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Animal Harassment & Joost Update (not really)

Posted on December 19, 2007. Filed under: Joost, vlog | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I am in California visiting family and friends until December 26th. Right now I’m waiting for my brother to get dressed so we can go shopping, so I decided to share something from inside the walls of the lair…

A few weeks ago I was attempting to watch a movie and relax after a long day, but The Stinky Cat would not stop attacking my face with his paws (playfully). I decided to beat him at his own game, so the battle for “most annoying couch game” was on.

I won.

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PS: I haven’t written an update on Joost since July, mostly because that was the last time I noticed anything interesting that wasn’t just another “we added another channel!” update. Last week I decided that now that 2007 is almost over, I should pop by and see what else has happened…

Well, they added another channel. A quick scan of the Joost press area informed me that the NBA has just joined the ranks of networks and entities taking their slice of P2P video as far as it can go. The new channel will provide fans around the world with viewing access to “Instant Classic” NBA games and video highlight packages for the remainder of the 2007-08 NBA season.

Personally, I was more interested in finding out if Squidbillies is now available on Joost, because I still haven’t set up cable in my apartment and can only (right now) watch Adult Swim content on YouTube (it is available – yay!) …My whole issue with Adult Swim not offering ad supported full length episodes of Squidbillies on their official site is a rant for another day. Talk about missing a huge opportunity! Anyway. Back to Joost.

I pulled some screenshots as I went through my personal test in Joost and mentally noted all of my complaints. The Watching Joost Pool on Flickr is pretty inactive, but I added my shots there anyway. I’ll share what I uncovered and my thoughts on specific features later in the week.

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No Excuses for me + The haps at work

Posted on January 31, 2007. Filed under: MTV News, MySpace, vlog, Webcam Correspondent, work |

So apparently I’m a horrible blogger because I fell off the planet for, oh, five days.

… Well if it’s any excuse, I was in Los Angeles for a while and wasn’t feeling particularly motivated to log on and account for my whereabouts. So in the future, if four days go by and you don’t see anything on here, hopefully it means I am on vacation again. Otherwise, please alert the authorities.

What Happens when you Leave…

Gideon quit last week, and I am purposely NOT linking to Idolator, even though they “broke” the news two minutes after the email was circulated.

One of my favorite blogs, NewTeeVee, interviewed Matt Sunbulli re: his Webcam Correspondent dispatches. Although the tone is a little nasty, I still think it’s cool that he is getting recognition for his work. Despite their poking fun at his enthusiasm, I suppose most people take into account how difficult it is to initiate anything new within a major media corporation, and truly vlogging is new terrority for MTV, sad to say. So I am looking forward to seeing what Matt has in store for viewers, and thinking up ways to help promote his packages in the future on our MySpace page.

The bilingual bands package I pitched is still a work in progress – one set back being that at the last second The Troubadour would not let the west coast crew in to shoot Los Abandoned perform last week. I am not worried about seeing this story come to fruition and I am getting better about not stressing out over the little things.  Working on the digital side of News limits how much involvement I have in preproduction (even if it is my idea), but it still feels good to be a part of the process.

When I was hired at MTV News, I knew that I would be working with the Digital team to produce content for Overdrive and for podcasts, and although some things that are created exclusively for OD do end up on air (like many of our RAWs), my role is primarily to support mtv.com. So any time I am given the opportunity to be a part of the on-air/production/running-around-a-location world, it’s pretty awesome.

.. But to be honest (at least on the TV side, not necessarily for film), I wouldn’t ever want to just work strictly on location or in post production again without any involvement in the digital side. It’s way more interesting to have a hand in both.

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