Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth

May 25, 2008

A Camel Eating Cantaloupe

Filed under: Video — Andy Carvin @ 3:02 pm

An animal trainer feeds a cantaloupe to a camel at the Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, VA.
Formats available: mp4

May 24, 2008

Jane Goodall Autographs a Busted Fender?

Filed under: Sundries and Such — Andy Carvin @ 4:21 pm

Today in the parking lot at the Ikea in College Park, MD, we spotted a car that appeared to be autographed by Jane Goodall just above a busted fender. The signature includes the line “I did not do this!!”

At first I thought it was a joke, but then when I got home I found a couple of Jane Goodall autographs online, and the letters J and G are eerily similar to the signature on the car:

Jane Goodall Autograph 1
Jane Goodall Autograph 2
What do you think? Real or fake? -andy

May 23, 2008

Vic Chesnutt Live at NPR

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 2:17 pm

It’s a good thing I had to work from home today, because otherwise I would have seen Vic Chesnutt play at NPR today.
Okay, that sounds strange, so lemme explain. I’m a big fan of Vic’s, ever since helping organize a free concert with him and Bob Mould at Northwestern 15 years ago. Today, though, I got an email just as I arrived home that he’d be playing a few songs at NPR, at Bob Boilen’s desk. I was really bummed about missing it, and Jon Foreman twittered that it was a shame he didn’t have my Nokia N95 on hand to stream it. So I suggested he set up a Mogulus account on Bob’s laptop so I could watch it from home. The result is this live video stream:

It’s currently 2:20. Still waiting for Vic to perform. Looking forward to it. -andy

Impromptu Interview with Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday?

Filed under: Election 2.0,Media & Politics,Video — Andy Carvin @ 9:48 am

So I was working at my desk yesterday when Weekend Edition Sunday producer Davar Ardalan suddenly appeared with Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday?, a nonpartisan group that produces a fascinating video blog about electoral reform. (In case you’re wondering about the name, it’s based on the question of why on earth U.S. elections are held on a Tuesday, when most people are stuck at work.) Jacob has been participating in Weekend Edition’s Sunday Soapbox blog, which features political commentaries from video bloggers and podcasters, and he was in town for some meetings. (He’s also headed to a Memorial Day clam bake at Joe Trippi’s horse farm; hope he shoots some video while he’s there.)
We ended up running across the street to the local Starbucks to grab a drink and enjoy the first tolerably warm temps we’ve had in a few days. It didn’t take long for me to whip out my N95 and record an impromptu interview with Jacob about Why Tuesday? and electoral reform:

May 15, 2008

Union Station, West Hall

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 8:23 pm

Low-res version of a giant panorama photo I took at DC’s Union Station. View the high-res version.

May 13, 2008

Almost Arrested for Taking Photos at Union Station

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 5:59 pm

As some of you may know, I’ve been testing out a Gigapan panorama photo system over the last week, after I received a loaner of their robotic camera mount from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab. I brought it in to NPR to demonstrate it to colleagues and go on a photo safari to photograph the architecture at Union Station. Apparently, as far as Union Station’s security operations are concerned, that’s a criminal offense, since we nearly got arrested.
Here’s a low-res version of the photo. Click the image to see the extreme high-res, half-a-gigapixel Gigapan version. (Don’t worry, it loads dynamically, so don’t worry about the size of the pic.)

The Panorama That Almost Got Me Arrested


May 8, 2008

Dizzy vs the Gigapan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 8:18 pm

Dizzy vs the Gigapan, originally uploaded by andycarvin.

I just got my hands on a Gigapan, a robotic camera mount developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics lab that allows you to take gigapixel-resolution pictures. And what does Dizzy try to do? Take over the photo shoot. Typical. -andy

May 1, 2008

Public Broadcasting and Twitter? Engagement and Authenticity!

Filed under: Cool Tools,Public Media,Social Media — Andy Carvin @ 2:40 pm

Yesterday, I saw a note from the WBUR Twitter account pointing to a blog post about their recent experiments with Twitter. For those of you who don’t know WBUR, it’s an NPR member station in Boston that’s been doing a lot of tinkering in the social media space as of late, so I follow their work pretty closely.
In his blog post, WBUR’s Ken George talks about some of their social media projects, and how they’re now heading into unknown waters with Twitter:

Now our media giant lumbers head first into the world of Twitter.
After dusting off the mostly dormant WBUR Twitter account, and fortified with copious amounts of coffee, I managed to accrue a modest following (hey its quality, not quantity right?). But in all honesty, I remain uncertain – to the point of apprehension – about what I should “Tweet” about. Do you want WBUR news updates? Irreverent musings? Programming information? Personal trivia? Shout-outs to my peeps? A running chronology of my day?
An excellent example of Twitter’s utility is public radio station KPBS using it to receive updates on wildfires then consuming swaths of southern California, information they then could relay over the airwaves. My own personal “ah-ha!” moment came yesterday afternoon when someone Tweeted me about a misspelling on the site. It just then dawned on me that WBUR too now has a potential army of researchers and fact-checkers at its disposal. The cranial cavity expanded six inches yesterday… cue “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
So maybe the right question is: In what ways can we help each other?

Lemme spin that question another way, if I may: What would I expect of WBUR – and any other public broadcaster, for that matter – as far as Twitter is concerned?


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