Daily Random Sh*t: Grow Up 45, said my conservative friend

My conservative friend, Reo, posted the above comment.

My response comment: I agree (with the a Trump part). The quality of the character of the person doing this job is rather important. He does not seem to be up to the task. It’s interesting to demand that a 70-year-old grow up and act presidential. All the presidents make mistakes, especially in the beginning, but this one, golfing when real action is needed? You notice he never has said anything taking responsibility for his administration like, “the buck stops here.” He doesn’t seem to learn from his mistakes and is very good at blaming others. I see this kind of behavior from 4-year-olds. The smart ones quickly learn that learning goes a lot further than blame. There’s something really wrong with 45.

Link to CNN article quoting Lin-Manuel Miranda: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/30/politics/lin-manuel-miranda-donald-trump-puerto-rico-tweets/

Voice Mail to the World: AudioBoo

moshi_moshi by scion_cho https://flic.kr/p/5jjAhY

One of my earliest memories of podcasting, back in the days when there only was the Daily Source Code with Adam Curry and the Evil Genius Chronicles with Dave Slusher, was something Adam Curry liked to do called a Sound Scene tour. Just like early videographers, who discovered that it takes a lot of money to duplicate in a studio what one can do in a colorful alley with decent sun-coverage, early audio podcasters discovered that they could take their portable MP3 recorders and let the sounds of the environment become part of the “show.” Todd Cochrane in his book, Podcasting: Do It Yourself Guide, noted that one great place to do a podcast is in one’s car. So quite a few took to recording on their commute to work.

moshi_moshi by scion_cho https://flic.kr/p/5jjAhY

moshi_moshi by scion_cho https://flic.kr/p/5jjAhY

What brings these memories to mind is that the current piped-piper of New Media, Leo Laporte, has ventured away from his beloved TWIT Cottage studio, going on a working vacation to China and because the man cannot stand to be away from his audience for longer than 24 hours he’s employed an iPhone app/portal called AudioBoo, to record short snippets from his travels, that gets automatically posted to a website and announced on his Twitter feed. The first recording that I caught, 26-seconds that he recorded during a in Japan, felt like he was leaving a voice-mail message to the world.

As with all things web, one can subscribe to Leo’s AudioBoos through iTunes, RSS and at his profile page. A much simpler “unproduced” audio podcast tool? Something worth looking into, I’m sure.

Here’s several AudioBoos from Laporte’s trip:

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image by leo laporte

images: moshi moshi by scion cho, http://www.flickr.com/photos/scion02b/2832751376/ retrieved on 7/8/2009
images: travel images from Asia by leo laporte, http://audioboo.fm/profile/leolaporte retrieved on 7/9/2009

Almost Painless RSS



I live in my email app and my browser, but don’t expect me to visit your site everyday just to check to see if you have new info. One of the reasons I like Twitter and spend more time on Facebook is because they come to me and tell me when new content is posted. Expecting me or worse, trying to force me to come to your site to check for new content feels too much like Web 1.0 to me. Strangely, even with this attitude and my constant need to have a sense of what’s going on in Tech & the World, I’ve never bothered to use the one tool specifically set up to bring the news to the user: RSS (see the video below for a complete explanation of RSS). I’ve gotten away with using Twitter as a kind of RSS feed. Along with the podcasters, I also subscribed to CNN, Ars Technica, and the AP. And having the constant flow of data along the left pane of my browser or easily accessible on my phone works just fine for me. Alas, things probably would have stayed that way were I not now tasked with tracking the musings, thoughts and frustrations of my 57 students scattered among 57 blogs. Damn. So I put out the call today amongst my learned colleagues for their choice in RSS apps and the stumbled upon a solution right under my nose.

Before iTunes entered and then destroyed the market, there was a budding little industry of RSS readers that would also pull down your favorite podcasts. Someone actually suggested an app that goes back to those crazy days called Juice (formerly called “Lemon” and before that something with the word “iPod” in it until the cease and desist letter arrived). Cute, but it’s not 2005. The next contender was the web app, iGoogle. iGoogle was the EMDTMS team favorite until it was redesign and the tabs moved to the side of the interface. Blah. I didn’t care about the tabs, but I did care that I couldn’t rename the labels to my students’ RSS feeds because they had the whimsical tendency to name their blog things like “Catchin’ the tech wave” and other completely useless names, making it completely impossible to be able to track their blog entries. Nyet. Next on the hit list was Netvibes. Very flexible, I loved that I could put my students in separate tabs per their sections and spent the better part of the afternoon getting one section set up. When I started setting up a second section it dawned on me that this was way too hard and my beloved tabs were going to make it more complicated to track the whole group. Ugh. Then I noticed in the sidebar on the left side of my screen that Flock had a Feeds panel all set up and ready to go. In fact, when I was opening my students blogs and then clicking the icon to get their RSS feed, Flock had been giving me a button to push to add the feed to list in the left pane the whole time. Ack. I got all three sections entered and in handy little folders in a third the time it took to do one section before. Damn. Flock, for the win!

The folks do a great job explaining stuff like RSS…

Jacob’s Ladder & JBB’s Desktop Blogs Updated & Moved

Done… Man, what a pain in the ass! But it’s done. All of these blogs previous entries (going all the way back to 2003!) have been moved to main blog. Next job is to create different page templates for each blog category. Yeah. Simplify and diversify at the same time. What a f-ing geek am I. jbb

No Web 2.0 Friends

the_outcast.jpg The week began with me catching some playful hell for twittering while I was supposed to be “judging” my friends’ game of Trivial Pursuit. I only volunteered to “judge” because I was the fifth wheel and preferred drinking my beer, watching the traffic go by and offering an occasional opinion than committing to the game. Actually the fact that my co-workers were aware of Twitter was noteworthy (though none of them are active twitter participants). So here I am, surrounded by some very brilliant people who are always looking at new technology trends, but in this case not seeing the point of things like Twitter. If my awesome co-workers don’t get it, what’s the chances that unwashed masses will get it? Or, like, my family?

I told a co-worker that Twitter is my virtual water-cooler where I get a ton of info, sometimes amazing, often mundane. Other’s use RSS readers to keep up on what’s happening on the Tech world. Since I first signed up and discovered that most of the tech voices that I listen to or watch are on Twitter, Twitter has been my “RSS” feed. Besides the “A” list bloggers, I’ve “met” so many other interesting voices in tech and in church things and in education. And sometimes it was just the amazing serendipity of getting a notice that so-and-so is following your twitter and then checking out their website and discovering someone interesting that they’re following. For example, some time earlier in the year I got a notice that this “old hippy*” living in Maine was following me (*he’s probably younger than moi). When i checked out his website I found some amazing videos and found someone else he was following, a young journalist living in NYC named Alana Taylor who perfectly expressed this frustration of being alone in the Web 2.0 world:

What To Do When NONE
of Your Friends Use Web 2.0
by Alana Taylor

I have a problem. I am addicted to social networking sites. But I have no one to social network WITH! All my friends (who are mostly girls) think Web 2.0 is a type of advanced cellulite-reducing body lotion. And when I try to explain what it really is, they get annoyed, confused, and impatient.

They don’t care. They don’t want to know.

Do you have this same problem? If you do, then I know exactly how you feel.

Like me, you have a lot of “real” friends on Facebook or MySpace, but none at all on the new start-ups like Pownce, Virb, BrightKite, FriendFeed, etc. Who is going to share pictures with you on Flickr? Who is going to recommend songs on Last.FM? Who is going to tell you about their latte on Twitter? How are you going to tell someone about ALANA TAYLOR??

alanataylor.jpgYou feel like you are in the dark, and there is no hope for you in the social online world.

Well, there is no need to get down on yourself just yet! Even as little as two months ago, I was exactly in your position. I figured “if my friends don’t do it, I can’t do it.”

So how can you go about making friends on the new sites? Here’s what I did:

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Not A Twitter Whore

I was hanging out with friends Saturday night, typical night out downtown with the gang, having a few brewskies, some fondue, a little friendly game of Trivial Pursuit. I was the designated “fifth wheel” so I decided to be the judge of the match between a co-worker, her husband and another coworker and his roommate. A fun time was being had by all. So I twittered about it. No big deal. Well, some time later Laura read my twitter and complained vehemently (in my Facebook) and in the office that I wasn’t doing my job, which is why she lost the game of Trivial Pursuit. What… er… WTF? When I got to the office I was greeted with the following video and a lot of giggling …

Pretty damn funny, and sadly I totally could relate to the “twitter down” panic… Damn, does that make me a T-W?

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Marriage Proposal on Twitter

Last Sunday, at about the same time that I was working on my sister’s computers and watching the Phoenix Mars Lander do it’s thing on nasa.gov, someone who goes by the online handle of Mrs. Happy Pants” was accepting a marriage proposal marriage via the Internet mini-blog service called Twitter. I heard about this by following the Twitter messages (“tweets”) posted by Will Pate from Command-N posted a link and the following comment on his Twitter stream:

“Woah, marriage requested and accepted on Twitter”

Here was Mrs. Happy Pants’ response to the marriage proposal:

“@markdavidson Yes! I will marry you and I am so happy! Since the first time we saw each other I knew that I would be with you forever. YES!!” Mrs. Happy Pants

Wow, indeed. Well, at least they’ve had the added benefit of having actually seen each other. I wonder if “Mrs. Happy Pants” was her handle before the proposal, or because of the proposal? It’ll be interesting to see if the relationship will survive the conversion to something often greater than 140 characters in length (and possibly far less!). jbb

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