Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Global Warping, Belt Sander Drag Races, and other Inconvenient Truths... 2007 Winter Nationals.
I've got a friend racing his modified belt sander on Saturday. He gave me a sneak peek. Looks hot!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Boston Web Innovators Group - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.
Last night I went to a meeting in Boston, It was a good time to try out the N95 in a low light situation. The photos are much better than the N93.
It takes quite a while for the camera to display the image after taking the picture, but I'm sure that's just because this is a preproduction model. It seems that I have some focus issues too, but that might be because I put my subjects over on the side of the frame. The focus area is pretty big. I'll have to play around some more with this. If it's like any other camera, I'm sure I just have to focus on the subject and then move the camera to the side.
On thing I can tell you is that the N95 will make you very popular at parties. The meeting I was at was all about new software solutions in technology. One attendee told me that seeing the N95 was the highlight of his evening. It's a fun phone to show people.
At dinner after the meeting we were talking about Imogen Heap and my friend hadn't heard of her, so I took out the N95 and played him one of her songs. I just set the phone down on the table and let the music play out of the stereo speakers. People liked it.
"We might like walled gardens and top down content some of the time while other times, we want to be the gardeners, ourselves."
Monday, January 29, 2007
Vlog Soup: Vlog Soup: Episode 23:
"This week on Vlog Soup we show what Madison Ave portrays vloggers as, meet the artist Charles Beck, learn about preserving 8mm and Super 8mm movies, meet Josh Shipp who has advice for teenagers, Ben Blaser who shows us how to turn our videos into cartoons, and share an intimate moment with vlogger Josh Leo. Enjoy.Check it.
Roadrunner has an ad that represents videobloggers as crazy people jumping up and down. We are more than that, as Chris Pirillo demonstrates. Thanks Chris for helping to keep everything in perspective. "
"As a videoblogger, I had initially hosted all my content on my own web server. I did this so because I could control how the content was viewed, build an audience around my site and keep the rights to the content. But with the diverging media platforms, the task quickly became a nuisance. Some people didn't have Quicktime, iTunes didn't like Flash, then there is the Windows Media Center. Yikes! After a while, I decided to share the hosting responsibilities with blip.tv.Great interview and a great story.
It was a pretty easy decision to choose blip.tv. You uploaded one file and it did the rest. The Blip Flash conversion was as good as Sorenson's awesome Flash conversion. They offered Windows Media Center compatibility. Like Revver, they offered ads but with added options. They offered raw statistics. Upcoming features promised even more flexibility and power. For a filmmaker or videoblogger, there is not a better hosting site than blip.tv. "
If you aren't hosting yor videos on blip.tv, you should be.
"Meet Tony Kahn, the voice of the Morning Stories podcast, in a series of behind-the-scenes and off-the-cuff videos. The videos range from a mash-up produced by video blogger Steve Garfield, to advice on how to choose podcasts, which side of a CD is “up,” some behind-the-scenes tips on the use of hat mics, and a video viewers are encouraged to incorporate into their own pieces.Yay.
New videos are being posted each week through February 16th at http://www.youtube.com/user/morningstories."
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Back when there was a Pro Blogger account I was the first to sign up and pay for it. That made the navigation bar go away.
For now, I've added this code to the body item in my template to make the navigation bar stop from overlapping over my header graphic.
I found this solution over on the Blogger Help Group at Google Groups.
Another thing, when I use Blog This!, the resulting blog entry makes the TITLE of the post a link to the URL of the page I'm blogging. That's not right. How do I make that not happen?
Rice Originally uploaded by stevegarfield.
I captured this on the Nokia N95 tonight at a party and uploaded it directly to VOX via the phone.
Here it is on VOX:
What happened is that posting the picture to VOX reduced it's size, so I just replaced the VOX photo that I had cross posted here with the photo from the N95, and now you can see the original version when you click on All Sizes.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
- Dig those flash Flickr slideshows? All that’s needed is a bit of code to embed them within your website to give your readers something dynamic.(tags: flickr)
- Add keywords and priorities to you Mac OS X mail.app
- Can Brightcove Solve Net Video for Pros, Big Media? | PBS(tags: brightcove)
- Webshots, like a cat with nine lives, is going in for another reincarnation. This time it wants to play big mama to fledgling video stars, offering them money along with professional tips. It is an effort on part of CNET, the parent company of the Webshot
"Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, told what he called a random story — it’s a perfect tale for the medium and the age — about empowering collaboration. His sophomore year at Harvard, while starting his company, he failed to study at all for one of his courses; he didn’t even go to class. So days before the final, he pulled all the pictures he needed to analyze off the web and put them up on a page online with boxes underneath. He emailed the class and said he’d put up a study guide. Sure enough, in moments, the students filled in their essential knowledge on the art. Zuckerberg got an A. And the prof told him that the grades in the class improved 10 percent over previous years.
It’s a magnificent lesson in everybody winning with cooperation: exactly the lesson big media must learn."
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
- DivX Video Channels
- Adel Hamad and other detainees, who to this day have never been charged with a crime, deserve justice.(tags: adelhamad)
- WipBox enables sellers to create better, richer listings through deeper knowledge gathering and better preparation.(tags: ebay)
- NOKLOG is a proof-of-concept publishing system for mobile phone web browsers which support file uploading via the built-in mobile web browser.
- Nokia N95 First Impressions(tags: n95)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
New Mediacracy with Zadi Diaz, Steve Garfield, and Steve Woolf was recorded live on January 18, 2007 at 8:00 PM EST/5:00 PM PST on TalkShoe.
It's now available for listening.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
"It was 4 a.m. Brian Camenker , 53, a computer programmer, sat at his kitchen table in Newton, hunched over his Toshiba laptop. Strewn around him were papers detailing former governor Mitt Romney's alleged ties to gay youth conferences, gay judges, and abortion rights activists.Providing a link because the Boston Globe doesn't.
The documents, mostly printouts of news stories, represented weeks of work by Camenker and a few volunteers who had searched the Internet for material to disprove Romney's assertions that he is a conservative. Now, the results glowed on the screen in front of him, compiled into a 10,000-word dossier, 'The Mitt Romney Deception.'"
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Sam Allis writes in today's Boston Globe, On the wild side, an article about Rick Berlin:
"Jamaicaplainspoken.com, the website he and Todd Drogy, a fellow musician and a waiter at Zon's, another estimable JP eatery, have created to showcase the astonishing array of characters who live in the 'hood. We're talking 43 video interviews of folks in JP, with more coming, along with a documentary down the road."This is a very interesting project that documents the lives of people in Jamaica Plain. I just watched The Swim. Nicely done.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
- Blip.tv CEO Dina Kaplan wants to make video blogging into a paying profession for video makers.
- The impact of social media (like PR) is overdetermined. There are a lot of moving parts. Which is not to say that it can’t be measured. How do we do it? Well, it depends. Here are some things we can measure, some of which may be right for your project
- Mia Rose is a guitarist singer who’s performed songs that have taken off on YouTube, her latest video has 419,129 views. A drummer that she doesn’t even know adds his drum track on top of her singing, then a bass player adds his.
- Here’s some common Podcast Strategies that seem relevant for the start of 2007(tags: podcasting)
Friday, January 19, 2007
I'm posting this here because a submission at the site got no response.
A link to Vlog Soup 22 on this page:
Results in this video page being loaded:
They should be using this link:
Steve Garfield's Video Blog at Podfeed.net
One more thing, they aren't linking back to the permalink of each blog post either. Don't get me started on that one.
The Plain-text, non-Web-2.0 Story of FarkTV
Super Deluxe is the first broadband network launching entirely with original production-quality content. They're not doing what everyone else is doing. They're not putting a huge stable of crappy re-runs online that youve already seen on TV a million times. They're not inundating their network with thousands of videos of people playing guitars or candid little vignettes of guys getting kicked in the nuts (although that stuff is pretty funny). No one has ever seen this before - it's an Internet-launched network with professionally produced shows. It's the future of video.Super Deluxe is good. I linked to them twice yesterday.
Fark.TV on Super Deluxe.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Vlog Soup by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.
In this episode of Vlog Soup we visit the daily life of a graduate secretary, visit a junk collector in Texas, learn how to best use a microphone, meet a talking dog, and meet a vlogger from France who is traveling to America! Enjoy.
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Online Video Wants to be President When It Grows Up.
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On the Lot: For All The Marbles.
Burnett & Spielberg Offer $1-Million Development Deal to Undiscovered Fimmakers:
ON THE LOT, executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, will give aspiring filmmakers from around the world the chance to earn a $1-million development deal at DreamWorks.
Spencer Morgan gives us a Ze Frank Hollywood update in First Ze Take Hollywood:
So Mr. Frank has decided since then to focus on feature films for his first foray into the mainstream. But don’t worry, netizens! He swears he’ll never ditch the Web.I enjoyed reading this story about how Ze was initially contacted by United Talent Agency and what has happened since.
via [ NewTeeVee ]
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Just talked to Jeremy Allaire from Brightcove, about the Barack Obama announcement video, and he says:
"There were over 140k views of the video yesterday. That will update on our site today..."
This is big news.
John Edwards announcement video on YouTube now has 103,524 views since December 27th.
Barack Obama's video on Brightcove has over 140K views since yesterday.
Has Brightcove dethroned the king with this video? Has Obama jumped to the top of the presedential race with one video?
I'll be watching developments closely.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Samantha & Bianca drop some science on us by RubyJi, uploaded from flickr.
Samantha Velez and Bianca Ramos talked about what it's like for them as sixteen year olds in High School having to work 35 hours a week and go to school where half their class has already dropped out of school.
I was very impressed with these two young women and I'm glad they came to Harvard to speak at the Berkman/Sunlight meeting on Political Information in an Internet era.
in the midst of seeing all the new and exciting web and wiki initiatives, hearing from them about what needs to be done at a local. gave us a much needed perspective.
I see there is a snowball microphone there and hope that the recording of their talk gets posted to the net for a greater audience to hear.
I hope they get to go to SXSW.
Geek parade 1 by RubyJi
John Palfrey: Sunlight Foundation event on MLK, Jr., Day at HLS
- Ten democracy projects in seventy minutes
- Introducing MAPLight to the Berkman/Sunlight conference
- Local online organizing at the Sunlight Foundation meeting
David Weinberger: Cool Democracy Tools
Dan Gillmor: Political Watchdogging
United for Justice with Peace:
"MARCH ON WASHINGTONBoston Phoenix: Dumb and Dumber:
January 27, 2007
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, NOW CONGRESS MUST ACT
On Election Day, voters nation-wide delivered an unmistakable MANDATE for PEACE. And now, it's time for ACTION!
On Saturday, Jan. 27th, people from every corner of the country will march on Washington, DC. Our message will be clear, our voice will be strong: End the war in Iraq, Bring all the troops home now!"
When it comes to Iraq, Bush has become a dictator.
It’s a scary thought: the president of the United States doesn’t know what he’s doing. What other conclusion can the nation draw?
Barack Obama just released a video over at YouTube titled, Barack Obama: My Plans for 2008.
Senator Obama is announcing the formation of his Presidential Exploratory Committee over there and on a new website BarackObama.com. He's also got a video page hosted by Brightcove. There's also a full text transcript of his announcement. All he needs now is a blog with RSS 2.0 and media enclosures. ;-)
As of 1:49 EST there are 551 views on YouTube. Let's see how long it takes for this video to register 1,000, 10,000, 100,000.
7:46 PM EST 15,870 Views on YouTube
7:57 AM 1/17 21,616 Views on YouTube
Statistics on his Brightcove Channel haven't been updated yet
It'll be interesting.
I saw this over on CC Chapman's blog.
Brightcove Beats YouTube
"This is the autocomplete personality test, where you type each letter of the alphabet into your browser's address bar and note what autocompletes."
I cleared out my browser's history this weekend so the results are for a few days. A number of the links are from the Berkman/Sunlight conference I went to this weekend at Harvard.
A - http://azcongresswatch.com/ - Heard about this at Harvard
B - http://blip.tv/ - Start your video blog here. blip.tv is people.
C - http://www.cbs.com/originals/15_seconds/ - Say it to CBS
D - http://www.democrats.com/ - Heard about this at Harvard
E - http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog/ - Ethan Zuckerman
F - http://www.flickr.com/photos/friends/ - I love my flickr friends
G - http://www.galacticast.com/ - the best sci-fi parody series on the web
H - http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/ - David Weinberger explains things
I - http://imakethings.com/ - Bre Pettis makes things
L - http://www.lostremote.com/ - All about the new TV landscape
M - http://mymomsblog.blogspot.com/ - My mom
N - http://newmediacracy.blogspot.com/ - Podcast on New Media by me, Steve Woolf and Zadi Diaz. Recorded live on Thursdays at 8:00 PM EST
O - http://www.opensecrets.org/ - Find out about government. Your Guide to money in U/S. Election
P - http://pulverblog.pulver.com/ - Jeff Pulver
S - http://scobleizer.com/ - Robert Scoble
S - http://smashface.com/ - Zadi and Steve
T - http://technorati.com/search/stevegarfield.com - Ego Surfing
U - http://www.universalhub.com/ - the best way to keep track of what the Boston area blogs are saying
V - http://vermontdailybriefing.com/ - Philip Baruth takes the time to write longer posts that mean something.
W - http://www.washingtonpost.com/ - Washington Post
Y - http://www.youtube.com/ - Sis you see that YouTube video yet?
Z - http://zadidiaz.com/blog/ - Zadi Diaz
Monday, January 15, 2007
"At dinner last night with Zephyr Teachout and Steve Garfield (lucky me!), at the kick-off of a Sunlight -Berkman conference (tag: berkmansunlight), we had an idea.Let's do it.
The next time there's a national speech or a press conference, instead of waiting for the opposition party to nominate a single person to issue a response, let's vblog citizen responses. If we tag our responses 'citizenresponse' and perhaps use a second tag indicating what we're reacting to (or maybe just the date will do), we'll all be able to find them. "
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Just saw this new video recording widget that lets you have video conversations. Let's try it out.
Here's an invite code for you to use flickzor on your own blog: omg.43l4qt
YOU NEED TO SIGN UP TO RECORD A VIDEO
You've got to sign up to send a flick video.
MY INITIAL FEEDBACK
I've sent them in some feedback:
1. Can you make the record greeting button change into a stop recording button so that you don't have to look down after starting the recording? Please do this.
2. When looking at the widget, how do you know that there are other videos available for viewing other than pressing the right hand fast forward button to check?
3. Do you send email notifications that new flicks are awaiting approval?
Saturday, January 13, 2007
There's a photo of him there. He doesn't look like that.
I sent Robert a new banner suggestion a few weeks ago made up of Thomas Hawk photos. I just updated it.
What do you think?
Do you have an idea for a new Scobleizer header graphic?
bloghaus by Zadi Diaz, uploaded from flickr.
Zadi Diaz recaps her CES experience and gives a link to a New Mediacracy Podcast we recorded last night:
The two Steve's and I finished recording another episode of New Mediacracy. We cover more stuff on CES, Bloghaus, MacWorld, the iphone, AppleTV, SteveTV, Nerdcore, the future of videoblogging and a bunch of other interesting things.Yay podcasting!
Friday, January 12, 2007
The President Who Cried Wolf.
Keith Olbermann: Bush's strategy fails because it depends on his credibility.
Only this president, only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude, could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran.Time to impeach Bush?
- Make Free Calls from The USA
- Tips on shooting good video
- ThinkGeek :: eStarling Wi-Fi Gmail / Flickr Enabled LCD Frame
- True Success is marked not by your acquisitions or degrees of prestige, but by those that you have helped live in their dreams.(tags: life)
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I got a call from Ravi Jain last night asking me to come down to the new Axiom Gallery on Green Street to help him push his car, Hosey, OUT of the gallery.
With the help of a few others we actually had to lift the back end of the car off the gallery floor to get the car situated so we could push it out the door. Dave Wildman has more.
Boston’s Weekly Dig: Cops declare car in gallery to be "unsafe art":
"Think having an exhibit of videoblogs done in a car is a crazy idea? Well, pulling the car itself into the gallery proves to be an even crazier idea."Come to the opening reception: Friday January 12th, 6-9pm.
There's an Emergency Rally to Stop Escalation in Iraq today at 4:00 PM in Boston.
Here are the details:
Emergency Rally to Stop Escalation in Iraq
Where: BOSTON COMMON - Park St. & Tremont St. (in Boston)
When: Thursday, Jan 11 2007, 4:00 PM
RSVP: Click to RSVP
If this event doesn't work for you, click this link to search events in hundreds of other locations around the country.
Tonight, the media will be out watching and reporting on our rallies and that means we really need to turn out in big numbers. This is our chance to show without a doubt that Americans want a responsible exit from Iraq—not an escalation.
Wired 15.01: One Giant Screwup for Mankind:
"THERE ARE 4 MILLION musty boxes at the Washington National Records Center, a squat brick building in Suitland, Maryland, that's been housing inactive federal records since 1967. The boxes are stacked on gray girders that rise about 20 feet and would cover the equivalent of 14 football fields of cold concrete bunkers. 'We have income tax records, passport applications, patent records, trademark records,' says Alan Kramer, division director at the center. 'And we have records from NASA, too.'Sounds like Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The building grows more crowded every day. In 1950, the federal records totaled 45,000 cubic feet. Today they cover 25 million, and bureaucrats add more than 500,000 cubic feet every year. Digital migration was supposed to lighten the load. It hasn't. 'People don't trust computers, so they print out everything,' Kramer says."
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
YouTube and CBS: If You Had 15 Seconds:
"If you had 15 seconds to tell the world whatever you want to, what would you say? Well, now's your chance to be seen and heard on national television, courtesy of CBS Interactive. Post your 15-second video on YouTube, and CBS Interactive will select one to be broadcast on TV! The first selection will air on Sunday, February 4, 2007. "Yay CBS.
This is a step in the right direction. CBS is now asking people to submit videos to YouTube.
CBS is following the path that Jeff Jarvis suggested, and that I prototyped with SayItToKatie.com.
I personally explained how user submitted content should work in a discussion with management at CBS. I looks like they were listening.
CBS has a 15 Seconds page over on CBS.com where you can read the rules and follow a link to watch the recently submitted videos over on YouTube.
This is a smart move by CBS since they don't have to screen any videos, and all the submissions can be seen on YouTube. The only videos they have to get a release waiver for are those that they choose to put on CBS TV.
Now I need something to say. ;-)
Jeff Jarvis writes: Say it to CBS and the world
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
"Cell phones do all kinds of stuff—calling, text messaging, Web browsing, contact management, music playback, photos and video—but they do it very badly, by forcing you to press lots of tiny buttons, navigate diverse heterogeneous interfaces and squint at a tiny screen. 'Everybody hates their phone,' Jobs says, 'and that's not a good thing. And there's an opportunity there.' To Jobs's perfectionist eyes, phones are broken. Jobs likes things that are broken. It means he can make something that isn't and sell it to you for a premium price."Sonds like a phone my mom could love.
Apple iPhone - Official page.
Fauxtobooth - Daily Self Portrait - January 9, 2006 by brex, uploaded from flickr.
This is a lot of fun. I'm helping Bre figure out how to build a photobooth and we're experimenting with the process.
Monday, January 08, 2007
O'Hare Airport UFO by weirdamerica, uploaded from flickr.
My friend Chuck Cirno writes:
In the Fall of 2006 a UFO was spotted over O'Hare Airport. I managed to squeeze off this shot out the window of my plane.Why does the government deny these claims?
Sunday, January 07, 2007
"Blogger added a new feature: Bring your own domain. All you have to do is buy a domain, anywhere, at any price you can find, set up your Blogger account and point your DNS at Google’s server at ghs.google.com, and viola*! Now your Blogger blog appears at its own domain name, and all you had to do was pay less than ten bucks a year for the domain. You don’t need hosting, because Blogger handles all the traffic, you just bring the domain."This is big news.
i might just do it!