Everybody at Loyola knows that our motto is Strong Truths Well Lived. But what is truth? How do we know when something is true? In this episode, Dr. Snyder seeks answers from Dr. Paul Richard Blum, Higgins Chair and Professor of Philosophy; Dr. Gregory Derry, Professor of Physics; sophomore Katherine Murray; and junior Michael Cardy.
Though this episode is longer than the usual LCAST (it is about 15 minutes long), the conversation is thought provoking. Check it out and see if you agree—that is, whether Professors Blum and Derry, and Ms. Murray and Mr. Cardy, are indeed speaking...truth!
Hi, this is the page for anybody who enjoys the technology of podcasts and other media. Here I discuss how I make the LCAST podcasts. I end with heartfelt thanks for those who made the casts possible.
I make the podcasts at home. The content is supervised by me, usually interviewing others, with topics recommended by Loyola University colleagues (or conjured by me : ). All of the music, editing, mixing, final audio assembly, and so on are performed exclusively by me. (In particular, I write and play all the music.)
Our interviews are generally conducted in my office in Jenkins Hall using a Sony PCM-D50 portable "linear" digital recorder. I use the "narrow" mic-spread settings, finding that they keep the voices focused while still retaining identifiable spatial location.
The mic I generally use at home--for the introductory moments--is an Audio Projects B1. It looks like a figure-8, but it is really a cardiod mic. I pump it through a TC Electronic Konnekt 8 USB audio interface into a spiffy new Mac Pro desktop.
For the podcast recording, I do original (and admittedly simple) music using Propellerheads brand new Record software (which has, as part of it, Reason 4.01). I often Rewire that to the Cubase 5DAW (Digital Audio Workstation (software)). I do the music on Record/Reason and the voice on Cubase. The two are roughly automatically mixed using ducking settings of db-audioware's Sidechain Compressor. I also recompress the vocal track, relatively softly.
My keyboard controller is a Peavey DPM-C8 (88-key, weighted). I use a Frontier Design Alpha Track for tactile mixing (rather than doing it all with the computer's mouse). For guitars, I use an ash-body, maple-necked American Standard Fender Stratocaster, usually. For slide, I use a Hamer Sunburst (which I guess has now become "vintage" : ).
None of this could happen in any way without:
- Those who interview for the podcast and provide the interesting content and ideas;
- Joshua Gembicki, who manages to schedule the interviews(!);
- Rich Sigler, who explained podcasting to me, helped me (and continues to help me!) with tone and length, and helped organize folks who created our 'casting Web site;
- Amy Filardo, who, along with Rich, encouraged me, shared my elementary testcasts with colleagues, and figured out how to help you learn that I was doing this;
- Kim Hall, who promotes the podcasts to the Loyola community and beyond (and continues to modernize the way we do that);
- David Blohm and Scott Sax, who made the LCAST site happen, including giving us one-button subscription services, (in the past) a blog, and more (including David's routine and timely uploading of each cast);
- Jason McMahon, Anthony Tambourino, and all the Loyola Mac-using colleagues (Amanda Thomas, Peter Murrell, Jen Lowry, Anthony Villa, and all our biology colleagues), who convinced me of the virtues and facility of the Mac platform;
- Anthony Forte, who, along with Jason and Anthony, helped me select and configure my Mac Pro---and who continues to help me learn how to work with it;
- Hans Underwood, who stripped my Lenovo machine of its boatloads of additional, alarmingly stultifying software, turning it into a legitimate machine, and allowing me to learn how to podcast prior to my conversion to Mac;
The Faculty and deans of Loyola, who, along with colleagues from Student Development, do the ultimate teaching of Loyola, in whose honor each of these complementary casts are made; and
- John Devecka, of the wonderful WLOY, who, while swaddling a flu (but note swine!), recognized my urgency to get going on this project and hung around to select and share some worthwhile mics and cables, while still allowing me to bother the student radio gurus about why they do not worship Radiohead. : )
Final exams can sometimes be a daunting end to the semester. But they don’t have to be. Do you employ some of the techniques these experienced professors and students suggest? What new techniques do you think you’ll try this semester? Or, what are some tips of your own that you’ve found to be effective?
Share your ideas here!
Do you know what your professors do with their spare time outside of class? Often, they have the same hobbies as students! Do you like to snowboard and backpack like Dr. Schoeffield? Or do you like to play action/horror video games like Dr. Lowry? Share your favorite hobbies – including those you may have in common with your professors – here!
In a world as complex as ours and with so many uncertainties in our future, it is important to appreciate varying opinions and ideas. Loyola’s Jesuit tradition encourages the campus community to engage in rich dialogue about issues impacting our world today, and to do so with an open mind.
What are your thoughts regarding the new student unity movement and tomorrow’s presidential election? Share your ideas here!
For many Loyola students, mid-semester can rapidly become a swirl of competing responsibilities: exams, projects, papers and overlapping extracurricular activities. How do you stay on top of it all? See what your fellow students recommend, and share your insights on weathering the mid-term storm.
How do you achieve academic success? What strategies work best for you? In this cast, I talk to four students who discuss their tips for doing well in college. Get tips for all areas of your academic life, from managing a schedule to developing good relationships with your professors to taking advantage of all the extracurricular activities Loyola has to offer.
See if one of their strategies works for you, or share your number one tip for academic success by commenting here!
The summer yawns before us, but we know it will fly by like the lightning of its storms. How might you approach summer travel or summer service, especially if it is abroad? How might you approach your family, and living with them, after not doing so for a full nine months? How might you approach summer studies and courses? How might you approach a summer internship---or even a brand new position? And, for completion: How might you approach not having a job at this moment? I answer all these questions in six minutes in this cast, then follow with a manic blues tune that I put together in my dorm room in Seton Court. Enjoy---and Happy Summer!
Final exams can be a major source of stress. I've taken about 100 of them and have advised students on---and graded---thousands of them. In this podcast, I share some tips on how you can best succeed on your exams---tips for you to employ now, tips you can use as you prepare for your exams, and tips you can execute during the exams themselves.
Do you have tips you would like to share, as well? Drop them in right here as comments so that others can gain from them!
Best of luck throughout your exams---do well!
Every semester has a sort of rhythm associated with it, as does each academic year. In this podcast, I explain why this very moment is the most important one you will experience,why doing well now will help you succeed, and how you should approach what happens between now and the end of classes.
Please be sure to share your thoughts on this cast, past casts, or anything that interests you---right here!