Much going on in preparation for BlogHer

BlogHer: I am speaking
BlogHer is this week; I’m leading a session on podcasting for beginners. Have been working like crazy on it.

Hope to have a new video treat on the front page of this site. (that old article has been there too too long) Plus (gasp! at long last!) some How-to stuff! I’ve been delving into making how-to movies, and can’t wait to adapt what I’ve done for Podcast instruction to use for how-to instruction. Plus, I hope to have a new podcast from discussion of BlogHers (and BlogHims) who attend there (there = San Jose, CA).

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 26, 2006 in • Housekeeping
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Boots on the Ground: The Technology I Use

James L Clark, (US Army Civil Affairs soldier serving in Iraq), draws his personal history of war inspiration inspired by past war historians, and takes full advantage of personal media to record his personal history of the war in Iraq. He describes the equipment he uses to make photos, video, and audio recordings.

Not many people think about their deployment as being anything more than just that—a deployment. They accept their responsibility, duty, and privilege to serve our country in a war zone as “just part of the job.” The problem with this thinking is that it ignores the incredible opportunity that each soldier has to document not only “the” war but “their” war.

Dr. Forest C. Pogue was an official US Army historian during WWII and attained the rank of master sergeant. He was a proponent of “oral history” techniques and collected many such histories from the war during his career. During D-Day, Dr. Pogue (then SGT Pogue) interviewed wounded soldiers about their experiences both on the ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 19, 2006 in • AudioAudio: HardwarePersonal HistoryPhotographsVideoVideo: Hardware
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Quiet American on why to use Minidisc

Quiet American (who’s made field recordings all over the world) tells why he likes minidisc. He speaks to the needs of the traveller. If you’re making a decision what recorder to get, and you travel, bear what he says in mind:

The large capacity of [Hard Disc] recorders on the other hand is itself a double-edged sword. Convenience comes at the cost of the exposure of relying on a single mechanisms to safeguard hours (if not weeks or months) of one’s work. And drives are delicate mechanical mechanisms almost all of us have personally watched fail, even when not subjected to the rigors of travel.

[...]Mechanical failure is not the only risk. I have, sad to say, had a recorder stolen in the field. If I had been using a HD recorder instead of minidisc, I would have lost an entire trip’s worth of recordings, instead of a day’s worth. That’s something I will not soon forget.

But travel concerns aren’t the ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 18, 2006 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Podcast 3: MemoryMiner and John Fox

An interview with John Fox, MemoryMiner’s developer. MemoryMiner 1.1 (MacOS) is released today, July 14, 2006, MemoryMiner for Windows is in development. I interview John Fox about the software and his inspiration for creating it. (Interview from May, 2006)

Show notes:

MemoryMiner homepage

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 14, 2006 in • Family History SoftwarePersonal HistoryPhotographsPodcasts
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In the first person: Spanish Peaks

There’s a brilliant site out there: In the First Person. It’s a repository of kerjillions hundreds thousands of first-person narratives: Oral histories, memoirs, diaries, letters.

3,350 collections
650,000 pages of full-text by more than 15,000 individuals
pointers to some 3,500 audio and video files
index of 30,000 bibliographic records
and 20,500 months of diary entries
and 63,000 letter entries
and 17,000 oral history entries

Hm. D’ya think there might be anything useful or worthwhile in there?

So I went poking through, looking at the names of collections. Maybe I’ll find some interesting stuff to look at and feature on this site. You know, a kind of regular feature or something.

And then I found this: Spanish Peaks Library District Oral History Interviews. Location: Walsenberg, Colorado. A Gold mine! No, the Spanish Peaks area is not a place where ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Online Oral History CollectionsOral History ProjectsPersonal History
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Latest Sony Minidisc MZ-RH1

A [p]review of the RH1 (called preview because it’s with a pre-release model). Overall, things look good. Most importantly: Both Mac and Windows users can upload recordings made with the minidisc to the computer over a USB connection using Sony’s Sonic-Stage software. Even better: Directly upload recordings made from older, low-density. The upshot, overall, looks good. With this model, both Mac and Windows users can record onto minidiscs and then directly upload to the computer via USB and Sony-supplied software. Highlights follow.

Sony MZ RH1, black Some background: In the olden days, there was something called “regular MD.” More recently (January 2004), Sony introduced a new format called Hi-MD. “Hi” stands for high-density. With the new format came a new 1GB Hi-MD disc, or old standard discs could be reformatted for double the capacity. Two years later, Sony is now onto the third generation Hi-MD portable recorders. (Some of the [p]review discusses 1st, 2nd, and now 3rd generation recorders.)

With the MZ-RH1, Sony has abandoned its old strategy concerning Hi-MD. The MZ-RH1 is no longer meant as a competitor for Mp3 players, but is aimed primarily at people looking to buy an MD with unequalled upload capability and an ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on July 10, 2006 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Vloggercon session video on Oral History and Digital Storytelling is up

It’s viewable two ways: See it on the web, download the QuickTime file. Interested in other stuff from Vloggercon? Here is the video archive of all the sessions devoted to vlogging, or video blogging.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • AfterwardsGeneralPersonal History
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