Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Viral Video Gatherings

Hi Everyone!

It has been a very trying and very rewarding month for me. I had a wonderful time at the recent "South Tube Gathering" in Atlanta Georgia on the 22nd to 24th of Aug. Then came back and Hosted the "North Coast Vloggers Gathering" in Sandusky Ohio. I have to say that both were very rewarding emotionally and socially for me. AND.. Both were learning experiences. I may speak about that on the "A Zen Life" Podcast later.

Hmarty, TubeGranny, Lemonette, and many others worked very hard on SouthTube and it showed. I am telling ya.. these things need to be about a week long so you have the time to meet and greet all the wonderful vloggers there! The Marietta Convention Center was a perfect venue. There were very nice rooms, a Bar, Restaurant, Gift Shop, and party rooms to go with a very scenic view of the Golf Course. I don't think any of it went to waste with Vloggers around every corner. The Only real problems I had was with transportation and that was my own fault for not planning better. It was a GREAT Time!

Then.. The following weekend the Zen Live Radio Show Hosted a more intimate gathering in Sandusky Ohio. The North Coast Vloggers Gathering. These two events were as different as night and day. We CAMPED in Amish Built Cabins. Had planned both a Skating Party & an Evening at Cedar Point. The Turn out for North Coast was very small, but that was my fault for not giving enough lead time for people to plan. Still, We had a Great time, meeting and hanging out together. So much fun in fact that we have already set next years date for this Annual event. We will be holding the North Coast (Vloggers) Gathering on August 22nd Thru the 24th 2008. MARK IT DOWN NOW and START PLANNING.. You won't want to miss it!

See you at the Zen Live Show Sunday.. Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Friday, September 28, 2007

North Coast Maps to the Gathering

Okee Folks! Here we go!

North Coast Gathering is in SANDUSKY OHIO tomarrow SEPT 29th & 30th, 2007.

Attached are Maps from the West ( Toledo Ohio ) to the Campgroup and, From the East ( Cleveland Ohio ) to the Camp.

Also Includes Maps from the CampGround to Cedar Point & Ghostly Manor Skateland

All Maps and Directions were gotten from Google. If Looking yourself select your Home Location as Start and 3518 Tiffin Ave. Sanddusky Ohio 44870 and you detination.


Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

NorthCoastMaps.rtf - Real Text Format

NorthCoastMaps.Doc - Word 6.0 Doc File

If Maps Do not Download - E-Mail MrZenArcher@Gmail.com and I will E-mail them to you.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

NCG Update - Flier downloads

Hi Everyone!

I was notified last night that the Flier for The North Coast Gathering ( in Sandusky Ohio ) wasn't working. My apology for this.. I have moved the Document to the KaramaZen Site and am adding links below for those who would like to download it.

Real text Format: http://karmazen.org/NorthCoastFlyer.rtf
Word 6 format: http://karmazen.org/NorthCoastFlyer.doc

I hope that helps. Please, if you have any problems at all, feel free to e-mail me at MrZenArcher@Gmail.com

Saturday, September 01, 2007

North Coast Gathering Updated Info

Hi Everyone...

We have been feverishly working to bring you the most affordable and most fun event we can.. I am happy to say I think we did a hell of a job. Below are two links to the North Coast Vloggers Gathering Flyer. One in is in Microsoft Word 6.0 format, the other is in Rich Text Format. So you should be able to read at least once of them.

As always, any questions, just contact me at: MrZenArcher@Gmail.com .. Don't forget to RSVP to that address if you are planning to attend. I need to send you discount coupons and admission information.

NCVG Flyer - MS Word 6.0

NCVG Flyer - RTF format

As always... Be Well!~ ZenArcher

Friday, August 31, 2007

Help Us Get the Word Out about NCVG!!!

We ( Zen Live Radio ) are doing this all on our own. Want to help get the word out? Add this Youtube Video to your Profile!


Also Add this Info Link For NCVG!

Even if you are not able to attend, you can help this be a success!

Thanks and Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

North Coast Vloggers Gathering -Camp Info

ALL North Coast Vlogger Gathering Participants MUST R.S.V.P to MrZenArcher@Gmail.com to Participate in NCVG Activities ( Those reserving cabins together may rsvp with One E-mail noting number in party & names of party members )

For those asking for info to reserve your Cabins / Tent Sites.. Here is the Info You need.

North Coast Vlogger Gathering Dates are Sept 29th & 30th 2007
SAY "North Coast Gathering" for Event Rates

3518 Tiffin Ave.
Sandusky Ohio 44870

Camp Sandusky Web Site - http://www.campsandusky.com/
Cabin Info - http://www.campsandusky.com//Cabins/default2.htm
Camp Site Info - http://www.campsandusky.com//Tent/default.htm
Camp Amenities - http://www.campsandusky.com//Amenities/default.htm

note: "Individuals" will pay $12.50 per night and be placed in a cabin with others of the same sex.

Groups should reserve their cabins "together" at the same time. The $12.50 Price is based on 4 people per cabin.
Special pricing has been made for those who would like to share a cabin but have less than 4 in their party. ( see Pricing Schedule below )
All Cabins / Tent Sites include 3 Meals with Beverages.

Cabins have 1-double bed & 2 Bunk Beds - Electric - Charcoal Grill - Picnic Table - Fire Ring

Price per person based on # of occupants are:
4 persons in cabin - $12.50 per person / night ( $25 wk end )
3 persons in cabin - $15.50 per person / night ( $31 wk end )
2 persons in cabin - $22.00 per person / night ( $44 wk end )
1 persons in cabin - $41.00 per person / night ( $82 wk end )

Camp Site ( tent )
$20 per person / per night ($40 wk end )
(Max savings when 1 or 2 people who don't want to SHARE a cabin with others nor pay the higher rate for double or single occupancy, can still tent camp for $20 per night each)

Prices includes:
Amish Cabin/Camp site for Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th,
2 Breakfasts ( All you can eat Pancakes & 1 Sausage Patty with Beverages )
1 Saturday night Pasta Dinner
( All you can eat Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, 1 Bread Stick, with Beverage )

Reserve your Cabin Early!
Call 1-800-431-4778 to Reserve
Say "North Coast Gathering" for Event Rates

Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Check-in begins at 2:00 and lasts until the office closes at 10:00 p.m. Welcome packets will be available for people arriving after the office closes.

If you need any other info feel free to contact me AFTER checking the Balancing Act Blog
at http://abalancingact.blogspot.com

As Always - Welcome and Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Monday, May 28, 2007

Donation Buttons Fixed

As some of you are aware, there has been a problem with the donation button in which people were being charged "shipping" on donations. After a number of phone calls to paypal and some editing this problem is Now SOLVED.

The Donation Button will no longer change shipping. My Sincere apologies for inconvenience.

Thanks for your patience & Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Friday, April 20, 2007

What's It All Mean?

What does it all mean is a question I am asking myself today. The Question isn't about the Virginia Tech Killer or the Students who were his victims. No, It's about the growing role of internet on demand media.

With this Story we saw fast on the spot reporting of the events as they unfolded. Not just by traditional press like CNN, MSNBC, and Local News Broadcasts, but also by Bloggers and podcasters literally around the world. What we didn't see, interestingly enough was reports from the Students who were there at the "event". Yes, there was one student who pulled out his cell phone and took a few seconds of video. We saw THAT on national television.

But where was the Schools News Crew? Why is it we didn't see up to date YouTube Videos? Why wasn't a Stickam or Ustream member live and giving updates? Do you know why? Here's what I THINK..

THEY DIDN'T KNOW! Students were sent E-mails. This is true. But with technology what it is today, why in the world didn't the entire campus erupt in cell phone ring tones? Where were the INSTANT MESSAGES? Why weren't the Speakers across the campus sounding like the M*A*S*H PA Horns? " WARNING WOUNDED ARRIVING "

Could it possibly be in this world of Instant messages and Global communication, we don't think what happens in our "little part of the world" is important enough to share? Are we taking the power we have sitting on our desks, in our laps, in our pockets, and at our very fingertips for grated? Is it possible that We just don't understand the power of the tools we have and what it can mean to the world?

Certainly, the traditional media do. They can't wait to get online to embrace this new media for advertising. Web pages are so full of ads that they look like a New York Subway wall. Every radio station, television station, and Newspaper have a Dot Com today.

My Question isn't what can We do to change this... no.. My question is....

What Will YOU do? My Challenge to you is to get involved in reporting and sharing what happens in Your community however Big or Small and make a difference. The Only True Democracy is an Informed Democracy and You can make that a reality rather than a dream. Vlog, Blog, Podcast, ShoutCast and Contribute. What you have to say from Fact to Opinion is IMPORTANT & Needed.

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A few changes are in the works...

I have taken a look at the show, the Blog, and Our Archives and noticed a few changes that I feel need to be made. I have noticed, for instace, that the Blog has become for all means and purposes a postmortem of the Radio Show for the most part and has taken a different direction that I had origionaly intended. We have an Archive Podcast that pretty much serves that purpose. So, to do it on the Blog is redundant. In the future, information about the show, links to websites talked about etc will be found on the "Zen Live Radio Review" Site. ( http://zenlive.podbean.com) Archives will still be available to listen too on a player at the Blog. You will also notice a player for the other podcasts I do under "The Balancing Act" heading... "BalancingAct Podcast" and "A Zen Life" Podcast.

Early on when I started the Zen Live Radio show, I thought it would be a GREAT Idea to do the show from my Personal Stickam Site. My friends would be find it easily and those on my list would know when the show was live. At that time.. it was a great idea. But things have changed. The line between ZenArcher, the person, and the Zen Live Radio show has become blurred. So.. We have created a Stickam profile specificly for the Zen Live Radio show "Zen_Live". I hope those interested in the show and keeping up on what we are doing with it will ADD Zen_Live to there friends list. The Zen Live Radio show also now has its own E-mail address ZenLiveRadio@gmail.com

Hopefully, the changes I am making will make things a little more organized and less redundant. The Blog will gradually get back to its original intended purpose. To muse over living life less stressed and happier.

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Zen Live Radio - April 1st

The scheduled show was to be on "the changing face of media" but due to issues with my ISP and Skype we decided to reschedule and close early. In addition, there were connectivity problems with Tara916, who is currently in West Palm Beach Florida.

We did welcome our newest addition to the show "Lindsay". Play a Review by Tara916 of the movie " A Peaceful Warrior" that opened the weekend of Feb 30th-April 1st. (Note: We posted a link to get Free Tickets to the Opening Screening on the Profile).

Also of note was the Announcement of Google's new FREE Offer of Broadband Service that connected through your commode (toilet) which was of coarse an April fools joke. In addition, I announced that we would soon be on Sirius Radio channel 114 thanks to a new affiliate approval by Limetv.com. This was also our lil April Fools joke and was exposed as such in the last moments of the show.

All in all we had fun despite the problems, but did decide the best thing to do was reschedule the show for Sunday April 15th. We look forward to seeing you then!

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Zen Live on The Secret Dvd & The Law of Attraction

Zen Live On The Hit DVD " The Secret" & The Law of Attraction.
Aired ~ March 25th 2007

The Secret was reviewed by Tara918, Euchre and, Myself (Zen Archer). Tara and I had both watched the DVD a number of times while Euchre gleaned what he could from the multitude of online videos about the DVD posted by the Producers of the DVD.

We all found the DVD interesting but were disappointed with the aggressive marketing campaign by the producers and TEACHERS of the "law of attraction". This "Secret" isn't a Secret at all. It's taught by many many a self help author and guidance consolers around the world. The first mention of the Law of Attraction originated in early 4000 BC by Hindu practitioners.

Still Tara and I both have had some personal experience with the law. The Second segment of the show was spent mostly on the law, what it is, and isn't. How it works, and why. We hope you enjoy this Pod of the show.

For More information on The Secret DVD & The Law of Attraction see:
Wikipedia entry...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_%282006_film%29#Synopsis

The Secret Dvd Official Website

Also At Wikipedia but not related to the DVD "The Secret"
The Law of Attraction..

Other unrelated Info on The Law of Attraction See:
Dr Wayne Dyer Website
Book "The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way"

Monday, March 19, 2007

Zen Live On Faith Healing - Mar 18th 2007

Zen Live Radio discusses Faith Healing...

Zen, Tara, Euchre and Our live audience on stickam.com had a great discussion of Faith Healing and Faith Healers. Included were discussions of Self healing and religious healing practices. Below are links to some of the things we spoke of in the show.

James Randi ( The Amazing Randi ) Video Clips..

James Randi debunks Popoff

James Randi - end of clip "psychic surgery"

Funny commentary on Faith Healers
On Youtube - posted by blastzilla

** Books Suggested by Tara916

The Healing Secrets of the Ages by Catherine Ponder

Heal Your Body and You can Heal your life by Louise L. Hay

We Hope you enjoy this Podcast of the show.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sunday March 11th show - No Live Audience - Podcast

Hi Everyone,

We are extremely sorry that you missed the Zen Live Radio show yesterday. There were some stickam technical issues and the stickam room couldn't be opened. We have contacted Stickam reguarding this problem. Some of you remembered that we Shoutcast to WimAmp, Media Player and iTunes and did listen in. Thanks for that guys. As YOU know, we still had a great show.

There were a few people who had some problems with the Wimamp & media player links. We don't want you to have any problems in the future. So I will be adding a NEW button to the profile. You can always tune into the Live Shoutcast show when we are On Air. Just add this to your favorites and Tune in Sundays at 8:30pm Est. http://zenlive.listen2myradio.com

Now for those of you who missed the show... Don't be too upset. We did shoutcast and yes... We archived the show. It has to go through the normal editing process to remove long lags, normalizing the sound levels, etc. However We will be posting the entire show up on our Podcast Archives at Podbean... ( http://zenlive.podbean.com) So, while you couldn't hear it live.. you can Still hear it.

We look forward to seeing you all in stickam chat and of corse on our show next week.

until then.. as always.. Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Monday, March 05, 2007

Zen Live - Apollo 11 & Science Fiction becoming Science Fact

While there were some technical difficulties due to some stickam problems, the show went as planned. Yet started about 10 minutes late. Tara916 and Euchre were both present in Audio since they couldn’t get into the room until the last few minutes of the show. There was also a much smaller LIVE Audience do to these Stickam problems.

As for the show itself, we started with a slide show that pointed to some of the reasons some believe that the Apollo 11 moon walk didn’t happen. Tara and Euchre did their homework and certainly brought up some valid points, as you will hear in this podcast.

The Intermission music was provided by “Anafree” & “JimWayne” of YouTube/LiveVideo. We encourage you to check out their profile pages there.

AnaFree ~

Jim Wayne ~

You can find other artists who are willing to share their music in the “media exchange” forum, on my own LiveVideo profile.

Videos shown was provided by westbrom06 at Youtube
“Apollo 11 Real or Hoax?”

Talked about on the show - “Apollo 11 the Untold Story”

Monday, February 26, 2007

Zen Live - Friends Helping Friends & Bartering

This was our second show with the new set up and with the exception of some call-in problems & forgetting to start the archive on time, went very well. No Special guests, but a very verbose audience and that kept things light and fun. During Our breaks we played the music of both Jim Wayne and Lem from LiveVideo .com. Both songs had been featured on that site. I also mentioned that I have started a forum topic for users ranging from artist to techie to offer their work to the community for use or barter. Tara and Euchre each delved into areas of Friends helping Friends that I hadn’t considered making this a very well rounded show. I hope you enjoy our Feb 25th Show.

Intermission music provided by --

Greg aka "NotFromToronto": http://livevideo.com/notfromtoronto
(song - Waiting )

Jim Wayne : http://livevideo.com/jimwayne
(song - Your my Ship )http://livevideo.com/lem
(song - Valse De Masque )http://www.lemkuiper.com/music/music.html

You can of course hear the latest Podcast of the show at ZenLive.Podbean.Com

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Zen Live Show - Suspensions & Ban Lists

The show went great and was yet another of our best. The machine worked, pod was recorded, show shoutcast, topic well received and audience participation was top notch. We finally allowed calls into the show both through Skype and our call in skype phone number. I am Very Pleased with the result.

This Show was on the Suspensions at YouTube.com, LiveVideo.com & Stickam.com as well as the DMCA and Dealing with HATE on these services & the people who are involved in perpetuating this hate.

Argent009 was invited as a guest to explain his position, but he was for one reason or another not in attendance. One of the people Argent009 has identified as a “Terrorist” ( Argents word not mine ) came to the show to listen and was invited to phone in with his side. In Addition, Pipistrello ( of Wingspan Radio at Stickam & youtube member ) made a Skype call in to the show and spoke on the Anti-Hate method he purposed at Youtube called the R.I.D. Campaign.

Over all a great show with great guests.. I hope you enjoy the Archive of Our Feb 18th Show at Podbean.

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Monday, February 12, 2007

Feb 11th Zen Live Radio - Global Warming & Green Living

The show on Global Warming and Green Living was by far our best show since we have been doing Zen Live Radio. The audience participation was above average with visitors listing facts, websites, and their own experiences. My co-hosts Tara916 and Euchre put hours into researching the topic and it showed in spades.

Below are some links for those of you who would like more info on Global Warming and Green Living.

To learn about "Inconvenient Truth" (the movie): http://www.climatecrisis.net/

If you would like to plant trees to offset CO2: http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees

There's no better place to witness the disruption of ecosystems and cultures by global warming than the Arctic. This February 14th, Will Steger and his team of Inuit hunters, explorers and educators, will embark on a 1200-mile, four-month-long expedition across the Canadian Arctic's Baffin Island to get a first-hand look at how global warming is impacting the landscape, wildlife, and human communities.
You can follow Will Steger's Global Warming 101 Expedition at http://www.globalwarming101.com/ to learn what is happening to the region.

And of course, don't forget to check out:

The U.S. House of Representatives "committee on Science and Technology: http://www.science.house.gov/

Stop Global Warming Website: http://www.stopglobalwarming.org

Unfortunity, the show had its problems. Even after re-cabling the entire set up, we still had a loud 60 cycle hmmmm. Since we couldn't do a skype conference we dropped back to using the stickam audio. This resulted in lag, however not as bad as we thought. The Shoutcast software did a great job broadcasting the show to both servers. However, due to a misplaced character, None of the Show was Archived. We only became aware of this after the show and too late to fix it. So, our best show is history.

One Last Note: There were some RUMORS flying around after the show that we had been "Attacked" during the show. Nothing could be father from the truth. We has a few people attempt to be disruptive, that's the internet and these things happen. We simply added them to ignore and went on with the show as usual. There was only 1 or 2 of these individuals and there was no significant impact on the show or its listeners.

Thanks again to all who tuned in, visited, and participated in the show. We look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Until then, as always.. Be Well! ~Zen Archer

Monday, February 05, 2007

Feb 4th - Youtube/LiveVideo & Making $ Online

While we had our share of problems, the show went great. The Stickam Audience got involved in the discussion, the Zipster stopped in and answered questions, the total audience has grown to over 140 people. I couldn't be more pleased. This was the 1st Zen Live Radio Show that was Shoutcast to Internet radio listeners and our 1st to be recorded for archive. The show was completely user supported. Music was provided by Notfromtoronto (Greg), the commercials provided by Wingspans Radio & KnockOutRadio, Hosting for the show provided by Stickam.com and Zefie hosting ( previously Rkuchki of youtube ). My Supporting co-hosts (Tara916 & Euchre) volunteered hours of time selflessly. Thanks to every one who has supported Zen Live Radio!

The Archive of the show is available at zenlive.podbean.com

Until next time.. Stay Tuned & Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Friday, February 02, 2007

Exciting News ( for You and Us)

Hi Everyone!

Tara916, Euchre, and I have been working hard to bring you all a quality amateur radio show and I have to say I am very excited about where it is all going for us. Obviously, good things for us, means good things for you as a listener & friend.

We have ironed out most of the Big problems with providing the show to a large audience. Now in addition to the Stickam broadcast we are also shoutcasting from zenlive.listen2myradio.com and our own server at get-balanced.org (Zenlive at Get-balanced.org). In addition, shows will be Archived at zenlive.podbean.com with rss so you can subscribe and never miss a show again.

We have had great feedback and had a few people contact us about being on future shows. Friends of ours who also do shows have produced ad spots to air during our show and are playing our ads on theirs as well. ( see Friends of Zen Grid on my stickam profile)

We are saving for some equipment to make the show even more professional and have received a couple donations that will help with that. ( note: If anyone has a usb audio mixer they would like to donate please feel free to contact me via mrzenarcher@gmail.com )

All in all this is a great learning experience for us and we Thank You All for listening, friending, commenting, rating and just plain being there for us.

Until Next Time... Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Monday, January 29, 2007

Zen-Live Jan 27th Show -- The Anti Iraq War March

Over all the show went very well. Our guest & fellow YouTuber "Snype" was very articulate and you could hear the excitement in her voice as she told us about the Anti-Iraq War March on Washington DC ( Jan. 27 ) that was organized by United For Peace & Justice. Her cell phone interview from the day before came out fairly well and the Pictures she sent us were top notch.

It was a pleasure to have the interaction and discussion with our friends in the Stickam room as a special surprise that "Huckbets" ( at youtube )had also been to the rally and was kind enough to share her experiences and options on the march with us as well.

I could see that co-hosts Tara916 and Euchre had "done their homework" and brought other issues into the conversation. All in all, including the audience participation, the show was one of our best!

Thanks to You All! Til next time.. Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

To learning more about the Jan 27th March, other UFPJ events, or to sign the petition against the military escilation see their Web Site ( http://www.unitedforpeace.org/ )

For Associated Press Story on the Jan 27th March look here - > AP News Article

Monday, January 15, 2007

Zen Live show Recap -

Last night Sunday Jan 14th was our first "Zen Live" Show. It certainly had it's set of problems. Starting with a muted mic for almost 5 minutes and the audience hearing NOTHING to multiple problems with skype conferences and call ins. Eventually we just fell back to my co-hosts Tara916, Euchre, and myself just using the stickam voice ( with lag ) to conduct the show. The topic was "technology - are we moving too fast" and "Video/Still Captures - the impact and responsibility to Internet users". All In all the discussion went well with the preponderance of the audience participating in text.

Here is the article that started the conversation for those who would like to read more on the subject.


We are working on a couple of new ideas to improvement the show as well as ironing out at least some of the technical difficulties. We hope you enjoyed the show and will all stop back next week. Feedback is always welcome. Please feel free to tell us what YOU think.

Until then, Be Well! ~Zen Archer

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Channel: ZenArcher on LiveVideo.com

Channel: ZenArcher on LiveVideo.com: "My Intro"
Well like many of your.. I have taken the plunge and gotten an Account at "LiveVideo.com". In fact I have two! This is a link to the ZenArcher account there, but also be sure to check out "balancingAct" while there.

Also Note that tonight is the 1st "Zen-Live" show at Stickam. I have great hopes and aspirations for this new way of communicating with you. I can't wait to hear your opinions on the topics we will discussing. Please note, this is a discussion, not a debate type of show. Be Sure to listen in and please give us your honest feedback.
Hope to see you all there!

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Knock Out Radio Interview

Hi everyone!

Knock Out Radio at Stickam.com as requested that I visit for a Guest Interview. While I am not exactly sure what kinda of questions they will be asking, or what subjects they would like to talk about, I am sure the show will be most interesting. So.. If you are looking for a little entertainment on Monday stop by and check it out!

Show time ~ Jan. 8th at 8:30 pm

Hope to see you there! Be Well! ~ Zen Archer