- Such Is The Score, by Cannonball Jane. Northeast United States.
Finally back home today after an 820 mile round-trip from Lindfield, all the way up to Gateshead and back via Southwold and a trip to see my old mates Peter and Mel Clitheroe for a pint at the Victoria, Earl Soham (pictured above). So, as you can imaging I’m totally knackered (as usual) but brought a good end, to essentially was a sad day on Friday, saying goodbye to my Uncle.
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As a bit of an experiment I’m going to but two versions of TDZ#12 into the feed tomorrow. The first is an AAC (extended podcast format) version, with chapters, clickable links and artwork. The second is the conventional MP3 version. Let me know what you think about the two versions. Were you able to play the AAC version? Was it worth the effort?
A big thanks to Jan Rigter, who’s helped me test out the various possibilities of playing the AAC file on linux and various MP3 players.
Heading up north this weekend, back to Tyneside, where I was born. Unfortunately it’s a sad occasion as my Uncle, and Dad’s younger brother died last weekend and I’m attending the funeral. Seems that I’ve reached that age when visits "back home" are all about sad or worrying events.
Having created by AAC format (.M4A) file of my next Dub Zone podcast (TDZ#12), I’ve been having a very interesting discussion with one of my listeners’s Jan Rigter, regarding who can consume (or even read) the new format. Jan is based in the Netherlands, and he tells me iPod’s don’t have a large market share out there, and many other MP3 players are common. The question is can they read the new format? Well, I tried by trusty iRiver H320, and Jan tried his Archos 104 and we both got the same result – we can tranefer the file to the player, but the player cannot even "see" the file, nevermind play it. So much for the "multi codec jukebox" written on the side of my iRiver!
Then there’s the computer you use to download. Obviously Mac users will be fine with AAC format, but on windows (my platform) I have problems with Windows Media Player and Real Player. Both of these handle MP3 files that have been converted to AAC without any chapters, but the "extended" nature of the podcast breaks the codex somehow. Jan has tried this on his platform, "Ubuntu" linux and has managed to get good results from the "totem" playter, but other players, such as "XMMS" gives audio, no pictures and "Rhythmbox" cannot read the file.
I’ve also had a go a trying to play AAc format podcasts (even from other podcasters) via my flash player on the PC Podcast and Dub Zones sites and no joy. The player sees the podcast, just can’t play it.
Ho Hum! So, it looks like this will be an experiment, but just that. I guess I need to upload an MP3 version of TDZ#12 or some listeners will be disappointed!
PCP#170… the metallophone is ringing….
So, my son’s band Hippie Juice are here again today for a spot of band practice, before their next gig on 26th October at the Montefiore Institute in Crawley in aid of Oxjam. Just seen the most enormous amp being unloaded, so we’re probably going to be annoying the neighbours again. I think I may take myself off for a walk in Brighton, whilst they perfect their cover of the Police’s "message in a bottle".
PCP#169… Gym’ll fix it…
Rather proud of myself today, having managed to create my first enhanced podcast (AAC format) for The Dub Zone, which will come out on Friday 12th October. It’s a bit fiddly on windows. First you create your podcast file (initially in .WAV format) then convert to AAC using iTunes. This creates a .M4A file, which you rename to . MP4, and then use a program called Slideshow Assembler, which helps you create the chapters and images required for a proper enhanced podcast. The end result is an AAC format file which you can step through the chapters, click on website links and see the artwork. Nice. Let’s see if the listeners agree.
The gym in the basement of our new building opened this week, and so you’re truly has finally got his arse in gear and got down there – three times!! I’m actually quite surprised at few aches and pains I have, which means I’ve been doing it right for a change, not the usual mad "go for it" and "suffer later" approach I’ve done in the past. Also feel so much more energetic, which is great. Let’s hope I actually manage to lose some weight as well! Wish me luck!
A PC Podcast special: An evening with the Den Collective
All the way from Kinross in Scotland, the Den Collective came down to play only their second ever gig at “The Dirty South in Lewisham, South London. Despite missing their drummer Ratz and bassist Euan, the Tamo, Mike and Smy, in a moment of supreme confidence or utter stupidity, decided to play the gig regardless. Having roped in Craig on acoustic guitar, the band met up with associated liggers, Sieve, Omar, Lucia, Catherine and yours truly, and headed off for covent garden for a couple of beers before the gig. Checkout the podcast for music and conversation as we head to the gig.
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