#san francisco

K’naan at the Apple Store San Francisco

K'naan Set List

K’naan Set List, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

I had the awe­some oppor­tu­ni­ty to lis­ten to K’naan last night. He had a live, acoustic per­for­mance at the Apple Store in San Fran­cis­co. I luck­i­ly got through 4th/Market ear­ly enough as there was a line form­ing from the entrance.

It was my first time see­ing a music per­for­mance in an Apple Store as I usu­al­ly just go in-and-out to check on stuff. I’m glad that I attend­ed as it was also the first time see­ing K’naan live. It was awe­some. The audi­to­ri­um was­n’t too big, so it was an inti­mate set­ting. The acoustics in the room was great and crisp. Not to men­tion, the expe­ri­ence and sto­ries shared by K’naan felt like it was a VH1 Sto­ry­tellers ses­sion. It was a very hum­bling and enlight­en­ing expe­ri­ence indeed.

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Hello Animoto!

Well, I final­ly decid­ed to give Ani­mo­to a try.

Animoto.com is a web appli­ca­tion that cre­ates MTV-style videos with the click of a but­ton.

Users sim­ply choose a song and images. Ani­mo­to then auto­mat­i­cal­ly gen­er­ates a unique video for them. No two videos are ever the same.

Many of the post-pro­duc­tion tech­niques that the founders used while work­ing as pro­duc­ers for MTV, Com­e­dy Cen­tral & ABC are used in Ani­mo­to’s patent-pend­ing Cin­e­mat­ic Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence devel­oped to think like an actu­al edi­tor and direc­tor. The result­ing video is pro­duced in a widescreen for­mat, con­tain­ing the visu­al ener­gy of a music video and the emo­tion­al impact of a movie trail­er.

Ani­mo­to Pro­duc­tions is based in New York City with an office in San Fran­cis­co.

Here’s my first tri­al run video using my BYOBW 2008 pho­to set on Flickr.

I’m dig­ging it. I only wish the free account gives you more time. Maybe when they get their social net­work going, users can vote or give props to slideshows that have “poten­tial” to be remixed even fur­ther due to the amount of images and/or how good their sound­track is. But I’ll let Ani­mo­to decide on that algo­rithm. Anoth­er thing that would be cool is the idea of using tracks from Last.fm, Pan­do­ra, or ones like it. But I’m guess­ing Ani­mo­to would need ample time to ana­lyze those tracks before­hand to inject into their mag­ic fac­to­ry.

Mean­while, the ser­vice is priced well for Per­son­al Use, $25–30/year… just like Flick­r’s. Don’t know if this is a long shot or not, but maybe incor­po­rate a deal with Flickr of get­ting a dis­count­ed mem­ber­ship. Any­ways, I can see myself pur­chas­ing a mem­ber­ship for Ani­mo­to. I fig­ure edit­ing a 3–5 minute video, and queu­ing music at the same time, takes a lot of time and patience and is well worth the $25–30. That’s only about a week’s worth of Lee’s Avo­ca­do Turkey sand­wich­es that I can pass on—not bad at all.

Last Photojojo Safari in San Francisco for 2008

The last Pho­to­jo­jo Safari SF will be held this upcom­ing Sun­day, Decem­ber 14th. It will be an explo­ration at the Pre­sidio and Palace of Fine Arts. The meet up will be at the cor­ner of Bay St. and Bak­er St. at 2:00pm.

You may RSVP here. More info about Pho­to­jo­jo Safaris here at http://photojojo.com/safaris/.

Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park

Love Jump JTG

Love Jump JTG, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

I had the plea­sure of tak­ing Kim and Ricky’s Engage­ment pho­tos this past Sun­day. We were ini­tial­ly going to roll to 2 spots: the first was the Japan­ese Tea Gar­den; and the sec­ond was Straw­ber­ry Hill. We actu­al­ly did­n’t get to go to Straw­ber­ry Hill as there were just tons of peo­ple vis­it­ing the Park. And there was nice weath­er to top it off.

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HUF End of Season Sale 2008-09-17

HUF is hav­ing their 50%-off End-of-Sea­son Sale today at all of their stores in both SF and LA. Get there fast as I won’t be sur­prised if they get cleared out quick.

Here are their loca­tions:

516 Hayes Street
(between Lagu­na St & Octavia St)
San Fran­cis­co, CA 94102

808 Sut­ter Street
(between Jones St & Leav­en­worth St)
San Fran­cis­co, CA 94109

816 Sut­ter Street
San Fran­cis­co, CA 94109

410 N Fair­fax Ave
Los Ange­les, CA 90036
(323) 944‑0017