Extra gravy for your ear-biscuits

Every now-and-then, I record something whacky or just “ambient.” I sometimes find it calming to hear little recordings of people just walking around or hanging out.

Long ago, I put together a little podcast feed called “gravy” to put this kind of stuff and other things in. Here’s the feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/gravy. Subscribe to it if you like that kind of stuff. It’ll be linked over in the sidebar if you want to check back.

I’ve got some stuff from Kim and I’s last trip (Thailand) to fit in there once I get libsyn to behave. In the meantime, there’s some downtown Austin sounds like hanging out on a nice day at a coffee shop, going to the trail of (Christmas) lights, and walking in the early evening in downtown Phoenix (while at SAP TechEd 2009).

Like I said: smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Voting, Texas-style – Austin’s Very Own #51

Going to Vote

After voting in the Texas Primaries, Kim and I discuss the fun of the voting process. A loud motor-scooter goes by and launches us into a conversation of impolite noises.

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Kim does a good job sussing out my noise problems. Also, we talk about Kim’s Chicken Cordon Bleu adventures.

Americans don’t know how to eat French bread – Austin’s Very Own #50

Cat time at Sarah's

On the way to a friend’s house for dinner, we go over the truth about bread:

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We talk about the types of bread we like, and Kim claims I hate every bread she brings home. Also, I almost miss a right turn.

Cloud Closures and Server-side JavaScript Injection – DrunkAndRetired.com Episode #165

Boobs

Charles asked me to think of some ways you’d use sandboxed JavaScript on the server side – I jump right in with some examples:

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We’ll see if any of it helps Charles out with his talk.

Things that cannot be done

I have been trying to use my iPhone for more publishing scenarios, but the limitations are bad for even the simplest things on a laptop:

* most tools don’t provide formatting options. Like a bullet lost in the WordPress app I’m using to write and publish this. Hence my astrick use.

* lack of spell check. I can’t spell. I use the red squiggly in Firefox constantly, and even that often misses things.

* publishing podcasts directly from voice memos doesn’t really work. First, all you can do is email voice memos, not upload them thru a web page (in fact, the file upload thing in HTML doesn’t seem to ever show up in the iPhone – I bet it’s disabled – nice “the real web” there). Second, even when you do email audio, it has some limit – 10 minutes or something.

* finally, I’m always afraid the app I’m using will crash and I’ll loose my text. No auto-save.

Why do I care: ubiquity. I always have my phone, and it’d be great to be able to publish more often without having to use the more “heavy weight” MacBookPro.