Archive for July, 2017

Flash Flood for Dry Mouth

July 28, 2017

I always make sure an interview subject has a bottle of water nearby to battle “dry mouth”. But an experienced special event producer friend, Stephanie Nix, offers her speakers this stuff.

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It’s a squirt of gel, minty fresh, to lube up your speaker’s mouth parts with a shot of moisture. Gonna try this out.

ACTION ITEM: Try it, let me know what you think

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Unnecessary Things

July 26, 2017

When you’re working a job near Chicago and you’re helpfully informed of local taboos.

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ACTION ITEM: Leave it in the glove compartment?

Bottle Battle

July 24, 2017

Here’s a quick travel tip, since these seem to be most popular posts here: before I fly I place a bottle of water in the console of my car so when I return (usually way dehydrated from flying) it’s within reach for a rapid rehydration. It really cuts down on the headaches and tiredness I sometimes feel after a flight, long or short… plus makes me sweeter to be around once I get home 😉

ACTION ITEM: Leave a bottle of water next to the driver’s seat before your departure

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Here There Be Faeries (slightly NSFW)

July 21, 2017

I was out having keys made when my eyes caught a blur of color in the dry grass.

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I looked closer and there they were.

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It’s amazing how much of life happens when we’re too busy to notice. There’s a saying in photography to “move your feet”, meaning find a new perspective on the image you’re capturing – go higher, lower, from behind a tree – move your feet.

ACTION ITEM: Look closer today. Move your feet.

 

New Gear I Got, Part The Third: Aputure LED Lights

July 18, 2017

This is the third of 6 short videos showing some of the new gear I’ve acquired since the end of last year; this one is all about some nifty new wireless Aputure LS-1C LED lamps, ideal for shooting interviews on location. More fun than it sounds 😉

 

ACTION ITEM: Relax. Hydrate. Meditate.

Sink or Sync

July 17, 2017

Here’s a tip for being part of team traveling for business (which also works exquisitely for family travel): make sure, wherever possible, each person carries the same brand and/or model of electronic device (phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) as other members; that way you all also carry the same chargers and accessories! When a charger or other accessory goes kaput for one member of the team (or family!), they can share another member’s charger without having to make a bothersome side trip to an electronics retailer.

ACTION ITEM: Planning a trip? Share technical requirements before you get to the airport

Things Everybody Knows About Except Me, Part 2

July 14, 2017

I saw this in Rimini Street’s Michael Louie’s office wall, a graphic and kinetic method for keeping track of projects 1. to be, 2. being, and 3. been.

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I’d never seen anything like it before and thought it was pretty cool. Then Michael told me it was, in fact, a tried and proven system for “just in time” manufacturing and quality assurance, called Kanban (ˈkänbän/), in use for nearly a generation. Regardless, I like the visual representation of various projects working their jolly way through to completion. I can imagine the shiver of satisfaction I’d experience every time I moved a Post-it® to the column on the right.

ACTION ITEM: Try it

Things Everybody Knows About Except Me, Part 1

July 12, 2017

Ordered a beer with my room service salad in Portland OR, and it was delightful (a locally-brewed IPA). But the room service – guy? – suggested next time I order a super-chilled Shock Top® in a frosty mug with a slice of orange. Couldn’t get it out of my mind, so when I got back home I immediately made one (that’s right, even before unpacking).

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I later mentioned it to a buddy who gleefully informed me I was the last human on earth who knew about this.

ACTION ITEM: Try it.

If This Is Tauranga I Don’t Want to be Tau-right-a

July 10, 2017

The Tauranga wharf, early morning (just before the Trinity Wharf Hotel breakfast buffet), from a recent working trip to New Zealand (on the eastern coast of the North Island)

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ACTION ITEM: Order the Eggs Benedict

Designs for Modern Living

July 7, 2017

Fancy new urinal at SFO. Really messy. Can’t say I cared for it.

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