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For the Record

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Some of the legal documents between me and Amanda Congdon are circulating and I have received several calls from the press on the “Amanda story” or “Amanda Gate” as I have heard it said in one email.

A writer from the LA Times, Richard Rushfield, who was referred by Gina Piccalo, is currently investigating the information and mentioned I could say as much here so let’s just wait and see his take instead of hearing it from me.

I will say this: yes, it is in fact my position that the Amanda Across America, ABC News and HBO projects are all Rocketboom projects that were usurped out of Rocketboom by Amanda when she quit.

And when I say usurped, I don’t just mean a little bit. I spent months working on these projects and relationships. I spent a great deal of legal fees on contracts, etc. – we are talking deep, deep development.

Cory Bergman is asking people what they think of her new project and others will no doubt be pitching in with commentary. Well I have an opinion too and I am going to be candid. This is a subject that is important to me and my field.

After seeing what she has done with Amanda Across America (no spirit or production value) and now ABC News which is a carbon copy of what I hired her to do for Rocketboom, I give her an F for creativity and originality and a D- for effort. Seeing her take a “turn to camera 2”, just as we do in today’s episode of Rocketboom is just embarrassing.

So besides all this, which only just scratches the surface, there is a great deal of news that I will leave up to Richard to report on regarding the progress that Rocketboom has made, some pretty damn big news that no one yet knows!

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Mr. Kim

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Best wishes to the family of the brave and smart James Kim who passed away after setting out into the cold solo from their stranded vehicle.

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Four Eyed Monsters

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Susan and Arin from Four Eyed Monsters are in NYC all week. It’s likely you have heard about them through their online film making activity.

They are very aggressive at self-promotion and I found it kina of annoying at first but in retrospect, I think they are forging a very promising path for future independent film makers. Their methods on promotion and distribution are definitely worth studying closely.

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From the most recent press release:

Wednesday, December 6, 2006, following the 7:25pm screening.
Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY

New tools are being used to make films. It started with cheap access to high-quality digital video, and now the Internet is getting into the mix, not just as a way to share video but as a way to create it. The ability to have someone “subscribe” to your videos gives filmmakers a new story telling tool. The fact that you don’t really need to shoot any footage at all and can just use the material that is online and that more and more every individual walking around has a portable camera that can be utilized as a filmmaking tool. See some examples of things we consider “filmmaking 2.0″ and contribute to the defining of what these new tools are and what the word ‘collaboration’ means in an interactive conversation about the current shift in filmmaking.

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Evan Young on TiVo

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Video: Streaming Media West 2006: Keynote by Evan Young, Director of Broadband Services

Evan is the mastermind behind TiVo’s online integration. Not only am I indebted to him for having Rocketboom as the first content to hit the home via their online services, I think he is one of the nicest guys I have ever done business with. I am very optimistic for TiVo’s future as far as his vision for seamlessly merging i.p. and broadcast content.

2 million TiVo boxes out there are broadband enabled and over 500,000 of these boxes are now plugged in.

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Spam Digg

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I wonder what the deal is with this. Diggnation, one of my favorites, has about 50 citings a day but about 48-50 of these citings each day appear to be spam blogs:

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Sun Microsystems Launches Mashup

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From the press release: “Sun Microsystems, creator of the open source Solaris OS, announced the launch of The Big Mashup, a unique online experience examining how the world of entertainment and news gathering is rapidly changing as the network blurs the line between audience and entertainer, viewer and newscaster, fan and producer.

Chris Melissinos, Sun Microsystems’ chief technology officer for Web 2.0 and a self-proclaimed video game addict, hosts the documentary video showcasing entertainment and media thought leaders such as Andrew Baron, founder, and Joanne Colan, host of Rocketboom; Gillian Caldwell, executive director of WITNESS; Joel Hyatt, Current TV’s CEO and co-founder; Douglas Rushkoff, writer and lecturer on technology, pop culture and media; Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, artist, writer, musician and producer; and Martin Stiksel, Last.fm’s CCO. These industry pundits will give their perception of how the network has changed for businesses and the way entertainers perform. “

LINK.

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Generation 01

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I was in a meeting yesterday and a guy was telling me about his insight into MYSQL.

His parents were programers and he said he had it in his blood.

I stopped to consider this for a moment – it was the first time I heard someone say that.

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