2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helpers  prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Not much of a year for this blog, I’m going to try to increase my post frequency and hopefully quality in 2014.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rolex Sponsors Wimbledon 2013 Live Stream on YouTube

I’m always impressed when big events use YouTube or other online video streaming services. This is the way to go, give fans as much access as possible and build your community and audience. Even though public events like this need  money from exclusive content deals with broadcasters I think it limits a brand’s engagement because it’s then controlled by the broadcaster.

Having a direct feed to your audience where you can grow and engage with them directly is a immeasurable benefit for a brand. I’m glad we’re seeing more and more of events like this.

Coverage starts now and runs until 7/7/13, Noon to 7pm (BST).

Source: Engadget

The YouTube Revolution – PBS Off Book

PBS’ Off Book YouTube series latest video hits close to home and features what I consider the pionners in digital entertainment, how they use YouTube and engage directly with their audience to learn and grow. The big broadters are definitely watching this and most still don’t understand that YouTube is not like TV, it allow a two way conversation going that they don’t seem to get or comprehend.

Over the past 8 years, YouTube has given birth to an increasingly sophisticated entertainment culture that operates outside of the traditional television and film ecosystem. With humble roots in charismatic and creative people simply sharing their lives, thoughts, and humor to their webcams, YouTube entertainment has diversified and grown into tens of thousands of unique channels with millions of loyal fans and subscribers. With a new generation of viewers increasingly turning to YouTube instead of broadcast TV, a new industry is being built around personalities who have dissolved the barriers between on-screen talent and the audience, and who employ visual aesthetics that make the viewer feel as if they are a part of the creator’s life. Truly, we are in a new era of entertainment, one being led by millions of young people who are equally happy to watch video on their laptop as they are on their TV. 

I’m an extra in Yan England’s Oscar Nominated short movie!

[EDIT] The original video was taken down by Yan… because of this. I have a strong feelings about it but someone else uploaded it to their YouTube channel and it hasn’t been taken down just yet. You can also watch it here.

I’ve never aspired act or be in a movie, like I’m sure most of us I’ve never felt comfortable in front of a camera. But unlike most, the first time I’ve been part of a movie it ends getting nominated for an Oscar! How lucky is that?

The movie is Henry by Yan England nominated for Best Live Action Short.

Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of his life, Maria, disappears mysteriously. He’ll, then, discover the inevitable verdict of life. 

The short movie was filmed two years ago and I had all but forgotten about the experience until about a month ago when the Oscar nominations were announced with Henry being called out in the live action short film category. As of last week the movie is on YouTube and I can finally see that I made the cut! So cool!

Here’s the story, a little under two years ago a friend asked if I would be available to volunteer as an extra in a short movie. Having nothing planned that weekend I was glad to take part since I was curious, I had never done this kind of thing so I didn’t know what to expect. I honestly thought I’d show up for an hour or two, hang out in the background and be done with it.

It turned out to be a big production, makeup, wardrobe and a full day on the set to shoot the one scene with a dozen other extras. It was fascinating albeit long and at times boring experience, during most of the day extras hang on the set until the scene and crew are ready to shoot. Here are a few Instagram pictures I took while hanging around on the set.


…and if you don’t want to watch the full 20 minute movie, here are screenshots of the two scenes where my 1920’s greased-up noggin makes an appearance, at  7:27 and off in the distance at 7:30!



yep, there I am on the credits!


Big thanks to Yan for the experience! I’ll be sure to ask for a rase for my next role! I need to work on that my IMDB profile page! 😉

Google’s Evil Plan is so Not Evil


Google’s Evil Plan is Simple (and no so evil)

I really like this post from AJ Kohn on how Google’s plan is not so evil.

AJ doesn’t reveal any insider secrets here, he just simply paints a clear picture of each Google project and shines a light on the “evil” master plan.

From Chrome, Chromebooks, Google Drive, Android, Google+, Google Now, Google Fiber,  Google Glass, Google Wifi, Google Glass to Google TV and Self Driving Cars.

Its all about how Google can help us get to the content we want as fast as possible and increase its share of time. The more time we have the more time we’ll be using the web, the more we use the web the more we’ll be using Google.

Simple enough.