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the absurdity of freedom in new york city

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believe it or not, new york city is one of the safest places in the united states.
believe it or not, new york city is one of the most hypocritical places in the united states.
from tripods, transfats, to the freedom of speech, each has lost out to a safer, kinder, and greener new york.

don't believe me? check out this video from this past weekend's critical mass ride. in the video, you will find nyc's street preacher, rev. billy from the church of stop shopping, arrested for reciting the first amendment. why? well, the man who conjured up the ornate rules to freely assemble is in the background and apparently considers the constitution harassment.

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t minus 11 days - transcendence

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with 11 days to go, there are many things that i'm trying to figure out. thankfully, i am now sleeping knowing that these issues are logistical.

the last 24 hours completely burned me out. after spending the day talking to my self and drinking too much coffee, i met up with whurley. on the ride from the Roosevelt hotel to a web 2.0 social networking session / social media club at some "bridge and tunnel" bar, we delved deep into a quick recap of the iphone press. after walking through the doors of the social networking meetup, my friend's smiles indicated i was soon to be pimped.

on a an empty stomach, i repeated the same statement over and over and over.... seven...seven...seven...seven... despite that everyone loved the idea, every time i described the next seven months, my heart skipped a beat. from handshake to handshake, i was scared. impressively, i was not the only scared individual. once i laid out my plan, people freaked. i kinda wanted to say, "it's a ok, i freaked out too.."

instead, they would look at me with big doe eyes and ask how, why, route, etc... by the end of the night, i was ready to depart. i now can only imagine what it's like running for office and run from 0-60 all evening long.

day 2 at the apple storeafterward whurley, grace, charles and i chucked incessantly that our new iPhone homeboy, greg packer is that guy who stands in line for everything. from bill clinton to the pope, from new york times to associated press, greg is the that guy who strives to be the first. he was quoted frequently enough to be banned from the associated press.

after dinner, whurley and i jetted to meetup with the iPhone boys. upon arrival, we discovered a three more in line. david clayman, aka mr taproot, told us that a well respected newspaper reporter went out of his way to exclude mr first in line. i cringed at the prospect that a reporter has the gaul to say that the man who stands inline for everything is not part of the story. this reporter even went out of his way to exclude greg from photos.

it's really funny to think that before today, greg was an urban legend. from first in line to front page story, he's that guy who has stood the test of time. if i had the time, i would spend my last days documenting his life, friends, support network, and stories. i can't even begin to fathom the hours spent in line holding a sign saying, "i'm that guy!"

deep down inside, i feel for the guy. i wish i had the time to see how his story will last the test of time. i wonder about all the other gregs who have stood the test of time looking to be first? i wonder, how many gregs stand in line and are no worse for wear.

btw, this week, these are the last things that i have to complete.
* check out moshe's storage building next to the navy yard
* aquire containers that are lockable, waterproof, and airtight. when i last lived over by the navy yard, i was introduced to the world world's most traversed freeway. sealing is healing!
* find airline ticket
* pack room and clear out my bedroom
* despite my last post of packing too much, there are a few things that i need to clean out.
- i need to get a pack lock that allows me to wrap my bag and leave it in a coffee shop without fear of someone walking away.
- poncho
- emergency mirror
* transfer utility bills to my roommate
* list motorcycle on craigslist
* promote saturday's 07/07/07 departure brunch (which everyone is invited)
* make final appointment for shots

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Episode 7: Waiting in line for the iPhone

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Recoded: 25 June 2007
Locations: Midtown, NYC
Tags: iPhone, iPhoneDevCamp, Whurley, Raven Zachary, David Clayman, Greg Packer, Apple, Apple Store, first in line
Music: Soulhat
About: after meeting whurley and raven at some IT conference in midtown, we jetted off to confirm the roomer of a few individuals who are waiting inline to acquire the iPhone. in the post production debate, we decided to make this video a promo for iPhoneDevCamp. if you're in San Francisco on July 6 - 8, be sure to check out this Barcamp inspired event.

Episode 3: Jelly NYC at House 2.0

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Recoded: 10 May 2007
Locations: Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Manhattan, Columbus Circle, Williamsburg, Subway, NYC
Tags: Coworking, Jelly NYC, Photojojo, Monkey Business Labs, Insanely Great Tees, Amit Gupta, Joshua Keay, Anna Grossman, Dave, Sahadeva Hammari, Ian Van Ness, Dave Keay, Ben
Music: " wonder what i'll do today" by oldDog, featuring narva9

on thursday, 10 may 2007, i loaded up my laptop and a borrowed a Sony HVR-A1U and headed over to House 2.0 for a bit of Jelly NYC. after leaving my house in greenpoint and stopping to smell some flowers, I found myself on a motionless 7 train, wondering what joy and excitement would befall the day. little did i know, how much i would learn in such few hours. while the day was filled with standard enjoyment and pleasant conversations. it wasn't until the afternoon when i started filming did i really discover the important lessons.

here are some tips on being a better videographer in nyc...
lesson 1 - people will stare at you and think you are a tourist. just remind them god created sky for everyone to enjoy. then, like a good new yorker, take off your cap, curtsey, and say have a good day.
lesson 2 - people will ask you what you are doing. just say, "I'm looking for something to report" and then politely remind them of the subway ads saying, "see something, say something."
lesson 3 - listen to what you have to say before saying it, but then again don't do it over and over. eventually you will get it. don't worry, after you're comfortable being in front of the bloody camera, things will flow.
lesson 4 - give your subjects a count down after hitting record. i found my self working with really tight record times. simply padding 5 - 7 seconds before and after interview statements would have allowed for better transition.

on the technical end...
lesson 1 - HD is HUGE!!! while i'm not sure of the exact conversion, it's roughly a GIG a min. oh, and if you think that your laptop's hard drive can handle that type of data manipulation... think again. right now, i'm using my 60 gig 4th gen iPod as my scratch disk, thank goodness it's the last model that had firewire!
lesson 2 - map things out. not only are tapes expensive, storage is a premium and so is your processor power. make a mental map of scenes, and do a bit of story boarding.
lesson 3 - it takes forever to convert data from HD to the web. make sure before outputting that you're ready, and then once your ready review Zadi Diaz's rules for making internet video compatible with appleTV.
lesson 4 - create an account on a content sharing site like blip or revver where you ultimately own the intellectual property.

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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