(T+A #27) Technology and the Arts: 1/23/2008

(T+A #27) Technology and the Arts: 1/23/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss library 2.0, timeline Web site viygo.com, and the latest RIAA rumblings. Plus, we’ll take a look back at the quirky architecture of nine BEST Products featured showrooms. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 14 MB. Time: 30 min., 22 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #27

Best Products Store - Houston, TXIn this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will discuss library 2.0, timeline Web site viygo.com, and the latest RIAA rumblings. Plus, we’ll take a look back at the quirky architecture of nine BEST Products featured showrooms. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 14 MB. Time: 30 min., 22 sec.

Related Links:

  • crumb.tumblr.com – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • bktandem.tumblr.com – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • First off, we hope you like the new take on the theme music.
  • John promotes some future talks he has coming up: Brookdale Computer Users Group talk on open source software (especially GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus) and server technologies in March, Trenton Computer Festival in April, and Princeton Public Library Tuesday Tech Talk on using technology to lose weight.
  • Brian will be returning to the stage when he plays organ and — believe it or not — accordion for his friend Christian Beach on Feb. 2, 2008, at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como (formerly South Belmar), NJ.
  • Howard Jones recently performed at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre in Blackwood, NJ, on Jan. 18. Brian was there and wrote this recap on his Tandem With the Random blog (includes videos!).
  • Viygo.com, a timeline Web site, is discussed by John….CORRECTION (9:33 a.m. ET, 1/24/08): In the podcast, John says viygo.com is “an implementation of MIT’s timeline API.” However, we received an e-mail today from one of viygo.com’s creators, Matt Collins, saying:

    I would like to let you know we have nothing to do with the Simile project at MIT…Viygo is built on a database we designed and reads and writes to our database. We also use third party data when possible such as RSS feeds and open APIs.

    Thanks, Matt, for the e-mail! Keep up the great work with viygo.com!

  • John also talks about the concept of Library 2.0.
  • With his recent fascination with beer and crepes, John offers links relating to both: beneluxx.com, whole wheat crepes on Yahoo! Food, and French crepes on Yahoo! Food.
  • After being reminded of BEST Products by friend Katie Musar, Brian takes a look back at the quirky architecture of BEST’s featured showrooms: SITE’s BEST project site and a Metropolis Magazine story.
  • A recent CNET News.com blog post cites a Time magazine article on the return of vinyl long-playing records (aka LPs).
  • Blogger Don Reisinger recently spoke to an RIAA spokesperson and…well…let’s just say the recording industry just keeps making it easier to hate it.
  • But Ars Technica reports the end of the RIAA, as we know it, may actually be near…cross your fingers!
  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

Light in Winter ’08 in Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend

Just a reminder…the Light in Winter festival takes place in Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend, Jan. 18-20.

Light in Winter is a weekend-long festival that celebrates and explores the connections between science and the arts. Lectures, exhibits, interactive workshops and concerts take place throughout the weekend at multiple venues in the greater Ithaca area. The events of the weekend are tied together by a common theme—the 2008 festival will explore “Identity.” Money-saving ticket packages can be purchased in advance, and tickets for individual events are also available in advance or at the door.

New variation of the podcast theme music…let us know what you think

If you go over to the Technology and the Arts MySpace page, you will find that I have included on our audio player a new take on the podcast theme music.

It is still somewhat of a work in progress that I may be tweaking a bit over the next week or so, but we would like to know what you think of it so please feel free to use the player’s integrated commenting abilities to share your opinions.

You may also click here to listen to the new version (or click here to listen to the current theme), and leave comments here.

Thanks…and enjoy.

– Brian

(T+A #26) Technology and the Arts: 1/9/2008

(T+A #26) Technology and the Arts: 1/9/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will hear more from Barbara Mink, founding director of the Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, N.Y. Plus, we will discuss live streaming Flash video on ustream.tv and operator11.com, the David Byrne interview with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, an interactive fashion exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest buzz on eMusic and Apple, and more. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 37 min., 42 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #26

James KakaliosIn this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will again hear from Barbara Mink, founding director of the Light in Winter Festival taking place January 18-20 in Ithaca, N.Y. Plus, we will discuss live streaming Flash video on ustream.tv and operator11.com, the David Byrne interview with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, an interactive fashion exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest buzz on eMusic and Apple, and more. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 37 min., 42 sec.

Featured Story:

  • Light in Winter FestivalBarbara Mink, director and founder of the Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, N.Y., returns to talk about this annual event celebrating the synergies of science and the arts. This year’s event takes place January 18-20, 2008. (Pictured above: James Kakalios, University of Minnesota professor of physics and author of “The Physics of Superheroes,” will be taking part in a program titled “Imagined Identities” at the Light in Winter festival.)

Related Links:

  • crumb.tumblr.com – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • bktandem.tumblr.com – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • John talks about a big e-mail project at Rider University in which all users are moving over to Yahoo-owned Zimbra.
  • John also spent some time over the holiday break with friends at Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton, N.J. While there, he found some new beers to enjoy.
  • John also congratulated the Princeton Public Library’s Janie Hermann for a recent article featuring her in the US 1 newspaper. John will again be taking part in PPL’s Tuesday Tech Talk series in 2008.
  • Brian will be returning to the stage when he plays organ and — believe it or not — accordion for his friend Christian Beach. The show takes place at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, on Feb. 2, 2008. UPDATE: Oops! Just found out from Christian that the show is actually taking place at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como (formerly South Belmar), NJ.
  • Brian also will be seeing synthesizer legend Howard Jones perform acoustically at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre in Blackwood, NJ, on Jan. 18.
  • John is excited about the new “embed” feature available for Google Presentations.
  • Stream live Flash video across the Web with ustream.tv or operator11.com.
  • Check out the photographic political commentary of Allison Jackson at www.mbfala.com.
  • John is excited about the prospects of a Netflix set-top box.
  • Brian and John both discuss a recent wired.com interview of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke conducted by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame (check out the accompanying photo)…and, on a related note, “Weird Al” Yankovic asks why he hardly sees any money from digital download sales of his music. Also, sales of CDs tanked during the 2007 holiday season.
  • Brian discusses an interactive, participatory fashion exhibit he came across on a recent trip to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check out blog.mode: addressing fashion.
  • eMusic is in the news. The No. 2 online music retailer after iTunes may have some indie labels threatening to leave the service. However, eMusic has also struck a deal with AT&T to allow wireless customers to download songs directly to their handheld devices…AND download free copies of the same songs to their PCs.
  • With Macworld days away, Apple is in the news. First, the company reportedly will begin renting DVDs from Fox through the iTunes Store. Also, there is a rumor going around that Apple will be launching its own music label…with Jay-Z at the helm! (But take that rumor with a grain of salt.)
  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.