Interplanetary Pods


The Web Wanderer must admit that she has had some experience with podcasts.  She has heard several – all given by Dr. B from command central.  Just recently, the WW accessed one from CBC radio for another blog post: (http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?13#ref13)

As far as creating a podcast?  One big question is WHY?  Why choose audio over video?  What is the benefit to instruction of recruits when they appear to be visual learners?  How will it help in personal realms – as an instructor, as a parent?

“Podcasting in Plain English” is a helpful place to start. http://www.commoncraft.com/podcasting – okay, so podcasts are good for people who travel and want something to listen to besides the snores of the commuter next to them…makes sense…especially for drivers.  The number of times I have gone to visit my mother Buridjitjoans (almost 2 parsec trip each way, and she cannot visit out here) and I have been forced to listen to whatever is on the radio (as I always forget to pack new CD’s, so the same 6 are in the CD changer.  There is a limit to how many times one can listen to Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift (the girl’s) or Disturbed and Nickleback (the boy’s).)  With podcasts, I can download onto one of our iPods (the girl’s or the boy’s) and listen to what I want…like the book show from CBC!  Hmmmm, sensing a possibility for personal use.

In the instructional room with the recruits…I am a believer in presenting in front of an audience.  We use a video camera to provide instant feedback in the Duhrama Room and the Eenglish Class.  Can I use a podcast to catch recruits voices while presenting?  It would be less overwhelming than a video camera.  The young recruits are often times more worried about how they look than how they sound…

Come to think of it, I unearthed a half dozen “tape recorders” from a back cupboard on the Mothership a few months ago.  My predecessor in the Duhrama department (almost 15 years ago) used them once upon a time.  I sent them into space through an airlock since I didn’t think the recruits would even know what they were.  Podcasting is the evolution of tape recorders! 


Loved following the Trailfire to “Just One More Book dot com” (http://www.justonemorebook.com/) – read about Andrea’s triumphs (from diagnosis to Run for the Cure in one year!) and listened to some podcasts.  Really happy that there was background noise, clinking of cutlery, sipping of coffee, traffic etc.  Makes me think “Phew”, because when I do mine from home, there will undoubtedly be kids calling “Mom”, telephone ringing, dog barking to get to the other side of the door…etc.

Wikipedia says: “Academics at the Community, Journalism & Communication Research group at the University of Texas at Austin in the USA are proposing a four-part definition of a podcast: A podcast is a digital audio or video file that is episodic; downloadable; programme-driven, mainly with a host and/or theme; and convenient, usually via an automated feed with computer software.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast

Oh, so I can add video too.  Hmmm.

“Episodic”…with a host…reminds of copilot telling story of colleague in broadcasting school (in late 80s).  They had to do late night shift of the school’s on-air radio and the fellow offered to give away $100 to anyone who called in to say they were listening.  “Anyone?  Anyone?”  No one called.  Could it be the same with podcasting?

Chris Kretz (2007) tells about the history of podcasting: The word “podcasting” first appeared in print in February 2004, minted from a combination of “broadcasting” and “iPod”.  By April 2005, a Pew Internet & Life Report found that over 6 million people had listened to a podcast.  Just over a year later, another study predicted nearly 60 million listeners by 2010. (p35)

Despite the name, podcasting is not broadcasting and does not require a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license…other legal considerations:

  1. Get signed permission from speakers to record and redistribute their presentations.
  2. Need permission from authors and artists to use any of their works on a podcast (both audio and video).
  3. Use “podsafe” music – especially licensed to be used on podcasts, usually free.

Okay, so the “why” do it is pretty much covered, what about “where” and “how”?


http://www.topsite.com/best/podcasting – Top Podcasting Sites according to these pilots are:

#1 Podcast Alley

#2 Odeo

#3 Music Alley

#4 Podcast Pickle (anjuna)

#5 Education Podcast Network (EPN)

Trailfire took me to Audioboo –  like a live Twitter, now you can hear what the Twits are Tweeting.  Uh, is that politically correct?  Free, many things…not sure if I want to work with a site that has the same name that people yell at the opposing team in sports.  Also, says you use your “mobile”, which I do not have.


On Podcast Alley, listening to “MuggleCast” episodes.  http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=8028

They begin with an ad and an intro from “Dumbledore” with some electric guitar theme-ing.  The shows are loosely based on Harry Potter themes and ideas.  They have 200+ episodes.  200+ episodes and advertising for three goofy guys (and friends) who love all things Potter.  They have fans:

I grew up with this podcast

They are so sweet and I have listened since the beginning. I have now decided I will marry all of them. 🙂

Submitted By: ***@… (on 10-2010)

Have thought now that even young male crewmember could do podcast.  He did read all of the Harry Potter books to sibling crew member over the past several years (after I read to him).  He enjoys reading aloud.  Could do that, add it to my Mothership web page and recruits could follow along…Hmmmm, sensing more ideas for the casting of pods.


Have done laundry, cleaned all the ship floors, checked various blogs, all kinds of things except started to do own podcast.  Have realized am scared.  Not scared of many things out here in space, but scared of this.  Admire pilot Kirsten and her ability to video self.  That had images too!  Am scared to do voice.  What if sound like crazy woman.  Well, am crazy woman, but now going to share with others.

Maybe the toilets need to be cleaned…


ARGGH!  Must do it.  See waxing analogy from several posts ago…get in, get it done, move on.

http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-to-choose-podcast-host-compare.html – Odeo studio…free, easy yeah!  “*Update: Odeo Podcast Studio is no longer available.”  Sigh.

“Conclusion: To choose the right podcast host, it really depends on how may podcasts you want to produce per month, how big they will be and what kind of subscriber base you are expecting for your shows. All the services mentioned above are reliable enough with powerful infrastructure. Libsyn has a very strong community around it in the form of forums so you are likely to get answers to your queries very quickly. I would suggest people to stick with plans that offer unlimited bandwidth because you never know when you produce that hit content which take the entire web by storm. You won’t like to go bankrupt just after delivering that masterpiece.

If you don’t mind a 3 second commercial, stick with Odeo. If you are not worried about people reusing your content, try OurMedia. Else Libsyn is you destination.”

Oh, good grief, this was written in 2006!  Must find something more current…this is the frustrating part about wandering in the web universe, the old stuff doesn’t get thrown out!  The web needs to build a big web bonfire, roast some “tatties”, have a chilled bevvie and toss out anything pre 2008ish!

Hmmm, here’s a thought…does wordpress allow me to podcast right into my blog…back in a sec.

ARGGH!  I have Skype on the computer, how hard would it be to simply record my voice and insert it into my blog?  Come on designers, make it easy-peasy for us Bridget types!  Need more help:

http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/ – oh, nice, easy…wait!  He wants money!

http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm – seems like same site!  BUT there may be non-pay info here…YES!  Okay, working…microphone?  Headphones?  Uh…

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/home/communications-and-mobility/articles/create-your-own-podcast.aspx BETTER!  Says I can use Sound Recorder on Windows…IF I have it, or Skype…

Just found “Sound Recorder” and did a test recording…let’s see if I can upload to blog!

Not working out, tried three times…must try to set up account with podcasting site, I suppose, though thinking am only going to do just one stupid casting of pods.  (Am frustrated.  Want bevvie from home planet but is only 10:00 am.  Sigh.  Where is Milk Tray chocolates?)

http://www.hipcast.com/tour/tour01.htm – with the help of some Cadbury’s, this may prove to be the thing I need…will let you know…huh, must pay to use service.  Oh, of course.  Can get 7 day free trial so I can complete tour of the system, but is there somewhere else?

http://www.libsyn.com/3/ – but I only want to try one out!  Why do I need to sign up for a syndication? 

Have tried numerous times to record into my sound recorder…changed preferences, can now actually save the recording and just trying now to post to blog…yes, yes…NO  It does not recognize the file type, but at least it is there.

Have sent message to Dr. B that I am willing to take a zero on this particular assignment at this point.  ARGGH!  WHY is adding an audio file harder than adding a Youtube video????

http://codex.wordpress.org/Podcasting – okay, must use some other place to create a podcast.  Hmmm, if I were a smart entrepreneur, I would create a blog hosting site that would allow the user to add video and audio directly – using their computer’s microphone and camera to record.  This multi-step process is frustrating.

Googling, googling…free podcasting…ooo, podbean.com – have set up podbean account.  Now uploading test recording…hmmm, a message:

Am going to need several more pieces of chocolate.

“Which file formats are supported in Podbean.com?

August 11th, 2006 — faq
Currently you can upload the followings: .jpg, .gif, .mp3, .m4a, .ogg,
mp4, .m4v, .mpg, .mov, .avi, .flv, .3g2, .3gp, .wmv, .pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .zip”

Can I create those on my computer?  Not any of those…

http://www.wikihow.com/Start-Your-Own-PodcastFor a free alternative, Audacity is great too.”

Not free, that was established several parsecs ago.

Back to Audioboo…signing up for this site.  Trying again…still not sending password link to ship.  Why not?  Will try writing email address…oh, link has been sent.  Just takes a bit of time…ah, yes, here are 7 emails now, each with a password…

Finally!  Have created a “boo” with my ships microphone.  Will note that Audioboo was suggested by Dr. B in the Trailfire link.  Due to belief you needed handheld devices with this site, it was dismissed several parsecs ago. Sigh.

Oh, hooray!  Buckets of Chardonnay!! It has linked onto my wordpress site! 

Test recording from Audioboo

Only problem now is that Audioboo has a maximum of a five minute recording.  Just enough time for a short story?  Time for some help.

The young male crew member just read the crew’s favourite story:  Mr. Pine’s Purple House


\”Mr. Pine\’s Purple House\”Mr. Pine\’s Purple House ***Note that “Add Audio” engine thrusters was employed several times here, yet there is no sound.  See link below to access “boo” at Audioboo.com

He practiced the story aloud once and then recorded it on audioboo.  Unfortunately, he reached the 5 minute mark with half a page left to read.  Being the offspring of a perfectionist, of course he had to do it again.  The second recording was within the time frame. 


Hmmm, have just realized that I do not have the author’s permission for a read aloud.  Shhhhh! 

This unforgiving time limit could be both a blessing and a curse.  Recruits would have to be selective with their recording choices, but mistakes have to be completely re-recorded as going back and starting from a point midway cannot be done.  Luckily a recording can be paused.

Will have to go back to Trailfire roadmap and add the GPS version.  Need to alert future pilots that you do not have to use handheld mobile devices, as the video suggests.

Phew, glad I have things to show now.  I am going to use Audioboo to create “Mini Duhrama Lessons”.  I want to open with some music, but I know I must be wary of using music that is copyrighted / licensed, so I will explore what kinds of music I can use:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podsafe – Discusses what “podsafe” means and where to find such a thing.  There are a number of different “podsafe” sites to choose from.

http://blog.blogtalkradio.com/blogtalkradio/17-places-to-find-podsafe-music/ – a list of (guess what!) 17 sites to find podsafe music.

http://www.mp3.com/ – is one such site.  I explored for some time and found a song I would like to download, but was unable to connect my computer to its site when I attempted.  Sites such as this one have questionable content, so I would be cautious when using with younger crewmembers or recruits.

Have decided to use music that came on my computer’s hard drive when I purchased it.  Going to make assumption that it is mine to use and will give credit.  IF I were to have a regular podcast, I would explore more in the area of podcast safe music and sounds.  It would make the “shows” more enjoyable.

I would also explore true podcasting sites with RSS feeds.  I don’t think “Audioboo” is a true “podcasting” site.  It is simply a recording storage site.

Have created a script…ready to go!

Recorded!  Listened to it – sounds great.  Now to save and link…wait, where is it?  GLEEP!  GLEEP!  Something happened during the saving process and it has disappeared!  Now I need to re-record.  At least it was only 5 minutes, but STILL!  When you add up prep time, recording, previewing…it is much more than 5 minutes.  AND it was pretty good, too!  Sigh.  The problem with exciting new technology is that is takes some time to get rid of the glitches.

Try try again…

Success! http://audioboo.fm/boos/201034 – you have to be prepared to participate!


Final thoughts:

I thought this solar system would be the easiest by far, but it has proved to be the most time-consuming and challenging to get landing platforms established.  Many planets approached were actually not suitable for this ship’s purpose.  When we finally established a landing site on planet Audioboo and recorded several “boos”, the ship was relieved.  Frustration soon set in again quite quickly as the recordings could not “embed” in the wordpress site.  If fact, the captain is quite sure that this is only vaguely similar to podcasting in its true form.

Although I dislike this planetary system intensely at this moment, I can see that there could be applications for the “Edukashional” setting of the Mother Ship from this site include:

  • Use Audioboo for recruits to record own works, short stories, poems etc for evaluation in the “communicating” part of Language Arts.  Unfortunately, it is important to get all authors’ permission, and that could be time-consuming.  Doesn’t lend itself to impromptu lessons.
  • Young recruits can access recordings and follow along, promoting reading skills
  • In the heart of the Mothership, the “Lieberry”, recruits can record their responses to books and other readings
  • Pilots who instruct in similar areas can verbally give instructions to each other
  • Captain of Mothership could give verbal commands and attach to Mothership’s website

If a site were to be found with a landing platform that can accommodate the ship for longer periods of time:

  • Actual “shows” can be hosted from the “Lieberry” – booktalks, interviews etc
  • Readings of longer stories, chapters from texts and entire novels could be done.  Again, permission must be granted by the authors.

Personally, Audioboo is a perfect site to add an interesting additional feature to my blogs (if it could be embedded), but for communication with family and friends, I will stick with Skype and the old-fashioned telephone for now.  The uses with the recruits could prove interesting, but the difficulties and need for permission may make this a project to begin in the summer when I have more time.

Accessing podcasts did prove easier that creating.  I will definitely download some for longer journeys, especially since I cannot read while driving the ship.  On the trips where the co-pilot takes over (which is any time he is actually in the command deck…must be the testosterone…), I can access the podcasts as well, since I occasionally suffer from space sickness and it is exacerbated by keeping my head down while reading.  Plus, it gets dark too dark at times too, out there in the universe!  Can still listen when it is too dark to read. 

Speaking of the universe…Are you ready for the next journey?  Here we go into the celestial unknown where we need to determine Wormholes from Wikis…hold on to your hats and glasses fellow wanderers!  Now exiting the system of Interplanetary Pods.


Kessler, Leonard. (1965). Mr. pines purple house. Cynthiana, KY: Purple House Press.

Kretz, Chris. (2007). Podcasting in libraries.  In Nancy Courtney (Ed), Library 2.0 and beyond: Innovative Technologies and tomorrow’s user (pp. 35-48). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, wikis and podcasts. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press. (As a Kindle download from Amazon – note: no page numbers available to use for direct quotes)

Lily with pods image:

Tape recorder image:http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.audiolinks.com/tek9/images/products/1300AV.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.audiolinks.com/tek9/tek9.asp%3Fpg%3Dproducts%26specific%3Djrlmcrd0&usg=__myklX3fgmljLfefM66nsXkMMbJs=&h=245&w=250&sz=56&hl=en&start=0&sig2=mUkzwB4Uc6Ji_Eq2p2njnQ&zoom=1&tbnid=C8NimUyvXVl5rM:&tbnh=139&tbnw=142&ei=Uam7TPXSIYf4sAOLnKClDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcassette%2Btape%2Brecorder%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dig%26gbv%3D2%26biw%3D996%26bih%3D567%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=324&vpy=77&dur=1760&hovh=196&hovw=200&tx=96&ty=120&oei=Pam7TLaJKYm0sAOwtsXcDg&esq=8&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0

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************************************************************************************************************Script Script for Podcast:

Open with music (Mr.Scruff “Ninja Tuna” from computer files)

Hello Earth, I’m talking. It’s the Web Wanderer from Planet Chardonnay here and today we are going to do a short series of “warm ups” that I would use in a Duhrama class with young recruits.

Stop music.

The purpose behind these exercises is to physically warm up and to mentally prepare for trying new ideas, thinking outside the regular “classroom” box, and to use our listening skills.

Now, make sure you have comfortable clothing on and a chair nearby.  Put me on pause if you need to!  Ready, let’s go!

I am going to assume you have 4 walls around you…if not, designate 4 things to be your “walls”.  Directly in front, that can be North (or, if you are picky, turn and face geographical north).  Behind you is south, to your right is east and your left is west.  (remember, “Never Eat Soggy Wheat”, pause if you need to go Wikipedia that one…)

Okay, the object is to touch the walls in the order I call out and make it back to your chair before I do…ready?  Okay,

  1. North, East, South
  2. West (long way for me!), North, East
  3. South, North, East, South

Right, the next activity uses your chair and the floor.  Sit on the chair with one part of you touching the floor…now, move your position and have two parts of you touching the floor and two parts touching the chair…now, the same – two and two, but use different parts…okay, getting creative! I like how some of you lifted the chair up off the ground.  Now, three parts chair and one part floor.  Good!  Now, three parts floor and one part chair!  Excellent!

Alright, that’s our warm up.  Now make a choice as to the next part of the lesson:

Verbal instructions

Open door improvisation

Tableau – statue and movement activity

NOTE:  These podcasts will be completed if there is demand.  At this time, the Web Wanderer is ready to relax with a glass of her favourite beverage.  =)



  1. I feel your pain Jacquie, having experienced many of the same challenges. I so appreciate reading about how you approached these challenges, as this is helpful to know what I might still want to try. And when all else fails, there’s always the wine! :o)

  2. Hi Jacqui,
    This post was so much fun to read! You are a gifted explorer. I shared your trepidation when it came to recording your own podcast. While I think it could have a place in a library blog for talking about new books, news, connecting to community, etc., after hearing my own voice labour along in my podcast, I’m not sure I’m the best one for the job but I know some students who would be awesome!

  3. You’re a natural at this! So funny to read and listen to. Glad that you finally had success – way to keep at it!

  4. “As far as creating a podcast? One big question is WHY? Why choose audio over video? What is the benefit to instruction of recruits when they appear to be visual learners? How will it help in personal realms – as an instructor, as a parent?”

    This was a big question for me too!

    “Admire pilot Kirsten and her ability to video self. That had images too! Am scared to do voice. What if sound like crazy woman. Well, am crazy woman, but now going to share with others.”

    Yes, I think you have to be somewhat crazy. Embrace the insanity!!!! Mmwaaaaahhhaaaaahhaaaahhaaa!!! Clearly, I am insane and generally have come to accept it and even enjoy it. And I’m glad you chose to share your craziness in more than one medium.

    “The web needs to build a big web bonfire, roast some “tatties”, have a chilled bevvie and toss out anything pre 2008ish!”

    This would also solve some of the problems around the stupid things we do (like my princess leia video) being on the internet forever. Give us all a clean slate periodically.

    “ARGGH! WHY is adding an audio file harder than adding a Youtube video????:”

    Yeah, I don’t get this either…

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