Posts Tagged ‘video’

Rep. Keith Ellison on Al-Jazeera

The featured video of the day on MN Stories is an interview with Rep. Keith Ellison on Al-Jazeera English, which for some unknown reason will not embed itself into this entry.


TC Biz Journal: Wal-Mart found guilty of violating Minnesota’s labor laws. “[Dakota County] District Judge Robert King Jr. ruled after a nonjury trial that Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant Wal-Mart owes employees $6.5 million, and faces up to an additional $2 billion in damages.”

MinnPost: “[Minneapolis Mayor R.T.] Rybak has been elected as vice president for communications of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, which means he’ll be a spokesman on national urban issues for that organization.”

TC Daily Planet: South High School students, with the help of the Minneapolis Television Network, produced a video of interviews with undocumented workers their age.

Rhubarbarism: Amazon bookstore is staying open but the cooperative ownership is ending. Nice further discussion on co-ops in the Twin Cities.

Patent Pending: St. Cloud State’s masters program in regulatory affairs is entering it’s second year. This is near and dear to my heart, since I work for Satan Big Pharma. Their focus is mainly on servicing the medical device industry, but any industry regulated by the FDA faces similar challenges.

TC Daily Planet: Dan Wilson tells the story behind Semisonic’s “Closing Time” “I figured Wilson would be sick of playing ‘Closing Time’ by now, but he managed to revive and re-contextualize this once-ubiquitous hit single in a refreshing way.”

MPR: Six MnSCU schools to pilot textbook rental programs.

MnIndy: All the while I was worried about Lowe’s buying ad space in our parks, Toyota already had a deal in the works.

MinnesotaMinute Online Video Contest Showcases Minnesotans’ Commitment to the Environment

My Minnesota Minute is a short video contest sponsored by the Bell Museum. Make a short video that shows how you or someone you know is helping to improve or maintain Minnesota’s natural environment. Upload your video to YouTube and tag it with the words My Minnesota Minute. Selected videos will be featured on the Minnesota Minute Blog, where you can learn and discuss how ordinary Minnesotans are taking a Minnesota minute today to protect the natural world for tomorrow.

Also sponsored by the Blandin Foundation and e-democracy is also somehow involved. Top prize is a Sony Palmcorder (proprietary formats and all).

Entries thus far are up on the Bell Museum’s Minnesota Minute website. Submission guidelines are pretty straightforward. Contest runs through the State Fair; September 1 is the deadline for entries.

Film Your Own TV Program with Saint Paul Neighborhood Network

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network logoHow many people know what the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network is? I’ll admit I had a vague sense of it being a community television station, but I didn’t know much about it beyond that.

There is oh so much more to the SPNN. They don’t just produce community television. They train anyone in the community who wants to learn how to produce video to make your own program.

Once you are a member of SPNN and become certified you can use our cameras, field gear, edit suites, and studios to create your program.

You cannot use SPNN gear for personal purposes, commercial content, weddings or family events.

You can use SPNN gear to tape your kid’s soccer game, public events, documentaries, and anything you want to share with the St. Paul community.

Anyone using SPNN gear must broadcast their program on one of SPNN’s five channels.

If this sounds interesting to you, the first step in your journey is to attend an Intro to SPNN class. It runs the first Tuesday of every month. The next class is Tuesday, July 1, at 6:30pm at SPNN studios. In this free class you will learn how to become an SPNN member and the basics of producing your own program. There are no pre-requisites for this class, but this class is a pre-req for a lot of the other classes SPNN offers and is required for any person or organization wanting to become a member.

For questions regarding training contact Ed Sanders at or call 651-298-8914.

New Metblog Features, Now With Video!

New feature #1: Metblogs now features some snazzy Seesmic integration.


Seesmic is an online video sharing service. You can record video directly through Seesmic or link to videos you have posted elsewhere and share them with folks.

What that means for Metblogs is 1) authors can now post video and 2) any registered user can record a video comment in Seesmic (and you don’t need a Seesmic account to do it). Look for this button below the comment box.


Go ahead, somebody try it out.

New feature #2: Related posts. Not mindblowing, but there it is. You’ll see those at the bottom of every individual post page.

New feature #2.5: Some updates to the CSS rolled out this week, so your viewing experience should be much improved. Even my crappy Windows/IE6 combo I’m stuck with at work displays the page much better. HQ has a list of fixes, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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