TEDxHouston 2012 Edited Videos Now Online

Earlier today there was an announcement that the TEDxHouston 2012 video recordings were finally edited and being put online via You Tube. You can find the entire playlist here.

You may recall that I was a volunteer working at that event. Working with the TEDxHouston team was a great experience. It was, for me, a return to my roots as I operated a camera for the first time in many years. It was great to just be in attendance, but also nice to feel that I was doing something useful to foster the production.

This video featuring Jay Berckley on education was an particular favorite. His was the very last talk of the day. By then I was running the camera on the back of the stage, getting the rear view of the presenter and the audience reaction. I think that point I was getting to be reasonably comfortable in the role of camera operator.

It’s a curious things to have spent more than two decades in the business of video production and broadcast technology. Invariably we get to be specialists of a sort, even though we all start out with the basics of tele-production. My comfort zone has always been editing and graphics.

The tricky thing is that, as a professional, we come to know enough to question our own abilities at these basic tasks that we once did without thought. After all, there were few other people there who are in fact professional, freelance camera-people.

Like riding a bike, it eventually comes back. I’m grateful for everyone on the crew who were both gracious and patient.

I look forward to helping with TEDxHouston 2013. That is, if they’ll have me again. I even have some nice ideas for how to leverage one or two of my personal passions to augment the production. How about TEDxHouston presented in full surround sound? That might be fun.

TEDx Houston 2012 Date & Location Officially Announced

Escaping Today’s Cold Weather In Houston…in New Jersey?

How crazy is this? I have to be in Raritan, New Jersey this week. They were expecting bad weather. The airport in Newark was closed expecting freezing rain.

But it’s actually much colder in Houston! Houston is 1600 miles away, mostly further south. That’s so crazy.

Today was the coldest day in Houston since I moved there in 1998.

Aussie Pet Mobile Earns Our Disdain

For a couple of years we used a service called Aussie Pet Mobile. This is a company that has Chrysler Sprinter vans nicely modified to perform pet grooming at your home. It’s a really good idea and we loved the service here in Houston. I think we used it from very early in the life of this particular franchise.

The service is simple enough. You call the local franchisee and book an appointment, then they come to the house and groom the pets. It’s fast and convenient. We always had a great experience with the field staff who came to do the work.

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