Friday, July 21, 2006

Wheel Well Kitten

Today in Madison, SD, a hitchhiking kitten was extracted from pickup truck's wheel well. Whew!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Podcasting Tutorial

Podcasting tutorial by Franklin McMahon who produces his own podcasts called and Media Artist Secrets.

Here are the segments of the tutorial (Flash screencast) which cover techniques for recording, tagging, syndicating, and publicizing a podcast.

Monday, July 17, 2006

A Conversation with Mark Peters

This morning I had a chance to chat with my grad school friend, Mark Peters. Mark is an educator and freelance writer who lives in Chicago. He spoke with me, primarily, about "Wordlustitude", his weblog about words.

Link to audio (20mb mp3)

Fascinated by new words, Mark shared a search technique he uses to discover what he calls "stunt" or "nonce" words (ephemeral words used to stun, amuse, and/or impress). He explained how he uses Google to search for instances of noncy prefixes and suffixes. What fun! Here are two examples to try:

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Petrified Knothole

Petrified knothole, Petrified Wood Park, Lemmon SD.

Close Encounter with Prehistory

Staring down a dinosaur in Lemmon, SD.

Best Historical Marker Ever!

Update: I have just unearthed an "authentic" wax cylinder recording of the angry old man, a witness to history, whose words are preserved on the above historical marker.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Full Screen Editing

If you enjoy the simple things in life, you might enjoy this concept of a simple text editor.

The idea is to help you focus on your text by making the editing field full screen and eliminating all the visual distractions with which your computer normally bombards you.

I find these editors quite effective and plan to use "Darkroom" (the one for Windows) frequently!

Darkroom (Windows)

Write Room (Mac)


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Laptops in the Classroom

Jim Heynderickx has some ideas about laptops in the classroom.

Here, here, and here.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Flash Audio Player in Bloglines

I noticed today that my Bloglines aggregator now offers a built-in Flash audio player, making it easier to listen to enclosed mp3 files in the browser.
Bloglines Flash audio player (screenchot)