Posted by bryanzug - 2009/08/23
That drove me straight down to my knees
Never thought I’d see things like these
If I had a dream
If I Had a Dream by Undercover
(from the album Branded, 1986)
Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s in Southern California (yes Seattle-ites, I am a Cali refugee, thank you for not closing your borders) – I worked with a non-profit music production agency that fostered the exploration of meaning through the creation of music.
Back then I would not have described it like that – we thought we were just making what we called, in naive retrospect, “Christian Rock”.
But much of who I am today – my love for complex stories and conflicted characters, stems from deep things people in that community taught me about life, art, relationships, and critical thinking.
Undercover’s Branded album was, for me, one of the first pieces of spiritual art that wrestled honestly with faith, doubt, and skepticism.
Those of you who know me know that while I land on the Jesus side of things regarding The Question of God, I come to that conclusion after much wrestling of angels.
Like Jacob, my gait is informed by the limp of, and deep respect for, the skeptic’s heart.
(Which is one of the many reasons my son is name Thomas.)
In the spring of 1991, I took footage from a summer 1990 Undercover concert I video-ed in Redlands, California, back to the Media Center at Pepperdine and made my first short film – A video of the song “Time” from their album Balance of Power.
I had abandoned the television and radio production major that I went to Pepperdine to originally study, believing that I could learn things faster than the instructors could teach me by just doing projects and facing real world challneges, while making things I wanted to make.
I spliced in a bunch of public domain footage I took from some cool laserdiscs the university had, in order to draw the themes of the song out.
Last week, Ojo from Undercover found me on facebook. Then, this AM, my friend Jason pointed me to the video I made nearly 20 years ago.
Just looked at it for the first time in a long time and I am really struck by how much it is reminding me of things I had forgotten of my own journey.
It’s funny sometimes how much we don’t remember about ourselves.
Anyway, I thought I’d post it so you could take a look if you have a moment and get a glimpse of how I ended up being, ummm, me ;)
Time by Undercover, 1990
Posted by bryanzug - 2009/04/13
Was able to grab some nice video of it — here’s parts 1, 2, & 3. Enjoy!
Posted by bryanzug - 2009/04/12
Here’s video I produced of a great discussion my pal Brian Dorsey facilitated on “Fostering Cross Tribal Community in Seattle” at Mind Camp 5 on November 22, 2008. We were gathered at Synapse Product Development in downtown Seattle (an incredible location). I’ve embedded parts 1 & 2 below.
Posted by bryanzug - 2008/03/26
Nice post from Cabel Sasser on how Japanese ads are dropping URL’s in advertisements in favor of search boxes with keywords.
Lots of back and forth in the comments on how regular folks don’t use the address bar like they’re “supposed” to — money quote from the comments —
I don’t think us web geeks have any idea of the heinous crimes that the average user is committing out there.
Posted by bryanzug - 2008/01/10
Design seemed to figure directly into business results. Here’s a short money quote —
The productivity gains from polishing the user experience are well worth the cost of going beyond the first design that comes to mind.
Posted by bryanzug - 2008/01/10
Started a new job on Monday. I have joined the wonderful team at Methodologie in downtown Seattle as “Technical Director, Interactive Manager”.
Methodologie is an incredible brand design firm with a great specialty in Corporate Social Responsibility communication and Annual Report design.
I get to work with an award winning interactive team and am looking forward to a great 2008.
Also to note — I’ll probably be posting less on elearning specific topics (when I post right :) — will be moving more toward the identity of the blog becoming “Bryan Zug’s Flat Hatter Collaborative”.
Posted by bryanzug - 2008/01/07
My Chumby just arrived — here it is (except mine is black) — and yes, this is a realtime reflection of what it is showing —
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/12/06
A physics engine for the iPhone — just play the vid —
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/11/09
I wish they had embed code for this video, would go wider much faster. Since they don’t, just go visit the site — Make My Logo Bigger Cream — so funny because it is so true.
Posted by bryanzug - 2007/04/17
So when I saw this video, I just about peed my pants. It’s a Ken Burn’s-esque animated screenshot/text/typography video that tells the story of the web up to today.
Just found out that the guy who made it, Michael Wesch, will be discussing the video at the Web 2.0 Expo today today at 4:00 pm.
It all takes place at the Web2Open gathering that is an unconference running in parallel (and in conjunction) with the main conference.
This is the kind of loosely coupled teaching/training that is going to take us into the next “age”.