Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006 Year-End Google Zeitgeist



Google Press Center: Zeitgeist



Once again Google tracks the pulse of the world's "geekdom".







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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Amateur Travel Podcast - new find, but its been around!

I enjoyed this Podcast, perhaps you will too.



The player shown above is dynamically updated, so whatever episodes exist, they should appear there. Just select an episode and click on the "play" button.

Cheers!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Feeds from Space has found a new home!


Feeds from Space has received its very own home. All the old posts will be included there as well as the new ones.

FfS will no longer be posted here, but look to the right sidebar for the link to the latest FfS post.

Thanks for watching.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Art Face Off




Are you an artist?
Do you like art?
Have you seen art?
Have you heard of art?





If the answer to any of the above questions is YES, well then stop by

Art Face Off

As they put it in their "about us" -

Art Face Off is a new online home for the global art community. Everyday we have more and more people join our movement – possibly the most important movement in the art world of the information age – the development of a democratic world art community, flourishing and energized by the vigor of healthy competition.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Video Archive of mefeedia stuff

Using the instructions published by Ryanne Hodson, you can create a video archive of your mefeedia stuff.
Also check out the video tutorial.




Video archive by Mefeedia

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Short attention span? Try 60 Second Science!


For the longest time I have believed that I have ADD (attention deficit disorder). I further suspect that the United States is just chocked full of other ADD folks. I mean come on, our ancestors and those coming today were and are just impatient with where they are and just gotta move...

Well, I digress... I came across this wonderful "sound bites" of science hosted at the Scientific American Magazine web site. Yep, "60 Second Science" is just the prescription for those of us who find reading an entire science magazine is just too much effort.

Sciam.com, as they call themselves in their URL, provides both an RSS feed and the ever popular iTunes feed OR you can simply listen straight from the site. Check out the latest articles page and pick your method.

I find the "just over 60 second" broadcasts are the perfect distraction for those boring corporate meetings, while being able to answer when asked about your iPod earbuds ... "oh I am just listening to the latest Scientific American's podcast". Now, doesn't that just sound so intellectually snobbish? AND, you get to listen to something new every minute or so... for an ADD embracer, this is heaven.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pumpkin Dance

Watch the video
video of what carved pumpkins do when you are not around.? short, no audio. feed from the surveillance camera.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Video the Vote 2006

What would happen if everyone had a video camera and we watched all those we suspected were watching us?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Here's a darn good reason to check at YouTube!

Recently, I was browsing around YouTube for music and I came across this wonderfully honest, brave, talented person. She uses a nick name her father gave her ysabellabrave

I have subscribed to her postings and enjoy both the singing and the dialog she shares.

Give a listen and I don't think you will be disappointed.

Enjoy!

Feeds From Space - Plein Air Art Festival 2

Plein Air Art Festival 2


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Video of the volunteer effort performed by Arlene for her college work. It is the first year of the Lincoln City, Oregon Plein Air Art Festival. This is the second of two videos on the subject. It covers the participation of some of the entertainers and the artists. also watches over the shoulder of one of the artists (Tom Allen) who participated in the Artist Quick Draw.

Music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK

Background music by Ken Chan of Ken Chan Music, Perth W Australia. He can be found on MySpace Music.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Feeds From Space - Plein Air Art Festival 1

Plein Air Art Festival 1


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Video of the volunteer effort performed by Arlene for her college work.  It is the first year of the Lincoln City, Oregon Plein Air Art Festival. This is the first of two videos on the subject. It covers the setup of the booths and a short walk through as a spectator would see the artists.


Music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK


Background music by Daren Woodall via& http://www.garageband.com/artist/dwoo


Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Are you a West Coast Podcaster?

Do you podcast?
Do you want to be part of the new media revolution?
Do you listen to and/or watch podcasts?

Are you still breathing?

Well then, you may be interested in the next PodCamp. Check out the PodCamp wiki

There is one planned for the West Coast, some time in November 2006.

Check out PodCamp West.(date TBD pending a venue).

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Feeds From Space - Drama of a Change Agent

Feeds from Space - the Artist at Play


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Slideshow and audio of the story written by Arlene Hand called "Drama of a Change Agent.

Drama of a Change Agent, Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films

"Feeds from Space" by Handmade Enterprises films
Theme music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK

Drama photos by Arlene Hand

Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Amazing Photo of the Moon

This image is a mosaic of 15 separate and slightly overlapping 8.2 megapixel images from a Canon EOS-20D (unmodified), taken in Raw mode and converted and stitched together in Photoshop CS2. Stunning!

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Feeds from Space - Light Dance

Feeds from Space - the Artist at Play


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This is a short video by the newest member of Handmade Enterprise's Video Department.
Jen shot this with her Samsung Digimax 350 digital camera in video recording mode.

Video of the Light Dance, Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films

"Feeds from Space" by Handmade Enterprises films
Theme music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK

Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Feeds from Space - baby and bubbles

Feeds from Space - the Artist at Play


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Video of the baby and bubbles

"Feeds from Space" by Handmade Enterprises films
Theme music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK
Background music by D?o Ravera-Scott via http://www.garageband.com/artist/Duo_ravera_scott
Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Feeds from Space - the Artist at Play

Feeds from Space - the Artist at Play


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Video of the artist at play
Video taken using an Olymous SP310 in video mode.
"Feeds from Space" by Handmade Enterprises films
Theme music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK
Background music by D?o Ravera-Scott via http://www.garageband.com/artist/Duo_ravera_scott
Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Monday, August 07, 2006

Feeds from Space - a Sunday off

Feeds from Space - a Sunday off


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Video of a Sunday off, just painting Thank You cards.
Video taken using an Olymous SP310 in video mode.

Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films
Theme music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK
Background music by Dúo Ravera-Scott via http://www.garageband.com/artist/Duo_ravera_scott
Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Next step, Feeds from Space becomes two instead of just one.

Today is July 8th, 2006. As part of moving to the next step, "Feeds from Space" is now a 50-50 proposition. As the Richard Show has its new editor, Feeds from Space has a new source of inspiration.

Today, I present a modified version of the "Blessings of the Apaches" that I read to my best friend today.

"Now we will feel no rain, for each of us will be shelter for the other.

Now we will feel no cold, for each of us will be warmth to the other.

Now there will be no loneliness, for each of us will be companion to the other.

Now we are two persons, but there is only one life before us.

May beauty surround us both in the journey ahead and through all the years, may happiness be our companion and our days together be good and long upon this earth.

We will treat ourselves and each other with respect, and remind ourselves often of what brought us together.

We will give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that our connection deserves.

When frustration, difficulty and fear assail our relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – we will remember to focus on what is right between us, not only the part which seems wrong.

In this way, we can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in our lives – remembering that even if we lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.

And if each of us takes responsibility for the quality of our life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

Over these past years, I have known a friend like none I have ever known. Today, my best friend became my partner for life. She has brought to my life a love I have never known. Hopefully, I can return this love with enough care and tenderness to demonstrate how much she means to me.

Thank you for being Arlene. I love you.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Documenting everyday life in video. Why?

Is it narcissistic to make a video and publish it on the Internet?
Why do we capture every day happenings and share them?
Do we like to see ourselves?
Is it for family, friends, neighbors?
Is it controversial, political, or propaganda?

Funny, silly, serious, emotional, down right boring!
Short, long, blurry, silent, overwhelming!

No matter the reasons, the quality, or purpose, each video shows something about life. Yep, everyday life.

What if?

What if everyone in the world had access to the Internet?
What if everyone in the world could make a video and show what it is like for them each day?
What if everyone in the world could see what other people are like everywhere else?

Would they see enemies?
Would they see friends?
Would they be shocked?
Would they be bored?
Would they be touched?

Yep, and probably dozens of other emotions and experiences.

I hold the thought that if the people of the world saw the daily struggles, happiness and emotions of everyone else, they might understand more about each other.

Each person has needs - survival, family, love, safety, music, art, and a feeling of belonging.

We aren't that different. Maybe if we saw that fact, everyday, we would understand. If just the "everyday" happenings, challenges and joys were shared, perhaps it would be a little more difficult to hurt and to hate one another.

Okay, I admit that a hundred different versions of the Numa-Numa dance may not bring about world peace, but it sure enough isn't causing anyone to go to war! This little ditty has been performed in oh so many places around the world. Could it be that we all have the same stupid sense of humor? Ah, common ground!

If a video makes you feel something, happy, sad, angry, frustrated, sympathy or love, what a way to communicate. If it calls to action or discloses truth or exposes, should not this capability be shared with all.

Well, I got a bit off track. All I am saying is no matter what your motivation is for making and sharing a video with the world, you are documenting something of life. The sharing may mean that someone else understands more about you. Who knows where that could lead.

For now, I will continue to make my feeble attempts at making videos that someone may watch some day. My hope is that everyone can do the same. Perhaps then we will all be a little closer.

With a wink and a smile, enjoy!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Feeds from Space - The Prequel

Feeds from Space - The Prequel


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Video of finding your vlog voice. The prequel to the vlog.
"Feeds from Space" by Handmade Enterprises films

Theme music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK

Background music by Daren Woodall via http://www.garageband.com/artist/dwoo

Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Addictive Flash Game Makes You Smarter Without You Knowing

The object of this game is to plot paths from each color block to the matching color block with color paths. They get really tricky after level 11.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

What Frequencies can 'you' hear?

This was of interest to me because of a recent article about kids in school setting their cell phone ring tones to high frequencies so only they could hear their phones ring.

The older "teacher" ears could not hear the ring tones. Sound unbelievable? Test your hearing with different frequencies of the same noise at the same volume.

This was an impressive demonstration and has really cool practical value for being sneaky...

Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Amazing Optical Illusion of a B&W photo that colors a picture in your brain

Stare at the X on the black and white picture for 30 seconds, move the mouse cursor and the picture appears to be in full color, then fades to black and white again as your eyes adjust! Amazing!

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Feeds from Space - Uptown Glass Harvest Gala

 Feeds from Space - Uptown Glass Harvest Gala


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Video of the glass experts creating the "Harvest Gala" artworks and of course our attendance. We actually got the opportunity to create two ornaments. This was the first time we had made anything using blown glass method. Wonderful dinner, good entertainment (live band), great people and quite an interesting experience. I would recommend this to anyone. If you are so inclined, contact Uptown Glass Works


Uptown Glass Works
230 Main Avenue South, Renton, WA 98055
(425) 228-1849

"Feeds from Space" by Handmade Enterprises films

Music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK

Images via NRAO VLA collection addition attributions provided via
http://wwwmain.cv.nrao.edu/imagegallery/

Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5

 

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Feeds from Space - Evergreen Aviation Museum

Feeds from Space - Evergreen Aviation Museum


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This video was shot during the summer of 2005. It covers a side trip to the McMinnville, Oregon Evergreen Aviation Museum.
This is where the Spruce Goose is housed along with a variety of other flight related items. In particular the B-17 was the highlight for me.


Details:
Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films - Evergreen Aviation Museum
Music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK
Images via NRAO VLA collection additional attributions provided via VLA images page 1 and page 2
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5

Enjoy!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Feeds from Space - Rain

Feeds from Space - Rain


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Once again, this video was made with the Olympus SP-310 digital camera in movie mode.
This short video captures a few seconds of a heavy rain in the Seattle area.

Details:
Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films - Rain
Music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK
Images via NRAO VLA collection additional attributions provided via VLA images page 1 and page 2
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Feeds from Space - new format test

Feeds from Space - test run


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Quite some time back, I said that I wanted to get more videos posted and thus start vlogging. Well, it looks like I am getting started, finally.
This short video is just a test of the new video layout for "Feeds from Space" (see previous posts 2005-05-15 one and two )

Details:
This is a test for the new format of Feeds from Space by Handmade Enterprises films
Real content to be included soon!
Music by BeatFreak via http://www.garageband.com/artist/BeAtFrEaK
Images via NRAO VLA collection additional attributions provided via VLA images page 1 and page 2
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5

Enjoy!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

What's Important Project Interview - Arlene 2006-05

WIP-interview with Arlene

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As I have mentioned in past postings, there is a effort by Ken Chan from Perth, Western Australia to document the opinions and important factors in peoples' lives around the world. It is called the What's Important Project (WIP). Not much has happened in the recent months, but Ken is trying to get more videos and assemble them into a library of shorts that may be of interest to others.

To that end I have joined the ranks in trying to capture some of this footage.
I don't have the video skills that Ken delivers, but what the heck, everyone is vlogging so how hard could it be.

Besides the challenge of finding enough time to perform the video shoots, the editing and finally getting it uploaded somewhere, there exists the uphill battle of getting people on camera. You would think that everyone would love to get their face, their opinions and their voice plastered all over the Internet. Surprise, it just isn't so. Hopefully, now that Arlene has shown that it isn't embarassing nor lame to say what you believe, perhaps it will be an easier task to get even more wonderful thoughts on what's important from many more interesting people.


Enjoy!


What's Important Project - www.whatsimportant.tv

Information: Seattle, WA USA  2006-05

Interviewer: Rich Hand

Comment: Arlene's interview was the first in the series from Rich Hand.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

How to create an Awesome Logo

Learn how to create really good logos with an in depth step by step "how-to" in adobe photoshop, with the guidance of a really well regarded designer.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

How to create a speech in less than 10 mins?

Most of us don't really have the luxury of creating speeches weeks in advance. And even if we do, we tend to leave it till the very last minute. I'm definitely guilty of that. This entry talks about how you can create a speech in less than 10 mins that is equally effective and to-the-point (without all the fluff!)

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sights and sounds of the Seattle Arboretum

Sights and sounds of the Seattle Arboretum


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Quick video snippet of the Seattle Arboretum.


BTW, I just wanted to say that this video and the previous Japanese Garden one in another post were made using the movie option on an Olympus SP-310 digital camera.

Just happened to have it with me and surprise they came out quite good for a 640 by 480 15 fps digital camera capture. This surprised me because I have a wonderful 3 CCD Panasonic DV camcorder and have yet to do regular posts to my videoblog. So to get started, I plan on carrying Olympus camera everywhere (not able to carry the camcorder all the time) and capture whatever...

Who knew? Okay, probably everyone but me...

Enjoy!

Japanese Garden - Koi Magic

Koi Magic
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On a wonderfully warm Sunday in May, we went to the Washington Parks Arboretum. The day was filled with flower sights and smells, birds flitting and chirping and of course dozens of folks enjoying the day as we were.

However, part of the day was spent at the Japanese Garden which turned out to be one of the best days in a very long time. This very short video demostrates the "magic" of the day.

Enjoy!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Videoblogging, is everyone doing it? No, why not?

The question above is actually a bit rhetorical, since thousands of folks are in fact videoblogging. Everything from the musings of a teenager in her room talking to the world as if they all knew her (or even cared) to the daily posts of dozens of news-like knock-offs.

Please don't get me wrong, I am addicted to listening to all the podcasts I can get my hands on. Also note, that in previous posts I have rambled on about freevlog.org and on and on...

All that said, there are two things that if everyone knew about them, thousands more would be videoblogging away.

First, there is an application which I may have mentioned previously, but bears mentioning once more. It is called VLOG IT by Serious Magic
. Of course, you don't absolutely have to have VLOG IT. You can do everything manually and probably get as good results... well maybe. It kind of depends on your techno factor. Some times it happens that techno and artist aren't compatible or even a desire on the artist's part. If this is the case, take a gander at VLOG IT.
You will still need some sort of video input device, but hey, why are you reading this if you're not serious about it.

As mentioned above, freevlog.org is a great source for information. Well, they went one better. Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson wrote the book "Secrets of Videoblogging". It is pretty basic, but crammed full of great information and an insight or two for those wishing to get started. This would make a great resource for a video blogging course... wait, I bet it is ...

The book covers everything from finding videoblogs to listen to... to what software, hardware and camera you can get. It also covers some of the lesser thought about issues like getting permission to film places and people (with a great hint about using the video to record permissions). And many subjects in between like - videoblogger collaboration; video compression; finding your story and attracting an audience; adding free music to the video and of course how to setup RSS feeds to spread your story. Don't have a techno fit, Michael and Ryanne make it all understandable and you don't need to work for NASA to figure out a single bit of the book. Really!

Well, that's about does it for now. I think these two tools will finally be the push I need to get off my lazy arse and start producing real vid's instead of just "talking" about it.

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

do you video blog? you must visit feevlog!

Quite some time ago I talked about freevlog.com. Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson basically provide everything you need to know about video blogging with an eye towards the people can't afford or are too cheap (my category) to fork over tons of cash for equipment, server resources, etc.

Recently (relative to this past of course) they enhanced the freevlog site to "version 3". Quite a nice update, although it feels a lot more commercial then the previous incarnations. Don't be scared away, the info is excellent and may be the only place to see the real thing.

Michael and Ryanne may not be making big bucks doing this (I don't understand why not), but they are making a BIG difference with all their efforts.

So, take a look at their new format and in particular view the tutorial. Also note Michael gave birth to the Node 101 concept that has spread around the country.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

free yourself from your iPod and iTunes

As previously mentioned I just love my iPod. I received the 60GB model and of course Apple has now decided to discontinue this model (rumor). This of course doesn't mean that the 60GB model will stop working or anything like that.

Back to the point of this note. I recently saw a news article on Rocketboom about a new beta product called Podcastready. This is a great setup that allows you to use an MP3 player or some other portable storage device to download podcasts and play them.

However, the slick part about Podcastready is that together with their browser button, website and the files that are placed on your device is that you don't need iTunes or your iPod syncing. Plus it works on any MP3 players and storage devices.

The bottom line is that you place a set of files on your player or storage device and then run the Podcastready utility while this device is connected to ANY internet connected machine. You get "sync'ed" up and viola you can now listen and watch any of the podcasts you would normally get via your iPod. Podcastready's simplicity is it key to success.

Drawbacks are - if you buy lots of content from iTunes then you can use both the normal iPod/iTunes sync'ing as well as the Podcastready sync'ing, but of course the simplicity flys out the window.

Give Podcastready a try. http://www.podcastready.com/ Perhaps you will find that freedom is a pleasant experience.

TTFN

Thursday, March 09, 2006

New laptop, now a new laptop tray...

I recently replaced my old Dell laptop with a Toshiba wide screen laptop.
Great resolution and wonderfully large screen. But now I went from a 12.5 inch wide machine to a 15.5 inch monster.

I had a LapDesk but unfortunately that just won't cut it with this big guy.

So, I searched around for a suitable replacement. Finally, found the Laptop trays at the bed tray shoppe. These were the only ones that allowed for the large laptop and the ability to hold both a mouse and Wacom tablet. This machine is used for video editing and both these input devices are required.

There are two models "New" Acrylic Laptop desk simple design and the true laptop desk specific design.

Unfortunately, the bed tray shoppe did not have the 2nd one available, but it is available from edgeblurs site called the surfACE

Sunday, January 22, 2006

How to Get Great Sleep - Get the link?

Here's an excellent, in-depth article on why we sleep, common sleep disorders, and it also has some suggestions for more restful nights. Ever heard of this insomnia?: "Your brain thinks you are awake when you are asleep."

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