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

Written on:May 15, 2014
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A slime-covered hand, photo by Paul Jurvetson, found on Flickr 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 about that publication, discussing what the researchers were testing, the actual methods they used, and the actual results and conclusions they published.

Hacker Public Radio needs shows, so I dusted the main content of this particular episode of the old show off, wrapped it in some new commentary for HPR, and uploaded it. Hardly anybody heard my previous attempts to self-publish this stuff, so it’s practically a new episode anyway – the portion of HPR’s audience that actually hears this is probably two and maybe even three orders of magnitude higher than its total audience in the last five years.

I’d be interested to know if Hacker Public Radio would like to hear more of this kind of show – I still want to record more like this (and I have one or two others from a while ago that may be good enough to similarly dust off and republish), so I might make it a recurring HPR feature if that’s desirable. Let me know.

This will be Hacker Public Radio Episode#1513. The publication discussed in this episode is “Ding WK,Shah NP:”Effect of Various Encapsulating Materials on the Stability of Probiotic Bacteria”;2009;J. Food Sci.;vol.74 #2; pp M100-M107.

I’ve also been doing some updates to the “Potentially Upcoming Shows” topic list if anyone wants to comment on and/or advocate for and/or express disgust over any of the existing ones, or suggest new ones.

Image Credit: “She Slimed Me” by Paul Jurvetson. Link for the image goes to the flickr page for it.

“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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Three possible topics for Episode 02 – what do you want to hear?

Written on:November 3, 2012
Three possible topics for Episode 02 – what do you want to hear?

I got a lot of positive feedback from my last Hacker Public Radio contribution on the subject of legally-free media and why it matters, so I’ll keep doing more episodes. Right now, I have three topics that I’m working on developing, and while taking our Canine-American family member for a walk, I thought of a fourth that I could develop (but will take a bit of research first). I’ll be…

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