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This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)Myths, Magic, and Legends – From Atlantis to Camelot

You never know what's going to make an impact on your kids. I don't mean an immediate "wow!" impact, I'm talking about the long term stuff. It may not even2 voices + 4 spices = 1 big impact

I thought I'd give the site a new look, so I went searching for a new theme. I'm not entirely sold on this one yet, but I'm giving it aNew theme

Easily the funniest of these kinds of things I've run across... see more crazy cat pics There needs to be a Hitman Monkey comic book. A depressed monkey running around whacking people...Hitman Monkey

In any Highlander movie, it's expected: heads will roll. In this case, though, it should have been heads of the film's creators. Why would you go and make a movie, probablyReview: Highlander: The Source

A few posts back, we got into a bit of a discussion that significantly hinged on fair use. I mentioned that I had a fair use reference but didn't haveFair Use

To steal a phrase from one of the judges, this show is "off the hook!" I don't like a lot of the "talent competitions" that are on TV. American Idol isReview: The Sing-Off

AAA has nothing on these guys

The fall TV season is upon us. Are there any shows out there worthy of watching this year? Any guilty pleasures you've just gotta have? Anything that just drains theFlashing Forward to Fall TV

Hicks Picks 9 - Slice of Scifi AUGH! This is annoying. “Stargate” movies delayed The direct-to-home-theater “Stargate” movies are coming–but it’s going to take a bit longer than expected. 20th Century Fox toldStargate SG-1 DVD movies delayed

At my house we have a bit of a push-and-pull relationship with time. My wife pushes, and I pull. Call me crazy, but I don't think we need to leave aRules for showing up

Argh. I mentioned before that my site theme settings suddenly changed. Today I tried to fix it by upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. I was pretty sure thatSite maintenance

CLO: Survey: One-Third of Candidates Commit a Top Interview Don’t This article is aimed at executive search interviews, but most of it really applies to any interview. Make sure you don'tInterviewing mistakes

I'm reading a lot more comics/graphic novels now than I ever have. Sadly, that's not saying much, since I only read individual unconnected issues at a time - I neverAn attache case, an underground government, and a Spider-Man on the edge

It's over. For four years of my life (which, oddly enough, took six years), I've been watching Battlestar Galactica weekly. This redesigned joy from my childhood became an engaging, exciting, andReview: Battlestar Galactica finale

Three years of yammering on…

Three years ago today, at 11:48pm, I wrote these amazingly insightful words:

Check it out…

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isn’t it.)

Thusly did this, my first blogging experience, begin. Pretty sad, really, but there you have it. Now here we are, three years and over 400 posts later, and I figure it’s about time I looked back to see if I’ve ever . . . → Read More: Three years of yammering on…

Free Music & sound effects for podcasts

Free Royalty Free Music Loops, Free Royalty Free Sound Effects

A couple months ago we completed the first four podcasts our company has produced, for internal training purposes. I’ve mentioned previously some of the testing we did to get them produced, and I’ll probably go into more detail in the future on what process we ended up with and how we intend to move forward. For now, I just want to point out one aspect . . . → Read More: Free Music & sound effects for podcasts

Podcasting for learning Podcast

The MASIE Center – Learning Lab & ThinkTank – PodCasting for Learning Call

I’m listening right now to this podcast. It’s got a slow start, but there are some good ideas in there. For example, around the 10 or 15 minute mark, they give some ideas for ways to use training podcasts. One example was a tour that a national park was giving. Tourists can download a tour that you stop and start as you . . . → Read More: Podcasting for learning Podcast

Multimedia Plugins for WordPress

Video, Music, Podcasts, Audio, and Multimedia WordPress Plugins « Lorelle on WordPress

This is a great annotated list of plug-ins for WordPress users trying to add video or audio of any sort to their blog. I wish she would have put this list out months ago – it would have saved me quite a bit of time and effort.

Now I have to go through all those options and see how I can best use . . . → Read More: Multimedia Plugins for WordPress

Making MP3s playable on a website, the easy way

[update: I've since started using the Anarchy plugin, which also makes standard hyperlinks playable, and though I'm on the fence about which technology I like better for audio (I got Anarchy for the video component), I lean toward the method described below because it's less visually intrusive. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to disable the Anarchy audio player segment without disabling the whole thing, so all the example links below (and throughout this site . . . → Read More: Making MP3s playable on a website, the easy way

Hi-tech escape from Tower of London

Hi-tech escape from Tower of London | Reuters.com

This is a very cool, [tag]interactive[/tag], [tag]technology-enabled teaching[/tag] method. Visitors to the [tag]Tower of London[/tag] can participate in a [tag]game[/tag]—powered by GPS, a Windows CE hand-held system, audio files, and real interactions with guards—to help famous prisoners from the Tower’s past escape. Along the way, you learn a lot about [tag]history[/tag] and the Tower.

This is a really exciting step up from an audio tour, in my . . . → Read More: Hi-tech escape from Tower of London

Podcasting for corporate training example – how I did it

I mentioned in a previous post that I was experimenting with [tag]Podcasting[/tag] for [tag]training[/tag] purposes at work. I thought it might be nice to share what I’ve learned so far, the process I went through, and for better or worse, the result.

The point of this exercise was two-fold: to experiment with the technology and tools, and to introduce potential uses of podcasting to a training industry audience focused in a [tag]manufacturing company[/tag]. The original . . . → Read More: Podcasting for corporate training example – how I did it

Odeo podcasting

Well, I’m working on podcasting technology for work, so I figured I’d better get my feet wet and learn how to do it. As such, here is a lame example of me talking into a microphone for 16 seconds (approximately):

Incidentally, this player is Google’s, as seen in Gmail. Not the prettiest, but it’s the only one I could figure out how to use with WordPress, so far.

As podcasting hosts go, Odeo.com . . . → Read More: Odeo podcasting