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November 27, 2007

Steve Jobs and Salman Rushdie: Separated at Birth?

Filed under: Sundries and Such — Andy Carvin @ 3:27 pm

Are Apple CEO Steve Jobs and “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie long lost brothers? You tell me.
Steve Jobs Salman Rushdie
Very strange indeed. -andy

November 21, 2007

Four Ways to Participate in NPR’s Democratic Presidential Debate

Filed under: Media & Politics — Andy Carvin @ 7:28 pm

Mark your calendars: On Tuesday, December 4 at 2pm ET, NPR and Iowa Public Radio will jointly host a Democratic candidate presidential debate in Des Moines. The event will be a first for the current election cycle, as it will be an audio-only debate – just the candidates in a two-hour conversation with NPR moderators, and not a TV camera in sight. It should make for an interesting discussion.
Meanwhile, there are four ways you can get involved in the debate:
Propose a question. Our debate moderators want to hear from you and find out what kinds of questions you’d like to see asked of the candidates. In particular, NPR is interested in hearing your best thinking regarding some of today’s hot-button topics, including immigration, the environment, Iran and Iraq, China and healthcare, among others. And if you’d rather pitch a question on an issue that you think isn’t being discussed much, you can do that too. You can also comment on any of the questions proposed by other people.
Blog from the debate. If you’re a blogger who can figure out a way to get to Des Moines for December 4, please feel free to request media credentials for the debate. NPR hopes to have some bloggers participating at the event, liveblogging the debate and interviewing people in the spin room afterwards. Of course, you’re more than welcome to liveblog it from anywhere else, but if you can get to Des Moines, it’s an amazing experience to observe the spin room first-hand.
Discuss the debate as it happens. NPR news blogger Tom Regan will be liveblogging the debate as it plays out, along with a group of NPR reporters who will work to fact-check claims of the candidates. You can dive right in to the scrum by posting your own punditry in the blog’s comment threads. Or, if you’re a blogger, create a post of your own and tag it nprdebate so Tom and others can follow the conversation.
Mash it up! Following the debate, NPR will post the audio online. If there’s anything creative you want to do with it, go for it, as we won’t be placing any licensing restrictions on how it can be used. Again, it’d be great if you could tag anything you do with it nprdebate – I’m sure I and others will be eager to check it out.
I’m not sure when the Republican debate will be – they were shooting for the same week but the candidates had scheduling conflicts. Hopefully it’ll be sorted out soon. -andy

November 17, 2007

Dulcimer Dance

Filed under: Video — Andy Carvin @ 8:07 pm

Maggie Sansone plays her dulcimer as three girls dance at the Maryland Renaissance Fair earlier this autumn.
Formats available: mp4, iPod, mobile, Flash

Might as Well Jump (Jump!)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 2:23 pm


Bolivian Dancers, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

I was trying to take a picture of the faces of these Bolivian dancers performing in today’s Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in Silver Spring, but by the time my camera phone took the picture, they turned to their right and jumped in the air. It’s probably the one time I’m actually glad it takes the Treo 700pm something like a gazillion seconds before it shoots the picture. Now if could only have half-decent resolution….

Radio Open Source is Back!

Filed under: Blogging,Social Media — Andy Carvin @ 2:02 pm

They’re back!

Yesterday, Radio Open Source host Chris Lydon and producer Mary McGrath circulated an email announcing the return of the cutting-edge radio show, one of the first to weave blogging and social media into the core mission of the program. After going on an indefinite hiatus this summer because of funding cuts, Radio Open Source has moved its operation to Brown University.

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November 14, 2007

Interview: Viral Video Campaign Captures Guantanamo Interrogation Techniques

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 8:21 pm

The human rights group Amnesty International has launched a new anti-torture campaign that’s attempting to capitalize on the viral nature of Internet video to raise awareness about interrogation techniques reportedly used in Guantanamo Bay. The campaign, known as Unsubscribe Me, seeks to rally Internet users to demand that policymakers unsubscribe from policies that condone harsh interrogation techniques. The first of three videos is now online, and it will undoubtedly be controversial.
Produced by Marc Hawker and Ishbel Whitaker and starring Jiva Parthipan, Waiting for the Guards is a film short depicting a prisoner forced to squat in a “stress position,” balancing on two cardboard boxes while a hood envelopes his head. As the prisoner struggles to maintain the position, an indifferent interrogator lounges in the hallway, killing time by pacing around and calling up his daughter on his mobile phone before picking up the interrogation where it left off.
To make the film, Hawker and Whitaker subjected Parthipan to six hours in the stress position. So when you watch the video, his agony is not acting; he’s actually experiencing the interrogation technique first-hand.
Here’s the video. Be forewarned that it’s very unsettling, and not at all appropriate for children.


This week I had the chance to interview Marc Hawker and Jiva Parthipan about their experiences making the film. Here’s what they had to say.

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November 12, 2007

Pakistani Flash Mobs Protest State of Emergency

Filed under: Human Rights — Andy Carvin @ 1:37 pm

NPR’s Bryant Park Project has a fascinating audio slideshow about an ingenious protesting strategy being employed in Pakistan. Pakistani dentist and blogger Dr. Awab Alvi has taken Howard Rheingold’s concept of “flash mobs” and applied it to rallying against the state of emergency in Pakistan.

Pakistani Flash Mob

“If you announce a date a day in advance, the army and police show up” and they “beat the hell out of you,” Dr. Alvi told the show. So he concluded it made more sense to organize very brief protests through telephone calls and other communication channels. At an appointed time, the protesters show up, pull out signs and shout slogans demanding an end to the state of emergency. After 10 minutes, they put away their signs and leave before the authorities can interfere with them.
“These flash protests are basically citizens protesting in a very smart way,” Alvi said. So far the largest protest attracted around 50 protesters, who were quickly joined by random passers-by on the street. Pedestrians, though, have been somewhat puzzled by the brevity of each event.
“It’s almost called a guerilla protest,” he added.

November 11, 2007

Kayleigh Wants to Do a Hand Stand

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 5:32 pm

For whatever reason, Kayleigh seems to really enjoy assuming this position. It’s particularly cute when she’s got her hat, coat and shoes on, as you can see here. -andy

November 10, 2007

Classroom Documentaries and the Mechanics of Storytelling

Filed under: Edtech — Andy Carvin @ 12:20 pm

Right now I’m at PodCamp EDU, a teach-in at American University for teachers to learn about podcasting and video blogging. There are around 80 people in attendance, most of whom are new to media production. I just finished a 90-minute workshop about taking documentary film techniques and translating it into a K-12 environment. This includes taking the many roles associated with production, like researchers, producers, writers, camerapeople, etc, and distilling them into small teams of students; the production process; interviewing and shooting techniques; editing tricks like music and pacing, etc. I’ve posted a PowerPoint of my presentation, and hope to do the same of the audio once I get a hold of it.

November 9, 2007

When Two-Year-Olds Want Air Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 4:15 pm

I think it’s just a matter of time before this happens to me. MJ Davis of the Bryant Park Project summarizes on their blog:

Today on the BPP, New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick joined us to talk about the role of evangelicals in the race to the White House. In the middle of the interview he was nearly foiled by his two-year-old son, Thomas, who wanted a piece of the
action. A big piece of the action.

Granted, Kayleigh isn’t talking much yet, but she definitely babbles. And she doesn’t like it when you’re either on the computer or on the phone for too long. Sounds like a perfect recipe for her to get some free air time the next time I do an interview over the phone from home. Granted, she sorta has her own video blog and Flickr gallery, so maybe she won’t be so intrusive. -andy
ps – This post is a test of the uber-cool new Web browser, Flock. Barrie Hardymon of Talk of the Nation asked me how hard it was to post blog entries from the browser, so I figured I’d give it a try for myself. Piece o’ cake.

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