Random Thoughts

Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

Gnomedex 7.0 Video

I was just playing around with a new slideshow creator, Animoto. I imported my photos from Gnomedex 7.0 and it came up with this:

Rock! This completely takes the ideas that other products such as Microsoft's Photo Story 3 have run with and raises the bar through the roof.

Animoto is an interesting product, from an interesting group of people:

Animoto Productions is a bunch of techies and film/tv producers who decided to lock themselves in a room together and nerd out.

Their first release is Animoto, a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.

The heart of Animoto is its newly developed Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor. It analyzes and combines user-selected images and music with the same sophisticated post-production skills & techniques that are used in television and film.

Despite the buzzword and PR heavy description, it looks like they're onto something. Man, they even have a press kit!

Over For Another Year

Gnomedex is over.


I like this conference. It's open, honest and the attendees are involved. It's our conference.

Congratulation to Chris and Ponzi for keeping it small, focussed and real.

This was my third Gnomedex and it was the same size as the first. Any other organizer would have cashed in. Especially as the conference is in it's seventh successful year.

Nice work guys. I'll be back next year.

My favourite talks? JibJib, GeekBrief.tv, Ignite (man, you should just to two days of that!), Derek Miller, Guy Kawasaki, Ronni Bennet, Darren Barefoot.

My least favourite? Well, the key and caps could've been vetted a little better…

All good though.

Can we do it again next week?

Communication Overload And The Guys From GeekBrief.TV

I'm on Twitter. IRC and Skype for the conference back channels. I'm “blogging”: and taking pictures.

Oh, and I'm listening to the conference.

Up now, the guys from GeekBrief.TV. Heh - Cali Lewis isn't her real name…

Not-Cali and her husband are talking about the early days of the show and how they got into it. They had no experience in video before starting the show - they didn't even own a camera.


They obviously have a passion for what they're doing - their message? Don't worry about being crappy. Just do it. Don't quit.

Photos and Notes From Gnomedex

My photos from Gnomedex are slowly appearing on Flickr.

Darren Barefoot

There are many photographers here. Keep an eye on Kris Krug, Josh Bancroft and Scott Beale.

Of course, the blogging world seems to mostly be here - the Gnomedex Technorati tag is a good one to watch - Todd Bishop from the Seattle PI is also taking notes.

More as it happens…

Gnomedex Kicks Off In Seattle

Gnomedex kicked off last night at the Bell Harbor Convention Center here in Seattle with the usual, and highly fun, reception.

I chatted with some friends that I hadn't seen in person for quite a while - probably since last year's Gnomedex.

Anyhow, the day started early today with the highly energetic and interesting Robert Steele. Man is he imparting information at high bandwidth.

You can follow all the action, live, at the Gnomedex website.

More later…

Memeflow Gets Some Lockergnome Traffic

Thanks to Chris Pirillo linking to memeflow from his Pirillo's Picks, traffic jumped by 4000% yesterday. Of course, that isn't hard to do given the low usage of the site, but the normal 500 hits per day jumped to over 20,000 with an associated boost in membership of 25% to over 500!

A nice little ride for my unattended side project.

I shall christen it the “Pirillo Effect”.

Thanks Chris!

John Edwards On YouTube

John Edwards is running a new type of campaign, or at least reaching out in a new direction.

John Edwards at Gnomedex 2006

In recent years, the candidate that could control the TV media and perform well would hold great sway with the voters. This time around, Edwards is embracing Citizen Media, what with Scoble on the plane with him, and videos on YouTube, the voters are going to get unparalleled access to a candidate.

Just as he promised at Gnomedex.

I just hope the unfettered access doesn't blow up in his face! If it doesn't, maybe we'll get to see the real man.

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