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Adam Currys rss enclosure test channel

Last Build Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 16:23:38 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2004 Adam Curry

collaborative audio books

Sat, 03 Apr 2004 17:34:19 GMT

About a week and a half ago I stumbled onto AKMA's brilliant idea to create an audio-book version of Lawrence Lessig's new book "Free Culture". Bloggers quickly signed up to the collaborative by claiming chapters to read in the posting's comments. I arrived a bit late to the party, so I didn't get to read a chapter, although there is plenty of room for alternative voices and reads, but that's for later. I'm a big believer in audio books and 'read' this way frequently. I just finished Dan Brown's 'The DaVinci Code' in about 2 week's time of travelling to my morning radio show whilst listeing in the car. I use my iPod and the iTrip, a snap-on fm-transmitter, so I can enjoy the reading on my car's stereo. It's also much safer. I listen to lots of stuff on my iPod besides music and audio books. There are interviews and archives of old radio shows. There's even an audio bible. Downloading these files and getting them onto my iPod was a tedious task. Clicking and waiting for hundreds of megabytes to be transferred just doesn't cut the mustard. Not at least, from a broadcaster's perspective. I believe there is a market for subscription based audio and video. As long as it requires no intervention from the user other than clicking the play button for instantaneous playback. That's where rss enclosures come in. The concept results in a subscribable service that delivers new content to your news aggregator. Additional 'glue' gets it onto the desired playback system automatically. This is how I receive a new verse from the bible every day on my iPod. It's always there for me in the morning when I take my iPod from it's dock. No intervention required on my part. The same process can be created with video files that are sent to a TiVo. Today I created an rss feed for the Free Culture audio-book project. Subscribing to it with an enclosure aware aggregator will download all the files you need to assemble the audio book. A logical followup to this project would be more multiple reader audio books. These could be delivered in one go as with the Free Culture feed, or they could be by subscription, where a new chapter is delivered daily. Regardless of your reading pace, the content will always be there when you are ready for it, not the other way around. Ofcourse non of this would have been possible without Lessig's gracious Creative Commons license. This brings me to the Project Gutenberg. A collaborative project that catalogues the texts of books that are old enough to qualify as a part of the public domain. Most are 100 years old, but there are many extremely recognizable titles and authors. Many are classics that can still be enjoyed by new audiences today, as they have for decades. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Tom Swift series, which i read a a kid, are now in the public domain. The Free Culture audio-book experiment showed me how quickly and efficiently this type of content can be produced, I am certain the model can be replicated with content from Project Gutenberg and hope to discuss this concept with others at BloggerCon II.[...]

operation iraqi convertible

Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:41:11 GMT

"It appears to be fornecation in a convertible sir." Another awesome video shot from an attack helicopter.

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rss enclosures growing

Sun, 14 Mar 2004 09:17:43 GMT

(image) Andrew Cochran interviewed Dave Winer last year at a conference. A lot of the conversation is about "rss", specifically enclosures. Fun to see this 22 meg file had already downloaded and was sitting there waiting for me in my iPod when I awoke. Marcus wrote a script for me last year that takes an rss enclosure that ends with .mp3 and automagically adds it to a special iPod playlist once it's been downloaded. I've also been testing Andrew's BitTorrent glue. Works as advertised!

journey to mars

Sat, 17 Jan 2004 18:45:49 GMT

A beautiful quicktime movie of the Spirit's journey to mars.

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are they crooked?

Sun, 04 Jan 2004 18:09:27 GMT

I see there's a few folks subscribed to my payload channel. An enclosure for y'all today.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2003 07:48:54 GMT

Today is Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. Although the country celebrates Christmas and giftgiving on the 25th, this tradition looks similar, but has a totally different background. Sinterklaas was indeed a real guy: St. Nikolaus and he really was a bishop and he became famous as an infant because he allegedly stopped drinking his mothers breast milk when it was time to fast.... The story goes that when he was a bishop he once saved three young women from their dismal life of prostitution by tossing gold coins through their window, which landed in their shoes. Today the tradition of children placing their (wooden) shoes by the window to receive treats and gifts is clearly related to the legend. Not quite sure about the White horse, the headquarters in Spain or the politically incorrect 'Black Piets" that are his helpers. And in 2003 we've even got a rap video for SInt.

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european anthem

Wed, 03 Dec 2003 08:45:11 GMT

Kewl, I just found the European Anthem. No words [intenionally], but quite a familiar piece of music.

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exnodes for sale

Sun, 23 Nov 2003 14:03:16 GMT

Marcus turned me onto the IBPvo project that uses LoRS. Without a doubt something big media companies will want to take a look at. Currently you can set a 'vcr' to record any television program, and download it super fast from distributed nodes. I can't get access to the system because it is intended for scholastic and research purposes only and I guess I don't qualify. I was hoping to figure out a way to attach an exnode (that's the file (200kb) you receive in the mail when your recorded program is ready for watching) as an enclosure in an RSS feed. I will pay for access to such a system/service/feed. Feel free to send me any exnodes you have layin' around :) The more I play around with this system, the more perfect it seems for RSS enclosures. When you store a file, it has a lease of 1 day before it is purged from the system. More than enough time for an aggregator to download the file and store a local copy. Self cleansing distribution and storage! I've attached an exnode of an mp3 if anyone wants to give the system a try.

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enclosures problem in radio

Thu, 20 Nov 2003 09:29:55 GMT

I just noticed the "Radio Userland" has a problem with long filenames when downloading enclosures. It looks like the downloads occur, but can't be written to the designated enclosures folder. This results in RU attempting to [re]download massive numbers of files each time you restart. Has anyone else encountered this?

more video for your rss aggregator

Wed, 19 Nov 2003 07:56:01 GMT

"Scripting News": Good thing the convention is in the summer or else you might have to suffer through Kerry playing hockey. (ReRoute: Enclosed in this RSS feed.) btw, my request for video enclosures of Leno and Letterman is starting to shape up. I'm getting them in, but not yet via rss enclosures. still digging.

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payment for payloads

Sat, 15 Nov 2003 09:44:31 GMT

Yesterday dave added a 35Mb quicktime video to his rss feed that automagically popped up ready to play on my machine this morning. I will pay anyone who is willing to set up a similar rss feed with daily enclosures of Letterman and/or Leno's tv show for my private viewing pleasure. If you have a TiVo, it probably can be a completely automated process, including my paypal payment to you.

kewl app (windows)

Sun, 02 Nov 2003 08:53:14 GMT

What is Enclosure Extractor?


Sun, 12 Oct 2003 10:11:34 GMT

Mac users can use this folder applescript to automagically update your iPod with any new mp3's that are downloaded to your "Radio UserLand" enclosures folder from enclosure aware "rss" feeds. To install: replace "Adam's Curry's iPod" with the name of your iPod and attach the script to your Enclosures folder (located in your Radio UserLand application folder) using the Attach Script To Folder script, located in your /Library/Scripts/Folder Actions/ folder. You can test this script by subscribing to the syncPod channel, which delivers a new mp3 every day. Update: Hmmm, it seems the script only works when the first enclosure is downloaded. Any scripting guru's out there want to help with this script so it transfers all enclosures?

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enclosure support updated

Sat, 11 Oct 2003 10:45:47 GMT

Radio UserLand Update: The RSS enclosures prefs page now includes a setting for choosing where to save downloaded enclosures.

syncPod channel update

Mon, 06 Oct 2003 11:46:39 GMT

The syncPod channel has bene updated with a new mp3. This feed is intended to stimulate the development of "rss" enclosure applications. Subscribe (image)


Sat, 04 Oct 2003 14:18:34 GMT

Sjoerd experiences rss enclosures and offers alternatives.


Sat, 13 Sep 2003 13:57:37 GMT

I'm longing for "rss" enclosures in "manila". Chris Lydon is posting some great inerviews, his syndicated feed would be perfect for developers to use to help integrate enclosures into their aggregators. Once you use an aggregator that knows what to do with enclosures, you'll never want to look back! Your aggregator shows a new media-file is available and when you click the link, the file plays instantaneously. No waiting, since your aggregator downloaded the file prior to announcing it ,in order to deliver an awesome time-shift experience.

johnny cashes in

Sat, 13 Sep 2003 12:16:21 GMT

(image) Johnny Cash passed away yesterday at 71. I scanned my iTunes library and have one of my favourite man in black songs blasting away this morning. The uncensored version of Boy named Sue is attached to this post as an enclosure.

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dutch 747 captain

Wed, 03 Sep 2003 14:54:48 GMT

We take our soccer seriously here in holland. "rss" subsbribers with an enclosure aware aggregtor will automagically recieve the attached file.

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ipod rss parser

Sun, 31 Aug 2003 14:39:33 GMT

I'm even more excited about the thought I had earlier. After downloading the zip file I loaded Christopher Lydon's interviews into my ipod. Bing. This is powerful stuff, now the dots need to be connected. I'm looking for an application (or glue for several existing apps) that will parse an rss feed for enclosures and load them into a new playlist on my [docked] ipod. Update: Shrook can export rss feeds to my ipod. No support for enclosures..yet.

happy sunday tune

Sun, 24 Aug 2003 12:59:27 GMT

There's something about Mo Jones that makes my smile when I hear their tunes. These guys are from holland, recorded theor album in their attic on Pro-Tools and recently kicked ass at the North Sea Jazz Festival. If you're using an enclosure aware aggregator, you'll automagically receive the mp3 of How The Wind Blows.

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fixing email

Fri, 22 Aug 2003 11:30:01 GMT

Essay: Email is dead, long live email!
  • "I'm quite pleased that most of the recent email problems stem mostly from Microsoft's free email client. This is where we get to sneak rss into the email jet-wash."

new jazz thing

Sat, 16 Aug 2003 21:26:19 GMT

Vincent Outlaw is working on blogging NPR with audio enclosures.


Tue, 15 Jul 2003 08:21:36 GMT

Orange dungarees is always good for a spoof vid of something. Today they point to an excellend spoof: MatrixXP [quicktime movie] (image)

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Mon, 16 Jun 2003 10:43:09 GMT

Café Gerinka is using konspire to post an audioblog [subscribe]