Archive for April, 2008

Riding the Wheaton Express

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

One of our favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to take Kayleigh to Wheaton Regional Park, just north of Washington DC, where they have a charming toy train that rides through the park. I thought it would be fun to stream a live tour of the train ride; here’s the archive of the video I shot.

NPR Jazz Jam: All Blues

Friday, April 25th, 2008

During lunch at NPR today, a group of people from around the company brought in their instruments and participated in a jazz jam session. I had my Nokia n95 phone with me, and shot this video of them performing Miles Davis’ All Blues.
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The Opposite of Caution

Thursday, April 24th, 2008


NOITUAC, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

Katrina Trailer on Tour, Dupont Circle

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Photo of a truck driving a trailer around Dupont Circle, protesting Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

The Cutest Panda Video Ever

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

I am so envious my NPR colleague David Gilkey got to shoot this footage of adolescent pandas at a research facility in China. As you’ll see in the video, he had extraordinary, up-close access to the pandas. They are so cute it’s almost painful.

It’s also worth noting that the video was posted on the brand-new NPR YouTube channel. I’m hoping you’ll see a lot more videos from us there in the coming months, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, there’s also a high-resolution version of the video on NPR’s Chengdu Diary, a travel blog published by the team at All Things Considered as they prepare to do a live broadcast series from Chengdu, China. -andy

Utterz Demo at PodcampDC

Saturday, April 19th, 2008


This is a mobcast I recorded using my mobile phone at PodcampDC. You’ll hear me explaining Utterz, the tool I used to create the mobcast.   Replies.  mp3

Waiting for the Popemobile

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

With the Pope in DC this week, I thought I’d run down to the White House to see the Pope travel down Pennsylvania Ave in his famous Popemobile. I streamed some video on my mobile phone; here are some of the highlights.
Crowds of people – supporters and protesters alike – gathering along Pennylvania Ave. (This video is long; about 20 minutes.)

Video of the Popemobile passing by in a flash:

Anti-Pope/anti-gay protesters in front of the White House:

Is That a Bobblehead in the Popemobile?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

In preparation for the Pope’s visit to DC this week, the good people who run our public transit system put together this promotional video to encourage people to ride Metro for Pope-related activities. They even have the Pope himself doing a cameo in the video – as a bobblehead toy.

Could be worse, I suppose – they could have employed a Pope-On-A-Rope as a prop.
pope on a rope

Social Networking and Education: My Keynote at the UMB School of Nursing

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

This week I gave a talk at the University of Maryland/Baltimore’s School of Networking Nursing on the role of social networking in education. I took a look at the history of online communities and the role educators have played in their development, as well as what tools are being used by teachers today – in particular, do-it-yourself social networking tools like Ning. I also talked a bit about new tools like Twitter, Qik and Utterz. Here’s the Powerpoint:

You can also download an MP3 of the audio.

Free, as in Jello

Friday, April 11th, 2008


Free, as in Jello, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

Someone left this jello mold on the fifth floor kitchen counter here at NPR. Mmm, free jello.