Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #48

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the Firefox toolbar, President-Elect Obama’s weekly YouTube address, and a recent talk by Audacity co-creator Roger Dannenberg. Plus, we discuss the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., and provide an update on our own John LeMasney’s stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 9 MB. Time: 19 min.

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Here are some things John talked about:

  • John’s stolen car wasn’t stolen after all…he simply misplaced it in South Philadelphia for more than a month. It turns out he was parked about four blocks away from where thought he was.
  • President-Elect Barack Obama’s YouTube Weekly Address – President-Elect Obama presented what was the first of a series of weekly addresses via YouTube…and John is happy he can watch them on his T-Mobile G1.
  • – John serves as chair of the Ewing Township, N.J., web site committee and he informed us that the site officially goes live on January 1, 2009. But you can click on the link to see a public preview of the site.
  • Team2016 – John is a mentor for the web/marketing part of the Mighty Monkey Wrenches, Ewing’s premier robotics powerhouse, and helped build this site for them. Unfortunately, the team has decided to build its own web site from scratch and ditch the WordPress site…to John’s dismay.
  • And John offers best wishes to former Rider colleague Angel Brady, for whom there will be a going away party at Triumph in Princeton on Friday, Nov. 21.

Here are some things Brian talked about:

  • Christian Beach – Brian plugs some upcoming shows by his friend Christian…November 22 at Rockaway Townsquare in Rockaway, N.J.; November 29 at The Living Room in New York City; and December 12 at Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia.
  • Grounds for Sculpture – The 35-acre sculpture garden founded in 1992 by J. Seward Johnson (of the Johnson & Johnson family) is located in Hamilton, N.J. Brian recently visited the park and put these photos up on Picasa.
  • Roger B. Dannenberg – The co-creator of the Audacity audio-editing application and an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and School of Art recently took part in a pair of programs at The College of New Jersey. Two nights after giving a talk on his recent work with computer-based music and music-playing robots, Roger played trumpet with the TCNJ jazz ensemble.
  • Google Maps/My Maps – Brian has recently begun using the My Maps feature of Google Maps to figure out where the different venues are for a wedding he is attending this weekend.
  • “Hardware Wars” – Possibly the first fan-created spoof movie, this 1977 classic short parodies “Star Wars” using household appliances as robots, weapons and spaceships…and a puppet replacing Chewbacca. Brian recently found “Hardware Wars” on YouTube and posted it to his blog…you can watch part one below.