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YYCCC 2010-11-29 Calgary City Council

Calgary City Council live audio stream. Will be active from 9:30 AM onward on November 29, 2010.

This is an experiment to illustrate how an audio stream can be offered up to smartphone users.

Previous experiment was delivered directly from City Hall. This time the city’s Window Media stream is being relayed remotely (well… from my house) to an IceCast2 server.

Also, instead of videotaping City Council myself, I’ll be focusing on capturing the Windows Media stream, and reviewing a neighbor’s recording off cable to try retrieve Close Captioning data.

This post will be updated/replaced with a post-mortem after a day’s relay and capture. The ultimate goal is to offer not just live audio, but a complete transcript of the day’s session based on Close Caption work already being paid for by the city (but not yet fully leveraged).


The audio relay worked fine, once I was playing the stream with VLC. Windows Media Player embedded in the city’s website kept timing out (deliberately I assume), so audio kept dropping out every 30 minutes. VLC addressed that, but couldn’t address the city’s Windows Media video feed disappearing. I was told that means their server is crashing.

Neighbor’s DVD Recording of SHAW did not include close captions. And (me never having used a DVD recorder before) the resolution was only 352×240. Guess that is what happens when use the “8 hours on a 4.7GB disc” setting.

My brother was taping on his PVR, but some Googling shows best-case the video content can only be copied off it in 1x playback speed… despite all the data ports at the back of his SHAW PVR, there’s no file copy off of it.

I will post Nov 29th footage here once I’ve collected it all from my neighbor. But the quality will be poor.

I’ve ordered SHAW Digital TV. Too hard to organize decent City Council recordings otherwise. And it is the only practical way to reliably provide an audio stream (until the city starts doing so).


Have created a dedicated page for Calgary City Council streaming audio.

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COSSFest 2010 – Calgary’s Open Source Software Festival

On April 9th & 10th, Calgary Open Source Software advocates held a 2 day festival to discuss the challenges facing open source software, and promote its adoption.

COSSFest 2010 Panel

Interested in OSS, I volunteered to create video archives of the event. Downloadable and Creative Commons licensed recyclable copies of the video coverage can be found on Internet Archive. (Anyone without full Flash support in their browser might need to access the lectures that way.)

But for YouTube hosted copies, I decided to experiment with YouTube Annotation Hyperlinks. They allow you to link from within one YouTube video to another. This allows me to show a brief summary of every event, and let the viewer click through if they would like to learn more.

For anyone denied YouTube Annotation Hyperlinks (currently not supported by iPhone or iPad), here’s an index of lectures. Clicking will open the appropriate YouTube video’s landing page, where you can either watch it, or find embed HTML if you’re looking to propagate your own lecture.

Speaker(s) Subject (links to speaker’s YouTube video)
Shawn Grover COSSFest 2010 Summary
Marcel Gagne Seeding the Clouds
Bruce Byfield Sexism in Open Source Software
Richard Stobbe Canadian Law & Open Source Licensing
Aaron Seigo Customizing Your Desktop with Javascript
Richard Weait Introduction to Open Street Map
Dafydd Crosby How to be FOSSome
Stefan Steiniger Building on Open Source GIS
Joshua Schroeder Drush the Drupal Command Line Interface
Adam McDaniel Managing Source Code with GIT
Attendees & Volunteers Drunken Rants during Party
Dafydd Crosby A World of 100% Open Source Software
Bruce Byfield Open Office Org vs Microsoft Office
Dafydd Crosby &
Gustin Johnson
Bleeps Sweeps & Creeps:
Audio Mixing with Open Source Software
Richard Weait Hardware Hacks for your Wireless Router
Renderman 4 Types of Locks
Various Speakers Panel Discussion: Death of the Desktop
Shawn Grover COSSFest 2010 Wrap-Up

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