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This week's episode of LISTen is in full form. Starting off the episode one finds a chat with Blake Carver about a recent conference he attended. The event was sponsored by OpenText and talked about its very own document management system.
Following the chat with Blake, the episode turns to talking to Felicia Day. Ms. Day writes and produces the online series known as The Guild. Due to the paucity of materials detailing how such online ventures happen, Ms. Day helps fix in the tangible form of the podcast a discussion of such. The interview was geared towards giving YA librarians and others answers for when people inquire about how programs like The Guild are created.
Following the chat with Ms. Day, a round-up of stories listeners might have missed at LISNews over the past week was given.
Recognizing that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is only occurring in the United States this week, it might be reasonable for listeners to question if an episode will be released on December 1st. The production team realizes that a sizable amount of listeners are located outside the territorial boundaries of the United States. Barring unforeseen complications, LISTen #50 is indeed slated to be released at 0500 UTC on December 1st (what is this in my local time?).
In case folks are not aware, there are some products available from the podcast team. Purchase of these products gives you something tangible while giving some us funding to cover costs like telecommunications.
This is the disc containing high-quality Ogg Vorbis format versions of the audio from BlogWorldExpo:
The price on the disc is USD$4.39 and does not include shipping. The podcast team only sees USD$0.99 as the overhead costs for media have increased slightly. The provider that you can order the disc through is a house that provides Linux distributions on-disc quite a bit. I've seen an example of their work when I bought a disc containing all the OpenOffice.org v3 installers and found it to be great.
There is a book the program's engineer produced in conjunction with an artist. The small book contains a variety of nudes. The book caters more to lovers of art and has been well received by art profs who have seen it. That is available at:
The list price for the print is $29.99 and that was set by the artist. If we got anything out of a sale, it would only be $5. The artist chose for the download price to be at a premium as he wants to encourage print materials over digital ephemera.
This is a printed collection of papers I have on file at E-LIS:
After the overhead costs of the item, we only get $3.98.
NPR has tote bags. PBS does auctions and fundraising drives. National Review Online is seeking money this week. While we don't have tote bags and the cost of fulfilling requests ourselves would be dwarfed by taxes, these are three ways we try to do much the same as bigger media outlets.
I'm not going to say anything like: "Buy These Now!" No, far from it. All I am going to say is that there are a variety of vendors that allow us to offer things and there hasn't been a consolidated list made up to date lately. These are some of things you might have missed, perhaps. -- Read More
As a heads-up to listeners, it should be noted that LISTen #49 will be posted on a slight delay. The podcast rarely has to wait out an embargo. In this case we will do so.
LISTen #49 will have in it a special chat with actress and web entrepreneur Felicia Day. This is as announced verbally at the close of LISTen #48. You did listen to that shorter than usual episode, right?
As such, LISTen #49 will be posted at 0800 UTC on November 24th. You can find what that means in your own local time by visiting this link.
A special feature may post at the normal audio posting time. This remains tentative as some factors remain in play.
This week's episode is a brief one. After the run down of stories you might have missed, the program's engineer presents another installment of Tech for Techies. In the fourteenth installment of that segment, the engineer gives a brief overview of how to record audio at conferences and conventions. A lighter commentary is presented touching upon the need for authority control in today's increasingly interconnected world. The wrap-up contains a unique announcement.
There is no video planned for this week.
As promised, the video is posted. There is no audio counterpart to this one. No matter how hard you look, it was never posted as part of a podcast. The current vodcast has a devotional message:
Technical troubles didn't censor the podcast this week. This week's episode brings a chat with Blake, a chat with an artist about the business of art, and a commentary.
Although we have had video releases accompanying audio releases, such is delayed until a later day this week.23:49 minutes (8 MB)
LISNews started on this day in 1999. LISNews has been through 4 web servers, and 4 different content management systems. LISNews remains an interesting place to read and discuss issues thanks to all the many people who work to keep the site going.
Every year I do my best to thank everyone who works hard to make LISNews. People Like Stephen Michael Kellat who does the podcast. Everyone who has submitted stories over the years, Lee Hadden, Bob Cox, Charles Davis, Gary Price, Steven Fessenamiar.
All the LISNews authors who've come and gone like Steven M. Cohen, Rochelle Hartman, Ieleene and many others. The current authors like Birdie, Bibliofuture, Great Western Dragon and everyone else who posts stories I'd never find. More authors make this site better. More collaboration, more cooperation, and more involvement from more people can only help make LISNews stronger. They bring diversity, breadth, and depth. There must be a nice slogan there somewhere. -- Read More
This week's episode features original material and no interviews. A book review as well as a Linux flavor "first look" are presented. A commentary is also featured in the episode.
And the product review in video form:12:20 minutes (8 MB)
This week's episode brings a discussion involving Stephen, Blake, and Mike Meloni in Australia. The topic discussed was Internet censorship in one particular part of the Anglosphere. Considering the decisions of the US Supreme Court in recent years to apply wholly alien legal principles from abroad in the US, something like this happening in one part of the Anglosphere may flow outward.
A commentary is also presented in regards to two recent stories on LISNews.
Piece by Michael Meloni discussing the Australian net censorship proposals
Discussion from ZDNet's Australia section about telecommunications market issues there
Reporting from ComputerWorld in the matter (WARNING: Some language may be deemed offensive in the report text)
Post discussing a possible re-imagining of librarian education
Post discussing a future without physical library buildings
Press release on the BlogWorldExpo disc offering
And here is the commentary in video form:
-- Read More
This week's episode brings an interview cross continents about censorship. The censorship case happens to be happening in Australia. An anti-censorship activist, Michael Meloni, was interviewed about the matter as inquiries to the Australian government department concerned went unanswered. Electronic Frontiers Australia has presented online a background review of the issue.
A book also received a brief review.20:45 minutes (8 MB)