According to SlimStat, the top five most-viewed posts here during March were:
- Photography notes
- Mario, 9 Sep 1990 – 12 Jan 2007
- Tracking me at SXSW
- Christmas Update 2006
- My new audio recorder
Hat tip: Megan.
I picked up a new gizmo last week on my holiday Friday off of work, a Belkin TuneTalk Stereo accessory for my iPod. It records in either “CD quality” (44.1 KHz, 16-bit, stereo) or lower quality (22.05 KHz, mono) using its built-in stereo microphone or from an external microphone or sound source using its 1/8″ input jack. It only works with “5G” iPods. It cost $69 at The Apple Store.
We’ve been doing a lot more with audio at work this year and it’s been fun. It’s handy to carry an audio recorder around and this is certainly much smaller than a Microtrack is, if I have my iPod with me anyway. It can also record for a lot more time and certainly has longer battery life than the Microtrack.
I was asked today, “what are you going to record with it?” and couldn’t give a good answer. It would have been handy to have along on my trip to Britain this year so I could show family here what the family members we met over there sound like. I can take it to church and record more sermons for the Web site (even though Gary has passed away and I miss him tremendously). If my grandparents or my father were still around, I could use it to record oral history from them. If you’re a family historian or genealogist, I think an audio recorder is now a must-have tool (I’m a recovering one). I can record the wind chimes on my back porch or the sandhill cranes down by the lake.
When I showed it to Mindy today she said she wanted to hear some samples online (I suppose so she can hook me up on her work blog). These were made with the built-in mic. I haven’t tried any of the better mics we have around yet. They are also unprocessed except for conversion from .wav to .mp3 format.
The following was recorded in my office. I just grabbed an announcement off the table in the lab and read it into the recorder.[audio:Rosenblum.mp3]
I wanted something better than that, though. So at home I read a passage from the book I read over the weekend. I like it better.[audio:casinoroyale.mp3]
Update (14 Nov): I had a brief opportunity today to try it out with an Electro-Voice 635B handheld microphone. I read the guest speaker announcement again because that was handy. The levels came in a little lower than the built-in mic, possibly due the low-end cable that was available today. We have some other cables ordered and we’ll try that when they arrive in a few days.[audio:Rosenblum635.mp3]
I really should. Maybe I’ll comment on the new TV season sometime. In the mean time, however, I have posted several photo sets over on Flickr.
I have been working for weeks on getting my vacation photos posted. I’m still not done, but thought it was time for a link here anyway. Stay tuned here or on Flickr for more. Still to come are more photos from Lacock Abbey, Avebury, and Scotland.
I also updated the “Random Craigs” at right this evening. Refresh the page a few times and you may see a new pic if you haven’t already.
I have posted my presentation from the aforementioned Digital Photography workshop. It got great press coverage, which unfortunately led to no additional attendees (at least from my informal “raise your hand if you saw the picture in the paper today” poll during the talk). The slides can be navigated forward by clicking anywhere on the slide. And if you move your mouse to the lower-right region of your screen, you will see additional navigational options.
I’m a little late in announcing this here, but early last week I posted a photo album from the Gainesville Cycling Club’s annual Chilly Chili Picnic at O’Leno State Park. I realized when I first laid eyes on the suspension bridge that day that this summer marks 30 years from the first time I set foot in that park when I was 12 years old. That place has always had a special hold on me and I credit its “pull” to be one of the reasons I moved to Gainesville in 1988.
I also started working on a new page layout template for this site last week. I don’t know if or when it will ever get done. I’ve been doing a lot of site templating work at work lately so that may make me less likely to spend my evenings or weekends doing the same sort of thing. Or maybe not.
I have added a set of photos to my Flickr site with photos from the Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival today. The festival was definitely more crafty than artsy than in years past, and I prefer the latter so I wasn’t there as long as I otherwise may have been.