Cascarones

It’s Fiesta time here in San Antonio. I’m not much of a Fiesta fan but cascarones are always fun. They’re everywhere around here between Easter and Fiesta. This video was shot at Rebecca’s Dad’s house on Easter.

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Look

If you are reading this at michaelverdi.com you will have noticed things look a little different. That’s because it just felt like time for a change – things didn’t look right to me anymore. I guess you can also explain it as backlash from spending days on end designing the new Freevlog. Anyway, there is more to this post. This video was orginally posted to Secret Lair on March 2 and now I’m rethinking the whole multiple sites thing. 1. I don’t have time with all the other things I’m involved in. 2. There’s no reason to not post everything here. Keeps everything clean and simple.

Running Update

A couple of people have asked so I thought I’d post a quick update. I’m still running – almost 3 weeks now. I can go twice as far as when I started (up to 1.5 miles) and I feel a lot better. Thanks for all the encouragement.

Experiment 2

Videoblogging Week Day 5. I shot some stuff to post yesterday but didn’t do it. It just felt like I needed to respond to the great discussion going on in the comments of the last post and I needed some time to think about it all. And what I’m thinking so far is that maybe why so many people are having a hard time with what I’ve thrown out there is that they are looking at it from inside the TV or commercial media paradigm. The problem with that is that this is not TV. Now as human beings we are driven to make sense of things and one main way we do that is by relating new information to old information. We see video and think, “Gosh, I’ve seen video on TV. Oh, I get it. This is like TV but on the Internet.” This kind of thinking fails us because it prevents us from seeing this new thing (videoblogging) for what it really is.

Now what it really is, is really just what we agree it is. And I’ve seen a shift in what we collectively agree videoblogging is. It’s not like we got together and voted on it but as more and more voices have joined the conversation, the number of people looking at it like TV on the internet has increased and changed the dynamics of the conversation.

These experiments are an attempt at pushing back. At trying to make sense of where this all came from and where it’s all going.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should also watch and read Jay’s “The Talking Head Argument.”

Experiment

Videoblogging Week 2006 – Day 3 (I’m late again – unless you live in a time zone west of here). Anyway, this is something I’ve been thinking about more and more lately. For more than a year now people have been playing my Vlog Anarchy post where I say it’s too early to define videoblogging. Now I see things like iTunes TV show downloads and videoblogs that are created to make money rather than communicate starting to alter the course of the public conversation. I say those kinds of things are not videoblogging. So now I think it’s time to take a stand and start staking out some videoblogging territory. This is just the first part.
BTW, this video reminds me of two others by my co-conspiritors. If you haven’t seen these you should. They make similar but distinct points about this issue.
Momentshowing: A Videoblog Circa 2006
Ryanne’s Video Blog: Digital Bonnie And Clyde

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