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Web 2.0 expo 2009 notes

1) For screen sharing
Free for one-to-one. Allows sharing of only part of a screen – interesting interface. Guests don’t have to download anything – it runs in flash.
Paid version has support for 8 guests, whiteboard

But users can’t control each others cursor.  So skype screen sharing is tough competition for them since it’s already ‘right there’ for many people.

2) Interesting input device:
TrackBar Emotion Roller Bar Mouse

3) all o’rielly books online free!
Safari Techbooks Online
Full-text online access to over 1000 computing, IT, and management titles released by leading publishers that you can read online. The collection includes all of the Safari Techbooks titles for the current and previous two calendar years.

3) simplified web marketing
Offers a tool for placing ads on google, yahoo and msn from one web-based interface. Includes other tools to simplify advertising options like landing page optimization.

Interesting security note:
If your laptop memory is removed from your computer the information on it can be copied for up to a few minutes before fading away. So even encrypted hard drives are vulnerable. There is a video here that explains the procedure clearly.

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Listings of fine art photography awards and submission deadlines

Here’s a start of a list of lists—all about finding the right competitions, grants and awards. There are so many available but I find most of them are not worth the time and expense of applying.

Mary Virginia Swanson: List of approaching deadlines
Swanson is well known in the photo world. I had a chance to met her briefly at Review Santa Fe but not for a one-on-one portfolio review session. I heard a number of other photographers talking about how useful her advice and encouragement has been.

PhotoShelter’s Rachel Hulin: here and here
A great resource even though she has ended that blog and now set up shop as simply A Photography Blog.

Without Lenses: Events
Erin is a co-member of BAPC and does great work with Web UI and alternative process photos.

New York Foundation for the Arts
This site offers access to the most comprehensive list of resources for artists in the nation, opening doors to the widest range of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources and information.

This site was great:
but is now discontinued.

Please leave comments and share your favorite resources.

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Mission Armory

Each of these articles I found online adds another small facet to the strange history of this building.

I’d heard of this idea of converting the Armory to creative uses a long time ago when I moved to the Mission in 1993. A couple years later I visited PS1 in New York and it occurred to me that the Armory could be just as cool.

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Advice for emerging artists

Dawoud Bey has a wonderfully written and inspiring article at ChicagoArtistsResource.

Here’s my summary:
Make good work and soak in the culture you want to engage with. Poke your head outside your work and take time to educate yourself. Keep at it and your opportunities will emerge. You will too.

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Resources for marketing your art event in the San Francisco Bay Area

REMINDER: marketing is attention you pay for, PR is attention you pray for.


I have also used Eventful, SF Station & SF Arts



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Ari’s blog: intro

Ari Salomon is a graphic designer and a fine art photographer working in San Francisco.

This blog will covers a wide range of topics including:

  1. San francisco Bay Area fine art with a focus on photography
  2. Web Design – for the designer and for the small business with a focus on WordPress (the tool that powers this blog)
  3. Sign Design – a specialty of mine
  4. Inventions – big ideas and small. From space elevators to kitchen gadgets, I’ll post finds as well as my own contributions.

I’ll update this post as the blog grows.

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