Monday, May 21, 2007

Wings of Freedom

My little sister Kelsey and I went to Moffett Field this afternoon to see three old World War II planes there as part of the traveling Wings of Freedom exhibit. It was really neat. There was a B-17, a B024 and a B-25 there. Here are some pictures:

And here is a short video of one of the propellers going. It does not look like it, but it was going really fast and was really loud.

You can see the rest of the pictures here. The planes are in town until the 22nd (schedule).

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Finals and Firefox

It has been a little quite in the SJSU blogosphere. That is what happens every semester with finals. But I am just about done! And even more exciting, I am going to be doing an internship this summer with NBC11! I will be working on their Web site, actually, I am going to be working on some new stuff for the Web. I am really excited.

In other news, some of the Blogger functions that normally work in Safari are not working. Good thing I use Firefox...

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Founders' Day Donation

I am a little behind on my blog posting. I did an article for the Daily earlier this week on the announcement of a $10 million donation to the College of Education on Founders' Day. It was a great event. I am glad I was able to go. I wish I could have gone to the speech by Margaret Spellings and the panel discussion, but I was not able to.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Using Maps

I am now two for two. Today I posted another cool feature to the Spartan Daily Web site, a map. It goes with Lindsay Bryant's Gold Fold article on underage drinking. It is a good article. We ran a picture of the map, which shows the liquor stores around campus, in the paper today. The online version got posted a little late, but better late than never. We hope to continue doing slide shows and maps and podcasts and the like. I am really excited about the stuff we are going to be doing. I used Atlas to make the map. It was really, really easy to use.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Spartan Daily Online

I am proud to announce that I am going to be one of the online editors for the Spartan Daily next semester.

Yes, I said one of, there is a lot of work to do, as you can tell by looking at our site, and we are excited to do a lot of new projects. I am specifically going to be responsible for working with the reporters in creating multimedia content. That means I will be doing training sessions, helping them with project ideas and making sure that everything comes together on the site. I am really curious what you, my loyal readers, would like to see us do. What can we do to make the site more interactive, more exciting, more attractive, etc.? Let us know, either with a comment here or an e-mail to me. We are listening!

I was at the Daily late last night working on a multimedia project myself. It is teased in a large photo package on the front page of today's paper:

It is a slide show made with Soundslides:

I collected the audio (with a little help from Neal) to go with the photos (thanks Hanna, Neal and Zach!) and then I put it all together with GarageBand and Soundslides. It was a lot of fun, but took longer than I would have liked. A huge thanks goes out to Daniel Sato for all his help! I could not have done it without him.

The Mercury News also has a story and a Soundslides show from the same event. I am not going to say which one I think is better....