Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Track Correspondances with Members of Congress Through OpenCongress

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Good news everyone! The Participatory Politics Foundation just launched a new version of OpenCongress. A sibling non-profit of PCF, the Participatory Politics Foundation is an organization with a mission to increase civic engagement and to create opportunities for engagement with the government.

OpenCongress is a free and open source public resource for tracking and contacting the U.S. Congress. In this new and improved version, OpenCongress finally allows its followers to write a letter to the members of the U.S. Congress and then track and share the correspondence with the public. In fact, they are the only online service on a not-for-profit site that offers features to write all of one’s federal elected officials at the same time.

What’s so great about the revamped version of OpenCongress is it actually encourages input from the public. The new version gives you the ability to reach out to Congress directly and open a dialogue with governmental officials. Thanks to OpenCongress, the government can hear the voices of everyday citizens!

We are strong supporters of the Participatory Politics Foundation and believe you should check out OpenCongress! It’s a great way to monitor official legislative actions and find out what’s really happening in Congress. OpenCongress makes it easy to be a political insider, so check out their site and learn more about the U.S. government.

Miro Community Video Highlights 7/27/11

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Welcome to Week 7 of Miro Community Video Highlights! Miro Community is an open-source video aggregation and presentation service that allows anyone to develop their own video community. If you’re inspired to start your own site, it’s easy to get going & import video from anywhere on the web. Make Your Site Today >>

Flash Mobs Capture the Attention of the Community

What could be better than dancing in a group for an unsuspecting audience? In this video, watch a flash mob surprise onlookers as they dance together to Shakira’s hit, “Waka Waka.” Though the dance is choreographed, the audience can’t ignore the sense of pleasure from the smiling dancers and soon, the onlookers start dancing too!

Flash Mob breaks into Waka Waka Dance from Coleen LeDrew Elgin on Vimeo.

Sit Back and Relax to the Strum of a Harp

If you like the soothing sound of the harp, check out this video of Joanna Newsom performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. A crooner with killer vocals, Newsom also plays the piano. Her style has been described as a combination between “Appalachian music and avant-garde modernism.” Watch this video and see for yourself!

We got this video from Joanna Newsom TV, a compilation of various videos of the artist created by devoted fans.

Watch the Community Media Network’s Handpicked Videos!

An extensive online video gallery, CMNtv presents media from the busy town of Oakland, Michigan. Through their Miro Community site, CMNtv allows viewers to watch videos about the current events in the Wolverine state. The Community Media Network is one of the most prestigious Public Access Television organizations in Michigan, so you know their videos ares worth watching!

Check out this video that captures “Heritage Days” in Rochester, Michigan.

Miro Community Video Highlights 7/20/11

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Welcome to Week 6 of Miro Community Video Highlights! Miro Community is an open-source video aggregation and presentation service that allows anyone to develop their own video community. If you’re inspired to start your own site, it’s easy to get going & import video from anywhere on the web. Make Your Site Today >>

One Day on Earth – Motion Picture Trailer

What if you could see what was going on around the world all at one moment in history? That’s the premise of ONE DAY ON EARTH, a recording of a 24-hour period throughout the world. This cool video shows us a greater diversity of perspectives than ever seen before on screen and published by the ONE DAY ON EARTH, which set out to explore our planet’s identity and challenges in an attempt to answer the question: Who are we?

The video was published by Snak.tv, a platform to broadcast your news and trying to provide differentiated news from the traditional Media.

Get New Contributors & Diversity Through Outreach

One of the great things about open-source projects is their ability to engage volunteers. But many projects are unable to harness this potential, and suffer as a result. In this PyCon 2011 talk, Miro Community’s own lead developer Asheesh Laroia gives practical tips on increasing the number and diversity of contributors.

This video is one of many excellent Python related lectures and screencasts available at Python Miro Community, curated by Miro’s Will Kahn-Greene and supported by the Python Software Foundation. There’s even a meta video on Python and Miro Community!

Why Do We Like What We Like?

Have you ever wanted to know how we experience feelings? In this video, acknowledged evolutionary psychologist Paul Bloom gives great examples that help explain Essentialism. Bloom says that ultimately, what you believe creates what you feel.

We found this video at Marin TV, which provides non-commercial local programming from global news to local events.

Become a Moderator for the Miro Guide!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Now that Miro 4.0.2 has been released, we are looking to revamp the Miro Guide and we need your help! We would love to have you become a Moderator for the Guide.

As a Moderator, you can feature videos and audio feeds on the home page, add material, reject broken feeds, and more. Also, you would have access to a private Google group for all Moderators where you could discuss, inquire, and chat about everything Miro Guide.

If you’re interested in joining the Miro Guide Volunteer Team, email Emily@pculture.org to get set up!

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