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

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Now they've gone too far!!! Or have they??

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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: