Archive for September, 2017

Farm to Bar to Rehab to Farm…

September 27, 2017

A favorite client took Lisa and me to a trendy Santa Barbara bar where they create “farm-to-bar” cocktails where you really don’t know what you’re going to get until the produce wagon rolls up (you do get to specify your poison). Like having salad followed by a hangover 😉

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There’s My Lucky Penny!

September 26, 2017

I peeled off my mobile phone case while hanging out Saturday in the airline lounge. Must be like finally getting a cast taken off – boy, was it nasty in there. I’m replacing the old one with this one. Prolly not the least bit practical but boy does it look keen.

 

Wall O’ Sodas

September 22, 2017

Passing through Martinez, CA. last Tuesday on my way to a shoot, stopped in to grab a bite at Luigi’s Deli and Market (recommended, BTW). I found this wall o’ sodas to be as dazzling as it was tanta-tanta-tantalizing.

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ACTION ITEM: Grab a soda

8-Passenger Van

September 20, 2017

I think I might have mentioned once that when I order ground transportation for crew and gear, I’ve learned not to order any kind of minivan. Rather, I’m sure to specify a minimum 8-passenger van. We use 1CARES while in Europe as they go all-out to meet our expectations – even to the extent of providing this (for a trip from Krefeld Germany to Amsterdam) just to be sure we had the room we needed.

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ACTION ITEM: It’s hard to overestimate your needs when ordering transport for people and gear

Watch Me Disappear

September 19, 2017

We’re super excited at the debut of new facilities at local media powerhouse NCTV; in particular their newly-created green screen “cyclotron”, shown here with Executive Director Ramona Howard. Both my son, Andy, and I have memberships at NCTV and are eager to put these new facilities to the test. We may be shooting a green screen video test Friday – we’ll let you know how it works out.

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ACTION ITEM: Stand by for the verdict

Bad Signs or When Urine Trouble

September 16, 2017

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I like the exclamation point.

ACTION ITEM: Nothing else.

Greg Smith on working onsite with Bill Rolland

September 15, 2017

Greg Smith, Director at Cisco, describes why he uses Bill Rolland to shoot and edit onsite, especially at events where social media plays an important role.

ACTION ITEM: If you have an event that can benefit from posting videos in near real-time (and, honestly, which wouldn’t?), talk to Bill.

How Not to Treat Users at Your International Airport

September 11, 2017

I actually like flying in and out of SFO, but this stuff drives me bananas, not least because I feel for visitors from out-of-state, especially those for whom English is not their primary language. When you step out of Baggage Claim, you’ll find your shuttle at the blue and white painted curb. See it?

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Of course not, and it’s ridiculous to think you can. That’s okay, just follow the signs helpfully printed in 8 point Helvetica…

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… because of course SFO needs to make its signs all but unreadable at any distance longer than your arm. Oh, there it is.

See, all you have to do is push your nostrils into it:

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ACTION ITEM: How is your organization making it needlessly difficult for users to get their grubbies on your product or service?

Life Hack

September 6, 2017

I’d be lost without the sticker

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ACTION ITEM: Wipe Away

Grossest Thing Emily Has Seen on a Plane

September 1, 2017

My daughter sat next to a guy who peeled the wire out of the barf bag’s enclosure and proceeded to pick his teeth with it. For two hours. What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever witnessed?

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ACTION ITEM: Upgrade when you can.


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