Ping Pong madness with the kids

Caetano has been making a lot of videos for his youtube channel and wanted to create something with his brother that would stand-out from the relatively mediocre stuff that his comparative peers have been producing.  So we got out the big guns (a GoPro camera for slow-mo footage, and my Canon 5d Mark III for the main action) and did a full shoot, edit, post-production+viz-effects, in a 4hr intensive session at buuteeq’s office.  The kids wrote the script and storyboarded the action using post-it notes.  I shot and did the editing + effects, but i had them watch closely so … Continue reading Ping Pong madness with the kids

Spain, 20 years later

20 years ago I lived in Madrid for my junior year in college.  It was a lovely time of life.  I was very fortunate to make several new great friends while living in Spain, but i also brought with me several close friends from Palo Alto High School which coincidentally also ended up in Spain that same year (none attended UCLA with me, or had any coordination in planning their own year abroad to coincide with my choice of Spain/Madrid).  At one point a motley crew of us ended up attending a bull-fight (under the auspices of one of our … Continue reading Spain, 20 years later

Some new video with my 5d Mark ii

Yes, i know, the Canon 5d mark ii is not news (more than 3+ years old), and all you serious pros or enthusiasts with $3,500 USD to burn are now into the mark iii and its amazing low-light capabilities and improved whatever.  But for me, the 5d mark ii is the new thing, as the used market for these has brought the price down to the range of mere mortals like me (never mind that after I added the fine piece of 16-35mm 2.8 glass, the price was back up into the ridiculous range)… so, in celebration of my late … Continue reading Some new video with my 5d Mark ii

Finding a Vimeo replacement service to host my company videos

I just went through a very stressful experience that I thought I’d share for the benefit of others that will surely run into the same issues. I made the mistake of signing up for Vimeo and started using the service for my business’ marketing needs, and then was made aware after the fact by a friend that the Vimeo service is strictly for non-commercial purposes and that I was running the risk of being shut-off at any moment by the vimeo team. (they do indicate this on the sign up page, but it was below the fold so to speak, and … Continue reading Finding a Vimeo replacement service to host my company videos

New Blog URL

Yay, microsoft spaces has called it quits and made it really simple to migrate the content over here to wordpress.com, how lovely.  I really wanted to capture the google-bot goodness of my efforts blogging while i was at microsoft, so if you are a google-bot and you are reading this, please now associate this url with my online name/identity, and also add my new startup buuteeq inc, as well as my digital agency in China, redsafi, both new companies that i started when I left Microsoft after 5.5 very happy years. buuteeq inc. is making a digital marketing solution (DMS) … Continue reading New Blog URL

Going North

Since I left my hometown for college, I’ve moved about 16 times, each time farther away from my Southern California roots. Now, for the first time, I’m moving back to a place that I once considered home. It feels good. Comforting and familiar in the best way. Haven’t heard the news? We are packing it up in Chile to live in our Seattle home again, just in time for summer. We haven’t suffered an actual winter since early ’09! Forest’s mother Jane has kept the hearth warm while we’ve been gone. I’m going to enroll the boys in our neighborhood … Continue reading Going North

Kids, Autumn

The season has definitely shifted into autumn, and I’m enjoying the view from our backyard. A little sprinkling of snow on the Andes, crisp air and golden leaves. I’ve always loved fall and the vibe of structure and productivity, change and beginning. It has been a long transition for us to finally arrive at a peaceful rhythm of school and work. The earthquake kicked us into the distinct mode of get-to-it-ness that has swept the nation. All over the country, Chileans work on reconstructing of roads, homes, churches and businesses. Meanwhile, our kids are working really hard in school, learning … Continue reading Kids, Autumn

Fantasy Freeway of Fast Fun

So I’ve always had this fantasy of being able to drive on a freeway that goes directly from my front door to the front door of my office. The fantasy was intense in san francisco when i had to comment 1hr and 45 miles to redwood city and i had lots of time to think about it while on 280. The fantasy peeked when i lived in Seattle and had a 1hr+ drive to go a mere 12 miles over that bastard of a bridge known as 520, at a snail’s pace that felt Ike the traffic one encounters leaving … Continue reading Fantasy Freeway of Fast Fun