Well, I’ve finally made the switch to my own space. Let me show you around:
First, you’ll notice my new address. I purchased the domain, ideasandthoughts.org.
Then I set up my site on my reseller account through webserve.ca. Then thanks to Rob Wall, installed WordPress 2.0. [WordPress 2.0] has an absolutely wonderful import tool which brought all my previous work from blogger over in literally one click….beautiful.
I spent a few hours installing themes until I found one that I could customize to my liking. I choose the blue horizon theme. One of the things I wanted to incorporate was the rotating banner that Darcy Norman so elegantly uses. I had installed it on a previous install I did for a client but wanted to include my own photos. So everytime you come you’ll see a different header. All photos are taken by me and I include the details on the bottom left corner. I’m not much of a photographer but love taking photos and playing around with them.
I also wanted a theme that utilizes the page feature. At present, I only have the About page but will add more.
I’ll also slowly recategorize … Read the rest
Martha asked me about recording her voice for her blog. So now she’s a podcaster! I showed her Audacity and a few basic controls and she recorded her first podcast. We placed some music as a background track, uploaded the file to ourmedia, installed a little player and voila! I submitted her podcast to itunes so soon it will be subscribeable.
The content likely won’t shake your world too much but it’s her space and she’s quite pleased.
If you have 4 minutes to listen to her recording, do so and perhaps even leave a comment.… Read the rest
I’ve been trying to figure out how to create either easy enhanced podcasts on Windows or else simple v-logs. I know I haven’t discovered anything new for many but this may be helpful to others.
Thanks to Miguel’s love of open source and time spent with VLC, he showed how to rip audio from a video. I also realized from this demo you could easily transcode any video to the .mp4 format and thus make it part of your podcast subscription.
Here’s the credits clipI stick on the end of my videos as a sample.
Another one of those, “I’m not sure how this will work but it’s interesting“.
I’m having some trouble getting the video to download as an itune subscription. First issue was my feedburner feed was invalid. Discovered that copying and pasting from Word, creates major issues. Fixed that, now it’s still not downloading the video. Posted a message to Feedburner Forum and will await their response.
Thanks to the good folks at feedburner, they let me know the following was wrong with my video:
So, looks like your mime type is incorrect. The mime type for the video should be
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Drive home reflections of my first time introducing weblogs to high school students. Lots of questions and frustrations.
Student blogging policy
Secret Life of Bees
Bike lock blog
Miguel Gughlin post on Flickr… Read the rest
I heard John Kuglin last year at FETC and although Google Earth wasn’t available then, he was demonstrating some other satellite technology and sparked my interest and love of geography. This year, John spent his session demonstrating Google Earth. While there wasn’t much there I didn’t already know, I was enjoying the “oohs and aaaws” of the several hundred attendees many of whom had never seen or heard of Google Earth.
I liked the title of his session: Smart Stories Smart Locations. The word “stories” and “conversations” may well have been the most used words at the conference which is fine by me. John not only showcased the amazing power and features of Google Earth but laid out an invitation to use it to tell stories. It might not seem like a natural fit but it really does have that potential. John continually pointed out the ability to discover tools and features not listed in any manual and that much of the potential of Google Earth is yet to be discovered but will be discovered by those willing to hack.
Today I discovered a video podcast by the School of Geography in Southampton University. They have already produced … Read the rest