This afternoon, I appeared on CBC Radio Vancouver's "On the Coast" drivetime show. Guest host Jaeny Baik and I talked about the City of New Westminster's feasibility study/pilot project to create a citywide Wi-Fi network (from the May 11 New West council meeting). We didn't cover everything I wanted to mention—most notably, community-driven mesh networking approaches—but I think it was still a worthwhile discussion. It became a seven-and-a-half-minute interview (2.3 MB MP3 file). © 2009 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Free MP3 instrumental tunes, the occasional vocal song, and spoken-word podcast stuff from Derek K. Miller in Vancouver, Canada from 2006-2009. All Creative Commons licensed unless otherwise indicated. Tracks from 2004-2005 are at the archive page.
Writer, editor, web guy, drummer, and dad in Vancouver, Canada.
08 June 2009
06 November 2008
More than a year after my previous appearance on CBC Radio about my cancer, I spoke with (5.2 MB, about 12 minutes) host Stephen Quinn of the afternoon radio show "On the Coast" about all the drastic stuff I've been through since June 2007, including my major surgeries and several chemotherapy regimes, as well as the new phase of my cancer treatment, that of living with the disease rather than simply trying to destroy it. © 2008 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
30 March 2008
I spoke to the Editors' Association of Canada, where I used to be an executive, for more than an hour (24 MB Enhanced AAC audio file) in March 2008. I talked about how I've mixed my online and offline lives since developing colon cancer last year. It's less of a bummer than it sounds, really. The audio file includes accompanying visuals. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
30 June 2007
This audio, from June 29, is my third appearance on the Vancouver afternoon radio show “On the Coast,” following others in January, and again in April. This time my wife joined me on air, and we talked about how I have continued blogging despite further bad news about my cancer diagnosis. We spoke with host Paul Grant for about 10 minutes (6 MB MP3 file) about mortality, the Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair, my upcoming birthday and surgery, and the fabulous people at the B.C. Cancer Agency. © 2007 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
29 June 2007
Mark Blevis emailed me an audio file (3 min 21 sec), a happy birthday message (I turn 38 tomorrow) from podcasters all over the place. Holy crap. Thanks everybody, I’m stunned. My wife had to get me some tissues after I started listening to it, so it did its job. The backing track is my tune “Fakeout.” The message is © 2007 by Mark Blevis, Bill Deys, Sean McGaughey, and Bob Goyetche, as well as everyone else who contributed. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give everyone involved credit.
05 April 2007
I first appeared on “On the Coast,” the popular afternoon drivetime show on Vancouver’s CBC Radio One, at the end of January, talking about how I use my blog to discuss my colorectal cancer. This week I was back again with host Priya Ramu for a followup chat. We spoke for about seven minutes (3 MB MP3 file) about how things are going and what has changed since January, which is fair bit. Priya and I also talked about peanut butter sandwiches. © 2007 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
31 January 2007
On January 30, host Priya Ramu of “On the Coast,” the popular afternoon drivetime show on Vancouver’s CBC Radio One, was skeptical about why I’d want to blog about something as personal as my diagnosis and treatment for colorectal cancer. We talked for nearly nine minutes (5 MB MP3 file) on air about why I chose to be so public about it. There is also a followup interview (6.3 MB) with Barry Stein of the Colorectal Cancer Society of Canada. © 2007 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
19 November 2006
Starting in the early 1990s, Thomas Dolby spent more than a decade out of the music business, building his company Beatnik from a MIDI synthesizer and web audio firm into the world’s leading provider of polyphonic mobile phone ringtones. Now he’s back recording and touring, and says he’s like the Austin Powers of the music industry, unfrozen and amazed at the new opportunities. He spoke (13 MB MP3 file) in November 2006 in Seattle, and I recorded him there. This is the full 42-minute version; an eight-minute edited version appears in episode #28 of Inside Home Recording, the podcast I co-host. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me and Thomas Dolby credit.
18 November 2006
In October 2006 I spoke to the Editors' Association of Canada about writing and editing (15 MB MP3 file) for websites, email, podcasts, and other new-technology media, which is what I do for a living and as a hobby. I also talked a bit about how search engines work, what “Web 2.0” is, and so on. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
08 July 2006
For most people, editing onscreen means Microsoft Word, so when I ran a day-long workshop for Simon Fraser University on July 6, 2006, I focused mostly on Word. The entire workshop was 2 hours, 53 minutes long, and the MP3 file is a little over 50 MB to download. Go to penmachine.com/word for reference notes. If the single big file is too large, you can also get it in three parts: part 1, part 2, part 3. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
14 June 2006
My seminar on building your own website and making it work effectively. Associated with the Editors' Association of Canada 2006 annual conference in Vancouver. The MP3 file is more than two hours long. If you prefer shorter chunks, download part 1 and part 2. You can also view my slides. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
27 February 2006
If you want to promote my tunes on your own podcast, my podcast promo is the way to do it. So far this is the most recent promo MP3 (about 2 MB, 1 minute 30 seconds long). It's also available at Podshow Promos. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
17 February 2006
On February 11, 2006, I was part of a four-man panel (55 min MP3 file, about 13 MB) on getting started with blogging at the second annual Northern Voice conference. The other panelists were Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress; Arjun Singh, municipal politician in Kamloops, B.C.; and Roland Tanglao, super-uber-blogger and prolific user of mobile phones. There is also a wiki transcript. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give us credit.
16 February 2006
Can you build a website in 15 minutes or less? Yes! In fact, during my February 2006 talk (14 MB MP3 file, about 1 hr 23 min) to the Editors' Association of Canada, I did it three times with three different tools. To fill up the time, I also discussed blogs, and how domain servers are like phone books, and why Search Engine Optimization isn’t too useful, and why it’s better to hack yourself out a blog than to try to get your website perfect and never actually update it. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.