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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

No Boom Involved

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

AmandaAcrossAmerica launches on Tuesday.

The party last night in NYC was off the chain. We planned it in 48 hours--maybe even less-- and it was a huge success.

Thanks so much to for sponsoring the event and for hosting the party, and the trip. :) It was super amazing to see everyone... Heather Green, Kevin Chapados, Kenyatta Cheese... I hadn't seen you guys in a awesome to chat... and then THE BIGGEST SURPRISE.... Casey & Rudy and Steve & Carol came all the way down from Montreal and Boston!! I was so shocked!! Thanks also to Joe Cascio for traveling from southeastern took some great pics, so did Steve Garfield!

Check out the ovlov photostream as well.... and the flashmeeting. Thanks to Markus Sandy for setting that up!

Dina Kaplan caught part of my announcement, thanks Dina! Here's Steve's take:

click on the video below

here is the .wmv

See you Tuesday on video.

Friday, September 15, 2006

God Bless America

hit it dad...

do not watch on full stomach... some of the "camera work" is very shaky.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come One, Come All

This is message I just sent to the Yahoo Videoblogging List...
Of course all of you are invited too!!
Please excuse the strange font... copy & pasting in Blogger is a bitch.

Anyway, here's the message:

Hi everyone,
Ok, I know it’s short notice but...

We’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited!

Me, the hotties (yes, ladies, Mike WILL be
in attendance) and you I hope.
What: A Party!
Where: Blip’s new pad in Soho
239 Centre Street, #3A
between Broome and Grand

When: Saturday, September 16. 8pm
Why: To celebrate Blip’s new offices and my move to California!

This is a casual affair ... so come as you are. :)

There will be high quality liquor, possibly a keg or two,
Joe’s Pizza and Magnolia cup cakes (if you live in NYC, this
should mean somethingto you...), a couple announcements and
lots and lots of videoblogging I’m sure. is sponsoring (thanks, Joel!)... those who can’t
make the party in person will be able to join in the fun via
video chat. More details to follow!

No need to RSVP, just show up with your fine self!!

UPDATE: Billy's cupcakes. Close second. :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


was so much fun. OMG.

Thanks Steve and Carol for inviting me, Mario, Rudy and Casey into your lovely home.

Casey and I had a blast as the hottest females on the scene ;)

Mario and I sadly got insanely lost as we always do when in Boston because it's this crazy labyrinth of "big digs" and cow paths .... so we missed Casey and Rudy's presentation... :(

But! We got to watch some of it on video right on Steve's Nokia N93...

was well represented ... Oh, here's Blip's Dina Kaplan, she's sizzling.

This is wholly surreal.

.... and Huuuuuuuuudack??? (as Chuck would say)... Mike's from CT too.

Also at Podcamp from Blip was the very sweet, Charles Hope...and Justin Day (who I met for the very first time).

This is Alive in Baghdad's Brian Conley.

He's funny. At his session he said something like, "In Boston I'm a white guy. In Iraq, I'm Arab." Such versatility! I wonder if I could use that trick on my next trip to the middle east...hmmm.... Often during his presentation he admitted to being a "madman".

And we were lucky enough to chill a bit with the brilliant, David Tamés.

He was on rocketboom once and I thought he was super interesting.... so I was excited to meet him.

I met so many great people... too many to count...

Drew Olanoff, who came up with his crew from Philly, and Shauna Paukune who came up from Florida were such nice, creative people.

Oh and our rockstar boyfriends were there too, talking videoblogging and website design (we think they are gay for each other).

Witness some more Sunday morning fun, as directed by Steve Garfield:

The Carol and Steve Show, re-imagined?

Monday, September 11, 2006


I am staying away from the media as much as possible today.

I just can't take how they swarm around a day like today as if it were Valentine's Day or something. It feels weird. I understand the need for some people to make or watch media about 9/11 ... I guess as a way to remember. But I remember it well enough without any help.

Anyway, I am going to go listen to my dad sing God Bless America at the town hall. I will videotape it, but he gets final approval rights-- right dad?

I guess I'm making media about 911 too... writing this post... taking that video.

Women Use the Internet??

Are you fo' serious? No freaking way. I don't believe it. ;)

Chickadvisor is very new, very cute site that reviews women-esque things like handbags and makeup but also goes as far as cafes and dentists (wtf?). Right now, they only cover Toronto... but promise to cover more cities soon. What I like most about the site is the bloggy-ness of the reviews, the woman-to-woman advice factor and the variety of topics.

It's pretty much catered to the girly girl though... so that might turn off some women.

All in all it's just in the beginning stages, but it doesn't take much imagination to envision all the fun places Chickadvisor could go. I agree with Nick... a partnership with Froogle might be great down the line... when more cities are available.

Who can resist those adorable floating words on the front page.. you just wanna grab 'em!


Friday, September 08, 2006

Pop Experiments

Before Thomas and I begin really popping... I still have a couple experiments to complete to see what works for you guys. Thomas has conducted his survey over at pophub... if you'd like to see what his readers think.

Email me your thoughts or leave me a comment to let me know what works best for you... our main goal is to try and figure out what exact # of links, or urls, I should remix.

What pops for me today:

Killer Frisbees?
New weapons for old problems.

Freeware Aggregated
Not exactly a pretty website to look at, but it gets the job done.

Why Smart People Do Dumb Things
The "Unconscious Need to Fail" point is particularly interesting.

YouTube on Your iPod
I still have a nano, not a video ipod... so let me know how this works. Oh, gosh, I admit it. I'm a YouTube addict. I don't want to be. I just AM.

And hence.... our next url...

Encourage the Haters

I have to hand it to "tapedcookie", it's an interesting experiment.

Priest Calls in Bomb Threat to Madonna Concert?

At least use a payphone or throw away cell phone, smarty.

Why Teenagers Don't Give a Sh-t

"We think that a teenager's judgment of what they would do in a given situation is driven by the simple question: 'What would I do?'" Blakemore said. "Adults, on the other hand, ask: 'What would I do, given how I would feel and given how the people around me would feel as a result of my actions?'"

Umm... most adults....

A Downright Gorgeous Periodic Table

Although ... Iodine kinda looks like a red blood cell.

Anti-Semitism is Unacceptable

This article focuses on hate crimes in the UK, but rest assured, yes, I'm directing this at you, Mel. And to everyone else, yes, Mel reads my blogspot blog. ;)

Viva All The Pretty Horses!
I had no idea this was even going on.

"It is one of the most inhumane, brutal, shady practices going on in the U.S. today," said Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., a sponsor of the ban.

Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas with me!!