As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with the world of science. I was fascinated with women going to the moon, fascinated reading about ancient Egyptian medicine, fascinated with heart-lung machines, defibrillators, chemotherapy…as you can tell my background is in medicine . I have since transcended and now I am just plain mesmerized with all branches of technology.
I am, to the greatest extent, an audiovisual junky. These are the greatest days for the industry. With the high def document cameras, the opportunity to participate in classroom development for kids and create technology labs…..that’s the best! Everything is so on the cutting edge, with lamp free projectors to multi-touch equipment for universities…it’s a tech lover’s world!
We have wonderful technicians who each have a special interest or skill. I love each distinguishing characteristic they bring to the table. It makes our company competitive and we love good competition.
I read something pretty cool recently, or rather interesting. Perhaps you have heard of it…the brainiacs at MIT (proud to say I have a nephew who attends), created a really cool visualization program to map how the National Security Agency can understand your relationships based on who you contact via email and how often. You can link your Gmail account to MIT’s Immersion tool from here: https://immersion.media.mit.edu/. Find out what nodes can be detected from your email address.
Take the word aggregate for example. It’s defined as “a collection of particulars,” “a sum,” or “a mass.” All in all it’s the collective. It’s when you take all that you know and bring it together to form something creative; you put all the joining parts together.
In audiovisual, design to us means that we take all of our knowledge, from AV set-ups to productions, along with our preliminary plans and sketches…then artistically and skillfully bring it all together for our client(s).
Our daughter is a classical ballerina, and we have spent years watching her perform with grace, joy beyond expression and emotion. That’s what design is for us! It’s artistic work! Not to say we are prophetic or anything, but we are able to discern what our client wants and more importantly what our client needs. We do this with a sense of grace, joy and emotion. What we envision for our clients, is first, credible in OUR minds, then we proceed with the details and all the features.
It’s a great business. It’s great to participate and to observe our designers as we (they) artistically and skillfully bring a building, a classroom, a theatre…to life!
We’re getting a new website which will go live soon! Suddenly, I feel more dedicated to blogging…go figure!
I am pledging to wholly and earnestly devote myself to this blog. Hmmmmm…that sounds a little too ambitious! I’m setting myself to be self-contradictory. How about consistency? And to provide complete and sound information.
Until we meet again, I will leave you with this: “Never give in.. never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force.. never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
I’ve been following the FCC’s rulings and decisions effecting wireless frequencies for approximately two years now. It’s not only fascinating, but it directly effects the work that we perform.
The Federal Communications Commission is a government entity that regulates broadcasting and interstate communication by wire, radio and television. Over the past few years, we have acquired many, many wireless devices. It seems this have challenged the spectrum, therefore, the FCC has had to change, update and revise regulations.
Here is some information that I find valuable by way of Sound & Video Contractor.
While the FCC’s removal of geographic restrictions on white space devices will expand broadband access and increase connectivity, it may cause interference issues with wireless microphones, intercoms, and in-ear monitors (IEMs) in use at local venues. To prevent this, the FCC has set aside dedicated, unused TV channels for wireless microphones. Organizations can apply to reserve these channels for their wireless mics; prohibiting white space devices from operating in the same channels. This new service is currently in place throughout the entire east coast, with the anticipation of a nationwide release. Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) participated in a beta test of this new system, giving feedback to the FCC about the registration website. Drawing on this experience, the company has developed some tips for navigating the registration process.
1. Gather all of the required data. It takes 30 days for the FCC to review and approve your registration before you can turn on your channel reservation. To avoid any delays, gather all of the following information and double-check its accuracy:
Your FCC Registration Number (FRN): If you do not have an existing account, go to fcc.gov/uls and click “New User.”
The latitude and longitude of your exact location in the DMS (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds) format: If you look up your address in Bing Maps or a similar tool, this information will appear under your address. You can convert this format to DMS using: http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html
Your local “free” and available TV channels: Type in your latitude/longitude information at whitespaces.spectrumbridge.com/whitespaces. Be sure to select the “Wireless Microphone” option. Also, zoom in on the map to ensure you have the correct location; you need to be within 400 meters (about 1300ft.).
The TV channels in which you are currently operating your wireless mics: Check this chart: http://www.professionalwireless.com/tv-channels
Your schedule for reoccurring wireless microphone use (up to one year): You can adjust your hours and make other small changes to the schedule at any time. Major changes, however, will require going through the FCC’s approval process again. Consider submitting your non-reoccurring special events at this time.
2. Make your registration request. When you log in with your FRN and password at fcc.gov/uls, click the link on the left and you’re ready to begin the process.
3. Certify your use of all “practically available” free and available channels. Confirm your use of between six and eight wireless microphones inside each local TV channel, then look up your location at http://whitespaces.spectrumbridge.com/whitespaces to determine the available channels. There, you’ll see two “exclusive” TV channels—one above channel 37 and another below.
Next, you’ll see “available” TV channels listed. You’re supposed to use all of these, with six to eight wireless mics in each, before you ask for “white space” channels. Although professional-grade wireless mics haven’t been made in the VHF bands for more than 10 years, the VHF channels are included in the list. Attach a text file to your application explaining that you’ve used the channels available.
4. Consider the use of wireless intercom systems. As of these systems generally have two transmit frequencies below channel 37 and four receive frequencies above it, they will not meet the FCC’s minimum of six to eight frequencies in each available or reserved TV channels. Attach a text file to your application explaining that the equipment has a “duplex gap,” forcing you to use two different TV channels in order to operate the intercom system.
5. Monitor the FCC website for public comment or objections. Once you submit the application, it will be listed on the FCC website for seven days. This allows anyone in your local area to comment or object to your request. Check the website eight days after submitting your application to make any replies. You will only have seven days to reply.
The FCC uses the remainder of the 30 days to review your application and issue its decision. Even though you will have clearance throughout the year-long period to use the designated channels at the allotted time slots, if another event arises, you may need to go through the FCC’s permission process again. The same holds true for the end of the year—requests are not automatically renewed annually.
I’m going to disregard the fact that I have not blogged in quite some time because I just simply feel like writing without feeling the need to ask for forgiveness or a pardon. I’m gonna get better .
I have finally set in operation my journey to obtain LEED certification for my business. I have passed two courses with flying colors! I’ve learned about Designing Net Zero Energy Buildings, which has been fascinating.
Did you know that the our U.S. President issued Executive Order 13514 that states by the year 2030, all buildings must be operating at net zero energy? This Executive Order speaks heavily to government buildings. I love it because it not only discusses construction, materials, environmental impact, water, ventilation and thermal comfort…it also addresses low emitting materials, and equipment. I love this!
When we consult with our clients (especially government clients), we emphasize the Executive Order. We present, with confidence, how significant it is to comply with this order. More importantly, the impact on the environment! It’s fascinating committing to sustainable design and installing efficient, low energy equipment.
Our guiding principles are to promoted energy efficiency, and a sustainable environment! It seems so natural.
What are you doing to reduce YOUR carbon footprint? How is your organization responding to climate change?
I’ll chat with you soon!
so I can begin to upload some really cool videos and such. I have this amazing photographer on my team of professionals, so tell me if you have any really cool gigs coming up so we can capture them for you. Anyways, I’m totally into time lapse photography. I think it’s so amazing! It astonishes me to see what a photographer (especially a geek, nerdy one like mine) can do with a camera .
Time lapse is cool because even though you record at a slow rate, the images appear to move at a faster rate. It doesn’t really take that much gear; what you need is a really good camera. Preferably one with an intervalometer inside. You can use an external one though. Intervalometers set the time frequency and regulates the motion of your camera to specific time intervals between your frames. So cool!
Recently, a client of mine had (or is having) PV panels installed on their rooftop in San Francisco. PV means photovoltaic, for those of you who are totally not into solar or alternative energy. And to add further, these photovoltaic panels convert energy from the sun into electricity. Cool, right! So, we were chatting with them about documenting the process(a time lapse video), since it’s such an historic event for this facility, but before we knew it, the solar company had the legs up, racks and panels! Too late! It would have been a unique project for us but we have many projects where I can apply my creative, environmental and technological skills. That’s all that matters.
I’m not tired of it. Many people deny climate change; they feel this whole energy craze is made up, exaggerated and one big hoax. I say it isn’t so. I say that climate change and global warming have been happening for thousands of years. There certainly have been dramatic weather patterns within my lifetime. In addition, there is scientific (being a scientist and all) data from my field of study (biology) and across all fields of study, like chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography and whatever other field I left out.
Environmental technology has always been compelling to me. I’ve lusted for more and more information. I’ve recently implemented an entire sustainable low energy department within my organization. What in the heck is that?! Well, as system integrators, we install ONLY low energy, sustainable products for our clients. You see, in 2009, President Barak Obama signed Executive Order 13514, which we (and the EPA) are currently operating under. I say “we” but really meaning the United States government. By the year 2020, commercial buildings (and perhaps residential), will need to be operating at net-zero energy, and my company is doing its share by installing Energy Star products.
It’s pretty exciting to be working with construction workers on new building projects and upgrading current buildings. My qualifications? I’m certified to design net zero buildings as of July 2011.
What are YOU doing to reduce YOUR carbon footprint?
and I love talking tech . So my beautiful, intelligent, opinionated daughter suggested I tell you a tad bit about myself. I wasn’t in favor of that little idea, because, you see, I want you to read my blogs for mostly content. That’s how I am. I read books, follow blogs, and feeds based on the value of the content. I don’t want to know too much about the author because I don’t want to be influenced by anything personal. Nevertheless, I will oblige because she’s twenty-something and this is her world!
I started my technology business several years ago, after obtaining a degree in cellular and molecular biology (I know, right)? I previously owned two travel agencies in San Francisco, one on Market Street and the other near Brisbane, CA…more near SFO. If you don’t know what SFO is, it’s the acronym for San Francisco International Airport. We traveled Europe as a family. We went to places like France, Spain, England, Belgium and so on…so here I am. That’s some of me in 159 words and two paragraphs.
WELCOME to MY world!
Well here I am. My first real blog. Well at least the first one that I’m taking seriously. I’ve finally decided to blog because there is so much information surrounding my industry that I want to share.
I love technology. My background and education is cellular technology and biotechnology, however, I am currently working in digital technology.
I certainly don’t want to bore you with a long, drawn out editorial about who I am and what I do, so just know that I am brilliant, love technology and run a company. Yes, I’m one of those arrogant geeks that you love to hate, but it’s impossible to hate me after meeting me because I’m actually very nice and sociable. Let’s get started…