Balto Blog: Crabby Friday

I’m also capturing a little video on the trip using my Olympus C-3040 digital camera. These are Quicktime movies encoded in MPEG-4. If you haven’t installed Quicktime 6 you will be prompted to do so. They should stream well even on a 40 kbps connection. On Friday, Mario Armstrong, the mayor’s Technology Liaison, took us on a tech tour of Baltimore, which included a visit to Bo Brooks, the classic Maryland crab house. Here Johanna Hall and Jennifer Crist from Affiliate Relations teach me how to eat a crab while producer Ken Marquis looks on:
Eatin’ Crabs

Later in the day Ken and I went to the DC bureau so that I could be a part of the fun during the Mitnick-Wozniak version of The Screen Savers. There we met with Peter Barnes and Gary Nurenberg. We also got a gymnastics demonstration from producer Alina Mesenbourg:

Perfect 10

Then Gary and Alina took us up to the bureau’s roof for the live shot. They have a beautiful view of DC from up there with the White House and Washington monument as a backdrop. You are supposed to call the White House when you go outside, however, so the snipers on the roof won’t pick you off. We forgot to call, but fortunately, no one shot at us:

White House View

A great day in Baltimore, despite the rain. Saturday dawned clear and bright and I’m getting ready for a trip to Arundel Mills for our first appearance. We’re hoping to take in an Os game at Camden Yards tonight.

Quicktime VR of The Screen Savers studio

Here’s a Quicktime VR picture of the Screen Savers set from my point of view at home base. (You need Quicktime to view this. If I’ve coded this properly, Quicktime should load automatically, even if you haven’t installed it yet. The movie itself is about 1.4 megs so it may take some time to download it. Click on the picture and drag your mouse to move around in it. You can look up and down, too.)

Thanks to Alex Lindsay of dvGarage for taking the picture. You can read all about it on The Screen Savers web page.

(NOTE 7 Oct 2007: I’m trying to figure out when this is. This is the second Screen Savers set – Patrick Norton is already co-hosting, you can see his skateboard behind home base. We’re already moved to Studio B – making room for Tech Live I guess – but lots of pieces are still missing, including the LAN party set, the spiral staircase, and the audience risers. The “babe corral” isn’t finished yet either. The control room is visible behind it. You can also still see the old Money Machine set behind the cameras. This must have been very early on with the new set.)