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Links for Podcasting with Soundtrack Pro

Posted by emac3326 on September 21, 2006

Here are two links for podcasting with Soundtrack Pro. I mentioned these in the emac3326 podcast No. 2.
maczealots pt. 1

maczealots pt. 2


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Some Great Links from Alberto. Check Them Out.

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

I need time to go through these, these look good. I’ll get Alberto to talk about these in class.


also my videocasts for this week are:

The Post Show


Basically it’s sketch comedy by a couple of guys in New York. I think they are, or were at one time, roommates and started making this videocast and have since had a great deal of success- according to their news posts they’ve been approached to make a pilot for a major network’s broadband channel, and have been selling dvd’s of their first season for a while. Luckily, they still have their all or most of their episodes on their website. Being sketch comedy, there is no real plot or recurring characters, but it’s still funny and worth the time to look around.




This one is pretty interesting, ostensibly it’s the diary of a homeschooled teenager in the middle of nowhere, and she talks about what she’s reading/studying and has a crush on her friend Daniel (who also has a videocast). However, a lot of people doubt whether it is real or not. They site the fact that Lonelygirl is too pretty, her videocasts are too well made, and seem scripted. For more on this, check out the NYT’s Screens Blog:


In fact just go to the main page of the blog, Virginia Heffernan has blogged a good deal about it.


Also, I wanted to include my personal favorite, “Que vida mas triste” it’s entirely in Spanish so not everyone can understand it, but the Spanish speakers in the class (or anyone who just wants the practice) may want to check it out:


The title translates to “what a sad life”, and the premise is that the main character Borja a guy like any other, records his videolog every Sunday while hung-over from the night before. It focuses on his daily life and relationships with his friends and girlfriends. Usually it starts with him talking, then cuts to what he’s describing, then goes back to him when he wants to make a comment. The humour comes from the fact that Borja is very, very selfish and a liar, and thus an unreliable narrator- often what he describes and what we see happen are different. Arguably, he’s a modern take on the traditional Spanish “picaro”.

The creator/writer/director of QVMT, Ruben Ontiveros, is a television writer- and this is an example of a very professionally made videocast, in the making of video they show the studio where they film it every Sunday. In fact they shoot, edit, and post it all in a day- the first season has 52 episodes, one for every week in the year. The writing is excellent, and the overall story is very well done. They’ve even managed to incorporate flash animations as dream sequences in a couple of episodes. The whole thing is brilliant.

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A “Cone-icopia” of ‘Casts

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

OK. I know. Bad pun. But Cone did send in a bunch of interesting links that you will be interested in. Here goes.

(iTunes link followed by website URL)

live concerts, new music, west coastmusic interviews

music interviews

music / mashups

quick tips for designers


silly, but music too

great training

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Podcasting Resources from Vince

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Vince sent in these podcasting resources, which is great for the students who do not have the Podcasting Solutions book yet. I recommend that we all peruse these as we get started with podcasting, in earnest, this week.

I didn’t have a book so I went out to find podcasting tutorial sites for the first part of the homework. As one might expect, there’s a lot of sites that teaches how to podcast.

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PBS podcasts

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Aimee has found a site she likes that includes both podcasts and How To articles. It’s PBS and it’s worth checking out for reference material.

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LA Times Articles on Most of You Guys

Posted by emac3326 on September 4, 2006

I noted last week that the LA Times, and Bloomberg, created a series of stories on the youth culture. I’ve uploaded it here, thinking it might be of interest to some of you. I’d be curious if the younger students agree or disagree or what the older ones think.

Subject matter includes: Computers, Cell Phones, and Multitasking: Look Inside the Entertainment Life of 12-24 Year Olds; Music and Passion is Always the Fashion: Look Inside … ; Jon Stewart? No way. Teens Stay Caught Up by Watching Local News: Look Inside … ; and Movies in Theaters, DVDs, and What Comes Next.

Todays Kids

(Photo by LA Times)

I’ve uploaded a series of images and stories in the zipped file named LA Times.

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The Economist on The Newspaper Industry

Posted by emac3326 on September 4, 2006

I know this is not a journalism class. We’re Arts and Technology and Emerging Media and Communications. Traditional journalism is not taught here. However, what is going on in journalism is of interest to us. Opportunities for new content, new relationships, a new work force, are beginning to pop up, and these are of interest to us who create content. Whose to say that the Dallas Morning News or local NPR radio and TV station would not publish or broadcast sketches from Jeffrey Miranda or Kyle Penn’s trials and tribulations as a women’s shoesalesman? Or Christi Nielsen’s About2GetSkinny photography and commentary or Mary Benedicto’s video painting. (Both Christi and Mary are ATEC students.) We must stop thinking 19th and 20th century journalism and look ahead.

The Economist just published an article on The Newspaper Industry that’s worth reading. It will give you a good view of the worldwide newspaper industry, not just the one in the U.S. One telling thought in the story was this: The danger for newspapers is that all their efforts on the internet may only slow their decline. Doing the obvious — having excellent websites and selling ad space on them — may not be enough. The papers with the best chance of seeing their revenues grow are those experimenting with entirely new businesses online and off.”

economist-newspaper-industrycom.pdf (follow link to article)

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Increasing Blog Traffic

Posted by emac3326 on September 4, 2006

Professor Terry, always looking out for us, send me this link on increasing blog traffic, which I suggest we all read and familiarize ourselves with. I’ve included a link to Seomoz.org in the Blogroll’s Links of Interest.

Some ideas I find important, many of which we have talked about — ever so briefly — in class.

  • Write Title Tags with Two Audiences in Mind
  • Participate at Related Forums & Blogs
  • Tag Your Content
  • Launch Without Comments (and Add Them Later) [an interesting thought]
  • Link Intelligently
  • Go Beyond Text in Your Posts
  • Cover Topics that Need Attention
  • Use a Human Voice
  • Reveal as Much as Possible
  • Create Expectations and Fulfill Them
  • Build a Brand

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Status & WordPress Plug-ins

Posted by emac3326 on September 2, 2006

I’m making sure the blogroll links work, and so far one needs to be corrected. Obviously others need to be adde, the ones sent in late Thursday.

As those of you using WordPress get a little more familiar with the program, here is a link of valuable plug-ins. You may not want to mess with it now, but down the road who knows. There is one for podcasting that looks interesting.

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Blogging and Storytelling.

Posted by emac3326 on August 30, 2006

Janice Quick ran across this article from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. And, yes, it does encompass two of my favorite subjects: blogging and storytelling. Thanks, Janice. I’m adding it to the suggested reading list.
Pew Internet & American Life Project:  Bloggers: A Portrait of the
Internet’s New Storytellers. (published July 19, 2006)


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