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Thursday, March 31, 2005

I like tv technology

TV - The weblog for exclusive news & reviews of tvs and tv technology. lcd tv, plasma, hdtv, dlp, portable tv, flat crt, psp, and portable video devices.

Boston at Dusk Photo Store

I was talking to my friend Joshua about his ringtone company, Jivjiv.

While we were talking, I told him that when I posted my photos on Jivjiv I might be able to get more photography customers.

So that lead me to open up a CafePress Store for a new photo I shot of Boston at Dusk.

Here's how the postcard page looks:
Boston at Dusk Postcards (Package of 8) > Steve Garfield's Boston Photography | CafePress.

I'm still trying to figure out the best way to sell photos online, and both Jivjiv and CafePress don't cost anyting to try it out, so we'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Nikon Coolpix Made Music Video

The Sad Song by Fredo Viola.
via [ Chapman Logic ]

Boston CapeCod Harvard Cambridge

Flickr Related Tag Browser.

This list is a compilation of recent links to movie files.

Blogsnow is constantly scanning millions of weblogs for emerging topics.

blogsnow: clips

The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 13 - A Day in the Life of Carol

Carol takes the camera and goes solo on her commute into Boston.

She leaves Steve at home to work on some projects.

Watch it over on my video blog.

The Carol and Steve Show - A new episode every Monday.

The Steve Garfield Show - Podcast #3

In this show I talk about Adam Curry's Daily Source Code and today's blog posts: HBO's Deadwood, Blogger Comments and Radio David Byrne.

I'm still learning the best way to produce a podcast. For this show I used a wired hand held mic hooked up to my GL/2 which is connected to my PowerBook over Firewire.

I recorded the audio in FCP using the voice over tool, imported the audio into Soundtrack, edited the beginning silence out, exported that to an .aif file which I opened up in iTunes, then edited the ID3 tag information and converted the file to an mp3, which I then uploaded to


MP3 File

Long Live Brian Lewandowski

Brian Lewandowski is dead.

Michael Verdi suggests Deadwood

Michael Verdi videoblogs Deadwood.

I'm glad he shared that.

Watching his video was better than watching a TV ad for the show.

Coming from a trusted source like him, I'm now going to have to figure out how to catch up on 16 episodes of Deadwood.

I hope HBO is re-running them, since HBO ON DEMAND is a joke. If it was truly ON DEMAND, I could watch episodes 1-16 whenever I wanted to.

Deadwood 1-11 are no longer available on ON DEMAND and Deadwood 12 stops showing April 4th.

Blogger Comments Enabled

Hello Everybody,
Today, I've installed Blogger Comments.

Recently my comments code has been slowing down the page loading of the blog.

So, I'm trying out Blogger's code.

If you haven't posted a comment before and read this blog regularly, make a comment.

Say hi.

I'd like to hear from you!

David Byrne Streams his favorite music


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Monday, March 28, 2005

Put my photo on your cell phone

I just opened up Steve Garfield's Store on Jivjiv.

This online store allows me to sell my photos, for cell phones.

I've been beta-testing Jivjiv for a while now for my friend Joshua and now it's live!

If you are interested, you can set up your own store too:
Jivjiv Stores allow anyone with original music or graphics to publish their own material and sell it directly in the ringtone marketplace - perhaps the fastest growing market in the US.
How to open a Jivjiv store in under five minutes!

I wonder if selling photos on cell phones will be more profiable than selling my Sad Clown paint by numbers oil painting on a T-Shirt, over at CafePress?

I guess we'll have to wait and see.


Try out Jivjiv and download my Trees Budding in Spring photo for free.

Video killed the radio star, yooh ahhh

This video is so good.

As I was watching it I told Carol that "videoblogs are better than TV."


It was so fun to see everybody that I watch on a regular basis, and I got a kick out of seeing myself in there twice.

Richard really did a nice job of picking some of the best moments in videoblogging, especially Amanda Congdon running the camera, and some special Ryan and Jay moments!

The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 12 - Skiing Lessons

Carol and Steve go skiing at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire and record a couple of lessons on how to ski.

Videoblogging Week is in full swing with video bloggers from around the world commiting to produce one video per day this week.

Blogs, Everyone?

Blogs, Everyone? Weblogs Are Here to Stay, but Where Are They Headed? - Knowledge@Wharton
While most agree that blogging will continue to be popular, its next steps are uncertain. Demopoulos suggests that blogging overexposure is on the horizon. 'Right now, blogging is trendy,' he says. 'I see that lasting a few years, but it will slow down.' Hunter contends that blogging is here to stay, as many sites start to incorporate blogging features, and some news sites become more blog-like. The blogosphere will also become known for topics other than technology and politics. Two things are certain: Blogging will remain disruptive to the traditional media, and new uses will surface. 'You are going to see blogging move to video and instant messaging,' says Werbach. 'It's just the beginning.'
I'm trendy!
via [ John Palfrey ]

Boston Blog Meetup Tonight

The Boston Blog Meetup is tonight, Monday, March 28, 2005 at 7:00 PM.

1920 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

I like the blue tights

Bryan Singer, director of the X-Men movies and the upcoming Superman Returns has a video blog.

Time Magazine - Dear Diary: Action!

Saturday, March 26, 2005


Freecast - peer-to-peer streaming.

Freecast - blog.
via [ unmediated ]

The Steve Garfield Show - Podcast #2

The Steve Garfield Show
Podcast #2 [ 1 minute, 8 seconds ]
A discussion of my setup which includes a Sennheiser wireless microphone.

A review of the new Comcast remote control.

I just learned how to include an mp3 file with my podcast posts to the blog, so now you can get all my new podcasts on the blog feed:

Friday, March 25, 2005

That's Not Right: Comcast Remote Control

My mother-in-law, who is 89 years old, just got the new Comcast remote controls for her new cable boxes.

As Kieran Chapman says, "the remote control is the worst I've ever used."

You think it's tough for you? Try showing an 89 year old how to turn the TV on and off by pressing the small little button that says "all on", that's positioned right next to a button that's three times as big and says ON DEMAND.

That button has 'ON' on it too.


Comcast needs to make a new control for old people that has an ON/OFF button on it, channel up/down, volume control and a number pad. That's it!

Old people don't need the other 365 buttons that you've randomly placed on the remote control.

Skiing at Loon

Skiing at Loon

Clear Channel to put video online

Clear Channel overhauls Net strategy to tap online ad market
Clear Channel's new video programs, called 'Stripped', will feature top artists Rob Thomas, John Legend, Gavin DeGraw and Jesse McCartney in exclusive studio sessions that will be streamed online in CD quality sound and television quality video, the company said.

'Stripped,' fashioned along the lines of MTV's 'Unplugged' and AOL Music's 'Sessions' will be offered to Clear Channel's 200 stations across the country, which already streams its on-air broadcasts over the Internet.
Hey, there's an idea. ;-)

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Google sources

Distinct sources from Google News Home Page in last 48 hours.
via [ Jeff Jarvis ]

Mass Most Wanted

Theft - Case No. 050128
February 19, 2005
Littleton : Nashoba Tubing Park

Case Details
Victim parked their vehicle at the tubing park and thought they locked it with purse inside. They returned to the vehicle to find the passanger door unlocked. Later in the evenning went to use a credit card and discovered them missing.

ATM card was used twice in Littleton and credit cards were used at Office Max and Staples in Woburn. Pictures are from video obtained from Staples. Male and female suspect entered the store and purchased a laser printer a cartridges.
Any assistance with identifying the two suspects would be appreciated.

Tires: Buy online or local?

They've got some good deals on the internets, but local service is worth the extra cost.

After bringing my car in for service today and mentioning that one tire seemed to be loosing air, I found out that it had a nail in it, in a place that could not be repaired. Also, two other tires are very low on tread and have a couple of unsightly buldges.

So it's time for new tires.

I checked out my options both on line and locally.

Here's what I found:


The Dunlop SP Sport A2 Plus costs $53 online at The Tire Rack.

You've got to add $32.10 for shipping and then it's going to cost $130 to install, for a total of $374.10.

Compare that to dropping off the car at the Goodyear Auto Service Center on Boylston Street tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM, for a total cost of $400.

That's a difference of $25.90.

Descision made. New tires all around and drinks for everyone!

The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 11 - NYC Extra

Here's some additional video from our trip to NYC.

Transparent Screen

Transparent Screen - alexy uploaded from flickr by w00kie.

That's some really creative wallpaper for your desktop.
via [ Lost Remote ]

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The ME Show

Jimmy Magahern of The Phoenix NewTimes writes, See me, hear me, feel me, fund me! Are vlogging and podcasting the ultimate slacker careers?
Boston video producer Steve Garfield, a Seinfeld look-alike whose inexplicably amusing clips about nothing -- one day he's shoveling snow, the next he's shopping for OJ and oatmeal cookies with his reluctant wife, Carol -- has attracted the attention of Time, BusinessWeek and Nightline.
Carol isn't reluctant, she only looks that way on TV vlog (video blog).

The Carol and Steve Show - 'Real' reality TV.

Look Up More

Improv Everywhere Mission: Look Up More

That's Not Right: TurboTax Refunds

How can you have a form that displays the image of a check, highlights the checking account # for you to copy, and then gives you the option of choosing a savings account?

That's Not Right: TurboTax for the Web

I'm doing my mother-in-law's taxes with TurboTax for the Web and have a problem.

I've got an error in there that I can't fix.

I get the error:
Massachusetts Schedule CB: Homeowner Checkbox and the Renter Checkbox cannot both be checked.

The screen says, "You must fix this error."

The problem is, that they give me no way to get into the form to fix it.

I've tried three different browsers. No luck.

I sent TurboTax support an email, and got back a speedy reply:
Dear Steve,

Based on the information you provided we have determined that your issue is best resolved over the phone. You will receive a call back at the phone number you provided within 24 hours. Our hours of operation are 5am-9pm Pacific Standard Time seven days a week.

Thank you for contacting TurboTax technical support.


Amber M

TurboTax Support
Stay tuned.

Update 3:20 PM
The good news is that a support rep from Intuit called be back right away. The bad news is that they could not solve my problem.

Here's their follow up email:
Dear Steve,

We appreciate the opportunity to assist you with resolving your issue. We review your return on the web and were unable to remove the checkmark. We discussed removing the state and redoing the interview as a possible fix. I apologize for not being able to resolve your issue. If you need any additional assistance, feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting TurboTax technical support.


210 Jo-Anne
TurboTax Support
You'd think that someone in tech support could remove a checkmark from a database, but phone support at Intuit couldn't take it that far.

Oh well. I guess I'll just print out the form, grab some white-out, and remove the offending checkmark.

That's one less electronic tax return that'll be filed this year.

The Decemberists explain Bittorrent

The Decemberists have released their new music video, 16 Military Wives, using Bittorrent.

To watch the video using bittorrent here's what you must do.

How to be a college DJ

Neal Adams learns How to be a WFMU DJ.

A Tom Green Morning

Tom Green has coffee with his singing dogs. [ Video ]

Ourmedia Explained

JD Lasica explains how Ourmedia is different than just belonging to the Internet Archive?
Let us count the ways:

1) The Internet Archive remains geared toward scholars and historians. Ourmedia is geared toward anyone who has ever picked up a camcorder, tape recorder or camera.

2) The Internet Archive's UI isn't very friendly. We're out to create a very user-friendly experience for people.

3) The Internet Archive only allows public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works. Ourmedia allows those as well as fully copyrighted works.

4) The Internet Archive is about storage and preservation. Ourmedia is about storage, preservation, community, and learning. We're in the process of creating tutorials, best practices and learning centers.

5) The Archive is a fairly static experience. Ourmedia has completely new content on the front page every week, free member blogs, and new ways to slice and dice content: we hope to soon have a search engine that lets you seek out content that you can legally remix and recirculate.

Understand that all media on Ourmedia is stored on the Internet Archive's servers, and everything else is on Bryght's servers.
Ourmedia is a place for your media.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Paid to Blog:

My friend Joshua is paying me 5 cents to link to - The Blog for All Things Natural.

The Steve Garfield Show

Podcast Title: The Steve Garfield Show
Podcast RSS Feed URL:

I've been so busy with the videoblog revolution that I haven't really made the time to create a podcast, until today.

Now, with, I've been able to easily create a podcast. It's exciting!

The interesting thing about it though, is that it doesn't have an associated blog.

All I did was open up an account on and create an audio post.

I recorded the audio from the speaker on my PowerBook directly into a web page at

Then I created an XML feed and popped the audio post into the feed.

Voila, a podcast.

It was easy.

You can subscribe to my podcast feed with this Podcast RSS Feed URL:

You can also listen to my first podcast here:

Hello Warner Brothers Records, please sponsor my podcast.

Technorati tag:

I just learned how to include an mp3 file with my podcast posts to the blog so now you can get all my new podcasts on the blog feed:

Tricks of the Trade

Liza Ramudo-Hariton's Cashier Trick of the Trade:
"When giving a customer their change, first place the coins in their hand, then the bills and receipt over them. This way, the coins will not slide off the bills, fall on the floor, annoy the customer, and hold up your line while the customer picks up the coins."

Consumers are not couch potatoes

Avid will buy Calif. rival in $460m deal:
‘‘At the end of the day, consumers aren’t that interested in creating their own content,’’ said Michael Gartenberg, vice president of Jupiter Research in New York. ‘‘They’re far more interested in consuming other peoples’ content. That’s why they call them consumers.’’
Dear Michael,
Take a look at cameras, instant cameras, digital cameras and cameraphones. Look how many people are posting their pictures to flickr.

Technorati reports that "between 30,000 and 40,000 new blogs are being created every single day - more than double the number (15,000 per day) from October."

Audio podcasts are exploding in popularity with 4232 weblogs actively tracked at

With new tools making it easier for people to create and share video, video blogging watch for the popularity of videoblogging to explode.

I'll admit to being somewhat of a couch potato media consumer, but a selective one. TiVo helps make my TV watching smarter. I track 164 blog feeds with bloglines. Most of these feeds contain content created by consumers.

These days I'm watching more and more consumer created video using my video aggregator, ANT.

Michael, you might not be able to see the desire for people to create their own media right now because desire is not a tangible thing.

You're probably looking for examples of consumer created content, but don't see it.

I can tell you where it is. It's in old shoeboxes and dresser drawers. It's on old Kodachrome slides and VHS tapes.

Lots of people create media but don't have an easy way to share it. That's what's coming. Look at what's happening at Our Media.

JD Lasica says, "Months from now, will evolve from a destination website to an open registry -- a network of likeminded grassroots sites that freely share personal media with a global audience."

So that's where we're heading.

Create eBay auction listings with GarageSale

GarageSale allows Mac OS X users to create eBay auctions with their Mac.

The Photobloggies

The Photobloggies is an annual award ceremony celebrating photoblogging around the world. Through the Photobloggies, you can find some of the best photoblog sites on the internet, chosen by photobloggers and photoblog readers.
Check out the nominees.

File your taxes for free

Check out the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's Free File Information to see if you qualify.

Monday, March 21, 2005

This logo is cool

Marian Jordan Lewandowski's logo.

MJL Photography.

Daily Show Clip Listing Parser

The Daily Show: Video Clips.

Benjamen Walker's Theory Of Everything

Benjamen Walker's Theory Of Everything: Broadcast 17 'Grant Application'.

Listen and enjoy.

Benjamin Walker should get a grant to produce programming for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where he'll download his show to 200 ipods and parachute the ipods to locations where his programming is sorely needed.

The Engadget Podcast featuring Eric Rice

The Engadget Podcast is back, now featuring my friend Eric Rice.

You can subscribe to it's RSS 2.0 feed so that each weekly show is automatically downloaded to your computer!

I use iPodderX to subscribe to RSS 2.0 feeds that support enclosures, like podcasts. It's an elegant application that runs on a Mac. After downloading the podcast, I update my iPod with the new show and off I go. You can also just listen at your desktop.

You can also try out ipodder, which runs on a lot of platforms and is free.

One more thing, my favorite video aggregator, ANT, also supports audio.

Ourmedia launches!

Ourmedia seeks to spur the citizens media revolution.
“The biggest hurdle people face today after creating a really cool movie or taking some really amazing photos is: What now? Where do I put it? How do I share it?” Lasica said. “We say: Put it here and we’ll store it, safeguard it, and let you show it off. Free. Forever.”
If you've been waiting to start a photo, audio, or video blog, today's the day to start one!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Hello Neighbor

SXSW documented in Video, Audio and Text

Andrew Baron from Rocketboom compiled an extensive collection of video, audio, image and text data on the SXSW interactive panels and events.

Leaving Town

Leaving Town uploaded from flickr by stevegarfield.

Commuters on the Mass Pike leaving town at dusk with a view of the city in the background.

This shot was taken on the bridge between Kenmore Square and Fenway Park, with the lens pointed through a chain link fence.

A tree grows on Newbury street

A tree grows on Newbury street uploaded from flickr by stevegarfield.

I was doing a photo project where you go out and shoot pictures of what you see without thinking about framing or photographic rules. Then you choose the best shots.

I like this one because of the many layers in it. The tree, the buildings and the Hancock Tower in the background.

I'll stand over here

I'll stand over here, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Walking down Newbury Street in Boston I noticed these mannequins in a store window. They seemed to have a lot of personality.

Party Girls

Party Girls, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

These girls were ready to party from the shelves at Target.

We can touch the bread with our bare hands

I was in a restaurant on Newbury street last night and watched the staff prepare bread baskets through the open windows at the back of the restaurant.

Without exception, each staff person removed flat bread, and cut loaves of bread using their bare hands.

The manager came over and inquired what I was doing and who I was with and I told him that I was a dinner patron and was concerend with the food handling I was seeing.

He explained that gloves were available in the area for staff to use, and I informed him that NONE of the staff were using gloves.

I asked if gloves were required for serving bread and he then explained that there was hand sanitizer, that staff members used, and that there were sinks available for staff to wash their hands.

I've written to the Inspectional Services Division to determine if he was telling the truth or not.

Category: Food Protection From Contamination

Example: Bare hand contact with ready to eat food products.

Mayor's Food Court.

What the codes mean.

Food poisining.

Saturday, March 19, 2005


Carol, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Citgo Sign

Citgo Sign, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

The refurbished Citgo sign was unveiled in Kenmore Square tonight.

Hip Hop Politics

INdTV has a buch of finalists's videos posted on their site, for a contest that they are running.

I've watched two so far, and like Battleground Minnesota:
Join local hip hop sensations Shakademic and Glenn Scott for this action-packed journey through the strange and hilarious underbelly of a hotly-contested political campaign.
Word. ;-)

Depth of field

SimCam lets you play with shutter speed and exposure without a camera.
via [ The Digital Photography Weblog ]

No Mandate

Protest the Iraq War
Two Years Since Invasion

MARCH 20th
1:00 pm

Thursday, March 17, 2005

I'm a reseller!

I'm now a reseller for Constant Contact® - the industry leading Do-It-Yourself Email Marketing™ solution.

Sign up for a free 60-day trial account.

Big Disk

SanDisk Extreme III Cards.

TiVo Top 25

TiVo just sent me an email with the TiVo Top 25 Season Passes that anonymous people have programmed into their TiVo's. I always enjoy seeing what others have chosen, compared to what I hove on my TiVo Season Pass list.

Desperate Housewives - Nope
The Apprentice - Yup. We watch this hour long show in about 20 minutes.
American Idol - Yup. 20 minutes to watch it too, making sure we fast forward to Simon.
Lost - Never miss it.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Catch it live sometimes.
24 - Never miss it AND watch every minute of it. Tick, Tick, Tick.
Survivor: Palau - Fast forward through most challenges.
ER - Kinda stopped watching this one, so it records but is usually deleted to make room for new shows.
CSI: Miami - Catch this one live sometimes too.
The West Wing - Don't watch.
Oprah Winfrey - Nope.
Alias - Yes. Watch this show AND usually rewind it a bunch of times.
Medium - Nope.
Joey - Nope.
CSI: NY - Nope.
Will & Grace - Nope.
The O.C. - Nope.
The Sopranos - Yes.
Law & Order - Nope.
The Amazing Race 7 - Yes! Go Rob and Amber!
Las Vegas - Nope.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Nope.
Without a Trace - Nope.
Boston Legal - Nope, but I should be watching because of Rhona Mitra.
Scrubs - Nope, even though I liked Jack Branff in his movie.

Photo Mash-up at Google


Google a bunch of pics together


Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Now you can invest in Skype!

Join Yahoo!'s Tech Buzz Game, a fantasy prediction market for high-tech products, concepts, and trends.

I just invested $10,000 in Mac Video, flickr, Bloglines, Skype and WiFi and I'm now ranked 641 of 1975.

I lost $933.34 in minutes.

Who's in Emack & Bolios with me?

PlaceSite will be able to show you, if the three U.C. Berkeley students who are carrying out this research project get it running at a café in Berkeley, in late April, after which they'll share the software that they build with the open source community, to spur further development and improvement of PlaceSite and similar place-based community-building projects.
via [ Jeff ]

Join the flickr pool

If you want to share your photos without creating a photo blog you can Join the flickr pool for your area.

I joined the Boston group!

You can subscribe to the group with RSS 2.0 to get new photos delivered to your computer, just like the milkman used to deliver milk.

It's cool. Now I'm never going to get anything done.

The Irish Pipes will be Piping in Jamaica Plain

The Irish Air Corps Pipe Band will be piping through Boston for Harpoon Brewery on St. Patrick's Day.

Here's the Pipe Band's Schedule for Jamaica Plain:
2:30 PM - Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
4:30 PM - Jeannie Johnston, 144 South Street, Jamaica Plain
5:00 PM - The Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
5:30 PM - James's Gate, 5-11 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain

Look for me at Jeannie Johnston's and James's Gate!

It's a Wireless Weblog

The Blog Herald points us to the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus Weblog, working to help shape the development of wireless data.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Pretty Pages

css Zen Garden: The Beauty in CSS Design.
"A demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design."

Women's Football Coming To JP

The Mass Mutiny Women's Football team is going to have thier home games in Jamaica Plain this year!

Just across the street from Doyle's Cafe! Convenient!

I just met the team's new owner Dr. Sheri Russell while I was at Doyle's for a John Tobin Breakfast.

While there I also met Congressman Michael Capuano. I took the opportunity to tell the Congressman about my top three issues as a voter:
1. Do away with the FCC
2. Do away with the IRS
3. Put numbers on the coins
The congressman told me that #1 and #2 were here to stay, but would look into #3 for me.

Shortly after that I met and talked with Seth Donlin, Editor-at-Large, of boston's weekly dig. We had an annimated discussion about a lot of things including this coin issue.

Seth came up with a great slogan for the campaign to get numbers on coins, it's so great that I made up a weblog for it - Change for Change.

Kitty Blog

Kittypaws says:
today is weird. i'm thinking a lot about the person i am and the person i want to be. i feel like i'm two different people sometimes. one day i'll feel so good about myself, simply beautiful.. and the next i feel like the same chubby little girl i was when i was 12 who got called names everyday. one day i'll be so confident and secure with my life, my choices, my intelligence, my words and then the next i feel like things are out of my control. maybe this is just all part of being a human being.. or maybe i'm not making any sense but those are my thoughts right now.
Her blog is on textamerica where you can now watch movies that people send in from their cameraphones.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

How to make Irish Bread

The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 9 - Irish Bread.
Carol and her mom make Irish Bread.


A Whole Lotta Nothing: This week's best thing ever

Ted Leo doing a cover of "Since U Been Gone".

My notes from tonight's Berkman Meeting

These notes reflect some of the reasons that I enjoy going to hte Berkman Thursday Meetings.

Lots of times there are a lot of interestings things that are discussed that require further research.

Here are some of the things that were discussed tonight, that I made note of:
Thomas Paine
etymology O.K.
Thomas Jefferson John Adams Letters
Poor Richard
murder above the fold
audio-technica $23.16 omnidirectional microphone on shimon's blog

who? 3/20

who? 3/20

On Mar 10, 2005, at 12:20 PM, Steve Garfield wrote:

Blogger is acting very finicky lately.

Slow or no responses.

Is it just me?

On Mar 10, 2005, at 6:11 PM, Biz Stone replied:

It is acting finicky, it's not just you. We're working on it now but in the meantime try this when you're stuck: Logout of Blogger and completely shutdown your browser. When you restart your browser and log back in, you will be on a new appserver which may be less loaded and thus performing better.


Blogger not allowing Javascript?

It looks like Blogger is no longer allowing Javascript in their posts!

I use Javascript to put up that neat feature where you can choose which video player you want, when you play a video on my site.

You used to be able to check the box that says "Stop showing errors for this post," and then the post would have gone on to be posted to your blog.

Since last night, the checkbox does not seem to work anymore.

I've sent in a request to see if this is indeed a change in policy for them.

I'll let you know what I find out.

If you know anything about it, please comment.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Professor Garfield?

I taught a class at Northeastern University tonight.

We had a great class.

I was filling in for my friend Ravi in his class: Video and the Internet.

I showed the class a bunch of blogs and talked about the power of blogging.

They were really interested in it. so I showed them all how to create their own blogs with blogger.

Here they are:
Krista Melnardis -
Dagmar Calixt -
Milano Gabriel -
Kunal Shetty -

Now they have an incentive to get some video posted!

Next they wanted to know how to put pictures on their blogs, so I showed them

I also explained that was going to go live this week and would provide a place where they could put their video for free.

Then they could link to it from their blogger blogs.

I showed them how to create a link and where the help page on blogger is.

So when they finish their projects, they'll be able to upload the video to and link to it from their blogger blogs.

I also told them about where there is a lot of helpful info for videoblogging and a link to the Yahoo! video blogging group.


I thought for a moment that my friend Amy had moved and bought a cat.

She didn't.

Darren Stevens

Question of the day from
"You know that upcoming remake of Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell? Well, obviously it's way too late for this, but wouldn't it have been totally brilliant if, halfway through the movie, another actor began playing Darren and they never said a thing about it and Will Ferrell was never seen again? And if they asked reviewers not to mention that twist so that audiences would be surprised?"
Sitcoms Online - Bewitched.

Bloggers on Nightline

Blog for America has a post about last night's Nightline story on bloggers.

It was fun to see that they had a shot of me filming them, filming us.

They had a nice shot of my video blog showing my video of the Berkman Center meeting playing.

I've got a Creative Commons license on my blog which states that people can use my content for free, for non-commercial purposes, but must give me attribution. I'm wondering where the attribution was in the Nightline piece? Does a screen shot of my blog count? Here's how I would have edited that segment.

I'd link to the video that they have online, but Nightline doesn't support permalinks for their video. And BTW, I can't get the video to play on my Mac.

I was just watching the Nightline Bloggers story on TiVo and noticed that they didn't put up a graphic with the name of person who was speaking, or even introduce the person by name.

In the case of Lisa Williams, she was introduced like this:

"one member of the group, a mother, who blogs about being a mother"

Couldn't they they have said:

"Lisa Williams, a mother, who blogs about being a mother"

They could have easily found out her name since they had my video where I displayed her name when she was talking.

What are the 'journalistic rules' for crediting people in stories?

At the end of the show they displayed, what they said were comments of bloggers, that they had gathered real time during the show.

If Nightline was a blog, they would have given credit to each blogger's comment with a link back to their blog.

Blog For America notes that:
Nightline's "Closing Thoughts" featured several Blog for America commenters talking about the broadcast, like Andrew C. White, who said:
Yes, if journalists were doing their job and not being corrupted they wouldn't have to worry about bloggers doing their jobs for them.

Wake up Journalists! Take back your honor and profession!
So in that case what Nightline was really showing on their screen was a comment from a blog reader who was not necessarily a blogger. He's a member of the blogosphere yes, but not necessarily a blogger.

Someone should transcribe each of the comments that were diplayed on screen and find out where they came from.

I think Nightline has a lot more to learn from Bloggers

1. Provide permalinks to video.
2. Provide a link back to bloggers mentioned in your reports, or at least credit them.
3. Start a blog of your own to document who was featured in your segments.
4. If you start a blog, add an RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures so people can subscribe.

Maura tells us The Story Nightline Doesn't Have Time To Tell

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Small clay man stuck on the top of a table

Table Kid Kirby.

What's your FavIcon?

Now you can make a FavIcon for your website online.

Use FavIcon from Pics.

Video: From Baramati to Bombay

Andy Carvin writes:
While returning from the Baramati conference to Bombay this Sunday afternoon, I recorded a series of video clips on my digital camera. On the airplane home, I edited them together into a five-minute video blog called From Baramati to Bombay.
This video is amazing.

It's perfect just like it is.

My favorite shot, that girl on the back of the motor cycle.

2nd favorite: OXEN!

Virgin Radio - The Station - Podcasts

Virgin Radio - The Station - Podcasts - The best of Pete and Geoff on the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show.
"On Wednesday 9 March 2005, Virgin Radio became the first UK radio station to offer a podcast of a daily show."

Is it Wednesday over there already?

I just added their feed into ANT, my audio aggregator, and downloaded their last three shows.

I listened to parts of each.

I then deleted all three shows and their feed, never to listen again.

A new video blogger is born

taxiplasm: self.

Two Democratic political consultants are launching a weekly political talk show at that aims to showcase the party's message and lambaste Republicans.
via [ i want media ]

Free audio utilities for your Mac

Rogue Amoeba - Freebies.

Step up to the Apple menubar

super OS X menubar items.

UK People

BBC - Video Nation - Your views and experiences, on camera and online.

The News is Now Public

Chuck Olsen writes about shows how we can work together with the MSM to create the news. When the MSM publishes a story, that's only the beginning - not the end. What if you'd like a photo/audio/video clip of a news event? NowPublic acts as a distributed assignment desk. You can see if someone is providing or requesting media related to a story in your area or by topic. If you're so inclined, snap a photo or some video and upload it. Now people wanting to see or hear the local angle to a story have it at their fingertips. Plus, you control the rights to your media. Share with the bloggers, but make money if the MSM or an ad agency wants the hi-res version of your work.

What's the password? - The Weekly Pic by Jason Wishnow has a sexy Microsoft Windows ad that was never aired.
via [ boingboing ]

Fun with a green screen

I was over at NECN yesterday and had fun with their Green Screen.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Best trailer ever!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - the better trailer.

Boston Globe reporters can't have a political life

Christine Chinlund, Boston Globe Ombudsman, writes today to explain why reporters are expected to be robots without any political thoughts of their own. Check out what they've done to tech writer Hiawatha Bray. / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Blog report:
Last November the Globe learned that technology reporter Hiawatha Bray was posting his political views on a web log. The editors warned him not to continue. Even with no explicit Globe rules at that point governing what's OK in the largely uncharted, semi-public/semi-private world of blogging, Bray's anti-Kerry and pro-Bush rhetoric was at odds with the impartiality expected of journalists. Bray agreed to stop.

End of story -- until last week, when a liberal online media watchdog group reported what Bray had written. That brought dozens of angry e-mails to this office; some said fire Bray.

Responds Baron: ''Mr. Bray is a technology reporter and did not cover the presidential campaign, other than a minor technology-related story on very rare occasions. That said, his blog postings were inappropriate and in violation of our standards.' Thus, the November warning.

Said Bray: ''I don't cover politics for the Globe and figured that gave me a fair amount of leeway. I'm a lowly tech writer; who'd care what I thought about the election? Turns out, a lot of people did.'

''I make no apology . . . for my opinions. But I do apologize for expressing them in a venue that might lead some to suppose that my employers share them.'"
Notice how the Globe doesn't want to link to the 'liberal online media watchdog group', so I had to do it for you.

Monitortan: The mental meanderings of Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter for the Boston Globe.

David Weinberger writes, It's about transparency, not impartiality:
Just how stupid does the Globe think its readers are? Do we really believe that tech writers and sports writers and style writers don't have political views? Do we think that out of the office they go slack-jawed when asked who they're voting for? No, we understand that because they're professional journalists, they do a reasonable job of keeping their personal political views out of their writing.

Transparency works better than reprimands. I'd rather know a reporter's views so I can understand where the journalist is coming from and can compensate for those views if they affect the journalist's writing.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Your short film could win $50,000 Amazon Theater | Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Competition.
Upload your entries, they need to be under 7 minutes in length.

Jeff Jarvis imagines the future of news

The future of news:
So imagine that a local news organization -- one of the incumbents or a new competitor -- becomes an aggregator of: News -- Staff still reports, writes, and edits what they do best. But we also link to, syndicate, promote, and support the work of citizen journalists. To the public, we provide a means to get all the news we can find (a new slogan in the era). We are the starting point (for some), the organizer (for some). But we no longer pretend to do it all. It's distributed news. We even help citizen journalists to join together to report stories: The one tangible suggestion out of this confab came from Jay Rosen, who said that one reporter somewhere will show how open-source journalism will work, bringing together the effort and expertise of the crowd. We can provide support to these "information entrepreneurs," as one of the group called them: advertising revenue (see below), tools, training (the BBC is starting a journalism school for the people; shouldn't and couldn't any local newspaper be that?). And they need not only write stories. Their reporting could be videotaping the board of ed meetings; it could be getting a senior citizens' club to report on prices in every grocery store; it could be pulling together Little League scores.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Hi Steve and Carol

We went out to dinner tonight at the Birch Street Bistro in Roslindale.

When we stepped up to the bar, Trish and Sean Hurley of Hurley’s Boston Soda Breads said, "Hi Steve and Carol."

They're two more fans, who were featured in The Carol and Steve Show Episode 5 - Wine Expo.

That's the second time today that people have recognized us from The Carol and Steve Show.

We had a nice dinner at the bar. I had pesto chicken with a Hofbrauhaus Munchen Original beer. Very tasty!

Now this from Channel 102

Do you know about Channel 101?
Channel 101 is a chance to sit in the worn-out chair of the fat network exec, drunk on the blood of lowly artists whose right to exist is given in exchange for their ability to nourish. If there are 10 shows in the screening and 7 of them are good, that means 2 good shows aren't coming back and the power of life and death is in your hands. Base your decision on whatever you want. You run the network. You pick the programming. Then come back in a month and see the next episodes of the shows you picked- plus a healthy crop of new pilots. Dump the whole lineup and start fresh, or keep your favorite show running all year. Unlike "real" television, at Channel 101, what you want is what you get more of, and the day you stop wanting something is the day it stops.
Well now there's a Channel 102 out of NYC and one of this month's shows is Jesus Christ Super Cop.

Laugh out loud funny.

Are you Steve?

Kristie Helms just walked up to me in Doyle's Cafe and asked, "Are you Steve?"

She recognized me from The Carol and Steve Show!


She said her favorite episode was The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 6 - Shopping. Everytime she goes shopping in Roche Bros. she thinks of that episode and the fact that Red peppers are quite a good source of beta-carotene.


She enjoyed meeting Carol too. ;-)

Friday, March 04, 2005

John Tobin: New Video

I just posted a new video of Boston City Councillor John Tobin over on his blog.

This time it's footage of him at a recent Boston City Council Meeting, requesting a hearing to discuss the merits of cord blood donation.

It was my first time at a City Council meeting and I found it very interesting.

Posting a video like this, to his web site, will give viewers an inside look into how city business is conducted.

Digital Media and Politics

CitizenLab :: Version 4.0:
The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media and world civic politics.

Sonya Doctorian: Videoblogger

Sonya Doctorian produces video essays for

I just watched her latest video, Hoops, Feb 20, it was very well done.

Now that's how you should make a video!

How To: Shooting Web video

Shooting Web video: How to put your readers at the scene.
"Use these tips to help you begin shooting and editing your own Web video stories."

Blogs = Free Speech

Waldo Jaquith: The FEC is not going to regulate blogs.

Roger McNamee's The New Normal

Video on the internet: Part 1,
While it will certainly be interesting to see which owners put their content up for internet consumption, I’m far more curious about the business models they will choose. What will the role be of subscriptions? Pay-per-view? Advertising? What new models will emerge? How long will it take for the marketplace to accept video content created specifically for the internet?
Part 2.
Any content that delivers a good value in entertainment is likely to succeed, no matter who produces it. As much as I would like to have re-runs of Dinosaurs and Perry Mason delivered to my TV over the internet, I’m perfectly happy for now with fake commercials and videos of Steve Ballmer dancing around the stage at the Microsoft sales conference. That stuff is very entertaining . . . and it’s free.

The democratization of media

The Odeo Blog: On money and podcasting:
My focus for almost six years has been on enabling people to publish to the web—and very seldomly has money been involved. The democratization of media is something I take very seriously. I think it's one of the most powerful forces in society today. And it's what inspired me to help develop and spend my time on Odeo. Noah and others who I'm working with feel the same way.
Evan Williams' "focus is on humanizing a very promising technology."

Public Access for the Internet?

morph: Looking to technology to salvage public education:
During The Media Center's Whose News? Media, Technology and the Common Good seminar, Co-Chair of Digital Promise and former NBC News president Larry Grossman talks about the Digital Opportunity Information Trust act (DOIT), a bill that is designed to provide funding for research and development for digitizitations to enable the public to benefit from advanced technologies.
Sounds like an interesting group. If I knew about it earlier, I would have asked for a media pass.

Based on Halley's report, it's probably better that I wasn't there.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

News from around the world, written by you. "Civiblog, a one-stop-site for global civil society."

The Garden

I was almost ready to call the TD Banknorth/Fleet Center The TED, but they thwarted my naming convention and called it the TD Banknorth Garden.

So it's back to The Garden, which isn't a bad thing.

How old is she?

Find out at The Age Project.

Scott Andrew - lo-fi acoustic pop superhero!

I just found Scott Andrew via my new Eric Rice PubSub subscription.

The way it worked was that PubSub found a link to The Eric Rice Show on Scott Andrew's blog, so when I followed the link to Scott's blog I saw that he was listing and linking to everyone that had used his music in podcasts.

Scott says, "Wow, I feel like it's 1998, I've just discovered the web and I'm linking to all my new friends! :)"

With all the excitement around podcasting and videoblogging, the internet IS fun!

You might like Scott's music, he calls it lo-fi acoustic pop, and it's podsafe too!

Give Holding Back a listen.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Music to sell more sparkplugs by

Industrial Musicals Offer Odes to Tractors, Toilets:
By day, Steve Young toils as a comedy writer for David Letterman. By night, he's an archeologist, historian and sociologist of sorts. Or maybe he's just a demented, obsessed collector.

Young has the definitive collection of industrial musical recordings. They are the vinyl souvenirs produced by companies who staged musicals about the glories of road graders and air conditioners, flush toilets and plain old electric light bulbs.
Hear some here.
via [ Chumworth ]

Friendster now has blogs by TypePad

My friend Eric Mattison has one.

Subscribe to the future

PubSub lets you know when new information, that you are interested in, appears on the web.

Eric Rice likes it because it helps him keep track of me.

5, 5, 5, 5, let's sing the song of 5!

How many is 5?

You wouldn't know by looking at the new nickel.

The new Jefferson 5-cent coin doesn't even have the number 5 on it!

Indecent Proposal

Decency standards sought for cable TV, satellite radio:
Two top Republican lawmakers yesterday said they want to apply broadcast decency standards to cable and satellite television and radio to protect children from explicit content.
I thought parrents and the on/off switch did that.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Travis Ruse takes the train and pictures

F Train ~ Smith & 9th st. ~ 6:10pm

I'm not alone with my clone

Bombich Software: Carbon Copy Cloner:
Have you ever wanted a simple, complete, bootable backup of your hard drive? Have you ever wanted to upgrade to a larger hard drive with minimal hassle and without reinstalling your OS and all of your applications? Have you ever wanted to move your entire Mac OS X installation to a new computer? Then CCC is the tool for you!
Now I'm taking my own advice and backing up my whole hard disk.

We've Got Balloon Animals

Jim makes a balloon animal. [ QuickTime Video ]
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