Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Interview Posted

I had great fun interviewing Karagan, podcaster and witch, on my "Vampires, Witches, and Geeks" podcast. He also gave me a short sample of one of his chants to post with the podcast.

You don't need an iPod to listen to a podcast, but if you have an iPod (or any other MP3 player), you can certainly subscribe and/or download it directly.

Check it out at podcast.morvenwestfield.com.

To listen to it from the web, just click the speaker icon.
To subscribe to it, click one of the buttons on the right.

I'm still very new to podcasting, so I'm still learning, but I think this one came out fairly well. Of course, it helps that Karagan has a wonderful, rich voice and wasn't shy over the phone!


Friday, September 26, 2008

Is nothing uncontroversial these days?

It seems like a good deal: Go to this web site (The Breast Cancer Site) and click the button that says "Click to Give Free Mammograms". The site is a good site, the cause is worthy, and October is Breast Cancer Month.

So what's the controversy? Some people feel that the radiation from the mammogram itself causes problems. That could be true, but right now it's the best tool we have for finding breast cancer in its early stage.

Weigh the dangers and decide for yourself. Personally, I'm gonna click. Often. My sibling's girlfriend just finished treatment. I have other friends who have fought the battle. And my mother died from breast cancer when I was still in grade school.

I get yearly mammograms because I'm at risk. I'd like to see other women have that choice.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Radio Free Bliss Re-Posted

The files for the podcast are okay now and re-posted. Ah, the joys of podcasting! ;-) I remember doing that a few times myself, and I've posted less than ten episodes!

Can't wait to listen to the episode!


P.S. The podcast is at http://radiofreebliss.ksaugustin.com/

Radio Free Bliss, part 2

If you're trying to download or listen to the Radio Free Bliss podcast and can't, don't worry. It's not you. I think there's a problem with the files.

I've emailed Kaz, but as I said, she's 12 hours ahead, so I don't expect to hear from her for at least another 7 hours. I'll let you know when the problem's fixed.

In the meantime, if you've been successful at downloading or listening to the files, let me know.


Morven on Radio Free Bliss

I've been interviewed for Radio Free Bliss, which is a show "about writers and what drives them... Radio Free Bliss is an MP3 file that you can listen to at this website, download to your own machine, or even store on your MP3 player for listening to later."

Of course, her show is a podcast, but she makes it very clear that you don't need an iPod or other portable MP3 player to listen to it. All you need is your computer. Using any internet browser (for example, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and others), visit the following link and scroll down to find "September 2008::Morven Westfield":


Doing the interview was a lot of fun. At one point in the beginning, I kept tripping over the pronunciation of "enamored," which is one of those words that I always read correctly (en-am-ored), but sometimes say incorrectly (en-amore'd). She was extremely gracious, laughing and offering to look in her thesaurus for a word that I *could* pronounce.

The Skype connection was exceptionally clear, even though she was thousands of miles away. Yup, thousands. Her time zone was twelve hours ahead of mine! When I phoned her at 9:00 on a Sunday morning, it was 9:00 Sunday *evening* for her.

Isn't technology amazing? Working with it every day, I sometimes take it for granted, but sometimes it just amazes me how far we've come in just my lifetime. When I was in high school, for example, no one had home computers -- there weren't any -- so using computers to make a phone call over the internet wasn't possible, or at least not for anyone but computer network pioneers.

More on technology later.


P.S. I'm doing a lot of traveling in the New England area this fall. See http://www.morvenwestfield.com/signings.shtml for a list of events.