Like your Momma before she was fat.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Gardening For Borgman

Well, spring has finally rained in.

So plans are now in place to shape up our roof top for summertime. It’s like getting your body to look good in a swimsuit.

And here are our master planners now.

Assaying the land.

Arranging the look.

Fighting over final picture.

And going off to get dirty together.

You know Jenna’s excited. Or something.

Which brings us to a very nostalgic part of our entry, concerning pimp juice Ned.

His mom so loved his last appearance on the blog, when all the chickadees fawned over him, that she demanded we include him in his favorite childhood pastime: riding the mall merry-go-round. She says he used to just sit there, stoically, not even on one of the horses, preferring the gentle swan… over and over again. Oh the memories.

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Changing Of The Guard.

Don’t know if you noticed, but our stellar editor Jason Kileen has been out for about a month. Most of it was for work, four-walling away from the PS several spots for’s new push against google. But he also took a week for his annual Golf Post Production Invitational. These guys don’t mess around, so much so that they all get uniforms. Check out Kileens team.

It looks simple, but it’s more of a concept idea: Master’s Caddies. Not so shabby.

But their nemeses (which includes Sound Lounge’s Glenn on the right) outdid them with a feat of golfing creativity: white trash truckers.

And the third team just disappointed us all, with the uninspired and drab khaki shorts and polos.

After a week of golfing and good times, its obvious here that Jason is truly psyched to come back to work.

As you know, this blog is also obsessed with the PS quality of flowers, look at these close ups.

Does it remind you of something.

No, seriously, what does it remind you of? Know what yonic means? Look it up.

Anyways, John Zieman, interviewed about his thoughts this year’s NAB, gets quoted in two articles for this week's Shoot, so you should check that out. (or the our own version of the trip, two posts down).

Then, in a wonderful surprise, the Stinson himself arrived for some garden planning.

He seems well, a bit more tan, but still his irascible self.

Sadie also made an appearance.

Still cute as a mother f-in’ button.

Which brings us to yet another sad moment in PS history: Madeleine, “the Mad-villain,” is leaving our glorious office.

But who is this?

What is she doing?

Nooo, she wouldn’t.

Ooooh, snap. She did.

Totally replaced. Live, here on the blog.

Don’t worry, no real Mad-villain’s were hurt in the photoing of this post.

But we have found a new runner, the glorious Emily O.

She comes to us from the virgin state of Virginia, through NCSA, or North Carolina School of Arts to you.

Welcome to the team, Em.

But goodbyes, how sad they are.

Jenna here doesn’t know what she will do with her little Mad-villain.

But Mad-V assured her it would be okay.

Princess, rarely wanting blog appearances, actually asked to have her goodbye commemorated.

Oh Mad-villain. You’re surly wit, the dry sarcasm, the low key charm…

It shall all be missed. Good luck with your piloting career, and visit often.

Friday, May 05, 2006

For Whom The Errors Toll

Coming in on a Monday morning to find this on your Shared media space is not what an editorial facility really wants.

For you non-vidnerds, we have to digitize all footage to cut with it. Now, audio files (real audio files, not your pansy compressed mp3s) are pretty big, but video, well, they are just huge. So you need big fast drives to handle that. We used to have separate drives for each edit station, but technology has advanced so that we can have one unified storage system. This means several avids can cut on the same material at once, which rocks. If an editor has clients, he can keep cutting and the assistant can load in another room.

The only problem is that all the eggs are in one basket, so once again, if you come in on a Monday and find this on your unity, its not cool.

So, this storage rack consists of 32 180 gig drives raided together. And one of the drives was acting up. We had to move a few projects around so that only the mirrored (the media gets written twice) projects remained on the faulty partition, which would get its drive replaced. But moving a terabyte is not a fast process, especially if you are wondering if the drive will make it.

And once the move was done, and we wanted to switch drives, we found that a few of them were quite dusty, so John did a bit of unity spring cleaning.

Fun, right?

Oh yeah, tons of fun to be waiting for all you media for every project to resettle in, at midnight.

The good news: after a few annoying hours, we placed in our replacement drive.

And everything was back to normal with no data loss.


Hooray! (thanks jenna for the beautiful spin metaphor of happiness). Now, some people here are wondering if it is good PR to post that we had an error. Well, drives fail. There is no getting around that, it happens at every facility, and its how you deal with it that matters. In the two years we have had this unity, we have have lost only one day of editing, and we did not lose any media. So there, i think our track record speaks highly on how we deal with machine errors.

Anyways, as the spring keeps rolling, our flowers just get more awesome-er.

And on days where the real Sadie can’t come in, we all settle for the next best thing.

Which brings us to a new announcement, after a few weeks of looking for a new receptionist, PS finally found Stephanie. She hails from the great state of Ill-I-noise, and we think she is a fabulous addition to the team.

Welcome to the PS family, Steph!

Oh, Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Have some on Margaritas on us.