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206 of My Favorite Things for January 2014 – Douglas E. Welch

February 1st, 2014 Comments off

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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40 of My Favorite Things for Week 4, January 2014 – Douglas E. Welch

January 24th, 2014 Comments off

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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116 of My Favorite Things for December 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

January 2nd, 2014 Comments off

My Favorite Things 

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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  1. Food / 10 Hot & Boozy Drinks to Get Cozy With This Winter
  2. Technology / Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Cheap Home Surveillance System
  3. Garden / 14 Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Alternatives to Green Your Holidays
  4. Garden / Get a knack for black in the garden
  5. Garden / 5 Great Plants for Borders and Screens
  6. Garden / Free Seed Packet Template (Basic)
  7. Food / Learn to Speak Italian While Learning to Cook Italian Food
  8. Home / A Introduction to Campfires: An Illustrated Guide from 1942
  9. Book / NPR Books of the Year Interactive Page
  10. New Media / 6 Reasons You Must Shoot Video Every Day
  11. Garden / 10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden (12 photos)
  12. Technology / Apple offering eight free songs for the Holidays in Apple Store app
  13. Technology / Skill Builder: Arduino 101
  14. Technology / Google Calendar updated with Maps location autocomplete and improved events searching
  15. Food / Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman — New Cookbook
  16. Technology / 60 Google Now Commands You Need To Know
  17. Technology / Screen to Gif – record any part of you screen and save it to an animated GIF file [Freeware]
  18. Technology / Turning A Pi Into An iBeacon
  19. Technology / Check out the Maker Shed’s Arduino & Robots Gift Guide!
  20. Technology / Most Popular DIY Projects of 2013
  21. Technology / How to Pick the Perfect Smartphone Wallpaper
  22. Food / Holiday Whiskey Punch
  23. Technology / Fuzel is a standout collage creator for your iPhone
  24. Technology / Heyday App Is a Journal of Your Life That Writes Itself (Liz Gannes/AllThingsD)
  25. Technology / Which Programming Language Should I Learn First?
  26. Technology / Chromecast update brings more minimalism to your TV screen
  27. Food / Favorite Christmas Cookies for Cookie Exchanges and Parties
  28. Food / Favorite Christmas Cookies
  29. New Media / Insert Coin: capture 360-degree video with DLSRs and GoPros, viewable on an Oculus Rift
  30. Technology / The Persistently Cool Blinky POV Kit
  31. New Media / Keep a Light Studio in Your Pocket with Kick [Deals Hub]
  32. Technology / The Perfect Present for Pi Prototypers
  33. Technology / Pandora for iOS has gained a nifty feature today: the app can act as an alarm clock so you can wake
  34. Technology / AllThings Is a Feature-Packed Webapp for Personal and Group To-Dos
  35. Food / Holiday Hooch
  36. Technology / Create your own Street View
  37. Garden / A Mini Garden at The Base of the Tree
  38. New Media / MediaCrush – superb free open sourced hosting for video, images and audio
  39. New Media / Google Chromecast adds ten new apps to its streaming arsenal
  40. Technology / Solar Powered, Tweeting Bird Feeder
  41. New Media / Book Review: The Book of Audacity
  42. Technology / Spotify Announces Free Service For Phones and Tablets
  43. New Media / The Best Headphones You Can Buy Under $20
  44. Technology / Google Sheets Gets Faster, Offline Use, and Tons of New Features
  45. New Media The Ox | Documentary
  46. Technology / Angry Birds Go! kart racer now in the App Store
  47. New Media / Autographer – makes photography spontaneous and hands-free
  48. Technology / Gmail Will Never Ask You to ‘Display Images Below’ Again
  49. Technology / IFTTT for iPhone Adds a New Location Channel
  50. Food / 10 Cookbooks & Food Memoirs Worth Gifting This Year — Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn
  51. Garden / 30 Gifts for the Gardener
  52. Technology / MindMeld Assistant App Listens Along to Conversations to Help in Real Time
  53. Technology / Mirror app for Android can record your screen or stream it to Apple TV (video)
  54. New Media / YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air (Emil Protalinski/The Next Web)
  55. New Media / Chromecast in 2014: an open SDK, big international plans and maybe even new devices
  56. Technology / Google launches Tips to help you get more out of Gmail and its other services
  57. Technology / As Google slowly preps the Chromecast ecosystem, waves of new apps are on the way
  58. Technology / Raspberry Pi Wall Calendar
  59. Garden / Explore Your Garden Personality: The Traveler (9 photos)
  60. Technology / Awesome Stuff: Lenses For Your Phone
  61. Technology / TweetsPie Shows the Best Tweets from Your Recent Timeline
  62. Food / Remember the 2:2:2:1 Ratio for Perfect, Recipe-free Punch
  63. Career / 15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Needs To Read
  64. Technology / The Morpholio Project Launches Trace 2.0
  65. Food / Gift Guide 2013: Kitchen Tools for The Home Cook
  66. Career / The Women Behind the Wright Brothers
  67. New Media / Digital Bolex D16: fantastic indie-friendly digital film camera
  68. Technology / Google Now Wants To Go Christmas Caroling With You
  69. Technology / DIY FREE Printable Instagram Gift Tags
  70. Food / Elizabeth David’s Sensible British Christmas — Classic Cookbook
  71. Education / The Nerdy Teacher: Spanish Is Your Amigo with @espanoles2amigo #EdChat
  72. Technology / 20 Free E-Book Resources For iPad
  73. Home / 35 Cool And Creative DIY Christmas Tree Ideas You Surely Don’t Want To Miss
  74. Technology / Flickr Web Embeds
  75. Home / Before & After: Cartolina’s End Grain Block Flooring
  76. Technology / NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak
  77. Technology / New Project: SunBEAM Seeker Bot
  78. New Media / Where there’s a Spark Digital (Microphone) , there’s Lightning
  79. New Media / Ten tips to get the most out of your new Chromecast
  80. Technology / OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?
  81. Local / LAFD Releases Surveillance Video of Van Nuys Arsonist
  82. Technology / An Opensource Arduino Guitar Pedal
  83. Garden / Great Design Plant: Brittlebush Brightens Rocky, Dry Spots (7 photos)
  84. Technology / Turn Your Mac Into a Home Security Camera with an Automator Script
  85. Technology / Top 5 Game-Changing Gadgets of 2013
  86. Technology / Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder Finds Product Keys for All Your Programs
  87. Education / 10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014
  88. Career / 5 Ways You Can Be More Creative
  89. Garden / Forgotten Fruits: The stories behind Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables
  90. Home / 7 of the World’s Most Awesome Alternative Christmas Trees
  91. New Media / The 8 Best Video Game Scripts of All Time
  92. Technology / PowerUp 3.0 – fold it, launch it, fly it…with your phone
  93. Technology / OpenEmu, an open source video game emulator, launches on the Mac
  94. Technology / The Best Free iPhone and iPad apps
  95. Garden / Feed the Birds: 6 Plants for Abundant Winter Berries (6 photos)
  96. Technology / 11 Best iPad Apps of 2013
  97. New Media / Samson’s Go Mic: A capable and compact microphone for podcasting
  98. Technology / Like Legos? You’ll Love LittleBits
  99. New Media / YouTube Announces Live Streaming Video for All Users
  100. Technology / Build a Moisture Sensor that Shows Emoticons When a Plant Needs Water
  101. Technology / Internet Archive Now Lets You Play Vintage Console Games
  102. Technology / How the New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Nearly 300 Plants a Day
  103. Technology / Resplendent with simple graphics and simpler rules - aged Console games play in your browser
  104. Book / The Best London Books Of 2013
  105. Technology / Seven Clever Ways to Use Your Phone’s Camera for More Than Just Photos
  106. Career / The New Year’s Writing Resolution You Can Actually Keep
  107. New Media / Social media is not a zero-sum game and Facebook isn’t going anywhere so get used to it (Leo Mirani/Quartz)
  108. Technology / The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives You Need To Know
  109. Garden / New Year, New Landscape — What to Do in Your January Garden
  110. Technology / An Arduino With Better Speech Recognition Than Siri
  111. Education / #NerdyCast on Blogging for Students and Teachers #YouTubeEDU
  112. New Media / The 3Pod P5CRH Tripod – A Review
  113. Career / How to Overcome Cynicism
  114. Technology / 12 Free Web Apps to Boost Your Drawing Skills
  115. Garden / 9 Ideas for Thoughtful Gardening in 2014 (9 photos)
  116. Technology / 13 Highly Useful Free Programs and Websites That Any LifeHacker Must Try

Video: Recording Career Opportunities Podcast – Timelapse

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

A fun little video of the computer’s view of what it sees when I record, edit and post the Career Opportunities podcast.

Music: “Shiny Tech” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) by Creative Commons License.

 

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96 of My Favorite Things for November 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

December 2nd, 2013 Comments off

My Favorite Things 

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

Gift Guide 2013: MXL Studio 1 USB Desktop Microphone

November 26th, 2013 Comments off

MXL Studio 1 USB Desktop Microphone

Another nice, entry-level microphone for the podcaster or other media-maker in your life. 

From Small Business Trends, Podcasting Microphone: Review of MXL Studio 1 Red Dot

“I am not a sound expert, but I have used several external microphones over the years to record both audio and video (well, the audio portion of my videos).

But I have to say that this little microphone kit is now one of my favorites. It comes bundled in a durable carrying case, which is a small point. But one that makes a lot of sense given that most podcasting types are probably also mobile types. The company sent me a media review unit for this post.”

Read the complete review 

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Video: 250 YouTube Subscribers! Thank You All!

November 25th, 2013 Comments off

This week I reached 250 subscribers on my YouTube Channel, a big milestone, and I made this short video to thank everyone.

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Gift Guide 2013: Zoom H6 6 Track Portable Digital Recorder

November 18th, 2013 Comments off

Zoom H6 6 Track Portable Digital Recorder

While this item is a bit pricy for a holiday gift, it is an amazing device. I have used several of the Zoom recorders in the past, including the H1 and H2, but the Zoom H5 looks to be the recorder I have always wanted. If you have a podcaster, YouTuber, or other new media creator in your, extra special, gift list, this might just be the ticket to make them very, very happy.

Features:

  • Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input
  • Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
The addition of XLR connectors with Phantom power opens up large opportunities for high-quality remote recording outside your “studio” including interviews, live shows and more. The interchangeable capsules also provide a high amount of flexibility in how you might use the recorder.
 
I must admit that the Zoom H5 is definitely on my own personal wish list!
 
 
From Amazon.com…
The ground-breaking Zoom H6 handheld recorder will change the way you think about portable recording. With interchangeable stereo X/Y and Middle-Side microphone capsules included, plus Shotgun and Dual XLR/TRS Combo input capsules available separately, the H6 is the ultimate chameleon of the audio world — and its advanced preamps make it the best-sounding one too. Whatever your application — live recording, professional film/video work, or broadcast ENG (electronic news gathering) — the H6 can handle it with ease. The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R) that are derived from whichever capsule (X/Y, MS, Shotgun, or Dual XLR/TRS Combo) is plugged into the unit. The supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting an external mic- or line-level signal via a stereo 1/8″ Mic/Line In mini phone jack. When a connection is made to that jack, signal from the X/Y microphones is muted. The H6 Line Out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8″ phone jack, located on the bottom of the H6, beneath the LCD display. It carries the analog stereo output signal, as determined by the H6′s internal mixer. The H6 USB port, located on the side panel to the right of the LCD display, provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals, depending upon the setting of the “Audio Interface”function in the USB menu. In addition, the H6 provides a headphone output with a dedicated volume control, located on the side panel to the left of the LCD display. Connect your headphones to the stereo 1/8″ mini phone jack for private monitoring of the stereo output signal. The H6 even has a built-in speaker, located on the underside of the unit, for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections whatsoever. This speaker is automatically disconnected when connection is made to either the Line Out or Headphone output.
 

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Video: Montage of Wildlife and scenes from the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, California

November 15th, 2013 Comments off

I have been meaning to take some more focused time for photography and yesterday saw me at the nearby Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve which is less than a mile away from home. Here are the scenes I captured. My small telephoto lens allowed me to get closer shots than ever and it was great to spend some time shooting and learning as I went.

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See all the photos on the set “Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve” on Flickr. Like and Share your favorites from there.

Watch a previous video from the Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve

Gift Guide 2013: Blue Yeti Microphone

November 13th, 2013 Comments off
 
Another great USB microphone from Blue. Like the Blue Snowball microphone mentioned in earlier Gift Guides, this mic connects directly to the USB port on your computer — either Windows or Mac. The Yeti gives a full, rich sound and is compatible with all the typical New Media uses such as video conferencing, podcasting and recording voice or music. The Yeti is very popular with podcasters and live streamers and can often be seen in these productions. I think its classic styling, unlike the futuristic look of the Snowball make it more popular for video production. Its design  harkens back to an earlier day of broadcasting.

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