Monthly Archive for September, 2005

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NPR + Podcasts, Part II

A fol­low up on my NPR + Pod­casts post, it seems that NPR is indeed invest­ing in pod­cast­ing of its pro­grams. They’ve launched a Pod­cast Direc­to­ry, but it is inter­est­ing to note that they are not yet pro­vid­ing full-length pro­grams:

This ser­vice is our first step in pod­cast­ing and we are exper­i­ment­ing with a num­ber of pro­gram for­mats… Pod­cast­ing full-length pro­grams such as Morn­ing Edi­tion and All Things Con­sid­ered could be extreme­ly expen­sive. Over the next sev­er­al months, NPR and its pub­lic radio part­ners will be exper­i­ment­ing with a num­ber of for­mats and offer­ings, and we invite your feed­back.

And, a lot of the more worth­while Pub­lic Radio con­tent is actu­al­ly pro­duced at local sta­tions, and syn­di­cat­ed nation­al­ly. For instance, WBUR in Boston pro­duces excel­lent pro­gram­ming, such as On Point, Only a Game, and Here and Now. But, they haven’t yet joined the band­wag­on, again because of cost:

Legal­ly we are not allowed to make avail­able for down­load via mp3 ANY broad­cast which con­tains un-licensed copy­right­ed mate­r­i­al (e.g. music heard through­out shows)… We are cur­rent­ly work­ing on a pod­cast solu­tion for all of our pro­gram­ming con­tent. Please bear with us.

Sim­i­lar­ly, WHYY in Philadel­phia pro­duces the high­ly pop­u­lar Fresh Air, but they don’t cur­rent­ly offer a pod­cast of the pro­gram.

Still, it’s a step in the right direc­tion, and inter­est­ing to note that we like­ly have Apple iTunes to thank for push­ing pod­cast­ing into the main­stream.

Gmail Notifier

Rejoice! Google released a OS X ver­sion of their Gmail Noti­fi­er appli­ca­tion.

GCount was great, but often broke when Google made changes to the Gmail ser­vice. Since then, I’ve tried Dash­board wid­gets like GPeek, but it’s annoy­ing hav­ing to hit F12 to check for mail.

Can’t wait to install it and check it out.

UPDATE 9/12/2005: Appar­ent­ly Google did build the mac appli­ca­tion with sup­port for plug-ins… To get Growl noti­fi­ca­tions, check out this Gmail+Growl script

Trolley

They found trolley tracks here

Appar­ent­ly there is an inter­est­ing sto­ry behind the wide inter­sec­tion near our house in Cam­bridge… all week, a con­struc­tion crew has been tear­ing up the asphalt, in order to re-pave. And, they found train tracks under­neath the street. Train tracks, imag­ine that!

A neigh­bor told us that a trol­ley line used to run down Brook­line Ave, and our inter­sec­tion was a “turn-around”, where cars could change direc­tion.

I’d love to find some his­tor­i­cal pho­tos, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing our house is right on the cor­ner.

Broken

Ug… things are not too tidy around this site late­ly. My Site Head­er frus­tra­tion con­tin­ues, as it’s once again bro­ken. And, my Google Site Search is still use­less, despite my hav­ing cre­at­ed a Google Sitemap.

Ugg indeed.