As we had hoped, the RSS in Plain English video has been a learning experience. One important lesson has been a better recognition of the needs of non-English speakers and the hearing impaired when it comes to video. We want the video to be useful for everyone. Thankfully, (sorry I can't remember who) Darran pointed me to the Rocketboom episode where they reveal how they are using a service called DotSub to add user-generated subtitles in multiple languages to their videos. How cool. So, I had... Continue Reading
Wow. That was fun. It appears that the RSS in Plain English Video is still making it's way around the Web, but the major buzz has subsided and we're ready to move on here at Common Craft. Before we do, I wanted to address some of the things that came up recently. First, credit where credit is due. Sachi, my lovely wife and partner, came up with the idea for the paperwork format. She also did the video editing and figured out how to make it shorter. The credits in the video don't mention... Continue Reading
Lost Remote has a couple of stories that caught my eye recently. It appears that the baseball writers and the NFL are feeling a bit threatened by Web 2.0 and the growth of the participatory web. The NFL is slowly closing the door on local TV photographers. Last year, it banned local TV photographers from the sidelines and prohibited game-day video on unofficial websites â€??? even sound bites with coaches and players. And now it may ban any midweek practice video or press conferences, as well... Continue Reading
The Venice Project (TVP) is a new online video application from Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis - the team who brought us Skype, which was sold to eBay for over two billion dollars in 2005. So, not only does the team have resources, but an amazing track record. This time, they are focused on merging the best of TV and the Internet. From what Iâ€™ve seen so far in the beta, they are off to an amazing start. Iâ€™ve only been playing for a day or so but I want to tell you about my first-blush... Continue Reading
Peter Grondal was the guy that you saw in this position throughout GnomeDex and the BBQ: He got some great footage from lots of interesting people and it's now online for your viewing pleasure. Check out the videos. Thanks for getting this out there Peter, and for coming to the BBQ!
The other day, Nancy White asked me if I had ever heard about this documentary about blogs called 59 bloggers. I hadn't, but checked out the (Wordpress) web site, which was a blog, but with only one entry. One weird thing was that the blogroll still had the wordpress defaults. Something seemed weird. Then, Duncan posts Don't mess with us nerds which tells the sordid tale of the "59 Bloggers" guy and his attempted bullying of Chuck Olsen, who has been working on a blogumentary (a term he... Continue Reading
Nick Finck put together a great little short film about SXSW. Makes me feel like I was there, without actually talking to or meeting anyone I respect and admire. How sad. Maybe next year. Watch it: What's the Word?