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Thanks so much to Miri Jedeikin, a fellow Montrealer, who is also a kickass correspondent on G4 Canada’s daily show, “Electric Playground”. They’ve been doing profiles on Streamy Awards nominees and were nice enough to do a quick little interview with me:

GO CANADA!

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Ok- I’m quite obsessed with the TED talks- but who isn’t? I try to navigate their video library and watch them at any moment I can. I recently stumbled on this short and sweet talk by CD Baby founder, music man entrepreneur Derek Sivers titled “How To Start a Cultural Movement”:

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Courtesy of The Bui Brothers

The 2nd Annual Streamy Awards is coming up on April 11th and honors the best in Web TV. It has grown in leaps and bounds since it began, with more submissions, additional categories and comedian Paul Scheer on board as host too. Besides organizing the Streamy’s, Tubefilter, has become a go-to news source for all things relating to the subject and organizes monthly meetups bringing together the community. Yep, while it still might seem like the wild wild west, the world of online video content has evolved tremendously over the past year too, which makes their job and presence in this space that much more important and relevant right now!

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Here are the other uncut video interviews from The Chevy Tweethouse at SXSW where I spoke with stars on the big and small screen about what the future holds in tech and entertainment culture. Enjoy!

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The Tweethouse at SXSW

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With Adrien Brody on the carpet- he was promoting the upcoming Predators film.

With Adrien Brody on the carpet- he was promoting his upcoming Predators film.

In the past 3 years that I’ve attended SXSWi, it has grown in leaps and bounds. I know we say that we’re in a time of information overload, but being there and seeing all the online folks I know offline, made me realize that we’re in people overload too. In between shoots and meetings, I barely got to see half the people I knew who were there. That wasn’t the case in previous years, where the Interactive attendees were far less. We’re connected to more people than ever before, and while that’s what I love about the Internet, it also makes me wonder- as humans, are we are naturally able to maintain this growing network of relationships? What strategies do you have to sustain your on and offline relationships? Please share!

Moving on- aside from my vlogging responsibilities for CBSNews.com, I was also hired by the Parnassus Group and The Hollywood Reporter to host the Tweethouse- an offline event highlighting the converging entertainment and tech communities with panels throughout the day and an evening bash.

I interviewed some of my favorite tech trailblazers and online friends like Robert Scoble, Mashable’s Pete Cashmore and Revision3’s Jim Louderback. I also helped actress Jamie Lynn Sigler make her first tweet:

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2010 STREAMY NOMINATIONS

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Last year, I hosted the first ever Streamy Awards honoring the best of web television. It was a historic night to say the least, where the entire community came together to celebrate amazing online video content, as well as the drive and passion from the creators behind it.

This year, I had the honor to announce the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards nominations live. You can watch the entire live stream below:

You can read up on all the nominees here

I was also pleasantly surprised and honored (once again) to discover that I was nominated as “Best Video Blogger” with other online powerhouses including IJustine, Shay Carl, Brigitte Dale and Shane Dawson. What an awesome feeling to be acknowledged by one’s peers and amongst other vloggers I truly respect!

Thanks again to Midnight Mission Media for including me in this fabulous Streamy “For Your Consideration” video released prior to the noms:

Art and Applebees from Tape 6 on Vimeo.

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It’s that time of year again when we take a look back at the past and look forward to the endless possibilities of a new year.

I couldn’t help but post some end of year ramblings on my CBSNews.com blog, appropriately titled:

“Digital Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”

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2009 is coming to an end, So Lon and I look back at some of the best vids of the year!

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MY POT CHRONICLES

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I’ve been covering a lot of stories surrounding the medical marijuana community and industry lately for CBSNEWS.COM. Here’s my recent post including an interview with the ‘pot doc’, Dr. Allan Frankel.

Why now? Well, Cannabis culture in the United States has been a growing conversation and concern as the Justice Department issued a new policy in October putting cannabis control in the hands of each state. This has caused much controversy and chatter in California, which has always been looked at as a more progressive state leading the way for the cause and allowing dispensaries to pop up just about everywhere over the past few years.

Much of the uproar has targeted Los Angeles though. I’ve been told that there are more dispensaries in the city than schools. It’s an issue that’s forced the city to take notice and create fear amongst the community of a possible crackdown.  At this point, Los Angeles isn’t going to shut down and ban dispensaries. That would just be unrealistic. A lot of states are looking to Oakland as an ideal example, where dispensaries are few and far between in strategic areas, and now give %18 in taxes to the city accounting for approximately $40 million yearly.

It’s been a fascinating and eye-opening experience to dive into this new world. It’s the reason why I do what I do. I’ve met City Attorneys, patients, dispensary owners, union leaders and proponents of both sides. I’ve paid a visit to America’s First Cannabis College- Oaksterdam.

It’s exciting to be covering a subject that’s truly shaping our culture. On a recent visit to the renowned green medicine shop, The Farmacy, General Manager Bill Leahy offered me one of their posters as a parting gift and mentioned how in a few years it’ll be worth much more. He told me how we’re experiencing the prohibition era all over again.

Well, we all know what happened with that…

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