I recently got a Google Cardboard kit (an inexpensive virtual reality kit that can be used with your smartphone) and have been looking to make some content for it. Inspired by the Orbulus App, which has a cool art studio view, I asked my friend, artist Rachel Rubenstein, if I could use her studio to make a similar view. I made a Photo Sphere of the studio which you can see below:
Me and Mark Cuban
So I was out at Yankee Doodles on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica watching game 7 of the NBA finals. Apparently a bit of a crowd starting forming around at the table next to ours and one of my coworkers says she recognized someone at that table, but didn’t remember who he was. So I asked someone in the crowd who that person was and it turns out it was billionaire Mark Cuban, of Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank fame. Amazed that he would go drinking in a crowded bar to watch basketball, I resisted the urge to get a photo with him right away, but instead I had felt I had to tell him my interview story with him from U.S. News and World Report from a couple years back. Eventually my other coworkers got pictures with him and I said what the heck, I got a picture with him. Again, I feel he’s probably the most accessible billionaire on the planet and this just proves it.
I found out that one of my old Berkeley photos of Mayor Tom Bates was used on an article about the city of Berkeley on NBC Bay Area’s web site. Pretty neat.
Me and Elijah Wood
So I was having lunch at work, when I see out of the corner of my eye a familiar face. Not a coworker, but the actor Elijah Wood. He was at lunch outside, filming his new show Wilfred, when he graciously allowed my coworkers to take a couple of photos with him. Guess I have no reason to be jealous of my coworkers now.
Sergey Brin article on Wikipedia
My photo of Sergey Brin (cofounder of Google) is now the photo used on his Wikipedia entry. This is the fourth photo I know of from my photo collection used on Wikipedia.
Me With Will.I.AM
On Saturday Night, I went with my friend Kai to check out the Manifest Equality art show in Hollywood. It was a fun event featuring all sorts of modern art and a special guest, Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas. Check out the rest of the photos below (I only had my iPhone at the time, so the pictures aren’t great).
This photo I took 3 years back is being used on the Napa River page on Wikipedia.
Even though I’m not a professional photographer, a couple of my photos were used in a couple of publications recently:
Holding the Stanford Axe
A friend told me and said my picture with the Stanford Axe was on Wikipedia. That’s the second of my Big Game pictures on Wikipedia, after the one with Bill Romanowski.
The Wordcamp conference has come and gone (I know it was a couple of weeks ago and I just now blogged about it) and all I can say is I had a blast. It was nice to be able to meet the faces behind some of the blogs I follow like who this Matt guy who created WordPress or that Lorelle who gives so many tips are anyway. Thanks to my employers, Los Angeles Urban League, for paying the accommodation and travel fees.
There were a number of great speakers. One session I liked in particular was the one by John Dvorak and Om Malik who talked about blogs and journalism (that talk can be seen on One Man’s Blog). I also liked the panel (and hanging out a little) with Jeremy Wright of b5media, who talked about blog monetization through finding your niche. Other great sessions include the Designing Massively Multiplayer Social Systems (her slides) and the Usability Analysis of WP, both of which got me to think a lot about the design of my own projects.
I met some very great people there like Enric Teller, Naoko McCracken, and Micah Johnson. Also many thanks to George Yang, who helped me with the pictures below of me with some prominent bloggers. I will be looking forward to attending Wordcamp next year. Continue reading