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Post by Stephan » September 10th, 2006, 1:25 pm

(hi catherine, that's vee, gesine and anita with internet rescources, afaik)
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Post by jimmowatt » September 10th, 2006, 3:12 pm

earthcalling wrote:
Starlite wrote: Ditto-

Hi I'm Esther and I'm a librivox addict. :)
Likewise, both dit and toe.

My suggestions/agreements would be:-
- Agree with Jim that a different person can take it on each week, bringing their own brand of whateverness to it.
- I'd say the focus should be largely 'external', i.e. stuff that might encourage new listeners and volunteers to get involved:
--- new catalogued recordings (clips?);
--- particular projects worthy of a highlight for whatever reason;
--- news items;
--- 'spotlight'-type interviewettes, perhaps by the person podcasting that week - their own 'why I love LibriVox, how I got here, what I do here' stuff.

David
I'm not sure I agree about the focus being external (but I'm willing to be persuaded). I think the thing that appeals the most to the greatest number of people who hang around is the community.
I think we should play to our strengths and put together a program which emphasises and explores that community. I've hung around Science Fiction Fandom for years and find that there's nothing the fandom community likes better than writing and talking about themselves.
That inward looking process actually strengthens the community and urges other people on to contribute even more to the community.
However, the focus would be decided by whoever does the broadcast for that week.
The catalogued clips sounds a good idea.
Highlighted projects.
Perhaps a short biographical bit by the host of the week.
I think that has to be optional though as many people are quite reticent to talk about themselves.
Maybe a spot to encourage readers to support projects that may be languishing.
Hmm, yes I like this, so any co-ordinator who wishes can send in a short audio file making a pitch for their particular project. It would be a good way of injecting life into projects needing volunteers (e.g. 3 musketeers).
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Post by jimmowatt » September 10th, 2006, 3:18 pm

thistlechick wrote:Perhaps it was your intention already, but I think this should be a seperate podcast from our usual "chapter-a-week" podcast... subscribing to these two should be seperate from one another...

And... well.... um.... ok.. sign me up... I'm not so confident about doing a unscripted recording, but I would like to give it a try.

Start an LVwiki to keep track perhaps?
Yes, it would be nothing to do with the chapter a week podcast.
As for signing you up, yes absolutely!
It'll be fun.
An LVwiki?
why?
Please forgive me. I have little knowledge or experience with wiki.
Any ideas on how we'd use it here?

Kind regards

Jim
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Post by thistlechick » September 10th, 2006, 3:25 pm

jimmowatt wrote: An LVwiki?
why?
Please forgive me. I have little knowledge or experience with wiki.
Any ideas on how we'd use it here?
It would help us keep track of who's signed up for what as well as what has been done.... kind of like they did for the Spotlight On... http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/SpotlightOn *still wonders what happened to that*

In addtion to the usual news, I'm planning to include a short interview with a LibriVox member... (I'm not so comfortable talking about myself to myself heh)
~ Betsie
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Post by jimmowatt » September 10th, 2006, 3:29 pm

ceastman wrote:Yes, I like this idea - here's some thoughts, both repetitious and new:

- new projects begun this week, in addition to projects recently catalogued
ceastman wrote:, will help new projects to get a kick start.
ceastman wrote: - one or more things from the Suggestions thread - wouldn't YOU like to start a coordinated reading of such-and-such?
This could possibly help encourage someone who was thinking of taking the plunge.
ceastman wrote: - what's being chattered about in the Music thread? The Cooking thread (which hasn't seen much activity in the last couple of months)? The Movies thread? Other 'off-topic' things, e.g. a reminder to CALL YOUR REP to tell them to vote against the evil Internet bill?

- Who's new on the LV forum this week? (e.g. Welcome TechnoWizard - just a username I happen to remember)
Yes, this is the sort of thing I envisage.
Keeping everyone up to date with the general chit-chat around the forums.
It is getting to the stage now where it's difficult to watch everything.
ceastman wrote: And yeah, for those of us who don't podcast, it'd be good to have someone (Stephan? Kara?) set up something where we can 'drop' the completed recording and have it just automatically go out.

-Catharine
Yes, that would be good.
I'm still kidding myself that I'm writing this essay (it's the last one for my academic year in this course so I'm not allowed to be late or miss this one out so I gotta do it) so I haven't investigated the mechanics of podcasting yet.
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Post by jimmowatt » September 10th, 2006, 3:54 pm

A quick look around at podcasting throws up a site or two

Podcast 411 does some code that could be useful at http://podcast411.com/howto_1.html
Maybe I could try adapt this stuff.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/dtds/podcast-1.0.dtd" version="2.0">

<channel>

<title>podCast411</title>
<description>The 411 on podCasts, podCasters and podcasting</description>
<link>http://www.podcast411.com</link>
<language>en-us</language>
<copyright>Copyright 2006</copyright>
<lastBuildDate>Sat, 25 Mar 2006 11:30:00 -0500</lastBuildDate>
<pubDate>Sat, 25 Mar 2006 11:30:00 -0500</pubDate>
<docs>http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss</docs>
<webMaster>rob@podcast411.com</webMaster>

<itunes:author>rob @ podcast411</itunes:author>
<itunes:subtitle>podCast411 is a show about interviewing other Podcasters, similar to Inside the Actors Studio except for Podcasting </itunes:subtitle>
<itunes:summary>podCast411 is a show about interviewing other Podcasters, similar to Inside the Actors Studio except for Podcasting. Each show we interview a different Podcaster to find out what Podcasts they are listening to, what their show is about, what they are using to create their Podcast and what advice they have for other Podcasters or those looking to become a Podcaster. Plus we have news, notes and tech tips for Podcasting. </itunes:summary>

<itunes:owner>
<itunes:name>Rob W</itunes:name>
<itunes:email>rob@podcast411.com</itunes:email>
</itunes:owner>

<itunes:explicit>No</itunes:explicit>

<itunes:image href="http://www.podcast411.com/img/411_itunes.jpg"/>

<itunes:category text="Technology">
<itunes:category text="Podcasting"/>
</itunes:category>

<item>
<title>411 Item 138 ZedCast with Bruce Murray - Voicemail line 206-666-4357 </title>
<link>http://podcast411.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=451</link>
<guid>http://media.libsyn.com/media/podcast411/411_060325.mp3</guid>
<description> Welcome to the show it is March 25th and this is our 138th
show. Today will be an interview with Bruce Murray from the Zedcast
podcast. Please visit this podcast at http://www.zedcast.com/ </description>
<enclosure url="http://media.libsyn.com/media/podcast411/411_060325.mp3" length="11779397" type="audio/mpeg"/>
<category>Podcasts</category>
<pubDate>Sat, 25 Mar 2006 11:30:00 -0500</pubDate>

<itunes:author>Rob @ podCast411</itunes:author>

<itunes:explicit>No</itunes:explicit>
<itunes:subtitle>Welcome to the show it is March 25th and this is our 138th
show. Today will be an interview with Bruce Murray from the Zedcast
podcast. Please visit this podcast at http://www.zedcast.com/ </itunes:subtitle>
<itunes:summary> Welcome to the show it is March 25th and this is our
138th show. Today will be an interview with Bruce Murray from the
Zedcast podcast. Please visit this podcast at http://www.zedcast.com/ </itunes:summary>
<itunes:duration>00:24:30</itunes:duration>
<itunes:keywords>podCast411, podcast, podcasting, podcaster, Interviews, Bruce Murray, Zedcast</itunes:keywords>

</item>

</channel>

</rss>
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Post by jimmowatt » September 10th, 2006, 4:00 pm

thistlechick wrote:
jimmowatt wrote: An LVwiki?
why?
Please forgive me. I have little knowledge or experience with wiki.
Any ideas on how we'd use it here?
It would help us keep track of who's signed up for what as well as what has been done.... kind of like they did for the Spotlight On... http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/SpotlightOn *still wonders what happened to that*

In addtion to the usual news, I'm planning to include a short interview with a LibriVox member... (I'm not so comfortable talking about myself to myself heh)
The wiki bit looks good.
I still think first post would do it just as well so may not go the wiki route.
Hmm Spotlight on seems to have faded away. Cloud Mountain is mentioned on that wiki page as interviewer but no interviewee.
Hmmm, thoughts occur here. I'll pm Cloud Mountain.
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Post by kayray » September 10th, 2006, 4:14 pm

Jim,
You can simply copy (into a text file) the librivox podcast xml, then change the info as appropriate, and upload to wherever you plan to host the xml file (does not have to be the same place as where the actual sound files are hosted). ( http://librivox.org/podcast.xml )

Upload your weekly episodes to archive.org, or wherever, update your podcast xml file, and you're set. There are other, even more automatic ways to handle it... check into feedburner.com, maybe. Though they annoy me as you seem only to be able to have a certain number of back-episodes available.

It's not hard! There is living daily proof all over the internet that any monkey can produce a podcast ;-)
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Post by hugh » September 11th, 2006, 2:45 am

great idea.

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Post by jimmowatt » September 13th, 2006, 5:01 pm

Well, I've been having a play about and I think I have a podcast.
I put this link into 'juice' and the file came to me.
It's hosted on my own web space at the moment.
I don't know whether archive.org was playing up or I got in a tangle but it wasn't responding positively to my input.
Anyways
Here's the link

http://www.umor.co.uk/podcast.xml


So, who's doing the next one
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Post by kayray » September 13th, 2006, 5:23 pm

Works in iTunes, too, Jim. Nice!

If you're to be Keeper of the Podcast, you could keep the xml file on you own server and edit it to link to the other episodes, wherever they are hosted.
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Post by thistlechick » September 13th, 2006, 7:44 pm

Very cool... any chance you could set up a page where we can see a list of all of the episodes? could be in the LVwiki (perhaps on the same page as the other Spotlight so that we can see it all at a glance?) or it could be like how Kri is doing the featured recording....

And I'll do the next episode if no one else has it claimed yet =)

jimmowatt wrote:Well, I've been having a play about and I think I have a podcast.
I put this link into 'juice' and the file came to me.
It's hosted on my own web space at the moment.
I don't know whether archive.org was playing up or I got in a tangle but it wasn't responding positively to my input.
Anyways
Here's the link

http://www.umor.co.uk/podcast.xml


So, who's doing the next one
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Post by kayray » September 13th, 2006, 8:29 pm

Finally had a chance to listen to your podcast, Jim. Bravo! You captured the friendly feeling of our LibriVox community perfectly. I loved every minute of it.
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Post by earthcalling » September 13th, 2006, 9:44 pm

Jim, that is absolutely brilliant. Top job, in every way.

Can't wait to hear Betsie's!

David

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Post by jimmowatt » September 14th, 2006, 12:06 am

Aha
I've managed to upload it to archive.orghttp://www.archive.org/details/librivox_community
Haven't changed the xml yet but I suppose I'd better leave it and go to work for a bit.
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