What’cha What’cha Want: Video Accessories

Posted by scottstead on Oct 5, 2009 in Blogging, Gadgets, Mobile, Reviews

Today I watched Steve Garfield over on his Facebook/Ustream “Get Seen” page. Steve as usual was in front of camera, talking about cameras, playing back video on cameras, with him on camera, talking about accessories for cameras. Steve’s a standout multimedia guru. Steve demo’d some cameras and talked about some of his favorite accessories, all the while beta-testing his new setup on Facebook using Ustream (ok, now I just sound redundant). Folks chatted live from Ustream, as well as Facebook and Steve interacted even well after the show, dishing out model numbers and asking for feedback about the show. This was great for me because I’ve been considering setting up something similar for DocumentaryClub.org to livestream interviews with filmmakers. Great to see it in action. I liked the ‘brandability’ of the Facebook option as well as the number of people on Facebook to potentially pull into a broadcast. There are however a couple of things I’d like to point out about the setup that I think could be improved upon.

  1. UStream Chat and Facebook Chat were completely separate. I had no idea what they were saying. They had no idea what I was saying, and as a moderator of the chat – if you’re already dealing with the live broadcasting aspect of the show it’s tough to juggle the stream and two chat rooms at once. Somehow combining the two would be el primo!
  2. Facebook Chat was cool, within and of itself, however, it generates a bunch of orphaned message blasts in your feed that have no context. If Steve says, “Hi Scott”, and I say, “Great show Steve,” noone has ANY idea what we’re talking about. Having a link attached to the Facebook message in your public stream would be helpful to those reading the message, and to the broadcaster by driving more folks to the show to see what the heck we’re talking about.
    Facebook Message With Steve
  3. The UStream Chat is not archived and attached to the video (the Facebook chat does keep the last 10 messages or so, so that’s a plus). Steve for instance told me the make/model of the Audio Technica mic (which I of course jotted down and will be sharing with you shortly) via the Ustream Chat. If anyone watching the archived later wanted to know for themselves – the chat is not attached and archived and therefore that part of the dialogue is lost.

All in all it was a pretty positive experience, minus the chat tweaks that need to happen to make it an all-inclusive, fully-functional experience. I’m sure Steve is already putting together his lists of wants and must-haves for the next one. Great job Steve! Furthermore, what I got out of this was a nice little list of things I want to make my broadcasting a little bit easier, my audio a little bit more audible, my arms a little bit longer. Here are some of the devices that Steve recommended. For the full video of Steve’s reviews and recommendations click on over to his UStream channel for the skinny.



When you’ve got a camera that doesn’t have a wide angle lens, and you have arms like a T-Rex, this X-Shot monopod is the thing for you. With it’s 180 degree rotating head you can shoot yourself from angles not before possible, or get that camera up over that fence to catch that glimpse of Area 51 that your lack-of-stature previously just did not allow. It extends to 37″, has a lanyard for the drop-prone (like myself), is only nine inches long when closed for easy/compact storage, and most importantly you don’t have to ask someone else to take your picture on vacations – this avoiding that awkward “hrmm will this guy/girl snap my picture for posterity and then run?” moment.

Brando Iphone Mic

Next up our list of must-wants is the Brando Mini Capsule Microphone as demo’d with the iPhone in Steve’s video today. You can order it here. It’s pretty cool looking and very small (which screams loseable to me) – but again audio is paramount to making good videos. It’s plug and play out of the box so no configuring is required, however, two points that Steve made today is that when recording you have to have wifi because it creates interference and thus renders the mic unusable. This is a HUGE downside for me because currently if I want to stream I have to have the iPhone on Wi-Fi. It looks like this device is record-then-upload only. One other thing to note is that to playback the audio immediately after recording, you need to disconnect the mic since its interrupting the speakers because it thinks a headset is plugged in. With these caveats aside, for something so small to make a leap in audio quality (it is directional) – it’s worth it. Did I mention it’s only $10? Woah!

Sticking with notable audio improvements, Steve demo’d the Audio Technica ATR-3350, small and inexpensive lavalier mic with a mini 3.5mm input that fits right into your phone’s headset jack. It’s omni-directional, so it’s ideal for a walk and talk narration with your iPhone or other portable camera. It comes with the lavalier tie-clip, a foam wind-screen, and a battery. Not sure what the battery life is like – but it’s one of those things you have to remember to shut off or you’re going to be shopping for these mini-watch-style batteries a lot (buy them in bulk). Steve also pointed out that with two of these (again, they’re dirt cheap dialing in around $25) you can produce an interview with no problem with the addition of a simple “y-adapter” that marries two mono signals into a stereo input.

Y Adapter

Steve also pointed out that with two of the ATR-3350 lav microphones (again, they’re dirt cheap dialing in around $25) you can produce an interview with no problem with the addition of a simple “y-adapter” that marries two mono signals into a stereo input. This is a simple, cheap adapter that can be bought for around $5. Get it at B&H here.

Nokia DT-22

Last, but definitely not least, is the Nokia DT-22 Tripod. This is a sleek, small tripod that you can throw in your pocket, whip out, set up on the table in front of you and grab that interview at a moment’s notice adding stability to your shot and giving your self the ability to do something else with your hands. The legs are adjustable with rubberized tips for extra grip on those slippery metallic surfaces – so if you can find one – grab one! Why? As far as I can tell they are discontinued! Oh-noes! But worry not! I found two somewhat suitable alternatives.


First up is the Sunpak 620 Versipod. It comes in three different colors and rings in at a whopping $9. I have not used one, but it doesn’t look as solid as the Nokia model it’s replacing, but at $9 you can afford to hate it.

Gorilla Mobile

My favorite alternative to the DT-22, by far is the GorillaMobile iPhone device stand. Why? Because it’s cool looking, it’s a phone case, the legs are removable, and it’s functional. I’ve seen it straddling the back of a chair, wrapped around bicycle handle bars (simple Googl’ing will yield tons of photos of these) and if you’ve ever owned ANY Gorilla tripods you’re already familiar with the product’s flexibility. Add this to my want, want, want list and consider it ordered as soon as I’m done writing this post.

Well, that wraps this review of Steve’s first show and everything that he reviewed there in. Now if only I can get someone to review my review of Steve’s reviews maybe we’ll start getting review feedback. Wocka, wocka, wocka. Cheers!

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Television and Online Communities

Posted by scottstead on Jan 7, 2009 in Blogging, Television, Twitter
Online Communities
online communities

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about television and online communities lately. As television becomes internet, and internet becomes television and the whole concept is greying and blurring into “content delivery” a question arises; communities built around online content are very different (at least it seems to me) from communities built around TV content. It only makes sense that as the mediums begin to merge, so will the communities. I understand that there are communities and forums where people discuss television content; but it seems far different from say a community like YouTube or Facebook which in and of itself is about the community, and the content is in and of itself a part of and a reflection of that community as opposed to being the object of discussion within it.

Some television networks are getting hip to this by building media playgrounds/communities like CNN’s I-Report, Fox News Channel’s U-Report, We-Report, They-Report, you get the idea. Barack Obama has been the leader in the political scene using community building strategies to increase his support and ability to connect with constituents/fellow Americans. Senators and Congressman have been flocking to twitter (pun intended) and even news personalities have been targeting Twitter and other social media outlets to get engaged in conversation with their viewers/consumers. My question then is, where is all of this going? What are the next steps?

And so – I’ve come up with a list of questions that I hope you all can answer. For me, the real crackerjacks in community building are folks like Ze Frank who have really stood out over the years in getting folks to contribute, collaborate, participate and just be really excited about being a part of a community and interacting with content. Seriously, the guy got me to write my first “nerdcore rap” for his “Twitter Color Wars.” But enough about me, lets talk about you, what do you think of…

  • What are some examples of smart personalization online?
  • Where are the online communities you’re most impressed with? What do you like about them?
  • What should community look like for television/news networks?
  • Should it be a destination on the television/news network’s primary .com site or distributed throughout other platforms?
  • How would community manifest itself online vs. on TV? Should it go offline, too?
  • What about international networks? Is language a limiting factor?
  • How do we wrap community around video? Who is doing it well already?
  • What could a television/news network really hope to gain by investing in community?
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    ….and 100 Blog Posts Later

    Posted by scottstead on Aug 21, 2008 in Blogging, DC Social Media, Documentary, Life, Misc. Links, Partay


    I started making websites back in the late 90′s. My first major site was Scott’s Ska Haven. I catalogued every band, every fan site, every related piece of content to the music that I loved, that I played in a band called Tanzlokal and later Skacrates (my screen name at the time). It got a lot of traffic as far as ska sites went (at the height of the Mighyt Mighty Bosstones and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Craze). In college I developed flash sites and diddled with java. And then I dropped it all as my TV life got larger and my web life got smaller.

    At the pinnacle of my TV career – as previously mentioned in my post “10th Year Televersary” – I got roped back in by Jonny Goldstein and Andy Carvin via DC Media Makers after my interest was piqued during coverage of the 2006 Midterm Elections when we had bloggers from all over converge on Washington, D.C. at Cafe Tryst in Adams Morgan to join us in covering the event. What’s happened since then? A lot…

    Jonny’s Partay
    Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I joined Jonny Goldstein in his fight for the rights of puppies and children with Jonny’s Partay, a weekly web show (that has been hosted on a variety of services from Operator11.com, to Blog.tv, to UStream.com, and finally rested at Mogulus.com) showcasing social media types, marketing types, bloggers, vloggers, comic strip writers, life coaches, venture capitalists, a professional trampoline coach, cancer survivors and fighters, mobile (i.e. Jeff Hibbard from his truck) life casters, and a slew of others. The show was about making connections. The most incredible aspect of the show was (for example) having someone trying to start a business, and then having someone who might be a competitor of sorts in the chat throwing out suggestions to them on how to succeed, how to implement their idea, how to move forward. The spirit of the Partay, of the Partay-cipants, and the guests is just a testament to what Jonny Goldstein is really all about. He is a connector and I’m glad that I was able to connect with him and all of the people that came with him and the Partay. And now he’s moving on to Philly and we’ll just have to see what the future holds in the Post Partay Era.

    I really, really like making videos. What I’ve learned over the past year:

  • Videos of John McCain and or Barack Obama related stuff are really popular
  • I really like interviewing people at events. I had great fun at SXSW and the Pullver and Lijit Breakfasts.
  • Random videos of ET toys at 1am get a suprising number of hits on youtube.
  • Cell phone videos are good for “some” things – but generally suck otherwise. It’s nice to have for on the fly, but if you can carry another camera.
  • Interviews with Scoble, GaryVee, or Steve Garfield are always good for a few hundred views.
  • File under random again: people have a strange fascination with Codzilla in Boston.
  • All in all – if I could find a job somewhere making video for the web, be it for an organization, making show based content, or just going to conferences and interviewing people – I think I’d be happy. Thanks to all of you for some seven thousand views of the good, the beautiful, the bad, and the ugly stuff I’ve put up on this thing.

    Documentary Club
    This is my first attempt at building an online community. Thanks to Doc Pop for spurring this idea along with a simple blog post. I’m really enjoying the conversation that we’ve all started over there; it’s just really nice to watch content that stirs up intelligent conversation. It’s far more motivating than my usual, “So did you see what happened on that rerun of Charmed today?”

    I’m approaching 1000 followers. I will probably break it this month. Does this mean anything? Probably not. I like to think that if I have something important to say more people hear it. I like to think that in me following approximately the same amount of people (and I shockingly in one way or another have directly conversed with most of them) I am opening myself up to more conversations and dialogues, interesting links, different perspectives, and a pool of information that I would otherwise be missing (cause lord knows I don’t check my Google reader enough). I’ve forged some really great friendships with folks on there and I’m glad to have been sucked in. If you plan on going to a conference anytime soon make sure you stop on over to the TwitterWhore store and get your tee with your @yourtwitternamehere on it – so I can identify you. Seriously, a lot of you DO NOT look like your avatars (especially after the whole Manga incident of 2008).

    Reviews/Beta Testing
    I wrote my first review of something that I’ve beta tested recently (see “Chi.mp“. I really liked doing it. I beta test a lot of stuff. I really like writing. This just makes sense. If you’d like to me to test something for you. I will. I will be honest. Real honest. Hopefully I like your stuff. If it’s awesome I will. Nuff’ said.

    I have had a lot of fun with this. Thanks Doc Pop again for fueling it. All the pistons of my creative engine are revving when I’m rapping. I have now done two. The Ze Frank Color Wars rap and the RZA Wuchess Rap Challenge. Hopefully there will be more in my future. Hopefully you like it.

    I add this as the last installment to this already ridiculously long 100th post. I went to a Jesuit college. We protested a lot. We had causes. I haven’t had a real “cause” since college. I talk about things that I like and dislike, but I’d like to be more vocal about them going forward. I really enjoyed covering the SEIU McCain Protest in Virginia. I’m enjoying helping out Jason Barnett and The UpTake with their efforts in helping to bolster citizen journalism. And lately this whole Brian Conley and the Baghdad Brian 6 incident in Beijing has made me think a lot about all of the people that are using social media to fight the good fight. We all blog because we can, because we have free speech. And I’m not suggesting that we have to use it to fight for Free Speech around the world, or that we need to get arrested to prove a point – but I assume saying that we need to use it. There is a lot of stuff going on out there that doesn’t make it into the living rooms of Americans because the networks are too busy reporting fluff and regurgitating AP wires. It’s our job to use this platform, our blogs, and our voices to make sure that the ‘important’ stories still get told. That’s why I’ve gone out of my way to try and help our friends in Beijing. I hope that we all realize the amount of power and potential that we hold with these tools and these freedoms. Every bit of attention that we can bring to their situation will help get them out of detention and back to the states. If you care about human rights and free expression please Digg this article. *Steps off of soap box.*

    Thank you for putting up with that rant. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for being a part of my community. Thank you for watching my videos. Thank you times a hundred.




    @ComcastCares: Now I’m a Believer

    Posted by scottstead on Jun 22, 2008 in Blogging, Misc. Links

    As most of you probably know I produce a live internet talk show with Jonny Goldstein every Wednesday at 9pm. Jonny’s Partay. As anyone who has ever done live streaming knows, the success of your show depends on a lot of different factors; your camera, audio, and pc are all your responsibility. You are at the every whim of the internet gods when it comes to two things: your streaming service provider and your internet service provider. We’ve dealt with both – the real beast being the ISP. If Mogulus is down, which it has rarely been – there are always the old handy backups (i.e. Ustream, BlogTV, Operator11, etc.). On the flipside if Comcast is down – you have to change locations, find another way to get online, or FAIL. A huge thanks to Jill Foster and her man Sean for allowing us to use her place last week for the Frank Gruber/ Tech Cocktail episode of Jonny’s Partay. Which brings me to the purpose of the post…

    Comcast Crashes
    Jill Foster’s appearance on the Partay was compromised due to an uncertain internet connection that would only days later be pinpointed to an RF level issue after some investigation. With much frustration, having dealt with Comcast on the phone before, I made the dreaded call. For the sake of it, and after hearing many good things about his efforts from the likes of Michael Arrington of TechCrunch and Dave Winer, I made it a point to check out the touted @ComcastCares account on twitter.

    Within an hour, Frank Eliason, the man behind the twitter account, had an answer for me. In the meantime, Comcast’s phone service personell had given me the old we can have someone out in a day or two in certain 5 hour windows. Frank, however, had managed to dig in, checked not only my box but cable boxes in my neighborhood and ascertained that it was in fact a broader issue.

    With that – the issue was escalated and within 48 hours my Comcast connection was repaired along with those of my entire neighborhood.

    Comcast Cares
    I am one of many that have benefited from the seeming single-handed efforts of Frank at Comcast. A Google search for “@comcastcares twitter” reveals a number of links to now-believers-like-myself:
    Marketing Nirvana, Conversation Agent, BKM Blog, A Wider Net, and Tech Crunch have all blogged similar success stories related to this unorthodox (but much appreciated) behavior from a company who in the past may not have had the best relationship with their customers.

    So the questions remain – is Twitter valuable as a service agent for other companies? Is this an important step for companies like Comcast to take – is it a PR stunt – or is it simply the workings of one over-achieving-geek within the company that gives the company a better name and ends up convincing people like me that Comcast really does care? Regardless of the big picture and all the arguments of “how many people does the availability of this service on Twitter really affect.” One guy made a difference. Thanks Frank – now I’m a believer.

    In typical @Comcastcares fashion Frank responded to this post with the answer to my previous question.

    Thanks again and best of luck to Comcast , your staff, and the many new channels and tools you’re using to improve Comcast’s image as well as your customers overall Comcast experience.

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    10th Year Tele-versary: A Career Is Born

    Posted by scottstead on Jun 9, 2008 in Blogging, DC Social Media, Life, Television
    10 years of tv
    on his way to 50

    ca·reer /kəˈrɪər/ [kuh-reer]
    1. an occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer.

    One’s lifework. Wow. That about sums it up. 10 years – in television – as of today. I warn you this is going to be somewhat of an autobiographical post looking at how I got here, what I’ve learned, and where I want to be 10 years from now. Ok, maybe I won’t look that far ahead, as I prefer not to, because in looking back it’ll be here before I finish this post. After all the fourth definition of career is, “a course, esp. a swift one.” That it has been.

    Ten years ago today I walked, bewildered and excited at having nabbed a job at WTRF TV, Wheeling, W.V. – into the gaping maw of the TV monster that has consumed the last ten years of my life. Oh dramatics, I must’ve picked that up from the headline writers. All joking aside, I started from the bottom up. I ran camera. I pedded up and down, I trucked left and right, I zoomed, I gave the anchors their countdowns, we joked in between segments, sometimes we accidentally leaked our jokes over the air. I made a lot of friends. I bragged about my job to my friends. It was a big deal in Wheeling, population 30,000. I moved up, I ran graphics, put in the chryons, took out the chyrons, developed “looks” for different shows, I edited pieces tape to tape on DVC Pro tapes, I ran audio, I worked a lot of overtime, I had a lot of fun. But that day came where my course load in school and the amount of hours I was working went head to head – and school won out. But I couldn’t put the camera down.

    For the next two years I DJ’d local bars and restaurants, weddings and private parties – all the while working freelance for the NASA Center for Educational Technologies (and carrying 21 credit hours). I had the pleasure of working along side some great folks there (Richard Cain, Matt Wolfe, etc.) making educational videos for the NASA C.E.T., promotional videos for Orrick Law Center, and documenting visits of folks like Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. It was a lot of fun being a part of the full creative process from concept, to shooting, to editing, and posting. I learned a lot and I tip my hat to the guys that showed me the ropes with lighting, non-linear editing and the likes.

    And with that – I graduated. Wait, no, let’s step back a minute. I can’t help but mention how my education has influenced my love for media/film/video before I move on. My family ran a print shop out of our basement – an addition my dad built onto the house with his bare hands and the help of a neighbor with a backhoe. I remember my parents staying up working all hours of the night to get a job out the door the next day. Local high schools, businesses, Steelworkers Unions, and politicians brought their printing needs to my parents home. By the age of nine I was helping with layout and typesetting. I’d be up with my parents until pretty late typing up copy on a Xerox Memorywriter. It speaks volumes as to why I was reading on 9th grade level by the time I was in 3rd grade. My life was print making, reading, story writing, typesetting, and proofreading.

    At the age of fourteen I was introduced to Pat Clutter, one of the most influential people in my life to date. A former radio and tv personality from the Ohio Valley, Pat Clutter was somewhat of a legend. He had the style and class of a 1950′s broadcaster. He’d sling words around like a yo-yo, playing with alliteration and repetition making wordplay seem like child’s play. He was an artist. And he spent the latter years of his life teaching kids like me how to be a classy radio/tv personality. He taught the radio and television program at Wheeling Park High School with a lot of love and a sense of mission. You started with the history of broadcast, right up through how to use every piece of gear, how to write, and how to speak clearly. After a few introductory classes you had a shot at being on-air talent. I was fortunate enough that he saw my passion and talent for radio and he put me on the air right away. I had a radio show at least one night a week for two years. I wrote, produced, sold ads, came up with concepts for shows, did voice overs for commercials, and most importantly hosted and hosted and hosted shows. I loved it. I craved it. It was fun and it was exciting. Pat passed away of cancer towards the end of my career at Super 92 WPHP. We all missed him. He impassioned an entire generation of aspiring TV and Radio personalities, techies, writers, and producers. I later ended up buying his DJ’ing equipment from his family. I have them to this day – they are still in use – and they carry his memory.

    Jump ahead to Wheeling Jesuit University. I had a lot, and I mean a lot of great professors there. Chris Willumsen in his guru like way would walk you through a Nine Inch Nails video as though you were digesting a Hitchcock thriller – pointing out symbols and allusions to other art forms. John Whitehead (along with Chris Willumsen) backed our film club after he inspired Chas Reed, Derik Wilson and I to get it started. After walking us through film after film in his classes we wanted to continue those kinds of dialogs over popular films, art films, classics, you-name-it outside of the classroom. He not only gave us his time and guidance but his friendship and lent us his own curiosity about film/video as an art form as he’d help lead us through what kinds of questions to ask, frame-by-frame. A number of others Kahtryn Voorhees, Joe Brumble, Richard Cain, and David Hammond all, despite their departmental affiliations, saw our eagerness to adopt film into the curriculum and found ways to incorporate film adaptations and related film works into the courses, giving us another way to relate to the content. I was passionate about video and film, as were others, and they were willing to build on that to keep us engaged. I thank you all for that. You’ve made me a better writer, a better asker of questions, a better critic, and generally – a more curious and more intelligent person.

    And with THAT – I graduated. Fast forward, first job out of college. The real world strikes. I jumped back into the TV gig after a year or two of free lance gigs. I had been doing video production so it was an easy transition. Time to put that English degree to work, right? After a few months of working production for WTOV TV9 in Steubenville, OH, running cameras and graphics, the LoveSAN virus hit, the newsroom and almost every computer in the building was infected. After years of inherent geekiness and playing around on the side – I set my IT gears turning and went to task. I had them back up and running in a short amount of time. And before I knew it I was an IT professional and broadcast engineer. Fortunately for me I had two great mentors at the time. Len Smith and Don Fogle walked me through the tech, the ins and outs, monitoring a waveform, building cables, checking capacitors, repairing gear and basically everything I would later use in my career at CNN Washington, D.C. In my position at WTOV you never knew what you were going to end up supporting, installing, or building. I did voice overs for commercials, I cut them over completely from tape to tape editing to nonlinear Avid systems, installed Parker Vision Television automation, saw 14 presidential candidate visits in the valley, engineered live football games and country music concerts that were the scale of pro football games, and filled in at every spot imaginable in a broadcast TV facility. It was a great learning experience and then I got the call.

    After only two weeks of having a resume on Monster.com I received a call from a recruiter from a major news organization asking how soon I could come for an interview. I happened to be traveling to Washington D.C. to visit family, so I did. Two weeks later I had a job supporting shows watched by millions of people. It was exciting. It was unbelievable. And here I sit – at my keyboard on the 10th floor with one of those shows about to start. It’s been an amazing ride. In the past two and a half years here I’ve been through two State of the Union speaches, one Presidential funeral, an insane amount of campaign coverage, YouTube debates, live blogger coverage of a midterm election, natural disasters of immense scale, political scandals, celebrity deaths, and a lot of other things I never thought I’d be a part of covering. In addition I’ve designed and installed a routing system for the White House, designed fiber and HD infrastructure for the Capitol and Pentagon sites, as well as taken the lead on various integration projects and HD upgrades that I have been privileged to work on.

    *Deep breath* 10 years and kicking, and thus a career was born. So what’s next? Who knows. I want to take a quick second to thank Jonny Goldstein, Meg Fowler, Chris Brogan, Jill Foster, Jim Long, DC Media Makers, and everyone in the DC Media Scene as well as those that have been kind enough to comment and/or lead me in the right direction with social media. It was that missing spark in my current career that social media has lent me that seems to be leading me in the right direction with every blog post and every episode of Jonny’s Partay. I hope that I can find some way to incorporate my passion for social media and community building into my repertoire. I want to find a way to use my creativity and passion for film and video, my passion for writing, along with all of the technical experience I’ve gained over the last 10 years to do something great. I don’t know what it is yet – but I’ll let you all know when I do. Thanks for reading. Looking forward to many more -versary’s, whether it’s a Televersary or not is yet to be told.

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    Technosailor.com Birthday Bash

    Posted by scottstead on May 27, 2008 in Bloggers, Blogging, DC Social Media, Life, Vlog

    The D.C. social media community made it out on Tuesday May 20, 2008 to celebrate the re-re-re-rebirth of www.Technosailor.com – the brain child of Aaron Brazell. After four years, four contributors, and 2000 posts the crew decided it was time to celebrate the milestone. Jimmy Gardner, Barry Austin, Jill Foster, Mike Dougherty, Shashi Bellamkonda, Chris Pirandian, Andrew Wright, Justin Thorp, Geoff Livingston, Steven Fisher and many, many more all made it out – some squeaked their way into the following video to wish Aaron and the crew good luck and a happy year 5.

    The Gathered Masses

    One on One with the Technosailor Himself

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    Outdoor Train Garden: United States Botanic Garden 12/07

    Posted by scottstead on Apr 7, 2008 in Blogging, Life, Vlog
    This is some video I captured of the Outdoor Train Garden at the United States Botanic Garden (nestled just below the steps of the Capitol). This is something they do every year for the holiday season. The display is made from different plants including waste wood. I really recommend checking this out next holiday season if you’re around town.

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    Pictures In Pieces: “Outside”

    Posted by scottstead on Mar 16, 2008 in Bloggers, Blogging, Concerts, Music, Vlog

    This is a music video I did for a rockin alt-punk band from NOVA that I shot and edited with my friends from Last Name Left Productions. I managed to save it – despite an 8 second gap of audio and video on our main P2 camera. You might notice it – but eh’ – it’s the interwebs right? Enjoy!

    Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)

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    A QIK Interview with Schlomo, Jason, and Jonny

    Posted by scottstead on Mar 16, 2008 in Bloggers, Blogging, Partay, SXSW, Vlog

    Jonny did an impromptu post “Politics Online Conference” interview with Schlomo and Jason. They give us the skinny on Moneythong.com and just how rediculous it is to have bad wi-fi access at a Politics ONLINE conference.

    Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)

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    Pass the Mic: Schlomo Rabinowitz, Jason Barnett, Jonny Goldstein, and Co.

    Posted by scottstead on Mar 16, 2008 in Bloggers, Blogging, Partay, SXSW, Vlog

    We did a little experiment – and given it’s not all that original – but it was a lot of fun. The cast included Schlomo Rabinowitz, Jason Barnett, Jonny Goldstein, Carl Weaver, Juliana Neelbauer, and myself. So here we go…’pass the mic’.

    Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)

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