Posts from February 24, 2005

Live! From upstair…


Live! From upstairs! It’s blog TV live!

webcast2.jpg: So the webcast from my den to MSNBC came off tonight. Trey Jackson put it up online (though, of course, MSNBC should do that).

Who needs a multimillion-dollar studio? What you see above is the blogcast studio: A Logitech laptop camera atop my screen; the screen atop a box to get it to eye-level; notes for the spiels taped to the screen; MSM Messenger to show the video; a phone to get the audio back; a very long ethernet cable to get to the router so we didn’t rely on wireless; lots of lamps … et voila: TV.

I was upstairs in the den broadcasting; the family was down in the family room, ridiculing. “It looked like you were lipsyncing,” said my daughter. I tried to explain frame rates and backhaul but gave up and confessed that, indeed, Daddy is Milli Vanilli (which is better than being Ashlee Simpson).

This was supposed to be used for segments about blogging but, at the last minute, they canceled the entire show — just as Bob Cox caught a train to New York — and switched to Popevision. I had no time to find links but managed to survive three segments. And the topic didn’t exactly fit with bloggy geeky fun. But as soon as I got off, the morning bookers called to do the same thing then. That’s the wonder of TV: It is the medium made of memes.

What’s neat about this is that anybody can broadcast from anywhere. Sure, the quality of the image is still iffy (but it’s better than an Ollie North satphone call). But the possibilities are endless.

Gawked : It took …



: It took no time for the email exchange between Bill Keller of The Times and me to become the butt of a Gawker post. I can’t speak for Keller, but I somehow feel as if I have arrived. If only I could get them to stalk me.

: We got Wolcotted, too, though gently (or else Wolcott fears I’ll pull the plug on his server).

Not since Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains strolled together into the backlot mist at the close of Casablanca has a more beautiful friendship been forged than that between Jeff Jarvis and NYT editor Bill Keller…. He should courteously ignore Jeff’s advice that he contact more bloggers to address their concerns and snarky complaints–he starts that up, and he’ll never get anything done. True, it would immunize him from blogworld accusations of being arrogant and aloof, like Howell Raines, but he’s got plenty enough writers and whiners under his own roof to worry about without undertaking missionary work in the boiler rooms of comments sections….

Help! Papal blog posts needed!

Help! Papal blog posts needed!

: MSNBC just changed the show to do a full hour on the pope and I need any blog posts or sites about this. Please, please give me comments here.

: Watching MSNBC now I saw Dr. Joyce Brothers actually break down about it. Strange moment of TV.

Whither Wikinews

Whither Wikinews

: Simon Waldman of The Guardian says WikiNews isn’t very good.

Stern, Clear Channel settle

Stern, Clear Channel settle

: Howard Stern and Clear Channel have settled; no word on details of the deal.