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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Carol Mini Golfing

Carol Golfing - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

Instant Chinese Dumplings

Instant Chinese Dumplings - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

Andy Carvin interviews Dodd, Richardson, Kucinich and Gravel

Democratic Presidential Candidates Discuss the Digital Divide.

Great job by Andy on these interviews. I liked Kucinich and Gravel the best.

Captain Pike says "Maybe"

Captain Pike says "Maybe" - Originally uploaded on flickr by andyi.

Jellyfish in the Fort Point Channel

jellyfish in the fort point channel - Originally uploaded on flickr by sandcastlematt.

Eventstreaming: The Seed Of A Revolution

Duncan Riley at TechCrunch reports on what happened yesterday during the iPhone launch, and what it means for the future of live streaming, Eventstreaming: The Seed Of A Revolution:
"Eventstreaming is the missing link in Web 2.0’s challenge to network television."

iphone_palo_alto - Originally uploaded on flickr by reallyrocketscience.

Here are some of my real time observations that I posted to twitter from yesterday:
"This is just an indication of the future of news reporting"

"Streaming video live is history repeating. radio/tv <-> web audio/web video. People are experimenting now. Give it time..."

"iJustine is calling her mom on an iPhone and I'm watching it LIVE "The iPhone is awesome""

" Mogulus joins USTREAM.TV reporting about iPhone from the street today. 336 viewers right now. "
Whether or not you cared about the iPhone launch itself, the live streamers made it feel like you were there. In addition to that, if the live streamers were paying attention to their chat rooms, you could participate in the event remotely.

JAJAH Users Around The World - Originally uploaded on flickr by jajah.

Robin Good joined the conversation via video from Italy.

Apple Store!# - Originally uploaded on flickr by ijustine.

I had drinks with iJustine and her frineds last night.

Truly participatory and a conversation.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Breaking: Thompson to Replace Cheney

David Weinberger buries the lede over on his Joho the Blog: The common sense candidate:
Fred Thompson, the actor slated to be appointed vice president after Cheney resigns because of health issues later this summer.
Now that would make things even more interesting.

Next New TV

Herb Scannell of Next New Networks summarizes his speech from the OMMA conference, “New TV Changes the Game vs. Video Changes The Game”:
“New TV Changes the Game vs. Video Changes The Game” cause video is “here today, gone today”, and with “TV”, shows change but “networks” last forever. Sent love to Om Malick’s blog “New Tee Vee”, a fave of mine, and inspiration for language I liked and that term was more in spirit with what we want to accomplish at Next New: borrow the good practices of TV—it’s dependable unlike video that just happens, it’s branded so you know what you’re getting, and it’s consistent and reliable but not predictable—and marry it to what people expect from the internet and take advantage of its’ functionality. That’s our “New TV”. On the latter point about the internet, our new TV follows 3 rules that we live by:
1) be real and authentic vs. slick and over authoritative. That is the aesthetic of the web and new TV vs. “Old TV” and what Josh Marshall does on Veracifier is an example citing his visit to Colbert as being evidence of this.

2) community and conversation are integral to our new TV—it’s a sublety but we don’t so much make TV for audiences as we make shows WITH audiences citing how VOD Cars, Channel Frederator and Threadbanger and others and invite audiences to contribute and that serves as catalyst for many of our shows.

3) Finally, audiences want their new TV where they are—on their blogs, profiles, community sites so we embrace it and encourage it and invite marketers to join us.
Great points.

BREAKING: Lala Exposed on CBC TV

Nathan Fielder's video Widget is on the new website for CBC TV's new show, Exposure.

The idea behind the site is that people will vote on videos and the highest rated will be shown across Canada.

That's interesting enough, but most interesting to me is the host.

It's Lara! Better known at Lala on TikiBar TV.

Adult Signature Required: NOT

06/28/2007 - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

I just found this package unattended on my front porch. I guess the FedEx guy didn't check the ID of someone at least 21 years old before leaving it.

Our restrictive Wine Bill seems to be working. ;-)

Here's the label:

This package contains ALCOHOL

Tivo On Comcast DVR's in August

Shelly Palmer writes in MediaBytes 06.29.07:
TiVo announced yesterday that its software for Motorola cable boxes was accepted by Comcast, after two years of development. Starting this August, the software will be available to Comcast subscribers in the New England area as a seamless upgrade for their Comcast DVR's.
I can not wait for this upgrade. Thanks Shelly for reporting the news. let's see how long it takes Comcast to let me know about it. ;-)

Comcast to Launch TiVo in New England.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My iPhone Diary

David Pogue of The New York Times looks at the features of the new iPhone, as furtively as possible.

I love David Pogue.

Thanks Halley.

Focus on the Toys - Nokia

Focus on the Toys - Nokia - Originally uploaded on flickr by CC Chapman.

Wired Magazine Cover

Wired Magazine Cover

Wired magazine looks awesome with me on the cover! Although unfortunately, that's the only issue I'm on the cover of.

They had an ad campaign with Xerox that allowed you to send in a photo and be on the cover of YOUR home delivery issue. I can't image that I made it on any other covers, but who knows.

I'll keep my phone line open for calls just in case... ;-)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The CNN - YouTube Debates: No Comment

The first The CNN - YouTube debate is happening on July 23rd in Charleston, South Carolina with the Democratic candidates. Citizens have been able to upload video questions to YouTube since June 14.

So far there are only 244 videos.

Why is that?

One thing that interests me is the fact that the only way to go watch the videos is to click on the Submit Your Question button on the YouTube Presidential Debates page.

Once there, you are presented with an interface that is crippled.

You'll notice that there is no place to leave comments and no rating system is visible.

Read the complete post at techPresident.

Video on the Net: Industry Leaders

Video on the Net: Industry Leaders

Just saw this on the Video on the Net conference page. ;-)

"Fall 2007 Video on the Net delivers expert strategies and solutions to the decision makers of the Internet Media and Entertainment industry. Meet the leaders of today and the disruptors of tomorrow. Learn where investors are placing their bets on the future, and meet innovative startups delivering new technologies today."

Sunday, June 24, 2007

A short Twittergram

Responding to Dave Winer's Twitter meets Podcasting test.

MP3 File

Who Will Be The YouTube Of Live Video?

Just read this over at TechCrunch, Who Will Be The YouTube Of Live Video?:
"The growth of Youtube and its subsequent $1.65 billion buyout left behind a bevy of competing video sites. Since then competitors have been seeking to differentiate themselves by focusing on longer videos, higher (bitrate) quality videos, professional content, and paying their users. However, one of the more unique approaches to differentiation has been streaming live video over the internet."
I commented:

I've recently been experimenting with some live video web sites. Live can be an exciting part of video on the web.

Chris Pirillo
is using USTREAM.TV to capture live content and then post 'shows' to video sites like YouTube and He embeds sponsor logos and live text chat in the video. Pretty cool.

I used the other day for the first time and was a LIVE guest in Rome at that Vlog Camp.

Over at Robert Scoble left his channel open and anyone could record a video and post it. Anyone watching could participate without moderation. It was almost real time live video commenting.

I signed up to test Mogulus, which sounds like it will allow adding clips from your PC and the web to the stream. That would be very cool, but sounds like it does not have live chat.

Having a live stream with viewers who can participate with chat and also who can switch in and become the host is real interactive video on the web. Without live it's more static. So if you are looking for true interactivity where the audience actually participates by coming on the show with video or even just chat, live is very exciting.

As soon at TV sees what is going on here, they will jump on this... They just don't understand yet.

MTV might be the first in the US where they had a video wall so viewers could ask questions live with webcams, but I think Canada had this a while ago, and the test I did with Rome was also broadcast on satellite on SkyTV. So they are ahead in that.

The important things about live video on the web are:

1. It's live and participatory vs. recorded and static. It's not really participatory unless the presence of the viewer changes the content of the show.

2. Viewers can host. This gives you true interactivity and gives people a reason to visit at certain times. Appointment viewing is back. Even though those people might just be 10% of the audience, message board history has proved that 80% of people come back to watch the 10% generate content.

3. Live Chat. More interaction to add content to the live show.

4. Connecting with others around the world. World Peace.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Spices of Life at Vlog Camp Roma

I participated in Vlog Camp Roma on a LIVE video feed from Boston using

Vlog Camp Roma

This was very exciting because I was able to roll in my most recent video from Spices of Life and show people what i was talking about when I explained that I shot the show on a Nokia N93/N95, edited it in Final Cut Pro, and hosted it on

Watch the video of me talking about Spices of Life at Vlog Camp Roma.

Boston Globe Still Doesn't Link to Websites

Fed up, 'Sopranos' fans fill in the black - The Boston Globe:
Within hours of the "Sopranos" finale, fans logged into YouTube to swap theories about its hidden meanings. Many argued that Tony had died. Others proposed that, like the ending of the "Newhart," the final episode had all been one of Tony's dream sequences.

But most agreed on one point: Despite its ambiguity, the finale had become instantly iconic. In one YouTube video, a "Sopranos" fan presented clips from famous films as though they had been directed by David Chase. In the "Gone With the Wind" segment, Rhett turns to Scarlett and says, "Frankly my dear. . ." And then the screen goes black.
How many times to I have to blog about this?

Once again, in an article that is all about YouTube videos, the Boston Globe does not provide link to any of them.

It's just inexcusable.

I am fed up.

If you have links to any of the YouTube videos mentioned in the article, please post them in the comments.

I'm going back to finish my breakfast.

YouTube Search: Sopranos
YouTube Search: Sopranos Ending
YouTube Search: Sopranos Spoof

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I subscribe to people, who make videos.

According to the Lost Remote blog, internet video use exploded from '06 to '07.

Many people watch videos on YouTube, and follow links that friends send them via email, IM or Twitter.

That's the viral nature of web video. One friend tells another, and so on.

There's another way to watch though. It's through free subscriptions.

One way to subscribe to videos is with iTunes. New videos are automatically delivered to you so you don't have to check for new ones.

I subscribe to friends who make videos. One is DriveTime, a talk show in a car by Jamaica Plain artist Ravi Jain.

Visit his site and watch the videos online. If you like them, leave a comment and subscribe. There's a whole community of video makers on the internet who are sharing their content online.

If you want to meet some local video makers, stop by a Boston Media Makers meeting on the first Sunday of each month at Sweet Finnish at 10 AM in Jamaica Plain. Who knows, you might even make some videos of your own after learning how easy it is.

[ Cross posted on Steve Garfield is the Media at BostonNOW ]

Friday, June 15, 2007

It's Jerry Time! Wins an Emmy

Congratulations to Orrin and Jerry Zucker for winning an Emmy last night for Outstanding Broadband Program - Variety for It's JerryTime!

Orrin emailed me the news from France:
It's 9am here in France and I just saw Jerry accept the Emmy on the live webcast. Though he didn't thank you in the speech, I wanted to do it personally. As you know, we couldn't have done it without you.

The 34th Annual Creative Arts & Entertainment Daytime Emmy® Awards - Complete Winners List.

Also nominated for the Outstanding Broadband Program - Variety category were:






Thursday, June 14, 2007


BeatlemaniaNOW - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

Designed this webpage for Cape Cod has Beatlemania. Saturday, July 7, 2007. 4pm - 7pm Hyannis Town Green. You can buy tickets online via ticketWeb.

NE Podcast Meetup

CCGhost SteveKroosh

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Aaron Belyea of Alphabet Arm Design

Aaron Belyea of Alphabet Arm Design - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

I met Aaron Belyea of Alphabet Arm Design today while at a meeting with Dave Balter at BzzAgent.

Aaron's design firm shares the same office space. I thought this wall of logos was so cool. It was really fun to look at all the logos on the wall and see how many companies I knew.

Simonds is the life of this video party

The Globe's Here
Jonathan Levitt writes in today's Boston Globe, Simonds is the life of this video party:
For the latest episode of her new video blog, cookbook author Nina Simonds is bouncing around her kitchen throwing together what she calls the "best dumplings ever." She's funny and charmingly scatterbrained, with red ballet slippers on her feet, eye glasses perched on her head, and a voice hoarse from talking and talking and talking.

Also in the kitchen is Julie Lutts, her tall blonde recipe tester; Ingrid Schwamb, her personal assistant; Maureen Yasi, a shorter blondish recipe tester; and Steve Garfield, the quirky Jamaica Plain-based video blog pioneer who tapes the show. Everyone is laughing, cooking, getting bossed around, and mugging for the camera. It's like they're not really doing anything serious here, which is why Simonds's vlog, , is becoming a hit.

You can watch the video, Best Chinese Dumplings Recipe Ever and Pilates, at Spices of Life.

Got a cellphone? Make a video

Spices of Life - Boston Globe
Got a cellphone? Make a video. - The Boston Globe:
Cooks use technology to liven up their recipes.

In a world where you can find anything on the Internet, the newest way to learn cooking is from a genre called vlogs (that's video blog). Chinese authority Nina Simonds is hamming it up in front of a Nokia cell phone in her videos. Former home ec teacher Kathy Maister adds animation to her kitchen basics."
I added links.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay

Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.

Staff Sergeant Kyu H. Chay, 34, of Fayetteville, NorthCarolina, died on October 28, 2006, in the Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his combat patrol. Chay was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Jim Long Videoblogs Around the World

The Daily Nightly - Around-the-world with the SecDef.

My friend, NBC News cameraman Jim Long, videoblogs from his trip around the world with the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Jim has been twittering to give us an insude look at how news is produced for TV and now he's videoblogging on MSNBC's The Daily Nightly blog.

This is one of the best adoption's of videoblogging I've seen by a major US news organization.

It's real, and it's Jim! Yay!

Part 2 of 'Jim Long Videoblogs Around the World' is here.

Monday, June 11, 2007

New England Podcasters Meeting - Wednesday

Just wanted to let you know about a meeting of the New England Podcasters.

It's going to be a great crowd of audio, video, film and creative people.

It's all about mingling this Wednesday night.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
7:00 PM

Smile Thai - Harvard Square
16-18 Eliot St. 2nd Floor
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Come meet with New England Podcasters... Boston Media Makers, Boston Video Production Discussion Group, and Beanywood peeps.

Special guests will be BostonNOW who will be providing appetizers and sodas.

Please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food.


NE Podcasting Blog

Sunday, June 10, 2007

At Pixelodeon in Spirit

Originally uploaded on flickr by annieee.

Pixelodeon continues today. If you are in LA, head over and watch some videoblogs on the big screen.

Watch some funny videos at 2:00PM:
I Watched, I Laughed, I Vlogged
Sunday at 2pm — Curated by Steve Garfield
Since 2005, Steve Garfield has been finding great videos on the web and sharing them on his videoblog, Vlog Soup. This is a collection of comedic videos he discovered while producing it.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Post-Launch debris, or clouds?

Post-Launch debris, or clouds? - Originally uploaded on flickr by .tara..

Schrod with Peach Salsa

Last night carol brought home some Schrod from Legal Sea Foods so I made a version of Nina's Mahi Mahi recipe with what we had on hand.

Schrod with Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil

I coated the Schrod with Salt, Pepper and Olive Oil.

Peach Salsa

This salsa has has peaches, Lime Juice, onions, orange juice, cumin, salt, and pepper in it.

Schrod with Peach Salsa

I grilled it for 5 minutes on each side, then put the salsa on top and added some green beans.