Saturday, April 19, 2014

Podcamp Anthem - Updated for PCWM6

I have a habit of re-writing lyrics and have realized that to avoid copyright problems one needs to do so with music in the public domain.

I did a version of this for me for PodCamp Boston. I have updated the lyrics for PodCamp WesternMass. The longest running podcamp in New England!

Enjoy!

enjoying pcwm5
enjoying pcwm5

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This can be sung to "Oh, Susanna"
with apologies to Stephen Foster



I come from Franklin with a recorder on my knee
I’m going to PodCamp WesternMass my friends there to see
The web was down the day I left
Wireless was so spotty
Text and Twitter were all I had left
To keep me from going dotty

All you bloggers, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With a PowerBook on my knee

I had a dream the other night
Google rank had settled still
I thought I saw my blog somewhere
High upon high, on top of the hill
Technorati, RSS, even Digg
Comments were incoming furious
How did this happen to get so big?
Ah, the "Molly Cyrus" video drew the curious!

All you listeners, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With an iPod on my knee

I’ll soon be at PodCamp WesternMass
And then I’ll look around
And when I find Morriss Partee
I’ll fall upon the ground
But if I don’t find Lesley Lambert
This podcaster surely die
And when I’m dead and buried
Bloggers don’t you cry

All you viewers, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With a laptop on my knee


2014 Sherlock's Foolish Music
(MADCAP Records)


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This can be sung to "Oh, Susanna"
with apologies to Stephen Foster



I come from "insert your place" with a recorder on my knee
I’m going to PodCamp "insert your place" my friends there to see
The web was down the day I left
Wireless was so spotty
Text and Twitter were all I had left
To keep me from going dotty

All you bloggers, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With a PowerBook on my knee

I had a dream the other night
Google rank had settled still
I thought I saw my blog somewhere
High upon high, on top of the hill
Technorati, RSS, even Digg
Comments were incoming furious
How did this happen to get so big?
Ah, the "insert your name of the" video drew the curious!

All you listeners, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With an iPod on my knee

I’ll soon be at PodCamp "insert your place"
And then I’ll look around
And when I find "insert your local celebrity"
I’ll fall upon the ground
But if I don’t find "insert your local celebrity"
This podcaster surely die
And when I’m dead and buried
Bloggers don’t you cry

All you viewers, don’t you cry for me
I’m a new media maker
With a camcorder on my knee


2007 Sherlock's Foolish Music
(MADCAP Records)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good friday





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Breaking news: frozen earthworms

Wednesday morning brought the discovery of thousands of frozen earthworms. They had risen from their ground homes during the warm spring rain on Tuesday. As evening fell, the rain turned to sleet and ice before turning to snow.

frosty earthworms
frosty earthworms

This phenomena appeared in driveways in Franklin and other parts of MA west of the i495 beltway. What the long term effects of this will have on the lawn conditions remains to be seen.

spring blossoms bent in the snow
spring blossoms bent in the snow


Sunday, April 13, 2014

PodCamp WesternMass 6 - Apr 19

Where do I learn how to do what I do here for Franklin Matters? I managed to attend the first PodCamp in 2006 in Boston and have been continuing to learn something new at unconference event since then. At last count, I have helped with the registration desk (or more) for about 30 unconferences.


Seth Kaye's photo of me at #PCWM5
Seth Kaye's photo of me at #PCWM5


PodCamp WesternMass 6 - Saturday, April 19, 2014 
Where: The Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA 
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Tickets are $30 plus processing, or $10 with a valid student ID, and includes a full day of PCWM6, lunch, admission to our after party, and so much more! 
At PodCamp, everyone's a rock star. 
PodCamp is an un-conference about social media and online networking. It is an open and collaborative event with discussions and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. Some sessions will be planned ahead of the event, but plenty of spaces will be open for the topics YOU want to discuss and learn. You can participate by giving a presentation, demo, or joining into another cooperative event, being on a panel/roundtable, or in other ways helping out on event day. 
PodCamp is NOT just about podcasting, but about all social media/networking, and its relevance and usefulness to community, business and otherwise. This PodCamp is all about blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, podcasting, videocasting/YouTube, and any other online community tools. 
Western Mass entered the Social Media age with the inaugural PodCamp WesternMass in early 2009. We have a thriving community here of some truly amazing people. This is a chance for Western Mass bloggers, business people, artists, and academics, to get together, make connections, and for everyone to learn how social media can enhance their business, cause or organization. This is also a chance to celebrate the cornucopia of Western Mass. culture, a joyous blend of urban and rural; business, artistic and academic; near enough to other large metro areas, but small enough to hear yourself think. 
There will also be a Post-PodCamp Party on Saturday after the event, at Sláinte.
To get your ticket, follow this link  pcwm6.eventbrite.com/

The schedule of sessions for PodCamp WesternMass 5
The schedule of sessions for PodCamp WesternMass 5

Friday, April 11, 2014

connections on Friday





Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday reflections





Monday, March 31, 2014

Sharing goodness

Three things that came across the radar on Sunday and well worth sharing.

1 - collaboration takes courage and trust. Watch carefully as each continue to communicate as they perform together.




Love the collaboration!


2 - Brene Brown's TED talk and discussion with Jonathan Fields are ones I frequently turn to or recommend. This posting from the OnBeing blog summarizes the steps to be ready for giving and sharing feedback.

I know I am ready to give feedback when:

  • I'm ready to sit next to you rather than across from you.


  • I'm willing to put the problem in front of us rather than between us (or sliding it toward you).


  • I'm ready to listen ask questions, and accept that I may not fully understand the issue.


  • I want to acknowledge what you do well instead of picking apart your mistakes.


  • I recognize your strengths and how you can use them to address your challenges.


  • I can hold you accountable without shaming or blaming you.


  • I'm willing to own my part.


  • I can genuinely thank you for your efforts rather than criticize you for your failings.


  • I can talk about how resolving these challenges will lead to your growth and opportunity.


  • I can model the vulnerability and openness that I expect to see from you.

  • OBeing article
    http://www.onbeing.org/blog/grace-in-disagreement/6191

    Good Life Project
    http://www.goodlifeproject.com/brene-brown-vulnerable/

    Brene Brown's TED Talk
    http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame


     3 - and finally on the food front, what we eat does provide us the capability to do everything else we do. This article in the Atlantic reports on the scientific results of all the various food diets. Very good reading. I encourage you to check out the full article. Along the way, you'll find that Dr Katz is behind the NuVal scoring system used by the BigY markets.

    The current review is in pursuit of that, as is a system for determining the nutritional value of foods that Katz recently spent two years developing. It's called NuVal, and it offers consumers a single numeric value to determine foods' worth, as opposed to a complex nutritional panel. The number does things like differentiate intrinsic from added nutrients. "If you don’t do that, the best thing in the whole damn food supply is Total cereal. Total is basically a completely vapid flake delivery system for multivitamins. You could skip the cereal and take the multivitamin." 
    "If you eat food direct from nature," Katz added, "you don’t even need to think about this. You don't have to worry about trans fat or saturated fat or salt—most of our salt comes from processed food, not the salt shaker. If you focus on real food, nutrients tend to take care of themselves."

    Atlantic article

    NuVal at BigY

    NuVal homepage