Too fun. So in 1999 some buddies and I put together a series of instructional video tapes (that we shipped out on VHS) called the Masters of Visual Effects series. The series had originally intended to have some true masters … Continue reading Masters of Visual Effects 1999 Style
At Pixvana we use a company culture mini-pulsing product from one of my favorite seattle startups, TinyPulse. Each week the tool asks our team a fun question that can be answered anonymously via browser or iphone and usually takes less … Continue reading If Pixvana was an animal…
My son Carlos Key’s film won an award at the local film festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and he has a nice write up in the Seattle Times–Carlos Key won the Youth Award at SIFF for the 3 minute … Continue reading Carlos Key’s Film, in Geekwire!
Kudos to Aaron Rhodes and Sean Safreed for the first of many Pixvana videos that outline some of the unique challenges, and solutions, to making great stories and experiences using video in Virtual Reality. This video tackles the unique challenges … Continue reading Field of View Adaptive Streaming for VR
I was the victim of burglary on May 17th 2016 at 3:56am on Stone Way N in Seattle Washington. My iMac was stolen from my desk at work. I’m offering a $3k reward, no questions asked, for the return of … Continue reading Burglary May 17 2016 at 3:56AM on Stone Way N in Seattle
We’re having a lot of fun at the Pixvana working on various VR storytelling technologies, what we have termed “XR Storytelling” as we are thinking broadly about both AR and VR but also xR, such as virtual reality caves, and … Continue reading Adaptive 360 VR Video Streaming
Here’s some really clear images and videos that illustrate a VR Video assembly process using a 6 camera go-pro rig. This isn’t meant as a comprehensive how-to, rather, just a visual only guide that I will be using in presentations … Continue reading Clear Example of VR Video Assembly
A lot of my friends have asked me why i’ve plunged into starting a new company, and, why / how i chose building a VR Video Platform specifically as an area for software innovation? I think i can succinctly summarize as: … Continue reading Why VR Video Will Be BIG
I’ve got a new favorite word that i’m investing energy in imbuing with greenedness: Pixvana. Pixvana is evocative of video delivery and virtual reality, and has its very own domain at http://www.pixvana.com. I really like the combination of the pixel and … Continue reading Pixvana is a lovely word, and i will make it MINE!
My Family and I just completed a marvelous 9 day expedition on the Colorado River from Lees Landing launch, down through the marvelous Grand Canyon National Park. We used Hatch as our expedition outfitter/organizer and we were absolutely thrilled with … Continue reading Grand Canyon River Expedition with Hatch as Outfiter
I changed the kidney grill “bib” from the factory chrome to a matching black; this is apparently pretty common cosmetic upgrade/change, and it was ultimately pretty easy to do–however, i found the online documentation/help to be a bit confusing so … Continue reading F80 BMW m3 Kidney Grill Replacement Install
It has been nearly 3 years but i’m still smarting over the horrendous customer experience that I had at the Play It Again Sports & Ski store in downtown Seattle (the one by REI’s flagship store). Every time I drive by their location and see their sign, my blood boils a little–so I figured I’d take the time to write up my experience, in hopes of helping their business to fail! I’ll keep it short so it doesn’t suck up too much more of my life… I went into the store with my wife and 2 boys ages 9 and … Continue reading Play It Again Sports & Ski Seattle Location = SUCKS
I sold my Apple Watch after 1 week of use, here’s why! After a sordid 1 week fling with the Apple Watch, i decided this AM that I had had enough and i posted it for sale on my internal company bulletin board. … Continue reading My Apple Watch Review, vis a vis Fitbit Surge
I’m training for the Copenhagen Marathon in May of this year (2015), and have been using Strava and a new Fitbit Surge device to track my runs. Unfortunately the two systems are not compatible (update May 2015–they are now compatible, … Continue reading Strava and FitBit Surge Together / Review of Fitbit Surge
So a lot of folks have emailed me this week asking me “what happened to buuteeq”, so i thought i’d write a quick informal post to document for the seo bots. As of first week of January 2015 we’ve changed … Continue reading buuteeq’s new name?
I lived in Spain during a study abroad year in college back in early 1990s, and have returned several times since for business and pleasure. I’ve found myself writing up some of my recommendations for “what should i do if … Continue reading Recommendations for visit to Madrid, Spain
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the blog of the hospitality digital marketing company, buuteeq, prior to its acquisition by Booking.com in June 2014. The opinions expressed here are specific to buuteeq, though many of the technology insights remain relevant to customers and admirers of our new business, BookingSuite, a unit of Booking.com. Visit suite.booking.com for our latest thought leadership in the hospitality digital marketing space. Things are about to get a lot more awesome. On June 10, buuteeq joined forces with The Priceline Group, one of the world’s leading Internet companies and the global leader in online accommodations. This new strategic … Continue reading CEO Forest Key On buuteeq Joining The Priceline Group
I’m incredibly proud and happy to have won the Geekwire Awards Perk of the Year 2014 for buuteeq’s employee travel stipend program, “Trotamundo”. I started buuteeq because of my deep passion for travel and seeing the world. We created the … Continue reading Trotamundo wins Perk of the Year 2014
I spoke at a Small Talks event last week on the subject of Millennials in the Workplace (millennial are the generation born in the 80s and early 90s, that came after my generation “gen x”). buuteeq has a lot of … Continue reading Small Talks event in Seattle re: Millennials in the Workplace
My company buuteeq has grown to over 110 employees in 5 offices around the world, so a huge component of my time/role as ceo has been focused on “culture”–how do we create a consistent best-practice culture in multiple offices (while growing rapidly), … Continue reading Virtuous Employee Feedback Loop