I’ve thought long and hard about what I could say to convey why this class is important. Why it is simultaneously the greatest and most meaningful course you can complete, and at the same time the most grueling. There’s a lot of great advice out there already for you to read. So I’m just going - Read More -
After just a few weeks of the TV experiment going live there has been a whole lot of experimentation and it’s generally becoming a fun playground to explore what’s possible with a medium like this. The karaoke night action was fun (and possibly painful for the audience). The joint movie watching via Skype ala Mystery Science Theater might be my favorite format so far. Jim Groom has done a lot of interesting things with DS106 Nightly News (although he might need to change the name to Monthly News if he doesn’t man up and get back in front of the camera). Dr. Garcia roaming around Cali and scottlo pushing the medium with Camtwist. And there are just countless examples of random people going live from phone or computer with (mostly) interesting things to say, do, and show. - Read More -
I remember clearly the first online community I was a part of. In late 2003, just a few weeks after it had been built, I joined Monkeyfilter. Monkeyfilter was a spinoff of Metafilter which was closed to new membership at the time. I had been following Metafilter for a few months prior and when I found out someone had created a similar site I jumped on board. At the time I remember hoping that those who were seen as good contributors on Monkeyfilter might be awarded memberships to Metafilter. Although that clearly wasn’t the case, it shortly didn’t matter because I came a part of a tight-knit community of folks who were finding interesting things on the web. And I loved it.
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As is quickly becoming tradition (at least for Jim Groom and I), I decided to broadcast some karaoke tunes to ds106 on Friday. The idea of livestreaming and setting up a TV station for ds106 has been back on my mind a lot recently in light of the video assignments. You’ll recall perhaps that I experimented with this earlier on and even have a dedicated site for it. The biggest hangup of the whole endeavor has always been the amount of ads placed on several popular streaming services like Ustream and Livestream. Both services charge upwards of $350/month to go ad-free, which clearly puts the service in a completely different demographic than the community of DIYers we’ve built here.
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