AAC version of Epi 85 audio only

For some reason the enhanced content (images and links) didn’t come through in the export of the AAC (mp4) version of Episode 85. Head over to the show notes to find out the details of this week’s episode, I hope to have the problem figured out by Episode 86 next weekend.

AAG New Media panel seat opening

Either Sue or I have to skip part of the Podcasting and Blogging/New Media session on Friday morning since we are co-authors on a presentation and the lead isn’t going to be able to make it to the AAG. This leaves a spot open, and while I have no doubt that those in attendance will keep the conversation going, it sometimes helps to have a more people to share the load. If you are interested in sharing your New Media experiences and will be attending the AAG in April, send me an email and I will get back to you soon.

I bwoke it

Sorry, I took down the blog for at least an hour while upgrading WordPress. Apparently the problem I had wasn’t uncommon, and since I made plenty of back-ups before I started (unlike the terrible Very Spatial Poll update of ’06 which I still haven’t brought back yet) I wasn’t too worried about getting back eventually. Bonus, I found some files that need to be cleaned out.

Updated mp3 encoder

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.

Congrats to our winner

JayJay 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.

Podcast feed updated

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.

Episode 81 will be out Monday night

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.

Thanks for playing the home game

Oh MyWe 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.

Only one week left in our latest contest

geoyes, 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!