When I first got into computers/video editing I really had no idea what I was doing. My days consisted of a lot of trial and error just to see what would work and what would not.
Eventually I became confident enough in myself to think about starting my own video editing/web design company. It was then that I started 459productions.com and began an era in my creative
and professional career that I learned a lot from.
It was through 459productions.com that I got involved in freelance web design and development. It was also there that I really got started in video editing and producing. There is no way
I would be where I am at doing the stuff I am doing today without the experience and knowledge I gained from that experience. It was a successful learning experience, but a failure
In nine days 459productions.com will fall off the face of the earth and become an open domain that anyone can buy. It will be an end of an era for me; an era that actually ended a while
ago when I made the decision to create everything under my own name. My first “business” if you can call it that will close its doors and be left behind. I’m ok with that.
Where I am now compared to where I was when I was sixteen is drastically different not only from a professional standpoint, but from a personal standpoint as well. I learned that you can’t
be afraid of failure because if you never fail than you will never learn. 459productions.com failed, but I learned a lot from it, and I will take the stuff I learned and apply it where I see
With that I say goodbye to 459 Productions, and welcome my next project with whatever challenges may come along with it.
The Thursday before the AMA Washougal National is held at Washougal MX Park. Thursday Night Motocross the longest running night motocross track located in the infield of Portland
International Raceway in Portland, Oregon plays host to an amazing pro race that riders from across the country flock to.
This year GoPro helped us out by providing us with some of their HD Hero 2 cameras to make a video with. This is that video, shot entirely on HD Hero 2 cameras. I have to give thanks to
all the guys at GoPro that hooked us up with the cameras. I also have to give credit to Joey Lancaster, Josh Gray, and Chis Sanchez for doing most of the filming with them as I was shooting
another video of the event.
I edited this video while those guys did the majority of the shooting. I was really impressed at the quality of video that the GoPro was able to create at the price tag it is offered
at. I highly reccomend it for anything where you just want to be able to whip out a camera and get that quick killer shot. The only thing I noticed that I did not like about them is that
they are not the greatest camera in low light (i.e. at night). So check out the video and be sure to leave comments on Vimeo or YouTube as I enjoy reading what people have to say
about my work.
So you think your small adware virus that slows your computer down and forces you to wipe and load your operating system is bad. Well you should probably read this article about
how Mat Honan lost everything to a brutal hack a couple of days ago.
Most people have heard of iCloud, a one stop drop box for all of your Apple devices. You can have your Macbook, iPad, iPod, and iPhone all linked to the iCloud to backup data.
Mat Honan used iCloud for his Macbook, iPad, and iPhone.
In a mere one hour Mat Honan’s digital life was hacked, destroyed, and stomped on by a hacker who gained access to his Google account, then his twitter, and lastly his AppleID where
the hacker then proceeded to remote wipe all of the data off of his Apple devices. Surely, it is just one guy in about a zillion that had to endure this horrific digital era apocalypse.
However, I am afraid that a monumental hack of this magnitude raises much more concern than just “O sucks for that guy”.
What happened here shows a fundamental flaw in technology and the idea of security. With advancements in technology there become more holes in security. Nothing is secure to the point
that only you can gain access to it, at least not on the internet or digital age. Think of a deadbolt lock where there is only one key to that lock. Is it secure? No of course not because
someone can pick that lock.
Therefore, an email with one password is not any more secure than a deadbolt. The worst part is that most people use the same password all over the place. So all a hacker needs to do is
hack one account and then they have access to dozens. This is undoubtedly what happened to Mat Honan. He thought the systems he was using were hack proof, and that no one could ever gain
access to these systems.
Nothing in this digital era of technology is 100% secure. Change your passwords frequently, use different passwords for different logins, and don’t ever hand out your password to anyone
you can’t trust. Otherwise you run the risk of this same thing happening to you.
Meet Vizify, your new social network infographic site that pulls all of your social networking into one piece of eye candy. The new site Vizify is a Portland based startup company
that is trying to do something that is not only appealing to look at but also super useful.
Today most of us have several different means of social networking like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Instagram. We bounce around from one to the other and look at what is
going on in each. This is ok for the common user who is just surfing the social wave and isn’t really trying to make an impact in it. But for those trying to brand themselves or stand
out from the crowd, it is hard to do that when you are going from one network to the other.
Vizify essentially solves this problem by allowing users to link their social networks into one nice, pleasant looking space. The infographic idea behind Vizify is not necessarily new,
as we have all seen infographics at one time or another. However, what they are using it for is new and very cool! It is like they took the data from LinkedIn and smashed it into the new
web era of Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. But they made it look even better.
I haven’t spent much time seeing if the site is compatible in other browsers, but in Chrome it sure does look snazzy. I will continue to build up my Vizify if the coming weeks and see
how the rest of the application feels, but just based on how it looks I have to say I am very impressed.
So far in this series I have talked a lot about how Joey Lancaster and I started motothenw.com. But there are actually a lot of people that contribute to the site that most people do not
know about. Below are some of the people that contribute to motothenw.com on a fairly regular basis so that you can learn more about the people behind the scenes…
Chris Sanchez – We brought Chris into the fold a few months after we started the site. Plain and simple we needed another video guy that could help us out and met my own personal standards
for quality. Chris shot the first couple rounds of the PRO NWMX National series this year as I could not make it out to them as I had other commitments. The guy listens and works hard to
make sure anything he puts out there is of sufficient quality. Chris and I are planning on producing a video together at this year’s big Thursday Night Motocross Pro Race on July 19th.
Justin Silvey – Justin has been the designated motothenw.com photo guy since it all started. He is currently doing all of the photo coverage of this year’s PRO NWMX Nationals, and you can
check out those photos here.
Kit Engwall – When not making cameo appearances with Vurbmoto, you can catch Kit at all the local tracks snapping pictures that will blow your mind. The guy knows his photography, and he
also has big plans for what he wants to do in the industry. Be sure to go check out his portfolio!
Jessie Wharton – Full time WMX racer, part time photographer, part time writer. Talk about busy. Jessie has been doing stuff for motothenw.com off and on since we started. It was just
recently that she came in full bore to start writing for the site, so be sure to watch out for her articles./p>
Meagan Lancaster – When she doesn’t have to take care of her bat shit crazy husband (Joey Lancaster). She is helping her bat shit crazy husband and I manage stuff at the track. Most race
day coverage is posted by Meagan from her top secret iPad 5000 (limited edition).
Brian Barnes – Everyone knows Brian’s voice. I hate his voice, mostly because when I was younger it was like an alarm clock waking me up at Washougal, no offense Brian. Brian is like a
superstar out here, and he deserves to be. Brian Barnes really helped motothenw.com get off the ground by supporting our efforts and getting the word out for us at the track. Even if he does
snore so loud at night we could hear it through our hotel room wall. Regardless, be sure to thank Brian next time you see him for helping Northwest Motocross become what it is, and check out
his view on things on Joey’s Podcast.
Joey Lancaster – We have already talked a lot about Joey as motothenw.com was his idea, and why he wanted to do it. But a lot of people do not realize that Joey’s mind does not shut off.
The guy’s brain cells are wide fucking open all the time, it’s like Willy Wonkas chocolate factory up there. Most of them are ridiculous, yes, but that really does not phase him. One thing I
have learned is that if Joey has an idea and he wants to do it, than he will do whatever it takes to do it. He is one of the only people I have ever met who told me “Yeah I think I want to
race Baja”, and six months later he is telling me about how Baja went. The guy is passionate about whatever he is doing at the time, and he busts his ass to do it. So next time you see him
make sure you tell him that they make these things called off switches and he can use it every once in a while to just sit in his power ranger pajamas and watch old motocross movies.
When I hung up the phone with Joey on Day 1 I brushed off his idea as nothing more than another one of his million ideas. It wasn’t until about the fourth or fifth harassing phone call
that I actually started to really take him serious. Once he began calling me every week expanding on his original idea, and even going as far as creating his own logo in what I am sure was
Microsoft Paint. I started to actually believe what he was saying, and I could start to see how the idea could actually transform into something really bad ass.
So finally I told Joey that we should sit down and iron out the idea. I told him to come up with some ideas on how he would want the site to look, how he thinks it should be laid out,
and to figure out a timeline to get it done. What I would be given at this sit down by Joey would blow your mind.
We sat down with our laptops, and Joey literally hands me a piece of paper with a hand drawn sketch of what the home page should look like. Complete with what looked to be a cartoon
version of Brian Barnes. Below is the only picture I found on my phone of said drawing, but I know I have the full drawing somewhere under some calculus, C++, and C# textbooks at home.
I kind of knew from that point on that I was locked into the project because there was no way I could turn down such a fine piece of hand drawn art like that. The only way that could have
been better is if it would have been drawn on a napkin or toilet paper.
The remainder of that first meeting is pretty much a blur to me. I know that a lot of different things were talked about, but they were pretty minimal in the grand scheme of things.
When we were leaving I told Joey I was game for the project, and was more than on board with it. I told him how he would need to go about buying his domain and hosting. Apparently I did not
provide enough guidance on this as motothenw.com was nearly bought from a Russian spam site.
Anyone who has ever bought a domain name, or has at least thought of buying one has been faced with the thousands of possibilities of where you can buy a domain name. There are a vast
number of companies out there that want to sell you your .com, .net, or .whatever you want in exchange for your cold hard cash. However, that does not always mean they are legitimate.
All across the internet are domain resellers, or as I like to call them thieves. They say they will sell you a domain name at a fraction of the cost, but they don’t actually have domains
to sell you. So I believe Joey called me one night saying he could get a domain at one of these sites. Luckily I told him he was stupid and to stick with what I originally told him.
We have come a long way since that near disaster. As motothenw.com is running strong on a cheap shared server, cheap hosting, and a fairly reliable web administrator (myself). I do have
plans to make it even faster though as I plan on ditching the shared server and moving the majority of the site out to the cloud, and in addition to making the site more mobile friendly for
all you iPhone, iPad, and Android users.
Tune in next week as I share more about the people who contribute to motothenw.com on a regular basis.
For those that don’t know, Vimeo hosted a film festival this past month in New York. I believe that this was their second festival and their first one was back in 2010.
If you have never taken a stroll around Vimeo or you have never used it, than I strongly suggest you check it out. The content that is shared there is extraordinary, inspiring,
and downright fucking creative. Or in other words the polar opposite of YouTube.
The video you see above is the winner of the action sports category from this year, and it was created by Ashtray Films. This video is probably in my top five in terms of creativity,
producing, editing, and writing. It takes on a whole new approach to the Action Sports category by not covering an athlete or even a certain sport. Rather the creator turns the camera
back on himself and reflects on why action sports are important to him. It is powerful and inspiring all at the same time.
To be perfectly honest I get really tired of watching the same type of video over and over. One shot of a guy hitting a corner here, one of a guy jumping here, and another shot here
blah blah blah. It gets boring and old. That is why I don’t have a lot of respect for people who make low quality junk, and are doing it to just get their subscribers or viewers up.
You have to step out of the box and be different. Conformity is the worst kind of creativity because it takes zero thought. It is essentially plug and play creativity. Who wants to watch that? Not me.
Different is what the Vimeo Film Festival represents. It is full of so many creative people who all want to produce things that will make you feel something. I continue to strive
to someday reach that kind of level, and until then I will continue to be inspired by this piece and others that are all around Vimeo.
It has been over a year now since I first created motothenw.com for the famous Joey Lancaster, and so I thought now would be the time to reflect back on how the idea
started and was developed into what it is now. I will most likely save the technical side of it for some other day because 90% of you out there don’t really care. Instead
I will share the story on how it literally was created from a drawing on a piece of paper. Additionally I will throw out some ideas that have been discussed on where we
want to take it next.
Day 1 – Joey called me one day and in typical Joey fashion talked about a million miles per hour and every ten sentences or so I would interject with a “yeah”. Now anybody
who knows me will tell you that when I just yeah in a conversation, text message, or email it is a sure fire sign that either A) I believe that your idea is stupid or B) I
believe that your idea is just another random thought that has no legs to stand on (aka it won’t really happen). Just so everyone is clear when I hung up with Joey on Day 1
his ideas were in the B category.
I remember him mentioning a bunch of ideas he had, and none of them really caught my attention more than the other, but it was within this mass of ideas that motothenw was
actually born. Joey wanted to create something that would give back to the northwest motocross community, a means in which people could follow the motocross scene on a regional
basis aka northwest. Without a doubt Vurbmoto, Racer X, and all the other big name sites are
awesome for motocross. But most of the time the region specific or local stuff goes unnoticed to most people.
So Joey wanted to make something that would allow the northwest motocross community to have their own place on the internet. At this point in time that place didn’t have a name,
so I think some of the early ideas were moto nw, northwest motocross, nw riders, and of course moto the nw.
It was a cool idea to me and one that I knew I would have to put a lot of work into, and most likely I would be doing it probono. But at that point in time it was nothing more
than another one of Joey’s ideas and anyone who knows him knows exactly what I am talking about.
//Quick side note\\
Joey once talked Matt Fouts, Sean Ekerson, and myself to go on a Man vs Wild adventure outside of Troutdale, OR. We couldn’t bring anything, and I took that to be a literal anything,
so all I brought was some clothes to leave in the car. Turns out, we could bring backpacks to carry said clothes, but I had no back pack so I got hike through blackberry bushes,
around a river, and through a giant field carrying a paper sack with my underwear in it!
//End side note\\
Where was I? O right, Joey and his ideas. So when Joey first told me of motothenw.com I chalked it up to that it would never happen because it would never get legs. But
something would happen a week or two later that would surely change my mind.
Tune in next week where I talk about how motothenw.com was almost bought illegally on a Russian spam site.
If you have ever taken a look at my portfolio you may have noticed a quote below my highlight video that reads "Live for a living" - Buddy Wakefield. The reason I chose to put that there is because that is a quote I try to live my life by. You may draw a different conclusion about what that quote means than me, and that is
perfectly fine, but I want to share why that quote is important to me.
The society we live in today puts us in a box. This can be a good thing in that it gives us a structure and a map to some form of success. The bad thing about it
is that it gives us a structure and a map to success. Yes I know that I listed the same thing as a good thing and bad thing.
But that is because both are true. Structure is not a bad thing because without it we would probably be running around like chickens with our heads cut off. But too
much structure and we never experience what life really is, an adventure. So the quote "Live for a living" to me means that life is way too short to be concerned about
the stress of little things like work, school, and other random things.
It means that you live your life as if it was what you are making a living on. You adventure, step out of the box, and break the traditional structure.
It is a struggle everyday to take on a mentality like that, but I feel like if I try everyday for it then eventually I will get there. I have tried to not take things
as literal anymore. Yes I have responsibilities that are very important, work and school, are the most time consuming ones. But they do not define me and who I am. They
are merely tools that will make me more defined and successful in life.
Like I said this quote could mean something different to you. But to me it is a constant reminder that everyday could be my last, and you never know what is going to
happen tomorrow. Therefore I need to live each day, not just be alive in the world, but I need to literally live my life each and every single day. Enjoy the things I have,
the people I get to enjoy them with, and continue to explore the adventure of life.
You may have heard about the newest acquisition Facebook made when they paid 1 billion dollars for popular photo sharing app Instagram. What did Facebook
do next? Release Facebook camera of course, essentially a replica of what Instagram with photo filters that Facebook claims they designed.
So why pay a billion dollars for Instragram? There are multiple reasons why they did, but there are only really two that I see as the backbone to the acquisition.
1. Facebook saw Instagram as a direct competitor to their new feature, so buy up your competitor to make your product look better. Facebook camera is
a direct representation of Facebook wanting to mimic what Instagram was doing and they would pay a billion dollars to duplicate it.
2. Without getting over the top nerdy with everyone that reads this. Instagram runs off a very slim, sleek, effective, and very very very (did I mention very?)
fast code base. Think of the internet from ten years ago with those static HTML web pages, with nothing flashy but just text and images. Sound familiar? That is
exactly what Instagram is when you break down into a nut shell.
Competition was the biggest driving factor to the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook. They wanted to limit the competition to their new feature Facebook Camera,
and they wanted to see the code base Instagram had created to run such a fast application.
Facebook opened up this morning on the stock market in its first IPO. Its initial offering closed today with a price of 38 dollars a share. The
magnitude of this offering is obviously not seen with the closing price of a share, but its more about what Facebook going public represents.
We are talking about a website that harbors millions upon millions of users that was created in a dorm room by a 19 year old guy at Harvard. That
guy is now worth close to 19.1 billion dollars. The reason this is so ground breaking is because it is a massive amount of money, and it is the biggest
social network out there going out to the public to buy in.
Don’t be mistaken though as Facebook going public does not mean you are going to buy ten shares and become filthy rich. It takes a lot of methodical
thinking and picking the best time to buy a share to make any kind of money off the stock market. But do take note in your memory banks that you witnessed
the day Facebook was traded on the stock market. Unlike Google, Amazon, and other big technology partners being traded, Facebook is the first one that
truly represents the power and influence of social networking today.
I will sit back for a little while to see what happens next though, as companies usually only go public if something big is going to happen or if they
want to raise more money. Just remember that Facebook started in a college dorm room with some nerdy kids at Harvard. So if you think you have the next
big idea, I would suggest you do something about it.
You may have heard of this pretty cool watch that hit Kickstarter the other day called the
Pebble. It is essentially your smart phone
synced to a watch using Bluetooth technology, with a Kindle like display. What the watch does is fascinating, but what is even more fascinating is
that it only took 28 hours for the Kickstarter project to receive over 2 million dollars in pledges!
The watch is very cool in that when I go running or cycling it can track my time, distance, and speed by communicating with my android device. The
problem is that you have to carry your android device or IPhone with you while you do these activities. Sure when I go work on my golf swing I will
probably have my phone with me, but I doubt I will have it when I am doing that twenty mile bike ride.
Pebble’s concept is another step in this fascinating revolution from computers to everyday devices happening before our eyes. I had an instructor last
year in school say that in ten years from now the average consumer is likely not going to have a desktop computer in their home, and shortly thereafter
they won’t even have laptops. Everything will be mobile.
Of course he kind of looked like Albert Einstein and talked really fast, so he could have been crazy. But part of that is true just by looking at this
watch and project glass. The idea behind the smartphone (meaning application based systems that are light, fast, and easy to manage) are going to start
spreading to your everyday devices so that you don’t even have to take out your cell phone anymore.
The Pebble watch is very cool and I will be interested to see one once they are released. In fact if they still had the hacker special I might have
bought one just to try and build apps for it.
Two days ago Google unveiled a new project code named “Project Glass” which is essentially your online social media pumped into get this,
your flipping glasses! Everything that you do sitting at your computer you can do walking around town with your glasses on.
Need to reply to an email? Just use voice activation and see the email typed up inside your glasses.
This is a bit of a pipe dream for Google as I don’t see the current technologies we have being able to support this magnitude of online
integration. That isn’t to say that this isn't still very cool and I wish I had a pair of my own. But the facts are the facts, the technology we have right
now could by no means handle this. How would it work? Would I have to use a Verizon 4G connection with my glasses? Or would Lens Crafters go from
lens retailer to technology wizards over night.
There are a lot of questions that have to be answered when a technology like this hits the market. Not just infrastructure and technology ones,
but ethics and crossing this imaginary line we have between our online social life and reality. No doubt that this will be revolutionary when it
comes to fruition, and I for one will want a pair for my four eyes. But do keep in mind that is a long ways from coming to fruition as Google has
already come out and said it won’t be coming out in 2012.
If I had to guess I would say it won’t be coming out in 2012,13,14, or 15.
Design is something that continually amazes me even though I have chosen to go away from that career path and go with a more analytical one
in software engineering. But I still check out Dribbble every day to see what new things people are creating out in the world at that moment in
time, and every day I am impressed with the different directions people go. It makes me want to keep dabbling in design. If you have never checked
out Dribbble I would suggest you do so right now; especially if you are pursuing a career or degree in art, graphic design, or marketing.
I think the most important lesson I learn from looking at other people’s designs is that each design no matter what it is, can be unique in
the simplest of forms. A slight color change here, a different font there, or rounded corners versus square corners can make all the difference in
the world as far as uniqueness and aesthetics.
I was browsing through my Analytics account today looking at the traffic for this site and some other sites
I have my hands in. When I noticed that for some reason I was seeing a spike in traffic from a referral site. Upon further investigation I discovered that this very portfolio site had been selected by Folio Focus
without me ever knowing. Now I don’t know if someone submitted me or if I was just picked randomly out of the blue. Either way it is always cool to
see your work recognized and appreciated by your peers. So go check out my site on Folio Focus and look at some of the other pieces on there as there are quite a few
Having a career already in the field I am getting my bachelor’s degree in is something I am quite proud of and very thankful for.
It allows me some flexibility in what I choose to do right at this moment in time. Lately, online investing has caught my eye and has
been something I have been trying to learn more about during my down time (which there isn’t a lot of that). Seeing as I don’t have days
to read a book I turn to trusty Google most of the time when I want to read some articles about it.
I landed on a blog post titled “Thoughts on How to Live Life
– December 2011” at Investorzblog.com. It wasn’t really stock advice and it didn’t help me solve my conundrum on whether to choose E*TRADE
or Scottrade. It did however provide some interesting quotes and some quality theories on how you should look at life every day. There was one quote the author mentioned and provided his thoughts
on that I found very interesting.
“Being a perfectionist isn’t a good thing.” – Tony Chou
The author talks about the legacy of Steve Jobs, and how he made this empire we like to call Apple. The man poured his blood, sweat,
and tears into that company to make it is what it is today. But he paid the ultimate price for the stress he endured trying to make Apple
perfect. He worked his ass off to make everything perfect, and look where it got him; in the ground about twenty years before he should
be there. The stress that comes from trying to be perfect keeps you awake at night and makes you worry about things that are minor in the
overall big picture.
Nothing is more important than your life, and I think what the author is trying to say is that strive to be successful in life, but by
no means do you have to be perfect. Avoid trying to be perfect because in the end you will reap no benefits from it, only consequences.
Maybe you have heard of Kony 2012 the past couple of days, it’s the video that literally went from 5,000 views on YouTube to over
57 million in four days. It has gained internet stardom and harsh criticism in less than a week. It is an amazing piece of work whether
you are for it or against it; you can’t deny that the way it is put together and the story behind it is truly unbelievable.
A lot has been made of it already, with some people screaming scam at it because of the politics that could be behind it.
Others are saying that we are paying attention to this now because they came out with a cool video that makes people think it is cool
to “Stop Kony”. However, most people are seeing this issue as one that has to be resolved, and want to do something to help.
I believe that the story is atrocious, and I believe that we hold the power as individuals unified for a cause to change anything
in the world that we see as wrong. Knowing this I would be happy to say that I live in a world where people believe in taking action
instead of waiting around on their hands waiting for somebody else to do something.
This needs to be out in the light for the entire world to see, and we need to keep it out there. That does not mean that you need
to buy the wristbands, posters, or t-shirts. But it does mean that you have to take the responsibility upon yourself to keep this story
relevant. Tell everyone you know about this, repost this video on your Facebook ten times a day, write your senators, put posters up,
or whatever else you see fit to keep this in the light.
It is horrible that it took a video like this to bring to light a horrible issue like the one currently occurring in Uganda, there
is no disputing that. We should have done something about this a decade ago, but we didn’t. But now we can, and now we should. So make
the difference and keep the issue in the light so that Kony can be stopped in 2012.
Motothenw.com was created a little over a year ago by Joey Lancaster. He came to me with the idea and I created the whole website
from the ground up. The story behind the site and how it was created is for another blog post, but it is quite
a feat for a website like this to still be booming like it is after a year doing it. I have been creating videos for motothenw.com for
the past year and this video is just a sample of what is to come in 2012.
This is a video pre roll that features the title sponsors for the 2012 PRO NW MX Nationals that will play at the beginning of any
video that has to do with motothenw.com. I created this in Cinema 4D and then did the compositing in Adobe After Effects.
Whats up everyone, welcome to my personal blog! I am Kyle Galbraith and I have created this blog as a place for me to share my knowledge,
ideas, inspirations, and other cool random crap I find. Currently, I work as a software developer for a local Portland software company, but
I also do a lot of freelancing on the side. My primary goal for this blog is to share my thoughts on video production, web design,
web development, and other multimedia facets. Additionally, I will from time to time throw things up that I find inspiring, or just down right hilariously funny.
By no means am I an expert in any of the fields I currently work in or have hobbies in, so please do not quote me as an expert in your next
term paper. But I do however consider myself fairly smart (a googolplex is the largest known number), and sometimes even a little creative
(I know the rule of thirds). So with that, I will aim to blog at least once every two or three days here, and go follow me on twitter,
facebook, Google+, and here.