Talk of the Sound will air tonight at its new time, 7 PM on Thursday evenings. Please join us on Blog Talk Radio. Click the "play" button in the widget to the right or listen via your smartphone. If you have any questions about how to do this just add a comment and I will answer.
There was never any particular reason for our show to air Friday at 11 AM except that was the time slot made available to use by WVOX. We figured that we would keep that slot for a few weeks to transition over to BTR and then pick a time more to our liking. We figure that Thursday evening is less likely to conflict with BoE and City Council meetings and is late enough so folks coming home from work will be able to listen and call the show.
On a completely different note, readers have been wondering where I have been over the past few days. Some folks will recall that I was asking for help to get access to a scanner so I could convert the file cabinets full of paper documents I have accumulated over the past several years into searchable, electronic documents. A supporter of Talk of the Sound graciously lent me a very nice desktop scanner and I have been shoving paper into the scanner since Friday evening. I have even been getting up in the middle of the night to switch out bulk, sheetfed scans. It has been pretty much a 24/7 operation. I am happy to report that after 6 straight days of constant scanning I have convert every shred of paper into digital scans.
I only took breaks to attend the boxing last Friday, work on one surprise story for next week, attend the BoE meeting and write up the Fevang story. I never got a chance to weigh in on the Richard St. Paul "Big Papa" story, the Sara Richmond/BoE issue, and a lot more. Basically, I am now a week behind and I need to get caught up. I did see that readers kept the ball moving so thanks to them!
I am sure I am the only who is as excited about my scanning project as me. My wife thinks I am nuts for being so obsessed with scanning so much paper. I cannot EXPLAIN it I just need folks to be patient and the benefits will be come obvious. The next step is to upload them into Evernote which then OCRs them into machine-readable electronic text. Once that is done I will organize the material and make available a public folder than anyone scan search to pull up documents based on keyword searches. It is like being able to Google file cabinets full of paper. The power of this will become evident over time.
I would also mention that if you have lots of official files from FOIL, from City Council or various municipal agencies or BoE material I am interested to get that. Anything in PDF or TIFF or JPEG is really easy. Any paper would require more scanning and I am not sure I am up to that right now but I will take it if you have it. Eventually, we could end up with all the officials documents of our twin governments online in searchable form which would be a very powerful research tool.