You might have guessed it. The Pac-10 Conference has the worst football referees. Sooner fans will definitely agree with this Seattle Times’ poll. The Times polled 42 coaches, including Sooner coach Bob Stoops, asking opinions on which conference had the most incompetent officiating. The Big Ten was voted the best.
Are you excited about the new iPod? Apple has distributed invitations to a Sept. 5 event in San Francisco, and industry people are speculating it’s for a new family of iPods. Can you say full screen video iPod?
I’ll never look at a backpack the same way.
I worked at Feed the Children last night. The organization relies on local citizens and corporations and groups to volunteer time to assist with various needs. Last night, Chesapeake helped with backpacks – stuffing backpacks with school supplies and personal hygiene.
Good cause. Good people.
Worked on a script and production of The Oklahoman’s High School Huddle over night. We went into production today. Should post it tomorrow.
The Oklahoman’s sports editor Mike Sherman and deputy sports editor Mike Koehler wanted a high school sports show produced. Ryan Aber would go on camera with me to discuss the prep football scene each week.
And the 2007 season kicks off Thursday. Not much time.
So I wrote a quick show. 5 minute total running time. Backtimed it: Edlamfootball.com is our new site devoted to Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond North football – so there’s 45-60 seconds. We could use a Dave and Angi commercial – another 15 seconds. 2-3 minutes with Ryan talking about the season, with a True or False segment. We would use music under the entire video. Then we met with Bryan Thomas and Billy Davis for opening animation, full screen graphics and lower thired. David Jones created a nice studio setting. Tanner Herriott worked on lighting. Jacquelyn Farris ran teleprompter. Kyle Roberts oversaw the elements and will edit.
We’ll see the finished product tomorrow. We’ll improve production and the look in the coming weeks. But for a quick turnaround (one morning) it went really smoothly and simply.
Get up early tomorrow. A total lunar eclipse can be seen in Oklahoma around 4 a.m. and ending by 7:30 a.m. The Earth’s shadow will glide across the moon’s surface, eclipsing it and turning it to shades of orange red. Go to nasa.gov to watch a webcast of the eclipse. I’m probably going to go ahead and miss this one. The next total lunar eclipse occurs in February.
Yahoo is introducing new features today for its email. Users will be able to send e-mail, instant messages or text messages from a single Web site. Think of the money parents could save if their kids use their computers to text instead of 15 cents per text via cell phones.
Dunkin’ Donuts is trying to refresh its image by largely eliminating trans fat. How? With alternative cooking oil and by reformulating 50 menu items — doughnuts included. All by Oct. 15. Krispy Kreme has yet to roll out a zero gram trans fat doughnut but hopes to do so. Starbucks said in May that it would cut artificial trans fats out of its food and drink by year’s end.
Stay healthy America.
We did something a little different with Ed Kelley’s Oklahoma Matters today.
First, we used the segment to promote The Oklahoman’s football section. It hits newsstands and driveways Sunday.
During the segment, we used video from Nate Billings’ Oklahoma Focus segment from last week. Nate, one of The Oklahoman’s photographers, described what equipment he used, and why, for the black and white photos used in the football section.
Check out the result, pretty cool. Also note the lower third animation used to introduce Ed. Credit to Tanner Herriott for the editing.
Web site critics are constantly arguing over Web content that “must be above the fold.” As if Web users are idiots who cannot understand how to scroll.
Here’s a great point-counterpoint about above the fold/scroll.