Saturday, July 28, 2007

CrankCast Vid Picks: Smile More

It is easy to use the foils of cynicism and pessimism to deflect responsibility and defend apathy in today's world of sound bites and celebrity gossip. Nowhere is this more true than online video, a branch of the blogosphere saturated in the sensational and exploitative. But there is hope. If you're feeling down about life watch these videos and then head out. Go forth and make this a better world. Perform random acts of kindness.

Wirebreakers - Insane Dance Moves!

If you liked the movie Rize about the frenetic art of "clowning" and "krumping," you'll love these kids. The WireBreakers are part of viral promotional campaign for Motorola's new wireless MOTOROKR S9 headphones.

Feist - 1 2 3 4 MUSIC VIDEO

Fiest has a bunch of great music videos on her YouTube page, so check them out. Also, this remix is sweet.

RocketBoom July 27 2007 Casual Friday

Every Friday the daily web show RocketBoom breaks from their normal intertube-powered journalism to bring us "Casual Friday," a day when they go out and capture a bit of the world with a whimsical breviloquence only possible with a DV camera.

Free Hugs Campaign. (music by Sick album out)

...and the RocketBoom video reminded of this winner of the YouTube Award for "Most Inspirational."

Dave Matthews Band - Everyday

...which then reminded me of this Dave Matthew's Band music video.

Bouncy Balls

Danish director Nicolai Fuglsig unleashed 250,000 bouncy balls on the hilly streets of San Francisco to demonstrate Bravia's "colour like no other." The music is 'Heartbeats', performed by José González.

I bet you're smiling now.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

NewTeeVee Screening Event

Here I am! Or was, depending when you watch this. Every month this summer we at do a screening event (which some of you have come to) where we show several online videos around a theme. First it was "episodic content," then "parody," and this month it's "when content = advertising." We've got Greg Goodfried, one of the brains behind LonleyGirl15, on our panel of judges. Check us out. Live video stream brought to you by Veodia!

And after you watch, vote!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Widgets Are the Future?

Check out my review of the best of video Facebook apps, glorified social networking widgets. I've been all about widgets, as of late. Between this post and the widget lunch discussion I attended at the YPulse conference, I am in full widget mode. And here we have a re-imagined scene from what I think a 2007 remake (please no) of Mike Nichols' The Graduate would look like. Enjoy.

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you -just one word.
Ben: Yes sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Ben: Yes I am.
Mr. McGuire: 'Widgets.'
Ben: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in widgets. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Ben: Yes I will.
Mr. McGuire: Shh! Enough said. That's a deal.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Earth2Tech Launches Today!

The GigaOM Network just keeps growing! NewTeeVee is part of the greater GigaOM grid and today editor Katie Fehrenbacher launched GigaOM's green tech business blog, Earth2Tech.

So go check it out. Here's the announcement post. And keep an eye out because hopefully you'll soon be seeing posts from Crank and Hoffer giving our two cents on green technologies.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

July New Tech MeetUp

Another month, another meetup. I love these things and more and more people just keeping showing up (and eating the pizza before I get any). Anyway, here's a lowly blogger's short review of what went down. - In a delicious mix of mild self-deprecation and condescension, Guy Kawasaki pitched his rumor-mill site with little fanfare. Like my recent post on, I'm really worried that the signal-to-noise ratio won't improve, but even more so because it seems that the Truemors model relies on the shallow and sensational.... just like the of the internets. In the end I'm not impressed that he made this for 12K and I'm left thinking "you still spent a lot of money on a crappy idea." And now back to Digg. - Mo was back by popular demand and definitely delivered, telling a great story about his job as a comp sci TA. Oh, he also has a funny little company on the site where you can make pictures talk. I'll be using it soon for sure, so check back.

JuggleMyStuff - Yet another project management suite, JuggleMyStuff dragged its feet through it's presentation. Looked...nice. I like the name. Yeah. Moving on. - Focusing on the idea of in-flow reviews, RateItAll has made the first read/write widget. They made a cute little piece of widgetry that could really change the way online reviews are read and written. The widget goes where the products/topics/reviewed things are which is where the eyeballs are. Makes sense.

Ad Perk - Ad Perk looks to make a new sort of commercial currency. they are not a destination site and connect viewers, advertisers, and hosts in a new way to exchange eyeballs for quality content in an intelligent way. As the advertising industry gropes it's way online, Ad Perk offers a very interesting new model. However, I was getting frustrated by the number of times the presenter would start answer questions with "What you're not seeing is..." This is your presentation! I'm seeing what you're showing me!

Perhaps it was the excess of beer or the because it was hump day, but it was an unusually hostile and inarticulate audience which made from some funny and painful Q&A sessions.

See you next month.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Holographic Al Gore to Save World

In case you have been living under a rock, Al Gore's Live Earth mega-concert-event happened across all seven continents in a media blitz designed to launch us into global sustainability. Al Gore flexed his technological might by appearing as a holograph. A FREAKIN' HOLOGRAPH! Al Gore has the crew of The Enterprise on his side! I feel like breaking into Phil Collins-inspired song!

Albert Gore, he's our hero,
Gonna take pollution down to zero,
Gonna help him put asunder,
Bad guys who like to loot and plunder!

And make sure to check out my article on the Live Earth event at And this great post by my fellow NewTeeVee contributor, Steve Bryant.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Blogger vs. M.D. Ph.D.

Googling one's own name is a procrastinator's favorite trick. It guarantees seconds of distraction and hours of narcissistic pondering. When I first started Googling my name, way back in 2000 when my high school librarian first explained what a "search engine" was, I didn't come up at all. I was very sad. Slowly, though college, I moved up from a reference to my ultimate playing on the twelfth page of search of search results. By senior year I was even on the first page with my Big Green Bus exploits bumping me up in Google's algorithmic eyes. And now, a full year out of college, I occupy four of the seven first search results on the first page for "Craig Rubens." Oh yeah, I've really come far.

However, I have yet to claim the first search result.

And that is because of one man. One, massively more educated, do-gooding, doctor. A M.D., Ph.D. pediatrician, to be precise. Dr. Craig E. Rubens, of Seattle, Washington, is the first Google search result for "Craig Rubens."

My goal - to be the "I'm feeling lucky" result. My means - the intertubes. I think it's fascinating that I've climbed the Google rankings so far already. I am not going to argue who does better work for the world (Dr. Rubens "researches the pathogenesis of infections that cause neurologic damage in newborns." Blogger Rubens writes about online video and zombies.). Still, I find it fascinating that I might become seemingly more important in cold computer-lidded gaze of Google. We'll see what the coming months yield.

(Note: I did NOT link to Dr. Craig Rubens for fear of boosting his rankings)