Friday, February 16, 2007

How to Climb a Tree

Certified arborist Martin Arnest took my headcam into our 50-year old, 5-story tree, after two days of cutting and trimming, and showed us how it's done.

Unfortunately, the sound didn't turn out as great as I'd hoped, so we miss many of Martin's observations, but if you listen close you can hear him whistling. See the photo stills.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Surfing with the Headcam

For the past two days, I've filmed Ben and myself surfing with the new waterproof headcam from Oregon Scientific.

Oh, it is on.

Next Stop: Tahoe.


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Surfing Ocean Beach

That's me dropping in. Filmed by Chad and the gang that I met out there on the most perfect day of the season, Saturday Dec 2 @ Sloat (full video).

This was on my favorite right, just south of the showers. Freeze-frames here.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Kenneth Takes One for the Team

The Dreamweaver team is serious about not breaking the build.


Friday, October 27, 2006

Cancer! Episode Four: Powers

The funniest guy I've ever known, and a long time band-mate, Morgan Phillips was recently diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer.

In true Morgan fashion, he's video-blogging his experience over at YouTube. Seriously gripping stuff.

In this episode, Morgan uses the power of meditation and iMovie special effects to treat himself (and us).


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

How to Play Death Cab

The other day, I heard I'll Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie on the radio. I said, "Oh well, sounds like I'll have to learn that one, too."

Then, I found it on Odeo and listened to it a bunch of times. I thought about the chord pattern and how familiar it sounded, and then the whole structure of the song just popped into my head!

So here is a video of the first and last verses, guitar only.

You know, for practice.

In case you wanted to learn it.


Monday, August 14, 2006

Revelator - PhilPhest

Nick bent it juuuuust right during PhilPhest this weekend.


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Happy 30th Mer!

Everyone came over for Mer's 30th Birthday party last night. We played "Let's Make a Deal" in which there were pinatas instead of doors from which to choose.

The last of three pinatas was in the shape of the infamous Zinedine Zidane. After Jeff eggs her on, Mer takes a few vicious swings and does away with the frenchman, dispite Jason's best marionette manipulation.

Go Mer!

[Update] Check out Aaron's excellent photos of the occasion.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

I Will Survive on Video

A brief taste from Saturday's wedding reception for Mikol and Jeremy.
See a longer clip.

Video by Mer.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Latest Footage

Through the woodies at Heavenly:

The view from my perch:

Also, check Blaine on his first ski day in 10 years:

[Update: Sierra]

Evhead followed us into the woods:

Blaine took a wicked jump:

I filmed the board's-eye-view:


Saturday, February 18, 2006

Snowboarding Videos

I perfected a filming technique last month at Sierra:

Then I put it to use today at Heavenly:

More to come, as the madness continues.

[Update]: Sara shows off at Sierra:

Not to be outdone, here I am through the woods and practicing 360's:


Monday, January 02, 2006


YouTube surprises me. In a good way. It's very Flickry. In fact, here's a video of photos taken entirely from Flickr, with a Creative Commons license:

Here's the Odeo.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ciao, Macromedia

Dear Friends,

Starting next Thursday, I will be joining a podcasting company called Odeo as their QA guy. (More on this later.) Although I am really excited about this change, it is not easy to say goodbye. So, I set some original music to this brief video chronicle of my journey from Redwood Shores, my time with the Web Team, at 606 Townsend, and up until now:

I have learned an incredible amount from the Dreamweaver team in the past 2 1/2 years, and met some lifelong friends. I am really proud of Studio 8, and it has been an honor to work with everyone, including all you customers!

Let's keep in touch,



Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Destruction on King Street

Don captured this time-lapse video of the building next door getting killed.

Go Flash Go!


Thursday, July 14, 2005

While My Head Gently Explodes

While My Guitar Gently Weeps My friend Dave sent me a video of this guy (Jake Shimabukuro) playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on a ukelele in Central Park.

Take a sec and check this out - he rips it up!

Makes me want to pick one up and try myself.


Sunday, May 01, 2005

Wedding A Cappella

Last weekend, we visited New York for Jove & Donna's Wedding. It was the first time that all eight of my graduating a cappella group (Sixteen Feet) have been together in eight years! It was a beautiful ceremony - I got to be a part of it - as Jove sang to his bride, and folks participated in a combined Quaker / Jewish tradition. Check out the pictures here.

At the reception, we warmed up a little bit with some of the party favors (video clips by Mer):

After folks had a chance to dine and relax, I gave my toast. "The first time I met Jove..."

The boys were doing the intro to "Naturally" in the background, and after I told the story of meeting Donna, we broke into a full rendition of the song:

Then Jove joined us for a Special Donna Version of "Come Go with Me":

Later in the evening, after the reception, seven of us gathered for some more seranades (Ken had retired to be with baby Dora). Here is some of "Duke of Dubuque" featuring yours truly:

and a bit of the ending:

After which, we pulled together the classic "Every Time I Turn Around":

and some "Kiss the Girl":

Followed by a 'high risk, high reward' version of "Cantina Band", the bar music from Star Wars:

Somehow, it all came flooding back to us, and it was just as fun as when we were in college. Must have been the four years of singing together 3 times a week, all that time on stage, opening for Dave Matthews, recording two CDs, traveling to Italy, reunion concerts, and - oh yeah - our wedding, Ken's wedding, and Jon's wedding!

Thanks Jove and Donna, for bringing us back together for the weekend. We really should do this more often.


Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Big Mountain Video

For being good boys and girls this year, Macromedia gave us each these keen Marmot jackets. Ever the QA engineer, I decided to test mine right out!

Captured on my Nokia 3650 and our Canon Powershot S30: scenes from Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana.


Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Mustn't Grumble Video

The Mustn't Grumble: Another brilliant creation of Ben Vigoda, this time with iMovie, brought to you in Flash Video.


Thursday, October 07, 2004

Vote John Kerry - Music Video

Today I'm launching It's purpose, at this point, is to promote political, economical, and social ideas that promote individual freedom.

The major issue of the day seems to be this: There is no connection with Saddam Hussein and the tragedies on 9/11/2001.

Since John Kerry and some of the Democrats appear to be against Bush's aggression in Iraq, I wrote us all a song: Vote John Kerry.

Vote for John Kerry and John Edwards - instead of being backwards, we will be going aheadwards!

This tune used to be called The Picnic Rag, but I think I like it better with words. So John Kerry it is!

Don't forget to visit MoveOn for ways to contribute to the cause.


Thursday, September 02, 2004

Ben Launching

Hello Faithful Readers,

Thank you for your patience while I have been working on the Flash Video Kit for Dreamweaver. Today we launched the Kit!

In honor of that, I present to you a new front-page design and template for my upcoming Video Journal:, circa 9.2.2004

See a tiny film, "Ben Launching":

That's my brother Ben, paddling out to meet the waves in Southern California last year. The past couple of days, I have been surfing on Eric's board while he's in India. Brilliant, Eric - Thanks!