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If you can’t decide whether to come down, at least you can see what’s happening first. Feel free to Direct Message me via Twitter if you wish to issue me commands.
Examples of twitters I’ve received include: “Climb up the bar counter and dance” from DK and “Buy Everything” from Lucian. Please people, if you’re sending me instructions, make it count.
In related news, business opportunities for this live video feed have started to come in. At the Geek Terminal launch party, an online marketing guy was interested in running ads alongside my videos, while another guy wanted to pay me to provide a live feed for some business event.
I think I might need to hire someone to write a custom videocasting webapp just for me to do this properly. The free videocasting services out there have one problem or another. If anyone’s interested to take this on, please let me know. We’ll work something out.
Update 1: Operator11 gives me limited airtime. Might switch to Ustream.tv on my sidebar.
Update 2: Party’s now over. Total of thirty-five people watched this video live.
Update 3: Most of us showed off our Hitchoo cards. Everyone kept talking about it!
Update 4: Can’t hear us talking? I realized the wrong microphone was selected. Doh!
theorycast.23 :: SoonR, not later, on your cellphone
Show Guest: Ian Loe • Location: BigO cafe @ Wheelock Place
Ian Loe’s a friend who works as a security and governance consultant at IBM. When I caught up with him in Singapore, he started raving about how great this cellphone webapp called SoonR was. Since I carry a camera as my standard sidearm, I had him demo SoonR on his Nokia E65 and his Dopod 838 Pro. Remotely connecting to his Mac back at home, he shows us how SoonR allows him to lookup his photo collection via the Internet on his cellphone. It seems easy enough, but the best part: There’s nothing to install on your phone!
BTW: Do you prefer having an animated video preview or the Youtube player in this blog post?
UPDATE: Woot! ValleyWag liked this post so much, they featured it! That’s a leg up for the Singaporean Web 2.0 scene! :)
Having lived most of my blogging life in suburban Buffalo (Western New York), I realized that one downside of being in a city such as Singapore is that I’ve got too much to blog about. If it’s not meetups, it’s conferences, interviews, and just miscellaneous nonsense I get myself into in our urban jungle. Heck, I haven’t even had time to rant about recent issues in the media (i.e. UNSW’s closure isn’t our govt’s fault). I was about to share a long drawn out post on everything that happened at BlogOut, but I think it has already been covered in depth by others. So instead, here are five things I hate about BlogOut 2007:
Continue reading ‘Five things I hate about BlogOut 2007…’
UPDATE: Here’s a new video demonstrating how to I’d never forget…
At BlogOut, if you see a person in black wearing a strange backpack with cameras and listening devices sticking out, don’t be alarmed. I’m merely saving my experience into a hard drive. While one camera records (actually this camera is temporarily down since I blew my portable DVR’s battery), the other is streaming video live from my backpack (i.e. Justin.tv).
Here’s a quick rundown on my sousveillance backpack, which serves as:
1. a lifecasting device
2. visual experience / memory archive (i.e. TiVo my life)
3. performance art on public vs. private spaces (i.e. challenges notions of privacy)
4. a way of hijacking a public space without leaving physical residual (e.g. virtual ownership)
Do note that this is work-in-progress, but I’m willing to share my current rational and build process here. Researcher Dan Li prompted me to a related article in the New Yorker. Your thoughts and suggestions would be awesome.
Even the Geek Terminal staff were busy preparing huge LCD screens for tomorrow’s blogger event, which has since exceeded the 100 attendee registration mark. In the video, you’ll hear Genie, a Singaporean chinese singer / blogger, talking to Su Yuen, a TDM member over Skype. Seated not far from me were TDM members having a discussion about tomorrow.
Incidentally, this was broadcasting live from my second wearable camera mounted on my left shoulder. I’ll be webcasting BlogOut live from 6.30pm onwards (Singapore time), so either hit play on the Ustream.tv widget on my blog sidebar, or go to my show’s URL address.
BTW: Since it’ll be a live video feed, I’ve setup Direct Messages on Twitter to go straight to my cellphone. You’ll be able to tell me anything, from fixing the video feed if it goes down, to guiding me to a chick in the corner of the video. I’ll be remote controlled… :D
Held at the beautifully revitalized National Museum, I met old friends, made new acquaintances and even shook the hand of Minister of Information, Communications and The Arts (MICA), Dr. Lee Boon Yang! Just watch the short video above.
I was quite surprised at the high level of reception our museums have for bloggers such as myself. National Heritage Board’s (NHB) sharp-dressing CEO, Michael Koh (left), as well as Corporate Communications Director and friend, Walter Lim (right), introduced me to Dr. Lee just as he arrived at the museum. Through the event, they also kept me informed of what was going on, and I took it upon myself to reiterate key points so I could report accurately.
About meeting Dr. Lee Boon Yang… at first I felt a little embarrassed by the amount of gadgets weaved onto my sousveillance backpack, but I think it got the message across: Individuals today can become media entities on their own. Referring to the myriad of online personalities / celebrities, anyone with enough charisma, tech-savvy, and business sense, can rival the attention which only media conglomerates previously enjoyed. Has this happened in Singapore? Sure… MrBrown’s a good example, with his daily podcasts and other online shows.
While the event was to officially start IMD2007 activities throughout the island, something subtle was introduced at the launch as well. Called SGCOOL, this new heritage web site’s name is actually short for Singapore Collections Online. As Michael Koh mentioned, about 6,000 different artifacts were either photographed or scanned, then shared online for the public viewing. Apparently this would act as a sampler of the kind of artifacts our museums hold, in a bid to attract more visitors to our museums. Besides becoming a useful search engine for historians, some suggestions on its growth included giving the public the ability to purchase high quality prints.
Incidentally, Walter told me that they are planning to have a contest for SGCOOL soon, where they’ll have participants use images from the site to “curate” their own galleries. Apparently prizes include a Nintendo Wii! Michael made it a point that this is the first version of such a site, and the National Heritage Board welcomes suggestions on how it could be further improved.
What’s interesting about SGCOOL is that it mirrored something I was involved with back in the University at Buffalo. Over at the Educational Technology Center (ETC) where I worked, we were involved in coding and archiving gallery databases for various works, including architecture (See Rudy Bruner Award Digital Archive), digitized research / instructional tools (See UBdigit) and even Pulp detective novel covers. Perhaps SGCOOL could take some cues from there, but top on my list would be to provide higher resolution images since the “detailed view” still looks very much like thumbnails.
Finally, a highlight of the event included tour bus rides by three tour operators each launching new services of their own. There was Luxury Tours, City Tours with the double-decker Fun Vee Bus, and DuckTours with their amazing monster Rhino Bus. You know which I preferred by now obviously… the Rhino bus was designed in Singapore and looked more like a spaceship from the inside (as seen below).
Together with panoramic windscreens, theater style ascending seats, a multi-language system with “Kiddo” language for young ones, and a projection screen for detailed historical presentations, I wish I could buy this Rhino bus to live in (see external view). Look out for these new tours in the next two months.