Huggacast Episode Thirty Three: Blogging Shanghai Day One

Video from day one in Shanghai at the Intel Developer Forum and riding the Bund.

Name Change: Bike Huggr

To make ourselves more relevant in Web 2.0, we’re changing our name to Bike Huggr. Later today, the rebrand will roll out with various other two-syllable, no consonant sounds and new consumer goods like

  • Bikr Blogr - a bike blog tool
  • Huggr Luggr - a luggage line
  • Headgrr - a folding helmet line

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and we’re working on wrapping old bikes with carbon fiber to speed them up.

Crashing the French Concession

Last night we toured the French concession with Robert from the Crash Test Dummy blog. Besides every other occupation you can imagine, Robert occasionally straps a camera to his bike, rides to work in Shanghai traffic, and uploads the video. We naturally have something in common. And besides introducing us to Yue-Sai Kan, the most famous women in China who also has a blog, we also talked about Shanghai at length. Living, working, riding here, and the culture.

  • Uncomfortably jammed into a Subway during rush hour – survived by going to a happy place, and thought of riding the Costa Brava, instead of the guy literally breathing down my neck.
  • Spotted a very proud Dahon owner
  • Eyes blinded by a shop of bright light – it was lit like a bad cocaine hangover
  • Checked the Shanghai fashion – a western/mandarin blend much like [Firefly](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series)
  • Wondered about this wanted poster.

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And saw a glimpse of the Sun this morning. After more coffee it’s off to the Intel Developer Forum and all the new mobile technology.

Blogging Shanghai: Missionaries

Let us tell you about the good Word of the Hugga …

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Hugger at Work

We use a collection of mobile apps and hardware for the mobile social, including

  • Twitter Mobile — a lightweight page optimized for phones and mobile internet devices
  • Flickr emailer — a mailto function from Flickr that includes, title, subject, and tags; take a photo and email it to Flickr.
  • TwitterFeed — sends our Hugger feed to Twitter.
  • Feedburner — splices our Delicious links, posts, and photos into one feed.
  • Movable Type — our blogging engine of choice.

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I post with my iPhone and MacBookPro. While not recommend for the non-experienced rider (especially in traffic), I shoot on-the-bike video with a Casio Exilim and edit that in iMovie HD (the older version). We’ll move to Final Cut Pro later in the year with the arrival of the new Canon HDs camcorders. I also expect an incredible offering of mobblogging apps, as soon as developers figure out the iPhone SDK, Intel’s Atom products start showing up, and mobile internet devices mature. We’ll see a bunch of those devices tomorrow here in Shanghai.

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