Showing posts with label Zoom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zoom. Show all posts

Monday, June 14, 2021

Franklin TV: Somewhere In Between Or – Why Do I Feel Undressed?

Via Pete Fasciano - 06-13-2021

As I approach [Store Name – Home Depot, Target, CVS] I stop halfway across the parking lot. Turn around and head back to the car. Again.

Forgot my mask. We are at an in-between time where COVID mandates and rules have softened to become guidelines, recommendations – courtesies. While things are getting better and optimism is on the rise, so is confusion. Do I still mask?

To mask, or not to mask – that – is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer 
the slings and arrows of outrageous infection, 
Or to take arms against a sea of virus
And by masking – end them.
To live— to weep
for those now lost upon the shoals of sorry happenstance 
and doubt in science that hath shielded us
as guide – to light our pathway out.

We are in the churlish waters of change as our new normal envelopes us. Although I’m fully vaxxed, I keep a mask with me – as a courtesy where socially appropriate. If it makes others feel more comfortable, I’m good with it. A social grace.

We’re continuing to rework our facility to better accommodate how programs will be produced in a future that still carries some unknowns, and we continue to adapt. We adapted our way in. We adapt our way back out. Reopening does not mean simply unlocking the front door. Our Community room will now support hybrid Zoom meetings as an option for our guest groups. Our radio programs will as well. There will also be production practices yet to be defined in our TV studios.

The world is forever changed. We’re just not quite certain as to how. But, with change comes opportunity. We intend to find it and seize it. At the moment, we may be ‘in between’, but we are looking and leaning forward.
And –  as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching. 

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Franklin TV: Somewhere In Between Or –  Why Do I Feel Undressed?
Franklin TV: Somewhere In Between Or –  Why Do I Feel Undressed?  

Friday, May 28, 2021

FYI - Zoom update that users will notice

Recorded and livestreamed meetings

"In the latest product update, users will be notified when a meeting they are in is being recorded or livestreamed, along with information about who can see and share the recording and livestream. The user can consent to stay in the meeting or to leave the meeting if they wish.
In addition, users joining a recorded meeting in progress will have their audio and video automatically muted until they click “continue” in the dialog box. These notices will be displayed to all guests joining a meeting or livestream outside the account’s organization, regardless of the account owner’s settings."
There are additional updates but from a user joining a Town meeting, this is the most common. For the full listing visit the Zoom page


Recorded and livestreamed meetings
Recorded and livestreamed meetings


Thursday, May 13, 2021

"Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are" via Senior Center Zoom session - May 21

Join Marjorie Turner Hollman as she discusses "Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are" via Zoom. Marjorie is a Personal Historian / FreelanceWriter and Author who forges connections between generations. 
When: Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM
You must register to attend this free event by emailing
For more information on Marjorie you can go to her website:
Shared from the Senior Center Facebook page:

From the archives: Marjorie did an interview in 2020 that you can listen to here

Marjorie Turner  Hollman
Marjorie Turner  Hollman

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Housing Choice in Your Community - Webinar - May 6

"#HousingChoice: what are the details of the law, what state guidance has been shared, what decisions still need to be made - join us, @MAPCMetroBoston, and @mhphousing on May 6th for answers to these questions and more!"
Register here -> 

Shared from Twitter:

Housing Choice in Your Community - Webinar - May 6
Housing Choice in Your Community - Webinar - May 6

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Franklin TV: "Owl-cam Sees All! Necessity is the mother of invention."

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 04/25/2021

We have all been reprogrammed by ‘Le Virus’. What was is no more, and we are headed toward our new normal, whatever that might be. The term ‘new normal’ has become part of our viral lexicon. We say it, but what is it? No one can fully know. That said, we are already living some part of it in our day-to-day. Specifically, we have changed the way we connect and communicate, and IMHO, some of that change is here to stay. I’ve opined in past scribblings on this page that Zoom is here to stay. I still believe that.

Before: Me? On a video? OMG! No way! My hair! My house! I’m a mess.
After: Zoom?  Yeh, fine.  Let’s hang out. Casual athleisure attire is de rigueur.

While laptop cams are pretty good for one-on-ones, they fall short for whole family shots and groups. Enter Owl-cam. It’s a smart camera. It’s wikkid soopa-smaht!

Owl-cam Sees All!
Owl-cam Sees All!

The Meeting Owl is a webcam. Like a webcam, it sees you; it also hears your voice. It has a built-in speaker system. Camera-microphone-speaker, all-in-one, and all connect to your computer with one standard USB cable. No fuss. No muss.

Owl-cam knows who is speaking in a group and shows only that person or persons to the other participants at the far end of the Zoom meeting. What is Owl-cam, and how does it work this magic? It has not 1, but 8 built-in directional microphones arranged in a circle inside its vaguely owl-like casing. Hence, its round shape.

The dome camera is actually at the top, but looks sideways for a 360-degree panorama view. The microphones inform the camera where the person speaking is seated. The camera pulls that person from the panorama image.  When two people speak, it does a side-by-side split-screen image of both.

You’ll see Owl-cams in action in the days ahead. We’re installing some in Town Hall, the Senior Center, our own community room, and wherever future groups gather to conduct hybrid Zoom meets in our new normal.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.


Get this week's program guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online  or for archive purposes