Doing it Live

Posted on May 02, 2012

On Wednesday May 2, at 8pm EST I’m going try my hand at broadcasting live.

The show in a nutshell:

  • A panel of 5 discusses 3 topics of interest
  • These topics will be interesting to each panelist
  • People can chat. People can tweet at us. We will try to respond
  • The show will be uncensored (hide yo kids, hide yo wife)
  • There is no set. We’ll be broadcasting from our bedrooms

Me with headphones

When: Wednesday May 2, at 8pm EST

Where: Join us at http://www.justin.tv/conradmuan as we make a fool of ourselves.

Why?

I don’t watch any television at all. My media consumption consists mostly of YouTube subscriptions and Podcasts.

There are a couple of shows in particular that inspired me to try this little experiment: Twit.tv is where I get most of my tech news. Watching the GSL (Global Starcraft League) and the Day[9] Daily is where I get my e-Sports / competitive StarCraft II fix.

The cool thing about those shows are that they are live and engage their audience. Panelist in the Twit network interact with a live chat who give them feedback on what they’re talking about. Same thing for Day[9].

When a GSL Finals is broadcast, #GSL is usually an international trending topic on Twitter (hilariously at 4am EST).

Now, those of you who know me are aware of my experiments in content creation. I’ve run a blog or two, made a couple of lame videos here and there, but this will be my first attempt at a live show.

Wednesday’s show is a pilot. If it’s well received, I may do this weekly for a month. If that month of content is well received, I may do it for two and so on and so forth. We’ll see!

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You Can Go Through the Orange Portal Too.

Posted on March 27, 2012

I recently had one of those moments where I was stuck on a problem whose solution was so obvious, I questioned my intellect.

Everyone has these moments. If you’ve ever played a puzzle game, you’d know what I mean. Like the first time you picked up Portal and you realized that you can go through the orange portal as well - And some of you took hours to figure that out (I know you did, don’t lie to me!)

Obvious right? But not at first. Not when you’re a noob.

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You Should be Charging More

Posted on March 12, 2012

Here’s my process when interviewing a new (prospective) client:

  1. I conduct my Client Interview Questionnaire. This is a list of questions I’ve been adding on to for the past couple of years
  2. I try to get into my client’s head and see how their business objectives can be achieved through my design and technology solutions. Here, the prospect usually gets more confident about the project and starts listing out concrete requirements for the project.
  3. We talk about budget and scope and I get back to them with an estimate which we use as a statement of work

I’ve been fairly lucky with all of my clients as most have understood the amount of work is involved in web. However, once in a while, I get those prospects that at first seem to understand a good budget for this type of work, but in reality have grossly under budgeted their project.

In these situations, when we get to step three of my initial client interview, their budget turns out to be something along the lines of “none” to “a couple of hundred dollars”.

Not something a web shop would like to hear. These clients usually have change requests by the boatloads and have scope creep trailing them wherever they go.

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