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Testdriving the $110,000 All Electric Tesla Roadster in Residential West Seattle

Posted by Leonard on July, 31, 2010

Leaving a party at the home of legendary photographer Art Wolfe in West Seattle, I assumed the fancy red sports car across the street from my 1992 Honda Accord with 202,000 miles was a Ferrari and belonged to a guest of the party. But it didn’t, and it wasn’t a Ferrari, it was a Tesla Roadster and it belonged to his neighbor Lance who was standing on the sidewalk with his wife and young son. I began asking him some questions about it, not sure why I even knew the name. But as we got into it, I took out my camera to make a video as it turned out he was a Tesla Roadster salesman with all the details. Apparently the car, all electric with a super beautiful body does 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds and is made out of carbon fiber (what they’re using to make new planes with), which according to him is 4 times stronger than steel and 1/4 the weight, and goes 250 miles on one charge. After explaining all of the technology and design elements, we hopped in the car and took it for a spin in the neighborhood on Fauntleroy Ave in residential West Seattle, where Lance proceeded to punch it into hyperspace a few times with it’s insane acceleration. Check out this video tour I made of this incredible car, which at $110,000 (no sales tax as there are no emissions) remains a ridiculously expensive car but according to Lance, this is the forefront of incredible new electric vehicle technology with a goal of introducing non sports car sedans and subcompact lines in the coming years at much lower prices. There are currently 1,300 of the vehicle on the road and roughly 60 in the Pacific Northwest alone.

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Tiger V Dragon

Posted by Leonard on July, 29, 2010

There’s a program on KUOW, 94.9 in Seattle everyday at 3 pm  called ‘The World’ that I love and often listen to. Today they had an excellent 2 part radio documentary from the BBC about India and China, their relationship to each other, and the world in the future called Tiger V Dragon. Fascinating analysis of how each country views itself and it’s role in the world and how that translates into their actions domestically and globally. The stories touch on communism and democracy, approaches to educating their populations, the visions of their former leaders, military and industrial aid, and so much more. I highly recommend it. Both parts of the series can be downloaded from the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/06/100621_doc_tiger_dragon_china_india.shtml

I also recently saw a film at SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) called The Last Train Home that I highly recommend that shares a window into modern life in China that spans youth and transportation and urban – rural divide and so much more.

On a totally unrelated side note, I found this amazing. Just after finishing this blog post, I was looking for an image from the radio story above to include in the post which I’d just published on my blog. Literally 1 minute later, I went to Google and searched for ‘Tiger V Dragon BBC’ and check the results
GOOGLE TIGER V DRAGON

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Pangeality Productions Wins National NATOA Award

Posted by Leonard on July, 26, 2010

Via my work with The Seattle Channel, I’ve just learned that we won a NATOA Award, commonly referred to as the Emmys of government television. The Government Programming Awards (GPAs) are annual awards that recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies, in this case The City of Seattle.  The piece was the story about Rob Rose and his organization The Rose International Fund for Children and their work on behalf of young people with disabilities in Nepal, and the movement to battle the stigma of disability in Nepal and South Asia. We won’t know until September whether we won the category or not, but the nomination itself is an award as all nominations are given recognition for their work. There will be an awards banquet in Washington D.C. in early October. Very cool.

This is the piece

Challenging The Stigma of Disability in Nepal from Pangeality Productions on Vimeo.

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Saving an Iconic Seqouia Tree in Downtown Seattle

Posted by Leonard on July, 26, 2010

I got a call late one afternoon recently from my client Cedar Grove Composting to ask me to come film some footage of a special project they were working on. Together with the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities, Cedar Grove Composting was involved in trying to save a very special tree. The giant Sequoia tree is in the heart of downtown Seattle at the corner of 4th and Stewart, that was originally planted on Aurora Avenue, but was relocated in 1972. The tree is also the official Christmas Tree downtown every year. Over the years, the tree continued to grow but recently, birds had infested it and their droppings were both damaging the soil below as well as the canopy was slowly becoming covering with their acidic poop. Not sure about how to save the tree, SDOT approached international tree specialist James Urban, author of the book Up By Roots who had been in Seattle recently and paid the tree a house call, diagnosing the problem and prescribing the solution that this group eventually implemented.

So using an air spade to blow out vertical holes and a giant sucker truck to take the dirt away, a number of 4 ft deep vertical columns were dug around the base of the tree, and filled with fresh compost donated by Cedar Grove. Better irrigation and gas flow to the roots was the goal to supplement the pruning they’d already done.

Here is the video I produced about the work.

From Aurora Ave N. to Downtown

From Aurora Ave N. to Downtown

Sequoia on Aurora before being transplanted, 1972

Sequoia on Aurora before being transplanted, 1972

Placing the tree downtown at 4th and Stewart, Seattle

Placing the tree downtown at 4th and Stewart, Seattle

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Instructional Gardening Series Videos for Cedar Grove are Up

Posted by Leonard on July, 26, 2010

My work with client Cedar Grove Composting continues to be a great relationship as I’ve enjoyed producing a variety of videos for them that both showcase their products and educate their customers among other things. With this project, the goal was to take what was currently a rather boring page on their website about their soil products, that only had a few photos and descriptions and links to other pages, and replace that with a handful of dynamic short videos that give real information to Seattle area gardeners. The videos are about horticulture, aesthetic, technique, quantity, timing and so much more in integrating Cedar Grove compost, booster blend, top soil, vegetable mix and other soil products into one’s gardens and landscaping. The videos were then uploaded to their YouTube Channel, and from there embedded onto the appropriate pages on their website. So much clearer and more useful than a boring text only page could ever be. To see the videos, visit their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/CedarGroveCompost

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