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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ericast 247 - Churches as Buildings

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This week we take a look at the loss of the historic Peace Lutheran Church building in Baldwin, Wisconsin.  But we look at it in the context of iconoclasm, which is the kind of atypical take that you've come to expect from the Ericast!

There's also a highlight from the Dweeb Thoughts feed ("meeting people where they're at" vs. "build it and they will come"); remember that you can subscribe to those off-the-cuff technological thoughts at

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ericast 246 - A Building Lives

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There's quite a meandering path to this week's final topic, from the now-gone Island Station in St. Paul to Mill Ruins of Southeast Minnesota (that link will take you to the exact trip that I took the girls on last week) to yesterday's visit to Dells Mill in Augusta, Wisconsin (which is famous in the "photos of mills" world).

There's also a random reference to John and Sam Eldredge's new book and the fact that Sam doesn't like the mosquitoes in Minnesota.

And I even throw in the Arcola High Bridge north of Stillwater.  Yeah, this episode is a bit random.  You like it that way, right?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ericast 245 - A September Check-In

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Oh, my goodness, does time fly!  Two tasks for you this week:  Call 206-339-3742 (a.k.a 206-339-ERIC) and let me know that you're still out there listening, and check out the YouTube videos of the PGI 2014 convention (like to get an idea of what was going on during my road-trips to Iowa.

(Favorite "I've never seen fireworks like that before" moment?  Red parachute flares.  There's an older example at  Enjoy!)

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.

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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