Saturday, December 23, 2006

Five Things

I've been tagged twice for the five things blog tag game by Rick Rey and Drew Olanoff.

Does that mean?
a) I must list ten things, and tag ten people.
b) The two tags meet here, and therefore I do not tag further.

Please leave your opinion in the comments. If there is tagging, then I will tag from my comments.

OK , here they are. Five things that you may not know about me.

1. My left foot is slightly larger than my right. That means, I suppose, I dress to my left, at least in regard to socks.
2. I was named the "Betty Crocker All American Family Leader of Tomorrow", by General Mills when I was a Senior in High School. Cooking was not involved.
3. I spend more quiet time than not.
4. I play saxophone (infrequently now, and worse than Bill Clinton)
5. I just read the biography of "Cod" by Mark Kulansky. With our oceans being completely fished out in forty years, it is more interesting than you may think.

The best place to find McVideo these days is on my site and a community for creative professionals at . You may still see the McVlog Archives here.

At the end of her journey across America, Amanda Congdon stopped by and we had a great talk, and an energizing dance. This is the interview...I thought that you would enjoy it.

Also John Furrier, CEO ofPodtech had grabbed me for a few questions at the Vloggies in November.

See you at The Late Nite Mash

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Amanda Congdon Interview

At the end of her journey across America, Amanda Congdon stopped by and we had a great talk, and an energizing dance. This is the interview...I thought that you would enjoy it.

Amanda Congdon is a great star that is emerging from the new media. She just announced a deal with HBO to develop a series, and has much more to come after her arrival in Los Angeles.

She is one reason that I started doing this, and it was a special pleasure and privilege to get to know her, and be part of her journey Amanda Across America.

The best place to find McVideo these days is on my site and community at

You may still see the McVlog archives here.

We are serving three minutes late nite daily posted at noon Pacific Time M-F.

Watch the video, subscribe via rss or email and join the creative community. It is becoming a place to Mash it up with dancers, photographers, animators, videographers, and just about anyone creative.

See you at the Mash at

Monday, October 30, 2006

Special Thanks and a Premiere

Joey Altruda | W.O. Thompson

On the occasion of the premiere of The Late Nite Mash today, I wanted to thank Spencer and Niko, as well as the encouragement I got from the joining of the talents of Joey Altruda and W.O. Thompson via cyperspace.

See you at the Mash.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Late Nite Mash Theme

Joey Altruda just completed the original Late Nite Mash Theme, and I am stoked. We start on Monday at

Monday, October 23, 2006

Where Has He Been?

The Late Nite Mash

Hello! Where have I been? I've been getting ready for The Late Nite Mash , working on the web site and community, and grateful for all those that have joined. The party is getting started.

The Late Nite Mash starts October 30th....get ready for that. And come join the community now at .

You may leave a comment and let me know where you thought I might have been.

Also check out these links:
Galacticast | Geek Entertainment TV

Friday, October 06, 2006

Rocketboom and an Announcement

story links: Late Nite Mash | Rocketboom | Amanda Across America | Reggie Watts | W.O. Thompson | MagmaWave

Every idea starts with inspiration. I created the McVlog because of all the great Internet video being produced.

Here we profile Rocketboom, perhaps the online video leader. I caught up with host Joanne Colan and producer Andrew Michael fact, I took them to the airport after the Podcasting and Portable Media Expo. I rushed them there in my hybrid, just in time to conduct the interview. It was a fun and interesting drive, and I discovered Joanne almost became the voice of a navigation system. She knows L.A., so I turned off the navigation and let her tell me where to go. Oh, and she did.

In the profile, I talk about Rocketboom, Joanne Colan and her title as "The Hottest Woman on the Planet", and the future of Rocketboom with Andrew. Of course, any story about Rocketboom would be incomplete without mentioning Amanda Congdon, who is now traveling across the United States in a Ford hybrid in Amanda Across America.

We are starting our own journey here. I am announcing the next step in this online world: "The Late Nite Mash".

“The Late Nite Mash” is “The Tonight Show” compressed and re-imagined for the Web. Three minutes a day, posted at noon in LA, the show is a happening; with interesting guests, new music, smart humor, and popular web videos, all presented with a hip after-hours sensibility. “The Late Nite Mash” has a community of viewer contributors submitting videos and music. The website,, is a social network and a show in itself, but the daily “Late Nite Mash” show sets the standard with celebrities and discoveries.

The site is up and running in beta (aren't we all?), and the show will be in previews soon. Join in, the party is getting started. Make a profile and say hello.

Also included in this McVlog package is the complete interview with Andrew and Joanne. Let it's after the promo.

Oh, and guess which Wikipedia page is real?
Daniel McVicar
Daniel McVicar

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Secret Identities

I have met the Scobleizer, a superhero in his own transparent way. And here in Hollywood, I met a young lady with her own secret identity.

In this McVlog I also reveal an identity from my past.

All this and a pillowfight.

Oh, and a shoutout to Steve Garfield. What is your secret identity?

Monday, September 18, 2006

One Big Vlogofamily

I appreciate everyone who has been in contact with me over the last week. Irina of GeekTV had noticed what she calls a vlogger crush. I wore a ZeFrank shirt when I interviewed Robert Scoble, and was surprised when Ze wore a McVicar Beer T-shirt during his show. I nodded back with a duckie from the happy meal on Monday.

This is not a crush. We are men. Macho vlogging men. These are shoutouts.

I really appreciate it coming from Ze. He is the best. If you haven't seen his address to the TED conference, you should.

I've enjoyed being on "The Bold and the Beautiful" for many years, and the people there are like a family to me.

I jumped with both feet into the Blogosphere with The McVlog, and have found a great family and community. There are certain people I admire, certain shows that inspire me. Rocketboom is the platinum standard, with its 3 minutes of daily delight and compressed content. Ze Frank is blazingly bright, funny, and a true visionary. Amanda Congdon, a real rising star, is taking this form across platforms, and now that she is de-boomed she's taking us across the country in Amanda Across America. The first groups I profiled have turned out to be my friends, and their work is wonderful: The Jet Set Show, 88Slide and Noodlescar.

Steve and Zadi of The Jet Set Show are spinning off their RSS News puppets into RSSNews.TV. It must be true that "Hands Up Our Ass Make Us Feel Alive!", and you can see why when Ernesto, their sexy correspondent, interviews me. We did this without rehearsal, script, and in one take. It makes me laugh.

Click to watch the video in a new window

See you soon with a new McVlog.

Out to Lunch

story links: zefrank | Ben Myers | CoralPoetry | Dean Martin | Blogs of Note by Blogger | MagmaWave

I noticed a great deal of traffic this weekend, not on the roads, but on my blog. thanks to Blogger for making me a Blog of Note(do I get a plaque?) and to all who visited. It is time to step up my game.

But first, I want to take you all to lunch. Come on!

p.s. for some reason this blog was down for a couple of hours. It is back, and I will stay so that the terrorists don't win.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Robert Scoble: The Blogger King

story links: Robert Scoble | Jeff Pulver | Jeff Jarvis | zefrank | Google

From the Hollywood Hills to an undisclosed location in Silicon Valley, I tracked down the King of the Bloggers, Robert Scoble.

Robert is one of the most positive and delightful people that I have had the pleasure to know. I interviewed him for the McVlog, and also enjoyed his company over dinner. I also had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife Maryam.

I can see why Robert has become such a force and voice in technology. He is candid, curious and has a certain kindness.

Although he should never be underestimated, for he will confront evil in his online persona "The Scobleizer".

I am looking forward to his video work coming soon. I would like to see where his curious mind takes us. And Robert, my vote for the name of your show is "The Scoble Show". 'Nuff said.

Here you can see our report, and also a more complete interview with Robert.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Rabbit Bites and Message to Hank

Buzz has been asking for a new McVlog, so here you are. Not industry buzz, although we are getting some of that here and here. No, the Buzz that was needing a McVlog fix was my friend Buzz Belmondo the Filipino entertainer now teamed with Carl Bradley, a former network executive. Sounds strange and funny, and it is.

I hope you all enjoy this McVlog, especially one bright young redheaded man in New York City.

We are gearing up for a daily show here this fall, and I will tell you more about that later. The McVlog will continue as my personal video communication.

Thanks to Robert Scoble and Amanda Congdon for the shoutouts this week.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Reactions and Rabbits

The McVlog has received many comments and reactions, and I thought I'd take the time to address some of the feedback I've collected.

We shot this at Joey's Place, a really cool recording studio dating back to 1936 across from Paramount Studios in Hollywood. I hung out with maestro Joey Altruda.

The McVlog has captured the attention of two funny bunny vlog satirists at I've never gotten that much attention from Bunnies in all my visits to the Playboy Mansion. Oh, and here is a link for one of my favorite recipes: rabbit on a stick.

I will be traveling to New York this week, and look forward to staying in touch.

Thanks to Steve Garfield for the clip, and anyone else who chimed in.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Millie

It's Millie Garfield' s Birthday, and I would like to join the voices in a big shout out to her. Happy Birthday Millie, you are amazing, and I am happy to be your friend.

I always loved a song "Millie Make Some Chili" by Billy Vera and the Beaters. Billy is an old friend, and also an avid viewer of "The Bold and the Beautiful" for almost twenty years. I asked him to sing a little for you.

He is a legend in the music business, complete with a number one song "At this Moment" and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thanks Billy!

I hope that you have a Happy Birthday Millie. I know I was very happy to wish you one.

Also, this McVlog just posted:
Craig Newmark and the Craigslist Foundation

Craig Newmark and the Craigslist Foundation

This McVlog has a special correspondent piece in San Francisco. Craig Newmark invited me to his home to discuss The Craigslist Foundation, a non profit organization. I later visited the office of Darian Heyman, its executive director.

Comedian Pat Mellon wrote a song especially for this piece: "Ode to Craigslist". Thanks, Pat.

The Craigslist Foundation is holding a BootCamp for non profits August 19th.

For a great example of a non profit that could use some help check out Ze Frank's PSBI.
credits: Magmawave, hotboops

Bonus interviews:

interview with Darian Heyman

interview with Craig Newmark

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Blogher Box Set

I thought that you may enjoy all of The McVlog reports and interviews all together in one place. So here it is, the Blogher 06 Box Set.

New interviews just posted today include The MommyBloggers, with Meghan Townsend, Jenn Satterwhite, and Jenny Lauck, Liz Henry and Ellen Leanse of

You will also find interviews with Arianna Huffington, Zadi Diaz, Lisa Stone and Jory des Jardins.

Shout out to some delightful people that I met at Blogher 06. Steve Garfield, Millie Garfield, Amanda Congdon, Robert Scoble, , John Furrier, and Elisa Camahort

Thanks to a great team here at MagmaWave, Niko Rantala and Spencer Bainbridge for keeping it all flowing.

Next week we will bring you a report from The Craigslist Foundation and an interview with Craig Newmark.

Thanks for visiting The McVlog. Here's your change. Have a nice day.

Music credits:

Stringbeat1 by Blaksmith

Sweet Night by Blaksmith

Hotboops1 by Hot Boops and the Funky Coustellons

Hornslogic 4 by Andrea Fantuzzi

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Blogher Part Two and some more bonus interviews

In part two of my report from BlogHer, I look at the growth of the conference, the changes coming on the web, and get a sense of community.

I have also included an extended interview with the delightful Zadi Diaz of .

Zadi Diaz interview

And Jenn and the Mommy Bloggers, don't worry. I will be putting up the FULL interview with you, not just the ball bits. I did take your threat seriously.

Special thanks to my team at MagmaWave, Spencer Bainbridge and Niko Rantala.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Late Late Show , Ferguson, McVicar and Andy Garcia

Watch the video

I got interrupted while I was editing the "Blogher Part Two" report to go and do an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".  This was my tenth appearance, and it airs tonight.

My old and dear friend Andy Garcia was also on the show , talking about his touching and wonderful film "The Lost City", now released on DVD.

I had shot some footage of Andy on Monday at an appearance of the Cineson All's a few seconds.

The McVlog will return tomorrow with "Blogher Part Two" and some more interviews.


Monday, August 07, 2006

Interview with Arianna Huffington at Blogher

Part Two of my report from Blogher is on its way. In the meantime, I am posting the interview with Arianna Huffington.

I have always loved powerful and beautiful women. Arianna Huffington is both. Her Huffington Post has provided a place on the web for direct and always interesting political discourse. Soon to come will be "Politics Aside", a section of the site where anything and everything can be discussed.

In this interview she also discusses being fearless, her new book, and the war in Israel and Lebanon.

BlogHer part One

Lisa Stone Interview

Jory des Jardins Interview

Friday, August 04, 2006

BlogHer Part One

I attended the BlogHer conference over last weekend, and was absolutely impressed. It seems that so much is bubbling up from so many, that communities are forming and taking hold.

The Blogher Bunch is an example of the power and the growth of blogging and vlogging.

I came to listen, to learn and not interfere. However, I did get to visit with many impressive bloggers, including Arianna Huffington, Lisa Stone and Jory Des Jardins of Blogher.

In part one, I deal with my fears in being a man in a woman's blogger world. There will be more in part two. I am also posting interviews today with Lisa Stone and Jory des Jardins. I will have complete interviews posted with Arianna Huffington, Zadi Diaz, the Mommybloggers, and many others.

Lisa Stone Interview

Jory des Jardins Interview

Thursday, July 27, 2006

NewAssignment and Craig

Craig Newmark of Craigslist talks about his seed donation to , Jay Rosen's new adventure in a professional and citizen journalism hybrid.

I went to San Francisco to do a profile on the craigslist foundation, and Craig Newmark was kind enough to give me some time.

He spoke about and I wanted to post this report.

I shot it with two cameras, an HDSony and my laptop cam. I focused the HD on Craig, and the laptop on me. Unfortunately, I bumped the laptop, and the picture is not framed well. However, Craig looks great. After all the years on the soap opera, perhaps I am maturing by making everyone else look better.

He is so well spoken and caring, he will always look great.

To find out more about you may visit its website.

I did get over to the craigslist foundation in the afternoon and visited with Darian Heyman. I will bring that report in the future.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's Noodlescar!

A profile of the delightful Orange County Blog Noodle Scar produced by the husband and wife team of Lan Bui and Bonny Pierzina.

You will be enchanted.

I am going up this weekend to interview a leader in the Web, and profile his foundation. You have all used his website, and won't always say what for. Leave me a comment and a guess.

music by

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Take a Ride on 88slide!

In my continuing series "Meet the Vloggers" I talk with Noah Bonnett of 88slide. Thanks Noah, I love Jack Davis at Mad Magazine, but I learned to draw from Mort Drucker.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Jet Set Show, Steve and Zadi's Wedding Night Video and Rocketboom

In this vlog I talk with Steve and Zadi from "The Jet Set Show". This children's show is their contribution to the new medium. Zadi and Steve also talk about Amanda Congdon and Andrew Baron, and their involvement in the show and the future.
I wanted to be kind and not deal with gossip, but the reality is that the Rocketboom blowup has brought more attention to this space in the media.
I am enjoying my visit in this space, and am hatching my own contribution to come soon. Tomorrow we should have ready the 88slide profile.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MSM meets the Vloggers

I am fascinated by the new wave of communication coming from vloggers. I went Saturday to a “Meet the Vloggers” night at the Apple Store in LA, and just finished my MCVlog 1. You will see more this week....I will profile 88slide, jetsetshow, and noodlescar. Also, there will be some interesting comments in the vlog tomorrow (if I can figure out the editing) from the creators of The Jet Set Show regarding the Rocketboom blowup. My thanks to , and . The MSM meets the vloggers.

Peace. Daniel

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I send my prayers and best wishes to the good people of Lebanon and Israel.

I don't have answers, but I have been in that part of the world, and hosted of all things a beauty pageant live from Beirut the day after Israel had retaliated and bombed Beirut. Bombers were flying overhead as we were rehearsing, and the producers had pumped up the music so that I wouldn't be aware.

Several people were killed in those raids, including some firefighters in Beirut. In the US, we are not aware of many of the peaceloving people in that part of the world. Men and women and children who just want to live, work, play, as we do everywhere. Perhaps the music is turned up too loud.


I've worked in the main stream media for my career. It has given me the opportunity to be introduced to literally hundreds of millions of people through the world.

I am fascinated by the participation and the growing community in the vlogging world. It changes the dynamic from top down to unlimited exchange.

I am working on the best way to join these two worlds, not to pit one against another. Communication is after all the goal.

So, I join you fellow vloggers. Thanks for your inspiration.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Okay, I got a hybrid car already. However, I just saw "An Inconvenient Truth". What was I thinking for so long. I always thought that solar energy was cool, knew that worldwide population growth was exploding, but I did my time driving an SUV.

As the Nile river was drying up, I was into denial.

So, bit by bit, recyclable within my reach by recyclable, I will make a difference.

I spend time most summers backpacking in the Sierra Mountains near Yosemite. I always do lo impact camping, taking all my trash out with me, leaving not a trace as I walk through extraordinary country.

So we all should all tread more lightly. Especially us American pigs. We consume more than we need to. Corn in particular, but I will get into that another time.