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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Problems using Doppler and our feeds?

Something to be aware of, if you use Doppler with a FeedBurner created RSS feed.

I have had several Doppler users email me recently that they were unable to access my feed for Career-Op. I thought perhaps there were some errors in the RSS, and their were some minor ones, but after installing Doppler here and seeing the error logs, it appeared to be something much worse. After a bit of tinkering, I have found the problem and reported it to FeedBurner.

If you have "Feed item link clicks (clickthrough tracking)" turned on in your FB feed, it re-writes the link URLs to something like http://feeds.feedburner.com/career?m=402. This allows them to collect clickthroughs on each post.

Unfortunately. Doppler sees this URL as an error and refuses to download any items.

Turning off this feature, restores their ability to receive the files, though. I am disabling it in all my FB feeds until the issue is resolved. You can find this option by clicking on the Standard Stats button along the left side of your "Analyze" page on FeedBurner.

Just a heads up in case you were being denied your regular dose of Career Opportunities and didn't know why? (SMILE)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Join Douglas' LinkedIn Network

I am not a big fan of the business or social networking tools available on the web, but I recently got involved in the LinkedIn community. If you would like to join my network, send an invite, via the LinkedIn web site, todouglas@welchwrite.com

Please let me know that you are a reader or listener of My Word, so I can immediately add you the network.

Be Well! -- Douglas

What I'm Reading...TurboCoach

TurboCoach: A Powerful System for Achieving Breakthrough Career Success

Work through your career, step-by-step

Link: Previous mentions of books

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Drum Downtown - Monthly Music Center Drum Circle



Drum Circle n. (Drum, v. to play drums, Circle, n. a group of individuals sharing a common interest, activity, or achievement) 1. An informal music making experience. 2. A diverse group of people playing drums together. 3. No experience necessary, not a performance. 4. A vibrant, joyful, participatory event.

WHERE: Music Center Plaza
WHEN: 10:00AM to 11:30AM

No advance reservations needed, first come, first served. Hand drums, shakers, tambourines, and other percussion instruments will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own.

OCTOBER 7: Grand Avenue Festival (More information to come)

(Via the Music Center's ActiveArts Web Page)

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Monday, April 24, 2006

LA Podcasters at the Brewery Artwalk

Originally uploaded by dewelch.
I had a great time working the LA Podcasters Studio 101 at the Brewery Artwalk this weekend. I didn't get to see much art, but met a lot of great people.

The LA Podcasters recorded over 7 hours of live shows and we got a chance to educate hundreds of people on the howto's and wherefore's of podcasting.

You can find some photos from the weekend on Flickr, where they are tagged with the keyword "lapodcasters". Live shows recorded at the studio are also starting to appear in the LA Podcasters podcast feed.

If your group or company would like to learn more about podcasting, drop me an email at douglas@welchwrite.com.

Pictured: Figert from The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Event: Gardens of the Roman World - The Getty Villa

Lectures and Conferences

Gardens of the Roman World
Thursday May 18, 2006
8 pm
Auditorium, Getty Villa

Patrick Bowe, noted expert on garden history and author of Gardens of the Roman World, will examine the ancient Roman obsession with gardens, which were cultivated throughout the empire, from Britain to North Africa and from Portugal to Asia Minor. Using as evidence actual gardens excavated at Pompeii and other ancient sites, he will discuss the intimate and accessible aspects of Roman gardening, including such details as fountains, statuary, trelliswork, and plantings, which are still reflected in city, suburban, and country gardens today.

Reservations available beginning April 25.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Mini-Tour Video - Los Encinos State Historic Park

Yesterday we attended the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Los Encinos State Historic Park along with many friends. The park hosts similar living history days each month with a working blacksmith, people churning butter, old time toys and more.

During this visit, I took the opportunity to produce the next installment of my "Mini-Tours". This 3 minute video includes scenes from the day and music from the park docents.

Play Video

Link: Previous mentions of Los Encinos
Link: Los Encinos Photo Gallery from 2003
Link: Los Encinos Photo Gallery from Easter 2003
Link: Books on California State Parks

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Rube Goldberg Lives! - Incredible Machines (video)

Make Magazine links to these truly incredible videos available over at Google Video. There are nearly 13 minutes of Rube Goldberg-ian rapture.

Sometimes it is easy to see if something is cool or not. As of this post, my son has been absolutely enthralled with these videos for almost an hour, watching them again and again. I have been trying to figure out how some of the sections work and I am seeing methods I have never seen before. There is one built with magnets that is absolutely amazing.

Definitely a "must see!"

Incredible Machines (video)

There are a ton of new videos from Japan on Google video of Rube Goldberg-like machines - [via] - Link - [Read this article]

(Via MAKE: Blog.)

Link: Rube Goldberg books and more

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FiT Chat - Virtual Machines Everywhere! - April 12th, 2006

On Sunday April 9th, some of the Friends in Tech (FiT) Members got together to talk about all the virtual machine technology news that as been floating around from everyone including Microsoft, VMware, and Apple.

Listen to the show!

Host: Lance Heath - Digital Experience Podcast

Douglas E. Welch - Career Opportunities
Victor Cajiao - Typical Mac User and Typical PC User
Larry Pesce - PaulDotCom Security Weekly
Kreg Steppe - Technorama and Valid Syntax

Link: Friends In Tech - Web Site and Forums

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Monday, April 10, 2006

AnimalBytes: Reality In Blue - Solar Eclipse Turkey 2006

My good friend, Keri Dearborn, has started her very own blog about all things nature and natural. You may remember Keri from our birdwatching video posted a few months ago.

You can also see her work on the Friends of the Island Fox blog.

I expect great things from this blog and I have already added her RSS feed to my RSS Newsreader program.
Reality In Blue - Solar Eclipse Turkey 2006

March 29, 2006, a solar eclipse dazzled over Turkey. A dark orb hung in the sky haloed in glowing white wisps of solar corona. Crowds gazing up from the dark shadow of the moon found the sun blocked from view and cheered at the wondrous sight. For those who took a moment to glance at the surrounding ancient ruins and countryside, there was the realization that a total solar eclipse offers an alternative perception of the world. For as the moon blocks our vision of the sun, it also blocks direct light from our star and thereby introduces us to an image of our world we would not ordinarily see. [Continues]

(Via AnimalBytes.)

Link: Video - Sepulveda Wildlife Area Bird Walk
Link: Friends of the Island Fox

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook podcast and the LA Podcasters demonstrate, educate and congregate at the Brewery Artwalk, April 22



Douglas E. Welch
The WelchWrite Company, Inc.

Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook podcast and the LA Podcasters demonstrate, educate and congregate at the Brewery Artwalk, April 22 and 23, 2006

Los Angeles, California, March 30, 2006 — Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook podcast will join with the LA Podcasters in presenting 2 days of podcast demonstrations and entertainment during the Brewery Artwalk near downtown Los Angeles. The Brewery Artwalk is a twice annual, open studio weekend at the world’s largest art colony. A complete list of artists and more information is available at http://www.breweryartwalk.com/.

Throughout both Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2006, a wide variety of LA Podcasters will be on hand to discuss podcasting, host informal podcasting seminars and record their podcasts live. Douglas E. Welch, writer and host of Career Opportunities will be available to answer questions about finding and listening to podcasts or even creating one of your own.

Career Opportunities is about to enter its 10th year as a weekly print column for ComputorEdge magazine in San Diego, California and the podcast version of Career Opportunities has passed its 150th episode. Podcasts are produced twice-weekly, and are available directly from the web site or via the iTunes Podcast Directory. You can find more information on the Career Opportunities web site at http://welchwrite.com/career/.

LA Podcasters

The LA Podcasters is a regional group, featuring a wide variety of podcast genres and shows, that gathers to share podcasting tips, encourage the local podcasting scene and produce podcasting events. Their last major event was 2 complete days of podcasting, live, from the show floor of the Portable Media Expo and Podcast Conference in November 2005. You can find more information, and links to all member shows, on the LA Podcasters web site at http://lapodcasters.com.

Friends in Tech

Career Opportunities is also a member of Friends in Tech (http://friendsintech.com). Friends in Tech is an alliance of technology podcasters. Members are regular guests on other member’s podcasts, bringing their unique knowledge, talent and insights to a new audience of listeners. Members also join together to create exclusive content for the Friends In Tech website, including FiT Tips, a collection of short audio hints to help ease listener’s computer life, Retro-FiT, a regular podcast review of all Friends In Tech podcasts and, on-going specials, creating a bit of light-hearted, technology-based, fun.

For additional information, Contact:

Douglas E. Welch
The WelchWrite Company, Inc.