Nothing is more boring that a Lunar Eclipse. You spend hours staring at a somewhat normal moon, your legs get tired, and whatever previous excitement you may have had quickly dwindles leaving you with nothing but strained eyes.
Yet…a Lunar Eclipse is still pretty sweet. The sheer fact that it is rare makes it awesome.
So, its February 20th, the night of the eclipse. At around 6:30 pm (pst) I jump out of my chair and alert everyone within shouting distance that its time to go watch the eclipse. No response. In a second attempt to gain some followers I explain that its the last complete Lunar Eclipse until 2010 and finally, among grumbles and sighs, but still some inevitable curiosity – I successfully lead everyone outside…Only to find that its cloudy.
In defeat I sat back down to my computer, blindly browsing my internet haunts. Huge success! Low and behold, someone on Ustream, in non-cloudy-Florida, was streaming the Lunar Eclipse. As I sat watching the moon slowly go dark, I enjoyed a lively chat with other viewers from all over the world. We were happy as could be.
I was completely glued to my seat for over an hour watching something that I found extremely boring. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I needed to see the moon go completely dark before I’d be satisfied, or if it was the crazy conversations I was involved in with the other viewers. Random people shouting “GOOD NIGHT MOOOON!”, “MOON! SHOE ON HEAD”, and the occasional babbling of a learned astronomer created such an entertaining and friendly environment that I couldn’t leave. Although I wasn’t the one streaming, I felt involved.
I think its safe to say that, along with the thousands of other viewers who watched the Lunar Eclipse on Ustream, this random Ustreamer made my night.
Thousands of students around the world today tuned in to listen to Pulitzer Prize Winning Author David McCullough speak live about our nation’s first President and Commander In Chief, George Washington.
To watch the full replay, please click here.
This live interactive lesson was produced in partnership with Ustream.TV, The History Channel, Verizon, Consource.org, and the NY Historical Society.
During the live stream, Mr. McCullough, taught a nationwide audience of students about George Washington using documents newly accessible on ConSource.org. Students online participated in the live webcast through the Ustream chat room and were able to ask questions of Mr. McCullough from anywhere in the world.
We have seen a surge of education training, lessons, and projects on Ustream over the last few months, most recently was the EduCon Conference from Philadelphia.
First, the good news: Ustream.TV has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious SXSW Web Awards! We have all been nominated in the TV/Film category, the winner of which will be selected by a panel of SXSW judges, and announced at the Ceremony March 9, 2008. The nomination is in no small part because of the great content produced by our lovely and talented Ustreamers!
That’s the good news. Here’s the GREAT news:
As a finalist, Ustream.TV also qualifies for the People’s Choice Awards , as voted-in by YOU. Simply click here to vote: http://sxsw.com/peoples_choice . You can vote up to once a day per email address until March 3, so don’t be shy about setting yourself up a daily reminder. We actually have a great chance at winning the People Choice Awards, precisely because of our devoted and growing community of Ustreamers and viewers like you.
When you enter the voting area be sure to look for Ustream.TV under the FILM/TV Category, as indexed on the right column like so:
Help spread the good word; tell a friend, tell a viewer, tell an audience. Again, the link to vote for Ustream.TV: http://sxsw.com/peoples_choice
We’ll see yall in Austin!
About the SXSW People’s Choice Web Awards:
The judges had their say — now it’s your turn! Sign up to vote daily for your favorite finalists from this year’s SXSW Web Awards competition. Don’t miss your chance to vote once daily until midnight on Monday, March 3.
Past winners of this award include popular online destinations such as Eminem.com, Dogster, Kewlbox and Social Saga. What site will take home the trophy and bragging rights this year? The People’s Choice Award recipient (along with the Best of Show and eighteen category winners) will be announced at the 11th Annual SXSW Web Awards Ceremony // Presented by Adobe on Sunday evening, March 9 at the Hilton Austin Downtown. This highly-entertaining evening includes the Web Awards Pre-Party, plenty of industry peers and emcee Eugene Mirman. Register now for a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge to be part of this exciting event.
As the presidential elections makes its steady march through the primaries, the viability of candidates take on a quantifiable momentum, producing breakthrough campaign activity both tragic and triumphant. Today, the Ustream community witnessed both extremes of the spectrum, live and in the moment.
Rudy Guiliani officially announced his withdrawal from the White House race, and thanks to our friends at Politico, we saw it all live from a front row seat at the press conference.
Giuliani coupled his exit announcement with an endorsement of fellow Ustreamer — and presidential candidate — John McCain.
On the democratic side of the campaign aisle, the Ustream community saw not one, but TWO speeches from Ustreamer – and presidential candidate — Barack Obama. Bouyed by his big win in South Carolina, Obama delivered a rousing speech to a massive rally in Denver, featuring Caroline Kennedy, before video-conferencing a talk with a Baptist organization. Barack’s team made sure to deliver both events live over Ustream.TV.
Political news junkies take note – when we say “LIVE” update we actually mean it. Here’s to the next President of the United States, whichever Ustreamer it turns out to be!
For those of you who haven’t heard, Chuck Norris is publicly supporting Gov. Mike Huckabee for President. This weekend to show his support for Huck, Chuck threw a virtual BBQ to help raise money for the Huckabee campaign.
Supporters were able to get a private tour of Chuck Norris’ ranch and home, as well as attend the BBQ. Governor Huckabee’s band, “Capital Offense” even made a special appearance to play live.
Did you miss it? Watch the recorded version!
Gov. Mike Huckabee Speaking at the BBQ:
Chuck Norris Speaking at the Virtual Event:
Gov. Huckabee’s band Capital Offense Jamming:
For more information on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign and position on issues important to you, please visit www.mikehuckabee.com.
Wow. Ustream.TV experienced the phenomena of Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus first hand tonight.
Thousands of fans from across the country came to Ustream to catch a glimpse and see the red carpet event for Miley’s new movie “HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT.” Shot during Cyrus’ 69-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theaters for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.
Red Carpet VIPs from the film we saw live were: Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, director Bruce Hendricks, producer Art Repola, concert tour producer Kenny Ortega and executive producer Douglas C. Merrifield.
Red Carpet Special Guests: Ashley Tisdale, Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, Madison Pettis, Rick Fox, Rob Morrow, Tony Plana, and Vanessa Williams.
This almost reminds me of the craze of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. This girl is a star.
Last night was one of the most active political nights I have ever seen on Ustream to date. The results of Iowa Caucuses came in throughout world of new media last night, and Ustream was no exception.
Probably the most interesting live stream was by the Politico.com, a political organization started in early 2007. James Kotecki, a video blogger who does Politico’s PlaybookTV videos, gave great play by play coverage from Iowa Caucus Media Center as the results came in. It was a simple setup: laptop, EVDO card, built in webcam and Ustream by a guy who had opinions and understands the dynamics. This is New Media at its finest.
Two major Republican candidates streamed their post Iowa Caucus press conferences live on Ustream. Republican Senator John McCain was the first of the evening streaming live from New Hampshire to his supporters in Iowa and across the country.
Watch the full video here: McCain Iowa Caucus Speech.
Republican Governor Mitt Romney streamed his post Iowa speech live on Ustream as well. Gov. Romney placed second in the Iowa Caucus telling supporters they got the silver, but will get the gold in New Hampshire.
The next major caucus night is New Hampshire and we expect another great, interactive night!
Welcome to 2008! And Wow, what a way to end the year!!
Last night Ustream was BY FAR the most happening place on the web to celebrate 2007 and the arrival of 2008.
Tens of thousands of you joined the numerous live concerts, events, podcasts and celebrations with us. I know I personally had a blast.
The highlight of the night was Rock legend Paul Rodgers LIVE in Concert. This was brought to Ustream by our friends at EQ.TV and it was a smash hit. We saw unreleased concert footage and a special interview live with the former Bad Company lead singer.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich also celebrated with Ustream bringing us his “Resolution For Peace” event. Numerous bands and artists performed for his supporters around the country in preparation for the Iowa primaries.
We were also treated with several hours of great Salsa dance and music by Salsaunlimited.com!
Playcafe.com hosted a special New Year’s Eve gameshow. Playcafe is the internet’s first live gameshow on the net. Viewers get to answer a series of questions to win prizes. I’ve played a few times and its a blast!
Finally, the great people at SQPN (www.sqpn.com) did a New Year’s Eve podcasting marathon to raise money for their 2008 events. From my understanding they raised $14,000 in donations yesterday alone! Fr. Roderick and Greg Willits congrats!
From all the people at Ustream, we wish you a happy and wonderful new year!
Presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney spoke Friday to his supporters in Iowa via Ustream. Gov. Romney was joined by his wife Ann Romney during the webcast. Gov. Romney appealed to his base in Iowa asking for a hard push in the final days to the Iowa primary. The primaries are Jan 3rd and critical for both Democratic and Republican front runners.
View The Gov. Mitt and Ann Romney Ustream Broadcast Here >>
This is the second major appearance by Governor Romney on Ustream. His “Faith In America” speech streamed live through Ustream reached thousands during the live feed and so far the recorded video has almost 420,000 views. George H. Bush gave the opening remarks from his Presidential Library near Texas A&M. If Gov. Romney wins the election, this speech will be seen as the critical speech of his campaign.
If you missed it, watch it here.
For more information on Mitt Romney, please visit www.mittromney.com
With the Iowa primaries quickly closing in, Presidential candidates are all gunning for Iowa. Every presidential candidate in some form has been live on Ustream, many speaking directly with voters through our chat.
On January 1st at 7:30 pm CST, Governor Huckabee will speak directly to supporters and voters across the nation live exclusively on Ustream.TV.
He will brief them on the campaign in Iowa as well as nationally and also encourage Iowans to vote for him in the Caucus taking place on the January 3rd. Chuck Norris will also address viewers on the campaign. The famed Texas Ranger has publicly supported Mike Huckabee by campaigning with him around the country.
This is Mike Huckabee’s 2nd Ustream appearance (see first appearance here: Erin Moriarty talks to Mike Huckabee about domestic issues at the IAMAW staff conference.) and Chuck Norris’ first.
For more information on Gov. Mike Huckabee, please visit www.mikehuckabee.com