Podcasts - Personal Radio For the MassesWritten by D. L. Randolph
Podcasts are literally ways ordinary average person can have their own broadcast media. What makes Podcasts different from other types of audio content is users must use RSS protocol. However, it also allows you to produce and create your own self-published radio-type shows.
Several radio stations use Podcasts either as their entire format or as part of their format. These stations include KYOU Radio in San Francisco, 99.5 The Mountain in Denver, and KFI in Los Angeles. Of course, Internet provides listings for where Podcasts can be found as well. At www.Podcasts.net, you'll find a list that is based on any topic you're interested in. This includes entertainment, politics, arts, science and nature, business, lifestyle and shopping, with many of categories broken down into more specific categories.
If you don't have an iPod, you may wonder why you would even want to find Podcasts. The term Podcasts doesn't mean a person has to use an Apple iPod. Podcast, though, is a term merged from words iPod and broadcast. Any digital audio player or computer with proper software can be used to listen to or create Podcasts. But, users must have "Podcatching" software, also known as "aggregator" software, to be able to listen to Podcasts.
Those wanting to either listen to or make their own Podcasts will need something called iPodderx. This is nothing more than a newsreader that can interpret RSS 2.0 feeds. While iPodderx allows for listening to Podcasts, it is also needed to help with broadcast side as well. Other Podcasting products available, as shown on www.alesis.com, include 10/2 2-channel portable audio interface. This is a 24-bit /96k USB product. The Photon X49 is a keyboard controller, as is Fusion 6HD and 8HD. The MultiMix Mixers are used to mix sounds for Podcasts. M1 Active 520 and 620 nearfield reference monitors are also available. However, be ready to spend some serious cash if you're planning on doing any major Podcasts.
Looking for Hawaiian arm tattoos?Written by Chris
One of biggest and hottest growing trends in art of tattoo design is Hawaiian arm or leg band tattoos. As this trend goes a lot of people think to themselves, well of course." At least that is what I said to myself at first. You can hardly drive more then 10 minutes on freeway in southern California where I am from and not see a big SUV like a Lincoln Navigator or a Cadillac Escalade and not see a Hawaiian sticker. Things with flowers designs, or turtles, dolphins. Ya see it started off with sticker and then car seat covers with hibiscus flowers everywhere and it just grew from there. This trend of Hawaiian design has then met it's match with whole tribal tattoo movement. Tribal tattoos have been hottest thing in tattoo world since sliced bread or old school WWII era Hula dancer. You see these influences have been all around us for a long time my grandpa even has one of those Hula Girls tattoos still. Granted it is a little saggy and faded now but he still has one on his forearm nonetheless. So whole tribal tattoo and growth in interest for Hawaiian designs have combined to make a hot and growing market for Hawaiian tattoos. This is really an up and coming thing and it not huge yet. However many tattoo artists are spotting trend and jumping on it already. Of course there is a lot of controversy on this subject also like anything. If you look on internet there is a controversy about getting Kanji and Japanese Tattoos also. Anytime you try and take designs of a culture and do not depict them accurately it creates a sense of bastardization or what I call "Disney Effect" towards culture. I mean how would you feel if you were in China and someone said, oh you should try this hot new restaurant out it serves this great food that is really American. They have fried chicken and apple pie that is best." Well, at first you would be excited right? Sure it would be nice for a good home cooked meal if you have been out of US for a long time. However once you get there you see place has really tacky and awful reproductions of 50's art and all food tastes kind of strange. It would probably bee kind of close or resemble what you were thinking of but it would be missing something or a few key ingredients. I bet this would leave you feeling a little sad and like your culture was not totally understood.