Podcasting, and Eeek

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There seems to be a new Killer App out there, and it’s called
The idea is a branch off of RSS feeds for blogs — like those I use in my
Journal News
aggregation page.
A link to an mp3 is added to the RSS information, and there are apps
(iPodder – free,
iPodderX – shareware)
that will monitor the feeds and grab new mp3’s as they become available.

This is not too different from what I already do with some more commercial mp3 broadcasts.
Every week I download the latest
Quirks & Quarks
as well as
This Week in Science.
I am hoping this new influx of available mp3’s may include some science-related information/discussion.
I’ve always thought we could do a show with two or more people talking about stuff.

It turns out that
Jerry Doyle
is a hard-line right-wing conservative!

Btw, in case you hadn’t heard,
Howard Stern
is moving to satellite radio, where he can’t be censored by the FCC.


podcast, the Net.

About rae

I'm a long-time Mac and iOS developer. I'm also a big fan of Ruby on Rails and relational databases. I tend to work remotely, in my basement with occasional trips to the office. I'm also a big videophile, both TV and film, and can't wait for a good, inexpensive home 4k solution.

12 comments on “Podcasting, and Eeek

  1. Jeff K

    The Liberal walks up on the podium and says, “We hold self evident that all men are created equal.”, the crowd cheers, he steps down and rides home on the subway, proud.

    The conservative checks with his business partners and then pays a speaker to step up to the podium and say, “All men are created equal!”, they step into the backroom, snicker and hop into their HMWV’s and race home, and then crowd cheers as the first HMWV blows a gasket in the first corner.

    The centrist hacks in from his home office, and says on the big screen, “All things being equal, I wouldn’t need to be a liberal or a conservative. Censorship? Oh, that’s that checkbox on the P2P setup screen isn’t it?”, then walks back to the kitchen and tries to make some coffee, but accidentally spills the beans.

  2. Jeff K

    The show idea is interesting, but no “What your dog thinks” or “Listening to Herring” for me (like Quirks&Quarks this & last week). What did you have in mind?

  3. Reid

    I have to admit that Q&Q has been a big disappointment so far this season, given Spaceship One, etc. I was hoping after a show or two he would get around to it, but alas, it seems not to be the case. This Week In Science is better at that, but unfortunately, the “hard science” guy left the show recently. :-/

    So I am still casting about for *good* science shows.

  4. Jeff K

    No, I meant, what kind of show do you want to do when you say “We could do …”, and could you tell me who “We” includes, if only in a private email?

  5. Reid

    Ah, sorry! By “we”, I mean everyone who is interested! Iain and I did a sort-of tryout, but the sound on Iain’s end was awful, mostly because I was basically recording an iChat conversation we were having. I would like to do something whereby:

    (a) everyone involved can see or at least hear everyone else

    (b) audio is recorded locally for later compositing (and editing! Remove all those “Ummm”s and “Err”s)

    I think that it shouldn’t be too diffficult to do this. Certainly for Mac users out there, iChat ( http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/ichat.html ) will allow us to have 4 people videoconferencing at a time (once Mac OS X 10.4 ( http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger ) is out, in a few months). Using something like Audio Hijack ( http://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack ) should let us record the audio stream as well. Hm, I should try that.

  6. Jeff K

    I was reading this month’s Wired article about “Evolution vs. Intelligent Design”. In a show or a script, I could provide a deeper but still fairly conventional defense of I.D. and you could then slag me — I have some good books on the various ways the scientific establishment prefers to do this, although I must say the methods my 8 year old uses on my 3 year old are somewhat less transparent, but they’re learning from the best, but I digress. We could easily take it further than the Wired article, and if you can get some kevlar body armour and some light chairs we could really make it look like we were doing a serious show.

  7. Reid

    I don’t know if creationism is all thaat interesting a topic. I’d prefer to talk about things like the strengths of Linux or Open Source in general vs the Windows world, and maybe how the Mac fits in. Another popular topic (judging by the number of comments) would be BitTorrent and downloading TV shows.

    A separate show could cover some politics, such as how the “Land of the free and the home of the brave” is now barren of both..

  8. Jeff K

    Well creationism is dull, but a decent scientific examination of I.D. might turn up evidence of a civilization that preceded ours of which our ancestors perhaps were a part, and other interesting things IMHO. Evolutionary scientists are rejecting all evidence of design and are thus blind to an excellent area of study, parts of evolutionary biology are based on faked science such as that by Mendel http://www.jaworski.co.uk/m10/10_fakes.html not to mention being irrelevant. American politics is a painful topic. I guess that leaves us with tech. In the land of the free, they have some laws we should try to steer clear of — also, BitTorrent is more open than other P2P’s to the application of Canadian law because of the way it works. So self-censorship has us down to what, Linux? DVDs on Linux anyone? 🙂

    Actually, I thought you wanted something science related.

  9. Reid

    Ran across this page about Mendel — http://www.nih.gov/about/director/ebiomed/mendel.htm — quite a bit more in-depth look at Mendel’s results. Interesting stuff, but more of an historical oddity than “faked science”. Certainly similar experiments have been performed since, and the results pan out (more realistically).

    But ya, tech is good. Especially concerning stuff we might want to buy in the immediate future. I’m keeping an eye on HDTV sets, for instance. I don’t want to spend more than around $1,200 and don’t need more than the equivalent of our current 27″ Sony XBR2 TV. CRT is just fine, no need for plasma, LCD, OLED or anything. I’m also thinking we should go for Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcasts, which are not allowed to be copy protected, yadda yadda.

    Hm, Maybe we should put this all in a posting to Tech Talk instead of adding comment after comment here? 🙂 Actually, I should change the style of the single-posting pages to make the layout more like that of slashdot, so that comments don’t feel so marginalized or second-class. Hmmm…

  10. Jeff K

    I hope you read that whole article you linked to, because I did. Anyway, I have a 34″ SONY XBR 4:3 HDTV that’s 2 years old. I’m tempted to replace it with a 42″ plasma.

  11. Reid

    Yes, I did. An interesting read altogether. I have to admit I couldn’t tell which way the author was leaning right up until the final sentence: “Mendel’s choice merits our compassion and thanks, not our disapprobation”. I guess the fact that I couldn’t tell means it’s a very balanced piece of writing..

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