A Gamers’ Manifesto

A must read by David Wong and Haimoimoi: A Gamers’ Manifesto. He goes into detail about many frustrations almost all gamers have experienced with things gamemakers do. Even with its long length, it will keep you well entertained with lots of witty quips and insightful observations about the gaming world.

iTunes to support Podcasting?

I’m not much into podcasting, but this could still be pretty cool.

www.podcatch.com : Podcast subscribing built into iTunes?

Google Fusion/My Google

OK, so everyone’s writing about it. Google has launched a new homepage/portal project, akin to My Yahoo.

Google isn’t a content company. This is pretty obvious by taking a look at their homepage. Obviously, it’s in the early stages, but let’s all be honest with ourselves. Why does everyone love Google so much? Sure, they do search well, and they’re developing cool web-based applications, but a personalized homepage is a content-based exercise. Yahoo is the leader here, and I think Google has quite a ways to go before they catch up.

I think the more interesting piece in this announcement has to do with the melding of labels for Internet companies. A year ago, Google was a search company, Yahoo was a content company and Microsoft was a software company. Now all three are becoming Internet companies, with the lines between the three genres blurred beyond distinction. This is the beauty of the free market at work, and we as consumers can just sit back and watch as our lives are improved by these three companies throwing all their efforts at beating each other out for our attention. Whichever company you find yourself backing, you’re still a winner.

But for now, there’s not much to see here. If you want a personalized home page, use My Yahoo and wait until Google improves.

Stand Up Awesome!

OK, so there’s absolutely no theme to this blog. I find that having a theme causes problems, because then when I want to write about something that’s not in the theme I don’t have a place for it. Maybe I need to create a seperate blog for my personal shit and turn this into a technology blog/vlog, I dunno. Decisions to make. Anyways, on to the point of the article.

I’ve been listening to Stand Up over on the VH1 Site for the last 5 days or so. I’m incredibly impressed. If you’re a Dave Matthews Band fan (DMB from here on out), you know they are generally not very inventive with their albums, instead deciding to rely on their live performances to make the real statement for their songs. However, I think this is the first album I’ve felt like they’re a real band. If you listen to other bands, they’ll have a piano balad where there’ll be absolutely no guitar in the song. DMB have yet to this, until this album. This obviously isn’t the only defining characteristic of a band, but it’s just an example of what DMB have been missing from their catalog.

I’m not really into writing album reviews, so I’ll spare you the details of going over every single song. I find that to be boring anyways.

It’ll be interesting to see how this stuff plays out live, but I can’t wait till the Gorge this year. Anyone else going? Leave a comment if you are. I’ll of course write more about the Gorge shows when they get closer, and I’ll vlog about it when I get back.

I’m going to be doing more blog postings, because since I’ve been limiting myself to mainly videos I’ve been feeling very creatively restricted. Video is a lot of work, and I still plan to do a couple per week probably, but I’d like to be able to continue to express myself more. A blog entry takes minutes, not hours, so expect to hear more from me.

Microsoft hiring a professional videoblogger?

Jeff Sandquist posted on his blog two days ago a position for a technology evangelist on the Channel 9 team. How cool would that be!? Basically, they’re looking to hire another Robert Scoble. The job description:

Technical Evangelist
The first job is an online technical evangelist to join the Channel 9 team. In the past year the site has grown in both traffic and content. As a result we are looking for another unique individual who has both the passion, the knowledge, and the skills to help us tell the Microsoft story online using video.

We are looking for a rare bird for a new kind of evangelism role at Microsoft. The ideal candidate will be well versed in the current wave of Microsoft developer technologies, industry trends, and competition. Experience in software development is preferred but not required. Strong digital video filming, editing, and compression skills are required as the team shoots, edits, and produces its own video on site.

You would be a member of a small team responsible for the care and feeding of this unique community. An active passion for connecting with customers and sharing your passion for Microsoft products is required. Strong written, verbal, and visual communication skills are required. Roles and responsibilities change quickly so flexibility and fast decision making abilities are a must. Experience with blogging, wikis, and social software technologies a plus.

What would be exciting about that job would be the ability to not only evangelize what Microsoft does well to the outside world, because they do do a lot of things well, but also evangelize what they’re not doing well back inside the company. I can’t think of a better job than one which gives you the ability to effect change, and the ability to effect change in a company like Microsoft is definitely about the top in my list of cool jobs. I’ve applied.

Eric Rice does some cool shit

I’ve been watching the last couple of Eric Rice’s videos from his vlog. He does some really cool shit. I’m just starting out in this video thing, but I’m coming to realize:

# There’s a lot of skill involved here
# There’s a lot of time involved here

Eric, if you’re reading this, you’re doing some cool shit. For instance, you’ve got access to either some equipment or some software I don’t, because I’m pretty sure with a my camcorder I couldn’t get shots that show only my face and a black background without being ridiculously grainy (it would help if I had a 3 CCD camcorder, but alas, need mo’ money). Maybe it’s simple, and you used a black backdrop? Maybe there’s an effect in your software I don’t have? I don’t know, I’m just too new to the video thing. The other stuff I think I could do with effects from iMovie or third-party effects (or maybe I need FinalCutPro?), but I’m just amazed at the quality of stuff being produced by videobloggers. I’m assuming most of you are amateurs, but I think maybe my assumptions are wrong.

Anyways, I feel honored to be entering into a community that, along with just sharing your thoughts and feelings through video, also contains a crew of skilled members that can produce video content on par with what you’d see on Television or out of Hollywood. It’s so exciting!