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Monday, February 28, 2005

The Carol and Steve Show - New Episode

The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 8 - North Shore - Watch the video.
Steve and Carol take a trip to the North Shore and drive by the beach, and the Salem Witch Museum on their way to Country Curtains.

Die! FCC Die!

Why the FCC should die
The reason is simple. The venerable FCC, created in 1934, is no longer necessary.

Tonight's Blog Meetup Postponed

February Meetup Postponed:
"Due to the looming snowstorm -- and the forecast for hazardous travel conditions before, and certainly after, the meetup -- I've decided to call off tonite's Meetup."

Podcasting: Sometimes it's not all about money.

Scott Kirsner writes in today's Boston Globe, Podcasting facesgrowing pains:
Podcasting is in the same place today as the Web was in 1994. These personal radio broadcasts, designed to be downloaded to an iPod or similar MP3 player, are homespun, rough-edged, and -- let's be honest -- not all that riveting.

Some of the best podcasts so far are recordings of speeches and roundtables from high-priced technology conferences; some of the worst are like eavesdropping on your next-door neighbors while they're making dinner and talking about their day. One of the most popular podcasts, produced by former MTV ''VJ' Adam Curry, last week included the kind of meandering, boring rant about airport security that you've heard from every person who has taken a flight in post-9/11 America. Yes, Adam, the security lines are a real hassle.
Dear Scott,
I think you got the wrong impression of Adam Curry's podcasts by listening to that one about airport security.

It wasn't a typical podcast. He even said so.

Please go over to Adam's Daily Source Code web site and sample some of his other podcasts.

He doesn't just sit there and talk into a microphone.

He promotes other interesting podcasts, plays music from independent artists and goes on sound seeing tours. It's a lot more than that too.

He's sharing his life with us, it's real, with no commercials.

You've given your readers a false impression of what the content of his shows are like. In fact, you've totally missed one of the coolest things about podcasting.

You say:
"One problem is that, much like the Web before advertising and e-commerce, there's no money in podcasting yet."
Podcasters do not see that as a problem.

Podcasting gives people the opportinity to do something they love. And with the soon to be opened, which will provide free hosting and bandwidth to podcasters, they'll be able to podcast to their hearts content, without having to include commercials.

Sometimes, it's not all about money.

PS: The online version of the Globe still does not provide clickable links to websites mentioned in your stories.

In fact, You don't even provide a URL to one of the main subjects of your story.

Here's a link for you:
Benjamen Walker's Theory Of Everything

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Chatting with Comcast

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Corporate take-over of public radio stations in Massachusetts

Prevent the CSN International corporate take-over of radio stations in Massachusetts.

Letters must arrive in Washington, D.C. by this Friday, March 4, 2005.

Mail a brief note to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), opposing a waiver for CSN.

Stand up for local community media, for community access to the media that provide information vital to democracy.

The 400-station chain CSN International is grabbing stations in Boston and nationwide, including powerful stations that would interfere with Boston's long-standing non-commercial campus-community radio.
February 27, 2005

Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554

Dear Marlene,
I am writing in opposition to the petition for the "main studio" waiver that CSN International filed for WSMA radio, facility ID 122202 in Scituate, Massachusetts, FCC file number 2005 0201 BWB.

Listeners affected include those to WZBC 90.3 FM, Newton MA which serves the surrounding community with 1,000 Watts live-DJ programming (Boston College).

Thank you,

Stephen Garfield
Going in the mail tomorrow.

John Tobin at Java Jo's

Boston City Councillor John Tobin's new blog is going to have it's official launch within a couple of weeks.

This new site is going to include video blog posts from Councillor Tobin.

Here's my video of Councillor Tobin at Java Jo's Grand Opening.

It's exciting to be working with Councillor Tobin and his staff to create a platform for him to talk directly to his constituents.

Stay tuned.

Mitt Romney: Religion is awesome, stem cell research is bad, gay marriage is really really bad.

Mitt Romney hates you.

Adam Gaffin's Blog Log in today's Boston Globe

Tea on the T, and something's fishy about the toothpaste:
Video feedback
Pretty much every Thursday, a group of local bloggers gathers at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society to talk about, well, everything related to blogging. At one recent meeting, a video crew from ABC's ''Nightline' showed up. Michael Feldman reports on his Dowbrigade site on a surreal aspect of the session:
ABC was shooting the meeting, Steve [Garfield of Jamaica Plain] was shooting the meeting, Steve was shooting ABC, ABC was shooting Steve shooting ABC. 3 or 4 people were blogging live, there was a parallel [Internet chat] going on, and at least a dozen bloggers were recording impressions and notes for blogging later.
Adam Gaffin follows Boston-area blogs at Universal Hub. Get links to the blogs mentioned today at
It's nice that the Boston Globe is running this new column by Adam, but they've got to start putting links in the online version.

I've added a few links to the portion of his article that mentions my filming the recent Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society meeting (see above).

Hey, it's an article about blogging.

Online readers are going to want to click links to read more.

At least provide a clickable link to the URL that you include in the article.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Test post for Tom Green: After

Tom Green's blog has lots of fun videos on it.

Tom Green is a videoblogger!

I figured out why he's getting some extra HTML code displaying in his posts that use videoaddon.

It only seems to be visible when you're using the Firefox browser.

I've deleted some extra HTML that was causing the display problem.

This is how you fix it:
All you have to do is go in an edit a post.

Take away the ><br /> from in front of

So this

><br />TYPE="application/x-shockwave-flash"

would look like this



><br />

is extra.

You can have him three ways

Eric Rice - watch, listen, read.
My buddy Eric Rice has redone his splash page.

This time he's got a green-eyed lady on there.

(Organ solo)
(long instrumental break)

We've got cats here

Stack the Cats is an addictive tetris-like game involving the stacking of meowing cat heads.
via [ Bill Shein ]

Can't get enough Dunkin' Donuts?

Now there's All Things Dunkin' Donuts - the blog.

Numa Numa Guy, "I want this to end."

The New York Times: Internet Fame Is a Cruel Mistress for a Dancer:
"Here, then, is the cautionary tale of Gary Brolsma, 19, amateur videographer and guy from New Jersey, who made the grave mistake of placing on the Internet a brief clip of himself dancing along to a Romanian pop song. Even in the bathroom mirror, Mr. Brolsma's performance could only be described as earnest but painful."
Hey Gary, get out there an do some more videoblogging!

Friday, February 25, 2005

The missing link

Seth Godin talks about The missing link:
The rate of growth of blogs and bloglike places is actually going to radically increase. Why? Because of software like Photon [ daikini software ].

This is a plug in that lets someone with iPhoto instantly upload photos and captions to their blog. Which means you don't have to go to a special blog-building site... you just point and upload. No doubt that picasa and other programs are out there doing the same.
Trying it now.

This Place Sucks

Idiot Work Films presents The Superfriends starring in a revisioning of Office Space in TPS aka: This Place Sucks. [ QuickTime Video ]

Karaoke Veritte

Dresden Dolls: Together by Avril Lavigne. [ QuickTime Video ]
We encourage you all to grab your videocameras and join the revolution.

Early termination fee of $175

Why does Verizon get to charge me an early termination fee of $175 if I cancel my service before my contract term is up?

This is just their standard terms for a contract renewal. They didn't give me anything of value, like a discounted phone.

Evan Williams: Profit from Podcasting?

NY Times: For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting
Published: February 25, 2005

The interesting photo caption:
"Noah Glass, right, and Evan Williams, who founded Odeo in a San Francisco apartment, hope to capitalize on a flood of amateur and professional audio files online."
And the the interesting lead paragraphs:
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24 - The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web's next big thing.

That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city's Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting - the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts. "
The Odeo blog.
The Odeo Story - In funny pictures.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

What web video to watch?

At tonnight's Harvard Berkman Center Meeting, they asked me about video aggregators and what's best videos to watch in video blog land.

So we went to the ANT site and I explained how great it is.

They we watched today's Rocketboom and laughed at all the right places.

I told them how great Ryanne Hodson's Buster GBH video was but they watched shoegasm anyway, and laughed at all the right places.

I just refreshed my ANT feed and watched Eric Rice's Video: Tour of CBC Studios, Vancouver. Great stuff especially if you're interested in broadcasting.

Lee Wilkins Vlogs It

Lee Wilkins has a new video blog.

Where else can you hear someone say:
“there’s me ibook, there’s me telly, there’s me cuppa tea”
Great stuff!

Lee can also set you up with your own videoblog at

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hello New York Times Readers

The New York Times - Circuits
Bloggers Add Moving Images to Their Musings 2/24/05:
Web logs - the personal online journals better known as blogs - use text to dissect nearly every conceivable topic, and now video blogs, or vlogs, which incorporate moving images, are on the rise. Mobile blogs, or moblogs, have brought blogging into the cellular age by allowing people to post video and photos taken with camera phones to a blog, or to call in an audio posting.

But the object remains the same as with traditional blogs: to inspire (or to provoke) others to post responses to one's ruminations and images.

Some vloggers are further blurring the lines between journalism and blogging by producing news reports of local interest. Steve Garfield of Boston, a self-described citizen reporter, took a video camera to investigate, among other things, whether election campaign workers were following the law by staying 150 feet from polling stations. He posted his report at

Let's meet in my office

Just got in from an interesting meeting with Tim Wright and Amy Carpenter.

We met in my Jamaica Plain office, Emack & Bolio's.

We discussed starting up a Boston Videoblogging Group.

Since there don't seem to be that many Boston area videobloggers, we talked about the group being one that would attract video people who might want to learn how to share their videos on the web, make better videos, and watch each others work.

We talked about a lot of things and had a great time. If future meetings are like our first get together, it'll be a fun and interesting group.

Tim says that he's addicted to tonyang's weblog, "A life very ordinary" and Amy likes Some Other Magazine.

Tim also told me that I should overexpose my videos, either when I shoot them, or when compressing, so they'll look brighter when viewed on the web.


That's the kind of thing I'm looking for in a group like this.

I told Tim that I use Sorenson for video compression and that people have had good luck with 3ivx.

Now we need to find a meeting space in JP that we can meet in that has WiFi, and a way to project the computer on to a big screen.

If you know of such a place, drop me a line.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

They know what's bad for you

The Parents Television Council performs research on sex, violence, and profanity on television, then picks the Worst TV Clips of the Week, and posts them on the web.

Do not watch these clips, they contain Graphic Content.
via [ mmeiser ]

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 7 - Shoveling is Fun

Boston was hit with another snowstorm today. We had fun though, going outside to shovel with Carol's mom!
Check out the video over on my video blog.

Freedom of Expression®

Freedom of Expression®
In much the same way that Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation tied together disparate topics through the narrative thread of the fast food business, and written in a witty style that brings to mind media pranksters like Al Franken, Ken Kesey, and Abbie Hoffman, Freedom of Expression® uses intellectual property law as the focal point to show how economic concerns are seriously eroding creativity and free speech.
BUy the book OR download it for free.

Sunday, February 20, 2005


Start a conversation with somebody and watch when they blink. I believe that you will find that your listener will blink at the precise moment he or she 'gets' the idea of what you are saying.

—Walter Murch: A Perspective on Film Editing
With a motto like that, I'm interested.

If you don't go out, nothing happens

Mary Bridges came to a recent Boston Weblogger Meetup and wrote about it in today's Boston Globe article, Bloggers of the Hub, unite!
Collectively, these private journals have taken on a weighty online presence: The Boston Weblogger Group is a top result on a Google search for ''Boston blogs." And together, they've assembled tiny peepholes into different Boston lives.

Steve Garfield's blog offers a multimedia portal, posting video of reality-TV-style episodes of his daily life in Jamaica Plain. Recent posts include a trip to the Boston Wine Expo with his wife, a drive to the gym, and a walk through the grocery store.

''We just turn the camera on, and it's really real," Garfield said.

Over dinner, (Rob) Sama borrowed Wendel's videophone to download a sample clip of Garfield's ''Carol and Steve Show."

''The picture isn't loading," Sama said, using the silver wand to touch different keys. ''Oh, someone is calling you," he said, handing the phone back to Wendel.

The meeting, like many blogs, ranged from technology's cutting edge to the completely mundane. The participants came, they said, mostly because it's fun.

Garfield said attending a blogging meeting beats the alternative.

''I would just be at home watching TiVo," he said with a shrug.
Nice article.

I have one question though, since the article is all about blogs, and features blogs and their authors, shouldn't the online version include links to each blogger mentioned in the article?

Let me send a quick email over to the Globe to find out. I'll let you know what they say.

If you're interesting in blogs and the people who write them, come join us at the next Boston Weblogger Meetup, Monday, February 28, 2005 at 7:00 PM.

All the blogs that I read

I use bloglines as an online aggregator to keep track of all the blogs that I read.

I JUST found out that in addition to using bloglines to keep track of all your favorite blogs, you can also use a little bit of code to put your list on the sidebar of your blog.

OR, if you prefer, you can just put a link on your blog to your PUBLIC bloglines page and then people can view all your favorite links, like this:

I was looking into blogrolling earlier, but for me, that would entail signing up for yet another web service. Now that I've found this cool bloglines feature, I'm going to use it on my blog.

Jay Dedman

"With this device we. will. start. a revolution!"

Jay Dedman was at the Northern Voice Canadian blogging conference yesterday.

Eric Rice made up the quote.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

PageBoost gives this site a great review

Review of Steve Garfield's Off On A Tangent: as seen in TIME Magazine:
"Seeing Steve Garfield's Off On A Tangent: as seen in TIME Magazine, I'm simply full of respect. What a splendid page! Very special. If only Apple would have a superb page like that.
Powerful but elegant. It makes sense to me <> put up a link to this page. The page contains 461 links, a stable amount. The color scheme is fantastic. This is bubblegum for the brain, in a good way."
-- Ron Smith, Coding Quality Pages
via [ J-Walk ]

Boston Globe: FARK YOU!

Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan in their Boston Globe Names column, Fleeting fame for a price, write:
But as they continue to sell single-day naming rights on eBay, where will FleetCenter execs draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable? We'll find out Feb. 28, when a certain website takes over the arena. The site -- a popular compendium of offbeat news stories and photos -- won the naming rights with a bid of $2,500. ''My point was to do something ridiculous and to donate to charity," said the website's founder, Drew Curtis, who lives in Kentucky. (The Globe isn't publishing the name of the site because it contains links to pornography.) After his first proposed name was rejected by the FleetCenter, Curtis invited his site's visitors to suggest alternatives, and the winner is an acronym too tasteless to reprint here.

The Boston Globe is not publishing the name of the site because it contains links to pornography.

So now the Boston Globe is the FCC? We're like little children in their minds, and the parental Boston Globe feels the need to protect us. How sweet.

This is a good example of why we need alternative sources of news. is the name of the site that contains links to pornography. Ha Ha! But I read if for the articles.

Here's the thread of messages that contains the suggested alternatives.

UFIA is the tasteless acronym that the Globe wouldn't print, but CNN ACTUALLY INTERVIEWED Drew Curtis from and got the real story on what name he's going to use:
CURTIS: I ended up going with actually the third place contest submission, which was Boston Garden. For people who aren't from the Boston area, that's the name of the center before they called it the FleetCenter when they sold the naming rights. And it was a fairly controversial decision by the company. And there are still a lot of people that would wish it go back to that.

So, I figured that would be kind of fun to go back to Boston Garden for a day.

WALLACE: That was a good one, not as whacky, though, as some of the others. It seems like you kind of went mainstream on us there.

CURTIS: Yes, sort of. I think it depends on whether or not the people over at the FleetCenter were actually there at the time of the controversy. We'll see if they actually end up accepting that one. But I did receive an e-mail from them yesterday, and they said that that sounded like the way they were going to go.

WALLACE: And very briefly, Drew, tell us about What is it?

CURTIS: Sure. Basically, it's a news repository, where we take about 50 to 75 of the strangest news stories of the day and post them for people to make comments on.

On the Record: Berkman Bloggers

Here's my video from Thursday night's Berkman Bloggers meeting, which was also shot by a film crew from Nightline.

Travolta, Uma, and Steven Tyler

Be Cool: Make your own movie.

I made mine.

It's an interesting use of the Flash interface that allows you to drag and drop video segments and transitions into an online timeline.
via [ The Washington Times ]

Friday, February 18, 2005

For people who don't get out much

The Window Channel.
via [ unmediated ]

Video Blogging Addiction: Dedmans

Message from Erik Nelson on Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:02 am
I'm suffering from a mild case of Dedmans, which for those who aren't hip to the slang, means you're addicted to this (videoblogging).
Message from Jay, Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:19 am:
this is the craziest thing ive heard in a long time.
(im also sitting in the airport watching videoblogs on ANT with my headphones.)
IM Conversation, 2/18/05:
(10:43) Steve Garfield: you are in the airport?"
(10:43) Jay Dedman: yep
(10:43) Steve Garfield: free wifi?
(10:43) Jay Dedman: waiting
one day
(10:43) Steve Garfield: you are an addict
the airport is your dealer
(10:43) Jay Dedman: you think i'll just sit here?
(10:43) Steve Garfield: hahahahahha
(10:43) Jay Dedman: hahah
(10:44) Steve Garfield: people will remember that guy's post and refer back to it for historical purposes
(10:44) Jay Dedman: jesus

Biz Stone and the Flicknuts

Biz Stone and his friends are flicknuts.

Carol and Steve Going Hollywood?

The Executive Alliance Group highlights Vlogs, Microchannels, Mobile Entertainment.

Over on the Yahoo! Videoblogging group, Linda Nicolai asks:
Is "The Carol and Steve Show" a milder Curb your Enthusiasm that the networks would pick up?

Thursday, February 17, 2005

American Idols

New "Idol" Group: Tried, Tested
Touted on Idol as the rock guy (or one of them, anyway), Constantine Maroulis, 29, of New York City, also is a working actor. He's toured the world in Rent

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Don't Panic

Now Playing on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy World Premier Trailer.
via [ bloggerheads ]

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Official Website.

Martin Freeman is Arthur Dent. It's like watching that guy from The Office in outerspace.

DNS Report: It's Pass/Fail

DNS Report:
This site will provide you with a DNS report for your domain. A very large percentage of domains have DNS problems; this site will help you find those problems and fix them. Also, the "Mail Test" tool will help find mail delivery problems for your domain.
A good tool to check your DNS if you know or care what that is.

Michael Meiser filters the web for me

Michael Meiser is fast becoming my trusted source for finding great video on the web.

There's already a dearth of new videos being added to the blogosphere each day.

Some sites just dump all the video links into an unreadable, unmanageable, unfiltered pile of crap.

What Michael is doing is valuable.

He posts a link to new videos that he finds, on his blog. I like what he finds. I trust him. He filters the web for me.

But, I don't have to visit his site everyday to see if there's a new video over there.

I subscribe.

Yup. Just like using a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), I've added Meiser's RSS 2.0 feed to my own personal Macintosh PVR, ANT.
With ANT, you can subscribe to any RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures. ANT will automatically download fresh audio and video content for you to watch and listen to. It can playback any media format, and even syncs audio files with iTunes so you can easily add them to your portable MP3 player.

ANT is a stage that allows anyone to share their original video creations -- from personal video journals made by an emerging community of videobloggers, to the growing ranks of distributed citizen journalists, to home video simply intended for friends and family.
ANT is free, and comes with a default list of videobloggers' feeds. It only runs on the Macintosh right now, but a Windows version is coming soon.

The majority of these videobloggers are going out and creating new, interesting and personal videos all the time.

If you want to check out videoblogger's feeds using a web interface, you can try mefeedia. is an RSS aggregator for videobloggers. Sign up, choose the videobloggers you like and watch videos! Mefeedia is an experimental videoblogging community
A couple of other places to look for new videoblogger's videos are, where in addition to seeing a list of recently updated videoblogs, you can learn how to start your own, and

Andreas Haugstrup Pederson talks about these Specialised Feed Readers over on his blog and says, "I don't expect to begin using them in the future for the simple reason that I don't subscribe to video, I subscribe to people." Check out his thoughts.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


I've got a new short video called Silverline over on my videoblog.

It's of a guy singing and playing at Downtown Crossing.

If you know who he is, let me know.

Opsound: Free Music

Opsound is a record label and sound pool
using an open source, copyleft model, an experiment in practical gift economics, a laboratory for new ways of releasing music.
via [ VoyagerRadio ]

Monday, February 14, 2005

Peter Choyce, Celebrity

Benjamin Walker did a recent audio broadcast entitled celebritism.

In it he features a friend of mine, Peter Choyce.

Peter talks about what it's like to be an extra in Hollywood.

Marc Canter is NOT paying me to blog this...

Glenn Reid didn't either. He created iMovie and iPhoto.

His company five across, has a new blog tool called bubbler.

Gotta check it out and create a new blog to add to my stable.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Firewire Lives!

Sometimes when I boot up my PowerBook G4, the external Firewire drives do not show up.

When that happens, you are supposed to unplug everything and leave the power off for five minutes and then boot everything back up.

That didn't work this time.

So I removed the wire connection to my external drives, and plugged in my iPod. It showed up.

Then I disconnected the iPod and plugged in the external Firewire drives.

They showed up.

So the tech tip for the day is, buy an iPod. ;-)

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Mac OS X: Updated

The Mac OS X Update 10.3.8 Combo worked for me.

Make sure you Repair Permissions and disconnect your external drives prior to installing.

Andy Warhol, Tara Subkoff and Andrew Andrew

I just got an email from Alison Pace asking if I wanted to read her book If Any Warhol Had A Girlfriend.

Sure, I'll read it.

It just so happens that I just got a copy of Wayne Koestenbaum's Andy Warhol book.

I don't know much about him, but I'm interested.
"No matter how good you are, if you're not promoted right you won't be remembered." --Andy Warhol
I went to take a look at pictures from Andy Warhol Book Party and by mistake, I ended up looking at pictures from the Mother Inc. and Fendi Record Party and found Tara Subkoff.

Then I went back to the Andy Warhol Book Party and was looking at the pictures and saw these two guys, Andrew Andrew.

So I have to Google them and found out that among other things they are iPod DJ's.


If I lived in NYC I'd be going to lots of parties.

Free LinuxWorld

The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is in Boston this week and you can get a free exhibit hall pass if you register before Monday.

Live Internet Television

Mania TV! is pretty good for music videos.

wwiTV has 800 TV stations broadcast over the internet.

M T Liggett

M T Liggett - metal sculptor with the world's largest coffee cup collection. [ QuickTime Video ]

M T shows up half way through.


from [ Chris Hume's "Red State Road Trip" at Truthout Multimedia ]

Friday, February 11, 2005

Nicholas Gurewitch makes a new comic every Sunday

Tim Ireland calls them Bloddy Brilliant Cartoons.

Dave Wildman: Rock Star

My friend Dave Wildman is trying out for Mark Burnett's new reality TV show, INXS Rock Star. I helped him make this application video.

Read Differently

I'm trying out CNET's Newsburst.

It looks like it's going to be an interesting addition to the online aggregator space.

On first glance I like their idea of a News Stream. All your feed results can get put into one long stream. Frassle can do this but I haven't tried it yet, and I think bloglines can do it too.

Dave Winer wrote about it.

I did come across a user interface issue that I emailed them about.
When adding your own source the text prompts:

"Add your own source
If you know the URL for the source file, enter it here:"

I did that, but what you really wanted was an RSS feed URL. So I got an error from you asking for an XML source.

I know what I'm doing and was confused. Think about people who don't know what RSS or XML means...

So the prompt might be better labeled as:
"Add your own source
If you know the RSS (XML) URL for the source file, enter it here:"

The problem is that RSS is written in XML and the buttons on people's pages can say either of those or something else all together.

Your social life is a game

Krista is a star over at Catch27 where all the kids are hooking up and buying new friends for 99¢ in Wax Packs of 3.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Open Farked News

TV news that young men will watch:
Here's my pitch for a next-generation newscast designed for people who no longer watch TV news: 18 to 34 year-old men. From an "open-source rundown" to Fark TV, I push the envelope a bit. Let me know what you think...

A Cartoon Amusement

Read the current installment of Jason Little's "Motel Art Improvment Service."

I think I know what's going on in the bathroom, but I'll have to go back next week to make sure.

The Steve Garfield Center

'YourCenter' for a day
Go ahead. Act like you own the place. Delaware North Companies, owner and operator of Boston's FleetCenter, announced today that they have placed single-day naming rights to the sports and entertainment venue up for bid on online auction site eBay.

Fake White House Reporter Quits

Gannon Quits After Blogger Inquiry.
It's become clear that Gannon's real name is James D. Guckert, which raises another question: How does someone operating under a pseudonym gain such close access to the President of the United States? The Congressional Press Galleries, White House Press Office and, perhaps, the Secrete Service do background checks on all credentialed and "day pass" journalists. Somewhere along the line someone inside the White House knew Gannon wasn't Gannon, but they gave him a waiver anyway.

Tim Ireland Wants UK Voters To Think

Backing Blair

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Michael Verdi made up a free blog on blogger, that has free picture storage from flickr and free video storage from

The blog's posts give you step by step instructions for setting up your own free video blog.

So get out there and do it!

Some Definitions

I'm looking into using's facility to change the cname record on a client's domain to point to their new blog.

In addition to that, they want to have emails that are sent to their domain name, forwarded to their existing email accounts.

It looks like is going to charge them $99/year to support multiple email accounts.

Is it possible to use the mx record to use another host for email forwarding?

Some definitions:

A Domain Alias, which is specified in the C Name section of a zone file, is an extension to a domain name which allows you to create derivatives of the domain that can be pointed to the same or any other domain name on the Internet. An example of a Domain Alias is, where "www" functions as the Domain Alias and accesses the same Web site as

C Name
A C Name, also known as a "canonical name" or "Domain Alias," is the section in a domain name's zone file that specifies whether a subset of the domain name should point to the same or another domain name (location) on the Internet. An example of a C Name is

MX Record
An MX record, or Mail Exchange record, is a section of a domain name's zone file (a Name Server entry for a domain name) whose entries specify the mail server(s) on the Internet responsible for email services for a specific domain name.

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today's my birthday and I've gotten a few emails with birthday greetings.

Thanks to:

Ravi Jain.

John Lander from Mix98.5.
- Hey John, the link to your webpage is broken in your email.

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

The Entire FNX Staff. who said, "Happy Birthday from all of us."

Chumworth chimed in at 2:35 PM.

The phone calls were nice too!

Thanks Carol and Bill T!

Tom Brady's Home Movies

(Globe Staff Photo/ Matthew J. Lee)
Steve: "Hey Tom Brady, You just won the Superbowl and are taking home movies of the victory parade down the streets of Boston.

Where's all that video footage going to go?"

Tom: "On my video blog."
Hey Tom, give me a call and I'll set you up with a video blog.

Glory day

Carol and Steve Show: Episode 6 - Shopping

There's a new Carol and Steve Show: Episode 6 - Shopping over on my video blog.
In this episode Carol and Steve go food shopping.

Steve: "Let's take the camera an go and show people the supermarket."

Carol: "Like a supermarket like they always see?"
Check it out.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Beer, microphones and happy people

Check out Beercasting in Cambridge, a new video over on my video blog.

Gmail Tips by Jim Barr

Gmail Tips: The Complete Collection.

vloggercon 05: Conference sessions are online

VloggerCon 05 Sessions: Intro
Drazen Pantic speaks on the power of easily distributed media.

VloggerCon 05 Sessions: Masses' Media
Discussion Leader: Eli Chapman The rules of the game have changed. The 20th Century was dominated by a mass media of cinema and television where citizens chose to have linear stories poured into our eyes and ears. In the 21st Century, the masses will chose to entertain, inform, and educate themselves. And video blogging is one of many new forms of communication we will have at our disposal in the near future...

VloggerCon 05 Sessions: Sustainability
Discussion Leaders: Andrew Baron, Josh Kinberg How will people make money from videoblogging? Why is this important? Is it possible? Should it be possible? How will people videoblog through their lifetime with bandwidth/storage limitations? This is a HOT topic amongst vloggers and we want to take the time to speak in a calm, friendly and concise manner, face to face, with the gloves off.

VloggerCon 05 Session: Content is King
Discussion leaders: Steve Garfield, Mica Scalin, Ryanne Hodson, Jay Dedman Creating and posting videos is the key. Personal storytelling, citizen journalism, art, show and tell...this is at the core of what we're doing. We all have our own style and ideas when we videoblog; let's share.

VloggerCon 05 Sessions: TOOLS
Discussion leaders: Kenyatta Cheese, Peter Van Dijk, Josh Kinberg, Jakob Lodwick, Gary Lerhaupt, Sean Gilligan, Daniell Krawczyk The VogBrowser, me-tv, ANT, Vimeo, Prodigem, Vblog Central, Digital Bicycle. These guys are creating some powerful applications/tools that we can use to watch and distribute our video. Hear what they're doing, tell them what you want, talk, push, discuss...

VloggerCon 05 Sessions: Network of the future

Discussion leader: Marc Canter Announcement of, an online community of grassroots media which provide the resources to help videobloggers continue their work for a lifetime...creating a new history and way of connecting to people around the world. Marc is the co-founder of and will explain how it will all work. Quick, upload those videos!

VloggerCon 05 Sessions: Group Ideas-Closing
Talk about the future

Steve's After Con Interviews
Steve Garfield chats with Vloggers after the con.

Monday, February 07, 2005

The Youngest Videoblogger's Sister

Lauren Verdi has a video blog.


Boston Skyline
I was up on the 61st floor of the John Hancock tower yesterday taking pictures for the first annual Go Vertical Boston 2005 stair climb, which supports the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

The 61st floor is one floor above the closed observation deck. It's full of HVAC equipment!

Nice view.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Friday, February 04, 2005

Steve Garfield's Video Blizzog

Gizoogle has funny results:
Steve Garfield's Video Blizzog
Steve Garfield's Video Bizzy ridin' in mah double R. Reality News by Citizen Journalists. Tha Carol n Steve Shizzow Episode 5 - Wizzy Expo. ... Steve Garfield's TEST Video Bizzle. ...
"Steve Garfield is no ordinary blogga."


Tag: It's it.

Jakob explains Tagwebs, Flickr, and the Human Brain:
The theory of tagwebs and the ideas that comprise it have fundamentally changed my brain. My abilities to solve problems, to make analogies, to make jokes, to explain tagwebs, to understand people, to think -- all of these things have been improved greatly. I now understand how my brain works, and I can act in ways that embraces that knowledge. I believe that we are on the verge of a major evolutionary step in the way we use and understand our brains, and that we will begin to see the effects of this change immediately.


Roger Braunstein programmed this amazing site called homeostatic.
via [ D-Sign ] by [ mookie's public feeds on bloglines ]

Amanda Congdon is my favorite video blogger

Check out Amanda Congdon's Apple Switch Ad Parody over at

I watch it for the ads

If you are looking for previews of the Superbowl TV ads, check out

Go Pats!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Marty is writing and recording a Song-A-Day.

Nicole duFresne Murderers Caught

N.Y. Teens Charged in Actress' Slaying:
NEW YORK- Two teenagers - one a 14-year-old girl - were charged Tuesday in the shooting death of an aspiring actress who challenged a group of muggers on a Manhattan street.

Rudy Fleming, 19, was charged with murder
, robbery, attempted robbery and weapons possession, said Assistant District Attorney Robert Hettleman. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison and possibly the death penalty, Hettleman said.
The fiance and family of Nicole DuFresne have set up a scholarship at Emerson in her name.
via [ lindsayism ]

360 degrees of shopping

Lunch Break - An experiment on panoramic music video:
Our first attempt on filming panoramic video was not really well planed. It was just a ride to the local supermarket. But what came out after editing still looks crazy for me even after watching it a dozen of times.
I want to do that.

Pope and PowerBook in hospital

I was listening to NPR in the car this morning and they said that the Pope is "in hospital."

What happened to the "the?"

I'm over at Joshua's and he showed me his HD TV. The new Comcast cable box for HD does not support a serial connection to TiVo.

That stinks.

So now I'm off to bring my PowerBook to Tech Superpowers. They are going to swap out my dying hard drive for a new one. It's like heart surgery for my Mac. I hope they can transfer all my programs since I'm just half-way reloading them from when I erased my drive.

Turns out the geniuses at the Apple store aren't so smart after all since all the advice they gave me about my failing drive was wrong.

Let's review:
1. Run Diskwarrior
2. Reinstall the OS
3. Erase the drive and reinstall the OS
If they'd taken a look at the SMART drive feature in the first place they would have known at that point that the drive needed to be replaced.

Please send you good vibes in the direction of Newbury Street in Boston for a full recovery of my Mac. ;-)

Update - 2:11 PM:
I'm sitting in the Tech Superpowers Internet Cafe, typing to you from my born again Mac! It was a quick surgery and recovery.

Mike Baker - the service manager, says the first thing you should to if you are having drive problems is to look at your S.M.A.R.T. drive status.

If you are in the Boston area, I'm comfortable suggesting that you bring in your sick Mac's to Tech Superpowers.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

NPR: Personal Radio Via Podcasting

At the Boston Weblogger's Meet Up last night, fellow Boston bloggers told me that they had listened to an NPR show about podcasting on their way into the meeting.

Here's the details:

Personal Radio Via Podcasting Grows More Popular
by Nathan Santamaria

All Things Considered, January 31, 2005 · Adam Curry, the former MTV VJ, is the star of a new broadcasting medium. His show, Daily Source Code, claims some 50,000 listeners -- but can't be heard on the traditional airwaves. Instead, it's a podcast, so-called because it's delivered via the Internet directly to iPods and other personal listening devices.

The podcast pushes the range of personal online rantings to something close to an international radio broadcast. And as NPR's Nathan Santamaria reports, the quality is low, but the hopes are high.

You can listen online.

They have selected podcasts on the sidebar.

I like this note:

The Dawn and Drew Show (Note: Adult Content May be Offensive to Some Listeners)

My Mom: As seen in the Daily Item

Debra Glidden of the Daily Item wrote a nice article about my mom, Web-savvy Swampscott woman blogging around:
Mildred Garfield of Swampscott has the distinction of being the oldest registered blogger in the world.

Bloggers, or those who regularly post personal, political or cultural commentaries online and receive feedback from readers, comprise what is among the fastest growing Internet populations.

Garfield, 79, is known in the electronic world as "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

I wonder how long it'll take for Oprah to call?

My Mom's Blog by Thorougly Modern Millie.