Archive for April, 2009

Adopt-a-multimedia journalist assignment

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 by nrgent

The following is an assignment for my multimedia journalism class and may not relate entirely to the usual subject matter of this blog.

Multimedia journalist:  Robert Scoble

#1 Zappos Tour Video

This video is basically just the beginning of a tour gives of their facilities in Las Vegas.  The video was well done for what appears to be an unsupported camera–the picture does vibrate from time to time but isn’t excessive or disorienting. Both the video and audio quality are excellent but due to the nature of the subject the video appears to have been minimally edited, if it was edited at all.

#2 SkyGrid launches into private beta

This video is at far lower quality then the Zappos and appears to have been shot on a webcam at a very low resolution–but this was because the interview was conducted live in a chatroom so the quality had to be lower in order to allow smooth streaming.  Given the low audio and video quality this interview was well performed and gave substantial information about SkyGrid, a service that is essentially a fast-loading news database that constantly refreshes with new information.

#3 Twollars


This video was a high quality video that was an interview of Eiso Kant, the founder of ‘Twollars,’ a service to “give virtual currency to people who help you out on Twitter.” The camera was slightly shakey on this video which was a bit disorienting since the subject was sitting in a chair and not moving, seems like a tri-pod would have been very helpful. The audio was done well, background noise is minimal given the video is shot in a very public area.

#4 Newspapers giving away free meals

This blog post does not have any photographs or videos associated with it but features an excellent list of what the newspaper has lost to the internet and to whom they have lost it to specifically. For instance: classified advertising to Craigslist, real-time news to Twitter, local news to Facebook, photography to Flickr, the list goes on and on. But this post also lists what the newspaper industry has been able to retain so far and what it needs to do in order to stay ahead of the internet. This was a well written post that required no graphics to make it interesting and easy to ready.

#5 Robert Scoble’s DOPPLR Page

This isn’t one specific post or video but is rather a page that Robert Scoble keeps that lists all the locations he has been to and will be visiting in the near future.  This page exemplifies what a modern multimedia journliast must do in order to stay ahead–use every available tool to him or her.  Of course Robert has the standards–a blog, Twitter account, Flickr account, and a video hosting account but small things like his DOPPLR account put him a notch above standard bloggers/multimedia journalists.

#6 Video of Orange car and engine noise

This was a flickr video done by Scoble that I enjoyed for a few reasons–mainly that it features something other than technology, which shows a bit of variety. Also the video and audio quality for this clip was very good, except the lens had a bit of dirt on it and there was a bit of wind noise the mic picked up.

#7 Ansel Adams Gallery

This is one of Scoble’s HD videos that was about Ansel Adams’ grandon showing off some new digitally produced prints that are very similar to standard darkroom prints.  The video is obviously handheld but is stable for the most part and the audio is good except when Scolbe talks since his voice is much louder on the recording than Adams’ grandson. The subject matter is interesting when Adams’ grandson goes into some detail about how the conversion of print to digital prints is done.

#8 Why Facebook has never listened

This is another blog post from Robert Scoble’s blog that stood out to me in the way it described the evolution of Facebook and where it will most likely go in the future. Facebook is, without a doubt, the largest market database in the world and all of that was achieved without any coersion on Facebook’s behalf–it was all voluntary from the users. Scoble writes this blog post in response to the uproar about Facebook’s new design, released in mid-March, and describes how Facebook has always not cared about its users and how it will continue to not care–however this may be wrong since the User Terms and Conditions were up for a vote recently on Facebook, giving users the choice, or at least the illusion of choice, over which T&C Facebook would use.

#9 Robert Scoble’s frindfeed

Robert Scoble claims on his blog to use friendfeed more than he uses Twitter to relay his news and updates on his life. Although I have no experience with friendfeed and very little experience with Twitter I can see why Scoble would choose friendfeed over Twitter. Friendfeed has a very simple layout but with more option and easier to see conversations than Twitter does–a bit of a mix between Facebook and Twitter, with most of the bad/worthless stuff thrown out.

#10 Building 43

This is by far the vaguest of the multimedia project I can critique. Scoble references Building 43 occasionally on his blog and friendfeed and calls it “a place for people fanatical about the internet.” With Web 2.0 coming up Building 43 should prove to be an excellent site to visit for information about the web, althought the site is still listed as ‘Coming Soon’ currently.



Hands down the most interesting thing I’ve read today.

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by nrgent

I found this on my twitter feed from thePirateBay–it’s basically a study of how to upload copyrighted music to YouTube. Basically all you have to do is adjust the pitch up or down by at least 6% and the audio system fails to make the connection between your song and the original.

I’ll admit, the study is a bit long and technical but it’s still interesting to see how this was done and listed to the different tests and variations.

Pirates killing the PSP–A Response

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on April 22, 2009 by nrgent

According to a Sony Computer Entertainment America vice president Peter Dille piracy is causing Sony to lose “tons” of money. Dille points to torrent websites as primary culprits for this piracy of PSP games.

Really Dille? You’ve sold 50 million PSPs worldwide–half of what the DS has sold and your PS3 sales are being trumped by the Xbox 360. So sure, go ahead and blame the people who hacked and PSP and pirated your games–even without the miniscule problem piracy poses to your equipment you are still falling behind in the the video game department. Sorry Sony but you need to up the ante in this market before you start blaming pirates for you falling behind in the console and handheld wars.