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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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Jumping on the Youtube Bandwagon in BFE, Honduras

Zak Erving

Just over one year ago, Ted Talks published this video featuring Kevin Allocca, the trends manager for Youtube—he's literally paid to watch Youtube videos, as he'll point out at the :20 mark. His job, essentially, is to monitor what happens when videos go viral, and to utilize that data into relevant cultural information about humor:

Unlike the one-way entertainment of the 20th century, this community participation is how we become a part of the phenomenon…(speaking in reference to a number of viral videos) communities sprouted up that brought [these instances] from being a stupid joke to something that we could all be a part of, because we don't just enjoy now, we participate.

And participate I did: yesterday at D & D Brewery, the owner—a friend of mine—coordinated a massive Harlem Shake video (if you haven't seen one yet, this is as good an example as any), featuring a professional juggler, a horse, a tuk-tuk, a man in a tree, a smattering of beer kegs, and yours truly.

Can you spot me amidst the chaos?