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I didn’t always blog for ChunkIt! at exploring berkeley. My illustrious blogging career began this summer during my internship at TigerLogic’s San Jose offices, when I teamed up with Michael to craft a post about our crazy intern field trip to Berkeley to shoot a promotional video.
Without futher ado, here’s some vintage Katherine from TigerLogic’s blog:
By all outward appearances, I have a perfectly respectable grown-up job this summer. Every day from 9 to 5 (okay, 9:30 to 5:30) I sit in a cubicle and, as part of a team of interns, brainstorm ways to market ChunkIt! to college students. We have weekly objectives to accomplish, payrolls to be filled out, and status reports to be written. But once in a while, we all get to go out of the office and do something wild and crazy. And that’s when we transform from square-minded Clark Kents into marketing Supermen (and -women).
This week, we took a field trip to stage a protest in (where else?) Berkeley. We marched under the auspices of T.I.G.E.R. (The Innovative Group for Effective Research). Our topic of protest? Slow search times on the Internet. Our mission? To enlighten the good people of Berkeley about the birth of a solution. Armed with classic hand-painted protest signs adorned with biting witticisms such as “URL Sinners” and “Practice Safe Search”, we stormed through historic Sather Gate and up the steps of Sproul Hall. No longer would we stand by and watch as millions toiled through the daunting labyrinth of the Interwebs. As the 300 Spartans before us, we stood bravely on the steps of Sproul Hall and shouted, “This is CHUNKIT!”
Well, not really, but close. My fellow intern and cubiclemate Joli unleashed her talent as a singer/songwriter/choreographer with catchy protest anthems such as “ChunkIt Like It’s Hot” and “I Chunked a Page and I Liked It”*. JJ and Rob raged against the machine, leading the crowd in chanting “Orange Power” and “What do we want? (Faster searches!) When do we want ‘em? (Now!) How we goin’ to get ‘em? (ChunkIt!)” Meanwhile, cameraman Brian and aspiring reporter Steven recorded the day’s events with stunning cinematography and journalistic integrity.
A few bystanders tentatively approached us to see what the commotion was about. Other onlookers, mostly unsuspecting tourists, chattered excitedly amongst themselves. Some, possibly under the impression that they were witnessing the rebirth of the free speech movement, took photographs and home videos to show their friends and family why the town has earned the nickname “Berserkeley”. Our protest gained a touch of symbolism with a computer-shaped piñata labeled “Slow Search”. Hungry college students and small children partook in the festivities, wielding a ChunkIt! bat to bring slow search to its demise. One Berkeley native approached me to say, “I really approve of what you guys are doing here. I’d totally jump in and help you protest, but I’m so high at the moment, I don’t even know what I’m saying.” I thanked him politely anyway.
After exhausting our supply of business cards, losing our voices, and leaving the town plastered with “I Got Chunked” stickers, we trudged back to Shattuck Avenue for the long BART journey home. Just as Superman returns to his phone booth, we returned to our cubicles at the office and became Clark Kents once more…until our next mission.
The result of our trip to Berkeley was the following video, edited by whiz kid Brian. If you’re friends with me or another TigerLogic intern, look closely, and you may be able to spot us.
All riled up and hungry for more? Browse ChunkIt’s YouTube channel or download ChunkIt! to save yourself from slow search before it’s too late.
*It should be noted that I do not under any circumstances condone listening to Snoop Dogg or Katy Perry.
Remember when I blogged about discovering new music via legal downloads from last.fm earlier this month? One of the great bands I discovered is a now-defunct Bellingham, Washington band called Racetrack. I would call their overall sound indie pop, somewhat reminiscent of Voxtrot and The Pipettes.
Racetrack’s Meghan Kessinger contributes clear female vocals and catchy guitar hooks, while Jackson Long and Chris Rasmussen create a solid rhythmic foundation on drums/male vocals and bass, respectively. Their strongest song by far is “Don’t Sit On the Pickets,” which I guarantee will get stuck in your head. In a good, non-Katy Perry way.
“Racetrack is true to its name: fun, fast, loud and kinetic. Their ‘catchy, noisy power pop’ can be heard on their new EP ‘go ahead and say it’ (2006) and their previous full-length, ‘City Lights’, recorded by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla.”
Sadly, the members of Racetrack broke up in late 2006 to work on individual projects. Most of their songs are available for free download on last.fm, and can be heard on their MySpace or website. Andrew of FensePost, in his infinite lightyears-ahead-of-me hipness, wrote about Racetrack in a review of “go ahead and say it” in October 2006. He recommends the following five must-hear tracks, almost all of which are available for immediate and free legal download on last.fm:
Don’t Sit On The Pickets
The War At Home
Jumping The Shark