Archive for the “work” Category

    Video editing

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

    I’ve recently done some video editing, some at home and now some for work and think it might be one of my next projects/hobbies. Although at the moment I’m not full of ideas of what to shoot I’ve enjoyed the editing process and gives a whole new appreciation for what is done in TV and film. My first foray was the outtakes of captainchalupa.com – it’s a classic, see it while you can, I’m not renewing the URL in October (and I can only take credit for camera work on the short film, editing there was done by a pro). My second attempt (that made it through to a final cut) will sadly not be available to the general public, being a work project. I’m hoping to work on something a little more mainstream (well as mainstream as editing at home on a laptop then posting to the internet can be, let’s say something that can be viewed by those reading this blog).

    I don’t believe I’ve ever used so many brackets/parentheses in one paragraph before. I’m sure that’s not very well respected in the literature world.

    Right now I’m still at the point of wanting to run before I can walk, I can’t wait to get the first film festival nominee cut and out of the door. I have, however, the minor issue of learning how to properly use editing software, be it iMovie at home or Adobe Premiere Elements at work. If anyone uses any decent sites for either of those post up the links in the comments.

    Captain Chalupa

    Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

    Whenever evil lurks in the RSC, where ever help is needed in a hallway or crime happens in a cubicle…CAPTAIN CHALUPA and GORDITA GIRL will be there!

    Each year Taco Bell has a big Halloween pageant where each department makes a short movie. I was involved in the IT one again this year and we won :) Along with being part of the process to create the ideas for the movie I was behind a video camera for the first time.

    It was a lot of fun putting it all together, along with a couple of colleagues Jose (head over to his site and get a copy of his latest DJ set, some good stuff there) and John we put up a web site where you can see the video. It is quite Taco Bell themed but I’d be interested to hear how it looks to those of you outside the company.

    Captain Chalupa website

    Web designing

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    I’ve had quite a bit going on recently.  Work has been very busy – my main project is a redesign of the intranet based knowledge base for the help desk.  After a year’s work the front page is finally online, it is a big relief and probably the biggest project I’ve ever worked on.   Now comes the gradual conversion of the remaining 12,000 pages on the site.

    I’ve been learning a lot more about web design, and more importantly to me, the design aspect of it.  In Stream I built the technical side of the sites, while Paul did the graphical design side and I’ve never been confident, or had any idea how to go about, putting together a design.  I’ve been picking up a lot lately and I’ve come a long way, there still a huge amount to learn but I’m a lot happier with my design skills now.  I found laying stuff out on grids is very helpful.

    I’m considering moving this blog again, I don’t want to keep shuffling around and messing up everyone’s bookmarks but this time I’m looking at keeping WordPress but hosting it myself on my own domain.  This would mean I could design my own site rather than use this template.  There’s no address yet but it’s something I’m working towards.

    Oh, and I’ll be back in England again at the start of January.

    G’day Ma’am

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    The QueenWe celebrated the Queen’s Birthday today at work with a big sponge cake. I seem to be celebrating Britishness more outside of the country than when I was in it (with the exception of football tournaments, though I doubt that is getting much celebration this time around).  This one was celebrated because the president of the company is an Australian and out there they get a day off work, while a few of my colleagues pointed out to me back in April (I still had to look it up again to make sure of the date!) when it was St George’s Day.  There was no celebration for it but I think while working in England it was always a day that passed without notice until a couple of weeks later when someone would raise their head from their monitor and say ‘Oh, it was St George’s the other day!’

    I suppose it’s normal to be more aware of your national celebrations when you are abroad but I’ve been surprised that Americans seem to be more aware of it than Englishmen.  I can’t see a 4th of July passing and a couple of days later a Limey reminding Yank that he forgot to celebrate.  I never seem to use those slang names so I thought I’d throw them in there – I should try to get more of those in here in future, maybe something a little more ‘exotic’ like a Pom reminding a Septic.

    Taco Bell First Company To Hire Monster Americans

    Monday, December 3rd, 2007

    Taco Bell explores the benefits of hiring Monster Americans. This was a Halloween comedy skit recorded for the Halloween pageant at work. It is my first appearance on youtube!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsBwZfJPYb8

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    Free Tacos

    Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

    Taco Bell are going to run a giveaway for the World Series but they are doing it while I am at work, so hopefully they’ll be bringing some into the office. If a player steals a base in any of the 7 games they will give away 1 taco to everyone in America (or at least everyone who visits a Taco Bell restaurant in the 3 hour time frame). It is on a Wednesday after lunch and before work finishes but I’m sure plenty of people will manage to get out to claim their free taco.

    Australia & cricket

    Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

    I played cricket yesterday for the first time since leaving England, and it was against an Australian. The president of Taco Bell to be precise, he had a little knock about outside the office building – fortunately it was using a tennis ball not a cricket ball as the grass was rather long and the ground lumpy. I did quite well considering how rusty I was expecting to be, showed the Americans what the game is about anyway.

    I had Lamingtons for the first time today in preparation for tomorrow’s Australian themed family day – they are not as sickly sweet as American cakes so they are a nice change. Maybe one for the recipe site Paul?

    No time for posting while at work…

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007

    I have previously not been writing much as I haven’t been doing much, now I haven’t been writing much as I’ve been doing too much. I’ve been in my new job as a Systems Analyst for just over a month now, I’ve done the training and been taking help desk calls for a while. Its busy during the week but its a good way to learn, I don’t have time to get bored! It consists of taking calls from Taco Bell managers supporting their back office PCs and printers. Its all going well so far, there’s a lot to learn but its coming along and its a good environment to work in.

    Shifts have been moving about a bit but I managed to get day shifts right from the start rather than having to work through the night. The drive down can vary though, weekends aren’t too bad at 1 hour, but some of the busy mornings or Friday afternoon can take 2 – 2.5 hrs!

    I got an interview

    Friday, January 19th, 2007

    The weather out here has been very changeable recently. One day I get sunburn, then the university campus gets closed for high winds, then it snows. It doesn’t even rain here, but it snowed.

    Yesterday I had my first interview. It was a while coming but I got a phone call for one job, then the next day a second call for a second job. So yesterday I drove down to Huntingdon Beach (where Jurgen Klinsmann lives) and interviewed for an IT Help Desk position. The company seemed cool and they have a really nice office, the interview went pretty well and the people seem nice. I’m hoping to have an edge over the competition as I speak French and they have plants in Montreal, Canada as well as Tolouse, France but there’s still a few more interviewees to go so hopefully I’ll hear back next week.

    The job hunt continues

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

    It wasn’t so much a resolution but I’ve started coming in to the university library for the day. So I am currently working the same hours as Brenda but my job consists of looking for a job. Its been quite productive so far, the library has wifi so I can just spend the day looking for and applying to jobs, if I stayed at home I wouldn’t get anything done as her whole family is there at the moment.

    The only problem is the lack of tea and coffee making facilities. The coffee side of things should be sorted soon once classes start again and they re-open the student union Starbucks.