Boston Trip Part 2 – Man I Love This City! #PCB5

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 1, 2010

in Blog

This blog post is part 2 of our coverage of our Podcamp Boston 5 trip. Click here to view part 1. Our trip to Boston met and exceeded our expectations. Special thanks to DivineOffice.org for making this trip possible for Stephanie and I.

The second day of Podcamp was great. People were a little more warmed up to the idea of introducing themselves to each other, it seemed that there was a great deal more networking and relationship building happening. This is the main purpose of my wanting to come to this event.

Our friend, and my co-host for Social Media Serenity, Erik Fisher, gave a talk during the first session of the day. I recorded audio of his full session which has been released as episode 60 of Social Media Serenity.

If you want to get a feel for what he spoke about, I recorded the following video on my iPhone. Please Note: Audio dropped about 8 minutes into the video. I think I may have put my thumb right over the mic. I'm very sorry about that. However, you can get the audio of the entire session by clicking here.

During our lunch break, Stephanie and I recorded another one of our YouTube video updates. You may not want to watch this video if you have had anything to eat within the last twenty or so minutes. It's not the steadiest camera shot. :)

After the second full day of Podcamp sessions, Stephanie was completely wore out. She suggested that we grab some dinner together and that, if I wanted to, I could go into town and record a soundseeing tour of the city on my own.

One of my favorite things about visiting cities like Boston is the subway. I actually look for reasons to take the subway to get from one place to another within the city. It's just a great deal more fun and efficient than driving everywhere.

Have you every played a game of Whac A Mole before? It's a game you typically find at an arcade and you are given a rubber mallet and there are several holes where moles will randomly pop up and the goal is to whack the mole before he goes back underground.

I decided to record a soundseeing episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life, where Erik Fisher and I play a fun game that I made up called Boston Whac A Mole. I had this idea that we would get on the subway trains and randomly, without any rhyme or reason, choose to pop up above ground to look around that portion of Boston.

Early in the episode, I mentioned that this episode may not be all that exciting and that it might not be very entertaining content. However, by the end of the episode, I felt as though this may have been a better sound seeing tour of Boston than I had actually planned it ahead of time.

If anything, it demonstrates just how many wonderful things can be found just wondering around the streets and subway stations of Boston.

Somewhere near the end of our journey, we ran into Dan Blakeslee. You can check out his website here. Dan is a musician playing some really great music in the Park Street Red Line station.

After attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Blakeslee ventured to Boston. He toiled with his acoustic in the smoke-laden subways before slowly rolling his influences (Leonard Cohen, Red House Painters, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, Vic Chestnut, Radiohead, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash) into his own eclectic blend of music with chameleon-like appeal.

I enjoyed his music so much that I went over and purchased one of his CD's. He may have inspired me to fire up the recording for another episode of Musically Challenged.

You can listen to this episode by clicking this play button:
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It's now Friday, October 1st and I've been back home for a few days. Looking back, the trip went by so fast. We met so many wonderful people and I look forward to keeping in touch with as many of them as possible.

The one thing that shocked me was the number of people who attended who had very little understanding of podcasting at all. I recall Podcamp Boston 2 being more of a coming together of people who were already heavily invested in new media. This time around, a majority of the people attending were people who had interest in investigating the idea of getting into new media for the first time. Had I known this, I would have given a much different talk.

Even with that, the event went really well, was held at a great venue (Microsoft New Englad Reseach & Development Center). And yes, they do call it the NERD Center! We look forward to the opportunity to visit the great city of Boston again.

If you have enjoyed the these blog posts, the photos, the videos, the tweets, the sound seeing tour, and even the live streaming that we did while we were there, please know that this entire trip was made possible by the generous support of DivineOffice.org. If you have just a minute, please CLICK HERE to LEAVE A COMMENT Thanking Them!

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