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Question.

Not necessarily for podcasting, but I need to find a decent piece of equipment to tote around that will do good-quality audio recording.  Vocal interviews or speeches only.  No music.  One that will allow simple offloading to a PC for editing and uploading.  One that uses decent-quality microphones (purchased separately).  It’s been a while since I’ve been digging in audio hardware ... anyone got any favorites they can point me to?  Or websites that deal with this?

Later: Thinking of the M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96.  Takes professional mics.

10/19/06 • 02:28 PM • HardwarePersonal1 Comment

vowe.net:

Cool down your MacBook or MacBook Pro.  If you manage to make one fly like an R/C helicopter, please post a photo.

10/19/06 • 12:14 PM • ComputingHardware • No Comments

NY Times Politics:

Tables Turned for the G.O.P. Over Iraq Issue.  Republican Wilson here in NM is fielding an ad that shows a phone call from the Middle East to Denver, purportedly tipping off a sleeper cell ... leaving the outcome as a mystery.  The militaristic computer graphics make the call look like a “War Games” nuke arriving in Denver.  That same indomitable, unstoppable glowing line.  She faults Democrat Madrid for opposing legislation to monitor these phone calls ... but then, Wilson did herself.  Or am I misunderstanding something?  We shouldn’t vote for her competitor, because her competitor agrees with her?  So help me God, election politics has me completely bamboozled this time around.  If I’m reading this right, Madrid should jump on this ad, today.

Further: I think candidates should be required by the FEC to post all their commercials on their websites.  Don’t you?  I’d surely like to point you all to this one, render some accountability.

10/19/06 • 08:24 AM • PoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

NY Times Home & Garden:

Will Work for Friends.  Structure, to guarantee a equitable share of effort and time, is the key.

10/19/06 • 08:15 AM • EconomicsHome & Living • No Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Mexico rejects biotech corn planting.

10/19/06 • 07:47 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • No Comments

Busy today.

I took the dive and installed IE7.  Haven’t had much time to use it yet, but I normally run ExpressionEngine’s control panels in IE (doesn’t display well in my FF, for some reason), so I’ll have a better feel later today after updating some client sites.  My initial impression is ... snappy performance, perhaps an overly minimal default interface.  More, perhaps, later.

10/19/06 • 07:38 AM • InternetPersonal • No Comments

Flicka.

Where does one begin?  This is nothing like the trilogy of books, ‘My Friend Flicka’, ‘Thunderhead’, and ‘Green Grass of Wyoming.’  So much for poor Ken Mclaughlin ... he’s had a sex change, and a modern coming-of-age interpretation haphazardly stapled on.  Would you turn Frodo into a Frodette?  Are males not allowed to express deep emotion?  Try this with a Marguerite Henry novel (like ‘King of the Wind’ or ‘Misty of Chincoteague’), get lynched at the nearest horse farm by a stampede of youngsters.  Forget about the film, unless you’re too young to read the books. You will lose some of the finest lessons that childhood fiction can impart.

10/18/06 • 07:31 PM • BooksChildhoodEntertainment • No Comments

Reuters:

Nice, bipartisan sentiment.  Please, don’t let the door hit your habeas corpus on the way out.

10/18/06 • 04:20 PM • Politics • No Comments

CanadianContent:

Shopping cart art.

10/18/06 • 09:57 AM • Arts • No Comments

PhysicsWeb:

Bubbles never forget.

10/18/06 • 09:48 AM • NatureScience • No Comments

Washington Post:

What Democrats would do.  Bush may find his veto pen, after all.

10/18/06 • 09:26 AM • Politics • No Comments

Washington Post, Ruth Marcus column:

Why I’m not under the Tuscan sun.

10/18/06 • 09:17 AM • Travel • No Comments

NY Times Politics:

Ex-House Clerk May Be a Key in Foley’s Case.  When a case hinges around one witness, get ready for surprises.  No doubt individuals (and organizations) are working double-time to find character defamation revelations to mollify any accusations this young man may level.

10/18/06 • 08:36 AM • LawPolitics • No Comments

NY Times:

Oil Rises on Shrinking U.S. Fuel Supply.  Plenty of crude, but refined supplies are down.  They don’t answer the question that begs answer, after reading the second paragraph ... exactly why did refinery activity fall?  Our internal refining “OPEC”, at work to maintain a certain price level?

10/18/06 • 08:30 AM • Economics • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

Man has throat slashed in ‘web rage’.  I have been expecting a crime like this for a very, very long time.  Every one of us can be all-too-easily traced to our domiciles.  Be judicious ... there is no such thing as ‘secret’ or ‘privacy’ on the ‘net.

10/18/06 • 07:53 AM • InternetLawWeblogs • No Comments

BBC:

Japan’s Aso urges atomic debate.  The last two paragraphs of this article point out the foolishness of ignoring North Korea for this long.

10/18/06 • 07:44 AM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

BBC:

“US consumer prices fell 0.5% last month, their sharpest decline in nearly a year, in an apparent signal that inflationary pressures are easing.”  Let’s hope this allows the Fed to stop with the rate increases.

10/18/06 • 07:41 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Southwest sets cities, fares for expanded service from home airport in wake of new law.

10/18/06 • 07:33 AM • Santa Fe LocalTravel • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Condé Nast says Santa Fe is the #2 favorite travel destination of its readers.

10/18/06 • 07:29 AM • Santa Fe Local • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

 

“If it’s her you want
I don’t care about that
You can have my girl
But don’t touch my hat

Apologies to Lyle Lovett.

10/17/06 • 05:41 PM • LawMusic • No Comments

Washington Post:

Lower Deficit Sparks Debate Over Tax Cuts’ Role.  Once again, voodoo economics is bankrupt economics.

10/17/06 • 04:21 PM • EconomicsHistoryPolitics • No Comments

Ars Technica:

Please stand by.  I disdain the fact that some modern electronics don’t even bother with on-off switches these days, going for the permanent standby mode.

10/17/06 • 04:17 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmental • No Comments

The New Yorker:

The 40 million dollar elbow.  The painting, itself, for reference.

10/17/06 • 03:19 PM • ArtsHealthHistory • No Comments

Two for programming:

Create a simple liquid layout in CSS, and WYMstyle.

10/17/06 • 12:48 PM • ComputingInternetSoftware • No Comments

CSM:

Back to ‘regular’ milk.  Not pricey organic, not growth-hormone infused. Just plain old milk.

10/17/06 • 12:44 PM • ConsumptionFoodHealth • No Comments
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