“Leaving Song” by Andrew Austin OFFICIAL VIDEO

Please watch this video, it’s a good song and people you know and (probably) like helped to make it:

Thank you to talented people who helped out. See the credits below:

CREW
Producer: Robbie McNamara
Director: Sarah Lasch
Director of Photography: Adam Crosby
Assistant Director: Kyle Patrick Sanderson
Art Director Derek Walker
Stylist: Brian Wong
Camera Operator: Tim Donnelly
Continuity: Danny Sinnett
Craft: May Sinnett
Production Assistant: Alexander Lasch
Editor: Andrea Agro
Mixed, recorded and engineered by: David Hermiston
And thanks to Andrew Smith for the use of his rooftop

PERFORMERS
Vocals and guitar: Andrew Austin
Drums: David MacDougall
Bass: Kurt Nielsen
Lead guitar: Kevin Neal

More work stuff

Lately I have been very busy at work which leaves me not a lot of time for other stuff. That’s ok though, it’s just temporary. And with all this busy-ness there will be lots to show for it.

In related news, that ridiculously large I heart NY cup that I was making fun of in my entry last week has since become my goto cup at work. I will not drink from any other receptacle. Just try and make me. Pablo got an awesome milk steamer for the office and I brought in some white hot chocolate powder. This awesomeness + the espresso maker = mocha in a giant mug every morning. I’m cutting my Starbucks intake to 1 per week on Fridays as a reward for all my hard work and to get the Free Track of the Week card for iTunes. Last week it was Bedouin (not the nomadic desert tribe, the Soundclash)! OK, ok. I’m a corporate whore for one day a week. Sorry! Sue me! The rest of the time I make up for it by helping to make advertisements, mostly for the internet. Hrm.

Also, I was helping Nick do some QA (that is “testing for Quality Assurance” for those who don’t know what that is because they’ve have never had to) for a Facebook application one evening and we needed an image separated from a gradient background to put over a black background in the app, stat! No designers as far as the eye can see. So I popped it into photoshop, did a little magic eraser and voila! It’s in the app! I am excited to receive creative recognition for my contribution once we release this puppy. I’m glad you now know you can for sure call on me for your super basic graphic design needs that do not call for talent in graphic design. It’s the small victories that keep me going and this is for sure one of them.

I really heart NY today

Giant I heart NY cup!

like really really! This mug from the work cupboard is ridic! It’s competing with my face for largeness.

I also have 851 spam comments to delete on my blog reminding me that I am a bad blogger… But who’s not these days?? Just wanted to drop in and say hi since I haven’t in a while.

RUPTURE: A Fashion Film

A friend and favourite of srahberry.com, photographer Renata Kaveh makes her directorial debut with RUPTURE: A Fashion FIlm.

I’m always surprised and delighted by the sophistication and unique beauty found in Renata’s work. I, and many others, are watching her closely and looking forward to what magic this talented artist will continue to create.

Never say no to panda

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose

If you keep your head down, work hard, cultivate your passions and talents and most importantly, be good to people, you will win at life. Always have good intentions mixed with a healthy dose of motivation and I know you will be awesome. Sorry to get cliche on you guys, but I’m having the most wonderful August and I just want to gush right now on my personal blog. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Screen shots

Whoa all my friends look super sad and bummed out, but don’t worry, they are just acting in a video we’re working on. Good actors though, right?

sleeping bags

on couch

in bed

In tent

bathroom

Foursquare for squares?

So do you guys want to talk about Foursquare? I do. Now that all the concern about stalkers, house-robbers, etc has worn off, I have some comments. I have only a couple friends on Foursquare who actually use it regularly and I don’t hang out with them that much. So, I find myself, when I remember checking in when I’m out with my non-Foursquare friends (the large majority of the time) sort of hiding it. I’m embarrassed. Inevitably I’m asked “What are you doing? What’s Foursquare?” and I have to explain it to them. And they are confused and not really impressed. “What’s the point of that? It sounds dumb.” I can defend the silly thing, but not with much conviction.

Foursquare is an app you install on a smart phone that uses geotracking to allow you to “check-in” to whatever real location you are at and it lets your other foursquare friends know as well as keeping you informed of where your friends go. You can post “tips” in certain locations for others to read if they check into the same place. If you check into a location more than anyone else you can become the mayor of that place. You can also earn assorted badges for playing. For example, checking in 4 nights in a row can get you a “Bender” badge. It’s a little like location-based twitter with a bit of a game element.

What does any of this actually mean for brands and making the big bucks? I don’t know, not a whole lot to be honest. A few companies like Starbucks have had Foursquare build in coupons into the application. Starbucks offers the mayor of their specific location a dollar off their already over-priced fruity ice drinks I think at the moment. Some companies like Bravo, VH1, Zagat, New York Times have started their own Foursquare account to advertise events or their brand. A while ago, there was an article in the New York Times about Foursquare and that it’s now worth a ton of money, but it’s still a bit murky as to how this application can be harvested for real value. I haven’t done very much research, but it seems like Foursquare is not mainstream and is only being used by the geekiest geeks who want to go through the trouble of checking in. Correct me if I’m wrong.

There is a part of me that enjoys Foursquare because I like the idea of tracking where I’m going or the repetitive activity of checking in places and collecting them, or badges, or mayorships and around my town too. There’s a kind of thrill in seeing that we all go to the same places (tech enabling human connection?) and the city is actually so small. Because very few of my friends are into Foursquare, and most of my friends are types who would never be, it’s not all that social for me. In fact, I kind of wish it wasn’t attached to other people so I didn’t have to bother them with my updates or remind them that I exist, defeating perhaps the entire purpose of this SOCIAL network. I think of quitting it often, but then consider that it is a way to keep in touch with people that I like and don’t see often, it is kinda fun in some ways, and I like to participate in this stuff and see what it’s like and how people use it, even if I’m not the ideal user. Also, you never know, maybe it will really catch on and then I’ll be ahead of the game. I doubt it though, most people just can’t keep up being so intensely into themselves all the time. Just me; the amount that I’m into myself knows no bounds!

I bang

Last night when I came home Pulp Fiction was on the Ceeb. Amazing movies on TV that you forget about and then remember when you start watching is another favourite of mine. It’s a nice little half-surprise. Like finding a 10 dollar bill in your winter jacket when it starts getting cold again. What a great movie though, right? Really genre bending for it’s time and people reference that movie nowadays constantly without even thinking about it. It really influenced pop culture and it was cool to re-watch late at night and be reminded.

Practically the only thing you can count on when it comes to my blog is me posting a picture every time I get my hair cut. So I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but I have been slowly making my decent into bangs. Everytime I get it cut they get shorter and less side-swept. Today they be full-fledged for the first time since I was a kid. No more almost bangs; these are BANGS. Also, it’s brown now, which is different.
bangs

I don’t really know why I blog anymore, but I figure at least part of it is so I can post pictures of my hair cuts every three months. I’d like to think it’s less selfish than that, but sometimes you gotta just admit this stuff to yourself.

Greatest gift to myself

One of the best things in the whole world is riding a bike home in the summer after a great night. I live pretty far away from everything now, but if I can, I will always take that lone, long ride through the city. I cannot think of many things that feel better than that. When I’m old and overweight with 4 kids living in the suburbs (gosh, hopefully that will never happen, though I joke) I will always remember living in Toronto and riding around the city and be so very glad I took advantage of the roads and my bicycle. Really awesome moments I get to live everyday. Also, thank you Toronto for the Jarvis bike lanes which help me get home safe.