Follow Friday Video #34

22 10 2010

My friend Patrick Hughes of Visual Post broadcasts a follow Friday video each week. Patrick invites guest on the show to talk social media, tools, tips and tricks to help you get your message out and to ask the question who are you following and why should we follow them.

Patrick invited me onto his show and I finally had the opportunity all the way from Japan.

I hope you enjoy both Patrick’s follow list as well as mine.

Bruce’s Picks

Patrick’s Pick’s

Be sure to follow Patrick on twitter @eastofprov.

And follow me on twitter @bruceKgarber.


PodCampCT 2010 – #pcct

17 10 2010

I had the opportunity to attend PodCamp Connecticut 2010 this past Saturday. Meet a lot of great and interesting people from Southern New England. If you never been to a PodCamp below diescibes what PodCamp and a un-conference is all about.

There is a relatively short video highlighting just a few parts of the event with some of the participant responses.

PodCamp Connecticut 2010 is a one-day event for social media enthusiasts (new and seasoned) to share experiences and learn from each other. PodCamps have been happening across the U.S. since 2006. Each event is unique. How will we make PodCamp CT worth everyone’s while? That depends on you.

We see PodCamps as social media potluck. Everybody brings something to share, whether it’s ideas about how to improve social media or questions about things they don’t understand. Like social media, PodCampCT provides the infrastructure and possibility, but it takes all of us to make it into something great.

The reasons to attend PodCampCT are different for everyone. Some include: discussing new ways to use social media, talking about trends and where the online space is headed, hearing personal stories and sharing yours, learning more about social media tools, making new connections, achieving clarity on how social media can add value to your day and meeting people in person that you only know from an avatar.

PodCamps are typically referred to as the “unconference” because the focus and format doesn’t include the typical Powerpoint slides, keynote speakers or sales pitches. Attendees, sponsors and organizers create the discussions together.

The crew that is organizing and sponsoring PodCampCT 2010 comes from all walks of life. We are entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, marketers, news media folk, nonprofit professionals and more. We all use social media in different ways and we each have different ideas about how to make it better. While it might appear as if an event like this is only designed for early adopters, techies and those who are already embedded in social media, PodCampCT is open to everyone.

To learn more about PodCampCT 2010 follow them on Twitter and use the hash tag #pcct.

Above information is from the PodCampCT 2010 eventbright site.


Bartender Tricks from Tokyo Japan

7 10 2010

I stopped into a restaurent in down town Tokyo, Japan and came agross these very cool bartenders. Remember the move cocktail with Tom Cruise? Check out my video to see what I’m talking about.

Pub Camp Boston 2010 – Public Media Camp

22 08 2010

On Saturday August 20, 2010 the largest Pub Camp in the country was held at the WGBH studios in Boston. There were a total of six sessions consisting of 5 workshops in each session for a total of 30 workshops you could be part of. We had a break for lunch at noon where a lot of networking and connecting was happening and there was an other break in the afternoon with some surprise ice-cream that really hit the spot before we went into our last sessions.

six sessions

In my session/workshop I had the opportunity to talk about creating content for on line and on air broadcasts. I used a show and tell method, explaining how simple tools that I have in what I call my studio in a bag will get the job done. In addition I conducted a demonstration how one could stream live video to the internet from a cell phone if you set up and prepared.

Presenting at the WGBH studios in Boston

Most of these workshops had some presentation as a way to kick it off the session and some discussion and questions from the guests at each workshop.

Studio in a bag - demonstration of video equipment. photo by Steve Garfield

It was a very long but exciting day starting at 8AM and ending at 7PM with so much information at your finger tips from very knowledgeable people from a wide variety of industries as described below in an excerpt from Pub Camp Boston 2010 registration form.

Public Media Camp

We see Boston as both a media-rich and tech-rich city. We think Boston’s pubmedia presence should draw upon its resources and become a leader in media innovation. By throwing open the doors of the imposing new WGBH station for one day, we want writers, producers, designers, hackers, developers, community leaders and long-time media makers to bring in talent and leave with work to do. We want to increase the new media reporting we see growing throughout public media. We expect public media staffers to form new working relationships with guests who can inform their stories on local and national levels. We expect guests to leave having a new sense of access to their local public media stations. We expect to have new seedlings of ideas to incubate in our local news and public media stations, with the help of new friends. We expect the people of Boston to know “something happened” at 1 Guest Street on August 21 that changed how their media stations work together.

It was a great day and I had a lot of fun!

We will be planning more Pub Camps in Boston soon. Stay tuned and stay connected by following Pub Camp Boston on Twitter.

NASWA Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee – July 2010

24 07 2010

Naswa Resort is located in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire near the White Mountains in the Lakes region, on Lake Winnipesaukee.

We had a great time as usual. Thank you, staff and crew that made our time very enjoyable. Here is a video I recorded this morning as the sun was coming up.

It’s always fun at the NASWA with friend new and old alike!

We will see you again soon!

Rhode Island 6 Hour Ultramarathon 2009

28 11 2009

This video has a surprise ending in more ways than one!

What is the Ultra? The Ultramarathon is a long distance race consisting of distances greater than the traditional 26.2 miles of the marathon. While common distances of 50km or 50 miles are most often found, other events like this one, are timed duration events. Why the Rhode Island 6 Hour? Rhode Island has a rich tradition of road running, and the weather in mid-November makes for ideal running conditions.

Rhode Island 6-Hour Ultra
November 15, 2009 Warwick City Park, Warwick, RI

This first time and only ultra in Rhode Island was founded by Bob Jackman, an accomplished ultra runner himself. In years past, RI played host to the “Nifty 50 Miler” which gave way to the Breakers Marathon (now called the Amica Marathon) in Newport, RI several years ago. As a result, the smallest state was without an ultra. To fill the void, Jackman decided to put on a 6–hour ultra run on a USATF certified 2.70121 mile loop on a rolling bike path in Warwick City Park. Expectations were low in terms of the response from ultra runners for a first time event of unknown quality, but the turnout was surprisingly high with 80 registered ultra runners and 29 relay teams of 2-6 runners per team.
By race morning the remnants of a nor’easter from the day before were all but gone, and the weather was near perfect with temperatures in the high 40’s, overcast skies, and no wind, for what would be a spirited and close competition between the top two favorites.
Ben Nephew (34) from Mansfield, MA and Martin Tighe (51) from Providence, RI would battle back and forth, and push each other hard for the entire 6 hours, both running 19 loops (51.323 miles) before time expired. Nephew planned to take it out at 6:45 pace, and Martin figured to let him go, and hover back at 7:00 pace, running conservatively in order to make his goal of 50 miles. At the end of the first loop, Tighe and Nephew were running together, passing the 2.7 miles at 6:16 pace. So much for pre-race plans… The race was on.
Tighe and Nephew continued to run stride for stride for the next three loops, passing 10.8 miles at 1:10:12 (6:30) on pace for 5:25:00 for 50 miles. On loop # 5, Tighe pulled away by half a minute, but in this battle of punch / counter punch, Nephew gained it back on loop #6 (16.2 miles). Once again they were dead even.
On the 7th loop at 18.9 miles, Tighe dropped the hammer, running the fastest single loop of the day – at 6:08 pace, and followed that up with 6:11 pace for the 8th loop (21.6). Tighe’s lead had grown to a minute, and he would continue to increase it, loop by loop, to 7:16 by the end of the 15th loop (40.5 miles).
In the ebb and flow that is an ultra, it was up to Nephew to turn the tide. Over the next 3 loops, from 40.5 – 48.6 miles, he averaged steady 7:35 pace while Tighe ran 8:29 pace for the same stretch. By the start of the next and final loop, they were again dead even, as they had been so many times in the going. The 7:16 gap (at 40.5 miles) was now down to zero, and the final 2.7 miles would determine the outcome. As game and gutsy as Tighe is, Nephew was the stronger of the two, taking charge and passing 50 miles in 5:47:55 to 5:48:20 for Tighe. Nephew finished his 19th loop at 5:58:41 winning this first annual 6-hour ultra, with Tighe one minute behind at 5:59:41- with just 19 seconds to spare in order for the loop to count. Both ran the same total distance of 51.323 miles.
Mike Carroll (43) from Millville, MA finished 3rd overall, running an extremely consistent and steady race, hitting each of the first six 2.7 mile loops through 16.2 miles between 6:56 and 7:00 pace. Carroll’s marathon split was 3:04:49 (7:03). His last 5 loops from 32.4 – 45.9 were run between 8:36 and 8:49 pace. Carroll capped off his race with one ‘add-on’ loop of 0.8907 miles at 8:27 pace for a grand total of 46.811 miles in 5:57:01 (7:37 pace).
In the women’s race, Lisa Mikkelsen (44) from Holliston, MA held the lead for the first 8 loops (21.6 miles), with Daniele Cherniak (48) from Cohoes, NY trailing in 2nd place by as much as 6:23 after 13.5 miles. At 13.5 Mikkelsen was averaging 7:46 pace, while Cherniak was content to hang back at 8:14 average. Cherniak closed the gap to 3:38 at 21.6, and by the end of the next loop (24.3 miles), the tide had turned as it had in the men’s race. Cherniak had taken the lead for good, and was now in front of MIkkelson by 23 seconds.
Cherniak passed the marathon split at 3:42:23 (8:29 pace), and 50K at 4:24:42 (8:31 pace), and continued to increase her lead over Mikkelson to nearly 26 minutes after 13 loops (35.1157 miles). Slowing somewhat in the final hour, Cherniak completed two more 2.7 mile loops at 9:07.0 pace. At this point, after 15 loops and 40.5 miles in 5:51:26, Cherniak did not have time for another 2.7 mile loop, but did have time to tack on an “add-on” loop of 0.8907 miles before the 6 hours elapsed. The “add-on” loop was made available after 5 hours. Based on remaining time, energy, and personal assessment, runners had the option of running one or two of them to add to their grand total. Cherniak logged as much mileage as she could before the time expired, completing one “add-on” loop (at 8:45 pace) for a grand total of 41.409 miles in 5:59:14 (8:40 pace overall).
Mikkleson completed 13 loops of 2.7 miles (35.1157) and was still in 2nd place, 5:04 up on Stephanie Arango (24) from Cincinnati , OH. Isabel Lowell (29) from Hartford, CT., also completed 13 loops and was over 6 minutes behind Arango. At this point, unknown to each other and with time a critical factor, all three women opted for the ‘add-on’ loop. The race for second was in the balance.
After completing one add-on loop, Arango had closed the gap to 3:32 with ‘only’ one more ‘add-on’ loop of 0.8907 miles to go. Lowell had also gained some time on Mikkleson, but was 10:33 behind. Arango had picked up her pace from 10:58 for her 13th loop to 9:43 for the first of two add-on loops. Mikkleson had run her 13th loop at 10:16 pace, and then slowed to 11:26 pace for her first add-on loop. The race for second place would come down to the final 0.9 miles.
Arango held pace (actually increased it to 9:41) and on that last ‘short’ loop, surged ahead of Mikkleson to take 2nd with a time of 5:44:20. Mikkleson finished 3rd, just 39 seconds behind Arango at 5:44:59, while the steady and composed Lowell was 4th at 5:51:42. Total distance for this ultra trio was 36.897 miles each.
64 of 67 ultra runners completed at least 10 loops (27.012 miles) and received “ultra” medals for their accomplishment. The top 3 men (Ben Nephew, Martin Tighe, Mike Carroll) and top 3 women (Daniele Cherniak, Stephanie Arango, Lisa Mikkelson) won cash awards of $150, $75, and $50 respectively. In the USATF-NE championship division, the top 3 male open runners were Nephew, Tighe, and Seth Roberts (57) from Longmeadow, MA. Tighe also won the masters division, with Roberts 2nd, and Jake Scheiffelin (46) from Barrington, RI 3rd. Lisa Mikkelson won both the USATF-NE women’s open and masters titles.

Ray Nelson – USATF National Certifier

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