April 21st, 2009

homer d'oh

And I call myself a nerd! (ie, I Need Podcasting Tech Help)

[This one has ecgriffith or sailormur written all over it]

I've been thinking for a while about getting into doing podcasts and also auditioning to be a reader at various online fiction sites. (There's that Drama degree kicking in again!) A very kind comment/referral from mkhobson at Norwescon got me going full gear on this project.

I plan to use either my iMac (running OS X 10.4) or the iBook laptop (running OS X 10.5). So I did some google-research on good podcasting headsets and bought a Plantronics 650 USB headset.

I can *not* get the microphone input to work on either Mac. Speakers work just fine, but I can't get the Mac to take audio input from headset ("Line In") instead of the built-in microphone. I did use the System Preferences app, Sound panel to trying switching the Input.

I confirmed that the headset microphone works because I can get it to work with the Windows laptop.

I have a feeling I'm missing a setting somewhere. Anyone have any thoughts?

Also, I'm thinking of using either Garage Band or Audacity for making podcasts, which in the end will just be a MP3 file. Are there any preferences between one or the other?

Thanks for the help!
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 07:09 Tuesday puzzles: Jumble = 2:05 (big stall on fourth word); NYT xword = 4:53 (helps to know most of the big clues immediately) #
  • 07:10 up, dressed, lunches and breakfasts made, now it's kids to school, workout, and work #fb #
  • 11:23 well that stinks. "The Difference Engine" by Doron Swade (about Babbage's early computer work) is no longer in print. #
  • 11:31 @gregvaneekhout @jay_lake He still twitters from the bathroom, though. #
  • 12:24 @jay_lake @gregvaneekhout Yet another secret to writing success: Write anywhere, Write anytime! #
  • 12:47 @JeremiahTolbert "shooting", "banger", "accomplished mission". Hmmm ... "Fish & Chips" is code, isn't it? You're a secret agent, aren't you? #
  • 13:35 @brendacooper "Name five world-building tools used when writing SF/F". Oh, *relevant* questions. Whoops... #
  • 13:36 @markteppo "point", "code", "reading", "literally". Got it. Message received. Reply is:"The crow flies south in the gaze of the full moon". #
  • 13:37 off to get elder daughter, come home, get stuff, take her to soccer game, come home, do much more work (deadline this week) #
  • 18:39 The soccer game was a comeback, from down 0-2 at halftime to a 2-2 tie. Well done, especially in 95 degree heat! #
  • 19:22 time to get the little one from rock climbing. Leaving a bit early, so I can write while I wait. #
  • 20:22 Thinking about a story and trying to break the emotional arc #
  • 20:47 darn! missed "Car of the Future" on NOVA. With Klick and Klack, the Tappit Brothers. #
  • 20:49 @wilw Sharks + playoffs === EPIC FAIL. as always. #
  • 21:40 Oh, Internet Explorer. How can one program have so much of Teh Suck?!?! #
  • 22:21 @CatRambo I think the recent tweets of @MaryRobinette are perfect for the new Twitter horror magazine :-) #
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