FooBar Sessions as Literature

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/29

Berkun has a great writeup of his FooCamp experience from last weekend. Sounds like a great time.

Found myself nodding with this lowlight observation ––

I’m guessing fewer sessions were recorded or taped this year. I don’t know why, but the vibe was much less about blogging, posting and publishing in real-time than last year. Maybe this is not a lowlight – not sure.

Seems to me that this is both a highlight and a lowlight. In one sense, people are more focused on engaging with the stuff around them –– the facilitator, the content, the people, the space.

That’s a big win in my book as the ‘must blog’ buzz is subsiding in favor of more human lids down engagement  (laptops, not eyes).

On the other hand, having just done a full weekend of session video capture at BarCamp Vancouver, it’s a lowlight to me that so many great conversations that could have been captured and passed on just won’t.

In a sense, our ‘now’ orientation keeps us from seeing the connections that are waiting to happen outside of the room/people/time of a particular setting like this.

And yet, when things get captured decently, they have great potential to take on a kind of life of their own — making connections and sparking fires that we can’t see in the moment — kind of like good literature does over the ages.

Even capturing a session that is not hit-it-out-of-the-park-fantastic is fun for me because the presenter is always really grateful and will usually go back and see the things they did well and learn things they could do better next time.

All the stuff, those rhetoric classes were supposed to teach you, but, because you never saw the relevance, never did.

Anyway — the weekend was really useful to help me think through this participate/capture dichotomy — lots of ideas percolating on how to bridge the gap.

Can’t wait for Mind Camp 3.0 to try ‘em out.

Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 tickets now available!

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/28

Tickets for Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 are available now — here’s the direct link to registration.

They are $30 early bird price. Happening Nov 11–12 at same location as last time —  the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center — very cool venue.

From the announcement page —

Tickets for Seattle Mind Camp 3.0 are on sale now, as we have released the first half of our tickets to be sold at a discounted price (the next round of tickets will cost just a bit more.)

BarCamp Vancouver Videos

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/27

Here are the initial .mov videos I managed to capture from yesterday’s BarCamp Vancouver. Very pleased with the captures for the most part. Will detail the setup Roland and I used later in the week.

These are quicktime .mov files I shot straight to disk. Were were able to get our opensource flash video thing going on Saturday morning (and when I say we, I mean Ianiv). As I previously mentioned, we transcoded and posted Friday night’s introductions. Everything worked through transcoding via FFMPEG to storing in Amazon’s S3 (thanks to Jeff Barr for the help!).

As the morning rolled on Roland and I captured video and Ianiv continued tweaking the setup. Headache and sleep deprivation caused Ianiv to have to pack it in early, so we weren’t able to transcode more via that setup yesterday — am sure we’ll get it done later this week.

On the sessions I caught — all were great and some were fantastic — noted standouts —

Here’s the full list of the sessions I got.


Open Source Telephony (100 MB .mov)
George Pajari – netVOICE Communications

Prediction Markets (53 MB .mov)
Sacha Peter –
This vid is only half the session and also has bad audio. When the session I was set to record didn’t make, I repositioned to record Sacha’s session and wasn’t able to mic him.

Ad Hacks (8 MB .mov)
James Sherrett –
Only have the last few minutes of this one. I had a power problem and it looks like the majority of the session vid got corrupted (and no, I wasn’t shooting tape –– too many undigitized miniDV’s to count are baring me from bringing more into that God-forsaken world) –– bummer too, cause James’ session was great. he’s a fantastic facilitator.

AJAX on Rails (32 MB .mov)
Nathaniel Brown – Inimit Innovations

Constructing Creativity  (36.9 .mov)
Aaron Wheeler –

Creative Commons Image Search (41 MB .mov)
Mark Thompson – YotoPhoto

Ruby on Rails from the Rear (35 MB .mov)
Jeremy Hubert – Rain City Studios & Aaron Wheeler –
** Great Quote — You can be just like DHH, just not as sexy.

The Meme Epidemic (43 MB .mov)
Darren Barefoot – 

Social Music Networking (47 .mov)
David Graten –

AJAX and JavaScript Demos (58 .mov)
Andre Charland and Dave Johnson –
** Was trying a different sound setup here. It got distorted so I switched back. Sound is a bit distorted in the beginning. Again a bummer, cause it was a good session.

BarCamp Vancouver Intros via Opensource ‘YouTube’ esq solution

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/26

Here’s last night’s BarCamp Vancouver introductions — about 18 minutes total — all transcoded via an ffmpeg based utility that Ianiv rolled — everything is automatically transcoded and then uploaded to Amazon’s S3 — nice job!

Thanks all!

Blog or Project Log: Selling disruptive tools on the inside

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/24

Jay Cross has a great post this AM about the need to find compelling language that can drive experimentation and adoption of blog, podcast, and wiki types of tools inside of organizations ––

It’s time for us to come up with a vocabulary that’s not an obstacle to installing learning technology. Take the word blog. For some people, the word sets off alarm bells. They envision amateurs, threatening hackers, neo-nazis, the Drudge Report, people obsessed with kittens, semi-literates, unverifiable nonsense, spammers, porno freaks, political extremists, teen age confessionals, MySpace flirts, people who are out of control and lawsuits waiting to happen.

It’s enough to give disruptive technology a bad name.

So let’s not speak of blogs or slimeheads. Let’s talk about Project Logs. Or Collaborative Project Documentation. Or Knowledge Logs. Or professional journals.

<bagoftricks>Project log –– hmm, that could work.</bagoftricks>


Harold Jarche » Elgg and the LMS Patent

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/23

Harold Jarche posted a good analysis yesterday on why he thinks the Blackboard patent does not apply to the increasingly popular online learning tool Elgg.

After a rousing start (which I wholeheartedly agree with) ––

I think that the Blackboard patent filing is a load of crap, based on significant prior art, but here is my understanding of this patent in relation to Elgg’s design.

He says ––

A reasonable person could not interpret the following 44 points as applying to the Elgg Learning Landscape. Elgg uses a completely different model than most online learning systems. It does not use content (e.g. course) as the basic building block, but rather the individual person.

Current style in web design

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/17

Web Design from Scratch has a nice rundown of current wed design trends and why they are effective. Nice roundup of examples.

I’m glad to say that web design in 2006 is better than ever. And it’s not just because there are more web sites out there, so more good stuff to look at. There’s still an awful lot of crud too. I just think that more web designers know more about how to design than ever before.

The examples below (which I’ll roll over time) show excellent modern graphic design technique. They all look good, and are clear and easy to use.

Tim Wang’s eLearning Blog – Ancient Spaces – Ready for the Fall

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/16

Tim Wang is working on some cool learning projects via 3D environments. This AM he posted an update on the Ancient Spaces project that is using 3D to teach on cultural history via immersive sets.

August is a critical month for the Ancient Spaces project where the modelers are busy porting the precisely designed 3D models into the Ancient Spaces editor and rendering engine. Check out these wonderful pictures, the lighting and shadows really make a difference!

Ancient Spaces Nisga village Nisga Village

Berkun on ‘How to detect bullshit’

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/14

From Berkun’s latest ‘How to detect bullshit’

White lies are the spackle of civilization

That is awesome.

Nice ‘Long Tail’ visualization vid

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/08/12

Chris Anderson’s UK publisher came up with this very nice intro video to the concept of ‘The Long Tail’. Quite a nice visualization. Like the dots and morphing. Video was done by Apt Studio in Edinburgh. Thanks to Gernot Ross for the heads up.