Friday, December 30, 2005

Hearing Loss News and Articles: Protect your ears: limit iPod use

Hearing Loss News and Articles: Protect your ears: limit iPod use

JIMM 29 - Year End Review

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Mood: excellent
Listening to: JIMM 29 - Year End Review

My initial plans for a year-end podcast involved doing a summary of everything I've covered in this blog. But, the more I thought about it,
the more I knew I really wanted to concentrate on the music.

So that's what I did. I played nearly 10 songs on this last podcast of 2005. It's a big download, but you can feel free to use the Pupu player instead.


Thursday, December 29, 2005

CC License

Mood: in a funky groove
Listening to: tartanpodcast #71
Eating: chicken tenders, broccoli and corn, and drinking lots of tea

Hey there, everybody! I've decided to apply a Creative Commons license to this blog, the podcast, and QuotesBlog.

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On My MP3 Player

Hey folks! I put a podcast together some time ago, sharing some "Podcasts in My Ears", but I thought you might be interested in knowing everyone I listen to. So here's the exhaustive list of podcasts in my subscription list, in alphabetical order:

  1. - Teknikal Diffikulties -
  2. 43 Folders
  3. 6620 West Kidcast
  4. Accident Hash
  5. Adam Curry: Daily Source Code
  6. Bedtime Stories My Kids Love
  7. Bluestreak Network: Joke of the Day
  8. Bluestreak Network: Weekly Wacky Almanac
  9. Cincinnati church of Christ
  10. Coverville
  11. Dave's Lounge
  12. Digital Flotsam
  13. Echoes Podcast
  14. Ed's Mixed Bag
  15. Encouraging Audiobooks - Comedy Clip of the Week
  16. Funnyindian (Cincinnati Comedian Rajiv Satyal)
  17. IMAO Podcast
  18. InsytWorks for Self-Help
  19. Journey Inside My Mind Podcast (yes, I listen to my own podcast, especially to see what my other listeners are experiencing)
  20. K-LOVE Closer Look Podcast
  21. K-LOVE News Podcast
  22. K-LOVE Pastors Roundtable Podcast
  23. KCRW's Martini Shot
  24. Laura's Hollywood Dirt
  25. Lynn Parsons
  26. Miami Valley Musicast
  27. Murmur Music and News
  28. No Idle Frets
  29. One Minute Tip (
  30. podCast411 - Learn about Podcasting and Podcasters
  31. PodCheck Review
  32. podictionary - the podcast for word lovers
  33. weekly trivia quiz
  34. Podsafe Music Network Playlist - Journey Inside My Mind (songs I pick to be played come to my computer/mp3 player automagically. I'll let you know how you can set this up, if you'd like.)
  35. Promos (promos for other podcasts submitted to the PodShow promos site)
  36. Tanfastic (JW - the Official Cheesehead of Journey Inside My Mind)
  37. TGN: Behind the Scenes (another how-to podcast)
  38. The Audio Collective
  39. The Mr. Nice Guy Show!
  40. The SG Show
  41. the tartanpodcast
  42. U-Turn Cafe
  43. WGBH Morning Stories
  44. World News Mashup (you've never heard the news quite like this!)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Pupu Player for Podcast Listening

Mood: excited
Listening to: previous JIMM podcasts, via the Pupu Player
Reading: Becoming One by Joe Beam
Eating:Chinese food from Dynasty Buffet

Hey everybody! I just found out I could let you all use the free Pupu Player to listen to the Journey Inside My Mind podcast:

Head over to the website and click on the big, fat button on the sidebar. A separate window will open up, a playlist with all the episodes will load, and the most recent audio episode will get loaded and begin to play.

This all happens rather quickly. I'm interested in seeing how this behaves on a dial-up connection.

Google Looks Back on 2005

Yes, folks, it's time to reflect. I'll be doing that on the podcast this week. Google has already published its Zeitgeist:

Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

Define Podcasting

define:Podcasting - Google Search

Very cool illusion

Go ahead. Let your mind play tricks on you - it's fun!

Very cool illusion

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Noelle Rocks (video)

We were driving around town on Christmas Eve, and I had the podsafe music going.

Jennie had our digital camera going, too, and she caught Keisha helping her My Scene doll, Noelle, to rock to the Cool Waters Band.

We captured this 1-minute movie for your enjoyment. Check it out the Journey Inside My Mind Podcast.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Diana Krall-Jingle Bells - Google Video

Hello there, everyone! This is Dan, writing from January 11, 2006, posting this with Christmas Eve's date, however.

I just caught this awesome video on Google's website, and they've provided a way to put it here. So here goes:

Friday, December 23, 2005

One Year Ago Today

Mood: happy and bright
Listening to: Soundtrack to "The Next Noel" - Christmas play the kids did at church
Reading: Matthew 2 - Visit from the Magi
Eating: something to snack on somewhere. anything? Oh, and this Miller Lite beer.

One year ago today, the weather got crazy:

Christmas Storm Chronicles, Part 9 (includes links to 1-8)

A Podcast Christmas Carol

A Podcast Christmas Carol is a new twist on a classic. Check out this website and subscribe!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

A Teller of Stories This Holiday Season

Mood: upbeat but a little tired
Listening to: The Second Noel soundtrack
Reading: Luke 2
Eating: lasagna and salad
Watching: a movie on the Disney Channel about Hanukkah

I love being a storyteller, especially for my daughter:

Over the past few weeks, for her bedtime story, I've been reading in the Bible about the events leading up to Jesus being born.

It's really neat to see how Keisha has put the words and events we're reading about together with the words of popular Christmas carols. One of those "aha" moments.

So tonight we ready about the shepherds watching in their fields, and how, after they'd seen Jesus, they went and told everyone else about him.

That's a good enough example of evangelism for me. Even with a holiday flavor.

Let's go tell it on the mountain. Let's shout it from the rooftops. Let's make everyone aware that Jesus Christ is born!

Go figure: "The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations." -- Benjamin Disraeli, via QuotesBlog

JIMM 28 - Christmas Memories

Mood: festive
Listening to: JIMM 28 - Christmas Memories
Eating: Gold Star Chili
Watching: the snow melt outside

Hey there, everybody, and a merry Christmas to you. I just posted this week's podcast:

It's 41 minutes long, chock full of nostalgic, sweet, juicy goodness. It's musical, too!

Head over to the podcast page for more information.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Official Goof on 'Being Prepared'

How cool is that? ;)

Karen, the Official Goof of Journey Inside My Mind, believing in "helping others through [her] own experiences", offers some tips on how to prepare for a colonoscopy:

So many good tips that it's not worth posting them all here. I like numbers 1, 14, and 15 the best.

Dental Dang!

Listening to: podcast411 with Fr. Roderick
Reading: my blogroll
Eating: Skyline chili
Watching: ducks crossing the parking lot outside

I completely forgot that I had my first dental cleaning appt at 4:10 this afternoon: I remembered it this morning, but my, how time has flown! They just called to mention that to me, and I'm on the line now to try to reschedule it.

There. It's rescheduled for 9:40 AM tomorrow. I'd better get there early.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Eggs on our windows!

I do not believe this. Someone just threw at least three eggs at our apartment building because our living room windows have the ooze all over them.

I was laying on the couch, channel-surfing, when all of a sudden I heard BAM! BAM! BAM!

I got up to see what it was.

I'm half-tempted to go outside and try to track whoever did this down. This all happened at 10:15 PM.

11 PM Update: I just spoke with the police officer who came here. He saw the egg on the windows, etc. He said that it's really the complex's responsibility to call a police report in, since they will have to take care of the damage. Especially since it's to the windows. They aren't broken, they just got egg mess on them.

I and our neighbor in the same building have tried the maintenance number, but it appears they are having problems with their line because the phone company's not making the connection.

The officer said they've gotten three other phone calls tonight about eggings. They have some suspect descriptions, too.

That's why I'm glad I called. And I'm glad I'm blogging about this.

Cutest Christmas Picture

Mood: upbeat
Listening to: Yuletide carols being sung on the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: Proverbs 20
Eating: McDonald's Steak, Egg, and Cheese meal with a large, black coffee
Watching: some Mickey Mouse Christmas program on the Disney Channel last night (forgot the name), with Keisha

Arrived at work this morning, and in my e-mail was this picture from a coworker:

Ripoff Targets Military

A ripoff to warn your military friends about:

Many of America’s soldiers and sailors have been ripped off by investment salespeople who are allowed onto military posts and bases. The soldiers are usually quite young and are brought into sessions with officers and these salespeople. The soldiers are then coerced into investing in mutual funds that have 50 percent commissions. It has become a big story in Washington, but some of our troops still don’t know about it. The GAO (Government Accounting Office) has just written a report about what a ripoff these plans are. Some people in the Senate say they will outlaw these people coming on bases. But in the meantime, we’re letting our servicemen and women get ripped off. These are unholy alliances between officers and the salespeople, and it’s shameful. If you have a relative or friend in the military, be sure to warn that person about these vultures. Military folks have access to a TSP (Thrift Savings Plan), which has very low costs and no commissions. It’s the kind of investment our soldiers need.


Monday, December 19, 2005

Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos

Just saw the - Dayton, OH Current Weather Conditions:

Now: Sunny, 4 degrees F
Monday's Forecast: Partly sunny and frigid, 19 degrees F
Monday Night's Forecast: Mostly clear and frigid, 11 degrees F

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Black and White Hello from Keisha

Mood: alert but still a little sleepy
Listening to: dishwasher and shower
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Eating: biscuit, scrambled eggs, with melted cheese

Earlier this week before school, we tried out the camera on Keisha, and caught a beautiful black and white picture:

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Thank you for all the e-mail forwards!

Mood: better - can tell the sickness is going away
Listening to: DSC-299-2005-12-15
Reading: e-mail
Eating: chili
Watching: Keisha's watching Lilo and Stitch on Disney Channel

My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards" over the past 12 months. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy:

Extra thanks to whoever sent me the one about roach eggs in the glue on envelopes cause I now have to go get a wet towel every time I need to seal an envelope.

Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a sharp point infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone might drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer eat KFC because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer have to buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

I no longer worry about my soul because at last count I have 363,214 angels looking out for me.

Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

I no longer have any money at all - but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.

Yes, I want to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will now return the favor!

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 7 minutes, a large pigeon with a wicked case of diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM (CDT) tomorrow. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician.

Poetry and Sickness - Latest Podcast Is Up

Mood: glad and a little better
Listening to: JIMM 27 - Poetry and Sickness
Reading: GMail
Eating: yogurt and medicine for my sickness

Reading poetry with Keisha created a great opportunity to do a podcast - well, after I'd finished the editing and added songs, promos, etc.

But you can take a listen: just head over to the podcast page.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

NCAM/Motion Picture Access

NCAM/Motion Picture Access

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and the Right to Learn

We've been having meetings recently to update Keisha's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to accomodate her hearing and speech needs, and one of the members of the IEP team encouraged me to research the Amy Rowley case on the internet.

I won't go into the details of what I've found here because others have done so well. I have added a few bookmarks to my collection, so feel free to browse over there.

This particular article, though, from the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, is worth linking here: The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and the Right to Learn

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Podcast Chaos Be Gone

Wired News: Podcast Chaos Be Gone

Wired News: IPods Top Jukeboxes, DJs

Wired News: IPods Top Jukeboxes, DJs

In One Another's Eyes - Now

Country music stars Brooks and Yearwood wed

Richard Pryor, iconoclastic comedian of black America - Americas - International Herald Tribune

May you rest in peace, though you hardly had any.

Richard Pryor, iconoclastic comedian of black America - Americas - International Herald Tribune

I found the NyQuil

After a long bout of painful chest coughing up phelgm (I know, doesn't that just sound so good?), I discovered we had some generic NyQuil.

I took some, and it felt so good going down. My throat had gotten irritated from all the heavy coughing, you see.

I'm going to load up the iRiver with some nightly tunes and head back to bed.

I do feel it my duty to inform you that I caught Zoe the cat on the dinner table a few minutes ago. I was laying in bed, trying to go back to sleep when I heard some meowing, as though Zoe was outside or stuck or something.

I decided to get up to see if maybe she needed water. As I got into the dining room, I saw her near some leftover marshmallow snacks Keisha had left out. One word from my mouth and Zoe was gone, probably under our bed no doubt.

I felt very close to giving her a good reason to meow by putting her outside. Fortunately, I'm too tired and don't really care that much about it now to do anything.

I threw the leftover snacks away and leaned the dining table chairs up against the table so that she'd have more difficulty getting up there if she wanted to again.

Having the iRiver will help me not be distracted by any meowings, too.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

99 point 4

Listening to: Yuletide carols being sung on the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: Ephesians 3
Eating: macaroni and cheese, broccoli
Watching: The Polar Express

throat hurts. chest hurts, top of head hurts. head and chest hurt when i cough. stuffy head. malaise.

even worse: my grammar and spelling are offf. That's how I know that i'm really feeling badd.

I've taken some pain reliever, valerian root, st john's wort, gingko biloba, and I've applied some vapor rub to my chest, neck, and under my nose.

I have a Halls mentholyptus in my mouth.

Earlier I was throwing up phlegm. It's not been a great weekend physically.

Glad I took a shower earlier, and it felt good for a little while.

Gonna head off to bed for the night.

sewet dreasm. u know what i mean

Food and Fluids

Mood: slightly better
Listening to: the sound of our radiator, generating heat for our apartment
Eating: orange, peanut butter sandwich, and a Maker's Mark Hot Toddy

Did you catch that? I'm supposed to keep myself fluidized, and I hadn't eaten in awhile. Jennie called about 20 minutes ago and urged me to eat something and make some tea:

So I got the hot water going and poured about an ounce or so of Maker's Mark whiskey (I know it's a bad way to use such a good product, but it's my sickness, so I'll deal with it just fine). We had some crystallized lemon and some Xylitol, which I added to the mixture, once the hot water had been poured and the tea bag was steeping.

While waiting for tea kettle to heat up, I peeled myself and orange and ate it. Mmm. Good.

Then I made myself a sandwich with Jif peanut butter, because choosy-dudes-with-chest-colds-who-are-hungry choose Jif. Okay, it was the only peanut butter we had around.

(sips Hot Toddy)

Mmmm... nice and warm going down.

By the way, I haven't been outside since the Santa sighting, which was a day and a half ago.

Wal-Mart critics ask: Where would Jesus shop?

How desperate can the unions be?

Wal-Mart critics ask: Where would Jesus shop? - U.S. Business -

found via Rougblog Commentary

Podsafe Musicians Join Together To Record Christmas Anthem - Technology - Podsafe Musicians Join Together To Record Christmas Anthem

99 point 3

Jennie just took my temperature again, after making me eat peanut butter sandwich and some ramen noodle soup.

It was 99.3.

I've been in bed so long today that I'm almost tired of being in bed. Does that make any sense?

Oh yeah. There was tea involved, too. I put this lemon stuff in it, but it didn't dissolve and was rather nasty when I drank the last of the tea.

Friday, December 09, 2005

98 point 2

Mood: sweaty
Listening to: miscellaneous podcasts on the iRiver

After taking the Extra Strength Tylenol, I went back to bed and began sweating up a storm. I wound up having to take off the wool sweatshirt and the sweatpants I'd been wearing.

Jennie woke me up to get me to eat something, and we took my temperature. This time it was down to 98.2 F, which is normal.


Mood: feverish
Eating: Steak, corn, potatoes, and fruit sorbet

That's my temperature. I just took some Extra Strength Tylenol, and I'm off to bed!


Mood: ill
Listening to: "That's So Raven" on the Disney Channel
Eating: nothing yet

Not just because schools were closed today, but more because I have a stuffy head and feel lethargic and ache, I've stayed home today from work:

I also would have had to clear the snow and ice off our car and brave the roadways from Colerain Township to Vandalia, Ohio.

Shortly after I called work, I went back to bed. Then next thing I know, it's 2:30. Now it's after 3. Sure, I probably needed the sleep, but man - that's along time.

I havent' eaten anything, and I feel mildly hungry. The stuffiness in my head is still present, and I've got a persistent cough.

Been taking some heavy doses of Vitamin C. Also took some Selenium, Garlic, green tea, multivitamin.

The problem is that I can only stay in bed for so long. Gravity starts pulling on my body, and it's begun to ache. One can only turn/change position for so long.

I'm not usually cold in our apartment, but I'm freezing right now, even with sweatpants and a wool sweatshirt. Jennie says it is cold in our apartment, though.

She's put some hot water on for some soup, which will be good.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Santa Sighting

Mood: wow
Listening to: Animal Planet on TV
Watching: Animal Planet on TV

Santa came to visit tonight:

You know how the song goes - he sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.

I think it may have had a different effect on Keisha, though.

She's a little bit scared, especially after seeing Santa straighten her blanket.

Nevertheless, Santa was in our neighborhood.

What happens when a man goes thru his own portal?

... We'll see:

Head over to the Journey Inside My Mind podcast page to take a listen!

Even More of the White Stuff

Around 8 PM, I went back outside to toss two bags of trash in the dumpster. On my way back, I snapped this picture:

I checked the trunk of the car; there's about 5 inches of snow on it. Hmm... I'm going to have to do something about the moisture on the lens, I think.

Keisha Gives Jake Some Snow

I snapped this picture just before Keisha dumped some snow on Jake:

Jake Loves the Snow

As you might be able to tell, our dog Jake enjoys the snow:

You can tell there's moisture on the lens, can't you?

More of that white stuff

Mood: chilled and full
Listening to: 6620 West Kidcast #22
Reading: Weather reports
Eating: Tilapia fish in a white wine sauce, seasoned with flaxseed and bayleaf, couscous with mixed vegetables, and water to drink
Watching: the winter wonderland outside of our apartment

I went out at 6 PM EST and snapped this picture:

As you can tell, the moisture has gotten onto the lens.

That White Stuff - one hour later

Mood: wonder
Listening to: Slate Magazine Podcast: Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas
Eating: chewing some gum
Watching: the snow continue to pile up outside

Here's what the front of our apartment looks like at one hour later than before, this time in color:
Outside our apartment 8 Dec 2005 1700 EST

And it's continuing to come down!

By the way, that's our apartment on the second floor. See the Christmas tree?

That White Stuff

Mood: excited
Listening to: Digital Flotsam #29 - The Holiday Edition
Eating: Chipotle
Watching: The first winter snow outside the window

An hour ago the snow was just beginning to stick. Here's a black and white picture I took at 4 PM EST in front of our apartment building:

December 8, 2005 4 PM EST
This picture records a little over an inch of accumulation.

Captcha'd on Video - The Snow Begins

Got some time or some bandwidth? This may be for you:

Head over to the podcast page to find a 45 MB video download and a 2.9 MB audio download of footage shot as the recent snow storm was beginning. There's also an OurMedia weblink, in case you want to view it that way.

Display Lyrics While Songs Play

Meryl, who maintaians the Bionic Ear Blog - adventures of a person who is deaf, reports on a music player for Windows Mobile devices tha t displays lyrics while the song plays.

Have a daughter who is hard of hearing, we have come to rely on things like subtitles and closed captioning as we watch TV and DVDs.

I was just thinking how this might work for podcasts. The big challenge, of course, is to get a transcription of what each podcaster says. The work involved seems like too much to do right now. Anyhow we have show notes for that.

Bionic Ear Blog: Lyrics .lrc Files

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Salvation Army Christmas Cheer

Mood: tired, sleepy
Listening to: Dave's Lounge #26 and JIMM 26 - Salvation Army Christmas Cheer

Merry Christmas everyone!

In the latest podcast, I share about my experiences working for the Salvation Army during Christmastime:

Along the way, you'll get to hear some feedback related to the "play with fire" stories I shared in episode 23. And we'll hear some great podsafe Christmas music and a couple of holiday greetings.

Head over to the podcast page where you can listen and subscribe to the show if you like it. Let the aggregating begin!

Officials in the Christian Blog Awards

Ganns Dean, aka the Official Superblessed Blogger of Journey Inside My Mind, has been holding the Superblessed Christian Blog Awards, since 2003, to honor some of his favorite blogs.

He writes:

This year, the Superblessed Christian Blog Awards turns three. Those who've been around for the whole journey know I first launched the Christian Blog Awards in January 2003 to honor the God-bloggers who blessed me immensely in 2002. At the time, when it was known as the Mere Madness Christian Blog Awards, it created little buzz but did bless Christ-bloggers who were in my immediate circle of blogs.

This year, all categories stay the same, save for the Favorite Christian Blog 2005, which I am renaming in honor of Bene Diction, God-blogger and first recipient of my Superblessed Hall of Fame Award. In honor of BD’s favorite encouraging phrase, I’ve renamed this category to the Blog On! Superblessed Christian Blog of the Year 2005.

Again, thank you, all our friends (and foes) online for helping make Superblessed what it is today. We’re blessed by you in ways you’ll never know.
Not only is Bene Diction, aka the Official Canuck of Journey Inside My Mind on the list for receiving the Hall of Fame award, but Clarence, aka the Official Hillbilly Prince of Journey Inside My Mind, is nominated for the Most Inspirational/Encouraging Blog award for his blog, "Can You Hear Me Now?"

So big hoo-hahs to these Officials!

Anyone can become an Official of Journey Inside My Mind unless that particular "office" has been taken. For more info, check out the FAQ

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Strike a Pose!

Mood: full
Listening to: podcast411 #109
Reading: some code on my computer screen
Eating: Chipotle

Captured recently on film:

Kingdom Kids 2nd Grade ClassOur daughter's children's ministry class at church recently went to a neighboring playground, and the teachers snapped this picture.

That's Keisha in the middle at the bottom.

A Fine Podcast from Southwestern Ohio!

Mood: elated
Listening to: Miami Valley Musicast 13 - featuring the band Murmur

No, I mean one other than my own! (LOL) Specifically:

Rich Palmer recently interviewed the band Murmur on the Miami Valley Musicast. At about 28 minutes into the show they talk about how they got on the Podsafe Music Network via my contact with them.

Check out Rich's podcast - he lives and works in the Dayton area, and he also is one of the artists in the chorus of Podsafe for Peace - "If Every Day Were Christmas".

Friday, December 02, 2005

By the way, it's that time of the month...

If you like the Journey Inside My Mind podcast or just want to do a good turn, you can show others that you enjoy it by casting a "vote":

Vote for Me Here

Why I Will NOT Buy Music From Sony BMG

I'm not going to tell you what to do, but if you feel similarly, then go ahead and boycott Sony BMG.

Sony BMG's Costly Silence

Brand New Awesome Christmas Song!

Mood: full of the holiday spirit!
Listening to: "If Every Day Were Christmas" by Podsafe for Peace
Eating: dinner, soon
Watching: "The Happy Elf" on NBC

Not a lot to say here, but head over to the podcast page to find out more!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Keisha's Christmas Shopping List

Tonight Keisha began writing a Christmas list, and I got to take a peek:

  1. Mrs. S. (homeroom teacher): apple pencil holder
  2. Mom: pots and pans
  3. Dad: house shoes
  4. Mrs. O. (art teacher): glue sticks
  5. Mrs. D. (music teacher): drum
  6. Mrs. M. (other 2nd grade teacher, who is about to have a baby): ice pack ("She'll be feeling really hot when she has her baby.")
  7. Mrs. B.: pointer
  8. Mrs. M. (reading teacher): eraser board
  9. Mrs. S. (phys. ed. teacher): Extension cord
  10. ME (Keisha) - (nothing on the list yet - Dad interrupted her writing)

My Life: Another 13 Things

My Life

Karen, the Official Goof of Journey Inside My Mind, has been doing this list from time to time, in which she rattles off 13 miscellaneous things about her.

It's a cool idea that I might like to try.

JIMM 25 - Game Night

Mood: pleasant
Listening to: K-LOVE Closer Look podcast
Eating: hmmm... it IS lunchtime. What's cookin'?

Can you believe I've done 25 of these podcasts already?

We recently bought the game Uno Attack, and the podcast contains some excerpts from our game, along with some great music from independent artists. Check it out at the podcast page. Consider it 26 minutes well spent.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A friend recommends a page from The Onion

danimal0416 recommends a page from The Onion.

The recommended page is:

RIAA Bans Telling Friends About Songs

danimal0416 included the following message:
Now they've gone too far!!! Or have they??

You are receiving this email because your friend at danimal0416 sent it to you. If you do not wish to receive emails like this, please contact your friend.

Christmas tree from lights

Mood: joyful
Listening to: SG Show 22
Eating: leftover LaRosa's Pizza

Greetings to all listeners of the SG Show! Steve and Sam played comment Keisha and I made about watching the recent Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on their recent show.

The Official Mom told me about this interesting Christmas tree, made from Christmas lights:

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Welcome Ed's Mixed Bag Listeners!

Listening to: Ed's Mixed Bag Show #8

Ed Ovett played the promo for the Journey Inside My Mind podcast on his latest show. One good turn deserves another, so head over to his show and look forward to hearing his promo on an upcoming JIMM show.

My Dreams Are Weirder Than Yours

But I just can't remember any of them recently. And I've slept a lot the past 24 hours.

Wait. That's not entirely true:

I had a couple of dreams last night in which the theme was about control, or my lack of it. In one dream "my wife Jennie" (what she symbolically represented in that dream) sold nearly all of our furniture, and I was not happy with her. I can't remember exactly why.

The Stuffy-Head Family

Mood: ugh
Listening to: the sound of a fan in the living room

We are the Stuffy-Head family. Jennie appears to have the worst cold: coughing and congestion. But Keisha and I feel it, too.

Have you ever been so tired that you want to stay in bed but you can't, because your back hurts, and no matter how many times you turn, it doesn't seem to help anymore? How do you put that into a word?

Fortunately we have vapor rub, tissue, cold medicine, and so forth. Plenty of water and other fluids.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving 2005

Mood: thankful
Listening to: JIMM 24 - It's Time to Give Thanks

It's Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and I've put together a special podcast for the occasion. Check it out:

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Let the Giving Begin

I wondered why my coworker showed up at my office and had me pick a name. Then I got this e-mail:

To All:

Your mission if you choose to accept it is to purchase an item or items that best represent a Christmas song for the individual whose name you have drawn. To be fair the purchases must not exceed $20. You may select the Christmas song or you may find out what that person’s favorite Christmas song is. Remember that this is a SECRET and you must not tell the person whose name you drew nor should you tell anyone else who you drew. Also remember not to tell what song you picked because the person whose name you drew will have to guess the song title. If you did not pick a name please come to my office and you can pick a name. If you do not wish to participate you can place the name in Tasha’s mailbox. The Secret Santa gift giving will take place on Friday, December 2nd. If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask Tasha or myself. Thank you for your time and Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Harmony

Mood: content
Listening to: Rob Costlow, pianist extraordiaire
Eating: too much

This is a great example of the kind of harmony we should expect to see during the holidays

Monday, November 21, 2005

Play that Podsafe Music

Mood: fantastic
Listening to:The SG Show #20
Eating: pancakes, strawberry yogurt, and coffee
Watching: great episode of Grey's Anatomy last night

Hi. Just a few thoughts on podcasting:

I was just checking the podcast blog. I've played over 70 different songs since I started podcasting back in late August. Some songs have been played more than once. That's not nearly enough songs, in my opinion. The Podsafe Music Network has a dearth, a veritable cornucopia, of music from independent artists. I read recently that there are over 10,000 songs in the network, with more being added every day.

I've listened to way more than those 70 songs, and it's always challenging to select the few songs to play on a podcast. I'd like to keep the show at around 20 minutes, which, for a 4-minute song, means that I probably only have room for three songs amid the talk in between.

I'm learning so much from listening to other podcasts, and I really enjoyed doing the one where I promoted some of the podcasts I've been listening to (see "JIMM 22 - Podcasts in My Ears").

The Official Mom listened to the most recent podcast (see "JIMM 23 - Play with Fire") and liked how the music was mixed with the different stories. I got that idea from listening to P.W. Fenton's Digital Flotsam. I'd like to do more of those kinds of podcasts, but since it takes a lot of post-production time to put together, I'll have to spend more time planning those out.

Look for the next podcast to arrive in the feed within the next day or so.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

JIMM 23 - Play with Fire

Mood: terrific
Listening to: JIMM 23 - Play with Fire
Eating: dunno yet - what's for breakfast?

It's been over a week, but I think it's worth the effort. The idea for this podcast was prompted by something that happened with our 8-year old daughter Keisha a week ago, and you'll hear the story on the podcast.

If you'd like to subscribe, the RSS feed URL is

Happy listening!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Welcome Mr Nice Guy Show Listeners!

Mood: Encouraged!
Listening to: Mr. Nice Guy Show 194: Family Matters

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, head over to the Mr. Nice Guy Show page and listen to show number 194. He plays a message I left for him after listening to his shows 191 and 192, about the influence culture is having on young girls. I mentioned what's been going on with our daughter.

To listen to the Journey Inside My Mind podcast, head over to the podcast only page or subscribe using this URL:

Things God Hates

Mood: nonplussed

Jennie had to go get Keisha from school. Keisha was on the playground after lunch and came up with this game called "Vampire". Part of her game apparently was to punch a fellow classmate in the mouth, causing his tooth to come loose.

She may very well get suspended for this behavior, and I'm sure that the boy's parents are not at all happy with her. Her teachers and the principal, too.

We're flabbergasted. Fortunately we have God's word:

Proverbs 6:16-19 (New International Version)

16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

KYOURadio - Open Source Radio

Podcasts on the radio in the San Francisco area, or online:

KYOURadio - Open Source Radio

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Boss Has a Podcast!

Mood: good
Listening to: nothing but podcasts and podsafe music
Eating: McDonald's pumpkin pie

... this just in:

Bruce Springsteen, aka "The Boss", has a podcast to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his album "Born to Run". Subscribe to the podcast with the following URL:

At that URL you can download individual episodes, too.

Monday, November 14, 2005

iRiver, Upcoming Podcast, and Subscribing

Hi everybody! Glad you stopped by. In this post I'll share about my new iRiver, the upcoming podcast, and the podcast feeds:

This past Saturday I bought an iRiver T30MX 512 MB, using my Google Adsense check. The MP3 player I'd been using was a Creative Nuvad 64 MB. I was attracted to the iRiver because of the price, storage capacity, and functionality; specifically, I like that it comes with a condenser microphone built in.

I'll have to post some audio snippets of my first recordings using the iRiver, probably over at the podcast only page. I'm geeking out over my new toy, as you might imagine.

I'll probably record the voiceovers for the next podcast using the iRiver only, just to see what it all sounds like. It will be a topical podcast, with some true stories and podsafe music. I have one more story from Keisha about Keisha that I need to record, and then I'll mix in the music.

So, if you haven't subscribed to the podcast, I recommend doing so. Click on the link to the podcast feed for help.

Speaking of the feed, I inadvertently discontinued the Feedburner feed for this blog while trying to keep you all directed to the new feed. I may resurrect a Feedburner feed sometime soon; we'll see. Let me know what you think.

Also, in changing the RSS feed to point to the new podcast only blog, I seem to have lost the iTunes subscription URL. I know that some of you are using iTunes to subscribe to the podcast. Can someone e-mail me or post the URL to subscribe in iTunes in the Comments (b.k.a. guideposts)? Thanks!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Why One Voice? (follow-up)

I've been holding on to this piece of paper for some time for this particular post.

This note appeared on the One Voice Cheryl Dawson Memorial 3K Family Fitness Walk registration form:

Why One Voice?

On March 25, 2002, at 4:30 p.m., Cheryl Dawson was taking her usual route from work to her bus stop in downtown Cincinnati, when she was brutally murdered by her estranged husband. He apparently knew her routine and had been waiting for her.

I was an auditory witness to this crime, which happened just the other side of a frosted window, within 15 feet of my desk.

Even though I did not know Cheryl, I "know" Cheryl. Many of us know someone who lives with the daily threat of domestic violence.

To honor Cheryl's life, her efforts to protect her family from continued violence, and in an effort to ensure that something positive comes from this tragic event, please support One Voice: Cheryl Dawson Memorial 3k Family Fitness Walk - to end domestic violence in our community by raising awareness of this issue, promoting prevention and alternatives, and raising funds to support the services that strive to provide healing for all the victims of this epidemic.

~ Betsy Besl
The event occurred on September 25, 2005, and I did a podcast about it.

Friday, November 11, 2005

It's Veteran's Day

I'd like to say thanks to all those who have served our country in the armed forces in the past, as well as those who are currently serving our country. You have stood and are often standing in harm's way, protecting and preserving the freedoms we enjoy.

You are not forgotten.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

25 Years Ago

Mood: groovy
Listening to: Adam Curry's Daily Source Code #276
Eating: microwave pancakes, chocolate silk coffee, and water
Watching: my wife sleep on the couch

I was spending time with my Dad and stepmother with my sister Stephanie. My Mom (aka. the Official Mom of Journey Inside My Mind), was in the hospital:

I'm the oldest in my family, and I'd had two younger sisters, but no brother. I was envious of my friends who had older brothers and sisters, and sometimes lamented that God had chosen me to be the firstborn. Yet that changed once I got the phone call that night.

Mom called and told me I had a new baby brother, and they've named him Paul, after his dad, my stepfather. We all decided to call him P.J.: Paul Jr. As he got older and began talking, he'd hear my Mom call me "Daniel", which is my real name. He started calling me "Deenel". It became a nickname for me, I suppose.

When I was 11 years old, my mom and family moved to Houston, Texas to take advantage of the promising job market down there. My sister Stephanie and I decided to stay in Ohio with my dad and stepmother. We'd visit Texas over the summer and Christmas breaks, but, since I graduated from high school, I haven't been to Texas that much, and we haven't been as close as we might have been if we'd lived closer to each other.

In 1995 he came up with Mom, my sister Mandy, and my step-brother Richard to be one of the groomsmen in my wedding. I was 25 years old then.

Now he's been in the Navy these past few years, and naturally it's been a busy time for him. Fortunately, I've been able to keep in touch off and on via e-mail.

I wish I could do or say something that would convey how much I love him, respect him, appreciate him, and am grateful that he's my brother. Today he turns 25 years old.

Happy birthday, P.J., from your brother "Deenel".

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Attention Visitors - Represent!

This is the voice from Journey Inside My Mind, kindly, gently, urging you to make yourself known:

The Journey Inside My Mind Podcast Listener Map

Monday, November 07, 2005

JIMM 22 - Podcasts in My Ears

Mood: upbeat
Listening to: music from the Podsafe Music Network
Eating: Chicken, broccoli, pear, and a 40-oz Miller Lite

Hey guys! I just posted the latest podcast, which you can find at the podcast website. Remember to update your podcatching software to reflect the new feed URL:

Let me know what you think!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Podcast Promo introducing Dayton-based Band 'Murmur'

Hey everyone! I just posted a new promo for the Journey Inside My Mind Podcast: mp3

In it I share about finding a band from Dayton whose music I got permission to play on the podcast after sending them an e-mail.

They weren't listed on the Podsafe Music Network, so I suggested that they upload some of their music so that other podcasters could play it, which they did.
11/5/2005 Update: The promo has generated some discussion at I got an e-mail from Rich Palmer, who does the Miami Valley Musicast, where he features bands from the Cincinnati and Dayton area. He's going to play my promo on his podcast soon, and he sent me the link to his promo, so that I can play it on mine, too.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bene Diction Blogs On: What to do?

It looks like Bene Diction might still Blog On: Bene Diction Blogs On: What to do?

It would be nice to have the Official Canuck (I think it's pronounced kah-NOOK') back.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

JIMM 21 - Jazzmania 2

Mood: sappy
Listening to: JIMM 21 - Jazzmania 2
Eating: broiled salmon steaks

This will be the last episode that is posted to this blog. You can find further episodes at the JIMM Podcast website.

JIMM 21 (32:17, 22.1 MB) describes another bout of Jazzmania I've had, from listening to some great female vocalists on the Podsafe Music Network. Beware! Jazzmania is contagious - my wife and daughter have fallen in love with the music played here, too.

Here's the run-down, including the songs played:

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Voting on Podcast Alley

Mood: fantastic, happy, all-around good
Listening to: C.C. Chapman's U-turn Cafe #3 - again
Reading: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (link to come later)
Eating: don't know yet - it's almost lunchtime

Hey guys, it's the beginning of another month:

I just finished voting for all the podcasts I listen to at Podcast Alley. All votes from the prior month are reset to zero at the beginning of each month, so now is a great time to cast your vote for podcasts you listen to. There are over 10,000 podcasts in the directory, yet still those with the most votes get the most exposure. It's a small way to show your appreciation to the podcasters and help them get a bigger audience.

If you would like to vote for the Journey Inside My Mind podcast, here is the link:

Monday, October 31, 2005

JIMM 16 - The Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk-a-thon

This post will remain at the top for the duration of October, for Domestic Violence Awareness month - DAJ (originally posted 200510040312)

Mood: contemplative


JIMM 16 (36:01, 32.9 MB) is an audio podcast taken from audio recorded on Sunday, September 25, 2005. On that day members of the Cincinnati church of Christ, as well as others in the community, participated in the One Voice Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk to help victims of domestic abuse and raise awareness of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so this event was aptly timed!

Cheryl Dawson was stabbed to death outside her workplace in March of 2002 by her estranged husband. She was a member of the Cincinnati church of Christ. (related post from March 2002: "One More Angel in Heaven")

In my research for this podcast, I browsed over to the YWCA Greater Cincinnati website and discovered that they have an Art Gallery, where this month they have a special exhibit going on this month entitled "Empty Chairs, Painful Windows". I mention more about it in the podcast.

Please, if you live in or close to the Cincinnati area, make time to visit this exhibit. The Y is located at the corner of Walnut and 9th Streets, across from the public library, in downtown Cincinnati. My wife, my daughter, and I visited the gallery while it was running. It was truly a moving experience.

Thanks go out to everyone who lent their voices to this podcast, including but not limited to, Brad, Mike, Jay, Tom, Betsy, my Mom, and many others.

Songs played:

  1. "Meant to Be" - Rob Costlow
  2. "I Do" - Rob Costlow
  3. "Glory, Glory" - Cincinnati church of Christ congregation
  4. "Family" - Rob Costlow
  5. "How I Got Over" - Cincinnati church of Christ choir

  6. "Not Alone" - Rob Costlow
  7. "Did You Think" - Adrina Thorpe
    Read the lyrics to "Did You Think"!
As I've listened to this podcast several times myself over the past few days, I'm struck by how well the music goes with everything you hear from the individual audio clips.

October 7, 2005 Update: Thanks to Jon from the Tanfastic podcast for playing the promo for this show!

As always thanks go out to the folks who help make this possible:
  • Audacity, a bit unstable at times, but it gets the job done. Just remember to save early and often!
  • Music Alley (formerly Podsafe Music Network)
  • and their partnership with the Internet Archive
  • Anyone else I may have left out
Please call the Listener Hotline (206-666-JIMM), leave me a comment (guidepost), or send me an e-mail to let me know what you think!

Halloween, Who-Dey, and Podcasting

Mood: alert
Listening to: yesterday's sermon at church via podcast
Eating: chinese food


Happy Halloween everyone! Please check out the BooCast, which I posted last Friday morning. It's got some Halloween stuff in it - some treats and maybe some tricks (you'll have to listen), too!


Congratulations to the Cincinnati Bengals on their win over the Green Bay Packers yesterday (sorry Jon! I'm not sure whether there was a 300-pound man in a Packers uniform or not.). The game was interesting not only in their 21-14 win but also a visit to the field by a fan, who yanked the ball from Bret Favre's clutches before being tackled by security guards. In related news, this fan has been signed to the Cleveland Browns. (just kidding)

Podcasting Update

The next podcast will have jazz music. I've already selected the music; I just need to queue up the tracks and get the recording done. If you'd like to comment on the Journey Inside My Mind podcast, please head over to and leave a comment, or you can call the Listener Hotline: (206) 666-JIMM (5466).

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Next Supreme Court Justice Nominee

Mood:very tired
Listening to: the sound of silence

Mom and I just finished chatting via Windows Messenger. Our conversation drifted into politics for some reason. Here is an excerpt:

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I don't envy politicians - I dislike them, but I don't envy them

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I'm afraid i am developing apathy

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
It's hard not to get a bit cynical

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I know

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
especially given all the promise we felt when GWB took office in 2001

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
BTW- I was gonna send GW your name for supreme court justice

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
power corrupts

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
thanks - I was counting on your vote of confidence

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I can recommend you as a great person

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
he is not only my son but a good friend mr prez

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
that almost seems to be one of the easiest jobs out of all three branches

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I think you could do it

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I would take a stand on Roe v Wade

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
sometimes I'd dissent just for the heck of it

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
i know wouldn't it be a lot of fun

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
and its a lifetime job they can't kick you out

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
and not only that, but I'd get to live in the beltway, too!

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
I know and go to the Kennedy Center for the performing arts!

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I might find myself living at the Smithsonian, though

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
you might have to buy a tuxedo though

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
oh, well, I don't know about that

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I wouldn't mind wearing a robe, though

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
yeah you would be at the Smithsonian

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
On hot summer days, I could just wear my underwear underneath

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
i know you could just be in your undies like Tom Cruise

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
maybe not even that

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
I could wear gym shoes

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:
or thongs

Dan Johnson, Jr. || Live and in FULL Effect! says:
and I'd sit on the bench and discuss the true meaning of freedom!

crazymaggiemay is now taking calls says:


JIMM 20 - BooCast

Mood: tired
Listening to: JIMM 20 - Boocast

JIMM 20 - BooCast (13.2 MB, 19:22) is designed to get us in the spirit of Halloween, with music and listener feedback.

After hearing myself speak on this podcast a couple of times, I think I need to state that I hadn't been drinking while recording this; I just stayed up all night to do it. Talk about crazy!

Here's a reminder to update your podcatcher software with the new RSS feed: Actually, if you click on that link, the Browser-Friendly page will tell you more.

Podcasts mentioned

Songs played:

from the Internet Archive in the Public Domain:
Opening music taken from bgyoshi - "ElectricHalloween" (2:25)

Outro:psarahmason - "crosstracks appearance 2"

from the Podsafe Music Network:
Josh Woodward - "Shower Scene"

Vincent van Go-Go - "Girlfight (instrumental)"

Thursday, October 27, 2005

New Podcast-Only Feed Available

Hey there, folks!

You may remember reading from two weeks ago that I was having trouble with the RSS feed that makes the podcast episodes available via iTunes, iPodder Lemon, and the other podcatchers ("Tweaking the RSS Feed", "The Irony of It All"). I've noticed, over the past couple of days, that fewer and fewer episodes have been showing up in iPodder Lemon, for example, and while I've tweaked the RSS feed some more, I think I'm finally understanding what's going on:

JIMM Background

This website started off as a blog in January 2002, but more recently - July 2002, it's started having audio posts and then longer podcast episodes. As you can tell from this very post, as well as others, I'm still blogging at this website.

Quirkiness of the RSS Feed
When Feedburner creates the RSS feed for this blog, it captures both podcast and non-podcast posts. That's maybe why I'm only seeing a few episodes show up in iPodder.

Observing Other Podcasters

I've noticed that other podcasters to whom I listen each have a single site devoted just for their podcasts. I've also noticed that more of their episodes are showing up in iPodder.

Hence, the New Podcast Site

So that's what I've decided to do. I've created a podcast-only site for the Journey Inside My Mind podcast. This site contains only podcast posts. Here is the vital information:
Name: Journey Inside My Mind Podcast
Update your Podcatching Software

I will still keep the feed for this blog enabled, so that you can use it in your newsreaders, Bloglines, My Yahoo!, and so forth, but I'm going to begin phasing out posting podcast episodes here and direct you to subscribe and start listening via the new one.

Keisha's Club

Mood: upbeat
Listening to: Coverville 140: The Cheap Trick Cover Story
Eating: Leftover Long John Silver's - still good the day after!

My wife Jennie just brought out a sign that our 8-year old daughter Keisha had put in her window. We'd seen it earlier as we walked past her bedroom. Here's what is says, exactly as it appears:

Keisha's Club

Keisha for a Girls & family, & Boys, & Johnsons & parents club at my house. pleasee welcome here it's lovely home welcome

Cleaning Up and Other Stuff

Mood: charged
Listening to: Adam Curry's Daily Source Code DSC 267
Eating: hey! I'm hungry!

I've been doing some maintenance on the blogroll and the RSS feeds I've subscribed to in Bloglines. There have been so many on this list that I don't read or haven't read in such a long time.

Gotta get the next podcast done, hopefully tonight. I'll have some Halloween music in it, among other things.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Stars Hollow Podcast

Jon, the Official Cheesehead, who you may know from the Tanfastic podcast, sent me some news today:

Podcasting is so much fun.

My wife and I started a new podcast as well. It's a fan podcast for the show the Gilmore Girls. It's not just for girls you know. It is a great show. We put the first episode up last week and I am going to post another today. Check it out if you get bored:

Thanks man.

Official Cheesehead Jon

Dayton Area Salon Donating Haircuts for Breast Cancer Research

Mood: chillin'
Listening to: No Idle Frets jazz guitar podcast, episode 22
Reading: this great e-mail I'm about to share with you
Eating: Long John Silver's family treasure chest meal


I got this e-mail from a co-worker this afternoon:

Good Afternoon Everyone:

I have some exciting news for you. This Friday from 10-5 Bella’s Day Spa will be having a cut-a-thon for breast cancer. All haircuts are free with a donation to Breast cancer research. Please tell all your family and friends about this and please help with a donation fight this disease.
Friday, October 28, 2005 from 10am-5pm @

Bella’s Day Spa

6226 Chambersburg Road

Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

(937) 233-5156

Tasha White
Community Relations Coordinator

Update: I just found out that participation in the cut-a-thon in on a walk-in basis only; first come, first serve.

U-Turn Cafe Plays Requests

Mood: great
Listening to: U-Turn Cafe podcast, show # 3, with C.C. Chapman

Thank God that the sun came out! After nearly an entire week of gray, overcast, cold, and rainy weather, the sky is mostly sunny and blue! Awesome! I much rather the sky to be blue than I.

I'm listening to C.C. Chapman's U-Turn Cafe, a podcast of mellow, chilled, podsafe acoustic music. I sent him an e-mail last week, requesting him to play Aaron Wilkinson's song "Last to Know", after hearing it on the Tanfastic Podcast. Guess what? He's playing it! Thanks, C.C.!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Driving Podsafely

Mood: not quite as down as earlier today; pretty positive, actually
Listening to: podcasts and music from the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Eating: pork steak, sauerkraut with potatoes, water

Tonight after dinner Keisha and I drove up to the hhgregg store to look at some personal audio and electronic items. Earlier today, I was browsing their website, along with some others, for a better media player. I've also been in the market for a car stereo cassette adapter, so that I wouldn't have to wear headphones while listening to podcasts and podsafe music driving to and from work.

I priced some of their portable media players and bought one of those adapters. When we got home, I read another chapter of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Keisha before tucking her in bed.

Jennie had woken up to go to work, and I decided to fill up my 64 MB Novad media player with some podsafe tunes, some podcast promos, a short podcast from a local FM station, some JIMM sweepers used in making the JIMM podcast, and JIMM 10 - 'Getting Real' (Jennie), which she and I did together at the beginning of September. It wound up being about an hour and a half's worth of music, that she could listen to on the way to work and as she works tonight.

As Jennie finished getting ready, I went to our car to test out the adapter with the media player. It sounded pretty good. I almost regret that I'll be working from home tomorrow and Thursday and not have the opportunity to listen during my hour-long commute.

Walk Into the Grand Canyon

How comfortable would you be walking on this skywalk, which is being built on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park.

It's true. Check out the Urban Legends Reference Pages: Photo Gallery (Grand Canyon Skywalk)

I-Tunes Found Me

Mood: dandy
Listening to: music from the Podsafe Music Network
Reading: Not much lately
Eating: Reese's cereal, milk, orange juice, and coffee

I just found out that over the past 24 hours, some of you have subscribed to the JIMM podcast via iTunes, which is a bit fascinating. According to Feedburner, which provides the RSS feed by which you can subscribe to JIMM:

With iTunes you can now browse, find, sample and subscribe to thousands of free podcasts - radio shows delivered over the Internet to your computer - then sync them to your iPod and listen anytime, anywhere.
I don't have iTunes myself (yet), and the only place I've seen it as it relates to this podcast is at the JIMM page at the Podsafe Music Network.

Satisfying the Customer

I dare any professional sports team in the United States to do what this soccer team in Sweden has done:

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - IF Elfsborg will refund the admission fee and traveling costs to soccer fans who attended their crushing 8-1 defeat at newly-crowned champions Djurgarden in the final game of the Swedish premier league season, the club said Tuesday.

Elfsborg admitted their performance at Djurgarden was "unacceptable," and promised to refund ticket and travel expenses to fans who made a round-trip of around 435 miles to Stockholm to watch the game.

"We wish that we had been able to say that it depended on external factors, but there are no excuses, no explanations. We were just bad," the club, who finished the season in seventh place, said in a statement.

"We want to apologize to all our supporters, members and sponsors and the volunteers who work for our organization."

"8-1 will be ringing in our ears for the coming five or six months," Elfsborg said.

Djurgarden had clinched the league title the previous week.

Monday, October 24, 2005

This Blog in the International Radio Operators Alphabet

So, if you listen to podcasts, you may have heard about Adam Curry's Daily Source Code podcast, probably the one with the greatest listener base. Adam flies an airplane ("with $16 Million of airplane strapped to my a**...). He also initiates his podcast with its call letters, but using the International Radio Operators Alphabet: "Delta Sierra Charlie"

I bring this up because for giggles I thought I'd find out what the call letters would be for this podcast, using the International Radio Operators Alphabet. If I were to refer to this blog/podcast using that alphabet, it would be:

Juliet India Mike Mike

Does this mean I'm going to start imitating the Podfather?

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Some More Sunday Musings

Another quick update before we finish getting ready for church:

I really believe in spending time with God every day. I think it's better to pray beforehand, and afterward to have personal Bible study. That way, as I pray, God prompts me with something I should study in the Bible.

This morning, while taking our dog Jake out for a walk, I was listening to some instrumental music I'd gotten off the internet - not only from the Podsafe Music Network but also from

Among the selection was Rob Costlow, whose music I played for JIMM 16 - The Cheryl Dawson Memorial Walk-a-thon. I remembered that this week I finally spoke with Cheryl's stepmother about the podcast. I hope that she's been able to listen to it.

That also got me to thinking about how the artists have made their music available so that we podcasters can promote it. The goal of this is to generate sales of their CDs, similar to mainstream radio.

I have not bought a CD myself in years. I've usually just gone to the library and checked out something from there. Also, I haven't placed a lot of value personally on buying CDs. But I think I've gound a way to get past this feeling so that I can support the artists.

The holidays are approaching. We can give the gift of music. I podcast largely because my Dad had music going all the time when I was growing up. My appreciation for all kinds of music stems from my childhood. Just listen to the previous podcasts, and you'll get a bit of an idea of my musical taste.

So, while I wouldn't necessarily buy a CD for myself, I can buy one as a gift for someone else. That may sound obvious to some, but to me, it was a new realization.

Now I just need to make sure I know the musical tastes of those to whom we'll be giving presents this season.

What that really has to do with God, I'm not exactly sure yet.

God Answers Prayer

Mood: caffeinated
Listening to: Some podsafe instrumental music
Eating: breakfast

A little bit of French:

Bon matin! Il pleut et il fait un peu froid. Nous preparon aller a l'eglise.

A long time ago, when I had just graduated from college (11 years ago, ha!), but even before that, in 1991, I met James H. After college, I didn't immediately have a job, and I needed a place to stay. He let me room at his apartment and eat his food. He and I both became Christians about the same time.

This afternoon he's marrying the love of his life, Julie, right down the street from where we live. Over the past month he travelled to the Ukraine to get her. See, he met her online some time ago, and had spent time over there with her. When we moved back to Cincinnati last March, he mentioned that he was engaged.

I am so glad for him. I remember eating lunch with him about five years ago, and he asked me to pray that he'd get a girlfriend. Wow. God does answer prayer. Maybe not in our timing - well, usually not in our timing.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sumos on Abbey Road?

I was NextBlogging and found this picture on the front page of the blog "Winter of Discontent". I don't know if the reference to The Beatles was intentional:

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Secret Message

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Confused? There's help:

Go here.

spotted at the IMAO website.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

New Recruits for the War on Terror?

It looks like the US might have solved their recruiting problem:

JIMM 19 - Insert Title Here

I couldn't think of a good title for this podcast (mp3 - 34:28, 23.6 MB), so I just settled with something generic. Here are the specifics:

  • Tanfastic Podcast Thanks to Jon from the Tanfastic Podcast, as well as Jennie and Keisha, for the opening shout-outs!
  • Griddle Griddle - "Hit Parade" PMN link
  • Jennie, Keisha, and Jake - Joking Around
  • Jennie - Getting Cable, Finally
  • Brother Love Brother Love - "Push" PMN link
  • The Electric Sky Podcast With Wilma currently threatening the Gulf Coast, I shared a reminder from Mark at Electric Sky to support the Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund. It's been a wild hurricane season, and our help is still needed. Please give what you can - the need is real.
  • The Bombhappies The Bombhappies - "Heidi" PMN link
  • Dan and Keisha - MHS Football game
  • De La Vega De La Vega - "Let it Burn" PMN link
  • Dan and Keisha - When Bad Can Be Good
  • The Audio Collective Podcast Promo for the Audio Collective podcast
  • Audiopharm Background music for audio feedback was Audiopharm - "The Groove (instrumental)" PMN link

A lot of thanks go out to these wonderful artists for sharing their music. Let them know you heard about them on the Journey Inside My Mind podcast! Call the Listener Hotline with your feedback: (206) 666-5466.

PMN = Podsafe Music Network