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Friday Night Party Line #38.

January 10, 2009

And we’re back with a record number of co-hosts!  Tonight features David, Ray, Scott, Rym, Viga, Timo, Jason, Luke and Thaed.  Here are the topics:

–What kind of pen do you use?  Do you write mostly in script or print?  Check out:

— Discuss one interesting side project you plan on working on in 2009.

–There’s a famous computer science lecture running around on the internet that says that you have to almost create a split personality in your head, devoid of any preconceptions, to properly learn programming.  The teacher calls this concept “radical novelty.”  Have you encountered it?  What are your thoughts.

–Ask the Economist

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Direct download: fnpl_38_final.mp3

Friday Night Party Line #36.

October 25, 2008

We have a full house with David, Viga, Scott, Rym, Timo and Thaed.  Here are the topics:

–Is it best to live as close to reality as possible?  Should you lie to yourself or believe things because you like to believe them just to get yourself through the rough spots?  If you don’t like your personal history, should you rewrite it in your mind?
–Is monastic life desirable?  Does it allow for greater focus on intellectual pursuits?
–How much of randomness in life can be controlled, influenced or avoided?
–Is fantastic wealth a form of death?  If you eliminate the pursuit of wealth from a person’s life, does it kill motivation and purpose in that person?
–Is it ever possible to step outside one’s self to see ourselves as others see us?  If you could, would you?
–If you were a pig farmer, how would you run your business?
–Ask the economist and physicist.

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Direct download: FNPL_36_final.mp3

Friday Night Party Line 34.

September 13, 2008

David, Scott, Rym & Thaed appeared tonight along with special guest Len from Jawbone Radio.  Here are the topics:

—Do people interact with their neighbors anymore?  Is is seasonal? Does the internet allow like minded people to seek each other out to a greater level of articulation than ever before?  Does that destroy the idea of local community?  Was there ever such a thing as local community?
—Cool robot videos!
How far away are we from having robots that do our household chores? What are the major hurdles remaining?  If you could have a multipurpose humanoid robot, what would you make it do?
—Creating artificial life
Is this something that is helpful to humans?  How far away are we from doing it?  Is there any real danger?
—Does Twitter just distract and annoy?
—Do kids need to take happiness lessons?
—Ask the Economist.  (please think of something to ask David about, if nothing else we’ll talk about Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae).

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Direct download: FNPL_34_final.mp3

Building a 3 TB Backup Server Using FreeNAS.

July 6, 2008

My computer videos are the most popular thing that I do online for fun. Here is my latest.

FNPL 29 with Grammar Girl!

June 21, 2008

Grammar Girl a.k.a Mignon Fogarty is our special guest!  Our regulars this show are Ray (who joins us midway) Scott, Rym and Thaed.  Check out Ms. Fogarty’s new book: Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

Here are the topics:

–Nature v. Nurture objectively speaking. What dictates human behavior more?

–Klingon, Leet Speak, Nerdish and Esperanto. If we can agree what constitutes a language, are these languages? Should people bother trying to create artificial human languages? Is the goal of a universal lingua franca a meaningful goal? Why or why not?

–Shakespeare v. Marlowe v. everyone else.  Do you think Shakespeare was a real person? Do you think he stole from other playwrights? Which of the plays is your favorite and why?

–Oak Trees that grow as fast as bamboo; corn cobs full of gasoline. Think of at least two things that could be genetically engineered to make the world better if ethics were no obstacle.

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Direct download: FNPL_29_final.mp3

Thaed on Geeknights.

May 15, 2008

Thank you to Rym and Scott for having me on Geeknights. We had great conversation and I really appreciate the opportunity to appear on a show that I’ve been a fan of for so long.  I didn’t know what to expect despite the fact that we’ve worked together already on FNPL.  Rym and Scott are among the most gifted people I have encountered online or in real life.  I know that their show will continue to be successful as long as they wish to do it.

Dr. Kiki on FNPL Episode 26.

May 10, 2008

I’ve talked about how much of a fan I am of the show popSiren.  So you can imagine my delight when Kirsten Sanford (a.k.a. Dr. Kiki) agreed to appear as a guest on Friday Night Party Line.  The experience can only be described as a confluence of awesome.  Dr. Sanford is a brilliant individual who has a knack for translating complex concepts into information anyone can understand.  She definitely raised the standard for FNPL.

This is inspirational and we are going to continue to seek out guests on the show to continue the tradition she has started.  Look for new guests to appear on the show in the coming months.

Our regular hosts tonight are David, Ray, Scott, Rym, Howard and Thaed.

Here are the topics:
1. Using multiple internet identities.  Is there a way to safely merge them
if you have a job where they care about what you do online?
2. What do you think about this article on The Great Filter Theory?
3. What is the most efficient way for a human being to absorb information: Video, audio or reading?
4. The Twitter revolution.  Penny Arcade covered it so it must be over,
right?  Are all the tweets just mayflies enjoying their one day or this an
enduring social phenomena?
5. What the hell happened to Ben Stein anyway?
6. How do you pass the time on airplanes?
7. Recently a guy in Pakistan used hypnosis instead of anethetic for surgery on his hand.  Is this fake?  Is hypnosis real?
8. Software Mnemonics.  What do you think about Evernote, Jott and Remember the Milk?

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Direct download: FNPL_26_final.mp3

Economic activity versus creative output.

February 24, 2008

Last year I started a gaming podcast and restarted a roundtable style podcast. I wrote fairly frequently in this blog and put up some videos on YouTube. Anyone who has done things like this will tell you that it is a reward in itself. But like anything else, you can burn out on it.

This year I have not made a single show for the gaming podcast. The roundtable style podcast has a show in the can that I have not edited for posting. I have written sporadically in this blog and haven’t done much with YouTube videos lately.

Usually when this happens, it is because I’m busier at work. That’s true now, but I also have had less energy. I’ve been going to bed at 9:30 p.m. I think it is just a phase of the winter months. In any event, I’m trying to shake some things up by getting up earlier.

But the main reason that I am doing fewer creative ventures is because I’m putting all of my creative energy into work. When I say work, I mean my main job, the source of my economic activity in life.

We all have approximately 16 hours of waking time each day. In this cage of time, there are only so many clicks. The higher the percentage of time that I use those moments for economic activity benefits me (and my family). If I am lucky enough to be doing work that I enjoy, then all the better.

This is not to say that freestyle creative projects don’t have value. Clearly they do. I’ve spent hundreds of hours doing creative work online for nothing. I did it because I enjoyed it. I’ve even had some ideas for other podcasts (one on computers for example). Now is not the time to launch some sort of new creative venture. Instead it is time to work as hard as I can in real life and only blow off creative steam when I need to.

When a creative venture starts to feel like work and I’m not getting paid for it, it’s time to end the venture. That’s really the case with the gaming podcast. I have some ideas for the show but I also have work projects that I’d rather complete instead. The other podcast is more precious to me but I see that becoming more infrequent as well.

It’s just the way that it is.

Linux, Teamspeak and a quest for something better than Skype for podcasting.

December 2, 2007

Well, I spent many hours today messing with Teamspeak.  I think I’m going to blog about this because while I failed miserably, I learned a great deal.  I had heard about Teamspeak from Linux Journal.  This is an outstanding magazine with lots of very technical and very informative articles.  The article in question was actually evaluating using three Linux distros to turn old laptops into servers.  The author reviewed Xubuntu, Vector Linux and Damn Small Linux.  In trying to get Teamspeak to work (as the author claimed he did) I used Ubuntu, Xubuntu and DSM.  This is what took many, many hours.

Ubuntu had a blocked port that I could not circumvent.  Xubuntu kept disagreeing with my graphics card and DSM is just fracking crazy.  So I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that I ended up using the Windows versions of both the terminal and server.  They just worked.  It took me two seconds after spending half the day with Linux.

Now here’s the fail part:  Teamspeak seems to be just for gaming or other applications where audio quality doesn’t have to be any better than a cell phone.  When it’s working, Skype is the best thing going by light years.

But again, it wasn’t a total waste of time.  When you can get things to work in Linux (like Wireshark for example or even Firefox) there is a great deal of satisfaction in that.  My flagship Ubuntu box is quite stable.  I am confident that I could have run Teamspeak on it if I could have figured out how to unblock the port.  Alas, I wasn’t willing to spend any more time on it.  Now I also want to learn more about Apache and Lighttpd and PHP.

I’m still looking for a Skype replacement for podcasting.  I doubt there is one at this point.

After watching the network traffic on my Ubuntu box, I think I may actually have activated Teamspeak as a server when I downloaded it with the Synaptic Package Manager and that’s why the port was blocked. It was already running. The weird thing is that, as far as I can tell, it didn’t show up as a running process in the System Monitor. There does not appear to be a GUI interface for the server software in Linux, however, (there is in Windows) so I’m going to have to do some digging to shut it off.

I was able to get Xubuntu working on the other box by putting an old NVidia graphics card in it that I had lying around.  Sometimes it pays to keep old junk! 😉

My friend Scott had this to say:

Yes, in Ubuntu when you install a package like apache, lighttpd, mysql, or teamspeak it is usually immediately turned on by default. I actually don’t agree with this functionality. I think it should ask you if you want to turn it on immediately or not.

Secondly, you should not use the graphical system monitor. Open a terminal and learn to use the ps command. Most often I use it one of two different ways.

ps aux | lessThis way allows me to see every process with lots of information such as CPU and memory usage. I use this when I’m trying to find a process, but I don’t know which one.

ps -eH | lessThis command shows a hierarchy of processes. This lets me see which processes spawned which other processes. I use this most often to just get a nice overview of what is going on in the system.

For more information, of course you should RTFM.
man ps
The top command is also useful in this way.
man top

He was right.  Teamspeak is running as a server on the Ubuntu box.  On a lark, I logged into it on the Windows box.  It was a lot better than the other machine at the maximum bandwidth.  Now I think I need to do more testing.

Audio quality is one of the most important elements of podcasting.

November 24, 2007

I’m sitting here wishing I’d brought my charger for my laptop.  I have a second laptop, but it’s not as flexible as this one.  I always forget something when I travel.

Fortunately, I have my DS and my PSP and a few books to entertain myself.  Maybe I’ll even venture out to Best Buy or some other retail hell today.

I was listening to a show last night that had a big name (in geek circles anyway) guest.  The show was decent enough, but the audio quality was so uneven that I had to keep adjusting the volume on my car stereo.  This is extremely annoying.  It’s one thing when it’s a punk kid show with no content.  It’s quite another when the show is associated with a magazine and the guest is actually someone you want to hear.  I left a much nicer comment than the above diatribe with a suggestion that they start using Levelator.  If you don’t have a producer whose sole job it is to watch the dials on the mixer, you need software to do it in post, especially when it’s a Skype-cast.