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Author's profile photo Jim Spath

30 seconds over the hill

Back over a month ago, Craig Cmehil You and your 30 seconds! to contribute “introductory” videos, showing who you are, and what might be important to you.  I was an early participant, because Craig has great ideas, and I always learn from stepping out.  Mine was rather tame, particularly compared to what followed, even described as intimidating I think, as I shot it sitting outside looking into the sun.

A few of us (me, Blag, and Thorsten) kicked around ideas on twitter about how to improve the quality and quantity of the submissions.  We’ve decided to host an awards show.  Those familiar with the “anti-Oscar” called the “Razzies” will understand why we chose to call our recognition program the “SCNotty” awards. 

Here are a few comments from our dialogue on what categories videos might be judged on:

  • @Blag @jspath55 @thorstenster Crazy ideas….I love it -;) But need more promotion to get more people sending videos…can compete with you guys!
  • @thorstenster @jspath55 @Blag More #scnotties categories: worst character development, most cryptic
  • @thorstenster @jspath55 @Blag Razzies award show for SCN short – great idea. Primary goal should be to get more people to submit an entry. Wacha think?
  • @Blag @jspath55 Razzies award? That would be nice…but I don’t really want to win LOL
  • @thorstenster@Blag @jspath55 I also thought the video must be kind of professional when I did mine
  • @Blag @jspath55 I think the same…I thought the video must be kinda professional until I watched the others -:(
  • @nathomson @jspath55 Watching your SCN video. Very subdued :-). Are you really retiring soon?


I created a wiki page beneath the main entry page:

30 Seconds of Recognition

We will add the categories and other contest details there.  We plan to do something online before SAP TechEd in October 2009.

By the way, my second 30-second video is below.  I created it on my NetBSD workstation using XPaint and gifsicle, and the Jimbert character Blag and I created for his comic strip, in about 90 minutes of hacking.


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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      LOL I love the idea, very cool of you 3 to jump in and take over 🙂

      In true SDN tradition now that it's turned into a real contest SDN will reward prizes (goes for the BPX, BOC and UA folks as well).

      Every submission will get 40 points and the each winner will get 200 points (I know it's not as many points as in the past for video content but we are talking 30 seconds here). Everyone who adds their name and video to this page will get the "submission" points and Jim and the others can inform me of the winners when selected.

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham
      It was so easy to produce.  I just propped up my phone and started filming.  ( It was my kids who persuaded me to submit it uncut and unedited ).

      For my next one, I'll get my son to give it the full treatment tho'  The other videos on the account as my youtube one are done largely by him.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Adding so much fun to SCN - and great to get to know peopel's faces. We had so much fun making our video (Christine Puccio of Sun and I)
      Author's profile photo Jon Reed
      Jon Reed
      Definitely a great idea, I'd love to see more SCN profile videos and the awards sound dreamy. Hmm, I wonder what inspired the bad hair award.

      By the way, I don't know if it's too straightforward for an award, but I was really impressed by those who actually did limit their videos to 30 seconds...both of mine were a couple of minutes. I know Craig said you could take up to ten minutes, but seems like there should be some kind of "most impressive cramming of info into 30 seconds" award. I know I found those who pulled this off worthy of recognition.

      - Jon