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January 30, 2008

Technology and diversity – why don’t they go together

So I am sitting here in the press room of the Photo Marketing Association in Las Vegas (yes another trip to Sin City) and I am looking around at the pre-coverage – the press people who have arrived early, folks who want to attend the technology classes and seminars before the trade floor opens – and one thing stands out in my mind!!  There is not much diversity in these conferences.  Over the last couple of years, I have gotten to attend from the press perspective – 4 very unique technology driven conferences and trade shows in the country (CES, PMA, CTIA and NAB) and all four only have the middle age white guys, the japanese executive and teams from their respective companies, a decent showing among white women but very very few Latins, African Americans or asians (outside of the Japanese contingent).

That bothers me – not only because they are not here – but because it seems to reflect the growing disconnect between the technology gains that are happening in our country and the ability of those gains to reach people of color in our country.  This is readily apparent when you go to any school in suburbia compared to the inner city – the technology disparity is HUGE!!!  I am all for technology making our lives easier, improving our way of life, giving us “new” toys to play with – I just wonder if EVERYONE gets to benefit from these things. 

Two weeks ago, I got to see some amazing technology at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Technology that would definitely enhance our way of life (everything from one computer controlling everything in your home from safety to temperature to TVs bigger than your daddy’s cadillac) – but only a a select handful get to attend this show every year, only a tiny fraction of our society might take the time to read the blogs & tech sites to see what technology is out there and how many of us can afford or will by these new advances?  Will these new advances filter down to every community?  Will every community have some buisness or home that can showcase the wave of the future? 

When the internet first became popular, i always worried that the disenfranchised in our society was not going to have equal access and equal opportunity.  Many are still playing catch up but now I wonder where new technology will fall?  Where is the minority press at these events (BET, Telemundo), where is the gay press at these events (Logo Online, Advocate) – These new technologies (once you get past the marketing glitz and glamour) have great potential in our lives and the future but if our voices are not out there spreading the news and if the technology is not in the hands of the disenfranchised – then we will always be stuck as a society of haves and have nots.

just some thoughts to ponder as I set about my work this week.  By the way – PMA is the Photo Marketing Association International Trade Show – it is the largest digital imaging  and digital camera trade show in the country that focuses on Photography and all of the technology involved in digital imaging.  And how many of you ever heard of the show????

Thomas

January 24, 2008

Leave a SHOUT message on our home page

Filed under: click click expose,gay,GLBT,homosexual,lesbian,News,Shout Out — ccevideo @ 1:40 pm

Back in November, we put a cool little app on our home page called a “shout box.”  It’s a place where visitors could leave a “shout out” about anything they want to say or just tell us hi!!

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SO FAR NOBODY HAS LEFT A SHOUT OUT.  Come on people, thousands of you visit our site everyday…at least one of you could leave us a shout out.  Okay so my ego is a little bruised (hehe) – no seriously…stop by the home page, scroll down to the bottom and leave a shout out message….Oh and sign up on our Frapper map as well…we get hits all over the country – we would really love to see our fans who like to come to our website time and time again….

 Thanks everyone and here’s SHOUTING AT YOU!!!

Thomas

January 20, 2008

What’s the big deal….

I have been away from the blog for a while as I had to redesign the Empire Video website and finish up some projects but I am back to drop some funny wisdom and give you some updates.

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Has anybody looked at the positions of the presidential candidates in reference to same sex marriage?  All of the republican candidates oppose same sex marriage, a couple (Romney & Thompson) oppose civil unions and a couple won’t go on record if they support civil  unions.  The Democrats (who are suppose to be the gay man’s friend) all oppose same sex marriage (how convenient except for Dennis Kucinich & Mike Gravel) but support civil unions (except for a couple who have not gone on record in support of civil unions).  I hate politics – how a matter such as the ability to marry my partner of 14 years – is an “issue” in today’s world baffles me – and the democratics (like all politicians) are just not willing to lay it on the line but rather play it politically safe.  Why bother!!!

IN MORE FUN NEWS….I have put 5 new videos on Planet ‘Q’ TV (now at: www.planetq.tv).  There is a 2 part story aired by the CBC in Canada on being gay in Iran, there is a private roundtable talk about being black and gay in America, an internet tv travel show on Shanghai with an episode called “Gay Shanghai” and a funny commercial spoof that asks the question: “Tired of Women?” – Be gay today!!  Have fun and enjoy the videos.  DON’T FORGET…we will be kicking off the new planetq.tv in March so if you are video content producer – don’t forget to upload your videos or contact us on how to share your videos for the gay community and get paid in the process as well.  Its videos for us and by us – the gay and lesbian community.  – BOOMARK PLANETQ.TV TODAY!!

January 18, 2008

Have a vodka and a good laugh…..

Filed under: click click expose,GLBT,homosexual,religion — ccevideo @ 2:43 pm
I am always on the look out for a good laugh.  Here is one to get your day going….ENJOY!!

A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak. After mass he asked the monsignor how he had done. The monsignor replied, “When I am worried about getting nervous On the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get nervous, I take a sip.”

So next Sunday he took the Monsignor’s advice. At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink. He proceeded to talk up a storm. He felt great!

Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door:

1) Sip the vodka, don’t gulp.
2)
There are 10 commandments, not 12.
3)
There are 12 disciples, not 10.
4)
Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.
5)
Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.
6)
We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.
7)
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Daddy, Junior and the spooky.
‘8)
David slew Goliath, he did not kick the sh*t out of him.
9)
When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don’t say he was stoned off his ass.
10) We do not refer to the cross as the “Big T.”

11) When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, “take this and eat it for it is my body” He did not say ” Eat me”.

12) The Virgin Mary is not called “Mary with the Cherry”.

13) The recommended grace before a meal is not: Rub-A- Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yeah God.

14) Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter’s, not a peter pulling contest at St. Taffy’s!

I hope that made your day… Make a good one.

Thomas


January 16, 2008

The "New" Planet Q TV – Come Join Us

Filed under: Pageants — ccevideo @ 8:49 am

The “New” Planet Q TV – Come Join Us
Video sent by CCEVideo

PlanetQ.TV – your new home for videos for the gay and lesbian community. We have a new site and a new domain name but our goal is still the same: to provide our community with the best gay multi-media experience on the internet.

January 13, 2008

Is this in poor taste….

What happens when you put 5 to 10 guys in their early 20s together, give them press credentials and let them cover the Consumer Electronics Show.  Normally, you might get an interesting take on technology that tends to be adopted by the “young” crowd first before everyone else….BUT….did the guys at Gizmodo go to far by walking around the trade floor shutting off TV displays and interrupting presentations….what do you think?? Watch the video below

IS THIS IN POOR TASTE?  DID THEY GO TOO FAR?

January 11, 2008

CES – Consumer Electronics Show (Last Day)

Well today was the last day of CES 2008 – it went out with a wimper rather than a bang.   Last night, I had to play editor and clean up  a video news piece that was done wrong by my client’s staff writer.  So its 1 am in the morning and the staff writer and me are sitting here doing voice overs and finding ways to fix the video that went horribly wrong.  GO FIGURE!!! What was the mistake you say? – well we took a trip over to the adult entertaiment expo to look for a porn star who would come back with us (no not to our room – a woman are you kidding) to shop for camcorders.  The premise of the story was “what would a video porn producer use in the way of consumer video equipment.”  Well if you saw the two videos from yesterday’s blog post, that same staff writer (who edited those videos) was turned lose to produce and edit this video.  Now, you can imagine what the video might look like or how crazy the video was going to be based on what this staff writer did before.  Well I was the camera man and my job was to just film – didn’t know what the big boss wanted, no storyboard, no game plan shared with me – just go film.  —  MAN WHAT A MESS—-   I never saw the original draft but the CEO was pissed.  Well to make a long story short, after fussing by the CEO becasue the staff writer made a totally inappropriate piece of video, the CEO and I made a completly new video from the raw footage that was shot.  That, my friends, was very very difficult.  It was either scrap the project or try to save it – so we tried our best out of respect for the staff writer and the project to save it.   So it took 7 hours for us to make a 3 minute video.  Here’s the result:

Here are some pictures from the CES show this year that you might also enjoy.

Well another CES show is done.  This was my 2nd time to go to it.  This year was very disappointing – no really new technology was announced – just kind of a rehash and update of the same thing.  There is one thing to take note of – if you are following the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray war – well movie studio Warner Brothers announced that they are leaving HD-DVD to go Blu-Ray – this might spell the death of HD-DVD in the near future – WE SHALL SEE.

Thomas

January 9, 2008

CES – Consumer Electronics Show – Day 2 & 3

Filed under: Pageants — ccevideo @ 7:02 pm

Well I missed talking to you guys yesterday as it was a hectic day creating all kinds of videos.   While I created the simple product type videos, our videographer John got to work with one of the staff writers of our client to create some funny videos for their site.  One of the fun things about working with a progressive client is that they sometimes break away from the norm to create something that is not typical for them but allows them to showcase a different side.  This is their different side.  John had fun doing some of the filming and helping out with the editing.  Check it out and tell us what you think.  That is why I love this job – it allows you to work for some cool clients, produce some fun videos and create some things that are not necessarily the norm but are a lot of fun.

Here’s a fun look at CES 2008.

January 8, 2008

CES – Consumer Electronics Show – Day 1

Filed under: CES,click click expose,Video Production News — ccevideo @ 1:37 am

It is almost midnight here in the sin city and I am still preparing videos for my client.  But I thought I would take a second to tell you how things are here in Las Vegas.  If you don’t know already, CES is one of the nation’s largest consumer electronics shows in the country.  Over 140,000 people for over 100 countries will be in attendance.  And why are all of them here?  To see the latest and greatest in electronic technology.

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The “B” phone – yep Beyonce was in the house (well maybe just her picture) touting her new line of cell phones from Samsung.  And of course you can’t sell a phone without one of her songs playing from this little mini music beast.  So besides the lines of middle age white guys, all of the young buppy bloggers and all of the Japanese technology guys (unfortunately you never see any Japanese women at these events), the trade show was quiet today.  Bill Gates keynote speech was nothing to write home about, the iPhone is already out and quite frankly there is no spectaluar one of a kind product that is being announced this year.  So sad….but the show is interesting anyway.  The very first day is the craziest.  That is when the press is out in full force along with people who can only afford to be here for one day.  Fighting for a table in the press room is a nightmare unless you get there early and would you believe they use to give us free food and coke all day in the press room – not its just some food and only water – LAS VEGAS IS GETTING TO BE SO FRACKIN EXPENSIVE – THEY OVER CHARGE YOU FOR EVERYTHING WHENEVER A CONVENTION COMES TO TOWN – SO TYPICAL and now no free coke – the nerve (lol – but I digress).

The airport was a nightmare – one of our videographers luggage was stuck somewhere on another plane across the country and we are still waiting for it to get here tonight (they promise sometime around midnight go figure).  We are staying 17 miles away from the convention center in this really nice rental 5-bedroom home – its very nice BUT SO FAR AWAY.

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And yes for those folks who have a ton of money to spend without a care in the world you can get the latest phone made specifically for the Giorgio Armani line of Samsung phones or get the Samsung Serenata -a Bang and Olufsen product – its the new music mobile phone that cost $1,600.  THAT’S RIGHT one thousand six hundred smack-a-roos – that phone better make love to me while playing music to cost $1600.

I will try to have some more pictures up tomorrow including the mountain range that is awesome to see out here along with other cool things from the trade show floor.  Until tomorrow…..

Thomas

January 5, 2008

What’s all of the fuss about copyright…….

Filed under: click click expose,copyright,gay,GLBT — ccevideo @ 10:09 am

Unless you have been sleeping under a rock, by now you have heard all of the hoopla over copyright issues, the recording industry of america, You Tube’s problems, etc…etc.  The blog world has even been on fire of late because their is a Arizona law suit by the RIAA claiming that they can come after you if you copy your music on your computer (although the legal brief says to a “my sharing” folder). 

Now as a content producer, I am torn by my position on this.  On the one hand, I no for a fact that people are stealing our DVDs, making copies, giving it to their friends and possible even selling it.  And I was pissed that someone had the nerve to take a video off of my site and put it on You tube but it got me thinking…EXPOSURE…

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At first I was little annoyed at the whole You Tube thing until Adrian and I had a long talk and we decided who cares as long as people give us credit for our work.  NBC’s “The Office” would not have had half the ratings it currenlty does (including downloads and DVD sales) if it weren’t for the countless You Tube clips that were up.  For them, it worked out great.  So why can’t it work for us?  So now, I don’t really care if our clips show up around the internet – as long as we are given proper credit and people know where to go to see more, then FIND BY ME. 

Now stealing money out of my pockets – I think I would have to draw the line there.  Steal one copy, like it, decide to buy another copy – no big deal to me (although technically it is against the law).  But keep getting bootleg copies and I don’t get one penny – then that’s really not fair since this is what I do for a living and how I put food on the table.

The scary thing is that some publishers and copyright holders have gone to the extreme.  Many of you know that I am an avid video gamer – one day (while sitting on the porcelean throne) – I read the fine print of a couple of my favorite games and would you know it….They (THQ & EA) will not allow you to make a back up copy of the very product you bought.  So if you scratch your disc by accident, you have to pay for a new copy – you aren’t allow to make a copy for yourself.  WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO FAIR USE!!  Their fine print has basically told me you bought it but you really don’t own it and if you lose it or scratch it – oh well…you are out of luck or out of money.

That is why the blog world was in an uproar when it was alleged that the RIAA was saying no to copying your own music to your computer.  Now the RIAA has back pedaled in the media and althought they don’t come out officially saying that you can copy to your computer, they are absolutely saying that they DID NOT SAY you can’t copy to your computer.  Did you get that?  If you are confused, join the crowd and half of america.

I guess my position is sometimes you can give a little to get a lot – a grey area that is not very easy to define but in the end it’s always better to do the right thing.

Thomas

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