Coffee House to Go - August 28, 2006

Coffee House to Go episode #15.

ESC! Magazine's monthly Podcast for writers and the Small Press community featuring readings of poetry, short fiction, interviews and reviews as well as featured music from independent bands and musicians.

Opening music excerpt by Uma Floresta, "Almost Everything."

ESC! Magazine News:

The 2nd episode of Coffee House to Go's Across the Mic with Charles Ries is now out. Stay subscribed for more great interviews.

Two new ways to get to our site.

Literary Quiz -- Do we keep running it?

Quality vs. Quantity which route should I take?

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Wander Radio, Quark Soup by Magdalena Ball

Featured Podsafe Audio this episode:

Vanessa Peters and Ice Cream on Mondays "Little Films", Full Minute of Mercury"That Song (Is Stuck in My Head)"


Writely, What Should I Read Next, Bicycle Shop Murder, ELF, HarperCollins Book Browsing, Visible Verse 2006

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Closing music excerpt by Simpatico, "Santa Claudia"

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Whole Lot of Nonsense - Show 34 - Time for some music... Too much thinking lately...

Show Notes: Still laughable, but here nonetheless.

This is available as an mp3 for download.

Giggity Means "Links are in the show notes"... secert PodCaster words... w00t...

Whole Lot of Nonsense - Show 34 - Time for some music... Too much thinking lately...

I've just been sitting around thinking too ($*#)&% much lately, so I need a break. I've got my family, my job, my life, my health all going for me... still I've been hamlet-izing too much. I've got four songs that have been running through my head for the last few weeks, and hey! I can play them on a PodCast... how fortuitous.

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All in all, ~26 minutes I enjoyed bringing you.


Coffee House to Go - Across the Mic - August 19, 2006 - Charles P. Ries

Coffee House to Go - Across the Mic episode #2 - Charles P. Ries Interview, Part Two

Welcome to the second episode of Coffee House to Go's Across the Mic.

This is our companion podcast to Coffee House to Go featuring interviews with upcoming and notable figures in the small press community including printers, publishers, bloggers and, of course, poets and writers.

This is part 2 of our interview with poet and author Charles P. Ries. Charles and his poetry have appeared on NPR's Theme and Variations. He's also a small press reviewer and author of 5 books of poetry and two novels. He lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin and you can learn more about Charles or purchase his books at his web site, http://www.literati.net/Ries. (This interview was originally recorded as a Skype to landline call on June 24th, 2006.)

The music in this episode, Lonesome Trails Part Two, was provided by Rob Potter. You can find more of Rob's music and join his Song of the Month Club at www.3fmmusic.com.

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PIBC#40- Walking Around in the Parking Lot of Bitterman Circle

From Phoenix, AZ, recorded July 26th 2006, experience a summer storm and another late night of questions from within...


Stormy night/ Silent Storm

Tour's End- Hot Dates

Somewhere in Sight

Bus Woes

It all comes together near the end

Business Half Year #'s

Road Crossings, Mail Mystery (solved... thanks GG!) Zappa and Beefheart, The Subtle Desert

Monsoon Movement

Mom Turns 70

The Less Subtle Desert

Comments from Above

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LinkedIn for DVoices. Good or Bad?

Gentlemen... and so far we are only gentlemen... I present to you LinkedIn.

I would like to see all the members of DVoices join in, but I would in no way be disappointed if you felt as Groucho did. Let me explain what LinkedIn is, as I understand it, and what it's not.

What It's Not:
  • It's not Amway. I don't get points for getting you to join, there's no Kool-Aid, I don't get any kind of discounts for bringing in new members and I don't get a free iPod if you try out more than one service they offer.
  • It's not going to require any kind of payment just to get in. If you guys don't know already, I'm cheap. I'm not a cheap date, that's for sure. I would be the guy, however, who'd let you order steak and a ceaser salad, and since we'd be splitting that, I'll just have the bread and some water, please. There are tiers of service available in LinkedIn, but I've not found anything I can't do with the basic, free service that I've wanted yet. There may be some restrictions on introductions down the line of your contacts... but I'm not there yet.
  • It's not a marketing clearinghouse's wet dream. According to LinkedIn's privacy policy, they don't sell on addresses to marketers. As a member of LinkedIn, you also have right of first refusal when people try to contact you. You can restrict levels of information that show up on your web-viewable profile, and you can restrict a lot of other viewable items as well. I'm pretty sure you can shut down all kinds of other views, but those choices do seem to be determined by your tier of membership.
  • It's not PodCaster specific. I've found a bunch of PodCasters on LinkedIn, no question. I was invited by a fellow PodCaster to join in. I've also found a bunch of people with whom I've worked, consultants who've worked with me in the past, some people I went to school with and some friends who work in their own industries.

What it is.
  • It's a way to keep in touch with former work colleagues. I email back and forth with people, and talk about general stuff. With this tool, I can find out what they're doing. Maybe they just jumped companies. Maybe they just got a promotion. Maybe they just started their own consulting firm.
  • It's a way to find out who my contacts know.I discovered that a guy I know, who moved to Phoenix, has a friend who's a technical writer for one of the papers on the East Coast. This is the biggie for me. Excuse the analogy, but one man's trash is another man's treasure. Sure, you know that guy who's the editor of that magazine, because he's a friend of yours from College. It didn't occur to you that you should let your other friends know, because he's just a guy you know. Would it interest you to know, then, that as PodCasters who fall into our specific group, we're fighting for recognition within our own congregations that we're doing something of worth, and that we'd love to have a story written about us and the work we're doing? LinkedIn gives me the chance to ask you to introduce him to me, if you think I'm worthy, and let me ask him that question directly. Just sit quietly for a second and think on that.

I'm sure Aron has his own network of musicians and technicians. I'm pretty sure that they're online as well, but I don't know. Michael has probably got an online network of publishers and authors, as well. Mark has got his business network of suppliers and purchasing agents. Some, or most, of the people who are on one networking site, are on more than one. LinkedIn seems to be a good place to coordinate our different business and social networks.

I'm not saying LinkedIn is the answer. In fact, if you've got a networking process that works better, let me know. I ($(*&% at keeping track of all of my business contacts, and what they do, and who they work for... I'm just bad at it.

Anyway, everybody... let me know what you think. If you'd like to try it out, let me know, and I'll invite you in as a contact of mine.


LinkedIn and you... not so annoying together...

Alright, as mentioned by His Reigning Shogun-ness, Mr. Forman, I'm posting about LinkedIn...

Guys, I think we should try and start using this site for DVoices as well as for personal business development.

Now, this is not an AmWay ad.
No, this is not a SecondLife add-in.
I don't get points for adding new members.
I'm not trying to get a free iPod out of this.

I was invited into this website by Mark Hunter from the TartanPodCast. I trust Mark's opinion, so I checked it out. I read the privacy information. I tested out some stuff. I found some people in my professional background I've not heard from in a bit. I reconnected with some old consultant contacts. Took about 3 days, and most of that time was waiting for people to get back to me.

I also have the right of first refusal on just about any traffic that goes through this site. If you want to contact someone on the site, you'd better have an email address for them yourself, or you have to use your network of friends to get someone to introduce you. No cold calls. No unsolicited email from people looking to meet you.

The site is not as intuitive as I'd like, and there are different tiers of service, basic free and some professional paid features. I've been able to get fairly far along on the basic free service, and won't go to the paid service unless I start doing some heavy-duty networking.

If you don't want in, that's totally cool with me. If you've got another way to maintain a business network, let me know. I'm curious how we can maintain and grow out contacts so that we have people upon whom we can lean when we're looking for new jobs, work, transitional opportunities... all that jazz.

I'm also thinking that we can use this to seek out new PodCasting opportunities. As this medium grows and becomes the kind of thing that you can do as a vocation or an avocation, we'll need to have some rock-solid contacts. I'm thinking that this kind of network may help us pursue those choices we may want to make as we move forward in PodCasting.

I may also be pipe-dreaming.

This is one of those things where I think this will work. Whether or not it's going to work like I'm thinking is a large function of what I put into it... and I think our group can put lots of good things into this network.

Send me an email at bpende at gmail dot com if you'd like me to send you a specific invitation, or head on over to LinkedIn if you want more information and want to just sign up yourself.

Thanks for your time.

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Whole Lot of Nonsense - Show 33 - Rights & Responsibilities... enforced

Show Notes: Still laughable, but here nonetheless.

This is available as an mp3 for download.

Giggity Means "Links are in the show notes"... secert PodCaster words... w00t...

Whole Lot of Nonsense - Show 33 - Rights & Responsibilities... enforced

I tell y'all a story about how hard it can be to try and live by my own rules. It can get really difficult if you get in someone's face...

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All in all, ~16 minutes I hope you don't want back.



Hey how's it going DVoicers? Brad P sent me an e-mail invited me to LinkedIn a professional/social communty thingie. I have been a member for the last half year and haven't done much with it yet. They offer group memberships. Brad would like to get a DVoices one going. He should be posting shortly on that.