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hairboat Juan M Jon Ericson

We are talking about the attributes of a healthy community.



Some users have generously volunteered to transcribe episodes on the podcast wiki. I'm extremely grateful for users who helped fill in some of the previous episode's transcript:

  • bvanrijn
  • ocæon
  • MilkyWay90


This episode makes me think we need a real audio editor to get rid of plosives. It's not an easy signal processing problem.

What do you think?

Take a listen and respond in the answers below.

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    Thanks for the positive comments about Mi Yodeya! FYI, we'll be ten years old at the end of this year, and are marking the occasion in a Jewish way. (Jon, if you want to join us -- the tractate named Avot should be pretty accessible, being more wisdom-literature and less halacha-details.) – Monica Cellio Jun 11 at 21:54
  • Just asking but is this going on the Apple podcasts store-search-thing? I can’t find it and I’m subscribed. (I’m that 5star rating). Also, amazing podcast :) – Eleeza Jun 11 at 22:42
  • @Eleeza: Thanks for the rating and the kinds words. As the podcast admin, I was able to schedule the feed to be rescanned, but it can take up to 24 hours. Hopefully it'll be sooner than that! – Jon Ericson Jun 11 at 22:54
  • @Eleeza: Looks like Apple podcasts have the episode now. – Jon Ericson Jun 12 at 3:11
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    "[...]we need a real audio editor to get rid of plosives. It's not an easy signal processing problem." Actually, it is. The trick is to process the signal before it reaches the microphone input stage. In other words... shell out the six lousy dollars for a pop filter. :P – jmbpiano Jun 12 at 5:57
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    This was really nice. I think us programmers and scientists and engineers are too technical at times to consider/give thought to about communities we are part of. With time we do develop social skills which are just enough to allow us to continue interacting with the outer world. :) – Haris Jun 12 at 7:22
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    @jmbpiano: Yes, this is true. At the moment we all are using our headset mics, which isn't ideal. I think there are little foam covers that help reduce those sounds. It also helps to position the boom so that the mic isn't right in the line of breathing. I'll try to encourage better microphone discipline in the future. – Jon Ericson Jun 12 at 21:24
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    God & Perl: xkcd 224 – Peter Mortensen Jun 13 at 9:43
  • How about linking the Transcript users who helped – Lolpez Jun 13 at 12:56
  • @PeterMortensen: Nothing new under the sun, I suppose. – Jon Ericson 2 days ago

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