1 of 60 Writers in 1 of 60 Places

November 22, 2010

Vivid words images from the film 60 WRITERS / 60 PLACES.

The writer is Giancarlo DiTrapano. He runs the New York Tyrant, “a tri-quarterly literary magazine based in Hell’s Kitchen, focusing on the immediacy of the short story. The pieces, coming from voices both new and seasoned, are concise, evocative, often humorous, and sometimes surreal. We believe in the power and urgency of the story and its ability to describe and illuminate the interior and exterior landscape. We believe in the power of narrative and its ability to make life more astonishingly alive.”

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Martin Luther King: “I Have a Dream”

August 28, 2010

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification – one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

In Washington “Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday at an event organized by the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck, who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.”

Here, via YouTube, is the full speech.


Courtesy of History and Politics Out Loud the audio and the transcript online.

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Why God Gave us YouTube

August 19, 2010

You’ve gagged on Gaga and barfed on Bieber. Now, and for the first time, the real purpose of YouTube is presented for your viewing amazement!

Remarkable. If you can’t watch the whole thing, make sure you see the kid starting just after the 3 minute mark. Otherworldly. The Master Vittal Gole of Wai Maharashtra India points out “Each player has different nature and talent. Just enjoy it!”

More videos and the story of the Indian sport of Mallkhamb are available online, not surprisingly quite a bit more interesting than the lifes of #1 and #2 on YouTube.

As “Seaoftea” so deftly notes in YouTube’s comments: “WTF is this? Why isn’t this in the Olympics?” The Master responds: “That’s why I’m promoting it!”

YouTube: all is forgiven. I would never have discovered this on broadcast TV’s America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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The Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time

June 16, 2010

ReadWriteWeb does a periodic analysis of the all-time top 10 YouTube videos (by the simple metric of number of views). As reported on the site with its latest summary (June, 2014):

We first did this list in August 2007, at which point Evolution of Dance by comedian Judson Laipply was number 1 with nearly 56 million views. The next update was September 2008, when Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend pop music video was number 1 with 103 million page views (although commenters argued that it may have gamed the system). In January 2010, Charlie bit my finger – again! was number 1, with 148 million views.

(June 2010) Our latest update shows that Lady Gaga has made a big impact in 2010 on YouTube, with 2 entries into the top 10 — including the number 1 video of all time! Perhaps a sign of the times that she shunted Susan Boyle out of the top 10.

I take note that the top 10 list includes 6 music videos, 2 male comedian videos and 2 cute baby videos. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance gained the top spot according to ReadWriteWeb with 217,720,898 views. I just checked YouTube and in two weeks it has gained over 20 million additional views. I’d never realized that clicking on the view number provides a drop-down mini-analytic chart that illustrates the time period of the video’s ascendancy and some key demographics.


Laga Gaga has risen quickly — less than six months have passed since the video first posted. By contrast, the #2 video Charlie bit my finger – again! first debuted in May, 2007.

On the other hand, it may well remain on the charts well after Lada Gaga gags.

The story continues:

By the beginning of January 2011, Justin Bieber was at number 1 with over 400 million views for Baby—and that video went on to hold the top slot through most of 2012. Here are the top 10 as of June 2014:

Check ’em out here….

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More Trouble for Adobe: Scribd “Betting the Company” on HTML5

May 6, 2010

Scribd is the largest social publishing company in the world. It has more than 50 million readers each month. Tens of millions of documents have been published on the site, containing over 100 billion words. Until today those tens of millions of documents have been published using Adobe’s Flash. Starting today, they will be published in HTML5.

In an interview with Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch, Scribd co-founder and chief technology officer Jared Friedman said “We are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5 is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash. Now any document can become a Web page.”

To see the impact of the change, go to the Scribd site and check out “Scribd in HTML5.” You’ll understand the thinking behind the decision very quickly.


Schonfeld’s article continues:

Friedman has been working secretly on this project for the last six months. You can tell he’s excited about it. He believes the Web is finally ready to ditch Flash for documents. Unlike video players, the parts of the HTML5 standard that impact documents have to do with support for fonts, vector graphics, and rotating text. Friedman estimates that 97 percent of browsers will be able to read Scribd’s HTML5 documents because those parts of the standard are older and more widely adopted. HTML5 documents will still be embeddable in other sites using an iFrame.

Poor Adobe. Even as it too embraces HTML5, the Web is moving away from Flash.

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