New Media Interchange

Video: Palimpsests – Norman Klein – CalArts / Art Center

As a community service, New Media Interchange streams and records the meetings of Dorkbot SoCal each month. The second speaker at this month’s meeting is Dorkbot SoCal organizer and host, Tim Durfee.

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Palimpsests – Norman Klein – CalArts / Art Center

“A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.”

Norman Klein is a cultural critic, and both an urban and media historian, as well as a novelist. His books include “The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory,” “Seven Minutes:The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon,” the data/cinematic novel, “Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86” (DVD-ROM with book), “The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects”, “Freud in Coney Island,” and the forthcoming “The Imaginary 20th Century.” His essays appear in anthologies, museum catalogs, newspapers, scholarly journals, on the web — symptoms of a polymath’s career, from European cultural history to animation and architectural studies, to LA studies, to fiction, media design and documentary film. His work (including museum shows) centers on the relationship between collective memory and power, from special effects to cinema to digital theory, usually set in urban spaces; and often on the thin line between fact and fiction; about erasure, forgetting, scripted spaces, the social imaginary.

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Video: Tim Durfee – Spandrels – Dorkbot 36

As a community service, New Media Interchange streams and records the meetings of Dorkbot SoCal each month. The second speaker at this month’s meeting is Dorkbot SoCal organizer and host, Tim Durfee.

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Spandrels – Tim Durfee – Art Center
“The roughly triangular space between the left or right exterior curve of an arch and the rectangular framework surrounding it”

Tim Durfee is an architect based in Los Angeles. His independent and collaborative work has produced buildings, exhibitions, temporary installations, furniture, urban sign systems, interfaces, videos, and maps. He is a partner of the Los Angeles office Durfee | Regn and teaches at Art Center College of Design in the Graduate Media Design Program. He was director of the Visual Studies Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and recently completed a Visiting Professorship at Woodbury University. Current projects include several houses, a penthouse loft and rooftop in downtown LA, signs for the Gallery Row district in Los Angeles, and a museum on the history of transportation in Los Angeles near the Port of Los Angeles. With Durfee Regn Sandhaus (DRS), Tim Durfee has also created award-winning exhibitions for museums across the country.

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Video: Garnet Hertz on Skeuomorphs at DorkBot SoCal 36

As a community service, New Media Interchange streams and records the meetings of Dorkbot SoCal each month. The first speaker at this month’s meeting is Dorkbot SoCal organizer and host, Garnet Hertz.

From Dorkbot SoCal web site…

Skeuomorphs – Garnet Hertz – UC Irvine
“An ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques”

Garnet Hertz is an interdisciplinary artist, Fulbright Scholar and is an affiliate of the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in eleven countries including Ars Electronica, DEAF and SIGGRAPH and was awarded the prestigious 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotics. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has disseminated through 25 countries including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News.

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In The Field….At PresentationCampLA

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Tracy Pattin, SizzleintheMiddle.

Seems these “Camp” events are really taking off. From BarCamp to LaidOffCamp to PodCamp. PresentationCampLA (this past Saturday, June 20th at Blank Spaces) is a welcome addition to this lineup of unconferences.

So what is an UNconference? The premise is a dynamic, fluid format where participants participate in every aspect of the day, from designing the schedule to sharing their expertise, ideas and feedback and of course helping with clean-up.  There is no pre-arranged format or pre-booked instructors and best of all? No prohibitive cost. They’re either free or very affordable ($10-20) usually with a meal, coffee and snacks. (at BarCamp they even have a scotch tasting and a keg at the end of the day!).

This was my fourth Camp event and I’m hooked. So much so that I’m creating my own camp soon. Founder of PresentationCamp, author of Beyond Bullet Points and owner of BBP Media, Cliff Atkinson, kicked off the day explaining that this is a “self-organizing, collaborative event that is designed to be fun and rewarding with a focus on presentations and public speaking” (Co-facilitator, Colleen Wainwright added her own comedic flair to the intro). Then he threw it open to our group of 30-40 participants to introduce ourselves and share our expectations. This was an eclectic, impressive gathering from marketing executives, to life coaches, authors, tech experts, even a Hollywood acting coach dubbed “The Actor’s Detective.” Some flew in from other states. One woman was from New Zealand!

From there we created the day’s breakdown of 30 minute sessions listing the desired topics on a giant whiteboard. If you don’t want to attend a particular session, you can grab a corner, gather a few people and brainstorm and network with each other or create your own ad hoc session. “And remember”, Cliff reminded us, “you can always ‘vote with your feet.’ “Voting with your feet” means it’s okay to walk out of a session and check out another. No hard feelings.

The first session was with the entire group. A perfect entree to the day. Author Andy Goodman of “Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes” spoke on how to give powerful powerpoint presentations. His unique hook? Research all based on what audiences say about speakers.

Then we broke into different tracks. Marketing mentor Peleg Top gave marketing tips, Terrence McNally taught storytelling, Jeanne Hartman shared improv techniques, Cliff Atkinson gave us insights on self-publishing and mainstream publishing, speaking coach Lisa Braithwaite showed us how to add fun to speeches. I decided to jump in too and shared my knowledge on interviewing and hosting for podcasts and web videos, while BlogHer’s Gena Haskett talked tech tips. Personal Training in Social Media Networking expert, Jodi Womack shared how to start networking groups as her Ojai Women’s Business Social is taking off. Husband and author/international speaker/presenter Jason Womak was our resident photographer, documenting the day.

Of course in true Social Media fashion, we were all tweeting away sharing our experiences with the cyber audience. Cliff gave a session on webinars interacting with that cyber audience.

The day came full circle as we came back around the conference table to debrief, (no long evaluation forms to fill out!) sharing what worked and what could have worked better. All in all, I’d say we all got what we came for. We learned a lot, shared our expertise, met great people, had fun and most likely gained new friends and colleagues for the long haul. Oh, and we all helped with clean-up!

So, look for the next PresentationCamp, any of the other Camps or who knows? Maybe you’ll create your own SomethingCamp!

-Tracy Pattin

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Audio: Douglas E. Welch talks WordPress on Small Business Hosting podcast

SBHosting.com posted an interview I did last week talking about the uses and differences between WordPress.com‘s hosted blogs and the WordPress software available from WordPress.org.

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WordPress.org Vs WordPress.com With Douglas Welch

On this episode I talk with Douglas Welch about the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org and when you might want to use WordPress.org vs WordPress.com. WordPress.com is hosted and managed by automattic (the company behing wordpress). If you choose WordPress.com you don’t install or control the software. WordPress.org is the home of the open source wordpress software. […]

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In The Field…Another Great Evening of Idea Pitching

Tracy Pattin, Host, SizzleintheMiddle.com

Tracy Pattin SizzleintheMiddle

BlobLive is one of the best New Media/Social Media events I’ve attended over the past month. There’s something exhilarating about a roomful of ideas and people passionate enough about them to take a risk, step onstage and share them with a live audience and a cyber-audience.

The live version of IdeaBlob.com, this pitching event begins with Erick Brownstein introducing the concept. “Each idea pitch gets 90 seconds. Then we open it up to the audience for suggestions and to the cyber-audience via Twitter.”

And this was no ordinary audience.

Tonight, at VLounge in Santa Monica, BlobLive is sponsored by Girls in Tech and Pinky Vodka . (We got pink gift bags with eyeshadow, blush and lip gloss and cool bottles of vodka!).

The pitch fest started with an intern internet company looking to go international. Then the Global Progress Specialist wants to help third world countries with mentoring and educational services. But the most interesting and most popular of the evening was the “Green” Christmas Tree, adorned with “Green” ornaments made with recycled materials ideally from children across the country created by Mark Venaglia The ultimate destination for the tree? Where else? The White House. The audience jumped in immediately to give suggestions. It was apparent, this was a winning idea.

This maverick “Steve McQueen” lookalike behind me, blurted out “Love your idea. I invest in new companies.” Clearly he was at BlobLive trolling for start-ups to invest in. That’s what makes this so exciting. Entrepreneur, Marty Stevens-Heebner (Half the sky Designs) was constantly at the mic with great feedback and contacts for every idea pitcher.  So, you never know who’s in the audience, but one thing is for sure, there are power players at every event.

As I marveled at this energizing exchange between idea pitchers and responders to those ideas, it suddenly occurred to me; This is just as much for the audience as it is for those onstage. It’s true creative community in action.

Check out the upcoming BlobLive monthly events.

Also this week:  The UCLA Entrepreneur Institute free seminar. (with UCLA Professor, Seasoned Entrepreneur and avid BlobLive participant, Dr. Dan Nathanson).

-Tracy Pattin

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In The Field… Face to Face Face-Off with Facebook

Tracy Pattin, host, SizzleintheMiddle

Tracy Pattin, host, SizzleintheMiddle

“Social Media” is the buzz phrase of the moment. Everybody is Facebooking, Tweeting and Linking in on Linkedin at a frantic pace. I love this new way to connect, but I’ve discovered something. We still crave AND need human contact. Nothing has been more evident than the past two weeks with the plethora of events I’ve attended where real humans show up and interact with one another. (click here to read about the events) Judging by the huge turnouts, face to face contact is alive and well. Here’s the trick to all of this. We need both! “Meat space” (the real life physical world) AND cyberspace are key players for many of us. I guess as long we straddle both spaces, we’re okay. But the key here is balance.

Last week I went to one of those events. Heartlink is a “relaxed dinner/networking gathering for women. This unique experience enables you to meet women like yourself who help one another grow their business and strengthen their community.” After a great dinner (provided by a restauranteur and Heartlink member) Host Carolyn Ziel began the 3 minute introductions going around this circle of about 20 women. ” We all need to reach out. Each one of us has a dream to be realized. Being grounded in passion moves us forward” Carolyn said. As we went around the circle, each woman shared their dream and business with a lot of passion and humor.

I was amazed by the variety of expertise; reflexologist, mortgage broker, restauranteur, wealth coach, hand analyst, chiropractor/motivational fitness coach, life coach, executive sales consultant, bodyworker, even a woman who sells nutritional fruit and veggie “gummy bears.” All these women had interesting stories and all were about community and helping each other realize those dreams.

So whether we’re  Facebooking or Facing Each Other,  we need to remember, there is nothing like that real human contact. Afterall, we humans were here long before the internet was born.

You can easily find human contact events in your area by using…guess what? The internet. Go to Meetup.com, join a Facebook group or the other social media site groups.

-Tracy Pattin

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Video: From Camera to YouTube – Part 3

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Recorded live at the Writers Guild of America, West on May 27, 2009. Speakers included Elisabeth Flack of the WGA, Rosanne Welch, Douglas Welch and Michael Lawshe. For more information on New Media, visit http://newmediainterchange.com

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Video: From Camera to YouTube – Part 2

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Recorded live at the Writers Guild of America, West on May 27, 2009. Speakers included Elisabeth Flack of the WGA, Rosanne Welch, Douglas Welch and Michael Lawshe. For more information on New Media, visit http://newmediainterchange.com

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Video: From Camera to YouTube – Part 1

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Recorded live at the Writers Guild of America, West on May 27, 2009. Speakers included Elisabeth Flack of the WGA, Rosanne Welch, Douglas Welch and Michael Lawshe. For more information on New Media, visit http://newmediainterchange.com

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