superhappyvloghouse / OjaiDigitalDojo
  • If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!



Page history last edited by Bert Mahoney 15 years, 2 months ago

Password to edit this wiki is: sh1vh


! Updates



Come to the Ojai Digital Dojo - Node 101 - Super Happy Vlog House



  • To get together a collective group of vloggers who want to work on projects and learn new things
  • To create and share some great new videos
  • To converse, mingle, teach, learn and have a great time
  • To get stuff done!



  • 2009: Saturday, February 7th. Most folks show up by lunch and spend the night.
  • 2008: Weekend of February 16. Bring your valentine. Photos from the event:
  • 2007: First weekend of April, like March 30, 31, April 1. April Fool's Weekend! (no kidding!) We had a great time! Here's a video from SHVH2007-


  • Show up on Friday night if you like and stay over... then from "9am Saturday to 9am Sunday", we vlog. It's a vlogathon!


What will we do?



  • Here's a video from a Super Happy Dev House put on by David Weekly of PBWiki. Vlogger friends Ryan Hodson and Jay Dedman made this great videoblog post about it. This inspired Super Happy Vlog House. You'll get the idea.
  • Create videos. Interview someone. Document the local nature trails and preserves. Learn or teach animation. Show each other cool videos and sites. Find out how to solve problems with video or web related tools. Find out what others are working on.
  • Work on projects. Create a new vlog or convert that old one to Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal site. Finish editing that video. Check out Second Life. Talk to a geek or a creative who can give you some concrete suggestions and new ideas.
  • Teach each other something. In "barcamp" style, the Digital Dojo is available as a classroom, workshop or screening room, and outside the room will be an open schedule where anyone can block off time. Teach us about RSS feeds, video formats, special effects, or just plain how to make a good videoblog, videoblogging workflows and techniques, favorite vlogs, your choice.
  • If you want to take a break while you're here, check out, and The Ojai Post for ideas.
  • Bring a list of video blogs that you like. Share the list. You may find something interesting that you didn't know about. We can also talk about why we like what we like.
  • A group of bicyce riders will be stopping by for a mid-ride lunch and refreshment break. They are fun folks and very photogenic.

Some discussion ideas:

  • stats -- what stats should you collect and who should you get them from
  • wordpress and showinabox -- installation of wordpress, plugins, stats, how to customize your homepage with showinabox and what are the pros/cons of using a service like
  • How do people optimize their workflow?
  • SEO
  • players -- customizing the blip player and what are all the other players you see in vlogs
  • What's new at blip?
  • backing up -- a follow-up to the recent discussion in our yahoo group
  • social networking -- does anyone use facebook/myspace to promote their vlog?
  • old iMovie vs new iMovie
  • feeds -- what's the latest on feeds, esp. Rox's question to the group (Blip is creating its own RSS feed for shows?)
  • Please jump in and add your own ideas...



Some ideas for collaborative projects:

  • Creative Commons bumpers and promos "I think the SF or Ojai node will be focusing on making our own CC intro/outros. well as some short promos explaining why CC is important. again, this is all DIY. - Jay"
  • Community Access related vlogging. Neighborhood networks.
  • Please add your own project ideas here...


How do I get there?

  • We are about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. Take US 101 to Hwy 33/150 intersection.
  • Location: The Ojai Digital Dojo in Ventura, CA (map)
  • See for pictures and more info. We have lots of room here. Lots of places to work/play, wireless, three guest bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, indoor and outdoor showers, plus extra couches and futons, you can also pitch tents or pull up a camper or RV. BBQ and firepits. Please RSVP or 805-640-7447 if you'd like to reserve a room or camping spot. Children and pets are welcome (we have two dogs and three cats). Swimming pool and spa. River preserve hiking trail nearby. Large room suitable for workshops and screening videos. Gardens and lots of open space.
  • VTA Bus and Ojai Trolley stop within one block of the Dojo. Amtrac and Greyhound available from LA, OC, SD, SB, SF and most other major California cities. RoadRunner shuttle service to LAX and Burbank. Coordinate rideshare through this wiki or Markus.
  • I made a video from some pictures and videos that we shot at the first workshop. I used iMovie on my Mac PowerBook G4. The videos are not all the great as the lighting was poor and people were just learning to use the camera (half the time we did not even know it was on). I need to plan to shoot more video during the sessions, but everyone was so busy having fun and learning that we just forgot. Click the pic to view the vid. You can also find a copy on the Internet Archive.


Internet Access

  • We have two internet connections available wireless access points/routers. (Time Warner, about 3Mb down/1Mb up on a good day).


How much will it cost?

  • The whole point behind the weekend is to have fun, not to worry about money. Please feel free to bring food and beverages for yourself and to share with others. Potluck. We'll probably have some mexican food and pizza around. There is a full kitchen available. There is an organic market down the street (two blocks), a hamburger stand (Ojai Jolly Kone), a mini-mart, resturants and licquer store all within walking distance (5 blocks).
  • Of course, travel can be a major cost these days. If you are in serious need of assistance, please apply for Node 101 travel funds. Contact Markus for more information about travel stipends. Recipients are expected to make two videoblog posts about their experience at Super Happy Vlog House.


What do I bring?

  • Laptop or computer. We have some extras, but they are pretty funky.
  • Cameras. We have some of these you can use, but bring em if you got em.
  • Power supply. Please label it with your name, and we'll be sure it makes it home with you.
  • Tent. If you want to camp out (weather permitting). There is lots of backyard space for this. We also have a few spare rooms and couches (contact Markus if you wish to reserve one). There is also pleanty of parking space if you have a camper, RV or truck.
  • Sleeping bag and your favorite pillow.
  • Towels if you want to go swimming or use the spa. We have lots, but never enough!


Attendees 2009



Alumni 2008

  • Markus Sandy - videoblogging, wordpress, drupal, social networking
  • Alicia Shay - political vlogger and artist, Flash, Drupal and Java geek
  • Lan Bui - videoblogging, professional photography
  • Bonny Pierzina - videoblogging,,
  • Mike Hedge - film producer
  • Mike Ambs - project pedal, videoblogging
  • Michael Jahn + 1 - PDF Evangelist, Magicomm partner and Content SPEWER. 52 but an EPIC-FU fan.
  • Jim Joseph - author, vlogger and all around coffee conisour
  • Ross Bochnik - I frequent BarCamp, MobileCamp, and Dorkbot to discuss wearable video and computing. I'm starting a series for Boing Boing TV on Technomadism, and will be riding my enduro to Ojai.
  • Chris Ritke and - content recommendation, videoblogging, design, Java programming
  • Patrick O'Connor - travel photography
  • Jordan Lederer- Dinosaur seeking shape of oncoming asteroid
  • Patricia Lange - videoblogging anthropologist and fan of the Digital Dojo
  • Tyler Suchman - social entrepreneur, digital community activist, Ojai rabble-rouser



Alumni 2007



Never edited a wiki page before?

  • Just press the "Edit page" button at the top or bottom of this page.
  • You don't need to sign up for a pbwiki account unless you want to.
  • The password is in the description above the log-in form.
  • The password is so in your face you may miss it!
  • We do that to keep out the spambots.
  • Still can't get it to work? Then email markus dot sandy at for help.



Much of this wiki page was hacked from Susan's page Thanks Susan!

Comments (2)

Lan Bui said

at 2:00 pm on Jul 9, 2008

I deleted the spam.

Anonymous said

at 4:36 am on Jul 10, 2008

thanks. me too. spammers are active lately.

You don't have permission to comment on this page.