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Rocketboom

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 11, 2004 | Post #1766 | Topic #1766

Hi, my name is Andrew Baron and I have been waiting far too long for this day. I have been involved heavily with weblogs over the last couple of years and have also always created artisticly with music and video on computers (esp on the hardware end). Over the last six months, I have been setting up my life and my game plan to videoblog full time and that time has just begun. With the incredible and unrelenting support of my coconspirators, Amanda Congdon and Josusa Kinberg, on monday the three of us will begin our regular format of posting video three minutes a day, every morning at 8am, five days a week from there on out. The primary focus is on presenting local nyc culture along with commentary and pointed information on internet culture. In other words, a weblog in video format. You can see what we have put together so far and get a very good sense of the format with videos from the last two weeks (quicktime 6 mpg4 compression required at the moment (hope to have flash as default and other formats embedded this weekend)). It would be great to get your comments and opinions to consider before monday. http://www.rocketboom.com I have already met a few of you (thanks to Kenyatta in a big way for his support and also thanks to Webjay I'm going with flash (best suggestion i have heard ever)) and look forward... [View]



Rocketboom

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 11, 2004 | Post #1767 | Topic #1766

ouch, killed on the "artisticly" statement. [View]



Re: Rocketboom

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 12, 2004 | Post #1789 | Topic #1766

Thanks for your great comments everyone (off list too!), you have really made my day!! As for the flash decision, it feels like flash capable browsing is nearly as ubiquitous as java browsing. My favorite method for delivering video so far is QT6 because its clean, easy, nice quality and the fast start option is crucial. While flash6 delivers nice looking video, I'm not sure that it has fast-start capabilities. Flash 7 does. What I don't know is, do people have flash 7 player capabilities to the extent that they have flash6? Does anyone have any ideas on numbers? Also, working on a PC and MAC, I'm always kept aware that while most of us may use Macs, most people in the world by an overwhelming margin use PCs so as much as it disgruntles me to appease windows media player, I'm trying to deal with that too. Geek_Jihadi's heart-felt post on codecs is quite timely. Unfortunately that time has been around for awhile and it's hard (though so easy) to see the end. As much of a time consuming process as it is to serve flash, qt, win and real files, all at once, right now, in these times of handicap video browsing, I think it's important because a) if people have a player set up at all, it probably took them a long time to overcome the fear and time lag on installing (however simple and easy) and... [View]



. . .

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 19, 2004 | Post #1852 | Topic #1852

Hey, just wanted to drop a line to say I finally have recuperated from the week and I have just started to respond. . .please stand by. . .there is a lot I'm excited to mention, working on it right now. [View]



in time

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 19, 2004 | Post #1861 | Topic #1861

I wasn't planning on responding to Shannon's comment, but after all, I wanted to say thanks because actually, it is the best comment we have gotten. It certainly was delivered in the worst possible manner but there are a few things he (or is it she) mentioned that I was going to bring up anyway. By complete contrast, M. Sean Gilligan's moving and certainly exciting-for-me video comment was, in my mind delivered in the best possible manner, though the content of the comment was not nearly as valuable to me because what you were saying Sean, as it compared to yourself - false by non-sequitur (as others also saw and mentioned in their comments to you). I feel the same way. There is no way I could do this myself. Right now there are three of us dedicated to nurturing this project to grow. There is also another person involved who seems to be silently giving us an unbelievable amount of back-end support. There are also several other relatively informed people in various different fields who are watching over us with a close eye, lending their friendly advice. It was my one e-mail to all of you that truly launched us apparently, taking the word outside of the videoblogging list to what is now a seemingly quickly growing endeavor. Its certainly going better at this point than any other project I have ever done with any medium. But lets not... [View]



comments

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 20, 2004 | Post #1862 | Topic #1862

I think its important to have a discussion about including comments on your web site because it does seem to be a major part of something important but its not a universal good. If you look at the Technorati's top 100 list (I know its just one way way of looking at it, but its a big way), [http://www.technorati.com/live/top100.html] which is the largest index tracker of weblogs that I am aware of, the top 10 most popular weblogs on the internet today do not have comments. There are a couple of weblogs in that top ten that have entire planets of commenters like Daily Kos or Buzznet. But other than that, no comments. I think slashdot is not even on the list because thats all it is - comments. I don't foresee having text comments any time soon, but Josh and I were just talking about maybe enabling trackbacks very soon. Maybe also adopting the videoblogging.info method of providing a ping form for others to be included in the trackbacks and do something with the design to highlight the comments that are video comments. This must all be well documented with pros and cons, etc. on the web. It would be interesting to see what people have written about on this subject. [View]



Human Dog Productions does not suck

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 20, 2004 | Post #1863 | Topic #1863

There is so much that I love about Human Dog Productions. Very inspiring in many ways. [View]



a part of the food chain

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 20, 2004 | Post #1864 | Topic #1864

This was something that I wanted to pass on from Josh, I thought it was good: The original concept of Rocketboom was to "report" on Internet/blog culture, but to also to be a part of the food chain. In that sense, we treat Blogdex and BoingBoing with the same authority as NYTimes (or at least I do). Like text blogging, its just another way of referencing something -- "I found this funny link today." That's it really, its just a videoblog. [View]



video compression

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 20, 2004 | Post #1867 | Topic #1867

I'm feeling like our videos are compressed with sour milk. I thought I had this going pretty well, but even in the one year that has elapsed since I last visited the issue, and what I could figure out on my own research in the last couple of weeks, I'm sorry. One thing I just now noticed was that I can play .wmv files in my real player so the .rm files are out the door. Also, here is a great article weblog entry on Real. http://jogin.com/weblog/archives/2004/02/29/real_obnoxious I think a great thread would be a thread where we all posted the compression method that we used, down to every last possible setting and a link to the file so we could see the results. Or, will someone step forward with a strong opinion about it and tell us what they use? Or refer us to the message if you have already posted about it in the past? [View]



weblog format

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 20, 2004 | Post #1868 | Topic #1868

Take a look at this link for several reasons if you are interested: http://www.bloglines.com/public/hamletheretoo It a list of bloglines rss feeds to one genera of weblogs that I think are really cool. 1. If you are on the list and you dont understand RSS and how it works, this is an rss aggragator and the interface is so good, I think with just a few clicks you will understand immediately what is going on with RSS and why people, not just robots are into it. 2. The sites that I have selected come from many different arenas but I think you can see a thread of a particular kind of site that is not people blogging about themselves and their eveyday lives. Thats one thing. These sites are different. These sites are mostly commentary on news and events. Often the writers are a part of the news and events and so talk about their life as it relates, the key point here being "as it relates" because most of them do have a well defined format. There is an artistic slant because many of them are interested in design and fine arts, and most are interested in the latest technology. Sites like Eyebeam's re-blog, waxy links, del.icio.us, kenyatta's blogs, we-make-money-not-art, are interested in arts, tech and internet culture and they are environments which thrive on identify memes before they occur. In otherwords, its cool information and interesting commentary on that... [View]



Re: Rocketboom

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 20, 2004 | Post #1871 | Topic #1766

I owe another explanation for how we intend to deal with the copyright infringements on Rocketboom. Basically, stop infringing. But there will be some and I will always honor any complaints to remove any content that is owned and unwanting of the free distribution. Have you seen the open video project for instance? http://open-video.org/ There is a lot of amazing stuff going on here with an unreasonably large archive of free for all films and also, a great deal of concern to the kinds of issues a lot of you are working on with video casting, video browsing, metadata tracking, etc. --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "courtwms777" <courtwms777@y...> wrote: > > I just took a peek at Amanda's entry for today. Too frickin' funny! > > Chris Christmas Rodriquez.. hahahahha > > Meanwhile, she had an entry one day of some old commercials. (at > least I *think* they were 'for real' commercials..maybe no)... but > that leads me to ask the question, "How are some people able to post > videos containing other stuff?" > > Like, where did she get today's bit, for instance? > > Just wondering... > > And has anyone noticed the buzz online about the FCC eyeing Satellite > Radio? I mean, I know they just gave commercial stations the go-ahead > to broadcast digital radio - but will they start sniffing around the > internet at video, too? Boo hiss.... > (http://www.wired.com/news/mp3/0,1285,55706,00.html) > > I... [View]



TV online through Google

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 30, 2004 | Post #2019 | Topic #2019

From: http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-22_11-5469297.html "Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are quietly developing new search tools for digital video, foreshadowing a high-stakes technology arms race in the battle for control of consumers' living rooms. Google's effort, until now secret, is arguably the most ambitious of the three. According to sources familiar with the plan, the search giant is courting broadcasters and cable networks with a new technology that would do for television what it has already done for the Internet: sort through and reveal needles of video clips from within the haystack archives of major network TV shows. The effort comes on top of Google's plans to create a multimedia search engine for Internet-only video that it will likely introduce next year, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. In recent weeks, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google has demonstrated new technology to a handful of major TV broadcasters in an attempt to forge alliances and develop business models for a TV-searchable database on the Web, those sources say. [View]



56K Bastard TV

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 30, 2004 | Post #2020 | Topic #2020

Here is an interesting situation. . . 56K Bastard TV http://www.56k-bastard.tv/ [View]



portable video

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 30, 2004 | Post #2021 | Topic #2021

Here is a clever tutorial on "showing movies" on the photo iPod. http://www.engadget.com/entry/3756421320807387/ And a lot of portable video devices: http://portablevideo.engadget.com/ [View]



Great Jay Video

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 30, 2004 | Post #2022 | Topic #2022

I thought this epic video by Jay was awesome: http://momentshowing.typepad.com/momentshowing/files/trees1.mov Really funny too because it's so absurd!! [View]



20X Optical Zoom Movie

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
November 30, 2004 | Post #2023 | Topic #2023

With regards to the recent questions about choosing a camera, here is a clip I created from atop the Empire State Building showing off a 20x optical zoom which is very unusual. http://a.parsons.edu/~juliaset/vid/zoom.mov I recently got this Panasonic PV-GS9 [ http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/QUANTITY/1/OID/88741/rpem/shoppingcart.jsp ] and aside from this being one of the smallest and lightest, it has the incredible zoom, the one feature I was concerned about. With my digital still camera, I have noticed that any zooming beyond the analog zoom usually never comes out and it is hard to get a focused shot without a tripod. This video camera has a 20 times optical zoom and a 200 times digital zoom! The camera at Circuit City was only $315 after the rebate, which I actually did receive back in the mail. [View]



Re: E-mail being abandonned in Korea in favor of text messaging/personal website

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
December 3, 2004 | Post #2119 | Topic #2117

Just think, if you were watching Rocketboom everyday, in addition to becoming brainwashed and nearly killed by "fake news", you would have found this piece about about email to be almost as obsolete as the medium itself! http://www.rocketboom.com/vlog/archives/2004/12/rb_04_dec_01.html --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "courtwms777" <courtwms777@y...> wrote: > > Just spotted this online: > > "Korea continues to set the pace with the latest trends in internet > technology. Korean youth are abandoning e-mail in favor of SMS text > messaging and mini-web sites. The biggest reason for the change seems > to be that e-mail is too slow. With all the e-mail viruses, e-mail > spam, and e-mail phishing scams, I can see U.S. internet users > turning more to instant messaging, SMS, RSS, and personal blogs. > > Smart Mobs posts: "New Forms Of Online Communication Spell End Of > Email Era In Korea" - The email era is coming to an end because > replacement communication means such as Internet messengers, mini- > homepages (dubbed "one-man media"), and SMS are wielding their power, > reports Digital Chosunilbo." > > http://www.smartmobs.com/archive/2004/11/29/new_forms_of_on.html > > Vloggers are on the 'cutting edge'.. ;-) > > Courtney [View]



Re: RSS Protocol or alteast within this context?

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
December 3, 2004 | Post #2130 | Topic #2049

If I could ever only do one thing to help the vidioblogger.info site, I would choose to put an end to any discussion of keeping the site private. By NOT allowing anyone to freely look at the site, or help spread the information therein, which is what you would be doing by adopting a policy of "do not link to us, do not use our rss feed", you are essentially blocking out the world. Its not just the instance, it's the policy that is the exactly the opposite of the internet's first principle - to distribute information. Beyond that, it certainly puts a damper on innovation and progress, especially for a group that aims to ride the crest of this new medium. If you want to control who comes to your site, you definitely need to have a password or do something. Since reading Foucault's "Madness and Civilization: A history of insanity in the age of reason" will not help for this one, I am only left deduce that in fact, the (non)issue here is still a lack of understanding about how RSS works. All RSS stands to do is make it easier for people to find your data, hence the name "really simple syndication". Google is nothing more than a huge RSS aggregator. There is so much more to be said about RSS. But please, unless anyone wants to discuss making the videoblogging.info site private or password protected for... [View]



rss

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
December 3, 2004 | Post #2131 | Topic #2131

Warning: This message has been sydicated. http://rss.groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/rss [View]



Re: RSS Protocol or alteast within this context?

By Andrew Baron | "Andrew Baron" <videoblogyahoo@...> | hamletphase
December 3, 2004 | Post #2133 | Topic #2049

My apologies, I should have never stepped into your business. I much more enjoy reading the posts here anyway. And appreciate your efforts. Sincerely. Its great to see people get so into it. Best wishes, Andrew --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@s...> wrote: > I'm sorry, but what? The videoblogging.info site (ie. Jay, Peter and I) > has no policy on anything. If those who ping the site has any preferences > about how their submission data is used we'll listen and act - in that > regard I feel personally that I'm doing the bidding of the videobloggers. > If they don't want other websites to re-use the feed I'll ask other > websites not to. It's the videobloggers who submit ping to the > videoblogging.info site who are doing *me* a favour. And I cannot speak > for neither Jay or Peter. > > With that said this has gone so far out of proportion it's not funny > anymore. It boils down to the ANT application needing a default RSS feed, > and I don't see why it shouldn't be the videoblogging.info feed. > > > BTW, does the videoblogging site offer enclosure in the feed? If not, > > surely that i s the next step, right? > > I've just spent the last couple of hours adding the functionality (90% of > it anyway). Expect it Sunday when I've had time to do a live... [View]