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How to Record Any Audio from your Mac Speakers for Free

Filing this for future reference. Very frustrating limitation on my machine. Of course, simply looping the “speaker out” jack to the “mic in” jack would probably do the trick, but what a stupid, frustrating kludge. Some PCs have the ability to record “what you hear”, but it depends on the PCs soundcard. But on my MacBook Pro, there’s no native way to record the audio you hear. Unless you download…

She knows Vulcans have their hearts where their livers are supposed to be.
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Crazy, Kinetic, Acoustic Visit to the Carnegie Science Center

A few days ago, I blogged about visiting SportsWorks at the Carnegie Science Center. A couple weeks ago, I brought my son and his friend to see an extended tour of the submarine USS Requin. This post is mostly about visiting the Exploration Station, part of the fourth floor installation that features more of the hands-on, kid-friendly exhibits that make the Carnegie Science Center such a wonderful place.

Snow White: The Musical (new video promo for Stage Right! Greensburg’s upcoming family musical)

I’ve been ramping up my video-editing skills, as I launch a year-long project to train students to add video and multimedia packages to the school paper. Along the way, I’ve found several opportunities to make videos just for fun. This is a video I made to help  a local nonprofit theater group publicize the brand-new musical they’re producing later this month. I can see some jerky motions I’d like to…

Top British writers hail birth 200 years ago of Grimm tales that bewitched them

In 1812 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published Children’s and Household Tales in the German region of Westphalia and its influence slowly spread all over the world. The Grimms’ book, which they updated in their lifetime, is the second bestselling book in the German language after the Bible. While many in Britain will have first experienced the tales in Ladybird Books, others will have seen some of the Walt Disney films…

How to teach a journalist programming

I’m generalising wildly, of course, but journalists – particularly student journalists – often try to learn programming from books. That may sound like common sense, but it’s not in an art or a science – and programming is both. Programmers – if I’m to generalise wildly again – typically combine books (which they don’t read cover to cover) with documentation, adapting other code, trial and error, and each other. When…

How to get started as a multimedia journalist

Multimedia journalism is a pretty nebulous term. As a result, in my experience, when students try to adopt the role two main problems recur: 1) having a narrow assumption of what multimedia means (i.e. video) and 2) not being able to see the multimedia possibilities of your work. Multimedia journalism is a very different beast to broadcast journalism. In broadcast journalism your role was comparatively simple: you had one medium…