Monday, August 31, 2009
I created this promo video for the new Panasonic LiHD Insider program.
Goes live today:
Shot with a Panasonic Lumix FX-37 and edited in iMovie 09.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Watch live: Gravity Summit social media conference with keynotes by @mchammer and @garyvee.
Monday 9AM EST on CNN.com/LIVE
-MCHammer, Hip Hop Legend, Twitter Star, Star of A&E’s Hammertime
-Gary Vaynerchuk, Author Crush It!, “The Wine Guy”, Twitter Star
-Mark Young, Managing Partner, Voltaire Capital, Harvard Business School ‘93
-Wendy Harman, Social Media Manager, American Red Cross
-Troy Kelley, Chief Digital Officer, Arnold Worldwide
-Andy Mitchell, VP of Digital and Development Marketing, CNN
-David Puner, Communications Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts
-Polly Pearson, VP Employment Brand and Strategy Engagement, EMC
-Christi Day, Emerging Media Specialist, Southwest Air
-Ramon deLeon, Operations Officer and Owner, Chicago Domino’s Pizza
-Todd Defren, Principal, SHIFT Communications
I'm a media partner for Gravity Summit.
It's interesting to take a look at the amount of screen real estate each of the TV stations use to brand thier broadcast.
WBZ is the cleanest.
FOX NEWS and MSNBC are the messiest.
MTV has the smallest branding but is showing Real World Cancun. "It's all about ME."
Full set here.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
My TiVo HD remote isn't responding to input.
The response to certain button depressions is erratic.
I went over to the TiVo forums and see that others are experiencing the same issue. Seems to have recently started.
Customer help forums -- TiVo:
mb2foru seems to have figured out what it might be:
Re: Tivo HD seems to freeze and not respond to remote for periods of time:Any help or ideas?
The remote does not respond almost all the time when cable cards are in and loaded. No cards loaded and you can use the remote endlessly but once the data is loaded in the cards the remote is then dead. It is definatley overloaded OS or hardware issue. I am an telecomunications engineer for 25 years and have worked on ATM, fiber and all kinds of data delivery systems and software. While the other issues you mentioned can and do happen this issue is definatley a problem with Tivo as it is occurring in huge numbers of the HD boxes. Tivo needs to respond to this issue now.
Margret Schmidt, @tivodesign on twitter solved my problem almost immediately after I posted a message on twitter with a link to this post.
Sometimes you can get sidetracked by technical issues when it ends up being as simple as replacing batteries. The TiVo HD takes four AAA, but I only had two in the house. So I replaced two, and also closed the laptop that was in the same room.
The remote is now responsive. Thanks for the fast response.
apophenia: Twitter: 'pointless babble' or peripheral awareness + social grooming?:
"I vote that we stop dismissing Twitter just because the majority of people who are joining its ranks are there to be social. We like the fact that humans are social. It's good for society. And what they're doing online is fundamentally a mix of social grooming and maintaining peripheral social awareness. They want to know what the people around them are thinking and doing and feeling, even when co-presence isn't viable. They want to share their state of mind and status so that others who care about them feel connected. It's a back-and-forth that makes sense if only we didn't look down at it from outter space. Of course it looks alien. Walk into any typical social encounter between people you don't know and it's bound to look a wee bit alien, especially if those people are demographically different than you."
Kristina Grifantini writes for Technology Review: The Evolution of Retweeting:
"Last week, Twitter announced that it will soon implement a button that will let users automatically repost someone else's tweet. While this will make it quicker and easier for users to accurately retweet, the mockup of the new button does not appear to let users edit the retweet, so that commentary can be incorporated. Rather, the 'retweet' button will add the image and name of the quoted person to the original tweet and post it for those who follow the retweeter."Grifantini interviewed me over the phone for the article, and she even emailed me the quote she was going to use to make sure it was accurate. You hardly ever see that. Thanks Kristina.
Here's my quote about retweeting:
In addition to showing the original tweeter's image, the new Twitter button will also show the latest 20 retweets of a post. "If they show the breadcrumbs of the trail of everyone who retweeted, that's a good thing," says Steve Garfield, a new media advisor to several large companies and prolific video blogger. "I like to add value to my retweets by adding a comment, to tell people why I like it." If the new function doesn't allow for comments, Garfield says users will just design a new way or revert to the old way.What are your thoughts?
Follow the author on twitter:
Follow the people in the article on twitter:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Republicans are scaring people into thinking that the government will be setting up death panels to decide who lives and dies based on how much of an economic burden they are later in life.
The Democrats are responding by stating the fact that Euthanasia is not in the health care reform bill.
Both sides are sidestepping what should really be debated, the legalization of Euthanasia.
Now is a good time to talk about Euthanasia.
"As of 2009, some forms of active euthanasia are legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, and the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington."
This is from the White House:
Melody Barnes, the President's Director of the Domestic Policy Council, debunks the malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors.
Reform Reality Check: The "euthanasia" distortion on help for families
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Apple Get A Mac Ads
Engadget: Apple enlists David Puddy to take on the Laptop Hunters
This is a tv commercial created for J!NX clothing company! It is currently running on G4. It features Zadi Diaz and was directed by Steve Woolf and shot by The Bui Brothers, with production assistance from Sarah Atwood and makeup by Tracie Cotta. The commercial was produced by Smashface Productions.
The first US TV commercial shot on a Canon 5D Mark II.
Delerium Tremens Elephant Tap at The Publick House, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I used bit.ly to make a decriptive link, and twitter changed it from http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDatehMusic to http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDate....
The link still works when you are on twitter, but when someone copies the link manually and then retweets it, the link breaks.
Twitter changed the link on my post, from this:
Blame Drew's Cancer: The Music Video by Paul Dateh http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDatehMusic #blamedrewscancer
Blame Drew's Cancer: The Music Video by Paul Dateh http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDate... #blamedrewscancer
On twitter, the link works, until someone retweets it, by copying and pasting the tweet into a new post, then it breaks.
melissapierce RT @stevegarfield: Blame Drew's Cancer: The Music Video by Paul Dateh http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDate.. #blamedrewscancer i know amazing ppl
I blame Drews Cancer
stevegarfield#blamedrewscancer Music Video http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDatehMusic
stevegarfield#blamedrewscancer Music Video http://bit.ly/BlameDrewDate...
Note: This shortend link works at twitter.com, but will break if someone manually copies and pastes it to retweet it.
stevegarfield#blamedrewscancer Music Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHDiurJY3lg
stevegarfield#blamedrewscancer Music Video http://bit.ly/nSFfWI don't understand why twitter feels the need to shorten that YouTube link. and note the shortened URL, nSFfW. Weird.
I know twitter is working on incorporating the retweet function. I hope they makes things better and not worse. I also hope that when retweeting, we'll be able to add editorial comments to retweets.
Paul describes the video:
Please help my friend @drew beat the crap out of cancer. use tag #BlameDrewsCancer on twitter and join the fight. get all the details at http://blamedrewscancer.comDrew watched the video for the first time on a plane and tweeted:
Get the mp3 of this song for free at http://pauldateh.bandcamp.com/track/blame-drews-cancer
Just watched @pauldateh's "blame drew's cancer" music video. I cried on the plane. The lady next to me asked to move. Nice.
I just happily paid $25 for @pauldateh's Blame Drew's Cancer Song. You can download a version for free, or pay more to get a better quality. It's freemium.
Suppport Cancer research at Livestrong.
Paul Dateh donated the $25 I gave him to Livestrong.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Pete Campbell by Angela Easterling (Greenville, S.C.)
More: You Could Be On Mad Men Contest
[WSJ] Nice Mad Men article
[Explainer - Mad Men] As naked as the day you were born: We open on Don’s bare feet.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
President Barack Obama eats a peach following a town hall meeting at Kroger's Supermarket in Bristol, Va. on July 29, 2009. Seconds later, the President handed a dollar bill to the CEO of Kroger's, who attended the event.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
Monday, August 17, 2009
You can buy the song on Amazon.com. The music video is on the XBox Live marketplace. Wait until you see it!
You can also buy the Avatar video on iTunes. [ iTunes Link ]
Update - Here's Do You Want To Date My Avatar? on YouTube:
Chris Brogan is making a big push for his book, Trust Agents. On his blog he says he needs 768 sales of his book before Saturday.
I asked him why. He's ahead of me in publishing his book and I'm interested in the behind the scenes workings of the best seller lists. Where does the #768 come from and why Saturday?
My book, Get Seen, comes out later this year.
At 9:10 AM his book is # 605 in Best Sellers in Books on Amazon.com
Let's watch during the day to see it climb.
Update: 12:08 PM #55 in Books on Amazon.com
Update: 9:24 PM #32 in books!
ABC News did a report called Secrets of the Amazon Best-Seller List. In it they explain:
Amazon is a "long tail" retailer. At the very top-- rankings No. 1 to No. 10-- a book could be selling 3,000 to 10,000 copies a week through the Internet retailer. So all it takes is, say, 500 to 1,000 copies manhandled through the system on a single day to get your book into the top ranks.If you are heading over to Amazon.com today, consider pre-ordering a copy of my book too. ;-) My Amazon.com Sales Rank: #686,344 in Books. :-)
Update: 9:24 PM
My book is now Amazon.com Sales Rank: #75,874 in Books
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Learn more about John Carrera's Pictorial Webster's project.
The Standard Edition of Pictorial Webster's is printed in a run of 100 books, numbered and signed by the author. Each book is sewn by hand on double flexible supports with a lable printed with gold leaf on the spine.
The Pictorial Webster's Visual Dictionary of Curiosities is now available on Amazon.com:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Photo by Ashley Rose CC BY-NC-ND
Barack Obama talks about end of life care in an interview with David Leonhardt of the New York Times. Published: April 28, 2009.
THE PRESIDENT: Exactly. And I just recently went through this. I mean, I’ve told this story, maybe not publicly, but when my grandmother got very ill during the campaign, she got cancer; it was determined to be terminal. And about two or three weeks after her diagnosis she fell, broke her hip. It was determined that she might have had a mild stroke, which is what had precipitated the fall.With only months to live, electing to have hip replacement surgery seems illogical to me.
So now she’s in the hospital, and the doctor says, Look, you’ve got about — maybe you have three months, maybe you have six months, maybe you have nine months to live. Because of the weakness of your heart, if you have an operation on your hip there are certain risks that — you know, your heart can’t take it. On the other hand, if you just sit there with your hip like this, you’re just going to waste away and your quality of life will be terrible.
And she elected to get the hip replacement and was fine for about two weeks after the hip replacement, and then suddenly just — you know, things fell apart.
I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost. I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother. Whether, sort of in the aggregate, society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill is a sustainable model, is a very difficult question. If somebody told me that my grandmother couldn’t have a hip replacement and she had to lie there in misery in the waning days of her life — that would be pretty upsetting.
If you have a terminal illness, and your health starts failing, there needs to be an end of life option for patients.
With all the controversy around allowing doctors to talk to patients about end of life care, I'm wondering how euthenasia will ever be able to be discussed.
In this example, the light starts flashing and then the bells starts ringing, but the paper receipt only comes out on the third bell ring.
If the Bank of America wants to train us to do some activity at the sound of a bell, they need to reinforce that activity by dispensing a receipt when the bell rings and should not just start ringing the bell early.
Thanks Clinton for the revised title
Friday, August 14, 2009
Hi. This is Steve Garfield from SteveGarfield.com I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about John Herman's new video blog, Strange Deaths. You can watch it at http://strangedeaths.wordpress.com
This video was made at xtranormal.com
Video - The Visual Suspects at #PCB4
Our Presentation at #PCB4 Saturday August 8th 2009
I led a panel discussion on Where is web video going and where will it end? at Podcamp Boston 4 on August 8th 2009. The panel included Steve Garfield from Steve Garfield.com, Robert Collins from Social Media Breakfast Boston, Matthew Mamet from PermissionTV, Joselin Mane from BostonTweetup and JoselinMane.com and Me Skip Bensley from Brilliant Video Productions.com.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
My three topics were Instant Video, Archived Video and Live Video.
Twitter Video is disposable video where you create it on the fly and post a link to it on a site like twitter. Some tools you can use on the iPhone are TwitVid, 12 Seconds and the inbuilt video camera.
Inline Media Displayed in Twitter Streams
Post video on a site and embed it on a blog.
My Mom's Blog
My Mom's Cookie
I use blip.tv to host nad distribute my videos
- You can now automatically upload to YouTube when you upload a video to blip.tv
- You can designate blogs you want to automatically have your video posted on
Future (already here):
- If approved by blip.tv, you can distribute your videos via TiVo (also requires TiVo approval)
- Distribute shows to various tv platforms.
- Qik ( I'm an investor )
- Better Inbuilt Microphones
- Higher Quality Video
- Microphone Jacks
- Headphone Jacks
Image: @drew Microphone tattoo BlameDrewsCancer
- Broadcast and cable news organizations broadcasting live streams from people formerly known as the audience.
I talked about a test I did with NECN to live stream a snow accumulation report from my cell phone.
You can see the full presentation Web video where is it going on slideshare presented by me, @msmamet @brilliantvideo @RobertCollins and @joselinmane.
Related: Qik.com Live Mobile Streaming in Adoption Phase.
Women are talking about issues and men are watching planes fly by at Podcamp 4 held at UMass Boston.
Overheard: "We're sitting here and I recognize lots of avatars."
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
The American Idol Season 9 auditions already happened in Denver, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Orlando.
I saw Ryan at the Boston audition at Gillette Stadium.
Was Paula Abdul there? Were the other judges there? Were they at the other auditions? Did they tape the auditions in front of a panel of judges like previous seasons? If so, who were they and what will we see this season?
There are so many who try out, the producers audition all the people in a first round. We don't see those auditions. The film crew takes lots of B-Roll of wide shots of the stadiums full of people.
Then, the judges fly in for another round of judging on another day when they call back those that were selected from the first round of auditions.
That's how the American Idol Season 9 audition shows are going to work. Right?
What To Expect At An American Idol Audition Casting Call:
We’ve already exposed the falsifications of the audition process in our expose The Truth About American Idol Auditions. In case you haven’t read that story, the auditions take place over many weeks. The first auditions (the ones advertised by Idol) are just a casting call where you sing in groups of four for a producer. You are given the green light to advance or you’re sent home from there. You’re then called back multiple times in the future, up to a month or two later, to see producers and possibly the celebrity judges. Only about 50-100 people from each city see the celebrity judges, and that’s after lots of weeding. The producers ask the contestants to continue to wear the same clothing to each audition though so that they can pretend it all happened in one day.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
8:30 - 10:45 AM
Social Media Breakfast - SMB15: The Power and Peril of Online Communities
At the offices of Communispace Corporation, Watertown, MA
SMB 15: The Power & Peril of Online Communities
The rapid growth of online Communities, from the open networks of Facebook, Twitter & blogs to private and branded communities, there is great opportunity for engaging, learning and building a closer relationship with your customers and groups. But one should not enter Community engagement programs will out a plan - honest research of their interests, needs and a strong understanding of how much the online chatter is truly representative of your customer’s voice.
SMB15 will feature presentations by some of the Countries most advanced thinkers in community engagement programs - bringing a fresh and wide variety of first hand experiences and case studies.
Bryan Person, Social media evangelist at LiveWorld
Rachel Happe, Principal at The Community Roundtable
Diane Hessan, CEO of Communispace Corporation
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10:00 - 12:00 Noon
Tuttle Boston 2
Digital Lounge at Tech Superpowers
252 Newbury Street
Join free agents, social media enthusiasts, techies and entrepreneurs at the Digital Lounge for the second Tuttle Boston gathering on Friday, August 7th from 10am-12noon. Come for conversation and coffee to inspire and be inspired.
This is Boston's second Tuttle event, in honor of Lloyd Davis' really really incredible London-based social media weekly meetup called The Tuttle Club.
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1:00 - 2:30 PM
Social Media Pizza #2: Boston
At: Regina's Pizzeria, 11 Thatcher St in Boston
On Friday, August 7th I will be visiting the Boston area and I thought it would be fun to reach out and see who might be available to join me and some of my friends from the Boston area for a social lunch experience in Boston.
RSVP to Social Media Pizza #2: Boston on Facebook.
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3:30 - 6:00 PM
Hubspot, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
HubSpot TV Marketing Video Podcast - 1 Year Anniversary
HubSpot TV is a weekly video podcast covering all the inbound marketing news of the week with Karen Rubin and Mike Volpe. They broadcast live every Friday at 4pm EST.
Join HubSpot TV for food, beer and a live performance from new HubSpot band "The Leads" at a special HubSpot.tv this coming Friday, August 7. (Hashtag #HSTV1Year)
HubSpot's marketing podcast, HubSpot.tv, will be celebrating one year of live broadcasts. We want you to join us for the show -- and the Tweetup afterwards!
HubSpot co-founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah will be joining Karen Rubin and Mike Volpe for this special 52nd episode of HubSpot.tV.
What: Live broadcast of HubSpot.tv with @bhalligan, @mvolpe, @dshah & @karenrubin. Free food provided by @b_good_ and beer from @harpoon_brewery!
Where: The HubSpot office at 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02446. To get to HubSpot by MBTA, take the red line to Kendall/MIT.
When: Friday, August 7, 2009. Event starts at 3:30, the live broadcast will begin at 4 PM EST and the Tweetup will follow, ending at 6 PM EST.
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8:00 - 10 PM
Party @ Podcamp
Boston Bowl, 820 Morrissey BLVD | Boston Ma | 617.825.3800
Friday night we’ll be hosting a pizza and bowling party at Boston Bowl from 8-10 PM. There will be free pizza and soda and a few lanes of bowling.
Directions: http://www.bostonbowl.com/directions.php (also has a map of the venue)
Public Transport: Red Line to JFK/UMass, then take the Phillips Family Courtesy Shuttle (by the ATM Machine). Shuttle pickups at JFK/UMass are from 7:15 AM – 11:15 PM every 1/2 hour.
You will need to be a registered attendant of Podcamp Boston 4 to enjoy any of the sponsored activities free of charge. Guests are welcome but are responsible for their own bowling, pool, games, food and drink.
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8:00 - 12:00 PM
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences and The Information Superhighway Cordially Invite You To...
BIG HUGE HAMMOCK [ Facebook Link ]
An Awards Ceremony & Party for the Awesome Foundation
August 7th, 2009, 8:00 PM - 12:00
Berkman Squared, 50 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
A venerable institution founded in June 2009, The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences gives monthly $1,000 fellowships to projects that advance the interest of Awesomeness in our universe. There are no requirements for applying, no definite criteria for deciding the winner, and no limitations beyond the necessity for being awesome. The winners receive the money in cash, check, or gold doubloons.
This month, we are extremely proud to award our first grant to Hansy Better, professor at RISD and all around architect extraordinaire (http://tr.im/uRzy). Her plan: to design, fabricate and install a huge hammock in Boston Common for people to hang out in. Come celebrate with us, meet the fellow and our micro-trustees, and hear about the plans to set the scheme into motion.
NOTE: the price for this event is free, just like how much it'll cost to hang out in the huge ass hammock. You can expect beverages, food, ideas, cool people, and a big ceremonial check.
To submit to be the Awesome Fellow for September, please drop us a line at: http://awesomefoundation.org.
For you completionists, this event also cross posted to Upcoming: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/4170135
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Podcamp Boston 4 is this weekend. Podcamp is a great conference. It started in Boston and it's unlike those conferences where you sit for 4 hours and listen to people up on a stage present things. It's participatory where session moderators do an 18 minute or less introduction then open it up to the audience for discussion.
These discussions are not the standard questions from the audience disucssions, the attendees also become presenters. There are also rooms available for attendees to schedule their own sessions at the venue. It's an unconference.
I'll be helping to moderate two sessions on video:
SAT 4 PM - 4:45 PM Room 2-540
Where is video online going and where will it end?
Moderators: Skip Bensley, Robert Collins, Joselin Mane and Matthew Mamet
SUN 11:15 AM - 12 PM Room 3-540
What equipment is best for a video podcast?
Moderators: Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin
If you are interested in going, you must pre register on the site as they will not be registering people at the door. It costs $50 to attend.
Here's some info from the site:
If you're wondering what's next in social media, there's no better place to find out than at PodCamp, regardless of whether you're just getting started or you're a veteran practitioner. Unlike other conferences which are just talking head affairs, PodCamp gives you the opportunity to learn, share, and grow your skills at any level, helping your community as it helps you.
This year, we're aiming to answer the question of what's next - what's next for podcasting, blogging, social media, and the crazy 2.0 world we live in. We're featuring sessions specifically focused on your questions and the answers to them - provided not just by "experts" but by your peers and colleagues as we all learn, share, and grow our social media skills.
Take a look at some of the discussion topics:
- Social media and charitable causes: are you a Gates or a Buffet?
- What can social media do for education?
- How does social media figure into the future of documentary film?
- How do you start this podcasting thing?
- How can we throw traditional media professionals a social media lifeline?
- How do you measure your social media efforts effectively?
Do you have these questions too? Do you have answers to these questions? Be at PodCamp Boston!
University of Mass. Boston - Campus Center
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
Here's a helpful post from Jeff Pulver on how to get more out of Podcamp
Monday, August 03, 2009
You fill your car with boxes of paperwork you want to recycle, then
you drive onto the scale, then you drive to the secure shredding
location, unload your paperwork, then drive back onto the scale, and
the difference in weight is calculated. It cost us $50 for shredding
200 pounds of paper documents.
Totally worth it since it was 8 boxes worth it.
E. L. Harvey and Sons
68 Hopkinton Rd
Westborough, MA 01581
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
My 1st 12seconds 12cast from iPhone 3GS, My Refrigerator. on 12seconds.tv
This was a test of the new 12seconds iPhone app.
I shot a 12 second video of my refrigerator. I think I'm going to need to replace this one soon, but can't find one like it that has shelving in a bottom freezer. All the new refrigerators have bins on the bottom. Seems inefficient to me.
If you know of a refrigerator that like the one I currently have, I'd love to know about it.
Also, the current depth is 29" with the handle and the counter is around 25". I'd like one with a depth closer to 25".