This is Only a Test

Move along. Nothing to see here. But hopefully something to hear. I’m thinking ahead to a time (possibly as originally scheduled in March) to a time when I’ll be more inclined to use my mouth than my hands for blogging.

Towards that end, I’ve just signed up for CINCH as a way of instantly recording and embedding audiocasts into the blog. I actually called this one in via Google Chat over my Yeti microphone to the number they provide that I have added to my G-mail contacts. Let me know if it does not work for you, contents are blahblah — just something to see if it worked. It did. I’ll do better next time.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Perfect, Fred! I would rate the modulation(tone and clarity) at 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. I strongly suggest you consider this option.

  2. This is so easy. I have the mic by my keyboard 24/7. I click “call a number” in my gmail sidebar and type CINCH and the number is inserted. The call is answered over my external speakers: “record after the beep”. I say my piece (thinking this morning about a winter essay from last year) and minutes later, it is up at and I can grab the url or the embed code. There are no limits to file size or number. Users may subscribe like one would do for podcasts. Seems like this will be a persistent site, or something like it will survive the relative long-term.