Archive for September, 2010

In an effort to practice what I preach, here’s a somewhat impromptu TBD Video Adventure:

The Burning Desire Shares a Bike: Capital Bikeshare.

You can also watch below.

Video blogging is a good way to practice your public speech skills.  It gets you used to hearing your own voice, and seeing yourself “perform”. Loading it up on YouTube can feel a lot like getting up on stage too. What a rush.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. You just have to be yourself. Or, at least one of your selves ;-)

When learning any new skill, it’s helpful to have some goals in mind to help measure improvement and chart success. My goals for this video:

  1. Get it up quickly, due to the timely nature of the content.
  2. Observe the video, and look for places to improve, such as “filler words”, ums, ers and for me, “so”
  3. More practice and experience using my new iPhone 4 for shooting video
  4. Learn a few new features on iMovie

When I hit “publish” I’m going to declare a big personal success since I’ve met my goals. Even though it’s not perfect, I’ve learned a lot from this piece.

  1. I’ll have it up in less than 24 hours – check
  2. I wish I’d done one more take of the first segment; Sometimes I say “sometimes” a lot, (groan) and I like to stop saying “so”, uh, so much, and probably “super” as well. Even though I use it as in “superhero”, I also say “super excited” – <slightly embarrassed> Okay, I’m over it. </slightly embarrassed> -check
  3. It was easier to hold the phone vertically, but the video looks strange like that. I’ll work on my grip. – check
  4. More practice with the Ken Burns effect and voice-over matching. – check

And, as you can see, being your own cameraman sometimes has its challenges. This is also the first time I’ve done my own “stunt” work  ;-) so yes, next time, I’ll wear a helmet. I finally remembered which part of the Batcave it’s hiding in.

Enjoy, and let me know when you want to join me for a ride!

I had been anxiously awaiting the bikes from Capital Bikeshare to make their appearance here in the MtP. The station arrived late last week, and word was the bikes would arrive on Monday. I’m not sure when they arrived exactly since they weren’t there Monday morning, but they were there on Tuesday.

I loved the service! As a long time interactive geek, I was especially impressed with the ease of use/user interface design, except for maybe the 102 screen rental agreement. ;-) — no I didn’t read it — But I guess sometimes the legal eagles just have to have their way.

The bike was sturdy and a bit clunkier looking than I expected, but the ride was smooth and fun. A great workout.

I’ll definitely be using the bikes as often as possible. You’ll love them too, so go ahead and get your limited time offer for the $50 annual membership fee. Or just try one out for a quick spin. It was so easy. Definitely worth the $5 for the 24-hour “membership”.



Alter Ego Series: Betty’s Escape


September 15, 2010 by: michelle

While working on a post this morning about a real person with a famous alter ego who’s been very busy of late, (look for that soon) my attention drifted out the window to this perfect sunny day and the amazing cloudless sky.

Still under the effects of The Dust & The Man and easily influenced, my own alter-alter ego, Betty, had no trouble escaping.

Under her spell, she dragged me down the street to Pfeiffer’s Hardware store and Samber Market, knowing she’d find the tools she needed to create one of her masterpieces of mirth and mayhem.

Tools for Mirth and Mayhem

Admittedly, I didn’t try very hard to fight her.

Inspired by a great conversation with Charles Planck at Affinity Lab’s last happy hour (That’s Charles at the beginning of the video) , I’m really curious – and a little bit afraid – to see  how this experiment in bringing Playa Practices into the “default world” will play out.

The results are already in on the product. The Son says of his first taste of Sun Cake – “Delicious.”

Mmmmm....Caaake.

As for the rest, it should be fun or at least funny. If not, well…Let them eat cake. ;-)

And in honor of all the many Fearless and Fierce women from today’s Women Who Tech, Thanks for the inspiration!

Watch out Washington - Betty's on the loose!