March 21, 2006

SXSW Travelling Videos Comments Off

The Flaming Lips Rock Austin @ SXSWI’m way behind here on posting media from the past couple weeks and SXSW. It was awesome and I have a ton of photos and a couple videos to share and need to do a couple wrap-up blog posts over at Bryght and Backstage. But there is only so much I can do while doing 12 hours of business a day and catching 5 live bands a night. *sigh* Anyway, below are a few YouTube videos from our trip to SXSW last week. More stuff forthcoming… definately don’t miss the photos over at Flickr including an awesome Flaming Lips show.

Cougar Attack on Our Way to SXSW

Bryght and Raincity hanging at SeaTac on our way to SXSW.

On Our Way to SXSW


We ran into some NASCAR fans in the Seattle airport and got the skinny on NASCAR racing.

February 17, 2006

Canada Kicks Ass – Olympic Hockey Afterparty Comments Off

Uhm, I don’t even know what to say. Just watch these videos. Oh, and yeah… we are working here too, but you can find out more about that over here >> Olympics and Web 2.0 Symposium.

January 24, 2006

Canadian Politics 101 Vlog Comments Off

I’ve been using quite a bit now (check out my profile and videos over there). It’s a video blog hosting service. I have about 6 or so expiramental videos up there now including some pretty funny stuff… me and my friends and colleagues chatting about whatever is on our mind. I’ve shot it all with cameraphones loaned to be by Boris and Roland, but Scales has a new Samsung camera on order that I’ll start using soon.

Anyway, with the Canadian federal election last night, the topic of the day is Canadian politics. Check out this quick clip to hear Roland, Colin, Richard and I bantering about the basics of politics in Canada and the results from the Canadian federal election.

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

December 12, 2005

Blogging for Independent Artists and Creatives Comments Off

Blogs N DogsLast week at Blogs N Dogs in Banff I gave several presentations including one about using blogging and web technologies specifically for indendent artists and creatives. Christina Carr was cool enough to take copius notes and post them to her blog. Thx Christina.

Blogging for the Creative Crew.

Blogs’n’dogs at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada – an intense workshop put on by Raincity Studios in the art of telling it like it is. This event gathered experts for North America, combined with a range of participants from novice to seasoned geek, and essentially gave us a creative licence to talk to each other, effectively. It’s about conversation, and it’s an egalitarian world on the blogosphere.

As an innocent in this new democracy, and as a writer, teacher and artist, I’d like to share with you some of the most pertinent features of blogging that I discovered through our ‘Blogging for creative people’ session, run by Kris Krug.

Reasons why you, as a creative person, will need to explore the bloggosphere are pretty obvious once you consider that this is where you can:

  1. get feedback for your stuff – after all, you want to be able to gage the public response to what it is you’re putting out there; whether you let it impact your work or not, you need to know the score.
  2. connect with ‘fans’ – the people who like your stuff will want to talk to you, and you will want to listen, especially if you’ve got something to sell.
  3. set up an online store to start trading – whether it be photography, jewellery design, a portraiture service or doggie accessories, you need to set up a PayPal account and a CafePress account.
  4. establish yourself as a presence – build your discussion with information about and around your area of expertise – the aura of photography compared to painting; minimalism in the 21st century; the impact of music for increasing brainwave activity (or the opposite).

Apart from the obvious benefits of blogging yourself a network of business contacts, ‘lest us forget’ that blogging is a conversation that adds the greatest value to you and your talk-fest jamboree as a creative interaction, and then in regards to your stuff as a commodity. Blogging is about a-u-t-h-e-n-t-i-c-i-t-y. Otherwise, it’s no better than bogus PR collateral you get in the snail mail telling you that you’re the lucky winner of some advertising executive’s tired brainspark, and that he’s gonna put you in the draw to win a million, “so call us to find out about this amazing opportunity”.

Getting with the program – approaching the blog

A blog is not a website, but often makes a good component of one, or it can run its own ring. The main difference being that a website is a professional face, while a blog is the conversational part of it – a blog is the human face as opposed to the ’suit’.

The best way to get a handle on blogging is to follow the ‘program’ that  Kris Krug, our ‘Blogging for creative people’ guru, advises. Week 1 – read as many blogs as you can. Week 2 – set up your own blog, but just for now, concentrate on commenting to other people’s blogs. Week 3 – start blogging.

Blogging is like keeping a public diary. Every post is archived, somewhere, in the ether, despite that ‘delete’ command you’ve been relying on to rewrite history. So firstly, never blog anything in anger (unless you aspire to the reputation of Jerry Springer or his guests). But, like Jerry Springer, the most successful blogs are contraversial so don’t spit it out just to be nasty, remember authenticity? Try telling it like it is, from the heart. Secondly, try and use the permanent diary type fact to your benefit – use it to capture where you were and how you’ve changed over the years of chatter splatter, and how your community has responded. This is a really exciting feature! It’s gold. It’s about you as a personality, not as a business name, and your writing style needs to say as much.

Don’t hog the blog – let other people help you out so that you’re not having to do everything – design, copy, sales, yourself. You may be a great photographer but you might just be crap at stringing those ‘personality’ words together so please, let that silver-tongued friend of yours help you write up your intro to get the conversation started, and make sure you pay him.

“So, what’s you’re strategy?” Experts at Blogs’n’dogs agree that you should attempt your blog with a child-like quality that allows you to experiment – start if off, let it grow and see what shape it takes on. Allow it to breathe and to be organic rather than planning it out. A better question might be, “So, what d’you want to discuss?”

Getting your blog in the game – exercising the blog

How you discuss is very interesting. In a blog, each post you enter will index separately using keywords, such as ‘photography’ or ‘biography’ (keywords are automatically identified by search engines). This means that your blog entry will be weighted according to how you structure the keywords in your text. So, for example, a keyword in the title might weigh 50%; a keyword in the sub-heading might result in 30%; and in the paragraphs, it might get you 20%.

The better you work out your indexing, the higher up on the list of Google, for example, your blog will rate when someone punches in one of those keywords for a search. So, write your blog with indexing in mind. Include keywords in your title where you can. And, when you have some information to add to the blog you already posted yesterday, post a follow up blog so that Google counts this as a separate entry and rates you higher on its searchability.

You need to investigate what words are driving the search for your site so you know how to pitch the words you use in your content. You also want to fnd out who your audience is, and where they are, geographically, especially if you plan on posting delicate artworks across the globe. A really useful site for gathering facts about your audience is You will also want to buy your domain name to secure your online identity.

Don’t stop talking – maintaining the blog 

Following up on the conversation is one of the most relevant things you can do in managing your blog space. After all, we hate it when our friends forget to call us back – this is no different. People will want to join your community and if you snub them, they’ll drop you like the arrogant schmuck that you are. This community may then start it’s own conversation without you, and you won’t know what’s going on unless you make it a priority to find out.

Depending on how focused you are on business, being incommunicado could also mean a breakdown at a busy intersection where you stand to lose a lot of traffick and discover that your fans have decided to make a detour to another writer, musician, artist /photographer’s camp, with their PayPal order.

Your blog is the perfect space to learn about what your community is interested in, and what it wants in terms of the creative clout you have to offer. Keep talking – start a survey, do some market research, but be up front about it.

Artist profile – Kris Krug

Now you may want to think about how you conduct business – do you want to share your stuff for free, to get exposure, or do you want to establish a pricing niche straight off? Some photographers for example prefer the Creative Commons approach of free art over the web to help build their folio and following, and rely on that exposure to secure worthwhile jobs. This is the approach adopted by Kris Krug. Here’s his 7 step story to developing his photographic business, and the community that supports it:

  1. Bought a camera
  2. Got a flickr account
  3. Formed a blogging community
  4. Met up in actual space with his community
  5. Created a business
  6. Positioned the business online
  7. Used contacts to set up an actual exhibition space

Blogging doesn’t make you a nerd, unless you are one already. It’s an exciting way to connect and explore, and as you can see from the 7 step story above, it can only help you transfer the conversation from the wireless realm of inside workstations to the sensory world out there. Blog on.

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 19, 2005

PODCAST: Cory Doctrow on Technology, Activism, CopyLeft, and DRM Comments Off

Cory Doctorow Is Da Fuckin' Man!PODCAST: Cory Doctrow on Technology, Activism, CopyLeft, and DRM

“Cory Doctrow is something of a technology renaissance man. He’s an advocate for the EFF, providing outreach in Europe as well as working on policies aimed at ensuring freedoms in the digital future. He’s a Nebula award nominee for the outstanding science fiction novel, Down and Out in The Magic Kingdom. Cory contributes regularly to Popular Science and Wired. In his spare time he’s a prolific poster to Boing Boing. We caught up with Cory at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference, where he talked about his infamous DRM speech at Microsoft, writing science fiction, living in London, Boing Boing, copyright laws and a stream-of-consciousness on other topics.”

Thx Chris. Roxor interview.

April 17, 2005

Mp3: Mobius Mixdown Volume 18 Comments Off

Dan and his crew twisting it up again from Jerusalem with a great mix of all sorts of crazy old and new music. You gotta get hooked on this weekly fix from AllForPeace radio if you’re not already. He put up a new audio archives this week with all the good stuff avaible for download. Check it out.

Dan of Mobius Mixdown Infamy

Mobius Mixdown Vol. 18

1. Beastie Boys, “Heart Attack Man”
2. Talking Heads, “I Want To Live”
3. Burning Spear, “Door Peep”
4. Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales, “DC-502″
5. Ben Folds Five, “Regrets”
6. Ben Kweller, “Family Tree”
7. William S. Burroughs, “Espantanio”
8. Kool Keith as Dr. Octagon, “Blue Flowers”
9. Jethro Tull, “Bouree”
10. Primus, “The Air Is Getting Slippery”
11. Black Sabbath, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”
12. Velvet Underground, “Run Run Run”
13. Leadbelly, “Blind Lemon”
14. Bob Dylan, “Visions of Johanna”
15. Kings of Convenience, “The Girl From Back Then”
16. Marvin Gaye, “Distant Lover”

Download from Orthodox Anarchist

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 5, 2005

GoodBasic and Bryght Selected as Approved Vendors for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver Comments Off

Many of you know I’ve been working with Bryght lately… a technology startup here in Vancouver. Today we recieved a letter of confirmation stating that GoodBasic and Bryght have been selected as approved vendors of weblog services for the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Whistler and Vancouver.

Here’a a photo of showing off the letter.

We would have got it sooner but Boland hadn’t checked the mail recently…. we’re just getting settled in our new office. We’re excited at the prospect of working with other people like Will and Darren (who also got selected) on projects related to the games. This dovetails in nicely with a project I kicked off this weekend covering news and providing info about the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Currently, with the games 5 years away, most of the news has been on the business of the games (jobs, contracts, developments) and less on the sports, but we’ll see that change as we get closer to the big event. The design of that site was put together by our friends and partners over at RainCity Studios and features a bunch of my recent photos from the Vancouver area. Anway, congrat guys, this should be fun. :)

Here’s Will’s thoughts

“So what should I do to prepare? There must be some sort of training routine that I can begin to make me a buff blog consultant. Ping-ups? Script-downs? Googling with my toes? Meme sprints? Perhaps some timed podcasts? Ok, I’ll stop now. ”

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

Techvibes Massive 2005 Notes Links and Photos Comments Off

The show was fun. I took a ton of photos but didn’t write anything during the day. I was really busy talking to people about Bryght and event blogging and stuff. We did 8!!! little audio segment/podcasts from our booth.

Robert Scales and Mark Yuasa – Raincity Studios
Michael Bernowski and Sam Kirk – BCIT Radio and Sam Kirk Designs
Jeff Hamilton - PBC Incorporated
Darren Barefoot and Julie Szabo – Capulet Communications
Ken –
Pete Quilly – Adult ADD
Darren Little –

Massive 231

Here’s a couple good posts I found on the event and here’s a link to the photos in a set over at Flickr.

Your Technology Event Shouldn’t Make Children Cry
“I just returned from Massive, a technology trade show put on by the folks at Techvibes. It was held at Science World (recently and despicably renamed to TelusSphere) in downtown Vancouver, and featured a ton of booths and a few conference sessions. When I say ‘at’, I mean ‘throughout’—they really took over the place.

Science World, for the unfamiliar, is a great, interactive museum dedicated to science. My fellow geeks and I have many fond memories of attending as kids, and I still enjoy going every once in a while. Additionally, as it turns out, spring break bumped up against Easter this year. Apparently, as a result, lots of kids aren’t in school today. You can see where this is going.”

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TechVibes Massive 2005, Quick Post – The Standard

“Robert and I attended TechVibes Massive 2005 new media conference at Science World today. It was pretty quiet in the morning, but by noon the place was packed from elbow to elbow. Science World is a circular building under a massive dome, with ramps that run up the perimeter. Think, budget Guggenheim. It was a bit of an awkward space but the participants eagerly filled every nook and cranny.”

Massive 643

We also BeerCasted tonight but I’m not done pulling that all together yet. Stay tuned.

UPDATED: Here’s a link to the Blogaholics post about Massive 2005.

Arjun’s notes on “Roman Bondarchuk – Marketing using the Internet”
For some reason still unfathomable to me, I didn’t get sleep before the Techvibes Massive 2005 conference. Although I attended 4 speaker sessions, I really only took notes for one of them. I did record audio of all 4 and will post them up likely tomorrow. The notes I took mostly involve my impressions of Roman Bondarchuk’s talk entitled “The Future of Database Marketing using Web and Email”. Roman is the CEO of a company called N5R.

Dry sounding title but a pretty earthshattering concept. In the age of the Internet, at long last, businesses are able to almost perfectly match people to products. We are able to sell stuff without making people angry about unwanted mail, telemarketing calls at dinner, and unwanted emails about body part enhancement. More important, we are able to make people feel special.

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.

Podcasting Entry @ Wikipedia Comments Off

“Podcasting” is a web-based broadcast medium. Audio files (most commonly in MP3 format) are made available online in a way that allows software to automatically detect the availability of new files (generally via RSS), and download the files for listening

March 17, 2005

Podcasting Kit – All You Need to Get Started Comments Off

From PWOP, “We’ve spent a lot of time looking for high-quality gear that is also compact and affordable. This is our currently suggested podcasting kit. Note that you don’t need a computer in order to record your voice.”

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