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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Icons and iPods.

Johann Sebastian Bach, by Robert LentzMy, my! Thanks to some very generous and thoughtful relatives, I have joined the ranks of the iPodians — although I haven't yet figured out how to use the cute little thing — but the musical theme of this Christmas also included a particularly wonderful item from Mrs Philocrites. (Her Christmas was about as Anglican as they come, complete with a festive St Nicholas figure, The Study of Anglicanism, two icons, and Robert Alter's translation of the Pentateuch. And, yes — thanks for asking! — her Christmas Eve pageant was lovely. I'm sure the ceramic Virgin Mary crèche figure can be glued back together.) She gave me my very own icon of Johann Sebastian Bach, the fifth evangelist. If I can figure out how to get my iPod set up, I may load the "Christmas Oratorio" to bless it.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 25 December 2004 at 12:28 PM

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December 26, 2004 10:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

Set up and happy!

Paul S. Sawyer:

December 27, 2004 11:46 AM | Permalink for this comment

Welcome to the club, Philo.

Now let us know when we can look forward to Philocrites Podcasts!


December 27, 2004 11:58 AM | Permalink for this comment

What's a Podcast?

Paul S. Sawyer:

December 27, 2004 01:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

Podcasting was the subject of an article in the 12/20 Boston Globe (which I recycled in a pre-Christmas-in-law-arrival cleaning frenzy, so I can't look it up...).

It's like an audio blog, where you post mp3's regularly which people download.

Check out and the site featured in the

Mostly my iPod gets used to play (over and over again) songs requested by my three-year-old, so I haven't spent much time downloading podcasts, but I like the idea.


December 27, 2004 08:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

Here's the Boston Globe story: "Computer, Microphone, iPod Make Broadcasting Personal" by Peter J. Howe (12.20.04). Short version:

If Internet-based weblogs turned everyone into a potential newspaper columnist, and digital cameras let them become photojournalists, podcasting is promising to let everyone with a microphone and a computer become a radio commentator.

I think I'll stick to writing — it has taken me a long time to figure out this medium! — but maybe we need a new category for next year's UU Blog Awards: Best Podcast. (There is a Unitarian Universalist "radio station" on the Internet, which may qualify, although I personally don't enjoy the music that it plays.)

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