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My Podcast Archives

A family listening to the radio in the 1940sIn the CTD Podcast Archive I just cleaned up and posted you’ll find 47 podcast ‘shows’ that I recorded from May of 2005 until March of 2007. Yes, I still podcast but do it now over at Minnov8.com and, as of this writing, we’ve done 212 shows since June of 2008.

One of the reasons for this archive is that I’m a family historian and I love storytelling. The more I’ve learned about my ancestry in the late 1700s to early 1900s, the greater my desire is to have heard any of them tell me stories about what was on their mind. Though my podcasts vary greatly and aren’t always stories, one can still get a good sense of what was on my mind while I was recording them.

Hope you enjoy these and let me know if you think I should start podcasting again! 

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My 1st Podcast: Conjuring Mr. X

It seems like a lifetime ago, but in May of 2005 there was thing called “podcasting” that was still quite new and I decided to fulfill a passion I’d had since interviewing at Brown Institute (now Brown College) more than two decades prior for their program in radio & TV broadcasting. I never followed up on that passion since I was working my way through the University of Minnesota toward a business degree and my tuition, books, room and board for a year at the “U” was $1,000 less than one year at Brown….and that was a grand I just didn’t have at the time nor was I willing to give up my studies at that major university.

Deciding to break in to podcasting and dabble on the side while running strategic alliances at Lawson Software as its VP, I’d purchased a good microphone, computer interface and software and gave it a go that April of 2005.

My first effort was this story reading for my son and daughter and I published it on the web in May of 2005, complete with sound effects. Perhaps it’s the spooky, hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck subject matter or that it’s only 3.5 minutes long, but there have been nearly 10,000 downloads of this short story reading with the inevitable spikes in downloads around Halloween.

Give a listen…but do so only in the daylight or with others if it’s nighttime.

Download the show “Conjuring Mr. X”

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CTD for August 28, 2007

You probably didn’t notice, but I’d taken a hiatus from podcasting since last March. Then this summer a business opportunity provided an imperative to no longer outsource our audio production so I went on a hunt for some new audio gear that would provide me with a world-class, broadcast quality sound.

I found it in the Shure SM7B, the Digidesign MBox2 Pro (includes Pro Tools) and the iZotope Ozone 3 set of plugins — but not after an angst ridden adventure with a bunch of different types of gear!

Link to the podcast

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CTD for March 28, 2007

Interview with Mike Shaver, Mozilla Corporation

The Mozilla Corporation’s CEO, Mitchell Baker, recently published a Mozilla Manifesto providing a guiding set of principles that sets out a vision of the Internet as a piece of infrastructure that is open, accessible and enriches the lives of individual human beings.

My friend Marc Orchant of ZDNet’s Office Evolution and Foldera, was kind enough to invite me to sit with he and his interviewee today, Mike Shaver, (and they graciously agreed to my lurking behavior recording the interview) to talk about the reasons behind the Manifesto, what it means, why it came into existence and why it matters.

Link to the podcast

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CTD for March 11, 2007

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Are you blessed with a child (or yourself) who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Then you might want to listen to this week’s podcast where one guy who has ADD discusses it (and how he’s wrestling with his son who also enjoys ADHD).

Signs point to Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Mozart, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill and others who “suffered” with this “deficit”.  Discussed is Thom Hartman’s “hunter in a farmer world” metaphor that he espouses in his book ADD: A Different Perception. Also discussed is the Learning Breakthrough program and the Dore program (which is partially based on the LB methodology) and the possible cerebellum exercises which might offer some brain hacking breakthrough.

Link to the podcast

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CTD for February 10, 2007

A brief podcast about Skype…the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) computer telephony software. In this show, I explain why I’m BOTH enthused and dismayed by Skype:

a)  Skype is a quiet and therefore tension-reducing product enhancing voice communications making them more intimate. It really enhances conference calls and simple voice calls in new and more important ways;

b) I tell a couple of personal stories of how Skype has provided meaningful communications for my family and one other with whom I’ve shared my Skype enthusiasm

c) Demonstrate Skype quality with a recording of a call with my bride who is on a Frankfurt, Germany hotel phone at the same time my daughter is racing through a shopping mall in Florida while on a cell phone

d) With a recording of using the Skype dialpad to get into interactive voice response systems, I demonstrate why Skype can’t yet be trusted or fully utilized for business voice telephony since its DTMS (Dual Tone Multi Frequency or touch tones) implementation is flawed

e) Lastly, I want to test out Skype-to-Skype recording while we’re both on decent microphones (vs. headsets) so I connect with fellow podcaster Tim Elliott of the Winecast podcast and we do an impromptu — albeit NOT optimized quality — discussion which I recorded.

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CTD for September 16, 2006

This week’s podcast discusses microjets while next to the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN.

In December of 2004 I wrote a post entitled Get Ready for a Revolution in Air Travel. No one seemingly cared except those handful of folks that knew microjets were coming and that they held the promise of being disruptors of the airline industry.

A March 2006 article (PDF) in The New York Times provided the best overview I’ve seen yet:

Thousands of tiny passenger jets will soon begin flying, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday, which will open up travel opportunities at small airports, and perhaps eventually gum up the air traffic control system.

In its annual forecast, the F.A.A. projected sharply higher levels of flights because of a new class of small planes, called very light jets, or microjets, with only 6 to 8 seats. The planes can fly about two-thirds as fast as an airliner, and at higher altitudes, but land easily on short runways found at small airports that have no scheduled airline service.

It went on:

The F.A.A. expects about 100 or so of the jets to begin flying this year. Proponents of the microjets, which have a range of 1,000 miles or more, said they would spawn a new generation of air taxis and charters that would carry travelers to small airports, usually within 20 minutes of their homes or destinations, at coach fare prices.

“We’re on the cusp of a new business model,” Nan Shellabarger, director of the Office of Aviation Policy and Plans at the F.A.A., told several hundred aviation executives on Tuesday at the agency’s Annual Forecast Conference at the Washington Convention Center. The agency made the prediction after reviewing manufacturers’ orders for the microjets.

The revolution in air travel is at hand…

Link to the podcast

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CTD for September 4, 2006

Mention of Getting Things Done by David Allen; a fair amount about Skype; advertising in-game and in-world (placing ads inside video games and within virtual world’s like Second Life) and NOT interfering with game play; and a mention of an article in The Register about Google listening and advertising to you based on your conversations.

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CTD for August 19, 2006

Today’s podcast is the first one I’ve done since May 23rd…nearly three months ago. No, I’m not going to do one “once per quarter” as some have suggested, but I’ve just been too busy to focus on it *and* I’ve wanted to line up others to talk to about meaningful and important stuff. I had grown a bit weary of hearing myself talk and — since I get so much energy talking and brainstorming with others — that’s what I intend to do and I think it’ll be a helluva lot more interesting.

This show refers to a couple of Pew Internet studies (and I heartily endorse their research and it’s free!). In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a free PDF paper on some of my thoughts related to the explosion of the Participation Culture and what I’m seeing, what it means, and the dots I think are connecting.

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CTD for May 23, 2006

This week’s podcast is a bit rambling…but discusses such things as community, net neutrality and the exploding number of Web 2.0 applications. As promised for the show notes, the following links are provided:

  • Richard MacManus’ post listing Web 2.0 lists
  • Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, says ‘beware of net neutrality’ which I beg to differ with…

Link to the podcast