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The Downside Of The Applause Meter

Last week, I volunteered to participate in a video testimonial shoot for a well-known suite of software that provides real-time web metrics: unique visits, page views, video streams, etc. Yes, I love the camera. I enjoy talking about my job. And I appreciate the...

Living In The Fish-Eyed Lens, Part II

I was in the frozen food section, just a few aisled off course in the neighborhood Food Emporium (list: coffee, half & half), when I remembered. “You’re not a Juice Head,” Snooki said. “You’re a Lean Cuisine.” More than 48...

Goodnight Moonlight Baby

Last night, I bumped into Justin Bieber just seconds prior to his VMA performance of “Baby.” Just twenty-four hours later, my own baby was back in my arms. This year’s awards marked my first prolonged absence from Maggie since she was born. I was in Los Angeles...

Where Are You Calling From? (Or, Virtual Rock & Roll)

I probably should have known better than to be working on a new album during MTV Video Music Awards season, but here I am, knee deep in “Forever Young” with less than two weeks to go until the channel’s big night. The timing was, of course, to be...

“Hope For Haiti Now” Behind The Scenes

Some twenty-four hours after its original airing, and some 150 miles from the earthquake’s actual epicenter, I finally watched the “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon. Like most of these sorts of live productions, it’s rare that I actually see the...