Thank you, Sports Illustrated

October 29, 2007

I just wanted to thank Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated for linking to my post here about the Trinity football game. The traffic to The Utube Blog has been pretty amazing, all because of a Division III football game! My post about the Trinity game is now the No. 13 Top Post for the day among all of the over million WordPress blogs. I owe it all to Stewart (and Google!).

UPDATE:  My post hit No.6 Top Post for WordPress blogs.  I never imagined of ever hitting No.1, but at least today I can dream.

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When Mazda meets bloggers, what next?

September 20, 2007

Magical. That’s the best word I could come up with to describe last weekend, which I spent with people from Mazda along with a handful of talented bloggers (Beatrice, Chris, John, Matt, Robert, Sarah, and Tony) in Monterey, California. The Mazda meet-up was hosted at the five-star Bernardus lodge, nestled in the scenic Carmel Valley.

I’ve been to Monterey plenty of times, having lived in the Bay Area for several wonderful years. But this visit to Monterey was like none other that I had before. Every minute was so unbelievably, pinch-me-is-this-real amazing. I knew things would be different when Mazda had a chauffeur waiting to pick up my sister and me from the airport. We were then whisked away in a new CX-7. After five hours of flying coach, the new leather seats felt — and, yes, smelled — so good.

From the moment we stepped foot on the grounds of the enchanting Bernardus Lodge, we were treated like VIP like you wouldn’t believe. (But who were we? We were just bloggers. I keep on asking that question.) A cheerful, fetching young concierge greeted us with glasses of wine. Then Melanie Froysaa, the Mazda rep behind the entire event–and one of the most warm and gracious people you’ll ever meet, greeted us, making sure to get us on time for our massages and spa treatment, all onsite. Let me just say, I now know the best way to cure the terrible feeling you get after sitting over five hours on a plane is to get an immediate massage. I felt like a new person. Rejuvenated.

I told my sister at that point, if the weekend ended then, it would have been a success. But the weekend didn’t end. It only got better and better. Unbelievably so. There were wine-tasting and bocce ball on the lawn, followed by an absolute feast prepared family-style for our group to partake on a long banquet table, sitting on the front lawn where the lodge hosts weddings, with the mountains overlooking in the background. The chef whipped up so many splendid dishes–caesar salad, mixed salad, grilled veggies, mozarella and tomatoes, prosciutto, lamb, chicken and couscous, halibut and snapper (both freshly caught)–I’m not sure I remember them all. But they all were so good. Heavenly.

Instead of babbling on about how great the weekend was, I’ve put together a short video above of some of the other highlights. If you like fast cars, you’re going to want to watch the end of this video. Trust me, that’s not me driving. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.


Coming soon: more of my own videos

July 2, 2007

Dear readers,

First, let me thank you for coming to my site.  It’s been a wonderful ride so far.  YouTube never ceases to amaze me, so it’s hardly a task for me to follow its developments everyday.  I’ve been most impressed with the creativity of so many different people–all amateur creators–on YouTube.  It’s inspiring.  So, this month, I hope to create several more videos of my own.  (During the school year, it’s tough to do so, but I managed to create a couple last year, see here.)  The first in the next line of videos I hope to unveil soon. 

I plan to make a few videos about YouTube, chronicling the stuff I’ve been following on this blog.  But I also may do some other videos that are about completely different things.  Please feel free to send me ideas for videos at utubeblog [at] gmail.com. 

But just remember, I’m a novice. One last thing: my video making may mean that, at least for a short time, my blog posting diminishes.  Stay tuned.  And thanks again!


Have a Happy YouTube New Year!

December 31, 2006

YouTube will be celebrating the New Year with videos of your New Year’s celebrations. Start uploading your videos. Chevrolet and Warner Music are sponsoring the promotion. There will be videos from YouTube users, like Boh3m3, Renetto, Chad Vadar, The Winekone, and YourTube News. Also, according to a press release, there will be “almost live” New Year’s eve concert video from The Flaming Lips, the Goo Goo Dolls, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others. And you can post your own videos. For more New Year’s videos, go here or the homepage.

Be safe, everyone. See ya next year!


YouTube: Who’s a moron now Mark Cuban?

October 16, 2006

News: YouTube has blogged (here) some thank yous and reassurances to its users that it won’t be abandoning them after the acquisition by Google.   Maryrose from YouTube wrote:

“I was trying to think what I should title this blog entry…’GooTube’, ‘YouTube is here to stay’, ‘Who’s a moron now Mark Cuban’ all came to mind, but I settled on the only thing I really can say – thank you. YouTube would not exist and be where it is today without the YouTube community. We owe everything to you guys and we will never, ever forget that.”

Analysis:  The last title is a little more catchy.