Speaking of audioblogging, I've been audioblogging from Uday and Qusay's old palace in Mosul, Iraq. No garden variety political rants, just fiddle and mandolin tunes recorded over a laptop in the early morning hours. A much better use of the palace than what Saddam's boys used it for.
An unrelenting student of Celtic and Bluegrass music shares his acoustic travails, while working as a Civil Affairs trooper in Iraq. What follows is a curious alchemy of a liberal arts education, two decades of military culture, and stainless steel optimism.
You have to select the July archive to hear some of the recordings:
The Star Spangled Banner (Fiddle) Play Ball! Saddam would have a fit if he knew I was playing this in one of his palaces. (Link)
Well, the times, they are achanging, as the song goes.
Hello, all. This is my first audio blog. I am not sure of its future uses. However, I do know this takes all the timing advantage away from the big broadcast companies. Here right now, just as Alexander Graham Bell changed everything, so will this and so will you. [..]
It costs $9 at Audblog for 12 posts a month for three months. Nine bucks and you can post to a worldwide audience. What´s it cost CBS to to set up a broadcast?
How does it work? You pick up your phone, call Audblog, punch in a pin number, say what you want into the phone and presto it is done. [..]
Remember this is still primitive. Think of the possibilities in the future. Amazing. [..]
Example here (MP3 by Alexander Graham Witt). See also the entries in the category "Audioblogs".
A weblogging tool, Ecto, has a new feature: Movie upload. It offers users an option to indicate how an uploaded movie is used in the weblog (blog) entry. There are two options: Ecto creates a link to the movie inside your blog entry. The second option: the movie is then inserted right into your blog entry. [via Cinema Minima]
[See also "NoteTaker, Ecto and TypePad taste good together"]
Upload of Photo Content:
Mac users on OS X who manage their photos in Apple's iPhoto will definitely want to try PhotoToTypePad. This neat little extension for iPhoto lets you export an album right into a TypePad photo album. [Typepad]
You´re still sticking to moblogging? That was yesterday. Gone. Now we got Roblogging:
pt + "roblog": "Welcome to the world's first and only "roblog". currently, 2 sony aibo robot dogs, an er1 / tablet pc based robot post, and a roomba-tablet pc robot automatically to this site throughout the day, and once and awhile a human - phillip m. torrone - does as well. as always, the best way to predict the future is to invent it." He is mad about his automatic “moblog” picture posting machine.
Phillip has also inventend the iShower: "so, in an effort to maximize my time, i was thinking that if i could waterproof a web cam, send the video and audio to my computer in the batroom and then get the audio back to the shower radio, i might have a good shower video conference system. so in stage one i am testing it out, the web cam is sealed up, and the audio is going okay. when i have time, i'll get the rest going. perhaps you want to tele-shower (shower with someone else across the globe). i'll need to work out the display component, but it's not a big deal. check out the first test."
A late adoptor generously explains: "Sometimes this variation of enhanced liquid reinverted sousveillance has been referred to as Showerveillance or Wetveillancein the literature. Armani Shower Gel Fragrance might sponsor this and Apple has added iShower to the product line." [The link is in your head]
"Audioblog.com is the powerful and easy-to-use audio publishing service that puts your voice in your weblog or online journal: Add and configure multiple weblogs, Moblog by phone (up to 60 minutes)... ."
The basic service of Audioblog.com is priced at $4.95 per month, for unlimited audioblog postings and 1GB of bandwidth per month. The company plans to rollout a Pro version of its service this summer. [Link]
“The best part about being able to vocalize [my] thoughts is the fact that no matter how many CAPS-locked words I use, you'll never understand my emotion unless you can actually hear what I'm saying.”
The responsible New Media Program Director Paul Grabowicz has posted two very interesting things:
"Cellphone Photo in New York Times: One of the main photos The New York Times used with its stories on the bid by Cingular Wireless to take over AT&T Wireless was a picture of the signing of the merger agreement taken with a cell phone - and by a AT&T executive." [Link]
Grabowicz comes up with another story - via Tim Porter ("former managing editor at the San Francisco Examiner") and originally reported by Dan Weintraub for the Online Journalism Review - that a freelance writer (Joshua Marshal, Talking Points Memo) and a freelance journalism Weblogger (Chris Allbritton) have raised - no, not VC - $4.800 and $15,000 from their readers to finance their reporting trips to NH and Iraq: "Marshall is a longtime magazine journalist and author of Talking Points Memo, a popular political blog. Marshall asked his audience, which Weintraub reports as 300,000 unique users a month, for donations to fund a reporting trip to New Hampshire. "Within a day," said Weintraub, "190 donors had contributed $4,800." ("Public Journalism, Privately Funded")
This could never happen to a photo journalist or a professional photographer shooting only for his moblog. What do you think?
"A new form of public journalism is taking place now, one that ironically was born in the personal journalism of blogging but has matured into a renewed emphasis of the natural connection between the journalist and his "public," whose members, in this relationship, are also his employers." (Tim Porter)
Alan Reiter adds: "Journalism students will be getting a "formal" taste of moblogging. That will undoubtedly translate into more camera phone photos used in publications. Of course, we're already seeing publications and TV news programs using -- and, indeed, encouraging submissions of -- camera phone photos. I wonder if we'll see business schools begin promoting camera phones for student projects. Naw, not for a while I assume. Too straightlaced, and the wireless industry still doesn't promote the business applications of camera phones."