Podcasting class checklist: What to do for every episode

Here is a reference guide for my podcasting students at Walden School of Liberal Arts: You’ve recorded an episode of your podcast. Now you want to get it out there for the world to hear. Here’s how to do that, step by step. 1. Edit your episode, adding all music and sound clips. Save it […]

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Review: The Lego Movie

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Watching ‘The Lego Movie,’ the new film by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, I had the distinct impression that when I was a preteen, this would have been my new favorite movie of all time. It has in spades the two elements of cinema that I valued above all others when I was young: zany […]

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Stop editing other people’s movies

A new service has launched this year, allowing customers to take out the parts of films that they find offensive. These services have existed in some way for years: take your copy of a film somewhere to be edited, put a box on top of your TV that edits on the fly. This one focuses […]

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Weekly Recommend #1: Moral Portrayals of Immorality, Linguistics of Hollywood, Gay Marriage, and More!

This post launches a new feature on the blog where I collect some of my favorite things I heard, saw, or read this week, and briefly describe them here with accompanying links. I consume a lot of stuff, but will only share the truly worthwhile gems. This week’s inaugural post features mostly audio stuff, so […]

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What is a draft? A blogger’s existential dilemma

For writers, one of the most valuable aspects of blogging is the possibility it affords to receive feedback. Not only can the writer receive comments from friends and peers, but total strangers who have an interest in the particular subject can stumble upon posts and provide a completely fresh set of eyes to it. But […]

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Students, You Can Do Stuff Now!

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This is for the high school and middle school students I’m teaching right now about podcasting and blogging. I want each of them to understand how much power they actually have to create original content and get it noticed in serious ways. They don’t need to wait until they’re older or somebody gives them permission. […]

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Films of 2013: The Great

I’ve shared the films I didn’t care for. I’ve shared the films I liked. Now it’s time to put it all on the line: Here are my top ten films of 2013. I’ll say up front the movies I didn’t see, that I think would have been in contention for this list: 12 Years a Slave, […]

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Films of 2013: The Good

This is the second in a three part series remembering the films of 2013. I already shared my least favorites. Next up will be my top 10. This post highlights some good films that are also worth checking out: Much Ado About Nothing What do you do on your week off from The Avengers? You shoot […]

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Films of 2013: My Least Favorite

I don’t go to the movies if I think I won’t like the film. So this list doesn’t represent the worst of the year by any means. Still, I had some disappointments in 2013, and before I get to my top 10 of the year, let’s clear the air with my least favorites. The Great […]

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Podcasting Overview

A podcast requires three things: episode content (mp3 or mp4 files, for instance) a place to store them (web hosting, costs money) an xml file that pod-catching programs like iTunes can use to see when you have new episodes It is a common misbelief that you upload your podcast to iTunes. iTunes does not store […]

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