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Podcasting and iPodder

iPodder screenshot

The world has a new podcasting fan — me. I noticed that iPodder has entered Debian unstable a few days ago (thanks Hilko Bengen!). After a few problems (see bug #326686 for a solution), it now works and looks quite nice to me. I have never used iTunes, so I can't really comment on how iPodder compares to it (anyone?). Also, please leave a comment if you can recommend any other (better?) free software "podcatcher". I noticed podracer, a command line program, which is nice for "headless" usage...

I subscribed to a few initial podcasts for now, more will certainly follow:

My subscribed feeds are available as OPML file, I'll update the list from time to time... Any recommendations for good podcasts are welcome!

Oh, and I'm also thinking of starting my own podcast soon, stay tuned!

Ingoldesstat-finden: A Town Searches For Its Roots

Ingoldesstat-finden Logo

I have recently built a homepage (based on Drupal, of course) for quite an interesting not-for-profit project called Ingoldesstat-finden.

Some history background:

A document of Charlemagne (Karl der Große or Charles the Great) from 806 mentions for the first time a "Kammergut" (estate) he owned, namely Ingoldesstat — which later became the city Ingolstadt (not too far away from Munich). Yes, that's the Ingolstadt you know from Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Ingolstadt will celebrate the 1200th "birthday" in 2006...

The project:

The aim of the archaeological project Ingoldesstat-finden is to find the exact place where the first settlers of Ingolstadt lived. Some recent findings indicate that the original Ingoldesstat was not where the city center is today...

The project, lead by Hans Strobl, has many volunteer participants, ranging from archaeologists, historians, art restorers, designers, photographers, videographers and — finally — a computer science student who created their website ;-)

There's a photo gallery which documents the excavations, findings, activities and people behind the project. I also set up a group blog so that all people involved can blog about what they do... It was a lot of fun for me to work with these people to get the site up and running and I'm curious how it will develop — my hope is that it will become a lively site with lots of discussions.

The thing that fascinates me most about this project is that so many citizens of Ingolstadt take part, help with excavations, wash findings, take photos etc. etc. I'll probably also take part in some of the archaeological stuff in the future. Expect to see me "digging in the dirt" soon, in the truest sense of the word ;-)

Grayson

Batman is dead. Robin wants revenge. Welcome to Grayson, a great film by John Fiorella. Watch the Making Of (80 MB), too, it's well worth it and very funny.

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