Louis Trapani wrote a wonderful blog post about my book, Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, 3rd Edition. The reception the book has received has been very gratifying and I am thankful to everyone who has bought it and gotten back to me.
I have taken a bit of a hiatus from podcasting as I have been busy starting a new job but am planning on resuming my podcast for Swamp Meadow Community Theatre and possibly starting one or two other projects I’ve been thinking about, as time permits.
In the meantime, please drop me a line if you’ve read the book and have questions, comments, or even just want to say hi!
The 3rd edition of my book, Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, is now out! If you have ever wanted to start a podcast, or take your current podcast to the next level, then my book will help! I had a lot of fun writing this over the last few months and hope you find it useful.
I am in the midst of revising Take Control of Podcasting (a fascinating venture given that Apple has gutted GarageBand of all the useful podcasting features) and in order to actually be able to speak from knowledge (rather than from memory) I needed to start podcasting again. It so happens that Swamp Meadow Community Theatre, where I have been acting, directing, and doing tech these last four years, is in some need of social media marketing. So, I proposed starting a new podcast to promote theater activities.
A few weeks later, I have produced two shows with another two planned. I may only do this in the run up to actual shows but we’ll see how much content there is to be had in the quiet times between productions. At any rate, it’s great to be back to podcasting. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it in the last few years. I doubt I will start a new one up for just myself. But I enjoy producing one for others and may even look to expand on that.
My latest article, Podcasts App Breaks Podcasts out of Music App, is now online over at TidBITS.com. In it I review Apple’s latest app, Podcasts. Quick preview: it’s very much a 1.0 application but has potential.
Over on the Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac site, I just posted episode 10, my interview with Chuck Joiner. This is the second in an ongoing series I am doing where I am speaking to Mac-based podcasters about their shows, their rigs, how they got their start, and any advice they have for folks just starting out. Chuck is a well known podcaster and an accomplished interviewer. He’s interviewed me twice when new editions of my book have come out and it’s always a joy to record those sessions. I got to turn the tables on him and find out how he approaches interviewing. Well worth a listen for anyone interested in conducting interviews.
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A small controversy has been brewing in the land of Podcasting. Wired published an article about Adam Curry which, Dave Winer felt gave Adam all of the credit. More to the point, Dave appears to have felt that Adam was taking all of the credit. Xeni, of BoingBoing posted a note letting readers know that Adam was more than gracious in giving credit to Dave and that it was editing that caused things to appear slanted.
My own article in TidBITS does, I believe, I good job at being even-handed and tries to capture the origins accurately and concisely. It is based on my own research, my interview with Dave Winer, and listening to many, many podcasts including Morning Coffee Notes, The Daily Source Code, and IT Conversations. I have privately and publicly invited Adam to read the article and let me know if he feels I got anything wrong so that I can set the record straight. Dave linked to the article and has said nothing that contradicts it though he is also welcome to comment if he feels anything has been misstated.
I have been having a lot of trouble lately with noise on my audio in on my 15″ 1.25GHz PowerBook. I use a Griffin iMic for audio-in as the built-in line-in port has never worked and I could never part with my laptop long enough to get it fixed (though, I really should). I figured out that I could switch to the right USB port from the left and eliminate the problem but today both ports began showing the problem. So, I did some googling and found this post on Accelerate Your Mac:
News Archive for March 8th, 2004 in which it was suggested I check out Apple’s Audio/MIDI Setup utility. I did and, sure enough, the USB port had gotten itself set to 1ch-16bit instead of 2ch-16bit. Changing it back fixed the problem.
UPDATE: the culprit was Audacity. When I ran it, I changed some setting so that iMic was mono instead of stereo. This changed the port the iMic was plugged into to 1ch-8bit and left it like that forever more. Setting Audacity to stereo fixes the problem. Of course, my headset has only the one microphone so setting it to mono was a fairly obvious (to me, at least) choice. Now I know better. I generally record in stereo and mix down afterwards anyway.
The News & Observer (North Carolina):
Mur Lafferty (and let’s get this out of the way right now — her actual name is Mary) scoffs at the idea that she’s a podcasting pioneer. Why, hundreds of people were doing podcasts before she launched hers. Maybe even a thousand. Pioneer? Pshaw.
Modesty is an endearing trait, and precision in language is appreciated. That said, Lafferty needs to get comfortable with this description. She’s a podcaster at a moment when most of the world has yet to even hear the term. The overwhelming majority of us are still at the point where Lafferty was on Oct. 28, when she uttered these words during a talk with a friend:
‘What’s a podcast? I have no idea what you’re talking about.'”
Actually, it was October 26 and the conversation went something like this:
Me: I guess…but lately I’m obsessed with podcasting… I get all kinds of weird stuff automagically put onto my ‘pod and I’m just starting to see some NPR stuff…
Mur: Cool! And now you speak of somethingI know nothing about.
(I log everything. It’s a sickness, I know.)
It’s a great article and props to Mur for getting the attention she’s getting! She’s got a great podcast well worth checking out.
Scripting News (Dave Winer): “TidBITS isn’t a blog, it’s an email newsletter, a website, and an RSS feed. It’s been published for well over a decade. And with all the blogs and Mac fan sites it’s possible that some Mac users don’t know about it. Regulars include Adam Engst, Matt Neuburg and Glenn Fleishman. It’s not flashy, but it sure is smart. Their report on podcasting was definitive.”
The report in question is my article. So, that’s a really great thing to read coming from Dave. High praise. Thanks Dave!