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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Live Broadcasting Over Mobile and Wi-Fi Networks Session at Streaming Media East 2008

Here's the full video from my session at Streaming Media East 2008 [ Video 50:49 ]

Session Description:
Live Broadcasting Over Mobile and Wi-Fi Networks
Track C: (C104) 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
While big media tests the waters of mobile broadcasting, many web video producers are already out there doing it live from the street with a cell phone. Others are joining in and experimenting with two-way broadcasts via streaming video over cell phone networks and via Wi-Fi, wherever they are. Viewers can chat while the broadcast is going on and affect and sometimes even direct the content being produced. Come to this session to hear Steve Garfield talk with other pioneers in the live broadcasting space about their experiences on the forefront of this new technology for sharing their stories over the web.

Moderator: Steve Garfield, Mobile Video Journalist,
Presenters: Max Haot, Founder, CEO, Mogulus
Bhaskar Roy, Co-Foudner,

Brains from Thunderbirds takes centre stage in drench ad

via [ Zadi ]

Crying tears of joy after watching this. Brains belongs on So You Think You Can Dance.

Watch the Making of the Drench Brains ad.

Stay Drenched

Friday, May 30, 2008

Tom Acousti

Tom Acousti

Mobile post sent by stevegarfield using Utterzreply-count Replies.  mp3

Matthew Ebel Livingroom Concert with RED Camera

Matthew Ebel Livingroom Concert with RED Camera

Mobile post sent by stevegarfield using Utterzreply-count Replies.  mp3

Boston Media Makers: This Sunday

Boston Media Makers, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Join us at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain this Sunday morning at 10:00 AM for Boston Media Makers.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ignite Boston

Ignite Boston at Tommy Doyle's in Cambridge needs to find a better venue next time.

At Ignite, Way Back

The place was jam packed with people. Really interesting people, but you have a really hard time listening to the speakers.

I sat in the back at the Microsoft table meeting people and answering questions.

Ignite Boston

Microsoft gave out one drink ticket per person. I gues that actually matches the description on the Ignite site:
Microsoft is sponsoring the night and there will be a free beer for those of you who check in when you get there.
First time I got the 'special' glass. Nice Summer Ale. Mmm... beer.

Sam Scwartz

Sam Schwartz rocks. Linda Woods from Eons too. I told her to check out my mom.

American Idol Guy?

I think that guy from American Idol was there, but I'm not sure.

Stopped off at Smile Thai to get some take out. Now gearing up for Lost...

Dedham Theatre Demolished

Dedham Theatre Demolished, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

The lady at Lenscrafters told me that they started demolishing the old Showcase Cinemas this week. She says the whole parking lot is broken up.

I'm sure many people are broken up about the loss of this crappy old movie theatre, but good things are on the way.

The Patriot Ledger reports:
... a 15-screen Cinema De Lux that will replace the old Showcase Cinemas complex will be done by December 2009.

Dedham Theatre

Lots of room for seats

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Andrew Congdon gets into Hillary's Head


Twitter Over Capacity

Twitter Over Capacity, originally uploaded by David Poe.

Steve Garfield leaves the room

My friend José Castillo just posted this video of my Live Broadcasting session from Streaming Media East. He says:
Steve from moderated a great panel at Streaming Media East 08 on mobile video. Using both and to show off his Nokia N95 skills he surprised us all when he left the room mid-panel and went on a tour of the show. This was a highlight of the show for me!

See the footage that Steve was shooting here
This is a great video for me to see. When I left the room and continued streaming live, they really got it that this was a live remote broadcast.

$40 Parking Ticket on Street Cleaning Day!


The 1st and 3rd Wednesday is street cleaning day behind Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square. No wonder why I found a spot so easily.


And the 2nd and 4th Wednesday too. Depends on what side of hte street you are on. Be careful reading the signs.

Alternate version: 3GP


Discussing the Future of Journalism over lunch

I had a great lunch at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square with Lou Ureneck and Chris Daly from Boston University's College of Communication discussing the future of journalism.

My lunch was Chicken Schnitzel... Yummy.

Add your thoughts in the comments...

Chief Videoblogger at Berkman at 10

David Weinberger and Colin Maclay asked me to be the Chief Videoblogger for the Berkman @ 10 Anniversary.

It was a fun experience. My task for the two days was to do what I normally do.

Usually that means creating short stories and streaming them live. I've been calling it storycasting vs. lifecasting where the camera is turned on for hours.

I recently got a call to let me know that there is a storycasting website. It's got nothing to do with videos or news, it's a site that let's you cast actors for novels. Interesting site.


What ended up happening at Berkman @ 10 was that I ended up streaming some sessions in real time. There were video cameras at most of the sessions, but they were recording to tape for later posting to the web. Much different than the recent ROFLcon where all the sessions were streamed.

When I go to conference, people want to virtually come along with me. Live streaming of conferences is becoming expected.

If I go to a conference, and the organizers restrict live streaming, I won't stream. If it's an open conference and streaming is allowed, sometimes I'll turn on the camera and stream some speakers.

Here are all the streams I did from Berkman @ 10, archived over on Qik:

Berkman @ 10 - Day 1
Berkman @ 10 - Day 2

One cool thing about streaming with Qik, is that it allows viewers to chat directly to the camera while I'm live. You don't need to log on to Qik. After the stream ends though, you need to log on to Qik to leave a comment after the fact.

When I stream live using Qik, the live stream also goes out to my Mogulus and channels.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Someone is Wrong on the Internet

Are you coming to bed?

I can't this is important.


Someone is wrong on the internet
I wanted to link to this XKCD comic when I first saw it.

Just came across it again on MWGblog.

Friday, May 23, 2008

I'm on with Andy Plesser

Qik is a service which allow users of high-end Nokia phones to shoot and upload distinct segments to a company server. These segment are saved on a user's channel and can be automatically sent to YouTube, Facebook, Seesmic and various blogging platforms.
The service is being used by leading edge video bloggers incluing Robert Scoble and Steve Garfield and adoption is expanding. Below Steve explains how he uses the service.
It's a nice interview that gives an overview of how I produce live streaming broadcasts with a Nokia cellphone. Qik's Business Model Revealed: Subscription, Ads and Rev Share with Carriers and Handset Makers.....Steve Garfield Explains How it Works

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Upper Crust Pizza Pan Ceiling

Streaming Media East

Streaming Media East was great fun.

The night before Streaming Media East I attended NYC Video 2.0. Companies are given 5 minutes to present their products.

Here's Jose Castillo, an astronaut and Mike Hudack from

Video Spacemen in NYC

It was a great opportunity to attend a NYC video 2.0 event. I thought some of the questions asked were pretty tough. Tough crowd. Tough Crowd. But was told later that they were mild in comparison to the usual.

The first day of SME, I moderated a panel with Bhaskar Roy from Qik and Max Haot from Mogulus.

Bhaskar and Max

SMS Live Streaming Panel

Here's some video from our session. More to come.



I also was excited to get a chance to say hi to Kevin Nalty, Nalts on YouTube. I'm a big fan.

Nalts at SME with Viral Video

It was a great moment when he fell off the stage.

You'll be seeing that in video in the future.

Later that night there was much fun had with Belgian Beer, Food and Friends and BXL Cafe:

Steve and Hillary

Larry Kless made a nice blog post including the live video I made during Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin's Streaming Media East podcast.


Watch and Listen.

On day 2 I was on a panel on Lifecasting... Great to share the stage with Sarah Meyers Austin of Pop17, Sariq Reichert of Flixwagon and Scott Monty of Crayon. Scott Monty shares his thoughts here.

Here's some video from that:

This conference gave me a lot to think about.

There's an appropriate place to use all of this new technology. Sometimes you can just do a raw live stream, other times a shorter story.

Looking towards the future we are going to see lots more devices that support live streaming and the quality we'll be able to share in both audio and video will get better and better.

New Trees at Jamaica Pond

New Trees at Jamaica Pond, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

American Idol 7 -David Cook - Winner - Full- Final - 5/21/08

Last night my TiVo stopped recording just as Ryan Seacrest announced the winner of American Idol.

So here's the video of the end of American Idol for all of you that had the same thing happen to you, or if you didn't see it live and wanted to watch.

American Idol's website should have had this video featured on their homepage last night.

Go there and you'll see this.

American Idol Finale - Coming Soon

Congratulations David Cook.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Steve Hildebrand Sent Me A YouTube Video

Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama for America, Steve Hildebrand Sent Me A YouTube Video.

He says, "75,000 people came out on Sunday to join Barack and his family in Portland, Oregon."


NYC Trip - Day One

Carnegie Delicatessen Restaurant
Carnegie Delicatessen Restaurant
Carol told me that I had to check out the Carnegie Delicatessen Restaurant. I've been to NYC lots of times and have a favorite deli, and I've been to the Stage Deli, but never have been to the Carnegie Delicatessen Restaurant.


The sandwiches here are huge. They could actually feed a family of five. I had a nice hot Pastrami sandwich on rye and sat at a seat in the middle of five other people. In NYC the trick is to not make eye contact with the other people. I guess. Great sandwich.

After lunch, I embarked on what I'd like ot cal the NYC video 2.0 tour. First stop,

The Moblogic Crew

I got a nice tour of the studio and talked with the moblogic crew about new shows they have in the pipeline. Make sure you watch on Wednesday and particpate in the discussion.

Mob Logic Yo!

As luck would have it, Lindsay Campbell showed up and we got to make the Moblogic signs for this picture. M and L. Yo!

Next stop on my tour was, where I got a nice tour of their new offices.

Mike Hudack watching moblogic on blip on a Sony Bivl

Mike Hudack showed me moblogic on blip on a Sony Bivl. Watching videoblogs on TV. Very cool. on TV

After I went down the street to visit Andrew and the Rocketboom crew.

On Set at Rocketboom

Yay! Me at the Rocketboom studio.

NYC Skyline


Monday, May 19, 2008

It's pretty outside my Amtrak window

I'm enjoying a very pleasant Amtrak Acela trainride to NYC for Streaming Media East tomorrow and Wednesday. I'm doing a presentation with Bhaskar Roy from Qik and Max Haot from Mogulus on Tuesday. Live Broadcasting over cell phones and WiFi...

Amtrak - Lots of legroom, on time, and the crying baby settled down.

Looking forward to kicking it off the NYC trip tonight at NYC Video 2.0 meetup.

If you're in NYC, join me and host Jose Castillo for the 2nd Annual Teeming Media East - Meetup/Tweetup/Geek/Social/Media Hangout at BXL Cafe, 125 West 43rd Street, on Tuesday night.

Mmm... Belgian beer.

Healthy Eating Pyramid

Healthy Eating Pyramid, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

The Healthy Eating Pyramid image on this Web site is owned by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It may be downloaded and used without permission for educational and other non-commercial uses with proper attribution, including copyright notification (Copyright © 2008 President and Fellows of Harvard College) and the URL for The Nutrition Source Web site ( Any other use, including commercial reuse or mounting on other systems, requires permission of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

BlogHer EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama answers BlogHer's questions

Clinton or Obama: Stephen Bright on

Stephen Bright, Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights, answers the Clinton or Obama question on

One of the most succinct arguments for voting for Obama over Clinton.

Full episode: Stephen Bright v. Death Penalty.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Kidney Walk Boston: Please Donate

On Sunday, May 18, 2008, I will be walking in the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk at the Franklin Park Zoo, to raise awareness and funds to fight kidney disease and to increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

While I have made my initial donation of $200, I need everyone’s support to reach my goal of $1,000 to benefit the programs and services of the Foundation.

Angie and Mike at Kidney Walk

My niece Angie has Lupus and is on dialysis.

My nephew Michael found out he was a compatible donor and they both went through the tough surgery so he could donate one of his kidney's to her. The operation was not a success. She is again waiting for a kidney.

I hope I can count on your support. Simply click this link:

and visit my homepage to make your tax-deductible donation. And if your interested in joining my walk team—Team Twitter, sign up directly at:

Many thanks!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Web Video Poetry of Ze Frank

Riding the Fire Eagle Danger Day

Ze Frank and the poetics of Web video by Michael Z. Newman:
This article initiates a poetics of Web video by considering the central features of one kind of video on the Web, the amateur videoblog, in terms of its functions, which include various affordances of use, and constraints, which include economics, technology, and viewing conditions. It takes as its central example an American videoblog called The Show With Ze Frank, which ran from 2006–2007, and which drew a passionate community of fans into collaborating in its creation. This article considers amateur Web video as a potentially democratic space for media production, offering an alternative to commercial media that involves ordinary citizens as participants and champions their creativity.
And then there's this:
Amateur can be defined three ways: one who pursues a passion for personal pleasure; who lacks the knowledge or means to produce professional–quality work; or who toils without expectation of pay. Many YouTubers are amateurs in all senses, but the creators like Frank who do realize some advertising and viewer–donation income from their videos are amateurs in the other senses. Those who might have some production expertise still seem to prefer an amateur aesthetic with noisy sound, over or underexposure, crude editing, and other stylistic indicators of authentic DIY expression. Even videos by the A–list of videobloggers use amateur techniques. Steve Garfield’s Video Blog uses jerky handheld walk–and–talk moving camera shots with the on–screen figure holding his own camera as he moves down a sidewalk [12].

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Day There Was No News

The Day There Was No News, originally uploaded by Pixelsurgeon.

via [ LaughingSquid ]

Gary Vaynerchuk - Late Night With Conan O'Brien - May 13, 2008 - #4

Watch the video: Gary Vaynerchuk - Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Boston Media Makers presents Media Tech Tonic #1 Blogging with WordPress: A Crash Course

Media Tech Tonic

Boston Media Makers presents
Media Tech Tonic #1

What: Blogging with WordPress: A Crash Course
Where: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
When: Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6pm - 9pm

Instructor: David Tames
Fee: Free and open to the public
Optional: Bring a laptop w/ wireless card
RSVP: david [ at ] kino-eye [ dot ] com

Building and Room TBA (RSVP via email and you'll be sent the room and location)

1. Setting up a WordPress blog
2. Basic care and feeding
3. Using a custom template and tinkering with a custom template
4. Questions and Answers
5. Resources for further study

Original Photo by:
SimplySchmoopie CC BY NC SA

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Check this out

Note to self. Visit Red Interactive Agency.

My MacCamp Boston Experience

MacCamp Boston, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

MacCamp Boston took place on Saturday in Cambridge at the YMCA.

Jack Hodgson organized it with the help of some great volunteers. It was run in the BarCamp style where the attendees are the presenters.

Jack used to run the Boston Computer Society Macintosh Users Group. I was the meeting co-ordinator. We used to have meetings at Mass College of Art that attracted up to 500 people per meeting. Those were fun times.

MacCamp Boston

The first session I took part in was Adam Weiss' on Podcasting. Although I've seen him present podcasting before, I didn't mind sitting in on his presentation again. I'm thinking about starting up a few audio podcasts and it was good to hear his take on it.

Adam feels that it's best to edit your podcast compared to the recording something live and posting it as is. We had a great discussion about this that included talking about interactivity, chat rooms, and callers.

That's what I enjoyed about MacCamp.

The small size of the sessions enabled the participation of the attendees. More than just questions and answers, those in attendance could also present from their seats. It's a great example of the wisdom of the crowds. Adam did a great job of including everyone in the discussion.

I really enjoy when presentations turns into discussions.

Lindsay Arrested For Thinking and Sharing, Lou Dobbs Isn't

I just watched this report from's Lindsay Campbell.

Her report: Lindsay Arrested: Yellow Journalism? | Daily News and Politics Web Show with Lindsay Campbell
"If I experience something and tell my friends about it, I tell them everything that happened, and how I felt about it. Why then as a journalist am I expected to give you the facts without sharing what I think about them?
I'm sharing it here because I admire the fact that she is sharing her views with us. I've met Lindsay and her team and understand what they are trying to do. It's refreshing and I enjoy hearing news that is presented with a point of view.

At, I'm Lindsay's friend and she's telling me what happened and sharing her feelings.

Ironicly, after watching Lou Dobbs on CNN last night, I was upset that he was reporting the news and doing the same thing as Lindsay. He was sharing his views on the stories that he was reporting. I didn't expect to see that on CNN.

I know what I'm gettting at, but CNN?

Here's what I wrote on twitter last night about Lou Dobbs:

Lou Dobbs Thinking and Sharing
"Lou Dobbs on CNN is reporting the news and expressing his biased opinion. It's blatant. He also has gaussian blur on his face."
Was I upset because I don't agree with Lou Dobbs?

I don't agree with Linday all the time, but with her I know I'm getting a point of view.

We need to be critical consumers of the media that enters our homes.

Does CNN need to add a bug at the bottom of the screen to inform viewers that we are getting opinion with the news?

What is going on here?

More here from Jeff Jarvis: Tearing down the news-opinion divide.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Adam and Jack at MacCampBoston

Adam and Jack, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

Come on over the MacCampBoston.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Newspaper Association of America on Live Cellphone Video Broadcasting

Live from the Scene: Newspaper Web Sites Take on Television - Newspaper Association of America: Advancing Newspaper Media for the 21st Century:
"The time has come when a newspaper reporter can pull out a miniature video camera from her pocket and instantly live stream video to a newspaper’s Web site from wherever she is — in a field, from city hall, or on a campaign bus. Garfield has been shooting such video for more than a year using just a Web-enabled cell phone and a simple Web application.

The benefits of such a capability are obvious. Reporters can gather video reports whenever and wherever they are, unhindered by the constraints of bulky or expensive equipment. Viewers can watch real-time news unfold while journalists gather material for a Web or print story.

At last, smaller newspapers can compete with their larger print and broadcast rivals at minimal expense."
Nice article by Paul Berger.

I enjoyed talking with him and he recounts a couple of interesting stories that I told him. He didn't send me a draft of the article though, so I'll have to point out the inaccuracies here:
I call it 'reporting by wandering around.'

If you are close enough to the microphone, the sound is going to be very good.

Viewers communicate with the cameraman via web chat.

Qik automatically sends out a twitter message when I start a live broadcast.

You have to manually upload a video to YouTube.
Sending these along to the writer... :-)

Update: Corrections being made this afternoon.

Read more on the subject from the Newspaper Association of America here, Zooming In on Online Video.

Obama Walking with a Horde of Media Surrounding Him

Mr. Jumpcut: Bre Pettis

Here's my friend Bre Pettis from the Etsy Media Awesome Team, with Getting Started in Video: Pushing the Red Button:
The basic idea is to put something in front of the camera and push the red button, but there’s a lot more. This video is just a few tips and tricks to get you on your way. The main thing is to just start making videos and then each one will get better and better.
Bre has some great tips.

I like his jump cuts!

Hi Bre.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Mac Camp Boston - This Saturday!

REMINDER: Mac Camp Boston is this Saturday, and it's FREE!

Organizer Jack Hodgson writes:
Just two more days until MacCampBoston!

Just a few notes to help you prepare for this Saturday's event.

The whole concept behind an "unconference" is: "it is what you make it". Unlike traditional conferences, you will not be spoon-fed this event's contents. You must plan to interact with your fellow attendees.

Think in advance what subjects you'd like to learn more about, and plan to seek out people who have that knowledge. There will be plenty of unstructured time, between sessions, for you to meet and talk with the others attending.

You'll discover a whole new world of Macintosh information, answers, and applications.

Also, think about which areas of Mac YOU are knowledgeable about. Even it's simply having figured out some particular way to use your computer, or a piece of software, in one of your projects. Chances are there's someone at MacCampBoston who will benefit from your experience and expertise.

So come prepared on Saturday morning.

A couple of practical notes: There will be plenty of internet connectivity on-site. The free Cambridge WiFi system has a strong signal in this area, the cellphone-based internet systems also have strong signals. And we are backing this all up with our own temporary WiFi network. So bring your laptops.

We'll have projectors available for you to use in your sessions, but if you plan to use one, try to bring along the "video dongle" that allows a standard video cable to be plugged into your laptop. We will only have a small supply of these on hand.

There will be plenty of electrical outlets around, but it couldn't hurt to bring a medium length extension cord, just in case.

MacCampBoston doors open at 8:30 am. The first formal sessions will begin between 9 and 9:30. Arrive early so you can begin meeting your new Mac friends over coffee and munchkins.

MacCampBoston sponsor Purple Shark Consulting will be providing coffee and snacks in the morning, so arrive early.

Also, thanks to Venue Sponsor, Tech Superpowers, whose donation has helped defray the cost of the Theatre.

And finally, don't forget that you're all invited to the "Meet & Greet" gathering at the Betahouse co-working office on Friday night. Betahouse is located at 13 Magazine St., just outside of Central Square.

That's it for now. We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

-- Jack Hodgson and the whole MacCampBoston Team

JP, WR and Rozzie Blogger Meetup

Boston Media Makers

Bloggers Bending Elbows Next Week:
Our first area blogger social gathering — in a bunch, in a bunch — will be Wednesday, May 14th, at Doyle's. We'll gather in the big back room around 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Nokia N95 with Shotgun Microphone

Parts List:

RadioShack Gold Series Phono-to-Phono Audio Coupler

Gold Series Adapter, 1/8" Phone Plug to Phono Jack

Stereo Inline Adapter, 1/8" Jack to 1/4" Plug

Audio-Technica CP8201 Microphone Impedance Matching Transformer

Thanks to Shelbinator for blogging about this at: External microphone for N95: the final word (we hope):
Note that you use the yellow plug on the A/V cable, not the red one that Bloggerguy said in his video. If your phone asks you what you just plugged into it, select “Headset;”

Additional Versions: YouTube,