Category Archives: Streaming Media

V-Log: WeKiki Day One

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Played around with WeKiki today. It’s pretty cool. It is supposed to go live pretty soon for the general public. It’s just like Blab. Maybe not quite as feature rich at this point, but it’s getting there. It’s fun.

V-log: Initial Impressions of ‘WeKiki’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Here are some thoughts on the Blab replacement, WeKiki, that is set to get out of alpha release in the next few days.

V-Log: Continued Discussion Of A #UX #UI Update To The Concepts Of Usenet

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Here is a brief run-down of my vision of how Twitter (or a startup) could use the concepts of Usenet and IRC to establish a social media platform that does the same thing Twitter does, only more effectively. Let me start off by saying I know what I am going to describe sounds a lot like Reddit, but I don’t like the UX / UI of Reddit and this concept would work on the assumption that the interface would be a lot better than Reddit’s current one.

Besides having a horrible problem with trolls, a major problem with Twitter is it is nearly impossible to have an effective conversation using it. If you were to use the concepts of Usenet and IRC, that problem would be fixed quite easily. Major difference between what I am proposing and, say, Reddit, is each individual post would be its own webpage in the context of threaded discussion. So, in a sense, I am proposing turning Twitter (or a startup) into a suped up version of the old discussion board systems that people who are ancient like me remember. But I am thinking more of updating Usenet than I am discussion boards.

I know that by having a threaded discussion like what was found on Usenet that you have an extra click, but I think that extra click is worthwhile. And if you cut through the threads by having a feed like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit, then I think that problem is solved. I guess I just like the notion that you would have entire Webpage to make your case. And if you work on that assumption, you need some way of managing the discussion once you hit “post.”

So, in a sense, to the modern social media user, the concept I’m thinking of is kind of a mixture of Reddit, Facebook and Medium.com. They wouldn’t know that I’m actually referencing something significantly older. I originally thought this concept would be for a service that would compete against Facebook, but the more I thought about it, the more I realize what I was doing was re-inventing G+, only with a fatal flaw — the people you put into groups would know the name of the group.

But if you work on the assumption that groups are public, the fact that people would know the name of the group becomes moot. So, in my vision of things, you would have a group started by a New York Times reporter who you would follow. You would see, say, the first 200 words of a post they had written in your feed, then you would click on the title and be able to inline edit what they had written. What’s more, you would also be able to interact with other people in the group using IRC concepts. All of this would be public, unlike Facebook which is in something of a gated community. That’s the aspect of all of this I didn’t quite grasp.

The public nature of this would allow this service to not only do exactly what Twitter does, but at least on desktop, allow for significantly more feature rich advertisements. and you would be able to interact with people in a much more direct manner. All of this would probably have the same problems as Twitter when it comes to trolls, but that is an issue that any service is bound to have.

This is just me idly musing. I can’t code, don’t want to learn and have no money. So, make of this what you will. It is at least somewhat interesting to think about.

Thoughts At 37,000 Words #Writing #Novel #AmWriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I broke down and check how many words I have written as I reach the end of the first act and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I am at about 37,000 words. I checked how many words some Stephen King novels are, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that if this draft of the novel does end up being about 150,000 words that it won’t be the horrible goof that I thought it would be.

Though, this draft is the breezy barebones draft, so when I write the next draft and actually work on fleshing out place and character that could balloon the size of the novel significantly. But I will try to at the same time tighten the writing up, so that should help shrink the size at the same time.

I am generally pleased with how this draft is going, though. It just takes time to physically write so many words. I feel like I’m on deadline, though. I really feel a weird urgency that I don’t understand.

Talk To Me Internet — Still Processing My Trip To #NYC

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I am still processing what happened over the weekend. It was a lot of fun and it reminded me yet again that I should be living there and no where I am now. But it’s really expensive and I just don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Talk To Me Internet — #Seoul, #NYC And Being A #Tourist In The Latter

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I went to New York City for a few hours recently. It was a lot of fun. I would love to live there, but, alas, it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen anytime soon. Here are some thoughts on not only going to New York City, but how it compares to Seoul.

We Have To Stand Up As American Patriots #Resistance #Resist #RVA

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I went to a meeting of a radical organization here in Richmond, Va and left the event rather disheartened. They kept talking about tearing things down and blowing shit up and I just want to work peacefully within the existing power structure.

More importantly, they totally dismissed my idea that if we’re going to defeat Trump, we have to appeal to people of all stripes. We have to appeal to something more basic than Left or Right. We have to appeal to people’s sense of patriotism. We have to unite together in a national popular front. I want to call it AmeriMaidan, but for some people that’s a really controversial allusion.

Anyway, I am really interested in organizing against Trump in Richmond, but I usually can’t get anyone to listen to me. Though, when I do, cool stuff happens. I have a wide-range of ideas as to what any group that might come into existance could do, but no one listens to me and so I a frustrated.