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The New Rig

The move back to Ashtabula has been an interesting one. This is the current general computing rig in play:

Desktop One

The desktop is a PowerMac G4 (Bondi Blue, even!) that is presently running Ubuntu 9.04. It was fairly difficult to get up and running. Few Linux distributions play nicely with PowerPC chips so selection was a trial-and-error matter. A nice side effect, though, is that it does not appear Ubuntu has had to load any restricted drivers so far.

This is the recording rig:

The microphone

This is greatly scaled back from operations in Nevada. The edges of production may be slightly rough for now. This is what happens in perilous economic times like this where finances of even John Q. Public are questionable.

And here is one of our mascots, Purrzy:

Barn Cat

If you click on any picture above you'll be whisked away to Flickr to view larger sizes. We're not quite there yet in restoring operations for Erie Looking Productions but we will surmount those obstacles soon.

Hiatus Update For 5 August 2009

While LISTen continues to be on hiatus, an update is offered as to the behind-the-scenes matters in bringing the program back.

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Hiatus Update For 5 August 2009 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

1:47 minutes (1.64 MB)

Following LISNews

We're getting closer and closer to the start of another academic year and a new intake of LIS students. A question that arises is how to follow LISNews. Recognizing that people have different interests and also different habits in consuming Internet content, it is necessary to perhaps list some of those tools. -- Read More

Hyperlinked History- The Video

When I first conceived the idea for Hyperlinked History and the whole Faceless Historian thing, I wanted it to be an online television show. At the very least I wanted to make an online documentary series with video, music, and the whole bit. So I shot a couple of test things and edited them together. Then I deleted that crap because it was terrible.

A year later, I have skills and equipment I didn't originally possess. So I'm excited to announce that Hyperlinked History will be moving into the realm of online video!

The opening of the show is available online as a sort of teaser/trailer and you'll be able to keep up with the programme both here on LISNews and on the Hyperlinked History site. Episodes should start going online around the end of August, so stay tuned!

Hyperlinked History - Explanations Part Two: The Scientists by The Faceless Historian

Our special three part series, Explanations, continues this week with part two, The Scientists! Join me as I talk about two scientists who changed my views of the world, and the views of millions of other people too. Beyond that, I'll also talk about how what they said, and how they said it, applies to librarians and our profession.

11:08 minutes (7.65 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #80

Welcome to the finale for the first series of LISTen: An Podcast. This episode kicks off with a look at the zeitgeist on LISNews over the past week. Profile America makes its final appearance in this series of LISTen. After that there is an interview with Jean-Baptiste Kempf, chairman of the non-profit behind the VideoLAN project. Following that is a chat with Dan Messer about "@alasecrets" and "@alasecrets2009" on Twitter. Over the course of that chat it was announced that Messer is now Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network as of the posting of this episode.

After the first two interviews, the podcast then turns to talking to Robert Spencer. Although originally slated to speak at ALA Annual 2009 on Sunday at a panel, entitled "Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping", Spencer found his invitation yanked. We spoke to him about what he was going to say and also his take on what happened with the now-cancelled panel.

The episode wraps up with a valedictory address by the presenter.

Related links:
VideoLAN Project
Post by Dan Messer about "@alasecrets"
The "@alasecrets2009" Twitter Account
Initial opposition raised to the appearance at ALA Annual 2009 by Robert Spencer
Message by a librarian supporting Robert Spencer speaking at ALA Annual 2009
The Open Letter Opposing Robert Spencer Appearing At ALA Annual 2009
Response by Robert Spencer to the Open Letter
Library Journal article on the invitation being yanked
Robert Spencer's website, Jihad Watch
The feed address to plug into your podcatcher to receive Profile America

43:25 minutes (8 MB)

Hyperlinked History - Explanations Part One by The Faceless Historian

Hello, everyone and welcome to the first in a series of three special episodes of Hyperlinked History! For the next three episodes, we're going to do something a little different. I'm going to talk about seven people who influenced myself, my work, and my writing. More than that, we'll see how what they say can apply to libraries and library staff. Because these people, in a very real way, explained the world to me, I call this three part series "Explanations."

So join me as we'll meet two teachers, a couple of scientists, two historians (natch), and a nun. This week, we meet the teachers.

13:57 minutes (8 MB)

Scripting, oh scripting...

This is a small tool I am working on:

# Snatch -- Script to take a show post URL and derive PDF, PS, TXT,
# and sanitized HTML versions for deposit at Internet Archive. The script
# also downloads the related MP3 podcast file and creates an Ogg version.
# This script assumes that Enscript dumps its output to standard out
# instead of the default printer. Lynx and Ghostscript must also be
# installed for this to work as well as sox and aria2c.
# 7 July 2009 -- Stephen Michael Kellat
# This script is released under a BSD license variant. To review it,
# visit
# Usage:
# [Text URL to download] [common file name for derivative formats] [Podcast URL for download]

lynx -dump $1 | enscript --margins=50:50:50:50 --word-wrap -G --color --media=letter -o - | ps2pdf - $2.pdf
lynx -dump $1 | enscript --margins=50:50:50:50 --word-wrap -G --color --media=letter -o - > $
lynx -dump $1 | enscript --margins=50:50:50:50 --word-wrap -G -whtml --color --media=letter -o - > $2.html
lynx -dump $1 > $2.txt
aria2c --split=16 -o $2.mp3 $3
sox $2.mp3 -C8 $2.ogg

Inch by inch, row by row the need to archive the run so far of LISTen grows. The likely depository besides LISNews itself would be Internet Archive.

Yes, the script is a wee bit messy. It is a work in progress. While I hope I will not have to use it, I am not holding my breath either while waiting for Godot.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #79

In light of news received on July 5th, the planned program order was delayed until July 13th. LISTen #79 is the penultimate episode of LISTen perhaps. This brief episode outlines what is going on and why LISTen may well join Tech for Techies in returning to the Twilight Zone on July 13th. It is anticipated that the grand finale that is planned to be LISTen #80 (unless things change) will include after-action reports about Anime Expo and more.

Related links:
iTunes via WINE
Repository at the Internet Archive of all extant Tech for Techies episodes

8:05 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #16

This is the final episode of Tech for Techies. The show will return to the Twilight Zone from where it came (for the time being). Stephen talks about broadcast transmission, be it radio, television or cellphones. Another Federal Government PSA from the Census Bureau, Profile America. My close explains the present situation at Erie Looking Productions.

In connection with what I bring up in the close, I want you to read a recommendation from LinkedIn:

“Stephen is a top notch podcaster and the writer, producer, and presenter of LISTen: The LISNews Podcast. More than that, he secured and conducted some fantastic interviews with people in the library world and in the fields of technology and media journalism. He brings a professional quality library podcast into an arena that sorely needs one. Because of this, he'd be a good source of information and consultation for a library (or any organization) with a desire to branch out into the world of Internet broadcasting.”

That was written by Daniel Messer, alternatively known as the Faceless Historian and Great Western Dragon. Think about what he had to say. While there is an old saw about a kingdom being lost for lack of a horseshoe, should a podcasting effort collapse for a lack of greenbacks? One value, at the least, to what the network does is that it is not beholden to the ALA, OCLC, or any particular vendor.

I want to thank you for listening and that the past shows will remain available on LISNews.

12:21 minutes (4.24 MB)
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