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JPL: I Love This Place!

Random models and happenings






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JPL: Habitat for Humanity

The other day a bunch of us from the office volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and dedicated our time to help out an elder couple fix their house. That was hard, but worth the good heart-warming feeling? But not the burning sensation in your arms the next morning.

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Project: This Was Expensive pt.1

We’re at it again, Nancy and I have added another big item to our already growing to do list. “THISWASEXPENSIVE.com” is a project I started in an information design class over a year ago based on the world’s most expensive domains(.coms) every purchased. The original graphic charts the value / price, the domain owner and category then compares that info to the average number of visits / hits the site gets each month. All websites shown are listed according to websites trackers: alexa.com, soldnames.com and compete.com Statistics vary upon what information was available and are taken from most recently recorded activity for that domain.
thiswasexpensive

The original graphic was extremely long for dramatization and stretched out to a 120″ x 18″ poster with some dots going way off the canvas of the poster. I was able to create a short little video of the experience.

I had originally uploaded this video to youtube and it made a small impact overnight gaining about 1,000 hits in a few hours. After a little investigating I had found that CORE77 had made a quick tweet about it. Not long after my favorite info design blog infosthetics.com picked it up and made a post. Strangely enough it got onto some strange Russian forum and I was bombarded with emails, some angry that it was 100% accurate data and some wanting a poster but not wanting to pay for it. I was also contacted by someone at compete.com and bundle.com to have a copy in their office.

Our goal is to make this somewhat “live” to a point where at least a static state is clickable for a viewer until we are able to find a way to obtain data dynamically from all 3 website trackers. We are looking into the use of some of the following: jQuery, SVGs, HTML5′s canvas, and some flash. More about this project very soon, stay tuned.

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JPL: Toys and Things

Work has been great, and they sure keep me busy.

We got this in the office the other day with another one the way. It is INCREDIBLY fast, honestly faster than ipad1 haven’t really sat down with iPad2 yet to say its faster than that. But I know the cameras on this are way better than the iPad2 cameras. I believe Motorola won best tablet for CES 2011 with the Xoom (also their newest android phone—the Atrix won in the phone category). Did I mention I love work?

I also got to get away for the weekend and made a trip to Vegas. Good times.

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JPL: Hello

Busy busy busy!

I started work at JPL working in the OPSlab department focusing on new technologies like the Kinect. It’s really fun and so are the people I work with. I get to do various graphics and even an interface or two. On top of that the internship is paid and I walk by a group of deer every morning from my car to the office, pretty sweet deal going on here.

Take a look at my shiny badge, they put me as a contractor, hello extra level of clearance. I love this place can’t wait to see what comes out of my time here.





And our friend Dan Goods is not far away, either are his styrofoam robots he has around campus. I am geek heaven! Too bad I started just after they came back from GDC (
Game Developers Conference)

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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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