Now That’s Funny!

Now That’s Funny!
Jim Labriola

Jim Labriola

You know what you never hear? ‘I hate Dolphins’ or ‘I don’t like to laugh.’ If you’re one Dolphin hating, humorless person- move right along. However if you crack up easily, we have something fun to share with you.

The HaHa Jim Comedy Hour‘ is a collaboration between comedian, actor, wiseguy Jim Labriola and me. Jim is best known as Benny from ‘Home Improvement.’ Now here’s the really funny thing about this project– I really like to laugh and Jim is one of those comedians that just slays me every time.

We record the shows with some of Jim’s friends like Pat Cooper, Richard Lewis, Colin Quinn and the list goes on. We cover the history of comedy and the future trends of the funny business. Jim cut his teeth on the East Coast and I grew up in Chicago so we’ve got a little tension already built-in. It’s a complete blast doing this show with him and it’s our hope you’ll tune-in and laugh at us! Please visit HaHaJim for our weekly show!

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A Brave New Year- Robert Scoble Shares His 5 Big Things and the Apple Contextual Hole

A Brave New Year- Robert Scoble Shares His 5 Big Things and the Apple Contextual Hole

Big Data is Watching

2012 was the year of major advancements in film and media on many levels. Lucas went Disney, Google became beautiful and big data continued to be the big buzz. Mobile and location will continue to grow in amazing ways as the ‘second-screen’ becomes a bigger part in our media experiences.

One of our favorite geeks/ trendsetters and futurists, Robert Scoble joins us for a conversation about the Brave New Year ahead. Scoble is co-authoring a new book“Age of Context” with Shel Israel.

From The Scobleizer: What’s the age of context? Five radically expanding technologies/data types.

1. Sensors.
2. Wearable computing.
3. Big Databases.
4. Social network behavior.
5. Location.

Listen in for our exclusive conversation and pay attention to Scoble’s proclamation that “Apple is in a contextual hole.”



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Sound Burst: Exploring Music- HD Video

Sound Burst: Exploring Music- HD Video

“Music Makes Film in my Mind.” msw

Today we are listening to more music- sharing it wider and discovering better ways to connect with our favorite artists. Music is at the heart of everything we do.

Peter and Philip

It’s always exciting to see friends who are taking bold steps and finding their own voice. Philip Nelson, SVP of NewTek empowers the vision of artists and media companies on a daily basis but it was a journey inside Peter Himmelman‘s ‘Furious World.’ that gave him the encouragement he needed to cut his own music.

Philip launched a kickstarter campaign and quickly found a community of friends willing to help. Now he’s on his way of completing a life long dream and using technologies to help find an audience.

Sound Burst is a video diary of music from the artist’s perspective. Enjoy a sample of ‘Listen to the Silence’ from Philip’s debut outing:

Listen to more tracks at ReverbNation.

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Inside the Movement with @Invisible Children – Using #BigData to Change the World

Inside the Movement with @Invisible Children – Using #BigData to Change the World

One of our favorite ‘Social Good’ Non-profits/ NGO’s, Invisible Children is leveraging Big Data to inspire a movement that demands an end to the longest running conflict in Central Africa. What began with the 2003 documentary film Invisible Children: Rough Cut’ evolved into an action network that informs and influences change.

Their use of real-time data powers impressive tools like the Crisis Tracker and political, ‘call-to-action’ campaigns.

They could have stopped at making a compelling documentary film but they new that “Film without Data is Silent.”*  By adding data and action to their work, Invisible Children, INC are proving that film must be active.

We Skype’d with Chris Carver, COO of Invisible Children, INC to go Inside the Movement:

* “Film without data is silent” is our thesis for an upcoming paper and project.

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nicefishfilms and Tim Conway Jr. Talk Steve Jobs

nicefishfilms and Tim Conway Jr. Talk Steve Jobs

Tim Conway Jr.

Went on with KFI evening host Tim Conway Jr. to discuss the life and impact of Apple Co-Founder/ Tech Icon Steve Jobs. His tight fisted approach changed our world.

See also: The Tao of Steve by Om Malik

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Ban the Bag Dana Point- UPDATE

Ban the Bag Dana Point- UPDATE

[UPDATE 10.27.11]


Dolphins, Whales, Marine Life and Humans unite in congratulating the City Council on the decision to act promptly to ‘Ban the Bag’ – single use plastic bags will soon no longer be welcomed in Our Ocean in Dana Point. On September 26, 2011 The City Council voted 4 to 1 to move the proposal forward.

Next step is a report expected on or near December 1st. Our City leaders acted as true leaders and stewards. We want to thank Council Members Lara Anderson, Lisa A. Barlett, Steven H. Weinberg and our very Honorable Mayor, Scott Schoeffel for their wisdom and dedication to our beloved Dana Point. The interest and support that Dana Point received from around the World was deeply felt and greatly appreciated. Together, we showed our support and desire to ‘Rise Above the Plastic.’ Thank you and please consider visiting us in Dana Point soon. Our City is focused on ensuring that our Harbor, shore and village space remains a true wonder of beauty.

We have shared your voice with our City and I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who joined us in supporting The City of Dana Point and our Council.

I also want to thank Randy Paynter, CEO of for powering our petition.

Here’s the video of my public comment before the City Council and their subsequent discourse and vote.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress!

As a small token of my appreciation here is an unrestricted photograph of OUR beautiful Dana Point Harbor.*

*Michael Sean Wright, As creator of the photographic works: DanaPoint_112510#5543698212175038146 and DanaPoint_112510#5544840267350994914 hereby grants full release rights to said creative works with no restrictions.

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We interrupt our regular in-action to ask you to help us urge our City Leaders of Dana Point, CA to take action on the upcoming proposal to ‘Ban Single Use Plastic Bags.’ I’m not one that usually asks you to do anything in the moment but we have an opportunity to make our united voices heard- right now. The City of Dana Point, CA will be considering a measure that will ensure our Coastal area remains a beacon of health and beauty by eliminating the scourge that is the non-sustainable, single use plastic bag.

My friends and I have walked along the cliffs and shores of Dana Point after storms and picked up the plastics that were destined to reach our spectacular Ocean. It’s up to us as individuals to make sure that we do our part by stopping plastic bags from being distributed out of negligence/ ignorance.

So for the first time, I’m personally asking you to help us by signing the below petition that we will present to our City Council on Monday night. It is my hope that Dana Point will remain the wondrous destination of serenity we’ve come to love and cherish.

We know that the businesses of Dana Point will benefit by being stewards of our precious home. We strive to be leaders in the movement to put an end to our stupidity of the self-injuring practice in using non-sustainable, Ocean choking single use plastic bags.

View the closed petition – ‘Ban the Bag.’


Together, we will ‘Rise Above the Plastic.’

You can follow along as I Tweet, Facebook, Google+’ing and SocialCam from our journey to #BantheBag

Special thanks to SaveOurBeach, ZeroTrashLeo Laporte and Surfrider Foundation for their support!

For a look at the impact of plastic after it rains in Dana Point, please see our Picasa Web Album (any and all pictures are OPEN Source and free to use)

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Creating Space for BIG Ideas to Grow #theCube – Prime Cut

Creating Space for BIG Ideas to Grow #theCube – Prime Cut

I love it when an idea blossoms into a wild field of creative growth. #theCube began as a spark, a seed and a desire to create space for big ideas to grow. It was at SXSW that we had an opportunity to mix music, tech, big thinkers and daring ideas into a long form conversation that streams live around the nets. #theCube is the culmination of some pretty imaginative friends who were naive enough to go along for the ride. Now some 4.3 Million views later we can now see an emerging form of this concept called #theCube. I knew that heritage media wouldn’t serve up long form conversations with really smart nodes because they still trade in the commodity of air time and hard wires beaming towards an ever dimming light of a tv set top. We knew that the net would be the free for all wilderness we’d explore with all our might. Together with SiliconANGLE and Wikibon we set out to cover the biggest events in emerging technology and sit up close and intimate with fellow dreamers of light and just let the data flow.

Mega Thanks to NewTek and the ‘Wonder Box” Tricaster.

But enough of the rich text let’s let the images float through the line and give a glimpse inside our playground- #theCube.

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Riding the Big Data Wave

Riding the Big Data Wave

As you know, I’ve been diving deep into the the subject of internet infrastructure over the past few years. As a documentary filmmaker, I am finalizing a large-scale project chronicling these important days, visiting with the great minds generating real innovation in this industry, and capturing the birth of pivotal ideas that will shape our future.

The current explosion of data flowing into the net is straining the capacity of the current infrastructure to handle it, and that flow will only increase daily over the next several years. As consumers, we crave smarter electronic devices and expect the ability to share more details of our world anywhere at anytime. The crush of all that information will get harder to handle if innovation isn’t applied at all levels, from mobile devices to social networks to ubiquitous connectivity to reliable data storage to secure encryption to predictive data modeling.

“Riding (Big) Data” is a film and tv series I’m excited to share documenting how our society is rethinking what all this swirling data can do for us.

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Mini-Doc Dana Point Boat Show Goes Green

Mini-Doc Dana Point Boat Show Goes Green

There’s nothing like home and Dana Point has been my home port for awhile now. Nestled safely behind the Orange Curtain, half-way between San Diego and LA rests our sleepy little harbor where the whales use the cliff as a navigation point. We care deeply about water health and try not to leave too deep of a footprint.

It seems only natural that the Dana Point Boat Show would add a touch of Green to the festivities. The Green Expo at the Harbor was a chance to visit with some entrepreneurs who are passionate about sustainability.  Here’s a little glimpse of what we saw.

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Inventor of the Boogie Board Tom Morey Gives Away Latest Innovation

Inventor of the Boogie Board Tom Morey Gives Away Latest Innovation

Tom Morey - Inventor - Innovator

Earlier this morning we received an email from one of our favorite thinkers Tom Morey. In the message Tom explains that he has been working on something that could be the next evolution in stabilization for surfboards and even perhaps aviation. Not only did Tom invent the Boogie Board but is also responsible for removable ‘skegs’ that are on most surfboards today. With a background in engineering and aeronautics, Tom has a firm grasp on cutting through air to help us soar to new heights.

Hello My Innovative Friends

Tom Morey’s message started off with a genuine sense of excitement for his ‘new invention which literally revolutionizes surfing.‘ He goes on to explain how his latest creation he calls the Rollo is a tough, lightweight nicely foiled rubberized foam wheel that will replace a good number of surfboard skegs. Tom is particularly keen on the idea for Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP’s) and could even be adapted for kiteboards, sailboards and wakeboards. These are huge market opportunities for any inventor which could result in wheel-barrels full of green for the crafty creator. He’s gone beyond idea and moved to prototyping and testing the Rollo with significant results. Happy and confident that the rolling skeg is ready for market- Tom unleashes his idea – to his friends, in an email with the purpose of setting the innovation OPEN.

Introducing the Rollo

Tom will be sending announcements to all the Surfing magazines and press outlets for the purpose of making the Rollo ‘part of the public domain eliminating anyones ability to patent it.’ He continues, ‘Down with patenting. It’s an impediment to progress for far too long’

This it what real innovation looks like. This is the definition of OPEN! Bravo Tom for once again, moving the world.

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The Blur of the Road, The Wonder of the Journey

The Blur of the Road, The Wonder of the Journey

Take time to see

Whoa… What a grand month of flying, meeting bold thinkers and live streaming. May found me in Denver, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Los Angeles and for a few days, back in Dana Point. Earlier this year we debuted The Cube, live streaming studio at SXSW with NewTek‘s Tricaster. Since Austin we’ve assembled a fantastic team and hit the road hard. Together with Mark @Rizzn Hopkins. siliconANGLE‘s @Furrier and WikiBon‘s David Vellante (@dvellante), we visited EMC World in Boston.  Giant leaps forward require massive amounts of reliable infrastructure. We all talk about the flavor of the day social networks like Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and Google but the real action takes place at the root. I’m learning to appreciate the passion of network pros who are concentrating on powering the cloud. With Boston as a backdrop, EMC World was a great experience.

Next up was SAPphire Now in Orlando. John and Dave were in their element, uncovering the nuggets of data packets from the gathered executives. I may have left behind dress slacks and my two best ties (yes, I actually wore ties while filming) at the hotel but I picked up a deeper understanding of the emerging on-demand app world we’re all about to live in. This part of our journey has us looking deep into the structure of the network, rapid deployment of large data sets and instant access to our information. I’m pretty much geeking out to the possibilities.

I rushed back to LA to participate in The @BizSoMe Workshop at UCLA. We had a full day of exploring what’s next for businesses in a connected world. It was a invigorating time catching up with @JustSignal @MorganB @Mona and new friends. During these experiences, I kept recalling @LouisGray’s words from SXSW – “Soon we won’t be talking about Social Media, it will just be media.” We CUBEcasted to over 200,000 viewers live and connected to a global audience who are engaged with the convergence of tech and the developing story of innovation. I love where we are, the open potential of connection and the tools to deliver it all on demand.

Next up: Filming at the OC Green Expo in Dana Point June 3-6. The Cube Tricasting from e3 June15 – 17 and HP’s Technology Forum in Las Vegas, June 21 -24.

At each event we are filming for the feature length documentary on convergence. I have no idea how the film will end – and that’s the exciting part.

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Chirp This

Chirp This

Well @Chirp, the Twitter conference for developers wrapped up day one with a lot of tension still in the air. Let’s get a few things out of the way:

  • When Twitter announced the recent acquisition of @Tweetie, 10 thousand developers gasped.
  • Twitter is Twitter because 10 thousand developers ‘filled in the holes‘ and made Twitter functional.
  • When @Ev asked the assembled group of coders who here were still excited about developing for Twitter, only 50% raised their hands.
  • Twitter will continue to grow, but a lot of energy is leaving the ecosystem.

Some bright news from Chirp today:

  • The developer platform is now live
  • @Scobleizer talked with super investor Ron Conway about the opportunity in the current Twitter world and annotations -

I think that we’ll see Twitter move from being the channel developers program for to being a channel they also write for. Losing the energy of the developers who built Twitter to the mega-megaphone it is today, leaves a wide open door for decentralized networks like Make no mistake, Twitter will continue to grow for years to come but the rose is off bloom for developers. @Ev stated that 75% of Twitter activity comes from outside apps. These are the same apps developed by people who didn’t feel energized enough to show up today.

Twitter is still the richest stream of data, social graphing and dense signal, but we may see a slow down of outside innovation from developers. With each new hire, Twitter is filling up with very smart people. They are sitting on a lot of venture capital and obviously have the lead in microblogging so don’t count them out anytime soon.

The really good new is that very smart entrepreneurs will be working hard to re-innovate what can be done within the micro-blogging space. @Loic and @Seesmic are already showing us that their forthcoming desktop app is much more than just a Twitter client. Look for fully functional, portable social media dashboards to put the spotlight on a wider field.

As you can see, we’ve installed the @Anywhere code here so the @ person features a hover-card – feel free to follow me as well – @nicefishfilms.

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