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Flavors.Me diagramA solution for small businesses and the personal brandflavors.me? This personal gateway is a single hub for your social media accounts—Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and more, all displayed in a single page, labelled and branded the way you want it.

As more and more businesses are opening up to the idea of using the Internet, its usually social media—the new path of least resistance—that becomes the first place they’ll start.  Often times companies will be more likely to have Facebook pages or Myspace accounts before they’ll have an actual “official” webpage: one thing that builds on this is the fact that the companies out there that are starting often will begin with something like a Facebook page, simply because this is easier than hiring an XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and Design expert to put together a full-on site.

What this means is that information on Facebook and social media sites is often more likely to be accurate and up to date, than “official news” displayed in (print and even) web. Flavors.me comes forward as a place to aggregate that all into a single customizable front-page, and aggregate all that disparate social sharing (like videos, photos, text updates and more) and then put them together, basically as a (or rather the new breed of) official web-page.

So take a look.  There is a rather inspiring gallery of Flavors on their website that include a number of personal/professional and even a few business entries.  One that caught my eye, was a small restaurant from Toronto that was sharing their menu online as well as updates to their ongoing business life and creative cook-ups.  The restaurant was located in my hometown, and as such, their social media was quite effective—my wife and I have decided to try to visit them next time we’re up that way.

So I’ve been using Garage Band to edit an audiobook together for a client-project. Here’s a couple of thoughts on using Apple‘s iLife Suite Garage Band.

The GarageBand application icon.

Image via Wikipedia


Back-up your files: Thankfully, it seems that Garage Band’s system for combining media, includes the project-file and the media itself together.  It’s an easy drag and drop backup, but you just have to find where the files are located.  I’d suggest starting your search in [HouseIcon]UserName > Music > GarageBand>FolderName.

Beware losing source-audio: I’m glad I did this back-up. Garage-Band decided that when I was going to copy and paste some clips between one file and the next, that it was going to lose a chunk of the nested audio-source file inside of it.  To-date, I don’t know how to get it back, but thankfully, it was backed up on an external hard-drive.

It’s also been good to work in smaller chunks, so that:

(A) File size is manageable (for backing up, as well, as opening, playback and editing).

(B) Editing is less cumbersome, since the amount of sound-data to scroll through on the timeline is a little less involved and extensive.

I’m trying out my nifty little file name categorization sans numbers system in this project, to make audio track names that don’t require numberical bumpers up front when their titles are displayed.  Maybe I’ll talk about that later.

For those of you who are interested, here are the specs of the platform and software:

Mac OS X 10.5.7 – (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)

GarageBand ’08 – Version 4.1.2 (248.7)

Hope that helps. I know this is kind of a basic reminder—but one can’t be told enough to back things up

For point of reference, I’m using a MacBook laptop, not a desktop.

Robert J. Sawyer, one of my favorite Canadian science-fiction authors, publishes some interesting tips on his website from time to time.  One piece of information that I have found eminently useful, is this article, about how long one should allow for public readings of selections of various lengths.  The article, entitled “Public Readings,” – a useful look at how to gauge read speed — gives some numbers (based on the author’s own experience reading snippets of his book at bookstores and various events.

Numerous times I’ve found this extremely helpful as I’ve need to be aware of how long some script, audio-book, podcast, sermon or other spoken-word material will take, either for upload to websound format, for video, or some other multimedia or public-performance purpose.  I’d take a look!

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