False starts, benevolent Nazis on Christmas and a cousin just released from jail. This week's episode of "Trailers Without Pity" has it all (or at least as much as we could fit into a semi-animated four-minute piece of entertainment).
The process of doing these is getting speedier, I think, and we're getting less freaked out by our deadlines and a little more confident in our approach (changing up the opening, for instance; I want us to try new things so we don't get bored or bore anybody else). Our next episode is Bride Wars and we haven't recorded the audio yet, which is making us a little antsy. A week goes by so fast. But I'm not worried it won't get done.
The plan is to do two more episodes after this one, then take a holiday week off.
Today's NPR "All Tech Considered" segment was all about webcams. My part was easy: just talking about how much they cost, what you need to get a decent video image and what are some sites and applications to do it.
(You can hear the segment in two parts on the NPR site by clicking over there on "Listen Now." Part one.Part two.)
The great part of the segment, I thought, was the stories from listeners about how they're using the technology to stay in touch with loved ones. Those stories came from a call to the community on the All Tech Considered blog and we got almost 100 stories like those.
Also, Robert Siegel continues to amuse and disarm me, this time with some awesome audio he brought in from his family archives.
We were actually Webcamming as the segment was being recorded using Skype. I took a little screengrab as we were talking:
The other thing I've got is that I had a piece in the Tech Monday section of the paper about a little start-up called Wiggio that's doing some cool stuff for managing groups (mostly aimed at college students). Check it out.