brainwagon "There is much pleasure in useless knowledge." — Bertrand Russell

22Apr/05Off

Robot Dreams

Lem Fugitt has a nice robotics blog, and found my pictures of Robogames 2005. He nicely linked from his blog, so I thought I'd return the favor while tooting my own horn. His blog is cool too, wander around.

Robot Dreams

4Apr/05Off

I’m noticed!

Andrew noticed my name in the credits for The Incredibles. Woohoo! I'm famous!

Note: I actually have two listings in the credits.

29Mar/05Off

SiteLight highlights yours truly!

Steve Ivy over at redmonk.net sent me a few questions by email, and nicely presented my my answers as a Sitelight: his own way of highlighting blogs which he thinks are cool. I kind of liked the questions, and am not sure I've gone over some of this stuff before, so go surf on over to his blog, and find more about what I should have put on my own blog.

8Feb/05Off

Slashdotted! Okay, maybe not quite…

Daily TrafficWhile after about five yesterday I was trying to sleep off my miserable cold+headache, I noticed that I got an increase of traffic from this podcasting article. How much of a boost? Well, it's visible on my daily visits graph, which I reproduce to the right. If you are one of the 200+ who visited my website as the result of the article, I hope you'll be back and that you'll subscribe to the podcast.

7Feb/05Off

Podcasting gives Weblogs a voice

Well, thanks to Ruth Meers at podcast.net, yours truly was interviewed briefly by Matthew Fordahl, an AP Tech reporter. The article is a fairly typical one giving a reasonable but not very exciting view of the history and scope of existing podcasting effort. But from my vantage point, it includes one major advantage: it has quotes from me!

Some podcasters still see podcasting as just a fun hobby. Mark VandeWettering, a Pixar Animation Studios technical director, podcasts from his El Sobrante, Calif., home on a range of subjects, including fatherhood, baseball and telescope building.

"It would be great if I made a fortune doing it, but I don't see how that could possibly happen," he said. "I'm not really trying for it, either. I'm hoping to meet some interesting people and establish some good communications with people on weird topics."

It's only a pity that he failed to list the url for my blog. Oh well. I made a few mistakes in my interview. He asked me when I had done my first podcast, and I said I didn't know exactly, but I thought I had started in October. In reality, the first podcast that I have on my system is dated September 10th, so I was at it pretty damned early, riding the wave up, but eventually being left behind as the wave breaks considerably higher than I anticipated. That's okay. My goal was never to be first, or best, or lord knows, famous. I just wanted to do something cool.

Surprisingly, I think I've done that.

I really would like to thank Ruth Meers for sending him my way, and more importantly, for asking me a very simple question at Bloggercon:

So, what's your podcast all about?

I really didn't have a prepared answer for this seemingly obvious and basic question, and in trying to formulate one (both on the spot, and more carefully in the weeks that followed) I realized that brainwagon is really about answering the question "what is Mark VandeWettering about?" You won't get a complete answer, because obviously there are things that I am not going to share with the millions of people on earth, but you can learn a great deal about just how much of a nut I am by reading these posts, listening to my podcasts, and trying to understand what kind of bizarre nutcase wrote them.

I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks Ruth, and thank you Matthew.

6Feb/05Off

Four Minutes About Podcasting

Lisa Williams has done it again. She's created a nice little four (closer to five, actually) minute video that will tell you all you need to know to begin to listen to podcasts. Try checking out:

Learning The Lessons of Nixon > 4 Minutes About Podcasting

Oh, and she kindly lists me in the credits! Woohoo!

Love your stuff, Lisa. Best line from the podcast:

It [podcasting] is a space suit for the toxic media atmosphere of our planet.

Awesome phrase, Lisa.

1Feb/05Off

Holy Crap!

While testing MSN Search using my name, I found Topics in Animation: The Pinscreen in the Era of the Digital Image which includes a reference to my public domain raytracer. Who knew?