Unbelievably clear goldfish tank

This goldfish tank is filled and surrounded by my late mother’s knick-knacks, and sits upon her credenza from my childhood home in Baker City where it catches the early morning sunlight. It also has an RGB LED light on top so looks spectacular at night.

When you sit and watch the fish in this tank, the combination of sun rays and seeing outdoors right through the tank make it seem like the fish are just floating in air.

When I first moved this tank to the window, it would bloom algae within three days of a good cleaning, and the glass would be impossible to see-through. When I switched to a Marineland C-220 whisper-silent canister filter, the algae blooms stopped and the water became very clear. When I added the (kind of noisy) air bubbler, within three days the water was crystal clear, and has stayed that way ever since. Even the growth on the ceramic pig has stopped, and that used to turn completely green.

It took many months to get this healthy ecosystem running smoothly. Time will tell if this new system can maintain the clarity.

Tippy + Topple Turtle Livestream Video

Highlight of yesterday’s Livestream of the brand-new turtle habitat in Miles’ room. That is a piece of turtle food that Tippy is chasing around in the current from the cascading water filter. At :50, Topple does his thing, and dives in for a little snack.

Sometimes the Livestream video doesn’t play, so here it is on YouTube.

The live event is over, but there are a few more clips here: Tippy + Topple Turtle Livestream

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Skiing at Anthony Lakes on New Year’s Eve

Yes. That is a video of me skiing down Trouble Creek on New Year’s Eve at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.

 

Happy New Year, everyone. Below are some scenic panoramas that my son Lars and I shot at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort and stitched together in Photoshop. Click to view larger, or right click to open the original high res image in another window.

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Anthony-Lakes-chair-lift Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – View from chair lift

Anthony-Lakes-Ski-Area-1 Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – Top of the mountain

Anthony-Lakes-Trouble-Creek-2 Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – Top of Trouble Creek

Anthony-Lakes-Lower-College Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – Top of Lower College

Anthony-Lakes-Ski-Area-2 Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – Broadway at entrance to Holiday

Anthony-Lakes-Trouble-Creek Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – Top of Trouble Creek late in afternoon

Lars tried snowboarding.

A photo posted by nelsdrums (@nelsdrums) on

Stephen Colbert Freedom Bump

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Stephen Colbert fist bumps Freedom the Eagle. An outtake from Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl commercial that was turned into a GIF by a fan and is now moving to the top of the charts on Imgur and Reddit. Take a moment to go on Imgur and VOTE IT UP!

Here is the original footage that we posted near the end of the Super Bowl. I don’t know what is more adorable. The eagle, or Stephen Colbert’s reaction.

Moontoast Social Ads

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Moontoast Social Ads – like this one I created for Kia Sorento – show up in the Facebook timeline or Twitter feeds. Is this the future of social advertisement? Supposedly function in iOS as well, but I have yet to see that work.

Click image above to see the Moontoast ad.

2014 Kia Sorento Super Bowl YouTube Masthead + MSN Takeover Video Ad Units

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Click image above to see YouTube Masthead unit.

The spectacular 2014 Kia Sorento Super Bowl spot “Space Babies” has arrived, and with it yesterday, two high-impact full-width video units I created for the YouTube and MSN homepages.

Each takeover starts with an eye-grabbing :15 teaser spot that ends with the prompt “View our Big Game commercial”. It then resolves to an interactive banner with cute space babies popping on mouseover, and a YouTube embedded player featuring the entire :75 YouTube exclusive spot. Clicking through sends you to the custom Kia YouTube brand channel (below) where you can learn more about all of the Sorento’s great features, and download wallpaper for your mobile or desktop devices.

Click image below to go to youtube.com/kia

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Sample wallpaper image.

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Here’s a little video capture of the live experience on MSN.

Experience it yourself. Here is a link to the site archive on This Moment’s servers.

Kia Soul “In My Mind” Music Video Challenge – Winners Announced

The winners of the Kia Soul In My Mind Music Video Challenge have been announced. It looks like a lot of hours were put into making a lot of great submissions. My personal favorite was the second runner up winner, Anthony Lee, with his zoo themed dance sequence.

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Far East Movement – Winner Shoutout

Grand Prize Winner

First Runner Up

Second Runner Up

Visit the site archive on This Moment’s servers to see the other submissions. The site was a custom YouTube gadget, built in HTML5, with support for mobile web.

Mickey Finnegan Music Video Tips

Mickey Finnegan, who directed my LMFAO Halloween House video, as well as music videos for LMFAO, Cee Lo Green, Dev, Katy Perry, Lil Jon, Soulja Boy, R. Kelly, gives some thoughtful tips to our Kia Soul Music Video Challenge contestants.

General Guidelines

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Editing Dance Sequences

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Questions & Answers

Announcing Grand Prize Winner

Kia Soul Hamsters – Freestyle Dance Video

“In My Mind” 90-Second Contest Seed Version

“In My Mind” Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl (Axwell Radio Edit version)

Like music? Like dancing? Like Hamstar clothing? Check out these behind the scenes music videos starring the dancers inside the beloved 2013 Kia Soul hamsters! Featuring exclusive footage shot after a long day of filming the Kia Soul “Bringing Down the House” commercial at the Karlin Theatre in Prague.

Watch in HD to get the full effect of the laser light show.

Click here to see an archive of the contest site.

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