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Audio Blogging Experiment Results

Audio Blogging Experiment Results

Audio and video blogging seem to be hot topics currently. I myself have done two,
pretty low-tech, audio blog posts. Both were readings of textual posts, one of a
Read/Write Web classic from January 2004 – The Fractal Blogosphere. And
the second audio post was something I wrote just last week – A New Kind of Literacy. The
results of my…

Reliance

Reliance

The thing about web technology – and computing in general – that continues to
frustrate me, is that it forces me to rely on hardware and software that is often outside
of my direct control. It’s all very well embracing the server side and using
browser-based products like Movable Type and Bloglines, as I do. But it does mean I rely
on the people…

A New Kind of Literacy

A New Kind of Literacy

Note: This post is also available in audio format (.wav file, 2.9MB).
“Literary Reading in Dramatic Decline” announced the headline at
the National Endowment for the Arts website on 8 July 2004. On that day the NEA published
a report entitled “Reading at
Risk” (PDF), which outlined the findings of a 2002 survey of the reading habits of
17,000…

Notes on Tim O’Reilly’s Oscon 2004 speech

Notes on Tim O’Reilly’s Oscon 2004 speech

One good thing about audio on the Web is that I can listen to things while I’m
working. Which is precisely what I did this morning with Tim O’Reilly’s
keynote speech at the Open
Source Convention currently being held in the US. The audio was done by IT Conversations,
rapidly becoming one of my favourite websites. O’Reilly’s speech…

Read/Write/Think/Dream

Read/Write/Think/Dream

As I was browsing the Web, looking for inspiration, I discovered a work by John Baldessari – a conceptual artist from America. He transformed the library space at UCSD (University of California, San Diego) into a beautiful work of art… the photos online are enough to make me want to go to UCSD and soak it up in real life. I wonder if it’s…

Audio Blogging enhances the Social Web

Audio Blogging enhances the Social Web

Yesterday I did my first
audio blogging post. I think audio has the potential to be a key part of the
so-called Social Web, or Social Media as it’s
being called now. And I like the term ‘Social Media’, over the more tradional term
‘Social Software’. It emphasizes that the current revolution of the Two-Way Web is all
about multimedia. That is…

Audio version of The Fractal Blogosphere

Audio version of The Fractal Blogosphere

Tonight I recorded my first audio blog post, a reading of my January 2004 article The Fractal Blogosphere. Quite topical, given my recent posts on subscriber statistics and weblog popularity.
The audio file is .wav format, which you can play in Real Player and probably other audio players as well. I tried to convert it to MP3, but it ended up a…

More on Subscriber Stats

More on Subscriber Stats

I’ve just hit a century, 100 Bloglines subscribers. I was on 79 only 4 days ago, when I posted my article about Bloglines subscriber stats. Mind you it helps when the creator of Bloglines links to you 🙂
To put this into perspective, I also noticed today that Boing Boing has 8,025 Bloglines subscribers! Wow! I’d previously not seen anyone with…

We’re all on the same page

We’re all on the same page

In yesterday’s post I
mentioned The 3 C’s: Create, Communicate and Collaborate. The 2nd one could just
as easily be ‘Converse’, as in conversations. All of these C’s are things I strive to
achieve in my weblog. In an effort to strengthen the ‘Communicate/Converse’ prong, I’ve
finally gotten around to converting my Comments system (hey, another…

Analysing Bloglines Subscriber Stats

Analysing Bloglines Subscriber Stats

I love Bloglines. It’s a browser-based RSS
feeds aggregator that almost singlehandedly proves the case that web applications can be
better than desktop-based ones. I say this in the context of Joel Spolsky’s already classic
essay on why web browser apps are winning the war against so-called
rich or smart
clients. “The new API is HTML” quoth…

Sylvian and The System

Sylvian and The System

This is a Short Story by Richard MacManus. It takes a speculative look at what the
blogosphere might be like in 20-30 years time.

I

My name is sylvian and this is my story of The System. Twenty years ago it was called
the Web. Back then people were making it up as they went along. Some of them attained a
degree of popularity on the Web, with…

Winter Reading

Winter Reading

There’s an interesting meme doing the rounds: what webloggers
are reading this summer. This, of course, is right up my street. So here’s what I’m
reading currently… although it’s actually the middle of winter here in New Zealand.

I’m an eclectic
reader, so I usually have a number of different books on the go at the same time. I’m
also a fussy…

Gestating

Gestating

That’s what I’m doing currently. Gestating ideas, for an innovative new business and also for my writing (and as an extension to both – my weblog). So apologies for the lack of blogging, but I expect to deliver a nourishing meal-sized Read/Write Web entry by end of next week. Feel free to snack on my Links feed in the meantime.
For now I’ll leave…

Quick thoughts on Kottke’s Re-Design

Quick thoughts on Kottke’s Re-Design

I promised not to focus on web design, as it’s not my niche. But I remain a keen
amateur designer, as all Web junkies are, so I want to jot down some notes on Jason Kottke’s re-design. I
haven’t read through the 995 comments that people have left on his site, nor have I seen any
of the design community’s thoughts (I’ve barely had time to read my…

Beginning to see the light

Beginning to see the light

I’ve always wanted to namecheck
that great Velvet Underground song. I wore my teeth in my hands…So I could mess the
hair of the night. Anyway, Sébastien Paquet has
posted a suggestion to improve the Topic Exchange – which reminded me of my own
efforts to ignite the topics community over a month ago. Here’s Seb’s post:

I believe I have…

Knowledge Management for Generation Y

Knowledge Management for Generation Y

In my travels today I came across some articles about how Generation Y (people born in 1980’s
or 1990’s) use Information Technology. I’m a Generation X’er myself, so Generation Y has
always been something of a curiosity to me – as other generations always are, no matter
which part of the timeline you come from. The first article that caught my…

Mama don’t let your baby grow up to be a Generalist

Mama don’t let your baby grow up to be a Generalist

It’s fun to be a Generalist, you get to explore a variety of different topics and it
often makes for good blogging. People don’t really know what to expect when they see a
new Read/Write Web item in their RSS Aggregator (although given my current experiment to
try and blog a “short and pithy” post every day, odds are that reader expectations…

I’m valid again

I’m valid again

For what it’s worth, I’ve re-validated my homepage to conform to XHTML Transitional.
Thanks to the people who left comments and emailed me about issues relating to
validation. The two main culprits in validation always seem to be the ‘&’ character
and non-closed
tags. Joe Lindsay also pointed out an undefined html entity…

How much free music is available online?

How much free music is available online?

I was going to leave a comment at Lucas Gonze’s weblog, but I may as well use
trackback and hope he sees this. Lucas
posted a follow-up to his “whine that policing unauthorized music on Webjay is
turning into a huge drag”. He is considering a form of community moderation (suggested by
Seb Paquet). I thought “Jim” left an
interesting comment in…

Google AdSense for Search

Google AdSense for Search

Good timing Google! Adding search functionality to my site was on my To Do list for
this month and Google has just announced a new AdSense for Search feature. It allows
website owners to add a search box to their site and potentially earn some pocket money
with ads that display with the search results. In the email Google sent me, they had…