Archive for February, 2006

art and i

February 18, 2006

art projects are those done by people who are not artists who are doing an art project, artists do projects.


mother tongue collaborators

February 17, 2006

Chuan Liu and Eric Bateson are meeting with me today to look at F1 and F2 extraction in the spectograph in real time.

Liu has been working so hard to get this to work in real time.

Eric is so brilliant. First of all we were sampling at 4400 and the human voice only goes into the 5000 range so we downsample to 11,000 saving lots of computational space.


February 17, 2006

multiple bloggers

February 14, 2006

in order to get multiple participants in this blog I will need to tempt them onto my site.

Having people speak their own mother tongue on this site on the podcast link may be tricky.

don’t even know where the podcast link is….


Pasting a Word Document that has lots of info

February 14, 2006

I’m too sexy for my blog

76,000 blogs a day

Blogger and moveable type need to code to change colour and insert logo

Online publishing for everyone

But do we have to look the same as everyone that does it.

Use standard template and tweak a bit. A major thing?

Customizing look of blog will have a great payoff but most difficult part of the creative process in blogging.

Branding reputation, identity, tone, credibility, personality,

Content functionality design

Nice presentation – mostly images on the powerpoint – not words or designer words.

Look at blogs and see which designs work for you. Take notice of designs that work etc.

Jason kottke blog

Darrenbarefoort .com

Good content over bad design anyday

Robert scoble

Blogs – anti design – sick of being marketed too – part of the movement of blogging

When it looks to business/casual etc.

Writing for the web

Chunkify your content

Use bulletins

Lots of readers of sites are never going to look at your design – getting your content from RSS sites like Dan Gilmore??

The container that you post to everyday is the same everyday – consistency with how the thing works although content changes.

Same set of elements in every blog

Comments, RSS feed, header log, dates posts

Can customize


T4xt quotes titles links columns headers dividers search grahics photos background images comments trackbacks

Defined areas where you can be creative

Change colour palette

Change templates in blogger with same content

Standard templates

Design priority

Clarity for your audience – readable, navigation, archives need to be accessable layout

Where to spend


(css used in all blogs so changes go throughout)

Colour schemer online resource hexagdecimal code

Graphics and logos

Put a header on top of your template

Can be a standalone object that sits on top of page – will stay consistent throughout all the pages of your blog – title icon etc.

Header image

Does the header go into the template through html??

Plug it into the top of your blog template?

Generate a jpeg or a gif – and get someone to code it into the template for you.

Show things can do in templates

WordPress presentation design

More options with wordpress

Standard themplate can customize header through interface on some themes

WordPress has larger community developing tools for it and themes etc/

Type Pad can change layout design through the interface

Customization of all post items body footer etc.

Music 2.0 Coliin Brumelle

Next generation of music

tech transforming the music industry as it has in the past with phonographs etc 1878

not quite an ipod nano – Thomas Edison very radical concept of recording “annihilate time and space”

3 factors

Costs of producing music falling

Cheap to distribute music

Explosion of content

Need new ways of discovering content that you like

Helping listeners find new music

Pandora trying that – awesome

Hired hundreds of musicologists and analyzed on musicology terms and make recommendations based on this – enter an artist that you like and match to other similar artists – have tried it

The meters – new Orleans funk band.

Mines social data –

Download plugin attached to itunes and it tracks every bit of music you listen to and makes recommendation based on that.

MP3 blogs

Fluxblog, tofuhut, soul sides, music for Robots

Serious music geeks, mavens find rare music and hunt the internet

Some illegal music.

MP3 blogs catering to each niche or genre

Lots of them

Infamous for their rating scheme but a large following impact on selling music

How do get this music onto your ipod


pay services

to download – itunes

monthly fee – rhapsody

The long tail and digital distribution

New economic models

Long tail – when inventory  storage and distribution is cheap you can sell less popular items – record store would carry 40,000 items, but itunes has infinite shelfspace – long tail. Entering a world of abundance better for us, and a larger market for music that is not only hit drive.

Emergence of a musician middle class.


Record companies form a brand around artists.

Effects of technology on music production

Death of the album, song packaging etc

No reason to bundle the songs – perhaps release a track a month etc.

What’s going to happen to copyright?

Gettingstartedwithblogging at Northern Voice – looks like its good.

Finding your voice

Security by obscurity doesn’t work

RSS people can subscribe to it

Contains updates from all blogs

Way for people to subscribe to your blog.

When you set up your blog you can choose whether to publish an RSS feed, on by default or off by default ???

Technorati search engine for blogs

Blog software produces the RSS feed automatically. Link to stuff on your blog from your website to get the RSS benefits – which is about the latest stuff. – actually visaversa – link from website to blog.

Bloglines – to review blogs

How to add users to wordpress….

Matt demo’ed

Multiuserwordpress new non profit site

Geek Out session

Robert Scobie – published a book on blogs in business

Kevin Marks – technorati

Nice guy from Bryght

Rain City studios

Adding data to your lbo9gn rss feeds

Tags and technorati – Jan 2005 started

Index key words

Add microcontent to the html in your feed so that


Blog finder in technorati you can edit yourself – can change your tags to clarify tht you are writing abou

Do your tagging for blog finder

Explore the blogoshpere – pick out common categories

Category = tag

Subtle diff between category and tag

Tag – words that belong to this post, category can be subdivided are categories.

Social software at its newest

Creating a calendar from events on your boog blogspot????

Extracting info on the fly

Trend adding extra meaning to your html through tags events names and addresse, standardizing on common markup to share meaning.

INegrating calendars music lists etc common, browser integration, adding richer things

Get the extra info out in other ways – firefox scripts, flock also making this info available.

What are the common things people are trying to express.

Let you make your links in your blogpost.

Icalender – standardized output – standard of how calendars look.

Xml is inside the html. Add a little bit of markup only

Firefox extensions

Delicious dragged him back into firefox.

Weblog stuff – howtoshare itfaster

Delicious / scolelizer

Firefox has a delicious extension so can add more info about their delicious tags

What other firefox extensions.

JustBlogIt- throws your stuff to your blog that you find on the web – right click it

Research blog

Greasemonkey –

Cocomment – tracks your comment history and other people’s responses to your comments.

TagRank-where anyone else has tagged in delicious the page I am viewing

IETab- lets you run an instance of IE in firefox.

Extension developer –

PDFdownload view – open in a new tab or open as HTML – lest ti

Sessionsaver – saves  all your tabs as a grouping, open them all at once

Webdeveloper – to figure out templates or Firebug

Download status bar

Page Rank status bar ??

Platypus – rewrite pages

Signature – right click – in for blogging – insert writing into blog??

Will Pate sweet guy


people who program blog software

February 14, 2006

So I asked Matt who is very sweet and wrote WordPress how to upload images. I wondered if the blog is hosted by WordPress if that makes posting images difficult as it was with Blogger back in the day. But he said it shouldn’t be a problem. He did tell me that after I hit upload I have to drag and drop the image into the body of my post. Where in the codec (help for WordPress) does it mention dragging and dropping? He said it should be in the codec. So here goes I will upload an image of an apartment I have for rent which actually is already rented. amazing view

blogging conference memory backup

February 14, 2006

podcasting session;

link pics to Flikr and audiofiles MP3 on shaw or other server.

feedburner to enclose it ??

audacity to download and edit mp3’s

Issues of codec compatibility

.mov, .wmv .avi QT

upload video to

I wouldn’t have coffee with this guy why am I listening to him?

YouTube converts video for you to Flash -Flash deadend out out of the ipod loop.

Revver transcodes video to .mov and after people view the movie they are taken to a paid ad and paypal sends you some pennies blogging video hosting connect with Flikr account.Stays in format you upload it in – if it is .mov itunes won’t see it if .wmv>RSS??

This guy likes it will upload and transcode any format for RSS entry – MP4 and Flash.

150 Meg restriction

Uses H246 compression – buy QT player pro $30 and it will output your video in H246 compression which works for podcasting??

Video coming to Flikr which will be the main server place.

Community Building with Blogs

Nice session, circle seating, very little chat by facilitators.

Patterns of communities and how they are supported and enabled by blogs

aggregate blogs

links between blogs and the communities that emerge

linking with different communities, crossing lots of cultures both ethnic, background, age group etc.

making connections with people through blogs and meeting in person is good. (better than just meeting?? apparently some people have such good memories that they remember all about the person from reading their blog when they meet them)

Making links with people all over.”Writing yourself into existence”

Blogs build up networks of people in same geographical commonality, also other commonalities like hobbies and interests.

Shift from facades, creating identities to the up close and personal nature of blogging.

To keep from being overwhelmed people have a small community of bloggers they keep up with or go into the future with – through RSS feeds- and then the core group is extended through RSS.

Some people found the extended community more rewarding.

Kevin Marks Technorati

friendships, personal and business communities

process of invitation an important part – invite yourself and getting invited.

The RSS feed is invisible – the topic is the only connection not the person.

Someone from Edmonton has a blog called Web 2.0 Central and he likes bridging the online community to the live community.

Community is different than interlinking blogs, seek to understand the person on the other side of the blog.

Powerful part is access to individual experts and access to future thoughts of people by adding their blog to your RSS feed (don’t have to search)

…Conversation amplifier – “I have a blog shall I give you the url blah blah, conversation stifler”

Adding blogs to forum based community – richness of blogs add to the community experience – voice of the person through the blog.

More contained experience, very brief encounters, ephemeral, micro communities.

Phillip Jeffries

Why tagging works for me

Delicious, siteulike, flikr


bookmarks online

social networking – tag something and see if someone else is conneted to one’s behaviour in space.

go to other people’s paths on internet

tag – library – blog – website

tools within delicious

library, tag, personal information space

mirrored how he uses blogs, blogging finding papers, memory tool to help himself, rather than a social space.

Tag Rank

Tagging Space – as a memory extender, using easy to use key words, DIGITAL EXTERNAL ONLINE MIND

Flikr – tag your photos, Technorati – tag your blogs

Technorati RSS feed brings people to your site.

Bloglines RSS feeing

1/2 of all blogs are tagged blogs and increasing.

Richard Sones – ex Wavemaker audio expert (Philip Djwa recommends)

Potential help with wordpress

Finding your blog’s unique voice.



multiple bloggers

February 8, 2006

wonder if people will speak their mother tongues on this blog

we could video podcast animations of their speech.

Welcome to speaking mother tongues

February 6, 2006

What is your mother tongue?

Does your mother have the same mother tongue as you?

So many people have changed their language in the last few generations.

Let’s bring back some of the sounds we are losing.

Mother Tongue is a piece that collects feels and sounds of different languages.

Please bring sounds and images of your language to this blog.

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