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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dollar ReDe$ign Project

I love @DollarReDesign's project to redesign the dollar bill.

Visit: Richard Smith's website for more.

Image: Courtesy Ari Asmi : Nixon and Bush : Our Nation's 'Heroes'?

See more design's on Richard's flickr page.

David Kaneda has a nice design on his blog.

Don't forget my campaign to get numerals on the coins, Change for Change.

Note: The Globe wrote about this today and didn't link to anything. They seem to have repurposed this blog post from May 22nd.

Dave Winer adds Discussions to Twitter

Dave Winer is always inventing things. He just invented an easy way to start a discussion about a tweet. Dave explains Discussions in Twitter:
Yesterday I soft-launched a little project I'm working on called Today the service gets a little more real, because now you can create discussions around tweets too, and not just your own tweets, anyone's. In other words, this could get interesting."
Here's a discussion I started about Brandon sheets doing a bad thing on spymaster.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm on Live Today at 12:15

I was on the Blogger Bunch today at 12:15 on Live. Live 5/28/09

This was the Direct link to the show:

CNN gets four bloggers together to talk about issues. It's fun. Tune in and follow me on twitter while I live tweet it.


Chris Brown

"I don't do all this talkin on the thang."

Chris Brown Sued for Assault and Battery:
On March 13, 2009, Rosen took a photo of Brown playing basketball at The Universal City gym and attempted to flee the premises when some of Brown’s bodyguards noticed him and yelled after him. An LA Fitness employee allegedly attempted to block Rosen’s exit and proceeded to grab his clothing and body. After falling down the stairs, Rosen claims one of the bodyguards picked him up by his shorts and physically assaulted him, causing further injuries.
Can your bodyguard pick someone up by the shorts if you take a photo of them?

Drew Peterson
Drew Peterson calls radio show to joke from jail:
Drew Peterson cracked jokes live from jail on Wednesday on a Chicago radio show that he called collect.
The former Bolingbrook police officer, charged in his third wife's death, offered snippets of a comedy routine on WLS Radio's Mancow & Cassidy show..
Is it ok to tell jokes from jail?

Jon and Kate Plus 8

TLC: Jon & Kate Plus 8.

Jon: "The world isn't about ratings and TV."

BostonGlobe: Couple's problems sadly add to drama
The Gosselins did invite us to peek through the curtains when they agreed to be the subject of a docu-reality series. And for a long time, they capitalized. As Jon explained on the air, they turned their lives into a business, complete with lucrative book deals and speaking engagements for Kate, the more gregarious and limelight-loving of the pair. Of course, everything changed in the meantime, from their working arrangements to their family dynamics. How could the Gosselins have expected otherwise?
What's your definition of docu-reality?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

10 Cameras in 4 Minutes: Quick look at cameras that shoot HD

Canon S400 (not HD), Panasonic DMC-FX37, Sony Webbie MHS-PM1, Sony HD AVCHD, Flip mino (not HD), Flip mino HD (not shown, shoots 720P), Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1, Panasonic HDC-SD100, Kodak Zi6

The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business by Steve Garfield

Today John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced a new series of books that David Meerman Scott will be editing called The New Rules of Social Media book series.

David writes about the first two books at his blog in his post The New Rules of Social Media book series:
The first book, scheduled for publication in October 2009, is Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs by my Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, founders of HubSpot.

The second book in the series is Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business by Steve Garfield, a media advisor, video producer, and new media teacher, currently scheduled for publication in December 2009.
I'm very excited to be part of David's series and working with Wiley.

Join the Get Seen Community on Ning, become a Get Seen fan on Facebook, and follow Get Seen Book news on twitter.

It's going to be fun!

Pre-Order Get Seen on

The key to finding a parking spot

Dixie Zepher Mowhawk

Madeleine Blais shares advice from Ann Banks in her Boston Globe OP-ED piece, What to tell my journalism grads:
"'The key to finding a parking spot is to drive to exactly where you want to be and only then to start looking for a place to park. Your passengers will probably try to undermine your confidence in this plan by urging you to take the first place you come across - claiming that 'we aren't going to do better than that.' Ignore them. You need to demonstrate to the Parking Gods that you expect to be lucky. In parking, as in life, start by going after exactly what you want. Because you never know.'"

The Twitter TV Show Isn't Realy A Twitter TV Show, but Twitter and TV is Cool!

Twitter Blog: Twitter Goes Hollywood?:
"During the 2008 presidential elections, Hack The Debate showed us how Twitter could make television interactive and possibly even have a democratizing effect on the medium. The power of Twitter was harnessed to create new, compelling, and engaging programming. CNN was an early innovator with Twitter too. Our openness made it all possible.

Twitter's open approach might have the power to transform television—the dominant communications receiver worldwide. We're very excited to see where these experiments take us."
Transforming television.

Jimmy Fallon talks with Steve Garfield about his new show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, at CES

Jimmy Fallon is doing a great job connecting with his audience on twitter. It's a two-way conversation. Check out June's Wired for an article about Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Follow Jimmy's producer, Gavin Purcell.

Locally@WBZ in now twittering their 10 AM and 3 PM daily news meetings.

Radio stations are also exploring twitter.

@Karsonwithak is tweeting from his morning radio show on Mix 98.5. @WBUR is tweeting.

What media companies and personalities do you follow who are tweeting?

My friends Zadi and Steve at EpicFu might be showing TV the way forward.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Imogen Heap: Ellipse

My entries to Imogen Heap's Ellipse Artwork Competition.

12 Images to match 12 song lyrics:

1 - "Street level miracle" - from "Wait It Out"

2 - "I just can't find the strength to pull you up and keep you taught" - from "Canvas"

3 - "Working you under cover, softly slowly gotcha" - from "Swoon"

4 - "Things are not always as they seem, will you be ready?" - from "Polyfila"

5 - "Two tone lawns are manicured, the garden's wearing haute couture" - from "Little Bird"

6 - "Irises retreat into ovals of white" - from "First Train Home"

7 - "Before electric light" - from "Tidal"

8 - "Starting tomorrow, I am your nemesis" - from "Bad Body Double"

9 - "The perfect heart's length away" - from "Half Life"

10 - "Sneaky in suburbia" - from "A-ha"

11 - "The many windswept yellow stickies of my mind" - from "Between Sheets"

12 - "Lego land empires" - from "Earth"

Note: They aren't in order.

Pre-Order the album on

Death With Dignity in Massachusetts

State House

Choosing when to die was "truly what she wanted to do," says friend | Seattle Times Newspaper:
"Rather than die in agony or spend her final days in a drug-induced haze, Fleming swallowed a fatal dose of barbiturates in her apartment Thursday night — becoming the first person in Washington to end her life under the state's new 'Death with Dignity' law."
We need a law like this in Massachusetts.

Who's working on it?

V - Upfront Trailer

I loved V - The Series. This looks good and will help me get over the loss of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Friday, May 22, 2009

YouTube Upload can see Package Contents on a Mac

When iMovie stores videos is stores them in your iMovie Project file. For a long time, the only way you could see inside was to go into he Finder and select the project and then ‘show package contents.’ The file selection box never allowed you to lok inside. Now it does. Yay!

Filmmakers Collaborative presents MAKING MEDIA NOW 2009

Filmmakers Collaborative presents
June 5th, 2009, 9:00am - 6:00pm at Bentley University in Waltham


If you register before May 26th you can use this coupon code for $10 off registration: mmn09bjrw so register now and save $10

The speakers, sessions, and one-on-one consulting sessions this year are all geared towards helping working filmmakers hone their marketing skills with real-life case studies, broaden financial horizons with creative funding models, explore global distribution opportunities, and learn about the latest technological advances. MAKING MEDIA NOW 2009 presents an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, learn from experts, and make new contacts.

This year's keynote speaker is Robert Greenwald, the award-winning filmmaker and political activist ("Walmart: the High Cost of Low Pricing", "Iraq for Sale", "Outfoxed", etc.) Other sessions include:

Web 2.0: Engage Your Audience Using the Web
Andy Carvin, National Public Radio’s Senior Product Manager for Online Communities

Creative Funding Case Studies Models that Work
Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital
Sheila Leddy, Fledgling Fun
Alyce Myatt, Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media

Red Camera Shooting & Post Production Audio & Video Clinic
Courtney Babin, National Boston
Stephen Baldwin, Colorist for National Boston

Paths of Successful Media Makers - Thriving During Difficult Times
Jim Jermanok, Producer, Director & Writer (”Passionada,” “Em,” “Agganis”)
Kate Raisz, Independent Filmmaker, 42° North
Joel Olicker, Powderhouse Productions
Nancy Porter, Nancy Porter Productions

For more information including a complete schedule of events, or to register, visit


Rachel Dretzin is producing a new documentary for FRONTLINE about how we are living in the digital world. You can participate and follow the progess of the documentary online at digital-nation.

Of course, I heard about it on twitter from CC Chapman and Kristin Brandt.

Note: At first, the above player said that I needed to upgrade my flash player. I knew that wasn't right so I went over to Adobe to check my version of flash player. Then when I came back here, the video player appeared.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

John Federico _Shift Happens.

This was the first photo I sent via Eye-Fi from my Panasonic DMC FX37 over an open Wi-Fi connection away from home.

Visit john at

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I Had a Flat Tire

Perkins St & Jamaicaway, Boston, MA 02130, United States

I had a flat tire.

There's a Gibbs Service Station on Centre Street in JP. The mechanic there, Charlie, is good at fixing tires.

I drove my car in, after inflating the tire.

Told him I had a leak.

He said, "I'll take a look at it right now."


That was somewhat of a "No Way!" moment because that never happens at service stations, but Charlie is always like that.

That's why I always bring my cars to him when they need tire work.

In the end the tire needed to be replaced.

I could have gone over to BJ's to get a discount, but I had Charlie order a tire and install it.

He even called me at home to apologize that it wouldn't be ready in the morning, but would be done in the afternoon because his suppliers didn't have it in stock.

Great service.

Thanks Charlie!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Centraal Station Antwerpen gaat uit zijn dak!

Antwerpen Centraal gaat uit zijn dak want Op zoek naar Maria komt er aan! Bekijk hier hoe meer dan 200 dansers en danseressen het station op zijn kop zetten op het klanken van de Sound of Music!

Flash mob starts dancing to The Sound of Music.

This made me cry. But then again, any time a mass amount of people come together to do something amazing makes me cry. I’m a bit of a sucker like that. :)

(via Zadi, via @caseymckinnon)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Brady 12

Brady 12, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

SoWa Antiques Market
540 Harrison Ave, Boston/South End, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act

Hospital Hallway

It's time for a Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act.

I just read this article in today's Globe: Battle is on to allow sufferers to end life.

Two states already have Death with Dignity acts, Oregon and Washington.

Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization, improves care and expands choice at the end of life.

Compassion & Choices of Washington (C&C) provides advocacy, counseling, and emotional support to qualified individuals who desire a peaceful, humane death.

Is there any activity in Massachusetts?

Friday, May 15, 2009

I was standing in his way, so he hit me.

Image courtesy Universal Hub.

I was standing in front of Roche Bros. supermarket in West Roxbury, talking with Kevin McCrea after having signed his nomination papers to get him on the ballot to run for Mayor of Boston.

All of a sudden I was hit in the right ankle by the first cart in a line of shopping carts, being pushed towards me by a 115 year old 6 ft tall cart wrangler.

"Hey!" I yelled. "Watch where you are going."

"You're in the way." he replied.

I said, "No, you need to stop the carriages and ask me to get out of the way."

At this point Kevin McCrea says, "Can't we all just get along?"

Department of Homeland Security Photography License

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Exclusive - Joan Rivers: Internet, Get a Job!

Joan Rivers tell the internet to get a job, after her appearance on CBS The Early Show.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Exclusive Behind the Scenes Interview and Tour With Jimmy Fallon



I went to the May 11th taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy invited me back stage and I shot a quick interview. See his dressing room, fish tank, guitar, cowboy hat and get an exclusive tout of the set!

I love how Jimmy has embraced social media. I've been promoting it's use to news and entertainment shows and Jimmy is leading the way.

Thanks Jimmy!

Jill Foster and Steve Garfield

Jill Foster of DC Media Makers interviews me about what inspired me to start Boston Media Makers.

Thanks Jill!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Join Me Tonight: Drinkup in Washington DC at Cap City Brewery

Steve Garfield Across America
Washington, D.C. Drinkup

May 10th, 7 PM

Steve Garfield is making a stop in Washington D.C. on his way to New York for Streaming Media East (5/12) and while in Washington D.C. we are organizing a Drinkup on Sunday May 10th from 7:00 PM on at Capitol City Brewing Company.

Thanks to Scott Stead for helping out. Looking forward to seeing all the DC Media Makers including Jim Long, Andy Carvin, Chris Parandian, Jill Foster, Carl Weaver and more!

Capitol City Brewing Company
2 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Capitol City Brewing Company - Washington's Best Brew Pubs

Register on Upcoming.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Spring Awakening at the Colonial Theatre

Sexy time at the Colonial Theatre!

We saw Spring Awakening at the Colonial Theatre last night.

Lead actress Christy Altomare, as Wendla, was amazing. I also enjoyed the music, co-written by Duncan Sheik.

One thing that was confusing was that the parts of the parents and the teachers are all played by the same actors.

The play is a lot like RENT. Many adult situations were presented as these young adults deal with growing up at a time where they were still treated as children.

Jenna Scherer has a nice review in the Herald. She writes:
When they’re not being featured, cast members sit among the two-sided onstage audience or jam with the band upstage. Bill T. Jones’ expressive, energetic choreography evokes a very primal teenage frustration.

And then there’s Christine Jones’ set - a brick-wall blooming with neon lights and bizarre objets d’art. Kevin Adams’ lighting is almost a living creature, with candy-colored spotlights and hanging lanterns.
The lighting was very well done.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Star Trek's New Frontier

Los Angeles Star Trek Premiere

Great interview with New York Magazine Film Critic David Edelstein about the new Star Trek movie!

John Herman and the Ford Fiesta Movement

John Herman and the Ford Fiesta Movement, originally uploaded by mrjohnherman.

Amazing Photo!

Tweetie for Mac: New Feature Requests

I'm enjoying using tweetie for Mac as my desktop twitter application. It's fast and doesn't take up a lot of resources. I've got a few new feature requests though.

Default Send From Account
I have two accounts on twitter, stevegarfield and stevegarfield2. stevegarfield2 is read only. I use the second account as the group feature that twitter doesn't have.

When I send a tweet from tweetie, I always want to send from stevegarfield and never from stevegarfield2.

* Can you make a Preference setting to choose a default send from account? *

Lengthen User Name Display

Also, I don't want to have to click to see which account I'm sending from every time, on the tweetie "New Tweet" window, my account name displays as "stevegar".

* Can you lengthen the display space on account name? *

Add User Name to Title Bar
When I click to follow someone, I don't know which account I'm in.

* Can you add current account name to the title bar? *

Add Page Title in Post with Tweetie Bookmarklet
Your bookmarklet, "Share with Tweetie", puts a URL in a create new tweet pop up window.

* Can you put Title of the page you are linking to in there too? *

Thanks for a great product.