Every time I walk across my apartment today I skip, skip, skip! Ever since Margaret Cho emailed me yesterday and asked if I was coming to see her Beautiful show at the Warfield saturday night! Yes, and yesyesyes! As many readers know, I *heart* Cho (and not just because we have matching tattoos and I got to interview her for the Chron, among other outlets). She is just as cool as you’d hope she’d be, but even more times a billion. So I think I’ve secured a date for saturday and am going to the late show.
The plan is to see Margaret, too — not just onstage, but to also bear witness to the backstage chaos. I’m armed with my B-cups, fabulous lashes, big hugs and smooches for MCho, and a couple gadgets for fun. I’ll be taking along the Nokia N-95 that Justin.tv and Qik let me run off with, so I’ll try to livestream some of the activity. Livestreaming with the Nokia has been frustrating: the camera keeps crashing, my gorgeous Justin.tv page isn’t hooked into the camera’s feed yet so you have to watch my Qik page (or grab its RSS, which is the URL) or follow me on Twitter to get an instant notification when I go live wherever I am and whatever I’m doing. It’s also very dependent on getting a good signal: I’ve had several great videos (like this one from the Monochrom Guerrilla tech transgression presentation Q and A) wind up very choppy because of the building’s signal interference.
So it’s a crapshoot, sometimes literally. I’ll think I’m getting a good long funny video when I got nothing at all. Or I’ll get a fun couple minutes of hilarious WTF-ness. After, I try and comb back through what actually uploaded to Qik and I’ll title videos I think people will want to see. Like my few precious post-panel, post-BBC interview minutes with sweetie Girl With A One Track Mind, UK Guardian author and outed sex blogger Zoe Margolis. Abruptly at the end, the Nokia lost signal.
Qik has emailed me suggesting that I reduce the quality of the video I’m streaming, but I wish I didn’t have to in order to get reliability. Still, on saturday night I’ll stream what I can of my adventures, and do my usual photo and video after-wrap. It’s all fun with new tools, and I think they’ll only get better… Hope you don’t mind the spontaneity, bizarre moments and occasional disappointment. Also, contrary to the chat windows, I can’t text/chat while filming, it’s not qwerty or even remotely easy with the Nokia while filming.