Audio by year 2009

The LISTen New Year's Day 2009 Special

Welcome to 2009! This special episode features Blake Carver's outlook on 2009. A look at the events calendar is also presented and shows how busy the first couple months may well be.

The next regular episode of LISTen will be posted on or near 5:00 AM Coordinated Universal Time on January 5th.

Links:
LISTen budget needs for 2009
English Internet Regulation Case
openSUSE
Mandriva
Ubuntu
CeBIT
Inauguration Website by District of Columbia municipal government

19:33 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #55

This week's episode brings a chat with Cameron Kaiser, the creator of Twitter client ttytter, as well as a piece from The Effing Librarian and a commentary written by the program's engineer.

Links:
Blog entry referenced in the engineer's commentary
The prepared commentary text that was presented
The Twitter client, ttytter
The book by The Effing Librarian
The blog by The Effing Librarian
One book by the podcast production team
Another book by the podcast production team

23:12 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #56

While other podcasts are talking about the aftermath of MacWorld and CES, LISTen capitalizes instead on how it couldn't be there. This episode brings an installment of Tech for Techies that goes hardcore looking at planning online media production. A commentary is also presented in the matter of the upcoming change in policy by OCLC relating to data ownership. In between those two pieces an audio news release from the National Institutes of Health is aired relating to the availability of genetic data sets.

A vodcast episode has additionally been released this week. This is its embedded player:

Such can be directly downloaded from this link.

Links:
First referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
Second referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
KNPR
WBCQ
Code4Lib wiki page on the OCLC policy matter
Library Journal report on the policy matter

17:22 minutes (8 MB)
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A LISTen Special: Is The Cloud Dissipating?

In this special edition of LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast one finds a chat with Blake Carver talking about creating a Drupal site as well as discussion of implications arising from recent changes on the Web 2.0 frontier. An audio news release from the United States Postal Service is presented so as to show another example of that communications form for libraries seeking to innovate in PR. LISTen is available to libraries who want to take a practice shot at such before approaching their local media outlets.

The next regular episode of LISTen will be released on or near 0500 UTC on January 19th.

Related links:
14 January 2009: Saying Farewell To Some Google Services
Late Night Pondering
FlickrFS
FlickrEdit
Planet "river of news" aggregator

15:31 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #57

This week's episode is a bit varied. First up is an interview with Blake Carver discussing the 10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2009. Following that there is discussion of Flickr backup tools as well as hosting alternatives for libraries. A set of Linux briefs wraps up the episode.

Links:
10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2009
Episode providing background to the Flickr discussion
Mercury News story on new Yahoo! CEO
FlickrEdit
FlickrFS
FUSE
Direct download of FlickrEdit
CThumb
igal
Download.com list of static gallery creation tools on Windows
Download.com list of static gallery creation tools on Macintosh
Discussion relative to using Drupal to make an image gallery
Boot Camp press release on LISWire
Boot Camp press release on the Erie Looking Productions blog
The LISTen special that led to the discussion of Flickr

19:08 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #58

Not only is this episode longer than usual, it is a bit more varied relative to topical matter.

Tony Millett, a member of LIANZA's Copyright Taskforce and a spokesperson for the association, spoke to LISTen about the unique copyright situation arising in New Zealand. Joshua Ferraro, Chief Executive Officer of LibLime, spoke to LISTen about the new biblios.net service launched by his company. Due to an equipment failure that interview was partially truncated although the surviving part is aired in the podcast. The final interview was with Andrew Breitbart, the owner of Breitbart.com, where there was discussion about the creators of their mediums of expression libraries care for.

The podcast wraps up with an abbreviated Linux report.

Show-related links:
New Zealand Computer Society on the copyright issue there
InternetNZ on the copyright issue there
Article from The Independent on the copyright situation in New Zealand
LIANZA Press Release on the copyright situation in New Zealand
Press release on the boot camp for all librarians, not just IT people, referenced in the episode
Press release from LibLime about their biblios.net service
Opinion piece by Andrew Breitbart that led to the interview
Breitbart.com news portal
Big Hollywood site
Piece by David Harsanyi about dissent referenced in the interview with Mr. Breitbart
Release announcement for Ubuntu 8.04.2
Release announcement for CrunchBang Linux 8.10.02
Release announcement for FreeBSD 7.1

Other related links:
Morgan Webb announces the end to WebbAlert, which was recommended to librarians by LISTen in early 2008
"An Essay in Opposition"

43:39 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen and Hyperlinked History by The Faceless Historian

While Stephen deals with the stress of moving, he asked that I fill in for him for a special episode of LISTen - The LISNews Podcast. As my alter-ego, The Faceless Historian, I'll take you on a journey through history back to the distant past and the origins of the DRM and copying controversies we deal with today.

Stephen and the regular LISTen gang will be back next week with your regularly scheduled podcast. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy something a little different about something related to issues we face in libraries today.

If you're in the mood for more of my historical meanderings, you can catch my podcast (Hyperlinked History) on iTunes or via the Hyperlinked History website.

27:45 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #59

Let's try out a different approach to show posts this week. Timings are approximate. Related links are interleaved.

Due to length this is broken so as to not take up the entire main page which requires one to click "read more". Readers and listeners seeing this via RSS or a FeedBurner e-mail subscription are encouraged to visit LISNews itself to get the show break-down as well as the related links. -- Read More

20:58 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #60

This week we talk to Dr. Stevan Harnad about Open Access and a challenge posed by a bill submitted in the US Congress by Detroit Democrat John Conyers.

Links:
Uncut, raw interview audio submitted to E-LIS
EPrints Software

25:04 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History- All The World Is A Stage by The Faceless Historian

Due to the completely unexpected success of the special episode of LISTen when I substituted for Stephen, he asked me to join the LISNews Netcast Network! So please join my alter-ego, The Faceless Historian, for a new show. This time, we cover actors, saints, kings, bards, emperors, and war. It's quite a production because, after all, All The World Is A Stage.

So sit back, grab a latte, slip off the shoes, and relax with a little history.

12:37 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #1

Although slightly late, this initial installment to Tech for Techies as its own show takes educational looks at some technology issues currently out there that weren't likely directly covered in library school.

6:24 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #61

Sometimes brakes are not hit when people are sick. Listener discretion is advised.

Bits:

  • Commentary relative to the Topeka-SpokaneShawnee County Library situation
  • Recently introduced legislation in the United States Congress
  • Brief run-down on what the LISNews Netcast Network is, answering some recent questions raised

Related Links:
Piece by Declan McCullagh referenced
First piece available for station licensing
Second piece available for station licensing
Flu medication from Amazon's grocery section

13:13 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #2

Welcome to the first week of the Tech for Techies class! To learn about where we are going we have to look at where we have been. This week we look at the history of broadcasting that preceded podcasting. We also take a moment to look at a bit of "audio snake oil" when it comes to the physics of cabling.

There is no homework for next week with the class. That won't always be the case, though.

Related links:
Worldcat.org reference to a history text on very early radio history in North America
New World Encyclopeda on conductivity
Jamestown Distributions on conductivity
Matthey SA on structure of copper
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia on Electrical Conductivity (licensed content, requires access permissions)
MatWeb on alloying copper
IEEE publication abstract on copper properties
Lycos Retriever on Electrical Conductivity

9:16 minutes (6.37 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #62

We've got two interviews this week. In the first we talk to Rod Wagner, the director of the Nebraska Library Commission. Following that we talk to Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley. Both interviews revolve around the same matter, namely the audit triggered when an unsuspecting taxpayer stumbled across a video of Nebraska Library Commission librarians on YouTube that did not look quite right to the taxpayer. There is a commentary following the two interviews discussing lessons that could be learned from the incident.

This episode is set to be a wild ride. Hold on to your seats and stay tuned.

32:55 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History - Moving Along by The Faceless Historian

Welcome to another episode of Hyperlinked History! This time we drop into pre-medieval Japan and explore courtly rulers, samurai, invaders from foreign lands, mythic locales, Popes, empresses, money, stocks, conflagrations, and freight handling.

As you can see, things are really Moving Along.

12:33 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #3

In this week's show we look at Needs Assessment and the questions you need to ask yourself. In Audio Snake Oil we continue our look at Oxygen Free Copper wires. Somehow a promo piece from Linux Outlaws pops up in the middle of things. Next week we will look at the structure of a podcast and planning a podcast.

The homework between now and next week is to think about the questions discussed in the episode and how you would answer them in launching an online media project.

Resources list promised in the episode:

Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Written for Yamaha by Gary Davis & Ralph Jones
Published by Hal Leonard Corp.
ISBN 0-88188-900-8

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
By George Colombo & Curtis Franklin Jr.
Published by Que
ISBN 0-7897-3455-9

Podcasting Hacks
By Jack D. Herrington
Published by O’Reilly
ISBN 0-596-10066-3

Blogging Tips
By Lorelle VanFossen
Published by Splash Press
ISBN 978-1-4243-4361-4

Radio Drama Theory and Practice
By Tim Crook
Published by Routledge
ISBN 0-415-21603-6

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting
By J. Michael Straczynski
Published by Writers Digest Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-58297-158-2
ISBN 10: 1-58297-158-7

Church Production Magazine
Free subscription in the US with a church affiliation.

Tape Op Magazine
Free subscription in the US

200 Meters and Down
by Clinton B. DeSoto
Is an out-of-print text not in our collection but otherwise useful in considering where radio came from.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #63

In this week's episode we hear from Peter Eckersley, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about their new Surveillance Self-Defense guide. Tools such as Tor and GnuPG are also presented in addition to a mention of the show's relevant GnuPG public key.

A news analysis piece followed the interview. A transcript of the analysis piece will be available later in the week. A lack of personnel prevented its release concurrently with the audio. It is tentatively planned to have such available in the relevant Kindle marketplace for USD$0.99 as well as at a comparable rate on Lulu.

21:35 minutes (8 MB)
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RambleCast #1

Hyperlinked History is off this week. In lieu the network presents an essay talking about the world's knowledge ecology and some aspects of creating content within it. No transcripts will be available for this as it is based off a handwritten outline of which even the page turning can be heard in the program. The essay is contemplative and philosophical.

9:47 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #4

This week's program talks about show structure. In the program we delve into component parts to think about in making a show. Many examples are given as other programs out there are referenced as examples. A list of links to those programs is given later in this post. Audio Snake Oil will return as part of the program next week.

Towards the end of the program we feature a number from the U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, The Army Goes Rolling Along. You can find more downloads from the band as well as learn more about them at their website. On the web, they can be found at http://www.army.mil/fieldband/pages/listening/downloads.html.

Shows referenced:
TWiT Live
TV Squad Daily With Brigitte (now defunct)
Buzz Out Loud
the404
CNET News Daily Podcast
Writer's Almanac
Uncontrolled Vocabulary (on hiatus)
tech5
Food Science with Dr. Kiki (presently defunct)
GeekBriefTV
This Week in Science
This Week in Tech
FLOSS Weekly
CNET's Podcast Central

14:50 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #64

Does your library have valet parking? In this week's edition of LISTen we have a patron perspective from the host of Tech for Techies about a shopping mall based branch of a public library in the Las Vegas Valley. Through being located in the Galleria mall at Sunset, this branch indirectly does.

After taking a look at a unique library setting through a patron's eyes, a round-up of coming events is also presented.

Links:
Henderson District Public Library locations
Galleria Mall Website
Cuyahoga County Public Library Richmond Town Square Branch
Article on economic troubles mentioned during the calendar segment

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Hyperlinked History - Irrational Behaviour by The Faceless Historian

Welcome once again to the pages and stages of history where number crazy mystics meet musicians and mingle with warrior women who offer something of value to early 20th century warfare before that gets taken apart by an Anglicanized American with a penchant for carnival rides.

Sound weird?

Well, it wouldn't be the first time someone accused me of Irrational Behaviour.

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Tech for Techies #5

This week we talk about the language used in podcasts and how it might differ. Three podcasts produced by the United States Government are aired in their entirety to provide examples. The programs from the FBI and NASA run one minute apiece while the segment from the Voice of America runs four minutes. After that we turn to discussing the mechanics of staffing a production and what the roles are in creating a show.

The episodes of the last three weeks were designed to make you think and consider what goes into the making of a podcast. Think about it and make the decisions that are right for you.

If you have any questions for us, you can send them to erielookingproductions@gmail.com and we will give it our best answer.

Thanks for listening and for your support.

Related links:
VOA Special English Podcasts
NASA Moments Podcast
Federal Bureau of Investigation Podcasts
Buzz Out Loud #930

18:23 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #65

This week's episode of LISTen starts off through a chat with Blake Carver relative to his call for more bloggers. A commentary follows soon thereafter relative to teleprompter ethics. A look at publishing content for the Kindle and Linux news are also in the mix.

There will be no program on Wednesday in light of President Obama's press conference Tuesday night. This is to give everybody a chance to take a breath and catch up. Tech for Techies will indeed air Friday.

Related links:
Blake's post calling for more bloggers
Initial tweet by Stephen Green relative to teleprompter hacking
First example of a relay
Second example of a relay
Third example of a relay
Tweet noting the kitty's increase
Report from AFP on Tuesday's press conference
Times of London on the press conference
New York Times blog post on the press conference
Christian Science Monitor reporting on the teleprompter mishap
All example works posted by the production team
Short blog bit posted to the Amazon Digital Text Platform
Longer test piece posted to the Amazon Digital Text Platform
Contrast on Lulu to the long piece posted for Kindles
Announcement of Jaunty Jackalope features freeze
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter on the freeze
Zenwalk release announcement
Frugalware release announcement
The LISNews Netcast Network on Public Radio Exchange

23:30 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #6

Simply put, this week is an info dump. Quite a lot of material about hardware is covered this week. From computers to microphones to mixers, we provide an overview of these matters. There are not necessarily philosophical matters to consider but instead nuts and bolts logistics.

Related links to learn more about some of the products mentioned are provided below. Next week, we'll be looking at audio, copyrights and legalities, and planning ahead versus fixing it in post-production.

In support of this episode, we offer this look at part of the recording space:
A Studio Space?

Related links:
Tapco Mixers
Rode Microphones
MXL Microphones
Audio-Technica Microphones
Mackie Mixers
Yamaha Mixers
CAD Microphones
Behringer Mixers
Shure Microphones
Contact e-mail address if you have questions

20:34 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #66

In this week's episode we have a quick practical lesson in the art of the radio public service announcement. Our designated teacher, Mike Kellat, brings you this lesson. Discussion of Linux and more is also included in the podcast.

Coming up this week there will be a new episode of Hyperlinked History on a topic picked by The Faceless Historian. On Friday Tech for Techies will be back with further discussion of the nuts and bolts logistics of production. In LISTen #67 we are endeavoring to have the community manager of the openSUSE project, Joe Brockmeier, on to talk about leveraging Linux in schools and libraries.

14:51 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History - Toilet Training by The Faceless Historian

We have a bit of a special episode for you this time around! Last month, I was chosen to speak at the third Ignite Phoenix event. To fit my talk into the time allowed, I had to pare down the essay to its barest essentials. So this time around, I'm presenting to you the original work, uncut.

So, if you haven't seen the video of my performance, you can find out why we're just now catching up with the Ancient Romans, at least on one small technological front. And if you have seen the video, I hope you enjoy the full presentation.

For all you library types with a passion for your profession, you could do a lot worse than promoting it in front of a group of people willing to hear you out. If you have an Ignite event in your area, you might want to submit a presentation. After all, it's only five minutes.

12:03 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #7

There aren't any links this week that would be new. This week's episode talks about production standards, audio quality, what "polishing a turd" means, and more. Core material is covered that is discussed more in books than in quick bits on websites. Audio Snake Oil makes its return in this episode.

One announcement that crops up in this episode states:

Hello, this is Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network. Would you like to share us with friends and colleagues that don't have portable media players? We are now operating on the Public Radio Exchange, PRX. From KRNM in Saipan to KQED in San Francisco to WWNO in New Orleans to WVGN in the Virgin Islands, local NPR affiliates can now license LISNews Netcast Network content for air. If you want us to grace your part of the airwaves in the United States, call your local NPR affiliate today and ask that they pick up the LISNews Netcast Network. For our friends outside the United States, direct deals are possible if your stations are interested!

A visit to http://www.npr.org/stations/ will let you find your local station's website which will have contact details to use. The network's profile can be found at http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.

And for those curious about the Jaunty Jackalope:

18:12 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #67

This week's episode is jam-packed. We have an interview with Zonker Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE at Novell, about that particular Linux distribution and how libraries can leverage it. We also have an interview with Sascha Segan of the PCMag Digital Network about the shift from print writing to writing online. Discussion of the Public Radio Exchange presence newly initiated by the network is also found in the show as it is explained what that means to listeners. Other news items pop up during the course of the program.

Related links:
One piece about the Binghamton situation
Another piece about the Binghamton situation
Yet another piece about the Binghamton situation
Story by Maggie Reardon about cutting back on broadband
The network's profile on Public Radio Exchange
Some licensing discussion at PRX
NPR affiliate finder
PDF file containing a list of all NPR affiliates
Zonker Brockmeier's Blog
Download page for openSUSE
Zonker Brockmeier on Twitter
Columns by Sascha Segan on PCMag.com
Sascha Segan on Twitter
Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
Additional material by the Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
eWeek report on S. 777
openSUSE Education announcement
Installation instructions for the Jaunty Jackalope beta

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

30:21 minutes (8 MB)
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Stand Down Notice

Transcript of the audio message:

By a unanimous vote, that is to say a four to zero vote, of network producers the LISNews Netcast Network is undertaking a stand down period. The stand down begins at 0430 UTC on April 10th and lasts until 0330 UTC on April 20th. During this ten day stand down, network producers will be hard at work catching up on writing features for release. Network programming will resume with LISTen on April 20th being released on or near 0400 UTC.

For those concerned librarians out there, please do not worry. This wasn't something I dictated. This stand down was initiated on the request of a producer that was put to a vote. Just because the network has an Interim Coordinator does not mean it has a despot ruling it.

I'm Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the Network. Thank you for listening.

1:15 minutes (2.29 MB)
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Tech for Techies #8

Tech for Techies #8

In this episode we are giving you what the audio hardware is that we use and what it costs. This is the hardware that we are using to do the podcast.

From Radio Shack:
2 each  3ft Gold Series Stereo Y-Cable, Phono plugs to 1/8” Jack
	Model: 42-2550      Catalog#: 42-2550     $7.49 
2 each   Mono Phone Jack to ¼” Mono Plug Adapter (2-pack)
	Model: 274-320      Catalog#: 274-320     $5.49
1 each   Gold-Plated Inline 1/8” Mini-Jack Coupler
	Model: 274-886      Catalog#: 274-886     $5.99
1 each	3-Ft. 1/8” Stereo Plug Cable
	Model: 42-223	        Catalog#: 42-223       $6.49
1 each	JVC HA-RX300 Full Size Headphones  (on line only)
	Model: HARX300  Catalog#: 55027856   $19.99

From Musician’s Friend
1 each	Behringer EURORACK UB802 Mixer
						       $49.99
1 each	MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
						       $69.99
1 each	Mogami Silver Series Microphone Cable
						       $22.95	
1 each	Musicians Gear Pop Filter
						       $14.99
1 each	Musicians Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom
						       $19.99
From Fry’s Electronics
1 each	Turtle Beach Riviera 5.1 Soundcard
						      $34.99

TOTAL (before Taxes)                                       $271.31

We are taking a week off to work on show ideas and scripts. The next Tech for Techies Episode # 9 will air on April 25. Thank you for listening. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

14:47 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History- At The Gates by The Faceless Historian

My sincere apologies for the tardiness on this episode. We had a family issue come up that necessitated traveling and the chaos that goes with it, so I'm just now getting it online.

This time around, The Faceless Historian ushers you down the aisle of history with some key stops in (THIS... IS...) Sparta(!). Then he provides a dash of poetry and weird books before introducing you to a daughter and a unicycling scientist. Where does it end? Well, I suppose you could use Google to find out.

Sometimes, you don't even know if there is barbarian At The Gates.

13:24 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #9

Your cranky audio geek, Michael J. Kellat, is off this week. Stephen is covering in lieu thereof. The topic of discussion this week is lessons libraries could learn from the recent Amazon public relations problem.

Creative Commons License
Tech for Techies #9 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License.
Based on a work at twit.tv.

19:55 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #69

This week's episodes deals with biological science. First up we have about five minutes of audio from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta on Swine Flu. Considering that most libraries are contact environments where such things could spread, this was deemed to be rather important. If circumstances warrant, further coverage may air unscheduled during this week.

Following that we've got an interview with Dr. Kirsten Sanford, also known as "Dr. Kiki". A neurophysiologist by training, Dr. Kiki talked to LISTen about changes with Scientific American and how that modifies the knowledge ecology. After that segment, a network operations report is presented followed by the zeitgeist round-up.

Related links:
CDC Landing Page on Swine Flu
Blog of Kirsten Sanford
This Week in Science
Systm at Revision 3

27:10 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #10

This week's edition of Tech for Techies talks about the joy of administration in producing content. Content production, while fun, cannot necessarily be divorced from dealing with funding the operation. Historical precedents from the shortwave realm are brought in to illuminate discussion of today's conditions.

13:53 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #70

This week's program is fairly brief. A rough transcript is available after the "read more" jump. E-mail subscribers should follow this link. As an experiment, a low-fidelity version of this episode is available for manual download here for those with lower speed links or severe bandwidth restrictions. -- Read More

4:43 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History- Starting Point by The Faceless Historian

If I'm counting things correctly, this is the tenth episode of Hyperlinked History! Who would've thought I'd squeeze ten episodes out of this thing? I wanted to throw out a quick thank you to all who've listened and I hope you're enjoying the series at least half as much as I enjoy making it. Big thanks to Stephen, Blake, and the gang here at LISNews too! You can't find better folks to work with.

This time around, join me as we take a ride from today's promise of the future to the distant past, over 3,600 years ago. Along the way we'll fly with the Hubble Space Telescope, meet an Austrian scientist, have a couple of revolutions, commit regicide, try communism, play tennis, visit some Gothic churches, liberate Sicily, and visit a library even older than Alexandria.

When you're taking such a long trip, you've really got to have a good Starting Point.

14:38 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #11

This week on Tech for Techies we talk about noise. Not only are we talking about it, we are giving you a plethora of sound bite examples for your listening pleasure.

11:38 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #71

This week's episode is varied as to topics. First up is an interview with Jono Bacon, community manager for Ubuntu. Bacon talked to us about his upcoming Community Leadership Summit where librarians would be welcome as librarians. Also discussed was the nature of the Ubuntu release parties and how they help hold a community together.

After the chat with Bacon, a reading of the proposed Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act is presented. A brief round-up of comment out there on the bill currently in the United States House of Representatives is also raised. Following that further coverage of censorship in Fiji is presented through the relay of reports by Radio New Zealand International. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations prior to the military coup in December 2006.

Related links:
Direct link to Profile America source audio for May 11th
Ubuntu
Jono Bacon
Community Leadership Summit in San Jose in July
Direct link to Linux Outlaws promo
Text of H.R. 1966 at THOMAS
Defense on the Huffington Post by Representative Linda Sanchez of H.R. 1966
First look at H.R. 1966 by Wired's Threat Level blog
Second look at H.R. 1966 by Wired's Threat Level blog
Discussion by Colorado Springs Gazette of H.R. 1966
Discussion by The Guardian of H.R. 1966
Discussion by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh of H.R. 1966 in response to Representative Sanchez
Multiple posts by Volokh on H.R. 1966
Direct link to Peace Corps source audio for the utilized PSA
Page including reference to RNZI's audio use permission grant
Story about two journalists being held in Fiji
Direct link to story audio used in the podcast, entitled: "Fiji school principal sacked after calling for elections"

28:22 minutes (8 MB)
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Low Fidelity Mono Version of LISTen #71

This is a low fidelity version of LISTen #71.

28:22 minutes (1.63 MB)
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Tech for Techies #12

This week we talk about the hardware and practicalities of recording an interview. We also rerun the Tech for Techies Segment #12 describing constructing the cell phone audio tap for interview purposes.

14:00 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #12 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week we talk about the hardware and practicalities of recording an interview. We also rerun the Tech for Techies Segment #12 describing constructing the cell phone audio tap for interview purposes.

14:00 minutes (824.84 KB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #72 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This is an early post of the low bandwidth (11.025 kHz, 8kbps) version of LISTen #72. The normal quality version will post tonight at the usual time barring any disruptions. As the comments ID3 tag to the file notes about episode contents: "Relay of Fiji stories released by RNZI / Tech Talk on Twitter and Google". Full links and descriptions will come later tonight.

These low bandwidth versions of episodes are released as a test. iPhone users cannot perform Over-The-Air syncing of our main feeds as file sizes are frequently over the ten megabyte per episode cap. Posting this before the normal podcast post time gives me a chance to tweak it as necessary before the main show is released. This feed is smartphone friendly as long as there is an RSS reader available for your smartphone. The relevant FeedBurner address is: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LnnExperimental

In making it easy for episodes to go over low bandwidth links, quality is frequently sacrificed. The result is still usable but not necessarily optimal. For librarians curious at putting other netcasts side by side to observe differences, contrast these two renditions of TWiT #194: Regular Feed & Dial-up.

21:48 minutes (1.25 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #72

This week's podcast is going to sound perhaps a little different. We were testing out our field equipment profile in a new location. I was dog-sitting a bull dog and her puppies so the usual recording location was a no go.

The episode starts off with the zeitgeist review. Per usual, we look at the week's top ten stories by hits and by comments and bring you the lower half of each. The LISNews daily e-mails (you are subscribed to them, aren't you?) typically bring you the first half.

After that we relay three stories from Radio New Zealand International. As the crisis in Fiji continues to heat up, press freedoms are being curtailed and journalists are being jailed. The three stories relate to how the knowledge ecology is being fundamentally altered in the island nation by the military regime presently in power so as to stamp out dissent. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy as recently as December 2006.

With the relay out of the way, discussion of the recent Google and Twitter issues is presented from the perspective of libraries operating within the overall reach of their funding agencies. The concept of Service Level Agreements is raised and discussed. That piece has been made available for licensing on Public Radio Exchange.

Related links:
Low-bandwidth version of this episode
Blog of Whitney Hess
Piece on the Google situation last week
Twitter on their recent change
Whitney Hess on Twitter's recent change
LinkedIn Profile of Andrea Mercado

21:48 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #13 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week sees Tech for Techies shift focus slightly. How does a podcast die? How can that be prevented? Is the Information Superhighway littered with roadkill made up of library-related podcasts? This week's episode looks at the matter and poses practical solutions.

As stated in the episode: "Except for the two United States Government works incorporated herein, this particular episode of Tech for Techies is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. The two government works, produced by employees of the Census Bureau and the United States Navy, are considered outside copyright domestically under United States copyright law."

Related links:
"C" page in ODLIS
OCLC PARCast feed
OCLC's list of RSS feeds
Last known episode of LibVibe
Last known episode of GPC Library Radio
The announcement of Uncontrolled Vocabulary concluding
Library Geeks podcast page

11:56 minutes (703.51 KB)
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Tech for Techies #13

This week sees Tech for Techies shift focus slightly. How does a podcast die? How can that be prevented? Is the Information Superhighway littered with roadkill made up of library-related podcasts? This week's episode looks at the matter and poses practical solutions.

As stated in the episode: "Except for the two United States Government works incorporated herein, this particular episode of Tech for Techies is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. The two government works, produced by employees of the Census Bureau and the United States Navy, are considered outside copyright domestically under United States copyright law."

Related links:
"C" page in ODLIS
OCLC PARCast feed
OCLC's list of RSS feeds
Last known episode of LibVibe
Last known episode of GPC Library Radio
The announcement of Uncontrolled Vocabulary concluding
Library Geeks podcast page

11:56 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #73 -- Low Bandwidth Version

One thing missing in Drupal's audio module is the ability to put a time-delay trigger on putting up audio posts. This may be why the TWiT Network uses Drupal to run their site but does not use the audio module to serve up programs. With it being a holiday weekend in the United States, delay was inevitable.

This week's episode is brief. This is due to the holiday weekend and the marked paucity of stories. Some news briefs are presented, though.

A small item transcribed from the program: "For library science students out there in need of a summer project, I have one for you. Since the Internet Archive is quite inflexible in terms of materials deposited relative to license status, we have a problem. LISNews Netcast Network programs can include different pieces of material with differing degrees of copyright status. Creating a digital library of network programs, which now stretch back to the last month of 2007, is something I would be interested in having a student help build. If you are interested, you can call in the United States 702-425-8547. If you need credit, ask a prof to discuss the logistics with me."

Related links:
Website of Greenstone digital library project
Broadband report to Congress cited
Unique publishing medium story cited

5:23 minutes (319.63 KB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #73

One thing missing in Drupal's audio module is the ability to put a time-delay trigger on putting up audio posts. This may be why the TWiT Network uses Drupal to run their site but does not use the audio module to serve up programs. With it being a holiday weekend in the United States, delay was inevitable.

This week's episode is brief. This is due to the holiday weekend and the marked paucity of stories. Some news briefs are presented, though.

A small item transcribed from the program: "For library science students out there in need of a summer project, I have one for you. Since the Internet Archive is quite inflexible in terms of materials deposited relative to license status, we have a problem. LISNews Netcast Network programs can include different pieces of material with differing degrees of copyright status. Creating a digital library of network programs, which now stretch back to the last month of 2007, is something I would be interested in having a student help build. If you are interested, you can call in the United States 702-425-8547. If you need credit, ask a prof to discuss the logistics with me."

Related links:
Website of Greenstone digital library project
Broadband report to Congress cited
Unique publishing medium story cited

5:23 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History - Building a Following by The Faceless Historian

Hi all, and welcome to the show!

We're off on a truly globe spanning historical adventure this time as we discuss how Egyptian pyramids, Greek historians, Persian mailmen, butt kissing British poets, international trade, samurai, taxes, Ben Franklin, and pneumonia have to do with the cultish devotion to... a soft drink?

Sure it sounds strange now, but it's really all about Building a Following.

19:16 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #14 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week on Tech for Techies, we explore the topic of audio formats to a greater depth. Not all media players are built alike. We explore why that matters to content creators and how to deal with it.

Also presented is a discussion by writer Andy Ihnatko that originally aired on MacBreak Weekly that touched upon the thought processes of content creators.

Related links:
Zune Supported Formats List
iPod Classic Supported Formats
Zen MX Supported Formats
FSF Vacancy Announcement for Campaign Manager
PlayOGG
Defective By Design
RockBox
Banshee
PerlPodder
BashPodder
hPodder
gpodder
Juice
VLC

Creative Commons License
Tech for Techies #14 by Michael J. Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at twit.tv.

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Tech for Techies #14

This week on Tech for Techies, we explore the topic of audio formats to a greater depth. Not all media players are built alike. We explore why that matters to content creators and how to deal with it.

Also presented is a discussion by writer Andy Ihnatko that originally aired on MacBreak Weekly that touched upon the thought processes of content creators.

Related links:
Zune Supported Formats List
iPod Classic Supported Formats
Zen MX Supported Formats
FSF Vacancy Announcement for Campaign Manager
PlayOGG
Defective By Design
RockBox
Banshee
PerlPodder
BashPodder
hPodder
gpodder
Juice
VLC

Creative Commons License
Tech for Techies #14 by Michael J. Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at twit.tv.

14:40 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #75 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week's podcast gets to deal with messy, emotion-laden, sometimes painful topics. First up we look at the Laporte-Arrington dispute and discuss how the corporate structures of media outlets can act as firewalls and buffers to prevent this. After that we highlight a case where a United States Attorney served a newspaper with a subpoena seeking every scrap of information possible to identify anonymous commenters who spoke about a pending grand jury investigation. Anonymity online may not be as secure or as thorough as you might imagine due to the underlying technical infrastructures involved.

Related links:
Summer 2009 promo piece authorized for use by other programs
Profile America for June 8th
Post by John C. Dvorak on the Laporte-Arrington matter
Post by Michael Arrington on the Laporte-Arrington matter
Comment read aloud
Piece by the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the subpoena served by the US Attorney seeking identifying details of all commenters
Electronic Frontier Foundation Resources on Anonymity
Tor, a project funded by the EFF to help remove digital footprints that undermine anonymous speech online

Creative Commons License
LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #75 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License except for United States Government works from the Census Bureau and Federal Aviation Administration included therein.
Based on a work at outlawarchives.com.

17:38 minutes (1.01 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #75

This week's podcast gets to deal with messy, emotion-laden, sometimes painful topics. First up we look at the Laporte-Arrington dispute and discuss how the corporate structures of media outlets can act as firewalls and buffers to prevent this. After that we highlight a case where a United States Attorney served a newspaper with a subpoena seeking every scrap of information possible to identify anonymous commenters who spoke about a pending grand jury investigation. Anonymity online may not be as secure or as thorough as you might imagine due to the underlying technical infrastructures involved.

Related links:
Summer 2009 promo piece authorized for use by other programs
Profile America for June 8th
Post by John C. Dvorak on the Laporte-Arrington matter
Post by Michael Arrington on the Laporte-Arrington matter
Comment read aloud
Piece by the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the subpoena served by the US Attorney seeking identifying details of all commenters
Electronic Frontier Foundation Resources on Anonymity
Tor, a project funded by the EFF to help remove digital footprints that undermine anonymous speech online

Creative Commons License
LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #75 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License except for United States Government works from the Census Bureau and Federal Aviation Administration included therein.
Based on a work at outlawarchives.com.

17:38 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History - Here, There, and Everywhere by The Faceless Historian

Time for another wild ride through history! This time we begin in Ancient China with a repeating crossbow, explore more northerly kingdoms, invent modern writing, deal with pirates, have a couple of wars, deal with a monarch, meet a legend, and then just maybe we'll give peace a chance.

See, I told you it'd be a heck of a ride. After all we've got to go Here, There, And Everywhere.

Note: My computer recently recovered from a rather nasty crash that took out the video card and an external drive. Because of that, there are a couple of sound glitches in the episode. My apologies for this and the computer situation is currently being addressed... with a hammer.

16:35 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #76 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week's episode is longer than our past couple. We feature two interviews this week. The first interview is with independent consultant Karen Coyle. In that chat we discuss the leviathan that is OCLC and breach questions as to OCLC's nature. Following the discussion with Karen Coyle, the next discussion was with Rangeview Library District Director Pam Smith. In this chat the depths of WordThink were further explored and explained.

Although the production team is aware of the situation in Iran, right now reports remain sporadic. The team also got very close to a hard upper limit on time this week. If we have reports of special interest to LIS audiences, we might post specials as required.

Related links:
Website of Karen Coyle
Blog post by Karen Coyle: OCLC Policy - What is the Question?
Blog post by Rangeview on moving away from Dewey Decimal Classification
Story on death of a tourist in Las Vegas from Swine Flu
CDC Resources on H1N1
Report by Agence France Presse picked up by Australian Broadcasting Corporation news about how foreign media are being blocked from covering the situation in Iran
Reporting by the BBC about the online sources for details out of Iran
Situation report in English by Deutsche Welle relative to Iran
Reuters video on vote rigging charges in Iran

36:37 minutes (2.1 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #76

This week's episode is longer than our past couple. We feature two interviews this week. The first interview is with independent consultant Karen Coyle. In that chat we discuss the leviathan that is OCLC and breach questions as to OCLC's nature. Following the discussion with Karen Coyle, the next discussion was with Rangeview Library District Director Pam Smith. In this chat the depths of WordThink were further explored and explained.

Although the production team is aware of the situation in Iran, right now reports remain sporadic. The team also got very close to a hard upper limit on time this week. If we have reports of special interest to LIS audiences, we might post specials as required.

Related links:
Website of Karen Coyle
Blog post by Karen Coyle: OCLC Policy - What is the Question?
Blog post by Rangeview on moving away from Dewey Decimal Classification
Story on death of a tourist in Las Vegas from Swine Flu
CDC Resources on H1N1
Report by Agence France Presse picked up by Australian Broadcasting Corporation news about how foreign media are being blocked from covering the situation in Iran
Reporting by the BBC about the online sources for details out of Iran
Situation report in English by Deutsche Welle relative to Iran
Reuters video on vote rigging charges in Iran

36:37 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #15 Low Bandwidth version

This week we talked about microphone usage and communications interruptions.

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Tech for Techies #15

This week we talked about microphone usage and communications interruptions.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #77 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week's episode ranges widely. First up we take a first look at Greenstone 2.82. After that we hear from the US Department of Agriculture about a new data set format for their Census of Agriculture. After that we have another installment of Apocalypse Radio that turns to discussing computer training on very specific topics.

Related links:
Linux Outlaws #97
LISNews Netcast Network Summer 2009 Promo Piece
Greenstone 2.82 release announcement
The new directions for compiling Greenstone2 on Ubuntu
GNU Privacy Guard
EnigMail
TOR
Warning about the proper usage of TOR
GNUnet

16:45 minutes (985.55 KB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #77

This week's episode ranges widely. First up we take a first look at Greenstone 2.82. After that we hear from the US Department of Agriculture about a new data set format for their Census of Agriculture. After that we have another installment of Apocalypse Radio that turns to discussing computer training on very specific topics.

Related links:
Linux Outlaws #97
LISNews Netcast Network Summer 2009 Promo Piece
Greenstone 2.82 release announcement
The new directions for compiling Greenstone2 on Ubuntu
GNU Privacy Guard
EnigMail
TOR
Warning about the proper usage of TOR
GNUnet

16:45 minutes (8 MB)
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[audio-player]

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #78

This week's podcast brings you up to date in covering the Ohio libraries situation.

32:06 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #16

This is the final episode of Tech for Techies. The show will return to the Twilight Zone from where it came (for the time being). Stephen talks about broadcast transmission, be it radio, television or cellphones. Another Federal Government PSA from the Census Bureau, Profile America. My close explains the present situation at Erie Looking Productions.

In connection with what I bring up in the close, I want you to read a recommendation from LinkedIn:

“Stephen is a top notch podcaster and the writer, producer, and presenter of LISTen: The LISNews Podcast. More than that, he secured and conducted some fantastic interviews with people in the library world and in the fields of technology and media journalism. He brings a professional quality library podcast into an arena that sorely needs one. Because of this, he'd be a good source of information and consultation for a library (or any organization) with a desire to branch out into the world of Internet broadcasting.”

That was written by Daniel Messer, alternatively known as the Faceless Historian and Great Western Dragon. Think about what he had to say. While there is an old saw about a kingdom being lost for lack of a horseshoe, should a podcasting effort collapse for a lack of greenbacks? One value, at the least, to what the network does is that it is not beholden to the ALA, OCLC, or any particular vendor.

I want to thank you for listening and that the past shows will remain available on LISNews.

12:21 minutes (4.24 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #79 -- Low Bandwidth Version

(This version is of a suitable size for e-mail attachments)

In light of news received on July 5th, the planned program order was delayed until July 13th. LISTen #79 is the penultimate episode of LISTen perhaps. This brief episode outlines what is going on and why LISTen may well join Tech for Techies in returning to the Twilight Zone on July 13th. It is anticipated that the grand finale that is planned to be LISTen #80 (unless things change) will include after-action reports about Anime Expo and more.

Related links:
iTunes via WINE
Repository at the Internet Archive of all extant Tech for Techies episodes

8:06 minutes (478.26 KB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #79

In light of news received on July 5th, the planned program order was delayed until July 13th. LISTen #79 is the penultimate episode of LISTen perhaps. This brief episode outlines what is going on and why LISTen may well join Tech for Techies in returning to the Twilight Zone on July 13th. It is anticipated that the grand finale that is planned to be LISTen #80 (unless things change) will include after-action reports about Anime Expo and more.

Related links:
iTunes via WINE
Repository at the Internet Archive of all extant Tech for Techies episodes

8:05 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History - Explanations Part One by The Faceless Historian

Hello, everyone and welcome to the first in a series of three special episodes of Hyperlinked History! For the next three episodes, we're going to do something a little different. I'm going to talk about seven people who influenced myself, my work, and my writing. More than that, we'll see how what they say can apply to libraries and library staff. Because these people, in a very real way, explained the world to me, I call this three part series "Explanations."

So join me as we'll meet two teachers, a couple of scientists, two historians (natch), and a nun. This week, we meet the teachers.

13:57 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #80 -- Low Bandwidth Version

Welcome to the finale for the first series of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast. This episode kicks off with a look at the zeitgeist on LISNews over the past week. Profile America makes its final appearance in this series of LISTen. After that there is an interview with Jean-Baptiste Kempf, chairman of the non-profit behind the VideoLAN project. Following that is a chat with Dan Messer about "@alasecrets" and "@alasecrets2009" on Twitter. Over the course of that chat it was announced that Messer is now Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network as of the posting of this episode.

After the first two interviews, the podcast then turns to talking to Robert Spencer. Although originally slated to speak at ALA Annual 2009 on Sunday at a panel, entitled "Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping", Spencer found his invitation yanked. We spoke to him about what he was going to say and also his take on what happened with the now-cancelled panel.

The episode wraps up with a valedictory address by the presenter.

Related links:
VideoLAN Project
Post by Dan Messer about "@alasecrets"
The "@alasecrets2009" Twitter Account
Initial opposition raised to the appearance at ALA Annual 2009 by Robert Spencer
Message by a librarian supporting Robert Spencer speaking at ALA Annual 2009
The Open Letter Opposing Robert Spencer Appearing At ALA Annual 2009
Response by Robert Spencer to the Open Letter
Library Journal article on the invitation being yanked
Robert Spencer's website, Jihad Watch
The feed address to plug into your podcatcher to receive Profile America

43:25 minutes (2.49 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #80

Welcome to the finale for the first series of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast. This episode kicks off with a look at the zeitgeist on LISNews over the past week. Profile America makes its final appearance in this series of LISTen. After that there is an interview with Jean-Baptiste Kempf, chairman of the non-profit behind the VideoLAN project. Following that is a chat with Dan Messer about "@alasecrets" and "@alasecrets2009" on Twitter. Over the course of that chat it was announced that Messer is now Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network as of the posting of this episode.

After the first two interviews, the podcast then turns to talking to Robert Spencer. Although originally slated to speak at ALA Annual 2009 on Sunday at a panel, entitled "Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping", Spencer found his invitation yanked. We spoke to him about what he was going to say and also his take on what happened with the now-cancelled panel.

The episode wraps up with a valedictory address by the presenter.

Related links:
VideoLAN Project
Post by Dan Messer about "@alasecrets"
The "@alasecrets2009" Twitter Account
Initial opposition raised to the appearance at ALA Annual 2009 by Robert Spencer
Message by a librarian supporting Robert Spencer speaking at ALA Annual 2009
The Open Letter Opposing Robert Spencer Appearing At ALA Annual 2009
Response by Robert Spencer to the Open Letter
Library Journal article on the invitation being yanked
Robert Spencer's website, Jihad Watch
The feed address to plug into your podcatcher to receive Profile America

43:25 minutes (8 MB)
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Hyperlinked History - Explanations Part Two: The Scientists by The Faceless Historian

Our special three part series, Explanations, continues this week with part two, The Scientists! Join me as I talk about two scientists who changed my views of the world, and the views of millions of other people too. Beyond that, I'll also talk about how what they said, and how they said it, applies to librarians and our profession.

11:08 minutes (7.65 MB)
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Hiatus Update For 5 August 2009

While LISTen continues to be on hiatus, an update is offered as to the behind-the-scenes matters in bringing the program back.

Creative Commons License
Hiatus Update For 5 August 2009 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

1:47 minutes (1.64 MB)
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Hyperlinked History- Explanations Part Three: The Historians by The Faceless Historian

Welcome to the final episode of the three part Explanations series! This time we cover, what else, the historians and you'll meet three people who influenced my views on history and how it should be presented. There's a short bit at the end regarding the upcoming Hyperlinked History documentary series which will continue to appear here on the LISNews Netcast Network and the Hyperlinked History website.

12:05 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #81 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This episode starts off with a segment-sized edition of Tech for Techies in which the program's western engineer spoke about the new production arrangements. After that an essay is presented as an initial look at alternative ways libraries can help bridge the digital divide. Such is only a start and another essay is expected in the following episode. After that the zeitgeist review over LISNews for the previous week is given.

The episode wraps up with a discussion of the new recording arrangements while also explaining how submissions can be made for air. Due to the restrictions present in rural broadband in Ohio's largest rural county, a shift to physical media exchange is required. Such is more explained in the closing although the following contact addresses were given:

For physical mail: 2348 Dewey Road, Ashtabula, OH, 44004-9656
For the western engineer: stringedluthier@yahoo.com
For the program presenter: skellat@fastmail.net

Related links:
Profile America transcript on the Smithsonian Institution
Bloomberg Report on Unemployment Figures Release Friday
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Release Bloomberg Reported On
Internet Engineering Task Force RFC 976: UUCP
Wizzy Digital Courier
Offline Mirror Options Relative To Wikipedia
Additional Option For Mirroring Wikipedia In Bandwidth-Impaired Settings Where Collaborators Exist
Gnash
Low-Bandwidth Feed of This Week in Tech
LNN Experimental low-bandwidth feed
Bashpodder
The Cited Terms of Service From the BBC as to Podcasts They Release
BBC Podcasting Portal
Diggnation
NIH on Collaboration With Wikimedia

22:11 minutes (1.27 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #81

This episode starts off with a segment-sized edition of Tech for Techies in which the program's western engineer spoke about the new production arrangements. After that an essay is presented as an initial look at alternative ways libraries can help bridge the digital divide. Such is only a start and another essay is expected in the following episode. After that the zeitgeist review over LISNews for the previous week is given.

The episode wraps up with a discussion of the new recording arrangements while also explaining how submissions can be made for air. Due to the restrictions present in rural broadband in Ohio's largest rural county, a shift to physical media exchange is required. Such is more explained in the closing although the following contact addresses were given:

For physical mail: 2348 Dewey Road, Ashtabula, OH, 44004-9656
For the western engineer: stringedluthier@yahoo.com
For the program presenter: skellat@fastmail.net

Related links:
Profile America transcript on the Smithsonian Institution
Bloomberg Report on Unemployment Figures Release Friday
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Release Bloomberg Reported On
Internet Engineering Task Force RFC 976: UUCP
Wizzy Digital Courier
Offline Mirror Options Relative To Wikipedia
Additional Option For Mirroring Wikipedia In Bandwidth-Impaired Settings Where Collaborators Exist
Gnash
Low-Bandwidth Feed of This Week in Tech
LNN Experimental low-bandwidth feed
Bashpodder
The Cited Terms of Service From the BBC as to Podcasts They Release
BBC Podcasting Portal
Diggnation
NIH on Collaboration With Wikimedia

22:11 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #83

This episode is a short one. It has been another slow news week with few noteworthy items. The top stories of the past week and a couple briefs are presented in this example of brevity.

Related links:
Linux Outlaws
Jessamyn on SxSW
Erie Looking Productions submission to SxSW
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #156
Daniel Holbach: "Computers without internet are no fun"
The Associated Press: "World economy on rebound, but future uncertain"
Sampling from the Living Wage Calculator

4:37 minutes (1.85 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #84

This week's episode has an oblique reference to Gilligan's Island in it. First up is a discussion of the intricacies of the ITU regulatory processes on the planetary scale. After that is a Linux news brief. Following on the Linux news brief, a discussion of an angle to net neutrality arises. The episode wraps up with a call for submissions.

Remember, the following addressing works for sending submissions on physical media:

2348 Dewey Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004-9656
United States of America

The United States Postal Service Price Calculator may be useful in regards to that. There are similar calculators for New Zealand, Australia, The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.

Related links:
Script to the episode of Profile America aired
PC World on the Sony Reader
Article discussing Ericsson managing Sprint's network
International Telecommunications Union history
47 CFR 2.106
CIA World Factbook page on Iraq
"Spectrum Allocation, Assignment and Enforcement"
Slackware 13 Release Announcement
openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Release Announcement
New York Times on Net Neutrality
Using & managing UUCP by Ed Ravin
UNIX Shell Providers listing
The Linux Outlaws

19:32 minutes (7.83 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #85

This week's podcast is brief in recognition of the Labor Day holiday in the United States and an unanticipated document dump. Some discussion of telecommunications issues that could adversely impact libraries was presented in addition to relaying a notable item from the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

Related links:
Reuters story on Broadband Plan
The Register on RF Spectrum
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #158
Engadget on the Sharp PC-Z1
Additional piece on the Sharp PC-Z1

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #85 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #86

This week we've got news briefs and talk about the joys of public agency finance. Do you know what a carry-over balance is? Do you know why it matters whether or not your agency has one? Free Library of Philadelphia seems to be a textbook case come to life. We briefly touch upon why in this episode.

Related links:
Profile America transcript
Software Freedom Day
Dan Lynch talking about Software Freedom Day in Manchester
Music CD Image Prepared By Dan Lynch
Release announcement for Linux Mint 7 Xfce
BBC on Facebook Lite
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter on Ubuntu Screencasting
Episode 1 of 3 in the Ubuntu Screencasting series by Alan Pope
Reuters on the call by Rick Boucher to loosen broadband grant rules
"Dear Internet Guy" -- J. Philip Murphy
USAToday & ProPublica on stabilization funds
Talking Greenbacks
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Erie Looking Productions

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #87

The news stories this week are not that major. This happens when the national debate on health care reform sucks the oxygen out of the arena. The podcast brings a headlines service this week of things you might have missed.

Later this week there is planned to be a special episode in the aftermath of Software Freedom Day.

Related links:
Script of the Profile America piece
Blog post by Room of Infinite Diligence on TANSTAAFL
Professor Adler on USA Patriot Act Renewal
Reuters on FCC & Net Neutrality
Royal College of Psychiatrists against "thinspiration" sites
The Register on Botnet Clean Up
Zack Whittaker on whether or not Internet filtering does more harm than good
Dent on Identi.ca by Fabian about gPodder
News post at gPodder on the new version
Daily Telegraph on atheists having more success in online dating

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A LISTen Special: Kiwi Surprise With A Side Of Buckeye Candy

Welcome to a LISTen special! First up we hear from Brenda Chawner of the School of Information Management at VUW about Software Freedom Day in Wellington. After that we discuss some pending legislation relative to newspapers in the United States.

Related links:
Profile America's script
Bio page on Brenda Chawner
IRS 501(c)(3) compliance guide
WKSU reporting on remarks by Dennis Kucinich
Journal Register News Service piece on Newspaper Revitalization Bill
Software Freedom Day in New Zealand

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #89

The big networks have contingency plans with alternate studios. When ABC cannot produce evening news in New York, a back up is available in London. When our eastern US operating site isn't able to act, our western US site can sometimes take action. Through a great degree of improvisation this week's podcast was presented by our western engineer, Mike Kellat.

First up we go through the zeitgeist review. Secondly we talk about the post-tsunami situation in American Samoa while mentioning one local religious group that is taking action. So far no needs have been heard from the territory's two lending libraries although one was within the immediate target area of a wave. The two elders who oversee Tafuna Church of Christ are respectively the territory's Chief Forester and a former head of the local bar association. Their mailing address mentioned in the episode is:

Tafuna Church of Christ
P.O. Box 326
Pago Pago, AS 96799-0326

Their contact telephone number is +1 684 699 8763. Their contact e-mail is Dwillis_samoa@yahoo.com. Be forewarned that even though the territory is a US jurisdiction calls to it are often billed on par with international calling. For cell phone users in the United States, expect the cost per minute for calling to range in dollars per minute. Skype is preferable for making contact.

After that we take a look at the report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The report was released on Friday on a day normally known for bad news being buried.

The episode wraps up with a miscellany of nuggets.

Related links:
Profile America Script
Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy
Knight Commission's Report
Referenced post by Henry Jenkins
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #162
Reuters on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal
CNET on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on Amazon deletion policy
David Bigwood on web services reliability
Larry Dignan on Earthlink's plan to speed up dial-up

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #90

This week the podcast originates from our Ohio team. First up is a miniature installment of Tech for Techies where we discuss why you should not take LISTen #89 as a blueprint for your own endeavors. After that there is discussion of Google Books, Google Groups, and "Institutional Attention Deficit Disorder". The episode wraps up with a multi-faceted business statement.

Related links:
Profile America Script
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #163
Download location for Hulu Desktop for Linux
Transcript of the Peace Corps PSA by Seth Green
Wired's Epicenter Blog discussing Google Groups
Ogg Camp
First piece on potential unconstitutional status of net neutrality proposals
Second piece on potential unconstitutional status of net neutrality proposals
WBCQ
FCC Fact Sheet on Private Shortwave

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #91

This week's episode contains an interview with web celeb Cali Lewis about blogging today and recent rumblings from the Federal Trade Commission about disclosures bloggers must make.

Related links:
Cali Lewis on Twitter
GeekBrief TV
The Blog of Cali Lewis
Linux Outlaws
LISNews Account Registration
Contact details for BlogWorldExpo

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #93

This week's episode of LISTen features an interview with the CEO of the Openmoko Team, Sean Moss-Pultz, about their WikiReader off-line portable device project. A brief discussion of the SirsiDynix-WikiLeaks matter also arises.

Related links:
Openmoko, Inc.
The WikiReader
Stephen Abram on the WikiLeaks matter
The Document In Dispute (PDF File)
The Linux Outlaws

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #94

Some weeks are slow for news. We would be remiss, though, if we did not note that LISNews crossed the 10th anniversary threshold last week. A zeitgeist review and a miscellany of stories are presented this week.

Related links:
Mudville Gazette on Corporal Hodge
The Register: "Elgato DTT Deluxe world's smallest USB TV tuner"
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Mental Health America
Report on Saturday's health care vote
Referenced picture of a donation box

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Post-Upgrade Audio Module Test

After an upgrade being applied to Drupal's audio module, this is just a test to ensure that nothing became broken along the way.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #95

This week's episode contains an essay talking about the seemingly innocuous matter of Selectable Output Control and how it fits into a bigger puzzle relative to the Digital Divide.

Related links:
Linux Outlaws
Ars Technica on Selectable Output Control
Electronic Frontier Foundation on the Broadcast Flag
Corporate overview of Comcast
DIALOG Blue Sheet on World News Connection
Jamendo
Rathole Radio, an example of what we could do for a "music episode" in honor of autumn finals weeks at LIS programs in North America

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #98

This week's podcast looks forward into the past with a replay of archival audio of President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the US Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The dateline for this episode is the 78th anniversary of the event.

Also presented in the podcast was a brief discussion of the late-breaking story of Comcast's attempt to acquire a controlling interest in NBC Universal. There was originally going to be discussion of remarks by Rupert Murdoch concerning why news online should never have been free in the first place. The Comcast-NBC matter took precedence.

Related links:
FDR's speech at Archive.org
This installment of Profile America
MSNBC reporting on the Comcast-NBC matter
Greg Sandoval at CNET discussing the Comcast-NBC matter
One Reuters story on the Comcast-NBC matter
Another Reuters story in the matter
Discussion at the Erie Looking Productions blog of the recent coverage of remarks by Rupert Murdoch
MSNBC relaying an AP report on Google's new attempt to restrict how users can reach news sites
Linux Outlaws, a show produced by Sixgun Productions

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #99

This week's episode is a bit odd. The eastern engineer has taken to the microphone in place of the head writer to open and close the episode. A year in review chat with the owner of LISNews, Blake Carver, is presented.

Related links:
Script to this week's installment of Profile America
First referenced post that attracted significant non-LIS attention
The controversial flowchart that has garnered significant attention
Books by Walt Crawford available via Lulu
The LISNews Summer Series 2009 book is available at The Internet Archive and Lulu
The site of Jessamyn West
The LISNews "contact us" form
What the show's head writer left Twitter for
The LISNews notice feed on Identi.ca

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Not Quite Yet LISTen 100

This week's post is not an episode but rather a service message from the eastern engineer, Gloria Kellat.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #100

Somehow LISTen made it to its 100th episode. This week's episode recaps the zeitgeist while putting forward some radical ideas to improve the life of the profession in 2010. Recommendations of other podcasts to consume alongside LISTen are also given.

It must be noted that the person previously referred to as the head of business and finance with respect to the podcast's production has discontinued their association in regards to that role.

Related links:
ALA rhymes with "Pay"
ALA also rhymes with "astray"
Shot of Jaq
Current Geek
This Week in Fun
INST MSGS
The Linux Outlaws

13:40 minutes (5.48 MB)
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