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2006-09-15T00:51:00.030-05:00hit it dad...
This is message I just sent to the Yahoo Videoblogging List...
Of course all of you are invited too!!
Please excuse the strange font... copy & pasting in Blogger is a bitch.
Anyway, here's the message:
Ok, I know it’s short notice but...
We’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited!
Who: Me, the Blip.tv hotties (yes, ladies, Mike WILL be
in attendance) and you I hope.
What: A Party!
Where: Blip’s new pad in Soho
239 Centre Street, #3A
between Broome and Grand
When: Saturday, September 16. 8pm
Why: To celebrate Blip’s new offices and my move to California!
This is a casual affair ... so come as you are. :)
There will be high quality liquor, possibly a keg or two,
Joe’s Pizza and Magnolia cup cakes (if you live in NYC, this
should mean somethingto you...), a couple announcements and
lots and lots of videoblogging I’m sure.
Paltalk.com is sponsoring (thanks, Joel!)... those who can’t
make the party in person will be able to join in the fun via
video chat. More details to follow!
No need to RSVP, just show up with your fine self!!
UPDATE: Billy's cupcakes. Close second. :)
2006-09-12T09:35:17.583-05:00was so much fun. OMG.Thanks Steve and Carol for inviting me, Mario, Rudy and Casey into your lovely home.Casey and I had a blast as the hottest females on the scene ;)Mario and I sadly got insanely lost as we always do when in Boston because it's this crazy labyrinth of "big digs" and cow paths .... so we missed Casey and Rudy's presentation... :(But! We got to watch some of it on video right on Steve's Nokia N93...Blip.tv was well represented ... Oh, here's Blip's Dina Kaplan, she's sizzling.This is wholly surreal..... and Huuuuuuuuudack??? (as Chuck would say)... Mike's from CT too.Also at Podcamp from Blip was the very sweet, Charles Hope...and Justin Day (who I met for the very first time).This is Alive in Baghdad's Brian Conley.He's funny. At his session he said something like, "In Boston I'm a white guy. In Iraq, I'm Arab." Such versatility! I wonder if I could use that trick on my next trip to the middle east...hmmm.... Often during his presentation he admitted to being a "madman".And we were lucky enough to chill a bit with the brilliant, David Tamés.He was on rocketboom once and I thought he was super interesting.... so I was excited to meet him.I met so many great people... too many to count...Drew Olanoff, who came up with his crew from Philly, and Shauna Paukune who came up from Florida were such nice, creative people.Oh and our rockstar boyfriends were there too, talking videoblogging and website design (we think they are gay for each other).Witness some more Sunday morning fun, as directed by Steve Garfield:The Carol and Steve Show, re-imagined?[...]
2006-09-11T15:57:51.210-05:00I am staying away from the media as much as possible today.
2006-09-11T14:45:04.436-05:00Are you fo' serious? No freaking way. I don't believe it. ;)
2006-09-08T14:20:57.753-05:00Before Thomas and I begin really popping... I still have a couple experiments to complete to see what works for you guys. Thomas has conducted his survey over at pophub... if you'd like to see what his readers think.
2006-09-06T11:41:54.783-05:00I had sooooo much fun yesterday! Can't wait to see the cut!!
2006-09-04T22:35:13.043-05:00I love my new mac!! I never thought I would fall so hard. I'm in lovvvvvvve. Seriously I can't put it down, and that's saying a lot given it has one drawback: it's a freaking heavy motha f-er.
2006-09-04T14:56:58.416-05:00My bud, Chartreuse, aka Prince Campbell, has an interesting post on his blog about videobloggers crossing over to the mainstream. You already know my take on that subject. What's yours?
2006-09-02T23:37:26.656-05:00My brother left for study abroad in Madrid yesterday. Man. After spending all summer with him... it's just weird around here without him. :(
2006-08-31T02:20:17.403-05:00Join Mario and me tonight to see blogger/vlogger/flickr addict/storyteller/all around funny dude Chuck Olsen's documentary on the blogosphere, BLOGUMENTARY, tonight at 9pm the Pioneer Theater in the East Village!!
2006-08-29T14:00:09.826-05:00We went to see Steely Dan and Michael McDonald.
2006-08-28T01:54:02.203-05:00Wow!! My popurls collaboration is getting quite the attention. Never did I imagine my fun little side project born Friday morning and blogged about Friday evening would find its way to scobleizer. This would make sense if it were my "announcement". Endeavor's publicity team will be handling that with a press release and I will announce personally with a video, of course!
2006-08-27T02:27:12.893-05:00I've always liked the little rascals. I love the pseudo-British accent of Buns and the Paris Hilton squeak of Chou Chou.
2006-08-24T14:47:27.866-05:00Hot Library Smut?
2006-08-24T11:31:25.986-05:00My computer history:8 years old: Apple IIGS. I called it the "Apple LGS" at the time.Between 10-14: My family didn't have a computer. I got a B+ instead of an A- on my 7th grade history term paper because the PC at my school crashed and I lost it. So I had to turn in the paper a day late. I never handed anything in late before so it was a hard lesson for me (plan ahead cuz computers are assholes sometimes). Poor me! It's a hard life. ;)High School: Random, thrown together PC parts united to create a giant piece of doody!Freshman Year of College: Dell. We all make mistakes.Senior Year of College: WinBook. Nothing exciting to say.Since college: Sony Vaio. I loved it. I really did. We just needed some space. I'll miss the little 4 lb cutie. I'll miss it a lot. Just wasn't meeting my video needs, but I stood by it. THEN it crashed. :(Now: MAC BOOK PRO! WHOA NELLY!I've come full circle... and, I'll say it, I'm scared-- AND I LIKE IT!This is my first blog post with my new compy. So far, it's full of awesomeness. I still miss right click though. My right ring finger keeps reaching to click dammit! MUST TRAIN TO STOP!Pics I just took while unwrapping my new puppy:[...]
2006-08-23T20:59:08.543-05:00Just a housekeeping note to let you know two things:
2006-08-23T13:14:14.206-05:00Sorry to be a little MIA these last few days... a lot of stuff is going on. Jeesh, I'm sick of saying that. Can't wait until I can spread the word!Until then...I really enjoyed reading this article by Howard Kurtz ...then I thought... Howard Kurtz... how do I know that name.... ah, yes, we met in June, Howard.Anyway, onto the article. I've meditated on it for a few days... actually I don't meditate but I have let it stew.First off, before I begin, let me just say that I am not a Couric fan. Although this is pretty funny:I still prefer Diane. Classy, smart, and warm (oh, and added bonus points for her normal looking mouth, sorry Katie).I do, however, admire how Katie is going about this monster transition. I for one can't wait for September 5th. Below I've documented my reactions to the article. Some responses are thoughtful... and others are downright superficial. :)Up Close And Too Personal Katie Couric, Center of Attention, Says She Just Wants to Do Her Job By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, August 15, 2006; Page C01 NEW YORK, Aug. 14She is already the most heavily scrutinized, psychoanalyzed and gossiped-about anchor in network history, and she hasn't yet uttered a single "good evening" on a CBS newscast. Of course, she's a powerful woman ("woman" being the operative word) making a big move. Katie Couric's wardrobe has been analyzed by the Wall Street Journal, her makeup assailed in USA Today, her dating life examined by Parade magazine, her fitness for nightly news duty debated by columnists, cable combatants, bloggers and bloviators. Ummm, yeah? Of course. She's a lady. "Bloviators", eh? I had to look that one up. "I'm really focused on work and trying to tune the other stuff out, because it could potentially drive you absolutely out of your mind," Couric says in a conference room down the hall from the new set being constructed for her Sept. 5 debut. You go girl! Good luck with that. When she takes the helm of the "CBS Evening News," Couric's challenge to NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Charlie Gibson will mark the first such three-way showdown since Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings initially went at it in the early 1980s. But the media landscape has shifted dramatically since then, leaving this trio fighting for a shrinking slice of the audience and increasingly taking their battle online. I find Brian Williams neither endearing nor sincere.Yes, they will all need to battle online as well as on TV to remain competitive. Somehow I think Katie would do very well with a video blog. She's very connected with her peeps. Who wins in this showdown. I do. We do. We get better news. News that is FORCED to reinvent itself and move the medium of television forward. News that has no choice but to fully integrate itself with a new medium altogether, the internet. Because Couric is both the first woman to serve as a solo nightly news anchor and a big-time celebrity, some are casting her debut as the biggest event of the fall television season. After 15 years as a popular morning personality at NBC, she is armed with some new ideas -- including a regular soapbox segment for advocates and activists-- to jazz up an evening news format that sometimes seems set in concrete.I think it's cool that Katie is adding a segment for advocates. Of course she decides who's worthy enough ... and that's a whole 'nother can of worms... but it's still a step into the right direction.After conducting town meetings in a half-dozen cities last month, Couric concluded that "people are h[...]
2006-08-18T09:52:11.450-05:00A new You Tube star has been born. Joe Cascio points us to a widower living alone in the English countryside:
2006-08-16T16:48:49.290-05:00ABC Leads The Pack
2006-08-15T22:00:41.776-05:00With a great deal of pride I introduce you to Pawn Takes Queen, my brother Andrew's new blog. It will be great to keep up with him while he travels to Madrid for study abroad in September. Enjoy!
2006-08-14T18:41:47.603-05:00On Saturday we took the train into Manhattan. First we stopped by Node 101 and hung out, ate some mini carrot sticks, watched some vlogs,