Read/Write Web presentation (slides and more)

I was able to put together a version of the presentation as an “enhanced podcast” using a borrowed copy of Garage Band ’06. It worked very well for the task, with one glaring issue – apparently GB can’t handle audio longer than 65 minutes, so the last couple of minutes of the presentation audio is truncated. No big loss, as it’s mostly just wrapup (and there is an 11-minute section of awesome Q and A around the 30 minute mark – at the “Wiki Discussion” chapter).

Here’s the Enhanced Podcast version, as well as an interactive Flash version (maybe that will work well if your mp3 player is playing the full audio at the same time), a .pdf version, and a .zip of all slide images (but that loses the build effects used in the Flash version). Also, the source Keynote file is available.

The whole shooting match is released under a Creative Commons license (attribution, non-commercial, share-alike), so have at’er if you have the Mad Skillz to produce a better version (or make the audio suck less), or want to remix it into something else.

11 replies on “Read/Write Web presentation (slides and more)”

  1. D’Arcy, thanks for that, your presentations page is a great resource!

    You expose the feed for post comments clearly for human readers, it’s just impossible to autodetect with a browser or aggregator or other tool at the moment (e.g. I have a script which watches where I leave comments and looks for comment feeds to auto-subscribe to so I can see follow-ups).

    Your email comment subscription does work, but it’s just the pedant in me wanting to keep everything together 🙂

  2. Easy solution. By cranking down the tempo on the audio track, you can have a much longer recording. I just dropped it to 60 beats per minute (was 120) and now I get 2:13:12 of play time. No idea if there are side effects of this, but it seems to work. I added a Jingle, and it worked as expected.

  3. Also, it would be nice if we could auto-detect the comment feed when on that post’s page. I probably don’t want to subscribe to your main feed via auto-detection when I’m on a post’s page.

  4. Phil, I just added a “Presentations” page. Thanks for pointing out the oversight. I’ll go back and redo it properly, but at least it won’t 404 and accuse you of being a spammer 🙂 It’s just a hand-rolled html page for now – WordPress doesn’t seem to like making Pages with the same “post slug” as a real directory on the filesystem. I’ll look into that some more…

    When I get a chance, I’ll do it up right, add an RSS feed etc. as well, and add some of the other previous presentations.

    I suppose it would be handy to more clearly expose the RSS feed for post comments as well. Hadn’t put much thought into that – I never use that feature myself (more than enough RSS feeds to manage, without adding a new one for every blog post I comment to).

    There is an email subscription feature that should be working – the “Subscribe” checkbox while entering a comment should keep you up to date on comments.

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  6. Don’t know if it’s a hard limit, but GB wouldn’t even scroll past that point. I could see the audio track continuing past, but couldn’t do a darned thing about it. A quick google turned up a limit of 1999(?) measures. Apparently decreasing the tempo gives you more time, but I haven’t tested it…

  7. Cole, D’Arcy

    Please post again with how you get on with the 65 min limit … this would also be a problem for me in Hong Kong as out lecture times are 50 mins and 80 mins.

  8. I haven’t downloaded the persentation (YET!) … but I did hit a major WTF moment when I read the 65 minute limit thing. Is this true … if it is, forget about GB as a “Podium Podcasting Solution” … would love to put that little TM after that as you do so well, but I think the use of that is, umm, TM by you. 65 minutes is about 10 mins short of the standard T-Th class time here at PSU. Time to investigate!

    BTW, looking forward to the preso!

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