TV tips, story behind my new Haworth Chair

One thing I try to do is always treat my guests on my show well. I don’t always succeed. It’s my job to have a conversation with them and try to get them to look good. It’s why I tell them, during demos, not to look around at me but rather to stare inside the camera lens. I learned when I was on the BBC and other TV shows that if you are looking around you’ll look shifty-eyed, not confident.

Other things you should do on TV? Wear a shirt that has a solid color. Blue, or gray, or something like that. Generally avoid white or red or really bright yellow, cause those colors sometimes bloom on TV and don’t look good. But, definitely avoid patterns. The worst will pulsate.

Ask the host where to look. Sometimes they want you to look inside the camera. Other times they don’t. If they want you to look at the camera, stare at it and don’t look away while you’re on air. This is much harder than it looks.

Anyway, if you come to PodTech and you’re in the “hot seat” on my show, you’ll be sitting in a new Haworth Zody chair, worth about $1,000. That was sent to us by Don Lair of It’s a really nice chair, certainly better than the $150 chairs PodTech bought everyone. Thanks Don for letting me try that out and giving our guests a more comfortable experience!

The first guest to use the chair was Dean Haglund, former star on Xfiles.

This week I’ll be scheduling the next two months of ScobleShow guests. I have about 200 requests and can’t get them all on the show, unfortunately.

Got any other tips for people who come on my show?

A blogger I aspire to be like

One blogger in the whole Kathy Sierra thing that I found to do a great job is Jim Turner. He did lots of original reporting over the past two weeks, go back and look at his blog over the past couple of weeks (was one of a handful of bloggers who contacted everyone involved). He didn’t get emotional, even though lots of his friends were involved. He presented the facts as completely and objectively as he could.

If all bloggers did jobs like this then we wouldn’t need calls for blogger codes of conduct.

I count myself in that rebuke. I haven’t been to this level of blogging for a while.

Thanks Jim for providing a good bar for us all to aspire to.

Oh, and Maryam wraps this whole thing up with “nobody looks good in public fights.”

The tech industry in slow period…

When a blogger code of conduct is at the top of Techmeme with hundreds of comments you know something is wrong. I’m reading feeds and I’m just gonna try to get back to the fun part of this industry and say hell with the folks who want to make it not fun.

What has you excited about tech? Is it Vista? Apple TV? What are you doing with tech to improve the world?

I’d love to hear some interesting stories.

Um, Dave, what Maryam really was hurt about

I wish Dave Winer hadn’t brought Maryam’s personal conversations with him out into public sphere, but now that he has, what she was hurt about the most about how Dave dealt with her is that Dave didn’t react as a friend to her — it wasn’t just about what was written on his blog either. She is calm about the issue now and has written about the week of anger, but not the conversation with Dave (she hasn’t yet seen Dave’s post this morning, I wanted to write from the heart before she saw it).

When someone calls you, and is hurt, and is a friend your first impulse should be “how can I help?” When she called Dave she called as a friend, not as a blogger.

Dave reacted to her as a blogger instead of as a friend and now Dave took an emotional conversation (she was crying and VERY hurt by what had been said about her) done over phone into the public sphere.

Also, when she first called Dave he didn’t have up some of the other explanations of what had happened, nor the explanations that he had been personally attacked by this mob for quite some time, only this line: “On this one, I take the side of the mean kids, because no one else is, and I have a soft spot for people who are being attacked by a mob, no matter how pathetic they are.”

That made Maryam believe that Dave was taking sides and she didn’t care about the nuance of the civics lesson that Dave was giving her at that time. Keep in mind Maryam sees Dave as a friend (he’s been over here, eaten at the house, spent lots of time with us, etc).

Dave’s thoughts publicly are good ones — trying to calm down the mob — but the way he went about it at first did cause his friends who were dealing with a world of hurt conflict and didn’t come across as a listening ear. He told Maryam he didn’t care about her, saying that she has tons of other people who would worry about her feelings. Now he took that conversation into the public sphere, which makes it very difficult for me (I hate being between my wife and my friend in public).

I chose a different path: to take a week off to reflect what had happened and also to listen to other people’s voices and to help my friends (and family) deal.

I’m still hurt by the events, though and Maryam has learned some harsh lessons (including one today with Dave’s post — be careful about talking with friends who have blogs).

What should I put on my Apple TV?

I asked my friends over on Twitter what video blogs they are watching on iTunes or AppleTV and which ones they’d recommend I check out and a raft of good ones came back.

BBC London News, BBC NEwsnight, BBC Breakfast Takeaway, Reuters breaking news, Cranky geeks, MacBreak weekly, CommandNBBC Storyfix, BBC Ten O’Clock News, Tiki Bar TV, Ask a Ninja, Webnation. I work for the BBC, OK? And the podcast trial ends in May!

Video casts= Diggnation, Art History in Just a Minute, Martin Sargent, Onion Network News, the Merlin Show.

The NASA video podcast.

Tiki Bar TV, The Merlin Show, MacBreak, and Media Watch (ABC TV in Oz). Also trying Big Ideas, dotBoom, VideoGrunt, and others.

, Alive in Baghdad, i could tell you what shows i watch, but i dont watch them on itunes…

tikibar,, rocketboom, Josh Leo sometimes, Verdi [ED note: I couldn’t find this one], Screencasts online, merlin show, Steve Garfield.

Ask a Ninja. I look forward to killing you soon! Rocketboom.

yes, and GETV and Cranky Geeks. John C Dvorak makes me chuckle a lot. And Irina rules!

I subscribe to TikiBar TV that it for video podcast.

Vidpodcasts are Hak5, DLTV, GBTV, 1up, CrankyGeeks, MerlinMann, SciFi and ITIdiots just repeating myself sorry.

Conscious Media Network

Quicktips for Designers is a handy video blog: http://www.rookiedesigner.c…

diggnation, cranky geeks, bbc, gamespot, dltv, command.h, national geo, tikibar, MTV, WoW, rocketboom, oh yer and scobleshow 🙂

I got tired there at the end of Googleing URLs for these, please do post your own video show and let us all know!

If we find new ones, we’ll get the best on the Vloggie Show too.

Oh, and the reason I want all of these is to compare Apple TV with a Windows Media Center to see if I can see any difference when displayed on my HDTV. I doubt it, based on my first tests, but want to be a little more scientific about it before reporting my findings.