Showing posts with label youtube. Show all posts
Showing posts with label youtube. Show all posts

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Travel Updated #13: Coming Home & Reflections

So I came back to the US on May 31, 2013 in the evening but have been quite busy since I came home.  I finally had a few minutes to reflect on my travels and bring this video journal to a close.  I appreciate everyone that's been reading it and enjoying the videos.  They were fun to make and experiment with and I hope they weren't too painful to watch!





Today's random images from the photo archive:

A scrumptious English breakfast!
The Eye of London
Camden Town Marketplace


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Travel Updated #12: Getting Lost in Paris with Kate Bornstein

So I decided to get lost in Paris while listening to Kate Bornstein's A Queer and Pleasant Danger.  It was a great time had by all!





Today's random images from the photo archive:

Just what the doctor ordered!

In the Garden of Luxembourg...who knew?

Hey!  She shrank...and moved to Luxembourg?



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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Travel Updated #11: Enjoying Paris to its Fullest!

Paris has been fantastic!  Here is my update of my excellent day yesterday, but for more details about my wanderings, check out my journal as you'll find out about my crepe adventure and soaking in all the sights--as well as my FAVORITE part of the Louvre!


Today's random images from the photo archive:

Now entering the Louvre.
A sculpture that grabbed my attention


Lance make's crepes....not really!


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Monday, May 27, 2013

Travel Updated #10: Arrival in Paris

So I have left the Netherlands and even Berlin and am now in Pars!  Fun times await!



Today's random images from the photo archive:

Inside the Berliner Dom
Notre Dame

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Travel Update #7: Of Palaces & Police

Not a bit update per se nor a cool video like the last few times, but just me talking about a palace I visited, getting pulled over by the police (I assure, I'm not blogging from prison...yet), and facial hair.  Enjoy!




Today's random images from the photo archive:



The hedge maze at Het Loo


The old castle on the grounds

Pretty purple flowers in Anna's parents' backyard


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Travel Updated #6: Art Exhibit Video

Below is the video I made of the art project that my host and her friends worked on at the Galerie Zuid.  They came out really well and I wanted to make this video to capture the progress and atmosphere.  I've also updated my journal as well as added more photos so be sure to check them out!  I'm still having a great time and even though the weather isn't entirely agreeable, the people are.




Today's random images from the photo archive:

Now, there's a throne to sit upon!

A new building with a golden dove and big egg...
or eye...or disco ball--we weren't sure.


Art on street tiles.




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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Travel Update #5: Art, Gnomes, & Walking About

Another great day of adventuring in the Netherlands!  Here's my latest video update, giving some of the numbers of my first week in the Netherlands.  Enjoy the video, the pics, and the updates and let me know what you think.




Today's random images from the photo archive:



Clearly, these gnomes have gotten into the wrong
batch of mushrooms!


Medusa--a woman you never look twice at!


More cool street art.




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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Travel Update #4: A Video Tour of Zwolle & More Adventures

I continue to have a great time with lots of travelling and meeting of new people.  During my adventures in Zwolle, I decided to make this video capturing some of the sights I've encountered there.  It's not great, but it might give you a better sense of where I am and what I'm doing.  Enjoy!




Today's random images from the photo archive:



A sculpture of the Archangel Michael


The spikes for our candle-holders.




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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Travel Update #3: More videos, more pics, more fun!

The trip continues to be an excellent success with lots of learning, laughs, and excitement.  Below is my vlog update.  Also, I wanted people to know, after 2-3 requests from readers that I have opened up the travel journal so that if people want to use the Comment feature, they can in the Google Doc to ask questions and comment about what you read there.  I promise to answer them as best as possible.

Two Video updates!



Update 2:



Today's random images from the photo archive:


Seriously, bikes are everywhere!


Anna's College


Yum!  




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Monday, May 13, 2013

Travel Update #2

So it's early Monday morning so I'm throwing up another update.  I'm a bit of a morning person which means I can usually do get my journaling done before anyone else is up. Here's my latest update.  You can check out the current vlog post, as well as my journal update, and current photos that I've taken broken down by the days.  







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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Travel Update #1

I arrived yesterday in Zwolle and it's Sunday morning, now.  Here's my latest update.  You can check out the two vlog posts, as well as my journal update, and current photos that I've taken.  A truly multi-media update!

Friday's Update:


Sunday's Update:


For those interested in reading my journal updates, you'll want to check out this link.

For those interested in checking out my photos thus far, check out this link.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Travel On: Wherein Lance Goes to Europe for 3 Weeks

So for those that don't know, from May 10 to May 30, I will be off to Europe for three weeks.  For two weeks, I will be staying in Zwolle, Netherlands with a good friend and colleague.  From there, I will be visiting Berlin for about 2 days, Paris for 3 days, and London for 2 days.  I am (obviously) pretty excited about the trip and thought I would capture my travels through a mixture of blogging and video blogging.  However, while I'll update here to let people know when I've updated my journal and my video travelogue, the content itself will not likely be stowed here.  So below you can see my first update.  And you can keep up with my exploits by subscribe to My Channel.



You can check out regularly updated travel journal below or click there to access it.  I will be updating this blog with reminders of when I've updated the other resources.



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Monday, July 5, 2010

YouTube Killed The Television Gods

2010 marks a major shift in viewing trends among Americans that will most likely grow worldwide by the end of the 2010s to be a more dominant market share of leisure time.  Apparently, 2010 marked the first year that more people prized their Internet over their television.  Beyond a doubt, I'm in this camp.  My television hasn't been hooked up to cable in over a year and I don't miss it a bit.  I watch movies from Netflix and the library on the television; or now that Netflix has expanded its services; I can watch their "Watch Instantly" selection on my television through the use of my Wii.

So why the shift?  Convenience is an obvious answer.  Why situate my life around the TV to catch the programs I want; when I can call them up at will online.  Sure, there are devices (VCRs in the old days; Tivo nowadays) that can do this, but in both cases they require additional contraptions, costs, and programming.

But another answer that speaks volumes about what's going on, comes from Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus.  The 3 Stooges video below taken from YouTube (side note:  my favorite 3 Stooges skit of all time; I remember almost crying in hysterical laughter the first time I saw it),  is not the same 3 Stooges video that I've seen at least 3-4 times on the 3 Stooges Marathon held annually on New Year’s Eve (and no--there's no commenting on that facet of my life).








Ok, let's take the obvious difference; the quality in this instance is by far less than what you would see on television.  Ok.  TV: 1.  Internet: 0.  Yet, the quality has the potential to improve or on other sites be better than somebody's home recording; so not all is lost.  The other difference is convenience.  Inevitably, people reading this watched (if they watched it) the clip at very different times with variations of hours, days, months, possibly years.  That's definitely a point for Internet.  To add to that, if you watch it to the end or are watching it on the YouTube site; when you get to the end, you get like-minded and relevant recommendations; something that rarely occurs on TV.  I get to the end of a show, and besides an onslaught of commercials, I'm hit with a show or range of shows that have no consequential relation to what I just saw.

But one of the cooler things to come out of video sites is the level of interactivity.  I can share them directly and indirectly.  I can email the link to a friend; whereas I would have to call a friend to tell them to turn on the TV "right now."  OR I can post them to various social networking sites as part of my social history for current and future connections to enjoy and appreciate (or groan as the case may be).  I can (as I did here) embed them into my blog and other areas and in doing so, have some control over the size, border, and other material.  I can bookmark it for continued enjoyment.  But the most interesting is that I can comment on it.  I can have a dialogue with others who have viewed this.  This makes viewing much less a singular event and more of a social event or also an engaging event.  Just like when friends sit around to watch a movie (maybe a la MST3K style), the comments section of these videos allow for a asynchronous discussion that is sometimes irrelevant but can also impart answers and information people are wondering about with regards to the video.

To come back to my name-dropping of Clay Shirky, whom I've used in other posts, I think this is why the Internet is gaining ground; convenience + meaning making/engagement.  TV for many has been a one-way relationship that though enjoyable still limiting and unfulfilling in many regards.  After all, many of us sit down to watch TV to "tune out" of the world.  To put our minds on hold which just doesn't sound like actual contentedness, but distraction.  This offers the option of engagement which for some can mean substantially more.

So what does this mean for culture at large?  The fact that it's risen so fast also speaks to an improvement of access for many people which can be attributed to the cheapening of electronics from cellphones to laptops.  The convenience, engagement, and yes, the cost factor, all play an important role in influencing such trends.  There’s also the interesting dynamic that so many people are becoming more engaged with their entertainment and one wonders what media engagement/entertainment will look like in the future.

QUESTIONS

In what ways have your entertainment consumption changed over the last 10 years?  Do you find yourself participating in blogs, chats, comment features, Facebook debates with relation to your entertainment?  What does this do for meaning-making and significance of the entertainment being discussed?

What are other levels of engagement and meaning-making that are found throughout the Internet with regards to our entertainment?  How do we bridge gaps between ourselves, that which we enjoy, and other people?