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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:


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