Posted by bryanzug - 2009/04/13
Was able to grab some nice video of it — here’s parts 1, 2, & 3. Enjoy!
Posted by bryanzug - 2009/04/12
Here’s video I produced of a great discussion my pal Brian Dorsey facilitated on “Fostering Cross Tribal Community in Seattle” at Mind Camp 5 on November 22, 2008. We were gathered at Synapse Product Development in downtown Seattle (an incredible location). I’ve embedded parts 1 & 2 below.
Attencion! Camp — Starbuck vs. Samwise in a Fight (and what does that have to do with the Attention Economy?)
Posted by bryanzug - 2009/02/27
As I’m getting around to documenting some of the fun things I’ve gotten to do over the last year, this one was quite the blast. I updated my (Geek Fight * Attention Economy) talk with a new character — this time a woman who kicks serious ass.
At the very first BarCamp Seattle last June, we had a great turnout for “Starbuck vs. Samwise in a Fight (and what does that have to do with the attention economy)”. Here’s the session poster:
I’m not going to give away the thread of the discussion, because that makes it less fun if you ever get to drop in on one of these discussions — but I’ll tell you this, they are lively, fun, and get everyone to think.
I learn a ton every time I facilitate it.
Wanted to take a bit of time to note it because this theme of attention keeps coming up.
While at the Seattle Drupal User Group’s MiniCamp this last Saturday, Gregory Heller, Scott Falconer, Larry Swanson, and I began talking about how we need a camp about content that is tool independent and all about “signaling through the noise”.
Since “content” is such a boring word, I suggested an “Attention Camp“, which seemed to strike a chord.
Looking around for a domain, “attentioncamp.com” is being squatted — so I went with the next best things —
- attencioncamp.com (we could all use a little revolucion! no?)
- attncamp.com (140 char headline writing seems to be seeping into my thinking)
So we’ll see — I’m pinging possible partners in crime to see if this thing has legs. If you are interested, tweet me and join the discussion.
Posted by bryanzug - 2008/11/21
Kendall Guillemette and I are gonna get a discussion session together at Seattle Mind Camp tomorrow on sustainable work/life patterns. We’re calling it “Seattle Mind Camp 5: Sustainable Work/Life Patterns (…is Calacanis a Saint? Something Else?)”.
See flier below. Some seeds for the discussion —
- How do you structure your work?
- Is banking on a buyout like saying, “I’m gonna play in the NBA?”
- What’re your successes?
- Your epic fails?
Also cool — we plan to use an iPhone audio meter to insta-poll the crowd on what we should talk about (if it’s a decent size).
Special shout out to all those who need a refresher on “All Your Base Are Belong to Us”.
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/11/07
Here’s my presentation files from my session at DevLearn 2007 in San Jose today as .PDF (1.3mb) or .PPT (1.7mb) — Dave Wilkins of Knowledge Planet and I did a session called “Team-based Authoring: It’s About Time”.
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/10/02
Of the 10-12 people there, three of the group’s mainstays had just returned from Drupalcon — the big Drupal developer’s conference in Barcelona.
Folks brought it up on their laptops and seems genuinely impressed — A few piped up with the question, “This is cool but what is Flex?”
And that’s the point in the evening when I saw Adobe’s strategy of engaging this particular developer community begin to pay dividends.
I chimed in and gave a summary of Flex — that it’s a developer friendly way to build Flash applications — to which many of the folks said, “Ahhh, that’s why I haven’t heard of it, Flash, it’s closed source, right?”
The picture this particular Drupal community got is that not only does Adobe share some of their ‘open’ ethos — it’s also actively making it easier to do cool stuff (like the Flex Showcase) in their native environments (text editors, not timelines).
And with that, Flex made an inroad into one of the most vibrant developer networks I’ve gotten to know over the last couple of years.
Drupal has a great community of folks like this around the Northwest — and it was cool to see Adobe turn a corner with them, not through marketing ‘schlock’ or shilling for ’boutique’ sites, but through honoring diverse business models and solving people’s dev problems.
This is the same kind of strength that Microsoft’s Silverlight plays to in the ginormous .NET developer community. With the CLR coming in Silverlight 1.1, Microsoft is tapping into the shared ethos and “how can you solve my problem” of theis massive developer group that will likely make or break its Silverlight play.
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/10/01
What a blast.
It’s great to see something that started as a grassroots geek gathering in Seattle begin to flow out to national conferences like this. And, I’m working in a new role — slide producer instead of video.
The folks and sessions here at MAX are amazing — some highlights so far —
Meeting someone from Microsoft’s developer tools team who is here to learn what Adobe is doing well in the developer space. Seemed genuinely interested and I continue to think that this ongoing listening that both Adobe and Microsoft seem to be doing with one another is good for the Rich Internet Application industry as a whole.
Laughing out loud with John Wilker at the keynote today as Kevin Lynch mentioned he wanted to show a pretty cool site he’d come across that is using Flash video. He then brings up [this site]((http://halo3.com/believe/shell.html) promoting Microsoft’s Halo 3 — a tongue in cheek dig at Microsoft not dogfooding it’s own Silverlight multimedia plugin on its high profile sites.
(thanks to flickr user prayyanks for use of this photo)
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/09/12
Our new videos from O’Reilly’s Ignite Seattle are up. For the first time we’ve made them available on YouTube (more on that later). Check them out at —
Have to say that this is the best batch we’ve ever done.
The content and presentations were fantastic. Vibe in the room was magic — lots of interesting conversations and cross-pollinations. I think we nailed the audio and video better than ever.
Also, the audience voted via text message to send the top talks to present at Gnomedex a couple of days later, where they got some of the best reviews of any of the presenters featured at the conference (not bad when Guy Kawasaki is presenting on the same stage you are ;)
Other stellar ones are —
Brian Dorsey – The Story of Noonhat
(Brian’s Noonhat project recently got picked up by KING5 TV here in Seattle and by the Seattle Times — Very exciting to see how Ignite helps bring wide exposure to a cool grassroots project like this)
Dave McClure – Startup Metrics for Pirates: AARRR!
Rob Gruhl – How to Buy a Car without Getting Screwed
Elan Lee – LIFE: If you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/04/17
There are moments that, ages from now, you will remember exactly where you were at when you heard the news.
Like last night.
I could tell something was different as they started the show — there was a quick note that they had rescheduled the guests for the evening (two porn actresses) and were going to take calls about the Virginia Tech shooting.
What ‘Virginia Tech Shooting?’ I asked myself.
I listened for a few minutes. Not much info. I scanned the FM stations. Nothing there but entertainment. I switched to AM and moved from news site to news site, picking up details.
What a sad moment.
This AM as I listened to CNN while getting ready to head back to the conference, I heard an account from a professor in the building where most of the murders occurred.
He described hearing gunshots and barricading himself into his office. He detailed how he went to watch video on CNN’s web site to get an idea of what was happening around him.
And I am at one of the biggest tech conferences to ever focus on how we, as an industry, create things like streaming media tools, etc. — and how they [might]((http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/04/13/live-internet-video-stream/) be used.
I honestly never imagined that one — streaming video to monitor a massacre in your immediate proximity.
Stranger still is the fact that, after the Dot Com Crash, I worked at Real Networks for a year — monitoring the live performance of those CNN feeds — rallying the troops when surges brought things to a halt — triaging the system when it all went to hell.
I was the guy who woke up the Real news chief when the space shuttle broke up on re-entry in 2003. The team I was on monitored the video readiness as the U.S. prepared to invade Iraq and the fall(?) of Bagdad.
Sigh — may you live in interesting times is both a blessing and a curse.
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/04/16
Here’s the sessions I’m scoping out for Monday at the Web 2.0 expo —
- Monday 9:00 – The People Formerly Known as the Audience – Derek Powazek, Heather Champ
- Monday 10:10 –Rich Internet Applications with Apollo – Mike Chambers (Adobe)
- Monday 11:15 – Open Source Business Models for Web 2.0 – John Roberts (SugarCRM), Mårten Mickos (MySQL AB)
- Monday 1:30 – Venture Capital 2.0: Bright Future or Broken Forever? – Michael Arrington (TechCrunch), Jeff Clavier, (SoftTech), Michael Eisenberg (Benchmark Capital) David Hornik (August Capital), Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital), Chris Moore (Redpoint Ventures)
- Monday 2:45 – Keynotes with Tim O’Reilly, Jeff Bezos, Mena Trott, Joe Kraus, John Battelle, Jay Adelson, Kevin Lynch, David Knight, Jay Bhatti, and Kerry Fleming
- Monday 5:30 – Expo Hall Booth Crawl
- Monday 8:30 PM – Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs) – Measuring the Business Value of Rich Internet Applications – Andre Charland (Nitobi), Ryan Stewart (ZDNet)