I HAVE STARTED a series of 100 podcasts called Congversations. They revolve around conversations that start in Cong, County Mayo, Ireland, and continue all the way around the calendar to the annual Congregation in that small town.
I HAVE 100 unanswered call-ins to my Anchor.fm/topgold podcast and I've decided I will try to carve through those calls by publishing them three or four at a time. That means you could expect to hear my mailbag for the month of July as I pare back the backlog. You can follow this Mailbag Project by subscribing to my Spreaker Topgold Audio Newsfeed.
I imagine I could be as diligent about unanswered emails too but with more than 250,000 unopened emails, I think it's a simpler task of merely select-all and delete. So I might just do that. Fortunately, my blog doesn't ring me anymore--that stopped around two years ago.
I'M LISTENING to a host of voices during the month of June--some old and familiar and others new and interesting. It's part of the annual Audiomo Challenge when participants try to create a piece of audio every day of the month. Except this month, you can take the weekends off.
I'm trying to create content while educating different transcription services so today, I'm using Trint to produce the words that are below the fold of this blog post. I recorded my thoughts into my Sony Xperia Z5, uploaded the MP3 file to Spreaker where it folded into a collection of Topgold Audio Clips, and then also uploaded the MP3 file onto Trint's servers where it took 93 seconds to transcribe the content you see below. After I listened to the clip I made, I realise I misidentified at least one of the names and that's proof I'm slowly losing my memory.
Don't you love transcription technology? I wish it came with supplemental memory aids.
I WATCHED THE MOST nail-biting final in Irish Robocode history unfold in the Thurles Thunderdome on the LIT-Thurles campus and at the end of a captivating nine-minute round, Robo Panda from the Dundalk Institute of Technology took the trophy from a very aggressive and cleverly programmed Feels Tank Man from ITC Carlow. You can listen to the final round commentary below.
I HAVE BEEN CREATING a few shareable audio episodes while using my mobile phone and the Spreaker app. Today, I'm sharing the advantages and workflow with colleagues during a staff training session in the Limerick Institute of Technology. I'm taking colleagues into two accounts, one for Pen & Pixel and another called "Making, Creating, and Sharing".
WE HAVE EXPERIMENTED WITH MICROCASTING for the past 12 years on the Clonmel campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology. With the help of a dozen students, I'm getting an inside view of what microcasting means.
MORE THAN 10 YEARS after I shared my first MP3 clip to readers, I've started culling gigabytes of spoken content into places where the major listening networks can find the audio clips and share them. I'm now experimenting with pulling some of my most recent content from my station on Anchor.fm into a easy to remember subscription called Bernie on Anchor.
EVERY TWO WEEKS, I cobble together a five minute clip comprised of 15-20 voices using the Anchor.fm ecosystem. This week, I decided to give top mention to a question arising in my mind: Do we hear a person's color (or creed or sociodemographic background) when we hear their voice? It's part of a clip hashtagged #voicesofanchor below and in a YouTube playlist.
AFTER MORE THAN a year and a half listening and talking on Anchor.fm, I can most assuredly say I've encountered dozens of very contented people using Anchor radio. It's a small community (probably no more than 550 active members) but there's enough diversity to make my Anchor experience the equivalent of a multicultural audio scrapbook.
Every fortnight, I try to cobble together "voices of anchor" by scraping 15-25 different snippets into one five minute collection like the one I'm sharing below.