Today I attended the Sup*r B*wl Sund*y meeting of the Boston Media Makers and rather than prepare for the big game, several media makers gathered for what has become a first Sunday of the month tradition at Sweet Finnish in Jamaica Plain.
Microsoft sent Steve Garfield a shiny new HP DV9000 laptop, apparently in the hope he will blog about how amazing Vista is, well, from what I saw, “yawn” is the kindest word I can muster. I’ll try to be civil here, from my perspective, I saw a demo of very pretty error messages, the video that came with the machine would not play. I wonder, was it stage fright because a Mac OSX laptop was watching? I failed to see what’s so exciting about Vista, looks like yet another copy of the Macintosh. From what I saw, I don’t see any Mac users giving up on Mac OS X anytime soon, and the upward climb of Macintosh sales should continue unabated.
I talked about the two seminars I’ll be doing at the 17th Annual Pro Video Show coming up in March, “Delivering Video on the Web” and “Champagne Production Values on a Beer Production Budget.” I also did a little show and tell on how to improve the reception of the Belkin TuneBase FM (a device for playing your iPod through the FM trasmitter in your car) using some copper wire with an alligator clip on the end in order to attach it to the gooseneck of the TuneBase, which yields better reception and less interference from other cars. I’m not sure if this mod changes the antenna characteristics in a detrimental manner, I’m no RF engineer, but, so far, so good.
Matt Searles said he’s starting a business dealing with creativity following a Jungian model, this sounded intriguing, especially since Carl Jung brought dreams, mythology, spirituality, and philosophy into the study of psychology and his theoretical framework blends rational science and the realm of art and creativity (my comments).
Jason Alcorn from Mindshare (an interactive communications agency) talked about his work with non-profits and said he’ll be talking at the Social Media Club meeting on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Lois Paul & Partners.
Randy Mann is working on a new video experience where you can go and watch 15 to 20 minutes of the best video that’s currently available on the web from a variety of sources and he’s building the experience using an interface based on the amazing Neave.tv interface, should be cool. Neave.tv presents you a stream of one web video after another from blip.tv, Google video, and YouTube television style, the experience was developed by Paul Neave.
BJ Hill reported on his Walk Across Massachusetts project. With a backpack and a tent and starting in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he walked for almost 300 miles across the state. Four-weeks later, he arrived in Provincetown. Along the way he compiled a notebook of messages for the next governor of the state, the messages included thoughts on Cape Wind, the war in Iraq, taxes, education, and more. BJ finally met with Governor Deval Patrick (after initially being blown-off by his staff) and presented the governor with the notebook with hundreds of notes. The meeting between the two went very well. Read more about the project at the Walk Across Massachusetts web site.
D.C. Dennison, an editor for The Boston Globe and involved in Boston.com has started a project shooting video “over people’s shoulders” doing stuff. He shot my demo of the alligator clip and wire hack for the TuneBase, we’ll see where it ends up. It’s a cool idea. John Coyne (involved with Media Technology at Boston College) suggested shooting over people’s shoulders with a fish-eye mirror in front of them so you’ll see both over the shoulder and people’s faces. That’s a cool idea.
John Herman talked about the RPM Challenge and he continues to do The Eye and will also be working on an environmental reality show, his video blogging is starting to pay off, that’s great for John. The fact that John is empowering high-school kids to video blog and become media literate in a 21st century sense of the word is very cool.
David S. and Co. have been holding two meetings per month of the Boston Video Production Discussion Group and they are interested in collaborating in productions.
It was another outstanding meeting, check out more photos in the Boston Media Makers Pool on Flickr.