Posts Tagged ‘www’

Radio Rivendell

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Radio Rivendell is a non-commercial, non-profiting web radio station that plays fantasy music 24×7. The station has been online since 2001, growing out of a Shoutcast experiment.

Blah blah blah, right? Well, I think it’s a cool little site. I won’t bore you with all the reasons why I like the idea of a 24×7 stream of fantasy music. If you’re into the genre, you already get it. Here are a couple other things I like about Rivendell:

Interviews: Everyone can do interviews, but the Council has integrated then into the site in a slick way, giving each group their own mini-page on the site. On the mini-pages, you can see a complete list of albums, and even a list of all the composer’s songs.

Just Played: I’m loving this page, where you can see what has recently played on Rivendell. Each song/album/artist is linked to internal pages.

Anyway, check the channel out.


Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Have you ever used UStream? How hard is it to set up a stream? How does streaming live video differ from recording for later release? How would you handle multiple video streams coming in at the same time? Is there an easy way to toggle between two contributing video feeds? For instance, if I wanted one camera on the audience and one on a presented, is that possible with UStream? If so, how hard is it to set up?

Affiliate Programs and Contact Management

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

If you have a blog, and you talk about products, it’s nice to link to places where people can purchase those products. It’s also smart, if you want to generate a little extra income, to join affiliate programs so that, when someone does purchase a product based on your recommendation, you can generate revenue.

I wonder if there is a way to find out which of your visitors are taking your advice. On some sites, vendors can see the contact information for any customer that purchases their product. But what about affiliate marketers?

Do you know of any affiliate programs that allow the affiliate to see who is purchasing, based on their recommendations?

WordPress Plug-Ins for Podcasters

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

I’ve decided to try my hand at creating a site for an upcoming podcast, instead of having someone else do it. I’ve never do it before, though, so I’m a little… OK, I’m petrified. There is so much I don’t know.

I think I’ve found the theme I will be customizing: WP Premium.

The big question right now is this: What plug-ins do I need to know about, if I want to do this podcast right, from the start?

Firefox Audio Player Add-On

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Pretend for a moment that I have an audio feed that is constantly being updated – perhaps it’s a live stream, a list of MP3 files that play back-to-back, or a single podcast feed with a regular (consistent) release schedule. How can I make it convenient for my listeners to get to that content?

Many listeners will subscribe to the RSS feed, getting alerts on Google Reader, or some other service. Many will also subscribe via iTunes. if the content is updated regularly – let’s say daily – wouldn’t it be cool if listeners had a player embedded in the toolbar of their browser, so all they had to do was press PLAY and they could get the most current info on the spot?

I made a quick mock-up of what a possible Firefox add-on might look like. Check out the top right corner of the below image:

Pressing PLAY serves up the latest MP3 from the target podcast feed. It could also serve a live stream from an internet radio station, or other network. Clicking the RSS icon brings the user to the feed URL. Added functions could include the ability to create a custom play list or static MP3s, or feed URLs.

Recovery a long-dead AIM account

Monday, May 12th, 2008

A long time ago, back when EverQuest was a free (mostly text chat) game on AOL, I signed up for an AOL account. In 1996, everyone used AOL. If you wanted to communicate with people online, AOL was the method of choice. In fact, I got my first website client using AOL Instant Messaging.

Unfortunately, for me, I didn’t maintain my AOL account, and lost my username of choice: ephealy.

Here I am, more than a decade later, and I’d like to re-secure my old username. Every time I sign up for a new site or service, I use the same username: ephealy. But, when it comes to AOL/AIM, I can’t. After all this time, AOL still has my old, now defunct, screen name in their database. What more, I can’t figure out how to get in touch with them so I can recover it. As far as I can tell, they want you to use an automated service, but that service can only recover accounts that have lapsed for less than six months.

So, I’m stuck. But, I am holding out hope that (some day) I can recover the first username I ever had.

If you happen to know how I can recover my old account, please let me know.


Monday, April 28th, 2008

Utterz allows you to share A/V using your phone, or through – though you can’t sign up for an account without a cell phone. This last fact is bumming me out right now. I’m in transition between the US and Europe, which means I don’t have a cell phone, which means I can’t sign up for Utterz, which means I can’t play with the shiny good good.

So… since I can’t play, I ask you all: “Have you used Utterz? What do you think of it?”

BTW, if you’re on facebook, you can add the Utterz widget. Yay for data portability….

d20 Source

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

D20 Source is one of my favorite RPG blogs. Focusing on Dungeons & Dragons, D20 Source offers over two hundred articles so far on the art of dungeon mastery, player advice and writing for the RPG industry. The blog is maintained by Dragon Magazine contributor and Jonathan Drain, whose work you can also see in the pages of Kobold Quarterly.

Classic dungeon mastery articles include The Invisible Dungeon on adventure structure, practical advice on Adding a New Race to your campaign, and What Do You Use For Miniatures?. For players we have Playing the Rogue and an ongoing series Improve Your Game with The Art of War.

We can also find tools and material that you can use in your game, including a Ruby-based IRC dice bot named ‘bones’ and a free reprint of magic items from Jonathan’s earlier book “17 Relics”. Jonathan Drain’s D20 Source is well worth the read.

Website Impressions

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I’m looking for honest feedback on the following three sites:
* Kobold Quarterly
* Jonathan Drain’s d20 Source
* Dungeon Mastering

I’d like to know three things:

(1) You opinion of the site content. Content is king, and is really what draws people back to a site on a regular basis.

(2) Your opinion of the site design. Site design won’t really help traffic, without good content. It can hurt it, though. Any suggestions?

(3) I need suggestions on how to increase traffic on these sites.

Any help would be appreciated. Either post it here, or email me directly.

Donate For Nothing

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Jake Marsh just turned me on to a site called Donate For Nothing. I don’t know who set it up, but it’s pure genius! You donate money to the site, for no reason. The only response is that your donation gets listed and totaled with the others. Comedy and commerce, all rolled into one. I’m going there now to pimp the Cabbages.