Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Podcasting 101 with 19+ Free Tools to Start A Podcast From Scratch

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"There are already entirely too many podcasts. For every engrossing show on iTunes there are another sixty bordering on torturous." ~ Kevin Dupzyk

Have YOU been thinking of podcasting? I have, but if and when I put out a podcast or two, I'll be doing it with minimal effort, possibly in conjunction with my TV show. Meantime, I have found some interesting articles to help us get our podcasts up and (hopefully) running! Click the image above or any of the highlighted links!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Best Post Times To Tweet, Facebook, Instagram


Q. When's the best day and time to post on social media?

A. No one really knows for sure. There are studies and analyses and studies and reports and studies... but which are most accurate?

Personally, I get the biggest bang for my tweet between 0500 and 0900 New York time. Weekend afternoons are great. Friday nights between 9 and Midnight also. I think the "niche" factor plays a big role, and those niches that appeal to people who are at work or school during the day will naturally see more action between, say, 9 to 5.

A different niche might be embraced by those workers who are not permitted or just don't have the time or access to be online during that 9-5 period. They're on during the bus or train commute, anywhere from 4:30-8pm.

So take the numbers in my Instagram chart with a grain of salt. Or two.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

How a 16-year-old tricked the New York Times into reporting that Dylann Roof blogged about “My Little Pony”

You can't make this stuff up. Can you?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Maxthon Browser Not

I was searching desperately for answers as to why, no matter what I try, my Maxthon browser seems incapable of displaying certain webpages. [see image] Unlike firefox, you can google queries until you turn blue and not find answers.

The trouble began with twitter. I wasn't able to correctly view or interact with twitter in either offered "browswer mode." Sometimes if I clear the cache twitter will render correctly for a single session. But if I change websites then return to twitter, it's screwed up again.

Of late I have also had trouble accessing certain wordpress sites - same result - and blogspot, where a lot of images won't render. The problem only affects my desktop Maxthon. An older version that I have on my "internet protected" laptop*** works 100% fine.

Regular and now-and-then readers already know how I have cloudproofed and auto-updateproofed my lappie. It's an old Thinkpad that is becoming more valuable to me as days go by. Here are a few tests you can perform and tips you can apply to YOUR personal machines!

*** I acquired a Lenovo ThinkPad a year ago this summer and have dedicated the laptop to my personal media projects. I do a lot with video and audio via Skype and SoundCloud, as well as projects for my employer via Adobe Audition. I outfitted the T42 with a camera purchased for a dollar at a garage sale: it’s become a workhorse for me.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Dylan Storm Roof Facebook Screen Shots & MySpace Video

Added June 25 ::: How a 16-year-old tricked the New York Times into reporting that Dylann Roof blogged about “My Little Pony”.

"Anonymous Coward" found his Facebook page and grabbed screenshots of it before it went down: (It's safe to click "LET ME IN" to view the pages)

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These are screenshots of friends that he had marked as going to school with:

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Interestingly, he added this Facebook friend:

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These are the people that he followed:

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It appears that he had an awful lot of black friends on Facebook for someone who supposedly hates blacks. It looks like it could be 1/3 to 1/2 of them are black.

He is from Columbia, South Carolina, according to his Facebook page. He went to White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina.

His Facebook page appears to have been created in 2015, possibly on May 21, 2015, when he uploaded the only photo on it.

Racist manifesto allegedly written by Charleston murder suspect

Justification for the murderous hatred of “the other” follows a painfully familiar pattern. There is a question, answered by propaganda, followed by acceptance from a larger movement and, finally, hubris and a sense of superiority that leads some to bloody reckoning. A manifesto discovered online Saturday, allegedly written by Dylann Storm Roof, charged with murdering nine…


New York State residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 27-28. Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

In addition to the June free fishing weekend, legislation signed by Governor Cuomo now allows for an increase in the number of authorized yearly statewide free fishing days. This year, Veteran’s Day, November 11, has also been designated as a free fishing day.

“New York has some of the best fishing in the nation, and we’re making it easier than ever for people to come out and see all this state has to offer,” Governor Cuomo said. “These free fishing days are the perfect opportunity to cast a line and take in the great outdoors, and I encourage everyone to explore New York’s lakes and waterways this summer.”

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said, “There’s really no better time to take someone fishing. The weather is warm, the fish are usually cooperative and beginners can give the sport a try while exploring some of our state’s great outdoor resources.”

Those interested in learning more about the sport of fishing are encouraged to attend one of 40 free fishing events held during throughout the summer. A list of these clinics can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html. The public should check back regularly as the list is updated with new events as they are received.

Anglers are reminded that although the requirement for a license and enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry has been waived during free fishing weekend, all other regulations remain in effect.

Where to Fish
Anglers searching for places to fish should visit the Department of Environmental Conservation's fishing page at
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html. An interactive map of public fishing locations can also be found on the website.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Catholic Climate Change

Mixing religion with politics is one thing. Mixing religion with science is another.

The Pope’s landmark Encyclical on global stewardship was leaked ahead of schedule and states that the major contributor to global climate change is human activity. 

The Holy See calls for radical changes to the world's political and economic systems to address this issue plus many more concerning inequality and sustainability. 

Francis strongly emphasizes that the pervasive belief that God gave humans
power of dominion over the Earth to the point that we can destroy whatever we
choose, "is not a correct
interpretation of the Bible.
" Conservatives thinks he should stick to
theology and not concern himself with such weighty matters.

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” Michael Savage lit into Pope Francis over his encyclical on climate change, calling him “a danger to the world” who wants to impose “global tyranny.”

“The Pope is a Marxist,” Savage said. “He is a wolf in pope’s
clothing, he is an eco-wolf in pope’s clothing, he’s a stealth Marxist
in religious garb.”

Meanwhile, to the left: 

5 Key Things Pope Francis Says about Climate Change

“Pope Francis frames the reality of climate change in a way that we must consider if we are to protect our environment for future generations, future economic development, and future progress. It is a moral imperative to act as a good steward of the environment and the gifts we have been given. I thank the Pope and I hope his encyclical will ring true with all of us, including those that deny climate change both in Congress and around the world.” – Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) 

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Lineup Announced: Basilica SoundScape Festival in Hudson NY, Sept.11-13.

The 4th edition of the 3-day multidisciplinary festival of music, readings, film and visual art, once more takes place at Basilica Hudson, a reconditioned 1880s factory building near the Hudson River.

The weekend-long experimental music and art event draws unconventional connections, parallels and collaborations between a diverse array of artists, presented by Basilica Hudson's Founders and Creative Directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone in collaboration with Pitchfork Managing Editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian DeRan of Leg Up Management.

Acts booked include Actress, Norwegian singer and composer Jenny Hval of Oslo, Circuit des Yeux, Perfume Genius, Wolf Eyes ,the Haxan Cloak, Blanck Mass (featuring Benjamin John Power of F–k Buttons),Viet Cong,  Health,  Weyes Blood, and Indian tabla player and sitarist Gourisankar and Indrajit Banerjee.

More acts will be announced in coming months. The festival will also feature visual and performance art, readings and food, and more, also TBA.

Information and tickets, at $60 for a weekend pass and $115 including camping, are at basilicasoundscape.com.  You can RSVP on Facebook here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New York State’s Path Through History Weekend

Albany, N.Y. (June 17, 2015) – Over 250 special events are planned for New York State’s Path Through History Weekend, June 20-21, at venues throughout the state. This weekend’s events are designed to make it easy to experience the Empire State’s rich heritage and diverse attractions.

In Albany County, don’t miss:
at the New York State Museum, 260 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230
Saturday from 1-4 PM for Free!
·         Postcards of Albany
at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Explore 100 historic postcards for views of Albany looked like at the turn of the 20th century
Saturday from 12-4 PM for Free! 
·         Destroyer Escort Day
at the USS Slater, Broadway & Quay Street, Albany, NY 12202
Commemorating the service and sacrifice of Destroyer Escort Sailors and their ships with a ceremony
Saturday at 9 AM, ceremony is Free, ship tours $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children. 

·         Helderberg History Hike
at John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hales Cave Rd, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Hike through time with historian Tim Albright from the  early settle of the Dutch from the 18th Century through the creation of the park in the 20th century
Saturday at 10 AM for Free! 
from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Sq. (Corner of Broadway & Clinton), Albany, NY 12207
Highlighting historic places of interest, magnificent architecture and fascinating historical events
Saturday at 11 AM for Free! 
·         The History of Chess for Kids
at the Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck Pl, Albany, NY 12210
Learn about chess around the world from its origins in India to the game changer of chess computers and everything in between.
Saturday at 1 PM, Suggested donation of $5.

Plan your visit to Albany and discover where to stay, eat and play and find offers and discounts by visiting www.albany.org or calling 518-434-1217. For the latest listings, check http://www.iloveny.com/paththroughhistoryweekend.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a nature lover, curious about history or simply want to have fun, there is something for everyone in the 13 Path Through History Themes: Arts & Culture, Natural History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s Rights, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, The Revolution, Native Americans, Sports History, and the War of 1812.

In conjunction with Path Through History Weekend, I LOVE NEW YORK’s social media channels will be highlighting various themes with photos, videos, event itineraries and more. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or use #PathThroughHistory to join us on the journey down New York’s Path Through History.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Influence of Tweets: Parsing First-Party and Third-Party Twitter Referrals

Once your thought-provoking, 140-characters-or-less message is dispatched, what happens next? Will the time and effort you spent pitching your editor pay off? Will you draw in readers who will actively engage with the content? Will you manage to convince readers to explore additional articles? Could you even convince users to come back over and over again? Or, is all that effort lost in the Twitterverse...


In case you haven't noticed, I've passed my self-imposed "twitter cap" of 300 accounts I follow. There will be some housecleaning. Just sayin' ...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Three Faces Of Neda

Pictures don't lie. Or do they simply mislead?. Case in point: Neda. A "true story" entwined in a hoax that recently got a new lease on life from a powerful social media operative.

54.5K followers on twitter does not guarantee accuracy in media. Nina Ansary may be a PhD, but she has perhaps inadvertently revived the old NEDA debate that revolves around photography.


A lot of the original materials appearing in articles on websites have "aged out" or been taken down and are no longer available, include a very compelling AP article that suggested a man who claimed to have been Neda's boyfriend (but never actually was) concocted the entire tale. And another (still existing as of June 2015) that says the entire Neda incident is "15% likely true, 85% likely hoax or staged."   Like the mystery surrounding the death of Shakti Bhatt, there are some truths that may never be told.

Neda # 3

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fall Into June


We are on the cusp of summer.
The fashion magazines are in full tilt fall.
Adverts in Vogue May 2015 point to autumn style trends.
So you know what type of clothing and accessories to keep an eye out for during June July August. And what hairstyles and "looks" to strive for:   The gal in the Givenchy shoot in black. Her hair, whether natural, embellished with extensions or a downright wig, creates a perfect presentation. And empowers the lady with the gift of a stunning impression.

Even KKW goes Givenchy. Then there's that "Sawyer hat"...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Crossing Lines

Real-life reporters have no Superman.
I have selected two very different stories for you.

A lot people think it's not very difficult to be a journalist, reporter or blogger. Think again.

In her article French Journalists Say Harassment Part of the Job, Womens eNews staff reporter Hajer Naili writes:

Not only journalists but female politicians and parliamentary assistants also face sexism from their male counterparts. A Tumblr, Sinon Je Fais de la Politique (And Besides That, I am in Politics), that launched on March 8, 2014, encourages women who work in politics to speak out against the sexism and machismo they face.

The second article involves a case of media vs. media: CBC fires host/journo Evan Solomon after The Toronto Star newspapers' investigation into some "secret art deals." 

One of the CBC’s rising star hosts has secretly been brokering lucrative art deals with people he has dealt with in his job on television and radio, an apparent breach of the national broadcaster’s code of ethics. Evan Solomon, 47, is the Ottawa-based host of Power and Politics on television and The House on CBC radio.…

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Native Plants Walk: Saturday June 13

Upper Delaware River Region - Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a Native Plants Walk on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, PA from 12-2pm. Renowned author and botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads will lead the walk and answer your questions about native plants and their habitats.
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on Saturday, June 13th for a Native Plants Walk at Lacawac Sanctuary with Dr. Ann Rhoads, renowned author and botanist.
Dr. Rhoads’ books include “The Plants of Pennsylvania,” “The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania,” “Trees of Pennsylvania,” and most recently, "Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania." Dr. Rhoads recently retired as the Director of Botany for the Morris Arboretum and taught Botany at the University of Pennsylvania.

This walk is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. To reserve your space and receive directions,

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Quick Blog RoundUp Saturday June 6

Style News | Updating Facebook Like Box - Talitha's Take ::: Facebook has released a new Graph API v 2.3 and with this upgrade the Like Box widget is being put to rest. Head over to Talitha's Take to see the new and improved Like Box!
A few things to check on while you surf!

2 Create a Website Blog | How to Easily Animate Your Next Facebook Post.

Orient Lodge | Lovely Dwelling Places - This morning, a friend posted on Facebook, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!” -Psalm 84:1

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Block Calls with Google Voice 2015

Frustrated trying to figure out "instructions" on 1001 websites?

Somebody buggin' ya?

  • Once you have ignored the call and it shows up as "missed" just go to
  • Click the little "more" button
  • Click on the bottom choice that says "block caller"

That's it!

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

2015 NYS Summer Writers Institute Free Events

The Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore in Saratoga will run from July 29 through July 24.

All readings are at 8PM in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


Picture:  Claire Messud 

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