Archive for February, 2008

Lisa, drummer for Kickball and curator for

February 23, 2008

The fabulous Lisa, drummer for Kickball, is featured in a story in Willamette Week about one of the Videodash Network sites ( …Play Drums the Kickball Way.

Lisa curates the site, so you can expect to see awesome videos from the likes of Max Roach, and Bert and Ernie (yes, them! great drummers.), as well as Lisa’s own instructional drumming videos.

After you read the article, check out for more!


The Future of Search

February 22, 2008

Video interview with Jim Lanzone, former CEO.

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February 20, 2008

No matter what the event, the location, the context, someone is out there with a video camera recording it, uploading it. Looking on YouTube, and Livevideo right now, there are probably 30 videos in the last 30 minutes of people around the world recording the eclipse…almost every one of them says…”yeah, I know the quality is crappy, but whatever!” This one is kind of neat though! I should also add that I first went to, thinking they might have some video of it, for some reason…first I got a “DNS error”, which I assume was because of a heavy load they might be experiencing because of people searching for info on the rogue satellite and Atlantis. Then, trying again, it crashed my browser.

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video – Policeman in Baltimore abusing skateboarder-Big Brother is…

February 17, 2008

One of the lastest viral “sensations” is this one of a police officer, Salvatore Rivieri, going nuts on a skateboarder. I remember doing a post on a blog a couple of years ago, talking about how Big Brother had arrived, except it turns out Big Brother is us. We are all (well…some of us) turning into little surveillance pods, making/uploading videos spur-of-the-moment, taking/uploading pix all day…twittering, tumbling, texting all day long into the datasphere. And that’s not a bad thing, necessarily….news reports say that this officer has been suspended due to this video. And of course “surveillance” is a pretty heavy word…which relates to the intent behind the act…you can’t say that the kid videotaping the officer had him under surveillance…

What is going to be REALLY interesting is when life catches up (or the documenting of life catches up) to art and we start to see more instances of documented different points of view of an ‘event’, or moment in time…not the Super Bowl, but everyday instances like this one of the officer and the skateboarder.

I’m reminded of those police dashboard cameras recording an officer pulling over a car…has their been an instance of the people in the car having their own camera going? There must be.

Kara Swisher points out: the “Internet–a new way to thwart bullies without getting beaten up.”

So, maybe Big Brother isn’t watching you….Big Brother is watching OUT for you?

YouTube’s Videocracy

February 14, 2008

Mashable covers YouTube’s Videocracy:

YouTube is already the Giant. And the announcements related to the Videocracy meeting take them closer to being the final word as a video platform. And the next step after the establishment of a “platform”, I think, are services that can run on top of the platform. Is it possible to put an entirely different “front end” onto the YouTube platform? YouTube is trying to make sense of their back-end, or at least the data they are collecting…one of the areas that is evolving and is ripe for biz leadership, is – what can you do with the data? – What still needs some sense-makin’ done to it, is the front end…how do you find what you want, or what is good, in that ocean of…unorganized not-good? I guess that is where I am thinking a different front end that lives, breathes and feeds off the YouTube data, (the videos, the user patterns, the recommendations, etc.,) but exists separately from YouTube…is another place ripe for innovation and evolution. Or maybe a network…of multiple interfaces?

Kanye West – Flashing Lights VIDEO

February 13, 2008

Kanye West world premiere

Kanye is without question one of the most exciting and original musicians in music today.

Videodash : A network of curated, niche, video sites

February 7, 2008

Steve Rubel, in his post entitled “The Digital Curator in Your Future“, posits that Digital Curators are the future of online content, who will “…dive through mountains of digital information and distill it down to its most relevant, essential parts.”

This, in a nutshell, is what the Videodash Network is all about. Many sites, all based on curators finding the nuggets. I have spent the last few months building an application to run/admin the Network, which now numbers close to 1000 websites. The next step: building that great team of curators, around the world, to bring some sense and sensibility to the wild world of online video.