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Video Clips To Launch An Event

Posted by Brian Kelly on 11 Jun 2007

This year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop, at the University of York, starts after lunch on 16th July 2007. Back in 2004, when the event was held at the University of Birmingham, I opened the workshop by showing a video clip of “Steve Ballmer’s [of Microsoft] crowd pleasing repertoire of the grotesque“. It was a great light-hearted way of opening the event (and worth watching if you’ve not seen it before).

Should we do something similar for this year’s event, I wonder? A few month’s ago I posted about Viral Marketing from Store Wars to Web 2.0. Several amusing video clips were mentioned, including, with an IT theme, the well-known “Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us” and the less well-known “Response to the ‘Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us’. A favourite of mine is “Introducing the book” and recently Mike Wald told me about the “Apple Irack” video clip.

All worth watching – but are there any others which might provide a fun start to a three day event aimed at members of institutional Web management teams? Or are any of the ones I’ve mentioned worth showing?

2 Responses to “Video Clips To Launch An Event”

  1. Brian

    First I love some of the titles above. I think you should maybe have a “video” night then you can show them all.

    For laughs and empathy, your audience will love “Introducing the Book”. I think the Apple Flea is perhaps more fun that the Apple Irack. Supermarket 2.0 is fine but probably 2nd tier.

    It partly depends on what you want to achieve – quick clip and a laugh or informative(The machine is Us/ing us) or future focused.

    If you want to be future focused a couple of clips that I think are a wake up call for what’s next are these (or excerpts) but they are probably too long for what you’re thinking:

    A Day in the Life of a Lifecaster

    – think about the fun issues this raises for digital archives and libraries :-)

    …if Google Streetview raises privacy issues …

    2. Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Photosynth demo at TED Talks

    This is the most amazing video that I’ve seen this year about what’s just around the corner for image search … remarkable.

    Are our digital libraries ready to be used like this ..

    Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo. Curious about that speck in corner? Dive into a freefall and watch as the speck becomes a gargoyle.


  2. Peter Miller said

    Slightly off-topic but the PhotoSynth technology preview is already available at Very nice it is too.

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