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Video: True Colors, Where Everybody Belongs, 2018

Michael Michael's touch, TD stories, Video August 30, 2018

I was snapping pictures and videos outside the expo center during the 25th True Colors Conference at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and hunting for good suspects for our story. Someone said hi, and struck up a conversation. All the rest just came together naturally. Here it is the video about the largest LGBTQ2+ youth conference in the country.

Emily is brave, smart, beautiful and inspiring. She has also been fortunate to have her extremely supportive family always behind her. But she was an angry boy…

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Classic Federer in Slow Motion

Michael Video August 22, 2018

In Roger Federer’s tennis, we see him masterfully and effortlessly blending style with speed, precision with power, and grace with guile. I wanted to capture his genius moves live in action, so I could share with my kids later and future tennis fans all over the world. Here are his classic forehand and backhand with slow motion replays:

  • Federer Forehand

  • Federer Backhand

Also check out the top 3’s head-to-head stats and their career earnings.

From Twinkle Stars to Sonatina

Michael Audio, Video June 28, 2018

Yoyo has taken piano lessons for 2.5 years and here is a quick progress report. And he has matured so much. We still vividly remember the first recital, video below, when he wouldn’t step onto stage, probably out of stage fright. (We made a second attempt after more than an hour, and he made it and people were wowed.)

Now he can play something as complicated as Sonatina, although this time, I put my video fixing skills to good use to make the whole piece just slightly more perfect;)

Celebrate America and Veterans Fireworks Show 2018 on June 30

Michael Audio, TD stories, Video June 21, 2018

With a baby too young to enjoy extended, multi-hour trips, we will sadly miss this year’s TD Celebrate America Fourth of July fireworks/concert show at Eisenhower Park in Long Island on June 30. But I can still vividly remember all the fun my boy had with his buddy Brian and family on the beautiful evening and Grucci’s spectacular presentation. This year it will feature live music by 45 RPM, starting 7:30pm. (TD customers and veterans get to enter starting 4:30pm for better seating, one hour before general ticket holders.)

Below is the finale of the fireworks show from last year.

Remember to tweet your photos to #TDCA.

 

Now US Open Kids Day Is About the Game

Michael Photo, Photo editing, Video May 19, 2018

Now that Yoyo has become a real tennis fan, mostly of Roger Federer of course, the US Open Kids Day will be more about watching the game rather than just hanging out with family and picking up some goodies from sponsors. Here are some shots showing how serious he’s about the game:

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Video: Memorial Day Flowers, 2017

Michael Michael's touch, TD stories, Video April 27, 2018

Last year this time, I was busy working on this video story, one that exemplifies the culture of TD. Every year, employees across the footprint join forces to pay respect to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. There was a good problem we had: having too many story candidates to choose from. And I wish we had space for more characters. On the other hand, though, less is more!

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Stories from TD, 2017

Michael Film, TD stories, Video December 21, 2017

Paid Parental Leave: TJ Phelps Family

I adore this family and I am so honored to have the opportunity to film them. I am indebted to their generosity with their time, and their son Chase’s camera-friendliness gave me a lot of fond memories. TJ talked about Chase’s bossy, Arnold Schwarzenegger-like tone while saying “Sit down!” And I tried to put that bit in an earlier draft, but eventually it didn’t make the cut; otherwise the video will end up like 5 min.
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Air Quality Action Day? Worry Not, NYers!

Michael Animation, Data & Graphics, Photo, Video July 22, 2017

If you have never heard of an air quality action day, you are most likely a perfectly typical resident in the U.S. who is also lucky, the latter of which you may have been taking for granted. Because a hazy day like July 20, 2017 in Manhattan almost never happens. (Hazy is not the same as “foggy.”)

Manhattan skyline July 20 vs 21, 2017 seen from Queens

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Yoyo’s 2017 Resolution: Beat Federer (After Murray)

Michael Animation, Video December 31, 2016

My son has had a fulfilling 2016: winning chess trophies and making leaping progress in piano. And he also beat Andy Murray (video below). Among his 2017 (parents-bestowed) New Year resolutions is: beating Roger Federer in the new tennis season. I, for one, have a lot of hope on that…

 

 

The Most Important Job – Director of Operations

Michael Film, Video December 15, 2016

Whether you are looking for a new job or not, read this job description and think if you are interested, or qualified:

  • Title: Director of Operations
  • The most important job [wow, right?]
  • Requirements/Qualifications:
    • Mobility
    • Work standing up most or all of the time
    • Constantly on your feet, constantly bending over
    • High levels of stamina 
    • Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills
    • Preferably a degree in medicine, finance, and culinary arts
    • Associate needs constant attention
    • Sometimes have to stay up with associate throughout the night
    • No vacation, actually Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year the work load is gonna go up
    • The position is gonna pay absolutely nothing
  • Lunch? Only when the associate is done with their lunch
  • No break? Absolutely not.
  • Time to sleep? Oh no time to sleep.

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The Next Big Thing: Social Video [Business Insider]

Michael Data & Graphics, Photo, Video December 15, 2016

At the latest Business Insider IGNITION conference, Henry Blodget teased up the Future of Digital 2016 with a collection of amazing slides, data and insights. The take away: social video is the next big thing! See selected slides below, and full original post here.

The trend is loud and clear: digital media consumption is exploding, and traditional TV is collapsing, especially among the younger demographics:

Digital media consumption is growing, everything else is shrinking (Source: eMarketer via BusinessInsider)

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Yoyo Recital #3

Michael Audio, Photo, Video December 14, 2016

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

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Arctic Ice Meltdown Has Gone So Bad…

Michael Animation, Data & Graphics, Video November 4, 2016

Every year in September or October (before Halloween probably), the Arctic ice cover drops to its minimum size. According to NASA, the ice meltdown in the Arctic has been nothing but heart breaking. If you care a tiny bit about climate change, you’ve probably seen the arctic ice cover shrinking in an animation or video or something. Yet what you are about to see below is many times more alarming. The key message is: old ice cover in the Arctic has shrunk to 6% of what it was in 1984. [Read caption for details.]

The age of the ice is represented in shades of blue-gray to white, with the brightest whites representing the oldest ice. In September 1984, there were 1.86 million square kilometers of old ice (5 years or older) spread across the Arctic at its yearly minimum extent. In September 2016, there were only 110,000 square kilometers of older sea ice left. Original post on NASA

The age of the ice is represented in shades of blue-gray to white, with the brightest whites representing the oldest ice. In September 1984, there were 1.86 million square kilometers of old ice (5 years or older) spread across the Arctic at its yearly minimum extent. In September 2016, there were only 110,000 square kilometers of older sea ice left. Original post on NASA

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Video: Yoyo Recital #2

Michael Audio, Photo, Video October 23, 2016

悠悠第二次登台演奏,这首是巴赫的小步舞曲,腾讯视频往下翻…

Here our family duo iPhones worked quietly to properly capture Yoyo’s second recital performance (sound not by Apple device) . We are really proud of how he handled the pressure, and he was the youngest, by a lot. Here below is a clip of his A Minuet for Mr. Bach’s Children. Click here for his first recital performance.

虽然不是第一次了,悠悠还是有点紧张,本来可以不看乐谱弹下来的,后来临上阵还是让妈妈把乐谱带着上了舞台。不管怎么说,他很顺利地演奏完了两首曲子,让人格外骄傲!【点这里看他的第一次演奏】

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Perspective B: Climate Ain’t A Joke (, Politics Might Be)

Michael Animation, Data & Graphics, Photo, Video September 22, 2016

Earlier this year, I dived into the New York City public school application mechanism and studied everything inside out, upside down. By May, my family got the letter from the Department of Education notifying us that my son got into our dream school. And his first couple of weeks in this school have been nothing but perfect.

Now this is about something that is also close to my heart but is way out of my control, or out of control by our species at large. (Someone correct me if I am wrong , please!) I have also studied the question of climate crisis for a number of years and it is worrisome, and alarming to be precise.

First, take a look at the 20-year difference between these what I’d call heat maps, color coding the temperatures’ anomalies compared against the 1951-1980 average. In August 20 years ago, only Antarctica was boiling like a hot pot. This past month, the world map looks as orange (and red) like a U.S. presidential nominee. I don’t think there’s anything else that needs to be said about such a drastic change in just a generation. (For more about the maps and to generate your own months or versions, click on the links on “NASA” in captions.)

Anomaly map of world temperatures in August 1996 vs. 1951-1980 (via NASA)

 

Anomaly map of world temperatures in August 2016 vs. 1951-1980 (via NASA)

Anomaly map of world temperatures in August 2016 vs. 1951-1980 (via NASA)

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