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Monday, February 28, 2011

Charlie Sheen LIVE on TMZ from his backyard

TMZ is the future. :-)

Watch the archived video of Charlie Sheen from his backyard.

Part 1:

Video streaming by Ustream

Part 2:

Video streaming by Ustream

Sheen's interviews upstage Oscars a day after:
The interviews heightened the competition between the network morning shows. Sheen gave his interview to ABC on Saturday, and the network said it was under the impression he wouldn't speak to any other network over the weekend because it planned a "20/20'" special on Tuesday, but Sheen spoke to NBC on Sunday.

The #oscars iPad App featuring @ShiraLazar reporting live

Favorite moment from last night: @ShiraLazar refers to Andrew Garfield as Steve Garfield on the #Oscars iPad live stream.

Oscars iPad App Post Show with @ShiraLazar

It would have been nice if the control room cam was not broadcast on a delay.

I would have liked to have seen a raw feed of the host cam, instead they had a director choosing camera shots for that cam.

The live red carpet cam reminded me of last year's Oscars where I was on the red carpet, as a guest of Kodak, in seat 1, row 1 and doing some live streaming via Ustream.

Video streaming by Ustream

The Oscars iPad App Engraving Cam was very cool to see:

Oscars iPad App Engraving Cam

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Google Recipe View

Google Recipe View, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY-NC-SA

Google Makes it Easier to Get Cooking but it requires some page mark up.

Search Google for Lemon Chicken.

Peter Guber: Business storytelling must be done in person

Great NY Times article about Peter Guber's new book about how important story and meeting face to face is, In Film and in Life, the Story Is King:
Like a Hollywood movie, he figured out, the stories that drive professional life — the narrative that is part of pitches, résumés, introductions and every conversation about business goals and achievements — work best when they are grounded in emotion. By and large, they require a hero. Dramatic tension and even a few props help...

In sorting that out, Mr. Guber spent time in Papua New Guinea, watching tribesmen do business, in their way, via story.

From his fellow tribal leaders in Hollywood — an especially tactile culture, where lunch is less a meal than a ritual — he learned one of his more ironclad lessons, that business storytelling must be done in person, by people who, as he puts it, sniffing loudly, “are breathing the same air.”

SCREENS and telephone lines, he said, don’t let you flesh out the story with body language, shared emotion and the occasional resort to extreme measures.
His new book:

Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New MacBook Pro

New MacBook Pro, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

The new Apple MacBook Pro is out.

Looks really fast for video.

9 PIN: 4PIN BILINGUAL FireWire 800

For my Canon GL/2 it's going to need a new iLink 4 pin to 9 pin Firewire cable for live streaming.

Wonder how the Thunderbolt port will be used for video streaming.

Also looking forward to trying out FaceTime HD.

The Apple Store is being updated

The Apple Store is being updated. than a minute ago via bitly

twitter media - blackbird pie: How to embed a tweet in your blog.

American Idol: Naima Adedapo and Paul McDonald

American Idol: Naima Adedapo and Paul McDonald, originally uploaded by stevegarfield.

These are my two favorites from last night's American Idol.

Who are yours?

BTW, loving the positive vibe of the show this year.


Facebook TV Invasion Looms Via ‘American Idol’ Voting

'American Idol': J.Lo Cries After Sending Chris Medina Home

Top Idol: Tears & Loathing in Las Vegas: American Idol 10 Green Mile #1

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oscar Backstage Pass By ABC Digital

I bought the Oscar Backstage Pass for iPhone and iPad for .99 cents to get additional coverage of the Oscar on Sunday night.

Last year I was there covering the event as a guest of Kodak.

Check my video of George Clooney from 2010!

Here's a screenshot of the Oscar Backstage Pass for iPhone and iPad:

Get the ultimate insider's view of Hollywood's biggest night with Oscar Backstage Pass! The Oscar Backstage Pass app is the perfect companion app to have when you are watching the 83rd Academy Awards® on February 27th. You'll get access to live streams from exclusive cameras placed throughout the Red Carpet, the Kodak Theatre and the Governors Ball so you can go beyond the tv broadcast and watch more live Oscar action as it's taking place. With Oscar Backstage Pass you get more stars, more glamour, more of everything you love about the Oscars®!

The app is available for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so you can take it with you wherever you're watching the Oscars. Don’t miss out on a single moment of Oscar Night® fun! With Oscar Backstage Pass you will enjoy the most interactive Oscar Night experience ever.

Learn more at Lost Remote: From ABC to Twitter, the battle for Oscars ‘second screen’

Can I stream Soylent Green? Amazon Prime Streaming Video vs. Netflix

I wanted to try out Prime Streaming video on my TiVo, but soon found out that it's not supported yet. So I tried streaming it to my browser. Works well, great movie.

Q: Can I watch Soylent Green on my TiVo?

A: Amazon Prime: No, but you can stream it in a browser.

Netflix: No. Only available on DVD.

Netflix and TiVo

Q: How many movies and TV shows can I watch?

A: Amazon Prime: 5,000 movies and TV shows from their library of 90,000 movies and TV shows.

Netflix: Unofficially from this guy on, between 43,000 and 90,000.

Jolicloud Turns Your Old Piece of Junk Computer into an Internet Terminal

Jolicloud is the portable HTML5 desktop that you can bring with you across all your devices, which means you can always be connected with all your files, friends and Web apps wherever you go.

With Jolicloud, you can launch and organize your favorite Web apps just like real apps. There are more than 1000+ popular Web apps that connect to Jolicloud desktop, including SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, Spotify, Boxee and much more. Jolicloud also connects all of your Web storage together, so you can access all your files, photos, videos and music from across the cloud in one place. Plus, a unified social stream not only lets you see what your friends are up to, but also shows you what new apps they're using.

My Jolicloud lets you access your Jolicloud desktop from any Chrome browser.
Visit Jolicloud.

Try it online with Google Chrome Browser.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Andy Carvin on NPR's All Things Considered: The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted:
Andy Carvin (@acarvin), senior strategist for NPR's social media desk, discusses his recent work on Twitter. He's been tweeting about protests in Egypt and Tunisia, now Libya and Bahrain. Carvin has sought multiple sources on the ground and reported on the minute-by-minute revelations.

Andy used Report-IT Live to "deliver quality audio from the phone to the studio.

Image: Courtesy Report-IT


Watch my 1/2 hour interview with Andy Carvin from from last Thursday, 2/17/11.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Santarpio's Pizza: "The customer is never right"

Frank Santarpio, "If you don't like it, go someplace else. Don't bother us here... The customer is never right."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Best '11 - The Boston Phoenix

I voted:

Food + Drink

BAR, BEER-GEEK: Doyle's Cafe
JEWISH DELI: Zaftigs Delicatessen
PIZZA: Cambridge1
RESTAURANT, NEW: Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar
RESTAURANT, THAI: Rod Dee Thai Cuisine
STEAK HOUSE: Grill23 and Bar


NERD STORE: Cambridge Microcenter
WINE/LIQUOR STORE: Blanchards Liquors

Arts + Entertainment

ART GALLERY: Hallway Gallery in JP
NERD GATHERING: Boston Media Makers
TWITTER FEED: SteveGarfield

City Life

OPEN SPACE: Arnold Arboretum
PLACE TO LIVE: Jamaica Plain
SQUARE: Harvard Square
STREET: Centre Street Jamaica Plain

Remember we accept one vote per email or IP per category per day to limit/stop spam, so come back to vote for your favorite people and places for the Phoenix's annual BEST!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Trying to Watch The Social Network at Home


At first I thought I'd watch The Social Network via Netflix and add it to my queue.

But when I last went to check, I saw that it was a very long wait.

Netflix Very Long Wait for The Social Network

And it's not available for streaming.

Next try, Amazon.

Amazon: Video On Demand - Streaming

I've got on Demand video on my TiVo. When I chose to watch the movie, I was asked for a 4 digit PIN #. I didn't know my PIN #. D'oh!

TiVo - Confirm Rental

Time to head to the computer.

Amazon: Video On Demand - Download

I went over to my computer and chose to Download the movie to my Tivo.

The Social Network on Amazon

Then I went to the TiVo to see the status of the download. Nothing.

Watched last week's Glee, then took a look at NOW PLAYING. The Social Network was not there.

Ended up giving up and checked mail.

Download Failed
There were a number of failure messages telling me that my Tivo didn't have enough room on it to download The Social Network.
Greetings from the Amazon Video on Demand Team!

Thank you for your recent order from Amazon Video on Demand. Please note that we were unable to download your Amazon Video on Demand video to your TiVo box at this time because it does not have enough available disk space.

To download your Amazon Video on Demand video to your TiVo box, please take the following steps:

Free up disk space on your TiVo box
To make space, delete programs which have been recorded in the last 48 hours or which you have set to "Keep until I delete" (look for the green dot)

To make room for a 2 hour Amazon Video on Demand video, you should delete at least:

- 1 hour of programming recorded at TiVo's Best Quality setting
- 1 1/2 hours at the "High Quality" setting
- 2 hours at the "Medium Quality setting", or
- 4 hours at the "Basic Quality" setting

Restart the download of your video from Amazon Video on Demand Your Video Library...

Your video should begin downloading to your TiVo DVR within 15 minutes

Links to additional information about the Amazon Video on Demand on TiVo service are below for your reference.

Thank you for shopping with Amazon Video on Demand on TiVo.
After making room, the download started.

Note: It cost $3.99 to download to my TiVo via the computer vs. $4.99 to download directly from the TiVo.

Feedback to Amazon
So I gave some feedback to suggesting that they send the failure message direct to the TiVo box Messages.

Amazon Responds
Amazon wrote right back:
Thanks for suggesting that we add the ability to send an error message such as the insufficient space to the TiVo messages directly, to Video On Demand. Customer feedback like yours is very important in helping us continue to improve the experience of watching our digital videos.

I appreciate your thoughts and I have forwarded your suggestion to the Video On Demand team.

Thanks for using Amazon Video on Demand.
Nice fast response.

I'll be Watching - Very Soon
The Social Network is now on my TiVo. I'll be watching it shortly. Very shortly it seems since it's going to be deleted from my TiVo tomorrow!

The Social Network - Keep Until Tomorrow

Where would you go to watch The Social Network?

Super Simple Way To Launch Skype 5.0 Conference Calls

Found this neat: Skype 5.0 Easter Egg: Super Simple Way To Launch Conference Calls! than a minute ago via twitterfeed

You can test Skype Group Video Calling with both a Mac or PC running Skype.

Image: Courtesy Skype

System requirements:
Group video calls can be between three or more people (up to a maximum of 10). For the best quality, we recommend calls with up to five people.

For the best video quality, we recommend you use a high-speed broadband connection of 4 Mbps down/512 kpbs up and a computer with a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor. The minimum you'll need is a high-speed broadband connection of 512 kbps down/128 kpgs up and a computer with a 1 GHz processor.
Windows users need to be running Skype for Windows 5.1 or later.

Mac users need to be running Skype for Mac 5.0 or later.

I'm going to be testing this later today.

Monday, February 14, 2011

"There are moments in history when just because things were the same way in the past doesn’t mean they will be that way in the future."

Uprising Poster 4

Great NY Times write up about the Egypt uprising, Dual Uprisings Show Potent New Threats to Arab States:
According to American officials, senior members of the government in Saudi Arabia argued that the United States should back Mr. Mubarak even if he used force against the demonstrators. By Feb. 1, when Mr. Mubarak broadcast a speech pledging that he would not run again and that elections would be held in September, Mr. Obama concluded that the Egyptian president still had not gotten the message.

Within an hour, Mr. Obama called Mr. Mubarak again in the toughest, and last, of their conversations. “He said if this transition process drags out for months, the protests will, too,” one of Mr. Obama’s aides said.

Mr. Mubarak told Mr. Obama that the protests would be over in a few days.

Mr. Obama ended the call, the official said, with these words: “I respect my elders. And you have been in politics for a very long time, Mr. President. But there are moments in history when just because things were the same way in the past doesn’t mean they will be that way in the future.”

The next day, heedless of Mr. Obama’s admonitions, Mr. Mubarak launched another attack against the protesters, many of whom had by then spent five nights camped out in Tahrir Square. By about 2:30 p.m., thousands of burly men loyal to Mr. Mubarak and armed with rocks, clubs and, eventually, improvised explosives had come crashing into the square.
Interesting insight into Egyptian military actions:
Soldiers of the Egyptian military, evidently under orders to stay neutral, stood watching from behind the iron gates of the Egyptian Museum as the war of stone missiles and improvised bombs continued for 14 hours until about four in the morning.

Then, unable to break the protesters’ discipline or determination, the Mubarak forces resorted to guns, shooting 45 and killing 2, according to witnesses and doctors interviewed early that morning. The soldiers — perhaps following orders to prevent excessive bloodshed, perhaps acting on their own — finally intervened. They fired their machine guns into the ground and into the air, several witnesses said, scattering the Mubarak forces and leaving the protesters in unmolested control of the square, and by extension, the streets.

Once the military demonstrated it was unwilling to fire on its own citizens, the balance of power shifted. American officials urged the army to preserve its bond with the Egyptian people by sending top officers into the square to reassure the protesters, a step that further isolated Mr. Mubarak.
Read more.

Friday, February 11, 2011

I Supported @acarvin's #Egypt Coverage

Wanna support my #egypt coverage? Pls donate to your NPR station then tweet amount & station w/ tag #gave4andy. Pls RT!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

I supported @acarvin's #egypt coverage w/a $1,200 donation to @WBUR, my NPR station #gave4andy. Pls RT!less than a minute ago via Tweetie for Mac

Has Andy Carvin found the future of fundraising by using his personal brand to generate donations for NPR?
“I’m a friend of Andy, and found myself continuously going back to his Twitter stream over the past few weeks to find out what was happening in Egypt,” Garfield said via e-mail. “I wanted to support NPR in some way for letting Andy explore this new way of reporting.” Since the donation, he’s gotten a tweet, a direct message, and a phone call from WBUR thanking him for his support.
Andy's appeal worked because it was personal and he only asked once in 18 days. If he tweeted 400 times a day for 18 days, that would be 7,200 tweets, with just one asking for a donation. That's a good ratio. :-)

#gave4andy: Andy Carvin and the ad hoc pledge drive:
Carvin’s work cultivating sources and sharing their updates has turned curation into an art form, and it’s provided a hint of what news can look like in an increasingly networked media environment. “It really has stood out as an alternative model of news,” says Kinsey Wilson, NPR’s senior vice president and general manager of digital media. It’s also led to earnest talk of a Pulitzer for social media curation (with Carvin, of course, as the prize’s first recipient) and to equally earnest discussions, among Jeff Jarvis and others, of how to translate Carvin’s curatorial prowess into a full-fledged business model.
Curating the Revolution: Building a Real-Time News Feed About Egypt:
PC: Do you think curation is a new type, or approach to journalism?

AC: I think curation has always been a part of journalism; we just didn't call it that. Think of the word "media." It's about being in the middle, between the story and the public. The job of a reporter is to capture the most important elements to tell a story, and then go ahead and tell it. Watch any breaking news story on TV and you'll see curation going on. They'll quote sources, pull up clips from wherever, pass along info from pundits, etc. So curation itself isn't new; it's just the way that some of us are doing it online that's fairly new. The tools have evolved, but the goal of capturing a story and turning people's attention to it isn't.
Thanks Andy, and thanks to NPR for giving Andy the freedom to tell Egypt's story.


Interview with My heart's in accara's Ethan Zuckerman: Interview with Andy Carvin on curating Twitter to watch Tunisia, Egypt

Media Bullseye with Jen Zingsheim and Bryan Person: Radio Roundtable: Curating content from Egypt, “gaming” social scores, and Groupon’s Super Bowl miss

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Open Pay-Per-View On Ustream

Ustream Mobile Live

Open Pay-Per-View and Ad-Free Broadcasting Coming Soon to Ustream Users:
Ustream Open PPV will allow any Ustream broadcaster to apply directly to Ustream for the ability to charge viewers for content. Once a broadcaster is approved for Ustream’s Open PPV program, they will be able to monetize their content via PayPal payments. Let’s say you host a weekly show, such as a music show, a cooking show or a conference on Ustream, but you decide to produce an episode with special content – such as high-profile guests or a private lesson. As an approved Ustream Open PPV user you’ll be able to charge your viewers to watch the premium content. And, voila – pay-per-view is democratized and broadcasters have a chance to attract some of Ustream’s 45 million monthly viewers.

Ustream’s Open PPV program is now available to a few Ustream-selected broadcasters, but we will soon open the doors to applications from the user community and announce special PPV content from Ustream and our partners. Please sign up here to be notified about the application process or submit your request for your own PPV show.
Just got my authorization email.

I'm going through the sign up process.

Some interesting facts:

Revenue Share and Payment
In consideration of the rights granted hereunder, the parties will share revenue generated from the sale of Access Codes to your Events as follows: All legitimate cash receipts actually received by Ustream from the sale of Access Codes (either Pay Per View or VOD) to the Event, less refunds or charge backs related to the sale of Access Codes (“Pay Per View Revenue”) will be split as follows:
Fifty Percent (50%) of Pay Per View Revenue to you, and
Fifty Percent (50%) of Pay Per View Revenue to Ustream.

Your equipment for purposes of generating and uploading Event Content to the Services will meet the following technical specifications:
1. Dedicated LAN line with a minimum upload bandwidth of 1 mbps.
2. USB compatible or firewire compatible video camera or video feed into a video graphics card.
3. No webcam use unless explicitly agreed to by Ustream.
4. External-powered microphone or powered audio source into computer line.
5. Computer manufactured no earlier than three years prior to the Event.

Use Ustream Producer or Flash Media Encoder in compliance with the instructions at:

Ustream may change these specifications form at any time.

I'll have try a PPV event to test this out.

Hmm... What should it be?

Authors finding digital readers want their Kindles signed

Featured in TampaBayOnline article

We Are All Whole Foods

We Are All Whole Foods, originally uploaded by stevegarfield. CC BY


We Are All Whole Foods

Facebook page: “I delegate Wael Ghonim to speak in the name of Egypt’s revolutionaries.”

Image: Wael Ghonim via Facebook

Looks like this is the Facebook page:

I delegate Wael Ghonim to speak in the name of Egypt’s revolutionaries.”

أفوض وائل غنيم للتحدث بإسم ثوار مصر

Favebook Page: “I delegate Wael Ghonim to speak in the name of Egypt’s revolutionaries.”

I couldn't find one news story that had a link to the page. [ Google Search ]

Now you have one.

This page.


Now there's two.

techPresident: Wael Ghonim, Egypt, and Viral Revolution

Facebook Page: We are all Khaled Said

Image: The Egyptian Uprising via Facebook

Facebook Page: We are all Khaled Said

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Wael Ghonim Interview

Created with

English Transcript: Wael Ghonim’s Interview with Dream TV Egypt

via C2

Note: h/t to @SultanAlQassemi who is a journalist and active on Twitter for providing this english translation. Wael Ghonim is the Google exec who was held for several days by Egyptian authorities because of his technical support to the protest movement against President Hosni Mubarak’s government.

Live on, Brian Conley @aliveinegypt, of Small World News, Thursday at 2:00 ET at #thepulse #egypt #jan25

Learn how translations like this get created.

Dream TV Interview With Wael Ghonim: Part 1 – With English Subtitles

Video Subtitles courtesy Alive in Egypt

via my friend Brian Conley of Alive in Egypt.

Parliament Protest Streamed Live via Bambuser From Egypt

You can't get this view on TV, folks. Watch it live. RT @norashalaby: parliament protest - LIVE at #jan25less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Follow Andy Carvin for curated Twitter Updates on Egypt.

Kindle Software Update Version 3.1 -- Early Preview Release

Follow this link for the Kindle Software Update Version 3.1 -- Early Preview Release.

New Features:
Public Notes -- This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see. Any Kindle user -- including authors, their fans, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere -- can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community of people who love to read. This is a new way for readers to share their excitement and knowledge about books and get more from the books they read. To review and turn on Public Notes in your own books, view the Public Notes of people you follow, track your reading activities, see Popular Highlights and your annotations, and view your full library of books, go to

Real Page Numbers -- Our customers have told us they want real page numbers that match the page numbers in print books so they can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class. We've already added real page numbers to tens of thousands of Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions and thousands more of the most popular books. Page numbers will also be available on our free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps in the coming months. If a Kindle book includes page numbers, press the Menu key in an open Kindle book to display page numbers.

Before You Go ... -- When you reach the end of the book, you can immediately rate the book, share a message about the book with your social network, get personalized recommendations for what to read next, and see more books by the same author.

New Newspaper and Magazine Layout -- We're introducing a new and improved layout for newspapers and magazines. This new layout gives you a quick snapshot of the news and helps you decide what you want to read first.

More on Public Notes.

This is cool.

Here are the public notes for my book, Get Seen:

Get Seen Kindle Highlights

Make sure you carefully choose which kindle you have or the update won't work.

For my Kindle, the update was:

Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) - U.S. and Canadian Customers*: Download 3.1 (Early Preview Release)
Your serial number will start with "B006"

The instructions say to "connect it to your computer using the USB cable."

The USB cable is also the Kindle's power cord. Unplug the cord from the wall adapter and there's your USB cable that you plug into the computer.

If the "Update Your Kindle" is still dim after you copy the file to your Kindle root directory, the update page gives you these reasons for the cause of the problem:
The update file is in the incorrect directory, or was not transferred successfully.
The third option is that you copied the incorrect update file over to your Kindle.

Check your software version and make sure you copied the correct software update

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Joanne Chang's Oatmeal-Maple Scones with Glaze Mmm...

This is why Twitter is awesome.

We just made these scones from Joanne Chang's Flour cookbook tonight and posted pictures to twitter. Joanne responded.

@stevegarfield @jaysonflint a scone is like a sweet biscuit. these look awesome!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

@stevegarfield :) I get pretty excited when I see ppl baking frm book. Love spreading pastry joy!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe

Edward Boches Inteview on

Tune in every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. EST for Live on The Pulse Network

Edward Boches, @edwardboches, Skypes in to talk with Steve about the up coming Big Game and what Brand Bowl 2011 is doing for it on social media.

Check out Brand Bowl's website,

Also Check out all of my shows at The Pulse Network.

Friday, February 04, 2011

LunaTik iPod nano Watch Playing @alexagoddard

The LunaTik is a very cool watchband for your iPod nano.

LunaTik with iPod nano in iPod music mode.

More info:

LunaTik iPod nano in Watch mode
LunaTik with iPod nano in Clock mode.