Monday, April 24, 2006


Bill addresses the VCAM board of directors

Anyone still getting this via RSS out there? We haven't been doing podcasts for some time now, but we are talking about starting up again. In the meantime, here's a video clip of me addressing the Vermont Community Access Media board of directors tonight. I am stepping down from the board after 8 years of service. The content of the talk is relevant to some of the stuff we talk about on FCB, hence my posting it here (plus there's picture with that sound!).

Bill's address to the VCAM board of directors (18.7MB, QT7 required)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


In case anyone is still paying attention...

The iBook is still sick, but I'm using a Powerbook that belongs to my workplace. We actually met a couple of weeks a go and tried to record an episode of FCB, but then the headphones amplifier wasn't working! Stupid technology! Anyway, we will return to podcasting soon I'm sure. Our 1 year anniversary is coming up actually in April.

Also, some FCBers are working on a super secret project, soon to be announced. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 10, 2006



As cross-posted at Candleblog...

It's official. My iBook is very very sick. I'm going to call Small Dog and Rent-a-Geek and compare hourly rates. It will turn on okay, but then a noise begins in the front left corner that slowly grows louder. At first the functionality isn't impaired, but within a few minutes, as the noise grows louder--into almost a grinding sound--everything locks up.

I was going to try and upload last week's FCB tonight but that's definitely not happening. nor can I record one tomorrow.

Candleblog officially has 99 registered users (not sure how many FCB listeners, but there must be a few). If each one of you sent me $20, I could buy a new Intel-powered MacBook Pro. Then the Friday Coffeeblogging would get CRAZY! (see the PayPal button on the left side bar.)

I don't know what I'm going to do if I don't have a machine with me for SXSW. (Bill begins to gently sob) I was so looking forward to... snif... blogging from the conference (NTodd says "don't worry, buddy, you can blog from my Dell!" Bill kicks him hard in the shin.) If only I could afford a new machine...

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Your Cat Has a Firewall

Friday Coffeeblogging #27 (52 MB mp3)

  • Title: "Your Cat Has a Firewall"
  • Date: 01/20/06
  • Location: The Radio Bean
  • Personnel: Bill
  • Very Special Blossom: Matty the Greek
  • Guest: Evening
  • Subjects: The Gore Roar, the New Horizons mission, plutonium to Pluto, Pluto: planet or no?, Employers that limit web access, Bill's going to SXSW!, Rocketboom (& other podcasts) on TiVo, BSG evangelism
  • Gear by: VCAM
  • Music: The Tumblin' Go Gos, Skinny Jim Wildcats, Royksopp
  • Recording & editing via: Apple Final Cut Pro HD
  • Running time: 37:52

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2006


    (FCB: The Lost Episodes) The Hour That Never Was

    Friday Coffeeblogging #23 (44.8 MB mp3)

  • Title: "The Hour That Never Was"
  • Date: 10/21/05
  • Location: The Radio Bean
  • Personnel: Bill & Flameape
  • Guests: Brian Brown, Cathy Resmer & Zephyr Teachout
  • Subjects: Winooski's traffic debacle, the train station monks, the metro-rinpoche, The Ani DeFranco Ceiling, smelly cars, Buffy fans rebuffed, Star Wars fans: even lamer than Trekkies, the one-man Star Wars show, Jabba the Hutt on Plamegate
  • Gear by: VCAM
  • Music: Manhattan Transfer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blues Saraceno & Joss Whedon
  • Recording & editing via: Apple Final Cut Pro HD
  • Running time: 32:38

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2006


    (FCB: The Lost Episodes) The League System

    Friday Coffeeblogging #22 (66 MB mp3)

  • Title: "The League System"
  • Date: 10/07/05
  • Location: The Radio Bean
  • Personnel: Bill & NTodd
  • Very Special Blossom: Matty the Greek
  • Guests: Brian Brown, Evening & AlexW
  • Subjects: Anti-war protests, diluting the message, Iraq exit strategies & the league system
  • Gear by: VCAM
  • Music: Big Crow Pete, Tom Lehrer & The Talking Heads
  • Recording & editing via: Apple Final Cut Pro HD
  • Running time: 48:04

  • Thursday, January 05, 2006


    Buy the Podcasting Pocket Guide!

    As some of you may recall, Friday Coffeeblogging was reveiwed quite favorably in a chapter of the O'Reilly published book, the Podcasting Pocket Guide. Today I received an email from Richard Giles, the co-author of that book. Richard has written another, longer book on podcasting, that he hopes to also have published by O'Reilly. Apparently, the larger book's publication is contingent on the success of the Pocket Guide. Here is his email:

    You may remember a few months ago I contacted you about a podcast book
    I was writing, called the Whole Internet Guide to Podcasting and Internet Audio. In it I reviewed your podcast.

    O'Reilly, the publisher, used part of the book to produce a pocket
    guide that's just been published. They only used 30 of the 100+
    podcasts I reviewed for this version, and added another chapter from
    Podcast Hacks. It's a nice introduction to podcasts, because it says
    how to subscribe, how to record, and points to the 30 shows worth
    subscribing to. It's a great book to introduce the concept, but
    doesn't have the appeal to an average listener like The Whole Internet
    Guide to Podcasting and Internet Audio does.

    However, they've decided to wait and see just how the pocket guide
    sells before they decide if my work goes to print. That's a real
    disappointment, because as you'll know if you've been involved in
    publishing, it was 3 months of VERY hard work.

    So I'm appealing to you to perhaps mention the Podcasting Pocket Guide
    on your show. If it gets the exposure, sells a few copies, and perhaps
    even gets a few good reviews in Amazon, then O'Reilly might publish
    the Whole Internet Guide.

    I hope you don't mind me asking, but it's my first book, and I put my
    heart and soul into it's creation. I certainly didn't write it for the
    money, it was all about seeing it in print. I'm sure that if it makes
    it, that you'll appreciate seeing your show amongst the pages.

    Indeed, it was a pleasure to see FCB in the pocket guide and I sure would like to see the bigger book get published too. And it's cheap! So get over to Amazon and get your copy--throw it in with some order you were planning on getting anyway and get free shipping.


    Bloggie nominations are open

    This year the Bloggies (weblog awards) have a new category: Best Podcast of a Weblog. Nominations are open until the 10th. That's all I'm saying.

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