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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lisa Nova is not Real!

Advertising Age - MediaWorks - CBS Doesn't Get Much Back Talk From YouTubers:
"A steady YouTube contributor, a character named Lisa Nova who posts updates as to how her fictitious singing career is developing, posted a video seven hours before the Richard Simmons clip went up, 'Lisa Nova's Life is About to Change & So Can Yours,' and had received 491 comments."
I'm crushed. Thanks Advertising Age for shattering the dream.

Friday Night Live

"Saturday Night Live" rehearsals may be webcast - Yahoo! News:
"NBC is mulling broadcasting Friday night rehearsal sessions of 'Saturday Night Live' on the Internet."
Now there's a good idea.

Cameron Archer says, "Ludacris was a pretty damn entertaining host this week."

Watch this video from Saturday night's Saturday Night Live, The Bitch Slap Method.

Videoblog: 2006 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster Online: Vote for the 2006 Word of the Year. It's a popularity contest for word of the year:
"We're trying something a little different this year. Instead of reviewing millions of searches in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary to find our most frequently looked-up words, we're asking you to submit your choice for the one single word that sums up 2006."
Vote Videoblog.

It looks like you can vote multiple times which is going to skew the results.

Jesse Cooper Wants 25 cents for College

Jesse Cooper, a 19 year old college student at Middle Tennessee State University has created what he calls a micro-scholarship. He's looking for people to send him 25 cents to help him pay for college.

He contacted me to check out his site, and I gave him a few ideas, which he implemented right away. That's smart. Asking for help from those that have experience implementing blogs.

One thing I asked him to check was PayPal fees, since it seemed to me that he might end up owing PayPal with 25 cent donations and PayPal fees for credit cards, 1.9% to 2.9% + $0.30 USD.

It turns out that PayPal has a micropayments option for small payments, 5% + $0.05 per transaction. Now he's using that.

Reminds me of who ended up with a book deal.

Jamaica Plain Home Movies

Jamaica Plain Home Movies by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Home movies form the Mutascio Family of Jamaica Plain, MA 1939-1963

Contains moving images of Centre Street, Horse Riding the Jamaicaway, Jamaica Pond, Sledding, a wedding, Franklin Park Zoo.

Fleeting moments captured on film.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Office Writers Act

They gave at 'The Office' — twice - Los Angeles Times:
"If NBC's comedy 'The Office' feels like nothing else on television, it may be because the actors and writers are so often on the same page. In fact, they're frequently the same people."
I love The Office.

I love this article about The Office.

Boston Media Makers - Next Meeting This Sunday

Next Meeting: December 3rd - Boston Media Makers.
The next meeting of the Boston Media Makers is THIS SUNDAY, December 3rd at Sweet Finnish in Jamaica Plain at 10:00 AM.

There will be plenty of time for everyone to meet each other and hear about what everyone is working on.

We have a featured speaker this month from Brightcove.

Brightcove helps publishers and others create broadband video businesses and Internet TV.

From a recent Brightcove press release:
The Brightcove Network Opens Commercial Internet TV to any Video Owner; Introduces Video Download Sales and a Broadband Video Advertising Network for Monetization; And Adds New Distribution through AOL Video and
Brightcove recently added a lot of features. The video landscape is getting very interesting.


Boston Media Makers
Next Meeting: December 3rd, 10: 00 AM
Sweet Finnish, Jamaica Plain

Boston Media Makers December 3rd Agenda

New Girls on the Block

A web intern at Boston Magazine writes to tell me about an article in the current issue about Girl Authority called The Tween Machine:
"Coming at you straight out of the Sudbury schoolyards, Girl Authority is on the brink of celebrity. Or not. And it’s not just the band’s future on the line: The girls’ unlikely indie patron, Rounder Records, also has a lot riding on their hitting it big."
They opened for the Dresden Dolls in April.

This is an interesting story. Kids making music.

The MPAA defines a home theater

BBspot - MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations:
"The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home."
What's scary about this story is that it seems real, even after reading the whole thing. What tipped me off was the next story on the sidebar, "MPAA to Thwart Pirates by Making All Movies Suck."

Vlog Santa is Back

Vlog Santa - Running of the Santa's.

Holly Molley!

Vlog Santa looks fabulous!

[ play by play commenting starts now ]

Nice elfin high speed on that lady.

Nice suit!!! Santa fell down on no!


Slo mo finish. Oh my!
[ play by play commenting ends now ]

Vlog Santa rules!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Funny Commercial with a Blogger in it

So you have a blog too?

This commercial for a fast food chain that we don't have around here is funny.
via [ One Digital Life ]

I Can't Open It VIII

I Can't Open It VIII by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Watch the "I Can't Open It VIII" video.

Amanda, Stan and Monsters

links for 2006-11-28

Top 10 “Internet Only TV Shows”

Jeff Pulver's Network2 Top 10 “Internet Only TV Shows” for the Week of November 27, 2006 is out:
"1. French Maid TV

2. Rocketboom

3. Beach Walks with Rox

4. AmandaAcrossAmerica

5. 88SLIDE

6. Steve Garfield's Video Blog

7. The Ilana Donna Show

8. the eye

9. the show with zefrank

Head over and take a look at some of these fun shows...

Enchanted Village is Broken

Flickr photo by Abby

Lights Shut Off On Holiday Tradition:
"..this year, with little fanfare, word spread that the Enchanted Village would not be open this season. The city said more than half of the display's parts are broken.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino may have saved this tradition in the past, but this year he's not talking. A spokesperson said that the parts are very old and cannot easily be replaced."
I guess the city spokeperson has not seen Animal House:

Bluto: Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Otter: Germans?
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
Bluto: And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough...
[thinks hard]
Bluto: the tough get goin'! Who's with me? Let's go!
The first thing I thought about when I heard that the Enchanted Village has broken parts was the creative community.

Let's think outside the box here.

We've got a community of artists, engineers, students, bloggers and more who could come together and put on a show. Call Mickey Rooney. Call Phil Torrone. Call Bre Pettis. Call Ravi Jain. Call Amy Carpenter.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Chris Pirillo is Brilliant

YouTube vs. Google Video vs. Revver ~ Chris Pirillo:
"The idea here is that you have to press play on the following videos (in vertical order) so that they all stream to you at the same time. You may need to adjust the volume on each respective network, though. Press play on the top (YouTube) video, then immediately press play on the second (Google Video), and then press play on the third (Revver). Bam, bam, bam - and you should see ‘em playing back simultaneously."

I like
via [ Micki ]

RSS, Video, Buzz, Juan and Ximena

links for 2006-11-27

Mobil not Hess

In yesterday's post about Cigarettes at the Gas Station I identified the station as a Hess station, but in fact it was a Mobil station.

Hess responded to my complaint asking for the exact station location and after thinking about it, I realized that is was a Mobil station and not Hess.

I've revised the earlier post and notified Hess.

Thank Hess.

Off On A Tangent is Six!

I just realized that my first post here on Off On A Tangent was six years ago on November 9th, 2000:
Today we had a really good meeting and lunch. The best part of the day was when our meeting went off on a tangent and we started discussing the current election. After lots of talk about Saturday Night Live and the Hamburger sketch (watch it in the screening room Season 3-5 3/18/78), we decided that this stuff had to be logged somewhere.
That's when my first blogger blog started.

I hand-coded my own blog from November 18, 1997 to April 1, 1999 as a daily update for Karlson and McKenzie radio show listeners.

Flickr Photo by ohmomof1's

Enabling an army of citizen journalists

Check out today where I introduce my report with Jay Rosen and highlight how cellphones like the N93 are changing everything!
I captured that video on my cellphone, and what that enables is an army of citizen journalists to be out there, and when they capture a fleeting moment and then share it, that's powerful.
Check it out.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Participation Culture

Steve Borsch looks at the state of the internet today and reports on how participation is changing the face of media in: Rise of the Participation Culture.

If you want to know what is happening in the internet world, read this report.

The kids in the picture already know what is happening.

Join them.

Rise of the Participation Culture is also available as a PDF for download.
via [ JD ]

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Boston Typewriter Orchestra (BTO) is opening for Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls at the Paradise Rock Club, November 27, 2006 (7:00 pm).

Cigarettes at the Gas Station

selfportrait.11.24.06 - habit by karmagrrrl, uploaded from flickr.

A few weeks ago I saw a man at the Hess Mobile gas station in West Roxbury pumping gas with his car engine running while smoking a cigarette and talking on a cell phone.

It was the trifecta of terror!

Instead of confronting him, because he would have beaten me up, I told the gas station attendant about it.

She replied that they have an inbuilt sprinkler system that would handle it.

You would think that the attendant should actually handle it BEFORE the explosion.


Half the profits from Gap (PRODUCT) RED(TM) sales will be donated to the Global Fund to help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.


RSS News Aggregator Web Page

Original Signal collects and displays news by RSS feeds.
They've handily compiled RSS feeds from Web, Technology, World, Business and Entertainment so you don't have to.

It's like a public NetVibes.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Kill the Silos

links for 2006-11-25

Find Cheap Airline Tickets

Airfare Predictions, Find Cheap Airline Tickets - Farecast.

This is pretty cool, although just using JetBlue seems to work too.

Friday, November 24, 2006

links for 2006-11-24

Congdon Allergic to LA

Gina Piccalo catches up with Amanda Congdon in LA, For video blogger, a web of prospects - Los Angeles Times:
"'I'm allergic to my apartment,' she said, with her familiar dry humor. This time, though, she was serious. The carpet in the bedroom, she said, is making her sick. That's why, she said with a grand sweep of the arm, the bed is in the living room."

I had fun making up this headline.

Let's see how other bloggers pick a part of this Los Angeles Times story and highlight a part of it!

What would your headline be?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Going Mobile

links for 2006-11-23

Complaints Choirs

Making Lemonade - a new idea for Thanksgiving:
"When life hands you lemons, you can whine about the unfairness of it all or you can sing. The latest ripples in the blogosphere are coming from the cheerful sounds of Complaints Choirs!"
Watch both the Birmingham and Helsinki videos!

Exposing Corruption In China

Underground Video Of Tyranny In China - video powered by Metacafe

via [ Celebrity Cowboy ]

Videoblogging is Vaudeville

Confessions of an Aca/Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins: Youtube and the Vaudeville Aesthetic:
"Vaudeville was an actor-centered mode of production. There was no director who could build an ensemble piece. Actors chose their own material, refined their own skills, and lived and died entirely on the basis of their ability to connect one on one with the audience. It was a form which placed a high premium on virtuosity -- on the ability of the performer to impress the spectator with their mastery. Similarly, YouTube is a space of individualized expression. This video is about nothing if it isn't about the mastery and virtuosity of these young performers. We watch breathlessly to see what they will do next and if they can pull off a high risk performance."

Henry Jenkin's Introduction to the Futures of Entertainment conference, at MIT, was the best presentation of the day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Basting Thanksgiving Turkey by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

My mom gave me this photo to post to her blog. She says it's from Carol and my first Thanksgiving in our first home.

I don't have that sweater anymore. Carol hated that orange kitchen counter.

She's thankful that we don't have an orange kitchen counter anymore. I'm thankful that we now have a gas stove. That old one was electric.

A few friends have posted nice Thanksgiving blog posts. Take a look:

Ronni Bennett: An Elder Thanksgiving List.

Compared to jetting off to exotic cities and staying in four-star hotels, these new pleasures may seem tame. Don’t you believe it. Crabby Old Lady is in a different season of her life now and this new one suits her as well as her other lives did then.
Mike Hudack: Happy Thanksgiving
We started this company almost a year and a half ago, and while every serious project has its ups and downs, this one has had fewer downs and more ups than we could have reasonably hoped for. There’s only one reason for that: All the wonderful people who are a part of blip and who surround blip and who believe in us and support us on a daily basis. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Civic Engagement

This just in from the Deval Patrick Transition team:

Civic Engagement

Chair, Gail Snowden, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Boston Foundation
Chair, David Kravitz, Moderator and Co-founder,
Alan Khazei, CEO, City Year
Nancy O’Connor Stolberg, Field Director, Deval Patrick Committee
Ron Bell, Deputy Campaign Manager, Deval Patrick Committee
Mardee Xifaras, Community Activist, Marion
Dick Glovsky, Partner, Prince, Lobel, and Glovsky
Tripp Jones, Senior Vice President, The Mentor Network
Bishop Walter Weekes, Suffragan Apostolic Church
David Roach, Superintendent, Millbury Schools
Maureen Curley, CEO, Civic/Brown
Eric Schwartz, CEO, Citizen Schools
Harris Gruman, Director, Neighbor 2 Neighbor
Cam Kerry, Attorney, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
Carlos Ferre, Principal, Melton Ferre Associates LLC

Woo hoo!

It's raining gold!

It's raining gold! by Steve took it, uploaded from flickr.

Just came across this on flickr. Really interesting.

Album Made on a Cellphone

links for 2006-11-22But I bet it wasn't written and recoded in a car!

Click here

Why "Click here" is bad linking practice.

Credit card use at new meters canceled

City halts use of credit cards at new meters - The Boston Globe:
"Boston's new multispace parking meters along Newbury Street stopped accepting credit and debit cards yesterday, as city officials acknowledged that their minimum payment requirement appeared to violate Visa and MasterCard regulations.

Tinlin said city officials were not aware of the rule until the Globe reported on it yesterday. 'It has never come up,' he said.
Tinlin said he didn't know whether the city could afford to alter the meters to allow people to pay with credit or debit cards for whatever amount of time they want.

'It's good government that you want to cover your costs,' he said. 'With every transaction, there's a transaction fee.'

Tinlin said he didn't know the size of the city's credit card transaction fee."
Even more amazing.

Rocketboom's Joanne Colan Interviews David Blaine

Rocketboom's Joanne Colan Interviews David Blaine by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Interview with David Blaine suspended inside a gyroscope

The trick here is for Joanne to try and get David Blaine to talk.

USA Today: David Blaine goes for a spin in NYC.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Can you paint when it's cold outside?

The big question around the Garfield household these days is whether or not you can paint when it's this cold outside.

Our painter sent over this link, with information about the primer he's using, so we can sleep at night: Exterior house primers from Sherwin-Williams:
"PrepRite - Quick Seal Alkyd Primer

* Assures uniform appearance of topcoats
* Fast drying
* Seals stains from water, graffiti, smoke, tannin, knots and sap
* Topcoat with latex or oil paints
* Can be applied down to 40 degrees F
* Ideal for use on wood, hardboard, PVC piping and previously painted surfaces"
Now that's a good painter.

Be Creative

links for 2006-11-21

Globe Follows Up on New Meters

Bruce Mohl follows up on yesterday's Boston Globe article about the city's new parking meters, Meters may break credit cards' rules:
Boston's new high-tech parking meters may be running afoul of Visa and MasterCard rules that prohibit vendors from imposing minimum purchase requirements on their customers.
Earlier on Off On A Tangent, Parking Meters: Piggybacking and Minimum Charges.

Pope abolishes Limbo

The pope abolishes Limbo from the Catholic faith.
via [ Dabble ]

I'm #6

The Jeff Pulver Blog: Network2's Top 10 “Internet Only TV Shows” Week of November 20, 2006.

"These shows are calculated using some advanced algorithm to compute click-throughs on the site."

"I am not a number, I am a free man."

What's Your Mantra?

Creative Think: What's Your Mantra?:
"'What's my mantra?' As I reflected on this question, I came to realize that, yes, I do have a mantra, and yes, I've been acting on it for the past thirty or more years. My mantra is:

Look for the Second Right Answer.”"
Woody Allen forgot his.

Japanese Mac Ad: Hai

YouTube - Japanese Get A Mac Ad (Virus).
via [ Core77 ]

How YouTube Got Viral

Play buttons and YouTube's interface - (37signals):
"YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on How YouTube Got Viral.

1) related video recommendations
2) one-click emailing to spam a friend about a video
3) more social networking and user interaction tools like video comments
4) an external video player

Re: #4, the external video player did have an amazing impact. In a matter of months, YouTube seemed to go from nowhere to everywhere due to that slick and easy to embed player."

World Aids Day Movie Premiere

Art Film Talk #19: Thom Fitzgerald, 3 Needles:
"David Tames talks with Thom Fitzgerald about his new film, 3 Needles, which opens in several U.S. theaters on Friday, December 1, 2006 in conjunction with World AIDS Day. The cast includes Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Olympia Dukakis, Sandra Oh, Stockard Channing, and Shawn Ashmore."

Monday, November 20, 2006

Free The Grey Kid Song

The Grey Kid: Lonely Love [ mp3 ]

He's got a popular music video on YouTube right now: Paxilback - Gray Kid parody of Justin Timberlake's Sexyback

Jack Black's Acceptable TV

Tuning In:
"Big-screen star Jack Black will soon be seen on the small screen.
The comic actor and half of acoustic heavy-metal duo Tenacious D is partnering with VH1 to executive produce 'The Department of Acceptable Media,' E! Online reports. The weekly comedy sketch show will feature user-generated content and short films occasionally starring Mr. Black.
Mr. Black's partners are Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, who teamed with the actor three years ago to co-found Black Channel 101, a Web site featuring digital shorts made by novice filmmakers in a competitive forum. "

Valleyschwag Hoedown

Valleyschwag Hoedown by Laughing Squid, uploaded from flickr.

Micki Krimmel Rules!

As does

Ryanne View-Master Hodson

Ryanne Hodson

Ryanne Hodson by Thomas Hawk.


Roche Bros: YES now means YES

Congratulations to Roche Bros for swapping the order of the YES/NO prompt on their cash register card reader.

The display used to ask if you approved the final payment amount, and displayed:


But the physical buttons on the device are in the opposite order:


Now all is right with the world and the display now reads:


Thank you Roche Bros for making this small part of my world a little bit brighter.

Presidential $1 Coin has a Number!

Preidential Dollar Coins
The Presidential Profiles $1 Coin Program is going to feature images of the US presidents in the order they served. Kinda like the State Quarter program.

The BIG NEWS is that the coin is going to have a NUMBER on it!

Here's what the reverse is going to look like:
Dollar Coin
Presidential $1 Coin Act.

Yay! Numbers on the coinage.

Maybe my Change for Change Campaign can be retired?

Hopefully numbers will start appearing on all US coinage now.

Parking Meters: Piggybacking and Minimum Charges

Bruce Mohl writes in today's Globe, New meters raising revenues and hackles.

From the article:parkeon meter
After paying, parkers get a receipt showing when their time expires. The meters recommend posting the receipt inside the vehicle's curbside window using the removable sticky backside as tape.
Umm, recommend? Sounds like a requirement to me.

Two things he writes about make me mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.

Piggybacking and Minimum Charges.

First Piggybacking.
The article states:
The city had projected about a 20 percent increase overall because drivers no longer could piggyback on others' time.
I'll have to go down to Newbury Street and research the issue, but doesn't is sound like the driver leaving the space that has time on it could hand over his/her receipt to the new driver taking the space so that they could use the remaining time?

I'd do that. Boston is a friendly city, right?

Second, Minimum Charges.
The meter requires a two hour minimum purchase with a credit card. Based on my research it looks like the minimum charge requirement is prohibited by credit card companies.

In the article, Daniel Hofmann , deputy director of Boston's Transportation Department says:
...the city decided to require a two-hour purchase with credit cards because of the convenience offered and the fees involved in processing payments.
The problem for the city is that credit card companies do not allow minimum charge requirements.

I found this information about minimum charge requirements.
Visa's and MasterCard's regulations prohibit minimum charge amounts. American Express's regulations do not explicitly prohibit minimum charges, but its policy is to discourage any merchant practices that create a "barrier to acceptance."

From the official Visa USA site:Visa Card
"Minimum Purchase

Visa merchants are not permitted to establish minimum transaction amounts, even on sale items. They also are not permitted to charge you a fee when you want to use your Visa card.

If you run into a problem like this with a merchant, please notify the financial institution that issued you your Visa card. These institutions have access to the appropriate Visa rules and regulations and can help you document and file your complaint. You'll find their address and/or telephone number on your Visa statement. Their telephone number may also appear on the back of the card itself."
Sounds like we have some work to do.

Please help me out and make some calls about the minimum purchase amount.

If you are down on Newbury Street and use a meter, see if you can give your receipt to the next car entering your spot. Observe how the system works. Is there an easy way to leave your recipt with unused time for the new person?

Please post your thoughts and observations in the comments here.

Update: has a forum where people are discussing this story.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Stop The Draft

Newsvine - Rep. Rangel Will Seek to Reinstate Draft:
"Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way."
Stop the Draft!

The Rolling Stone Interview : Sacha Baron Cohen

Rolling Stone : Sacha Baron Cohen -- the Real Borat -- Finally Speaks
This is an excerpt from the new issue of "Rolling Stone," on newsstands until November 30th.
The excerpt is really good. you don't often hear the real Sacha Baron Cohen.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Jay Rosen on Open Source Journalism

Jay Rosen on Open Source Journalism by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

See the "Jay Rosen on Open Source Journalism" video. [ QuickTime ]

On Monday, November 13th at 4:00 p.m. EST, Jay Rosen was at The Berkman Center at Harvard to talk about Open Source journalism and his new project, I interviewed him after his talk.

The Lesson of Lonelygirl

Wired News: The Secret World of Lonelygirl:
"So far, Hollywood has not exactly embraced Beckett and Flinders. With CAA's help, they landed meetings with studios and TV networks. But their first sit-down with a major broadcaster was, Goodfried says, an 'exercise in futility.' Beckett tried to explain to the executive that the central theme of online entertainment was interactivity, as opposed to the passivity of television. He wanted to create shows in which the line between reality and fiction is blurred, where viewers can correspond with the characters and actually become involved in the story by posting their own videos. The exec responded by walking them through his fall lineup and pointing out that the network's Web site had great supplemental video material for the season's upcoming shows.

Beckett is clearly frustrated. 'The Web isn't just a support system for hit TV shows,' he says. 'It's a new medium. It requires new storytelling techniques. The way the networks look at the Internet now is like the early days of TV, when announcers would just read radio scripts on camera. It was boring in the same way all this supplemental material is boring.'

What's needed, he says, is content that's built specifically for the Web. It doesn't need to be lit like a film -- that would make it feel less real. The camera work should be simple. There shouldn't be a disembodied third-person camera -- a character is always filming the action. Each episode needs to be short, no more than three minutes. 'You wouldn't show a sitcom at a movie theater, right?' Beckett says. 'You make movies for the big screen, sitcoms for TV, and something else entirely for the Internet. That's the lesson of Lonelygirl15.'"
Let's learn the lesson and make media.

N93 Music Video

Rob Dickinson's music video - filmed with Nokia N93:
"Rob Dickinson, the former lead singer of Catherine Wheel - and cousin of Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden - has published the music video of his song 'Oceans', which was fully filmed with Nokia N93."
I enjoyed watching "The Making of "Oceans" video.

Check out the music video I made with my Nokia N93:

This music video for The Nice Boys was shot entirely with a Nokia N93 and edited in Final Cut Pro.

September 04, 2006.

Gyroball is a joke

After reading the Boston Globe's Business section you'd think that Daisuke Matsuzaka really throws gyroball.

Kimberly Blanton writes, Japanese TV crews seek a home fit for a pitcher - The Boston Globe:
"This week, Red Sox management agreed to pay $51 million for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka, whose signature pitch is the 'gyroball.'"

Jeff Passan has the real story, Searching for baseball's Bigfoot
The gyroball is baseball's version of alien life. No one knows if they've seen it. No one knows what it looks like. No one knows much about it. Except there's a small pocket of American fans who graze the Internet champing to see Matsuzaka, because they're all convinced that he throws a gyroball and they're all convinced it will revolutionize the sport.
Fact checking the Boston Globe so you don't have to. ;-)

How can Red Sox recoup investment in Matsuzaka?

Wiki Cake is big news in Boston Globe

From artists to spies, more going wiki on Web - The Boston Globe:
"Jamaica Plain artists Ravi Jain and Sonia Targontsidis , have launched Wiki-Cake, which they called an online experiment in collective cake-baking. 'It's kind of like picking out your wedding cake, only with a lot of people,' Targontsidis said."
What's ironic is that Jain's Wikake wiki was deleted from Wikipedia and the collaborative cake making is happening on a blog.
"We're just really trying to embrace new media, and we've been fascinated with wikis the past few months," said Jain.
I applaud my friend Ravi's artistic look into the collaborative nature of wiki's but question whether the Globe makes it clear that there isn't a real wiki involved in the cake making, just a virtual artistic wiki happening in real space.

Does it mater?

It would have been really nice if the Globe gave a link to Ravi and Sonia's Wikaklog blog.

The Boston Globe continues to write about websites without linking to them. It's not neighborly.

Here's a link to Dan Bricklin's WikiCalc which also didn't get a link in the article.

How many times do I have to make blog posts about the Boston Globe not taking the time to link to websites?

Message to Boston Globe writers:

When you write an article about a website, blog or wiki, include the URL in the story. The Globe's online system will automatically recognize it as a link and make it clickable.


I'd comment on the article, but the Globe website does not allow comments.

I emailed the author.

Friday, November 17, 2006

1% Create

Bradley Horowitz - Creators, Synthesizers, and Consumers:
"Social software sites don’t require 100% active participation to generate great value."

Links From Henry Jenkins' Talk

links for 2006-11-17

Henry Jenkin's Opening Remarks - This is great stuff...

BBC Will Pay

Micro Persuasion: BBC to Pay Citizen Reporters:
"The BBC is now going to pay for citizen journalist reports, the Editor's Weblog reports. The BBC's staff has been authorized to pay for cell phone footage and/or digital images. "
Congratulations BBC.

Click The Bubble

Watching a very amusing presentation of The Bubble Project by Ji Lee.

Diddy and the Futures of Entertainment

Diddy and the Futures of Television by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Diddy, Andy Hunter, Mark Warshaw, Josh Bernoff, Betsy Morgan and Henry Jenkins at the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT.

I'm watching the future of television on my MacBook Pro, it's the new Diddy video playing on Brightcove in Full Screen with the new version of Flash.


Video: Hillcrest TV Remote

Hillcrest Home TV Remote [ QuickTime ]

Hillcrest Labs Press.

Hopefully Comcast will get this remote control to enhance their horrible interface.

Josh Bernoff says we'll hear a big announcent about this remote at CES.

Looks like something you'd see on Star Trek.

Welcome to the Future of Entertainment

Welcome to the Future of Entertainment by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

The future of entertainment is sitting in the third row from the front, plugged in and online!