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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Go Programming Language by Google

Go is an open source programming environment that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.

The Go Programming Language by Google

My first program:

// Author: Steve Garfield
// Date: March 29, 2012
// Hello World. My first Go Program.
package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
fmt.Println("Hello, World. What's Up?")

Announcing Telestream Live from NAB 2012

Telestream Streams Live from NAB Show with Wirecast

Telestream LIVE to stream breaking NAB show news and interviews with live streaming experts from Las Vegas using Wirecast live video production and streaming software

Nevada City, Calif., March 28, 2012 – Telestream®, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced that it will use its Wirecast® live video production and streaming software to broadcast live news and interviews from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.

Telestream LIVE will be produced and streamed to the web from Telestream booth SL1405 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, starting at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time each day.

Steve Garfield, author of:

Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series), and a video blogging pioneer, will host the live webcasts.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tasting Menu at Brasserie Jo

[Video] Ashton Kutcher (Airbnb, Airbnb, Airbnb) and Justin Bieber on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Ashton Kutcher says, "Airbnb, blah, blah, Airbnb, Airbnb, blah, blah, Airbnb, blah, blah..."

So I Googled 'Ashton Kutcher and Airbnb' and guess what I found?

Ashton Kutcher’s Latest Investment: Airbnb:
Ashton Kutcher has made a “significant investment” in Airbnb, a marketplace for places to stay (including apartments, houseboats and at one point even an entire country).

[Video] Natalie Gelman - Long Stemmed Rose


NATALIE GELMAN performs "Long Stemmed Roses" LIVE at Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

Produced by
Dani Barbieri
Dave Brandwein

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tonight: Guest Lecturing at Emerson Social Media

Tonight I'm going to be guest lecturing at David Gerzof Richard's Emerson Social Media Class.

I love teaching at Emerson and have a good outline of stories that I want to talk about.

1. Videoblogging - The JimmyFallon Story

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

Always a good one to start.

2. Getting Seen on CNN Blogger Bunch
Image: CNN Live

How to use CNN iReport to get visibility and get on CNN.

3. Today Show

The @todayshow Food Trucks at the Marriott #sxsw
Image: Today Show Food Trucks at SXSW

How to form relationships via new social media outposts that are in their beginning stages. Also, how to be prepared for opportunity.

4. Road to SXSW

The Road to SXSW Google+ Hangouts
Image: SXSW

Taking advantage of the new Google Plus platform, and get seen doing creative things.

5. Hill Holliday #TVNext Livestreaming

#TVnext Ustream Setup with AT&T 4GLTE
Image: #TVNext

Using available tools to do big things.

6. Web Video Today

Pinterest Video
Image: Pinterest Video

Where videos can be seen these days.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jim Boeheim Fan Wearing a Mask - The Boston Globe

While reading the Globe this morning, in this article Boston Globe: Coach is a Jim dandy, I thought that the photo of Coach Jim Boeheim made his head look huge. So I researched it and found that it's not a photo of the coach, it's a photo of a fan, wearing a mask.

That's not clear in the Globe caption.
Jim Boeheim is the head of Syracuse basketball, as every Orange fan knows. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

This is a photo of a fan wearing a mask.

See the original image here:
March Madness – Consol Energy Center: Pittsburgh, PA

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Fans of the Syracuse Orange wear giant masks with the likeness of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Matcha | Program Guide RE-IMAGINED

Matcha solves the problem of finding out where video content is streaming.

I've tried it this morning and like how you can filter the results for only those services you use, like Amazon Prime, Xfinity and iTunes.

Matcha | Filtered Results
Image: Filtered Results

You can also search for only TV, or only movies, and narrow down results by year, like "last year's movies"

Works for me.

Next up, seeing what the WATCH NOW - Amazon Rental Button does.

I want to send a movie to my TiVo via Amazon. Footloose (2011): Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell: Amazon Instant Video
Image: Results of clicking the Amazon button

When you click WATCH NOW - Amazon Rental you are just sent over to to watch the movie in the standard way that you normally do.

Matcha adds their affiliate code to the link, so they make a few cents off the transaction.

Would be nice if there was a button to add movies to my Amazon Prime Wish List. In fact, Amazon needs to improve that feature on their own site.

Hottest Index

Lost Remote explains:
", (is) a TV discovery site that enables users to discover content across Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and Xfinity. By linking your Facebook, Netflix and Hulu accounts, Matcha can serve up intelligent cross-platform recommendations."

Matcha launches on the iPad to help TV show discovery

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Romney Advisor: Reset Like an Etch A Sketch

Romney Advisor: Reset Like an Etch A Sketch by stevegarfield
Romney Advisor: Reset Like an Etch A Sketch, a photo by Image Courtesy Huffington Post via stevegarfield on Flickr.

Mitt Romney Platform 'Like An Etch A Sketch,' Top Spokesman Says

"FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SXSW 2012 Recap - The Bad

Steve Garfield hung out with Jeff Cutler, C.C. Chapman and Jeffrey Powers in Google+ Hangouts On Air talking about how could SXSW be improved.

Watch my friends and I talk about "How Could SXSW Be Improved" today at 2 ET on a LIVE Google+ On Air Hangout.

Visit my G+ page to see the stream just after 2:00.

Monday, March 19, 2012

SXSW 2012 Recap - The GOOD

A recorded Google+ Video Hangout, talking about our favorite moments from SXSW 2012, with Steve Garfield, CC Chapman, Jeffrey Powers, Lynette Young and Jeff Cutler.

Join us on 3/20 t 2 ET for The Bad.

March 18, 2012 - Skiing at Loon for $25 in 80 Degree Weather!

An awesome day. Skiing at Loon Mountain for $25 in 80 degree weather. Sweet!

Instagram photos displayed with Instagrid.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Top 5 Events from SXSW 2012

Here are my Top 5 Events from SXSW 2012.

1. Bruce Springsteen

No photography or videography of any kind allowed in the keynote #BruceSpringsteen #sxsw
Image: No photography or videography of any kind allowed in the keynote #BruceSpringsteen #sxsw

I never thought I'd be able to get into the Springsteen keynote, but did. It was great.

2. Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop

Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop at #sxsw
Image: Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop at #sxsw

This is probably my 4th time going to this acting workshop. I've learned a lot from Jeffrey Tambor over the years. This year I learned not to allow any one to take away your confidence from you.

He had two great actors this year, as he always does.

Matthew Newton. Actor in Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop #sxsw 2012Kate Sheil. Actor in Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop #sxsw 2012
Images: Matthew Newton and Kate Sheil. Actors in Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop #sxsw 2012

3. The Cast of Bob's Burgers

The Cast of Bobs Burgers at SXSW

I love this show and started watching it because of my friend Eugene Mirman is in it. See ing the cast do stand up was fun.

Eugene Mirman | Bob's Burgers
Image: Eugene Mirman | Bob's Burgers

Dan Mintz of Bob's Burgers at #sxsw
Image: Dan Mintz of Bob's Burgers at #sxsw

Kristen Schaal (born January 24, 1978) is an American actress. #sxsw
Image: Kristen Schaal (born January 24, 1978) is an American actress. #sxsw

4. Baratunde Thurston

Page 5 SXSWORLD @baratunde

I'm a friend of Baratunde and on the #HowToBeBlack Street Team. He did an amazing keynote in the hour he had. Really great.

Image: Baratunde in SXSW Magazine

#keynotunde crowd
Image: Baratunde Crowd

#keynotunde Ogilvy Notes by @imagethink
Image: #keynotunde Ogilvy Notes by @imagethink

5. HBO Girls

HBO Girls - Apatow Center Stage

This was a look inside the creators and cast of the new HBO show Girls. I love hearing about the writing process and behind the scenes. This was a great session and I'm looking forward to the show.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nike at SXSW and Nike+ FuelBand Setup Errors and Work Arounds

Nike+ FuelBand: 1st Jamaica Pond Walk #counts

Nike at SXSW
Here's a quick recap of Nike at SXSW 2012 and my Nike+ FuelBand setup errors I encountered and my work arounds, including correspondence from Nike support.

#sxsw @jimmyfallon's panel introduction was more entertaining than many full sessions
Image: Jimmy Fallon opens SXSW 2012 Digital Sport Panel

Jimmy Fallon's opening 3 minute introduction to the SXSW 2012 Digital Sport Panel panelists was funnier than some other whole one hour comedy keynotes.

Everyone on the Digital Sport Panel was interesting, but Nike VP of Digital Sport, Stefan Olander, a Matthew McConaughey look-a-like (according to Fallon, and very accurate), was most impressive.

As the panel description said: Audience members joined
Nike for a discussion around how data and statistics motivate in the sports in which we participate, in the music that moves us, in the games we play.
The key topic was the new Nike+ FuelBand.

It was my first time hearing about the Nike+ FuelBand and was intrigued at how Nike was thinking about connecting activity to feedback and online social networks.

I'm always interested in the future of things, and Nike sure did sound like they had it figured out.

I'd been by the huge Nike area in downtown Austin and was impressed by their video wall. Here's a show of it when it was all red.
.@nikefuel #sxsw
Image: Nike Area at SXSW

The wall had lots of scrolling and moving images displayed on it, and inside was a sports field.

Across the street was a line at the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant where people stood in line to buy the Nike+ Fuel bands.

Then I saw a tweet from my friend asking if anyone could get him one. Turn out that they were recently released and in short supply. SXSW was a good spot to pick one up before they are in full stock in stores and online this summer.

So I went back over and bought one for CC, one for me and one for my wife Carol.

There are three sizes, Small, medium, and large, which all can be adjusted.

Inside the old Spaghetti Warehouse, Nike had turned the location into what looked like a cool club, with a live DJ.

There was even a Vevo area with a sponsored 'bar' where you get get free nonalcoholic drinks.

Vevo Bar #sxsw #green
Image: Vevo Bar at SXSW

The Nike FuelBand was on display at table tops that had digital surfaces where you could learn more. The Nike people were fun and helpful and on my first day there I was helped by Candice, or Candy. You can call her either. ;-)

Nike+ Fuel Band #sxsw
Image: Nike+ Fuel Band at #sxsw

I got two that day and had to go back the next day at 8:00 to get a small since they were in short supply.

They could help you set it up or you could do it at home. I did my two at home.

Nike+ FuelBand Setup Errors and Work Arounds
In case anyone else has the same errors that I had here are some tips I figured out and help I got from Nike support, who were very helpful during the setup process.

The Nike+ FuelBand support area has a lot of great videos and help, buy I encountered some issues that were not addressed online, so I wanted to post them here to help others that might encounter the same issues.

Error - Registering with Twitter will send all your activity to Twitter
When you register you can log in throughout Facebook or twitter. If you log on with twitter, on the next screen you get a message that all your activity will be shared through twitter. That really should be an option you choose during registration or later.

My Solution:
I clicked BACK and SIGNED UP a NEW account. No twitter connection at this time.

After that I got a system error pop up.

I got this error when trying to register:
My Solution:
I reregistered without connecting twitter, and entered a different email address. then it worked.

Error - Page is hung on "set your daily goal screen"
Page is hung on "set your daily goal screen" after entering goals and clicking next.

My Solution:
I fixed this one by I going to another computer, and the installation completed.

But it never opened up the profile page, so I went to it my self from the browser, and saw that the profile was actually all set up.

I added a profile photo and it looks like it's ready to go.

FYI, Nike support sent me these suggestions:

Clearing cache and cookies is a simple troubleshooting step that resolves many minor site issues. We’ve included web addresses that contain instructions to clear cache and cookies in some of the more popular web browsers below. If you’re using a different web browser, you can probably find the instructions for clearing cache and cookies in your browser’s “Help” section.

1. To learn how to clear the cache and cookies for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari go here:'s-Cache

2. To clear the Flash Player cookies, follow these steps:
* Go to
* In the Visited Websites box, find and select and
* Click, "Delete Website," then click "Confirm."

Sometimes, in troubleshooting Nike+ issues, it’s helpful to change your default browser. Here are instructions for selecting several popular browsers as your default browser.

Mozilla Firefox (free download at
• Go to Firefox (upper left-hand corner) > Options.
• Select the “Advanced” tab.
• Under “System Defaults,” click the “Check Now” button to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup.
• You should now see a dialog box asking, “Firefox is not currently set as your default browser. Would you like to make it your default browser?” Click “Yes.”

Internet Explorer (free download at
• Click Tools (upper left-hand corner) > Options.
• Click the “Programs” tab.
• Under “Default web browser, click “Make Default” next to “Internet Explorer is not the default web browser.”

Google Chrome (free download at
• Click the wrench-shaped icon in the upper right-hand corner and select “Options.”
• Click “Basics” in the left-hand navigation menu.
• Scroll down to “Default browser” and click “Make Google Chrome my default browser.”

Safari (free download at
• Click Tools (the gear-shaped icon in the upper right-hand corner) > Preferences.
• Under “Default web browser,” use the drop-down menu to select Safari.
• Close or click away from the dialog box to lock in your settings change.

Error - "error returned from nike+"
Trying to connect to Nike_ I get the error: "error returned from nike+" Try again

When I go into settings is see: Username: Pending

My Solution:
I reset to factory defaults. That fixed it.

Nike+ Connect: Stat Loop
Nike+ Connect: Stat Loop

Error - TIME and FUEL
I couldn't figure out how to click on Time or Fuel Nike+ Connect to to get those stats to display.

My Solution:
It turns out that the time and fuel are turned on by default and can't be changed. Why show a greed out checkbox? Leads the user to believe that if they do something, they'll have Acces to those greyed out check boxes. Can they?

I understand that this is all fairly new. I how some user interface tweaks, system maintenance and document ion can help people over the registration hurdle.

Out for a Walk
After all this I took a walk with the FuelBand on and it gave me these stats from my walk.

Nike+ FuelBand: 1st Jamaica Pond Walk #counts
Image: Nike+ FuelBand: 1st Jamaica Pond Walk #counts

Image pages with stats are very well done.
Nike+ FuelBand: Shared page via Twitter

After using the Nike+ FuelBand for half a day, I can see how it can be used to motivate you to get up and move. I'm looking forward to seeing the stats and also looking forward to seeing new uses for the band as they open up the development API.

By the way, pressing the button once displays the current time. I never thought I'd ever wear a watch again, since my iPhone has the time and it's always on me, but it's more convenient to press the button on the Nike+ FuelBand to see the time, then to have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket. Funny.

Here's a Nike+ Fuel Band Key Guide to help you understand how the button works on the Nike+ FuelBand
Nike+ Fuel Band Key Guide

After hearing all about Nike, and how they see the future, I sold UGG (DECK), and invested in the company. They are more than just a sneaker company.

Friday, March 16, 2012

[Video] Bruce Springsteen - #SXSW - Keynote Address - HD

View Bruce Springsteen's SXSW 2012 Keynote Speech at NPR Music.

One of the best keynotes of SXSW 2012. Springsteen took us through his growth in music and shared the songs that influenced him. Springsteen was very well prepared and embelished his talk with songs. I hope the video stays up for a while.

This is the image attendees were presented with when entering the venue.

No photography or videography of any kind allowed in the keynote #BruceSpringsteen #sxsw
Image: BEFORE - No photography or videography of any kind allowed in the keynote #BruceSpringsteen #sxsw

[Photo] AFTER Bruce Springsteen Keynote #sxsw LOL

Image: After

Once again, SXSW did a poor job of publicizing the live video feed, and you can't easily find the recorded archive, if it even exists at all. If there's an official one, let me know in the comments.

Here's the NPR audio archive: Bruce Springsteen On The Meaning Of Music
Bruce Springsteen offered much to take away from his keynote address at Austin's annual South by Southwest music festival. He advised young musicians to believe in their own greatness — and to admit it when they suck. (Springsteen used that word frequently during his apparently wholly self-penned speech.) Chronicling his own artistic development, he talked about how doo-wop taught him about sex, country music helped him understand despair and Woody Guthrie revealed the political roots of the fatalism he'd heard in Hank Williams — then he made the crowd feel Guthrie's complicated passion in their own throats by leading a singalong of "This Land Is Your Land."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MXL Tempo iPad Compatible/USB Mic #sxsw

Finally found the MXL booth in the Musician's Gear Expo floor after looking for it for two days in the main exhibit hall.

I've heard good things about their table mic and wireless lav mics.

Was introduced to this new MXL Tempo iPad Compatible/USB Mic which can connect to an iPad via the camera adapter.

I found it listed on Amazon (affiliate link)

They talk about connecting it to an iPad on their site:

This microphone allows users to record vocals and other sounds on-the-go when connected via an optional iPad® Camera Connection Kit adapter.

Here's the table mic I want to try:

Can't find the wireless lav at this moment...