(T+A #22) Technology and the Arts: 10/31/2007

(T+A #22) Technology and the Arts: 10/31/2007

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Rico Clusters, an alternative to mind-mapping; Sloodle, an open-source virtual environment education system that combines Second Life and Moodle; and Zotero Server. Plus, a look at Halloween-related web sites and podcasts. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 10 MB. Time: 21 min., 50 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #22

Seattle Space Needle - image by John LeMasneyIn this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Rico Clusters, an alternative to mind-mapping; Sloodle, an open-source virtual environment education system that combines Second Life and Moodle; and Zotero Server. Plus, a look at Halloween-related web sites and podcasts. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 10 MB. Time: 21 min., 50 sec.

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(T+A #21) Technology and the Arts: 10/18/2007

(T+A #21) Technology and the Arts: 10/18/2007

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the top 100 open-source applications for Macs and recent developments regarding the RIAA. Plus, we’ll remember two people who have recently passed away: John’s friend Chris Hill and Rider University professor of political science and noted political analyst David Rebovich. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 15 MB. Time: 31 min., 14 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #21

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the top 100 open-source applications for Macs and recent developments regarding the RIAA. Plus, we’ll remember two people who have recently passed away: John’s friend Chris Hill and Rider University professor of political science and noted political analyst David Rebovich. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 15 MB. Time: 31 min., 14 sec.

Featured Links:

  • crumb.tumblr.com – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • bktandem.tumblr.com – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • John talks about his presentation on Favorite Firefox Extensions to the Princeton Computer Users Group (PCUG at the Lawrence Library in Lawrence Twp., N.J., on Oct. 15.
  • John remembers his good friend Chris Hill.
  • Brian talks about recording with good friend and singer-songwriter, Christian Beach.
  • And, in an indirect way, Brian did wind up on WXPN’s countdown of the Top 885 Most Memorable Musical Moments…check out No. 597 and scroll down to the links under the embedded video.
  • Ajaxflakes.com presents the top 100 best open-source Mac software.
  • John and Brian remember David Rebovich, professor of political science at Rider University and a noted analyst on the New Jersey political scene. Here is Brian’s take from his blog.
  • Brian provides an update on Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, a 46-year-old father of three children, who is known as a virtual-reality expert and is also co-founder of the university’s Entertainment Technology Center. Sadly, Randyhas pancreatic cancer and just months to live. Recently, he gave an inspirational and laugh-filled lecture called “How to Live Your Childhood Dreams” that has been chronicled by the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. One of his dreams was to play in the NFL. Thanks to the coverage of Randy’s lecture, the Pittsburgh Steelers invited him to practice and he caught some passes thrown by Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Kudos to the Steelers organization for helping to make one more dream come true for Dr. Pausch. You owe it to yourself to watch Randy’s powerful presentation. Download/watch the video.
  • Finally, we take a look at the topsy-turvy month of October for the Recording Industry Association of America — the RIAA. First, the RIAA won a trial against a file-swapper when a jury found that 30-year-old Jammie Thomas willfully infringed on copyrighted material and awarded the RIAA $222,000 in damages. Thomas is appealing the verdict.
  • However, after that victory, things started going downhill for the recording industry’s major labels. First, in response to Congressional testimony from the RIAA and recording artists to have terrestrial radio stations start paying performance royalties for the first time ever, the National Association of Broadcasters said…OK…we’ll do that…but we would like Congress to take a close look at standard recording contracts so we know what we’re going to actually be paying. Ooh boy…the RIAA is not going to want Congress taking a close look at those contracts. This should be fun to watch as developments transpire.
  • Then, Radiohead started selling its new album, “In Rainbows,” directly to fans as 160K-encoded, DRM-free MP3 files through the band’s own Web site — for whatever the consumer wants to pay. Oh, and there are no major record labels involved!
  • And, if things couldn’t get any worse for the RIAA, Madonna left her longtime label, Warner Bros., to sign a $120 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation that calls for three albums from the Material Girl…and gives Live Nation the opportunity to tap into concert, recording, merchandising and other lucrative revenue streams.
  • According to ArsTechnica.com, these artist defections are a troubling sign for the RIAA.

(T+A #20) Technology and the Arts: 10/4/2007

(T+A #20) Technology and the Arts: 10/4/2007

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we’ll hear a portion of John LeMasney’s recent talk he gave to the Brookdale Computer Users Group on Free and Open Source Software. Other topics of discussion include Google’s new online presentation application and rumored Second Life rival, potential problems with Creative Commons, and Miro — the free, open source Internet video platform. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 17 MB. Time: 35 min., 40 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #20

NOTE: Again, I apologize for the delay in getting Podcast #20 online…but here it is…finally. Enjoy! – BK

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we’ll hear a portion of John LeMasney’s recent talk he gave to the Brookdale Computer Users Group on Free and Open Source Software (pictured above). Other topics of discussion include Google’s new online presentation application and rumored Second Life rival, potential problems with Creative Commons, and Miro — the free, open source Internet video platform. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 17 MB. Time: 35 min., 40 sec.

Featured Links

  • Brookdale Computer Users Group – Learn more about BCUG.
  • lemasney.com – John LeMasney’s web site. Learn more about his talks on Free and Open Source Software and his Favorite Firefox Extensions. Also, check out ghost.rider.edu for John’s work with the Center for Innovative Instruction at Rider University.

Other links related to this episode:

  • crumb.tumblr.com – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • bktandem.tumblr.com – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • John and Brian recorded the conversation for this podcast at the Crystal Diner in Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • John talked again about his presentation on Open Source Software at the Sept. 21 meeting of the Brookdale Computer Users Group.
  • John also talks about the return of “Heroes” and other favorite television programs.
  • And, if you are in the area, John will be presenting his talk on Favorite Firefox Extensions to the Princeton Computer Users Group at the Lawrence Library in Lawrence Township, N.J., on Monday, October 15, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
  • Brian talks about recording with good friend and singer-songwriter, Christian Beach.
  • Miro – John is a big fan of this free, open source Internet video platform (formerly known as Democracy Player), as well as tvRSS.
  • John is very excited about Google’s new online presentation application.
  • And a $15 webcam helps put another video from John on YouTube.
  • John and Brian both find the excitement over tumblogs waning…although they are still very useful.
  • Brian talks about Google’s rumored MyWorld, which could be a virtual world to rival Second Life.
  • The face of a 16-year-old girl wound up in advertising for Virgin Mobile in Australia without her consent because of confusion about Creative Commons licensing.
  • Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, a 46-year-old father of three children, is known as a virtual-reality expert and is also co-founder of the university’s Entertainment Technology Center. He is also director of the Alice Software Project, which exposes students from middle school through college to programming. Sadly, he has pancreatic cancer and just months to live. Recently, he gave an inspirational and laugh-filled lecture called “How to Live Your Childhood Dreams” that has been chronicled by the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. You owe it to yourself to watch this powerful presentation. Download/watch the video.

Also, one more thing…Brian would like to say Happy (belated) Birthday to his sister, Lisa.

Sorry…just need a bit more time for Podcast #20

Hey…sorry about the delay, but look for the next installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast on Thursday, October 4. I’m close to finishing it up, but it’s not quite ready yet.

Here’s the thing…I am a huge Phillies fan and they are in the playoffs for the first time since 1993. I had tickets for their first home game of the postseason and didn’t know when — or even if — the game would be played until the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 30…the day after John and I recorded the podcast.

Anyway, the first home game turned out to be this afternoon (Wed., 10/3) and it literally took me two hours just to get out of the parking lot following the game…so I’m a little behind schedule.

And it doesn’t help matters that the Phils lost 4-2.

But I digress…I promise…the new podcast will be up soon.

– BK