January 18, 2007
Vote for Sweet and Delicious Rock and Roll
My buddies and frequent partners in crime, The Creamsicles are up for NYC indie rock magine ,The Deli's, band of the month contest. These guys roooooooock, as you can see from the cliip above. vote for Creamsicles here.
December 18, 2006
Ryan Hodson and Jay Dedman to license videos on sustainable culture to Podtech
Two of my favorite vloggers, Ryan Hodson and Jay Dedman, just announced that they are going to be creating twice a week videos on the topic of sustainable culture (ya know, biodiesel, all that stuff) for Podtech. Here's what they've got to say about the deal (along with a few words by Michael Verdi. Their angst about getting paid to vlog is kinda sweet.
December 04, 2006
Ed Tyler's Blind Spot mentioned in the Washington Post
A friend of my wife and mine , the Choreographer Ed Tyler, just had his last work, Blind Spot,reviewed in the Washington Post. Ed had bipolar disorder and in the midst of one of his many down periods ended his own life, just a few weeks ago. I'm wearing one of Ed's sweaters as I type this out. It's a stylish, colorful, comfy piece of clothing that reminds me of the guy it used to belong to, a guy who had a very full and eventful life, who we wish was still here.
November 16, 2006
Ed Tyler died a few days ago, by his own hand. Ed was afflicted by bipolar disorder, and finally succumbed to it, taking his own life. My wife was Ed's roommate last year, and I spent 20-30 days in the apartment with them over those months as I bounced back and forth between NYC and DC. Ed and I weren't close friends, but I liked Ed a lot. He was an accomplished visual artist, dancer, and one of Washington DC's preeminent choreographers who had his work performed at places like the Kennedy Center. Ed made beautiful, unexpected things. At his memorial service yesterday we were surrounded by his paintings, photos, and dance videos. Ed managed to squeeze a lot into his time on earth, including at one point running away with a circus! My condolences go out to Ed's family, colleagues, and friends. He was a beautiful man and I'm glad I got to know him a little. I hope we can get a better handle on bipolar disorder, an affliction which screws up so many lives.
October 11, 2006
Reinventing Television, Episode 2: Bre Pettis--Oct 12, Thurs. 10PM Eastern
I am so pysched to have Bre Pettis as our featured guest on Reinventing Television, the live web talk show that I host every Thursday. Bre is a powerhouse of DIY media. Currently he is in charge of Make Magazine's podcast, producing all kinds of how-to videos (Wanna make a rodent powered nightlight? Bre's your man), and interviewing interesting makers around the world. Bre also pioneered the use of videoblogging in education, and started up the grassroots media blog wearethemedia.com.
When: 10PM Eastern, Thursday, October 12
Where: Right here.
September 26, 2006
Digitized With Jonny Goldstein #3: Amanda Congdon Interview
Went out to dinner with Amanda Congdon and her crew as they begin to wend their way across the USA to Los Angeles in their Amanda Across America roadshow. She recounted the various people they had interviewed so far, including a Hudson River Keeper, Atrios, and Jeff Jarvis.
She also talked about why she likes videoblogging so much, and mentioned some of her favorite places to check out video on the web, rabbitbites.com, andycarvin.com, carlweaver.com, Richard Hall, and askaninja.com.
I also got to interview Mario Librandi, who is one of the mobile producers of Amanda Across America. I will put that segment up soon.
Andy Carvin just threw up a nice clip of Amanda and him chatting while strolling by the White House
September 13, 2006
Bye bye, NYC. Thanks for all the folks who came out to Rudy's!
July 21, 2006
Did you know that Eric is a big dork?
Eric Horst Phillips is one of the mentors I worked with in the Bronx this last year. He taught kids how to shoot and edit video in his own loose, goofy, yet intense way. He's also part of the Meerkat Media Collective which makes little videos about all kinds of stuff, including this award winning mini-documentary about Wal-Mart invading Haslett, Michigan.
He's got a great personal videoblog where he asks the question: "Did you know that Eric is a great big dork?" And then he answers it: "You probably did. Yes!"
I guess dorks have gotten way cooler then when I was a dork, I mean when I was young. I'm still a dork. I've been dipping into his videoblog lately, and he's got some gems there, like where he turns a camera on himself as he finds out his friend is getting married. He doesn't post that often but it serves his purposes. He's not really doing it for you. But you might wanna take a look anyway.
April 22, 2006
Dave Alpert Live Music Tracks
The other week I dragged my buddy Dave Alpert to a Boston Media Makers meeting and he met a fella named Ben who went to one of Dave's solo acoustic gigs and made some lo-fi recordings. I dig the bittersweet songs of love gone awry underlaid by the burbling of the barflies. You'll dig 'em too.
March 09, 2006
Renee Michelle is Styling
My friend, Physics grad student, Renee Michelle has an impeccible style sense. She just started a videoblog from whence she shares low budget style tips with the lucky masses. Check out her first installment of Styling With Renee Michelle, where I learned I should wear a tight skirt to the thrift store.
December 09, 2005
Mikey Sklar, Maker of the Day
My amigo Mikey Sklar was featured as Maker of the Day on the Makezine Blog for a project he made to keep cool in the desert, a shirt made of 38 little electric fans. I recall him telling me that it kept him refreshed, but it also sent unwelcome jolts of electricity coursing through his body at random intervals.
September 11, 2005
People Who Rock#3:Raymond Kristiansen
Raymond Kristiansen is a vlogger I have gotten to know a little bit in different ways since January. When I briefly met him at Vloggercon in New York City, I was impressed by his goal of using videoblogging to energize the youth outreach of his political party in Norway. Since then I have gotten to know him a little better via his vlog, the Yahoo Videoblogging Group, and vlogger teleconferences. Raymond is a person who rocks, and I'm happy to report that he's on the front page of the BBC Tech Page right now for his videoblogging efforts. Worth a look. Or if you would rather listen, follow this link and go to the end of the segment to hear a feature about rockin' Raymond.
August 04, 2005
People Who Rock#2: Jay Dedman
After the Chris Hampton entry last week, I decided to make this a semi-regular feature. Person Who Rocks #2 is Jay Dedman. Jay is a fanatic with a sense of humor. Jay is an artist, and activist, and a teacher. Jay gets the ball rolling and keeps it rolling. Jay is hard core. So who the heck is this guy? By day, Jay works at Manhattan Neighborhood Network teaching people how to make public access television programming. By night and weekend, he catalyzes the videoblogging revolution. He is one of the founders of the Yahoo Videoblogging Group, one of the organizers of Vloggercon 2005, and the creator of the videoblog momentshowing.net. In his spare time(!) he helps develop FireAnt videoblog subscription software. Jay spent the last year bouncing from conference to conference speaking about videoblogging. Jay is a bee helping spread the pollen of videoblogging all over planet earth. And Jay is just a plain nice dude. You can take him home to your mom, and she'll like him. He'll help clear the table. Then he'll wake up the next day and get a mohawk. No revolution is the work of one person, but it takes certain obsessed, socially adroit, smart people to make change happen this fast, and Jay is one of those people . Congrats to Jay Dedman, Person Who Rocks #2.
July 27, 2005
I just want to give some props to Chris Hampton, blogger, producer, and all around Grade A Choice USDA human. She not only writes a funny blog, heaped with fresh, filthy, funny links and anecdotes; she not only curates the WYSIWYG Talent Show, a monthly smorgasbord of performers who blog; she also gives really good link. She has an ego about the size of a brussels sprout and a soul the size of Australia. She's a crucial piece duct tape that's helping hold this ridiculous contraption we call civilization together. There. I just had to let the world know.