Media Hacks - A New Podcast

by C.C. Chapman 19. January 2009 19:56

The last thing I need is another project in my life. I’ll be the first to admit that and Laura will be the first person to remind me.

But, when the chance to share the microphone with such a great variety of people such as Mitch Joel, Julien Smith, Hugh McGuire, Chris Penn and Chris Brogan how could I say no?

Media Hacks

This will a semi-ish weekly podcast where we get together to discuss the variety of things happening in the media space. It will not focus on just marketing. It will not swim exclusively in the social media fishbowl. We wanted to do something different. Something where we can have conflicting opinions, but always be working towards sharing our thoughts with you the listeners.

The site, feed and all those things will be coming soon. I made this graphic from pictures I’ve taken of all the hosts and I hope they don’t mind.

Listen to Media Hacks #1.

Let us know what you think.

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The Fun of F.E.A.R.

by C.C. Chapman 17. January 2009 19:15

So, I’m in New York this weekend working with one of our clients on the F.E.A.R. Lab.

Today was a lot of fun and this picture shows J.C. Hutchins  in the gaming chair playing the game. It is on the back of a truck that is parked outside the store so people walking by can look in and see what is going on. Tons of fun and tt was so great to catch up with him and to see a bunch of other local people who showed up today.

JC Hutchins in the F.E.A.R. Lab

I’m not much of a gamer, but I have to say that this game kicks some serious ass. The details, textures and artificial intelligence really impressed me. Of course, since I’m not a gamer I got killed in my first fight because I wasn’t ready for the bad guys to duck behind tables, dodge bouncing grenades and dive for cover so well. I honestly can’t wait to play the game more tomorrow and in a couple of weeks when it comes out. I actually pre-ordered a copy the other night when Dylan and I were at Best Buy.

I’ve created a F.E.A.R. Lab set for my photos and will be uploading more tomorrow, but I couldn’t resist blogging this one as soon as I saw it.

If you are in the New York area swing on by the GameStop at 1282 Broadway and check out the game. I’ll be there most of the afternoon tomorrow. Would love to chat.

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Shaman Thinking

by C.C. Chapman 15. January 2009 08:18

Me & My ShamanIn 2002, Laura and I went on a vacation to Sedona, Arizona. I had taken a day trip there the year before while in Phoenix speaking and fell in love with it. The art, food and landscape all sucked me in instantly. Some people think about retiring to Florida, but I would end up here if anywhere at all.

There are a ton of art galleries and we went into many of them and at one I saw these shaman sculptures from Bill Worrell and instantly fell in love. I couldn’t justify spending the money on even the smallest ones, but was so inspired that before we left Arizona I had a shaman tattoo put on my arm.

The symbol, the reason, the time. They were all right. This picture was taken outside the gallery with me standing next to one of the larger ones ones.

The symbol and meaning behind the Shaman has always been something special to me. I’ve always been an avid reader about religion and spirituality and have always been attracted to the belief of the Native Americans.

When people ask about the tattoo and why I got it I don’t have a solid answer, but I talk about how for me a shaman is meant to help, guide, give advice and connect people to the answers they are seeking. Ask my close friends and hopefully they will tell you that is how I live my life. I’m not a shaman in the true sense by any means, but I connect and appreciate the concept.

Me and My ShamanSo, I’ve kept an eye out for Bill Worrell’s work. I have a small tin heart ornament hanging in my office that came with a CD of his music that popped up on eBay last year and I have a permanent search to notify me if any of his work comes on. Only a few pieces have and they’ve always been way outside anything I could afford.

Then last week I saw one of his wall hanging pieces pop up. The cost was insanely low and I made a decision to throw a bid in just to see what would happen. How could I pass an opportunity up like this?

Long story short, I ended up winning the item. It arrived yesterday along with a copy of a book he put together. He has two books and I already owned the other one. I had no idea this was part of the auction so it was an extra treat.

I didn’t even want to open it until Laura got home since she was there when this obsession began and it wouldn’t have felt right to open it up without her. Trust me when I say this was NOT an easy thing to do. An item that I had hoped sometime in my life I might obtain was sitting on the floor in my office, in a box and I wasn’t opening it. Drove me nuts all day long.

The Eternal Guardian

The piece is called The Eternal Guardian. There is a poem that goes along with it. I’ve got it printed out and it is also written by hand on the back of the sculpture. It is made of iron and bronze and is now hanging in the living room. My first reaction was it had to go in my office, but I wanted it out where everyone could see it and we found the perfect spot in the living room.

I just kept smiling at it last night and shaking my head a bit. We all have those lists of things we want to do before we die, but it isn’t every day that we actually get to check one off. So I wanted to savor the moment and enjoy it.

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That Would Make a Nice Picture

by C.C. Chapman 13. January 2009 09:17

I told myself that this year when the thought of “hey that might make a nice picture” ever entered my brain that I would¬† take out a camera and capture the moment. It sounds easy enough, but last year I thought about it more then I actually did it. With my iPhone always with me I really don’t have an excuse. Plus I’m trying to take my camera out with me more as well.

Front Yard Footprints in the SnowThis photo was one of those moments. The kids had left for the day and something about the sun and shadows with the trail of footprints across the front yard caught my attention. Instead of passing on and going forward with my day, I went back in the house, grabbed my camera and shot a couple of shots.

There are a few people who every day when I see their pictures online, they never stop inspiring me. People I’ve never met such as Thomas Hawk, Nubian Eagle, KK+ and Scott Beale all come to mind. Each has a different style, but all take photos non stop and share them. I’ve learned tons from looking at their photos, reading their comments about them and looking at the camera data when it is shared. Add that to the teachings I get from Tips From the Top Floor and Photography.ca and I’m never short for inspiration.

Photography seems to be consuming more and more of my brain every day. I just finished reading Annie Leibovitz: At Work. For me it was an amazing peek behind the lens at someone who I really think does an amazing job capturing life differently then the rest. I’ve also become truly inspired after looking through Pictures by Jeff Bridges more then once. The guy can take an amazing photo AND act. I really hope they put out a book of his Iron Man photos because they were something else.

I’m looking forward to doing more with photos this year. I have a feeling it is going to merge with video for me as well as I have a life long project that has been in the back of my head that I’m hoping perhaps might get started.

Everyone needs things that excite them and fill them with passion. I’m a blessed and lucky man that I have several things in my life that do that for me. Photography is only one of them, but this morning it is the one at the top of my mind.

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Pushing Productivity

by C.C. Chapman 9. January 2009 10:06

This has been a long and short week all at the same time.

After taking off some time for the holidays, it was less then easy to get back into the swing of things. Everyone was in a sort of haze trying to kick start the new year and figure out which obstacle to attack first. I’ve been mainly focused on writing this week and it is a totally different kind of focus then the usual day to day of my life.

PhotoGamer.com #2- Eyes ClosedFor me to be most effective in writing I’ve got to turn everything else off. But, when your running a company and have a family that isn’t quite easy. I’ve found that I’m most prolific late at night or early in the morning before there are too many distractions. I pop on my Bose headphones, play some tunes and push forward. Of course there are only so many hours in the day for that and there are not enough.

Yesterday, I was excited to interview the CEO of Evernote for Managing The Gray. Interviews are not my favorite thing to do unless I’m face-to-face with the person, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity since I love the product. I was also excited yesterday to read on Mashable about NIN giving away over 400 GB of HD video footage from their last tour. I started downloading one of the shows and I expect it to finish sometime next week. The reality of just how much that is hits home as I see how on the left the progress bar still is.

I’m also excited because I’m helping my friend Tom Acousti do more online and that always excites me. It is the least I can do since his music has been helping me write.

I’m pushing productivity this week, but it feels like I’m going uphill in molasses sometimes which doesn’t make it as good as it could be.

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Investing in Social Media

by C.C. Chapman 7. January 2009 03:49

When I was speaking in Arizona late last year, David Alston from Radian6 sat down with me and others and asked us a bunch of questions about Social Media. Today he posted this video of me answering the question of how companies can invest in Social Media.

You can see more of the videos on his YouTube Channel.

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I Want HomeAway to Send Me to Italy

by C.C. Chapman 6. January 2009 17:12

I read about the contest happening at HomeAway and figured I’d take a couple of minutes to submit an entry.

In March, Laura and I will have been together for 20 years. With everything going on running a company, being a dad and the current economic status of the world, I don’t see a trip to Italy in my future. But, that is what this contest is all about. Giving someone a trip that they’ve always wanted to do so I couldn’t resist entering.Part of the contest is picking a possible rental from their vast database. I chose the Syracuse Vacation Rental.

Best part about this contest is that I had never heard of HomeAway before I saw a tweet about this. After reading about the contest I proceeded to read all about the site and was amazed at the variety of home rentals around the world they offer. I’ll be back to the site if I win or lose.

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My Virtual Shopping List

by C.C. Chapman 6. January 2009 09:30

This is leading towards a much bigger post, but last night I realized how much I want software today to work very differently then I did in the past.

In my life there are three main computers I use. My desktop, my laptop and my iPhone. Yes, I consider the iPhone as much of a computer as the others.

The key to me is that I want all of these to keep preferences and data in sync. I hate when I’m on the road and suddenly say “oh crap that document is on my desktop.” That exact problem has been solved by the amazing Dropbox software (which I highly recommend). I also want to be able to collaborate with people. Most of the time with my wife or my business partner. That is what lead me to this post.

Grocery ListI’ve been using Grocery IQ for about a month on my iPhone. It is a very simple, yet effective, shopping list application. Whenever I find we need something I add it to my list. That way when I’m at the grocery store I’ve always got my iPhone with me and I can look up what we need to get.

But, last night while I was at the office Laura mentioned she needed me to get some things. I had her IM me the list and then I entered it into the application.

I would love for us to be able to SMS in items or better yet if we could have an account on the server where we could add things as they come up and then our devices could sync up and grab that data.

I’m sure this feature is coming and I sure hope it does because that would make it a killer application in my mind. I only paid 99 cents for this application, but I’d be willing to pay a little more for a premium version with these types of features so that my wife and I could share one list and have both of our devices always up to date.

This is what I want most from software these days. Easy collaboration and syncing so that I always have the data and information I need with me. I’m willing to pay for this if it is good enough.

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My First Boston Media Makers

by C.C. Chapman 4. January 2009 15:22

I’ve always wanted to go to a Boston Media Makers meeting. My good friend Steve Garfield hosts them on the first Sunday of every month, but I’ve never made it to one. When I realized I had nothing going on and that the meeting was happening I got it in my head to get there.

Boston Media MakersI really liked the format of the event.

  • Everyone arrives and chit chats over coffee (which is free and strong)
  • Room is set up with a horse shoe like table with plenty of room for everyone
  • Each person gets 3 minutes to stand up and say who they are, what they are working on, do a show and tell or ask a question.
  • In the midst of this breakfast orders are taken and eaten. (FYI, Doyle’s Cafe makes a great breakfast)
  • After everyone has spoke, there is more hang out and talk time.

What surprised me was the variety of people there. We had filmmakers, sculptors, PR, newspapers and lots of people just looking to create media. The variety and fresh faces was extremely stimulating. I really wanted to hang out more afterward and talk to people, but I had to run to get home to watch the Miami Dolphins playoff game.

I shot some video during the day that I’m going to cut together as my first project to learn Final Cut Express.

Thanks to Steve for hosting this and I’ll be attending again for sure.

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Chapman Boys Afternoon

by C.C. Chapman 3. January 2009 14:04



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