Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, March 19, 2023, and this is show number 932.
I love being on Clockwise and this week’s episode was my favorite so far. I don’t know what it was but sometimes the chemistry just clicks. It was hosted by the usual suspects, Mikah Sargent and Dan Moren, with guest Lisa Schmeiser. She’s been on loads of times but I never got to meet her before. She was as delightful as I had hoped. The format of Clockwise is always four guests, four topics. Our topics this week were:
- 📷 How We Display & Enjoy Our Photos
- 🧼 Celebrating Digital Cleanup Day
- 🖥️ Software We Use Begrudgingly
- 🕸️ Our Device Replacement Strategies ← this one was mine, but it came from Jill from the Northwoods
Before we recorded, Mikah asked Lisa and me to add our Mastodon accounts to the shownotes so they could tag us when they posted the show. I thought it was interesting that they didn’t ask for our Twitter handles and no one batted an eye at that.
You can find this episode of Clockwise at www.relay.fm/clockwise… and look for #494.
I’m thrilled to tell you that my favorite conference of the year, Macstock Expo is taking place July 22 & 23rd this year in Woodstock, Illinois, just North of Chicago, and I’ll be one of the speakers. I haven’t been in a few years for obvious reasons so I’m super excited to get to go again.
Weekend and single-day passes are available now – it’s $299 for a weekend pass and $159 if you can only go one day. I highly recommend that if you’re going to go, make it both days. The evenings hanging out with fellow Apple heads are fabulous. You get lunch both days, a limited edition Macstock VII t-shirt, and a free digital pass to rewatch the sessions.
If you’re flying out, don’t book your flights just yet as Barry Fulk has an announcement to make coming soon that might make you want to fly in a day early.
You can learn more about the conference at macstockconferenceandexpo.com/… and of course there’s a link in the shownotes.
This week Steve and I made our annual (short) trek to the CSUN Assistive Tech conference in Anaheim, California. I think the first time I went was at the invitation of Donald Burr and every year possible we’ve been attending. In March of 2020, it was the first thing we didn’t do as the pandemic hit. Missing three of these was very sad, so we were really happy to get to go back this year.
The conference is a week of in-depth sessions, but we just go on the last day and go to the Exhibit Halls. It’s not huge, but for a one-day experience, it’s just right. In just a few hours we got 8 interviews and they were all gold — where gold means the person knew what they were talking about, could explain it articulately, were enthusiastic, and the product seemed interesting to me.
As usual, I’ll be doling out these interviews out over time rather than inundating you with them over time. Keep in mind that while you’ll hear the audio, if you have the gift of sight, you can also follow the link in the shownotes to Steve’s video recording of the interview. Before each interview, I told the person talking to pretend that I was blind, in hopes that they would describe what they were showing to me so the audio is nearly as helpful as the video.
After the interview, Mike told us that we should have come the day before because Stevie Wonder was there! Mike explained that he and Stevie go way back, so he was able to show him around which was great fun. I was chatting with Shelly Brisbin about the show and she said that Stevie always comes. Guess he likes being up to date on all the advances in assistive tech as the next person!
One of the things I don’t do is pay attention to who stops supporting the show through Patreon after a while. I figure people all have their reasons and I don’t want to feel bad about it and I don’t want them to feel bad either. Maybe they’ve hit hard times, or maybe they’ve just moved on to other shows (I know that’s shocking to hear, but it can happen).
Even though I don’t watch it and worry about it, I do know that if we don’t get new patrons from time to time, the funding for the podcast does slow down. I can assure you that the cost of making the show doesn’t slow down to go with it! I seem to always be able to find a paid-for tool to make the sound better, be able to supply enhancements to the feed and to buy software and hardware to review for the show.
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That’s going to wind this up for this week. Did you know you can email me at [email protected] any time you like? If you have a question or a suggestion just send it on over. You can follow me on Mastodon at @[email protected]. Remember, everything good starts with podfeet.com. If you want to join the conversation, you can join our Slack community at podfeet.com/slack where you can talk to me and all of the other lovely NosillaCastaways. You can support the show at podfeet.com/patreon or with a one-time donation at podfeet.com/paypal. And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.