Media Mining Digest 72 – Mar 29, 2013: Amiga 500 Teardown, Baghdad, Belkin WeMo, Blind People Tips, Broadband in Mt Vernon, Depression, Engineer Discussion, Education Technology, Gold Purchases, Homeless Seniors, Insulin Control, Internet Education, Kimberly, Manufacturing and Taxes, Medical Reserve Corps, Pattern Recognition, Prison Recycling, Scar Treatment, Sentinel Initiative, Silicon Valley, Tunisia Evolution, Xavier U. President

The following audio files come from a larger group of 167 from last week. Double-click or ctrl-click individual highlighted links. A 129 MB zip file of all 22 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed for eight hours of listening is  here for four months vs 697 MB normal speed and fifteen hours of listening.  Larger groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Amiga 500 Teardown 40 mins – “What’s inside the 1987 Commodore Amiga 500 computer.” Something for old computer geeks. This is a video-only program and can be viewed on-line or downloaded at the link.

Baghdad 24 mins – “How have Iraqis’ lives changed in the 10 years since an invasion toppled Saddam Hussein? Hugh Sykes investigates.” At the link find the title, “Docs: After Saddam – Part 1,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belkin WeMo 16 mins – “We’ve got a WeMo at TWiT and we’re going to see what it can do.  The Belkin WeMo is an internet connected switch. You can pick up a switch and a motion sensor for about $80… To extend the function of the WeMo we can use IFTTT [IfThisThenThat], which connects web services to other services like the WeMo. To find out more about IFTTT, check out Know How… To Make the Web Work for You….” Twenty percent of 300 Amazon reviews for WeMo are only one-star; lots of frustrated customers and no good solutions! Still a user can get some practical programming experience while working with these devices and Belkin created this site for users to share experience and get company support. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind People Tips 19 mins – “Peter White is joined by Susannah Hancock & Richard Lane, who offer tips and advice on how to look good for someone newly blind, or visually-impaired, including a color detector.” At the link find the title, “How to look good?Tue, 19 Mar 13,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “SaveLinkAs” from the pop-up menu. The site only offers the files for thirty days.

Broadband in Mt Vernon, WA 27 mins – “Mount Vernon, Washington, started building their own fiber optic network in 1995 and over the past 18 years have continued to add incrementally. While the network started as a way to connect a few municipal facilities, it has since expanded to nearby Burlington and the Port of Skagit. The network now serves government, schools, hospitals and clinics, and a broad range of businesses in the area…  The network required no borrowing or bonding because initial funding came from a state Community and Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) grant. …” Audio quality suffers because of the phones used during the interview, but content is still useful. At the link you can only read the transcript, but a copy of the audio file is included in the downloadable zip file noted at the top of this episode.

Depression Prt3 54mins – “Mary O’Connell brings us the stories of the depressed on the path to wellness and the methods that can be used to get them there.” one of which is SPARX.  At the link find the title, “Rethinking Depression, Part 3,” right-click “Download Rethinking Depression, Part 3” and right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineer Discussion 61 mins – “Jeff talks with his three new co-hosts about what sparked their interests in engineering.” They are two electrical engineers and a civil version. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Technology 124 mins – “Education technology is an accepted and integral component of reforming and improving the American educational system. The educational possibilities made possible by today’s technology and mobile devices are expansive, with mobile phones apps, interactive games, distance learning programs, and environment software readily available to most students and teachers in the United States. Now that these tools are a common feature in the classroom, how can technology’s integration in education be expanded to best benefit students? How can educators incorporate the latest technologies to improve education and assess what proves effective? What future innovations can be expected in educational technology?” At the link you can only watch the video which starts about the 60 minute mark on the viewer. An audio file is included in the zip collection link at the top of this edition.

Gold Purchases 14 mins – “Paul addresses the numerous questions he has received recently regarding gold, and whether now is the time to sell.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless Seniors 10 mins – “Studies show there are a growing number of homeless people around the age of 50. But it’s common for them to experience illnesses and injuries more common among people well beyond their age. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR correspondent, Pam Fessler and homeless advocate, Tony Simmons, about the rising number of aging homeless.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insulin Control 22 mins – “Are all calories equal? Thermodynamics would say that energy is energy, be it derived from carbohydrate, fat, or protein. But things get more complicated when appetite is taken into consideration , says Robert Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco.” At the link find the title, “Are all calories equal?,” right-click “Media files bmj-podcast-are-all-calories-equal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Education 24 mins – “Will a sophisticated revolution in online teaching – from the best universities on the planet – meet the shortage of higher education across the world?” At the link find the title, “What If… The Best Education,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kimberly 50 mins – “Neil Trevithick and Kirsti Melville journey across Western Australia to a pristine promontory called James Price Point, 60km north of the small resort town of Broome, to hear how the indigenous population is at odds with the huge industrial destructive non-replenishing nature of mining.” At the link find the titile, “Docs: Red Dirt Dreaming – Part One,” right-click “Download 23MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Manufacturing and Taxes 225 mins – “On March 15, the Urban-BrookingsTax Policy Center and the International Tax Policy Forum hosted a conference to assess the current state of U.S. manufacturing, its contribution to U.S. economic growth, and whether tax reform should maintain, deepen, or eliminate preferential income tax treatment of manufacturing income.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Reserve Corps 24 mins – “There’s a great show coming for you this week including a special segment on the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) recorded last week at the public health preparedness summit in Atlanta.” It occupies most of the episode and starts at the eight minute mark. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pattern Recognition 59 mins – “This spring, parts of the East Coast will turn squishy and crunchy — the return of the 17-year cicadas means surfaces in certain locations (in patches from VA to CT) will once again be coated in bugs buzzing at 7 kilohertz. In their honor, we’re rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: Emergence. In this classic hour, we take a look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains… with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Recycling 6 mins – “The University of Utah wants to bring science and sustainability into the state’s prisons. The U is developing a project that would work with inmates on recycling, gardening, and composting among other things. It’s part of a trend toward environmental sustainability in prisons – the subject of a workshop at the university that starts Wednesday and runs through Friday. KUER’s Andrea Smardon talks to the scientist who’s working on the university’s new program, Nalini Nadkarni. Nadkarni is a biologist, an ecologist, and the U’s Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education.”  At the link right-click “Listen” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scar Treatment 14mins – “Regenerative Medicine Today welcomes Geoff Gurtner, MD. Dr. Gurtner, professor of surgery in the division of plastic surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, who discusses his research in scar mitigation and wound healing.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sentinel Initiative 59 mins – “On March 7, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings hosted a roundtable webinar, “Highlights from the Fifth Annual Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop.” This webinar featured presentations from Dr. Patrick Archdeacon, a medical officer in the Office of Medical Policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Richard Platt, professor and chair of the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.”  “This public workshop brought together the members of various stakeholder communities for a productive discussion on the continuing development of active medical product surveillance, including:

  • The State of Mini-Sentinel Activities
  • Selected Mini-Sentinel Protocol-Driven Evaluations
  • Collaborations Supporting Active Surveillance Research
  • Planned Expansion of Prospective Surveillance Programs
  • Opportunities to Expand the Public Health Impact of the Sentinel Initiative
  • Stakeholder Feedback on Mini-Sentinel as a Tool for Evaluating Drug Safety Issues that Require Regulatory Action” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silicon Valley 24 mins – “People with ideas flock to Silicon Valley, where innovation and invention are celebrated and investors are willing to take a chance on the next big thing.” At the link find the the title, “Docs: What if… The Next Tech Billionaires,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tunisia Evolution 24 mins – “How an internet dance craze has become a sometimes violent battleground between conservatives and liberals in Tunisia. Neal Razzell reporting.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Tunisia’s Harlem Shake,” right-click “Download 11MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Xavier U. President 17 mins – “Xavier University of Louisiana has a number of distinctions. It is the country’s only historically black, Catholic University. Plus, it’s one of the leading universities when it comes to sending African-American students on to medical school. And at 45 years, no other university’s president has served longer than Xavier’s Norman Francis. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sixty-four podcasts for 2010 and earlier at 1.5x are listed alphabetically in this PDF and can be downloaded in two zip files, Part 1 and Part 2, each holding about 350 MB. For 2011 an alphabetical PDF list of 184 podcasts at 1.5x is available as five segments. A similar list and downloads for 362 podcasts for Jan-Jun 2012 is here, and 591 for Jul-Dec here. Podcasts are zipped for easier downloading and segmented due to a 300MB limit on file uploads. (Dead links in old episodes are due to updating; try a current episode.) Over 130 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opm file that Feedreader can import. A PDF list of feeds is here. Free Commander is used to compare old with new downloads to remove  duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used to boost playback speed to 1.5x. A speed listening background article is here.  A commenter recommended this $1.99 iPhone/iPad app for mobile devices; leave a comment if you try it. Another is xSpeedChanger. Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.

Thanks for visiting.


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