thanks to Ira Flatow doing Science Friday on the radio and in Second Life.
the SL audio stream maxed out, I'm listening on http://wkms.org/listen/
The topic is [US] Federal Government and Science.
UPDATE: If you missed it, they have an audio podcast as well as video and other features.
Scientific American has launched an additional site
In addition to brief news items, there is also a podcast
Exhibit blog at http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/londoninmaps/
Google Earth layers and podcasts at http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/londoninmaps/downloads.html
via Lorcan Dempsey
UPDATE: In reference to Lorcan's comment, I think this is great to see, particularly I always like to see new uses of mapping. The BL, as a world leading library, is providing an example for us all in the many ways we could use new technologies. In particular, "the British Library already has a blog" may serve to quell many concerns that senior library management may have about entering the blogosphere.
CBC Radio One's The Current has a report Christmas Commercialism and Ethical Travel (MP3) as part of The Best of The Current Podcast. The information starts at 16:20 in. They interview George Monbiot, author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning. He basically says you should fly very rarely if at all. He doesn't like carbon offsets.
Considering that travel is the main thing I look forward to each year, I will continue to fly anyway.
I do think if you're flying purely for a quick beach vacation, or if you're flying for a single business meeting, you might want to re-consider. But you also need to think about the big picture of your carbon emissions. Ultimately it's whatever is possible for the whole of your life, not just each aspect considered narrowly.
So after looking at various sites in my previous posting airlines and everything with built-in carbon offset,
I have decided to use Green My Flight to purchase my carbon indulgences.
OTTAWA - YOW to HALIFAX - YHZ: 955.7 km
Total Distance: 1911.4 km
Total Emissions: 259.8 kg
Program Cost: $7.00
Or should I say, Second Life 2.0?
Networman - Great Northern Way Campus & Second Life - October 31, 2006
Netwoman - New Masters of Digital Media Program - November 24, 2006
I just wanted to pass on some information about a new Master's program - one of the many hats I wear is that of a Virtual Research Consultant for the Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia. On Saturday, November 25th, 2006 the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program at the Great Northern Way Campus will host an Open House for prospective students from around the globe in the online metaverse Second Life™, where a Virtual Centre for Digital Media building is currently under construction. This event will be held in conjunction with a Real Life Open House taking place simultaneously at Vancouver's Great Northern Way Campus. At both events, potential students will learn about an innovative graduate program in digital media planned to launch in September 2007.
More information can be found online here:
Incidentally, the campus is at Erie (136, 32, 25). (In Second Life, a location is a placename + X, Y, Z coordinates.) Here's a SLurl for the location - http://slurl.com/secondlife/Erie/136/32/25/
Le marketing à l'écoute - Novembre 2006: Faire des profits tangibles dans l’univers virtuel, est-ce réel? (podcast)
Michel Leblanc, M.Sc. commerce électronique - Archives pour Second Life
Michel Leblanc - Edgar Bronfman interviewé dans Second Life - December 4, 2006
L’un des plus célèbres Montréalais, Edgar Bronfman Jr., de la célèbre famille du même nom et maintenant P.D.G. de Warner Music, est interviewé dans Second Life par le journaliste de Reuters Adam Reuter.
and for no particular reason, here's some info on the South Park "World of Warcraft" episode...
Ok, ok, um, "in order to better understand the Gaming Generation, I present this insightful examination of using machinima to produce television".
South Park recently aired an episode involving World of Warcraft in which half of the show featured custom machinima footage.
Q: How were the custom animations created? How were they used inside of World of Warcraft - were they imported back into the game? What hardware/software did you use?
JJ: When Trey started thinking about how he wanted to start off the current run of episodes, he really wanted to do something big, and new. So, the idea of the "video game show" as we were calling it, resurfaced. We had a production meeting at Trey's house on Friday, Sept. 1st, and went over all the experiments and design work we had done to date. Once again, the idea was brought up of using WoW to shoot the in-game footage, with the added possibility of re-creating the characters in Maya, the 3D animation program we use to produce the show, in order to do close ups with full lipsynch and facial expressions. I mentioned that Blizzard had been very eager to help us when we ran our initial tests, so perhaps they'd be willing to let us use their own character models as well, which would save us a great deal of time and effort. All we would have to do then is re-rig the faces so we could animate them to the degree needed.
Eventually, it was decided that we would push forward in both directions, starting to model our own characters as well as contacting Blizzard and seeing how interested they would be in participating. We met with several people from Blizzard on Thursday, the 7th of Sept. and it became obvious that they were extremely eager to make this happen, and seemed willing to do whatever they could to make sure it did. Luckily, they also use Maya to do their in-game character animation, which meant we would be able to just grab their files and go, in theory. So, we asked them for a couple of their Maya character rigs to test with. Less then 7 hours later, we had male and female models for every race in the game, all fully rigged with every single animation cycle already assigned. It was exactly what we needed to get started.
What are we calling it this week, User-Generated Content? Peer-produced media? Anyway, the CBC is giving Canadians the opportunity to be radio stars.
Outfront is where we hand you the microphone. You make a radio documentary, with our help. Then CBC plays it to the whole country -- and you'll even get paid.
They also have a podcast, of course.
Ya I know, me all these years without an iPod an all, you'll have to take away my blazer badge from the League of Early Adopters.
Anyway, in perhaps the worst bit of timing ever, I received my iPod nano on Thursday, August 10.
I bought it specifically to listen to audiobooks and podcasts on an upcoming flight, transiting London Heathrow.
As I'm sure you know by now, all electronic devices, including iPods, have been banned from carry-on for all flights transiting London Heathrow, as of Thursday August 10.
They are currently even banning books, which is going to make for a loooooong flight.
Anyway, I have to admit I was amazed when I checked into the available podcast content.
I got 1GB of storage. "I'll never fill 1GB," I thought. I filled it in about half an hour of selecting podcasts. So much high-quality content, available for free.
There is only one minor detail, which is that it's unclear when I will have time to listen to a day worth of podcasts. On the daily bus ride, its my opportunity to read. I'm not particularly keen on multitasking that time. I tried getting podcasts in Bloglines before, but I never managed to listen to them. As far as I can tell, they're going to need to add a new day to the week, called Podcastday, just for me to have time to listen.
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If you don't know Big Ideas, I recommend it highly. Since I always miss it on TV, this may give me a chance to actually hear some of it. Robert Adams does amazing book reviews for them.
His review of The Kite Runner (iTunes podcast link), which I saw on TV, sent me to my computer immediately to buy it.
This is awesome:
Gutenkarte is a geographic text browser, intended to help readers explore the spatial component of classic works of literature. Gutenkarte downloads public domain texts from Project Gutenberg, and then feeds them to MetaCarta's GeoParser API, which extracts and returns all the geographic locations it can find. Gutenkarte stores these locations in a database, along with citations into the text itself, and offers an interface where the book can be browsed by chapter, by place, or all at once on an interactive map. Ultimately, Gutenkarte will offer the ability to annotate and correct the places in the database, so that the community will be able construct and share rich geographic views of Project Gutenberg's enormous body of literary classics.
I was searching for GutenCarte, which I fortunately found via YALSA.
ideal mashup... a combination of the library catalogue, Google Maps and Flickr where when you find a book, you can find where the geographic action takes place in that book on Google Maps and you can find pictures of that place in Flickr... I would love to have that integrated in the library catalogue or any interface, or doing the other way around and saying "what kind of books are about this place?" or going to Flickr and saying "oh that's a cool picture, what kind of books are about this place?"
January 12, 2006 libraries as warehouses of dead paper: set your books electronically free
... something I've been thinking a lot about in this kind of context is that especially in small rural communities where the library is small and you have a lot of fairly large personal collections around, what if people could integrate their LibraryThing holdings with the public library holdings, and if somebody wanted to borrow a personal... an item that was in a personal librarym the library could facilitate that by telling the person owning the book that someone was interested in it ... you could deliver it as a library, and the person can borrow it and the library would do all the logistics. I think that would extend the library in smaller communities where the library has a great service but not a great collection.
January 12, 2006 the hidden library, the P2P library, recommendations, and gettin' it on
Join host Christopher Millard (principal bassoon, NAC Orchestra) as he explores the world of orchestral music and its great composers. In this series of 10-15 minute audio programmes you can look forward to hearing insightful commentary about upcoming NAC Orchestra programmes as well as musical excerpts and interviews with NACO musicians and guest artists.
For more information, see http://www.nac.ca/en/multimedia/podcasts/