Chris Lehmann Keynote Speach at MSET 2011

Posted by scottstead on Apr 12, 2011 in Art, Partay, Tech

Jonny Goldstein and I reprized our roles of host and producer yet again, except this time instead of asking the questions – he took large scale visual notes for Chris Lehman‘s keynote for MSET 2011. I, of course, shot the video. Chris is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA and talks frequently about the importance of technology in education. Jonny documents keynotes as a keynote visualizer, keynote listener, graphical facilitator – however you want to say it. Here’s what happened…

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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.




    Jonny’s Partay: Frank Naif and Jeremy Epstein

    Posted by scottstead on Aug 20, 2008 in Partay, Vlog

    Have you ever thought about writing a book? If you did, how would you promote it using social media? This week we will have author, Frank Naif, on the show and we are going to help him figure out how to get the word out about his new book: Super Secret Bungling and Crookery: National Security Drone. The book is a compilation of comic strips he has been blogging at nationalsecuritydrone.comThe comics skewer the waste, bigotry, and incompetence riddled national intelligence apparatus from the point of view of a guy who has been there. They are merciless and hilarious.

    Joining us on the show will be Jeremy Epstein, who has assisted NYTimes Bestselling Author Dan Pink promote the release of Adventures of Johnny Bunko using social media. Jeremy will share what has worked in that book release, and how to apply those lessons to Frank Naifs book promotion.

    Join us for a book promoting, national intelligence complex-flagellating, good time!

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    Searchlights in Adams Morgan

    Posted by scottstead on Jul 25, 2008 in Partay, Vlog
    You always wonder where these are coming from – when you see them from far away – now you know!

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    Scoblechuk 08 Interviews: Part 2

    Posted by scottstead on Jun 26, 2008 in Bloggers, DC Social Media, Misc. Links, Partay, Vlog
    The interviews continue with Chris Parandian of www.MobileDiner.com and Technosailor of Technosailor.com. I think he’s dropped the “Aaron Brazell” all together at this point. Regardless, they recap the evening and get to the root of what DC Social Media needs to go to the next level – more face time.  Check it out!

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    Post Scoblechuk 08

    Posted by scottstead on Jun 25, 2008 in Bloggers, DC Social Media, Mobile, Partay, Vlog

    After a whirlwind evening with Robert Scoble and Gary Vaynerchuk, Jonny and I rushed back to get the Partay on the air! Red lights were run, pedestrian’s were nearly bounced off the hood, but Jonny still had time to make more great content for the interwebs. This is the chaos that ensued.

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    Scoblechuk 08 Interview

    Posted by scottstead on Jun 25, 2008 in Bloggers, DC Social Media, Misc. Links, Partay, Vlog
    Jonny and I interviewed Robert Scoble, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Andrew Feinberg at this DC throwdown at a swanky lil’ join in NW Washington.  Ties were loosened as we learned about Scoble’s previous experiences in the ice cream business and Gary’s hatred for the Redskins. A big thanks to Andrew Feinberg and Nick O’Neill for making this happen.

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    Live Interview w/ Doc Pop on Jonny’s Par-tay

    Posted by scottstead on Apr 9, 2008 in Bloggers, Concerts, Music, Partay
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    doc pop

    So yeah, I’ve been doing some serious booking for Jonny’s Par-tay as of late – and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. Last we had on one of my favorite bloggers (Julia Roy), and all in the same hot minute, Evan Blaustein, the CEO of one of my favorite geeky products: Mimobots.

    This week (Wed. April 9th @9pm EST) we are having on someone that has more balls in the air than anyone I know in tech-geek-blogger land. Let me introduce you to Doctor Popular.

    I learned of Doc Pop from an interview that Zadi Diaz did with him a while back on JetSet (now Epic-Fu). You can watch that interview here. In his own words (rapping of course), “I’m a comedy writer, a comics illustrator, a yo-yo pro, and a mouth harp afficianado…”. And this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. In his spare time, Doctor Popular runs an Etsy store where he hosts items from hand-made wallets and coffee cozies to i-phone cases (made of denim scraps and other materials) and hand drawn comics. He makes yo-yo’s (he’s the third place world yo-yo’ing champ). He’s a tailor and clothing designer. And most important – to this week’s show at least – he’s one hell of a Nerdcore Rapper.

    Doc Pop joins us on the Par-tay to set us straight about his new album “Me Geek Pretty One Day“. I have only three words to describe it…”meow, meow, motherf***3r.” With songs of caution like LoLCats, a rap battle with MC Stephen Hawking “you’ve got a 3 digit I.Q…if you use binary. Ohhh.”, and a song about Gygax “a gaming goliath” – Doc Pop keeps it geeky. He gets a little down and dirty with “twisted cherry stems”, and lays down some great beats on “les mis”, “level 2″, and “geekandsay”. Seriously, check it out. Still not sure it’s for you? Well, check out Doc Pop April 09th @9pm on Jonny’s Par-tay for a special live performance, an insiders look at the life of an artist, and the usual shenanigans you’ve come to expect from Jonny and me. Hope to see you there!

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    Jonny’s Birthday Par-tay Live! (Previously Recorded)

    Posted by scottstead on Mar 19, 2008 in Bloggers, Life, Partay

    Jonny Cake Head
    Holy (*&#% Batman! It’s (was) Jonny’s birthday! Several of Jonny’s friends came over and celebrated with us over at www.mogulus.com/jonnysbirthday. It was quite the blowout! Viewers came out of the wood work to watch Jonny get a day older and a few hairs shorter. Some of the highlights of the show were:

    • Live Studio Audience!
    • Cake and Ice Cream!
    • Special Guests!
    • A Special Performance (or two)!

    I just want to thank everyone that submitted videos to wish Jonny a happy birthday. If you want to check them out over on YouTube. Jonny wrote up a nice wrap up post about it over at www.JonnyGoldstein.com – check it out. Happy Birthday Jonny!


    Frog Design Party: SXSW 2008

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

    Social media and some funky latin grooves collided at the Frog Design party at SXSW. The drinks were flowin’ and the horns they were a blowin’. Thank you Frog Design!

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