Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lifehouse 'Everything' - Skit

This video moved me to tears. Hope it moves you, too:


Thanks to Bob I. for sending me the link via e-mail.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

VIDEO: Chocolate Rain (Stormy Mix)

This video remix, done by MusicRemixMaster, really captures what the song is all about:



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Reading List

I'm reading several books right now.

One of them is by a fellow podcasting friend, Charles Hodgson. I've been listening to his podictionary podcast for almost two years now and have even mentioned it here and on the Journey Inside My Mind Podcast.

Charles was very gracious in that he sent me a copy of the book, in return for my "helping get the 'word' out." lol.

If you've ever wondered where the words we use to describe parts of our bodies comes from, then this book is for you. I'm getting a copy for my Dad for his upcoming birthday, since he's also a word lover.

Carnal Knowledge: A Navel Gazer's Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Elvis is Everywhere, Man!

It was thirty years ago today that the King of Rock and Roll passed away. I remember in January many years ago, WSAI-AM in Cincinnati played an Elvis marathon (It's now an ESPN station). We had wood floors, and my sister Steph and I would skate across the floor to the music in our socks.

In college I remember listening to WOXY-FM, and they'd often play "Elvis is Everywhere" by Mojo Nixon. This is the chorus, direct from my memory:

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the King
Man oh man
What I want you to see
Is that the King
He lives inside
You and me
Why not buy the song off iTunes today to hear for yourself? Just remember to steer clear of the evil, opposite of Elvis... the anti-Elvis. The Anti-Elvis has no Elvis in him.

Mojo Nixon, "Elvis is Everywhere" Mojo Nixon - Bo-Day-Shus!!! - Elvis Is Everywhere
Mojo Nixon, "(619) 239-KING" Mojo Nixon - Root Hog or Die - (619) 239-KING

pictures taken at the Memphis Welcome Center in May 2007

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

danieljohnsonjr's Master Podcast Subscription Mashup

Okay, so I subscribe to a lot of podcasts. I think I have over 75 feeds in my collection at PodShow. Thankfully, I don't have to manage all of those individual subscriptions on my computer as the shows download. I used to at first, but when PodShow introduced Channels, I jumped on board. I started using GigaDial and Odeo to get individual items into a feed, shows that I not necessarily wanted to subscribe to, but just wanted to check out and/or make available to others.

PodShow+ does a pretty good job of helping manage the content delivery. I subscribe to my channel RSS feeds using Juice, and I'm glad that I only have a few subscriptions for each of my channels, versus the total number of subscriptions I have.

I also like being able to check out shownotes pages for the shows I subscribe to, and, until recently, I would subscribe to each individual feed in Google Reader. I found myself going through each individual show again, which became a bit cumbersome.

So after playing around with Yahoo! Pipes, which I first heard about some months ago from Christopher Penn, I am happy to say that I've created a configurable pipe, entitled "danieljohnsonjr's Master Podcast Subscription Mashup". It defaults to show 50 items, but you can increase or decrease that number as you wish. The pipe generates an RSS feed that I have subscribed to in Google Reader. I could similarly subscribe to this feed in Juice and further reduce the number of feeds I have there. I haven't decided yet. I can also listen to podcasts via Google Reader.

What I like about pipes is the ability to mashup content like this from various sources into one source, which is easier to manage.

So, if you wanna see my entire collection in a single feed, create one of your own from my subscriptions, or create your own to share, here you go:

Pipes >> danieljohnsonjr's Master Podcast Subscription Mashup: (link), (iTunes), (RSS)
As I play around with this tool, I can't help but consider its possibilities to aggregate information related to something for my job. Still letting that potential marinate. What interesting ways have you found to use Yahoo! Pipes?

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

JIMM 90 - Crazy Busy Sticky Hot

Listener feedback about past episodes and such. Police and ER visits, Twitter tools, AMP, the upcoming One Voice Walk. Music with a country feel. 2-year anniversary in podcasting coming up this month. Other warm, juicy goodness.

Head over to the Journey Inside My Mind Podcast to listen and read more.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Thank you Sophia Ramos and Matthew Ebel for helping me get to work today


Situation: Our 1993 Saturn SL2 needs brake job. It's our only car. I work in Dayton but live in Cincinnati. We got a rental from Enterprise, and it has working A/C and a CD player. We dropped our car off at the mechanic's shop in Mount Healthy last night, and I drove the car to work this morning.

Normally, I'd listen to podcasts through my iRiver. I opted instead today to bring some CDs from home. I am so glad I did. I came into the office today so fired up from listening to Her Majesty from Sophia Ramos and Beer & Coffee from Matthew Ebel. Specifically, the following songs, in order, just made the hour-long commute so much more bearable (links to the iTunes Music Store):

Off Sophia Ramos's album, "Her Majesty"

  1. "Black Madonna"
  2. "What I Do Know"
  3. "Esperanza"
  4. "Kill Your Pain"
  5. "Torn Down"
Off Matthew Ebel's album, "Beer and Coffee"
  1. "I Know You're There"
  2. "Trees"
  3. "Nothing"
  4. "Latté Days & Porter Nights"
Why not spend some coffee money and pick up some of these tunes? Or buy the albums - they're both rock-solid.

To Sophia and Matthew -- thank you so much again for sharing your talents. You both rock!!

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