Here’s the deal

February 12, 2008

I guess some explanation is in order. I’ve started using a thing called, “Utterz” to do some of my blogging/status updating. Utterz is a way for people to record voice messages, text messages, video and pictures and send them out to their various pages. I can create these messages sitting right here at my computer (where I am now) OR I can do it via cell phone. That’s the cool part, I think. Wherever I am, I can create a blog entry with sound, video, pictures, whatever and send it to Utterz, which will put it all together and distribute it to my webpages and blogs. Cool, right? I see it as sort of a mini podcast, which I’ve wanted to do for a while but never have.

Anyway, I think it’s cool so I put Utterz players on jpchambers.com, my MySpace, and here at WordPress. Now, with WordPress, the Utterz entries are just listed as a regular blog entry, so they are integrated. With the other sites, there is a separate Utterz player that is just sitting there all the time. Also, you — yes YOU — can get involved by recording or typing responses to my Utterz if you care to.

Thanks to the funniest man in the universe, Jake Johannsen, for turning me on to Utterz in the first place.

Oh, hey, Scrivener has definitely lived up to my expectations. I don’t remember if I told you that yet or not. It really came in handy for the work I just finished for a large financial institution. There were lots of separate little sections to write, with two or three paragraphs each and there was a bunch of information that had to be included. Scrivener’s split-screen research feature was perfect for it.

later.

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Utterz first trial

February 8, 2008


Mobile post sent by JP Chambers using Utterz Replies.  mp3

I’m so glad I have a local Apple retail store. My iBook refused to eject a disc (a Mac OS X disc, by the way. Irony?) and I had to take it in for service. I’m also glad I have the extended warranty, since they had to replace the Super Drive with a brand new one. They had the repair done in just a few hours. Some of you might wonder what’s so great about needing to have the drive replaced in the first place. That did stink, but I can accept that sometimes computers and computer parts fail, even Apple ones, and I’m very happy that the folks down at the Apple store took care of the problem so quickly. So I got the disc back, got my Mac back and I’m very satisfied once again.

Also, while I was there, I picked up a Snowball microphone which is very cool. Here’s a picture for you.
Snowball mic

Groovy, right? I’m getting closer to that podcast, kids!

In case you haven’t already heard me say it, the radio show “This American Life” is tremendously good. It’s so good, I’d pay to listen to it and in the past I have. No more, though. This American Life is available as a free podcast. You can get it from iTunes or from their website at Thislife.org. It’s really good stuff. The Christmas show from a few weeks ago was a classic. David Sedaris’ story was, as usual, brilliant. My own podcast will be similar in style to TAL, I hope, without being a blatant rip off.

How about that? I’ve used this blog to promote a podcast I haven’t even produced yet!

Twice! (see “Return to Sender” below)

Anyway, rest assured that I will let everyone know when my podcast is finally ready. It’s an exciting and time-consuming project that should be a lot of fun. It should also be more of a collaborative effort than anything I’ve done so far.

But that’s not what I came here to tell you about. I’m here to tell you about This American Life being great and free. So there.

Return to sender

January 2, 2007

Well, the holidays are over and thank goodness. I don’t know for sure, but it seems like when Santa left the gifts for our children, he took their sanity back home to the North Pole with him. It’s been pure craziness around here. The kids all march around and declare a state of boredom in our house. We have, at last count, 3 televisions, 3 computers (all with DVD capability), 1 portable DVD player, 1 video game system, countless board games, many Christmases and birthdays worth of toys, gadgets and dolls, and don’t forget that we are at the end of the fifth warmest December on record, so they could be outside every single day. They’re bored, they say. How can these kids be bored when just two generations ago, kids played games called “Kick the can” and “Stick ball” because all they had to play with were empty cans and sticks. My kids are bored. And crazy. I’m almost to the point where I wouldn’t mind if they played games called “Kick the DVD player” and “Gadget ball”. I can’t even find the words to describe how crazy it has been in our house, so I’ll have to resort to using words I learned from watching cartoons on Saturday when I was a kid. Did I mention that now there are TV channels which show cartoons 24 hours a day? My kids are too bored for that. The cartoon words that describe the situation here are “Rassin’ Frassin’”. It’s been rassin’ frassin’. Now, if I wasn’t such a lazy goof and if I had my podcast up and running, you could hear me pronounce those words properly, with heavy accents on the Rs and As. I am working on producing a podcast because I feel that what the world really needs is another unqualified lunatic with a media outlet. Anyway, it’s been truly rassin’ frassin’ around here and if this is a gift that Santa left for us, you’ll find me in the return line.