George Lucas Strikes Back

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We just wrapped a project with Institute for the Future and are already knee deep in another project with a PR firm. As such, we were having a little trouble figuring out what to blog about this morning when we stumbled on this video over coffee and reddit.

If only it were true. If you enjoyed that, check out the rest of Slick Gigolo’s youtube channel.

Roughneck BART Tour 2010

Welcome to BART Tour, San Francisco’s closest event to the Warriors. We’ve been documenting Roughneck’s annual contest/pilgrimage/ takeover of Bay Area Rapid Transit since 2006. This year we introduced a Canon 7D into the mix. For credits click here.

Causes: The Gift of Giving

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There’s something to get you all in the holiday spirit, just a little video we produced for our friends Causes.com. Enjoy (and head to Safeway or Vons and buy the a gift card if you live in Cali.)

Credits:
Abby and Jeremey produced/ directed.
Jeremey ran a camera (7D)
Ben Youngerman ran the other camera (5D)
Syd Fleishcher was the Causes creative on set
Kate Jones and Ray Hobbs are the wonderful actors representing PianoFight (and introduced to us by our wonderful friend Allison Davis.)

Monty Python's John Cleese on Sarah Palin video

Monty Python and Faulty Towers John Cleese on Sarah Palin. Let humor be the cure. I hope this video brings those crazy republican lynch mobs to their senses. Oh wait, they don’t watch Monty Python. More preaching to the choir then. Hooray.

What does this have to do with TeamJaded? Well, I cut this video for Seesmic. So even though my name is no where on it, I’d like to point out… if I may… that I crafted this in edit… from raw footage… with no script. And even though that’s no great accomplishment like curing cancer or something, I wish my name was on it.

Top ten on digg with 126,000 Youtube hits as of this post and climbing, the name association could have been good for TeamJaded. (Youtube description anyone?)

With that said, this piece is also my farewell to Seesmic. Unfortunately, it’s a farewell that most Seesmic users won’t notice. Dean, the user who set up this shoot called me the invisible power behind Seesmic production. Flattering, but invisible doesn’t help Jaded out too much. So that is my one regret, otherwise I’m totally psyched about moving on.

Seesmic cut “shows” to focus on their web product. I think they made a smart decision. I enjoyed my time there. I learned a lot about the business side of internet, and a lot about video compression, but I was ready to go.

Now I’m gainfully unemployed, or as I like to think about it, free.

Free to pursue Jaded Multimedia after the wedding. …which is what I’ve been aching to do since Abby and I got back to San Francisco in January.

Stay tuned things are finally getting interesting.

Credits for the John Cleese video:

Producer: Dean Whitbread
Talent: Vinvin
Shooter: Whit Scott
Preditor: Jeremey Lavoi

SuperSense

It doesn’t come out until April 2009- but Bruce M. Hood’s newest book is a fantastic read. Abby got her hands on an early copy (not surprising, as she works for his publisher… and created his blog… and video). But that aside, this book is truly a fantastic read- for all you skeptics out there who don’t believe in the supernatural, this will get you thinking about what Bruce (a world famous scientist) calls the “SuperSense” – the supernatural sense we basically all have. Think you’re the most rational person on earth? You’d never give in to a supernatural thought? Think again, my friend. Check out Bruce’s new blog at BruceMHood.com – pretty awesome. And keep your eyes peeled for his book- SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable due out April 2009.

Here is a super short teaser:

Ode to the Chug House

Here’s a little Tuesday 2 Live Crew from the archives…

The Bees Bounce

Karl Rove isn’t the only one getting out of town; it looks like the Earth’s bee population is taking off as well. Up to 60 percent of bees have vanished from the West Coast and 70 percent from the East Coast and Texas. The mass exodus is attributed to a vague syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder, but I’ll get to that in a minute…

What I think is amazing is that not very much is being made of this mysterious Bee vanishing. You might say to yourself, “what do I care if the bees disappear?” Honey is just bee puke and the thought of a bunch of bulimic bees collectively puking a jar full of thick amber throw up… well that’s just disgusting. Besides who likes getting stung? And an animal that hasn’t evolved past suicide as a defense measure is sort of suspect anyway, right? Plus they’ve been around for millions of years and their society hasn’t progressed one bit. Matriarchal totalitarianism, that’s hardly a meaningful contribution to civilization. And while all those statements are totally valid and understandable, it might surprise you to know that bees don’t just puke honey and sting people. They also pollinate a sizeable portion of the fruits and vegetables we humans eat.

According to Zac Browning the vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation, “Every third bite we consume in our diet is dependent on a honeybee to pollinate that food.” They pollinate at least $14 billion dollars worth of crops in the U.S. alone, including apples, nuts, pears, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, tomatoes, sunflowers and cucumbers. Along with citrus fruit, peaches, kiwis, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and melons. (From here.)

Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then Man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more life.” So no bees equals no food. (And no food equals no us.) So unlike losing Karl Rove, losing the bees is something that we definitely need to be upset about.

What makes matters worse is that nobody is quite sure what’s causing Colony Collapse Disorder, only that the bee’s aren’t coming home to the hive and they haven’t left a forwarding address. Some theories blame pesticides, some blame mites or UFO’s, and others claim that cell phones are disrupting bees navigational systems causing them to spazz out and get lost in the wilderness. (Steve jobs I’m looking at you.) There’s even a theory that claims the missing bees evolved into Namura Jellyfish causing the vast Jelly plague in Japan.

Some scientists doubt that theory.

Whatever the cause, one thing’s for sure. We can add disappearing bees to the long list of possible cause for impending human annihilation. Put it right after global warming, but at least three stops up from the Rapture. (Sorry Bushies.)

Think of the bees the way we should be thinking about the polar ice caps. And I don’t mean as inconvenient barriers to Arctic oil reserves, but as the metaphorical canaries in the coal mine. Without the bees, we’re fucked. What does it say about a society that is so disconnected from its food supply that it barely understands or cares that no pollinating insects equals NO food supply?

But hey why trouble ourselves with it too much? Big Love’s on tonight and that show is awesome. Instead lets take a collective walk through the park, and maybe even stop to smell those beautiful, fragrant flowers… while we still have them.

And speaking of (birds and) bees…

Cheers! Tiki Bar TV & Pimm's Cup

My favorite drink is the Pimm’s Cup. The Pimm’s Cup is a delicious cocktail consisting of:

1-2 shots Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur
Ginger Ale
Lemonade (or Champagne)
Cucumbers
(with additional and variations on these ingredients)

So if you enjoy reading teamjaded with a refreshing cocktail, I can guarantee you’ll love watching Tiki Bar TV. After only a couple episodes, you’ll realize every problem can be solved with a great cocktail! The production, acting, and writing is superb. And to that, I say “Cheers!” Or if I were in another country I might say:

Belgium: Op Uw Gezonheid!
China: Wen Lie!
Denmark: Skal!
Ethiopia: Letenatchie!
Germany: Prosit!
Indonesia: Selamat!
Israel: L’Chayim!
Italy: Alla Salute!
Japan: Kanpai!
Morocco: Saha Wa Afiab
Poland: Na Zdrowie!
Russia: Jobnyem!
South Africa: Gesonoheid!
Spain & Mexico: Salud!
Sweden: Skal!
Ukraine: Bud’mo! (how has Budweiser not jumped on that one?)

Below find two fabulous videos. The first is Tiki Bar TV: episode 25, “Blue Hawaiian (guest staring Diggnation’s own Kevin Rose). The second is an intricate recipe on how to make your own Pimm’s Cup. Teamjaded asks you to please watch responsibly.

"Who says gentrification isn't funny?"

Apparently I’m out of touch. I just found “The Burg.” I know what you’re probably thinking… and the Staged Play version of our conversation would go a little something like this:

ACT ONE
Scene 1

You: [confused / concerned] Uh, Abby… I thought you were really into the whole ‘Internet TV’ thing.
Me: [fiddling with hands, pretends not to be ashamed] Uh, yes. Yes I am.
You: But how could you have NOT known about “The Burg.”
Me: [searching for answers] Maybe it’s because I moved away from New York? You know I live in SF now. And, uh, you know it’s all about Williamsburg. Get it? The Burg?! Woo.
You: Well, um, everyone knows about it. It’s been on Internet for over a year. Plus, they’ve been featured everywhere- from the New York Times to Wired.
Me: [looks longingly towards the computer screen, world freezes, proceed with soliloquy] You’ve let me down, Internets. YOU’VE let me down!! How could this have happened!!! [drops to knees] NOOOOO!

END SCENE

Well, technically the Internet didn’t let me down. It was just over a year late updating me on said IPTV program. I’m not even going to write on how good (or bad) the actual show is. Mainly, I want to point out 5 things.

1. High quality TV on the Internet. Bang. It’s happening. Thank you.
2. “Who says Gentrification isn’t funny?” No one. And that’s why this works.
3. Ad Sponsors. Nice work, my friends.
4. It’s Williamsburg in all its beauty: “Trust fund kids pretend to be starving artists, starving artists pretend to be able to live completely off of credit cards, and everybody pretends not to notice.”
5. Which perfectly leads into the last point. They should do an episode in the Mission in SF. It could be exactly the same show except fixed-gears could make an appearance. Although maybe The Burg has field-tripped to the Barmuda Triangle*, I haven’t watched them all. Actually, I’ve watched about approximately .08% of the episodes. Don’t tell.

So there you have it. Another IPTV show, doin’ it. For you. Enjoy.

*attributed to Lector Mangrave.

Funny. And Sad.

Funny. And Sad.

Funny. And Sad. (Murphy’s Law at it’s finest)

Funny. And Sad.

David Segal from the Washington Post wrote quite possibly the best article on how 15 seconds of fame has a whole new meaning thanks to online video. He starts:

There was a time, not long ago, when a 10-year-old boy could head to a neighborhood fair, get his face painted like a Halloween zombie and blurt out something utterly inane to a local TV news correspondent and nobody would ever think about it again… more.