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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Episode 13 - "Where's my Robot?!?"

From strep throat (which I don't have) to robots (which I don't have, either), this podcast has it all. Or "doesn't have any of it," as the case may be. Whatever.

I spend a few moments discussing a Network World article on the concept, "What would life be like if robotics had advanced like computing has?" But, alas, it hasn't, so we'll never know.

You'll hear me provide a counter-counter point to Tom Oscanyan's comments on multimedia in education (which I cleverly respond to by taking his comments out of context, of course, because isn't that the best way to prove a point? Maybe not...) To hear Tom "podcast," (which is really just an MP3 stuck on a server until he builds out an RSS feed -- come on, Tom, I dare ya! -- visit his site and download the file there -- it's the one in the post entitled PodCast #2: "Collaborative Learning & Technology - Counterpoint"

The Word of the Week returns with "legume", courtesy of the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
; thanks, guys, for the always-awesome (and very convenient) audio clips!

You'll also hear vague promises and references to something "radio-related" coming soon... possibly as soon as next week, if I (and you!) have some luck.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Episode 12 - "On the Cheap"

This was recorded on Wednesday, uploaded to the server yesterday (Saturday) morning, yet I'm just now getting this posted because the server had a planned outage and I didn't want my dedicated listener wondering where the podcast went! This week marks the premiere of the "Eric and Tom" show concept, and the triumphant return of the "Word of the Week" thanks to Daniel Hook! Enjoy!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Episode 11 - "How It's Done"

What's the opposite of "late"? That's right! Early! It's a podcast that's actually ahead of schedule! That's due to three fascinating factors: I had something to talk about, I recorded most of this podcast in the car on the way to and from work, and my wife told me that I should get it done early because it's going to be a busy week.

My apologies in advance to the struggles you're going to encounter while listening to the "Ericast On The Road" segments; the content is okay, but the audio is "fairly mediocre", as my wife would not say. (Long story there, for another podcast.)

The Architecture of Participation from is the podcast I talk about when discussing the notion of participants/users/listeners doing your work for you (just like the kids who pulled down Britney Spears MP3 off Napster really built the Napster network).

You'll hear me mention a site related to gaze tracking and video editing -- there's the link for you.

Let me know what you think of the music-free, road-noise-enhanced podcast format.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Episode 10 - "Talk About Nothing"

Wow! Talk about long winded! (Actually, don't talk about long winded, because that'll take even more time!) This started out as a quick 20-minute podcast about nothing in particular, and ended up a lot longer than that. But, since nobody is complaining, I'm keeping it at this length.

Let me know what you think! I'm still looking for listener input!

By the way, what started as a little thunder in the background of the recording has turned into a National Weather Service officially-declared Severe Thunderstorm Warning (though we're getting less rain at this second than we were when I was recording the podcast with no storm warning at all), so if we're blown a way in the next downburst, just know it's been fun and I'm glad I made it to 10 episodes before a horrifying weather-related death.

In your spare time, check out and see (and hear!) what Tom Oscanyan has to offer! In this particular case, listen to him for the content and to me for the pre-content entertainment.


  • Brandon's desire for money
  • Tom and Eric's insane pre-interview talk
  • QVS digital cameras
  • Viability of "distance-study"
  • Ella's "Darkest Part of Me" (bonus podcast feature!)

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Episode 9 - "People Like Me!"

People called in! Yay! I like people, and like it even more when they like me! (Like me enough to call in, at least.) Thanks, guys! This week's podcast is a conglomeration of miscellaneous stuff, yet there's a theme that runs throughout. I'll leave it to you, the faithful listener, to figure out what that theme is.

Hey, here's a question: Do I have any volunteers to listen to these things and log what I'm talking about? You'd note any links or topics, and post them in a comment to the post? Or, if you were really committed (and trustworthy), you could be an official "Ericast editor" and I'd give you access to pop in and edit the post itself? It could be an example of collaborative multimedia in action! Let me know what you think.

Once again, super-mega-thanks to Rob and Tom for calling in! Enjoy the show! (That's an order!)