How to add your podcast on Google Podcast

Google released it’s Google Podcasts app on the Google Play Store a couple of months back in June 19, 2018. It’s a very handy tool to listen to your podcasts on your phone and discover new ones. Google also released developer guidelines for developers to make their podcasts compatible with Google Podcasts app. So I am gonna just guide you on how to add your podcast based on the guideline.

First things first, you will need a platform to publish your podcasts. You could use any platform which can host audio files to start your podcast. But the easiest option I would suggest is to use WordPress. It’s easy to use and you can easily setup your podcasts using free plugins. You can either choose to start your podcast blog on wordpress.com or host your own from wordpress.org. WordPress.com provides 3GB of free storage and comes with podcasting feature. No extra plugins required. Only downside is that you won’t be able to customize the look or any other features as your need and for the free version your site name would be on wordpress.com domain (for e.g. yourname.wordpress.com). You can choose to link your own domain to wordpress.com as well. 

But if you choose to host your own site with WordPress, you will have full control of your site. You will have to get a domain for yourself and some decent hosting space. Then you can customize the look and feel of the site as per your will. You will get to choose from millions of themes available online or create your own if you please. 

You can check the comparison here. https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/

Podcasting on WordPress

Now we come to the podcasting part. There are several free plugins available for podcasting. Some popular ones are Seriously Simple PodcastingPowerPress Podcasting plugin by BlubrryPodlove Podcast Publisher. All these and other plugins do their work but my personal favorite is Seriously Simple Podcasting for it’s serious simplicity. It’s very simple and does what it needs to do best. It creates a new post type called “Podcasts” which you can access from the side menu and start publishing podcasts normally the way you post blogs. It then creates a nice player with description of the podcast for you. 

You can browse through its settings which is very easy to use with descriptive messages for each setting displayed along with the options. You don’t need to change anything in the settings. Our concern would be the “Feed Details” tab on the settings page. You will find fields to fill in about your podcast. It’s better to fill out all the fields for better discovery. The “View Feed” link is your podcast feed URL. This is the URL used by every podcast players. The URL looks something like this https://castmandu.com/feed/podcast so for your domain it would probably look like https://yourdomain.com/feed/podcast

That’s all there is to do for Google to recognize your podcast. All you need to do is wait for Google to index your site. Google has provided Podcast Publisher Tools to generate link to Google Podcast. You need to paste the URL of your podcast feed into the box here to generate the link. If Google has crawled through your website you will be able to get the link which looks like https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9jYXN0bWFuZHUuY29tL2ZlZWQvcG9kY2FzdA%3D%3D
This link opens the Google Podcasts app on your phone. You can share this link on social networking sites or add it as a banner in your site. You might have to wait a day or two for Google to crawl through your site. You can use Google Webmaster Tools to verify that your podcast website is indexed by Googlebot.  Also for the updates to be reflected on google, you could try publishing your feed to google from Google’s WebSub publish tool at https://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/publish

If all goes well your podcast is now ready to be played on Google Podcasts.

Castmandu Google Podcasts page

If you have any queries please feel free to leave your queries on the comment section. I will definitely try my best to answer your queries.

And please listen to Castmandu on Google Podcasts. 

ISARD Documentary on Sukdal Irrigation

My first attempt on creating a documentary. 
Kudos to the team at ISARD for their great effort in addressing the water crisis, specially the Women of Dhuskun.

Thanks to all the people who made this documentary possible.
Bivas Neupane and Akriti Shilpakar for the words.
Geeta Neupane for the beautiful voice in narration.
Kishor Maharjan for the wonderful videography.

Please watch and comment. Any feedback is highly appreciated 😀

Being an Introvert

Psychologist Carl Jung coined the terms “introverted” and “extroverted” in his 1920s work, Psychologische Typen (Psychological Types). Additionally, he said, “There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert, Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.” But ya, you can call me an introvert. I sure am not a pure introvert but I incline a whole lot towards the Introvert side of the continuum scale. There has been several occasions which has led me to believe that I am an introvert. And the most recent one was just a few days back. I participated (more accurate term would be ‘was made to participate’) in a program by Teach For Nepal called “One Day in a Classroom”. I was supposed to take a class to students in Sindhupalchowk on anything that I could share. And I was accompanied by a few people (3 speakers including me and some TFN staffs) along the journey. The travel time was quite long and not to your surprise, I didn’t do much of talking. Everyone was talking and joking on whatever topics they came across and I stayed all quiet listening to them. I enjoy listening. At one point, one of the speakers exclaimed that I don’t talk at all. Then I realized how introvert I was. He was talking with everyone and he hadn’t met anyone in the bus before that day. And contrastingly, I had met everyone in that bus except for the 2 speakers and had talked to all of them at least a few times before.

 

Sorry

One thing the God or whoever is the creator of the world missed was to give humans the ability to see from other’s perspective. I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone fails on that. I know very well that I should see or think from other’s perspective. I was always taught that you walk a mile on the other person’s shoes before judging them. But I think I just learned it partially. I learned very well to blame others for not walking on my shoes and seldom bothered to walk on other’s shoes. It’s not that I never did but sometimes it slips off my mind. If only people never failed to understand that and could always see from other’s perspective, there wouldn’t have been any quarrels. no fights. no wars. Imagine how peaceful the earth would have been. Because I don’t think any person is bad in itself. If you could just see from the other person’s perspective you would always find the goodness in him/her.

But maybe the God wanted it to be this way. To show the calm after the wind, peace after the war, love after the quarrel. You only value things after you lose it. And maybe the realization is just enough. You realize that you didn’t see the other person’s perspective and realize how you were not totally right about your views. That’s the moment when you feel calm. You feel the importance of the calmness. And you learn to value it more and more.

The entire universe is just a wave with crests and troughs. You can’t just have the crests and neither would there be just troughs. You need go get to the bottom of the wave to rise again with your full potential. And there comes another idiom सुखमा नमात्तिनु, दुःखमा नआत्तिनु। You gotta learn to surf on those waves.

Turbo C graphics on Win7 [Updated]

Sorry, there seemed to be a problem in the tutorial described before.
There was a problem loading the includes file in turbo c which was due to directory mismatch in the turbo c installation.keeping the tc folder in a folder with name dosbox and mounting the folder dosbox as c: would fix the issue.The tutorial has been updated to fix the issue.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Today I noticed that Win7 doesn’t support Turbo C graphics.

Win7 doesn’t support the fullscreen mode for DOS applications.

That was fine, just ignoring the error would start turbo c in window mode. But today when I tried running the program with graphics, the program compiled without any errors but on running the program displayed the same error and ignoring it didn’t do any good. Instead I get another error

So I tried changing some options on turbo c but all in vain.couldn’t make it work. And then I realized, DOSBox must be available for windows as well.(DOSBox is an DOS emulator. I had been using DOSBox to test my programs on turbo C on linux)

So the solution to this problem would be to install DOSBox on your win7. With DOSBox you can run turbo C on fullscreen mode as well. So download the latest DOSBox and start using Turbo C on fullscreen.

Setting Options on DOSBox:

In order to change the options of DOSBox, goto the DOSBox options menu in start menu.It will open the dosbox .conf file on notepad. The conf file is well documented. And there’s no need for much change.change the fullscreen valu from ‘false’ to ‘true’ if you want to run dosbox on fullscreen mode

You need to first mount the folder containing turbo c to be able to run it.
So on starting DOSBox type “mount c c:dosbox” assuming your turbo c installation files are at “c:dosboxtc”. Then change the current working drive from “z:>” to “c:>” by typing the command “c:” and next type “cd tcbin” and then “tc” to run the Turbo C. VOILA!! that’s it!!! your very own TC in fullscreen mode in Window 7

typing all these commands could be tedious and hard to remember to some of you.so we can autoexecute these commands.At the end of the conf file(i guess u know how to do it.but in case you forgot, open it from the DOSBox options menu from start menu). and at the end of the file under [autoexec] heading paste the following lines

mount c c:dosbox
c:
cd tcbin
tc
this would directly open Turbo C
If you have any problems please feel free to ask me. always happy to help 🙂
P.S. if you use ‘gcc’ and want to be able to use graphics.h, you will need the library ‘libgraph’ installed.
//anerdsblog.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/graphicsh-in-gcc/
This post describes very well how to do it.

Geeky Way to listen to Revolution Radio (rvlradio.com)

THT RVLradio @ Moksh

If you are on linux and don’t want to trouble your browser to listen to the radio, then here’s how you can achieve it.

Install mplayer on your machine, fire a terminal window and enter the command

mplayer http://rvlradio.com:8029

Alternatively, if it doesn’t work, enter the ip address for rvlradio.com

mplayer http://67.23.237.151:8029

The aforementioned example is for the live radio. You just need to change the port to tune into other channels under rvlradio. Below is the list of URIs for different channels.

Live –> http://67.23.237.151:8029
Rock –> http://67.23.237.151:8065
Pop –> http://67.23.237.151:8063
Nepali1 –> http://67.23.237.151:8061
Nepali2 –> http://67.23.237.151:8073
Metal –> http://67.23.237.151:8069
Blues –> http://67.23.237.151:8075
Dance –> http://67.23.237.151:8071

Here’s a screenshot of the RVL Pop channel [Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher] being played on my machine.

CHEERS to Revoultion Radio !!!!!!

Chinglish चिङ्ग्लिस्

Chinglish is a portmanteau of the words Chinese & English and refers to either spoken or written English which is influenced by Chinese. Chinglish, which is sometimes called “Chinese English” or “China English”, is the combination of Chinese grammar & English vocabulary.

The origin of Chinglish can be dated back to the mid 17th century when British traders arrived in Southern China. The British and Chinese traders, due to the communication gap, used Chinese pidgin English for their business. Although, later standard English was begun to be taught in China’s education system, Chinese pidgin English couldn’t be eradicated and evolved to take the form of what is now popularly known as Chinglish.

So, what’s the reason behind the existence of Chinglish? The main reason is found to be complexity. Chinese is a very complex language. In fact, it is considered the most complex language of all. So exact & accurate translation of Chinese is a really difficult task. Here’s an example for how difficult Chinese translation can get.

“Yun Zhi Jue Zhong”

The correct translation of this Chinese sentence is

“The way of heaven is profound & mysterious & the way of mankind is difficult. Only if we make a precise & unified plan & follow the doctrine of the mean, can we rule the country well.”

Let’s analyze the figures here. The Chinese sentence has 4 words and the English translation has 37 words. It’s nearly in the ratio of 1:9.If we count the syllables, the Chinese sentence is 4 syllabled while the English translation is composed of 52 syllables. Thats 1:13.

Shocking! right?This shows the complexity of Chinese language and how can we expect ordinary people to make these sorts of translation. This leads to mistakes in translation giving rise to Chinglish.

Confusion is created in translation due to different connotations for same denotation. Verbs like see, watch, read and look have the same word ‘kan’ in Chinese. So “I’m watching a movie” is incorrectly translated as “I’m looking a movie”. Similarly, “Turn on the door” for “Open the door” and “Can you say Spanish” for “Can you speak Spanish”.

Another reason behind the existence of Chinglish is quite interesting. The reason is ‘humor’.The young generation, though realizing the mistakes, find Chinglish interesting and humorous. So they continue using it. They select vocabularies to rhyme their phrase rather than the proper usage.

The linguists say the birth of Chinglish is due to “psychological structure latent in the brain” which Is activated when one attempts to learn a second language. There are several other examples of inter-language like Franglais for French English, Hinglish for Hindi English, Spanglish for Spanish English and many more.

References:
“Chinglish: an illustrated lecture”
by Dr. William Griffin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, St. Charles Community College

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinglish

Some examples of Chinglish Signs