Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A Day in the (Video) Life on Election Day

The pervasive power and reach of video is demonstrated on this election day, a day which is all about power:

7:30 am -- voted with new electronic/video touch-screen machines in my San Diego neighborhood (and couldn't help but chuckle when a polling volunteer tripped over a power cord, forcing the voter to start all over and re-cast his votes) -- no hanging chads, but now we have the problem of dangling cords!

8:00 am -- off to the San Diego airport, scrolling through my music options on my car's visual display screen (as I monitored incoming emails on the small screen of my blackberry ... keeping my eyes on the road at all times of course)

8:30 am -- located my flight to Oakland on the airport's video screens and boarded my flight to Oakland shortly thereafter

9:00-10:30 am -- flew Southwest to Oakland, watching the television screen on the back of the seat in front of me ... then, the realization hit me, no in-flight television! This ain't Jet Blue!

11:00 am-5:45 pm -- arrived at SightSpeed's offices in Berkeley -- a day filled with video-related issues (including several video calls and a video interview with a prospective job candidate) -- late in the afternoon, watched early election results on my notebook via SightSpeedTV place-shifting television (who needs a TV in their office anymore?)

6:00-7:00 pm -- arrived at my hotel and continued to watch early election results on television while working out in the gym (interestingly, one of the stories was about an election watchdog organization that uses video to document and report polling problems as they happen at polling sites around the country)

7:00 -- returned to my hotel room and "tucked my kids into bed" with a video call -- the next best thing to being there ...

Rest of night -- hours of video punditry on the various television networks while I ate room service in my room and typed this post (and several emails) on my laptop -- and reviewed several more (including video mail received late in the day); also IM'd about use today by several major television organizations using live remote interviews via web cam


Good night!