pacificpelican.us/oggcast/5 show notes:
1. I discuss three of my favorite albums
a. Gang Starr – Moment of Truth (1998)
b. Pet Shop Boys – Discography (1991)
c. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
2. I saw the new (4th generation) iPod Touch and it looks cool, very narrow and almost as good as an iPhone 4 in terms of screen and cameras
3. Software freedom is important
a. I believe that understanding the concept of free software is important
b. I have released my WordPress themes under the GPL (version 2 or later)–so they are free as in freedom as well as free as in free download
Dodger the parakeet is back again in a new movie, and this time he is grooming his buddy Belle while Sparty hangs out on top of the cage with them.
Dodger the parakeet is again the star of an oggcast video, but now this time the young bird with clipped wings is out of the cage and climbing the blinds to meet his flighted friends Sparty and Belle as Jessica encourages them.
You can also see Dodger and the flock in this video.
This is a song I threw together that has some trancy elements to it but is more of an experimental ambient tune at its core. I used a random letter generator web site to get the sequence spoken in the song. It’s just over a minute long.
In this wide-ranging, 24 minute oggcast Jessica and I discuss numerous topics and opinions. The show notes are good as a rough guide to the content.
1. politics and the 2010 election in the U.S.
b. Republicans will try to return the country to the Bush agenda
d. right-wingers like their secession
2. parts of Arizona immigration law struck down in legal injunction
b. Afghan opium: nytimes.com
: “The American military — which has decided that widespread eradication can be counterproductive
to winning over Afghans […]”
4. Tech roundup
Jessica and I are happy to announce the addition of a new parakeet to our flock. This video (in Ogg Theora format) provides a short introduction [to the bird, named Dodger]. (It’s basically 30 seconds of the him watching the World Cup final with us.)
You can also see a photo.
In this podcast I discuss some of the different codec technologies I’ve used for audio and video (which include mpeg1, mp3, mpeg2, mpeg4, h.264; and maybe Theora soon and WebM eventually) for this oggcast, my podcast and more, why I prefer open standards like Vorbis and Theora, and why it’s good that Google open-sorced the VP8 codec (which they are packaging with the Matroska container format and the Vorbis audio codec in order to create the WebM media standard).
My Ubuntu top 11 app recommendations
my free (GPL 2+) WordPress theme (version 0.1) [not actually mentioned in show]
The WebM Project : The WebM Project : Welcome to the WebM Project.
Matroska | CoreCodec.
Theora.org :: main – Theora, video for everyone.
Apple – QuickTime – Technologies – H.264.
I threw together a minute-and-a-half long jam, in collaboration with Jessica, named “Barista Loco;” just some guitars and synths and stuff.
I was lucky enough to interview my wife Jessica, an expert in social networking and online audience building, for the first oggcast–and we talk about the evolution of web 2.0, online photo sharing, online privacy issues, why Flickr isn’t the top photo sharing network (and Facebook still is), and how Myspace used to be the biggest social network and how that time is now over. We also hear from Jessica on the importance of the mobile space for sites and brands, including how the audience wants to learn about your site now.