Jumping into Streamy

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I’m always on the hunt for ways to aggregate the data that surrounds my life. A way to combine my online activities while streamlining the discovery of things that I find interesting. Then there’s the desire to share those items with others and in the process see what interests them.

I’ve tried various start pages and feed aggregators. Some have been browser based others desktop apps. I’ve signed up, logged on and tested mores services and solutions then I care to recall. Which brings me to my current obsession.

Streamy is a hybrid – part feed reader, part start page, part social aggregator. This incarnation is relatively new and currently in beta. It’s an impressive service with a nice degree of customization. Where Streamy shines is in the way that it integrates IM (aim, live, gtalk, yahoo), facebook, twitter, digg, flickr, and friendfeed in addition to normal feed reader functionality. The interface is smooth and intuitive making it easy to get up and running. The final ingredient that makes Streamy standout is the ease of sharing stories with others on the platform. There are friend sharing and follow features, ways to create groups along with IM and Chat functionality that is dedicated to the Streamy platform. The following is a screen cast that provides an overview of the service.

Copyright in real-time

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This post from BusinessWeek touches on some interesting issues regarding copyright and the emerging realities of a real-time web.

Copyright law wasn’t written with today’s content consumption in mind. The way online video copyright functions is based on a reading of the 10-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act that equates video hosting sites with Internet service providers. That law provides a “safe harbor” for hosts who respond to copyright claims by taking down infringing content “expeditiously.”

There doesn’t seem to be widespread motivation to modernize that process. Viacom is suing YouTube for $1 billion , claiming YouTube should take more responsibility than the current reading of DMCA requires — but that’s plodding along in the courts . Meanwhile, Internet users are sharing and consuming content at a furious rate. And what’s being called the “real-time web” is even less equipped to deal with copyright infringement. READ MORE

Open Video

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Next month I’ll be attending the Open Video Conference in NYC. I’ll be speaking with producer Ted Hope about the “evolution of storytelling.” In other words how is technology and changes in media consumption impacting the art and craft of telling stories.

Today I posted a short interview with OVC organizers over at the Filmmaker Magazine blog.

If you’ll be attending the conference drop me a line. I’m going to try to attend both days but unfortunately won’t be able to attend the Open Hacker day on Sunday have to fly to Europe.

Where is my mind?

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Got the vinyl out and spinning some pixies. This song reminds me of a time when I was shooting film with Mario Sorrenti, Amber Valletta, and Juliette Binoche. Spring wound bolex, reversal film stock, southern plantations, prop planes over panama, and many long hours on islands in the middle of nowhere.

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Open Creativity

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DIY DAYS, a roving conference for those who create, will be kicking off in Philadelphia on August 1st. This marks the second year of the conference which stoped in LA, SF, Boston, NYC and London in 2008. This year, DIY DAYS will travel to Philadelphia, LA, Portland, NYC, London and Stockholm.

The conference is free and much of it is recorded and released as open media online. The goal is to share information and resources while at the same time provide a networking opportunity for those wishing to sustain from their creative work.

For more info visit DIY DAYS

DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

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Danger Mouse’s new Dark Night of the Soul to be released as a blank cd-r along with a 100+ book of conceptual photographs by David Lynch inspired by the music. The decision to release the blank cd-r stems from a legal dispute with EMI. Dark Night of the Soul features collaborations with Iggy Pop, Sparklehorse, The Flaming Lips and many more.

Track featuring Vic Chestnut
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Will be interesting to see how the album leaks and if it takes a similar path that Danger Mouse’s Grey Album did.