December 7, 2005

BeerCasting from the Props Pub @ Blogs N Dogs in Banff, Alberta Comments Off

kk+ Podcasting @ BanffLast night we got together and did some podcasting at the pub here in Banff. It was a great time… 20+ people from the confernce showed up, and in the end we ended up with 3 solid podcasts.

Download Podcast 001

Zen. Yoga. Spirituality.

Sarah Pullman, Len Edgerly, Val Gregory, and Nick Erly chat about how they maintain their focus and sanity in our fast paced, techno schizophrenic, modern wired lives.

Read Sarah’s post on the whole experience.

Download Podcast 002

Lee Lefever, Satchi Lefever, Travis Smith and Monique Trottier discuss technology and travel at the pub here in Banff @ Blogs N Dogs.

Download Podcast 003

The third and final podcast of the evening… check out Robert Scales, Will Pate, Hal Josephson, and Eric Rice in an America versus Canada battle royale.

April 22, 2005

Experiencing Technical Difficulties Comments Off

Last night was the 4th meetup of the Vancouver BeerCasting Squad. We got together at Subeez again, and this time the Vancouver Weblogger Meetup Group joined us too making for a nice big crowd and lots of new faces.

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad - Subeez Cafe

Here’s the list of people who showed AND wrote their name down on the list. :)

Ian King –
Bill Stilwell –
Pete Quilly –
Roland Tanglao –
Richard Eriksson – JustAGwaiLo
Dead Dalke
Peter Stathakos –
Bryan Rieger –
Will Pate –
Matt Musselman –
Chris Vandebeek
Hans Dykman
Boris Mann –
Tyler Douglas –
Rog –
Arieanna Foley –
Ianiv Schweber –
Aryan de Jager
Corey Gleitman
Jamie Furlong –
Shane Birley –
Darren Inouye –
John Goodall –
Hundred North – 100 N
Black Siren

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad - Subeez Cafe

Unfortunately, the actual BeerCasts turned out really poorly. Not the content, it was great… we did 6 epdisodes on topics like “Who I Would Have Chosen To Be Pope”, “Tell Me About Your Secret Dreams”, and “Living Up to Daddy’s Expecations”. We had 20+ people actually podcast and they were really funny and clever. But alas, the mics and levels seemed to be all messed in the new podcasting setup we have and people’s voices are barely audible. The music in Subeez was a lot louder than in the past too and I suspected that may be a problem.

Anway, I’m sorry I don’t have audio to post this AM. Here are some photos from the get together… and I’m going to see if I can clean up the audio enough so that it’s worth posting. If any of you are experts in this kind of stuff please drop me a line and let me pick your brain.

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad - Subeez Cafe

In other BeerCasting related news (via Peter), Greg launched his company sparkcasting today. He has a cool new site up and new description of what they do.

SparkCastingâ„¢ enables its clients to source an unlimited supply of frank and honest opinion directly from their audience, about anything and everything that is important to them. Intimate groups of individuals are culled together in a relaxed setting to offer up uncensored conversation based on set of topics which have been developed with our client to tease out and capture relevant information. After the sessions, SparkCastingâ„¢ creates an interactive archive which is then disseminated to a much wider audience in order to generate and collect additional observation and comment. This direct line of communication allows our clients to tap straight into the pulse of their respective audience, providing invaluable feedback into what they think, how they feel and what they want.”

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad

I can’t put my finger on it yet but something here makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m very supportive of Greg and everything he’s done to get this to where it is and I support his valient efforts to turn his passions into a business. When I pulled these things together for the Vancouver crowd I wasn’t working under the assumption that we were going to morph this project into some sort of new fangled Web 2.0 podcast enabled focus group.

Are we going to start paying BeerCasters to show up? Are we going to find out how much corporations are willing to pay to “harvest” our conversations? I dunno, I want to hear more about this and what it means for the participants. I want to make sure whatever we do is good for the participants who come out to these events for the fun, the community and the converstation and are skeptical about corporations having an interest in the project. We could always just start VanCasting if we don’t like the way it feels. In fact, we could sell them back to SparkCasting if we feel like it or directly to the interested parties.

UPDATE: I’ve talked to Greg several times over the weekend and he’s assured me that things aren’t exactly as they seem and he wrote a big post today adding some clarity to the issues I brought up. Thanks Greg, I totally think more detail is what was needed. I trust Greg and think he has good intenetions. I know it’s complex and there are still some questions outstanding, but I would love to know what you guys think about Beercasting and podcasting in light of his comments.

April 20, 2005

REMINDER: Vancouver BeerCasting @ Subeez on Thursday April 21 Comments Off

Gillian Hates This Picture But I Think It's CuteJust a quick reminder that tommorow night is our BeerCasting night. Subeez is sponsoring this time and it would be great to see some new faces. Here’s the details and a link to my original announcement of round 004 of Vancouver BeerCasting.

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad Round 4
April 21st, 2005
Subeez Cafe

April 6, 2005

Vancouver Beercasting Squad Round 004 – Subeez Cafe, April 21st Comments Off

Good news to those who are wanting to try out podcasting with the Vancouver BeerCasting Squad. The next date has been set. We plan to get together again at Subeez on April 21st at 6pm for good conversation, yummy food/drinks and general geekery. It’s been a lot of fun so far. Last time we had 20+ people out and the group is getting more diverse each time we broadcast. Here’s a link to the other 2 BeerCasting events we’ve held at Subeez lately. (March 16th BeerCast, March 31st BeerCast)

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad Round 4
April 21st, 2005
Subeez Cafe

We’re taking topic ideas beforehand. If you have any suggestions of ideas, topics, thoughts, coverstations you’d like to see discussed at the next BeerCast please let me know. Hope to see you there!

PS. If you use check out our Meetup Group and signup to get email/RSS notifications and reminders of our events.

April 3, 2005

BeerCasting Mentioned in FastCompany Article About PodCasting Comments Off

April 1, 2005

Vancouver Beercasting Squad Round 003 – Subeez Cafe, March 30th Comments Off

BeerCasting 104

Last night we pulled another beercast! Here’s the links to the episodes.

The New Fashion: Body Modification and Plastic Surgery
If you were to trust the TV shows and magazine ads, it seems that everyone’s perfectly fit, well endowed, and charming. Of course, today you don’t need to be born with it, you can buy it. Leagues of people are now turning to piercings, body modification and plastic surgery to get the exact look THEY WANT. Do you have any form of body modification? What compelled you to do it? Would you consider form of modification?

Down In Da Club
Why do men go to clubs, to pickup ladies? To get sex? Why do women go to clubs, to meet men? To get free drinks? Do you ever go for the music?

Is There Such A Thing As Canadian Culture?
Canada is often ridiculed for not having its own identity and for being, well, America Jr. Many people are quite happy with that moniker, but naturally there’s many more that hold on to their uniqueness – even those things that make them “Canadian”. Does Canada have a culture? How would you define Canadian culture?

Right To Love, Right To Live
The sad story of Terri Schiavo has set the United States, and in many ways, the world stage, on its heels. Though no on every wishes to see pain and suffering inflicted on another, there are often circumstances where that is inevitable. Terri’s case has brought many people out of the woodowrk either in support or against a variety and controversial set of patients and human rights. What’s your opinion on the situation with Terri Schiavo? Do you think the media has done a good or bad job covering the case? Are you planning to prepare Living Will, Health Proxy or other coverage? What’s would be your personal preference, if you fell ill in a similar situation?

BeerCasting 113

Thanks so much guys for coming out. This is getting fun. *We are* the Vancouver beercasting squad. (I’d don’t control the loud obvoxious ads Greg puts on these files… but I guess it’s supposed to pay for the beer eventually!!) Participants were….

Richard Eriksson –
Michael Tippet –
Ianiv Schaeber –
Arieanna Foley –
Will Whittaker –
John Goodall –
Darren Inouye –
Arjun Singh –
Will Pate –
Gillian Gunson –
Roland Tanglao –
Boris Mann –
Andrew Jones –
Joshua Dunford –
Andrew Dunford
Mona Elesseily
Ean Jackson

Stay tuned…. we’re gonna do more of these. Come out and join us.

March 30, 2005

MASSIVE and Beercasting Comments Off

“The Bryght crew is going to be at MASSIVE, a local Vancouver technology tradeshow and exhibition and then we’re going BeerCasting at Subeez.”

March 23, 2005

The Next Vancouver Squad BeerCasting Event – Wednesday, March 30th @ Subeez Comments Off

Greetings Vancouver BeerCasters. We’ll be getting together again a week from today, next Wednesday the 30th of March at Subeez for our next round of Vancouver BeerCasting. We had 15 people out last time with only a couple days notice so I’m hoping for more this time around. We’ll meetup and setup gear and start in on some beverages at 6pm but you are welcome to join us anytime after that. Last time we were wrapped up and out of there by 10:30pm with 4 BeerCasts under our belts. Anyway, if you are interested in technology, blogging podcasting, or just meeting people who are… come out and hang with us at Subeez next week. No need to RSVP. Get in where you fit in. If you have any ideas for topics bring ‘em or leave ‘em in the comments. Hope to see you there. :)

March 30th, 6pm

Subeez Café
891 Homer Street
Telephone: 604 687-6107

PS. I was thinking we should do this event announcement through or as well. Does someone want to help organize that?

March 18, 2005

Use Blog Torrent to Setup Your Own Bit Torrent Tracker and Distribute Your Content Comments Off

Blog Torrent is a way to offer large files on your website without using any storage or bandwidth.

UPDATED: You really should check this software out. Erik and I both downloaded and installed it and had our own BitTorrent trackers/servers going on our sites within 5 minutes. I’ve uploaded a couple BeerCasts and couple Mobius Mixdown’s there… enjoy. If you get it installed and upload some stuff, drop a note in the comments with the URL.

March 17, 2005

Vancouver BeerCasting Squad- Round 2 – Subeez Cafe – March 16, 2005 Comments Off

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to BeerCast with us last night at Subeez Cafe here in Vancouver. It was a great venue for doing this, and I’m pleased with the way our first shows turned out doing it on our own. (I ended up buying audio recording gear so that I’m equiped to do this as well as podcasts and interviews on the event blogging side of things).

We started off a little slow with “Culture is Boring“, but hit our stride by the time we were discussing “Reality TV” in segment 3. If you only listen to one though, make it “Dating Tips for Geeks“, which turned out really funny and you might actually get a few good tips.

March 15, 2005

BeerCasting – Vancouver Squad – Subeez Cafe, Wednesday 6pm Comments Off

My friend Greg has this flavor of podcasting he calls BeerCasting. Podcasting, for those newbies in the audience is kinda like radio, over the internet, but delivered to your iPod or computer via RSS. (We can debate on a proper definition tommorow.)

Here’s Greg’s description of BeerCasting… “What is Beercasting? Let’s face it, we’re all social people and nothing gets us chattering quicker than a few drinks and some good friends, both new and old. These days, the Internet is growing and growing and more and more of us are turning to it as a way to get a voice and make sure it’s heard. Beercasting provides us, the everyday man and woman, with a fun and entertaining outlet for our joys, pains, and everything in between. Best of all, you don’t have to be famous!”

Anyway, tommorow night is the 2nd meetup of the Vancouver BeerCasting squad and if you are reading this you are cordially invited. The more the merrier. We’re getting together at Subeez in Vancouver. It will be informal and my first time with my own gear so anything can happen. We’re getting together at 6pm. No need to RSVP. Get in where you fit in. Hope to see some new faces. :)

Subeez Café
891 Homer Street
Telephone: 604 687-6107

Check out these links to previous Vancouver BeerCasting Squad episodes. 1 2 3 4

February 17, 2005

February Shout-Outs Comments Off

Hey guys. Been way overdue on a shout-out post. Here goes…

Boris, Darren, and Co. have Northern Voice this weekend. Lee and Scoble are coming up for it. Dave decided to come out. Stewart is busy playin cult leader. Joe is doing an Amnesty International gig. Roland podcasted theBlackTories. Troy started his new gig. JD is in bed deep with Sony. Jer blogs! Tim is still trying to wrap ‘TPOB’. New Flickr friend Claudine is da shizzle! PJ’s old band signed a record deal on songs he wrote. Rick is hiring a designer. Nick wants your vote. Rushkoff is going to do an interview with me. Gail started a Flicknoratica game… I’m winning I think. Dan’s Mobius Mixdown rocks the interweb. Beercasting tonight with the Vancouver blogging crowd.

I think that’s about it for this batch. Let me know whats going on with you
too and I’ll make sure you’re included next time around. :)

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