Friday, March 30, 2007

Video: Evgeny Morozov

This presentation by Evgeny Morozov of Transistions Online is the final in the series from BlogCampSwitzerland 2007.

For the last presentation of the day, I had looked at the board and decided that "Blogging in Dangerous Places" sounded pretty interesting. I took a few classes in Russian/Central Asian studies while working on my undergraduate geography degree. I thought it would be interesting to find out something about contemporary issues there. Evgeny Morozov's presentation covers issues and challenges of blogging in Russia and Belarus. Evgeny also touches upon the topic of local bloggers as a way for more mainstream media to access local content, much in the same way as the Bondy Blog from Bruno Giussani's talk.

Enjoy the video.

Video: Christoph Blogger

Peter Hogenkamp introduces the Blog of Christoph Blogger. This is a word play on the name of one of Switzerland's politicians. This was the first video I did for the day.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Video: Dannie Jost

And now the latest in the series of videos I took at BlogCamp in Zurich on Saturday. In this video we have Dannie Jost leading a lively discussion on the question of "Why is it that Blogging is not about Blogging?"

Right now, there seems to be a lot of hype around "Blogging", but Dannie suggests it's not all about the medium, it's really the messages being sent over the medium that are really the important thing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Video: Stephanie Booth

Stephanie Booth's presentation about Multilingual blogging given at Blogcamp Switzerland is now online. Stephanie discussed blogging in multiple languages. Her own blog is in English and French, however, she doesn't post translations. Sometimes she writes a post in French, and other times she will write in English. She also discusses the difficulties encountered with posting in different languages and how differences in language and culture can separate people.

My question for Stephanie is: Do you notice that people often have a different personality when the speak (or write) in a language different to their own? I think I myself am a bit different when I'm speaking German than when I am speaking English. Another example I've noticed is the difference in Michelene Calmy-Rey's (a Swiss political leader for you folks not here in Switzerland) persona in German vs her persona in French. The first time I saw Calmy-Rey speak in French I was amazed at the difference to the way she spoke in German.

Video: Bruno Giussani

Bruno's video is finally available. This was my first time posting something to Google Video, and while it is available, I think I might look into tweaking a few more things. Like the size and quality of the video, for example.

Bruno Giussani's presentation about the Bondy Blog at BlogCampSwitzerland 2007. The Bondy Blog is a blog originally created to cover the unrest outside Paris in 2005. After the unrest had subsided, the blog was turned over to local young adults to write. It has since become quite a success in France.

The video can be downloaded now and is 54 minutes long. Enjoy!

(edit: Dyslexia strikes! Sorry about the misspelling Bruno, your name is now correct)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Google Video

I guess I can't complain too much, after all, I'm not paying for the service. They're also providing a good deal of bandwidth should the videos need it. But, it does take a while for Google Video to process an upload.

I was at the BlogCampSwitzerland in Zurich on Saturday as I mentioned in earlier posts. The night before I noticed that the organizers had made a request for folks with video cameras to bring them along. So, I packed up my miniDV cam and brought it with me. I had not done much in the way of taping since a High-School film making class back in 1982! But, I made sure to bring my tripod, and tried not to fiddle with the camera too much.

The talks I taped were quite interesting. I've just uploaded the first, by Bruno Giussani on the 'Bondy Blog' which is a citizens' blog in one of the areas in France that experienced riots in 2005. I also taped Stephanie Booth's talk on the challenge of doing multilingual blogs, Dannie Jost's discussion on why blogging isn't about blogging and Evgeny Morozov's talk on blogging from dangerous places. All the talks were quite interesting, especially if you consider this was a free event that was more or less informally put together.

It turns out I didn't need to make the video as small as I thought I would need to. So, I'll probably put Bruno's video up in better quality after I finish uploading the other talks.

Creative Commons

I've been looking at licensing some of my stuff under the Creative Commons license. If anyone is interested enough in what I have to say to repeat it elsewhere, they can pretty much do what they want to with it, as long as they also share the derivative work(s) and give me credit for my work. And if they don't want to do that, well, they can always contact me and I'll be happy to discuss other options.

Saturday, March 24, 2007


I'm videotaping a few of the talks here, so not much blogging right now for me. I'll have the video up later.

Traveling to Blogcamp Switzerland

And so the day begins....

After a quick trip from the house to the train station, I got my ticket from the ticket machine said goodbye to Alice, who so kindly drove me to the train station, and got on the train.
I decided it would be cool to travel first class, and as an added bonus, first class has a 'business car' which has nice tables and power for laptops. So, I decided to start up the laptop and do a bit of typing on the computer. I took a couple pictures of the setup in the train. It's a pretty good setup, but then SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) is pretty good about most things. If we only had public transportation like this in the Seattle area. Then again, it's not the cheapest way to travel. A roundtrip, first-class ticket to Zurich from Basel is about $35. But, if you commute, you can get a first-class all-you-can-eat railpass for about $4,500. And with all the gadgets one can buy these days, you can relax and catch up on your tv shows or listen to music while watching the beautiful swiss countryside pass by outside the windows.
It's amazing, after a winter with almost no snow, I decided to declare that winter was over. The calendar officially turned to spring. And, nature decided that we needed a bit more snow here. So it's snowed quite a bit. When I left Basel there was no snow there, but traveling to Zurich, there has been snow on the ground nearly the entire way.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Small earthquake in Basel.

So, there was an earthquake (2.9 on the Richter scale) this afternoon about 5:45 this evening in Basel. It is suspected that the now suspended geothermal power plant that was being built is the cause. The power plant was shut down in December after there was a 3.4 earthquake. Turns out pumping water into an unlined karst geologic structure is a bad idea. Who would have thought that? Pretty much anyone with a university degree in Geology, Geography or Civil Engineering, I should think.

The Basler Zeitung has the story (in German)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ferryboats in Switzerland?!!!

Last saturday Alice and I headed over to Zurich to wander around a bit. Alice had mentioned that you can drive your car onto the ferryboat and take a trip across the Zurichsee. So, we did just that. I had my camcorder with me, and I mostly shot video, but I did take a few still shots along the way. Here are a few of the better ones.

This is a view of the bridge of the ferry, but from the back, so there is no one inside.

This is a view of the upper deck.

This is a nice view of the ferryboat 'Horgen'.

A trip across the lake cost us 10 Swiss Franks for the two of us and the car. It took about 10 minutes to cross and it runs every 10 minutes during the day. There are about 5 ferryboats in the fleet, which quite surprised me. See the Meilen-Horgen ferry website (german only) for more info.
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