Podcasting 101Written by D. L. Randolph
The World Wide Web is chock full of interesting and unique technological advancements that make life a bit easier. Podcasting is a new technical advancement that has recently become all rage with computer users. Mixing words "iPod" and "broadcast" to give this new method of sound file publication a name, podcasting has become exceedingly popular since Apple's iPod and other mp3 players have come onto scene and worked their way into pockets of tech savvy individuals. The idea of a podcast may be difficult to grasp, but think of it in terms of a radio program or a magazine subscription for audio purposes. Instead of reading your subscription, you listen to it using specific software.
The technology behinds podcasting is phenomenal and complicated, but can be broken into easy to understand bits so even most non technical minds can marvel at process. Audio files must be published to a website in order for individuals to access files in order to download them on a computer or mp3 player. These devices have a program that can read these files and allow individual to listen to files. The same way digital video recorders (such as ultra popular Tivo) records, transmits, and plays video images, podcasts players record and play audio transmissions. Podcasts are not just songs, they can be any type of audio recordings an individual wishes to hear. There are a great deal of podcasts available for interested individuals to subscribe just as there are a multitude radio stations that broadcast over airwaves. Countries all over world actively have podcasts started and are expanding their content. Popular Canadian broadcast show, "Quirks and Quarks" is currently podcast in addition to traditional radio broadcast. Similarly, programs in United States and United Kingdom are podcast to a number of happy subscribers.
The Greatest Cartoon Character of Them All...Written by Ed Williams
If someone asked me who greatest cartoon character of all-time is, I’d have no doubt as to who I‘d pick. Mickey Mouse? Well, he was great, but that high pitched voice of his got on my nerves pretty bad, plus, Mickey wore a tad thin once you got past age of twelve or thirteen. Popeye? Popeye had his good points, but he was at least a double bag haint, and besides, I could never understand all that under-the-breath stuff he said. Fred Flintstone? Just a Jackie Gleason rip-off, why watch Fred when you can watch Great One instead? Woody Woodpecker? He got on my nerves and talked too fast to boot. Donald Duck? I never, ever understood what in hell Donald was saying. Without doubt, my favorite cartoon character of all-time has to be Foghorn Leghorn.
And what a classic he is! I was recently given a video of nothing but Foghorn cartoons, and I laughed until I couldn’t see straight. Remember Widow Hen? Henery Hawk? Prissy? There were other characters, but out of them all I think I loved Barnyard Dog most. Remember how Fog would tiptoe up to his house, pick him up by tail, and then paddle his backside with a plank or worse? “That dawg” would jump up and chase Foghorn like he was possessed until his rope leash ran out, which would then yank a knot in his neck each and every time. Simply put, they just don’t make characters like these anymore, heck, they don‘t even make any close to these anymore.
The thing I liked best about Foghorn Leghorn was some of his remarks in cartoons. There were some pure classics, I’ve laughed so hard at some of them that one time I actually pulled some muscles in my ribcage from strenuous laughter. He said some of most off-the-wall things imaginable, but he wasn’t that bad of a philosopher, either. Believe it or not, there’s a lot we can learn from ole Fog. So folks, here are some classic Foghorn remarks, delivered as only our favorite rooster can deliver them:
"Okay, I'll shut up. Some fellas have to keep their tongues flappin' but not me. I was brought up right. My pa used to tell me to shut up and I'd shut up. I wouldn't say nothin'. One time darn near starved to death. WOULDN'T TELL HIM I WAS HUNGRY!!"