Dorkbot, 2006-11-08

Posted in audio recording, dorkbot at 10:46 pm by pronoiac

Three months later, after carefully cleaning this up, I’m, um, going to blabber on about it now.

The presentations at this meeting were very visual: first, a map of neighborhoods, drawn from Craigslist postings; second, software to visualize audio by frequency & the slight audio delays between ears.

However, as far as I know, no good copies of the streaming video for that night were saved. I would love to be mistaken. I’d almost suggest playing along with the map & audio software as you listen to this. The audio’s posted in decent-quality audio, so the software might actually have enough info to work.

Setting up & cleaning up this recording was a learning experience: I didn’t record the audience very well, & my recorder dropped a couple of minutes in a Q&A, which included a phone call from the internet to ask a question. I recovered audience commentary to the best of my ability, with limited materials; I lucked out that I could get the audience audible at all.

I left in the daughter of Jonathan Moore, the MC, just because I got a kick out of her happily wandering in, babbling for a bit, & then being given the controls of a flamethrower.

Anyway. Here’s the audio: 95 minutes, 90 meg. I encoded these at 128kbps because stereo music is involved.

For more information, see the Dorkbot SF page on this meeting.
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SVHMPC meeting, 2007-01-24

Posted in audio recording, svhmpc at 7:30 am by pronoiac

Silicon Valley Homebrew Mobile Phone Club is a group working on making a mobile phone built with open blueprints, from parts with open documentation, & using open source software.

For more info, see telefono.revejo.org & hbmobile.org, & only slightly related opencellphone.org too. Share & enjoy.

Download audio, 43 min at 64kbps, 21 meg:

This is an abridged version. The other two hours or so are much like the last minute here: several conversations going at once.


Dorkbot, 2006-11-30

Posted in audio recording, dorkbot at 6:17 pm by pronoiac

This was more Konteijner than Dorkbot. This came first before other recordings because the recording didn’t need much work, & it directly relates to stuff going on later this week.

Just want to listen to it? It’s 68 minutes, & 34 meg.

  • mp3
  • aac / m4b – this has the times listed below marked as chapters.

The contents:

  • Intro: This was a cold start – in mid-sentence – because the recording hardware only started reluctantly.
  • 15:30 – Ivan Marusic Klif
  • 30:15 – Magdalena Pederin
  • 36:00 – Marcell Mars – Geek Culture, see mama.mi2.hr
  • 60:00 – upcoming at Device Art, say, Thursday & Saturday.

For more information: blasthaus.comkontejner.org


The Gothic Archies, 2006-11-11

Posted in audio recording at 5:36 pm by pronoiac

On the 11th, Book Passage in Corte Madera had Lemony Snicket do a reading. At least, that was the plan. Unfortunately, Snicket didn’t make it, so Daniel Handler & Stephin Merritt gamely carried on without him, doing some songs as The Gothic Archies (without the percussion section).

Their stated purpose is to convince people not to read the horrible, hideous books, in which terrible things happen to undeserving people. Instead of listening, though, people just laughed, as if they were in on the joke.

It’s nice to share. Proceed with caution. The proprietor assumes no liability for any trauma incurred due to this, but would like to keep the option of “malicious glee” open for any tales of same.
Downloads: (33 minutes)

  • MP3 (23 meg @ 96kbps)
  • AAC audiobook (16 meg @ 64kbps) – This has chapter headings, one for each song. This is my first attempt at an enhanced podcast, despite the fact that this is not a podcast.

My email address is on the about page, incidentally.

Update, 2007-02-07: I fixed the artist tags. Whoops.


Wifi For SF meeting in Russian Hill

Posted in audio recording, wifi for sf at 10:26 pm by pronoiac

This is the meeting on November 15th, the eighth meeting so far, of eleven or twelve planned. This meeting is for the neighborhoods of Cow Hollow, Marina, & Pacific Heights.

The main speaker was Chris (sp?) from Google, & Stephen (sp?) from Earthlink was there, just answering questions.

Downloads: (62 min)

  • mp3 (64 kbps, 29 meg)
  • m4b (32 kbps, 15 meg)

The background noise of the microphone sometimes drowns out people other than the speaker. The questions at this meeting mainly revolved around the level of energy that will be emitted, compared to baby monitors & cell phones, but not radio stations or the sun.

Sites that get mentioned: TechConnect
All the recordings should be under the Wifi for SF category.

Wifi For SF meeting in Hayes Valley

Posted in audio recording, wifi for sf at 10:16 pm by pronoiac

This is the meeting from November 14th, the seventh meeting so far, of eleven or twelve planned. This is for the neighborhoods of Haight-Ashbury, Panhandle, Western Addition, & Hayes Valley.


  • Dan from Google
  • Stephen (sp?) from Earthlink, just taking questions
  • Lauran Efurd & Michael McCarthy from the TechConnect Task Force

Laughter from a meeting next door can be heard at times. People other than the speaker sometimes fade into the background noise. Some pointed questions were asked.
Downloads: (78 min)

  • mp3 (64 kbps, 19 meg)
  • m4b (32 kbps, 37 meg)

Sites that get mentioned: TechConnect & Zero Divide.

Boring technical details follow.

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Wifi For SF meeting in the Sunset

Posted in audio recording, wifi for sf at 8:57 pm by pronoiac

Google & Earthlink are working with the city of San Francisco to provide both free & paid wireless service across the city. They’re holding community forums (fora?) to tell people about their proposal. (Hm – it points over here.)
I’d heard about heated opposition at previous meetings, so I decided to observe one. There wasn’t any acrimony here.

Check it out:

  • mp3
  • aac/m4b – iPods & iTunes should automatically hold your place when you pause

John Hodgman at Cody’s Books

Posted in audio recording, johnhodgman, jonathancoulton at 8:56 pm by pronoiac

On the 12th of October, John Hodgman visited Cody’s Books in San Francisco, for the tour of the paperback Areas of my Expertise. He’s also the PC in the Mac ads, & he’s a correspondent on the Daily Show, & he has a blog.

There is some good video of this event, from kwc.org (the first 40 minutes!) & from Violet Blue (some short segments).

Here are the mp3 & AAC/M4B versions; they’re both 22meg, 32kbps, recorded at 22khz. I was close to the back of the crowd.

I tried out an audio compressor, instead of tweaking audio volume envelopes throughout.

Update, 2007-02-07: Gee, I should’ve mentioned Jonathan Coulton before. I put in chapters:

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Dorkbot SF, October 2006

Posted in audio recording, dorkbot at 7:42 pm by pronoiac

Posting this recording is the reason I finally set up a domain…

This info is on its own page, but I’ll repeat it here…

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