*3* HPR episodes in progress…

Written on:February 8, 2015
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I started up a “grab-bag” episode covering three sets of topics and realized each one had plenty of material to be its own episode, so now I’m working on 3 episodes…

An episode on “Things to do with discarded/obsolete Android phones” (part 1: stuff that you can do by just installing and running free apps without root access or custom firmware) has plenty of fun in it, and will end with a segue to a second episode which will be a review of the “studio condenser microphone for mobile devices” that I waited 8 friggin’ months to finally get (Nady SCM-700), which will in turn lead naturally to a third episode with a discussion of whether or not there is a way to make valid legally-free mp3 audio without trespassing on the remaining patents [and if so, how].

Then, I should probably do another “Stir-Fried Stochasticity” episode. I’ve been wanting to do a big “Gram stain” episode for years.

My semi-official resolution for the new year is to do a lot more internet audio. In addition to HPR, I’m trying to get a couple of books read for librivox and maybe start up an adventure audio drama for fun (LostNBronx’s ongoing HPR Series on the subject encourages me, but it’s not his fault…)

Stay tuned, comments welcome and, indeed, begged for (seriously, any form of expressed interest temporarily suppresses my natural human laziness from telling me “ah, nobody’s going to notice if you don’t do anything…”)

HPR1513: “Stir-Fried Stochasticity: Bio-Boogers”

Written on:May 15, 2014
HPR1513: “Stir-Fried Stochasticity: Bio-Boogers”

This is actually a show-concept I started playing with intermittently half a decade ago (before I became a Hacker Public Radio contributor), where I would find a scientific paper that was either over-hyped in the news OR (preferably) was about such an ordinary piece of useful scientific work that nobody’s University PR Department bothered to turn it into a breathless press release, and then record a “science news” show episode…

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“Audio Metadata in Ogg, MP3, and others”

Written on:December 6, 2013
“Audio Metadata in Ogg, MP3, and others”

(Now that it’s come out in the official Hacker Public Radio feed, here’s the even-more-awesome opus version. If you want the Ogg Vorbis, Speex, or crappy-old-mp3 versions, check out the official Hacker Public Radio page instead) “Today’s episode discusses (and encourages) the use of metadata tags in audio files. Most of the episode is spent on id3v2.3 metadata for mp3 files) and vorbiscomments (metadata for opus, ogg vorbis, flac, and…

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Next HPR episode finished!

Written on:November 26, 2013
Next HPR episode finished!

Finally, after taking too long again (but still maintaining the trend of reducing the time between episodes…), just a few minutes ago I finished tweaking and uploading my most recent topic: “Audio Metadata in Ogg, MP3, and others“. It’s about 45 minutes long, covering mostly id3v2.3 (MP3 metadata) and vorbiscomments (virtually-everyone-else-that-matters metadata), but I also talk a little about matroska/webm metadata, mp4 metadata, wav, and “windows media”. This one took…

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Next episodes…

Written on:July 8, 2013
Next episodes…

Still working on things – version 1.1 of the Opus codec reference software is due any day now, so I’m waiting to see the final word on what’s new in it besides the general “even better quality”. Busy season is upon us here at the Asylum for the Sufficiently Nerdy, so it’s gotten somewhat more difficult to find large chunks of time to carefully research, assemble information, and record it…

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New episodes coming up Real Soon Now!

Written on:June 13, 2013
New episodes coming up Real Soon Now!

I’m going to cover the Opus codec and posting legally-free audio on the web as the next episode. Ingress is just now starting to get some changes that should make it substantially more interesting (and it was pretty interesting to begin with, I think!), but not only do I want some time to actually try out the changes, I think the subject of the Opus codec is getting relatively more…

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HPR1233 – Playing Ingress

Written on:April 24, 2013
HPR1233 – Playing Ingress

My third HPR contribution is now up at Hacker Public Radio. Now, if you’re interested in Google’s new location-based game, Ingress, this should hopefully be a reasonable, minimally-lame and hopefully unstupid introduction to the topic. Let me know what you think – I’ve got a followup episode to do, so now’s your chance to throw in suggestions to make it better. Thanks! Meanwhile, assuming you’re using modern web software, you…

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Raw recording of Episode 0002 is done, Editing in progress…

Written on:March 25, 2013
Raw recording of Episode 0002 is done, Editing in progress…

I finally got around to getting my first episode on Ingress recorded. It needs a little clean-up, volume adjustment, a little minor mixing, and some written show notes, but it sounds like the audio is in pretty good shape. I should be able to get it done and uploaded by sometime tomorrow (well, “later today” by my clock’s reckoning, since it’s now “tomorrow” from when I started). After an online…

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HPR Saturday Session (2013-03-23) – “What is Hacking?”

Written on:March 24, 2013
HPR Saturday Session (2013-03-23) – “What is Hacking?”

I’ve just gotten the audio uploaded to show up in the HPR queue (and it’s not posted here – though if anyone wants I can always generate a .opus version to put up). Just thought I’d mention that I participated in one of Nido’s “Hacker Public Radio Saturday Session” recordings where we had a panel discussion on what “Hacking” is. Like a lot of these impromptu discussions the four of…

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Next Episode (02) coming soon: Ingress

Written on:February 17, 2013
Next Episode (02) coming soon: Ingress

I’ve been beta-testing Google’s new Ingress, which is an enjoyable location-based game. Since I’ve been talking about doing an episode on Geotagging soon, I figure this will make a suitable segue. I won’t say “I’m hoping I’ll have it ready for submission within a week” because if I do, chances are things will come up and I won’t get it done until November. However, people popping up to remind me…

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