A Smart Move

I'm really enjoying the L.A. Film Festival's move from Westwood to Downtown Los Angeles for 2010. It seems to be running smoothly and I've been able to use the free shuttles to travel between venues. And how awesome is it to see this view when you come out of a screening at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live? I think it was a wise move. I hope it stays there.


We Got No Reason I Can See To Hold Back Tonight

Check out this awesome new video. It was creatively filmed in Echo Park, which many Angelenos probably recognize. Look for a flock of birds in the background, across the lake, around 2:46. Those are the pigeons E and I helped wrangle with lots of bread. We then scared them to fly off on cue. They're easier to see in HD. Also, look for a goose that appears often alongside the band. He wanted to be the fifth member. Pretty fun stuff!

Feel free to leave a comment on my Facebook post for the video (there's a contest).


It's Getting Better All The Time

Our fourth year at Maker Faire (Bay Area) has come and gone and I have to say that it was the best one yet. There were even more makers on hand exhibiting their talents, as well as an impressive number of how-to activities available to attendees. It was a whirlwind few days full of friends, whimsy, discovery, absurdity, laughter, learning, and lot of fun.

ArcAttack's Tesla Coils and "The Imperial March"

E's 3-DIY exhibit has grown along with the show. He started out showing off some of his homebrew displays and rigs on his own and then expanded to sharing a small area in a large hall with a couple of friends on either side. This year, he was asked by the Maker Faire producers to curate an entire room of 3-D goodness, which came to be known as the 3-D Village. The dimly lit room contained Do-It-Yourself 3-D Cameras and Displays, 3D Phantogram Imagery, 3D Virtual Reality for the iPhone, Hologlyphics, [I am a Bird], as well as other live 3-D projection, demos, and imagery by at least three other artists. We were swamped the entire weekend. Fortunately, we finally managed to get some friends to come up, help out, and join in the fun.

Even with the extra hands on deck, we seemed to get away even less, perhaps because of the high traffic. I did steal away though to watch the ArcAttack group perform a few times (see video above) and managed to take a stroll with some droids. I also finally got over to the EepyBird Coke Zero and Mentos show, which was tons of fun! One of the guys visited our table and was super nice.

At the end of Sunday, a few of us got to shoot OK Go's supremely absurd (which I mean in a very good way) partially submerged performance in 3-D. Hopefully, some of that footage will be publically available soon. The video above shows "rehearsal" and some of the show.

If you didn't make it to this Maker Faire, hope to see you at one in the not-so-distant future!

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