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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 213 – Ed Champion’s Got Ninja Listening

Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Bat Segundo Flies No More

Ed Champion is the creator and producer and correspondent for the Bat Segundo Show, a cultural and literary podcast that in no way intentionally tries to imitate the conventional interview format.   He has been podcasting for over 6 years and has produced an impressive 500 shows.  On the occasion of editing his last show I interrupt his work to interview him about this prolific podcasting run.  Over Skype, he tells me, among other things, that in post-production he will sometimes edit his questions which can go on in what he calls a rambling fashion.   He does this because the listeners are there to hear who he is interviewing,  not him.   But in my show today,  Ed gets the entire floor to himself.  He’s on the other side this go around.

Listen up:

Or right-click to Download : HotFRM 213 (64mb 1:07.47)

Names, places, end-links,  and other podcasts mentioned:

Occupy Sandy,   Rockaways,    Hurricane Sandy,    Powerhouse ArenaDavid Mitchell, Cloud Atlas,   Jynne Martin (Random House),     T.C. Boyle,   Brett Easton Ellis (American Psycho)Marisha Pessl, Andrea Peyser New York PostStuds TerkelPeter Davidson – Doctor WhoMarc Maron : WTF,   A.M.Holmes (The End of Alice)John UpdikeThe Nerdists, This American LifeMichael Sliverblatt :The Bookworm,  Robert Bierenbaum,   Tim Poole – TimcastJoe WisenthalCooks Source Scandal  Jonah LehrerQ.R. Markham,  David Rakoff.

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 188 – Coffee with Tyffanie

Saturday, November 27, 2010 11:52 pm 1 comment

Beer Chicken

On a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon in November, Ninja calls Tyffanie Morgan (of Breakfast With Tyffanie). She hails from Kingston, Canada, has been a host of the Kingston’s Gender Bender community radio show, and speaks from time to time on social media.

While Ninja sips her delicious coffee, they discuss the subtleties of cooking beer can chicken on the grill, gardening, yard vermin, gender bending, musicals, queer politics, have the requisite meta-talk about podcasting, social media and Podcasters across Borders. There may or may not spoilers in this show about Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. She didn’t specify which kind of beer she used for her chicken. Broadway Shows mentioned: Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Classic Canadian Plays mentioned: Hosanna. Canadian small towns mentioned: Picton. Iconic Gay Music mentioned: Madonna, ABBA, Disco Podcamps mentioned: Podcasters Across Borders, Podcamp Toronto

Other Links

http://www.wordreference.com/fren/cuirette

http://www.rabble.ca/

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay

Tyffanie's Podcast (when she posts)

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 170 – Charlie Is Never Boring

Monday, June 8, 2009 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Platter de Fromage

Off to the Fromagerie for all types and ages of cheeses.  It’s our quarterly trip to the St. Lawrence Market.   Charlie is late, but when she does catch up to us, she brings along the specs for several laptops.  We invite her over to our place only to discover she’s going to bring her laundry with.   We discuss the number of expletives in the film In Bruges and Charlie informs us that Belgium is the Newfoundland of Europe.  Who knew?  Onions, Hot Cross Buns and how much weight Ninja and Special K are putting on.  Toothpicks and tear saving kitchen gadgets like onion goggles. Wind up bunnies and high bouncing balls that do not bounce. Ninja startles small children again and Charlie buys more potatoes.  Finally, Ninja is duly impressed by the Mulholland Drive California mandarin oranges.

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What Can Twitter Teach Me?

Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:13 pm Leave a comment

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Traditional media has discovered Twitter.   So what?   As Jay Moonah tells us in his recent podcast, and here I am paraphrasing him according to my own interpretation, Twitter takes committment.   I don’t care if you are Oprah or Ashton or Ellen.  Are you willing to engage or just exploit the tool for what you think is short term gain?   And then once you’ve stepped on the track and discovered that it’s a long distance run, do you have the time or energy to make it worth the while for yourself and the twitter communities you are now part of?  I didn’t think so.  Because, if you agree with Jay, you have to be an electronic media junkie.  You have to spend the time learning how to speak in 140 character chunks and still have meaningful discourse.  You have to be willing to explore the new community and determine what value it has for you and others.   You have to know what you want to accomplish, like Yoko Ono seems to.   There is a lot of give and take in Twitter conversations.   And a certain  lightness of being. Depending on how many tweeters you follow, and how often you look at your tweets, you could have an overwhelming number of separate conversations and tweets to take in.  This can be a daunting proposition to some.

The first time I received more than 200 tweets between tweet sessions, I panicked.  How was I ever going to keep up?  If I didn’t find a solution fast,  I knew that I would become a twitter casuality in no time.  There is no way I can devote the same time to twitter discourse as I do to other things in my life.   I panicked publicly with a tweet to that effect.  To which kaymatthews responded with:

Katherine Matthewskaymatthews @ninja_hotfrm

Twitter is ephemeral. Just be in the moment (oo….twitterzen….)

Most excellent advice.  If I want to get the most from Twitter then I had better not treat it so seriously and really that is what Twitter became for me.  A fun way to engage in repartee, gay and otherwise.  I get to react to whatever I want at whatever point I enter the discussion.   Or I can ignore every tweet and push information that I think my twitter community might be interested in.  Or hell.  Just push out something that interests only me.

I’ll tell you something else I have noticed.   I have observed from my year and a half of being involved in Twitter that it is impossible to sustain a flame war.   Although it may seem easier to say sarcastic and mean things in 140 characters it is even harder to keep it up.  Perhaps that is because it takes a lot of energy to stay angry.  Angry people usually need a lot of space to build and maintain their justification for being angry.  And furthermore if you persist, I have the power to unfollow and block you.

Because I know I am dropping into something already and always in progress it is vitally important that if my comments lack social import, then at least let me be saying something to improve or brighten both of our days.  Of course this is only one tweeter’s story.  Some tweeters have a daily routine.  They greet us all every morning with a hale and hardy “top of the morning to you”, followed by the ingredients of their muesli.  Then many hours later they let us know they are turning in with a “night twittersphere”.  As a ninja, I prefer to drop in unannounced and leave just as quietly and unobstrusively having left my mark.   Everyone has their own particular style. I often have to remember that some people and organizations are actually using it to communicate their cause or product to what they hope is a wide audience that can in turn influence others.

Given all these factors, what can Twitter teach me?   I think it has taught me that, unlike e-mail, there is an implicit agreement that reading tone, especially a negative one, into a tweet, is a recipe for conversational disaster.  An open mind is a must for tweeting.  If we don’t understand each other that’s ok.  Move on.  It’s a tweet, not a relationship.  And that open mind also means I will expose myself, if I am lucky, to someone else’s experience that is different from mine.  And perhaps a way of looking at something I did not consider before.   I don’t have to be committed to meaningful discourse.  I can just have fun.  You know, for the long haul.

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 150 – The Next Hot Social Networking Tool

Sunday, August 17, 2008 7:32 pm 1 comment

Born in October 2007, released in alpha to the public only this summer, Seesmic is another social networking tool. It is unlike YouTube or podcasting in the sense that it interactive and considered by the creators and participants to be more intimate than any of twitter, facebook, or chat. With Seesmic, you can visually converse with your cyberfriends and colleagues. How is it different or the same from Webcam conversations or another new videoconferencing tool, OovOO? Well we’ll have to see what it has to offer in the coming months. In the meantime, I spent about forty-five minutes with Tiil, an artist and Seesmic zealot during Podcamp Boston in July to get his enthusiastic testimonial about Seesmic.

Wiki page for Seesmic: http://wiki.seesmic.com/Main_Page

Tiil’s website : http://www.tiil.us

Tiil’s hair cut : http://www.tiil.us/seesmic/hair-cut

Seesmic blog : http://seesmic.typepad.com/en/

Seemic owner’s blog : http://www.loiclemeur.com/

OOvOO : http://www.oovoo.org/

Famous Hollywood celebrities mentioned: Steven Speilberg, Harrison Ford. Famous New Media celebrities mentioned : Chris Brogan, Freida the retired art teacher who was involved in new media in the 80s. Other video messaging tools mentioned : OovOO. Famous Investors mentioned: Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis (who sold Skype to Ebay).

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 138 – Roman Catholicism : Judaism 2.0

Sunday, April 27, 2008 4:25 pm Leave a comment



Today Ninja gives you part two of the Geek Gathering. We folks know how to live in the moment. Katherine talks about the tedium of editing. Scarborough Dude takes photos of us, continues to swear and Ninja is pretty sure she hears him talking about wife swapping at one point. Talk turns to the meaning of religion and its sense of community celebration and sharing. It occurs to the group that perhaps the flood described in biblical times may actually have happened. We conclude that all religions are basically the same. But first there’s a comment about the last show from Kentie of the flatus show.com and his co-host that venerable old man Jose, and a couple of notes from Rob commenting on and correcting some of my assertions. Thanks Rob and Ken.

Links:

Zeitgeist the Movie

The Vatican

The Daily Breakfast

Cardinal Ambrozic

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Search Engine

Spark

Categories: Podcast, TechTalk, Web 2.0

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 137 – Portable Oddeo Device Geek Gathering

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 9:34 am Leave a comment


Nerd Girl by Steve Hilbert

Joan comes to a podcaster’s meetup and starts asking questions that everyone wants to answer yet digresses from. Revealed: What is it about podcasting that makes us want to spend hours and hours editing? Podcasting is about passion. We discuss the intimacy of podcasting, lattes, beer, and subjectivity. Sean admits he can listen to a knitting podcast and be thoroughly engaged. And challenges us to listen to his podcast about songwriting at Ductape Guy.

We learn that podcasters are communists, anarchists, members of knitting cults, hobbyists, navel gazers, former hippies, and most important of all: communitists – a new word coined by Joan. (Later that evening Katherine comes up with the verb form: communitize). Scarborough Dude swears a lot and then Joan swears back. So listen to this MetaCast with Sean, Katherine, Ken, Daniel, Rob, John, Valerie and others.

Other Links: Green Planet Monitor, Wayne McPhail, Rabble Radio, Librivox, Voiceprint

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