Also, I’ve whipped up an HTML5 <audio> tag test for your browsers. I’m trying to figure out exactly how good (or bad) and widespread support for the <audio> tag is these days.

The HTML5 <audio> test page linked above is one that I’ve put together that includes examples of four major audio file formats currently in use (Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WebM Audio, and .wav). The page will report what your browser software reports regarding its compatibility with different audio formats, and provides buttons to push to switch to the different files to try listening to them (regardless whether your browser says it works or not – I know of at least one case where the browser outright claims not to support a file format when it does…).

On a whim, I added a field that reports whether your browser claims to support FLAC, though I don’t yet have a sample file for testing up. I’ll eventually add a sample Opus file as well, since that looks to me like a hugely useful format once it’s ready.

If you have time, give it a try. Pretty much everybody who isn’t stuck on an old version of the Internet Explorer browser on Windows should be able to use it. If you’re willing, the form has fields where you can specify whether a file format really worked or not, a button at the bottom to submit the report, which will make a note of which browser you’re using and what worked. Note that you don’t HAVE to do this to use the page for testing your audio, if for some reason you don’t want to report what you find out – the audio on the page isn’t dependent on whether you submit results. Eventually I’ll have a fairly complete picture of what supports what one way or another.

Also: pester me – I really will be posting audio again.

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Do me a favor and harass me online until I start getting audio out again.

The relocation and career change has been an ongoing distraction, but it’s long past time for me to get back to work on getting Stir-Fried Stochasticity and other projects back to life.

I even got some nice new equipment to record with, thanks to a generous grant from my Producers (the Mom and Dad foundation) of a Zoom H1 four-channel digital recorder. I really need to start making more use of it.

Therefore, anyone who is interested in my little audio projects is encouraged to harass me online here, or via Google Talk, or on my Google+ page, or whatever, until I start coughing up new episodes.

Not literally, of course, I mean, you probably don’t really want to hear “coughing up” noises, but you know what I mean.

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I’m still here…but I’m no longer there. (And perhaps, no longer “all there”, but that’s a separate issue.)

An unexpected but hopefully fortuitous attack of Life (the concept, not the cereal) has kept me away from my audio projects for months now. The secret location of our Asylum for the Sufficiently Nerdy is being moved thousands of miles (literally – this is not an exaggeration) in pursuit of a promising project. Fortunately, we’re almost done with the move. We’ll still be pretty busy for a while yet, but I think things will settle down enough for me to shave a few hours per week to get back to audio.

Indeed, I very much hope so – not only do I want to get back to the “Stir-Fried Stochasticity” oggcast project and my HPR offerings, but I also started listening, during the seemingly endless drive from our old Asylum to the new one, to old 1930’s-1940’s radio serials I found on archive.org, and now I find myself itching to try to do one myself.

I will try to put out an episode of Stir-Fried Stochasticity here soon, explaining my ongoing battle with Zombie Hans Christian Gram, which I think I can put together more quickly than the episode I’d started working on previously, which is garbage (also literally). Other projects to follow as time permits and interest is expressed…

Thanks for not giving up on me (if there’s anyone left out there who hasn’t already). 

Incidentally, if you’ve been getting frustrated by the “Bad Gateway” errors, so am I and I promise I’ll get that fixed somehow…

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(This is an earlier audio bit, reposted here from elsewhere just to consolidate onto this site with the other audio. Meanwhile, I am working on the next episode of Stir-Fried Stochasticity, as well as the next episode of “Thoughtkindness” for Hacker Public Radio.)

Gather around the campfire, boys and girls and everyone else. It’s story time.

(This is both an attempt to entertain AND a technical test – I’d be most appreciative if any or all of you left me a comment letting me know how this works for you. I’ll put some technical information at the end of the post.)

This story concerns a certain location in Mount Ranier National Park…

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/38235159After you hear this harrowing tale, if you can’t make it out to Mount Ranier National Park to verify the story for yourself, you can see a picture of the monument online. Click or scan the QRCode image to the right to see it after you’ve heard the story.

Feedback is welcome and encouraged. For those who are interested, here’s what this post is supposed to do, technically:

If you are viewing this post in a modern (HTML5-supporting) browser, the “native” audio player in your browser should appear above, allowing you to press “play” and listen to the story. Of all the modern HTML5-supporting browsers, most support the high-quality (and legally free to use) “Ogg Vorbis” audio format and will play that version. If you are in the minority of HTML5-browser-using population (Safari or IE9), an MP3 version should play instead. (The problem with Safari is that Apple doesn’t include a Quicktime component for Ogg media formats out of the box. Personally, I would recommend going ahead and installing the Free Quicktime Components, which will enable Ogg media formats for Safari, iTunes, and all other Quicktime-using programs, including enabling Apple platform applications to create files of these types so you can participate, too.)

If you are NOT using a modern, HTML5-supporting browser at all (or are perhaps using one I’ve never heard of that supports neither higher-quality Ogg Vorbis nor MP3) – mainly Microsoft’s previous “Internet Explorer” browsers and really old versions of Firefox or Opera that may still be in use – if you have Java installed, a Java-based Ogg Vorbis player should appear instead, allowing you to play the higher-quality audio anyway.

If your browser doesn’t support HTML5 AND doesn’t support Java, a link to an Adobe Flash-based MP3 player should appear. Click on that, and you SHOULD have a window pop up that will play the lower-quality MP3 version of the audio.

In short, nearly everyone should be able to play the audio if I’ve done all of this correctly. Please let me know.

Posted from PACKWOOD, Washington, United States.

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Hacker Public Radio logoI decided that it would be good to offer the computer-nerd-related audio I do to Hacker Public Radio, so I put together an initial episode describing my motivations and offering a review of my shiny new full-powered laptop (which, I must say, is somewhat easier to edit and process audio on) and the vendor I got it from. (SPOILER: I like them…)

Comments so far (both of them…) are substantially positive, so I’m planning to do new ones monthly.

If you’re interested in such things, you can either go straight over to Hacker Public Radio, or the corner of this server that I set up for discussion at http://hpr.dogphilosophy.net where I have the audio linked for direct listening from the webpage if you are using a modern browser.

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I have recently been informed that, apparently, there is at least one person who is not just a member of my immediate family humoring me but who is, nonetheless, subscribed to the RSS feed here and potentially interested in my currently-intermittent episodes of Stir-Fried Stochasticity…

Is this true?

(tap)(tap)(tap) is this thing on?…

Seriously, though, the main reason I’ve been so slow to get around to the next one is that I didn’t think anyone had been listening to the ones I’d done so far, and considering the labor involved in putting an episode together, it’s hard to justify the time if I’m largely just talking to myself.

If there are people out there besides a couple of members of my immediate family* who want to hear more, please let me know, and I can certainly call the Ninjaologists back from furlough and start up negotiations with the Science Pirates to get things rolling again…

*(Again, not that I dislike members of my immediate family or anything, but I can talk to them more or less whenever I want…)

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Finally, after a long, long delay, I have escaped grave peril to create for you Episode 4 of Stir-Fried Stochasticity.  Today’s topic is my excuse for the year-long delay between Episode 3 and Episode 4, and (more importantly) the microbiological practice of “Heat-Fixing” and its purpose, and the ability (or inability) of “heat-fixing” to render microscope slides of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria sterile and safe to handle.

You can listen to the episode from the embedded player below directly from this web page, or download the file to freely listen to and redistribute (under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution,Share-Alike license) here:

Ogg Vorbis audio format (higher quality, but may not be compatible with some older or specialized systems)
MP3 audio format (Lower quality, but compatible with nearly all systems)

I have not yet uploaded the previous episodes from the old site.  For the moment, you can find the previous episodes at the following links:

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This was originally the default “first post” entry that comes with a new wordpress install.  It’s MINE now, though!

I’ve been needing to re-make dogphilosophy.net into something useful for years now, so here goes.  I’m planning to turn this into my oggcasting/podcasting site.  I’ll be moving my handful of episodes thus far over here shortly, and then slowly adding to them.

Once it’s all working, you should be able to get a feed of every bit of audio I put out (and, perhaps eventually, video), or individual feeds for each topical category of audio presentation I come up with.  Initially I have:

  • “Stir-Fried Stochasticity” – real science for nerds and normals alike.  Most “science news” stories are regurgitated and parroted press-releases that don’t actually tell you what’s really going on.  In “Stir-Fried Stochasticity”, each episode discusses an actual scientific publication (not a press release!) directly, or occasionally more than one publication on the same topic.  As of today, there are three episodes done with a fourth finally being worked on and released Real Soon Now.
  • “Perceptive Peripatetic” – A place for me to share places or things that I happen to notice while I’m out wandering the world.  As of today, there is only one episode (on “The Breakdancing Ghost of Narada Falls”, regarding something I saw at a particular spot inside of Mount Ranier National Park in Washington State).
  • “The Computer Is My Friend” – There are no episodes for this yet, but I figure it’s only a matter of time before my own computer-nerdity kicks in and I feel compelled to share some sort of techno-spiffiness with the world.

If I manage to do this properly, you’ll be able to subscribe to the feed or feeds like normal “podcasts” in either high-quality Ogg Vorbis or the older (but more widely supported) MP3 formats, or just listen to the audio directly from the website with any web browser that supports HTML5, Java, or Adobe Flash.

Geolocation will be included where appropriate as well.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.  I’m doing this purely as a hobby, and the topics and rate at which new episodes are generated and released will be directly proportional to the amount of interest anyone (besides me) has in it.

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