How a Geek Carves a Pumpkin

Why, with a Dremel high speed rotary tool, of course!



Perhaps this wasn’t such a good idea after all – I’m going to be cleaning up pumpkin bits for weeks. Can you tell which orifices I caved in and used a knife on? We’re going to put him on the porch, shavings and all. πŸ™‚

Happy Halloween!

Blog, Podcasts, Video

Video: Intel Software Network’s Aaron Tersteeg

Update: Some people reported that this video wasn’t compatible with their iPod. Sure enough, I don’t know what the exact problem was, but it wasn’t working on mine, either. I re-encoded the video out of iMovieHD, this time picking “iPod” as the target format. That should fix the problem – if you were experiencing that issue, you can re-download the video file. Sorry! πŸ™‚

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This is a video interview I shot with Intel Software Network’s Aaron Tersteeg. Aaron is a great guy, and a true geek. He’s the Mobile Community Manager for Intel Software Network – basically, he works on building the community of developers that use the tools that Intel makes available for developing mobile-friendly applications (like the Laptop Gaming TDK, etc.) He also gets to play with some cool toys, and was even kind enough to hook me up with one to use for a week (I’ll be doing a podcast later this week to talk about what it is, and my week using it). Aaron was also one of the first public bloggers on – check out his blog on Intel Software Network.
The video was shot in his cube, and is about 13 minutes long (64 MB). It’s 320×240, Quicktime, so it’s iPod friendly. You can download it, watch it in your browser, or subscribe to the TinyScreenfuls feed in your favorite podcast aggregator, like iTunes, etc.

I hope to have lots more videos like this to share in the future, and I’m shamelessly following the Channel 9 style and philosophy, so if there’s something you want to see, just let me know! πŸ™‚


I’ll be posting answers to the Intel questions soon

I definitely haven’t forgotten – just been out of town for the weekend. I went down to pick up my wife and the kids, who had been staying at Grandma’s for the week. I’ll dive in this week, and get as many answers posted as I can.

For some of the questions, I’m going to have to see if I can find someone inside Intel who has the answer, and see if I can drag them into the conversation – one of my motives for doing this becomes clear! πŸ™‚


My 15 seconds of fame at the Blog Business Summit

I have a friend from work (hi Danika!) who’s at the Blog Business Summit up in Seattle. Yesterday, I got an email from her right before my OBIABC Podcasting presentation saying “you just got mentioned by name like three times!”. Turns out it was in the session on mixing personal and professional in the blogosphere, with Robert and Maraym Scoble, Chris Pirillo and Ponzi, and Jory Des Jardins.

Janet Lee Johnson has a blog post about the session. I’m guessing this is the part where I got mentioned:

“[Chris is] saying that Intel should pull in people who really care about what they’re writing about (mentioning people who are blogging outside of Intel, and are Intel employees) because they have the passion, the street cred, and the chops that any corporation should be nurturing as bloggers.”

Thanks, Chris! My ego loves stuff like this! πŸ™‚ Seriously, though, it’s gratifying to see my efforts at putting a human face on Intel get recognized, and I hope it brings more Intel folks to poke their heads out of the firewall, and start talking.

And thanks to Janet for the liveblogging, and to Danika for letting me know, and making my day yesterday. πŸ™‚

Oh, and on a side note, Janet is right – we need to link to the Intel Software Network and IT@Intel blogs from the home page. Bryan, who do we need to butter up to get that to happen? πŸ˜‰


Google Reader adds “Select a Folder’ when subscribing to a new feed

Official Google Reader Blog: Bug swatting

Yay! One more niggle crossed off of my list of Google Reader irritations:

We also snuck in a small feature with this release: when Folder menuyou subscribe to a feed, you’ll get an “Add to a folder…” drop-down. This way, you can move that feed to a folder right there and then, without having to go to the settings screen.

Thanks, guys and gals! πŸ™‚

Update: Uh-oh. I just tried it, and it didn’t work. I didn’t see the selector shown above when I subscribed to a new feed. Maybe it takes a while for the change to roll out to everyone? I’ll give them a day or so to get this straightened out.

Blog, Podcasts

TinyPodcast: On Podcasting, presented to OCIABC

This is the audio of my presentation tonight to the Oregon/Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. The group was awesome, and I recorded my presentation by sitting my M-Audio MicroTrack on the table next to my laptop. I was up and walking all over the room, so the audio levels vary, but it shouldn’t be too bad.

I am super impressed with GigaVox’s Levelator tool. The audio levels were really low in the original file, with lots of spikes. The only processing I did on this file was to drop it on the Levelator, and it came out great (for what it is).

Thanks to the OCIABC folks for having me – I had a blast. I hope this was useful, and might be useful to others. It’s about an hour long, 32MB. Have a listen! πŸ™‚


Presenting on Podcasting to the International Assn of Business Communicators

I’m headed to downtown Portland this afternoon to deliver a presentation on podcasting to the Oregon Columbia chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. I’m nervous and excited at the same time – hopefully, by the end of the day, we’ll have a few more podcast-savvy people here in Portland. πŸ˜‰

Ooh – they have a page for the event! (looks like that link might change – I’ll add a permalink as soon as they do)

I may be recording the audio of my presentation for podcast distribution, so I’ll post that here if it happens (not sure what their sound setup is like).

Wish me luck!


Google Reader adds Feed Settings/Unsubscribe

I’m compiling what’s turning out to be a massive list of items comparing Bloglines, which I’ve used to read almost 1000 feeds for a couple of years, and Google Reader, which I’ve been using since the recent makeover it received. When its ready, I’ll post a very thorough review/comparison of the two.

In the mean time, one of the things that bugged me about Google Reader was the inability to unsubscribe from a feed without going to the Settings page, which takes forever to load and is not very responsive at all when you’ve got over 600 feeds.

Just this morning, I noticed a new “Feed Settings” button in Google Reader, and sure enough, you can now Unsubscribe from a feed while viewing it. I didn’t see anything mentioning this new feature on the Google Reader blog, but it’s a welcome addition.

Now, I just wish they’d give you the ability to edit the “tags” for a feed (not just an individual post) from the same interface. Then I wouldn’t have to go to the slow, nasty, huge Settings page hardly at all.