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Friday, February 26, 2016

New YouTube Custom Blurring Feature works on moving people.

Google launches Custom Blurring feature on YouTube; users can draw box around object or person they wish to keep from being seen; YouTube blurs out boxed item, even if it moves in the frame; feature can be found in Blurring Effects tab of enhancements tool. via LAUNCH

Image: Choose automatic or custom

Image: In custom mode, choose what you want to blur, and for how long.

Thursday, February 25, 2016




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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

34 Ways to Get The Most From a Conference by Andy Crestodina

Andy Crestodina does a great job of compiling 34 Ways to Get The Most From a Conference:
The difference between a good and bad event is partly up to you, the attendee. Two people can go to the same conference and have a completely different experience. Some people are just better at maximizing the value.

This is a guide to squeezing all the value you can out of your next conference. The tips here are based on our experience attending 100+ conferences, trade shows, expos and networking events over the last 15 years.
Plus, I'm in it!

Steve and Carol at Northeast Craft Beer Fest

Fest Pics Event and Concert Photography: 2016-02-20 Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion - Session #1 &emdash;

Northeast Craft Beer Fest

Fest Pics Event and Concert Photography: 2016-02-20 Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion - Session #1 &emdash;

Friday, February 19, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

[Video] “The Art of the Deal” starring Johnny Depp as Donald Trump.

Funny or Die released an hour-long film version of “The Art of the Deal” starring Johnny Depp as Donald Trump. 

The film - shot and edited in secrecy - was directed by Adam McKay of “Anchorman” and “The Big Short,” and also stars Ron Howard, Michaela Watkins, Alfred MolinaPatton Oswalt and Kristen Schaal and is shot to look as if it was made in the 1980s. – FOD


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Death of Juicing via @inside

Super Bowl ads, New Hampshire updates and MORE are in today’s #InsideDailyBrief. Get the latest news here!

This was my favorite item:

Amanda Chantal Bacon founded the Los Angeles boutique juicery Moon Juice, which serves “cold-pressed, 100% organic juice and nut milk” in two locations around the city.
Bacon described for her daily food routine and it’s intensely obscure, full of odd, unrecognizable ingredients. Things like silver needle and calendula tea, reishi, ho shou wu and activated cashews.
Here’s some of our favorite responses from around the Web:
Jarrett Sleeper added up the cost of Amanda’s grocery trip to buy all of her foodstuffs and it comes to over $1,200. The Frisky did the math and figured it at about $710 a day.
Julieanne Smolinski posted this note-perfect parody on Medium. Sample: “Dinner was a bouquet of tulips with my husband. We flash-boiled those in a marble cylinder full of rose quartz schmaltz and iron filings salvaged from the deck of the sunken French battleship Richelieu."
The Everywhereist attempted to recreate Bacon’s typical menu with the food she already had in her house.
New York Magazine said the article marks the “death of juicing."
Racked LA, however, jumped to Bacon’s defense, accusing the rest of the Web of “health-shaming” her. 

Monday, February 01, 2016

Grease: LIVE set the bar for live tv broadcasts integrating social media

Image: Kevin Estrada/Fox

Grease: Live was the best of the recent live broadcasts. Comparing this one to those others, they were snoozefests.

What worked here for me:

1. Integration of a live audience. Helped the show come alive.

2. Self-awareness of being a live show in 2016, not 1956. Instead of re-creating the stage play, we got nods to the movie and current pop culture. The behind the scenes opening with Jesse J and a selfie was inspired.

3. Social media integration. Facebook Live just overtook Twitter as the way to follow social media, during a live broadcast. I started following the hashtag on Twitter, then a lower thirds graphic directed me to Facebook to watch live during the breaks. Watching the show on TiVo made this easier, being able to pause the live broadcast. Facebook Live video showing behind the scenes and Mario Lopez talking with us was groundbreaking. 

Facebook still needs to work on the sports stadium live tv watching interface. I don't know why they didn't integrate that for this.

Future live shows like this now have a new standard to live up to.