From the monthly archives:

September 2010

My AARP Tech Perfect Fail

September 30, 2010

I’ve had a bad day in multimedia. Seeking to be best blogger I can be for AARP, I screwed up my video. I screwed up my audio. I even failed to connect with Tony the Tiger for a photo op. It was not a good day, technically. On the other hand…

I saw Jane Pauley and heard a little of what she had to say about her work as an interviewer. She’s a long time favorite of mine. Doesn’t hurt that she’s the step-mom of my role model, Roland Hedley.

Jane Pauley 9/30/2010

I did my imitation of the human tripod at Dave Barry’s press conference. I held the microphone in one hand. I held the camera in the other hand. I did a plausible imitation of the Karate Kid in his crane pose, only of course I balanced in poised stillness on both my feet.

I travel with a ridiculously diverse assortment of technology. On this outing I’m carrying an iPhone, an iPad, an Asus eee netbook, a Sony Vaio laptop, a Kodak zi8 video camera, a Nikon Coolpix digital camera, an AIPTEK ISDV2.4 video camera, and all the cables, batteries, chargers, and other technoid cruft required to use each of these things, individually. Too bad I have failed so miserably in the basic job of integrating these cool toys. After unsuccessfully messing around with the Dave Barry video for what seemed like a month or two, I shifted to the retail therapy strategy, took a cab to what must be the biggest upscale outlet mall in the world, or in Florida, or in Orlando at least, and I bought a new messenger bag at the North Face outlet store.

Meanwhile, the other bloggers and the AARP social media mavens, the creative peeps who are in control of their time and their tools, have enjoyed an evening out at a BB King and Gladys Knight concert. I’d rather live in their world, than be alone in mine. Especially since I can’t seem to crack this little video problem that’s lingering here.

Oh well, at least papa has a brand new messenger bag…

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Tony the Tiger

September 30, 2010

I cruised the AARP exhibit hall shortly before it opened today in Orlando. I picked up a modest amount of schwag and a couple of important clues. First, and probably most important: Kellogg’s promises that Tony the Tiger himself will be on hand throughout the day today, providing hand-outs of the new Fiber Plus cereal with antioxidants.

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High flying

September 29, 2010

Maybe the mouse is dead. This is my first trip to Orlando in a plane full of grown-ups. Usually the background noise is whining and crying and… Damn! The cap’n has just come on the intercom congratulating Josie Something-or-other on her first flight and thanking her for the crayon rendition of the corporate mouse. Happily, [...]

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And now a word for a sponsor

September 28, 2010

Whooga. That’s the word. I treated my new Whooga uggs with a leather conditioner. Repeated applications should make them water-proof, slush proof, smudge proof and whatever proof. Seems to work walking out in the morning dew. Still, I’ve yet to test them in doggie-doo, so we’ll see. Here’s a picture of them. I don’t think [...]

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Netroots Wisconsin

September 26, 2010

It’s a beautiful fall day, full of cross-currents and coincidence. This is a quick catch-all, catch-up post so i can clear the boards for next week. I have interview questions to prepare for the AARP Orlando@50+ conference and I’ve managed to procrastinate until yesterday’s Cheddarsphere gathering ended because I’m a single threaded kind of guy. [...]

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Sodding the Commons

September 25, 2010

Netroots Wisconsin hosts Uniting the Cheddarsphere in Madison today. They tapped me for the panel “Fighting Astroturf-Based Telecom Policy and a Corporate Broadband Future.” Astroturf? Whazzat? Take a look at this excerpt from a letter filed with the FCC by the “Arkansas Retired Seniors Coalition,” a group that leaves no trace of itself on the [...]

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Hippie punch

September 23, 2010

David Axelrod had a little dust-up with bloggers from the left today when he tried to drum up some enthusiasm for the Dems in the fall elections. Susie Madrak said he made her feel like the town ho’. “Hippie punching.” Never heard that before. I have this horrible feeling that I’ve been hippie punched a [...]

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Silly Season

September 19, 2010

Today, “Talk Like A Pirate Day” marks the official end of the silly season, those glorious few months toward the end of summer when the gherkins are ripening and the mass media hit their lowest audience levels of the year competing for their share with lies, fables, fantasies, and frivolity. Around 1950, C.M. Kornbluth published [...]

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