dog day

E. Rice films


what a day. we were dogsledding for most of it, but got back to work after dinner. Eric gave an intro to video casting and will be posting some of our adventures out on the snow. He sure makes it look easy and fun to do, but more interesting to me is how this work occurs at the intersection of the blogosphere, the rest of the mediated world, and the real world. He admits that he uses the language of television, its formats and techniques as the model for design, and presentation. We are all somewhat familiar with television as an audience, it is a language we ‘get’. but videocasting?

I kinda hope the term ‘videocasting’ does not stick, but regardless of how we end up referring to it, this form of expression is undergoing explosive growth, and I think it is very difficult to predict how it will unfold into the mainstream. It is at that young, awkward, impressionable stage in all new medias evolution, that it merely has to emulate what has come before (tv amongst many others) until it matures and comes into its own. The smart guys that wrote this book explain it very nicely, the process of introducing some technologically new media form to a society by making it look like something familiar. It is a very natural process. I will have to try and dig out a good quote when I have more time.

I cant help but wonder, and specualte and dream, (waking up in a cold sweat?) how will all this ‘casting culture change us as a society? as people?

A little bit bout me

Jason’s feedburn: yes!


An interesting theme is emerging today, the idea of intertwingling a bunch of social sites (enabled by rss) together to enhance the ‘one stop shop’ for you, or what you are considering your main site. I have been trying to do this for awhile, but due to laziness mostly, I have only been able to go so far. If today is any indication, at the end of this conference I could easily double the number of sites I belong and publish to(weee), which will signifigantly enrich this little corner of www. Not only am I learning of new services out there that will be fun and useful to add to my ever growing arsenal, it is inspiring being in the presence of such ‘digital lifestyle’ masters as our faculty. They live and breath this stuff, and it is a challenge to try and keep up. To begin, Kris has asked us to publish the sites we already belong to, so as a group we can begin to link up online. here goes…
bloglines – is dead!… long live google reader.

putfile new
odeo new

nice doggie

Group pics from Banff


Well I can see its going to be a week of dog references, puns, and plays with word. fun. After some close calls this morning with sleeping, last minute packing, and scrounging for cab fare, i made it on the plane. The blogsndogs conference has collided head on with the xmas party season, and the results were nearly a disaster. But im in the house, snug as a bug.

I am going over some of the main links we will be using to document this event flickr, delicious, technorati, (which is where you should be looking for complete coverage of the events), and see the faculty are already getting started on ODEO. This feels a little like getting strapped into ‘the drop of doom‘ at west edmonton mall, which is one of my more vivid memories of this province. We are meetin and greetin in about an hour, better go get my snack before hand. I wonder if there will be any early birds hanging around in the pub?