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February 21, 2007

A Swarm of Angels

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We live in a user generated world. On average about 40,000 new videos are uploaded to youTube everyday and millions are viewed. The quest to write the next great novel has been replaced with the desire to become the next great filmmaker. Traditionally the funding, production and distribution of movies has been an elitist pursuit which required large amounts of resources well beyond the reach of the average individual.

The digital revolution has made filmmaking possible for the masses. These days most computers ship with some type of video editing software. Thanks to improvements in imaging technology and falling prices, HD resolution cameras are becoming more common.

With all the advancements in technology the one side of filmmaking that has lagged behind is the concept of web based collaboration. Sure directors assemble a core team of collaborators, writers, producers, actors, editors and composers to name a few, but the current trend in social media has resulted in mostly passive user experiences until now.

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February 7, 2007

Social Networking on Steroids

I am always on a quest to find interesting social media tools. With the recent explosion in social networking sites, there seems to be a new site popping up daily. For me, I want a degree of control and I often find myself wishing that I could take elements from one social networking site and apply them to another.

A sense of community is the other element that draws me to social media. Is the community founded in ways that will allow it to grow, and prosper in a crowded space? Because let us be honest, a social network that cannot attract community members, will not last.

THE FIND: This week I wanted to focus on a next generation social network called Webjam, which is based out of the UK. It has been labeled a myspace on steroids, due to its rich feature set. This past week Webjam opened their beta site, which previously required registration to see its community’s pages.

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January 10, 2007

Getting social at Sundance

Each year thousands of film enthusiasts make the annual pilgrimage to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. In the past I have made the trek, but due to a prior engagement I will not be able to attend this year. I love the sense of community that can be found at a festival, thanks to the diversity of films and people who attend. Missing this year’s festival got me thinking about how I might be able to create the experience virtually. read more

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December 24, 2006

Microsoft PhotoStory – The Best Windows Software You’re Not Using

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How do you share digital photographs with your friends and family members ? Upload them to Flickr (or any other photo sharing website) or burn them on a CD / DVD for sharing with contacts who don’t have internet access or a computer.

That may not always be the best approach as people (your audience) often lose interest in photo slideshows when they get long or boring.
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December 19, 2006

Bloggers May Be Forced To Report Sex Offenders

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Earlier this month, there was a bit of news that escaped our notice during the transition of ownership here. Senator John McCain introduced a new bill called “Stop The Online Exploitation of Our Children “. CNet reports that it defines previous legislation that was quite vague on as to who has the onus to report; no longer. read more

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October 25, 2006

Time’s Whitehouse Photographers have a Photoblog

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It was news to me.. but if you want to see what doens’t make it into the magazine, take a look at the Time Magazine Whitehouse Photoblog

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October 1, 2006

Matt’s Vacation: London Pictures

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I spent five days in London beginning a week ago today – here’s a few images from that trip:


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September 29, 2006

If a tree falls in the forest…

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…does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
Anybody hear the forest fall

Adam wrote in suggesting that Canada plant some trees along the new Fence that the US is planning to build.

Maybe Canada should plant the world’€™s longest line of trees right along the inside of the border to hide the nasty looking fence.

Canada has just such a guide to put your idea into action Adam, aplty named Hedges for Canadian Gardeners. Written in 1980, College kids will love tree-planting along the border rather than planting in the mountains of BC during the summer. Send your sons and daughters away to Hedge-fund Camp where they will learn why:

It is important to note that hedging is actually the practice of attempting to reduce risk, but the goal of most hedge funds is to maximize return on investment.

At Hedge-Fund Camp we firmly believe in exposing your child to the latest Departmental Electronic Publication on Hedges that the Canadian Government has to offer. Here are some relevant excerpts from the publication:
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September 22, 2006

An American blogging from Thailand

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Austin Arensberg, who is an American currently living in Thailand, has been posting some compelling coverage & photographs of what’s been happening with the coup in Thailand.

His photos have been picked up by many major media outlets – and it’s easy to see why:


September 19, 2006

RSS Tattoo

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Here’s one way to show your love for RSS