Thursday, July 31, 2008
Little River Band at the Lowell Folk Festival
Henry Grey & Friends at the Lowell Folk Festival
TREAD performing at the Lowell Folk Festival
Live lowell folk festival #2
Live lowell folk festival
Off to Lowell
Lowell Folk Festival 7/25/08
Festival draws about 250,000
Lowell - Boarding House Park - Saturday Schedule
The Franklin train is on the bridge and I am looking back towards South Station and downtown Boston while waiting for the inbound traffic to clear so we can head out via the Dorchester Branch. There is bridge work on the Dorchester Branch limiting traffic to a single lane for the next couple of years.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Chris Owen takes us on a scandalous look inside her learning this month to get the JJL group kicked off with Rapid Fire Learning (RFL). If you are not familiar with RFL, briefly we take some time at the end of the month (usually the 25th, but I am late) and reflect on what has occurred to come up with 5 things we have learned.
1 - Travel is a great learning environment
Dolores and I took the train from the northwest suburbs into downtown Chicago on our recent trip there. The conductors ticket collection routine is different from here in MA. Here, they usualy gruffly demand to see the ticket or pass, leave a ticket on your seat so they will know for the next stop. The conductors in IL walked pleasently long the car, calling out "Who needs a ticket?"
2 - Go into the woods
Hiking in the woods is a great get away. No cell phone service, no internet (ah, can I do it but what if I miss something). Yes, the world is different in the woods. You get reminded of what really matters. And with all due respect, it is not the internet.
3 - Lincoln lost
I recall learning about the Lincoln-Douglas Debates while in school (now many years ago). 150 years ago, the two gentlemen met in 7 towns from Auust through October; whistle stop travel, the crowds, the actual face to face debate. Completely different from the TV stuff we see today. One thing I had forgotten from those days was that Douglas won the election. The debates established Lincoln and his line of thought so that he was able to move directly from his role as an attorney to the Presidency. Quite a move.
4 - Pictures tell more than one story
The wonderful theme at JJL shows that every picture does tell a story but they are not limited to tell just one.
5 - When folks gather around a common interest, great things can happen
The recent PodCamp Boston 3 (PCB3) with 370 individuals attending over two days has spawned over 2,000 Flickr photos, hours of podcast and video shows, and the learning continues. If there is a PodCamp near you, I recommend participating. If there isn't one go ahead and start one, I'll be glad to provide some help.
What did you learn this month?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I have my value add statement:
Personalized coaching to create the wow experience!I have my sherku:
all concentrated in just
But that apparently did not satisfy Liz who asked for "some real personality and real advice".
Where am I going to get that?
Listening to my heartbeat
What moves me?
Coming to the Festival provides one clue. Music drops into that heart beat and moves me; sometimes it moves me to tears. Dale Wasserman writes:
The lyrics are alternate expressions of key moments in the play and must be obedient to the demands made of the Book .... move the story, reveal character, hit emotional high peaks. It's this latter that is the unique tool of the musical. Nothing can transcend music in twanging the heartstrings of an audience.Reflecting upon the recent PodCamp experience provides another clue. I was pumped up all weekend; not lacking for energy, greeting, meeting folks at the registration/welcome desk. Helping them get oriented to what was about to happen. The lines I used in several variations Saturday/Sunday morning went something like this:
You're checked in now. The names tags are on the table over there. Be creative. You can also pick out a t-shirt of whatever size would be good for you or a special person to where. The food and coffee is on the third floor. You can take the stairs over there to go up. Everything else is happening between here and there.So how about combining the good experience with the music of life?
Revealing the good experiences in the harmonic beats of everyday life!How does that work for you?
Do that help you understand what I am about?
Please let me know!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
can you tell a folk music lover by the way they dress? Not by the folks in the crowd here in Lowell about 5 hours ago from mobile web
Cindy Cashdollar, Redd Volkaert, playing some mean music here at Lowell Folk Festival about 5 hours ago from mobile web
whether in English or Portuguese, the blues are the blue. Listening to Helder Moutinho sing fado in Lowell about 6 hours ago from mobile web
Lonesome River Band pickin' and singin' here in Lowell. Catch it live on wgbh.org about 7 hours ago from mobile web
my mistake, i said Henry Davis, should have said Henry Grey! Good blues! about 8 hours ago from mobile web
Henry Davis playing the blues here in Lowell tune into wgbh.org to listen to the live broadcast about 8 hours ago from mobile web
getting ready to listen to some fine music at the Lowell Folk festival Saturday afternoon - http://bit.ly/3Uyeii about 24 hours ago from TweetDeck
BTW - if you are going to be in Lowell today, stop by Boarding House Park. I'll be wearing my white PodCamp Boston t-shirt.
Sarah gets into why PodCamp works and in particular why social media is personal.
Read it here.
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These are just the words here.
Deval Patrick made an important speech during his campaign for Governor where he repeated the phrase "just words".
Friday, July 25, 2008
1 - "I like spoken word because it only requires you and your voice." read more about Jon Goode here
2 - "Women are leaving corporate America in droves," says Herrscher. "Technology will allow it. Generation X and generation Y want that balance of family and work. We watched our parents who blazed the trail. But we see what it did to their lives. We need to figure out how to do both." Read more about Robin Herrscher and Today's Momma here
3 - "The director of a leading US cancer research institute has sent a memo to thousands of staff warning of possible higher risks from mobile phone use.
Ronald Herberman, of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, said users should not wait for definitive studies on the risk and should take action now.
He said children should use mobiles in emergencies only and adults should try to keep the phone away from the head."
Someday, we will get this answer settled. In the meantime, check out the remainder of this article here.
4 - People who are walking around cities often need point-to-point directions just as desperately as those in cars. Google (NSDQ: GOOG) figured this out, and has added walking directions to its Maps service. After a few test runs, I can say with confidence that it does a pretty good job, at least in NYC.
Read the rest of the initial review of Google's walking directions here
5 -Here’s the deal: BeMyRecordLabel is where you get to be my record executive. I’ll consult with you and involve you in lots of the creative decisions as well as the ups and downs of making a CD. You get to join in as I make it.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Free, plus is better.
No, this is not some off hour slicer/dicer/come on, although the effect is about the same.
They get permission to market to you in this case for free.
(The slicer/dicer costs real money.)
Tom Friedman, NY Times author, has a new book coming out. How do you catch attention of potential readers?
Provide free downloads of the audio version of his most recent book "The World is Flat". This also entitles you to a teaser audio sample of the new work: "Hot, Flat and Crowded"
You can sign up for this here. The offer has a limited time period; the free downloads begin 7/25 and expire 8/4/08.
With organizers getting ready for the 22nd year, Sue Ann Pearson, the newly named executive director of the Lowell Festival Foundation, believes the event can only grow – and offer revelers summer fun without spending a lot of gas money to get there.
“There is that lovely word, ‘free’ – there are no gates, no admission,” said Pearson, noting that the festival still provides what very few can – a far-reaching scope of concerts with no admission cost.
New this year will be a carnival-style parade through downtown Lowell, with local artists and musicians joining in the revelry, Pearson said.
You might want to take in Portuguese fado singing – a traditional style of soulful ballad that has found a new audience.
Or, if you are in the mood for a different kind of blues, you might want to take in Henry Gray and the Cats, with a sultry sound straight out of Gray’s native New Orleans.
Read the full story in the Milford Daily News here.
I previously posted the Saturday Boarding House Park schedule here.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The names for some of the boats caught my eye:
"Seas the moment" - nice play on words
"Au revoir" - appropriate
"Indecision" - wow, that is one thing the captain can't be in a storm or he'll lose his ship for sure!
If you had a boat, what would you call it?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
1 - sumize or search.twitter.com/
You input a particular tag (i.e. PCB3) and it will provide all those tweets so tagged. It will also update and tell you x amount have arrive and if you refresh, they will be viewable. For a conference like PodCamp it was easy to really keep the pulse on what was happening (at least for the portion of those tweeting). While in the fish bowl, one must remember that one key reason why there is a PodCamp is that not everyone knows about these tools and that is why they are attending, to find out.
2 - tweet later or TweetLater.com
Say you have a series of updates to provide to a group and want to get them out at a specific time but can't coordinate the efforts of several people to all provide the updates at the same time for you. Use TweetLater. The sessions for each day were all queued up to be sent out timed to arrive so folks would know what is happening. for the few schedule changes, those tweet laters were edited to provide the correct update. Again, the only issue with this use at PodCamp is that we also need a low-tech version of providing updates to folks.
What twitter tool or tools do you use?
If you are a podcaster and interested in helping an academic in their effort (to ultimately help ourselves), then check it out here:
Monday, July 21, 2008
One of the key educational skills that will be required for success in the evolving world and state of information is to make sense of what can be trusted and what needs to be verified. It will require more than a sniff test.
Source of this: some coversations during the weekend at PodCamp Boston 3 and this recent link via Liz to one talented person who can uncover the identity of wikipedia editors.
Lisa is one of the many fine folks who came and participated in PodCamp Boston this weekend.
We had a good conversation about using social media to help students connect and engage in their learning.
The weekend is over but the time for action on what we have learned is just beginning.
To view other photos that GregPC took in his "Faces of PodCampBoston" series, click through here.
I hope you take to heart the message that Chris Brogan and I promoted this entire weekend. The time for talk only is over. New media, social media, whatever you want to call it, is an incredible power, the likes of which we as humans have never had before. We can affect events at great distances, see beyond walls, know the thoughts of others, influence millions without getting out of our chairs. I hope you take a step back, realize the power you have, and make something of it. I hope you DO something, whether it’s volunteer with a local charity, raise money for a food bank, help homeless kids, whatever your passion is, I hope your PodCamp Boston 3 experience has given you the means to begin improving your part of the world.Read Christopher S Penn's full posting here.
What I loved most about the experience was the energy, the sense that we could make progress, the fact that people came into the venue, engaged, and took EVERYTHING further. I felt energized, and excited by the conversations I had, and will unpack several of them into blog posts, a newsletter article, and more.Read the full posting by Chris Brogan here
Well, PodCamp Boston is over for another year. What did I learn? I found people were asking me more questions than in the past. Is that because I’ve been around? Perhaps, but what I can say is that it is nice for an SEO professional to be able to talk content and messages with a PR professional, or for people with a common past to compare notes as well as talk to each other about what they are doing now.Read/listen to the full Utterz post by Doug Haslam here
For more postings, videos, photos and media from PodCamp Boston 3, search for the tag "PCB3"
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Final count was 350 individuals here today to explore the new and social media world here at PodCamp.
Back here again tomorrow for more fun!
Friday, July 18, 2008
On our recent trip to IL, I had rented a car when I landed at Midway and carried my own Fast Lane device with me to use with the rental to avoid delays at the toll booths.
Turns out that I did not need to bring this with me. I found this device already in the Hertz rental.
Nice rental feature! This is good customer service.
Have you found this provided by other rental companies?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
2.2 MB PDF
Second, if you haven't watched any of the preconference sessions yet, you should - learn about BrainTorrent, tips for presenters, and much more.
If you haven't entered the Twitter contest to win an 80 GB Zune and other prizes, it's not too late! Just come up with some witty sayings in 140 characters or less - details here:
If you know someone who is on the fence about attending, due to insurance regulations and a need to get a final registration list to the venue for security, PodCamp Boston 3 ticket sales will END on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at noon eastern time. If they wish to attend PodCamp Boston 3, they MUST obtain tickets before then.
Please make every effort to be on time, as stuff like giveaways, contests, free food and drinks, shirts, and other goodies will be available on a first come, first served basis.
We're looking to welcome you to Boston in just a few days! (even if you live here)
As always, a HUGE shout-out to our sponsors, who make this event possible. Please check out their services during the breaks in the Rotunda room area to see how they might be of help to your new media efforts.
mDialog : www.mDialog.com
Blue Sky Factory : www.BlueSkyFactory.com
Mzinga : www.Mzinga.com
Utterz : www.Utterz.com
Blip.tv : www.Blip.tv
Blubrry : www.Blubrry.com
ooVoo : www.ooVoo.com
MatchMine : www.MatchMine.com
MarketingProfs : www.MarketingProfs.com
MarketWire : www.MarketWire.com
Finally, for those history buffs, we're also pleased to present you a free copy of the Handbook of New England, published in 1916 by Harvard University. It's a fun read if you want to see how the area around PodCamp Boston 3 was nearly 100 years ago.
Thank you, and see you in Boston in just a few days!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
To avoid any security issues, PodCamp Boston 3 will not permit any day-of registrations by cash or check. Folks are welcome to register on the day of the event via the electronic registration page, using a credit card. A laptop with Internet access will be available at the registration desk to assist you with day-of registrations, plus anyone with one of those fancy iPhones!
originally posted at the PodCamp Boston 3 blog
Reminding/re-learning about the Lincoln-Douglas debates is timely as we are preparing for an election in November. It was a significant act for Barack Obama to announce his candidacy in Springfield, IL. A poster highlighting a re-enactment of the debates this summer has this quote:
Lincoln thought slavery had to be treated as a wrong, and kept from growing. As Lincoln said:
|“||That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles-right and wrong-throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings.|
Saturday, July 12, 2008
These are not used much. I would need to make more time to practice juggling. I recall enough of the session at GEL 2007 from the Flying Karamazov Brothers to feel comfortable that when I do make time, I'll be able to do somethings that with practice will show improvement.
The first part of juggling is concentration.
In order to concentrate, you need to prioritize.
How do you juggle your time?
Do you make priorities for the important things?
Friday, July 11, 2008
I wondered how long that would last?
The queue for the Amtrak departures creates a navigation maze for the commuter rail folks. And heaven forbid they dispatch a commuter trail on the platform adjacent to an Amtrak Acela or Regional being boarded in the slow long line fashion. The few times this did occur, there is no chance for anyone to stop the 500 plus folks marching to their commuter train.
So how did the proverbial management THEY think it was going to work? Smooth and charming?
Fortunately, I guess we won't need to know as it apparently did not last long. I saw it in effect Tuesday but not since.
No, this is dark and scary stuff. Good food for conspiracy theorists but with a dose of reality, as in, this stuff is happening around the corner.
dark reading available in the IT security world.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Go read the listing and see if you would add any.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
|Boarding House Park:|
|12:00 – 12:45 ||TREAD|
|1:00 – 1:45|| |
|2:00 – 2:45 || |
|3:00 – 3:45 ||Helder Moutinho|
|4:00 – 4:45 || |
|5:00 – 6:00|| |
The full schedule for the 22nd annual FREE folk festival can be found here
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Given the presence of the extra security, I thought there must have been a new alert targeting the Franklin line.
It turns out this is a new campaign by the MBTA/MBCR. More details are available at Universal Hub here.