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The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin

I like Dan Benjamin and John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show. On the most recent episode (Episode 7) they read some reviews on iTunes of their podcast. The first review had a few negative things to say about it:

That being said, the podcast is undwerwhelming due to it’s subpar production values and planning. It doesn’t follow a coherent structure like some of the more established podcasts and radio shows do. There is a lot of dead air, “uhms” and “uhs,” off-topic remarks that stretch for a long time, and other minor, annoying things which could be hopefully fixed in future episodes.

I like everything he dislikes about the podcasts. I like the unscripted nature. I, being a fan of almost everything off-topic, love the off-topic moments. I like that, like another reviewer said, “Gruber and Benjamin’s casual style emulates regular conversation.”

The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin

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Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Posted in Apple, Audio, Technology

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I love Audio Hijack Pro

I use it to schedule and record an audio stream from Chicago Public Radio so that I can hear Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace without having to actually be listening to it at the time.

Audio Hijack will, on a schedule, run an Applescript that plays an audio stream in iTunes. It will then add the resulting file to an iTunes playlist of my choice via a second Applescript file. It’s completely automated. Just set it and forget it.

The Applescripts are really, really simple.

The first, to play the audio stream:

tell application "iTunes"
play track "Chicago Public Radio" of playlist "Chicago Public Radio"
end tell

I could leave out the of playlist part, but I sometimes listen to the stream without Audio Hijack so I don’t want to sort through the entire music library to find it and searching is usually too logical for me to think of.

The second script that adds the result file to iTunes is a modification of one of the stock scripts that comes with Audio Hijack:

(* Audio Hijack Script *** (C) Copyright 2003-2004, Rogue Amoeba Software, LLC *)

on process(theArgs)
--Coerce args to be a list
if class of theArgs is not list then
set theArgs to {theArgs}
end if

--Into iTunes ye files shall go
tell application "iTunes"
repeat with theFile in theArgs
add theFile to playlist "AudioHijack Recordings"
end repeat
end tell

end process

All I did was add to playlist “AudioHijack Recordings”. It’s that simple.

Rogue Amoeba – Audio Hijack Pro: Record any audio on Mac OS X

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Posted in Audio, Internet, iTunes, Software

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What’s upscale about SOLO cups?

This has been swimming around in my head for a few hours now so I figured I’d inflict it up on anyone who happened to pause long enough for a listen.

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Written by Jeff

Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 3:59 am

Posted in Audio, Nonsense