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Event: All-day podcasting workshop at mLearnCon in San Diego, California

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

I will be presenting the workshop below during the mLearnCon Conference in San Diego, California.

Audio Podcasting A to Z for Mobile Learning

Monday June 14, 2010 08:30 AM
Douglas E. Welch, The WelchWrite Company, Inc.

Podcasting is the epitome of m-Learning in that education and training can be “pulled” to your audience at the time and place of their choosing. While many organizations could provide educational, training, and informational content via Podcast, the subject just seems too complex and outside the “comfort zone.”

This workshop will demystify the subject, and provide participants with clear direction and guidance that will allow them to go home and get started. You will get step-by-step instructions on the design, development, and delivery of an audio Podcast, and explore recording software, microphones, and headsets as well as other equipment.

In this session, you will learn:

A thorough understanding of the structure of a Podcast
The Podcasting design process
The Podcasting production process
The Podcasting delivery process
The Podcasting distribution process

Audience: Participants at all levels who have general computer knowledge and a willingness to be recorded.

Technologies Discussed in This Session: Delivery platforms include the Web, iPhone, iPod, and CD or other portable media device.

I will also be presenting a current conference session on Tuesday, June 15 @ 230pm…

Mobile Audio Recording: Let Me Count the Ways

Tuesday June 15, 2010 02:30 PM

All too often, great content is “lost” simply because people don’t realize they can capture it. Now new mobile recording solutions make it possible to capture content “at the source” wherever and whenever it might appear. In the past, audio production, especially mobile audio production, was complicated and expensive. Today, new and inexpensive tools make high-quality audio recording available to everyone so that even the home/office user has access to technology that lets them create amazing audio presentations even while on the move. This session will open doors for those who have been considering mobile audio production, but haven’t yet taken the first step.

Session participants will explore the equipment and software available for mobile audio recording. You’ll learn about the reasonably priced or free software available for producing your recordings and how to use equipment like your iPhone or iPod Touch. You’ll learn how to capture audio with USB microphones or high-quality shotgun microphones used for film and television production, and even doing online recording via phone. You’ll learn the tools ranging from Audacity and Apple Garageband to ProTools.

In this session, you will learn:

* The wide variety of mobile audio recording options available
* The ease with which you can collect high-quality audio content
* How to use online recording and teleconference services to capture your audio
* The variety of inexpensive microphones available for specific uses
* About free audio software such as Audacity and Garageband
* Why you should be capturing audio at every event and opportunity

Audience: Novice. Very little previous knowledge of audio recording and production required.

Technologies discussed in this session: Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, Audacity free recording and mixing software, Apple Garageband, portable recorders such as the iRiver IFP-795, Zoom H2/H4, Edirol R09, iPhone/iPod Touch, cell phone, online recording systems, phone-based recording systems, teleconference systems like and, a variety of microphones, and USB mixing boards.

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I Like This – April 28, 2010

April 28th, 2010 1 comment

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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I Like This – April 21, 2010

April 21st, 2010 Comments off
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Food: When the cupboard is bare: Important kitchen substitutions

April 18th, 2010 Comments off
Baking powder
Image by Mel B. via Flickr

This article was written for another publication, but never appeared. I am including it here, as I think the information is useful for the cooks among you. — Douglas

In a dream world, when we reached for that important ingredient in our kitchen, it would miraculously be there. As the French say, our “mise-en-place” (or “everything in place”) would be perfect. We would never want for specialty items or run out of ingredients in the middle of a recipe. No, little kitchen elves would magically create everything in our pantry and restock it as needed…er…wait…uh…maybe that was just a dream I had last night. Sometimes, a bad day in the kitchen can lead me into a wonderland that I only wished existed.
If you are like me, there are always those little kitchen emergencies that crop up, usually at the worst time. Thankfully, there are some quick substitutions that can get you through the rough spots with only minimal fuss. They won’t produce the exact same results, but they can let you put tasty food on the table when you need it most.
One of my problem ingredients is buttermilk. It is critically important in baked goods like pancakes, biscuits, Irish Soda Bread and such, but I rarely keep it in my kitchen. If you wake up some morning and want to whip together a recipe that needs buttermilk you can make this serviceable substitution:
Buttermilk Substitute
1 cup milk
1 Tbl white vinegar or lemon juice
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using and then add it to your recipe as you normally would.
Baking powder is another of my problem ingredients.  If I have my butter and sugar creamed only to realize I’m missing the important leavening, I use this substitute:
Baking Powder Substitute

To make a replacement for 1 tsp of Baking Powder, mix:
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tarter

Include as noted in your recipe.

Baking Powder for Soda

If, instead, you are out of baking soda, you can use 2-3 times more baking powder as called for in the recipe. Some will omit the salt in the recipe when doing this, as the baking powder can effect the taste of whatever you are baking. This one seems a riskier substitution to me. I would probably shoot on the low side of the equation and stick with 2x the amount.
Brown Sugar Substitute

On the sweet side of kitchen substitutions, it is possible to replace different sugars with the inclusion of a few ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp molasses
This substitution makes sense as they are basically the components of commercial brown sugar.
Corn Syrup Substitute

If you are lacking corn syrup for the pecan pie your family wants for the weekend, you can make a serviceable substitute:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
I probably wouldn’t try this substitute for dark corn syrup, as it would be lacking in the particular flavor that can bring to a recipe.
Substitute applesauce for oil in cake recipes

Finally, here is one substitute I use regularly to help reduce the fat content of baked goods. I find that it produces excellent results and, in some ways, can actually improve the flavor of the finished cake or quickbread.
Use applesauce in equal amounts to oil called for in the recipe. You can also substitute just a portion of the oil, if you want to try out the substitution before going “all in.”

As a general rule, don’t substitute more than one ingredient in a recipe, or you risk spoiling your dish. While you are always better off to use the ingredients called for in a recipe, these emergency substitutions come in handy when time and overwork place you in a bad situation. Think of them as your own, personal, kitchen elves bringing you whatever you need, whenever you need it.

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Video: Lego Harry Potter Trailer

April 15th, 2010 Comments off

We have loved nearly all the Lego games for the WII and we will certainly be looking forward to Lego Harry Potter when it arrives June 29, 2010.

The Lego games all have a great balance between action and logic and their respect of the source material is second to none. You get the feeling that you are actually playing the movie, even though all the characters are Lego.

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I Like This – April 14, 2010

April 14th, 2010 Comments off
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Moving forward…

April 11th, 2010 Comments off
LA Friday Coffee at Gelato Bar - 07
Image by dewelch via Flickr

While it was great to have family in town and show them around LA, it is nice to have a bit more peace and quiet at home so I can throw myself back into the world with vigor. The combination of CareerCampLA and the visit took my focus off of everything else I try to do on a daily and weekly basis.

LA Friday Coffee

On that note, I just scheduled this week’s LA Friday Coffee at Crepe Xpress here in Sherman Oaks. It is close to home for use, so that makes things easier, but it also has some really great food. I know you might assume this from its food court location, but it is really good…and not just Doug good either. Rosanne likes it a lot, too!

Join us this Friday for some coffee, crepes and casual conversation. Remember, this isn’t a tech meetup, per se. We talk about all sorts of things. This week is almost sure to include discussion of the new season of Dr. Who that premieres tonight on BBC America, the Apple iPad (with some hands-on at the Apple Store, perhaps), plans for summer and more.

More info on LA Friday Coffee

CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley)

Hot on the heels of the tremendously successful CareerCampLA, a group is forming to organize CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley). Get in on the ground floor. Join the organizers mailing list. Check out the blog.

What’s happening in your world? Drop me a line in the comments or elsewhere and let me know!

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I Like This – April 7, 2010

April 7th, 2010 Comments off
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