Aaron Koblin x KevinforGoogle

Went to a lecture at school last night with Nancy and got to sit down and shake the hand of Mr. Aaron Koblin. We showed him some of our projects, he seemed to like them which is a good sign. Meeting him was like meeting a big time celebrity, definitely a day to remember. Thanks Aaron.

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Officially part of JPL

I just signed the papers to make it official, so here is the “big announcement”. As some of you may know Nancy and I have been working closely with  JPL on our Kinect project thanks to the always talented Dan Goods. He introduced us to our new best friend Victor who I will now be working under. In just a few days I will begin my internship with JPL, working for the universe now — well close to it. I’m pretty excited but can’t say what I will be doing because then I would have to kill you. Not really but you get the idea. Hopefully this will be a nice section to add to my growing resume.

This internship would not be possible without the following people: Steve K, Todd M, Nik H, Nancy, Dan G, Victor and Tara.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Freelance: Lolli Beach Candy pt.1

My old client and friend Vy Nguyen who I met and worked for back in 2009 returned to me with enthusiasm I have not seen in a person before. Working with other young entrepreneurs always excites me, especially when you can see that they have a real passion in what they do. Vy started her own swimsuit line in 2009 named Lolli Beach Candy, the designs are unique and based off of things she loved as a child. The website is launch and open to the public and the shop will be open in a few days.

Vy wanted a fresh new look for the website to compliment her 2011 line. I had always wanted to try a method of using full bleed photos with a custom navigation, I saw an opportunity with this site and took it. Love the way it came out however I am still working on some bugs with Internet explorer because as some of you know jQuery and CSS3 do not play nice with Microsoft.

The site is run COMPLETELY off of wordpress and the default twentyten theme that has been customize in every way possible by yours truly.  Many thanks to all the wordpress and jQuery nerds of the world, cheers.

My favorite part of the site actually is very minor and somewhat silly. I love the blog, when you scroll down the blog the white transparent container kisses the edge of the pink box in the navigation. Sweet.

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Freelance: OHMY pt.1

A few months back I had the pleasure of meeting Abby and Jane, two very special people who have a passion of helping others in need. Abby and Jane have took it upon themselves to develop a non-profit organization that helps several other organizations around the world. I would describe the idea as a cross between a non-profit meets Threadless. The organization will generate revenue by selling t-shirts designed to raise awareness for specific humanitarian issues. 100% of the proceeds will donated to a worthy 501(C)(3) non-profit foundation.

I have been working closely with them to develop the site, and it has been a great experience as I partnered with my friend Andres to implement use of our custom CMS (content managing system), unfortunately we worked so hard on it that we gave it the horrible name of “Admin Panel”

You’ll want to keep reading for the good stuff :]

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Freelance: The Laughing Tree part2

Since the part 1 of The Laughing Tree, Helena and I have officially launched the site with very nice results. The store and logo appear to be a hit with her customers and friends. You can also “laugh your apples off” at thelaughingtreeshop.com now officially open for business.

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Unbuntu and a Viliv S10 Blade…?

Bored the other day so I took the Viliv S10 blade laptop (tablet pc/netbook?) and attempted to install Unbuntu.

This post will serve as an experiment and also double as a review of the Viliv. Viliv is known to make small portable computing devices. This laptop came several weeks late from a BBB approved (or so they say…) company named “Dynamism”. After finally arriving the laptop felt and looked great, very slim, sd card reader, two styluses and even a decent battery. However they had loaded a copy of Windows XP home edition, which is fine… if it was at least the touch screen version. A touch screen device on a normal copy of Windows XP is not fun nor intuitive.

Boredem took over one day and I decided to try to install Unbuntu because I have always wanted to mess with it. However the Viliv had other plans for me…

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MURSWORLD: Updates, StarWars and Greyskull

MURS’ new website will be launching soon. Nancy, Peter and I (or as MURS likes to call us… “NPK”) have been working very closely with MURS to complete the new website/blog for his latest album dropping around Feb. 8th. The new site is very much a traditional blog that will host new projects, albums, photos and even a comic book or two (yes I said comic book). Most of the artwork done for MURS is done by Jeff Grell @ At Large Media

It’s exciting for me to have this opportunity to work with MURS someone whose music I listen to on is now one of my clients, sweet. I also discovered his love for StarWars Anyone who is down for StarWars is ok with me.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new site and get your tickets to his tour PAID DUES.
“By the power of greyskull!”

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HACKINECT: Nancy’s Graduation Show

Nancy Graduated, we spent days setting up her show. We had a demo of our Kinect project showing but of course it was not full functional, so we decided to show a mock video of how a viewer would interact with the interface. I had memorized the movements and was demonstrating the project, it fooled a few people. My show is this term, I hope it’s just as good.



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