Another Washington DC trip for work starts tomorrow - Monday (5/1/06)- and goes through Friday (5/5/06). I have to fly through Chicago on the way there, and then Dallas on the way back. Ugh ... I wish there were more non-stop options.
Podcast Academy 3 in Santa Clara, California will be June 15-16, 2006. This will include a live recording of the podcast This Week in Tech (TWIT) with Leo Laporte on the 16th of June. This academy will be sponsored and hosted by Yahoo! The maximum number of attendees is 110 so register soon!
The curriculum so far (according to the above link)
- Podcast Gear for Any Budget (Paul Figgiani)
- Making Money in Podcasting (Michael Geoghegan)
- Recording and Editing Interviews (Dierdre Kennedy)
- Beyond the Audio (Darusha Wehm)
- All About Microphones (Doug Kaye)
Fast Company (May 2006) noted that the following "wine" blogs are worth their weight in grape futures:
David Weiss recently posted his "tour" of the Microsoft Mac Lab. It is a very cool read for just about any geek who has done any sort of testing of software across many versions of an operating system and different hardware configurations.
If you are looking for sounds to put into a podcast or into a video production, then here are some pointers to some that I recently found:
The recent ESPN magazine noted that the 2006 payroll for the Marlins baseball team was $15 million. There are 12 major league players that make more in one year then the Marlins complete payroll. They are:
- Alex Rodriquez, Yankees, $25.7 million
- Derek Jeter, Yankees, $20.6 million
- Jason Giambi, Yankees, $20.4 million
- Barry Bonds, Giants $20.0 million
- Jeff Bagwell, Astros, $19.4 million
- Mike Mussina, Yankees, $19.0 million
- Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, $18.3 million
- Todd Helton, Rockies, $16.6 million
- Andy Pettitte, Astros, $16.4 million
- Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, $16.2 million
- Randy Johnson, Yankees, $15.7 milion
- Chan Ho Park, Padres, $15.3 million
- Walking around SoHo and NYU
- Lunch with Paul from The Point Podcast at Savore (excellent Italian food!)
- More shopping in SoHo (including Apple Store)
- Jersey Boys musical
- Rainy day in NYC :-(
- Some shopping in Midtown
- Meeting up with Christy's high-school friend Judy:
- Morning run in Central Park (amazing)
- World Trade Center (very emotional)
- Wall Street
- South Street Seaport
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Dinner at Heartland Brewery
- Circle Line Ferry Ride
- Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- Drinks at Novotel with a huge Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons fan
- Top of the Rock (highly recommended)
- Interview with John Lloyd Young for JerseyBoysPodcast.com
- Empire State Building (very long wait - bring a book)
- Drinks and dinner at House of Brews
- Morning run in Central Park
- Interviews for JerseyBoysPodcast.com with:
- Jersey Boys (matinee)
- More interviews with cast members:
- Jersey Boys (standing room during evening performance)
- Last minute gift purchasing
- Fly from LGA to DEN to SAN (ran into a co-worker at LGA's security screening who was in NYC with her daughter for Spring Break)
I learned a few lessons from our recent trip to New York City (99% in Manhattan):
- Walking in New York is great exercise and very safe.
- The subways in Manhattan are excellent and easy to figure out.
- People (both locals and tourists) were extremely friendly and helpful.
- Don't take your pocket knife with you to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island (it will be confiscated and re-sold on eBay).
- SoHo is a great area for shopping, eating, and drinking.
- Taxi drivers are very good at avoiding situations that normally result in an accident.
- Always make sure it is safe to cross the street in the crosswalks. Do not follow the crowd unless you know what you are doing.
- When the hotel reviews say the rooms are very small, believe them.
- Times Square should be experienced at least once, and then avoided if you are at all in a hurry.
- If you want a Starbucks, and you can't see one where you are standing, then walk a block and I'm pretty sure you'll see one then.
The Berkshire International Film Festival is May 12-14, 2006 in Great Barrington MA. If you are in the area and would like to volunteer to be a driver to help transport film makers and celebs during the festival then contact Brian Ellis (Christy's brother) at 619-337-4663 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christy and I are off to New York City to see the Jersey Boy Broadway production and to do a few other things in NYC since we have never been. We have lined up to get some great audio reporting for our the "other" podcast effort Jersey Boys Podcast. It should be very fun.