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Video: Dog Days of Podcasting 01 – Introduction

July 30th, 2013 Comments off

Dog Days

Here is my kick-off video for the Dog Days of Podcasting event. I am going to use this event as a showcase for all the different ways and methods of podcasting available. You’ll see video shot with camcorders, iPhones and more, audio recorded with my iPhone and high-end audio recorders and even some photo montages and slide shows. There will be interviews, environmental videos (showing a particular location) and all my regular podcasts, too.

Dog Days of Podcasting – 30 Podcasts in 30 Days

For complete information, visit http://dogdaysofpodcasting.com

From the Dog Days of Podcasting Web Site…

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.

Turns out there were some of our friends that also wanted to get in on the action and took the challenge too. So it grew into a challenge 7 of us took.

This year we are inviting more podcasters to get in on the action. Keep in mind, it’s a fun challenge, and you will not be shamed (too much) if you don’t record every 30 day. It is kind of like the way Drew Carey describes “Whose line is it anyway?”. A fun game were we earn points, but the points don’t matter.

What matters is that we all have fun recording and listening to each other.

Start Date: July 30th, 2013 End Date: August 30th, 2013 Rules: Podcast Once a day for 30 days. Show length is up to you. Most vary from 3 – 5 Min.” 

 

What I’m Reading…Give and Take by Adam Grant

July 30th, 2013 Comments off

I picked this up at the library yesterday and I am already well into Chapter 1. As someone Grant would describe as a “giver”, I am looking for ways to make that giving work the best for me, while also helping others.

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Give and Take by Adam Grant

Give and Take Web Site

From Amazon.com…

A groundbreaking New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that is captivating readers of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, The Power of Habit, and Quiet

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron’s demise four years before the company collapsed–without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by bestselling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin–as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estée Lauder, Nike, and NASA–Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

Read more reviews on Amazon.com

Video: Places LA: Little Free Library Opens in North Sherman Oaks

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

Some neighbors on Natick Street in North Sherman Oaks launched their own Free LIttle Library today with a neighborhood event complete with lemonade and cookie stand with proceeds going towards charity. Little Free Library is an international idea that has been out there for a while. Basically it is leave a book/take a book sharing for your local area. It is a great part of any community, promoting literacy, and neighborly interaction.

For more information, pre-build libraries and plans to build your own, you can visit the Little Free Library website.

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Places LA: Little Free Library Opens in North Sherman Oaks

July 28th, 2013 2 comments

Some neighbors on Natick Street in North Sherman Oaks launched their own Free LIttle Library today with a neighborhood event complete with lemonade and cookie stand with proceeds going towards charity. Little Free Library is an international idea that has been out there for a while. Basically it is leave a book/take a book sharing for your local area. It is a great part of any community, promoting literacy, and neighborly interaction.

For more information, pre-build libraries and plans to build your own, you can visit the Little Free Library website.

Here are a few pictures from today. A complete video interview with the family is coming soon.

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TV Worth Watching: Who were the Greeks? from the BBC

July 27th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


TV Worth Watching: BBC Who were the Greeks? (3 episodes)

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Another great documentary from the BBC on the Ancient Greeks and everything they brought to the world. This is another show for my “Own Private Master’s Degree” collection as it provides a great, overall understanding of who the Greeks were, how they lived and fought and how they fostered knowledge that we still rely on and respect today.

More information on Who Were The Greeks? :

 
Where to watch Who Were The Greeks:
 
Previously on TV Worth Watching…

Douglas Portait in Toonpaint

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

Photo: Oberlin College Visit – The Reading Girl, John Adams Jackson (1825-1879)

July 24th, 2013 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch YouTube Channel reaches 200 subscribers!

July 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Great news this afternoon as my YouTube Channel (home to all my video work from all the WelchWrite blogs and podcasts) has just reached 200 subscribers! You’ll also notice from the screenshot below that I am approaching 180k views on the channel, too. Hard to believe that many people have watched my videos, but also a great feeling to think that people find them useful and/or fun.

Thanks to all who are subscribed! Let me know what programming I can provide (or continue to provide) that makes your subscription valuable to you. I want to keep you around for a long time!

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Want to join in on the YouTube fun? Subscribe directly on my channel at http://youtube.com/dewelch

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TV Worth Watching: Poirot

July 21st, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


TV Worth Watching: Poirot

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I have been watching Poirot since its launch in 1988 and have loved David Suchet’s portrayal of the “fussy, little Belgian detective.” The series has consistently drawn me back again and again over the years. I have found Suchet’s portrayal to be excellent and enjoyable in every way. He is exactly what I think of when I read the original Poirot stories.

Today’s post in TV Worth Watching is driven by this article from the Los Angeles Time detailing the final series of Poirot, which marks Suchet’s recording of the entire Poirot canon of stories. 

David Suchet bids farewell to Agatha Christie’s Poirot

David Suchet, who has played Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot on TV for the last 25 years, completes his run — and the character’s canon.

GALMPTON, England — The final push to the top of his personal Everest consisted of about 50 dainty steps, in the precise and idiosyncratic gait he has perfected over 25 years.

David Suchet paced up to the door of the house, glanced around, gave a tip of his hat and the ghost of a smile, and disappeared inside. When the cameras stopped rolling, he emerged and raised his arms in triumph as a crew member called a wrap on one of the most remarkable achievements in recent British television history.

Read the entire article

Of course, the best thing about television and movies is that, barring any great disasters, we will always have our favorite shows to revisit through the years. In fact, I have recently been watching some older Poirot episodes since the current series has been a long time coming.

You can watch Poirot on PBS in the US and it is also available on many video on demand services (see links below)

Complete first episode from this final season of Poirot

More information on Poirot :

 Where to watch Poirot:
 
Previously on TV Worth Watching…
 

Join the Dog Days of Podcasting – 30 Day Podcasting Challenge – Starts July 30th, 2013

July 21st, 2013 Comments off

Fellow Friends in Tech member, Kreg Steppe started the first Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge in 2012, as a way to kickstart his own podcasting efforts. I missed that announcement, but I am jumping on board for this years challenge and you should too! What a great way to try out new styles, new shows, new ideas and generally get your podcasting feet moving!

Join the Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge!

From the Dog Days of Podcasting web site…

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.

Turns out there were some of our friends that also wanted to get in on the action and took the challenge too. So it grew into a challenge 7 of us took.

This year we are inviting more podcasters to get in on the action. Keep in mind, it’s a fun challenge, and you will not be shamed (too much) if you don’t record every 30 day. It is kind of like the way Drew Carey describes “Whose line is it anyway?”. A fun game were we earn points, but the points don’t matter.

What matters is that we all have fun recording and listening to each other.

Start Date: July 30th, 2013 End Date: August 30th, 2013 Rules: Podcast Once a day for 30 days. Show length is up to you. Most vary from 3 – 5 Min.I’ll be posting my daily shows here during the challenge, but I will also be including my usual podcast selection as part of the 30 days, so you should see podcasts on careers, new media, gardening, technology and more!

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