Submitted by StephenK on September 5, 2009 - 10:02am
Notwithstanding Monday being a holiday in the United States of America, there will be an episode of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast released that day. It is strongly advised to hear LISTen #84 beforehand as it covers background material on radio frequency spectrum in its Kindle discussion that will relate to #85 in the anticipated discussion on broadband planning. These are fairly wonkish technical issues that we are trying to explain as simply as possible due to the impending impact on professional practice in libraries.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on August 6, 2009 - 12:39am
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.
The move back to Ashtabula has been an interesting one. This is the current general computing rig in play:
The desktop is a PowerMac G4 (Bondi Blue, even!) that is presently running Ubuntu 9.04. It was fairly difficult to get up and running. Few Linux distributions play nicely with PowerPC chips so selection was a trial-and-error matter. A nice side effect, though, is that it does not appear Ubuntu has had to load any restricted drivers so far.
This is the recording rig:
This is greatly scaled back from operations in Nevada. The edges of production may be slightly rough for now. This is what happens in perilous economic times like this where finances of even John Q. Public are questionable.
And here is one of our mascots, Purrzy:
If you click on any picture above you'll be whisked away to Flickr to view larger sizes. We're not quite there yet in restoring operations for Erie Looking Productions but we will surmount those obstacles soon.
We're getting closer and closer to the start of another academic year and a new intake of LIS students. A question that arises is how to follow LISNews. Recognizing that people have different interests and also different habits in consuming Internet content, it is necessary to perhaps list some of those tools.
You can subscribe to LISNews via e-mail. A page with an example of an e-mail and the sign-up form can be seen at http://lisnews.org/node/28182. E-mails normally come out once per weekday.
While there is a tweeter on Twitter for LISNews, there is an automatic posting account on Identica. You can find that at http://identi.ca/lisnews. Identica provides a variety of data export formats so that you can consume posts in your feed reader.
As for other specialty content within the LISHost constellation, you can read press releases related to the library realm at LISWire. LISWire can be found at http://www.liswire.com while the feed for your reader is http://www.liswire.com/aggregator/rss/1. If you have a press release to post, it should go to LISWire first before LISNews.
Also as part of the LISHost constellation for those wanting to get their feet wet with podcasts before investing themselves too much is LISFeeds. LISFeeds is a planet aggregator that brings in show posts into one web page. Click on an episode title to reach the program's own site for playback. You can find that online at http://www.lisfeeds.com/. In case you are worried that the planet back-end might be stuck and not have updated, this account on Identica is updated when an update cycle concludes: http://identi.ca/lisfeeds.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on July 28, 2009 - 6:40pm
When I first conceived the idea for Hyperlinked History and the whole Faceless Historian thing, I wanted it to be an online television show. At the very least I wanted to make an online documentary series with video, music, and the whole bit. So I shot a couple of test things and edited them together. Then I deleted that crap because it was terrible.
A year later, I have skills and equipment I didn't originally possess. So I'm excited to announce that Hyperlinked History will be moving into the realm of online video!
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on July 23, 2009 - 1:21am
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.
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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on July 9, 2009 - 12:42am
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."
This is a small tool I am working on:
# Snatch -- Script to take a show post URL and derive PDF, PS, TXT,
# and sanitized HTML versions for deposit at Internet Archive. The script
# also downloads the related MP3 podcast file and creates an Ogg version.
# This script assumes that Enscript dumps its output to standard out
# instead of the default printer. Lynx and Ghostscript must also be
# installed for this to work as well as sox and aria2c.
# 7 July 2009 -- Stephen Michael Kellat
# This script is released under a BSD license variant. To review it,
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.