I got to meet Adam Conover this weekend. He told me he was one of the guys over at Olde English and suddenly freshmen year of high school internet videos came rushing back to me in the form of orange stands, leaves, and this video, Gym Class. I used to watch these videos back before YouTube existed. Back then, these videos were truly original and hilarious. I feel like they were some of the pioneers of the internet comedy videos.
And then I lost the site, couldn’t remember what it was, so I just forgot about it, honestly. Until I met him this weekend. I felt like a total fangirl, but man, it was so cool to meet this guy that made my freshman year so fun and full of silly inside jokes.
At vimeo, I sit accross the desk from Peter, at Ted’s old desk. (I am reminded of this whenever I look down and see the sticker that says “Ted’s Keyboard,” it makes me laugh in my head.) One of my favorite things to do at work when I am not busy with something else (or really even if I am) is rolling my chair over to Peter’s desk and watching him work. I really like watching people work on things they are good at (like Cait painting a picture or Casey editing a video) because I think it is interesting and a good way to learn things. People at vimeo are pretty good at indulging me in this and let me “hover” around them as they do their jobs. Peter, though, is the best. He speaks effortlessly about everything he is doing, taking time to explain this and that or answer questions that pop into my head. Most of what he does is really complicated and way out of my range of knowledge, but I have learned a lot from him, whether or not he realizes it. I worry sometimes that I am bugging him, though.
“If you want to make a person feel good simply walk up to them and say, “Aren’t you glad the chemical composition of Earth’s atmosphere is precisely compatible with carbon-based life?” The person will almost certainly reply, “Yes.” They may even give you a high-five, provided they are not a paraplegic. This is equally true in Portland, Oregon.”—http://stuffpeoplelike.tumblr.com/
“Craig: i could honestly see [Caroline] being one of those professional bloggers making money doing that
Mike: yeah but those people are ridiculous
Caroline: Yeah, but at least we’re happy
Mike: i wouldn’t admit to anyone that i was a “professional blogger”
Mike: [Caroline], I will never be happy, but my life is still going to be better than yours”—ROFL. I’m going to have the best life ever. I already am.
Tonight’s vimeo meet-up was friggin’ spectacular. I danced like a mad woman with the coolest and most attractive user base on the internet. However, I really should have maybe not danced as much as I did because I ended up spraining my thumb (Andrea Allen can pull off a sweet bridge-air-hump, I apparently can not) and my feet were hurting so bad walking home I was nearly in tears.
But, honestly? It was totally worth it. Totally. Fucking. Worth it.
Ricky gave some great advice about getting your car fixed up if you’re in the city for a few days, but what if you’re only going to be in the city for a day? If you’re coming in from the north, is it smarter to park outside the city and take the subway in? Where is cheap? Where is safe? Help! Thanks in advance!
Today was my first ever SILF softball game. We’re still undefeated* and I got to arm wrestle the guy from the other team. My arm is dead and I got Iowa’s pants dirty (and I still don’t know where a laundromat is around here) but it was lots of fun! I like the people I work with a lot. <3 Video from Streeter’s homerun coming up soon.
Vimeo just broke a major personal record - 1,007,116 videos played in 24 hours.
At it’s peak that’s 17 people hitting play every second. This time last year, we peaked at 190k plays in one day. In January this year, we were at just 220k. After a long hibernation, Vimeo has quadrupled in size in pretty much every dimension in less than six months.
Oh, we also set personal bests for videos uploaded, HD videos uploaded, videos encoded, sign ups, logged in users, comments, and likes. On any given day we usually break one of these, to smash them all at once is awesome.