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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CanvasPop Prints Instagram Photos With Secret DNA Technology

I just ordered a CanvasPop print of an Instagram photo.

I chose this one:
Paris Flowers
Image: Paris Flowers

TechCrunch has a nice explanation of how CanvasPop can print out high quality Instagram Prints on Canvas: Blow Up Instagram Photos Into 20″ x 20″ Paintings With CanvasPop

The steps to print out an Instagram photo on canvas using CanvasPop are simple.

First you choose your size and border.

Instagram | CanvasPop | Step 1
Instagram | CanvasPop | Step 1

Then you linkup to your Instagram account and select a photo. The images could be bigger.

CanvasPop | Instagram | Step 2 - Choose an Image
CanvasPop | Instagram | Step 2 - Choose an Image

Then you pay. Shipping is $14 flat rate.

Istagram Print Order Receipt | CanvasPop
Istagram Print Order Receipt | CanvasPop

Instagram Introductory Special
Go to the main CanvasPop site for Instagram Prints and pay $29.95 for an introductory special on Instagram Prints.

CanvasPop Affilate Link:

$30 off your first order of $80 or more.

If you spend $100, I get a $50 CanvasPop credit.


Here's how it turned out.

CanvasPop - Front
Image: CanvasPop - Front

CanvasPop - Back
Image: CanvasPop - Back

CanvasPop - Detail
Image: CanvasPop - Detail

Vibrant colors. I like it.

Happy Blue Beanie Day 2011

Blue Beanie Day 2011 by stevegarfield
Blue Beanie Day 2011, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

About Blue Beanie Day 2011

The Fifth Annual International Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards will be celebrated Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Take a self-portrait wearing a blue beanie (toque, tuque, cap) and upload it right here to the Blue Beanie Day 2011 pool on Flickr.


Today, 30 November 2011, is the Fifth Annual international Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards.

Standards keep the web from fragmenting into tiny fiefdoms best viewed with a particular browser or plug-in only. Web standards keep our content portable and accessible across platforms, devices, and operating systems. Each November 30, we celebrate. You wonderful people can help spread the word.

For those wishing to participate:

* Hat color: blue (no specific hex value)

* Hashtag: #bbd11

Here's what you can do:

1.) Upload a blue beanie photo as your avatar on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Flickr, etc. (or add a blue beanie to your existing avatar)

2.) Upload blue beanie photo to this BLUE BEANIE DAY 2011 pool right here on Flickr:

3.) Upload blue beanie day photo to Instagram with hashtag #bbd11

4.) Use your social networks to wish your friends and followers a Happy Blue Beanie Day! Link to if you like (it explains Blue Beanie Day and offers simple participation instructions).



[Video] The Artist: A NEW Silent Film

Image: The Artist courtesy [ The Film Stage]


The Film Stage: Cannes 2011: Trailer for Black & White Silent Film ‘The Artist'.

Kim Sherrell on Google+: ‘The Artist’ Wins Best Picture @NYFCC2011.

[Video] Page 23: They Live Inside the Ikea Catalog!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Made an Instagram 2012 Calendar with Keepsy

Great interface. Easy.

[Video] Stephen Colbert's me Reporters

CNN lays off 50 staff members, claiming that iReport has made their jobs redundant, and Stephen gets in on the uncompensated future of news at the me Reporters 6700.
Me and You!

American Airlines Files Chapter 11, What Does Boeing Say?

American Airlines posted a press release on their Facebook page

I wanted to see how this affected Boeing.

Corporate Site - Nothing
No comment on their Boeing corportate media site. Nothing new since Nov 23, 2011.

Boeing: News Releases
Image: Boeing News Releases

Facebook - Nothing
Can't find an active Facebook page for them. They don't seem active there.

Twitter - Nothing
Nothing on the Boeing Twitter account since 13 hours ago.

The Boeing Company Twitter Account
Image: Boeing Twitter Stream


I Asked for a Comment on Twitter @Boeing Please comment on AMR and American Airlines Filing for Chapter 11 Reorganization
Image: Twitter Message to @Boeing

Boeing needs to read David Meerman Scott's book Newsjacking to figure out how to respond to news events in real time on social networks.

See, I'm #4:

Update: Oops. For a typo search. "american airlines flies chapter 11" #ironic Some headline writer should use that.

american airlines flies chapter 11 - Google Search
Image: Google Search for "american airlines flies chapter 11"

You get the idea though. Are they still sleeping in Seattle?

Let's try a Google Search for "American Airlines Chapter 11 Boeing"

I'm #2:

Ha ha. #2 in Google search results isn't bad.

american airlines chapter 11 boeing - Google Search
Image: "american airlines chapter 11 boeing - Google Search"

Note that my Google+ post came up pretty high.

Who else should be commenting and are they?

Airbus on Twitter?

Airbus (airbus) on Twitter

Image: Airbus Twitter Stream

Monday, November 28, 2011

[Video] CC Chapman's BlogWorld Expo 2011 session, Content Rules, But Common Sense Rocks on Vimeo

CC Chapman's BlogWorld Expo 2011 session, Content Rules, But Common Sense Rocks on Vimeo.

Watch CC's Session at

Get in on BlogWorldExpo!

If you missed BlogWorld Expo LA 2011 you can still take advantage of all that went on with a BlogWorldExpo Virtual Ticket.

Uploaded with Skitch

Vokle | How To Be Black Street Team Video Chat #1!

Baratunde Thurston had a video chat using Vokle with the Street Team for his new book, How To Be Black.

Great use of the video technology to get people introduced to each other.

Super 8 Netflix DVD: NO Special Features Included #fail

Super 8 Netflix DVD by stevegarfield
Super 8 Netflix DVD, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

Loved it.

Disappointed that the Netflix Super 8 DVD included NO Special Features:

- The Dream Behind Super 8
- The Visitor Lives – Creating the Alien
- Director JJ Abrams & Filmmakers’ Commentary.

What's the story Netflix?

I have to BUY the DVD to get the special features?

[Video] Super 8 Trailer

[Video] Mistletoe (Justin Bieber Cover) - by Alexa Goddard

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The 2011 NOT Mashable Awards Nominees for REGULAR PEOPLE

Meet the 2011 Mashable Awards Nominees

Where Are the Regular People?

Meet the 2011 Mashable Awards Nominees:
Each year the Mashable Awards honors the best in digital media, companies and personalities. This year, we have 196 nominees across 4 majors categories up for 28 total awards. As always, you, our readers get to choose the winners. The Mashable Awards will be decided over the next few weeks by popular user vote.

I've got a problem with this. Where are the regular people?

I'm not a big fan of award shows, unless I win one. ;-)

The Mashable Awards are just a popularity contest.

I don't want to vote for Famous People in Social Media.

I want to vote for people that I know: Regular people.

Why can't they be nominees too?

Well, they can.

I made my own award.

The 2011 NOT Mashable Awards Nominees for REGULAR PEOPLE.

Survey Monkey required me to add a choice, so I added some REGULAR PEOPLE who I follow and who recently showed up on my twitter stream.

I added:
Gavin Purcell
Paull Young
Christopher Penn
Amy Porterfield
Laughing Squid (Scott Beale)
Rachel Sklar
Andy Carvin
Cali Lewis
Drew Olanoff
Bijan Sabet
Unmarketing (Scott Stratten)
Chris Brogan
Chris Pirillo
Melissa Pierce
CC Chapman
Hermione Way
There's an OTHER category for you to add your own choice.


[Ad: Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.]

Note: This is a BASIC Survey Monkey Plan that allows for 100 votes. I'll probably end it there and share the results, otherwise I'll share the results on December 17th. You've got one vote. Don't get me started on the 'come back every day to vote' thing. Oh my.

Sharing Results with Survey Monkey is a Pro Feature.
"PRO FEATURE: You can share the results of your survey with others, without giving them access to your account. To share your responses, upgrade to a professional subscription."

Some of my nominees wrote books!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

[Video] SNL The Blue Jean Committee: Massachusetts Afternoon

Excerpt (s.37 : ep.7)|03:35

Video: Courtesy Saturday Night Live

[Video] Wanderlust Movie Trailer

WANDERLUST Movie with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. In Theaters 2/24/12

produced by

written by

directed by
Wanderlust Movie on Facebook.

Wanderlust Movie Official Site.

Time Machine Backup to FreeAgent GoFlex Drive

Running Time Machine Backup for the First Time. See you in the Future…

Point of Information: I've used SuperDuper! for backup for YEARS! Using Time Machine for the first time on my new Mac. ;-)

Time Machine asked, so I did it. I've got a 3TB FreeAgent drive that Seagate sent me, so I figured, why not?

Backing up to a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive with the FW 800 upgrade.

In My Video Toolkit: Olympus PEN E-PM1 #BWELA #PENREADY

Get in on BlogWorldExpo!

If you missed BlogWorld Expo LA 2011 you can still take advantage of all that went on with a BlogWorldExpo Virtual Ticket.

Support Video With Tweets! #BWELA

Jut saw the video of my session, My Video Toolkit for getting seen on Social Media Outposts, from BlogWorld Expo LA 2011.

Bash Films did a great job on it.

Get in on BlogWorldExpo!

If you missed BlogWorld Expo LA 2011 you can still take advantage of all that went on with a BlogWorldExpo Virtual Ticket.

Flash Mobs become Flash Robs. Axis Communications Surveillance Cameras Catch Crooks in HD

Fredrik Nilsson, North American general manager for the Chelmsford, Massachusetts based Axis Communications, a major maker of surveillance cameras, joined NECN to talk about protecting against flash robs.

As soon as I saw his camera on the interview I said, that's the same camera as the DropCam.

Very cool. I've tried an evaluation DropCam unit and it works great. It allowed me to watch my home during a hurricane while I was in Paris.

dropcam internet video monitor
Image: Testing the DropCam

[Video] President Obama’s Thanksgiving Greeting: No Mention of God

Great news everyone. President Obama didn't mention God in his Thanksgiving greeting.

Video: President Obama’s Thanksgiving Greeting
Text of President Obama’s Thanksgiving greeting
From my family to yours, I’d like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Like millions of Americans, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will spend the day eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are.

As Americans, each of us has our own list of things and people to be thankful for. But there are some blessings we all share.

We’re especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas. To all the service members eating Thanksgiving dinner far from your families: the American people are thinking of you today. And when you come home, we intend to make sure that we serve you as well as you’re serving America.

We’re also grateful for the Americans who are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters, making sure their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. This sense of mutual responsibility – the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always been a part of what makes our country special. And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.

The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of community during a time of great hardship, and we have followed that example ever since. Even when the fate of our union was far from certain – during a Civil War, two World Wars, a Great Depression – Americans drew strength from each other. They had faith that tomorrow would be better than today.

We’re grateful that they did. As we gather around the table, we pause to remember the pilgrims, pioneers, and patriots who helped make this country what it is. They faced impossible odds, and yet somehow, they persevered. Today, it’s our turn.

I know that for many of you, this Thanksgiving is more difficult than most. But no matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny. The problems we face didn’t develop overnight, and we won’t solve them overnight. But we will solve them. All it takes is for each of us to do our part.

With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible. But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country.

If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other, and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.

So today, I’m thankful to serve as your President and Commander-and-Chief. I’m thankful that my daughters get to grow up in this great country of ours. And I’m thankful for the chance to do my part, as together, we make tomorrow better than today.

Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
via [ The Uptake ]

US Currentcy: 20 Dollar Bills

Next up, let's remove 'In God We Trust' from the currency, and take out 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Looking back at my old blogroll sidebar links

Back when blog rolls, in your blog's side bar, was a thing. I kept mine up to date with lots of interesting sites.

Now, I don't even use a blog feed reader. The interesting posts from my friends pop up in my social media stream.

Recently I came across an old blogging friend from England, Bloggerheads. He used to be on my sidebar. This prompted me to look at my blog's HTML code to look at who else I used to follow. I'd commented out the blogroll years ago. Keep in mind, I started this blog 11 hers ago in November of 2000.

Hey. November 30, 2011 is my 11 year Blogger blog anniversary! Here's my first month of blogging. BTW, lots of my images from the past 10 years are going to go away when Apple discontinues iDisk support. Not sure what I'm going to do about that.

I started blogging by hand back in 1997. ;-)

Here's the blog roll. Let's go through it together and see if we can find any gems still maintaining their sites. Leave a comment if you find something you like.



random blog - DEAD LINK

blogdex - DEAD LINK

clix - DEAD LINK

daypop - DEAD LINK - Recently updated weblogs - Still working.

Related Links - This service has been disabled due to tens of thousands of postings by spammers.

amazon ads that directly relate to recent posts - Fun old experiment

Daily Source Code - Adam Curry's Podcast. - Last updated 2009

Adam Curry - Website.

Imogen Heap - She Rocks!

J-Walk - Lots-O-Stuff. - One of my old favorites!

Drudge Report - WRONG!

boingboing - Wonderful.

fimoculous - Feeding us. - STILL GREAT!

MetaFilter - Meme generator.

fark - Boobies.

Jack Hodgson - Boston blogger.

bloggerheads - Chasing Bush.

random abstract - Deterministic.

The Ultimate Insult - Fun finds.

apparentlynothing - London.

Wil Wheaton - Author.


Elin Nordegren

Sexiest 100 - Dead Link

Angelina Jolie wet! - Dead Link

whatevs - Hot content. - Dead Link

information leafblower - Life. - Dead Link

newyorkish - Dead Link


lindsayism - Esoteric gossip.

greengrl - Exploding Sun.

Silly Globe - D'oh! - Dead Link

Scripting News - Dave Winer.

The Presurfer - Daily diversion. - Dead Link - Uncommon sense.

Utter Wonder - c monks. - Dead Link

Doc Searls - Dead Link

The Blank OTD

geekman - With fries. - Dead Link

Bradleys Almanac - Music.

jaggle - Babes + Games.

Mark Bernstein - Web scientist.

DrikoLand - Pop culture.

Sarah Hatter - Breathe In.

Halley's Comment - Halley Suitt.

Signal vs. Noise - Clean design.

fluke - Zoom. - Dead Link

The Blueprint - A girl. - Dead Link

MovieJuice - Mark Ramsey. - Dead Link

Sooz - Party planner.

bitter-girl - Not bitter.

Lisa Williams - Writing in 2035.

Computer Toaster - Serving jelly. - Dead Link

Sore Eyes - Sees a lot.

PVRblog - I love TiVo.

oddments - Other stuff.

Movie Juice - Juicy news.

sugar-n-spicy - Neato images.

JimFormation - Rehabing home.

heath row - Off to NYC.

anil dash - TypePad guy.

jason shellen - Blogger guy.

Will's Thrills - Geek guy. - Dead Link

The Agitator - Radley Balko.

Attu Sees All - Maniac.

Jeff from Well - Music man.

Everlasting Blort - Pic and Link.

chapel perilous - Polyblog. - Dead Link

hatchetation - Local stuff.

Evhead - Mr. Blogger.

Laquidara - Matress Man.

parallaxview - English guy. - Sweet Dude.

a smitty - Newspaper guy.

NextDraft - News psychologist.

Craplog - Not so good. - Dead Link

tokyo-ouja - Unique. - Dead Link

stylesheet: DV - Digital Video.

Roger Avary - Movie maker. - Dead Link

kingblind - Music news.

noahgrey - Photographer.

technoerotica - Dead link. - Dead Link

digitalnap - Photo blog. - Dead Link

3bruces - Beer drinkers. - Dead Link

Reacharound - Conceptual. - Dead Link

Salted Wound - Mini-blog too.

Andrew Sullivan - Newsy.



Campaign Desk - Dead Link



John Hilowitz - Dead Link

Disturbing Search - Dead Link

Drudge Retort

Ken Layne


Plastic - Dead Link


SHWF - Dead Link

gleanings - Dead Link

NetWatch - Dead Link

1&1 Hosting

Fast Food Fever

Ravi Jain

Movie Juice

Sports by Brooks

feedster - Dead Link


Eugene Mirman

Odd Todd

flak magazine


Aint To Proud

Pure Listener - Takeshi in Japan.

David Grenier - Dead Link



Exploding Dog

Barry Crimmins

News Blues

Backwash - Dead Link

Europe Travel

Robot Wisdom

CSM War Update - Dead Link



Bush or Chimp - DEAD LINK


Check out my other site where I find Humor in the News - DEAD LINK

Mitt Romney For Governor Of Massachusetts.  The Latest News is here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


via [ Laughing Squid ]

Go Big, Mr. Obama

Go Big, Mr. Obama by Thomas L. Friedman:
I voted for Barack Obama, and I don’t want my money back.

He’s never gotten the credit he deserves for bringing the economy he inherited back from the brink of a depression.

He’s fought the war on terrorism in a smart and effective way.

He’s making health care possible for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, and he saved the auto industry.

This is big stuff.

But, as important as all of these achievements are, they pale in comparison to the defining challenge of Obama’s presidency: Can he put the country on a sustainable economic recovery path at a time when, if we fail, it could be the end of the American dream?
Well said!

Buy Nothing Day: 11-25-11

Buy Nothing Day: 11-25-11

Videoblogging (Livestreaming) Comes Of Age #ows #ustream

Great article: Videoblogging Comes Of Age on techPresident:
Using his Samsung Galaxy S2 cell phone, a 4G network, a free Ustream account, and Twitter and Facebook to alert viewers to new broadcasts, the 25-year-old Pool is demonstrating what could be the future of broadcast, networked citizen journalism, where interaction with viewers is real-time, and where anything can happen.

To long-time video-blogging pioneers, Pool’s livestreams from the Occupy Wall Street protests in Manhattan prove that the long-held promise of video-blogging has come of age.
There's also a link to a Vloggercon 2005 post, by Micah L. Sifry, as a bonus. Vloggercon 2005 was the first gathering of videobloggers :-)
I'm spending Saturday morning at Vloggercon 2005--the first ever face-to-face gathering of videobloggers--in a packed conference room at NYU. There are over 50 people here, including two women from Italy, a guy from Norway and one from Chile, all who came to NY just for this event. There's a sense here of being part of the birth of a new medium, one that has all kinds of interesting potential.
Thanks Sarah Lai Stirland.

Here's a photo of me and Amanda Congdon from Vloggercon 2005 in NYC.

Steve and Amanda

Here's a photo of me Bre Pettis and Chuck Olsen from Vloggercon 2006 in San Francisco.

Bre, Chuck, Steve

Also, here's a photo of me and Zadi Diaz from Vloggercon 2006 in San Francisco.

Zadi and Steve

My book, Get Seen, teaches you how to live stream and interviews a bunch of successful videobloggers. Also has a little history in it.

Drew - Top 9 - THE X FACTOR USA 2011

I vote for Act 8

.@TheXFactorUSA How can I send you a DM to vote, when you are not following me?

If you are using the Mac twitter client, you can't DM someone who is not following you. That's pretty standard in the twitter interface.

Twitter Help:
What Is a Direct Message? (DM)?
Tip: Make sure that user follows you. You may only send a direct message to your followers.
Here's how you can DM @TheXFactorUSA without them following you back.

Go here:

The X Factor™ Experience on Twitter

Makes no sense.

Vote Drew: The X Factor™ Experience on Twitter

Click here to vote for Drew via Twitter.


If you go to and DM @TheXFactor it works without them following you back. Curious. DM to @TheXFactor

On the Twitter for Mac client, as shown above, it doesn't work.

It's a Known Mac Twitter Client Bug
isaach: thanks for the bug report. it's a known issue with the mac client and i'm working with that team on it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Heineken DM'd Me: Don't Share Our Content with Those Who Can't Drink Beer

Heineken DM by stevegarfield
Heineken DM, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

Note: If you are under the legal purchasing age for beer in your country, do not read this blog post:

The Heineken Twitter Account DM'd me this:

"Thanks for following. Our content is intended for people of legal purchasing age so please don't share it with those who aren't. Cheers!"

I tweeted back with a DM:

"Seriously? I can't control who sees my tweets. I've got 26,886 followers."

My DM was rejected because Heineken isn't following me.


Klout Perk: Photography

Klout Perk: Photography by stevegarfield
Klout Perk: Photography, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

I saw on the current Klout perks list that there is a Perk for a Free Eye-Fi card.

I'm interested in testing the new version of that card out since I wrote about the earlier version in my book: Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)

When I looked at the Perk it said: Sorry, Your'e Not Eligible. So I clicked the link to find out why.

I needed a Klout score about 50 and Klout in 'photography.'

I checked and I had Klout in photography, but it wasn't one of my top Klout topics.

So I asked twitter followers to give me clout in photography to see if that would make a difference.

Please +K my influence in Photography on @klout Sorry for this but here's the official way to add to my influence.
It did.


Steve Garfield | Klout Influence Report


It totally worked...

Klout Perks: Free Eye-Fi Connect Card

Thanks again!

Influencer disclosure
I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

Now I think I need more Klout in Video. ;-)

Please +K my influence in Video on @klout
My book: