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I Shot First - A Han Solo Halloween

This past Halloween I wanted to do something inherently sexy. Who is sexier than Han Solo? Answer: no one.

I started with pictures of Han. Specifically from "A New Hope."



Here are the elements: Off white, mandarin-collar shirt Black/navy vestDark pants with red stripesBlack boots (I already owned a pair)Belt and holsterBlaster
I started at Thrift Town, where I found a pair of dark slacks, a shirt, and a black suede jacket. I think I spent around $12. I cut the sleeves off the jacket and used red duct tape for the stripes. 
I ordered a toy blaster online, it only comes in white and orange. So I had to spray paint it. I used this tutorial.



If I was going to go further with this costume I'd make a replica of the belt, like this awesome woman did.

Luke really wanted to be Luke this year. His costume was a little more tricky. We bought a karate uniform online, he used a pair of khaki pants he already had and we tried to make the boots out of Ace Bandages, but that didn't w…
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Rare Early Nirvana Footage Screened At The Crest

The iconic grunge band, Nirvana, played Sacramento three times before the lead singer’s death in 1994. The first performance took place at a little venue on Folsom Blvd. called The Cattle Club on February 12, 1990. Concert organizer Jerry Perry had heard the band’s first album, Bleach and knew he wanted them in for a show… but he didn’t know much else about the Seattle-based group. “We didn’t know what to expect, we didn’t know how old these guys were or anything,” said Perry. “They were cool guys, fun guys.” It was a Monday night and there were about 65 people in attendance. “It was just an explosion. They were this little band out of Seattle,” Perry said. “It was a great time. You felt like there was this roar coming back into the music scene. Here came Nirvana and it was really something. I loved them instantly.” With a lot of Cattle Club shows there was a video camera set up in the corner of the stage. This night an electrical cord bisected the frame. Fortuitously, Shayne Stacy wa…

CapRadio Music - It's Been A Busy Summer

It’s been an eventful summer for me, dominated by the launch of CapRadioMusic.org in June.  Since this page has been pretty dark I thought I'd share some  of the most read stories of the summer:
Sacramento Man Directs “Weird Al” Yankovic Video: We tracked down Jarrett Heather, state worker and amateur animator, and talked to him about his experience working on “Weird Al’s” parody video, “Word Crimes.”http://bit.ly/1t5GRtJ
Dave Brubeck: A Famous Jazz Dad Who Never Lost His Family Focus: For Father’s Day Paul Conley put together a story about the jazz legend as a dad. http://bit.ly/1mnvPM9
Gypsy Jazz Scene Robust After 80 Years: Steve Milne brought us a snapshot of the local gypsy jazz scene by talking to members from Hot Club Faux Gitane and Jazz Gitan. http://bit.ly/1m5wkNr
Skills To Pay The Bills: Sacramento Musicians And Their Day Jobs: I rode my bike all over the city to interview musicians about what they do to fund their music habit. http://bit.ly/1q1HeCl - This story was carbon…

Feral Cats of Discovery Park

I had the privilege of creating the graphics for a fascinating story on Capital Public Radio about the impact feral cats have on the ecosystem.

Our healthcare reporter, Pauline Bartolone, did an awesome job collecting all the information and fleshing out the story and Andrew Nixon, our multimedia producer, shot some awesome photos.


Sacramento Residents - Here's your new watering schedule!

As you know we're in a drought.

I made this graphic for CapRadio.org to explain when to water your lawns.


Drought, Museums and California Politics

So my new jobs puts in me in all sorts of exciting stories. As a digital content producer I don't have specific beat, instead I support the reporters to make sure they're work shines online.

Here are some pieces I've worked on I'm particularly happy with.

Drought In case you haven't noticed, California is in a history drought. It rained this week, but after months of dry weather the welcomed wetness isn't enough to reverse the damage, yet. We put together a collection of drought related stories and I made a nifty graph to show where Folsom Lake is suppose to be and where it is this winter.


The drought is impacting ranchers as well, normally we'd have grown plenty of grass for livestock, this year, not so much. 

So those are my drought graphics. 
Museums
Tomorrow is free museum day! I had a lot of thoughts about this topic, I'll save them for a different post. I worked with Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt on this story, he wrote the story part, I di…

My Adventures At SacAnime

Since starting my job as a digital content producer at Capital Public Radio I've been pretty focused on being the best digital content producer I can be. Which cut into the digital content I was producing for myself.

I'm very happy with the work I'm doing, I love the company and I feel like I'm doing exactly what's right for my skill sets... and, every once in a while, I'll get an assignment (or push to do) something I'm really excited about, this week it was SacAnime.



I find myself wasting hours on cosplay sites and Facebook pages, just being in awe of the elaborate costumes and how much work it must take to create them, so given the chance to do my own round up of my favorite costumes from a con, I couldn't pass it up!



I put together the line-up (with videos) over on CapRadio.org.

Here's a slideshow of all my favorite photos from the weekend.



And here's some Link Love to a couple girls on Artist Alley.



This is Melody Wang dressed as Korra from Avata…