JenniCam

A moving picture is worth 1000 words a second. Those who share themselves with the public through the Internet using video accelerate their exposure to the minds of strangers.

JenniCam was a pioneer of webcams - opening her bedroom to anyone with a web browser. Jennifer Johnson, nรฉe Ringley explored the medium and personal transparency, reaching great heights of fame and exposure, before removing herself entirely from the web a few years later.

Bravo to the Reply All podcast for doing the legwork and tracking her down for a useful glimpse into One person's path through explicit personal sharing online: Reply All: "Jennicam" December 17, 2014.

I'm sifting through some of these sorts of recollections myself for my 21 years of links.net documentary. Jennifer Johnson here wasn't ready to take on any role or responsibility for rampant public intimacy using technology but she does end the interview with an effecting testament to the social and personal costs for her therein.

Spoiler: she attributes some of her downshifted sharing to aging processes, in a portion of this interview that caused me to nod in recognition.

self-exploitation at re:publica 2015

I am honored that people want to hear about my early work on the web. I guess it's exciting that I've been introducing myself to strangers online for 20+ years! But I don't like being a "greatest hits" person who is telling the same old story. So I work to tell new stories, these days via the Justin Hall Show, and I work to tell old stories in new ways.

7 May 2015 I had the opportunity to talk for 30 minutes at re:publica, a large technology culture & politics conference in Berlin, Germany. I looked back at my history, and I imagined four archetypes for personal sharing online:

re:publica 2015 - Justin Hall: Self Exploitation on Today's Internet

There's never been so many cameras pointed at me speaking before, and there's never been such a polished final edit. Big thanks to the organizers of re:publica for hosting me and putting out this video the same day I spoke!

After my talk at XOXO last year, earnest Americans approached me with business cards or emotions and wanted to connect for a spell. After my talk at re:publica, earnest Germans kindly mentioned my remarks on Twitter; fewer face-to-face discussions.

I'm pleased to present this month's Justin Hall Show episode, an interview with Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast. Kenyatta describes how our fandom and media consumption serves as media production and skill-building for community organizing.

Patreon: Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast and YouTube: Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast and Facebook: Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast

I met Kenyatta in Spring 2006 and we taught a class together: CTIN 499: Portable Video Production and Internet Distribution within the USC School of Cinema-Television: Interactive Media Division. Here's a high-dynamic range photograph of us 9 years prior:

Kenyatta Cheese and Justin Hall - HDR

Long before Vine and YouTube, Kenyatta worked bring video to the internet, at the intersection of art, activism and technology. This has lead him to study viral and meme content, as a co-founder of Know Your Meme, a pioneering popular internet studies service. Early in his career he helped people get video cameras working with computers in backpacks, to allow for live-broadcasting from protests. Now Kenyatta has a company Everybody at Once helping fans of television shows express themselves online.

Kenyatta is playful; it was fun to interview him. And it was good to be able to feature Kenyatta on the Justin Hall Show because Kenyatta directly improved my work. In October 2013 I was just starting to ramp up on making Justin Hall Show episodes, Kenyatta insisted on loaning me his overclocked Lumix GH2 camera. I've learned over time how to make good use of it and it's been a serious upgrade, one that I'm very grateful for. Kenyatta Cheese in the credits of most all Justin Hall Show episodes; and now people watching the series will know the face behind the credits!

Kenyatta and Justin in October 2013

For most of my recent flicks, the plug for Patreon comes at the very end. So someone only sees patreon.com/justin if they stay past the credits - that's a lot to ask, and I want to see if I can get more folks to sign up if the message comes up at the front. I listened to National Public Radio news here in the US recently, and there was sponsorship reminder aplenty. So up front I put together an updated, integrated promo in the first 30 seconds; we'll see if I get more than the usual 2-3 signups in the next month!

This video came out at the same time as an upgrade to the software I use to edit my videos: Final Cut Pro X 10.2. I dove into presentations from Steve Martin's and Mark Spencer to learn the new capabilities. I allowed myself a fair profusion of 3D titles here. It was fun to play off the spirit in all our online totems - I enjoyed nerding-out on the visual presentation around Kenyatta and his talk of internet folk art.

Episodes are better shorter; I'm aiming for well under 10 minutes these days. Kenyatta and I had a broader discussion lasting 50 minutes. There's some good insights and a broader sense of the arenas in which he's served. I'd like to make a podcast out of it and some of the other conversations I've had! If you would enjoy working with me to make a podcast out of the longer Justin Hall Show interviews, professional or amateur, let's see what we can work out - justin@links.net.

As ever I'm eager to continue interviewing and exploring and meditating for you through these videos. If you enjoy this one and/or want to see something different, email me justin@links.net. I am grateful for the chance to be animated in cyberspace together in the same era!

BTW - to answer the question at the beginning of the video for myself, I'm not sure I know how to get strangers on the internet to join up with you and do what you want, but you can write & record your experiences and you'll find people who are already doing what you want and together you can see what's next.

Kenyatta Cheese: Internet Enthusiast

๐ŸŒŠ an episode of The Justin Hall Show
๐ŸŒž filmed on location at Orbital, NYC - thanks to Gary Chou

๐Ÿ“ฑ thanks to Ilyse Magy for use of her iPhone 6 to record the interview
๐Ÿ“ท thanks to Kenyatta Cheese for use of his overclocked Lumix GH2 camera to record the introduction
๐Ÿ’ก thanks to Howard Rheingold for studio lights
๐Ÿ“บ thanks to Tom Wiltzius for the studio monitor screen
๐Ÿฐ thanks to Ilyse Magy for editorial feedback

Footage:
๐Ÿ˜ป photos of Kenyatta Cheese by Tricia Wang and Amit Gupta
๐ŸŽฌ excerpts from Lying Down Game, Numa Numa - Know Your Meme
๐ŸŒ 50,000 particles random walk - Atsushi Tadakoro
๐Ÿ‘พ animated GIF keyboard for iOS - PopKey
๐Ÿ™ˆ Crasher squirrel photo by Melissa Brandts
๐Ÿฑ Nyan Cat by Christopher Torres
๐ŸŽฉ GANGNAM STYLE (แ„€แ…กแ†ผแ„‚แ…กแ†ทแ„‰แ…ณแ„แ…กแ„‹แ…ตแ†ฏ) - PSY
๐ŸŒ Study for Glitch Synthesis - Atsushi Takadoro
๐ŸŒ Experiment of Attraction 2 - Atsushi Tadokoro
๐Ÿ”ฎ crucial.conflict (loop) - Switzon S. Wigfall, III
๐Ÿ”ฎ Empty conference room flip.dream 700.45 (loop) - Switzon S. Wigfall, III
๐ŸŒ Cinder particle test. - Atsushi Takadoro
๐Ÿ—ฝ A Day in Congress - an E.W. Hullinger Production
๐Ÿ”ซ American Troops March Off To War (1943) - US Army Signal Corps

Music:
๐ŸŽต Tech Talk - Jason Shaw
๐ŸŽต Laundromatted - Lawrence Grey
๐ŸŽต Fat Caps - Jason Shaw
๐ŸŽต Mastoid (2007) - The Gasman, from Archive
๐ŸŽต Dr. Who Theme - Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire
๐ŸŽต Rockitship Long Light Years (Version 2) - Blevin Blectum, from Talon Slalom
๐ŸŽต Vaxin (2013) - The Gasman, from Archive
๐ŸŽต Wrapped in Aw - Blevin Blectum, from Emblem Album
๐ŸŽต Vivaldi's Autumn Mvt 3 Allegro - John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players
๐ŸŽต Wataridori 2 - Cornelius

YouTube: Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast and Facebook: Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast

Food Scientist: Rachel Zemser

New video: my interview with Food Scientist: Rachel Zemser (YouTube) and Food Scientist: Rachel Zemser (Facebook)
shot in San Francisco, March 2015
an episode of the Justin Hall Show patreon.com/justin

Footage and Images:
๐Ÿ™Œ Supermarket footage from Casa Lucas Market, Five Markets, Bristol Farms underground, Whole Foods Noe in San Francisco, California
๐ŸŒ€ brand matrix from Behind the Brands, Oxfam, behindthebrands.org
๐Ÿช Keebler Cookies Commercial, 2011, YouTube.com
๐ŸŒฑ Green Giant Swedish Commercial, YouTube.com
๐Ÿ‘ต Betty Crocker Marble Cake Mix Commercial, 1958, starring Adelaide Hawley Cumming, YouTube.com
๐Ÿผ "Food for America" 1941, Prelinger Archives, Archive.org
๐Ÿป California Department of Public Health Food and Drug Branch Food Safety Training Program: episodes: Produce 2 Regulations, Juice 6 Processing and Packaging, Produce 5 Storage and Transport, Archive.org
๐Ÿซ "Snickers Bar World's Biggest Recipe 5lbs HOW TO COOK THAT candy bar" by Ann Reardon, YouTube.com
๐Ÿ‘พ "After Effects Preset: Bacteria" by EJ Hassenfratz, Vimeo.com
๐Ÿ“š covers from Food Technology magazine, IFT 50th Anniversary Issue September 1989, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, ift.org
๐Ÿบ "Miracle of the Can", 1956, by Caravel Films, Prelinger Archives, Archive.org
๐Ÿž The Baking Industry, 1956, by Holmes (Burton) Films, Prelinger Archives, Archive.org
๐Ÿซ Chocolates photo by Justin Sewell, Flickr.com
๐Ÿฝ Truffle photo by Dennis M, Flickr.com
๐ŸŒฟ Olive Oil footage from Al Majd TV, Archive.org

Music:
๐ŸŽต "Kleasy" from Talon Slalom by BlevinBlectum
๐ŸŽต "Suspiria" from elevenandtwelve by nisei23, Free Music Archive
๐ŸŽต "Nothing Like Captain Crunch" from Slam Funk by Broke For Free, Free Music Archive
๐ŸŽต "Our Ego [Feat. Different Visitor]" from Slam Funk by Broke For Free, Free Music Archive
Thanks:
๐Ÿ“ท Kenyatta Cheese for overclocked Lumix GH2 camera
๐Ÿ’ก Howard Rheingold for lights
๐ŸŽฌ Ilyse Magy, Rachel Cassandra, Howard Rheingold for feedback
๐Ÿ’ช My Patreon patrons for encouraging support

๐Ÿ”ฌ Rachel Zemser is http://theintrepidculinologist.com and @culinologist
๐ŸŽค Justin Hall appears courtesy of http://links.net

slight faltering in forward health

-* Thanks to my Patreon supporters for additionally motivating me to keep the videos coming *-

I faltered in my forward health; I caught a cold last Monday 2 March and basically it knocked me out. I was either coughing, leaking, wheezing, honking, aching or stoned for most of the last week.

I postponed an interview for The Justin Hall Show. For video work, I managed to spend much of my upright computer time simulating the way "checking email" looked in 1994 by rebuilding the Eudora Mac interface in Apple's Motion 5. That has resulted in a much improved 5 seconds of footage in my 2315 second film; .2 percent. Bit by bit, I'm gonna finish this thing! Whether or not I can find the Mishawaka Font.

I took refuge in some media:

Astra Taylor's new book called The People's Platform I'm reading to broaden my views on technology. That isn't exactly soothing escapism though, so I accompanied that with video game culture homage Wreck-it Ralph and finished the new chapter of Space Marshals on iPad the same day it came out. I guess I enjoy video games, though I forsook the learning & community at this year's Game Developers Conference. Last spring I made a video about a gaming conference; this spring I made a video about a cannabis business conference.

Poking through my archives for ever more footage to adorn my documentary, I found tiny video files - interviews that I did in 2000 when I was employed at Gamers.com.

Probably the best media artifact here is the recording from Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia July 2000 - for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and other elements of fan culture. I found this paragraph describing a third millennium A.D. machine box ride with both the armies of Christ and the children of Satan:

It turns out that the Salvation Army is having its 135-year anniversary in Atlanta at the same time as Dragon*Con. So there's 20,000 suited servants of the lord sharing the streets with Stormtroopers. They are both in the same Hyatt hotel too - I get on an elevator with two ladies from Denmark in their sixties, dressed in Salvation army garb with shoulder epaulets, and then two young ladies board wearing dog collars, large black feathered wings, vampire teeth and red contact lenses. It's an ideal nonviolent culture clash.

Here's the video; apologies for the profoundly low audio/video quality. GWAR!

That video is here and the other videos are in this playlist of gaming videos. More videos to come! As long as my body sustains my mind!!

seeking Mishawaka

I'm nostrils-deep in polishing this documentary about my time on the web. I want to track down a font, from an email program called Eudora - the font is called Mishawaka, and here's the story so far.