A Lasso and An Electronic Bull: the Media Rodeo

Electronic bull digital composite by Felicia Lujan. Image includes a video still from Ciara's Ride video featuring Ludacris, and a photograph of an electronic circuit. The composite was created in Adobe Photoshop using a darkened layer and a layer screen, as well as an artistic fresco filter.

Today I attended a Media Rodeo here in Santa Fe. This was the title of what I am sure the organizer would call an “unmeeting.” The phrase Media Rodeo is rather catchy, and it likely coincides with an attempt to lasso ideas and information. We discussed all things digital, exploring issues, programs, and trend setters. I found the session rather useful. It is always good to meet with other professionals to purge and regurgitate the bits and bytes in the dark recesses of my mind. Hopefully I will remain on the “invite” list, as I feel that I have much to contribute. Following are a few of the programs featured in a demo, and one site that I found particularly useful.



This program features the use of Google Maps. The maps are basically an underlayer for the web site administrator to pin images/photographs on. This is a very cool program. When pinning images to the map, you can be as specific or general as you would like. In other words, you can post images to a specific address on the map, or maybe to a particular town and/or site. The software also provides a section to control copyright over the images posted by the administrator. The copyright information can include the author of the image, a caption, a link to the repository and/or archive, and the contact information for the repository and/or archive. There is also a “street view option,” which allows the end user to have a digital stroll down selected streets on the virtual maps. In History Pin, the administrator can upload videos, text, audio, and timelines for specific sets of images.

From the web site…..

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories. Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world. Historypin has been developed by the not-for-profit company We Are What We Do, in partnership with Google.” http://www.historypin.com/

Felicia's Media Rodeo notes with a glowing edge filter in Adobe Photoshop.



We had a look at the dashboard of Tumblr. In Tumblr you can insert text, photos, quotes, link to items, chat, and upload audio and video. The program also offers a “queue” option. The feature is particularly handy for busy people (who isn’t?). This allows the administrator to set automatic posts. The posts can be automated for daily, weekly, or monthly content uploads. It can also be queued for specific dates. The items in the queue can be programmed for a year or more in advance if necessary, and if you are sure which content you would like to go up regularly.

From the web site…..

Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML. Collect Every Moment Wherever You Go. Browsing through various tumblelogs is like sifting through the Lost and Found Department of the entire Internet. It’s a beautiful mix of everything and anything, from the shocking to the spectacular.” http://www.tumblr.com/



For me, Pinterest just seemed like a fun way to show people what you are interested in. I know that recent digital trends have shown that this program is on a steady rise with a huge amount of women. These women are actively contributing to the site by “pinning” and “repinning” content. Some of the stuff from this web site (My Voyage Through Time) has already been picked up by Pinterest users, and some of my digital composites and quotes have been repinned. That’s kinda cool!

From the web site…..

A Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.” http://pinterest.com/

Presentation of Tumblr Dashboard during the Media Rodeo.



We talked a little bit about this web site, which features free manuals available for daily download. There are several kinds of manuals, and it was mentioned that the manual featured today was “Your Guide to Social Media Marketing.” The manuals on this site are said to be well written, free, and useful. I took some time to check out the web site tonight, and it looks like it is sure to be a good tool in the digital arsenal.

From the web site…..

A booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive. The aim of MakeUseOf is to guide you through the web and tell you about hot websites that you have never heard of, best software programs, and all kinds of “how to” tips for Windows, Mac and Linux computer users.” http://www.makeuseof.com/


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