I’, lagging a bit in writing up today’s MooseCamp experience, the day session before the Northern Voice 2006 Conference. All in all, it was a full and tiring day. On one hand, it was a bit like a standard conference format; the sessions seemed to fly on by and lack significant time to reflect and absorb.
Instead of carefully planning out a scripted presentation, we set up in the middle of the room, joked around and almost spontaneously, a conversation started from the audience. I am thinking more about this as conference sessions as conversations rather than transmissions. It was extremely rich, and ended all too abruptly. D’Arcy has already posted a nice comprehensive summary. There is more too here I watn to let distill, what I find as a disconnect of what we call blogging, a false monoliithic vision whne people talk about blogging, and an artificial separation of blogging inside and outside of education.
- I hope to do something about number 1.
Structured Blogging and Microformats by Bryan Rieger who is part of the creative force beyond the nifty nifty Yiibu. He used those nice lego graphics to contrast the monolithy of blog content once pulbished versus what might be possible with microformats. There was a lots of interesting discussion about merits versus the overheads of having people fill out motre forms, and whether there should be mroe in the tools hands to facilitate.
There was a momemtn when I was partly distracted when he referred to D’Arcy, Brian, and myself to speak about the folly that was meta data for (ugh) learning objects in that the form filling that was asked was overbearing. Alas, it moved on, but it was even more mindblowing that he knew of our work. Turns our Bryan was among my pre-blogging online communities around Macromedia Director, and had nice things to say about the old Director Web.
After lunch I was present in the room for Blogging and the Future of (the) Media by Kurt Cagle. I have no recollections of this presentation and its reverences to Marshall McLuhan.
Next was Nancy White’s Community Building with Blogs session. This was the day’s highlight so far, because it was all conversation, it was people talking about what they considered online community and what sort of stories they had from their blog community. And there was chocolate shared.
There were two excellent PhotoCamp sessions led by Kris Krug, full if tips and massive in the room expertise on digital photography. And a room full og high end digital SLRs and big monstrous lenses. I picked up a few tips myself, and am going to aim for a better Canon 50mm lens, start trying some ND filters, and amining to do more experimentation in manual exposures. but frankly, bottom line, I just like taking photos, not the frittering over techniques or post production– I just like the capturing an idea, and seeing if it worked or not.
Another gem was the last session on Great Podcast Sound for Cheap with Bruce Sharpe, who is a volunteer sound editor for ITConversations. This was very practical stuff, and I learned I was doing almost everything wrong in my use of Audacity. He has some free tools and Audacity plug-ins at Singularproductions.com. The major tips for cleaning up audio include:
- bandpass filter
- noise reduction
- snap, crackle, pop removale (Click removal)
- EQ (maybe) over-rated?
Also suggested was Mp3 Gain – an open source tool that normalizes the sound levels for a group of files.
Rest of day: End of Camp. Walk to Stanley Park. Eat a Sausage. Be very Cold. Go Back to brians home. More beer. And Fish Tacos.