WordPress Wednesday: WordPress 3.5 is released!

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The latest version of WordPress press, 3.5, has just been released. Following my usual WordPress Wednesday, it’s time to look at your blogs, update your plugins and try out the new 3.5. 

For a complete list of new features and other changes, visit the WordPress Codex.

A few of the changes…

New Media Manager

  • Beautiful interface: A streamlined, all-new experience
  • Create galleries faster with drag-and-drop reordering, inline caption editing, and simplified controls
  • Insert multiple images at once with Shift/Ctrl+click

New Default Theme – Twenty Twelve

  • Simple, flexible, elegant
  • Mobile-first, responsive design
  • Gorgeous Open Sans typeface
  • Uses the latest Theme Features

Admin Enhancements

  • New Welcome Screen
  • Retina-Ready (HiDPI) Admin
  • Hide Link Manager for new installs
  • Better accessibility for screenreaders, touch devices, and keyboard users
  • More polish on admin screens, including a new color picker

…and much more!

Here is someone to hire for your New Media projects! – Mat Luschek

Mat “Langley” Luschek

New Media producer (and fellow Ohio transplant) Mat Luschek is looking for work and you would be lucky to have him. Mat was recently laid off from his position as Online Media Producer for NBC Bay Area in San Francisco and would like to find a New Media position in the Bay Area, Los Angeles Area, Seattle, WA or Portland, Oregon.

Mat is knowledgeable about the new media (and mainstream media) world and would be a great addition to any team looking to increase and improve their New Media presence. He is a writer, producer, host and also technically savvy in the New Media tools required for such a position. He is also an experienced and artistic photographer.

Combine these skills with his natural inventiveness and outgoing personality and you have someone who can address your New Media needs in many different ways.

Find out more about Mat via his LinkedIn profile and then drop him an email or give him a call. It could be the best thing you’ve done for your show, startup or established company in a long time!

Subscribed 013: TUAW: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Today on “Subscribed” I focus on another blog. My blog subscriptions are my lifeline to the world and have easily taken the place of all the print magazines I used to read each week. — Douglas

The Unofficial Apple Weblog

TUAW: The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Looking through my Google Reader stats, it looks like TUAW is one of my most favorited subscriptions. Even when I don’t have time to write an entire blog post on a topic, I can favorite it in Reader and it will automatically be Twittered out, posted to my Facebook page and stored away for future reference and inclusion in my month-end “My Favorite Things” posts.

TUAW is my go-to site for Apple information of all sorts. I am a Mac user myself, so much of this information is put to immediate use, but a large part of my clientele is also Mac-based, so when an important update, bug or announcement goes out, I am sure to hear about it quickly and thoroughly via TUAW.

Like many of the blogs I mention here, TUAW also has a companion YouTube channel.

Visit TUAW’s YouTube Channel

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

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Elsewhere: Camera pan with a mechanical Kitchen Timer

Can you make a camera pan using a cheap mechanical kitchen timer? Instrucable member, mikeasaurus, did. A cool, relatively low-tech way of allowing you to create smooth pans which you can turn into time-lapse photos. His example here was created by shooting video and speeding it up in the editing process. If you had intervalometer to trigger the camera shutter, you could create more traditional time-lapse videos.

Links to his post and some sample video below.

wind up camera pan by mikeasaurus


Using a regular point-and-shoot digital camera I set the camera to video and wound up my timer. Here’s some footage I compiled with my camera pan, these videos were taken over about 10 minutes and sped up to show the slow pan effect:


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Elsewhere: How to Create Custom YouTube Thumbnails

A great intro to the whys and hows of creating custom YouTube thumbnails to dress up your channel and make your videos more attractive.

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How to Create Custom YouTube Thumbnails

Are you frustrated by the default random YouTube thumbnail option for your videos?

Do you wish you could create something custom to improve your views?

Since December 2011, YouTube has been making some radical changes to their site.

Everything from the home page layout, website colors and even the look and feel of the video players have changed dramatically.

But none of these aesthetic changes have had any real impact on the way we need to be marketing videos on YouTube.

However, this latest change may just be the biggest game-changer that savvy video marketers can take advantage of! Introducing the Custom YouTube Video Thumbnail.


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Video: #KitchenParty – How to publish a successful food blog w/ Nichelle Stephens from Cupcakes Take the Cake! – Recorded Version

While #KitchenParty is mainly about food and foodie things, in this week’s episode we also talk a lot about what makes a successful food blog and, more generically, any successful blog.  – Douglas

Watch the recorded video below!

Success blog

How to publish a successful food blog

Nichelle Stephens from Cupcakes Take the Cake! We’re talking Cupcake Recipes & how to #publish a successful food blog.

To watch the show, simply go here on Thursday at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT on our BakeSpace.com page or head on over to our site at: http://www.bakespace.com/news/how-to-publish-a-successful-food-blog/

And don’t forget… every show we publish a community cookbook based on the topic. This week we’re sharing #cupcake #recipes . To our your favorite recipe to our #community #cookbook upload your favorite recipe here: http://bit.ly/cupcakecookbook

Your Hosts Every Week: Babette Pepaj from BakeSpace.com , +eff Houck from the Tampa Tribune, Rene Lynch (LA Times) & Douglas Welch (pro blogger – a Gardner’s Notebook)

Subscribed 008: GardenforkTV with Eric Rochow

I have been watching Eric Rochow and GardenforkTV for a long time. He first caught my eye with some excellent videos on all sorts of gardening and food topics and more recently he has expanded to Gardenfork Radio — a long form talk and interview audio podcast that is perfect for listening in the car. 

Gardenfork is a fairly eclectic channel and podcast, covering everything from Eric’s boisterous Labradors to who to make the perfect mashed potatoes to building raised beds to beekeeping. Eric has an infectious, unassuming manner which makes you feel like you would love to have him for a neighbor in the country. The show splits its time between his and his wife’s (the “camera operator”) apartment in Brooklyn and their farm in rural Connecticut.

You can subscribe to the GardenforkTV YouTube Channel for all the videos or subscribe to the video podcast using iTunes and/or ths Gardenfork Radio audio podcasts. I subscribe to both podcasts, as I love to see most everything Eric produces.


Visit the Gardenfork YouTube Channel for more videos!

What are some of your favorite YouTube Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

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Also on WelchWrite.com: #KitchenParty: Healthy recipes throughout the holidays – 8pm EDT/5pm PDT

I write on a lot of different topics here on WelchWrite.com, some of which you might also be interested in. Infrequently, I like to share events that are happening on the other WelchWrite blogs. I hope you find them interesting — Douglas

Join us for our next KitchenParty show and live chat on Thursday, October 11th at 5pm pacific/8pm eastern. This week’s guests are: Amie Valpone, The Healthy Apple and Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, The Healthy Voyager.

Submit your favorite ‘Healthy Holiday Recipe’ for our community cookbooks: http://bit.ly/hhrecipes

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My Favorite New Media Things – September 2012

My Favorite Things

Here are my favorite shared new media items for September 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

Subscribed 005: Tested.com

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame are joined by Will Smith and Norman Chan for coverage of “…anything that’s awesome!” Shows range from tips and hints to visits to Adam’s Man Cave and Jamie’s Warehouse for talk about movie props, welding and more. Additional shows cover uses for the MakerBot, a 3-D printer, product reviews and more.

Tested.com is another great hangout for geeks on the Internet. Check it out!

From the Tested.com Web Site…


The short, pithy answer is: We’ll cover anything that’s awesome. The longer answer is that we have many interests, ranging from breakthroughs in science, amazing tales of exploration, and discoveries in nature to emerging technologies and new consumer products that promise to change our everyday lives. Tested is the place where we’ll explore those topics in depth, asking the hows and the whys about the things that excite us the most.

The number one rule of Tested is simple. We want to make Tested the site that we’d be most interested in reading. If you think there’s something we should be covering, but aren’t, please let us know!


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Article: How To Create A World: Skyrim’s Director On Building A Never-Ending Fantasy

Interesting article. I am collecting articles like this to share with my son who has entered the Tech/Game program at his new high school. I had been wondering myself how you went about creating a game as complicated as Skyrim and this article is a good place to start. I am trying to give him a good understanding of all the work — and all the different types of work — that go into creating a large commercial game.

How To Create A World: Skyrim’s Director On Building A Never-Ending Fantasy
By: Kevin Ohannessian


The fantasy world of Skyrim is notable for its scale and level of realism. Game director Todd Howard explains how his team at Bethesda Game Studios approaches the creation of a world.


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News: Blue Microphones Mikey Digital takes iPhone and iPad recording up a notch

From TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Blue Microphones Mikey Digital takes iPhone and iPad recording up a notch


When it comes to microphones for the iPhone and iPad, I have to admit that I haven’t been too impressed with what’s been delivered over the past few years. For example, the original iRig Mic from IK Multimedia was quite noisy, although the iRig Mic Cast improved on that somewhat. The original Mikey from Blue Mics was also an improvement, but now the company is shipping the new Mikey Digital (US$99.99) that works with recent iPhones and all iPads to capture stereo sound with clarity.


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I am always looking for cool, new, new media tools and Blue seems to keep a fairly constant flow of new recording tech. I personally own a Blue Snowball microphone and have many fellow podcasters who use their Yeti product. It will be interesting to try out the Mikey and see what it can do.

My Favorite Things for New Media – August 2012

My Favorite Things

Here are my favorite shared New Media items for August 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

Musopen is a online warehouse of public domain classical music recordings and sheet music

First seen on Slashdot

Musopen logo

Musopen’s front page declares…

Musopen (www.musopen.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”

What does this mean for you, the new media producer? Well, much like the old cartoons many of us watched while growing up, this classical music can be used in out New Media projects without worrying about copyright issues. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of classical music pieces available for download as MP3 or m4a files. These can be sliced and diced, played as music beds for your shows and a host of other New Media uses. While you might not have thought about using classical music in your productions, I think revisiting these classics might provide some interesting content of your shows.

You can search through the catalog in a variety of ways, including composer, performer, instrument, period and more.

Of course, the other — non-new-media-related reasons for the creation of Musopen js to give wider exposure to classical music for anyone who might desire it. If you have people in your network who can benefit from these resources, be sure to pass it on. 

Link: Musopen

Subscribed: PBS Idea Channel

I have been moving away from mainstream broadcast and cable programming for a while and switching over to watching a lot of stuff on YouTube. My son, Joseph, has switched almost entirely to YouTube Channels for his entertainment viewing.

I realized today that I should be highlighting some of the YouTube Channels I subscribe to for my daily entertainment (and educational viewing).

Today’s new subscription is the PBS Idea Channel. This is a great collection of education and entertaining video on a variety of topics. I found the channel when I came across a blog post linking to their show on Minecraft, Makerbot and the Post Scarcity Economy.

Below you will find a link to a playlist of all their videos. I highly recommend subscribing on YouTube so that you will be notified of each new video as it appears.

* Just a reminder…you can also subscribe to my own YouTube Channel for videos on gardening, careers, technology, new media and more!

See all the shows I am watching and subscribing to in my YouTube Channel Feed


Don’t see the video playlist above? Check out PBS Idea Channel on Youtube.

Elsewhere: Radio Killed The Podcasting Star

I definitely agree with some of what this article has to say. Non-mainstream podcasts have the potential to change things dramatically, but without a unified method of discovering and monetizing podcasts most languish in obscurity. Apple’s podcast directory is woefully inadequate and dominated by mainstream radio and it contains no way to monetize podcasts through subscriptions or advertising. Secondly, there is no unified ad market where podcasters can turn for monetization. YouTube, with its connections to Google Adsense and easily monetization options is a far better environment for making money with your podcast — if you happen to produce video and not audio-only programs.

For greatest chance at success, it has to be as easy to watch or listen to podcasts (and discover them) as it is to turn on the television or radio. Until the time that there is some parity between entertainment doing from a variety of sources, podcasts will always be second class citizens of the media world.

Radio Killed The Podcasting Star

Podcasters are to radio what bloggers are to newspapers: independent voices taking attention away from mainstream media. At least that was the theory, when professional podcasts and blogs were getting started in the 2000s. But unlike blogs, podcasts by indie voices have not gone on to seriously challenge the mainstream media incumbents. Where is the Ariana Huffington of podcasting? Can you name a political podcaster who’s had the same impact as Josh Marshall and his Talking Points Memo blog? Sadly, there are no podcasting stars – and it’s all radio’s fault.

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Elsewhere: The intersection of new media and robotics

This video of a movie created using a Lego NXT, light-painting robot shows what can happen when new media and technology intersect.


Read more about this project in Lightplot, a post on The NXT Step blog.

There is also more detailed information on the robot on the Rethinkfx blog

YouTube Education uses New Media to spur lifetime learning

Online education seems to be exploding of late and the biggest New Media powerhouse is helping to spread the message.

YouTube Education

Get more into learning

YouTube EDU brings learners and educators together in a global video classroom. On YouTube EDU, you have access to a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between.

Come here for quick lessons from top teachers around the world, course lectures from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your imagination.

Youtube education

YouTube Education collect and organizes a wide variety of educational material for easy searching and watching. These include short lectures and demonstrations from teachers from all over the world and full college level seminars for this that really want to dive in.

Lifetime learning is a great use of New Media. It brings directly into your home, office and school information and education that was tied up in academic silos accessible only by a few. While you can’t get your degree online via YouTube Education, you can certainly improve your knowledge in whatever topic interest you most.

Link: YouTube Education

Subscribe To A Newsapaper, Get An E-reader Free

It’s starting to happen. I was talking to someone just the other night about how such deals would greatly benefit mainstream media outlets. The price of the readers is falling very rapidly while their capabilities just keep growing.
Well, this was bound to happen. Barnes & Noble is offering big discounts on its Nook e-readers to people taking out subscriptions to digital editions of magazines and newspapers:

The Nook edition of People is $9.99 a month; with a one-year subscription, customers will receive a Nook Tablet, a color device with a 7-inch display, for $199, a discount from its regular price of $249. Customers who buy a one-year subscription for the Nook edition of The New York Times for $19.99 a month, which in…


Elsewhere: New Media Challenge 2012-002 – Get close!


Are you ready for the next New Media Challenge? This time I want you to get close…really close!

This might take some doing depending on your camera, as they often don’t focus on very close objects, but I am sure you can work it out. Of course, getting close can mean something else entirely, too. Feel free to explore the theme in any way you wish.

Post  a link to your video, photos, writing or more here by Sunday, January 22, 2012.

Use the comments link (click the number next to the little text bubble above) to add a link to this post.

Note: If you simply paste a YouTube URL for your video, WordPress.com will embed the actual video in its place.

New Media Challenges are designed to give you an excuse to stretch your New Media muscles. You can use whatever media you like to complete the challenge including audio, video, photography, writing and more.