Beach Walk 648 – Personality Preferred

I am reading a friend’s new book, Personality Not Included by Rohit Bhagarva. He works for Ogilvy, a large advertising and PR company, and when it comes to new media, he gets it. I met him at the Vloggercon conference two years ago. I realized this morning that all this talk I do on Beach Walks about being our oddball, unique selves, applies to companies too. Small companies and large companies alike think they have to play by last century’s rule book (be boring; don’t offend) – but that’s not true!

If you act fast, you can join the conversation between Rohit and Jonny Goldstein on Jonny’s Par-Tay, a live internet video show on Wednesday, June 4th.

Hawaiian word:
KÅ«lana o ke kanaka: personality, status

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Beach Walk 642R – Memorial Day in the Pacific

We originally filmed this episode for Memorial Day in 2006. But it clearly stands out as a timeless message, and represents the true magic of Beach Walks. It is all completely unscripted, no shot list, we just showed up and worked as fast as we could before the sun set. Sometimes, you know the universe is on your side.

This is one of our favorite and most powerful episodes, though you won’t be finding us at the beach. Today’s show was filmed at the Hawaii Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 50,000 leis were donated, and over 100 young Boy Scouts (thanks for the correction Mark) placed a lei and a flag on each gravestone. I was quite stirred to be in the presence of death while smelling the sweet scent of plumeria lei. Though most of those buried here are from modern wars, this “punchbowl” of an ancient volcano was the site of Hawaiian aliÊ»i burials and human sacrifice of those who violated the kapu or taboos.

Dedicated to my dad and my friend Eric, who’s done two tours in Iraq.

Hawaiian word:
PÅ«owaina: hill of sacrifice
Kaua: war
Kapu: taboo
Maluhia: peace

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Beach Walk 185 – Bridging with Brittany

Two babes bridging the blogosphere from Boston to Honolulu.

h3. About Today’s Show

Something new and different today as I talk with my friend Brittany who is in Boston while Lexi and I are at the beach in Hawaii. I met B online, as a fellow videoblogher. We then met in person at Vloggercon. So the natural progression was to make a video together!

Brittany made a really interesting point: many people feel they know her from watching a few of her videos, yet in reality, they really only show a very teeny part of her and her life. It’s such human nature to take a glimpse of someone, then fill in the missing parts out of our own personal experience! All too often, we are mistaken.

You can visit Brittany here:
Shooting Full Force
Modern Feminist

Hawaiian words
Uapo: bridge
ʻŌlelo: talk

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Beach Walk 111 OTR – Dreaming of a Balance of Power

It’s one thing to talk about peer-to-peer file sharing, and yet another to start balancing the power between content producers and the advertisers who have traditionally paid for the content delivery, or between consumers and the utilities who control access to the internet.

h3. About Today’s Show

One thing I have gotten loud and clear at the VLoggercon conference is how so many people have come to despise mainstream media and large corporations – both the advertisers who have underwritten the cost of so much media as well as the telcos and cable companies upon whom we depend for our connections to the internet.

Power is shifting now that you and I can create our own shows and tell our own stories. There are free places to host this content, and though the tech barrier is still high for a non-geek, it is at least possible to create and deliver a program for little money. People are seriously concerned that the internet could be taken away from us by the corporate machine.

While I believe the fears are founded based on historical actions, I believe also that technology has become such a liberating force that we will not be able to go backwards. So no matter what laws might get passed, there will be smart geeks who will figure out a way around them. And no matter how certain people may want to silence our voices, our ability to communicate with each other can not be stopped at this point. The box has been opened and I’m not crawling back in!

Hawaiian words
Mana: power
Hoʻokaulike: to balance evenly

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Scoble leaves Microsoft video interview

Beach Walks gets a scoop. Looks like the beaches of California are at least a tiny part of the lure that is bringing Robert Scoble to PodTech. Watch our video interview from yesterday to see the writing in the sand.

Best of fun in your new position Robert!