Category Archives: Assignments

How to Look Good in a Video Conference

I’ll be the first to admit that my appearance is not always foremost on my mind. However, given that I do work with video a great deal in my work, whether it is myself in a video conference or recording footage of others, I do need to be aware of things one can do to look their best on film.

I found this video of tips on looking your best on video and I think it is helpful.

Audio Tweet

Why didn’t I think of this? The Audio Tweet?

I was already using the tools that Scott Lo uses to make audio tweets. It is pretty simple. Use Voice Record Pro app to record an audio message 2.5 minutes long or less. Add a catchy graphic and background music. Save the recording as a video to the camera roll (photos) on the iPad. Post the video to Twitter. Call it an Audio Tweet. So simple!

The one missing piece for me was adding in the desired graphic. I did not realize how simply done this is. I have made videos out of the audio recordings and posted them to YouTube. Below are a couple of such videos I have made. But I used default graphics, not realizing how you can “roll” your own graphic such as Scott Lo did in his tweet.



The latest addition to my array of software is Ladiocast, which I installed on the iMac this morning. I had already installed iShowU Audio Capture from another project I’ve worked on – setting up OBS.

I also set up an iPad with the Pocket Streamer app and it works great!

These tools should allow me to stream audio from my iMac to the server for the DS106 Radio Show. I referred once again to CogDog’s Rube Goldberg Machine documentation for settings on connecting to that server.

Next on my list of things to master is building an Icecast server of my own to experiment with. That might be taking things a little too far since is a perfectly functional server. My only thought on that is if I want to experiment, sometimes I have to wait my turn because so many broadcasters have returned to using it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

ESC: Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene

ESC: Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene

a work of experimental audio-based scholarship combining sound studies, radio history, and environmental criticism. This unique project is a fully open access, fully digital suite of audiographic essays, presented as a ten-part podcast series, combining spoken commentary, clips from classic radio dramas, excerpts from films and television shows, news reports, and the work of contemporary sound artists.

Writing the Unthinkable Part II – Blind Contour Drawings

These were the first drawings we made in the Writing the Unthinkable Workshop with Lynda Barry on November 23, 2019 in Evansville, Wisconsin. We started by drawing a full breakfast table setting with bacon eggs, and a cup of coffee… with our eyes closed. I forget the time we had to do these drawings, around one or two minutes, I think. I first heard about doing blind contour drawings from Betty Edwards’ Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain book.

The next thing to draw is a giraffe.

Followed by a mermaid.

The Statue of Liberty.

A skeleton.

Drawing blind is a great way to free up the mind. We were drawing in $1.00 composition books, the kind with the marbled black covers, which Lynda explained is useful for drawing because they are so inexpensive you don’t worry at all about messing up something expensive and nice. If you mess up, you can keep going. The thing about drawing with your eyes closed is that there is absolutely no wrong way to do it. You just use your mind’s eye and go for it!