This article re-blogged via radiojar’s tumblr ::: I must ask this – what happens when (not if) the internet collapses or is collapsed. Or just goes “offline” for any notable amount of time. Society depends on it. If digital goes down, your cellular telephone won’t be able to communicate. You should always have analog back-up. Free, over-the-air radio and television are the last outposts of free speech, thought and human interaction. Just sayin’ – now go ahead and continue reading!

Current times for radio feel like the increase in the movement of the needle on a seismograph foretelling a tremendous volcanic eruption destined to alter radio forever. The reason for this cosmogonic transformation is simple: listeners are migrating online.




I opted to make a gentle entrance into the world of Bitcoin: A modest $10 deposit I could use as a measuring stick. Adding a zero or two or three to the ever-updating balance could give me a clear picture of what my investment track might be had I purchased more Bitcoin.

Beyonce may have her face plastered on a loaf of bread, but I have a bread wallet!

Why did I do it? I was researching for a radio news story, and my curiosity carried me away on a bus, bound for downtown Albany and Clinton Square, for a face-to-face encounter with a Bitcoin ATM!

Bitcoin, launched in 2009, is a decentralized digital currency, created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by lots of people running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems. Because the value of Bitcoin fluctuates, there’s been ongoing debate as to whether it is a currency or a commodity. I cover that at length in a radio story in which Paul Paterakis of CT@HB gives insight to obtaining a Bitcoin wallet.

In the radio piece I also chat with Dave Ripley, who is Co-Founder and CEO of Glidera, a digital currency venture headquartered in Chicago.

So it’s been a few weeks since I got my feet wet in Bitcoin. I’ve played around on some websites that feature “faucets” where you can “earn” (or be gifted) Bitcoin. I added a Bitcoin tip badge to my blogs (see upper left column of this blog!) I explored the possibility of using my Raspberry Pi to “mine” Bitcoin.

I think I got in at a good time, as Bitcoin has been drifting downward, and I’ll probably buy more tomorrow! If you have been considering Bitcoin, this may be one of the best times to purchase. Begin with an amount your comfortable with. That 20 bucks you would have spent on scratch lottery tickets, or that $10 unexpected rebate you got when you bought new sneakers.

Even though you can’t physically touch one, there are two sides to every BitCoin: the side presented in this article and the other side – those who mine and make their own bitcoins – not for the feint of heart. I’ll leave it to you to Google that for yourself, if interested!


Well, it’s not actually Skype, but it’s the next best thing. I acquired a Lenovo ThinkPad over the summer and have dedicated the laptop to my personal media projects. I do a lot with Skype and SoundCloud, as well as work for my employer via Adobe Audition. I outfitted the T42 with a camera purchased for a dollar at a garage sale: it’s become a workhorse for me, and I’ve discovered there are a lot of videoconferencing options out there…

Conor Dougherty has filed an article on the NY Times bits blog: “Google is playing with a new technology that it hopes will help people find more reliable medical information. It’s called a doctor.

  • LINK to the Bits Blog Article

The service involves Google’s “Helpouts” product — where people can search for experts and talk to them over video — a trial program in which people who are searching for symptoms like pink eye and the common cold can video-chat with a doctor. The company is working with medical groups including Scripps and One Medical, which are ‘making their doctors available and have verified their credentials,’ according to a spokeswoman.”

#ISIS #ISIL fighters in Deir Ezzor in Syria have reportedly released an 11 point guide for journalists working in areas under its control.

The rules are as follows:
1 Correspondents must swear allegiance to the Caliph [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi … they are subjects of the Islamic State and, as subjects, they are obliged to swear loyalty to their imam.

2 Their work will be under the exclusive supervision of the Isis media offices.

3 Journalists can work directly with international news agencies (such as Reuters, AFP and AP), but they are to avoid all international and local satellite TV channels. They are forbidden to provide any exclusive material or have any contact (sound or image) with them in any capacity.

4 Journalists are forbidden to work in any way with the TV channels placed on the blacklist of channels that fight against Islamic countries (such as Al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera and Orient). Violators will be held accountable.

5 Journalists are allowed to cover events in the governorate with either written or still images without having to refer back to the Isis media office. All published pieces and photos must carry the journalist’s and photographer’s names.

6 Journalists are not allowed to publish any reportage (print or broadcast) without referring to the Isis media office first.

7 Journalists may have their own social media accounts and blogs to disseminate news and pictures. However, the Isis media office must have the addresses and name handles of these accounts and pages.

8 Journalists must abide by the regulations when taking photos within Isis territory and avoid filming locations or security events where taking pictures is prohibited.

9 Isis media offices will follow up on the work of local journalists within Isis territory and in the state media. Any violation of the rules in place will lead to suspending the journalist from his work, and he will be held accountable.

10 The rules are not final and are subject to change at any time depending on the circumstances and the degree of cooperation between journalists and their commitment to their brothers in the Isis media offices.

11 Journalists are given a license to practice their work after submitting a license request at the Isis media office.

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