Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #48

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the Firefox toolbar, President-Elect Obama’s weekly YouTube address, and a recent talk by Audacity co-creator Roger Dannenberg. Plus, we discuss the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., and provide an update on our own John LeMasney’s stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 9 MB. Time: 19 min.

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Here are some things John talked about:

  • John’s stolen car wasn’t stolen after all…he simply misplaced it in South Philadelphia for more than a month. It turns out he was parked about four blocks away from where thought he was.
  • President-Elect Barack Obama’s YouTube Weekly Address – President-Elect Obama presented what was the first of a series of weekly addresses via YouTube…and John is happy he can watch them on his T-Mobile G1.
  • EwingNJ.org – John serves as chair of the Ewing Township, N.J., web site committee and he informed us that the site officially goes live on January 1, 2009. But you can click on the link to see a public preview of the site.
  • Team2016 – John is a mentor for the web/marketing part of the Mighty Monkey Wrenches, Ewing’s premier robotics powerhouse, and helped build this WordPress.com site for them. Unfortunately, the team has decided to build its own web site from scratch and ditch the WordPress site…to John’s dismay.
  • And John offers best wishes to former Rider colleague Angel Brady, for whom there will be a going away party at Triumph in Princeton on Friday, Nov. 21.

Here are some things Brian talked about:

  • Christian Beach – Brian plugs some upcoming shows by his friend Christian…November 22 at Rockaway Townsquare in Rockaway, N.J.; November 29 at The Living Room in New York City; and December 12 at Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia.
  • Grounds for Sculpture – The 35-acre sculpture garden founded in 1992 by J. Seward Johnson (of the Johnson & Johnson family) is located in Hamilton, N.J. Brian recently visited the park and put these photos up on Picasa.
  • Roger B. Dannenberg – The co-creator of the Audacity audio-editing application and an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and School of Art recently took part in a pair of programs at The College of New Jersey. Two nights after giving a talk on his recent work with computer-based music and music-playing robots, Roger played trumpet with the TCNJ jazz ensemble.
  • Google Maps/My Maps – Brian has recently begun using the My Maps feature of Google Maps to figure out where the different venues are for a wedding he is attending this weekend.
  • “Hardware Wars” – Possibly the first fan-created spoof movie, this 1977 classic short parodies “Star Wars” using household appliances as robots, weapons and spaceships…and a puppet replacing Chewbacca. Brian recently found “Hardware Wars” on YouTube and posted it to his blog…you can watch part one below.
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(T+A #46) Technology and the Arts: 10/22/2008

(T+A #46) Technology and the Arts: 10/22/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Songbird and the music recommendation service Mufin. Plus, we discuss ReverbNation’s “on ramp” to music download services for bands and musicians, as well as music download service and online music player, Lala.com…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 13 MB. Time: 26 min., 59 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #46

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Songbird and the music recommendation service Mufin. Plus, we discuss ReverbNation’s “on ramp” to music download services for bands and musicians, as well as music download service and online music player, Lala.com…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 13 MB. Time: 26 min., 59 sec.

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Here are some things John talked about:

  • Educause – Educause 2008, a conference dedicated to the use of information technology in higher education, will take place in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2008.
  • T-Mobile G1 – John has ordered this Google Android-powered phone from T-Mobile.
  • Picasa 3 – Google has updated its Picasa Web Album and John likes the new features.
  • Songbird – John talks about the popular Mozilla-powered, open-source music player.

Here are some things Brian talked about:

  • Philadelphia Phillies – Brian is completely preoccupied by his favorite sports team’s playoff run to the World Series.
  • Christian Beach – Brian plugs some upcoming shows by his friend Christian…October 23 at Triumph Brew Pub in Princeton, N.J.; October 29 at Triumph in Philadelphia, Pa. (tentative, depending on the Phillies); November 22 at Rockaway Townsquare in Rockaway, N.J., and December 12 at Fergie’s Pub in Philly.
  • Life on Mars – Check out the Americanized ABC version of this critically acclaimed BBC series about a present-day cop time-shifted back to 1973…the ABC version takes place in New York City.
  • Mufin (beta) – Read about this music recommendation service, which scans audio for density, tempo and rhythm to match other songs you might like. (Sourcee: CNET News.com)
  • ReverbNation – This marketing and promotion platform for bands and musicians offers a full range of services, including posting of songs to the popular music download services for a flat fee of $34.95 (Source: ReverbNation via BusinessWire)
  • Lala.com – This online music service and player offers cheap DRM-free MP3 downloads and 10-cent “websongs” that play in an ad-free player that also imports songs from your iTunes library. (Source: The Washington Post)

(T+A #45) Technology and the Arts: 10/8/2008

(T+A #45) Technology and the Arts: 10/8/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including enhancements to TiVo, the Tekzilla podcast, the Netflix set-top box developed by Roku, and a Picasa Web Album update. Plus, we’ll discuss an RIAA setback and some digital music royalty decisions involving Pandora and iTunes. In addition, we discuss John’s recently stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 16 MB. Time: 34 min., 45 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #45

Note: Sorry for the delay in getting these Show Notes online…but better late than never…and Go Phillies!

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including enhancements to TiVo, the Tekzilla podcast, the Netflix set-top box developed by Roku, and a Picasa Web Album update. Plus, we’ll discuss an RIAA setback and some digital music royalty decisions involving Pandora and iTunes. In addition, we discuss John’s recently stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 16 MB. Time: 34 min., 45 sec.

Related Links:

Here are some things John talked about:

  • Educause – Educause 2008, a conference dedicated to the use of information technology in higher education, will take place in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2008.
  • Presidium – An IT help desk solution that John checked out during a recent business trip to Kentucky.
  • Bella Vista Beverage – John visited this South Philly beer and soda distributor to help celebrate its grand reopening on Sunday, Oct. 5…
  • …and then John had his car stolen while he was there. If anyone sees a 2005 silver Toyota Sienna minivan — possibly still with the New Jersey plates on it — in the South Philly area, please contact us at technology.arts@gmail.com.
  • T-Mobile G1 – John talked more about this Google Android-powered phone from T-Mobile.
  • Garmin Nuvi – John had a good experience with this GPS device while on his trip to Kentucky.
  • The Aleuminati – The “not-so secret” society of beer drinkers.
  • Budweiser American Ale – John recently reviewed this latest offering from Budweiser…and he doesn’t think it’s all that bad.
  • Avery Brewing – At the other end of the beer spectrum from Bud’s American Ale are Avery’s The Maharaja and Salvation.
  • TiVo – John discusses a recent update to this fantastic technology.
  • Tekzilla – A Revision3 podcast hosted by Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont.
  • Netflix Player by Roku – John talks about this set-top box that streams Netflix movies directly to your television.
  • Picasa 3 – Google has updated its Picasa Web Album and John likes the new features.
  • Neat Company – Simple, efficient paper scanning solutions.

Here are some things Brian talked about:

  • Philadelphia Phillies – Brian is completely preoccupied by his favorite sports team’s playoff run to the National League Championship Series.
  • Christian Beach – Brian plugs some upcoming shows by his friend Christian…October 23 at Triumph Brew Pub in Princeton, N.J.; October 29 at Triumph in Philadelphia, Pa.; and December 5 at Fergie’s Pub in Philly.
  • RIAA suffers legal setback – A federal judge in Minnesota threw out a $222,000 verdict against single mother Jammie Thomas, who had convicted of illegally sharing songs on a peer-to-peer file sharing service. The judge ordered a new trial. (Source: Information Week)
  • Congress passes webcasting bill – Both houses of Congress passed legislation that will help webcasters like Pandora and Live365 reach a deal on reasonable royalty rates with SoundExchange, the organization charged with collecting royalties from digital music. Read more here and here. (Sources: Pandora, AP via Google)
  • Royalty rate unchanged for iTunes, other download services – After Apple threatened to shut down the iTunes Music Store if royalty rates were increased, the Copyright Royalty Board decided to keep mechanical royalty rates (for songwriters and publishers) at 9.1¢ per download. There was speculation that the rate could increase to around 15¢ per download. (Source: Ars Technica)