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Monday, July 14, 2014

Ericast 244 - Enthusiasm for Technology

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Last week I gave a presentation at the 2014 MiNiT symposium, entitled "Developing Faculty Enthusiasm for Technology".  What did I say?  What did I sound like?  What audio would accompany the slide deck?  Here it is!

Technical notes:  This was recorded on an old Olympus WS-320M, no lavalier (built-in mic with the recorder sitting on the podium) with some post-production noise-reduction in Adobe Audition 1.0 to reduce the hiss, which ended up enhancing the echo side-effect of having a recorder running in an open room. In hindsight I could've dabbled with less noise reduction (e.g. 50% rather than the 80% I used) but it's an issue of picking your poison at this point.  The whole episode was run through the Conversations Network "Levelator" appliction, which I've been using on the past several episodes; I'd hoped it would boost the few audience comments that I left in, but most are still pretty hard to make out.

Point being, you can't get a "simpler recording method" than this one... and, while it's not perfect, I'd put it in the "solidly adequate" camp.  But I'd love to know your opinion of it, since you're listening to it with untainted ears.

Favorite random moment to listen for:  The comments from the leader of a camp-group on campus last week, as he was standing near the restrooms by the open back-door in our presentation space.  A helpful audience member then closed the door.  Good times.  Summer in Minnesota means your rooms get warm, but open doors mean that you overhear what you don't expect.

Let me know what you think -- 206-339-3742 (a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC) or drop an email to me (eric) at

And one more thing.  What's in my den...?  Here's a peek, from the Vine post of my fiber-optic lamp:

Monday, July 07, 2014

Ericast 243 - Broken Breezy Dreams

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This week, I'm reflecting on our recent vacation to Breezy Point, Minnesota.  I talk about ferns.  It then drifts a bit into the "meaning of life" realm, so share your own thoughts and comments by calling 206-339-3742 a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC or email me (eric) at

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ericast 242 - What's My Profile?

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It's listener feedback week!  And that comes on the heels of my going to the Social Media Breakfast last week (for the first time in a really long time) to hear "Minnesota Headhunter" Paul DeBettignies talk about Personal Branding.

So, so many fun topics in this week's episode.  You'll just have to listen for yourself and find out what fellow listeners like you called in to discuss.

I love doing this, and you guys -- you listeners in general, and Matt and Jonzer this week in particular -- are what keep me going.  Thank you!

Want to join in the voicemail extravaganza?  It's easy!  Just pick up the phone and dial 206-339-3742, which conveniently spells out 206-339-ERIC.  Or, if you want to do some sort of text-based response, I'll accept that when you email me (eric) at

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ericast 241 - Half Mile Deep

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What's a half-mile deep and made of solid rock?  Sounds like the start of a poorly-conceived joke, but it's actually "The Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Northern Minnesota's Iron Range".  Which is where we went when we took our annual Spring vacation to Duluth this year.  Other interesting (albeit obscure) sights on that trip were the Laurentian Divide, plus some hidden gems in the Duluth city limits:  Waterfalls at Chester Creek, Tischer Creek and Lester River / Amnity Creek.

By the way, the post mentioned in this episode where Steve Borsch reminisces about the "old days" of podcasting can be found at his Connecting the Dots blog.  Other mentions include the height of the Radisson hotel in Duluth (which, it turns out, isn't as tall as the Alworth Building... but Duluth is so hilly it's really hard to tell what's taller than what when you look at downtown), Grandma's Marathon, the IDS center in Minneapolis,  and some other stuff that you can document for yourself in the comments area of this episode's blog post and help future listeners who follow in your auditory footsteps.

Thoughts?  Comments?  Suggestions?  Call 206-339-3742 (a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC) or email me (eric) at  Of all my email addresses that had hiccups during the hosting transition, that one has been safe.  Email at will!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Ericast On-The-Road: Busy with server swaps

FYI I'm alive and well but a bit busy with some technology updates in my world. I threw an update into the DweebThoughts feed and with any luck it'll show up here, too...?

Another Ericast episode coming soon, but "soon" might be a couple weeks out...