Now That’s Funny!

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

Jim Labriola

Jim Labriola

and Michael Sean Wright. 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!

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

“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.

Ban the Bag Dana Point- UPDATE

[UPDATE 10.27.11]

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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 care2.com 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)

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.

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 status.net. 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.