Sunday, December 27, 2009
CitrusTV's first full HD show
The episode features interviews with the editor of campus magazine 20 Watts, president of the SU Anime Club, and two members of Orange Appeal - the male campus a cappella group that performs "In the Still of the Night" in the last block.
The show was produced by Hannah Kollock and Chris Shepherd, and directed by me.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
"Interviewing" Ted Koppel
Just this past week, I directed a shoot of a student dance showcase, coordinated the semester's first "SUper Sports" play-by-play broadcast of a women's volleyball game and shot today's homecoming football game against USF. And there was one other highlight this week, check out the video below in all its HD glory to see it for yourself.
Friday, August 28, 2009
- Watching episodes of "Deadliest Warrior" and writing down timecodes of good clips
- An unsuccessful pizza pillage from a screening of TV Land's "Cougar"
- Meeting MTVN digital executives who are some of the most powerful frontiers in the marriage of TV and Web
- A top secret mission one day to pick up cupcakes at Magnolia Cupcakes
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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Letter to the editor: Library tax a bargain, not a burden
It’s a difficult and frightening economic time for everyone who reads these words. In these financial hardships, there is one recovery plan that can help us. We don’t need another stimulus package; what we need is to stimulate our minds. One answer to our economic woes is the Pike County Public Library.
With free books, free DVDs, free CDs, free audiobooks, free children’s programs, free teen programs, free adult programs, free Internet access, free research assistance, free specialized databases, free newspapers... well you get the idea, there’s a lot of free stuff and free things to do at the library. And free isn’t a word you hear often today.
With all of the resources and services Pike County Public Library provides our community, there’s a small way we can give back and we can make sure we continue to have unlimited access to PCPL’s resources.
The solution, despite being only three letters long, is a frightening word for anyone – a college student in tens of thousands of dollars of debt (like me), a struggling working parent or a retired senior citizen living on limited income. The way we can keep PCPL running for ourselves and our neighbors is a... a... tax.
I can imagine what you’re thinking. The last thing we need is another tax. How could I have the audacity to say that another tax is the answer to our economic woes?
Well, let’s think it through.
The proposed library tax of 1 mill would cost the average homeowner just $35 a year. For the price of two movie tickets and popcorn, every Pike County resident is entitled to a year’s worth of unlimited access to all that free stuff I mentioned earlier. For the price of four McDonalds value meals, we can come together to improve our community, to develop the minds young and old in Pike County.
If everyone checked out just two or three books a year, we’d be getting more than our money’s worth. When you look at all the resources and programs – both educational and entertainment – that Pike County Public Library provides, a library tax is no burden at all.
It’s a bargain.
Even if you hate the new library design, a “carbuncle” as it may be, this tax is for you. The money will go straight toward the operating budget – putting new books on shelves, teaching children how to read, purchasing technology to collaborate and learn with. Your tax dollars will NOT enter the pockets of any pesky architect. The new library in Milford has almost entirely been funded by private donations and grants. This tax will make sure we have the operating budget to keep our library system and its future branches.
So say goodbye to expensive movie rentals. Say goodbye to purchasing books from Amazon just to be read once and collect dust. Say goodbye to having nothing to do around here. And say hello to the Pike County Public Library. Say hello to what is an extremely cost-effective tax to keep the operation running.
Please, stop by any branch of PCPL to sign the petition to get a referendum about the tax on this November’s ballot, and vote YES in November. Your signature and vote are for your personal unlimited supply of staff, resources and programs at PCPL – and for a brighter future for our community.
Volunteer and former president
The Friends of the Children’s Room at Pike County Public Library
Friday, August 7, 2009
Bylines this week: Camp feature, G.A.I.T., Kids' photography contest, Assemblywoman visits Port Jervis
In The Gazette:
In the Pike County Press:
Twitter is ruining the world
Twit (n.) - twerp: someone who is regarded as contemptible
When I first learned about Twitter a couple years ago, I really didn’t understand the point of it. Why would I also need Twitter to pour my heart out to the world? Filing Twitter in the “Pointless” folder, I moved on with my life.
Now that Twitter’s popularity has soared to incredible heights (as has its frilly little blue bird), I’m still left scratching my head over it. After research and putting some thought into it though, I’ve decided to stop scratching my head. I’m going to duck for cover, head to an underground bunker, build an ark, anything before Twitter gets me, and the rest of civilization as we know it. (Note: Apply within for vacancy on the ark, ladies.)
But before building my ark, I’m going to spend a week exemplifying the pointlessness of Twitter. For one week, I will tweet (*gag*) nonstop, about everything I do, every breaking news item that comes up, every interesting Web site I visit, every time I pee. And then, at the end, while I’m in rehab, you can decide for yourself if there is still hope left for humanity.
Now, before you go ahead telling me I have no authority or credibility to tell you Twitter is pointless, (even though I’ve been designing Web sites for over 10 years, am the Web media director of the nation’s oldest and largest student-run college TV station, and just finished up 10 weeks at MTV working in the same office as one of the world’s most powerful digital professionals) … consider these points, collected from research and people who agree with me.
Twitter is limiti…
We live in a world where you can stream live video across hemispheres. Twitter, in all of its mighty innovation, doesn’t natively support sharing of multimedia. It only supports sharing of text. And it doesn’t even do that right. You can tweet no more than 140 characters at a time. I’m already 146 characters over that limit in this paragraph alone. Make that 213 over.
Twitter just copies and waters down existing technology
We’ve all already got Facebook statuses. We’ve got blogs. They’re amazing, they’re just like Twitter, but you can type more than 140 characters, and add pictures and videos! We’ve got RSS feeds to aggregate blogs and news. And for even longer, we’ve had megaphones to shout random thoughts to everyone within earshot.
It’s bad for you
Because Twitter’s platform is designed for frequent updates, twittereetweeterers are at an increased risk for damaging the physical health of their hands and fingers by constantly forcing them through repetitive motions, often on tiny cellphone keypads.
Twitter even brought an untimely death to one girl, who died by electrocution while tweeting.
And twitter isn’t just physically harming people. It’s also socially, mentally and emotionally harming people. Studies show rapid Twitter updates may be too fast for the brain’s moral compass to process. What’s more, the twitterverse (*throws up in mouth*) separates people from reality. Too concerned about keeping up an online stream of consciousness, twitterers are separated from the present and miss out on what’s going on in the real world around them.
This just in: Britney Spears and Rick Astley are dead
Those are just a few rumors that Twitter has helped perpetuate. With no means in place to check accuracy, rumors like these fly fast on Twitter.
twittas destroyin da english language
Twitter is doing nothing to help the disgrace of the written word that instant messaging initiated. With a character limit, the focus becomes strictly on content with no regard for standards. Good grammar and spelling are a thing of the past. Punctuation is lost altogether. Being instantly published, even corporations and news organizations using Twitter may not have a mechanism in place to check errors. As a result, our words become lose meaning, and we become dumber.
No one cares
By definition, twitter means noise, chitter, a series of bird chirps. By and large, that’s what is being broadcast on Twitter. Noise. A columnist from CNET, one of the leading technology news Web sites, agrees. And this video does a entertaining job of pointing out how “it seems like twittering is just randomly bragging about your unexceptional life.”
Decide for yourself: Follow me on Twitter all next week
Starting Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m., I’ll start tweeting, and won’t stop again until the following Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Partially because I’m home and need something to do. Partially because I’m a shameless self-promoter. But mostly to make a point: Twitter is ruining the world.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Let there be blog
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