The Graveyard BookWhere Icarus Flies podcast episode 2 is in the books! This episode is extra holiday length!

WhereIF – Episode 2 Contents

I pack a lot in this week, I guess I am trying to make-up for only posting weekly at this point. As I mention in the podcast until I get the hang of this whole podcasting business, I will record a show weekly. If all goes well, before the end of the year I will record two shows a week. Here is a look at what is happening inside the podcast this week:

WhereIcarusFlies.com

I promote the website and blog. I talk about the Ad Fail and WordPress for iPhone 2 review. I also talk about the 1-5 sets of wings rating system for my reviews.

Halloween

I recap Halloween and the craziness that was going on at my house. I wanted the house to be spooky, but I hadn’t intended on terrifying little kids!

Twitter

I mentioned how to follow Where Icarus Flies on Twitter (@WhereIF). I also talk about the recent top trending topic #unseenprequels. There were some hilarious prequel titles and some really bad ones two. I’ll create a separate blog post regarding #unseenprequels and list the best, worst and some of my own.

SuperNews

I gave a plug to one of the funniest places on the web, SuperNews! If you have been following my Twitter posts, you’ll see that I forwarded out a link to SuperNew’s story of what happened on the first Halloween!

The Graveyard Book

It is only fitting that the MasterWorks Theater portion of the show have a reading from Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book! I talk about the book and Neil Gaiman a bit before reading an excerpt. I hope it whet’s your appetite to go out and either get the audio book (read by Neil Gaiman himself) or buy the hardcopy. It is a treat and winner of the 2008 John Newbery Award for “The most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.” Basically, it was to TOP children’s book of 2008 and well deserving of the prestigious award!

If you are looking for more information regarding the The Graveyard Book or would like to purchase a copy, then visit http://www.thegraveyardbook.com/

Podcast File Info – Episode 2

  • Running time: 39 minutes
  • MP3 file size: 37MB
  • M4A file size: 40MB

All show ideas, comments and questions can be sent to feedback@whereicarusflies.com

Bill

Facebook AdI was on Facebook today and came across this advertisement in the sidebar. Is it me, or is this just plain sad? Holy destroy our self-esteem as a society and make fun of others, Batman! I hope they paid the guy who is in the picture or at least got a consent form. Is it just that I am getting to be older and beginning to see things more clearly or am I just turning into a prude? I am disgusted by this ad. I see no humor in this at all, although I understand that many will find it hilarious and that is also sad.

The ad ultimately points to Zwinky.com, which wants you to install a web browser toolbar. Total Ad Ware crap, if you ask me.

Zwinky.com is owned my IAC Search & Media and MANY users beside me also consider it adware. When looking at Zwinky.com on McAfee’s Site Advisor out of 176 people who left feedback, 6 rated the site good. The majority (140+) rated the site as “Adware, spyware, or viruses” and the rest was mixed between “Browser exploit, “This site spams,” and “Excessive popups.”

Do I think Facebook is to blame? No, but not only is this and Ad Fail, but a total Experience Fail/Company Fail.

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Nov

by WhereIF


I just installed WordPress for iPhone 2 and have used it to write this post. It is a pretty simple interface. It let’s you manage posts, comments and pages. The functionality is pretty light, but it is a good start.

Cons so far: I have only been using it for a very short time on my iPhone 3GS and it has crashed 3 times. Not a very good track record. I would also like to have more control over pictures that I want to add to posts. It looks like pictures can only be inserted at the end of your post. I would also like to see a little more from the text editor. The ability to bold and add lists would also be nice.

When you open your WordPress blog from the app, you are connected to your blog’s comments. I’d like to be able to change this default behavior. I guess they assume most folks will want to use the app to manage their comments more than working on posts.

I don’t know how much posting that I will do from my iPhone, but it could be useful. Of course, I can use mobile Safari to edit my blog, but managing it through an iPhone app just seems more sophisticated!

Note: I moved the WordPress image to the top of my post via the browser-based editor after posting the article. I also added the ratings image using the browser editor.

Final rating on the initial release? I give it 2.5 sets of wings out of 5. I’ll stick with it to see how it improves.

2.5 out of 5 sets of wings

WIF Blog Picture

My first podcast is here! I am just getting used to doing this myself and this is the first podcast I have ever done, so give me a few more before I hit my stride. I have to say, it was a lot of fun making a podcast. I was a DJ for 3 years (back when we actually spun vinyl discs), which means I have a love of listening to my own voice. 😉

What is in this week’s podcast?

I am just getting started, so this one is a bit slower than I plan on my podcasts being. It is a little bit about me, what I am doing and some of what I expect my podcasts to be in the future. I spend some time talking about Halloween and do a selected poetry reading in the Masterworks Theatre segment.

Enhanced podcast vs. “regular” podcast

I am playing around with podcast formats. Until I figure it out, I will offer the more common .mp3 version as well as an enhanced version in the .m4a format. What is the .m4a format? It is a better compression than .mp3 and along with the normal MP3 metadata (ID3 tags) you can add chapters, extra images, URLs and more. Will those extras be useful? I don’t know, we’ll see. Can your music player deal with .m4a? Any modern music player or phone should be able to play .m4a. If you want to try the enhanced version but are having trouble, change the file extension from .m4a to .mp4 (the are exactly the same). M4A is the moniker Apple gave to the standard MP4 files (.mp4 is a better .mp3).

If you just can’t deal with the new format, I have a .mp3 version of the show as well. If you download my podcast from iTunes, it will be in the .m4a format.

Follow me on Twitter

Where Icarus Flies is on Twitter! Really, is there someone who isn’t? I’ll add a Follow Me button to the site soon, in the meantime you can find me here:

http://twitter.com/WhereIF

Podcast File Info – Episode 1

  • Running time: 23 minutes
  • MP3 file size: 22MB
  • M4A file size: 22.9MB

So, take a listen and let me hear what you have to say. Feel free to post your comments here or shoot me an email.

All show ideas, comments and questions can be sent to feedback@whereicarusflies.com

Bill

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Oct

by WhereIF

Where Icarus Flies is up and running! It is understandably sparse for now. I am using WordPress and free theme, which I will try not to customize too much. For now, I want to keep site maintenance REALLY simple. In time I will likely switch themes and do a lot more with the site, or it may succumb to virtual rot and general neglect. Only time will tell for sure.

First things first

I want to play around with podcasting and other cool technology. Okay, well, podcasting has been around long enough that it is no longer “cool technology,” but it is for me. So, in the next few days I’ll be figuring out how to setup a Podcast and leave the site very minimalistic.

What is this theme?

For now, I am using a free WordPress Theme called “Gods and Monsters” from Ars Grafik. It seems fitting for now.