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TRACE Parkour On London’s South Bank

This is an ambush interview I shot March 27, 2010 on London’s South Bank. These guys – Trace – get together and free run around town to whatever spots they please.

And they are good.

Shot on a Canon T1i. Edited in Final Cut Pro.

Music by DJ Inclined.

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Photo of the Day – Sweet Potato Fries

April 20, 2010

In my misery of volcanic stress, I made sweet potato fries to go along with my incessant monitoring of the situation on the BBC.

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Ten Questions For the Volcano


Photo of the day: Looking for ash, but this is what most London nights looks like.

Iceland’s volcano is causing a mess in the aerospace industry and the one source the media isn’t talking to is the volcano! Here are my questions for the volcano.

Ten Questions For Eyjafjallajökull:

  1. Why are you mad?
  2. When will you stop spewing?
  3. Can you make your ash disappear? Will you? Now? Please.
  4. Is this the end?
  5. What can I do to help you?
  6. Do you have any accomplices?
  7. Do you compromise?
  8. Will you be reimbursing loses?
  9. Will you be doing this again?
  10. Do you understand what kind of trouble you’re in?


Saturday's view from Parliament Hill over London. If you looked up you would seen a beautiful sky like...


...this. The sky remained a brilliant deep blue the entire weekend, despite the volcanic ash cloud.

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Photo of the Day – iheartstreetphotography


April 8, 2010

We went to check this iheartstreetphotography exhibit out. A little disappointing.

My flat mates and I set out to check this iheartstreetphoto exhibit  out. It was a little disappointing as you can see by the photograph. Not many people, just calming standing around stairing at the 4 foot by 4 foot square projection.

But the message is key!

I Heart Street Photo’s Twitter describes itself as, “An exhibition of new street photography in light of the impending government restrictions on photography in public places.”

I agree with Heart Street Photo.

According to their Web site, they are about the celebration of street photography.

I agree even more.

What is unique about I Heart Street Photo is the fact that photographers are being cracked down upon from taking photos – in public.

A Sunday Times article describes the situation many photographers – even tourists –  are facing in London and the world today. The article highlights how the loss of public or street photography can take away the necessary documentation of today’s current culture.

Where does the line between public and ‘privacy’ end?


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UMass Kwanzaa Celebration 2009

The University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated Kwanzaa last week with other members of the UMass Amherst community. I created this news package with Naychelle Lucas and Maia McDermott.

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Sunderland: More Yes and No

It might be a good idea to check out the specimen ballot before voting tomorrow.


Sunderlands July 18, 2009 specimen ballot

Sunderland's July 18, 2009 specimen ballot



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Mikes response to Pam

*Mike's response to Pam


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An article about the override appeared in The Republican, twice, and in The Recorder.



*Updated in this post was Mike’s response to Pam.

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Is it time for TV news to step it up? Part II

The best time to start a business is in a poor economy, I once heard artist Josh Simpson say in a question and answer session.

That’s another reason why now is the time for television stations and production companies to take news coverage to a new level.

As I wrote in the previous post, TV outlets and companies should use this media shift lull to break the news.

Part of the reason newspapers are closing is due to the economy. But the other factor is consumer want. More consumers get their news online compared to those who get their news from physical newspapers. But, more people are still getting their news via TV.

Yes, you agree, it’s common knowledge. But, you say, the same thing can happen to TV. Yes it can, and more consumers will resort to technical gizmos and gadgets with an Internet connection.

If TVs physically fade out, people will still want to watch these programs just as people still want to read feature length articles online. (The demise of the TV is real and is due to copyright infringes and recording technologies like TiVo. This is a whole other issue video makers and watchers will have to worry about.)

A large problem with newspapers going out of business, is the fact there won’t be enough hard-hitting journalists in the world. I’m not saying TV or video journalists aren’t hard-hitting, but let’s get real, the glitz and glam is taking up too much space. As I previously wrote, the void needs to be filled. People need the facts, and they need the news, whether they know it or not.

Simpson’s theory to start a business now is based on his belief that if someone knows how to make a business work in tough times, it will certainly work in easier times.

Apply this to the TV industry. In order for this approach to work, companies should be investing the money they have in quality journalism, documentary series, mini-documentaries, feature reports, investigations, and interview programming.

When consumers no longer have a physical paper, they will be looking towards television for their news. TV outlets need to provide this kind of programming.

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