Thursday, December 06, 2007

Law and Video "audio" podcast by The DVShow Podcast Network

The Law and Video Podcast started on September 18, 2007, it is provided via the DVShow Podcast Network.

From the L & V web site:

Gordon Firemark is an attorney whose practice is devoted to the representation of artists, writers, producers and directors in the fields of theater, film, television, and music.

His practice also covers intellectual property, cyberspace, new media and business/corporate matters for clients in the entertainment industry.

This is the first live, call-in podcast to clear the air on legal issues for filmmakers and videographers who are looking for answers to questions related to starting a production business, copyright issues, contracts, intellectual property and distribution.

I have listened from the start and it has always been interesting. Similar to the other shows in the DVShow Podcast Network, Brian Alves hosts the broadcast where Gordon FireMark answers call-in, email and recorded audio questions. Each Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET the show is live. A majority of the questions have referenced copyrights but also covered are the use of hidden cameras, recording audio, defamation, DMCA, takedown notices, obtaining releases/permits and contractual impacts, plus much more. Running time for the show is typically between 30 and 50 minutes.

You can subscribe to Gordon's audio podcast via:

Be sure to stop by the Law and Video web site or Gordon's web site for more information.

I found this show fascinating and the answers continue to surprise me. Take a listen and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007

NaNoWriMo 2007 - You Won!

Our word-counting robots have analyzed your November novel, and they've delivered their final, binding assessment: Winner.

You did it! You did it! You did it!

So it's official.

This was, without a doubt, one of the hardest years on record for NaNoWriMo participants. At some point in the literary marathon, most of your fellow writers fell by the wayside. They lost their books to work, to family, to school, and to the hundreds of other distractions and interruptions that tend to shutter creative undertakings like NaNoWriMo.

But not you. Not this year.

This November, you set out with the ridiculously ambitious goal of bringing an entire world into existence in just 30 days. When the going got tough, you got writing. Now you're one of the few souls who can look back on 2007 as the year you were brave enough to enter the world's largest writing contest, and disciplined enough to emerge a winner.

We salute your imagination and perseverance. The question we ask you now is this: If you were able to write a not-horrible novel in 30 days, what else can you do? The book you wrote this month is just the beginning.

From here on out, the sky's the limit.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

Free Rice

About FreeRice

FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site,

FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Who distributes the donated rice?

The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What political humor?

Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!
Be sure to stop by JibJab and make your own (Republican or Democrat) zombies.

Mr. Deity is back on

Mr Deity is exclusively on Warning, not everyone will appreciate the humor. However, an open-mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

KT Tunstall's Hold On AOL Sessions video

From street performer to worldwide star.

This is the latest song from KT Tunstall's album that has me entranced.

As with some of her other albums the production video for Hold On is excellent (IMHO).
The one above is NOT the actual video but rather one done for AOL Sessions.


P.S. KT Tunstall website

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Stand Up Speak Out Against Poverty

October 16 + 17, 2007

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT is a worldwide call to take action against poverty and inequality and for the Millennium Development Goals. On October 16th and 17th, be a part of this growing movement of people who refuse to stay silent or seated in the face of poverty. Help us break the world record so we can break the record of broken promises.

Link over to Chris Brogan post

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

So, do you know NaNoWriMo ?

Below is the official press release for 2007. Enjoy!



Oakland, Calif. --- --- October, 2007 --- There are some who say writing a novel takes awesome talent, strong language skills, academic training, and years of dedication.

Not true. All it really takes is a deadline – a very, very tight deadline – and a whole lot of coffee.

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month: a nonprofit literary crusade that encourages aspiring novelists all over the world to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. At midnight on Nov. 1, more than 100,000 writers from over 70 countries – poised over laptops and pads of paper, fingers itching and minds racing with plots and characters – will begin a furious adventure in fiction. By 11:59 PM on Nov. 30, thousands of them will be novelists.

NaNoWriMo is the largest writing contest in the world. In 2006, over 79,000 people took part in the free challenge. And while the event stresses fun and creative exploration over publication, sixteen NaNoWriMo novelists have had their NaNo-novels published, including Sarah Gruen, author of New York Times #1 Best Seller, Water for Elephants.

Around 18% of NaNoWriMo participants "win" every year by writing 50,000 words and validating their novels on the organization's website before midnight on Nov 30. Winner's receive no prizes, and no one at NaNoWriMo ever sees the manuscripts submitted.

So if not for fame or fortune, why do people do it?

"The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creative potential like nothing else," says NaNoWriMo Director (and eight-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. "When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it's a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month."

For the past eight years, Baty has sent out weekly pep talks to participants in November. This year, he's passing the pep talking torch to established authors, including mystery writer Sue Grafton, master storyteller Tom Robbins, and renowned fantasy writer Neil Gaiman.

If you would like more information about National Novel Writing Month, or would like to talk to participants from NaNoWriMo chapters in your area, please visit our website at, or contact

Friday, September 28, 2007

Why Tuesday?

I watched this video in amazement. Colonial Williamsburg has an "actor" playing Thomas Jefferson. He was interviewed as TJ in character.

Now I ask you why can't our president be this coherent!!!????

The video below is a longer version of the TJ interview as presented on Rocketboom.

Below is a shorter version mixed with Why Tuesday details.

Read more about Why Tuesday org.

For a little background on why the Federal Law makes Tuesday election day see the following non-authoritative sources:

And finally, here is some interesting reading on how the Constitution defines the election of a president and vice president. (The 12th Amendment to the Constitution). You can see how this was used in "the 1824 scenario" within the information about presidential elections

Just thought you might be interested, if you made it this far.

BTW, since you are still reading... do you know how many times the president was elected without having a majority of the votes? We remember the election of 2000, but did you know that similar ones occurred throughout our history? Take a look at the election results chart on the presidential elections reference noted above.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

A long time ago, in a galaxy.... no wait this is an ad for digital....

A very long time ago I used to be a computer geek using DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) equipment. Later simply known as "digital", they had advertisements for all aspects of their company. You may recall seeing their ads on PBS. They were famous for sponsoring those shows.

But I digress...

I was recently reminded of one of their ads via a post on AdMBlog.

Take a look.

Along with many other companies from that time, digital on longer exists. Consumed by others, their ideas and products seem to have been tossed on the wind... there will once again come a new renaissance.

Friday, August 31, 2007

"Break A Leg" is it really a sitcom?

There are tons of videos out and about. With all this harvest there is a lot of chaff. One site stands out as something different. This one is

Good writing, good sound, good camera work and last but not least good personalities.

I am not sure why but what they have published over on is quite engaging. Even the bloopers are fun and interesting to view, although at times they feel a bit long. Like that favorite bag of chips, I just can't "eat" just one.

If they get going with this sitcom, it should be one of the best.

Here is their description:

About the show:

DAVID PENN just got his first sitcom, Groommates, picked up -- the problem is, he may not live long enough to see it succeed.

That's right, aside from the regular trials and tribulations that come with shooting a sitcom, David has one other problem -- he's going to die at the end of the season. How? That remains to be seen. Why? That's another important piece of information that David has yet to figure out. But as he narrates his story from beginning to end, one fact remains -- he will die, in the storage room, with a gun to his head and the sounds of a fake laugh track in his ears.

A show not only about show business, but relationships, fame, entertainment, and death -- BREAK A LEG is a mix of The Office and Arrested Development with a bit of murder thrown in, just for good measure.

P.S. I enjoy the eastern European flavor. Thanks David.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Scary Guy

I came across this "Scary Guy" in the Grasshoppers group. Until then, I was unaware of his existence. His goal is
Put only love on this planet. Eliminating Hate, Violence and Prejudice Worldwide.

Now that's a tall order.

For most people the first order of business is to get past his tattooed and pierced exterior. Once past... if that is possible, you find a man on a mission!

Give it a go, get past the exterior. Embrace the exterior. LISTEN!

Here is another video from the show "The Bell". Tells more about the "how and why" of the "scary guy".

The Scary Guy's Mission

Friday, August 10, 2007

Matt Danzico's Around America video blogging project

This kind of project has sort of been done before, but this one is a bit different.

There is this guy who wants to travel around the United States for free, but he really does have a purpose.

Excerpt from his website says:

At its foundation, this is an experiment about human interaction and whether relationships formed on digital platforms can transcend into the physical world. The project, seeks to answers to three questions:

1. What level of trust can be carried from social networking and video sharing platforms to the physical world? Are digital relationships condemned to a life on the Internet?

2. Is a cultural flattening phenomenon occurring among America’s youth?. (i.e., Is Joe Brooklyn really that different from Michael Wyoming?) If so, has Web 2.0 contributed to it and how?

3. And, the basic question: will people give their time, money, and effort just to connect with a person they only know digitally? Meaning, are online users actually interested in meeting the individuals that contribute to the deluge of profiles and video clips that comprise Web 2.0 or is their interest founded in the safety of anonymity and geographic separation?

Be sure to check out his introduction video, either on his site or below.

Video request

Enjoy America!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Morgan Webb's new

The ever so famous Morgan Webb (the good looking half of G4's X-Play Show) has her own semi-daily video blog... yes she really did say video blog.

It is another techno news oriented short report that actually caught items that others missed. This post will always have the latest episode, so feel free to stop back.

Better yet head over to and subscribe (using RSS or iTunes) and maybe even drop her some cash on her tip jar. Remember she still has a day job, but like the rest of us can always use a little extra spending money.

BTW, that's webb with two B's of course.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

ysabellabrave on envy and jealousy

Below is a video created by ysabellabrave (mentioned her in a previous post regarding her singing).

The subject is Envy and Jealousy. The way she talks about it, really make sense to me.
So, I thought I would share it here.

Of course, her YouTube channel already has globs of viewers so the few people that actually watch my blog may already know about this. However, I just needed to post it.

I hope this also touches others.

P.S. This particular video is actually from her ysabellabravetalk channel

Friday, July 27, 2007

Viddler - yet another video upload site {YAVUS}

Well does the world need YAVUS? Maybe! appears to be the same as all the other upload sites, but with a twist.

It allows you to upload videos via file or record a webcam (or attached digi-cam). Nothin' new here.

However, it does provide a few new twists. Specifically, it allows you or others to tag the video. What's new about that you say? Well the tags appear in the timeline of the playback as the video is viewed. Okay, that's new to me at least.

You can share the vid with friends.... not new? Perhaps the fact that they generate a secret URL that you can use to send to friends for viewing is. No longer is the vid published so everyone can see just because you want to share with one friend. Or you can email that special video to someone including the secret URL and they see it even if they are not a member of viddler, no login required. This feels different. Now soon everyone will being doing this, but for now is a very nice way to share videos, easily.

Some other features that I think are interesting are:

  • ability to insert tags and comments in the video timeline
  • ability to set pic at any spot in video
  • ability to insert video response in the timeline

A secret video is included

I found it entertaining, it may actually be a bit useful as well. We share see.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Life and Music by Alan Watts

This video says it is from the recordings of Alan Watts. Now I don't know if this is an advertisement or a piece taken from an actual audio of Alan's. I share this here because it is a point near to my heart.

In addition, I point you to Alan's site to learn more. There is also an Alan Watts' podcast.

Trivia: It was animated by the creators from South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Sunpilots - "Spotlight in the Sun" (MUSIC VIDEO)

Must be something in the Australian water that keeps producing these musicians!

The Sunpilots site

Blogged with Flock

Flock - the new and improved version!

The original Flock browser was released in 2005 (I believe).  At that time it didn't grab much attention, well at least not my attention.  The latest release is worth a new consideration.

This release has a number of features that provide easy access to social networking accounts and publishing blogs, etc.  Check the supported services page.

If you have tried Flock in the past, please give it another try. You won't be disappointed.

BTW, I have found that Flock crashes less than Firefox in situations involving Quicktime plugins and other media displays.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

11th Hour - Turn mankind's darkest hour into its finest

Description from the Apple site:

”The 11th Hour” is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment — how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

View the trailer

Excerpt from 11th Hour press kit:

Leonardo DiCaprio's “The 11th Hour” is a feature length documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. "The 11th Hour" documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet's life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. With the help of over fifty of the world's most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, “The 11thHour" documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed, and their causes rooted in human activity. The combination of these crises call into question the very future not of the planet, but of humanity.

However, the most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but the offering of hope and solutions. Scientists and environmental advocates such as David Orr and Gloria Flora (note: these names can be interchanged for any of the experts) paint a portrait for a radically new and exciting future in which humanity seeks not to dominate the earth's life systems, but to mimic them and coexist. “The 11th Hour" calls for a future now within our grasp that is both sustainable and healthier.

Additional links:
11th Hour - the film

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Four Eyed Monsters: Entire Film extended through Aug. 15th

Four Eyed Monsters film available until August 15 on YouTube.

Arin and Susan continue their quest of paying off debts and possibly making a new film.
Note their mention of and how you can help. Their site is

FEM is not for everyone. It is a refreshing look at people, documentary film making and the bizarre but close relationship that two people can have.


Saturday, June 16, 2007 - And your Bacon Number is?

Over the past several days I have found many new things.

First, I was on MySpace and quite happy until I talked with some folks about Facebook.
Well, I moved over to Facebook, because it felt more like a community rather than a popularity and advertisement fest.

On my Facebook, I found an app called iLike which lets you find new music along with finding people with similar musical tastes. iLike led me back over to my old podcast account, where I found even more music and got my music quest running again.

On iLike I found someone named Josh who had a high "iLike compatibility index" with me. He has a web site which I popped over to and I found that he vacationed in Japan and ended up staying. This was something I had planned on doing on my way to Australia... all this was set aside by my time here in the Pacific NW.

Back on Josh's web site was a ""badge" for making donations to the "Make a Wish" Foundation. The badge had the link on it. I, of course, clicked on it because for the past week or so I have been entertaining myself with the six degrees of separation that is represented by the Kevin Bacon "game".

To my surprise, on, there is a video by Kevin Bacon talking about both the cause badging and the Bacon Number game. Yikes. Everyone is only six degrees away from everyone else.

Making a long story even longer... take a look at and see what's up.

AND if you really want to get crazy, take a look at the real "Bacon Number" (BN) calculator over at the University of Virginia called "The Oracle of Bacon at Virginia" it is truly incredible how many actors are within 2 BNs of Kevin. I tried even actors from India, Hong Kong and China, then I tried actors that are new and others that were dead and it simply did not matter...

Enjoy! And remember your Bacon Number after you stop over at!

By the way, by reading this post you are now only 1 away from me... like that matters.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

i'm making a difference

i’m is a new initiative from Windows Live Messenger™. Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. We've set no cap on the amount we'll donate to each organization. The sky's the limit.

So any time you have an i’m™ conversation using Windows Live Messenger, you help address the issues you feel most passionate about, including poverty, child protection, disease, environmental degradation and animal protection. It's simple. All you have to do is join and start an instant messaging conversation. We'll handle the donation.

There's no charge, so join now and put our money where your mouth is.

P.S. The button above is where I am contributing. You can select from any of the following causes.

Friday, June 01, 2007

a picture's worth a thousand words! ???

Or perhaps a thousand points!

Now we all know that Google search works pretty darn well. They also seem to be getting into just about everything. But now, for the first time (well as far as I know), Google has combined the power of the populus with folksonomy and a gaming style metaphor.

Yes, that's right you too can play
Google Image Labeler

{fast paced marketing music plays here}

What the heck is the "game" Google Image Labeler? Here are the rules and how this action adventure gets going.

First head over to the "game board" at

Next, select your nickname (you know the one you use in WOW or something)

Then carefully read the game rules...

You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a two-minute period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner's label, you'll earn points depending on how specific your label is. You'll be shown more images until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found. And we'll show you the points you've earned throughout the session.

For example, this image can be described by the labels: sky (50 points), bird (60 points), soaring (120 points), or frigate bird (150 points).

"Paired with a partner". This is not a fight to the death, but rather a cooperative guessing game to see if you and your partner come up with the same labels for the images on the screen. And there is a time limit. Gotta get through the maze before it fills with water and you drown. No, I must be thinking of another game.

Wait, is there scoring? Like any good online game of course there is scoring!

SO why the scoring? That's how you are ranked to see if you qualify to appear on the "leader board" for today's pairings OR could it possibly happen, that you could be one of the "all time contributors"? Oh, be still my heart!

Leave it to Google to take one of the more boring jobs in the world of cataloging the lookup words for something and make it into an interesting online competitive experience. What the heck is up with these guys? Don't they take anything seriously?

Oh yea, that making money thing seems to be working.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Wanna Work Together? (

For a quick intro to Creative Commons, check out this short video, entitled "Wanna Work Together?"

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Project Hope International

Christina Arnold of Project Hope International talks about the root causes of human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

The original post is located at:Andy Carvin's Blog

Reference to Nicholas D. Kristof New York Times

Monday, April 09, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver - author, activist, mother, independent soul

During one of my now reoccurring sleepless moments, I turned on our public TV channel. There was an author named Barbara Kingsolver talking about her life and writing. Now of course with a name like Kingsolver, I tarried for a moment and was instantly hooked.

She talked of Kentucky, Africa, Europe, and Arizona. All places she had lived for one reason or another. The more she spoke and read from her books, the more I was engrossed. She talked of how she would labor for 32 years only writing in the margins of her school books and notebooks. Writing technical papers, making money but not really finding her voice. She intentionally "lost" her accent and moved beyond Kentucky. Listening to her tell her story was intriguing. The more I listened the more I wanted to hear.

The show aired in our area at 2 AM on 4/9/2007. Created by KETV (I think), this was an older show.

If you have a chance check out her many works. They can of course be found at all the familiar book sellers and at

I leave you with an excerpt from The Bean Trees

I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign. I'm not lying. He got stuck up there. About nineteen people congregated during the time it took for Norman Strick to walk up to the Courthouse and blow the whistle for the volunteer fire department. They eventually did come with the ladder and haul him down, and he wasn't dead but lost his hearing and in many other ways was never the same afterward. They said he overfilled the tire.

Checkout the complete excerpt from The Bean Trees

Looks like I will need to expand the bookshelves just a little bit more.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Mr. Deity, Mr. Deity. Paging Mr. Deity!

Now, I know many people are not too keen on religious humor, but really mr. deity isn't that... religious, it is definitely is funny!

Check this out via their web site or in iTunes.

Ever wonder why there is so much evil?
This and all your other questions are answered, "one day at a time".

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I've fallen (into twittervision) and I can't get up!!!!

Damn you Scoble!

Bet you can't eat just one!!!

This has to be the best time waster ever!!!!!!

Hi. My name is Rich and I'm a twitterholic!!!!

Want a twitter account?

Join for Free!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What the crap?

You figure it out!

Mission 1

Mission 2

How many have always wanted to do this, BUT never had the time?

For those who need to know what they can do with all that free time brought on by retirement....

More at

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

KEXP - Seattle, Washington

So there I was just listening to the radio and not finding anything worth lingering on.

That is until I found KEXP 90.3 !!!!

For those of you not driving around Seattle, checkout the following:

KEXP MySpace

KEXP Podcasts

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Taylor Mali on what teachers make

Taylor Mali on what teachers make

Taylor Mali performs "What Teachers Make," one of the most powerful, inspirational poems ever written, at a slam poetry competition. This poem may give you chills. It will definitely make you think. I guess he is always teaching...


Thursday, February 22, 2007

30 Seconds to Mars

30 Seconds to mars- From yesterday (7 minutes version)

Okay, I know I am way too old for this kind of music.
But I really loved the video!
Maybe I am not as old as the calendar indicates. Enjoy!

The source of this video can be found at 30 Seconds to Mars MySpace.

In addition, they have a web site.

Saturday, February 17, 2007



I was recently introduced to the concept of (RED). It is an interesting method of painlessly helping others. You can of course read more about the project at the blog location noted above.

However, in a nutshell the concept is -
when you buy things you need and they are (RED) labeled products, 50% of the "profit" goes to help others.

No matter who you are, you most likely "buy" things. So this means that literally everyone can help someone else.

Overall not a bad concept.

If you are a MySpace junkie, Product(RED) here!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Don't Download this Song - Al

White and Nerdy

Excerpt from :


Well, actually, you can download this song... for free... here or here! And you can see the video for "Don't Download This Song" - directed by the great Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton - here, here, here, here, or here! (GNU/Linux users try here)

By the way, the video was recently nominated for an Annie award for Best Short Subject - congratulations, Bill!