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#1 Jeff

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 08:05 AM

Happy New Year! Everybody should start the year right by flying a kite. :kid_smartass:

However, not everyone will get out today. So if not, I invite you to join us via the internet.

We'll be trying something new today. I'll be in Milwaukee with some of the other foolhardy midwestern fliers. (It's frickin' freezing). A few times during the day I'm going to send quick live video broadcasts to the 'net via UStream.TV.

Join us in this experiment. We hope to use it during the season to bring people to our events that can't physically be with us.

The hard part about getting people to watch live is just having them know when to tune in. It's not easy to communicate that from the kite field, and we don't have a schedule or anything. It's just going to be spontaneous. But there are a couple ways.

I could post a heads up here. Not the easiest thing to manage from a phone with everything going on. I could post on our Facebook page...a little easier with Facebook mobile apps. I could send a Twitter message with a link. Easiest of all, because the broadcast app will do this automatically.

So for today's first run, I'll try noting it in a few places. But the best way to stay on top of when we go live is to follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ikeclub

Now, while it's cool to see things live, it won't be necessary. The site will record our video, and it will be viewable later. So live or recorded, you can see our UStream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ikeclub

I'll try to give a few glimpses of the conditions in Milwaukee today, so you can laugh at us from the warmth of your homes. :blue-grin: Meanwhile, our club president and west coast transplant Mike will be out along the Pacific today, and may check in with a video of his own to taunt us with.

I look forward to that. :kid_brooding:

Anyway, should be fun. Check us out if you get a chance.

Happy New Year!
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 08:34 AM

Present conditions...
So far... No need for the Zen... Just insulated undies! and HOT CHOCOLATE!

(both are on the way!)

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#3 MrDenny

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:15 AM

The stream was just up for a few minutes. He had to go in and put gloves on. @20 degrees.... Snow on the ground and nice wind.
Back on now.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:47 AM

I know it is not actually live, pretty much as near to it as is easy I suppose. Always thought it might be fun to do this sort of thing.

Great to see Ben with his shorts on. Pretty much pitch black and freezing here at the moment.

Hope you are having Fun (please note I have spelled it with a bif F) folks.

#5 Jeff

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:14 AM

Oh it's live...and cold. Going back on in a couple minutes.
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:45 AM

Its live.Posted Image When you comment to them (typing), they answer right away in the video! Very cool stuff. I hope this catches on. Everyone seem to be using I_phones. I think a laptop with a web cam may work too?

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:51 AM

Sure is Live now.Jeff looks kewl

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:20 PM

I'm watching from my laptop on the couch. Waiting for the Buckeyes' Rose bowl game.
And counting the days 'till Treasure Island weekend (Fri-Mon)

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#9 Baloo

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 01:23 PM

Like the quick reval of the zen

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 01:27 PM

Very cool stuff... I wasn't sure if the video I was watching was live or not until a voice replied to my comment in chat.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 05:10 PM

Noticed the person mention your name Spence, then started looking at the feed to see if I could see you.

So that will explain why I couldnt find you then!!

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 05:48 PM

Well, that was pretty cool. I'm finally home and thawed out. It was fun to see people actually watching us while we were out there.

I think it's a neat technology, and I plan to do some more of this from Treasure Island in a couple weeks, and any festival or gathering that I get to, really.

You can go to the IKE channel page at any time and see the videos that we broadcast....http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ikeclub

It was a little hard to read the chat on the screen since the type was so small, and white on the bright background, but I could definitely follow what you guys were typing.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:03 PM

Jeff,
That was so much fun to watch. I turned up the sound on the computer and went in and watched the football on TV. When you came online I could hear it and came in to watch each one. Is there a time limit on how long you can broadcast? I guess it cost you in time and data for the I-Phone use as well. Too bad the guys on the west coast didn't get on more.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:06 PM

Great stuff Jeff!!!!
Nice to see you've been playing around with Ustream.
Wish I'd known you guys were broadcasting today.
Rev Riders were out at Liberty today, would've checked in to say hey.
Oh well. We'll just have to fly together in 13 days!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:13 PM

Cool stuff Jeff.... maybe you should try and set up a tripod ??? when you hold it still long enough the details get clearer...
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 08:50 PM

Jeff,
That was so much fun to watch. I turned up the sound on the computer and went in and watched the football on TV. When you came online I could hear it and came in to watch each one. Is there a time limit on how long you can broadcast? I guess it cost you in time and data for the I-Phone use as well. Too bad the guys on the west coast didn't get on more.

Not sure yet what the limitations are. I don't have a data limit on my account with the Droid, so there was no specific cost.

I need to research any time limitations before Treasure Island. I wouldn't mind setting up a web cam on a laptop PC, pointing it at the beach, and just letting it run all day if possible. :kid_smartass:
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:31 AM

... I guess it cost you in time and data for the I-Phone use as well. Too bad the guys on the west coast didn't get on more.

The iPhone has an unlimited data plan but I didn't film more because that meant I had to stop flying :)
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Posted 03 January 2010 - 03:46 PM

I need to research any time limitations before Treasure Island. I wouldn't mind setting up a web cam on a laptop PC, pointing it at the beach, and just letting it run all day if possible. :kid_smartass:

So, I've tested out running my camcorder through a laptop and broadcasting through that, and it works great. It doesn't look like there is any limitation on live streaming, there is just a 3 hour limit on recordings.

Assuming the wifi at the hotel is decent, it doesn't look like there will be any trouble setting up the camera to look at the beach and letting it run all day. Then people can look in whenever they like.

There are at least two people I know of that are getting rooms facing the beach, so I think we can set this up pretty easily. :matrix:
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Posted 03 January 2010 - 04:44 PM

Looking at the T-bird web page they do have "Free High-Speed Wireless Internet"

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 06:15 PM

Well double :censored: .

I keep tuning into IKE TV at around 2am hoping to see "big brother" style reality footage of 180GO! engaged in all sorts of drama and tomfoolery.

Guess I'll have to wait until the next event we cross lines at. :kid_smartass:

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