Interviews

A Brief Look at Yelp.com

A Brief Look at Yelp.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008 14:06

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Joe Camp, Creator of Benji, Happily Living in San Diego

Joe Camp, Creator of Benji, Happily Living in San Diego

Monday, September 15, 2008 17:47

Not all celebrities live in LA. Take Joe Camp, who resides in a nice 5-acre ranch in San Diego County. He is of course, the creator of all those ...

Interviewing San Diego: Joelle Reeder

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 6:00

Joelle is one of our favorite San Diego bloggers. She's the driving force behind this year's Rock The Walk event, designs killer blog skins, and runs her own blog at Tenth-Muse. She's sassy, and fun, with with a pinch of snark. Find out more about Joelle below: Blog Birthday: Well, I've been "blogging", unbeknownst to me, for years, manually in notepad on my old website, Joellapalooza.com, but Tenth Muse was born January 22, 2003. I also run a weight-loss community blog called Put Down the Donut which was born sometime last fall. Why do you blog? I moved out of San Diego to Dallas for 5 years, so I think it was originally started as a way for my friends and I to stay in touch. My friend at MaisonPants.com recommended I start blogging and well... there you go!

Interview: John Eger of Envision San Diego

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 10:56

JOHN M. EGER is the Lionel Van Deerlin Endowed Professor of Communications and Public Policy at San Diego State University and Director of SDSU's International Center for Communications, He is also the President of the Worldwide Media Group, Inc. and counsel to the international law firm, Morrison and Foerster. Most recently Eger has been the driving force behind Envision San Diego: The Creative Community, a five year project that hopes to provide "a missing link and a model for debate and discussion in communities across the country that are trying to reinvent themselves for the new global knowledge economy and society." Envision San Diego has garnered much attention in the local media (see below) with its share of supporters and critics. The afternoon of September 2nd, I navigated through SDSU's incessant construction and met with Eger to discuss the Envision project. This is an abridged transcript of the interview. The full interview can be found here. SDB: I was listening to the Envision San Diego radio show and you were discussing "civic journalism" with Neil Morgan - one of the columnists for the Union Tribune. You mentioned both the risks of civic journalism as well as its potential. I wonder if you could expand on that? JE: Sure. This is an outcome of a reevaluation of our own journalism department. And I’m one of those – I’m not speaking for the university here, because they don’t necessarily subscribe to my position politically, nor does Envision's media partnership – but I am one of those who grew up believing that it was a strong journalism ethic that created the kind of democracy that d'Tocqueville talked about when he wrote, in the 1800’s, Democracy in America. We created a free press. The right of free speech is the First Amendment of the Constitution from which all amendments flow. That’s a matter of Constitutional Law and is a fundamental principal by which America has become what it is today. That is what I call civic journalism. It is a journalism that writes and cares about its community. Issues of fundamental importance. What has happened historically? And you know, you just turned me ya-ya. I spent several years at CBS. I went and asked the chairman of CBS, or you know, he asked me, “What is this business?” And I told him it’s about news and entertainment and … he was shaking his head. What he said to me was, “no, this is a business about delivering the audience to advertisers.” What he was saying is that if you want a job here, you better understand that. That has run amuck given the level of consolidation in media these days. To me, the internet is the next frontier for civic journalism. We need to find a place where people can express their voice and be heard and where they can shape their views, not force fed, not agenda driven by either the Republican or Democrat or Green or Libertarian party; all of them whom have turned into nothing but mass agenda setting machines. Or the major media companies that report them because between the two of them – between the major political parties and the dominant media - there isn’t any real“civic journalism.” Where are journalists who are worried about what happens to the civitus, to the future of community? So to me, the single most important aspect of what we are doing is taking a bunch of media companies and collectively reminding people that there are problems to be solved in the San Diego community and that you can get involved by getting online and participating online. Which is kind of the last semblance of a village green that we have. So that’s the basic philosophy that has gone into Envision's on-air, online dichotomy.

Blogger Interview: CriticalMAS

Tuesday, September 7, 2004 5:00

I first became aware of MAS several years ago. MAS (it's short for Michael Allen Smith) has been blogging for many years. He's one of the first I added to the San Diego Bloggers site. If you like coffee, you might like his INeedCoffee.com; and geeks in the audience may enjoy his webprogramming site: Digital Colony. He loves Elvis, fitness, and sure does keep busy. He's opinionated, funny, and smart. This is the magic combination that makes him one of our favorite web logs. In addition to all that, he is also a contributing writer to San Diego Blog. We recently interviewed him by email: SDB: Blog Birthday: 4/19/2000. Prior to "Chicken Soup For the Rectum", I hand-coded updates in HTML. My first pre-blog web site dates back to December 1995. On 9/29/1997, The Tampa Tribune did a full page story featuring my site as one of the best in Tampa Bay.

Interview: Bobby Rubio of Alcatraz High

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 11:20

In our latest San Diego Blog Interview, we talk with Bobby Rubio, cartoonist and animator. We came across his work at this years Comic Con, which we covered (search for comic con). Bobby comes from San Diego, and went to Morse High School. He counts San Diego as a big influence on his work. The bio from his websites says: Bobby Rubio was born and raised in San Diego, California, and has been drawing since he was a child. While attending Morse High School, Bobby won a cartoon contest with the San Diego Union newspaper (now known as the Union-Tribune.) For college, Bobby attended the California Institute of the Arts, which is an art school founded by Walt Disney. While in college, he freelanced as a comic book artist for Dark Horse Comics. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Bobby entered an internship with Jim Lee at Homage Studios (Image Comics.) After completing his internship, he entered an animation internship with Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando, Florida. After completing that program, he was hired on to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California, where, in the course of 9 years, he completed several films as a traditional animator and as a storyboard artist. Bobby is currently working at Nickelodeon Studios as an assistant director on a new TV show scheduled to debut November 2004. San Diego Blog: You work in Comics and in Animation. Which do you prefer, and why?

Interviewing San Diego: Andrew Phelps

Thursday, August 5, 2004 5:05

Andrew Phelps is a digital raconteur, bon vivant, and man about town. Well, sort of. Andrew has one of those easygoing blog voices that makes some envious. A quick wit, a big afro, photography, and memoirs of an interning journalist at KPBS. Full Disclosure: Once, he complimented San Diego Blog overmuch. He also writes here, occasionally. His most recent post here is San Diego Convention Center is Tops. We swear that the interview was no more or less favorable despite this clear conflict-of-interest. So let's get to know Andrew: Blog Birthday: The birthday for my current weblog is the same as my own: April 9, 2004. (Well, I wasn’t born in 2004, silly!) andrewphelps.com originally launched October 1, 2000, but it was a pseudo-weblog-before-I-knew-what-blogging-was deal. Why do you blog? I love to communicate to large audiences. It’s thrilling, powerful, and somewhat erotic. I write and edit for newspapers, and I used to work for a TV station. I record radio ads. As of June, I’m at a radio station. A weblog is a natural medium to extend this fascination. Which radio station do you work at and are you enjoying it? I'm at KPBS-FM in San Diego right now, well not right now, but you know what I mean. I'm enjoying the crap out of it! The greatest gift it's given me a much better knowledge of San Diego. Since I live in North County, it's harder to follow Southern goings on. What do you talk about? I usually talk about everyday life stuff –- random experiences or personal opinions on whatever’s current. This has become a general no-no in the Blogosphere in recent years, but for me, it works. I say that because of the response I get. My last weblog became really popular because I wrote about things that matter to me. Usually the things that matter to oneself don’t matter to anyone else. But I tried to write in a natural, honest style, and that attracted people. Add to that the fact that my life is quite crazy, inane, and downright kooky, not to mention always busy. So I don’t write this stuff; my life fills the pages for me. My favorite thing to write about (as well as photograph) is people. There are billions of them, and you can never run out. People are what make my life so damn interesting. And of course confusing, frustrating, and challenging. I’m also a technology enthusiast, and I envy the “A-listers” who only blog about tech. I’m a nerd. I think about this stuff all the time. I want to write about tech all the time. But people just don’t read that. It’s like I have found this (growing) audience of “normal” people and I can’t shake it -- not that I want to.

Interview: Eric Howarth of M-Theory Music

Friday, July 30, 2004 9:40

Eric Howarth of M-Theory Music, a great music store in South Park at the corner of Juniper and 30th Street. His store was voted Best Record Store two years in a row by San Diego CitySearch.com's editors and readers. He took time out from running the store and record label to answer some of SDB's questions. SDB: What is M-Theory? M-Theory is a physics theorem that states something to the effect that there are 11 different dimensions to the universe. I came up with the name actually for our record label back in '98, after reading an article in the SF Guardian (or SF Weekly... can't remember) about this physics theorem. I liked the "multi-dimensional" aspect of the theorem and thought it would be cool to apply it in different terms for the record label.

Interviewing San Diego: Chuck Hartley

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 0:01

Chuck been blogging since 2001 and writes about his faithful companion Pongo, his life, his thoughts, the law, and everything else. He has a laid-back style that seems at odds with his profession. He's a lawyer. But don't let that fool you, Chuck rocks. Last year he blogged about a diagnosis that was pretty scary. Chuck continued blogging, and remains a great read. Blog Birthday: May 12, 2001 Why do you blog? It was a place to vent, ramble, and spout off at a time when my life was going through a lot of changes and I was losing touch with a lot of my real life contacts. My job was being eliminated (or I was being eliminated from my firm, a question of perspective I guess) and I was moving somewhere (uncertain at the time, but ended up in San Diego). It also seemed like a simple way to expand the site and make it a bit more dynamic. What do you talk about? My life, a bit about politics and law, my dog. What don't you talk about? Why? Sexual positions and partners. Words don't do it justice and this isn't a photo blog. Also the privacy issues and the fact that my parents are aware of the site necessitate a bit of discretion.

Interviewing San Diego: Mikey

Sunday, July 18, 2004 7:00

Mikey is our second interviewee in our goal to talk to interesting bloggers based in San Diego. Mikey, formerly NerdBoyMikey grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, went to ASU in Tempe, Arizona, then to Chicago with a stop in Las Vegas and ended up in San Diego. Mikey is an incessant blogger since 2002 and has a devoted readership. He's an "award-winning" blogger: In 2003 he won "best tagline" award from the Bloggies. "Cool, like the other side of the pillow" was the tagline. (Hmm... maybe San Diego Blog needs a tagline?) We asked Mikey the boilerplate questions, and here are his answers. Blog Birthday: Ah. Well, the birthday of my current blog on the domain electricbugaloo.com is March 12, 2002. I had a blog before that over at nerdboymikey.com before I unwittingly let the registration lapse and some porn search engine in Hong Kong snatched it out from under me.

Interviewing San Diego: Brian Dear

Thursday, June 24, 2004 7:42

Brian Dear, whose name I misspell 'Brain' more often than not, is our first in the Interviewing San Diego series. Brian has been involved with computing and online communications since 1979. He is a software/Internet entrepreneur interested in social networks, online communities and making computing personal and interpersonal. He is currently writing a book about the history of the pioneering online community PLATO. His prior work experience covers names like eBay, Eazel (Linux), Mp3.com, Flatworks, Progressive Networks (RealNetworks) and Coconut Computing, Inc. He was mentioned on San Diego Blog previously when he had a month's worth of posts reprinted by The Reader.