Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

“So that’s how you make coffee beans?” Learning from a Coffee Maestro

July 19th, 2012

Mr Mariposa Coffee, Jerry Caputo (left) surrounded by his many aromatic creations. Russell says, "mmmmm.....coffee."

Jerry is truly a Coffee Maestro. He told us not to call him a Master. He prefers to reserve that title for folks like Mr. Illy and Mr. Peet. Although Maestro is generally reserved for musical masters, after watching Jerry Caputo, owner of Mariposa Coffee in Mariposa, CA near Yosemite Valley, roast coffee with his special (and secret!) process, it was really like a watching a musician. The finesse in his touch, I didn’t even realize there was room for such rhythmic gestures. It was a little like watching someone practice tai chi. What do I mean? Watch this short video of Jerry putting his final touch to a newly roasted batch of Mariposa Coffee.

How did we find Jerry? While on a trip to Yosemite, we drove past a little shack on the main highway to our inn. We drove passed it several times, actually, before we decided to check it out. A few steps inside the small cabin, Jerry says (like we were local neighborhood folk), “I’m just about done with a batch here (or something like that). Wanna wait a few minutes…or come check it out.” We were technically tourists, and we thought to ourselves, “WHAT A TREAT!” Maybe locals get to watch this all the time, but we city folks who do love a good coffee experience were squealing with anticipation to see some real coffee roasting!

Jerry’s been making coffee the same way for decades. According to Jerry, 10-15 years ago when he first started Mariposa Coffee, there were probably roughly under 300 coffee roasters in the entire nation. And now, the total in California alone is likely in the thousands. The amazing thing is, Jerry still makes coffee the same method as he did when he first started, perfecting his technique here and there, taking a few hints from folks like Mr. Peet.

And if you can believe it, 1 lb of Mariposa Coffee will cost you under $10. And another thing you won’t believe, Mariposa Coffee does not yet have a website. We hope this is the start of a aromatic relationship!

 

Memorable Day with Muttville and SF Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum

July 3rd, 2012

a special baseball card we made for Muttville's star, Timmy

A special day for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, July 1, 2012, will go down in Muttville history for a once homeless senior dog named Timmy. A week ago he was an abandoned stray. Last Sunday, he became a star! The chosen, long haired mutt now had a special advocate helping him find a new home… SF Giants star pitcher, Tim Lincecum!

I was truly honored to be one of the four Muttville representatives to meet two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum. He was a genuine, down-to-earth, animal loving gentleman that won our hearts. And we believe Muttville’s senior dog cause won Tim’s heart.

I created three items for this special day: a unique Timmy baseball card (shown on left), reminiscent of one of Tim Lincecum’s Topps cards ; a 40-sec video that was played on the Giants jumbo screen(!); and a Limited Edition Muttville baseball tee in Giants colors, worn by our proud Muttville volunteers. We gave one to Tim, too. I hope he wears it!!

 

Read Marie’s blog article for Muttville about Timmy’s big moment, and see the whole day captured in photos in this slideshow:

Senior Dogs Rockin’ Photo Shoot at the Fillmore!

June 18th, 2012

Misty K at The Fillmore's soundboard with Mark Rogers

Thanks to Pet Food Express, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue got a very special day at the famous and historical music venue The Fillmore for a fun “music-themed” photo shoot. The photos will be showcased at this year’s 2012 San Francisco Pride Parade, where Muttville mutts and volunteers will be cruising their Muttmobile, a 2012 VW Beetle given to them by Oprah Winfrey, and special guests Jane Wiedlin and Gina Schock of  The Go Go’s are joining them to support senior dog rescue.

April 17 was a FUN day with music, mutts, cameras, lights, and…THE FILLMORE!! Muttville Senior Dog Rescue teamed up with Pet Food Express for a special series of “My Mutt” photos, and will be showcasing them at this year’s SF Pride Day parade and future events thereafter.

Ocean at The Fillmore

Model senior mutts Pepper (parents Jen and Steph), Ruby and Scrabble (mom Yoko), and Misty K (dads Joe and Rafael) took over The Fillmore and did their best rockstar poses. Photographer Mark Rogers made sure they were in their best light. Fillmore crew Tony, Deanne, and Amie made sure the venue was set up with the same rockstar treatment that every band receives who graces the stage. They offered delectable treats in the green room to keep them energized.

My dog Ocean came as part of the assisting crew, but we had fun sneaking in our own shots…heehee. She did such a great job assisting, Mark gave Ocean her own rockstar shots too. She will be joining the series with photos at another historical venue, Bimbo’s (or Bottom of the Hill. She’s still deciding.. “plush bar or dive bar”?)

Switchblade Creative Studios and Adobe present “Bert Monroy, Part II: Photoshop Filters and 3D Workflow”

October 12th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 13th at Adobe offices, 601 Townsend, San Francisco, CA

6pm – 8:30pm

Bert Monroy, Part II: Photoshop Filters and 3D Workflow

Bert Monroy is considered one the world’s leading Photoshop painters. He

returns for a presentation to teach and inspire. He will share with you

many of the techniques he has developed in the creation of his

internationally renowned work.

If you think you know everything there is to know about Photoshop, you

must attend this event. If you were at his last appearance, you know he

will cover a lot of ground. Bert will teach you features of Photoshop most

people overlook — not just how things work, but, most importantly, why.

You’ll come away with a renewed excitement about what Photoshop allows you

to create.

Bert will show you how to use filters in ways you never thought possible.

He will show you how to take a blank screen and create imagery that

will force the viewer to question whether the image is real or an

illusion.

ALSO: Bert will also show new exciting 3D workflows for creative designers

who want to learn about Photoshop CS5 Extended’s 3D capabilities. There

are many simple 3D effects one can use for many different creative outputs

that many people aren’t aware of and Bert will wow us with these

techniques.

This event promises to be not only educational but inspirational. You will

be left with the motivation to take Photoshop and your imagination

to heights you never thought possible.

More about Bert:

Bert Monroy is considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His work has

been seen in many magazines and scores of books. He has served on

the faculty of many well known institutions, lectured around the

world and appeared on hundreds of TV shows internationally. Bert hosted a

weekly podcast called “Pixel Perfect” for Revision3.com. He was a monthly

regular on The Screen Savers TV show for almost 4 years.

He co-authored “The Official Adobe Photoshop Handbook”, the first book on

Photoshop plus many other books since. His latest books, “Photoshop

Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting” has gotten critical

acclaim around the world. Bert writes a column for Photoshop User.

Bert serves a client list that includes Apple Computer, Adobe Systems,

AT&T, American Express, Pixar Animation, Disney Animation and

Lockheed/Martin. Bert has also worked in the motion picture

industry for Industrial Light and Magic, Pacific Data Images, and

R/Greenberg.

In 2004 Bert was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

We are very excited to have Bert join us again!

Switchblade Creative Studios’ Live Auction Donation to Muttville’s Annual Fundraiser Earned Some “Moolah For Mutts”!

July 20th, 2011

On July 16, Muttville had their big annual gala fundraiser, Moolah For Mutts: “Night of 1000 Mutts” and Switchblade was proud to be an integral part of the successful night. It was a pretty thrilling part of the evening when the live auction was under way. People were wildly bidding, and Lenny our amazing auctioneer brought the excitement to a crazy fun level. Auction paddles flying up every second, the spotters couldn’t keep up!

An exciting moment for me was when the item we donated, #1 of 100 Limited Edition print titled “Our First 100 Dogs”, framed and signed by Sherri Franklin , was up for bidding.

 

Sherri presented it on stage and the bid started at $100.

Lenny started calling out numbers I couldn’t even keep up but the bids just kept going and going!

The final winning bid was $1000!! Wow, unbelievable! I was so happy that I was speechless. Switchblade had a fantastic night, honored to be part of Muttville and the event’s planning committee. Read more about Switchblade’s contributions to a successful Moolah For Mutts: “Night of 1000 Mutts”.

“If Muttville.org were a country, it would be larger than Vatican City” – Sharenator.com

February 14th, 2011

Sharenator.com recently evaluated the website of our client, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Back in 2009, Switchblade revamped their website into a modern, optimized 2.0 presence, and then developed a smooth running social media system that just hit over 1000 Twitter followers and over 2000 Facebook fans.

According to the stats provided by Sharenator.com, 1 in ever 1,111,111 internet uses visits www.muttville.org daily. That’s about 1500 daily visitors. And they also offered this amusing visualization:

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, rescue, and provide homes for senior dogs over 7 years old. See what all the buzz is about! Visit www.muttville.org

Wrapping a National Music Tour

December 1st, 2010

What a wild ride! Switchblade has been busy “in the lab” over the past 4 months working with Rebel Industries on Mazda’s first nationally touring music series featuring Mayer Hawthorne and the County. From reviewing artist options to developing and executing a strategic marketing plan, we are thankful for being given the opportunity to contribute to this successful, well-received tour.

For more information, visit MAZDA2MusicTour.com to learn more about Mayer Hawthorne, for free music downloads, to see how DJ Jazzy Jeff got involved, and how Mazda’s onsite activation was optimized online.

Happy holidays!

December 14th, 2009
Holiday greetings from Switchblade - Web 2.0 Design

Holiday greetings from Switchblade - Web 2.0 Design