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BlancheNoE Video-Thon Fini!

'Tis not the destination but the journey.

Yeah, right.  Fuck that!!!!  I am…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 3, 2011 at 9:52pm — 15 Comments

The Human Family Tree

My classes viewed this National Geo special a few days before the holiday break and afterward, it was clear what an impact it had made.  The discussion was rife with great questions that will seed this next semester's journey. 


It really is eye-opening for those who aren't aware of what's being discovered via the genographic project.

What they're learning is that the merging of many cultures through bloodlines is not so much a "melting pot" but rather one big human…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on December 27, 2010 at 6:21am — No Comments

30 for 30 Vlogathon for Blanchie (Update)

Let's Put BlancheNoE in The Hospital

I'm starting a 30-day vlogathon for Amy (aka BlancheNoE) tonight.

Thank you to the 26 vloggers who've pledged. I had hoped for 30, just cuz it went with the 30 theme, but HELL, 26 is awesome!

It goes like this: 30 vloggers (okay, 26...) pledge 30 dollars each for 30 videos in the next 30…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on December 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

30 for 30 Vlogathon for Blanchie :o)

I haven't vlogged in months.

But beginning Sunday, I'll vlog every day for THIRTY days if I can get THIRTY fellow vloggers to pledge ONE dollar each day I put a video up.

If this happens, I promise to put as much time, energy, and honesty into the vids as I possibly can.

I have ideas, promises to keep, bets to pay up (a booty shake, for one..), and lots to talk about.

I needed something to get me… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on November 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — 19 Comments

Question (Possible Glitch)

Is anyone else not getting the Rich Text option when they create a new blog?
Looks like this:

Can you check?

Added by SydTheSkeptic on September 4, 2010 at 1:35pm — 16 Comments

Problems with Ning

Hey everyone.

I'm seeing some problems since last night, when I switched to the new plan.

First of all, from here on in, we're embedding videos instead of uploading them directly to the site. That's the only change.…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on August 20, 2010 at 4:59am — 12 Comments

This Movie

was great.

Saw it on Netflix. Truly original and… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on August 6, 2010 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

VIMEO Group for The ARK- Who wants to test the waters...?

If you'd like to try out Vimeo with us as a group, just to see what it has to offer, request in over at Vimeo:

The group address is:

You can see who's on board here:

Let's see what Vimeo's got to offer :o)

Added by SydTheSkeptic on July 11, 2010 at 7:37pm — 26 Comments

Ark Update

For those of you who don't know, Ning will cease to be a free hosting service on July 20th.

In order to maintain a Ninglet, if you have one, you'll have to pay about $3 a month to do so and even then, you won't be able to upload videos.

Here's a summary of the three plans they're offering >>> Ning Pricing

I've been so busy, I haven't had much time to explore… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on July 10, 2010 at 4:26pm — 35 Comments

Vloggerheads Update

For those few of you who also frequent Vloggerheads, I figured I'd give you an update (or at least communicate what little I know).

A couple of days ago, members were signing on only to find that they were entered into someone else's account, even to the degree that they could see their inbox (remind you of something...?) so Tom, the owner, took it offline and sent a query to Ning. It appears that only a few members were affected (whoever was online at the time) and that it took about… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on May 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Doh!! Goodbye FREE Ning Sites...

FYI- Ning announced lay-offs today and that they'd also be discontinuing free accounts.

You can read about it at TechCrunch HERE.

It doesn't effect The Ark since I pay for it but I know that many of you began storing your videos on your own "Ninglets" last year and embedded them here to save us bandwidth. I'm not sure when this will take effect but I hope it doesn't effect you too adversely.

If you have a Ninglet and you store your vids there, make sure you have… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on April 16, 2010 at 1:16am — 7 Comments

Update on Kevin (Photo)

The last we heard from Kevin, he had asked for prayers regarding his mom, who'd had a minor stroke.

For anyone who's been wondering, his mom was in a hospital for a little while and then she got very depressed and was transferred to a geriatric hospital that specializes in depression. She's doing okay, although Kevin's not able to see her.

He's having a difficult time adjusting to the absence of his mom and it's compounding his physical condition, which means his hands are too… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on February 27, 2010 at 8:17pm — 24 Comments

Music Players



I moved the front player off to its own page (under ArkStuff) and that pretty much detached everyone's individual players from their Private Quarters.

Vewwy sowwy bout dat.


Music across Arkie quarters has been restored.

Added by SydTheSkeptic on February 20, 2010 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

The Ark Newz

Holy bejeezus, we can now create blogs with big lettering and we can wrap the text around a picture!

Oh, and there's:

  • video chat for impromptu video e-meet-ups, collab sessions, and possible scheduled events for Arkies (Scrabble tournament, anyone..?)
  • a new section…

Added by SydTheSkeptic on February 9, 2010 at 11:00pm — 16 Comments

The POWER of The Ark

Just so's you all know, members listed below have administrative powers here at the Ark, whether they want it or not :oP













A new "Admin Planning" group's been started--> Ark Admin… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

The Incredibly Exciting Mystery of Plastic on Furniture!

I did a little vlog where I got my mom to promise me she'd take the plastic off the lampshades.

When I was a kid, I'd visit my relatives in Staten Island and they'd have beautiful plush carpets covered in thick, ugly plastic runs in the places where traffic was most heavy. They reminded me of runways and I'd imagine myself landing like an airplane as I made my way down their especially-long hallway to the bathroom. …


Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 31, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Happy Birthday Kev!!!


Added by SydTheSkeptic on November 13, 2009 at 1:35pm — 8 Comments


Check out Cat's new site, VidiVlogs. She's got some interesting folks there- very friendly.

If you feel you're up for a bit more engagement but you don't want to go to Vloggerheads for it, check her site- it's kind of neat.

She's got plans for it to be on a whole different server- off of Ning (kind of what Duncan's doing with Moar Video, but her's should be up and running in a… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on November 3, 2009 at 2:00am — 11 Comments


K, I admit...I only found out there was a gift shop after SpaceMonkey sent me a...centaur.

But if you're wanting in on the action, just go to the profile page of whomever it is you'd like to gift and viola! There it is...a big message that demands you send this person a gift.

It's an eensie-weensie bit of what LiveVideo offered, even if it was the lamest feature there- second only to the ghost-town that was everyone's "Music… Continue

Added by SydTheSkeptic on October 21, 2009 at 6:38pm — 3 Comments

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