog for August 30, 2004

Here is the audioblog for August 30, 2004. I discuss different ways of assembling audioblogs, of how the myth of effortless brilliance impedes success, of the short stories of Theodore Sturgeon and the oddness of XM Radio cracking down on Time Trax.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Hugh MacLeod’s Gaping Void
XM Radio Leans on Time Trax
Lucas Gonze on Enclosures
The first volume of the Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon – The Ultimate Egoist

Audioblog for August 29, 2004

I’m caught back up, so here is the audioblog for August 29, 2004. There are two posted today, but really the first was yesterday’s. I discuss swearing on the audioblog and how I can recite George Carlin’s “7 dirty words” with as much or better ease as the Pledge of Allegiance (complete with demonstration), discuss an email exchange with IT Conversations producer Doug Kaye, and tell an anecdote from the Reality Break days about how getting underwriting caused me a minor ethical crisis.

Links mentioned in this episode:
IT Conversations

Audioblog for August 28, 2004

Here is the audioblog for August 28, 2004. Once again, I recorded this yesterday but didn’t get it assembled until today. I discuss my terminology for “bundles of passion” (and why I completely hate the term “content” in this arena), the IT conversations panel “Living the Broadband Life”, my enclosures plugin, blosxom, and the radio show Sound and Spirit. If you listen, this photo will make perfect sense.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Supernova 2004 Panel – Broadband Life
Sound and Spirit – great radio show (Ellen Kushner is my radio saint)
Blosxom – the weblogging tool that runs this site
Buy Paul Melancon’s album!

Audioblog for August 27, 2004

Here is the newest entry in the annals of the audioblog. In this episode, I discuss the reactions to my big “iPod platform” entry of previous days, discuss how the audioblog is becoming the first draft for the big “manifestos” on here, and I play a Paul Melancon song. All that, in about 15 minutes, as I actually make an effort to keep these things from sprawling out to half an hour.

Links mentioned in this installment:
Paul Melancon or his new band The Arts and Sciences
Audacity – open source audio editing package (new release is out!)

Audioblog for August 25, 2004

The new audioblog entry is online. In this one, I talk solely about RSS, the “iPod platform” and monetizing the whole thing with the oldest damn idea in broadcasting but with better technology and data. Ignore the part at the beginning where I say that it will be short. I thought it would be when I started, but it wasn’t. No personal stuff in this one, just my shot at trying to define some terms and lay out some ideas.

Audioblog for August 23, 2004

The latest episode of the audioblog is now available. As my pal Jonny X requested, I am not using the Sharp Zaurus and its hissy audio for this entry (and the MP3 link will open a new window). I discuss the notion of the “iPod Platform” and how I hope that leads into a world of delicious irony where the RIAA efforts to kill internet radio turn around and bite them in the ass. I discuss a little more about bands I like, and how I have informed Gentle Readers that I use them for a theme song that that “I’m asking for your permission, or at least your forgiveness.” I also discuss how I might one day finally discuss on the blog why I don’t believe in God, and how the audioblog entries make it more likely that I will finally go through with that.

Some links mentioned in this episode:
RadioLover – MP3 stream capturing for Mac OS X
WREK 91.1 FM – Ga Tech Student Radio
KRVS 88.7 FM – Radio for the University of Lousiana at Lafayette (geaux Cajuns!)

Audioblog for August 22, 2004

Here’s the next installment of the audioblog. It was actually recorded late late Saturday night but not put together until Sunday afternoon. It includes a theme and even some production (!). Topics covered include the question of “Why audioblog at all?”, RSS infrastructure for enclosures, Cheap Trick, the Gentle Readers, and a special audio-only tidbit of information. I’m still looking for feedback on this whole experiment. In particular, what do you think about the theme and then using that music as a bed for the first few minutes?

Related links:
Cheap Trick – Elo Kiddies, southern girls got nothing to lose
The Gentle Readers – Indiana rock by way of Decatur GA
Audacity – free and good audio editing

The Fun Never Stops

A little quick experiment showed me that it was no problem for me to record a little bit of myself with Voice Recorder on my Zaurus, export that .wav file to the iBook and then import it into Audacity. Cool cool cool! That means that I have the potential to do mobile audioblogging. If I run into some celebrity on the street, I can do a quick interview with them or whatever. This would have been great back in the radio show days, particularly at the SF conventions I was covering as a journalist/radio personality.

I might even do some routine posts just out and about, getting a little local color in the audio. I am mindful that here, in this little southern coastal town, I am different than most of the people here. I look different, act different, talk different, have a different sort of career. Thus, I might want to be a little careful about becoming “the crazy guy who wanders the streets talking to himself.” Maybe if I am out and about recording stuff into the Zaurus, I should hold up my cell phone as a decoy.

The worst thing about recording the audio with both the iBook and Zaurus is that both have internal mics and neither has a line in or mic jack. I’m a radio guy, I miss having the mike staring me in the face. It was really weird recording today’s audio entry, just sort of talking towards the upper right hand of my iBook’s screen. I should research if there is some USB audio input gizwhickey for Macs. A little USB microphone would be nice, or even some gadget that connects to USB or Firewire and accepts mic-level or line in level inputs with mini-stereo plugs. Then we’d really be cooking with gas.

You can tell, if I am this interested in the toolset, that I’ll be continuing with the audio stuff. That’s always how you can tell when someone is passionate about a hobby or a total duffer. When the tools and the mundane, boring parts of a pastime still excite you, are are totally hooked.


I’m following in footsteps, and have decided to try my hand at audioblogging. I present now my initial attempt at an audio post. I’m not doing this via Audioblog or anything like that, just recording on my iBook and posting it old school. I might try to take a few moments this weekend and put together a Blosxom plugin for doing RSS enclosure feeds of just the audio posts, or figure out how to add that to the regular one or something. The infrastructure might not be solid for a few days, but download and listen and leave a comment letting me know what you think. It’s kind of fun and kind of scary, like all audio and radio work I have ever done has been. It’s cool to hear yourself on the radio, but I can never shake the feeling that I sound far too stupid and goofy to be doing this. Audioblogging makes me feel exactly the same way.

A few links for things mentioned in the audio post:
Audacity, Open Source Audio editing tool
Adam Curry – broadcasting Adonis
KRVS, Radio Acadie in Lafayette LA