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Sunday, August 31, 2008

@acarvin tweet on CNN


@acarvin tweet on CNN, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Marguerite's 95th Birthday Party

Blog Day 2008



What is BlogDay?
On August 31st, bloggers are asked to post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.

Here are my 5:


1. Trends in Japan

CScout Japan describes the site this way:
We will lead you on your way to a different world, with new innovations, trends and market potentials. We will be your representatives on site, providing you with informative and visual input about products, lifestyle and marketing. We will support you in the search for the right business partners and help you organise and execute your successful business trip.
I enjoy new things and this blog surely does introduce you to a new world that you don't get to see every day.

Found via [ delicious tag Japan ]






2. I DREAM OF MCCAIN
REAL DREAMS PEOPLE HAVE HAD ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN

Here's dream of a Female Democrat And Graphic Designer In Brooklyn:
I was on a family vacation in the mountains on a skiing vacation, and John McCain was my father. He was driving the car, but the road became very zig-zag hilly and snowy and we were slamming down a very steep incline with a deep ravine to our right. The car was skidding out and almost slipped into the ravine. I asked if I should get out and push, but John said he had it under control.
Just took a brief look at this site while at the computer at 3:55 AM. I'll go back to sleep now count McCain's as I go back to sleep. Maybe I'll have an entry when I wake up.

See also: I Dream of Barack.

Found via [ Google Blog Search "McCain" ]






3. The Caucus: NY Times Political Blog

Michael Cooper writes about McCain and Palin's stop at At Buckeye Corner, a sporting goods store in West Columbus, The McCain-Palin Bus Tour Rolls Out:
Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, as well as some of their children, made their way through the store. Ms. Palin thanked people for their congratulations, held a slightly nonplussed-looking one-year-old for a cell phone picture (she tried to cheer her up with a little babytalk) and made a few purchases: a fleece, a newborn sleeper, a barbecue set, and a cheerleader outfit for her daughter Piper, who seemed excited by it.


Found via [ Google Search for political blog ]

(Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)






4. Gustav Information Center

Alerts and Information Regarding Hurricane Gustav
An online community for coordinating volunteer knowledge-sharing related to Hurricane Gustav.
Timely. On online community assembled by Andy Carvin.

Found via twitter:
Andy Carvin: Setting up Ning community + aggregator for Gustav: http://gustav08.ning.com/







5. Ernie the Attorney

Hurricane Gustav - update from NOLA:
Mayor Ray Nagin just came on the TV and told us that Gustav is 'the mother of all storms' and that it is likely that there will be significant flooding on the Westbank of New Orleans. He says this storm will be worse than Katrina and there will be a mandatory evacuation in effect for the city starting at noon tomorrow. The storm is supposed to hit on Monday morning, which is exactly what happened with Katrina.

Today, as I rode around on my scooter, I was impressed by the visible presence of police and National Guard troops. The streets of New Orleans are mostly clear, and pretty much everyone I know who planned to evacuate is gone. By way of contrast, on the Saturday before Katrina hit there were many people still in the city.
He then goes on to say:
I say this knowing that I won't be evacuating. Believe me, if I lived in a low-lying house I would evacuate. I think the threat of flooding Uptown is not as significant as government officials are reporting. I'm not faulting them. It's their job to report the worst case scenario. But, for me (living in a high rise condo with storm shutters and very thick concrete), the worst case scenario is more the inconvenience of being in the aftermath of another major storm. Fortunately, my kids are all safely evacuated.
Makes you want to tune in to get a first person account.

Found via [ Google Blog Search for Gustav ]

(Photo: Becky and Buddy on 'zen porch' by ernieattorney on flickr (c) All rights reserved)




This was a good excersise in finding blogs. What's interesting is that 3 out of the five new blogs I found were via Google. That's 60% in this little test.

Timely too since on Thursday I start teaching New Media Tools for Journalism at Boston University.

Join the discussion at JO540 Multimedia Journalism. I'll be tweeting, Seemicing and Qiking from the class.

Tag: BlogDay2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

City of Boston: Election Department - Absentee Ballot


City of Boston: Election Department - Absentee Ballot, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Absentee Ballot Postage
Absentee Ballots require 59 cents postage. Please provide adequate postage to ensure delivery of your absentee ballot to the Election Department.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

UpTake - Michael McDonald - America - Invesco Field - Preview!



Breaking - The UpTake's Chuck Olsen reports LIVE from Invesco field:
Sneaking onto the Obama podium and getting turned away by secret service, and singing along to Michael McDonald's live Obama-fied rehearsal of "America the Beautiful"
Chuck. You rock.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Signs We'd Like to See: Fast Lane Accepted

I'd like to see earlier notification that Fast Lane is accepted on E-ZPass roads.

Let's start with the New Hampshire Turnpike.

Where can I use the Fast Lane?
www.masspike.com/travel/fastlane/fastlanefaq.html#1

Massachusetts Absentee Ballot Envelope

A Massachusetts Absentee Ballot Envelope requires how much postage?

The Absentee Ballot return envelope says, "Place Stamp(s) here."

Hmm. It's 10.5" X 6". Seems oversized to me.

Hello City Hall
I called the City of Boston Election Department and the operator told me that it needs one stamp. She didn't seem to sure, so I asked to speak to someone in the election department.

She transferred me and I was disconnected. I called back. She tried again and the line was busy. I asked for a direct #. I called myself and the line was busy.

Mayor Menino does not believe in voice mail.

Boston City Hall

I called back and spoke with a woman who told me that I should probably put a few stamps on the envelope. She said it depends on the mail carrier if it gets delivered. She said it depends on their mood that day.

She gets ballots delivered with none, 1, 2 and 3 stamps.

I explained that I thought the envelope seemed oversized and she suggested that I use two stamps.

How about finding out exactly what they require and then telling people that? I also suggested that she tell the main swithchboard operator to stop giving out false information.

Hello United States Postal Service
Looking at the USPS postage price calculator, it says:

Letters that meet one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics below are subject to the $0.20 nonmachinable surcharge. For items over 3.5 ounces, see large envelope or package prices.

- It is a square letter

- It is too rigid – does not bend easily

- It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices

- It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter

- It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven

- The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5


So my letter is 10.5 / 6 = 1.75. Seems ok.

Is it too rigid? Hmm...

I'm bringing it to the post office for an official determination.



Update:



Video - It Costs 59 Cents to Vote in Massachusetts

Additional version: YouTube

Update 8/29/08:

Just got a call from the City of Boston election department. They are going to include a note in the Absentee Ballot mailings and on the website to let people know that it costs 59 cents to mail.

Yay! Thanks for calling!

Update 9/17/13:

Just got my absentee ballot for the upcoming election.

The envelope still says Place Stamp(s) here.

There is no note included with the mailing telling me how much postage to use. The City of Boston website has no note either.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

MICHELLE OBAMA 2008 CONVENTION ADDRESS

Where is Michelle Obama?

It's hard to find a high quality combination of both good audio and video of Michelle Obama's DNC speech.

In the end, Google video had the best experience with good audio and user control. It was a better experience than watching on the C-Span site, where the video comes from. Ironic. The DNC site had great video but poor audio. The YouTube version, on the Obama '08 page, edited the introduction.



Google Video ( C-Span ):
August 25, 2008 C-SPAN Michelle Obama Keynote Address to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 36 min.

Mrs.Obama is joined her daughters Milia and Sasha, and then Barack gets in the picture via satellite. This video includes the video introduction, her brother's introduction and her speech.

Quality: OK video quality, very good audio.




C-Span:
The embeded C-Span video player includes scollbars and is very small. Note: To delete those scrollbars, you need to add "scrolling="no"" to the code. You can watch this video on the C-Span page but you must disable any pop-up blockers first.

Quality: Great sound, but you can't scrub ahead to fast forward through the video. No control equals a poor user experience.




Democratic National Convention - Official Site:
Remarks, Michelle Obama. In HD. Requires Silverlight and Move Networks video player.

Quality: Great video, but the audio has a lot of pops and cut outs. Poor sound quality detracts from the beautiful vieo experience. Includes Michelle's brother's introduction.




YouTube:
Searching for Michelle Obama's speech this morning, resulted in a Sponsored Link from the Obama campaign, Watch Michelle's Speech, that leads you to a sign up page which has a 1:35 embeded YouTube video, Backstage with Michelle. That's not the speech I was looking for. Clicking around on YouTube some more I found it, Michelle Obama at 2008 Democratic National Convention. 20:14 min.

Quality: This version has an very short introduction by Michelle's brother. Good audio and average quality video. No high quality viewing option.




More Content:

YouTube: Michele Obama, A short biography of Michelle Obama that introduces the Obama family to families across America. It played Monday night at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

YouTube: Michelle Obama prepares for her convention speech.

guardian.co.uk: Michelle Obama speaks of Barack's qualities as a man, husband and father.

Laurin Manning's Blog: Michelle shares her story

This post is cross posted at techpresident.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Primary Ballot - Tuesday, 9/16/08

Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Primary Ballot - Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Primary Ballot - Tuesday, September 16th, 2008, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Every election I'm frustrated by the scarcity of sample ballots. I will be out of town this year for the primary, so I applied for an Absentee Ballot.

I've scanned it in for the benefit of voters in Boston's Ward 10 Pcts 1-3, 5-9, Ward 11, Pct 6, Ward 19 Pcts 1, 3-5, 8, 9.

The reason I print this out is because every single time I arrive at the ballot box, I'm surprised at some choice that I have no idea of.

Looking at the ballot, I see it again. This time it's the heading labeled Councillor. That section is actually for Governor's council. Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. is the incumbent.

I don't know anything about the challengers.

The Globe wrote about this race on Sunday, Primary sees competition in an unlikely place

The other race I'm very interested in is the Senate race where Dianne Wilkerson is up against Sonia Chang-Diaz.

The race will be decided in this Democratic primary, so make sure you get out and vote.

More, or less info here: City of Boton Election Department and League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Braveboat Harbor Farm



Braveboat Harbor Farm
Calvin & Cynthia Hosmer
110 Raynes Neck Road
York, Maine

The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program:
...more than 300 gardens that will be open in 2008, we invite you to explore first-hand examples of outstanding design and horticultural practice that are growing in America’s gardens.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Daughtry Video: "Feels Like the First Time"


Daughtry performs the Foreigner classic "Feels Like the First Time" for the League of First Time Voters.

Note: Checking out the new CNN video embed feature.

You Can't Directly Email NYTimes Reporters

Yingsel, The Free Tibet Antelope

The NY Times misspelled Brian Conley's name on Wednesday. [ Article: 5 Americans Are Arrested for Protest in Beijing ]

I clicked on the reporter's name in the article to let them know.

Here's the response I got back on Wednesday, when the article initially appeared.:
Thank you for writing to us. Your message has been received and will be forwarded to the reporter you contacted. Please note that messages are delivered once per day, at 8 a.m. (EST). Because of the high volume of responses we get from readers, not all communications can be responded to personally. But be assured that we want to hear your thoughts. (Please do not reply to this e-mail as this address is not monitored for incoming messages.)
Here's the response I got back today:
Thanks. (that's the spelling the organization gave us but will correct.)

Brian Comley should be Brian Conley

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PLEASE NOTE: You may not reply directly to this e-mail. If you want to contact this reporter again, you must search for the reporter's name at www.nytimes.com, click on one of the reporter's articles, then click on the reporter's name to bring up the e-mail screen. We know this is cumbersome and apologize for the inconvenience.
They actually fixed it on Wednesday.

More info on the story:

Free Tibet 2008
http://freetibet2008.org

Yingsel 2008
www.yingsel2008.com/

Students for a Free Tibet
studentsforafreetibet.org/

Free The Beijing6
beijing6.org/

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Barnett Vineyards


Barnett Vineyards, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.



Watch the video.

I send pointless little messages


I send pointless little messages, originally uploaded by tomboone.


I found this via this polymeme posting about twitter.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rising Tide


Rising Tide, originally uploaded by CC Chapman.

CC Chapman's photo is an entry in the Boston Globe's online photo contest on Boston.com at The Raw Blog.

Very cool.

Boston.com is starting to get it.

The contest rules are written in English AND the Globe does not take ownership of your photo.

That's cool.

You can submit to the contest by tagging your photos in flickr. THAT is the right way to do it.

I'd like to see each entry, that gets highlighted at The Raw Blog, get a link back to it's page on flickr, so people can comment over there, and see the licensing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bella Luna has a New Menu

Carol and I went to a bloggers lounge at Bella Luna in JP tonight. They invited local bloggers to meet their new chef and sample the new menu. We also enjoyed free drinks.

I had a nice Pinotage. Take that Gary Vaynerchuck!

Here's the new menu:

Bella Luna New Menu

Megan Mainzer-Ramirez, Assistant General Manager of Bella Luna Restaurant, and Carol Downs, co-owner of Bella Luna and Milky Way, show off their new menu at last nights Bloggers Lounge, which attracted bloggers from around Boston to the Jamaica Plain eatery.

A good photographer always looks for a new angle for a photo. I looked up:

Bells Luna Star

Then I looked down:

Bella Luna Bloggers

This was not your average group of bloggers. There's co-owner Kathie Mainzer, bottom right.

I was happy to meet some new people including:

Chelsea Adams and Susie Anderson of We Are Not Martha...

Here's Susie eating a Portabella Black Bean Slider:

Susie Eats a Portabella Black Bean Slider at Bella Luna

I also met:

Fang Friends and Cheap thrills Boston and a bunch of other who are going to email me...

Also nice to see friends Brad of Bradleys Almanac and Mike Ball of Mass Marrier.

I suggested to the Bella Luna owners that they start up a blog to keep us informed on going on at the restaurant and also to keep us up to date on what's happening at the new location. They are on flickr at MilkywayJP.

If you were there, or have a comment about Bella Luna, leave a comment.

I Don't Know. What?


NME 08_0385, originally uploaded by TheOriginal_kevie.

At New Media Expo with Charlie and Jim. :-)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Support the American Heart Association. I'm Serious.

Donating to the American Heart Association this year? Consider supporting Carol's Boston Heart Walk Team. twurl.nl/u5j6gi Thanks!

heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorreg/donorpledge.asp?ievent...



2008 Start! Boston Heart Walk
Saturday, September 13, 2008
DCR Hatch Shell- 1,3, or 6 mile Routes
10 am Start!

Video interview at New Media Expo by David Tamés with Steve Woolf, Zadi Diaz, Walt Ribeiro and Steve Garfield

New Media Expo 2008 Discussion

I LOVE everything about this 'New Media Expo 2008 Discussion' video interview that David Tamés (Kino-Eye) produced with Steve Woolf (Epic Fu), Zadi Diaz (Epic Fu), Steve Garfield (SteveGarfield.com), and Walt Ribeiro (Ustream.TV).

I love that David appreciated the moment, and asked the people to take 15 minutes to record it.

I love that David got great audio.

I love that I had the Nokia N95 on me and decided to record a video at the last moment.

I love that I had David stop until I was ready to record from the beginning.

I love that I passed to camera around to the other people being interviewed so we got to see different perspectives.

I love how David edited it together.

I love new media making like this.

I Made 'My Mom's Blog' into a Hardcover Book for her Birthday

It's my mom's birthday today. At 83, she's one of the internet's oldest bloggers according to The Ageless Project.

I made her blog, My Mom's Blog, into a hardcover book as a gift.

Take a look on her blog. She writes about it and there's a video too.

See the back cover on flickr.

You can preview the first 15 pages of My Mom's Blog book at Blurb.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tweet This: Alex Beam Doesn't Get It

Failwhale Boston Globe

Alex Beam writes in the Boston Globe, Twittering with excitement? Hardly:
"You have heard about Twitter. Maybe. It's something other people do, mainly younger people. You subscribe to the service, then you can post little messages on people's cellphones, or on their instant message accounts. About nothing."
Alex Beam is a columnist. In this case I guess the definition of being a columnist is being a writer who does no research.

When you read something in the newspaper, on a subject you are very familiar with, it easy to see if the writer knows what s/he is talking about. Alex does not.

Let's look at a couple of things he says in the first paragraph:
You have heard about Twitter. Maybe. It's something other people do, mainly younger people.
Where are the statistics on that? I see people of all ages on twitter. It's not a question of age. That's ageism. It's a question of early adopters. They can be of any age. I'm not sure there's any way to actually know the age of twitter users. They won't even disclose the number of users.
You subscribe to the service
Actually, you sign up for the service. You subscribe to the newspaper.
...then you can post little messages on people's cellphones, or on their instant message accounts.
You actually post messages using your cellphone or computer. Those messages can be viewed on a cellphone or computer. There are many ways to have the messages delivered, granted instant message is one, but SMS and web applications are others.
...About nothing.
The content of twitter messages are not about nothing. I subscribe to people who write about things that I am interested in. They share links with me, alert me to news, inform me of local meetings.

Twitter is a lot more than just a place to tell people what you are doing.

There are two comments on Digg about this article:
sageone73: "Alex Beam does NO homework for this story on Twitter. He just doesn't get it."

ariwriter: "Alex cites Twitter feeds that are broadcast channels, not real people with conversations. It's no wonder - and a shame - he doesn't get it."
It's sad that the end of the article says this, "Alex Beam is a Globe columnist who does not twitter."

If he actually tried Twitter, he might like it.

I'll refer Beam to this article written by Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWrite Web, How We Use Twitter for Journalism. Kirpatrick says:
The scoffers can scoff all they want, but here at RWW our use of Twitter so far has included:

- the discovery of breaking stories,

- performing interviews,

- quality assurance

- and promotion of our work.
That post has 44 comments. Beam's Globe article has no comments.

Why?

You can't comment on Globe articles.

Dianne Wilkerson Must Be Defeated

VOTE Sonia Chang-Diaz

Yvonne Abraham writes in today's Sunday Boston Globe, Asking more of a senator:
"In a month, voters will go to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary contest between Wilkerson and Sonia Chang Diaz, who gave the incumbent a scare two years ago. And Wilkerson is in trouble again: Earlier this month, she agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for yet more campaign finance violations, some as recent as last year. Under the agreement, Attorney General Martha Coakley will now monitor Wilkerson as if she were an errant child, requiring her to file monthly campaign finance reports. Coakley as good as said the senator cannot be trusted.

So will those voters finally conclude that their senator is beset by a distressing and pathological self-destructiveness?

Not likely."
Please VOTE for Sonia Chang-Diaz in the Tuesday September 16th Primary. THAT election is going to decide this race.

It's time for a change.

See also, BOSTON PHOENIX: Will race enter the race?

New Media Expo 2008 Recap

Now that I'm back in Boston I can take you on a photo tour of my New Media Expo Highlights.

Vinvin Seesmicing TWIT LIVE

There's the expo floor, the sessions and the hallways, but some of the best times I had were after the show. Being able to spend some quality time with great people.

Gordon Biersch in Las Vegas

On the first night I went out to one of my favorite places, Gordon Biersch. David Tamés, CC Chapman and Drew Olanoff joined me. It was a great time. I love being able to sit around a table like that and be able to both talk to and listen to everyone else. Mmm. Marzen.

Jim and Molly

The second night, I went along to get along, and 30 people ended up walking the strip and eating at Canter's Deli. It's hard to please such a large group, but I got to spend some quality time with Jim Kirks, Charlie Baker and Molly Lynn and some new friends.

Molly is a Statue

The Jim Kirks, Charlie Baker and Molly Lynn contingent joined me in a French hamburger place after the amazing Coverville show where I had a salmon burger on an onion roll and tried to ignore the drunk girl beside us who demanded to know what blogging was and how you can make money at it.

When I first walked into the Hilton Hotel, I saw the casino floor and this:

Star Trek Slot Machine

Very impressive. Lots of people were playing the Star Trek slot machines. In fact, there were lots of people walking around in Star Trek outfits. It wasn't unusual.

The Hilton/Conference Center complex is huge. To get from the Hilton to the conference center you have to walk through a maze of twisty passages that all look alike.

Ballroom B

The funny part of the walk was seeing all the other niche conventions there were there. The government was having an FOD gathering. Foreign Object Detection.

On the New Media Expo floor I met Felicia Day from Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.

Felicia Day at NME

Felicia was SO nice. She remembered that I had highlighted her web series The Guild in August of 2007.

Here's The Guild Vlog Soup episode on YouTube.

Had to get a photo with two great people, Dan McVicar and Natalie Gelman.

Natalie Gelman and Dan McVicar

Dan is now living in Italy and Natalie is a full time musician. She rocked the Coverville concert at Bally's.

It was great to see Vinvin outside the Revision 3 party.

Vinvin and the pizza

So funny that he was grabbing a pizza in a storefront. I joined him and had a few squares. Thanks Vinvin, always great seeing you.

Vinvin was also busy at the expo showing off Seesmic.

Here he is showing Felicia Day:
Felicia Vivnin Mosaic

The iPhone sometimes makes to interesting mistakes.

Sunny Gault interviewed Zadi and Steve from Epic FU for Saturday's keynote.

Epic Fu at New Media Expo

They are really rocking it. I really enjoyed spending some time with Zadi and Steve. They are working on an initiative to get college students involved with EpicFu as reporters and I want to get my class at BU involved in that.

My session on Saturday went well. The goal was to give people tips on using a cellphone or other portable devices to shoot and post video to the web.

A few of the attendees received life changing tips. One of the best was how to post a YouTube video to a WordPress.com blog.

Here's the code you use:



Here's my presentation up on slideshare: Your Mobile Phone: The Ultimate Personal Media Creation Tool

Three Practical Tips for Video Recording

The flight home was uneventful. At the airport I was able to change to an exit row seat.

US Airways Self Check In

When I got on the plane I had the exit row all to myself, then a man from behind me asked if he could join me so that his whole group group be together. Him in my row, the group behind.

I said ok, but then his wife sat behind me and started talking. She would not shut up. At that point I knew I had made a poor decision. I put on my headphones and watched a TV show on my iPhone.

It was the first time that I had watched something like that on my iPhone. The video quality and sound was amazing. It watched episode one of Primeval. Here's an explanation from the site:
When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present-day, the natural world is turned on its head, and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth's development to roam the modern world.
Great show and a good experience with portable media.

There's room for both independent and professional video content on my iPhone.

Average Betty Interviews me at New Media Expo

Average Betty interviewed me for LA Media on Ustream.TV

Ustream video of the amazing interview with me and Average Betty.

Average Betty.

Rocketboom Report: MIT Time Traveler Convention. [ QT ]

Friday, August 15, 2008

Will It Blend a guys' cell phone at New Media Expo?



Blentec at New MEdia Expo blends an audience member's cell phone.

L.A. New Media LIVE from New Media Expo



L.A. New Media will be doing LIVE video interviews all day today from New Media Expo.


I'll be on at 1:30 Pacific, 4:30 Eastern with Average Betty.

Ear Pieced Daughter



Nalts' daughter got her ears pierced, but Nalts didn't know about beforehand. They made a video about it.

He writes about it here: Statistics and Ethnography of YouTube

Reminds me of videos that Michael Verdi takes with his girls. Here's one from November when the girls weren't too happy.

Watch the video and read the discussion over on his blog, Because Why Not?.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Big Fantastic


Big Fantastic, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

I demonstrated the Qik service to the guys from Big Fantastic at New Media Expo. Fun! Gave them the Nokia N95 and had them interview each other.



The cool thing about this is that the interview streamed live to both Qik and Mogulus, and was streamed to big screens around the conference center.

Gary Vaynerchuk at NME


Gary Vaynerchuk at NME, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Quotes from Gary Vaynerchuk's NME keynote:

"If you're 47 and living in your mom's basment, embrace that. It's a big market."

"People watch reality tv although it's not."

"People want authenticity."

Audience question: "I'm from tornado witness radio and concerned that my niche is too small."

"It's not the size of your niche, it's how you work it."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Beijing Olympics Watercube


beijing-olympics-watercube-6, originally uploaded by pmt007.

Cool!

Boston to Vegas for New Media Expo

The View From Here: Aisle Seat

Here's a good thing I have to say about an airline. US Airways did a great job handling my trip out here to Vegas. Best thing: They sent me an email to remind me to print out my boarding pass 24 hours prior to the flight. When I clicked on the link in the email, I could print out the pass without having to log in or search for anything. Very cool.

Note: They now charge for everything. Good thing I bought some juice nad water prior to boarding.

The movie was Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I liked it, although I didn't realize it was the sequel until the movie ended. Now I'll have to watch the first one.

Lobstermania in Vegas

No, this isn't a Las Vegas restaurant. It's a slot machine that I saw in the airport. Lobster!

Quark

This IS at a Las Vegas restaurant. David Tamés and I ate lunch in Quark's Bar, part of the Star Trek Experience. I had a Hamborger. A Klingon came by and smiled at me. He's a stand up comic too. We also saw a Borg.

Gino Vannelli in Vegas

Wish I was here for the Gino Vannelli concert. He's one of my favorite musical artists.

Room N250 NME

New Media Expo

That's Room N250. Tomorrow morning Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV gives the keynote here, on Friday it's George Wright, the Will It Blend Guy, and on Saturday the keynote is Zadi and Steve from Epic FU hosted by Sunny Gault.

My session is also in this room on Saturday at 11:45 AM: Your Mobile Phone: The Ultimate Personal Media Creation Tool.
Description: You may think you need expensive HD video cameras and a Ph.D in video editing software to create interesting content. But no! Inexpensive video cameras available on many cell phones today can be used to tell stories without a lot of editing and without expensive lighting and time-intensive pre-planning. In this session, you'll learn how to convey your ideas and stories in a way that will capture the attention of the viewer and keep them coming back for more. Practical tips for mobile video blogging will be discussed so that you can start creating content the moment you step outside the workshop door. You'll also learn the best places to post your content, how to best present the video clips on your website or blog, and how to get attention for your media early-on.
I'm going to give you practical tools you can use to shoot and share video. It's easy.

Here's a quick look at my hotel room at the Hilton:



Here's the Mogulus channel for New Media Expo. Here's my Qik channel and here's the Qik event page for New Media Expo.
Hope to see you in Vegas.