For episode 82 I have updated the MP3 encoder we use in order to fix some incompatabilities on portable devices. If anyone has any problems with episode 82 (or later) please email us and let us know what episode and what device are having problems. This, of course, doesn’t impact those of you who listen to the AAC version.
Jay from Raleigh is our “Show Us Your Heritage” contest winner, who will soon be receiving a Genographic Kit. His image (right) shows his pregnant Great Grandmother (on the left) just before her first flight. At least she wasn’t in the third trimester when she flew
Anyway, congratulations to Jay and the runners-up (Jeff, Greg, Anand, and Iann) who will be receiving VerySpatial t-shirts.
Those of you who subscribe to the mp3 feed may have some duplication in the last 15 episodes due to our move back to our podcast server now that all of the issues that hit us back in November seemed to be ironed out. The feed for the AAC feed isn’t impacted since it lives on our web server.
We have an phone conversation Monday that will finish this week’s episode. We have a couple of other interviews scheduled later in the week that we will put out during the next month.
Also, VSTV will be returning this week on Thursday or Friday and will probably be on a every other week schedule until May when we can devote more time to it.
We would like to thank everyone who entered our “Show us your heritage” contest. We will announce the winner on episode 81 and emails the winners soon after.
Next contest revolving around EarthDay will start in a few episodes, so stay tuned for details.
yes, that’s right, you only have until next wednesday, January 31st, to enter our latest contest – “Show Us Your Heritage!”
We’ve promoted this contest more on the podcast than the blog, so I’ll give you a quick rundown….Just send us a photo of something that, for you, represents your heritage in some way. For example, if you’re Italian and from Rome, a picture of the Coliseum might be meaningful to you.
Just email your photo, along with a short description of why you chose that photo, and that’s it!
We’ve already gotten some really interesting entries, so get your photo to us ASAP!
The grand prize is a free Genographic Project test kit, which will allow you to participate in National Geographic’s Genographic Project (the kits normally cost $100). We think that this a great project that is aiming to create a worldwide database of human DNA in order to trace our “deep” ancestry. The test is totally anonymous, and provides a general DNA profile of your ancestry, based on mitochondrial DNA or Y-chromosome (only for you guys out there, of course). Unfornuately, we can’t mail the kit outside the US, so only US residents are eligible for the grand prize. However, we will also two first prize winners, who will win other cool prizes like our new t-shirts. First prizes can be mailed to any address, US or internation.
Good Luck, and we will announce the winners on our February 4th podcast episode, so be sure to tune in!
We have a new logo design, but we need it to have a professional touch to make it what it could be. If you know a freelance artist especially one with a cartoonish flair, please point them to us.
Time for the next contest. This time you don’t have to download a picture or print a picture, just send a picture (preferably yours and definitely not copyrighted).
Send a picture that represents your ancestry and a brief description to: contest (at) veryspatial (dot) com.
One lucky person will join us in participating in the National Geographics Genograhic Project.
The first place winner must reside in the US due to postage costs, but anyone can win second or third place (a t-shirt and other SWAG). All entries must be received by 11:59 PM PST January 31, 2007.
Episode 76 has been recorded, but I am taking the day off to lay on the couch and catch up on my favorite web comics, so it won’t be edited and online until Monday.
Have a festive, yet safe, New Year’s Eve.
Due to a busy week on campus, we didn’t get a chance to finish our ‘person on the street’ interviews for Episode 5, but we will save the questions for the beginning of the new year. We will have our Winter Solstice and the four seasons (the new episode 5) out by next Thursday, and a webmap APIs episode around the 28th.