Weekly Rewind #31

rewindlogoIt’s time for another Weekly Rewind. It’s number 31 and I have no jokes or comments to make about that sorry. I must try harder. Nothing to see here, move along. It’s been quite an eventful week as it happens, lots to discuss. So let’s do that right now.

On Monday I processed and released the 8th episode of Rathole Radio. It always takes longer than I imagine doing show notes and other things, but I got it out by late afternoon. It’s been well received which is always satisfying. I wrote and published the previous Weekly Rewind, then moved on to preparing for Linux Outlaws recording in the evening. We recorded episode 110 and streamed it live as usual. There were some weird problems with netsplits on Freenode. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was either. It’s basically remote servers losing connection to each other if I’ve read it right. It meant that the IRC channel went from 120 people to 4 in a few seconds. It went up and down a lot during the show. Despite this we got through and everyone enjoyed it I think. The resulting episode was released on Wednesday night, after another sterling editing job by Fab.

SFD Balloon

On Tuesday I began working on a mix CD for the Software Freedom Day event in Manchester next week. I was asked by one of the organisers to create a mix of the best Creative Commons and Public Domain music I could find. In a similar vain to Rathole Radio. I made an hour long mix of 17 tracks and began the work of documenting it. I completed this later in the week but I may as well finish the story here. The finished item can be found on the Rathole Radio website. There’s a CD image you can download and details of the contents with the appropriate links. The plan is to play the CD on the day and also distribute them I think. For this reason I had to be careful to avoid tracks with any swearing in them. That’s won’t be hard I thought to myself, but I was wrong. I discovered when I really looked out for it some tracks I’d never even noticed had swearing in. I got there in the end though.

I did various other bits of web development and tweaking during Wednesday. I also did more work sorting stuff out for OggCamp. Emailing people, discussions and so on. It’s getting closer and it’ll be upon us before we know it. I’m also talking to a few people and trying to arrange an interview to fill in with Rathole Radio while I’m away. On Thursday I published the long awaited video from my talk at Manchester Free Software. It’s had some nice comments and I hope people enjoy it, who knows maybe they’ll even get something useful from it. That would be nice. I went over to Liverpool Twestival in the evening at the Leaf Cafe in town and caught up with some good friends. I didn’t win the raffle sadly but had a good time nevertheless.

On Friday I published the audio trailer for OggCamp here on the blog. I also did a bit of writing and other general jobs. Yesterday I edited 2 episodes of the Software Freedom Law Show back to back. The reason being that I’ll be away in Portland, Oregon next week for LinuxCon 2009. I will actually be meeting up with Bradley and Karen from SFLC for the first time in person, it’s very exciting. We discussed recording a show at the event, I’ll have my Zoom recorder with me, but it was decided we should get these 2 shows ready beforehand and just relax. So that’s what I’ve done, 0x16 and 0x17 are ready and waiting to be released. I can’t reveal any of the contents just yet though sorry. You’ll have to listen out for that. 0x16 is due to be released on Tuesday I believe.


Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds

I have a hell of a week coming up. It’s Linux Outlaws Live tomorrow night as usual, then it’s on to trying to organise and record content for both LO and Rathole Radio while I’m away. I also have to sort everything out for my flight to America on Friday. It’s 18hrs flight in total, split into 2 legs of 10 and 8 hours. I don’t mind planes but for someone of my size (height and weight) it can be difficult to find somewhere comfortable to sit. I don’t fancy 18hrs of being wedged into a seat trying not to elbow everyone. Maybe I’ll be surprised and there’ll be plenty of room. I also hope they have a decent in-flight movie or two to save my sanity. We’ll have to see how that goes. So the next Rewind should be coming to you all the way from Portland, Oregon. Home of Linus Torvalds and many other influential Linux people. Exciting times indeed. Sorry I haven’t published this SAM Linux review yet, it’s still not even finished and my visitor stats have suffered as a result. I aim to get this finished before I leave for the States, but if not maybe I can do it on the plane. I already wrote one article on a flight from Amsterdam to Manchester. Do they have power sockets on long haul flights these days? I guess I’ll find out. Till then, take care of yourselves and have a good week.



  1. Linus Torvalds likes Ben & Jerry’s. I knew it!
    Too bad they closed their shop in my city 🙁
    Have much fun in Portland!

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