Archive for January, 2007

DC MediaMakers Happy Hour on Thursday

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

For those of you in the DC area interested in video blogging, our humble gathering of DC MediaMakers is having another happy hour this Thursday night starting at 6:30pm. It will take place at the Four Provinces at 3412 Connecticut Ave NW, not far from the Cleveland Park Metro. For those of you who haven’t joined us yet, we get together every other Thursday, alternating between informal happy hours and more organized gatherings at a local library, where we demo video blogs and talk about techniques. We’ve started posted our schedule at, so you can keep track of what’s going on when. Hope you can join us! -andy

United for Peace

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Watch the video
Video I shot for Rocketboom from the January 27 anti-war rally in Washington DC, featuring interviews with Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters and Dennis Kucinich.

Photos from the Protest

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Veterans for Peace, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

I just uploaded a gallery of over 150 photos from today’s United for Peace anti-war rally in Washington DC. This particular photo is of a Vietnam Vet protesting the Iraq War. I believe it might be David Cline, president of Veterans for Peace, but I’m not sure. Does anyone recognize him? -andy

Meanwhile, here’s a slideshow of my photos:

Carlos Arredondo

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Carlos Arredondo, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

Carlos Arredondo is an anti-war activist who lost his son in Iraq. In 2004, on his 44th birthday, representatives from the Marines notified him of his son’s death. In his grief he tried to set their car on fire and accidentily burned himself over a quarter of his body.

Back from the DC Anti-War Protests

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Jesse Jackson in Winter, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

I just got back home a little while ago from the anti-war protests on the National Mall in Washington DC. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of protesters began gathering there early in the morning to march on Washington. Here’s a picture I snapped of Rev. Jesse Jackson backstage as the rally was starting. I’ve got lots of video and tons of pictures, which I will upload soon. -andy

Name That NPR Show!

Friday, January 26th, 2007

As some of you may know, I’ve been working on a project at NPR called Rough Cuts, in which we’re using a blog and podcast to invite the public to preview a new radio show that we’re designing and help us develop it. So far the feedback has been tremendous, with over 400 comments posted to the site this month. Now we’re asking for your help on a related matter: we need a name for this new show.


A New Twist on Email Fraud: Begging From a “Congresswoman”

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Like the rest of you, I’ve received more than my fair share of email fraud from spammers all over the world, but this one made me chuckle. Rather than claiming to be from a former West African finance minister or the widow of a foreign dictator, this one claims to be from former US Representative Cynthia McKinney.


In Memory of Ryszard Kapuscinski

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

One of my heroes died this week.

This evening, I read the sad news on Ethan Zuckerman’s blog that Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski passed away on Tuesday at age 74. Ethan and Cyrus Farivar have already posted fitting tributes to him. No writer’s work affected me more profoundly that his.
I first discovered Kapuscinski by accident in 1994, on a shelf of staff recommendations at Olsson’s Books in DC. It was The Soccer War, his collection of essays exploring his decades as a war correspondent. Over a period of more than 30 years, he covered almost every major conflict in the world, from the assassination of Patrice Lumumba to the almost comical Central American war that gives this book its title.

Never before had I read a journalist who captured the absurdities of war as true literature. It was a style that I found thoroughly compelling and absorbing, and soon I was tracking down every English-language translation available of his books. He had a penchant for capturing the death throes of kingdoms and empires with a poeticism lacking among his peers. In The Emperor, he recounts the excesses of Haile Selaissie’s regime as it fell to pieces. With Shah of Shahs, we enter a paranoid world in which people say one thing publicly because they know others are watching (then switch to a parenthetical whisper to speak the truth about their encounters with SAVAK as Mohammed Reza Pahlevi’s regime crashes around him.)


You Know You’re a New Parent…

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

…when starts recommending rectal thermometers to you. Imagine what else is on the wish list. (Okay, don’t.)

Like the recommendation says, “Get yourself a little something.”

Blog Writing: Just Go With The Flow

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Wesley Fryer just posted a blog entry in which he described his personal blogging process. His post, in turn, was a response to a posts by Brian Grenier, Miguel Guhlin and Vicky Davis, who each described various aspects of their own blogging regimen. Wesley’s now upping the ante, challenging a whole bunch of edtech bloggers, including myself, to pick up the baton and offer commentary on how we blog. So here’s my contribution to the process.