Interview With Wired’s Chris Anderson

My interview with Chris Anderson is finally live on the Mercury News Web site. Check it out here.

I discussed Anderson’s next book — the follow up to The Long Tail — titled “Free” at the Tools of Change conference, shortly after his keynote (see my notes here).

It took so long to produce this thanks to technical difficulties — otherwise known as our main videocamera not functioning. This was meant to be a video podcast with two cameras, and Chris and I were both miked with lavalier mics connected to the main camera. Therefore, the audio is from the onboard mic of a roving camcorder, so it sounds like we’re in a tunnel.

Thanks to David Barreda for “shooting” this.

photo by James Duncan Davidson via flickr.

Live Earth Hits and Misses

The greatest surprise performance at the 24-hour Live Earth was not Kanye West and John Mayer joining the Police on “Message in a Bottle.” Hell, no. It was Spinal Tap (reunited) with some help from Metallica (they actually laugh) bringing down London’s Wembley Stadium with hits like “Stonehenge” and “Big Bottom.” Madonna’s gypsy-hobo-punk performance — fully choreographed — of “La Isla Bonita” with Eugene and Serge from Gogol Bordello was also surprisingly excellent (watch after the jump).

MSN reports that the Live Earth Web simulcast resulted a single-day record 9 million streams launched. It will be interesting to see if it experiences continued traffic over the next few weeks as the Live 8 site did in 2005 — before viral video and YouTube embeds became viewer’s choice.

Good LA Times coverage of Live Earth here.

12 more videos after the jump include Live Earth performances from Smashing Pumpkins, The Police, Roger Waters, Beastie Boys, Corinne Bailey Rae & John Legend, Metallica, Snoop Dogg, and more…

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The LA Fire Department and Web 2.0

My interview with LAFD Public Service Officer Brian Humphrey is live at LAist. Thanks, Brian for taking the time to geek out with me for a bit re: the LAFD’s cutting edge experiments and efforts in making full use of ubiquitous Internet connectivity to provide the ultimate in public service.

Read the interview here.

Also, congrats to Assignment Zero for having its first series of crowdsourced articles (on crowdsourcing) published in Wired.

I don’t know whether or not my interview with Newsvine CEO Mike Davidson will make it into Wired, but either way, it was a great experience writing and editing for the project and I look forward to collaborating again in the future!

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Fourth of July ’07

An action-packed 4th kicked off with San Francisco Mime Troupe’s hilariously frustrating — and at times insulting and painful for any viewer — Making a Killing. The 90 minute, multi-act satire was a winning, only-in-SF type of show — the troupe (they weren’t silent mimes) backed by a very capable band.

The fun continued at a combination of parties / barbecues in Mission Dolores Park, followed by the live footage of Miguel on the Slip n Slide (see video below) and concluding with views of the fireworks from the Twin Peaks view point (again, see video).

More great slip n slide photos here.