Blu Ray, Green Media Computing, Dissecting Macbooks and Twitter Stories

Twitter Stories

Twitter has been up and down since I went to the Toronto Raptors game last night. It’s great to see that MSNBC had its highest ratings ever with Obama, Clinton debate last night. I understand that Twitter was expecting a huge amount of tweets last night relating to the debate and maybe that’s what caused the outage.

I’m finding Twitter not very handy in a pinch with the service going up and down but here are my stories. I tweeted that I was at the game and the message obviously got out. I realized this morning that Stuart MacDonald had replied as he was at the game as well. Turns out he and I had talked last Saturday night at the Toronto Podcamp 2008. Stuart is the CEO & Founder of, former Founder and CMO, and mesh Co-Founder.

When I walked down to Kipling Subway station to go into work today it was around 3:30 pm. I noticed a huge plume of smoke on the south side of the tracks. When I went by it on the train the smoke that looked more like steam was billowing in a huge cloud. The story at explains the fire and I gather that firefighters must have been dousing the roof when I went by. I immediately twittered noting the fire asking if anyone had information. My daughter responded by the time I surfaced and got telephone service at Old Mill and by the time I got to Yonge Station where I can pick up service Jason Theodor ( had Twittered me with the details on the fire. Sweet…

New Media Gallery Launched At Ryerson University

I attended the launch of the New Media Gallery in the Image Arts School at Ryerson University. Ryerson has a terrific program in New Media. The School goes way beyond mainstream New Media and offers a very interesting program in Physical Computing as it relates to media production and exhibition. I think the students and faculty in the program believe that their program is not well known and the event occurred because the space was the first dedicated space specific to the program and in a University that is so space starved that was a reason to celebrate. My impression of the program is that it is as well known as New Media programs get. Amongst the countless things that I could get into about the innovation in the school, it’s worth noting that Josh Raskin who was up for an Oscar last week for I Met The Walrus is an alumnus of the program

One last thought on the New Media program at Ryerson. I first heard about this Technology from Steve Daniels who is the Program Director of New Media at Ryerson. It allows plants to communicate with people. It’s really neat and its the kinds of technologies that the students might experiment with in the New Media program.

Corporate or Publicly Owned Internet

According to Comcast admits that it planted people in a room at an FCC hearing into its practices. Wow! Begs the question…. Can we really trust corporations when it comes to network neutrality?

InfoComm 08

I really enjoyed the last two InfoComm’s I attended. InfoComm 08 registration is now open and it’s in Vegas this year. Infocomm 08 is occurring in conjunction with NXTcomm08. It’s a network-enabled voice, video and data show. InfoComm 08 will feature a walking Las Vegas Digital Signage tour and a tour of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that will include their state of the art the Casino Laboratory and the Casino Surveillance Lab.

SMPTE Toronto Meeting March 11, 2008

The full details of the SMPTE Toronto meeting that I’ve been working on is online at It’s titled Green Media Computing – From Data Centre Cooling Through Production Technology Virtualization. Should be fun.

Ubuntu… Mobile Edition

Ubuntu Mobile is something that I was not aware of.

NMC Launches Open Virtual Worlds Project

The New Media Consortium (NMC) announced a $250,000 two-year collaboration with Sun Microsystems to launch the Open Virtual Worlds Project. This effort is very welcome as the effort is aimed at making it easier to learn, work, and exchange ideas in virtual space. The project will develop a range of standards-based, portable open-source educational spaces, content, and objects, and use them to extend open source Project Darkstar and Project Wonderland virtual world platforms.

Random Thoughts

Zerofootprint Calculators

You’ll find a number of Zero Footprint Calculators at

I read an interesting article where one of the new Mac Books was dissected. You can read all about it at . It’s quite detailed and it has a handy little chart that outlines the hardware differences..

Adobe’s AIR

Adobe’s AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on desktops without a web browser.

Blu Ray

Blu Ray buyers guide


Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

Online Bible 

Ever need a biblical quote? AskSam has the King James Bible online at

Been Gone For A While! Toronto podcamp 2008 brought me back!

Back In Black

I feel like I’m “Back In Black” as the saying goes but I decided to renew the after hanging out at the Toronto Podcamp 2008 this weekend. I also decided that its time to restart my blog.

Toronto Podcamp 2008

In the past four weekends I’ve attended and participated in a Toronto 4K workflow event, the SMPTE/VSF conference in Houston and Toronto podcamp 2008. To say I’m worn out is an understatement as I worked all of those events on top of my “day job” and as such was not all that talkative at the podcamp event. The content at the Toronto podcamp 2008 was good and I was amazed at the number of PR and marketers now working the space. Between the PR/Marketing component and Twitter discussion seemed to be very popular. I also took in the Open Source, Wiki and Green sessions on Sunday to broaden my knowledge in these area’s.

This years podcamp was much easier for me as Jim Loney, Sam Ellen and Marcel Ramagnano –who are second year students in Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts Program– did much of the heavy lifting and all of the video recording for Toronto podcamp 2008. They deserve a great deal of the credit. The event went exceptionally smooth because of them.

We also employed different technology this year. We had wireless in place and we used MacBooks that we normally employ in out Hybrid Computer Lab to stream and record the sessions. The RDY2GO Espresso Media Center’s we employed for laptop projection worked perfectly and we only had one incident that I’m aware of and it was a faulty AC extension cable. If your at all interested in the technology we employ in Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre it can be found at

Once again Many was exceptional. ( He took some great pictures of the event with his new camera and their posted on his image site at I really like his picture of Steve Saylor just prior to his presentation at I’m looking forward to Many posting the video links because there was a lot of information at the podcamp that I’d like to review.

Random Thoughts

Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors played twice this weekend against the Knicks. Boy did they ever look great on Sunday night and their new players Primoz Brezec makes the team really big. Sam Michell ran the Knicks a little ragged on Sunday putting Ford in the game and switching from a big to a small lineup with Brezec just as New York was getting into a rhythm. Can’t wait for tonights game.

RUSH Snakes and Arrows Tour…. Again!

RUSH is coming back to Toronto. I think I’ll pass on them this time around as it’s the same “Snakes and Arrows” tour that appeared in town in 2007.

NAB and Editing… What’s going on this year?

What’s this about Apple not appearing at the National Association Of Broadcasters show (NAB) in Las Vegas this year. I had heard that AVID dropped out some months before. I realize that video editing has become a “commodity” item but Apple needs to remain connected to its community and the broadcast market. It’s not the size of the booth that matters to me per say but I am concerned (after living the demise of COMDEX) that they just disappeared from the floormap. I understand that these shows take a lot of financial and human resources away from the company but totally disappearing is not a good thing in my opinion. Apple should have gone the presentation “stage” and partner pavilion route in my opinion. They would have saved some dollars on floorspace, reduced the drain on their Human Resources and perhaps added some diversity to NAB relating to third party Final Cut Pro Apps. I don’t think that a lot of people associated with Film and Broadcast industry will go to MacWorld on mass or will line up to buy the “MacBook Air” so how Apple will build a community without NAB will be an interesting thing to watch.

Speaking of NAB there seems to a great deal of confusion about the appearance of RED Digital’s RED One 4K digital cinema camera that was unveiled at NAB last year. The camera started shipping just before Christmas and there are several on the streets of Toronto. The 4K Camera, 4K Workflow event that I helped organize three weeks ago shed a great deal of light on the camera. While the event focused primarily on 4K digital cinema workflows I found the discussion amongst the people who’ve shot with the camera most interesting. What one needs to keep in mind is that the RED ONE is a Digital Cinema camera. As such it uses the same kind of lenses used on Motion Picture film camera’s. What one needs to keep in mind is that it does not have the automatic lenses that are common to most HDTV camera’s and have been designed for New Production. With RED film crews will require “focus pullers”, a skill that the new generation of “Indie” filmakers may be lacking given that they’ve developed their craft with camera’s like Panasonic’s AG-HVX200 that greatly automates the lens.

Blue Jays First 2008 Homestand

Looks like I’ll be in town for the Blue Jays opening homestand this year! It’ll be great seeing as its a Friday night home opener against Boston. Maybe I’ll actually make it out to some games this year.

I came across Microsoft’s Research into a Midair Mouse. It looks promising and I’d sure like to try one.

Pligg is an open source software package that allows one to set up a site like digg!

I found this interesting online pie chart program that I actually make use of when I create reports. I always seem to have trouble when I use Excel for simple pie charts Online Charting