This is exciting news for Philippine new media. I mentioned in the spirit of transparency that I’m involved in building Inquirer’s podcasting efforts. I’d like to introduce you to the page where readers can stream or download the spoken word shows of Inquirer.net.
Currently the page is serving two programs – the Eleksyon 2007 Candidate Podcast as well as the hackenslash podcast.
Can it really be this soon that the mediums of television, print and radio are showing signs of evolving into the new media model? Surveys say that television still is the number one source for disseminating information, but with the way the working Filipino lifestyle is changing, portable media seems to be the more practical solution for the Pinoy on the go and for those working in the call center industry who just don’t have the schedule to give to TV. Will portable media in the form of iPods and PMPs may be the more practical choice for Pinoys in the future? This is I guess, a function of how much valued content third party content providers (umm bootleg tiangee or “flea market” DVD sellers?) can flood into the market?
Why do you think the pirated DVD industry is popular? Not only is it cheaper to buy (this is the main reason), but buying the whole season of Heroes for instance gives you the convenience of the sacred “DVD marathon” for the busy folk.
After re-reading this post, I figured that my conclusion doesn’t remotely relate to the purpose of the original post. Click here for the Inquirer.net Podcast page.
[DIGG!!] Last December, I scheduled an interview with rising
YouTube Revver star “Happyslip” Christine. As a young and gorgeous Filipina who made nursing her fallback in the US, she took the artistic plunge and went all out in her creative endeavors.
A few days ago, Juan of The AfterMac was able to do a follow up on the interview and posted it here.
I work mostly for the business of HappySlip now…. just building it up. I haven’t had to do nursing for a while, just do that whenever I need to. My vision for HappySlip is that it can be a way for me to explore the full potential of my creativity and if it can be cultivated into bringing in some income that would be nice!
I’m figuring that $$ will come in either through other offers whether it be through TV or other websites offering work, but I’d still like to maintain HappySlip as much as possible.
Click on this link for the full interview. Juan, you lucky dog. You now have her iChat ID
I’m fielding in a new co-author for The AfterMac, the b5media blog that talks about productivity tips and how to’s for Mac newbies and mainstream users. The AfterMac was conceptualized by myself and Adel Gabot with the guidance of former tech channel editor Jon Watson under the b5media ship. I will be refocusing my efforts on other projects and feel that my place can be better
Currently, The AfterMac is being written by PhilMUGer Juan Magdaraog of Fight Pompe. I am looking for a wingman to co-blog with him. I’m basically looking for an adept Mac user who loves to find workarounds and experiment with the OS. More than a news blog, The After Mac really wants to focus on user experiences as well as tips and tricks to getting things done. It also covers the basics of OS X for switchers.
This is a paid job of course. Email me at jayvee at b5media dot com for details.
Here’s a light iChat AV moment between myself and Minic Rivera, who passed on the editorship of The Blogging Times as of this post to someone else.
We’re holding up two well known Filipino delicacies – Minic with the bag of Chippy and me with the bag of Oishi potato chips. With Minic thousands of miles away, we reminisce of the Philippines as home to good (junk) food.
UPDATE: The links page is up and it is slowly growing. Leave a comment if you want to be a part of this project.
Today I had two interesting one on one sessions with a fellow blogger and my closest friend. On both occasions the topic of professional direction and personal direction were brought up, as a consequence to some reflections on recent accomplishments as well as mishaps. At the end of the day, I was left thinking about my own personal convictions – if I were to have one mission statement, or a phrase that would satisfy my the life choices, what would this be? I came up with mine – rather rediscovered or was reminded of what mine was by the virtue of some short quiet moments and “drive by” life coaching. My personal mission, or what I would like to call my personal apostolate is something very private and only really revealed to closest of friends. But I digress.
This got me thinking about how blogs are extensions, or manifestations rather of our own personal convictions. Thus, I’d like to ask you to sit back from your computer monitor and think about your personal BLOG CONVICTIONS. Why did I start this blog? How has this blog evolved through time? Am I still on track with my original vision?
And now for the clincher. This is actually a project I would like to start. If you notice, my new template does not have a blogroll listing. This was done on purpose when I first thought of the design as I wanted a separate page to appear on the navibar to display links to local and foreign blogs. Usually, a blogroll doesn’t do bloggers justice as it is merely reduced to a one column directory of blog authors or blog titles. I want to add some value to readers who skim through my list of blog links. I want bloggers to be able to tell their story in a few sentences, that will cause a reaction from readers
with similar interests who share the same passion. There is a concept in Philosophy that states that the Good has a tendency to spread itself and attract. In the Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell calls this the maven mentality, where experts and enthusiasts tend to attract the same.
Here’s what I can do for you. If you want your blog to be listed, leave a comment here with your BLOG CONVICTION. Tell us a bit about your blog and why you set it up, and what is it that keeps you engaged writing for it. What is your mission, and what makes you identified with your niche. If you are still unsure of what your BLOG CONVICTION is, it would help to sit back for a while and think about it for a few minutes. I swear that this exercise will not hurt, and if anything, it will make you a better blogger in terms of focus and your growing enthusiasm.
If I play my cards right, I’m going to have a whole new page with the word PASSION written all over it.
Singles night for everyone at mag:net Cafe in Katipunan. This was my first time to attend a meet with Lomo Manila, the fun to be with toy camera group. I personally do not own one of them Holgas, as I have a very low emotional quotient waiting for pictures to be developed. I’m too excited to wait.
Announced that night was the events group called GEEK CHORUS, which is your not so traditional events group for “the rest of us” who can’t stand VIP lines in clubs. The more interesting geek events for 2007 include:
- Urban Capture the Flag
- Siege Weapons Day
- Paper Airplane Flying Contest
- Take Your Graduation Photo Again
It’s fun to be a geek!
Yesterday we had candidate Atty Aquilino Pimentel III over at the Inquirer.net office to record the first in the series of podcasts of senatorial candidates for elections this May 2007.
In a podcast that lasted more than an hour, Pimentel, a lawyer who is running for senator as a member of the Partidong Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP-Laban, under the grand opposition coalition, gamely answered all questions thrown by the editors and reporters of INQUIRER.net led by editor in chief JV Rufino and Breaking News editor Lynette Luna. [source]
This is a monumental event for Philippine voters around the world as you will never have the chance to hear your senatorial pick talk for more than an hour about pressing issues. TV and radio will not allow you to do this, but with new media efforts being hastened by local media, this is now possible. Joey Alarilla talks about this more in his blog. Infotech reporter Erwin Oliva reflects well on how new media is changing the job description.
Atty Koko Pimentel III is our first guest and I’m as excited as ever to listen in on the other candidates so that we can make a more informed choice this coming May. You can listen in here.
This is indeed good news!
The b5media technology channel is looking for passionate bloggers to cover these niches:
1. A blog about VoIP. We’re looking for someone who knows the wireless industry well enough to write about it. Trends, products, laws, companies that are all over Bluetooth, wireless Internet, WiMAX, VoIP, and many more.
2. A blog about portable media. We’re looking for a multimedia junkie who loves to watch video and listen to audio on the fly. This person has to be comfortable writing about the portable media industry, podcasting, products and trends, online media stores and a chronicler of the ongoing battle between the iPod and the Zune.
3. An office suite blog. Open Office, Microsoft Office 2007, or those online office suites of Google. This is basically a Getting Things Done blog that gives tips and tricks on the workaround for the many office suites available in the market – even the free ones.
For applications, please go to this page and follow the instructions.
As I am dateless this Valentine’s Day (nothing wrong with that), I’d love that you spoil me a bit and give me a simple Valentine’s Day gift from one blogger to another. If you’re a geek, I’d appreciate your support in adding the b5media technology channel feed into your feed reader subscriptions. You can view the feed by clicking on this link.
I’ve been a firm believer in new media. That is why I love to advocate the new trimedia model to people when they as me on my thoughts about how media is evolving. TV, radio and print is slowly embracing online video, podcasts and websites / blogs. I’m not saying this is the death of traditional media. I’m just saying that it needs to be embraced because new media targets a specific demographic with buying power, it is cheaper, and it is easier to produce.
With that, I’d like to announce my involvement with Inquirer.net’s podcasting efforts. Episode 1 of hackenslash is now available for download and you can hear me as a guest podder with Joey Alarilla and Leo Magno along with Luna Cruz of Anino Entertainment.
For yays or boos, tips and suggestions you can email hackenslashpodcast at inquirer dot net.
Here’s a shot of one of the vehicles of mass destruction on display at the 11th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark. Somehow, it really looks like a toy. The shot was taken at twilight, which explains the interesting light in the background.