I survived my first group exercise class.

When you try and get in shape you measure your progress. You find a benchmark and you compare where you are and where you want to be. It makes little difference how far off in the vast outer reaches of space that might be, but you try and sometimes you do stupid stuff.
Taking a class with an instructor with negative body fat is stupid stuff.  Trying to burn fat and see out of ones glasses is also stupid stuff.  Its like I become my own hot house yoga thing. Well it’s hot damn it. 

Taking off the glasses was good but then I was blind and the girls around me kept stealing my hand weights. I started with 6 and ended with 2 which was a moral victory of sorts. It’s kind of like golf with my friend Phil. We start off with 4 balls and he ends up with 11.
My celebration however, is that I survived it, I may not have done all the exercises but I didn’t leave in the middle and I didn’t throw up either. Lisa maybe a negative bodyfat tazmanian she devil, but I survived it.  So what if it took me three hours to raise my arms to get
my fingers to move to write this blog post.

Baby steps. 

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It’s not personal it’s just business.

There is big flap on the internet about Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana. It would not be a big deal to me except my 7 year old loves Miley and has me dial in the Disney Channel when in my car.  

Parent groups are up in arms over how sexual 17 year old Miley has gotten in her latest video. Hello Parents,  this is called the disney backlash. It happens when a music artist wants to evolve away from Disney and jump to top 40. It’s not personal it’s business. In fact this time Disney has been pushing Selena Gomez songs so the transition might not be that startling to some my daughters age.

People / parents  need to realize that kids grow up. Heck I have acknowledge this even if I have trouble with it. Sadly their heroes grow older also, just faster. The artists need to evolve as artists and go on to the next level. We will call it the Brittney zone. Miley needs to make the money while she can. 
This means it’s time to slut it up sadly. Its sad that society almost demands this.  It’s also sad that this trickles down to the next artist, then the next artist and so on.  They hit that darn Disney wall and cross over into the Britney zone.

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My podcamp 2010 experience, the magic of now.

I really enjoyed this years version of Podcampboston, and It’s taken me a week to sort my feelings. It was a very good experience but it felt different. I think there is something different about hosting an un-conference in a building that is the pinnacle of convention in the Microsoft Nerd center. The Umass campus felt well like a campus, we went to learn and it felt scholarly if thats a word. It was my first podcamp then but it felt like we were going to camp. I also stayed in town last year so it almost felt like a vacation of sorts.
This year I hosted return of the Video suspects. A group I put together made up of friends, Boston Media makers and people I knew in the online video business. Our presentation last year was new way for us to share information about stuff we knew about in video. This years presentation went even better I thought. We also finished closer to on time before the walls literally came tumbling down.

When I signed up for a topic in July, my topic was too verbose for google docs and I was given 2 slots. I thank the organizers for this for the 2nd session went even better. “the visual suspects” turned to the audience for questions and we sourced topics, pictures and graphics live using google search, we were all working together and sharing on the fly and that was really cool, that was the magic I suppose of NOW ?
I am thankful again to Organizers Christopher Penn, and especially Michelle Wolverton for putting the event together again. You guys rock. Steve Sherlock should also be commended for being the smoothest as glass registration paul revere hat wearing dude ever.

If you wish to see a video of the visual suspects first presentation please see http://brilliantvideoproductions.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/the-return-of-the-visual-suspects-at-pcb5-4/)

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