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( Feb. 4th, 2007 01:50 am)
So I have a new episode up of Radio Free Eos. This is a different format. It is an interview with Lee Hammoc about writing the game. The interview was done via skype and drops out some in spots. I have cleaned it up some though and is easily listened to. Go and listen. Invite your friends.

Also in the process of getting this up I discovered I have a problem with my wireless connection the router.  it did not want to upload my files to the site.  I ended up sending the  file  to  libsyn from another computer in the house.  I will see what i can do to improve the signal quality. If that does not work I will run another ethernet cord but the router is upstairs so I want to avoid that.
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( Jan. 27th, 2007 01:49 pm)
So I am of course going to talk about new media cause its what I do.

I am of course a big fan of the podcasts. I listen to quite a few and while there are other platforms for getting them, the easiest and most common is iTunes podcast tab. You can look for them, subscribe, and listen all in one program. There are other programs for collecting the podcasts from rss feeds ranging from separate programs(I recommend Juice), websites( and have good listings and you can listen there), and even just subscribing to rss in your browser using the little orange symbol next to the address bar. I use itunes for its ease of use and its integration with my iPod.

The thing is it is not the best platform for the video podcasts unless you have a video iPod. It does not suck but I have found it lacking. For my bet I am going to recommend Democracy Player. This is a an open source program that will collect and show the video podcasts you enjoy. My favorites right now are CommandN (a tech show out of Toronto), DL.TV(a tech show out of San Fransisco), Hak.5(a tech show out of North Carolina) and Galacticast(which is a scifi oriented comedy spoof show). What iTunes is better at is the for pay content. You can buy movies, music, and tv shows and watch them through iTunes but i don't do that much. I like some of the newer content coming out in the independent corners. As you can guess right now alot of them are geek oriented, but that will change as more and more people do it. Ctrl-Alt-Chicken is actually a cooking show.

Now of course you can get the video directly from the websites. If your interested for instance in catching lost or just about any cbs show you can watch it on their respective network sites. Scifi was putting episodes of many of their shows on their websites as well and pretty much that is how i watched all of So you want to be a superhero. Yes it means sitting in front of your tv right now but their are a lot of new devices coming out to stream video from your computer to your tv via your in house network so sitting in the living room and watching a show you are streaming from the website or downloaded from iTunes will be a very real possibility for people soon. This is one of the things I find exciting about the new media thing. Slowly they will change how tv is delivered and viewed.

Another new thing i want to try but have not gotten in on yet is Joost. It is still in invitation only beta at the moment but it has absolutely brilliant ideas how to deliver media from the things I have seen. It is being released by the folks who came up with skype so it is good stuff.
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( Jan. 8th, 2007 10:41 am)
Got my prinicpal recording done on my podcast last night. Yay! I will be doing some editing and add some music this evening. I probably will have it all posted by morning.

I have not gotten my lines for the dixie stenberg podcast as of yet. I am looking forward to it though am a little scared. They have a pretty solid group of performers and I am hoping I can measure up.

The link for the show is this.

Scroll down to listen to episodes.

as for my next project. After i finish with the hell week of moving then I am going to sit down with one of my stories and clean it up. Thats part of my new years resolution to get some stories submitted for publication.
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( Sep. 28th, 2006 11:54 pm)
okay many of you know I record and listen to podcasts. I like the new potential to the media. It combines a lot of the potential of early radio while being something that is in reach of people not well blessed with vast sums of money(trust me on this point). I mean it is nice to have some extra funds for a new mike or good sound card but anyone can do it.

Wikipedia defines podcasting thus

"Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio or video programs, over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term as originally coined by Ben Hammersley in an article in the Guardian on February 12, 2004, was meant as a contraction of "broadcasting" and "iPod".

The term podcast, like 'radio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital audio formats by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of reading feeds like RSS or Atom."

I listen to a wide range of things myself. I love the tech show that is this week in tech. I listen to npr podcasts and some other informational ones. I listen to I should be writing and geek fu. Slice of scifi and Dragon page are also fun. My special love though is for fiction casts.

A couple of things I like particularly I thought I would share with folks.

First is Escape Pod found at

This is an unusual cast. It is a short fiction podcast. They actually pay for the stories like any good fiction market. They pick solid stories and have guest readers do the recordings. Sometimes the guest readers are other writers and others are podcasters or a bit of both. One of my favorite stories on there was Joe Steel by Harry Turtledove. I tale about what if Joe Stalin had come to power in the us instead of Russia. it is delivered in short clipped language that makes me think of 30's newsreels.

another podcast I listen to is Brave Men Run found at

This is a single novel broken up and released via podcast. Mathew Wayne Selznick wrote this and it is a novel about superhero like people appearing and it effect on society and on this one boy growing up in the 80's. It is as someone else described it "what if John Crier did comics?". It is surprisingly well written. [ profile] comic_monkey would love this guaranteed.

There are others of course and I may put a post about later but I thought I would suggest these for the listening pleasure of my friends who may not have had a chance to check them out.


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