Did Video Kill the Radio Star?

Many people would agree that video has killed the radio star.

But I’m not so sure.

Having gotten a taste of video podcasting, I feel I have more of an appreciation for the moving pictures medium and a much larger respect for those who get it right. Previous to the video tutorial I produced for my last post, I had created a couple of audio podcasts that I thought turned out pretty well for a first-timer. The experience was fun, inexpensive, and, perhaps best of all, easy (read about that experience here). Continue reading

Blogging, Science

On the Utility of Video for Scientists

When many people hear the words science, research, or anything that ends in the Greek suffix -ology, they immediately conjure images of complex diagrams, abstruse concepts, or thick tomes filled with recondite knowledge. Indeed, in 2013 only 42 % of Canadians polled  were found to be scientifically literate—to wit, able to understand and evaluate the scientific process, experimentation, reasoning, and basic scientific principles as they relate to everyday decision making (there are numerous definitions of scientific literacy; you can read some of them here). While these polling results are a vast improvement over the approximately 15 % of Canadians surveyed who were scientifically literate in 1989, there are still an estimated 4.6 million Canadians today who are unaware that the earth orbits the sun (assuming survey results are representative of Canadian society as a whole). Continue reading


An Introduction to Podcasts

What are podcasts?

According to a podcast (n) is “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer.”

That’s a pretty general definition, but many podcasters would agree. Podcasts come in many shapes and sizes, from music videos, talk radio,  and audio books, to instructional how-tos and academic lectures, podcasts are hard to pin-down. If you can record it, chances are you can distribute it as a podcast. Continue reading


On Fear and Blogging

When the prospect of starting a blog first crossed my mind, I wasn’t exactly overly enthusiastic. As I detailed in my last post, there are millions of blogs out there. That’s a lot of competition.

Apart from trying to figure out what it was that I actually wanted to blog about (cats? model trains? pet rocks?!), I also had to deal with a mindset that was telling me at every setback or road block, no matter how small, not to blog. Continue reading