November 3, 2010

Tweetups, Twittersphere, Tweeps, Twitworking, Twestivals & Twitter Comments Off

These are some notes and homework to serve as a guide for my New Media and Web Development at BCIT – Class 2. :)

Coincidence? Hmmm....Before we embark on this adventure I’d like to warn you about a couple of things.

First, the land of Twitter otherwise annoyingly referred to by TwitterHeads as the Twitterverse or Twittersphere… is awash with used car salesman, get rich quick dudes, snake oil peddlers, hacks, loudmouths & know-it-alls. Don’t let it turn you off. Don’t think that’s an ok way to act online. This however shouldn’t be any reason to not engage in the medium but instead probably some sort of proof point that there is in fact something new and special happening here.

Second, I want you to know that Twitter isn’t just people talking about mundane things. People all over the world are right this second sharing knowledge, ideas, stories, intimate details, connections, and emotions – to audiences known and unknown. Not just miscellania but real intimate discourse. By participating in some little corner of the Net, you are contributing to the organic growth of something much larger – a collective consciousness of info, art and emotion — and by doing this we are contributing to the overall health of the public domain and our culture.

August 7, 2010

ReMixology — Thirst-Quenching Fresh Media Innovation! - Comments (1)

We’re starting a monthly series of Fresh Media socials starting August 18th. These events will be an exciting gathering point for Vancouver’s leading media innovators. We’re limiting our first event to 50 people (300+ attended our fall festival). Register here:

Who? Featuring Kris Krug, acclaimed photographer – TEDxOilSpill and National Geographic

August 19, 2009

FIELD GUIDE: SXSW Interactive 2010 Panel Picker - Comments (12)

Amber Case Dave Olson Uncleweed - SXSW 2009, Austin TX

Mid-august can be exciting for a few things: summer vacation, hot weather, long days. For the geeks of the digital community, this is always a very exciting time of year. It is this time of year that the panel picker is released for panels submitted to the SXSW festival. This year over 2200 panels have been submitted, all of which 300 are selected for the Interactive portion of the SXSW festival. Of the voting system, 30% of community user votes count towards the final selection. The list is quite impressive but it can be a daunting task to sort through all the awesome submissions. I did a bit of wandering through the list and found a few rad ones.

August 16, 2009

Digital Footprint: From a web of pages to a web of streams - Comments (1)

Our digital world is changing as rapidly as it is expanding. When the internet was first introduced to our world, the main concern was understanding websites and their proficiency in this new landscape of media. This was the first time ever that we had an online format to say anything and we were just figuring what to create for this new outlet. The idea of dialoguing was not even part of the picture of the internet for we were just learning to how to speak in this new way. Yet as the internet grew and the world explored new ways to communicate with each other, content management systems started to appear.

June 18, 2009

China update: TED x Shanghai - Comments (1)

kk at TEDxShanghai TED is an annual event that pulls together some of the greatest and most innovative thinkers of our time. Defined initially as ‘technology, entertainment and design’, TED encompasses far broader topics than that, from the neuro-sciences, to cyborgs, to carbon footprints. Each event consists of a program of filmed talks that are later shared freely on the TED website. Daring in its protocol of limiting attendees to its actual events and revolutionary in its thinking of giving all the talks, presentations and lectures away free on the internet, TED is revitalizing the way we spread ideas.

September 29, 2008

Internet Visibility – Moving From a ‘Web of Pages’ to a ‘Web of Streams’ - Comments (8)

Last Week The Vancouver Sun and NowPublic posted a list of the ‘Top 20 Web Visible’ people in Vancouver. I was number 4 on the list. Their methodology was questionable, but I’m always stoked and humbled to be included with the likes of the other 19 on the list. Thank you thank you thank you! :)

Good TimesSome people who seem frustrated to have placed below me on the list have questioned my position considering I haven’t posted on this blog since August. True guys. I haven’t. But the list wasn’t called ‘Highest Traffic Blogs’ it was called ‘Most Web Visible’. News flash: We’re moving from a web of pages, to a web of streams. Buy me a beer and I’ll tell explain what that means. ;) In the mean time you may want to check out some of the places I’m visible on the web that aren’t this blog.

  • Twitter – my daily microblog updates from my mobile phone. My Facebook status messages also get updated automagically via Twitter.
  • Flickr – 20,000 Creative Commons licensed photos and growing.
  • YouTube – I love Videoblogging and have posted about 200 episodes. Wish I had more time and better gear!
  • LinkedIn – I currate my CV here. 114 endorsements and recommendations from customers and partners and employees and 1000+ professional contacts.
  • Dopplr – I’ve been travelling a ton and use Dopplr to publicize my comings and goings and see who will be at the same place at the same time. It’s rad. Check it!
  • FriendFeed – Next level geek shit. The way to follow the web of streams.
  • Delicious – I still post interesting links and pointers here though I have gotten a bit lazy and sometimes just ‘Share of Facebook’. :(
  • Facebook – A good catchall for my less media savvy friends and family. I point all my streams there. Ends up looking like I spend a lot more time on Facebook than I actually do. ;)

August 7, 2007

Creative Commons on the Lab with Leo Comments Off

About a month ago I went on the Leo Laporte show to discuss Creative Commons. Below is the video (holy crap it’s already been watched online 1,600+ times!) . Since then I’ve also recorded sessions on Bryght and Facebook Apps but they haven’t aired yet. I’ll post them here when they do. Tomorrow I’m going back on the show (twice) to talk about 1) Social Software and Online Communities and 2) Protecting Your Privacy Online.

Posting this is a couple weeks overdue but I’m trying to play catchup and get my digital houses in order before embarking on Bryght World Tour 2007.

Also (Mom) here’s a couple pics of me on the Lab with Leo set.

April 21, 2006

What Citizen Journalism Means to Corporate Communications Comments Off

Roland and I will be presenting with Darren Barefoot and Tod Maffin at an upcoming event here in Vancouver called “What Citizen Journalism Means to Corporate Communications” put on by the Canadian PR Society. Details are below… please come out and join us if you can. :)

What Citizen Journalism Means to Corporate Communications
A joint event presented by the HTCE and the Canadian PR Society.
Sponsored by Fido

What is citizen journalism? How is it changing the mainstream media and the average consumer? Where will we get our news in twenty years? And what does all this mean to corporate communications? Darren Barefoot, one of Canada’s most popular and most prolific bloggers, moderates a panel with CBC journalist and podcasting advocate Tod Maffin, technology advocate Roland Tanglao and online marketer, Kris Krug. (Bios are below)

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain some insight into the new tools that are changing the way we communicate. As this session is meant to be interactive, please come prepared with questions.

Here’s a bit of background on our subject-matter experts:

Tod Maffin hosts a national technology column on CBC Radio, a technology series on CBC Television’s Canada Now, and is a producer for several radio programs
including the country’s guide to modern culture, Definitely Not the Opera.
He has been a host of several national CBC Radio programs including Real
Life Chronicles and Tod Maffin is “one of Canada’s most
influential futurists” according to The Globe and Mail.

Roland Tanglao is a passionate advocate of blogs, RSS and social software as a means for online expression for people, organizations and businesses. He truly believes in ‘creating compelling content constantly’ as his over 15000 photos on flickr and the many blogs he updates regularly attest. Roland is one of the founders of Bryght and as Bryght’s Chief Blogging Officer, he reads hundreds of blogs daily through his RSS reader and participates in many online communities. He is an expert community manager, with and his personal restaurant review site,, being the two best examples.

Kris Krug has been publishing online since 1998 and has spent his professional career working in marketing and creative departments for technology companies. He recently moved back to Vancouver after spending the past several years in San Francisco, California where he helped lead marketing departments for 2 large companies that went on to be acquired. Kris is an online expert, having built and operated dozens of websites. He has the unique ability to balance communication objectives and aesthetic delight. The only time you won’t find him plugged into the interweb is when he is out roaming with his camera. Kris is an aspiring photographer and has carved out a niche doing event blogging at conferences and special events. Other places to find Kris online are, Daily Vancouver 2010, Urban Vancouver and

Darren Barefoot is one of Canada’s most popular and prolific bloggers. His
personal blog ( is read daily by thousands of
visitors. While Darren’s undergraduate degree is in Writing and Theatre, he
has always had a deep love of computers. Ever since his parents brought home
their first dual disc drive IBM PC, he was smitten. Darren’s life-long
passion for technology provides rich material for writing about the affects
of technology on modern-day society. Darren has spent the last decade working for software companies in Canada and Europe. Darren is co-founder of Capulet Communications, a PR and marketing company based in Vancouver, BC that specializes in marketing high-tech companies. He has written articles for a variety of publications including Intercom Magazine, the Vancouver View and Professional Marketing Magazine.

May 15, 2006

YWCA Hotel
733 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
Registration, networking, refreshments: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Program: 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm

RSVP to Jennifer Lee at: by May 12.
Cost is $15.00/person.
Cash or cheques only. No shows will be subject to charge.

January 19, 2006

Geekin Out @ Bryght Comments Off

Come hang out with kk+, Robert Scales, Boris Mann and Roland and his rabble here at the Bryght office in Vancouver, BC.

Would love to know what you think. (If you leave me a comment I’ll give you a shout out in an upcoming episode)

PS. I’m using YouTube to give this whole video blogging thing a whirl. Here is my profile and here are my video blog posts on YouTube.

January 10, 2006

I Guess I’m A Video Blogger Now Too. Comments Off

Or a vlogger or whatever. :P

I’m testing out this new site called that is talkin about bein the ‘Flickr of video’. *cough*

Anyway, this is what I came up with today.

The first one…

Testing… 1 2

and the second one…

Smoke Break

UPDATED: I did another one today and added it here. This is kinda fun if not a bit pointless. :P

Meet the Peeps

August 16, 2005

Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq Comments Off

Jason just finished and released his new book “Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq“. His stories are awesome. You should buy a copy. Here’s a couple great excerpts I blogged while he was in Iraq still.

The Tao of Soldiering
Just Another Soldier

Just Another Soldier

Three Days of Combat – Day Two – The Head

One of the best things about taking something over is you get to change things. Like when you marry a girl, you get to change her last name, or if you buy someone’s house, you get to turn the spare bedroom into a game room. Sometimes the changes made are good, and sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes the changes take, and sometimes they don’t. When my battalion moved into forward operations base Lion, north of Baghdad, the first thing we did was change the name to FOB O’Ryan. Our unit is known as Orion, but it was decided that we would use the spelling O’Ryan, the name of the decorated officer our unit was homophonically named after. I prefer the Greek over the Irish, and this book is my fiefdom, so I am hereby changing the spelling of our base to FOB Orion. Isn’t arbitrarily wielding power fun?

FOB Orion needed a lot of work and most of the physical changes we made in the time we were there were pretty good. For example, plywood shitters with poop barrels that needed their contents burned regularly were replaced with a port-o-john-type service. Sometimes the Iraqis who ran the port-o-john service and their families would be killed by insurgents, and it would take several days before replacement workers could be found, so we’d have to go back to shitting in burn barrels temporarily, but regardless, the port-o-john was an excellent change, a definite improvement. Another improvement was the gym that KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, built for us. They took an old ammo bunker, cleaned and painted the interior, installed air conditioning, put down a sectional rubber-mat floor, then brought in some exercise machines and free weights. It wasn’t fantastic but it was pretty damn decent. And it only took them six months and eighty thousand dollars to build. I am not exaggerating when I say that my platoon could have done the job in two days, five at the most, absolutely free of charge. After all, it was the soldiers who wanted the gym, not the overfed, beer-bellied KBR guys. But, hey, who am I to say how American tax dollars should be spent? Thank god for combat zone tax exclusion, because if I were paying taxes I would be pissed. Speaking of which, have I ever mentioned the KBR truck drivers I talked to who said they didn’t know of one single driver who didn’t fudge the hours they reported having driven each month? I love how the truck drivers would confide things like this to soldiers.

The most vital changes to FOB Orion were those that involved security. When we first came to our FOB, a smallish but somewhat sprawling collection of concrete and earth bunkers, there were a handful of insurgents who were living in and operating out of one of the remote bunkers. Concertina wire and berms were put up around the entire perimeter of the base, and the unexploded ordnance that littered the place (a draw for insurgents because this is what they use to make their improvised explosive devices) was cleared.

After the basic level of perimeter security was improved, there were ongoing changes to base security, most really good and some a little more superfluous. The buildings that housed our tactical operations center (TOC) and the administrative and logistics office were strong, but not what one would consider “hardened.” Tall concrete barriers were eventually put up around these buildings, a definite improvement. In an effort to further protect these buildings, a massive berm was installed in a location between the front gate and the TOC. I don’t know the exact reasoning behind the installation of this monstrosity of earth we dubbed “Hunter Mountain,” a name in honor of the battalion moniker of “The Hunter,” the professional title of the legendary Orion, but it just seemed a little excessive. If the insurgents had tanks, they would not have been able to directly attack the TOC because of Hunter Mountain. In that sense, it was a successful improvement. But the insurgents don’t have tanks, so it was just a big dumb pile of dirt with a wall of dirt-filled barriers across the top like the Great Wall of China.

July 22, 2005

The Future of Publishing Conference Comments Off

Stop advertising, start doing!

The move from branding to blogging may be daunting for traditional advertisers, but it creates a myriad of exciting opportunities for forward-thinking business leaders, publishers, and people with a story to tell.

For decades, traditional mass media has been the best mechanism for connecting companies with consumers. However, as new media usurps mass media, traditional approaches to publishing and storytelling are no longer the only solution.

As publishing moves to new media platforms such as the Web and mobile phones, the ways that we connect with customers, colleagues, readers, and each other will continue to change. Tomorrow’s book publishers may choose to help students study for tests by sending sample test questions to their mobile phones and enabling virtual study groups, while at the same time those students are using the Web to publish their own study guides.

This shifting media landscape means that today’s leaders, educators, and communicators must re-examine their ability to connect with consumers, and look for new ways to reach people in an environment characterized by personal media platforms and one-to-one communication.

July 8, 2005

Boris Mann Speaks Geek to Michelle Mill of Global TV Comments Off

Boris Speaks Geek to Global TVMichelle Miller and her crew from Global TV swung by the Bryght office today to talk to Boris Mann about citizen journalism, blogging, podcasting, and web 2.0. He totally nailed it, walking them through the power of distributed hyper-local newsmakers and used the coverage of the London Bombings as an example. He showed them Flickr, Technorati, and NowPublic. You can read Boris‘ post about it over here at his personal site. The segment will air tonight on BCTV and 6pm and 11pm and then again tommorow on the morning news. Let us know if you see it or can record it… none of us have TVs. :)

June 28, 2005

The 11 Layers of Citizen Journalism Comments Off

Here’s an awesome report from Poynter Online and Steve Outing about the emerging trend of citizen journalism. He provides a great overview and links to almost all the important players in the space. It would have been cool to see Roland, UrbanVancouver, Drupal or Bryght mentioned also… especially since it’s still a small and emerging space and they’ve been in it since the beginning. I dropped Steve a line and hope to hook him up with Roland later today.

Here’s his list of the 11 steps to help media publishers go from dipping a toe into the waters of participatory journalism to fully embracing citizen reporting and putting the organizations resources behind it.

1. The first step: Opening up to public comment
2. Second step: The citizen add-on reporter
3. Now we’re getting serious: Open-source reporting
4. The citizen bloghouse
5. Newsroom citizen ‘transparency’ blogs
6. The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Edited version
7. The stand-alone citizen-journalism site: Unedited version
8. Add a print edition
9. The hybrid: Pro + citizen journalism
10. Integrating citizen and pro journalism under one roof
11. Wiki journalism: Where the readers are editors

“Citizen journalism.” It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in the news business these days. Many news executives are probably thinking about implementing some sort of citizen-journalism initiative; a small but growing number have already done so.

In my conversations and communications with editors, I sense plenty of confusion about the concept. There’s enthusiasm about experimenting in some quarters — about harnessing the power of an audience permitted for the first time to truly participate in the news media. But mostly I hear concern and healthy skepticism.

This article is designed to help publishers and editors understand citizen journalism and how it might be incorporated into their Web sites and legacy media. We’ll look at how news organizations can employ the citizen-journalism concept, and we’ll approach it by looking at the different levels or layers available. Citizen journalism isn’t one simple concept that can be applied universally by all news organizations. It’s much more complex, with many potential variations

Thx to my crazy Swedish friends for the link…

May 22, 2005

RSS + BitTorrent + Your TV = Torrentocracy Comments Off

This looks pretty interesting, going to play with it later today and will let you know how it goes. Thx for the link Alex

Torrentocracy (pronounced like the word democracy) is the combination of RSS, bit torrent, your television and your remote control. In effect, it is what gives any properly motivated person or entity the ability to have their own TV station. By running torrentocracy on a computer connected to your television, you not only become a viewer of any available content from the internet, but you also become a part of a vast grass roots media distribution network.

This is not about the illegal distribution of media, but rather it’s about enabling an entirely new way to receive the video which you watch on your TV. If you ever wondered how and when your computer, the internet and your television would merge into one seemless device with access to anything and everything, then at this very moment the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey (“Also Sprach Zarathustra”) should be resounding through your head..

The geekier part (this is where you find out that this software runs only on Linux and is not really intended for use by normal humans :( )…

So, not only is torrentocracy a way of rethinking how you get your media, but it’s also an actual (free) software product by the same name. It is written to be integrated within MythTV, the Linux based home media server project (think Tivo on steroids). It allows you to join bit torrent (p2p) sessions linked to from RSS feeds so that any person running a capable blog can automatically have many people sharing the media they are trying to distribute. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

May 6, 2005

Citizen Photojournalism Competition Comments Off

“NowPublic wants to display the best photographic work from citizen journalists and photobloggers like you and we invite you to submit your newsworthy* images to our first Citizen Photojournalism Awards.”

May 5, 2005

New Vancouver Free Daily Newspapers – Dose, 24 Hours, Metro Comments Off

So we’ve had 3 new newspapers launch in the past couple months here in Vancouver. There is a serious battle waging for the mindshare of the average Vancouverite. Brooks Duncan is getting feedback on whats working and whats not at Ask Locally Vancouver. Here’s his 2 pennies…

Metro: Front page is a full page story about the debate, along with a followup on the inside about DR-BC’s protest over not being included. 3 pages of local coverage on a decent range of topics, a full page of Canada coverage, only a half page of Business coverage. Big Entertainment section and one page for Sports. Definitely the most “newspapery” of the 3 with I think the most local coverage.

Dose: Definitely the slickest of the 3 with the most attractive covers. Front page is a mention of the (possible) Federal election in the summer. Very brief mention of the Provincial debate in a sidebar on page 9 (nice). Big news section but almost zero Vancouver coverage which to be honest has always been my deal-breaker for the paper. The last straw for me was when they had a story about how Toronto has a new police chief. Why would I care about that in a Vancouver daily? Good entertainment section.

24 Hours: Front page is two stylish looking BC Lions in their new uniforms. The debate is covered on page 3. 24 Hours always starts weakly with their pink Entertainment section on the first page, with its always-brutal Laugh of the Day and hard-hitting coverage about how Tom Cruise is enamoured with Katie Holmes. I have nothing against celebrity news but the stories they pick for this section are bad even for my low standards. The rest of the paper is good though, I have enjoyed their election coverage and they always have a decent amount of Vancouver news. They could make the Business section longer, but I guess that’s not really their target market.

I’ve been running a little poll over at to try and gauge the communities reaction. So far, the result are really lopsided. What do you think? Do you read any of them?

May 2, 2005

Create Your Own Personal Urban Vancouver Hyper-Local Citizen Journalism Site Comments Off

Before Bryght, creating your own Urban Vancouver (which is a Bryght site) was imposssible for non technical people. With Bryght, you can create your own UV in a matter or hours or days whether you are technical or not.

April 18, 2005

7 Reasons Why the SciFi Channel’s Present-day “Galactica” Beats the Frak Out of the Original 1979 Series on NBC Comments Off

The New Battlestar Galatica Is WAY Better Than The OriginalFrom the Chicago Sun Times, comes a great article about the first season of Battlestar Galactica including a cool list of 7 reasons why the new BSG is better than the old one. The critics really seemed to love the first season, and now that production has begun on season 2 (here in Vancouver by the way) I’m starting to see a lot more talk about the show on the web and I’ve noticed an increase in people searching on the term too.

7 Reasons Why the SciFi Channel’s Present-day “Galactica” Beats the Frak Out of the Original 1979 Series on NBC

1. The word “frak”

Forget the frakin’ FCC. The original series field-tested this f-word substitution and no one cocked a puritanical ear. Sci Fi’s version makes liberal use of the pseudo-curse, allowing its characters to sound, you know, real.

2. The best space shots ever on TV

It’s like Kubrick-vision. Every time we’re brought back to the setting of the ragtag fleet of remaining human spaceships, it’s via an arresting “2001: A Space Odyssey”-like shot with a very nervous zoom lens — and the most disquieting silence.

3. Flesh-and-blood Cylons

OK, it was a budget-minded decision, but it’s turned out to be kinda cool and seems to be driving the plot. We’d like to see more of the actual metal monsters, sure, but given the choice between those titanium toasters of ’79 and lithe looker Tricia Helfer … well, duh.

4. Starbuck’s a chick!

Original Starbuck Dirk Benedict’s smarmy smirks were a better foil to Mr. T’s constipated grunts on “The A Team.” In the new series, the character is still an antiauthoritarian space cowboy but one played by the tomboyish Katee Sackhoff. She’s shown real depth, too, and we can’t wait for more butt-kickin’ in season two.

5. Mary McDonnell

The underappreciated actress finds a nice niche playing the education secretary-turned-president of the 12 colonies. Life on Galactica is harried and stressful, but McDonnell’s subtly strong President Roslin inspires calm, faith and hope.

6. Apollo striking poses

Richard Hatch, the original Apollo, probably qualified as handsome in 1979. But the new series’ Jamie Bamber lives up to the character’s Greek god name. Here’s to a second season of those sleeveless uniforms!

7. Religion in the storyline

Amid calls for more “wholesome” programming (definitions vary widely), here’s a show that weaves in religious themes seamlessly and without evangelical bellowing. Not since “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” has spirituality been handled with as sharp an eye on the impact of a “higher power” (definitions vary widely).

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.

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