Wetpaint * Gettin’ wiki with it

August 23, 2007

Check out this Podtech video of Ben Elowitz, CEO of WetPaint, discussing the origin of the name, as well as the idea of wetpaint being a community platform.

I have used this tool so far for a number of team collaborative projects and I must say it is very, very, very slick and easy to use, which helps to organize projects and motivate contribution.

In my ideal world I would love to see a single combo system of blog, vlog, wiki and social network. Corporations in particular would extremely benefit from a single solution. Both Wetpaint and Ning are halfway there. Maybe the two should do lunch.

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On a related note, check out Brent Schlenker’s thoughts on the potential corporate “shoot from the hip” misalignment of web 2.0 tools. He says…

If your company has an enterprise wiki loaded up and ready to go…USE IT!!! Training/learning depts should be leveraging the technology, NOT creating it and maintaining it themselves (at least in most situations). Same goes for a blogging engine. If your company has an internal blogging system ALREADY for new employees don’t give them another one to access and use JUST for your silly little training program. USE the one that’s already provided!!!

By the way if you have not already, you should really check out Brent’s podcasts. He uses a casual and informal delivery to elaborate on his blog posts and he usually packs in a bunch of useful information, so take notes.

The New Velvet Underground * The Danielson Famile

August 14, 2007

Where do I begin…when a friend of mine first spun a Danielson record, Alpha, for me back in 1998, I was taken in the first two seconds of hearing the mixture of xylophone, drums, acoustic guitar, synth keys and falsetto voice with layered backing vocals. It was bizarre and somewhat dissonant. A few friends in the room found it offensive. I thought it was perfect. It was DIY art, folk, punk and catchy in a Frank Black (Pixies) meets the Mamas and the Papas kind of way.

from rolling stoneDaniel Smith originally started writing and recording songs with his brothers, sisters and friend for a senior thesis at Rutgers University, which has evolved to include international tours, a video documentary, seven full length albums, a handful of singles and his own line of clogs.

Why I love the Danielson Famile

The Danielson Famile combines well thought out visual art with conceptual music and they put onfrom austin chron stellar shows. I was lucky enough to catch them in DC and NYC.

Their live shows have been known to include two synchronous drummers, kid instruments, banjos, thumping synth organ, crazy-strummed guitar (as if Daniel is possessed), matching nurse uniforms with their names stitched on, wizard costumes and a nine-foot tall fruit tree. They have also been joined on stage with alumni art rockers Jad Fair and Sufjan Stevens, who use to be their tour mate.

Check out their video for “Did I Step On Your Trumpet”, which was done all in one take, high school play style. In a world full of quick cut editing, they take a “less is more” approach, step back and let you enjoy a well planned and executed performance. Thank you Danielson Famile for keeping the art alive! My challenge to you is to cover Pink Floyd’s album The Wall.

Harry Potter Alliance * 24 Hours For Darfur

August 1, 2007

As predicted, technology and grass roots social participation converge to form a new kind of political movement, as in the case of 24hoursfordarful.org, which has been promoted by Harry Pottercasts (podcasts) from groups like The Harry Potter Alliance, among other channels. With an urgent social need in focus, the people (young, old, famous) are using the web to give their voice. The movement is also integrating social networks like Facebook and MySpace.

Description: Get your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to record their own personal video appeals, or record on-the-fly interviews from people on the streets of cities throughout North America. Everything you need to know is on our website, so check it out before you start filming.

Eligilibity: Anyone with a webcam, camcorder, or digital camera.

HPA Mock Poster