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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chris Brown Click to Buy Ad on Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party YouTube Video

"JK Wedding Entrance Dance"

This is interesting.

From the Google blog:
"At YouTube, we have sophisticated content management tools in place to help rights holders control their content on our site. The rights holders for "Forever" used these tools to claim and monetize the song, as well as to start running Click-to-Buy links over the video, giving viewers the opportunity to purchase the music track on Amazon and iTunes. As a result, the rights holders were able to capitalize on the massive wave of popularity generated by "JK Wedding Entrance Dance" — in the last week, searches for "Chris Brown Forever" on YouTube have skyrocketed, making it one of the most popular queries on the site"

Click to buy:


VoloMedia Patents Podcasting. What's Next?

Yesterday VoloMedia annonced that they had patented Podcasting.
Our company, VoloMedia, was awarded U.S. Patent 7,568,213 titled "Method for Providing Episodic Media"
The tech community responcded.

Ars Technica: Podcasting patented! VoloMedia claims major tech patent

Dave Winer: Did VoloMedia invent Podcasting?

Volomedia also announced that it has tweleve more patents in process:
"VoloMedia has filed a dozen U.S. patent applications since 2003. Patent no. 7,568,213 is the first in the pipeline to issue. We expect the others to follow suit."
What could be next?

1. BBS - Bulletin Board System
Any sytem that allows people to have a converstion on the internet. This includes messaging systems such as forums. Early tests included live chats on street corners, offices and coffee shops.

2. Blog - Web Log
Anything written on the internet with permlinks. Early experiments with this include pasting up flyers in our neighborhood with those little tear off sheets that include but are not limited to words and numbers.

3. Broadband
Any system that allows faster transmission of data than a modem. Early tests with carrier pigeons were the first to show that technology could be used to transfer messages faster than by horseback.

4. Cookie
Commonly used methods to save user information. Also, a consumable food item. Early tests included putting these so-called cookie in lunchboxes of small children with notes from home.

5. Domain Name
A web addressing methodolgy that allows people to travel the network to find destinations. Early tests of this technology included designing road maps, telephone directories and TV guides.

6. Email
Messages that are sent from one person to another. Early designs for this included prototyping the postal mail service system for a very small island in Greece, which was used to become the basis for a very popular movie.

7. Host
Any computer that provides services to users. This also relates to early testing with BBS.

8. Hypertext
When you click on a link other information is displayed to you are sent to another web address. Experimentation for this 'linking' included the design of Chapters and Indexing in book form.

9. Login
The process of gaining access to a site with username and password. Experiments with logging in included the now commonplace procedure of announcing your name when using the telephone.

10. Open Source Software
Software that is open to programmers to use, enhance, and add too, without cost. Initial testing of the 'Open' methodology was undertaken in the 60's in San Francisco with experiments in Love, Drugs and Speech.

11. Radio
The broadcast of audio transmissions over the airwaves. Testing was initiated from off shore boats which delivered music to the shore. Early transmissions included J. Geils, The Cars and Journey. 'Don't Stop Believin' was first broadcast from our off shore facility.

12. Video
Encoding, delivery and display of images via any means now known or that will be invented in the future. Early work was completed on paper sketches on a train from San Francisco to Los Angeles and included images of a rat driving a steamboat.

Images: Flickr - The Commons

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Kodak Zi8 has a Microphone Jack

Jenny just posted about the new Kodak Zi8 over on the Kodak blog.

She's reposted the video we shot at the 140 Conference in New York when she gave me a sneak peak at the camera. The previous version of the video bleeped out the audio when I talked about all the new features

Now I can talk about them!

Mic Jack, 1080p, Image Stabilization
The Kodak Zi8 has an external microphone jack, 1080p video capture and image stabilization. Very exciting. I hear the the mic jack records from connected mics in stereo. I'm looking forward to testing it out with my Sennheiser wireless lav mic and my shotgun mic.

The mic jack could be the biggest selling feature of this new version of hte Zi6.

The Zi8 also features an easy to view 2.5 inch LCD screen, SD card slot and removable lithium-ion batteries. Those are feautures that some of the competing ultracompact cameras do not have.

You can pre-order the Zi8 on Amazon:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Grilled Meatloaf aka Hamburgers

Growing up, my mom always made hamburgers from ground beef using a meatloaf recipe. I didn't know that lots of people just throw the raw meat on the grill with no seasoning.

I saw grilled meatloaf on a restaurant menu the other night and made the connection.

Grilled meatloaf is really just my mom's way of making hamburgers.

My recipe has changed over the the years.

Last night I made these hamburgers with:

93% lean hamburger
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Crushed Triscuits

Grilled on Webber grill:

Side 1: HLH 3-4 minutes
Side 2: MOM 8-9 minutes

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I took the iPhone 3GS version of autostitch on Vacation

I took the iPhone 3GS version of autostitch on vacation.

Autostitch lets you take multiple photos and stitch them together as one big image. All y ou do is take multiple photos, and autostitch figures out how to merge them together. Once merged, you can crop out the rough edges.

This image was made up of four original images.

Chatham Dock and Boat

As you can see on the right hand side, the guy in the blue shirt moved between takes.

Tip: When emailing in photos to flickr from your iPhone, copy the image and paste it into an email by hand instead of mailing in the photo from the photo library. If you do that, it'll be resized. Copying nad Pasting it into an email yourself, retains the images size.

This next one of Chatham beach is made up of five images, stitched together.

Chatham Beach Panorama

Finaly, this image of Chatham Lighthouse is made up of four images, but I did not crop it. The automatic framing of the crop would have cut out the top of the lighthouse.

Chatham Light iPhone 3GS autostitch panorama

This image lets you see how autostitch melds the images together. Rather than moving the camera from left to right while taking this photo, I placed the bottom left side of the iphone's base on a fence. Then I twisted the iPhone, keeping the lens in the same vertical axis.

Note: Click on any of the images to view them on flickr. Then click 'all sizes' and select 'Large' or 'Original' to see a larger size.
If you have any tips to share on takign photos with autostitch, leave them in the comments.

William B. Carter's Photo of the Arrest of H. Louis Gates, Jr was Distributed by Demotix


The Boston Globe reports that William B. Carter's Photo of the Arrest of H. Louis Gates, Jr has been seen "on television, including CNN, NBC, and CBS; and in such newspapers as USA Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Guardian in England" and "earned more than $4,000."

Carter used the site Demotix, to distribute the photo. Demotix shares the revenue with Carter 50/50.

This is the first I've heard of Demotix.

Congratulations to both.

Update from Demotix:
Why is this photo important?

Without citizen-journalism, it would not exist. A member of the public, witnessing a story unfolding, reached for his digital camera and captured the story. This is different to the Twitpic of the plane on the Hudson river – then, the world's media was just a few minutes behind. During Mr Gates' arrest, no professional photographer was present. This was a true exclusive, by a true citizen-journalist.

And without this photograph, a valuable insight into the episode would be lost.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Looks Like You Can Still Buy 1984 - Nineteen Eighty-Four (Kindle Edition) on

David Pogue wrote about it: Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others

EDITOR’S NOTE | 8:41 p.m. The Times published an article explaining that the Orwell books were unauthorized editions that Amazon removed from its Kindle store. However, Amazon said it would not automatically remove purchased copies of Kindle books if a similar situation arose in the future.

Ina Friend wonders if Amazon had the right to remove 1984 from Kindle's: Amazon recalls (and embodies) Orwell's '1984'

My Twitter Mosaic

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