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Monday, July 23, 2007

In need of a little inspiration?

I meant to send this sooner, but if you are in need of a little inspiration there are two sites you must put in your daily viewing or listening bookmarks:

TED Talks
Renown scientist, musicians, creative types discuss their ideas and thoughts. Many are on video and range from 5 - 20 minutes long.

Hay House Radio
Radio for the Soul. Listen and be uplifted and inspired whether it's angel therapy, the Shamanic hotline, or inspiration from the likes of Dr. Wayne Dyer. Episodes available as iTune downloads or listen live.

Enjoy.

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Only 5 more months until Christmas

It's been a really quiet group in terms of posting I see. Let me catch you guys up on what I've been up to and hopefully it will spark some discussions.

At work, we really kicked the podcasting into high gear. If interested you can check them out at podcasts.northharriscollege.com (sorry if it is shameless self-promotion, but if I don't .. who will right?).

I've also been experimenting with mobile blogging (blogging via mobile device, in my case a cell phone) and it is hit or miss. On my blog, you can see a service that I use called Mojungle that allows you to embed a snippet of code into your website or blog and then upload images to it. Those images will appear in a window and users can click through all the pictures. Several other companies offer free services similar to this, but strangely the mobile blogging tool for/by Blogger doesn't work.

Go figure.

Anyhow, hope everyone is having a great summer and don't forget... there are only 5 more months until Christmas.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

The Internet Society (ISOC)

The Internet SOCiety (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 100 organization and over 20,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

See The Internet Society (ISOC) and The Internet Society and Developing Countries for more insights into how thiscollaboration works.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

blogger beta

has anyone been using the new beta version of blogger? i ask because i tried to move my personal blog over to it, but it is not allowing me to do so. wonder if it is because i am also an editor on this blog?

digg.com ... you dig!

okay, so i am jumping on the bandwagon a little late here, but this is one really cool site. first off it allows you to participate in what you think are relevant, newsworthy media stories by 'digging' them. upon entering the site, you are presented with a list of stories that are rising up through the ranks ... and you 'digg' the ones you read and like. this moves them up the list according to how many people digg (vote for) them ... Note: others can undigg them, which moves them down the list. it's all very egalitarian. you don't like the ones that have been digged, or think there are others that should be there? well, there is a simple tool that allows you to add news stories. there are even tools that allow you to digg stories directly from within firefox and also add them to your blog entries. talk about automation!

there is one other feature that i really like about the site and is featured on the sidebar. it is called 'spy: watch in real-time' and when you click on it, you get a moving list of digged (dugged?) articles moving up and down in real time. it is showing you what stories are rising and falling in popularity. neat!

you gotta check it out. digg.com

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Al-Qaeda threatens to blow up the White House

Al-Qaeda's Iraq chief threatened in an audio message posted on the Internet that the terror network will blow up the White House: "We swear we will not rest from our jihad... before blowing up the filthiest house, dubbed the White House."

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i wonder if they have the skills to actually carry this out? if so, we need to really get involved to make sure it doesn't happen.

read more | digg story

Saturday, January 21, 2006

a word on podcasting

i really like this move to podcasting (and not just because apple and apple hardware has had such an impact on its growth as a medium) but because i can listen to hundreds of stations, hundreds of shows, and now even watch some things, via the magic of podcasting.

if you are not familiar with it, it is basically shows (audio mostly, but increasingly video) that you can download into iTunes software (mac or pc). these shows --also known as podcasts-- are largely free, and you simply subscribe to the feed --a link that is updated by the producers that lets you know when a new show is available. when a new show is available, it is automatically downloaded to your computer and you listen to it ... in your leisure. you can even transfer the podcast to your ipod.

i especially like it on days like today (cloudy, wet, cold ... yes, houston is cold right now or soon will be since i have not actually been outside yet) when i have other indoor activities, like cleaning and straightening to do, and would rather LISTEN than WATCH (a television). it also gives me a range of shows to listen to from old favorites from DC and other cities on NPR, ed shultz, music, and TONS of computer shows (mostly mac of course).

but there are shows on just about every imaginably topic and from thousands of small and large broadcasters that podcast and i am known to step out and listen to offbeat and little known podcasts well.

i think discovery of new (and largely commercial free) podcasts is the greatest appeal. real people contributing real ideas (however large or small) to the masses.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

updated pics of me


Saturday, December 31, 2005

Peter's Favorite TV Show

is also my daily obsession-- though I'm as likely to catch it online as through the tv. In my city, Democracy Now airs only by the grace of Public Access Television. I had a fascinating discussion with the former director of the station recently & am curious to know how other communities handle public access airwaves. The small resources available for Community Television pale in comparison to the City Government Cable Channel or School District Cable Channel, but our ctc-net center has made good use of the access in the past -- creating media content with teens & young children working cooperatively on projects. However, our local public access channel cannot escape the perception that it is the niche for "freaks"-- wonderfully diverse programming by the local motorcycle gang, a country-western singer, local orchestras, churches, a vegan who weekly grills meat with no commentary for one hour (just one long steady, gross shot), local rappers, public domain movies, interviews with community members. What does your local community access channel feel like?