Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #29

Microsoft-Flickr Screen of DeathIn this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we’ll share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including ratebeer.com, the new forms feature in Google Docs, ImprovEverywhere.com, and the demise of the HD-DVD format. Plus, we’ll talk more about Microsoft’s bid to acquire Yahoo! and a Flickr users group that has emerged to protest the proposed deal. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 14.5 MB. Time: 30 min., 22 sec.

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Finally, here is a YouTube video of Christian Beach peforming “Open Spaces” at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como, NJ, on Feb. 2, 2008. I appear from about the :35 mark to about 1:04 playing accordion (although you can only really hear it in the second verse of the song). Enjoy! – Brian

“Open Spaces” © 2007 C.J. Beach

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.

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.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #25

Barbara Mink, director and founder of the Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, N.Y., discusses the annual event celebrating the synergies of science and the arts in this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast. Other topics of discussion include year-end “top 10” lists, Christmas stories on OldRadioFun.com, the RIAA’s unfair view of “fair use”, and social music site iLike.com. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 15 MB. Time: 30 min., 30 sec.

Featured Story:

  • Light in Winter FestivalBarbara Mink, director and founder of the Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, N.Y., talks about this annual event celebrating the synergies of science and the arts. This year’s event takes place January 18-20, 2008. Watch the promotional video at the bottom of this post.

Related Links:

  • crumb.tumblr.com – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • bktandem.tumblr.com – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • John and Brian reflect on one year of producing the Technology and the Arts podcast.
  • Changes are coming for lemasney.com because…
  • …John is moving entirely off Windows at home and going all Linux!
  • Brian and John once again thank Pandora, the Urban Saloon in Philadelphia and Bud Select for a great time out on Dec. 5.
  • John talks about a recent presentation by DJ Sakuramboo at a recent Linux Users Group in Princeton (LUG/IP) meeting in which he turned a terminatorx/aldrin demonstration into a 40-minute performance. Check out David A. Harding’s blog post featuring a description and photos of the event.
  • John Time Magazine’s list of “50 Top 10 Lists.”
  • Since we’re in the season, try to listen to some Christmas stories on OldRadioFun.com.
  • John searches the Internet for new pizza dough recipes, like this one…and this one.
  • Brian takes one more shot at the Recording Industry Association of America — the RIAA, for short — in 2007, as it continues to insist that ripping a CD that you legally purchased onto your computer as a backup or to put on your MP3 player is the same as stealing music.
  • And since we are in the final days of the holiday season, check out Ars Technica’s holiday hardware guide.
  • If you are a creative person and need better time management skills, check out a free ebook called “Time Management for Creative People.”
  • Social music site iLike.com has already made it big on Facebook. Now, it plans on dominating the music scene across the entire social networking universe.
  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.
  • Also, just to be clear, at the end of this podcast, I say that our next show will be Wednesday, January 9, 2007…obviously, I meant to say 2008. Sorry about that.

Promotional video for Light in Winter…


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Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #24

Spam ArtIn 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 FoodTube.net, art inspired by spam subject lines (see example at right), recreations of iconic photographs featuring senior citizens, and six things to be thankful for in technology. Plus, we’ll take a look at Pandora’s new classical music service and Google’s upcoming online storage utility. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 13 MB. Time: 28 min., 15 sec.

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Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #23

The Grove at the Arcadia University Art Gallery

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 video chat service Tokbox.com and Robert Scoble’s interview with Stanford Prof. Marc LeVoy on Advanced Photographic Research. Plus, a look at Google’s Android mobile OS and The Grove, a turntable-based installation at the Aracadia University in suburban Philadelphia through December 20, 2007. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 20.5 MB. Time: 44 min., 32 sec.

Featured Story:

  • “The Grove” (pictured above) is a traveling installation by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Duffy that is a uniquely participatory project consisting of 18 matching, variable-speed phonographs, each linked to 20 speakers suspended from the ceiling. A wood crate of vintage LPs by instrumental and vocal performers located at each turntable allows participants to change the sound environment interactively. With close to 400 speakers, the installation creates an immersive, orchestral canopy of evolving compositions. “The Grove” is installed at the Arcadia University Art Gallery in Glenside, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia, through December 20, 2007.

    More photos of The Grove

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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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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.

Live from PodCamp Philly

3:07 p.m.
Mike Wolk, senior systems engineer, Apple Inc.
Sitting in on my last session of the day…and this one is near and dear to my heart: “Using GarageBand for Basic Podcasting,” presented by Mike Wolk (above), senior systems engineer for Apple Inc.

2:45 p.m.
Chris Penn of the Financial Aid Podcast
Rob Usdin of the Jersey JamCast podcast.
Just finished up a session called “Marketing for Musicians,” presented by Chris Penn (two pics up) of the Student Loan Network’s Financial Aid Podcast. Rob Usdin (one pic up) of the Jersey JamCast podcast attended the session.

2:00 p.m.
Rand Bradbury of BestDamnTech.com and RoadieShow.com

The 1 p.m. session I attended was called “What Do All These Buttons Do?” — a quick tutorial on audio equipment like microphones and mixers presented by Drexel alumnus Rand Bradbury (above) of BestDamnTech.com and RoadieShow.com.

1:15 p.m.
Some pics I took during lunch…
Philly skyline

Philly skyline

Cira Centre near 30th St. Station in Philly.

1:00 p.m.
Lunch is over…time to learn about audio equipment from Rand Bradbury of BestDamnTech.com and RoadieShow.com.

12:05 p.m.
Mark Blevis
Finishing up my second session of the day, “Audio Editing Techniques” with Mark Blevis (above) of Electric Sky, Candian Podcast Buffet and a bunch more you can find links for at www.markblevis.com.

OK…it’s over. Time for lunch.

11:00 a.m.

Joel Mark Witt of FolkMedia.org and Maryland Zoo TV.
Just sat through my first session at PodCamp Philly…”Thinking Like a Producer,” presented by Joel Mark Witt of FolkMedia.org and Maryland Zoo TV (above). Very interesting stuff. I’ll talk about it more in a wrap-up post, but now I want to get back to getting some photos online.

10:00 a.m.
I will be updating this post throughout the day (newer posts on top), but I am here at Drexel University for PodCamp Philly. Stay tuned for photos and more.

Lead organizer Whitney Hoffman addresses the Podcamp Philly attendees.
Lead organizer Whitney Hoffman addresses the Podcamp Philly attendees.

Free coffee! Courtesy of Starbucks and Comcast! Thanks!
Free coffee! Courtesy of Starbucks and Comcast! Thanks!

PodCamp Philly Schwag Bag!
PodCamp Philly Schwag Bag

PodCamp Philly registration table
PodCamp Philly registration table.

– BK