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Monday, July 30, 2012

Comcast Xfinity X1 Platform: First Look

Thanks guys!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

[Free Webinar] Knowledge Vision: Video Marketing Lessons 7/31/12

Attract and Engage: Two Video Marketing Experts Share Hard-Won Lessons

Who Should Attend?
Our sponsored seminar program delivers fresh ideas on a variety of topics of interest to B2B and B2C marketers, alike. And because this seminar is underwritten by a sponsor, it's free to attend. That makes it perfect for those of us with tight budgets.

What Will You Learn?
How the remarkable story of Amanda Palmer's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign created an easy and effective "newsjacking" opportunity for a video blogger.

How to seize the moment when a video story presents itself: equipment and skills you should have and use.

How to ride a wave of social sharing to spread your content.

How to "think outside the frame", enhancing your video with brand-new interactive engagement devices.

How to turn your viewers into leads and prospects, and track their clickstreams to "read their minds."

Steve Garfield, Michael Kolowich

Corey O'Loughlin


Tue., July 31, 2012 12pm ET (9am PT)

60 minutes


Disclosure: CMP.LY/4

Friday, July 27, 2012

Watch The Olympics Live

From Comcast: NBC Olympics Live Extra, the exclusive home of Olympic live stream content at, is available now to the vast majority of customers who subscribe to the Digital Starter package and sign-in. will live stream more than 3,500 programming hours, including Olympic events and coverage from NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo, for the first time ever, so that Xfinity TV customers can easily verify their subscriptions and watch Olympic coverage live online at no additional charge.

Those subscribers who sign in and verify their subscriptions by Friday, July 27 can enter the NBC Olympics Live Extra Sweepstake for a chance to win prizes including a trip to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, an HDTV, and other prizes, courtesy of NBCUniversal. Xfinity TV customers can also utilize the Xfinity website for the Ultimate Viewer’s Guide that gives users easy access to NBCUniversal’s live streaming events at

Xfinity TV customers should follow these verification procedures to access Olympic programming via

1. Go to
2. Click the “Click Here & Get Ready” button
3. Select Comcast
4. Enter the username and password that corresponds with your Comcast Xfinity TV account
5. You are signed in throughout the Games on that device!
6. Comcast Xfinity customers with both video and high-speed Internet service will automatically be verified when in their homes; when out of the home, customers that don’t have their account information can easily access that information through their phone numbers and other easy ways.

Additionally, will offer enhanced TV listing guides with filters to quickly find NBCUniversal’s Olympic events and view TV listings in 30-minute programming blocks. Xfinity TV customers can also utilize the Xfinity website to change the channel on live TV or tune to programming on Xfinity On Demand, record events on their DVR, and view the latest news, highlights and schedules. will offer special Spanish-language guides and tools to help users control and manage their Olympic viewing experience.

Once you register with your cable provider, Comcast Xfinity in my case, you get this message:

Get Ready For Live Extra - Watch The 2012 Summer Olympics Live Online | NBC Olympics

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DC police chief issues order defending citizens' right to record police | The Verge

DC police chief issues order defending citizens' right to record police | The Verge
As long as the photographing or recording takes place in a setting at which the individual has a legal right to be present and does not interfere with a member’s safety, members shall not inform or instruct people that photographing or recording of police officers, police activity or individuals who are the subject of police action (such as a Terry stop or an arrest) is not allowed; requires a permit; or requires the member’s consent.

Additionally, members shall not:

1. Order that person to cease such activity;
2. Demand that person's identification;
3. Demand that the person state a reason why he or she is taking photographs or recording;
4. Detain that person;
5. Intentionally block or obstruct cameras or recording devices; or
6. In any way threaten, intimidate or otherwise discourage an individual from recording members’ enforcement activities.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Emmy nominations 2012: Watch it live -

Here's the full list of nominees for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. I can't believe that the #Emmys doesn't put up a text list of nominees on their site and just provides PDF/WORD downloads. Think SEO people. ;-)


Removed the full list because it broke my blog formatting.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

[Video] 2009 in Pictures. YouTube Copyright Claim Against Licensed Music. It's OK.

YouTube just sent me a Copyright notice related to the above video:
Dear stevegarfield, Your video "2009 in Pictures", may have content that is owned or licensed by WMG, but it’s still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it. This claim is not penalizing your account status. Visit your Copyright Notice page for more details on the policy applied to your video. Sincerely, - The YouTube Team
When I click through the link provided I end up here: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Copyright Notice

My choices are:

1. Acknowledge
2. I believe this copyright claim is not valid.

In this case I've used Animoto to create the video, which has licensed the music from WMG. So I acknowledge that I am using copyrighted music, and that ads may appear next to my video.

Good thing "This claim does not affect my account status" because there's no where for me to provide an explanation that although the copyright claim is valid, I have permission to use the music.


Monday, July 16, 2012

UMass License Plate

UMass License Plate by stevegarfield
UMass License Plate, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

This isn't right:

"You were. You are. UMASS."

It should be:

"We were. We are. UMASS."

"You" is talking to an audience of people.

If you are building a community, it should be inclusive.

We're all in this together.

We are UMass.

Who proofreads these things?

At least it seems like we are finally getting rid of the horrible old logos.

More: UMass License Plate

I side with Barack Obama on most election issues

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Massachusetts Ballot Question: An Act Relative to Death with Dignity [Summary]

State House


This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in
Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill
patient’s request, to end that patient’s life. To qualify, a
patient would have to be an adult resident who (1) is medically
determined to be mentally capable of making and communicating
health care decisions; (2) has been diagnosed by attending and
consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible
disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause
death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to
die and has made an informed decision. The proposed law states
that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause
death in a humane and dignified manner.

The proposed law would require the patient, directly or
through a person familiar with the patient’s manner of
communicating, to orally communicate to a physician on two
occasions, 15 days apart, the patient’s request for the
medication. At the time of the second request, the physician
would have to offer the patient an opportunity to rescind the
request. The patient would also have to sign a standard form,
in the presence of two witnesses, one of whom is not a relative,
a beneficiary of the patient’s estate, or an owner, operator, or
employee of a health care facility where the patient receives
treatment or lives.

The proposed law would require the attending physician to:
(1) determine if the patient is qualified; (2) inform the
patient of his or her medical diagnosis and prognosis, the
potential risks and probable result of ingesting the medication,
and the feasible alternatives, including comfort care, hospice
care and pain control; (3) refer the patient to a consulting
physician for a diagnosis and prognosis regarding the patient’s
disease, and confirmation in writing that the patient is
capable, acting voluntarily, and making an informed decision;
(4) refer the patient for psychiatric or psychological
consultation if the physician believes the patient may have a
disorder causing impaired judgment; (5) recommend that the
patient notify next of kin of the patient’s intention; (6)
recommend that the patient have another person present when the
patient ingests the medicine and to not take it in a public
place; (7) inform the patient that he or she may rescind the
request at any time; (8) write the prescription when the
requirements of the law are met, including verifying that the
patient is making an informed decision; and (9) arrange for the
medicine to be dispensed directly to the patient, or the
patient’s agent, but not by mail or courier.

The proposed law would make it punishable by imprisonment
and/or fines, for anyone to (1) coerce a patient to request
medication, (2) forge a request, or (3) conceal a rescission of
a request. The proposed law would not authorize ending a
patient’s life by lethal injection, active euthanasia, or mercy
killing. The death certificate would list the underlying
terminal disease as the cause of death.

Participation under the proposed law would be voluntary.
An unwilling health care provider could prohibit or sanction
another health care provider for participating while on the
premises of, or while acting as an employee of or contractor
for, the unwilling provider.

The proposed law states that no person would be civilly or
criminally liable or subject to professional discipline for
actions that comply with the law, including actions taken in
good faith that substantially comply. It also states that it
should not be interpreted to lower the applicable standard of
care for any health care provider.

A person’s decision to make or rescind a request could not
be restricted by will or contract made on or after January 1,
2013, and could not be considered in issuing, or setting the
rates for, insurance policies or annuities. Also, the proposed
law would require the attending physician to report each case in
which life-ending medication is dispensed to the state
Department of Public Health. The Department would provide
public access to statistical data compiled from the reports.

The proposed law states that if any of its parts was held
invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.

Source PDF

Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

Behind the scenes, ROFLcon at MIT in Cambridge Mass:

Sunday, July 01, 2012

mobileme is CLOSED

mobileme is CLOSED by stevegarfield
mobileme is CLOSED, a photo by stevegarfield on Flickr.

If you see broken images on my blog, especially from years ago, this is why.