Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Academic Aesthetic 151: Old New Media

This is my first podcast recorded MOSTLY using Apple's Photo Booth, a program that can record still pictures or video.  It was never actually intended for podcast creation, as I found out the hard way.  As much as I loved playing with the software, half the clips I recorded had no audio whatsoever.  This phenomenon was totally random, so towards the end I was resorting to recording short bursts and then immediately checking to see how it turned out.

Photo Booth may be a fun toy, but from now on I think I'll be using other software for my podcasting needs.

Oh, and today's episode has me rambling on about how people are using Twitter and its clones in lieu of recording podcasts and posting blogs.  I don't think this is a bad thing, since any message that can be summarized in 140 characters should be presented that way - short, sweet, and to the point.

However not every idea can be made so brief, as evidenced here.

I think Twitter is a good thing because  that means that we can expect blog entries to be reserved for more complex ideas, while posts that show off a new website or tell us what you had to eat can be reserved for another feed entirely.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Totally Self Referential

Because it was something I've wanted to do for a while, and because, against all odds, it was still available, I am now the proud owner of AaronBSmith.com.

Don't bother going there yet, for two reasons:

  1. It takes a while (sometimes a day or two, although I have seen it work in a couple hours...) for new domain names to actually work right.  It's a little complicated.

  2. When it does start working, all it'll be doing is pointing here.  Why? Because I don't know what to do with it!

That's right, I actually registered a domain with no idea what to put there content-wise.  The important thing for me now is that I have the option of putting something there without worrying about another Aaron B. Smith snatching up that URL.  Believe me, there's enough of us.

But the question of what to put there is nagging me a bit.  I don't want to move content from here over to there - I've spread myself to thin before - but what SHOULD I do with that domain?

Comments welcome.