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.
  • – John LeMasney’s web site. Learn more about his talks on Free and Open Source Software and his Favorite Firefox Extensions. Also, check out for John’s work with the Center for Innovative Instruction at Rider University.

Other links related to this episode:

  • – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • – 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.