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Some weeks are slow for news. We would be remiss, though, if we did not note that LISNews crossed the 10th anniversary threshold last week. A zeitgeist review and a miscellany of stories are presented this week.
Mudville Gazette on Corporal Hodge
The Register: "Elgato DTT Deluxe world's smallest USB TV tuner"
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Mental Health America
Report on Saturday's health care vote
Referenced picture of a donation box
Preparatory to 1 December 2009 when new scrutiny will be paid by the Federal Trade Commission to new media outlets, it is necessary and proper to discuss where the promotional ads and other such material airing presently on LISTen originate. This relates to anti-payola measures that the federal government is taking. As the program is produced within the territory of the United States of America, Federal Trade Commission jurisdiction is certain.
As a matter of habit the first promotional item aired each week is a segment from Profile America. Profile America is an audio segment produced by the United States Department of Commerce through its Census Bureau. Profile America highlights facts from American history and is distributed without cost or payment to radio stations across the United States. Not only does Erie Looking Productions receive no compensation for airing Profile America as part of LISTen, the LISNews Netcast Network and LISHost additionally receive no compensation. Pieces from Profile America are aired as they highlight matters of national pride and national history from the United States of America where the primary air staff holds citizenship.
From time to time, a promotional piece from the Linux Outlaws is also aired. As with Profile America, nobody within any of the applicable chains of command receives compensation for airing that piece. The promotional piece by Dan Lynch and Fabian Scherschel, citizens of European Union member states, is aired by choice of the air staff to highlight a new media production that they think does good work that the audience of LISTen might also be interested in.
Other promotional materials from agencies and instrumentalities of the United States Government are also aired from time to time without compensation or cost. Such pieces are chosen typically based upon either current events or to highlight bad examples of public relations that should not be emulated by librarians. Many of these are presented as continuing examples so that librarians can have models from which to build their own public service announcements.
Questions or comments in regards to this can be directed to the Head of Business & Finance at Erie Looking Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparatory Compliance Statement -- 7 November 2009 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at erielookingproductions.info.
This week's episode of LISTen features an interview with the CEO of the Openmoko Team, Sean Moss-Pultz, about their WikiReader off-line portable device project. A brief discussion of the SirsiDynix-WikiLeaks matter also arises.
In 2007 in early November, the idea behind LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast was proposed and approved. Over the course of November 2007 preparations were made for what has become a program that has spanned over ninety episodes. LISTen's third year of operations begins on 7 December 2009 when Pearl Harbor is also commemorated.
It has been an interesting run including a shift in operating base across the continent of North America. This was caused by the split into two parts of the operating base of Erie Looking Productions. Staff are now split between southern Nevada and northeast Ohio until June 2010 at the earliest.
Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring. Let's go forth boldly and make some history!
24 Months of LISTen by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at erielookingproductions.info.
The American Library Association's President issued a statement on the new FCC net neutrality proceeding. The text is available from the FCC web site in PDF form relative to what the Commission is proposing.
School Library Journal ran a piece in the matter. The story included extraneous issues that are not being dealt with in the net neutrality proceeding by the FCC but in other dockets. For those participating in FCC proceedings, the Commission normally rebukes commenters who raise extraneous issues outside a particular docket's scope unless there is good cause for the matter to come up. The hub for speed issues but not net neutrality issues is at Broadband.gov.
LISTen, one of the LISNews podcasts, talked about the net neutrality proceeding in its most recent episode. While the discussion is brief it does discuss what was not an FCC decision but rather the start of a process.
This week's episode talks about two proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission that librarians have an interest in. Other notable headlines are also discussed.
Daylight Savings Time
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality (PDF File)
Notice of Inquiry: Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape, MB Docket No. 09-194 (PDF File)
An example of what the Administrative Procedure Act looks like
Post by Blake: Turn Your iPhone or iPod Touch Into an Offline Mobile Reference Library
Running Greenstone on an iPod (Licensed Database Access Required)
Project Gutenberg ISO images
This week's episode contains an interview with web celeb Cali Lewis about blogging today and recent rumblings from the Federal Trade Commission about disclosures bloggers must make.
This week the podcast originates from our Ohio team. First up is a miniature installment of Tech for Techies where we discuss why you should not take LISTen #89 as a blueprint for your own endeavors. After that there is discussion of Google Books, Google Groups, and "Institutional Attention Deficit Disorder". The episode wraps up with a multi-faceted business statement.
Profile America Script
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #163
Download location for Hulu Desktop for Linux
Transcript of the Peace Corps PSA by Seth Green
Wired's Epicenter Blog discussing Google Groups
First piece on potential unconstitutional status of net neutrality proposals
Second piece on potential unconstitutional status of net neutrality proposals
FCC Fact Sheet on Private Shortwave
The big networks have contingency plans with alternate studios. When ABC cannot produce evening news in New York, a back up is available in London. When our eastern US operating site isn't able to act, our western US site can sometimes take action. Through a great degree of improvisation this week's podcast was presented by our western engineer, Mike Kellat.
First up we go through the zeitgeist review. Secondly we talk about the post-tsunami situation in American Samoa while mentioning one local religious group that is taking action. So far no needs have been heard from the territory's two lending libraries although one was within the immediate target area of a wave. The two elders who oversee Tafuna Church of Christ are respectively the territory's Chief Forester and a former head of the local bar association. Their mailing address mentioned in the episode is:
Tafuna Church of Christ
P.O. Box 326
Pago Pago, AS 96799-0326
Their contact telephone number is +1 684 699 8763. Their contact e-mail is Dwillis_samoa@yahoo.com. Be forewarned that even though the territory is a US jurisdiction calls to it are often billed on par with international calling. For cell phone users in the United States, expect the cost per minute for calling to range in dollars per minute. Skype is preferable for making contact.
After that we take a look at the report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The report was released on Friday on a day normally known for bad news being buried.
The episode wraps up with a miscellany of nuggets.
Profile America Script
Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy
Knight Commission's Report
Referenced post by Henry Jenkins
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #162
Reuters on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal
CNET on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on Amazon deletion policy
David Bigwood on web services reliability
Larry Dignan on Earthlink's plan to speed up dial-up
This week's episode brings a discussion of the digital divide. The discussion is meant to start discussion about the issue while pointing out links to further non-LIS discourse in the matter. Some thoughts are thrown out at ways to bridge the digital divide that might involve materials reformatting.
ALA Banned Books Week DJ-read scripts
Profile America script
FCC Broadband Penetration Report
Ubuntu NGO Team blog
Ubuntu NGO Team wiki page
Ubuntu NGO Team activities page
Turning the Postal System into a Generic Digital Communication Mechanism
Delay-Tolerant Networking Research Group
NASA's Delay-Tolerant Networking experiment
DTN Architecture Note
Message Ferrying project
WWWOFFLE -- An off-line caching proxy
Technology & Infrastructure for Emerging Regions project at UC-Berkeley
Papers collected by the Technology & Infrastructure for Emerging Regions project at UC-Berkeley -- Read More