I'm really excited about this Storm season, not only because it's my SIXTH (!!!) season with the team, but also because we're producing a behind-the-scenes documentary series Eye on the Storm, and it's been a ton of fun to produce.
In the past my work for the Storm has been mostly entertainment and event focused, but this season we're going all-in on the basketball story. There's a place for the silly skits (and we're still doing a few), but the story of the team, and especially the players, is really what the fans are there to see, so I'm excited to be able to focus on that this season.
Oh, and then there was this...
I didn't prompt her to say that, she brought it up on her own I swear! She was referring to the Intro Video on opening night.
I shot this story on hurricane Sandy's effect on New York City's utility and transportation infrastructure for the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the UW a while back. It wasn't the most exciting topic, or shoot, but it was nice to dip a toe back into journalism again.
If you know me at all you probably know that I'm kind of obsessed with my neighborhood, Capitol Hill. Pretty much my entire life happens along either Pike, Pine or Broadway on the hill. So I was excited to be the official videographer for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce's "State of the Hill" event a couple weeks ago. The video I produced is below, and the full State of the Hill address is up on the chambers' website.
I'm testing out a Dropcam today for possible use in a client project. So if you've ever dreamed of spying on me while I work, today is your lucky day!
UPDATE 12:45 -- this is creeping me out a little. Not sure how long I'll be leaving this on!
I haven't touched a PC in years, so I haven't ever really had to worry about viruses and things like that. But a couple months ago, my browser was highjacked by something that kept redirecting me to a site called LinkBucks, which is just a page with a bunch of spammy links that pays referrers every time they send someone there. The worst part of it was, I'd google the issue, and then this virus (or whatever it was, I'm not sure it was a virus I guess) would block all virus scanning sites, and even support forums that described how to solve the problem!
It sounds like this is something a lot of other people are experiencing, so I figured I'd share how I've dealt with the problem. Without getting in to too much detail -- all you have to do to get rid of the re-direct is clear your browser cache, re-set your browser to default settings, and reset your ROUTER to factory settings. None of the virus scans ever found anything, because the virus lives in the router (apparently they can do that?!) so that's why you have to reset the router to factory settings.
One more note: if this problem is happening on one computer, don't connect any others to the wifi network until you've reset it! Otherwise they'll get it too. I made that mistake before I realized the router was the issue.
It was a really exciting and optimistic time when Mike McGinn was elected as the Mayor of Seattle in 2009, with his election following shortly after Obama's swearing in (remember how excited we were about that one?!).
His urbanist positions on density, bike improvements and transit are exactly what we need in Seattle and are what a majority of Seattleites say they support. So I have never understood why, even in liberal Seattle, so many people become anti-density, anti-bike and anti-transit when it comes time for real-world implementation. I thought that McGinn's take on this would be interesting to hear, as someone who more than anyone else right now, personifies urbanism in Seattle.
So, yesterday I asked Dominic Holden, the smart and telegenic (a rare combo for journalists in Seattle) News Editor at The Stranger, to interview him on this topic at my studio. It's still up for debate what form this project will take, because it all came together really quickly (I didn't think he'd say yes when I asked for an interview!). So stay tuned for updates and let me know if you have any suggestions for relevant articles, interviews, people, ideas, etc that I should be aware of.
Below is a behind the scenes look at the shoot, in the form of a pop-up video.
Happy 2014 everyone! I finally decided that it was time to put some energy into my branding. Rather than designing everything myself as I've done in the past, I hired my friend Tony Tran to design this logo for me.
The triangle is a play on the "play" button (a little expected, I know), but I really like how it feels both structured and organic, with the geometric lines countered with the shades of blue. I think it's a great representation of my style.
Matching website, and reel (my first one!) coming soon...
A few years ago I produced a video for the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog on Gabriel Campanario AKA Seattle Sketcher, whose sketches appear in his column for the Seattle Times. Then, a few months ago I got a call from the Museum of History and Industry, asking to use my video in an exhibit of Campanario's work. Of course I said yes. The exhibit, "Drawn to Seattle," opened on Dec 21 and runs through May 26.
The video is below, and to the left are some photos I took at the Member Reception for the exhibit. That's me shooting in the sketch on the left!
The new MOHAI is great by the way, I definitely recommend visiting if you haven't been yet (preferably before May 26!)
And here's Alex Berry (another talented Capitol Hill based videographer) guarding it for me in the other spot we had it set up, this shot is in there briefly, at 1:46.