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Friday, January 29, 2010
The Web.Files #28 A Comicbook Orange
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Behind the Scenes of The Fine Brothers
Now to some things that wound up on the cutting room floor: one more serious, and one more fun. First, I questioned them quite intensely on the issues that YouTube has with their view counter. Why does it freeze in the 300 view range? I understand that YouTube wants to make sure that they are qualified views and not some auto-generated program to bump up the hit count, but The Web Files has experienced view counts frozen for up to 3 months. You never get those views that you missed counted again. It is one of the main reasons we switched over to Blip because we are getting a more accurate read of what our views are, what everyone is enjoying, and what type of content drives them to our site. They defended YouTube and I would expect them too as their success has been driven by the YouTube viewer and as a partner, they have access to customer service representatives. This venue has worked for them, but it may not work for everyone as YouTube becomes saturated with content.
Monday, January 25, 2010
An Open Letter to the City of Detroit
Saturday, January 23, 2010
"The Great Detroit Auto Show Fire of 2010"
Were You At The Great Detroit Auto Show Fire Of 2010?
Reports from those on hand at the Great Detroit Auto Show Fire indicate no fire alarms went off, information was poorly shared, and Cobo Hall was altogether ill-prepared for the incident. Were you there? Have pictures of the aftermath?
The consensus is the fire occurred due to an electric issue with an adapter above the Audi stage that quickly ignited the roof above Audi and spread flames and black smoke around the hall. The response, according to The Booth Babe on DYCWTC, wasn't great:
What's the opposite of urgent? Lackadaisical? Because that's the kind of announcement that was made to evacuate the hall, and it was not backed up by anyone from their crack security team ushering people out. In fact, people were still milling around inside the hall poking around in vehicles a good half hour after the initial announcement. Instead of being led to nearest exits, people were told to go back to the lobby, which meant everyone marched straight towards the fire and smoke.
This reported is backed up by Kristyn Burtt, who writes RedCarpetCloset and is also a product specialist:
Honestly, I am not sure the show should have reopened. We came into a hall that had a strong stench of burnt plastic and all of the fire doors open to the outside. So, the temperature had dropped below 50 degrees in order to blow out the smoke and odor. It was not the healthiest environment to work in, but we plowed through the rest of the shift with headaches and stinging, burning throats.
Curiously, the new management company in charge of Cobo made a big deal this year about preparing for just such an occurrence in an Automotive News story before the show. Gary Brown, the chief construction officer for the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, said they'd fixed a glitch in Cobo's fire system and worked on emergency equipment.
There are emergency battery lights that were dead, and we've replaced those batteries on the emergency system. We've also done a fire protection investigation and inspection that was routine anyway, but we've done it in advance of the auto show."
Since the building didn't burn down it doesn't yet appear there was a major failure of any fire-suppression systems, but it does make us wonder how much of the $3 million was spent on technology or operational training for staff to alert and direct visitors in the event of an emergency and if any was spent, where the money actually went.
We're glad no one was hurt (and for our sake, that the fire didn't happen during media days), but if you were there for the fire, or are there now, drop us a note with photos of the event or aftermath.
Article written by Matt Hardigree
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Fire at Cobo Hall at NAIAS
Security let everyone stay in the lobby for quite a while even as the fire trucks pulled up and the firemen assessed the damage. Information on what was happening and if the show would reopen was sparse and often wrong. One security guard would say the building was closed for the day and another would tell us to return in an hour. Many of the auto show teams decided to gather across the street at Zoom Cafe and wait out the evacuation. Once it was determined that the show would be closed for more than an hour, a group of us ventured to one of Detroit's hidden gems....
Yes, that would be Slow's. If you must wait out a fire emergency, do it at the best BBQ place in the MidWest. I happily gorged on St. Louis Ribs, Mac and Cheese, and Green Beans to pass the time. We even managed to top it off with Ryba's chocolate fudge. Yep, a high caloric day!
While we returned to the convention center at 4:45 PM in time for the supposed 5 PM open, Cobo Hall was not ready for the public. The teams were allowed into their displays, but we did not see the public until close to 6:15 PM. Honestly, I am not sure the show should have reopened. We came into a hall that had a strong stench of burnt plastic and all of the fire doors open to the outside. So, the temperature had dropped below 50 degrees in order to blow out the smoke and odor. It was not the healthiest environment to work in, but we plowed through the rest of the shift with headaches and stinging, burning throats. I am not the only one who questioned the reopening of the show, check out The Booth Babe and her take on today's emergency: The Booth Babe. The good news to end this drama was that no one was hurt and everyone exited the building safely. The show reopened and the crowds poured back into to see 2010's offerings.
**UPDATE** A big thanks to Jalopnik and Auto Blog for crediting the photos back to me. I also want to thank the readers of Jalopnik for thinking of creative spoofs for my name. I got a good laugh out of it and the comment section is worth a read.
**SECOND UPDATE** My photo continues to be linked to other publications even to international automotive media: iCarros.
**THIRD UPDATE** Another international view of the day's activities from Brazil: Notícias Automotivas.
**FOURTH UPDATE** Roman Mica of TFLcar.com kindly linked to my article and photo. Be sure to check them out too: TFLcar
The Web.Files #27 The Fine Brothers
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Web Files' host, Kristyn Burtt, has a heart-to-heart with The Fine Brothers, Benny and Rafi Fine, about their journey to online fame and, er, fortune as early leaders in the YouTube revolution.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Weekend Web Watch 2009 Favorites: Camera Obscura
Friday, January 15, 2010
Behind the Scenes of The Bannen Way
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Donate to Haitian Relief
Today is not a day to talk about what happened in Hollywood or what I wore or who I talked to. Today is a day to think about others in need. Please consider donating to the Haitian Earthquake victims who are suffering so greatly. There are three main ways to donate:
The Web.Files #26 The Bannen Way
Web Files' host, Kristyn Burtt, hits the jackpot with the creators and executive producers of The Bannen Way, series star Mark Gantt and director Jesse Warren. Heres a hot tip: its aces!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Behind the Scenes of Dorm Life
Friday, January 8, 2010
Well, look at that! What a great way to start off 2010, with an unexpected win for The Web Files for "Best Web Original Non-Fiction Show" as a part of Clicker's Best of 2009. The competition was incredible with shows like A Comicbook Orange, Hungry Nation (who I am dying to interview), and New Media Minute. It's hard to imagine that we started this show only 6 months ago because we have been so welcomed into the web space. We appreciate your votes, views, and all of the support. Thank you!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Web.Files #25 Dorm Life
Web Files' host, Kristyn Burtt, hits the books. She gets a lesson in how to succeed in New Media from creators Chris Smith, Jack De Sena and Brian Singleton, who earn an A+ from fans of their hit show, Dorm Life the top viewed web series on Hulu.com.
Monday, January 4, 2010
For Your Consideration: Best Hosted Web Series
Awards season is in full swing here in LA: SAG Awards, Golden Globes, Oscars, and yes, The Streamys. Jeff Elwell of Web Series 2 Watch kindly provided a suggested list of shows for Best Hosted Web Series including The Web Files. Public nominations end in the next few weeks, so if you are enjoying The Web Files, please help us out with a nomination. You will find the voting icon on the upper right hand corner of this page.