That time again
August 12th, 2009Posted by: Theo Nicolakis
In about two months we will be in full swing awaiting the arrival of His All Holiness. This is going to be the fifth visit I’ve been priviledged to be part of including Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Phanar.
My how things have changed and evolved. In 1997 we did this new thing called streming video. It was revolutionary at the time. Before YouTube we had every video up and encoded same day–sometimes even hours after an event. What a gift to work with my talented colleagues at GoTelecom to make this happen!
This time it will be interesting to see how Facebook and Twitter and YouTube will play a roll. I have some ideas and dreams and we’ll see where the nexus of staffing and dreams intersect.
Perhaps the biggest seizmic shift will be mobility. In 1997 I packed an Apple PowerBook and a prototype encoding card (yes I had to pull strings on that one and secure a beat up beta tester’s card because the product wouldn’t be available for months) a VCR and whatever else. I had a full portable encoding studio in a suitcase.
Today I’m writing this blog post on my iPhone, can syndicate my blog post to Twitter, am connected to the Internet on my iPhone, can web browse, take photos and video and even edit video on my phone and upload it to my web site or YouTube. Oh and I can do anything on Facebook too.
The gift of perspective and experience unveil much.
Well, I’m looking forward to seeing how all things will come together. We will have successes and failures and maybe we’ll even have a behind the scenes blog roll or Twitter feed on the visit. Whatever we do, we hope and pray it’s for God’s glory.