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Category Archives: Indie Media

From the internet video invasion, we have Mr. and Mrs. Bender exploring the new field of straightness, and from A Liam Show we have a teenager getting what she wants. Both set to techno and both addicting views.

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Fun article from the SF Gate on real-life ghost hunters and a weekend conference held in Mendocino, in two parts. Sounds fun, actually, and I say this as someone who doesn't believe in ghosts. (I'm sure they're running into something, I just don't know what.) Lots of fun moments from the weekend:

After the lights come on, Sarah Disparti looks at what her camera captured and is wildly excited about a few images of brightly colored lights in the darkness. The group quickly hooks up the computer they travel with, and when the images are downloaded and displayed, there is disappointment in the first few.

"What do you think this is?" asks Young to the excited teen.

"A ghost?" she asks eagerly.

"No, honey — it's a reflection of your flash."

But at the last image — bursts of light in purple, pink and white — there is a resounding "ahhh!" Even the pragmatic Young is impressed. This is the mother lode for ghost hunters.

Dee Disparti hugs her daughter. "My little medium," she smiles.

One of the organizations mentioned in the article, Ghost Trackers, based in Santa Clara, has a radio show and a podcast. I think I'm going to have to finally sit down and set up something to grab some feeds…

Steve Burns makes me feel pretty, and he’ll do the same for you.

The original World of Warcraft Switch video (a la Apple’s ads) was cute, but I didn’t find it as funny as some people did. The sequel is out and it’s a lot funnier. Plus an undead named Atkins? Haw. (links courtesy o’ my guild)

An off-hand comment and suddenly me and Jonas are working on another weblog. It’s not ready for prime time and I guess we’re keeping it under the radar for the time being (or just being lazy and not pimping it out to the appropriate channels), but we both experiment on/with World of Warcraft so it was probably inevitable.

If I know you and you’re interested in writing for WoWzers, let me know. I’ve signed on a couple writers and I’m not adverse to more. There’s no weekly quota or anything, we just figured a group weblog would be fun.

That was bad.

GET being Geek Entertainment Television, a new vlog* from Irina and Eddie where they interview people “from inside the bubble.” Along the lines of supr.c.ilio.us (the co-authors of which were the first two to be interviewed), it’s not taking all the Web 2.0 hype seriously and encourages the same. That, and they’ll follow any lead. Personally, I’m waiting for them to follow up on my assertation that the Internet is all a giant experiment being performed by the Venusians.

The latest clip is the first released that has me behind the camera. Videolog more: yes, please.

*Every time I write this, I feel like the dude from Ninja Gaiden, seeing as my reaction is usually “….”

At Eddie‘s suggestion, I’m giving blip.tv a try. Right now I’m slowly uploading the Lap-POP! video to it, but that means I’ve now got a vlog, which still sounds to me like some sort of independent publishing by vampires. Check out jaschu’s recordings and it’ll be just like post-season reruns.

So far I’m digging blip.tv a lot; it uses Ourmedia.com for storage (which still means that the uploading will go slowly) but the interface is a lot slicker. Also I love that it keeps track of all sorts of stats and has comments and gives you a subdomain and an RSS feed and all other manner of shiny bits. Once I’m done with the Lap-POP video I’ll try to find time to move on to other short video ideas I have.

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Glenda‘s my Aquarian hetero-San-Francisco-explorer-mate. She brings the Big Apple while I bring the Second City. She read from both her weblog, Agendacide, and her webzine column, Bi-Coastal Disorder.

And as stated before, the battery ran out before Annie Lin’s set, but here’s MJ introducing her. Elsewhere, Eric uploaded her set, so all is not lost! He’s got the first part of the show too.

More from Lap-POP! This time it’s all of us sitting around and listening to Robynn “Nonogirl” Takayama‘s podcast about Quimby’s in Chicago. That being my hometown, I’m quite familiar with the store and got a kick out of her recording.

Ourmedia.com (here’s my account node) has been proving to be pretty slow-going, and uploading files has hiccupped a couple of times, but it’s a free service so I’m not complaining. So far, once the files are up there, they download fairly quickly, which is excellent.