The folks at CommonCraft have done it again. Here’s a great video explaining podcasts.


podcasts I like too

April 7, 2008

Looking for some library-related podcasts? Stephen Francoeur, from Digital Reference has added some podcasts worth listening and subscribing to on the LisWiki Podcast page.  A few of my favourites on the list include Library Geeks and LibVibe

Looking to produce a podcast for your library? Listen to what other libraries are doing on the Library Success Podcasting Wiki page.



CommandN is one of my favourite podcasts. Featuring Amber Mac, Will Pate, and Jeff MacArthur, it offers brief, weekly tech news and tips. The episodes are short (15 minutes or less), and websites mentioned can be found on the CommandN blog.

In episode #120, Will Pate talks about his favourite Twitter tools. Some of these are my faves too. If you are looking to maximize your tweeting experience, take a look at these tools:

  • Twitteriffic works on the Mac and allows you to send and receive status updates from your Mac.
  • Twitterlicious: The Windows version Twitteriffic.
  • Twitbin: A Firefox browser add-on that lets you view and send status update from within Firefox.
  • Flock: A social web browser with Twitter built right into browser.
  • Twitterholic: Search and find the top Twitter users. (Both Will and Amber made the Twitterholic list.)
  • Tweetmeme: Aggregates URL links that have been posted on Twitter.
  • Terraminds Twitter Search: Search for more Twitter users.
  • TwitterVision: Follow Twitter users on a map of the world. (Warning: this one is addictive.)
  • TwitterMail: Works with email to deliver and send Twitter status updates.

There is also mention of the Twitter Facebook App which allows you to post your tweets to Facebook.

You can subscribe to CommandN from the iTunes podcast store, or download it directly from the CommandN blog.

going to podcamp Toronto

November 5, 2007

PodCamp Toronto Feb. 23-24 is FREE!

I’ve registered for PodCamp Toronto 2008I have no idea what to expect, as I’ve never attended a podcamp or recorded a podcast.

I do love listening to podcasts and carry 15 gigs worth on my iPod, so I thought it would be interesting to learn more about this medium from the production side.

From the looks of the 2007 schedule, there’s definitely a lot to learn about podcasting.

To learn more, visit the podcamp Toronto wiki, read the blog, or join the podcamp Toronto Google Group.

As a blogger, I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my blog and learn more. (I’m also an iTunes podcast junky.)

Blogger & Podcaster Magazine has some good resources to learn more about both topics.

The site offers tips, product reviews, and links for both the newbie or seasoned blogger/podcaster.

The site also has a frequently updated newsfeed and a “blogger and podcaster guide” organized by topic. (You can advertise your blog and podcast for free too.)

Read the entire issue online or listen to the podcast equivalent of each articles.

Blogger & Podcaster

Subscribe to the podcasts in iTunes.

What I’m listening to….

October 17, 2007

I’ve been getting caught up on my podcast downloads lately. I’m a big fan of CBC podcasts.

Visit iTunes and you’ll frequently see CBC podcasts in the “Today’s Top Podcasts” list. One listen and it’s not hard to figure out why they are the most popular downloads on iTunes.

Here are some of my favourites.


Search Engine hosted by Jesse Brown

An insightful and thought provoking look at the political and cultural impact of technology and the internet on the world. The blog is rich with follow-up commentary and videos discussed on the show.

Search Engine is the most popular iTunes news podcast in the US!

(Broadcast times: Thursdays at 11:30am (12:00 NT) and Tuesdays at 3:30 pm (4:00 NT, select markets) on CBC Radio One.)


Spark hosted by Nora Young

Offers a different perspective on technological innovations and grass-roots solutions to technical questions.

“Spark is your guide to the Next Big Thing. On-air and online, join Nora Young for a surprising and irreverent look at tech, trends, and fresh ideas.”

Past episodes include boosting your WiFi with aluminum foil and a glue stick, blogging in Africa, and what to do with your wet cell phone.

(Broadcast times: Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. (12:00 NT) and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Radio One.)


CBC The Best of Ideas hosted by Paul Kennedy

“Ideas is eclectic in form and content. We cover social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities. Most of our programs are documentaries in which thoughts are gathered, contexts explored, and connections made.”

My favourite episode so far is “Second Life and First” — an insightful look at the confusions and contradictions of online identity.

(Broadcast time: Weekdays at 9:05 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One)


The Hour hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos

They won a few Gemini’s! George for best talk-show host/interviewer, best talk series and set design.

….I’m listening to the latest show on TV as I write this blog post 😉

(Broadcast: 11 PM Nightly on CBC)


Vinyl Cafe hosted by Stuart McLean

“The stories and misadventures of Dave, the owner of the “Vinyl Cafe”, the world’s smallest record store, where the motto is “We may not be big, but we’re small.” The show also features Dave’s wife, Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie and assorted friends and neighbours.”

(Broadcast time: Tuesdays at 11:00 p.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC Radio One, Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two, Sundays at 12:00 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. United States Broadcast Information)


Visit the CBC Podcasts page for information on how to download episodes.

The staff at PC Magazine reveal their 100 favorite blogs and five podcasts worth downloading.

While this is by no means a list of the “best” blogs, there’s a great assortment of sites to peruse.