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Kosmoplastique is GO!

  Hi. I’m a zombie. I just spent 24 hours (well, 26 really) in a digital storytelling competition called #StoryhackVT. I was part of a five-person team called #Kosmoplastique (and yes, I enjoy #usinghashtagsoutsideoftwitter). The deal is this: Saturday at 10AM eastern a “theme” was announced. All of the competing teams then had 24 hours [...]


Ten Tips for Creating Decent Web Video

I’ve been asked to speak next week about using video in a social media context as part of BTV Social Media Day. In preparation for that event, I’ve dusted off an old “6 tips” document I’ve used in the past and added some tips bringing the total up to ten. The audience will be mostly [...]


Bill Blathers On and On…

A former student just stopped by and asked if he could interview me about blogging and social media for his netroots class (he had a book by Clay Shirky with him as his text). I said sure and offered to record it for him on a digital audio recorder so he wouldn’t have to take [...]


Technology Will Save Us All

For Emily’s birthday, I got her a nifty little device that really tugs on my techno-utopian bone. It’s called a Fitbit, and it’s a little doo-hickey that you carry around that contains a 3-D motion tracking accelerometer (sort of like a Wii controller) that infers all sorts of things about your behavior, and then generates [...]


WordPress woes and sucky spam

I’m revisiting my blog a bit these days, trying to figure out a way to make it useful for me and integrate it into my other social networking outlets, which have more or less taken over my net-life recently. In the process, I’ve come to have to actually deal with old WP versions and malicious [...]


FCC vs. Comcast & Net Neutrality linkdump!

I’m writing a piece for SXSWorld Magazine about the recent Comcast/FCC DC circuit court decision and it’s implications for broadband regulatory structure and net neutrality. Sounds like fun, huh? Well if you’re a telecom policy wonk looking for some good info on all this brouhaha, this is the linkdump for you! To wit… Here’s the [...]


Friday Smarty-Pants Links

It’s the first officially perfect day of spring here in northern Vermont. Here are some things to cogitate about as you idly meander about today… Clay Shirky has your must-read future-of-media essay for the week: The Collapse of Complex Business Models. Speaking of Shirky, he’s one of the respondents to this Pew Research Center survey [...]


My SXSW Slideshow

The idea here was to include the audio of me speaking along with this so it would make more sense, but I’m not quite sure how to do that yet. So here are my lame slides. They’re really basic, but they’ll give you a rough sense of my presentation at SXSW last week. Use the [...]


SXSW Day Three

Today was actually kind of nice and relaxing. I was up early enough to catch the first sessions (at the crack of eleven). I went to the What is Open Video panel and halfway through, I realized that I was missing the Clay Shirky talk that was happening simultaneously. Shirky is one of the interactive [...]


Planning for South-By

I’m heading out for SXSW first thing tomorrow morning. This is the fourth time I’ve attended the film and interactive festival and conference and it’s always a logistical nightmare figuring out what panels and sessions I want to get to and what films I want to see, but this year is especially complicated and exciting [...]